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Saturday, December 12, 2009

FALL TV REVIEW 2009: LAUNCH and OUTER

TWO BOMBS to review this week.

First up is the limited run series OUTER SPACE ASTRONAUTS on SYFY, which uses cut-out animation in the vein of SOUTH PARK, only the use of real human heads are used instead of fake ones. That seems to be the only hook of the show worth watching, because other than that novelty, the show is a humorless mess. D

But worse still is BRAVO's next lame attempt at recapturing the PROJECT RUNWAY mojo they lost to Lifetime last year. In fact, the new LAUNCH MY LINE actually makes the unbearable FASHION SHOW, well, bearable. LAUNCH really sucks the big one. Worse still, the judges axed the only cute guy on the show. But even if they hadnt, I still wouldn't have continued on with this LINE of trash. F

Saturday, December 5, 2009

MY FAVORITE NETWORK!

Ever since NBC was mired in last place in the early 80s, I have had an affinity for the underdog network. So when comedies like FAMILY TIES and COSBY SHOW and CHEERS gained in popularity, I was cheering loudest when NBC went to #1. It's Thursday lineup of eventuals SEINFELD, FRIENDS and WILL & GRACE only sustained my being proud as a peacock. But then FRIENDS left, and disaster struck: NBC fell to last place again! And has remained there for the last 6 years.

Yet still I supported the network in spirit and kept hoping it would dig itself back out of the pit. It didnt. In fact, seems like its just gotten worse! Ben Silverman further destroyed things, and now Jeff Zucker wants to only think about the bottom line and NOT quality by airing JAY LENO 5 nights a week, and ditching most of what made NBC so great in the first place: quality!

I can no longer idly be proud of a network that has given up, or in the very least doesnt care anymore about its viewers enough to reward them with smart, good TV choices. NBC? If you dont care anymore, then I dont care anymore.

So, if NBC is no longer my favorite network, who is then?

Well, CW has a few faves of mine (witness SUPERNATURAL and SMALLVILLE, and to some degree MELROSE PLACE). But CW demo audience is girls and young women. I am a 40 year old gay man. So...sorry CW!

And CBS just doesnt program for me. Other than their MOnday night comedies, I can't stomach procedural TV. If anything, CBS is the network I loathe the most.

That leaves FOX and ABC. Fox is still too hung up on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and AMERICAN IDOL and their animation domination. The only real show that I connect with on FOX is GLEE.

So...drum roll, please!...the network that I am a huge fan of now is ABC!

Sure, ABC has some clunkers (witness HANK, THE FORGOTTEN, DANCING WITH THE STARS and Friday nights). BUt in terms of laughs and drama, no other network comes near what ABCs output is. My favorite drama in the history of television (sorry FREAKS AND GEEKS, still luv ya lots) is LOST. The fact that, five years later, LOST still has me guessing and loving it is paramount to a classic. FLASHFORWARD as the new LOST? NOT EVEN CLOSE! THen there's SCRUBS and BETTER OFF TED, two brilliant comedies that I fell in love with last year. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES still has me loving SUnday nights, and even UGLY BETTY has made a creative return. New comedies MODERN FAMILY and COUGAR TOWN are totally fun to watch, but it's the BEST NEW COMEDY OF THE YEAR: THE MIDDLE that has me so proud of ABC. The alphabet net also has my favorite sci-fi show this year: V!

So there you have it! This season alone ABC is delivering 10 (V, LOST, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, UGLY BETTY, BETTER OFF TED, SCRUBS, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN, EASTWICK) fave shows (with the promising ROMANTICALLY CHALLENGED and HAPPY TOWN still to debut). NO other net even comes close to that...except maybe..guess who?--NBC! (THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, SNL, COMMUNITY, PARKS & RECREATION, CHUCK).

Go figure!

