- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Terminator

“The Terminator” is far from being terminated.

Fox has just given a full-season order to “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Variety reports.

The back-nine order was far from certain, as the show has been struggling in its Monday night time slot. Yet “Sarah Connor” has developed a fan base and some positive critical attention along the way.

Warner Bros. TV is behind “Sarah Connor,” which stars Lena Headey in the title role, as well as Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Brian Austin Green, Richard T. Jones, Garret Dillahunt, Leven Rambin and Shirley Manson.

New Probst project

Fresh off his Emmy win for reality-show host, Jeff Probst of “Survivor” is developing a new reality series for CBS, TVGuide.com says, citing a report in Entertainment Weekly.

Mr. Probst will host “Live Like You’re Dying,” a make-a-wish show of sorts. The series features people with terminal illnesses being taken on “the last adventure of their life” before they die.

“The focus of the show is not death,” Mr. Probst says. “The story we´re going tell is about living. This is a show that is intended to inspire everybody to get the most out of their lives every day.”

A pilot has been ordered, and filming begins in January. Should the series be picked up, each episode will profile a new person, TVGuide.com reports.

Mr. Probst will work on the show with “Survivor” honcho Mark Burnett and Denise Cramsey of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

‘Deadwood’ reunion

Brian Cox will reunite with his former “Deadwood” co-star Ian McShane on NBC’s midseason series “Kings,” Zap2it.com reports.

Mr. Cox will have a recurring part on the drama, which recasts the biblical story of David in a contemporary setting. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s set to appear in four episodes as a former king and rival to Mr. McShane’s King Silas.

“Kings” is one of two NBC projects Mr. Cox has landed recently. He also has signed for Dick Wolf’s (“Law & Order”) pilot “Lost and Found,” in which he’ll star opposite Katee Sackhoff of “Battlestar Galactica.”

Mr. Cox and Mr. McShane shared the screen during the third season of “Deadwood,” with Mr. Cox playing a traveling theater impresario and old acquaintance of Al Swearengen’s (Mr. McShane) who brought his troupe to town.

“Lost and Found” centers on Miss Sackhoff’s character, a Los Angeles Police Department detective who clashes with her bosses and is sent to work cases in which the victims were never identified. Mr. Cox will play her partner, an old-school cop who’s not a fan of either modern police work or standards of decorum.

Mr. Cox won an Emmy in 2001 for his work on the TNT miniseries “Nuremberg.” His other recent credits include “Zodiac,” “Running With Scissors,” “Match Point” and “The Bourne Supremacy.”

Bravo marathons

Bravo will air a full-series marathon of its latest acquisition, “Swingtown,” on Friday beginning at noon, thefutoncritic.com reports.

The series, which traces two generations of friends and neighbors as they forge intimate connections and explore new freedoms during the culturally transformative decade of the 1970s, stars Jack Davenport, Grant Show, Josh Hopkins, Molly Parker, Lana Parrilla, Miriam Shor, Shanna Collins, Aaron Howles and Britt Robertson.

Additionally and just in time for Election Day, Bravo will air minimarathons of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “The West Wing” on Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon and on Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The West Wing” - which ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006 - offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at presidential politics and the Oval Office as seen through the eyes of its eclectic group of frenzied staffers and the devoted first family. The cast includes Emmy winners Martin Sheen, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff and Allison Janney.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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