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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Battlestar Galactica The fourth season of Battlestar Galactica will be the last. Also, the between season movie about Battlestar Pegasus, "Razor," formerly announced as direct to DVD, will be shown first on the air. Turns out that original series creator Glen Larson owns the movie rights, including direct to DVD movies, and he does not like the grim tone of the new series. (He may also not like the fact that the new series has gotten much better reviews than his series ever did.)

The series finale of Stargate SG1 got the most viewers ever, more than two million. (To put this in context, a network show with less than 4 million views is almost always cancelled.)

Doctor Who In addition to twenty-four season two episodes of Heroes, during the slow time around Christmas, when most series air reruns, there will be 6 stand-alone episodes, Heroes: Origins.

This month Dr. Who returns to the SciFi Channel for a third season. And in the UK, Dr. Who will be back for a fourth season, with a new companion and a new Christmas special.

On TV in July

The 4400 Sunday, July 1
The 4400 "Audrey Parker's Has Come & Gone"

Friday, July 6
Dr. Who "The Runaway Bride" by Russell T. Davies, third season premiere, followed by Dr. Who, "Smith and Jones", by Russell T. Davies

Sunday, July 8
The 4400 "The Truth & Nothing But the Truth"

Eureka Tuesday, July 10
Eureka "Phoenix Rising", season two premiere

Friday, July 13
Dr. Who "The Shakespeare Code", by Gareth Roberts

Sunday, July 15
The 4400 "Try the Pie"

Tuesday, July 17
Eureka "Try, Try Again"

Friday, July 20
Dr. Who "Gridlock", by Russell T. Davies

Sunday, July 22
The 4400 "The Marked"

Tuesday, July 24
Eureka "Unpredictable"

Friday, July 27
Dr. Who "Daleks in Manhattan" (I), by Helen Raynor

Sunday, July 29
The 4400 "Till We Have Built Our Jerusalem"

Tuesday, July 31
Eureka "Games People Play"

Not science fiction really, but I've been watching South Park, The Hits: Volume 1 on DVD. If you have not already watched South Park, and if you have a thick skin and a strong stomach, I recommend you give it a try. At first, you will not be able to believe how gross it is. If you are able to move beyond that, you will begin to notice the sharp satire, great music, and strong storytelling. Not to mention the moral, which is often surprisingly conservative. I particularly liked the one about too much bad language on television. And "Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers", the title of which actually makes perfect sense.

Copyright © 2007 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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