HAWAII MAY LOSE LOST
The impact of the strike of the Writers Guild of America is being felt even in Hawaii, where filming of Lost is expected to shut down by the end of next week, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. The newspaper said that following the filming of episode eight, the series will run out of scripts at mid-way point in its 2007-2008 shooting schedule. It also noted that a party on Lanai to launch sales of Lost: The Third Season on DVD and another DVD launch for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, each of them scheduled for next week, have been canceled.
CBS STRUTS ON TURKEY DAY; ABC SQUAWKS
CBS showed surprising strength on Thanksgiving night, a holiday night when the usual Thursday-night powerhouses ordinarily take a big hit. Indeed, with the exception of Pushing Daisies, ABC's lineup did perform poorly. At 9:00 p.m. ABC's Private Practice, which ordinarily puts up a strong challenge to CBS's Criminal Minds, the usual leader in that hour, dropped to third place, drawing only about half the viewers of Minds. It was also edged out of second place by NBC's Deal or No Deal. At 10:00 p.m. ABC's Dirty Sexy Money, which already had been struggling in the ratings, saw the bottom fall out as it placed third again with only about 6.4 million viewers. CBS, meanwhile, saw virtually no change to its standing in the ratings Thursday -- and even managed to make a strong showing for its much-criticized Kid Nation in the 8:00 hour, placing second in the first half hour and first in the second half hour.
BRITISH INTERVIEWER PARKINSON TAPES FINAL SHOW
Legendary British interviewer Michael Parkinson -- "Parky," as he is affectionately known to millions of viewers -- taped his final show after 36 years Thursday night, bringing on board a raft of top British celebrities for a two-hour special. "I was told to pick a wish list and I put down these names and every single one of them is here." He read them out: "David Beckham, Sir Michael Caine, Sir David Attenborough, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Edna Everage, Billy Connolly, Peter Kay and Jamie Cullum." Parkinson appeared visibly moved as he received a standing ovation from the studio audience. The special is scheduled to air in December.