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This week we have a distinctly American flavour to proceedings. OK, so that's pretty much the case every week on Tube Talk but this week more than most you've gone crazy for the new crop of shows starting up across the pond.

If you haven't seen already, click here to read my previews of this season's new shows - more are being added in the coming days.

Andrew: "I know we get Rockstar over here, but is there any chance of seeing Survivor, The Amazing Race or Big Brother USA?"
Neil: The Amazing Race is doing the rounds on Living TV 2 (although not the most recent three seasons just yet). BB USA has aired here just once - the fourth season, on E4 a couple years ago - but there's no word on a return. Survivor is priced too highly for the UK market right now.

Laura: "Hiya Neil, Great column!! when and on what channel is Heroes and Studio 60 on cause i think i have missed the first episodes will there be any repeats. Thanks very muchly"
Neil: Relax, you haven't missed anything. Heroes is on Sci Fi and Studio 60 on More4, both from the new year.

Julia: "I have heard a rumour that the current series of Deadwood showing on Sky is the last ever. Can you confirm whether this is true?"
Neil: True. But there will be two movie specials to tie up any loose ends in a year or two.

T-Jay: "Hi, i was wondering if you had any idea on how the ratings were for the first episode of Afterlife series 2?"
Neil: The series opened with 4.2 million and a 20% share. If scoop is your thing head to the spoiler spot for some news on what is in store for Alison this series.

Dave: "Just wondering how the followng did in their first few eps Stateside, and which of them are looking most likely to be cancelled after one season: The Nine, Justice, Standoff, Vanished, Runaway. Also, any word if and when ITV2 will show Entourage Season 3, or when Season 3 will see a Region 1 DVD release?"
Neil: Wow, you like to get your money's worth. A good place to go for US ratings news is the US TV section right here on DS, where we're tracking the viewing figures pretty much on a daily basis. But in a nutshell - Standoff and Vanished are losing viewers, while Justice is steadily building its audience week-on-week. Runaway had an undeserved unimpressive start. As for The Nine, that premieres next week. ITV2 has initially picked up the first two seasons of Entourage only; no release date for the third on R1 DVD has yet been set but it looks like next summer.

There is only one prize up for grabs in this week's swag spot - but it's a good one.

One very lucky winner - who will no doubt write me a lovely email thanking me for being so generous - will be in receipt of an Ultimate Force boxset, comprising all four seasons of the show.

Kemptastic, no? Click here to enter.

Sarah: "Hi Neil, do you have any knowledge of the 'Invasion' situ? I did hear a rumour that another network might take on the mantle and make Series 2. Thanks!"
Neil: Not gonna happen.

Mark: "love the column but you've never answered one of my questions! Time to redeem yourself methinks!! why have More4 gone back on their word to show all of the remaining unseen episodes of NYPD Blue and when are they going to screen season 12?"
Neil: OK, season twelve finally begins Tuesday, October 10 at 10pm (and every week thereafter). It follows Geena Davis in Commander-in-Chief, newly-migrated from ABC1.

MOJO: "Hi Neil, love the column. Quick question - When do Sky One plan to show Season 3 of the excellent Rescue Me?"
Neil: Funnily enough, the same slot as NYPD - Tuesdays at 10 from November 28.

Phill: "Do you know why the likes of ABC1 and FX don't show LOST and 24 respectively at the same time as on the US when it would obviously boost their ratings and commercial sponsorship. Plus they can still sell it on to the UK channels to show at the later date that they do now?"
Neil: And why would the likes of Channel 4 and Sky settle for sloppy seconds?

Ted T: "Hey Neil, anything interesting about season 3 of Lost you'd like to share in the spoiler spot and what are your thoughts on the new season?"
Neil: It's incredibly difficult - practically impossible - to get hold of any completely original Lost scoop with my US counterparts prowling around, I must admit. Buuuut, go down to the spoiler spot for some bits you quite probably won't have heard already.

Sonia: "Hi Neil, you have to help me I am desperate (not in that way, get your mind out of the gutter ;-) ).I have recently become a fan of the Shield and have seen season 1 and 2 on DVD. Trouble is the other seasons are only released on region one format so I was wondering if any UK channels (I know season five has just aired) are going to show earlier seasons."
Neil: Hallmark would be the place to go, but it's not in the schedules for the next few months at least.

Alex: "Hi! Great column, love it! Any news on this Celebrity Wife Swap with Edwina Currie and John McCririck? Do you know the air date?"
Neil: This Monday (October 2) at 9pm - and Booby fans are in for a treat.

Airing early next week is The Outsiders, a new ITV drama pilot with ex-EE star Nigel Harman. Not outstanding, but enjoyable enough (and gets better as time goes on).

Check back at the weekend to read our interview with Nige in full, but click here to hear a sneak preview of the leading man discussing retro shows from the spy / action genre.

Kevin Symonds: "Have you heard anything about how Jericho has been received in the US? I seem to remember you saying it was coming to the UK at some point, any news on that?"
Neil: It's heading to Hallmark (then ITV). Surprisingly it's doing pretty well - actually built its ratings from the premiere to more than 11 million viewers.

Bex: "hiya..i was just wondering if you could tell me what the viewing figures were for high school musical when it premiered and the other times it was show....i hope it did well it was amazing! and also do you know whether it will be released on DVD because i would love to buy it so i can watch it whenever i like!"
Neil: It will be out on DVD on December 4, just in time for Christmas. The premiere set records for the Disney Channel, with a total of 1.2 million viewers for the four showings last Friday. The premiere showing peaked at 749,000.

