Thursday, May 25, 2006


Heads up for June 11th, because rain or shine, 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' over on FOX.

The jewel of Emperor Murdoch's crown will be replaying several of the sitcom's episodes this summer in anticipation of its return to heir apparent FX later that month on the 29th. (Sorry about dragging that monarchy metaphor to its death.)

But since it will now air on the broadcast network rather than the cable outlet, there will have to be some nip/tuck involved to bring it in line with the stoopid FCC's tight-assed, prurient, lemon-sucking schoolmarms narrow-minded views of what the public should see.

As you might guess, I'm no fan of that particular cubbyhole of the bureaucracy.

This type of cross-promotional programming stunt was tried last summer by CBS with UPN's 'Veronica Mars' and by ABC the summer before that with 'Monk'. Usually the shows flow to the niche of the cable channel from the big brother broadcaster, like NBC's 'Kingpin' playing on BRAVO, and their 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' showing up on USA two weeks after airing on the Peacock network.

Or is that 'Law & Order: SVU'? I get confused sometimes......

When the show returns to FX on June 29th, Danny DeVito will be part of the cast as the father to Dennis and Dee.

Of the quartet that makes up the cast, however, I think he'd have been more believable as the father of Charlie.

But tele-genetics have never been a priority among casting agents.....


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