15 November 2006

TV Roundup for 11/15 and a Hobbit

After two days of being ill, I'm back.

NBC finally confirmed a full season pickup for Friday Night Lights, which may be moved from its current Tuesday slot to Sundays beginning in January. This move, of course, is because if the show remains on Tuesday, FOX’s returning American Idol will kill it. And NBC execs really like Friday Night Lights, so expect something else to become the sacrificial lamb there.

Production is underway on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, a straight-to-video follow-up to the long-running TV series. Lost Tales picks up several years after the events of the series' original story, following several of its major characters — returning cast members include Bruce Boxleitner, Tracy Scoggins and Peter Woodward — in new adventures set against the backdrop of the Babylon 5 universe

ABC has confirmed a full season pick up of What About Brian, despite posting season low ratings last week.

Finally, while not TV related, I thought I mention this: MGM Chief Harry Sloan has confirmed they are in talks with Peter Jackson to make two movies based on J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit though that is contingent on negotiations with New Line, which owns the right to produce The Hobbit.

The first film will be a direct adaptation of The Hobbit, and the second would be drawn from footnotes and source material connecting The Hobbit with The Lord of the Rings.

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