- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2007

‘Medium’ invited back

The cast and crew of “Medium” won’t have to wait until next week to learn the fate of their show.

NBC announced that it’s picking up the drama series for the 2007-08 season, which will let star Patricia Arquette and everyone else associated with it breathe a little easier as next week’s upfronts — the time when networks announce their fall slates — approach, Zap2it.com reports. The show had been considered on the bubble for renewal.

“Medium” draws 8.5 million viewers per week. Although those numbers are down from past seasons, the show has been a fairly reliable self-starter on Wednesday nights, building substantially on the lead-in of “Crossing Jordan.”

The series is the seventh NBC pick up for next year; the others are “Heroes,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Las Vegas,” “30 Rock,” “My Name Is Earl” and “The Office.” The network will also have Sunday-night NFL games once again in the fall.

Nixon on ‘SVU’

Emmy and Tony-winning actress Cynthia Nixon will reportedly appear in the first episode of the ninth season of “Law & Order: SVU,” the New York Post reports. The “Sex and the City” star will play a woman with multiple personalities who leads detectives on a chase when they think she’s abused her baby.

Bad buzz

ABC has turned those Geico cavemen into a sitcom, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

But according to Derek Flint, who saw the pilot episode, it’s “astoundingly awful,” he wrote in a post on aintitcoolnews.com.

“They draw astoundingly leaden parallels to every minority group in the world without a laugh in sight,” Mr. Flint wrote.

“Worse, one of the actors (none of whom appears to be from the original ads) actually reminded me a little bit of Sanjaya.”

Tootie’s a mom

Kim Fields, who played Tootie Ramsey on “The Facts of Life,” has given birth to a son.

Sebastian Alexander Morgan, who will be called Sam, was born Friday at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, said the actress’ publicist, Linda J. Stewart. He is the first child for Miss Fields, 37, and her fiance, actor Christopher Morgan, 30.

“The Facts of Life” ran on NBC from 1979 to 1988.

‘Idol’ chatter

Four become three on tonight’s “American Idol” results show (at 9 on Fox), with Melinda Doolittle, Jordin Sparks, LaKisha Jones and Blake Lewis awaiting their fates. Last night, the final four offered their individual takes on the music of Bee Gees member Barry Gibb — who, as if you didn’t know, will himself step into the spotlight tonight.

Grace exits Court TV

Nancy Grace is leaving Court TV’s “Nancy Grace: Closing Arguments” to focus on her eponymous CNN Headline News program, says TVGuide.com, citing a report in Variety.

The Georgia-born Miss Grace, a former prosecutor, has anchored both shows since Headline News’ 2005 relaunch, but has been mulling a Court TV departure ever since the cable channel announced plans for an upcoming show starring Star Jones-Reynolds.

Miss Jones-Reynolds new program would cut Miss Grace’s “Closing Arguments” in half, to just an hour — and, apparently, that won’t do.

There appear to be no hard feelings.

“Court TV will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will always look back at my time there with great gratitude and affection,” Miss Grace said.

Ratings fall for Fox

In last week’s prime time numbers, Fox found itself in an unusual position while “American Idol” is airing — third place in viewership. CBS won, while ABC recorded its best non-Oscar week since last fall, helped by the two-hour “Grey’s Anatomy” special last Thursday, AP reports, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

CBS averaged 11.2 million viewers, while ABC had 10.7 million. Fox averaged 10.1 million, but won among the 18-to-49-year-old viewers it considers most important. Following were NBC with 7.5 million, the CW with 3.1 million, My Network TV with 880,000 and ION Television with 560,000.

For the week of April 30 through May 6, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 28.7 million; 2) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 26.7 million; 3) “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 21.2 million; 4) “House,” Fox, 21.1 million; and 5) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 19 million.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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