Friday, November 20, 2009

FALL TV REPORT CARD 2009: THE CW

NEW SHOWS: It was the best of times (VAMPIRE DIARIES) and it was the worst of times (THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE: TBL). Heck, it was even the in-between of times (MELROSE PLACE), but overall, I'd say the fall was a good season for CW because it yielded the network it's biggest hit to date in VAMPIRE DIARIES. If CW can get some more solid hits like DIARIES, maybe the netlet can finally get some traction. GRADE: C+

RETURNING SHOWS: GOSSIP GIRL, ONE TREE HILL and 90210 had all seen better days, as has AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL. SUPERNATURAL returned strong, though it had the help of DIARIES. As for SMALLVILLE, Fridays have hurt its overall audience, but considering its in its 9th year - not to mention its the highest rated show when factoring in LIVE+SEVEN DAYS, I'd say SMALLVILLE has been a quiet success for the CW. GRADE: C-

LOOKING AHEAD: Two new shows will see if they cant improve upon the fall: BODY POLITIC and LIFE UNEXPECTED.

CW NIGHT BY NIGHT:
MONDAYS: GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL: ONce kinda hot, now kinda not. Needs revamping. GRADE: C

TUESDAYS: 90210 and MELROSE PLACE: LOoked good on paper, but hasnt worked - even with Heather Locklear's return. A major disappointment for the network. GRADE: D+

WEDENSDAYS: TOP MODEL and DIARY repeats? Hmmmm....ZONK! GRADE: D+

THURSDAYS: The creepy/hot combo of VAMPIRE DIARIES and SUPERNATURAL make this THE CWs biggest night. GRADE: A-

FRIDAYS: SMALLIVLLE and TOP MODEL's repeats. Works for me, insofar as the first hour goes. GRADE: C

OVERALL GRADE: B-

FALL TV REPORT CARD 2009: FOX

NEW SHOWS: Three new shows aired this fall on Number One Fox, and only BROTHERS looks to be canned. The other two, GLEE and THE CLEVELAND SHOW, are modest hits, with GLEE being a huge buzz-worthy show. Well done! GRADE: B+

RETURNING SHOWS: FOX also had great success with the returning HOUSE and BONES, though LIE TO ME and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE fell short. Also looking scary were the returns for FRINGE and TIL DEATH, while DOLLHOUSE has already met its maker. The best news of all, though, had to be FOXs ANIMATION DOMINATION of returning comedies SIMPSONS, AMERICAN DAD and FAMILY GUY. GRADE: B+

LOOKING AHEAD: Look for SONS OF TUCSON to take over BROTHERS, while things get a bit trickier finding slots for new shows PAST LIFE and HUMAN TARGET. Why? Because behemoth shows AMERICAN IDOL and 24 invade the airwaves in January.

FOX NIGHT BY NIGHT:
MONDAY: HOUSE made a huge comeback this fall, which helped out LIE TO ME to some degree. GRADE: A

TUESDAY: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE at 2 hours following a summer run hasnt been music to FOXs ears. GRADE: C+

WEDNESDAY: YAWN to the DANCE's results show, but BRAVO to GLEE following it. GRADE: B

THURSDAY: BONES has improved the timeslot, but moving to FRINGE to the 9 pm hour hasnt paid off. GRADE: B-

FRIDAY: A disaster! BROTHERS has already been relocated to Sundays, TIL DEATH has been put back on hiatus, and DOLLHOUSE has already been canned. GRADE: F

SUNDAY: ANIMATION DOMINATION, need I say more? GRADE: A

OVERALL GRADE: B-

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FALL TV REPORT CARD 2009: CBS

NEW SHOWS: The Eye network had among the fewest number of new shows this fall (again). That's because of the continuing popularity of CBS' procedurals, which, after 10 years, shows no signs of wearing down (though I wish they would since I am not a fan). Of the new shows that aired, CBS had a huge success with NCIS: LOS ANGELES and middling success with THE GOOD WIFE (started hot, but has since cooled considerably). The weak links were ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE and the soon-to-be-canned THREE RIVERS. GRADE: B

RETURNING SHOWS: NCIS continues to shine brightly, but all three CSI shows are showing their age in the ratings. CBS shouldnt worry for a couple years, but with continued erosion (albeit in baby chunks) of CRIMINAL MINDS, the CSIs, and COLD CASE, when the bottom drops on procedural TV, its going to be gruesome. SURVIVOR continues to slip, but AMAZING RACE perked up. Monday comedies look GREAT, with BIG BANG posting its best ratings ever. And the CBS Friday lineup looks solid with MEDIUM joining GHOST WHISPERER. Sorry, NUMBERS, but yours is up. And THE MENTALIST was a great move to Thursday. NEW ADVENTURES OF CHRISTINE and GARY UNMARRIED? Sorry!
GRADE: A

LOOKING AHEAD: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT should take over ACCIDENTALLY, I hope. Then CBS also has MIAMI TRUAMA. But otherwise, there's not much in the pipeline until next year when HAWAII FIVE-O and the new CRIMINAL MINDS spin-off should make some noise.