Deirdre: "HI Neil, I've just returned from a holiday in the US. Whilst there I saw a few amazing new shows and was wondering if you had any info on whether they will be showing in the UK? First up "Smith" - Ray Liotta's new venture. What a cracking premier. Wow hopefully one of the channels here will pick it up. Second "Shark" another great show. I also saw the premier of the new season of CSI (Vegas) what an opening episode, any idea when the new season will start in the UK??"
Neil: Smith is bound for ITV4 and Shark for Five and Five US. The new CSI premieres February on Five.

Jimmy: "I have been watching Las Vegas on Sky One and I must say I'm enjoying it. Any idea if any terrestrial channel will be picking up the rights to show this programme or is it only exclusive to sky one"
Neil: You guessed it.

James: "Hi Neil, do you know why ITV1 constantly change the time of their Saturday night line-up? Every week I have to check the time of The X Factor/Saturday night takeaway/Millionaire because they always change it."
Neil: This has been going on for years. It's partly a result of whatever shape the schedule is in from earlier in the day (films of non-uniform length and sport tend to run on a Saturday) and partly to counter scheduling from the other networks.

Hil: "Justice and Runaway... It would be helpful if you could give us the airing dates & channels of these apparently great shows then we can give them a go. Or are they not on UK TV yet? If so please clarify, thanks. Great column by the way although you never answer my questions."
Neil: At last, my long-standing vendetta against Hil is out in the open. Early next year for both - Justice on Living, Runaway on C4.

Alan Clark: "Any sniffs of a UK showing of Help Me Help You, Ted Dansons latest which premieres in US tonight?"
Neil: Yep, this has also gone to Living.

Richard: "Was just wondering whether you know when season 4 of entourage will be shown in the US? Also was wondering how come the seasons are so short compared with other shows?"
Neil: There are actually another eight episodes of season three to go; these will follow next March. The reason shows like The 4400, Nip/Tuck and Rescue Me run for shorter lengths than the likes of Lost and Housewives is mostly budgetary - airing on the cable networks such as USA and FX instead of the broadcast nets.

Chris: "Hi Neil, your info is great for us. I know Torchwood is due to start in October on BBC3, but do you know what date and when it will be shown on BBC1? Hope you will be including it in your spoiler zone. Looking forward to your reply."
Neil: OK, I'll go a little further now and give October 22 (Sunday!) as the BBC Three premiere date. I don't have confirmation on the BBC One scheduling yet but my guess would be in a post-news, 10.40pm slot. This show will be a permanent fixture in the spoiler spot beginning next week, along with the much-lauded Robin Hood!

Lenny Wright: "Can you tell me when we can expect the new series of Nip/tuck to start on Sky One. Thank you"
Neil: Yes I can. Sundays at 10pm from November 26.

Colin: "When will Grey's Anatomy Season 2 be released on DVD in the UK?"
Neil: Probably when Five is done with it, so likely next April/May.

Jonnie Whitefield: "love the blog. Just wanted to ask about how charlotte's show is fairing in the ratings? I like it so that probably means it won't get a second run lol."
Neil: Who told you about my blog? As for Charlotte, she's not doing brilliantly in the ratings, nor with the critics. But I have to say, I sat through C4's entire Friday night lineup - which also includes the similarly-derided Star Stories and The Best of The Worst - for the first time in years last week and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Matthew Hyndman: "Hi Neil. Can I first thank you for your recommendation of the Fox drama Justice. I hadn't added to my list of new shows to check out from the upfront previews, but after you recommendation last week I checked it out and quite enjoyed it. But I read it could be under threat, as with pretty much all of the Fox networks new show this season. What you view on what going on there, are they likely to drop all of its new shows, or will some stay?"
Neil: Justice is doing okay, but it's by no means in safe territory yet. As I mentioned earlier though, the signs are encouraging and it's starting to build an audience - the one advantage it has over other shows is that you can dip in and out, CSI-style - but the next few weeks will be the most telling. Don't forget that many Fox shows go off air now for a month during baseball season - potentially very harmful for their chances when they return to a fully-established Fall season in November.

Tony Salisbury: "Sky seem to be re-running Tru Calling season 1 in every conceivable time slot, but no sign of the short-lived Season 2. Do you know if it will ever appear on Sky, or do have to buy the DVD box-set in order to see those final 6 episodes?"
Neil: Finally, some good news for all those who have asked about this for the last year or two. Season two finally premieres on Sky One - in a fancy, 9pm slot on Thursdays - from October 12.


As always, select the area to the right of each programme to read the text - but be warned that you may well be spoiled.

Afterlife: Don't miss this weekend's episode as it's quite pivotal. Robert gets news that he has a life-threatening illness - a storyline that runs for the rest of the season - sending him back to the land of the sceptic, while Alison gets a bit OCD when someone comes back to pay a "visit". Afterlife airs Saturday nights on ITV1

Lost season three: Ian Somerhalder - aka season one casualty Boone - is back! He'll be appearing, not via flashback, in Locke's visions in an early episode of season three - sending him on a hunt to uncover another of the island's hidden secrets. Meanwhile, Desmond and Eko also survive the hatch explosion - but the former loses his hearing in the process. Lost season three airs from 2007 on Channel 4

Send your requests for shows to be featured in the Spoiler Spot to the usual place.

That's it for this week. Come back next Thursday for more on Robin Hood, the new series of Vincent and previews of some exciting new BBC dramas. Plus some hot thong action.



Additional reporting by Kris Green

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