CBS COMEDY AND DRAMA SHOWS CROSS OVER
Although many viewers might conclude that CBS's comedy Two and a Half Men and its drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation have little, if anything in common, the writers of each show have teamed up to create two cross-over episodes in which the characters of one appear on the other. The first episode aired Monday night on Two and a Half Men in which a body was found lying on Charlie Sheen's bed. The CSI investigators arrived on the scene and on Thursday's episode (titled "Two and a Half Deaths") solve the crime. The Two and a Half Men episode gave ABC's indomitable Dancing With the Stars some strong competition Monday as it scored a solid 8.5 rating and a 13 share against the final half hour of Dancing, which drew a 12.3/18.
BROTHERS & SISTERS SEASON CLOSER TO SHOW GAY WEDDING
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD) has applauded ABC and the producers of the series Brothers & Sisters for its decision to feature a ceremonial wedding of two gay characters in the show's season finale next Sunday. Last Sunday's episode featured the character Kevin, played by Matthew Rhys, proposing to Scotty, played by Luke MacFarlane, a scene that ended with the characters kissing. In a statement GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said, "Kevin and Scotty's ceremony reflects the ongoing commitment of Brothers & Sisters and ABC to making visible the multi-dimensional lives of gay characters."
NEXT YEAR'S SUPER BOWL SPOTS: $3 MILLION EACH
A 30-second spot on next year's Super Bowl game will cost advertisers $3 million, the Wall Street Journal said today (Tuesday). The newspaper observed that while a few Super Bowl slots have sold for that much in the past, $3 million has never been the "entry price" for an advertiser. Nevertheless, the Journal observed, a few companies that purchase multiple spots during the game have already locked in lower prices in multi-year contracts that were negotiated earlier. Next year's game is due to be carried by NBC.
VIEWERS THINK COURIC SHOULD REMAIN AS CBS ANCHOR
If CBS drops Katie Couric as anchor of the CBS Evening News, most viewers would like to see her return to morning TV, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. Not that viewers think that she should be dumped. Only 25 percent of those polled thought that she should be, while 46 percent said she should remain on the nightly news program. If she is forced to leave, 35 percent said she should return to morning duties, while 28 percent said she should become a full-time correspondent for 60 Minutes. Another 17 percent said she should replace Larry King on CNN.
BROKAW HAS NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT KIDS GETTING NEWS FROM STEWART
Tom Brokaw says that he is not concerned about reports that many more young people get their news from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report than they do from the networks' nightly newscasts. in an interview with The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper at the University of Iowa, Brokaw said, "Jon Stewart and I have talked about this a lot, and it troubles him a lot because he is a very serious consumer of news. I keep reassuring him ... that what he is doing is important because what he is doing is bringing people to the subject matter, and they can't watch Jon for half-an-hour, and they can't watch Steven for half-an-hour, without having some interest [in] what else is going on in the world."
AFTER SNUBBING IPODS, NBC EMBRACES ZUNES
NBC Universal, which stopped selling TV shows on Apple's iTunes Store when Apple refused to allow it to set the prices for its product, has made a deal with Microsoft -- in which it will sell shows that can be viewed on Microsoft's Zune portable video player for $1.99 -- the same price that Apple was charging for them on ITunes. Shows from NBC's sibling cable networks will also be offered for downloading onto the Zune, including Comedy Central's South Park and MTV's The Hills. The Zune has been trying to make a dent in the portable media market, which is dominated by Apple's iPods and iPhones -- but without much success.
NBC, WEINSTEINS WRANGLE OVER PROJECT RUNWAY
Continuing a highly charged game of chess with the Weinstein Co., which has announced plans to move its cable hit Project Runway from NBC-owned Bravo to Lifetime, NBC Universal said Monday that it had signed Runway's creators and producers to a longterm contract. NBC had previously sued the Weinstein Co., maintaining that it had given NBC a right of first refusal to the show. Monday's announced deal with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz will prevent the pair from accompanying the show to Lifetime. The Weinstein Co., which already had signed Heidi Klum to continue hosting the show and fashion guru Tim Gunn to continue as a judge, issued a terse statement calling Cutforth and Lipsitz "fantastic producers, and we wish them well."
In reporting on a new radio adaptation of the James Bond thriller, Dr. No, we noted Monday that David Suchet, the actor playing the title character, had previously starred in the British TV series: Agatha Christie: Poirot. We incorrectly stated, however, that the series aired on the BBC. It in fact aired on LWT (London Weekend Television), now known as ITV1.