Cable is the place to watch good tv this week between Breaking Bad and the latest seasons of Showtime comedies. Survivors just finished it first season on Saturday nights on BBC America but it is starting second season on Tuesday nights. Maybe more people will stumble across it. The winter season finale of Caprica is this week. Then we’ll have to wait until fall for more new episodes. On Tuesday, there will be a recap of V so everyone can remember what was happening in the first four episodes from months ago before the series comes back next week.
Pick of the Week
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada, Raymond Cruz, Ted Beneke
Premieres: Sunday, March 21
Synopsis: Walt’s wife learns what he has really been doing in his spare time and she’s not going to put up with it while Jesse tries to go clean after his girlfriend died of an overdose that Walt could have prevented.
My Take: It is my favorite show on television currently. It is dark and twisted. It does not take the easy way out. You never know where it is going to lead, except to someplace that is even darker than you imagined.
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A breakdown on what’s new, gone and changing each night of the week on NBC come Fall 2009:
After hemming and hawing for a few weeks, NBC finally announced that Chuck would be returning next season. It will only be returning with 13 episodes, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have come to enjoy the cable series that last only that long. It seems to make for tighter story lines without as much filler. Chuck will be staying on Monday nights, but it will not appear again until after the Winter Olympics in 2010. What will be in its 8 pm time slot in the fall will be Heroes that is returning to run 19 consecutive episodes. I believe this will be good news for Heroes too since it loses its momentum when it goes into reruns.
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After the brief hiatus, the winter premieres of Chuck , Heroes, and Life. comes back. There are also reality premieres of I Love Money and For the Love of Ray J on VH1.
Season Finale: Bromance, Diettribe, Double Shot at Love, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns
Pick of the Week
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Jake Weber, David Cubitt, Maria Lark, Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva
Premieres: Monday, February 2
Synopsis: Allison has her old job back at the DA office and Joe has enough money to get his company off the ground.
My Take: The psychic/murder mystery stuff is interesting, but I really like the realistic family life in the show. It is one where the kids aren’t just annoying distractionsin the background, but actually play a part in storylines.
One of the most successful shows of the fall season so far, is NCIS, which is gaining more viewers in its sixth season. Crime procedurals in general have done well, especially since they were able to air repeats during the writer’s strike and had a few new episodes after it ended. CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds also saw increases in their ratings. One non-procedural show that is doing well was How I Met Your Mother. It gained an audience after Britney Spears guest starred last season (oh she is such a bad actress) and they actually stayed around this season. Two and a Half Men also is doing better this season. After bombarding the airwaves and billboards with promotional pushes, CW finally saw the ratings for Gossip Girl live up to its hype. Its increase in ratings also helped One Tree Hill do better this season too.
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Wow. It is hard to find trailers for show debuting this week. Where is the promotional push from the networks? It is a very sad state of affairs.
Update: I did only have Sunday up earlier, but now I have the entire week done.
Pick of the Week
The Amazing Race
Premieres: Sunday, September 28
Starring: Phil Keoghan
Synopsis: They will travel to new locations this 13th season, such as Cambodia and Kazakhstan. Also, one team will make a huge mistake that will keep them for making it to the finish line.
My Take: This is my favorite reality show. I love to see the destinations and the challenges are usually related to something specific about that culture. Also, the people that know each other already have the built-in mechanisms for arguing, which is fun to see heightened with lack of sleep.
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NBC actually announced its upcoming schedule six weeks ago since they decided to be weird and avoid the upfronts where all the media shows up, even though I think they were at the upfronts yesterday so I guess they had two presentations? I don’t know.
Anyway, here are the officially canceled shows: 1 vs 100, Amnesia, Bionic Woman, Clash of the Choirs, Journeyman, Las Vegas, My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, Phenomenon, Quarterlife, and The Singing Bee.
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The writer’s strike is officially over. Some shows are going back into production for 4-6 episodes to air in April and May (mostly self-contained procedurals like CSI and comedies), while other serialized shows will be relaunched next fall. Over at TV Guide, Michael Ausiello has a chart on all shows, but here are the ones that I care about, plus a few that I know you guys like too.
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Premieres: October 24
Synopsis: Criss Angel and Uri Geller try to find the next mentalist from 10 contestants.
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