TV News Briefs: Alvin and the Chipmunks, A-Team, Gladiators, Scrubs, Battlestar Galactica

alvinandchipunks07Alvin and the Chipmunks — After the phenomenal $200 million performance of the recent big screen treatment, there’s already a sequel in the works. The second movie is likely to include some characters that didn’t make it into the first — Brittany, Eleanor, and Jeanette, otherwise known as “the Chippettes.” Producer Janice Karman teased MTV, “There has been a lot of talk about it. . . A lot of people have been asking about the little girls.” Ross Bagdasarian, Jr, son of the Chipmunks’ creator, is open to just about anything and said, “We just want to take the chipmunks where no other chipmunk has ever gone before.”

The A-Team — Director John Singleton talked to about his vision for the big-screen movie. Essentially, the script’s been finished, there’s no budget yet, the actors’ contracts will secure them for the possibility of multiple films, and the movie will be similar in tone to Lethal Weapon. Singleton has his heart set on one actor in particular — and it’s not Ice Cube. He said, “And I don’t know who is in the cast yet… but I do know that the only person I want right now is, that I really, really want is Woody Harrelson to play Murdock — the guy who is crazy but he’s kind of real smart, a jack of all trades. That’s the only person I really, really want.”

American Gladiators — The remake of the syndicated series is such a success that NBC wants more. The network has already ordered a second season of the reality series. They’ve also offered affiliate stations the opportunity to rerun the first three episodes over the next three weekends. Networks rarely give local stations the second runs of primetime shows so it’s likely being done to attract more viewers to the first run episodes.

Scrubs — Series star Zach Braff apparently doesn’t share Bill Lawrence’s optimism about the final episodes of the sitcom ever being filmed. Braff posted a bulletin via his MySpace account and said, “Many of you have asked about the fate of the final episodes of Scrubs. If the strike goes on too much longer there is a good chance they will never be written or shot and the series finale will remain in the mind of our show’s creator, Bill Lawrence…” Only 11 of the season’s 18 episodes have been completed. Six have aired and the rest will start running on January 24th.

Battlestar Galactica — The fourth and final season of the Sci Fi series has been given a premiere date — Friday, April 4th at 10pm. It’s unknown if the series will stay in that timeslot or will move after the kickoff. Sci Fi was considering breaking up the 20 episode season into two parts, airing them up to a year apart. With the ongoing writers strike, they may have their minds made up for them. Production was shut down on November 16, 2007 with only 11 episodes completed. No word yet on how many episodes Sci Fi plans to run come April. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Gannon says

    What’s going on? Why is Scrubs not on yet? I heard it was supposed to air Jan. 24?

    Editor: It was scheduled to begin running 1/24 but NBC has reworked their schedule yet again. This likely has to do with the writers strike. There’s no return date scheduled as yet.

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