Thursday, October 21, 2004


What's the news across TV Nation?
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Here are just a few of the stories that could or will affect life in the TV Universe:

Alfred Gough, executive producer of WB's Superman-as-a-teenager drama 'Smallville', said the late Christopher Reeve's recurring character, the brilliant scientist Dr. Swann, will pass away in an episode airing later this season.

Margot Kidder, who has already filmed two episodes as Bridgette Crosby, Dr. Swann's emissary, will continue as a link between the young Superman (Tom Welling) and Dr. Swann's research about the teen's alien origins. Kidder played Lois Lane opposite Reeve's Clark Kent in the "Superman'' movies.
The producers of "Smallville" are continuing to bring characters from the DC Comics universe into the show.

Following Lois Lane and an appearance by the future Flash, Bart Allen, in Wednesday's (Oct. 20) episode, the show will bring one of Superman's nemeses to Smallville for the Nov. 3 episode. Trent Ford will guest-star as Mikail Mxyzptlk, a "foreign exchange student" who comes to Smallville and disrupts the lives of Clark Kent and his friend Chloe.

[In Superman lore, Mxyzptlk is a mischief-maker from the fifth dimension who periodically pops up to torment the Man of Steel.]
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - USA Network has ordered a second season of 'The 4400', the record holder for the highest-rated series debut in basic cable history.

'4400' became a surprise hit for USA in July, premiering to 7.4 million total viewers, eclipsing previous record holder 'The Dead Zone' by 1 million. The six-hour series, which starred Joel Gretsch and Peter Coyote, chronicled UFO abductees who returned to Earth with mysterious powers.

Production on 13 episodes will begin in February in Vancouver in anticipation of a June launch. Most of the original cast is expected to return.
"Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire" was earthshaking. Literally. The castaways on the CBS reality show experienced an island-shaking Pacific earthquake before the gender-split tribes were shook up by host Jeff Probst and tribe-chosen chiefs.
NBC is developing a sports-themed comedy from Steve Levitan, the creator of 'Just Shoot Me', and John Immesoete, who created the popular Budweiser spots featuring the egotistical football player Leon. The show revolves around the life and family of a black sports superstar, probably a NFL player, who has an extra-large sense of entitlement and is often out of touch with reality.
LOS ANGELES ( Sci Fi Channel is partnering with Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle on a futuristic tale at least somewhat inspired by 'The Wizard of Oz'.' Titled 'Tin Man', the project is only in the earliest stage of development.

In 'Tin Man',' a young girl named Dorothy is zapped off to an alternate universe where, as so often happens, nothing is as it seems. She's trapped in the Outer Zone (or 'O.Z.'), a land populated by law enforcement officers known as "Tin Men." In her quest to return home, she meets three unique individuals who join her adventure.Mitchell and Van Sickle will co-write and executive produce what will be a four-hour miniseries.

I like the use of 'Outer Zone' - a combo from 'Outer Limits' and 'Twilight Zone', perhaps?

How much do you wager there will be a character who says, "Welcome to the O.Z., bitch?"

Well, maybe they'll use "Witch" instead......
Writer-director Kevin Smith will guest star in the final three episodes of this season's Canuck teen drama 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'. Smith is in Toronto this week filming his scenes, due to air early next year on CTV in Canada and the N Network in the U.S.. Jason Mewes, Smith's co-star in the Smith-directed "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," will also appear. Both will play themselves.

In the show, the pair have come to Canada to scout a sequel to "Jay and Silent Bob" titled "Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh?" and they end up on the 'Degrassi' set.

Smith -- whose directing credits include "Clerks," "Dogma," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy" and "Jersey Girl" -- is a longtime fan of 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' and its predecessor 'Degrassi Junior High'.


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