- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

‘Sexy,’ ‘Stone’ shaky

ABC’s sophomore dramas “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone” are expected to sign off for good in the very near future, Variety reports.

The network and ABC Studios declined comment Thursday about the fate of both shows, but word is they will not be renewed after finishing their 13-segment orders for this season, the trade publication says. That’s the same fate that awaits another struggling ABC series, “Pushing Daisies,” now in its second year.

Meanwhile, ABC’s freshman drama “Life on Mars” has earned an order for four more episodes and will land a new time slot in January behind “Lost.” Also: As part of the network’s January makeover, “Private Practice” will shift into the post-“Grey’s Anatomy” slot vacated by “Mars” on Thursdays, Variety says

‘Crusoe’ to Saturday

NBC is tweaking its weekend schedule a bit, shifting “Lipstick Jungle” to an earlier Friday night time slot and moving the desert-island drama “Crusoe” to Saturdays.

According to TVWeek.com, “Jungle” will move to Friday nights on Dec. 5. - airing an hour earlier than it does now, an NBC spokesman said.

“Dateline NBC” returns to Fridays at 10 p.m. the same night.

“Crusoe,” currently seen at 9 p.m. Fridays, will shift to 8 p.m. Saturdays on Dec. 6.

As for “Lipstick,” NBC plans to air original episodes of the show on Dec. 5 and 12 and again on Jan. 9 and 16. The network hasn’t ordered more episodes of the series beyond its current run of 13; executives have been noncommittal about its future.

The shift to 9 p.m. Fridays marks the third time slot for “Lipstick” in six weeks, TVWeek notes.

‘Real Housewives’

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Bravo’s most recent entry into its hit “Housewives” franchise, are capping off a successful run with a reunion series set for Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Don’t think for a minute, though, that that’s the last you’ll be hearing from these Southern belles.

The water-cooler sensation’s Nov. 18 season finale garnered the highest ratings ever in the “Housewives” telecast, attracting 2.21 million viewers overall - including 1.68 million in the key 18-to-49 age demographic, says Bythenumbers.com, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

The high numbers make “Housewives/Atlanta” Bravos highest rated freshman series since “Queer Eye for the Straigt Guy,” Nielsen says. The freshman season for “Housewives/Atlanta” was also the second-highest-rated “Real Housewives” season ever, behind only season three of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Based on endless Internet blogs and office chatter, Tuesday’s explosive reunion finale - hosted by Bravo programming executive Andy Cohen - is sure to bring in even more viewers, not to mention a second season, as tensions mount between cast members (Lisa Wu Hartwell, DeShawn Snow, Kim Zolciak, NeNe Leakes and Sheree Whitfield) and accusations fly.

Other pressing questions also are at the forefront for regular viewers: Will NeNe and Kim patch up their friendship? Will Sheree and NeNe ever be friends? Will Kim reveal the real identity of her mysterious sugar daddy, known only as “Big Poppa”? And what really went on during the much-talked-about catfight between Lisa and Kim? (For the record: Kim did get a restraining order against Lisa.)

Tyra heads to CW

“The Tyra Banks Show,” which has been airing in first-run syndication for four seasons, is heading to the CW in daytime, MediaWeek.com reports.

Beginning in September, the Emmy-winning talk show, seen locally on Fox5-WTTG, will air two broadcasts each weekday - one original and one repeat telecast - for 26 weeks in the 3-to-5-p.m. block. Locally, the move will pit “Tyra” against talk-show titan Oprah Winfrey, whose long-running gab fest airs weekdays at 4 p.m. on WJLA-ABC7.

“Tyra” will replace CW’s freshman court show, “Judge Jeanine Pirro,” which will be shopped in first-run syndication, and repeats of sitcoms “The Wayans Bros.” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.”

It’s baaaaaack!

“Jericho” fans, rejoice.

The CW has dumped its Sunday night programming by Media Rights Capital and will replace it with repeats of various shows, including the canceled CBS fan favorite “Jericho,” says Zap2it.com, citing a report by Broadcasting & Cable.

Beginning Sunday, reruns of the show will air at 7 p.m.

On tap tonight

The Rape of Europa (9 p.m., WETA-Channel 26) - The looting, destruction and survival of European art during Nazi Germany’s reign of terror is detailed.

cCompiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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