- NBC, CBS, and Fox will be airing a special produced by the Obama campaign while ABC will air a new episode of Pushing Daisies. The campaign declined to purchase airtime on the alphabet network and although it is unknown why, sources* say it’s so we’ll have something to watch other than a half hour commercial for the candidate I’m already voting for.
- A&E has picked up a second season of the Benjamin Bratt-starring The Cleaner. Asked for comment, a writer at TV blog/house of ill repute Boob Tube said, “That’s a thing?” before readjusting the flask she keeps in her garter. The series, which debuted in July, focuses on Bratt’s character, an “extreme interventionist.”
- Mad Men, the competitive dance program, ended its second season on a record high, scoring an 89% increase over the first season’s finale. The finale aired three times on Sunday night, attracting 2.9 million viewers. Let’s get me out of this skirt.
- Fox Searchlight will reunite Milk director Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black for an adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. No, this is not TV news but as I am fond of that book and more importantly, the people in it, I would like to use my wee platform to lobby for the part of Gretchen Fetchin. Or maybe that lovely young lady, Bobby Weir. Can I just have hair as nice as hers?
- Starz, deciding that one movie-to-TV adaptation wasn’t enough, is producing a series based on Spartacus.
“This is not going to be at all like the 1960s Kirk Douglas film,” said Stephan Shelanski, Starz Entertainment executive vp programing. “We didn’t want your typical sword-and-sandals. It’s going to be fun, fast-moving, full of action and interesting characters and have a little more depth to it than the 1960s film.”
- Not doing so well is The Ex-List, which CBS has disappeared from its schedule this week. It joins Do Not Disturb and Opportunity Knocks on the list of missing and presumed dead shows. Wait–did Opportunity Knocks ever air? It did. Oh, okay. I guess we were too busy watching True Blood and basing our fall wardrobes on Joan Holloway’s. Our bad!
- And on a more somber note, we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to Jennifer Hudson and her family for the unimaginable tragedies they’ve experienced this week. They are in our thoughts.
*source: the whimsy of my own heart