Race car drama makes u-turn for one night

Published May 14, 2007

Fox is bringing back the short-lived car race drama Drive, albeit for one night only. The abruptly canceled series will return July 4 for two hours, from 8 to 10 p.m. Those hours will represent the end of the show's initial six-hour run, as well as its last produced hours (in other words, don't expect an extensive DVD set featuring 13 episodes, because they don't exist, but additional scripts are posted on producer Tim Minear's Web site, www.timminear.net). Fox pulled the much-hyped show from its schedule April 25 after three airings and four programming hours. Drive averaged 5.6-million viewers and a rather paltry 2.3 rating in the key 18-to-49 demographic. With the all-important May sweeps period approaching, Fox determined that repeats of House would likely attract a larger audience in the 8 p.m. Monday time slot (and did last Monday). Footnote: July Fourth is typically one of the lowest-rated nights of TV.

Spider-Man takes fall, hangs tough

Even when he takes a huge fall, Spider-Man comes out on top. Sony's Spider-Man 3 took in $60-million in its second weekend, a hefty 60 percent drop from its record debut a week earlier but good enough to remain the No. 1 movie, according to studio estimates Sunday. Debuting in second place with $10-million was Fox Atomic's horror sequel 28 Weeks Later, a follow up to 28 Days Later that continues the story of a virus in Britain that turns people into raging, cannibalistic zombies. Universal's "Georgia Rule, " opened at No. 3 with $5.9 million. Lionsgate's Delta Farce premiered at No. 5 with $3.5-million. The Weinstein Co. and MGM's workplace comedy The Ex tanked with $1.4-million, coming in at No. 12.