Television Notes: 'The Sopranos', 'John From Cincinnati', Rainn Wilson, Fox News, Michael Richards

HBO adds an “extra” ninth episode to the final stretch of The Sopranos, with the first, beginning of the end episode to air on April 8th.

Things we know about HBO’s John From Cincinnati:

John, shot in Imperial Beach, CA., features Austin Nichols, Ed O’Neil, Luis Guzman, Brian Van Holt, Rebecca De Mornay, and Luke Perry in what’s been frequently referred to as “surf noir”.
– There’s surfers, skateboarders, heroin addicts, and space aliens.
– Creator David Milch, along with surf novelist Kem Nunn, hone in on a dysfunctional family, some of which may be able to levitate (yes literally).
– Milch may very likely be insane, and John sounds truly wacked, but with Deadwood, one of a handful of television series that should fall into the category of “required” viewing (as opposed to “escapist” or “for a few laughs”) in his resume, let’s show a little faith – more via The New York Times.

Rainn Wilson (The Office) makes his feature screenwriting debut while joining director Jason Reitman for Bonzai Shadowhands. Described as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Midnight Cowboy”, Rainn, who will also star in the film, plans to bounce script ideas off his Office co-workers – “I am going to take my outline to all of the writers and one by one get their ideas and feedback, and by the end of that, it’ll be kick-ass in a way only a ninja can kick ass.” – Hollywood Reporter

Fox News is planning a right-leaning Daily Show-like program, entitled This Just In. Producer Joel Surnow explains that the show targets “the scared cows of the left” and will “play more to the Fox News audience than the Michael Moore channel.” Sure to be a knee-slapper. – TV Squad

Speaking of ill-conceived, I submit – a day in the life of Kramer. A (not safe for work) video of Michael Richard’s room clearing, racist comedy club tirade hits the net Monday morning, makes national news by lunchtime, and by afternoon he’s incoherently backtracking, via satellite to an oblivious audience on Letterman, with Jerry Seinfeld around for some hand holding. And that’s a wrap, on his career.

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