James Roday, the charismatic star of USA’s comedy/mystery series Psych, will be coming to Off-Broadway next month in Gabe McKinley’s play Extinction, which is transferring from Los Angeles’s Elephant Space Theatre to the Cherry Lane Theatre Off-Broadway. Also starring in the production is another television actor, Michael Weston, who plays recurring character Lucas Douglas on Fox’s popular medical mystery show House. The play is about two college buddies whose annual outing goes awry. The production will begin performances on February 13, with an opening on February 17.
Hey, New York, can’t wait to find out what happens with Finn and Quinn on “Glee”? Itching to tune into “The Simpsons”? Now that Time Warner Cable and Fox have settled their dispute, your TV viewing on Fox is safe this winter.
Signals will now continue on Fox for millions of viewers who use the Time Warner Cable service. (You may have noticed dire warnings flashing across your screen last week, urging viewers to write in and stop the cut.)
The contract expired at midnight last Thursday, and Fox had threatened to drop its broadcasting signal, effectively cutting its programming, from 14 of its TV stations and many of its cable stations. Dropping the signal would have meant that more than 6 million subscribers across the country–including New York and Lo Angeles—would not have access to such programs as the college football bowls, as well as the season premieres of “American Idol” (Jan. 12) and “24” (Jan. 17) as well as the 20th anniversary special of “The Simpsons” coming up on January 10.
Fox faces enormous competition from other cable channels and fickle viewers. It wanted to be paid per subscriber for the broadcast signal, which it was giving away for free. The dispute (which focused on how much Time Warner should pay to deliver the Fox network) ended when the companies negotiated through New Year’s Day.
Jennifer Morrison, who recently left the popular Fox television show House, is now heading for Broadway. Morrison will be joining the cast of the Broadway revival of William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker in the role of Helen Keller’s mother, Kate Keller. Also joining the cast is actor Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Married To the Mob), who will play Captain Keller. This production, which opens on Broadway this Spring, will mark the Broadway debuts for both Jennifer Morrison and Matthew Modine.