CBS NIGHT BY NIGHT:
MONDAY: With a solid block of comedies, and CSI MIAMI on tap, this is a terrific night for CBS. GRADE: A

TUESDAY: NCIS is explosive, which has helped spin-off LA rack great numbers. Without them, THE GOOD WIFE would have been cancelled, but with the trickle effect, even Juliana's show has succeeded. GRADE: A+

WEDNESDAY: Two weak comedies lower the averages for CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NY. Grade: C+

THURSDAY: They are old in the tooth, but they bring in lots of viewrs, even though their 18 to 49 demo is weak. Maybe its time to mix up SURVIVOR and CSI. Wait, that's why they brought THE MENTALIST over to the night. My advice? Switch THE MENTALIST and CSI, keeping all three CSIs in the 10 to 11 slot. GRADE: A-

FRIDAY: CBS pretty much owns the night, even the expectations are lower for GHOST WHISPERER, MEDIUM and NUMB3RS. GRADE: B

SUNDAY: 60 MINUTES is still keeping it real, as is AMAZING RACE. But THREE RIVERS and COLD CASE are a drag. GRADE: C+

CBS OVERALL GRADE: B+

FALL TV REPORT CARD 2009: NBC

NEW SHOWS: NBC actually had a lot of buzz heading into the fall season, all thanks to THE JAY LENO SHOW. But when viewers sampled the show and saw that it was just a weak shell of THE TONIGHT SHOW, viewer tune-out hit quick and hard. I wanted to like the show, but it's format was snooze-worthy. NBC needs to revamp it and make it more of a variety show and NOT a late-night clone. As for the scripted fair, TRAUMA tanked and will be yanked, MERCY isnt doing much better, and COMMUNITY has under-whelmed (though it has seen some recent upticks). GRADE: D+

RETURNING SHOWS: The quick cancellation of SOUTHLAND season 2 before it even aired a single episode didnt win the network any new fans. And of the shows that DID return, only THE OFFICE and BIGGEST LOSER showed any real signs of life. HEROES is as good as cancelled, LAW & ORDER and SVU are struggling to stay in the game, and 30 ROCK has stumbled out of the gate. One bright spot? PARKS & RECREATION, at least creatively. GRADE: C-

MIDSEASON: CHUCK can't return quick enough! I just hope it doesnt sink amid the other disappointments. DAY ONE was shortened to a mini-series (never a good sign), and 100 QUESTIONS has already been retooled. Can PARENTHOOD turn things around? And will THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE continue to annoy?

NBC NIGHT BY NIGHT
MONDAYS: A total disaster. HEROES will never turn itself around, and TRAUMA has already been canned after this initial set of 13 episodes. THE JAY LENO SHOW should be canned, or in the very least re-tooled. GRADE: D+

TUESDAYS: THE BIGGEST LOSER saves the day! GRADE: B

WEDNESDAYS: MERCY sucks, and is only barely winning its timeslot against very weak competition. LAW & ORDER SVU feels out of place at 9, but is still showing signs of life. GRADE: C

THURSDAYS: COMMUNITY, PARKS & RECREATION, THE OFFICE and 30 ROCK bring some creative prestige to the network, but ratings are all down. GRADE: C+

FRIDAYS: DATELINE and the original LAW & ORDER are doing okay, insofar as Friday ratings are concerned. GRADE: C+

SUNDAYS: Thank God for FOOTBALL! But without it, NBCs averages are going to plummet. GRADE: A

OVERALL GRADE FOR THE NETWORK: B-

FALL TV REPORT CARD 2009: ABC

Now that the fall season is winding down (November sweeps is considered the final ratings period before special-filled December gives the nets a breathing period before January and, more importantly, February sweeps), here is a look at how ABC did this fall.

