- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 8, 2006

‘Eureka’ extends

The Sci Fi Channel is as smart as the geniuses on its original series “Eureka”: The cable channel has picked up the show for a second season, reports Zap2It.com.

“Eureka” is set in a small town by the same name that is hidden by the U.S. government. Its hyper-intelligent residents live in an environment that nurtures breakthrough thinking. But just because great minds are together, doesn’t mean they think alike.

Like any small town, the denizens have their share of problems. Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) is the everyman U.S. marshal who stumbles upon the secret research facility.

Along with Mr. Ferguson, stars reprising their roles for the second season include Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson, Ed Quinn, Debrah Farentino and Matt Frewer.

“Eureka’s” two-hour premiere on July 18 drew more than 4 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode of an original series in the channel’s history. About 1.7 million of those viewers were in the key adult demographic — ages 18 to 49 — and 1.9 million fell in the 25 to 54 age range.

The first season concluded on Tuesday and beat out the CW’s premiere of “Veronica Mars” among males in the 18-to-49 and 25-to-54 demographics. Overall, “Eureka” regularly finishes among the top 10 shows in the cable Nielsen ratings and was ranked within the top five for nine weeks of its 12-week run.

“Eureka’s” second season will begin production in Vancouver this spring and is scheduled to return next summer.

Heroes’ a hit

The first breakout new series of the season, NBC’s drama “Heroes,” has become the first freshman show to receive a full-season order, the Reuters news agency reports.

NBC has ordered nine additional episodes of the supernatural saga, bringing its complement to 22. In its first two airings, “Heroes” has averaged 13.5 million viewers, tying with ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” as the No. 1 new series among adults in the 18-to-49 demographic coveted by advertisers.

The ensemble drama, which chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, is the top show among those in the key demographic in its 9 p.m. Monday slot.

cCompiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from Web, wire and staff reports.

Changes afoot at CW

The CW will switch its Sunday and Monday prime-time programming starting today.

The new network’s Sunday comedy block — “Everybody Hates Chris,” “All of Us,” “Girlfriends” and new series “The Game” — will now air on Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m.

Tonight, the network will rebroadcast each comedy’s season premiere with original episodes returning Oct. 16.

On Sundays, the network will now air a repeat of the previous Wednesday’s “America’s Next Top Model” at 7 p.m., followed by new episodes of “7th Heaven” and the new series “Runaway.”

Office reality

You may find that cubiclemate who won’t stop singing in your office annoying, but CBS thinks the whole country wants to listen.

So, the network is working on a new reality project called “The Singing Office,” Cynopsis reports.

The concept: A merry band of producers surprises two sets of employees — real people in their real offices — and gets them to sing. The best groups are flown to Hollywood, where they are coached on their singing and dancing. They will then compete against each other and the viewers choose the best Singing Office.

“Growing Pains” dad Alan Thicke has been signed to host.

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