Archive for May 17th, 2007
The CW Cancels ‘Veronica Mars’
By DAVID BAUDER
NEW YORK (AP) – The CW network canceled the cult hit “Veronica Mars” and will try to pick up steam in its second year with series about the snobby rich, transplanted families and a bounty hunter for the devil.
The network, created out of the ashes of the former WB and UPN, had already ended the long-running family dramas “7th Heaven” and “Gilmore Girls.” On Thursday the ax fell on “Veronica Mars,” which starred Kristen Bell as a wisecracking teenage private eye.
Corporate parents CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. had hoped the CW could become a fifth major network by combining the best of its predecessors, but it has often slipped behind Univision in the ratings during a disappointing first year.
The new “Gossip Girl,” about a group of prep school teenagers in Manhattan, will be given the biggest push. The CW scheduled it for Wednesdays at 9 p.m. after its top-rated program, “America’s Next Top Model.”
The CW’s only new comedy, “Aliens in America,” is about a high school student trying to adjust to a Pakistani exchange student. “Life is Wild” is a drama about a New York City family spending a year at a game reserve in South Africa.
The new drama “Reaper” features one of the CW’s oldest new characters: a 21-year-old. His parents sold his soul to the devil and he’s assigned to track down evil escapees from hell.
On Sunday nights, the network will debut “The CW Now,” an entertainment-oriented newsmagazine for 18-to-34-year-olds. “Online Nation” will talk about what’s hot on the Web.
In midseason, the CW will bring on a reality show, “Farmer Wants a Wife,” about a country guy choosing among 10 women fed up with big-city prospects.
The CW’s prime-time schedule for the fall TV season:
8 p.m. – “Everybody Hates Chris”
8:30 p.m. – “Aliens in America”
9 p.m. – “Girlfriends”
9:30 p.m. – “The Game”
8 p.m. – “Beauty and the Geek”
9 p.m. – “Reaper”
8 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model”
9 p.m. – “Gossip Girl”
8 p.m. – “Smallville”
9 p.m. – “Supernatural”
8 p.m. – “Friday Night Smackdown!”
7 p.m. – “The CW Now”
7:30 p.m. – “Online Nation”
8 p.m. – “Life is Wild”
9 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model” reruns
Gunning For the Last Laugh
Sean Gunn, who plays one of the show’s quirkier characters, talks about his favorite on-the-set moments, from playing Jesus to being terrorized by his cat
Sean Gunn, aka Stars Hollow’s resident buffoon Kirk, was mentally prepared for Gilmore Girls to end its seven-season run (tonight at 8 p.m. on the CW) — just not for how he found out about it on the same day as fans did. ”I got a text message from Cher, the season 2 winner of Beauty and the Geek,” he says, kindly pausing for laughter. ”’Sorry to hear about your show.’ That’s how I found out it had just got canceled.” Because the series’ fate hadn’t been decided at the time of last month’s annual wrap party, the cast never got the blow-out they deserved. To give Gunn a proper send-off, we asked him to countdown his Top 10 favorite Kirk episodes. It was the least we could do…especially if we wanted to hear the words ”Cat Kirk” again.
10. Season 3′s ”Haunted Leg”
It’s the one where… Kirk asks Lorelei (Lauren Graham) out on a date. ”She’s worried the whole episode, How am I gonna get around this?, and then in the last scene she says, ‘Oh, you’re a nice guy, but we should just be friends,’ and Kirk is very upset. It’s actually one of the closest things I have to a dramatic moment on the show, even though it’s kinda absurd. I’d like to believe that Lorelei made a massive mistake there.”
9. Season 3′s ”They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?”
It’s the one where… Lorelei is determined to keep Kirk from winning the Stars Hollow dance marathon yet again. ”The final moment, where I’m hoisting my trophy and running around to the theme from Rocky, is one of my favorites. I wish I could say I improvised that, but I didn’t. That was all in the script.”
8. Season 5′s ”Blame Booze and Melville”
It’s the one where… Luke (Scott Patterson) and Kirk put in competing bids on the Twickham house. ”I get to really be a villain in that episode, which I enjoy. I’d always rather be a jerk than a loser. Unfortunately, Kirk usually skews more toward loser.”
7. Season 3′s ”Face-Off”
It’s the one where… Kirk announces the hockey game. ”I have a line that I love: ‘So it’s back to the desert for the [Stars Hollow] Minutemen, perhaps for another 40 years. Of course, by then, I’ll be 70 years old. A lot of the rest of you will probably be dead. Taylor, you’ll be dead. Babbette, Miss Patty…that man there in the hat.”’