NEW SHOWS: ABC had a terrific, buzz-filled fall. Shows like MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN, FLASHFORWARD and V all hit their marks. On the flip side, THE FORGOTTEN, EASTWICK, HANK, and SHARK TANK, well, tanked. And somewhere in the middle was, um, THE MIDDLE. After huge premieres, though, all of ABC's new shows fell significantly, and if FLASHFORWARD continues to sink, it's chances of a second season will be questionable. Ditto V. The show is still buzz-hot, but can't afford too many more dips in the 18 to 49 demo. Will the 8 week hiatus hurt it? Not sure. Overall, I would give ABC a B+ for it's new shows.

RETURNING SHOWS: ABC had a terrible fall for its returning shows, as evidenced by the declines for DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, BROTHERS & SISTERS and DANCING WITH THE STARS. All three shows have seen their best days, I'm afraid. And forget about UGLY BETTY seeing a fifth season. GREYS ANATOMY continues to slide, but is still a player, which has helped PRIVATE PRACTICE. CASTLE has seen some recent progress, but is still considered an under-achiever.
Overall, I would give ABC a C- for it's returning shows.

LOOKING AHEAD: Very iffy! BETTER OFF TED had a terrible summer run, and SCRUBS is coming back revamped (but is it better? And keep in mind, SCRUBS has never been a ratings powerhouse for either ABC or NBC). HOwever, ABC also has the final season of LOST on deck, so that's comforting news. As for the new shows, HAPPY TOWN looks interesting, but I can't say the same for THE DEEP END.

ABC NIGHT BY NIGHT:
MONDAY: DANCING WITH THE STARS and CASTLE (Still a good night, but nowhere near what past seasons have provided the alphabet network. Ratings will continue to slide as DANCING gets older. Now is the time to be thinking about a future on MOnday nights for ABC). B

TUESDAY: V, DANCING RESULTS and THE FORGOTTEN (V is still promising, improving vastly upon SHARK TANK, DANCING RESULTS continues to see erosion, and THE FORGOTTEN is toxic. With SHARK, this night was a D) But with V saving the day (so far), this night also gets a B.

WEDNESDAY: Ballsy, and reminiscent of the PUSHING DAISIES/PRIVATE PRACTICE/DIRTY SEXY MONEY scheduling a couple years back, ABC went with an all-new line-up of shows, and the result was hit and miss. THe misses were HANK and EASTWICK (both now cancelled), and the hits were MODERN FAMILY and COUGAR TOWN (with an assist from THE MIDDLE). That averages to a C+. If ABC can work some more hits into the night, by the end of the season, ABC could be in the B range for this night as well.

THURSDAY: One of ABC's better nights, with the buzzy (but faltering) FLASHFORWARD, the still-mighty (but faltering) GREY'S ANATOMY and the so-so PRIVATE PRACTICE grabbing viewers. ABC usually wins the night, and so it grades at an A-

FRIDAY: UGLY BETTY didnt improve the hour, which was a disappointment. And SUPERNANNY and 20/20 are what they are: filler. GRADE: C-

SATURDAY: A weak night for all the nets, and so I wont be grading this night. But if I were, ABC had the success of college football to power the night.

SUNDAY: AMERICAS FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS does well enough and will be around forever, but what troubled ABC were the huge declines for EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (it still wins its time slot, but the averages are off in the double digits), and BROTHERS & SISTERS. If ABC can schedule some new juice around their HOUSEWIVES, the effect could rub off on the DESPERATE show and pump up its numbers. GRADE: B-


ABC overall GRADE (Average between the nightly grades:) B-

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

MY PERFECT TV WEEK: FALL 2009

MONDAY
8 to 8:30: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
8:30 to 9: ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (CBS)
9 to 9:30: TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
9:30 to 10: BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
10 to 11: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC) DVR-ed from Saturday (skipping musical guests)

TUESDAY
8 to 9:00: V (ABC)
9 to 10:00: MELROSE PLACE (CW)
10 to 11: GLEE (FOX) DVR-ed from Wednesday

