- The Washington Times - Friday, November 14, 2008

‘Enemy,’ ‘Jungle’ axed

NBC has pulled the plug on the freshman drama “My Own Worst Enemy” and returning sophomore series “Lipstick Jungle,” the Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

The cancellations come after both shows dropped to new ratings lows in recent weeks, with the Christian Slater action series sinking to 4.3 million viewers in the pivotal 18-to-49 demographic on Monday and “Jungle” falling to 3.3 million viewers on Friday.

Although the “Jungle” number was an improvement over the previous week, the show’s ratings have been below the line for a while and sank into the red zone after being moved to Fridays.

NBC’s expectation for the return of “Jungle” was modest, but “Enemy” was considered an important show. A spy thriller with a grown-up budget inspired by the “Bourne” movies, “Enemy” received NBC’s coveted post-“Heroes” time period. That valuable Monday hour of scheduling real estate has become less worthwhile in recent weeks, however, as “Heroes” has shed viewers — weakening the lead-in for “Enemy” and hastening its decline.

No word whether this Monday’s episode will be yanked from the schedule or if the show will soldier on for a few more weeks or what program will take its place. “Enemy” is shooting its ninth — and final — episode. “Lipstick” has shot all 13 of its initial order.

NBC had no comment, THR says.

MGM on YouTube

YouTube and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) this week said the popular video-sharing Web site will host some full-length television shows and films from the famed Hollywood studio, Agence France-Presse reports.

Both said the partnership would start with a channel featuring episodes from the popular “American Gladiators” television show of the 1980s and 1990s at youtube.com/americangladiators.

Another channel, youtube.com/impact, will feature clips from action movies such as “Rocky” and “The Magnificent Seven” and full-length films such as “Lone Wolf McQuade” and “Bulletproof Monk.”

In a joint statement, YouTube and MGM said the videos will be free but will contain advertising. They also said new channels will be launched “in the near future.”

Google purchased YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion and has been searching for ways to translate its immense popularity into a money-making venture without alienating its huge fan base.

YouTube has been facing competition from other video sites such as Hulu, which features a menu of full-length programming from NBC Universal and News Corp.’s Fox News Channel. Under an agreement with CBS and the independent Lionsgate studio, YouTube recently began adding episodes of classic television programs such as “Star Trek,” “MacGyver” and “Beverly Hills 90210” to its menu.

YouTube also recently unveiled a feature called “theater view,” which enhances its video screen by making it larger, centering it on pages and bordering it with virtual red curtains.

The MGM library of about 4,000 titles includes such franchises as the James Bond and “Pink Panther” series in addition to “Rocky,” AFP says.

YouTube is the No. 1 site for amateur video, but it has had a troubled relationship with Hollywood and other producers of professional content.

Entertainment giant Viacom has filed a copyright lawsuit against YouTube, accusing it of being a willing accomplice to Internet users who put clips of Viacom’s copyrighted television programs on the site.

Google has attempted to shield itself behind the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which says Internet firms are not responsible for what Web users put on Web sites.

Weekend highlights

Friday

Born to Be King: Charles at 60 (10:30 p.m., WETA-Channel 26) — A biography of England’s crown prince, who turns 60 today, thus becoming the oldest heir to the throne in British history.

Saturday

Ricky Gervais: Out of England, the Standup Special (9 p.m., HBO) — The Emmy-winning actor and co-creator of “The Office” and “Extras” delivers his unique take on fundraising, fame, nursery rhymes, Nazis, moronic friends and obesity in his first-ever HBO stand-up special, taped live in New York.

Sunday

Expedition Week (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel) — The cable network kicks off seven nights of documentaries, each honing in on some of history’s most interesting people, places and adventures. First up: a trip to Egypt and “Unlocking the Great Pyramid” on Sunday, followed by “Direct From the Moon” Monday night at 9. Ahead: “Shipwreck! Captain Kidd,” 9 p.m. Tuesday; “The Real George Washington,” 9 p.m. Wednesday; “Lost Cities of the Amazon,” 9 p.m. Thursday; “Alexander the Great’s Lost Tomb,” 8 p.m. Nov. 21, followed by “Mystery of the Screaming Man” at 9 p.m., and “Herod’s Last Tomb,” 9 p.m. Nov. 23.

Desperate Housewives (9 p.m., ABC) — Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) daughter comes to visit with her surprising new boyfriend; Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) learns the truth about Mrs. Hildebrand’s (Frances Conroy) past, and a reporter tries to expose Bree’s (Marcia Cross) imperfections.

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

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide