Good news for anyone DVRing Sarah Palin's Alaska, and MTV tackles abortion in today's news... what would Mama Bear Palin think?!
While we've been busy writing about all the big network premieres, Showtime quietly released what has the potential of ending up as the best show of this fall. It certainly had the most captivating and tightly written pilot of any new series this season (sorry, Hart of Dixie). If the subsequent episodes are as good as the first one, it will definitely be worth the price of subscription.
The traditional television season is about to come to an end, so how does a network not know if they want to renew a TV show or not? Either the ratings are good, or they aren't. Either a show has potential, or it doesn't. Shit or get off the pot. Because tonight I'm going to watch the season finale of Life, and neither I nor the show's cast and crew know whether it's going to come back in the fall. Isn't that messed-up? How can anyone be expected to tell a story under those conditions? You're risking the possibility of either an unsatisfying series finale, thereby affecting DVD sales, or a lackluster season finale, thereby affecting next season's numbers. Rrrrraaaagge! ...Anyway, I sat in on a conference call with Life star Damian Lewis and show creator Rand Ravich and listened to them try to explain tonight's finale without spoiling it, and generally try to laugh away their worries. Man, I love Damian Lewis. If this show gets cancelled, someone better snatch him up before he starts doing plays again.
One of my favorite new shows last year was Life, starring Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) as an L.A. cop who was wrongfully imprisoned for 12 years, and upon his release won the right to rejoin the force (as well as a big cash settlement). So when I had the opportunity to jump in on a conference call with Lewis, Sarah Shahi (who plays his recovering alcoholic partner) and show creator/writer Rand Ravich, I jumped at the chance, and learned some interesting things about Season 2... and about the actors themselves. For instance, Shahi used to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and Lewis used to be British! Who'da thunk it!
So NBC has announced its new fall schedule, telling us when America's favorite shows -- including Heroes, The Office and 30 Rock -- will return, and when the new shows (Talking Car 2.0, Christian Slater vs. Evil Christian Slater) will debut. But my attention is zeroed in on one date: October 3. That's the night I get my Life back. I loved the first (short) season of the show, in which Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) returned to the police force after 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and can't wait to see how he applies his Zen philosophy to a full second season. Got 8 hours? Watch the first season, starting with the first episode, after the jump.
This season, Life fans were given a treat in the form of Donal Logue, the veteran actor (Blade, Grounded for Life) who came in to play the role of New York transplant Captain Tidwell, the new boss of Detectives Crews and Reese. We got a chance to join in on a conference call to interview Logue and Damian Lewis (Crews) about some interesting developments for the show, including Rachel's imminent departure, Crews' daddy issues and why six seasons sounds about right.
"No Zen for Daddy," is how Detective Charlie Crews summed up his feelings for his estranged father way back in the pilot episode of Life. Crews has had plenty of antagonists, both personal and professional, to deal with since then, leaving his parental issues simmering on the narrative back burner. But ever since the bare details about an upcoming episode featuring Charles Crews Sr. were leaked online, fans of the show have been wondering: who's going to play the dad, and what'll happen when they finally meet for the first time since Charlie's release from prison?