Morning Static: NBC, TRUE BLOOD, GREY’S ANATOMY & More!

Welcome to our morning round-up of big/interesting TV news that you may have missed over the past 24 hours because unlike us, there’s a fairly good chance that you have a life outside of the small screen.

The British invasion marches on this morning with the news that the Peacock network is developing a new take on the UK drama series PRIME SUSPECT. Also marching on: NBC’s apparent inability to develop an original idea. [Variety]

Katherine Heigl out! Robert Baker, Jesse Wililams and Nora Zehetner in! Media-in-a-tizzy! Shonda Rhimes Pissed! Heck, if the on-screen drama is even half as interesting as GREY’S ANATOMY off-screen drama this season, we’re in for one helluva ride. [E! Online]

We imagine ourselves changing the channel with the news that Sci Fi Syfy is developing both a cooking and a talk show in a rather desperate attempt to imagine a broader audience. [i09]

Diane Sawyer will replace Charlie Gibson as the anchor of ABC’s WORLD NEWS beginning in January 2010. Which means, NBC’s Brian Williams best be watching his back. Yeah, we’re looking at you Meredith Vieira. [TV Newser]

Wondering which Bon Temps denizen might not survive next week’s TRUE BLOOD season finale? Probably the one who just signed on to ABC’s midseason legal drama THE DEEP END. We’re just sayin’ [THR]

  • Ace

    This week on on the SyFy Channel…

    Cooking with Jabba the Hut: The perfect romantic dinner for the Ewok in your life.

    Late night geek chat: Host William Shatner finds out why Peter Bishop is always hungry on Fringe, attempts to not anger Supernatural fans, and oggles…whoops, chats with Dollhouse’s Eliza Dushku!

    Dancing with the Aliens.

  • Linda B.

    This is a bit off topic, but why did the SciFi network change their name to SyFy? I miss the old one. Maybe I’m just a spell freak.

  • Ace

    Linda B. — It was for trademark purposes. They couldn’t trademark “SciFi” because it is a generic term for a genre of show. They can trademark “SyFy” because it is made up and so ridiculous that no one else wants it :-P.

  • Hil

    I loved the original Prime Suspect. Not sure there is an American actress who can pull that role off. I’ve certainly not seen one of that age range who could play that role without it being a complete joke. Maybe we can find a British one we can import in. Hm. Why bother though? That show was already made and it was in English.

  • Nick

    Funny how ABC had no drama, no questions about who would replace Charlie. Everyone loves Diane Sawyer, morning or evening. I’m guessing Katie got a pretty rude awakening.

  • Todd W in NC

    Nice explanation about Syfy, Ace. :)

    I don’t understand why they picked a different spelling for the same term rather than a new word or set of words, altogether. Just because Syfy is spelled differently [dumb], it’s still pronounced “Sci-Fi” and still implies Sci-Fi.

    According to the Slice of Sci-Fi podcast, they were once thinking of renaming the network Beyond. At least that term is generic enough, you can show any programming you want, which sounds like what they’re going to do anyway.

  • Josh Emerson

    These American remakes of British shows need to stop! Yes, it worked for The Office. Is there any other situation where it hasn’t been a complete failure? I would much rather see the original British versions of the shows than some stupid “Americanized” version.

    Wait, I take that back. I enjoyed the US remake of Worst Week. But that was mainly because Kyle Bornheimer is great.

  • grumpyoldman

    Less Heigl means more time for Callie-zona action!!!

  • Sheindie

    NBC bought ‘SyFy’ from @AirlockAlpha ..they had the trademark for that and sold it to (they didn’t know it was nbc) a cover for @250K .. had he known what nbc was going to use it for (the SciFi channel) he wouldn’t have sold.