- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2008

Early start for ‘Weeds’

Showtime will fire up its marijuana dramedy “Weeds” a little earlier than in years past, setting a June premiere date for the fourth season of its acclaimed series, Zap2it.com reports.

As was the case last summer, the premium pay-cable network will pair its veteran show with a newcomer — in this case, the British import “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” Both shows are scheduled to debut June 16.

In each of its first three seasons, “Weeds” debuted in August and ran into the fall. The earlier premiere date will enable the show to air nearly its entire season in the somewhat less competitive summer environment — although airing in the midst of the fall schedule didn’t hurt the series last year. Showtime doesn’t typically reveal its ratings numbers, but in renewing the show the network noted the audience for “Weeds” grew by 19 percent over season two.

Scheduled to begin production in April, the story will rejoin Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) as she adjusts to life following the wildfires that burned her home and much of the suburb of Agrestic to the ground.

“Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” which has already aired on Britain’s ITV2 channel, follows the double life of a young woman played by “Doctor Who” star Billie Piper. Hannah is a legal secretary in London by day, but she’s also a high-class call girl who goes by the name of Belle. The series chronicles her attempts to manage her life and keep her night job a secret from her family and friends.

Showtime has also picked up a second season of “Californication,” which was paired with “Weeds” last year. A premiere date, however, hasn’t been set.

‘BSG’s‘ swan song

Ready to say “hello” and then “goodbye” to “Battlestar Galactica”?

The Emmy- and Peabody-winning series will premiere its fourth and final season on the Sci Fi Channel at 10 p.m. April 4, Zap2it.com reports. But first, fans can whet their appetite a week earlier with two back-to-back specials about “BSG.”

“Battlestar Galactica: Revisted” will be the first up to bat on March 28 at 10 p.m. The half-hour special will recap the sci-fi action and Cylon-human drama driving the first three seasons of the show with insightful commentary by executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.

Beginning at 10:30 p.m., “Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon” will investigate the show’s impact on pop culture. Actor Seth Green, country music superstar Brad Paisley and Joel McHale of E!’s “Talk Soup” are a few of the celebrities who will share their love for the show.

The fourth season opens with the remaining members of the human race still seeking a new place to call home while the line that separates human from Cylon rapidly fades. The mysterious return from the dead of Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) puzzles Galactica’s crew, as do her assertions that she can lead them to Earth, where she had visited when she was supposedly deceased. Also this season, four more members of the fleet can’t quite reconcile the fact that they’ve been Cylons the whole time.

Weekend highlights

Tonight

RV (7 p.m. Starz) — Bob Munro (Robin Williams) and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies — where they have to contend with a bizarre community of campers. Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Jeff Daniels (“The Squid and the Whale”), Joanna Levesque and Kristin Chenoweth (“The West Wing”) co-star.

Tomorrow

Confessions of a Matchmaker 3 (11:30 p.m., Biography Channel) — The much talked about series that chronicles real-life Buffalo, N.Y. matchmaker Patti Novack airs with back-to-back installments. First up: “Charlie & Ashley” follows Miss Novack as she dispenses the cold, hard truth to two clients — one, a now obese former Mr. Nude Universe; the other, a heavily made-up and suntan-obsessed twentysomething — as each searches for an aesthetically perfect partner during their quest for love. “Confessions of a Matchmaker 4” (“Mary/Singles Mingle”), following at midnight, finds Miss Novack dealing with a client who carries around a typed list of 60 “must-have” attributes she wants in a mate.

Sunday

Life After Film School (9:30 p.m. Fox Movie Channel) — Director Doug Liman (“The O.C.,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) whose latest release, “Jumper,” arrives in theaters today, is interviewed.

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


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