TV News: Lost, Angels, Who, Alphas, Glee

Forbes reports that the 2.5-hour finale of “Lost” pulled in a final rating of 13.5 million viewers in the U.S., the show’s highest rating in two years.

However the figure is seen as something of a disappointment considering ABC’s regular Sunday show “Desperate Housewives” has pulled in a figure of around 14 million viewers per episode this past season.

Other high-profile finales like “Friends” (52 million) or “Seinfeld” (76 million) clearly outrated it, while it only just outpaced the finales of “The Sopranos” (12 million) and “Sex and the City” (11 million) and those were on paid cable.

Reviews for the finale have fallen along the sentiments that it was emotionally satisfying despite various plot holes.

Charlie’s Angels
Former “Smallville” showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough have been hired to serve in the same capacity on ABC and Sony’s small screen reboot of the classic 70’s TV series.

The original “Charlie’s Angels,” followed three female private eyes who are dispatched to solve exotic cases by their secretive boss Charlie. Sony generated two hit films from the property in 2000 and 2003.

Along with the pair, original series producer Leonard Goldberg and film series producer Drew Barrymore will also produce.

Doctor Who
Acclaimed fantasy author Neil Gaiman has talked to The BBC about his script for an episode of next season’s “Doctor Who” and posted up this photo of himself, showrunner Steven Moffat and writer/director Richard Curtis.

Gaiman says of his episode “It’s going to be shooting in August and we were going through it and figuring out ways that money could be saved and ways we could have some things happen faster… it was a little bit flabby.”

Jack Bender, executive producer and director of much of “Lost” including last night’s finale, will serve in the same capacity on the Syfy series “Alphas”.

Zak Penn and Michael Karnow penned the pilot which follows a crime-solving team made up of ordinary people who “develop extraordinary mental skills”.

Filming kicks off this Summer in Toronto.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Fox has ordered a third season of “Glee” from Ryan Murphy Television and 20th Century Fox TV, despite the second season not kicking off until this Fall.

“Glee” is the No. 1 new scripted series of this past TV season among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. The series has averaged 9.4 million total viewers, a figure that jumps to 13.3 million viewers since the show’s return from its midseason hiatus.