TV News: V, Numbers, Damages, Flight, Who

The premiere episode of ABC’s remake of the 80’s sci-fi mini-series classic scored a very strong 13.9 million viewers and a 5.0 demo rating.

The number tripled the network’s previous show in that timeslot and came in second only to ratings juggernaut “NCIS”. The network will air a further
three episodes this month and then return the series in March.

CBS has cut back its full season order for the veteran crime procedural from 22 to 16 episodes.

Though its easily the leading network ratings-wide of the night, Friday nights have been brutal this year and CBS is no exception.

“Numbers” pulled in a 1.7/6 rating and 7.9 million viewers overall but with its syndication run secure and the high production cost associated with the show, its future is looking unlikely beyond the current sixth season.

“24” co-stars Reiko Aylesworth and Sarah Wynter will reunite on FX’s drama series. The pair will have recurring roles in the upcoming third season alongside new regulars Martin Short and Campbell Scott.

Wynter will play a mysterious “security specialist” helping a high-level assistant district attorney (Martin Short) unravel a major financial scam. Aylesworth will play the wife of Scott’s character, who is tied to the scandal.

Flight of the Conchords
Jemaine Clement tells Starpulse that the HBO comedy series “very likely might not” return for a third season because it requires so much work.

The final decision will be made within a month depending upon how he, Bret McKenzie and series director James Bobin feel.

Clement admits however a shorter season or a special to wrap up the show could be more likely.

Doctor Who
A new 60-second trailer for BBC One’s “The Waters of Mars” special next week has premiered using dripping water noise to surprisingly creepy effect, not to mention a chilling ending.

FX is developing a period western with “St. Elsewhere” co-creator Joshua Brand and director/producer Peter Horton says Reuters.

The story is set in a Missouri town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and centers on Jason, a proper East Coast gentleman who returns from the war a changed man and seeks refuge in the border state.

CIA Remote Viewing Thriller
Harris Wilkinson (“Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming”) is developing a CIA-themed spy thriller series for Fox TV says Variety.

The untitled spy thriller centers on a division of the CIA that specializes in “remote viewing” — the ability to gather information using paranormal means.

Len Wiseman will direct the pilot while Peter Chernin will executive produce.