- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

‘L Word’ spinoff set

After a few months of speculation, Showtime has settled on a centerpiece for its possible spinoff of “The L Word.”

According to Zap2it.com, the premium cable network says “L Word” creator Ilene Chaiken will write and produce a spinoff pilot built around Leisha Hailey’s character, Alice.

The presentation will be shot in December, one month ahead of the January premiere for the sixth and final season of “The L Word” on Showtime.

Miss Hailey has played Alice Pieszecki since “The L Word” premiered in 2004. A journalist, Alice may be remembered best as the creator of the Chart, a graphic representation of the romantic entanglements and sexual escapades of her group of friends, loved ones and acquaintances.

Vick dogs boost NGC

National Geographic Channel’s two-hour premiere of “Dogtown: Saving the Michael Vick Dogs” on Friday night was seen by more than 4 million viewers, Multichannel.com reports.

“Dogtown” reached a combined 3.3 million households, 4.3 million viewers and 2 million adults age 25 to 54 during two airings (9 p.m. and midnight). Overall, NGC placed seventh among all ad-supported cable networks for adults 25 to 54 in prime time and from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, outperforming Discovery Channel, History, A&E Network, TLC, Animal Planet and MTV.

“Dogtown” follows the journeys of four of the fighting dogs taken from property owned by former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

A team of dedicated experts is working to help the animals overcome their violent pasts and live happier, healthier lives.

Dogtown, a shelter for lost canine souls, is part of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, one of the largest no-kill animal facilities in the country.

New episodes of “Dogtown” air each Friday at 10 p.m.

‘Blood’ numbers so-so

Home Box Office took a decent bite out of the Sunday night television audience, drawing 2.1 million combined viewers for its premiere of the vampire-tinged original series “True Blood,” Multichannel.com reports.

The Allan Ball-produced series debuted at 9 p.m. with 1.4 million viewers, with a repeat 10:30 p.m. airing drawing an additional 700,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The series stars Anna Paquin as a Southern cocktail waitress who falls for a 173-year-old vampire (portrayed by Stephen Moyer) against the backdrop of the discovery of a new synthetic drink that enables vampires to walk among humans without craving their blood.

Though “Blood” drew more viewers than the 910,000 who tuned into the September 2007 premiere of “Tell Me You Love Me,” it fell short of other HBO series premieres, such as “Big Love” (4.5 million), “Rome” (3.8 million) and “John From Cincinnati,” Multichannel.com notes.

Touchdown for NBC

According to Nielsen, the top five shows for the week of Sept. 1 through 7 along with their networks and viewerships were: 1) “Sunday Night Football”: Chicago at Indianapolis, NBC, 18.3 million; 2) “NBC NFL Special”: Washington at New York Giants, NBC, 13.5 million; 3) “Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick Show,” NBC, 13.3 million; 4) “Fox NFL Sunday Post-Game Show,” Fox, 12.9 million; and 5) “Deal or No Deal,” NBC, 10.9 million.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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