TV News: Office, Zero, Burn, Suits, Wilfred

The Office
“Boston Legal” star James Spader looks to become the man set to replace Steve Carell in the American version of “The Office”, but not in the way that you think. In the last episodes of last season, Spader’s Robert California character interviewed for the job that Carell’s character left behind.


Now, though hired to lead the Scranton office of Dunder Mifflin – he almost immediately moves into becoming the company’s CEO, replacing currently recurring actress Kathy Bates. Unlike Bates’ appearances though, Spader’s role is said to be a regular.

This also leaves open the question about a possible second star being brought in to either Carell’s old position, or having one of the existing cast promoted and a new actor playing their more junior position. No scripts for the new season have yet been written so no formal decision has yet been made. [Source: Inside Blip]

Year Zero
“Fight Club” scribe Jim Uhls is set pen the script for the HBO and BBC sci-fi mini-series “Year Zero” based on the 2007 concept album by Trent Reznor and his band Nine Inch Nails.

The recording criticizes the U.S. government — specifically the Bush years — and presents a dystopian vision of the year 2022. Reznor has already adapted the album into an alternate reality game. [Source: The Live Feed]

Burn Notice
The fifth season of cable spy drama “Burn Notice” returned to strong numbers with 5.2 million average viewers at 9pm, up 20% from last year and up 15% in the 18-49 demo.

At the same time USA Network and DC Comics debuted the first chapter of its “Burn Notice” interactive graphic novel on Thursday and has scored more than 100,000 page views according to the network. [Source: The Live Feed]

USA’s new show “Suits” with Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams retained 90% of Burn Notice’s audience with 4.6 million viewers for the premiere. [Source: The Live Feed]

FX’s new comedy series “Wilfred” starring Elijah Wood drew 2.6 million total viewers to become the network’s most-watched comedy series premiere ever. It also posted 1.6 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demo. [Source: Deadline]