- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 29, 2005

Prime-time ‘Malcolm’

It’s better late than never for Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” which begins its seventh season tonight at 8:30. The season premiere of the Emmy-nominated series was pushed back a week for a two-episode “Bernie Mac Show” season debut last week.

According to reports, this season could be the last for “Malcolm,” which has struggled in the ratings this past year, drawing 5.8 million viewers a night, down from the 8 million it attracted the previous season.

In tonight’s season debut, Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) and Reese (Justin Berfield) try to sneak off to the Burning Man Festival, an annual weeklong art festival in the Nevada desert. Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) and Hal (Bryan Cranston) eventually find out — and decide to borrow an RV and make it a family vacation.

While at the festival, Malcolm becomes entangled in an argument with a shaman, played by guest star Rosanna Arquette. Lois discovers hemp at the countercultural ingathering and decides to go topless, while Hal finds his calling in performance art. The comedy continues until the borrowed RV ends up becoming a burning sculpture in the desert. “Malcolm” airs at 8:30 tonight on Fox.

Late-night laughs

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has remained on the air for 31 years, becoming one of the longest running network entertainment programs in TV history. Many of today’s comedic stars, such as Will Ferrell, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler first gained fame on the show’s stage at Rockefeller Center.

Assuming the high-profile hosting duties for the season premiere is the suddenly hot Steve Carrell (“The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “The Office”). Controversial rapper Kanye West provides the music. “SNL” airs at 11:30 tomorrow evening on NBC.

First-rate reruns

ABC wants to make sure everyone has a chance to see two of its new dramas. Just like it did last year with the hits “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” the network is going to re-air episodes of “Invasion” and “Commander-in-Chief.”

“Invasion” gets two hours, with the pilot and second episode running back-to-back beginning at 8 tomorrow night. The political drama “Commander-in-Chief,” which premiered Tuesday and stars Geena Davis as the president, takes over at 10 p.m. with the pilot episode.

Earthbound Sci Fi

The Sci Fi Channel is staying within the Earth’s atmosphere with its next original series, but the show is anything but ordinary, according to Zap2It.com.

The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of “Eureka,” a drama about a seemingly idyllic Pacific Northwest town that houses a top-secret government research facility. The show will follow the town’s genius population and the strange things that can happen when the world’s most fertile minds live down the street from one another.

” ‘Eureka’ is a smart, fun series which furthers our desire to create accessible and entertaining original programming on Sci Fi,” says Mark Stern, the channel’s head of original programming. “This series is set in (the) present day, on Earth, and involves characters and story lines that are relatable and intriguing with an imaginative sci-fi twist.”

The show stars Colin Ferguson (“Coupling”) as a U.S. marshal who, while transporting a teenage runaway, has a car accident in Eureka. He soon discovers the town’s quirks when the girl disappears and he becomes involved in the search for her with the local sheriff (Maury Chaykin of “A Nero Wolfe Mystery”).

The series also stars Greg Germann (“Ally McBeal”), Joe Morton (“Terminator 2,” “Stealth”) and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Family Law,” “Antwone Fisher”).

Production on “Eureka” is scheduled to begin in January for a summer 2006 premiere.

Compiled by Thomas Walter from staff and wire reports.


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