Entertainment Link-Off: The Boobtube Busts

hayden-panettiere-star-trek-01Did anyone check out the series* finale of Scrubs on Wednesday night? It was such a brilliant episode! Definitely one of the best series finales ever… assuming ABC does not extend the show for a 9th season out of desperation. Anyway, headlining the article today is Hayden Panettiere doing the Vulcan hand sign. No, she’s not in the latest Star Trek flick (that was released Thursday night), but she did appear at the premiere. The film currently sits at 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps J.J. Abrams did manage to revive the franchise that was declared dead after the disastrous 10th flick Star Trek: Nemesis.

Let’s start off with a very random entertainment news. Apparently Chuck Norris can still kick ass… even if it’s just a cardboard version of him! (Olivia Munn)

After the jump, some movie news, a tiny bit on new music and the end of network television!

It’s too bad that Simon Pegg doesn’t show up until the 90 minute mark in the latest Star Trek flick, but at least he manages to steal every scene that he’s in once he does make his appearance on the silver screen. For those who want more Simon Pegg action, check out his video interview earlier in the week! (Collider)

Onto other Star Trek news, the movie seems to be doing very well at the box office so far… (Entertainment Weekly)

Now that Vin Diesel doesn’t have much of a career outside of Fast and the Furious franchise, it doesn’t surprise me his next big project features him driving more fast cars. (Variety)

Keanu Reeves is taking part in the modern retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Why the sudden fascination with remakes? First you got The Lake House, then The Day the Earth Stood Still… and now this? “Whoa!” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Christian Bale admits that his outburst on the Terminator set isn’t cool. That’s ok, I’m sure we all end up swearing 43+ times within 4 minutes at some point in our lives. Heck, just look at Steve Murray. He can do it within one minute! (FOX News) Oh and don’t forget to check out the latest extended trailer for Terminator Salvation! (Popoholic)

Minka Kelly has been cast in the thriller “The Roommate”. In the movie, Kelly’s character will be stalked/terrorized by her crazy roommate played by Leighton Meester. Well… I’m loving the cast of this movie already! (Zap2it)

Speaking of Leighton Meester, she’s featured in the latest song from Cobra Starship! (Cobra Starship Myspace)

Minka Kelly is also starring in a new CW pilot called Body Politic. It has an awesome cast and it sounds like it could be a really good show, but it doesn’t exactly fit Dawn’s vision of the CW. Body Politic doesn’t seem to be getting as much buzz as the other potential “typical CW fares” like Beautiful Life and Vampire Diaries. It’s too bad The CW is too stupid to realize their current formula doesn’t work. C’mon they should know that snagging only 2 million viewers for their “hit shows” like Gossip Girl and 90210 won’t sustain a network. On the bright side, the negative buzz is starting to catch up to the Gossip Girl spin-off. Too bad the show isn’t officially dead yet. (E! Online)

NBC announced part of their fall schedule on Monday. Bubble newbie shows like Parks and Recreation and Southland landed renewals. However… their ratings are freeee…. free-falling! (TV by the Numbers) I suppose it’s not a bad idea for NBC to -pick up- a consistent performer like…oh… I don’t know… CHUCK!

Due to the bad economy, Hollywood is making some cuts. In this case, TV networks are planning to save money by getting rid of some of their writing staff for their shows. No wonder most of the stuff we see on TV nowadays are utter crap! (Variety)

Last night’s Dollhouse episode was amazing! Once again the show just delivers. It’s too bad that it’s destined to be cancelled because I definitely enjoyed my weekly fix of Eliza Dushku this year. For those that missed the episode, Watch With Kristen provided 5 reasons why you should have tuned in. Meanwhile, the unaired Dollhouse episode ‘Epitaph One’ has the potential to spin-off into an entirely new series! (E! Online) I don’t know about you, but it’s not the same without Eliza. Dollhouse is such an interesting show. Even though the execution is flawed at times, the concept is just too good to pass up. While it brings up hot topics like human trafficking, the central theme to the show about discovering one’s identity is definitely worth exploring. Throughout the 12 episodes this season, we witness the show slowly building itself and finding its own identity. Dollhouse is still young and I do believe it deserves a second chance. FOX can’t just simply let this brilliant show go. Plus, I really want to learn the “purpose” of the Dollhouse!

The ratings for the season (most likely series) finale of Dollhouse has yet to be released, but when it does pop up, you can find it here. UPDATE: The Dollhouse finale hits a series low with 2.75 million viewers and a 1.0 rating for 18-49.

Finally let’s cap things off with an interesting crossover between FOX’s Family Guy and Bones.

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