Stu Bykofsky's Philadelpia Daily News column mentions David saying:
"Mike Olshansky's" cab must have been in the shop because Hack star David Morse was standing in line at 30th Street Station buying a ticket to Noo Yawk. Morse, dressed in jeans, a plaid shirt and sneakers, waited patiently in line for about 15 minutes before people began to recognize him, including an Amtrak rep who pulled him out of line. The actor prefers to keep a low profile and did just that on the train ride. (5/12)
CBS will be showing Hack Episode 1-6 Slippery Slope on Friday, May 23,2003 at 9:00 PM PT/ET. (5/6)
Marc Berman remains bullish on Hack, saying this today in his Programming Insider column about CBS's bubble shows:
The Agency, Becker, Hack, My Big Fat Greek Life
Although Becker did better than expected on Sunday, was it really enough of an audience to warrant a renewal? And, please, let's hold off on renewing My Big Fat Greek Life until the over-reactive Nia Vardolos gets acting lessons. Chances are both The Agency and Hack will be back. (5/6)
Marc Berman from Media Week reports the Hack Overnight Nielsen ratings as 6.5/11, #2 in the Friday 9:00 PM hour behind the 2nd hour of America's Most Talented Kid (7.0/12). Placing 3rd was a second hour of America's Funniest Home Videos at 6.1/10.
Berman rates the odds of Hack's renewal at 3:1 saying, "As for a second season of Hack, it looks likely."
CBS will be announcing their Fall Season lineup on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. (5/5)
CBS: Please Renew Hack!
Here is one person's view to CBS as to why CBS should renew Hack, but actually this letter represents the views of many, many Hack fans.
Hack has a basic core audience, much more than might be reflected in the official "ratings." CBS, please take note!
Or, if you want to send a snail-mail letter to CBS expressing your views, send it to:
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
We want Hack for another season! (5/4)
The season finale of HackThe Squeeze was a very satisfying wrap-up to a wonderful first season of Hack. What a great episode. Completed the story arc of the first season but left open plenty of possibilities for new episodes.
The networks begin announcing their Fall Schedules beginning on May 12, 2003. ( No word, yet, on what specific date that CBS will make their announcement). (5/3)
The fast nationals ratings are in for the Friday, May 2 season finale of HackThe Squeeze:
"NBC took over at 9 p.m. with the conclusion of Talented Kids earning a 7.1/13 for the hour. A second edition of Home Videos put ABC in second. Hack picked up a 5.8/11 to put CBS in third. The final hour of Big Momma's House averaged a 3.9/7 on FOX." (5/3)
The final National Nielsen ratings for the week of April 21 - 27, 2003 place Hack's episode True Lies at 8.52 Million viewers, with an overall ranking of #54.
The Futon Critic is featuring Hack in the results of their "Save Our Shows" write-in campaign. According to their site, Hack was the 10th most requested show and received 92 letters in support of Hack's renewal for a second season.
The fast nationals ratings are in for the Friday, April 25 episode of HackTrue Lies:
"At 9 p.m., Tom Brokaw's interview with President Bush on Dateline NBC averaged 6.0/11, tying for first with a second hour of Home Videos on ABC. Hack, 5.9/10, came in third for CBS, while the season ender of FOX's John Doe scored a 3.6/6." (4/26)
"NBC won at 9 p.m. with Dateline NBC, 7.4/13. CBS moved up to second with Hack, which scored a 5.0/9. ABC dipped to third place with 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, 4.1/7 and Regular Joe, 3.4/6, while FOX was up from the previous hour but remained in fourth with John Doe, 3.5/6." (4/19)
Complete episode details are now available for Hack's final episode, Episode 1-22 The Squeeze that airs on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 9:00 PM PT/ET. This is Part 2 of the first season finale of Hack. (4/14)
The CBS Cares Post-Polio Public Service Announcement featuring David Morse aired on JAG, on Tuesday April 15, 2003. If you missed it, you can still view the announcement right here. (4/16)
The fast nationals ratings are in for the Friday, April 11 repeat of Hack episode 1-12 A Dangerous Game:
"NBC won at 9 p.m. with Ed, one of the few shows up for the week, with a 7.2/13. CBS was second with Hack, which scored a 4.9/8. FOX slipped into third with Big Daddy, which averaged a 4.2/8 for the hour. ABC's comedy duo of 8 Simple Rules and Regular Joe trailed."
Well, since Hack was competing against the Season Finale of Ed (a very respected show, formerly shown on Wednesday night) I guess the lower ratings for a Hack repeat aren't all that unusual. Ed won't be in the mix, in the next few months, since NBC hasn't elected to show the program during the critical May Sweeps. Which CBS has elected to show Hack in.
"As Olshansky's trial nears, evidence begins to suggest that Marcellus, whom he's been risking jail time to protect, may have been deceiving him all along."
This episode is Part One of the two-part season finale. Part Two, The Squeeze will air on May 2 2003.
Looks like an exciting end to Hack's first season! (4/10)
According to informed sources, filming for Hack's first season was completed on Friday, April 11, 2003. Then, comes the wait to see if CBS picks up the show for a 2nd season. CBS will be making this announcement by Wednesday, May 14, 2003. (4/10)
The fast nationals ratings are in for the Friday, April 4 airing of the Hack episode 1-19 Signature:
"At 9 p.m., Ed held the lead for NBC with 6.8/12. CBS and ABC traded spots, with the Eye's Hack coming in second at 5.4/9. ABC aired a repeat of 8 Simple Rules, 4.4/7 and a new Regular Joe, 4.1/7, to finish third. FOX's John Doe improved slightly on its lead-in but remained in fourth." (4/5)
No details of the episodes as of yet, but stay tuned. (3/25)
I recently had the opportunity to review, in depth, the extras that are included on The Slaughter Rule DVD. These extras are highly recommended. If you have the DVD version of the movie, please do check these out.
The best extra is the feature-length audio commentary by co-writers/directors, Andrew and Alex Smith. It's a spot-on commentary, with the Smith brothers providing background detail and comments for virtually every scene in the movie. Very entertaining and illuminative. (You will definitely get the idea of the rigors involved in the filming of this movie).
Another interesting extra is the "Sundance Lab" scenes, where critical scenes from the film were performed by other actors at the Sundance Institute, during the development of The Slaughter Rule script.
No offense intended to the actors who performed in these "Lab" scenes, but when compared to the final scenes in the movie, with David and Ryan Gosling, there's really just no comparison. The scenes in the movie are just so much more incredibly powerful.
Here is the photo gallery for Hack Episode 1-18 Sinners and Saints.
Don't forget to check out the photo galleries for all of the Hack episodes. (3/17)
The fast nationals ratings are in for the Friday, March 14 airing of the Hack episode Sinners and Saints:
NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with Dateline, 8.4/14, featuring coverage of the Elizabeth Smart case. Hack, 6.8/12, finished second for CBS, followed by a second hour of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC. FOX's John Doe averaged 3.4/6. (3/15)
The final episode of Hack, Season 1 will air on May 2, 2003. With Episode 1-22.
With, Hack Episode 1-18, Sinners and Saints, airing on March 14, 2003, that leaves 4 new Hack episodes airing in the Friday, 9:00PM time slot from March 21, to May 16, 2003. And according to my calendar, that's eight weeks.
On March 21 and Mach 28, 2003, CBS is pre-empting Hack to show Entertainment Tonight at 9:00 PM with Access Hollywood following at 9:30 PM. We'll see what happens with the other two remaining open time slots at 9:00 PM Friday. (3/14)