Wogan’s back with a chat show

The Media Guardian is reporting that Terry Wogan is going to get his own chat show on BBC1. WTF? I know that Doctor Who did well in the ratings, the Parkinson comeback was a success and there’s been a whole series of nostalgia hits on ITV, thanks to the ITV50 celebrations, but whose bright idea was this? Don’t people remember what a disaster it was? This is a re-commission too far.

Wogan’s a good DJ, but he throws such low-ball questions that his interviews are the dullest things in the world to watch. They’re not the total horror that a Chris Evans or a Frank Skinner interview are, but this is not a good idea. Stop it now, BBC!


Prison Break finally gets Fox’s backing

Fox has finally cottoned on to the fact that Prison Break has been its sleeper hit of 2005. Wisely, it’s chosen to bring the show back in March.

Fox has a history of not spotting sleeper hits. Tru Calling and Firefly were both cancelled before their time and The X-Files nearly bit the dust at the end of the first season. Of course, it also has a history of preserving shows beyond their natural lifespans: witness Married With Children, The Simpsons, Millennium, Melrose Place, The X-Files and a whole heap of other shows that should have been cancelled years before they eventually bit the dust (of course, The Simpsons is still going and it’s on season 15). That might well include 24, given season three and four’s ever-increasing stupidity and offensiveness and the probability that season five is going to go even further into the realms of science-fiction and Republican make-believe.

With the hefty promotion House is getting and the reverse of fortunes of Prison Break, there’s the possibility that Fox is finally learning some quality control. Let us nurture it and enable it to grow.

Incidentally, UK readers, Prison Break will be on Five from January.


Threshold not cancelled yet

News of Threshold’s cancellation is premature, apparently. But the show’s still not going to last long, I don’t think, judging by this Variety report:

“Threshold” had just moved to its new Tuesday night slot last week (swapping with “Close to Home,” which has thrived in “Threshold’s” old Friday berth) but posted just a 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, as well as just 6.5 million viewers — its lowest audience yet for an original episode.

UPDATE: Whoops! Spoke to soon, again. Threshold really has been cancelled according to Digital Spy, as has Reunion, which I predicted would bite the dust in mere seconds as well.