Genre TV Round-Up – Chuck in 3-D

It’s no wonder genre shows are struggling when you have to wait so long to see new episodes.  But NBC is trying to rally us back around to their Monday night line-up with gimmicks and fun.

Chuck will not only be in 3-D, but will feature appearances by Dominic Monagahan and Scott Bakula (as Chuck’s dad?!).

And Heroes will try to stop hemorrhaging viewers by doing a spot during the SuperBowl in which we explore what it would look like if Heroes played football.  (It’ll also be the start of the supposedly-tightened-up Volume 4.)

Another NBC-owned show, Battlestar Galactica, gets some squee from the Watch with Kristin staff who are celebrating them some love.  (By the way, have you been catching the Best Of…series on the website?)

And finally, an interview with Sanctuary star/producer Amanda Tapping, who talks about having a great first season and what might be to come if they make it back on air by October.

The Ratings Game – Clone Wars Rocks, Heroes Tanks

Entertainment industry strikes have an interesting way of shaking up the following season.  This one is no exception.

  • Heroes is steadily dropping with each episode:  down 18% from the already-sluggish season premiere.  However, according to EOnline, it’s doing really well on Hulu.  (Have you people learned nothing from Stargate?  TV execs and advertisers don’t understand this whole alternative viewing thing, yet.  Watch it live if you want to keep it!)
  • Sarah Connor is, according to SyFyPortal, on the verge of cancellation, but also thriving in the alternative market.
  • Chuck is holding on, but has also dropped 11%. 

So let’s focus on the happy, shall we?

  • Clone Wars set a new record for Cartoon Network with 4 million viewers.
  • Fringe won the coveted 18-49 demographic
  • And even Sanctuary drummed up strong numbers for SciFi with 2.7 million viewers.  (Although I suspect this will be another that soon bleeds off to online and DVR viewing.)

Remember, fellow geeks, only you can save TV shows:  watch them live!

Emmy noms for Star Wars spoofs, Carrie Fisher

Both Robot Chicken: Star Wars and Family Guy: Blue Harvest have received Emmy nominations in their respective animation categories, while Carrie Fisher is in the running for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her turn as Rosemary Howard on 30 Rock.

Robot Chicken is up for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) against episodes of Creature Comforts America, King of the Hill, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons. Blue Harvest is up for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour Or More) against South Park’s Imaginationland and Justice League: The New Frontier.

Other genre programs up for Emmys include Sci-Fi’s Oz reimagining Tin Man (Outstanding Miniseries, Art Direction, Costumes, Hair, Makeup, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects,) Battlestar Galactica ( Writing, Editing, Visual Effects,) Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Cinematography, Sound Mixing,) Heroes (Editing, Visual Effects,) Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actor: Michael Emerson, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing) The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Editing, Visual Effects, Stunts,) Stargate Atlantis (Visual Effects,) Chuck (Main Titles, Stunts,) Masters Of Science Fiction (Score,) and Pushing Daisies (Music, Editing.) And if I messed anything up there you’re going to have to forgive me.

TV Bits – Heroes and Chuck

Producers are starting to drop tidbits to get us all excited for the upcoming season.  (And I am all for that.)

It looks like Heroes is going to go for the more philosophical bent in the upcoming volume.  And E!’s Watch with Kristin has some dish on which cast members will be regulars and which will be floating.

And Kristin also finds out that our favorite nerd, Chuck, will get to see a bit more catfighting with the guest appearance of tabloid darling Nicole Richie.  (Yeah.  Really.)

We just have to hold out until the end of September!