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TV Tube Talk

Q&A: 'The Closer', 'CSI', Cat Deeley, more

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Readers, this week I'm ashamed to admit I almost faltered. The lure of a pile of Dirty Sexy Money DVDs was nearly enough to drag me away from my weekly Q&A duties. (It's a beautifully enjoyable show, by the way, do give it a go).

You'll be relieved to see that my uninterrupted streak of answering your relentless slurry of questions - now SIX weeks in a row and counting - continues below. Surely we're heading for a fall any week now?

Simon Rapley: "Hi Neil, you never answer my questions regarding this programme so here goes again :) .Can you tell me if any of the channel 4 franchise has picked up series 3 of The Closer, don't think to many people watch this but it has got to be one of the best usa imports i've ever seen"
Neil: Chillax! The new season of The Closer airs on More4 in a few months' time, alongside the brand new series of Without A Trace.

John Watson: "I'm a huge fan of Frasier therefore I'm thrilled that Kelsey Grammer now has a new sitcom Back to You. Any idea when it will be shown in the UK and what channel it will be on?"
Neil: Also More4! Expect to see it in July. The show doesn't actually do too badly in the US so has a reasonably good shot at coming back.

Jerome: "Hey Neil, just wondering when channel 4 will resume showing Ugly Betty because they still have 3 unaired episodes."
Neil: A few more than three. I hear it will be back for a short run alongside the new series of Big Brother at the end of May.

Vincent: "Last year there was talk of a spin off to Spooks called Rogue Spooks, to be shown early in 2008 on BBC3. Is this still going ahead and any news on when we can expect it?"
Neil: Full details on the six-part spinoff - now called Spooks: Code 9 - emerged this week. It launches on BBC Three in the first week of May.

JackWilkins: "I would love to know if Cat Deeley will be back on American Idol - I know I'm in the minority here - but I LOVED her presenting it and am very, very much hoping she's not gone... Thankyou very much indeed, if you are kind enough to help."
Neil: I think you're in a minority of one there - unless anyone else would like to stand up and be counted as a fan of last year's American Idol monstrosity on ITV2?

Gary: "Have you been watching BBUSA on E4? I hear CBS are making another series in the summer too, but are E4 airing that too?"
Neil: The current season of BBUSA has failed to capture my attention (and ditto for the US public, it seems). The summer season won't be shown on E4 - at least not in real-time - because of scheduling conflicts with our version. That's not to rule it out airing from the autumn, but given the unspectacular ratings it's unlikely.

Mikey: "Hey Neil, Do you have any info on the 5th season of One Tree Hill? When in April/May will it return? It's been a long time."
Neil: Obviously the big twist is that the show jumps, Lost-style, four years into the future when it returns. The current date I have is April 21 at 9pm, a week after the season four repeats end.

Mike: "Following the new Knight Rider pilot, will there be a full series? If there is, when will it be shown in the US and here?"
Neil: It's in with a very good shot. The backdoor pilot movie averaged around 12.7 million viewers so it's a real contender to be picked up. We should find out when NBC announces its 2008-09 schedule next week.

Justin: "What are Channel 4/E4 doing with Brothers and Sisters? One minute they complain about US drama costing too much and then they schedule it E4 only at 11pm on a Sunday!!! Are they hoping it will fail?"
Neil: Don't bother trying to figure out E4 scheduling rationales because it's a futile exercise (as many a One Tree Hill fan will tell you). I suspect the decision to air at 11pm is so that it follows on from a first-look Desperate Housewives at 10pm. It seems that the "first-look" policy has now changed so that rather than the next episode of a US programme airing on E4 straight after Channel 4, it instead airs on E4 on a random weeknight. "Go figure," I believe the expression goes.

fiona: "Hi! Any news on Men in Trees? We love it and read that ABC haven't committed to any further episodes yet. Reminds us of Northern Exposure! Thanks."
Neil: It's widely considered to be "on the bubble" but is in with a good shot of returning because it's popular with the bigwigs at the network.

chris: "hi have channel 5 shown all the pre strike episodes of CSI?"
Neil: It has indeed, and is now cycling back through season seven. The remaining six episodes of season eight will play out later in the year.

Kate: "I have got into NCIS on FX, but wondering when the new series will start. Are they going to show it, or will we have to wait for Five?"
Neil: No, it'll be on FX first, as Five sublicenses the rights from FX. Expect to see it in the next month or two - keep an eye on The PLP for more details.


That's all for this week, but before I go, allow me to tease you about some great things coming up on Tube Talk next week. Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall previews the upcoming season finale (lest we forget, I found it very upsetting) and his new London-based Law & Order spinoff, the creators of Primeval dish on the upcoming third season plus there's news on the new series of Doctor Who and details of a HUGE Skins twist.

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