TVLine Items: Giants' Franchise Opens Season, Syfy Finds Lost Girl, and Other News to Know

Showtime has set a launch date for The Franchise, a new docu-series that follows the San Francisco Giants on their quest for a second consecutive MLB championship title.

The one-hour Franchise premiere, which will introduce the kooky group of athletes that make-up the Giants, airs Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c, and will continue with seven weekly half-hour at-bats.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Syfy has acquired the rights to both seasons of the Canadian cult hit Lost Girl, starring Anna Silk (Being Erica) as a sexy supernatural succubus who feeds off sexual energy.

Daytime TV Spoiler Alert! Oprah is in the midst of shooting her final episode extravaganza, and for those wondering what The Oprah Winfrey Show‘s last hours will entail, here are just a few teases, courtesy of and The Hollywood Reporter:
— Tom Hanks is the event’s host and emcee
— Guest appearances by Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Tyler Perry, Diane Sawyer, Wanda Sykes, Maya Angelou, Queen Latifah, Jay-Z, and (whew!) Dakota Fanning, just to name a few
— More of Oprah’s Favorite Things!

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  1. darclyte says:

    Lost Girl is about a succubus? Speaking succubi, any news on the return of The Gates on ABC? I saw that it got renewed at the last minute last season, but I haven’t heard any more about it.

  2. Christa says:

    Fear the beard!!! Yes I will so watch anything about the giants !!

  3. Shannon says:

    So excited about Lost Girl…I found it last year and love it! It has its moments of silly but I am totally in love with the super sexy detective Dyson who is Kris Holden-Reid. It just has a ton of potential if it keeps building the stories of the characters.

  4. Delirious says:

    Both seasons of Lost Girl? Does that mean it got renewed? Nice, I didn’t know it! Hope we get that 2nd season soon, it’s quite a nice show…

  5. xav says:

    This doesn’t mean Syfy has any control over Lost Girl, right? I don’t want their grubby little show-ruining hands all over Lost Girl

    • Simon Jester says:


      Don’t freak out. Syfy is the distributor, not the rights holder or producer. It’s the exact same scenario as when they broadcast DOCTOR WHO or MERLIN.

    • vee says:


      SyFy loves to ruin perfectly good shows. I’m rather protective of LG because its Canadian and excellent (two terms which dont often coincide).

      So if SyFy doesn’t affect what goes on screen, than yay! a wider audience for this fab show is wonderful

  6. Lisa says:

    Yes! The Franchise is going to be great. I loved the preview episode, and anything will Tim Lincecum will be on my television.