Fall TV Season is upon us. Even though quite a few shows got an early start this month, this week is the official season premiere week. Beware, this post will be huge!
Season Finales: Top Gear, Warehouse 13
Pick of the Week
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar
Premieres: Sunday, September 27
Synopsis: Dexter got married and found out he had a kid on the way. Can a serial killer really have the perfect life? This season also stars a very successful serial killer for Dexter to admire, played by John Lithgow.
My Take: I keep wondering how long the show can last before it’ll burn itself out since he can’t keep killing forever, can he? But I’ll continue to watch it as it continues to be so very excellent.
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A few weeks ago, the Television Critics Association got together to listen to all the basic and cable networks to answer questions and give the rundown of their shows this Fall. CBS Network President, Nina Tassler resided over the executive session before a few shows were highlighted with their own panels.
CBS Executive Session
Nina Tassler said CBS had a great season, “We grew our audience in every key ratings category; the only network to do so.” She talked about the success of The Mentalist, which was pretty much the only freshman hit of last season on any channel. She also discussed how NCIS continued to perform well in its time period. Some reporters questioned why she would put the NCIS spinoff on right after the original. “Because they do fall under one banner…it made more sense to have a block of the shows.” She also talked about potential crossovers between the shows. She confirmed that Pauley Perrette will be appearing on the second episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.
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I believe we really had one week off between the end of the regular season of network shows (with a few of them finally ending this week) and the beginning of the summer shows. There will be even more premiering next week, but this week we have the return of Burn Notice, which seems to fit in better in the summer than when it shows episodes in the winter.
Season Finales: Medium, According to Jim, Law & Order: SVU, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Law & Order, Make Me a Supermodel
Pick of the Week
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Tricia Helfer, Seth Peterson
Premieres: Thursday, June 4
Synopsis: Michael is free from the group that burned him, but now the police are after him.
My Take: The show is at its best when it shows us how to make weird devices with ordinary items like MacGuyer and when there is the boiling over chemistry between Michael and Fiona.
A breakdown on what’s new, gone and changing each night of the week on CBS come Fall 2009:
CBS shuffled around its comedy line-up a bit, but kept to the same format of comedies all night long, including laughfest CSI:Miami. Gone is Worst Week, which I don’t think anyone will miss. Leading off the night will be How I Met Your Mother followed by the new Jenna Elfmen comedy, Accidentally on Purpose, about an older woman who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a much younger guy she picked up on at a bar. She decides to keep the baby and the boy. Wait, isn’t that really close to the plot of Knocked Up except it is an age difference instead of an attractive difference? I might be interested in the show, if I liked the cast, but Jenna Elfman has always bugged me so I’ll ignore it! After that, it is the Chuck Lorre hour since he produces both Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory that run right into David Caruso in CSI: Miami whipping his sunglasses off while repeating his lines for dramatic effect. Acting!
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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.
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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It is mid season replacement time. Most of these shows would be airing around now, even if the writer’s strike didn’t happen. They just might have more time to see if they are successful since most of the fall shows don’t have any more new shows to air in their place.
Premieres: Monday, Jan 7
Synopsis: At the end of last season, Alison’s secret came out. She lost her job with the D.A., the D.A. is shamed and Det. Scanlon is feeling the wrath of working with a psychic on former cases. Joe left his job at the end of last season after a terrifying hostage situation at work, so they are both out of work with three kids to feed. Angelica Huston joins the show for a few episodes as a private investigator willing to work with Allison since she continues to have visions, whether she has a job or not.
My Take: When the show started to become predictable last season, it poked fun at itself and then started to drift off in less predictable areas. I’m interested in what direction it will take now that everything has been turned upside for her professionally and personally. I have also enjoyed the family dynamic on the show. It is the most realistic family I have seen on television and I don’t even mind the kids!
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