News and notes, all wrapped up into one:
– Leno appears to be unhappy about being forced out of the famed 10:35 p.m. (CT) time slot for Conan O’Brien in 2009. Late shift, part II?
– Christiana Applegate returns to the network that launched her career (1986’s Heart of the City) and is the lead in Samantha Who? In it, the former Married… With Children star wakes up after eight days in a coma and forgets who she is. Then she finds out that Al and Peg Bundy are her parents and falls back into that coma.
Okay, I made up the last part and yes, that would be the only thing that would make me tune in into this already overrated sitcom.
– In the Huh? department (that’s not a typo), Fox Sports Net has sub-leased six of its Pac-10 basketball games to ESPN. Four of those games are slated to air on ABC. FSN will continue to air Pac-10 basketball on its regional sports networks (including Comcast SportsNet).
-Drew Carey debuted today as host of The Price Is Right, taking over Bob Barker’s position after 35 years. Mr. Carey was flawless and funny (and the contestants went 6-for-6 in the pricing games), and was quite smooth on his first day and if that’s any indication, The Price Is Right will be on the air with Carey at the helm for years to come.