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TV Weekend: Sanctuary, Ricky Gervais, Survivor, Leverage

by Bill Frost
- Posted // 2010-12-17 - This just in: Surprising no one, SyFy has canceled the depresso Stargate Universe; the final 10 episodes will air spring 2011. Will they ever make it back to Earth and see McGyver again?

What’s new this weekend:
Sanctuary (SyFy, tonight) Season Finale: Meanwhile, on a SyFy series that actually has some viewers, ex-Stargate SG-1 (you know, the fun one) star Amanda Tapping closes out Season 3 of her inexplicably popular supernatural/fantasy series by leading her team into a hidden underground city and—says here—certain death. Have no fear, Tap-heads: Since Sanctuary costs about $100 an episode to shoot (it’s almost entirely green-screen; no locations) and SyFy has canceled everything else, it’ll be back next year.

Also new tonight:
Supernanny (ABC); What Not to Wear (TLC); Law & Order: UK (BBC America); The Soup (E!)

Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 (HBO, Saturday) Back for his second stand-up special (hence the title), Ricky Gervais spouts off about fat people, gay people, stupid people—basically, American people. Try not to be distracted by his new Hulk Hogan-like physique.

Also new Saturday:
Saturday Night Live (NBC) Jeff Bridges (Tron: Legacy) hosts; Eminem and Lil’ Wayne struggle for hip-hop relevance.

Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS, Sunday) 3-Hour Season Finale: I thought for sure crazy old bat Jane was going to win, but she was voted off Wednesday in a clusterfuck triple-cross, leaving five players who are only still in the game through sheer luck—all of the good ones have been sent home, so who cares? Give it to Fabio; he’s earned it just by tolerating that nickname.

Married to Rock (E!, Sunday) Read all about it in True TV.

Leverage (TNT, Sunday) 2-Hour Season Finale: Nate’s old nemesis Moreau (Goran Visjinc) is back, and the team has to break into a Department of Defense lab to stop him from killing a brilliant engineer and selling her work to less-brilliant terrorists. Oh, and remember guest-star Elisabetta Canalis (George Clooney’s model/actress girlfriend) from way back in the beginning of this season? She’s back, impossible legs, impossible-er Italian accent and all.

Also new Sunday:
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E); Sarah Palin’s Alaska (TLC); Bridalplasty, Kendra (E!); The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo); Top Gear (History)

Preview: The explosive (literally—this show blows up stuff almost as frequently as Burn Notice) season finale of TNT’s Leverage:

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Posted // March 27,2011 at 10:15

Nice overview this line made me laugh: “Since Sanctuary costs about $100 an episode to shoot [edit] and SyFy has canceled everything else, it’ll be back next year.” While it certainly is a very cost effective show to produce I actually rather like it. That style doesn’t work for some shows I think it lends a weird otherworldly feel to Sanctuary that is perfect for this one. It is something you want to watch in HD though. I’ve seen a few episodes over at a friend’s house now—with his standard def feed—and it just isn’t nearly the same. With the muddy picture quality the CGI backgrounds just don’t look…right. Of course, I suppose I could just be getting spoiled, being that I’m a DISH Network subscriber (actually as of recently I became employed with them as well) I’m used to having a huge selection of HD channels available to me, in fact I hardly watch anything anymore in standard definition.


Posted // December 18,2010 at 14:53

Yay Ricky Gervais, totally excited.