WEDNESDAY
8 to 8:30: TOSH.0 (COMEDY) DVR-ed from Tuesday
8:30 to 9: THE MIDDLE (ABC) DVR-ed from Wednesday
9 to 9:30: MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
9:30 to 10: COUGAR TOWN (ABC)
10 to 11:00: EASTWICK (ABC)

THURSDAY
8 to 8:30: COMMUNITY (NBC)
8:30 to 9: PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
9 to 9:30: THE OFFICE (NBC)
9:30 to 10: 30 ROCK (NBC)
10 to 11:00: THE MENTALIST (CBS)

FRIDAY
8 to 9:00: UGLY BETTY (ABC)
9 to 10:00: PROJECT RUNWAY (LIFETIME) DVR-ed from Thursday
10 to 11:00: STARGATE UNIVERSE (SYFY) DVR-ed from earlier in the night

SATURDAY
8 to 9:00: SMALLVILLE (CW) DVR-ed from Friday
9 to 10:00: SUPERNATURAL (CW) DVR-ed from Thursday
10 to 11:00: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTv) DVR-ed from Wednesday

SUNDAY
8 to 8:30: SIMPSONS (FOX)
8:30 to 9: CLEVELAND BROWN (FOX)
9 to 9:30: SOUTH PARK (COMEDY) DRV-ed from Wednesday
9:30 to 10: AMERICAN DAD (COMEDY)
10 to 11:00: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC) DVR-ed from earlier in the night

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fall TV Review 2009: V

We are coming to the end of the Fall TV Reviews for 2009, for soon the winter 2009 shows will start up (Which, for my blog purposes, will begin with any shows premiering after January 1st). Very few new shows premiere in December because of the holidays. But that's not important right now, right? Because it's all about "V".

I remember seeing the original V on NBC as a kid. I loved the two miniseries and was a huge fan of the short-lived series. I was pretty upset when it was cancelled. I havent seen the original since it first aired, so maybe if I watched it now it won't seem as awesome. But from my memories, comparing the new ABC V to the NBC original, just doesnt seem fair, since so much has evolved with computer graphics and technology.

In the new V, I have been happily engrossed in the new cast. The pilot was great, and I look forward to the next two episodes before the show disappears in December (again, the holidays) and returns in early 2010. Whereas FLASHFORWARD is a chore to muddle through, V zips along and leaves me wanting more at the end of the hour. Now THATs a good sign!

MY RATING: A

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

FALL TV 2009: CANCELLATION WATCH

Add ABC's EASTWICK to the fall shows that have been canned. I actually enjoyed EASTWICK in it's first 2 outings, but later episodes started to become lazy and uninspired. In fact, I have the last 3 episodes waiting to be seen on my DVR (never a good sign). Other ABC shows in danger are HANK and THE FORGOTTEN, though the latter just got picked up for 5 additional episodes. But HANK surely will be canceled soon. (MODERN FAMILY, FLASHFORWARD, THE MIDDLE, COUGAR TOWN and V are all safe)

At the CW, THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE was the first fall show canned, and MELROSE PLACE looked like a goner, too. That is, until it was announced that Heather Locklear would join it. For now, its on life support. The only other new CW show, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, is more than safe.

NBC has ditched TRAUMA after its run, and has picked up COMMUNITY and MERCY for full seasons.

No word yet on WHEN CBS will be canning THREE RIVERS, but NCIS: LA and THE GOOD WIFE have full season pick-ups, and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE will be around for at least 18 episodes.

As for FOX, GLEE and CLEVELAND SHOW have earned their full-season pick-ups, but look for BROTHERS to get the ax any day now.

