In today's roundup: A Ron Silver memorial, The Tonight Show is an inappropriate place for important people who have better things to do, Sons of Anarchy hires the perfect new guest star, the Sci Fi Channel has lost its damn mind, Top Model hopefuls are a violent people, and Chevy Chase does what Chevy Chase does.
We've already put out our plea for bubble show Chuck to return next fall, but plenty more of our favorites are in danger of falling through the network programming cracks. Here's nine more series that deserve another season, but may not get one. We know, we know, wishin' and hopin' didn't do Pushing Daisies any good, but we're sending out a prayer to the TV powers-that-be anyway: when upfront time rolls around in a month or so, please let at least some of these shows reappear on your schedules.
It has been far too long since Ian McShane was fronting a series. Instead he's been doing voiceover work (Coraline, Kung Fu Panda) and acting in such stellar movies as Death Race. Clearly, a fine use of his talents. Not to say that he doesn't have the perfect voice to bring an eerie lilt to animated fare, because he does. And not that he wasn't the best part of Death Race, because he was. But those of us who watched him on Deadwood, as the tough Al Swearengen, know that he can throw someone in a pig pen while rattling off a speech that Shakespeare would have loved. So we're glad that he's back on TV in Kings, a modern-day retelling of the David and Goliath story, with McShane in the juicy, slippery role of the commanding King Silas. While not a perfect series, it is a far better use of his time than any sort of Death Race sequel that might have existed. We got a chance to talk to Mr. McShane on a recent conference call about his new show (which starts on Sunday at 8 on NBC), and we're passing on the highlights to you.
A record (I guess) six ABC-related news bites today... and while two of them involve Grey's Anatomy, none of them have anything to do with an actor leaving! Gotta take your wins where you can.
Not a lot of news items today, but there is a new, non-Jay Leno reason to be mad at NBC, so I guess that's refreshing.