Another edition of The Groovy Grab Bag:
- A report in the New York Post states the long-running The Simpsons may be picked up for not one but three more years, taking the program through 2012. After this season, The Simpsons will become the longest-running scripted program in television history (the all-time champ is NBC's Meet the Press, which has been on since 1947.)
Also, CBS Television Distribution's daily strips Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have contracts running in syndication until 2012. Both have been running since 1975 (1983 in syndication) and 1984, respectively.
- Your tax money at work, or at least Canada's: The CBC (the nation's public broadcaster) is spending $24 million on HD broadcasting trucks. It's nice to know you can see the Toronto Maple Leafs lose on Hockey Night in Canada in glorious high-definition.
- The long national nightmare is over: Cloris Leachman is finally done with Dancing With the Stars. Okay everyone, it's safe to come out of your homes now.
- Another Monday, another rock-bottom ratings low for Heroes: The NBC drama finished fourth with a weak 4.9 household rating and a 7 household share, according to Nielsen. What the linked article doesn't tell you, is that Heroes tied for first in the 8 p.m. Central hour among adults 18-49 - but with only a 3.9 rating, a season-low and nabbed 8.15 million viewers, also a season-low.
Heroes won't air this coming Monday, but at least it gives people (including yours truly) a week off from griping about it.