FALL PILOTS OFFICIALLY CANNED:
*EASTWICK (ABC)
*THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE: TBL (CW)
*TRAUMA (NBC)

Monday, November 9, 2009

FALL TV 2009: Best of THE CW

1. SUPERNATURAL
2. Melrose Place
3. Smallville
4. The Beautiful Life: TBL
5. The Vampire Diaries

RUNNER-UP: 90210
TOTAL LOSER: One Tree Hill

FALL TV 2009: Best of FOX

1. GLEE
2. The Cleveland Show
3. The Simpsons
4. American Dad
5. Fringe

RUNNER-UP: Dollhouse
TOTAL LOSER: BROTHERS

FALL TV 2009: Best of CBS

1. THE BIG BANG THEORY
2. How I Met Your Mother
3. Two and a Half Men
4. Accidentally on Purpose
5. The Mentalist

RUNNER-UP: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
TOTAL LOSER: THREE RIVERS

FALL TV 2009: Best of NBC

1. THE OFFICE
2. 30 Rock
3. Friday Night Lights (via DIRECTV)
4. Community
5. Parks & Recreation

RUNNER-UP: TRAUMA
TOTAL LOSER: MERCY

FALL TV 2009: Best of ABC

Here are the 5 BEST ABC shows from Sept 1 , 2009 thru Nov 1, 2009:

1. Desperate Housewives
2. Modern Family
3. The Middle
4. Ugly Betty
5. Cougar Town

RUNNER-UP: Eastwick
TOTAL LOSER: Hank

Sunday, November 8, 2009

PROJECT RUNWAY: Who's Going to the Park?

Last month I made my predictions from the final 7 on who the final 3 would be. At the time I predicted Irina, Althea and Christopher (though I also called him a long-shot). HOnestly, at the time, I only felt Irina and Althea were talented enough to go all the way. But then Carol Hannah stepped up her game in the last couple of weeks, even winning a challenge. And in the end, the three prettiest women left on the show got the nod to bo to Bryant Park.

THE MEN: As predicted, each of the final 3 men fell, starting with Nicholas, then (shocker! NOT) Logan, and, finally, Christopher. With Chris, my heart wanted him to go, but deep down I knew he didnt deserve it, as did the judges. With schooling and formal training, Christopher has a shot at making it in the business, but he's too green for NY Fashion Week.

BYE GORDANNA: A noble effort, but, as the judges said, I never got a sense of what her signature look is as a designer. Plus, her age is working against her at this point in the game. Seeing her leave was a welcome relief.

CHARLIE'S ANGLES: Of the 3 finalists, Meana Irina was a no-brainer. I was a tad worried to see Althea in the bottom two, but am glad the judges advanced her. The wonderful surprise of the hour was the greenlight for Carol Hannah. On a purely personal level, I want Carol Hannah to win. Next, Althea, then Irina the bitch. With Irina, there is no doubt she can sew flawless dresses and outerwear, but I still think her aesthetic is stuck in the 80s past. Althea seems to have the best sense of going fashion-forward, and I predict Althea will win. I will go with Irina for #2 (hehe), and Carol Hannah for third place. Though, I gotta say this: Carol Hannah has surprised me in the past, and it would make my day to see her upset the competition and win the dang thing!

As for this cycle overall? SNOOOOOOZE! And PLEASE let's get a guy designer to Bryant Park next time. There hasnt been one since Christian Siriano won in cycle 4.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

WINTER MOVIE MUST-SEES

There are four films this year that I HAVE to see in theaters. In order, they are:

1. AVATAR: This James Cameron movie is his first since TITANIC, and one of the first movies to truly show live-action 3D in a HUGE canvass of a film. What is all the hype about? On Dec. 18 we get to find out.

2. 2012: A movie that was MEANT to be seen in theaters, in all it's destructive glory. They are calling this disaster porn for a reason.

3. A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN 3D: Speaking of 3D, here is the holiday charmer of the season. Like POLAR EXPRESS before it, CAROL is certain to be a perennial fave.

4. NINE: Rob Marshall's first musical since CHICAGO. With an all-star cast singing and dancing, I am ready for an adult musical to get me over recent failures FAME, BANDSLAM and REPO: A GENETIC OPERA.

Fall TV Review 2009: The League

Somewhere between the brilliance that is ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (A-) and the disaster known as TESTEES (F) falls this new fantasy football league sitcom on FX. There are moments when it excells (such as the adult character who is found stripping off a jersey from 'the oracle' as the boys parents walk in on it), but mostly it's just sad and raunchy (smoking pubic hairs to get high?). With too many other brilliant comedies to watch, I think I will be sitting THE LEAGUE out.

