Welcome to the Morning Links. Each weekday, I’ll provide you with some interesting television-related news items culled from the various TV websites I frequent on a regular basis with a slight bit of commentary attached. Pretty straightforward – no fuss, no muss. Really light day of links. The TV industry must have had a post-Valentine’s hangover or something. Still, I’ve managed to find a few to get you started today:
*Stop EVERYTHING. Friday Night Lights movie!! Friday Night Lights movie!! (Via The AV Club)
*It’s becoming more apparent that getting people to watch quality television is like pulling teeth. People watch swill like Two And A Half Men and 2 Broke Girls yet worthwhile fare like Cougar Town and The River turned in disappointing numbers on Tuesday night. Cougar Town’s belated third-season debut bowed to a series low 4.8 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Normally, I’d freak out about this but EW’s James Hibberd points out that Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence predicted a similar scenario earlier this week plus the fact that Tuesday was Valentine’s Day caused ratings drops across the board. Still, a show as intelligent as Cougar Town deserves more than a shade under five million viewers. Meanwhile, the second week of ABC’s excellent horror series, The River, fell off precipitously from its already disappointing debut to 5.0 million viewers and a 1.7 18-49 demo rating. Looks like it’s going to be one-and-done for The River. Sigh.
*One of the best stand-up comedians working today, Jim Gaffigan, is following the Louis CK business model for his next stand-up special, Mr. Universe, by making it available exclusively through the Internet for a $5 fee with $1 of each sale going to the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help injured service men and women and veterans. Gaffigan’s a great guy along with being a talented comedian and he’s using this special to help a great cause. He’s got my five bucks already. (Via The AV Club)
*Yet another exclusive Netflix project, this time from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. It’s looking more and more like Netflix could be at the forefront of a new television business model. (Via The AV Club)
*The CW keeps trying to make Katie Cassidy happen – not that I blame them – this time, casting her as the female lead in their Green Arrow adaptation creatively titled…Arrow. (Via TVLine)
*Ali Larter of Heroes fame has been cast in Fox’s new CIA project, The Asset. It would appear that Fox is a fan of wooden acting. (Via EW)