6. Season 2′s ”Teach Me Tonight”
It’s the one where… A Film by Kirk has its world premiere. ”There’s a Stars Hollow film festival, and every year, Taylor [Michael Winters] shows The Yearling. Lorelei’s like, ‘Oh god, let’s show something better this year,’ so she’s [put] in charge of it. Kirk goes to her and says, ‘I don’t know if you know this, but I’m an auteur and I’ve been working on this short film for five years.’ And then it’s this bizarre, black-and-white arty film. When I meet fans, this is one of the two episodes people mention the most. Everybody loves A Film by Kirk.” (Yes, those were his own dance moves.)
5. Season 2′s ”A-Tisket, A-Tasket”
It’s the one where… Kirk wins the basket Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) made for Jackson (Jackson Douglas) at the annual Stars Hollow Picnic Basket Auction. ”We shot it when I was still just a guest star, going from episode to episode. It was the first time they gave Kirk any sort of backstory. Jackson comes to me, and we have a scene on a park bench that for whatever reason is still just about my favorite scene I’ve ever done on the show. I say [to him], ‘Look, you don’t understand, some of us don’t have girlfriends to make baskets for them, and I grew up in a house with 12 brothers and sisters and nobody ever made me a basket.’ I end up selling him back the basket for like $250, and ask him for two forms of ID for a check. It’s funny, but it’s kinda sad, too.”
4. Season 4′s ”Raincoats and Recipes”
It’s the one where… Kirk runs naked through Luke and Lorelei’s kiss outside the newly opened Dragonfly Inn. ”Everybody remembers the maniacal yelling, but I prefer the earlier scene that sets it up. I go and talk to Luke and tell him I have these night terrors. ‘I’m used to it now, but I don’t want to end up ninja-kicking or strangling Lulu [Rini Bell] in her sleep.’ It’s just very matter-of-fact.” Uh-huh, but back to the nudity. ”That pillow really is all I got. I remember after the first take, walking by [Graham and Patterson]. They were kinda laughing, kinda uncomfortable. I said, ‘Was I too big?’ I think that broke the tension a little bit.”
3. Season 5′s ”Jews and Chinese Food”
It’s the one where… Kirk plays Tevia in the elementary school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. ”Here’s the backstory: Before Gilmore Girls even started, [executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino] had gone to see a friend’s young child in a production of Fiddler on the Roof, and Tevia was played by an enormous black man, who was the music director of the school. They said it was one of the most bizarre things they’ve ever seen, and they knew they had to recreate it. But for years they couldn’t get the rights [to Fiddler]. We used the same backstory: The role’s too big, none of the kids can do it, and so we needed an adult. It’s hysterical because Kirk is singing ”Do You Love Me?” to an 8-year-old girl, but at the same time, Luke and Lorelei are listening and having a moment. To me, that makes for good TV: when you can simultaneously contrast something totally absurd with something kinda dramatic and touching.”
2. Season 3′s ”A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”
It’s the one where… Kirk gets a cat that he names Kirk. ”This is the other episode fans say is their favorite. What I really like about it is that all the action takes place offscreen, which to me is always funnier. The last scene, where Kirk is bandaged and describing how Cat Kirk is terrorizing him, is the only time in the whole seven years of doing the show that I can remember doing a take, and having Dan Palladino say, ‘Sean, that was a little too big. Can you bring it down a little bit?”’
1. Season 4′s ”The Festival of Living Art”
It’s the one where… Stars Hollow hosts a pose-as-famed-artwork festival, and Kirk goes ”Method” while playing Jesus in Da Vinci’s ”The Last Supper.” ”I love that episode because everything works. Everything that happens is hilarious. It was also the number-one most grueling episode to shoot for me. The makeup artists won an Emmy for that show [the only one Gilmore Girls ever won], which they richly deserved. It looked fantastic. It didn’t look like — I’m trying to think of a polite way to diss the WB — shoddy production values. Actually, there is a great still photo from that episode, where it looks like a nice little tableau of ‘The Last Supper,’ but it’s all people and I’m in the middle as Jesus. I had a bunch of copies framed and gave them to my family members for Christmas that year.”
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May 16, 2007
Would you have ended the show’s seven-season run differently? While we weren’t biting our nails over whether Luke’s tucked-away necklace would find its way onto Lorelai’s neck (of course it would!), it was satisfying to see some of the storylines tied up, with the world still wide open for newly minted online reporter Miss Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). And while the town farewell to Rory was picture perfect, the best part may have been seeing the mother and daughter sitting at their usual table at the diner at 5 in the morning, framed in the window, bantering as if it was the day we first laid eyes on them.
So what did you think? Did it end the way it should have?
Photo: Bruce Birmelin/The CW