Carol Barbee, the executive producer of the series, said the decision by network on whether or not to renew the series could come before February ends. Barbee said: "I'm just guessing here, but I would imagine that probably, they usually start to have an opinion around the third airing. So usually by then your fate can be sealed in terms of it not going well. They may wait another week or so if it is going well for us to order more. Obviously they can't order any more if the writers strike is still going on, but I would imagine I would get a phone call, and you know, start thinking about Season 3. If there's any good that comes out of the writers strike, I'm hoping - - besides a good deal - - I'm hoping it's in favor of 'Jericho.'" The SciFi Channel has also announced that it has picked up cable rights for the series from CBS Television Distribution. SciFi will broadcast both the first and second seasons, beginning Feb. 11 with a four-episode marathon that begins at 7 p.m. ET. Then the series will air Mondays at 10 p.m. ET. "Jericho" will return to CBS with new episodes beginning Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. ET.
This story from IESB where actor Jason Statham claimed he was being considered for the role of the ruler of Atlantis. He said: "I don't know if I'd look right running around in a tight speedo with wings on my ankles. I'm trying to think of what would be a good comic book character for me to play. You know, there's talk of them redoing The Crow. That was a good movie with Brandon Lee, although that was years ago. So if that one comes my way, bang!"
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (Black Sun, Part 2) here, "The 4400" (Season 4) here, "Mission: Impossible" (Season 4) here, "Cheers" (Season 9) here, "The Incredible Hulk" (Last 3 Seasons) here, "The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin" (Vol. 2) here and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955 Series, Vol. 1) here.
The Writers Guild of America (hoping to get stalled talks back to the table) has withdrawn its demands to act as bargaining agents for writers of reality and animated films and TV shows. WGA East President Michael Winship wrote that the guild had agreed to remove the proposals in order to show its "commitment to bringing a speedy conclusion to negotiations." The WGA also announced that they would not to picket the Grammy awards ceremonies Feb. 10. They, however, said that they would not make a similar concession to the Academy Awards telecast February 24. Winship added: "Until the Writers Guild has a deal with the conglomerates - - the studios and networks - - our intention is to boycott the Oscars, to picket the Oscars and to ask our fellow union members at the Screen Actors Guild to boycott the Oscars."
The next James Bond film, previously known as Bond 22, has been shooting since November at Pinewood Studios, is to be called "Quantum of Solace." The title is taken from one of a collection of short stories published by 007 creator Ian Fleming in 1960. Daniel Craig said: "Ian Fleming had written about relationships. When they go wrong, when there's nothing left, when the spark has gone, when the fire's gone out, there's no quantum of solace. And at the end of the last movie, Bond has the love of his life taken away from him and he never got that quantum of solace. So he's looking for revenge, you know, to make himself happy with the world again. But it the title also alludes to something else in the film."
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Iron Man #25,
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #9,
Marvel Zombies 2 #4,
The Order #7,
Ultimate Fantastic Four #50,
& X-Men: First Class #8