Fancy a load of spoilers for Lost’s third season?

In the UK, Channel 4 is only halfway through the second season of Lost. But you can find out what’s going to be happening in season three, thanks to a TV Guide interview with exec producer Carlton Cuse.

One thing I will say, without giving too much away, is that the all-out carnage in the finale that I talked about may not be as bad as I thought. Apparently, people were hiding under things after all. Not as bold and as daring as I’d have liked, then, but should open up a whole load of new scenarios.


Air dates and pick-ups for US shows

Digital Spy has some news on when ABC shows are going to air in the US this season, as well as which UK networks are picking up the remaining unwanted stragglers.

Lost is going to start again on October 4th and run for six straight episodes before taking a break until next year. It’ll then run uninterrupted for 16 episodes, starting in February.

This may seem odd, but remember that in the US, networks will usually show a run of new episodes then some repeats then more new episodes then some repeats and so on. Over the last two seasons, Lost has suffered particularly badly under this regime, with big chunks of repeats followed by only the occasional new episode or two before more repeats. This year, ABC wants to ensure that they don’t lose viewers to inertia, not being aware whether a new episode or an old episode is airing, etc. Anyway, the producers claim to be right pleased about it.

Previously unwanted hostage drama The Nine is going to follow Lost, premiering on the 4th October as well. I reviewed this a while back, and it wasn’t that great, I have to say. Digital Spy reports it has been picked up by Five, which now has the free UK TV and DTT rights to the show. This means that, along with Shark, Five will be able to show The Nine on its forthcoming digital channel Five US as well as the main channel.


The power of the web revives Nobody’s Watching

Remember I talked about Nobody’s Watching a while back? It was the pilot for a comedy that didn’t get picked up, but which its creators decided to put on YouTube.

Well, it’s been so successful, Variety reports, it looks like NBC is going to commission six episodes. The fact it’s going to be cheap to make might have swayed NBC, but apparently Web 2.0 is seeping into the consciousness of network executives over there as well.


The F-Word: Reasons to like Gordon Ramsay

Gordon RamsayThe thing about Gordon Ramsay is that he’s a bit like a rubbish boyfriend (or girlfriend). Most of the time, you think he’s a bit of a waste of space and wonder what the hell you’re doing with him. Maybe it’s time to dump him, you wonder to yourself. Then he’ll do something really, really nice and you’ll remember why you liked him in the first place.

Last night’s The F-Word was a case in point. Normally, he’s an absolute git to the amateur chefs who turn up in his kitchens, wanting to show him what they’ve got. All he does is shout at them and tell them how rubbish they are. Last night, he had troop of doctors. And he was actually pretty nice to them at times.

He loved all the main courses that they prepared, so much so that when a number of diners complained about the chicken being fatty, he sided with the chefs and told the diners they were wrong.

Then, come the dessert, something even more lovely happened. Ramsay, of course, has another show: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. In that series, he goes to struggling restaurants, tells them what they’re doing wrong, and sets them on the path to recovery. At one of those restaurants, he came across this little old waiter who could do the most exquisite flambé s.

The big surprise of last night was that without explanation, without bigging himself up, Ramsay brought in this waiter to teach the amateurs how to make his speciality, introducing him as the maker of the best flambé s in the country.

It made him seem like a nice person for a change, which was something much to be welcomed. Next week, judging by the trailer, he’s back to coming in late, drunk, and throwing up on the sofa. Or the TV equivalent, anyway.


Preview: Heroes


In the US: Mondays 9/8c, NBC. Starts September 25, 2006
In the UK: Not yet acquired, although Channel 4 is most likely to pick it up

After last year’s sci-fi ‘dump’, where virtually every new drama commissioned by the US networks – Invasion, Surface, Threshold, etc – had an SF theme, it’s interesting to note that NBC’s Heroes is more or less the only new SF show this time round. Even then, it qualifies more as fantasy than SF, since it follows a group of ordinary super-heroes – if there is such a thing – rather than aliens or some other sci-fi staple. It’s not very original and clearly owes The 4400 a debt or two, but it’s actually pretty good.

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