From CBS today:
CBS has renewed the police drama FLASHPOINT, ordering 13 episodes for broadcast later this season.
Last season, FLASHPOINT won its Friday (9:00-10:00 PM) time period in viewers and key demographics averaging 9.55m viewers, 2.9/08 in adults 25-54 and 2.1/06 in adults 18-49.
FLASHPOINT premiered in July 2008 and became the summer's top original scripted series, averaging 8.03 million viewers and winning its time period against non-Olympic competition.
FLASHPOINT, starring Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson and David Paetkau, depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the Strategic Response Unit.
FLASHPOINT was originally developed by CTV, Canada's largest privately owned English language broadcast network and Toronto-based Pink Sky Entertainment. For the series, Pink Sky joined forces with Avamar Entertainment in association with CBS Television Studios and CTV. The series has been broadcast concurrently in both the U.S. and Canada.
By the way, the first season of the series will be on DVD on Oct. 13.
Jennifer Hudson, the multi-talented actress-singer whose accolades include an Academy Award for the movie “Dreamgirls” and a Grammy for “Best R&B Album” heads back to her hometown of Chicago to share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her phenomenal success, in the hour-long primetime music special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” airing this December on the ABC Television Network.
Editor’s note: Specific date and time has not yet been scheduled.
Hudson relives her childhood Christmases with musical performances shot on location at the small neighborhood church where she brought the congregation to its feet week after week; the music academy where she studied; and other Chicago sites. Hudson also visits with family members, childhood friends and others whose influences have been instrumental in her rise from humble beginnings to Hollywood.
I will be unsurprised if she releases a Christmas CD around the same time.
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I thought Mya wiped out the rest of the field on "Dancing With the Stars" last night, while some other dancers were severely dogged by the judges. And the Tom DeLay saga seemed exaggerated considering how easily he danced and walked during and after his performance. That said, if I were sending one home, it would probably be Debi Mazar.
Watched my usual comedies on Monday -- "How I Met Your Mother," "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" and thought "Big Bang" was the funniest of the three. Although I have also been giving a lot of thought to Emperor Penguins. "HIMYM" did some clever things -- I was freezing the image to read the unsaid things on Ted's bulletin board -- but "Big Bang" made me laugh repeatedly over Sheldon's behavioral-psych system.
Of course, it may have just brought back odd memories of a summer spent at Western Michigan University, listening to behaviorists refer to other-thinking psychologists as "social mush-heads."
Do you think I'll get a chocolate for using that phrase?
From the folks at "Mad Men":
AMC’s leading man in the award-winning original drama series “Mad Men” has bested the leader of the free world as the Most Influential Man of 2009, according to AskMen.com, the world’s largest lifestyle portal for men with more than 11 million visitors monthly. Really? Really! More than 500,000 readers cast votes for the men who most embodied the way men want to live today, with the 1960s fictional advertising executive topping the list. [President Obama was third in the poll, Usain Bolt second.]
Calls to Don Draper's office were not immediately returned, possibly due to the fact that he is a fictional character who is supposed to exist in the 1960s. However, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner did offer comment on Draper's win:
"It's interesting how drinking, smoking and carousing wins the race today, no offense to President Obama and Mr. Bolt."
Other news: Bravo has renewed "Real Housewives of D.C." and "Real Housewives of New Jersey," and Nickelodeon has picked up more of "Glenn Martin, DDS." TV Land has acuired rights to "Everybody Loves Raymond" beginning in June 2010. ABC Family and Harlequin have made a deal for a series of novels based in the "Greek" series, with the first book appearing in May 2010.