They may have got low ratings, but Channel 4 has decided to back both Peep Show and The IT Crowd, according to Broadcast. The IT Crowd will be back for eight episodes, following average audiences for the show of 2.6 million, including the Saturday repeat. Peep Show will only get six episodes, however, following ratings of 1.3 million per episode.
So Peter Weller, who was so big in the 80s as Buckaroo Banzai and eventually Robocop, has returned once again to the small screen as Jack Bauer’s CTU recruitment officer in 24. It’s a nice performance and you could well imagine him as a match for RoboJack, unlike most of 24‘s previous enemies.
So I checked out Weller’s IMDB page to find out what he’s been doing over the years. Turns out he really is Buckaroo Banzai. Not only does he play in a band with Jeff Goldblum, he actually teaches a literature and fine arts class at Syracuse University and can be seen on The History Channel’s new documentary on Roman engineering. As if that weren’t enough, he holds a master’s degree in Roman and Renaissance art and is working toward a Ph.D.
No doubt, if we ever make it to the eighth dimension, we’ll be able to thank Weller.
For anyone interested, there’s a free Wallace and Gromit video available for viewing on Salon. It appears on the Curse of the Were-Rabbit DVD and was part of BBC1’s 2002 series Cracking Contraptions. Enjoy!
According to the bible itself, a whole gaggle of former West Wing cast members are going to make it back for the final few episodes of the series. Rob Lowe (Sam), Emily Procter (Ainsley), Mary-Louise Parker (Amy Gardner), Gary Cole (Vice President Bob Russell), Tim Matheson (former Vice President John Hoynes), Marlee Matlin (Joey Lucas), Anna Deavere Smith (Nancy) and Annabeth Gish (Elizabeth Bartlet) are all scheduled to appear in the final five episodes, with Lowe starring in the final two episodes. Who wants a bet that he’s going to replace Leo as the Democrats’ vice presidential nomination? Maybe he’s even married off to Ainsley. Quite a coup to manage to extract Procter from CSI: Miami‘s gruelling filming schedule, though, so clearly she’s going to be quite important in the scheme of things.
Of equal note is the fact that Timothy Busfield (Danny), who will also be appearing in the final few episodes of the show, is to appear along with Bradley Whitford (Josh) in Aaron Sorkin’s new project Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.