MY GRADE: C-

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fall TV Review 2009: WHITE COLLAR

The USA network's new show WHITE COLLAR has just the right town of crime caper and humor to keep me invested in a second episode. I don't think the show will ever be Must-See viewing, but as a show to watch when nothing better is on, I can think of worse ways to spend the hour (ahem, FLASHFORWARD for example). Also going good for COLLAR are it's leads: the mega-yummy Mathew Bomer (of Bryce Larkin, CHUCK, fame) and the sexy-daddy Tim DeKay (he of CARNIVALE and TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT). Like I said, WHITE COLLAR has a good vibe to it, check it out.

MY RATING: B-

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall TV Review 2009: THE JEFF DUNHAM SHOW

Mr. Dunham is a likable chap, fairly good with his ventrilo-ism, save for this throaty muscles moving rapid-fire. And the comedy stand-up bits and quick-cut skits are funny enough...for a first episode. But I wonder if the show can sustain my interest if the format is the same, week to week. Time will tell, of course. But for now, TJDS doesnt really offer anything new, and has a tough road ahead to make it to a second season on Comedy Central.

MY GRADE: C+

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Favorite Returning Shows 2009: Report Card

ABC:
*DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: The addition of Drea Matteo and her brood doesn't excite me. The show feels stale this year, with Bree a shell of her former fierce self and Susan a more annoying bitch than ever before. Plus, Katherine's character is a pathetic mess, and the awesome Edie is, well, still dead. Let's hope that doesnt go for this show, either. GRADE: B-
*UGLY BETTY: For the first time since season 1, we are experiencing through Betty's eyes what it's like to move on up in the world. The show's soundtrack has been kicked up several notches, and the blossoming mentoring chemistry between Marc and Justin is awesome. I am also digging the new Nico! But I am totally over Matt. He's gotta go. GRADE: B+

NBC:
*THE OFFICE: This show continues to thrive. JUST when I thought I might be tiring of the gang, along comes the awesome wedding episode of Jim and Pam and WHAM!- I am invested in this office again. GRADE: A-
*30 ROCK: Still zany in it's fourth year. This is smart comedy, and fully deserving of 3 Emmys. And how about that TENNIS NIGHT IN AMERICA song! GRADE: A-
*PARKS & RECREATION: What an awesome improvement this year compared to season 1, which I happened to like a lot, thank you very much. The gang is meshing, brought on by the writers giving the characters more vulnerabilities. GRADE: B

CBS:
*HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: The first episode was awesome, the second episode..well, let me just say it was the worst episode EVER. That would average the grade out to a , what, C? GRADE: Yep, a C.
*THE BIG BANG THEORY: I am not a fan of the Penny/Leonard coupling, but I give points to the writers for not dragging their union out. Instead they have had the characters consummate things, and, well, hopefully Leonard will be single again before long. As for the other characters? HIGHLARIOUS! GRADE: A
*TWO AND A HALF MEN: This one was always a dark horse for me. But yet I watch it and still laugh. It will never be a top ten comedy for me, but it still manages to find its way on my DVR playlist. Still, isnt it time for Chelsea to go? And WTF did the writers do to the character of Melissa? She used to be so much fun. Now she is so much annoying. GRADE: B

THE CW:
*SUPERNATURAL: Season 5 is on my DVR, but I can't watch the episodes until I buy season 4 on DVD.
*SMALLVILLE: Season 9 is on my DVR, but I can't watch the episodes until I buy season 8 on DVD.

FOX:
*I dont have any favorite shows returning on FOX.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

FALL TV 2009 REPORT CARD

The Fall season is now in full swing, and it's now become much clearer which shows will survive and be part of my permanent MUST SEE TV list.

ABC: The alphabet net has the most newbies that I am still watching (THE MIDDLE, COUGAR TOWN, EASTWICK and MODERN FAMILY). I just recently gave up on FLASHFORWARD (too slow and drawn out). And I had already dismissed THE FORGOTTEN, HANK and SHARK TANK.

NBC: Only one newbie remains (COMMUNITY). Though I liked TRAUMA, its ratings have sucked, and I just dont feel like getting sucked into the show only to have it dismissed the way NBC got rid of SOUTHLAND. THE JAY LENO SHOW is hit or miss, while MERCY is definitely NOT on the list.

CBS: Only a couple shows premiered: ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (Still watching) and NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Not watching). What about THE GOOD WIFE and THREE RIVERS you say? I say, NO WAY!

THE CW: I gave up on VAMPIRE DIARIES (too many teens all acting moody and brooding); and THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE is already gone. That leaves one of my favorite shows of the season: MELROSE PLACE! LOVE IT!

FOX: Fox has my absolute favorite show of the fall: GLEE! It also has BROTHERS (hated it) and THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Still watching it).

So, to recap the shows I am still watching from the Big Five: THE MIDDLE, COUGAR TOWN, MODERN FAMILY, EASTWICK, COMMUNITY, ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, MELROSE PLACE, GLEE and THE CLEVELAND SHOW. That's 9 shows and dwindling!

Friday, October 16, 2009

PROJECT RUNWAY

Now that the design field has been whittled down, it's becoming clearer who should emerge as Bryant Park material.

THE MEN: Overall, DISAPPOINTING! The most talented guy from this season is already gone (Ra'mon), and of the remaining guys, the two hotties (Christopher and Logan) have been alternating in the bottom two the last several weeks. I hate to say it, but I don't think a guy is going to win this year, unless fan favorite Christopher can step up his game. What's refreshing about Christopher is that he has no formal training. With schooling, he should go far in this industry. But winning RUNWAY? A longshot. As for Logan, he has coasted by on his charm and good looks. He doesnt seem to have the aesthetic to win. Odd man out is the love him or hate him Nicholas, who seems a little too bizarre to win it all. If the producers want to advance a guy to the final three, my money would be on Christopher.

THE WOMEN: Overall, AWESOME! And pretty (except for Gordanna, who has age going against her). Gordanna's dresses also run middling to bad, and she will be the next to go of the women. Carol Hannah will also go home. The two women going to Bryant Park will be Irina and Althea. And even though Irina's bitchiness turns me off, she has a strong chance of winning the entire show.

BRYANT PARK: It could be all-female race against (like last year's finale). But I have a feeling that Christopher will be snuck in to compete with Althea and Irina. As I said, Irina could win the whole thing, but Althea is a strong shot, too.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall TV: A Second Look: GLEE and UNIVERSE Rise; VAMPIRE Falls...

A month into the new season has brought some great additions to my TV viewing schedule (MELROSE PLACE, COUGAR TOWN, THE MIDDLE), and it looks like Fox's GLEE and SYFY's STARGATE: UNIVERSE will be TOP TEN contenders before the year is out.

GLEE: This show had a fun pilot, and its subsequent next two episodes were also fun. But it was Kristen Chenoweth's episode that GLEE became a TOP FIVE show for me, and is, easily, my favorite new show of the season. I cant remember a successful weekly musical tv show to be this successful since FAME, and even that early 80s show didnt really succeed until it produced content for syndication. With GLEE, the tone, the color pallette, the music and comedy: all of it is highly entertaining, and, most importantly, gets more excited week to week. If I were to rank my TOP FIVE shows CURRENTLY on the air (sorry LOST and TRUE BLOOD), it would look like this: 1. Big Bang Theory, 2. How I Met Your Mother, 3. Supernatural, 4. Glee, 5. Desperate Housewives or The Office. Of those 5 or 6 shows, only GLEE is a newcomer. (MELROSE PLACE would rank 7th, followed by Smallville 8th, Ugly Betty 9th, and 30 Rock 10th).

ORIGINAL GLEE RATING: A-
NEW RATING: A

STARGATE UNIVERSE: I never saw the other STARGATE shows, but UNIVERSE seems real and gritty and entertaining. Week to week it has drawn me in, but only 3 shows in it may be too premature to go balls-out YAY for it. I will have to check in with SGU midway through its first season to get a true assessment, but for now its on the rise.

ORIGINAL STARGATE RATING: B+
NEW RATING: A-

VAMPIRE DIARIES had the best grade of any new fall show (it tied with TRAUMA and got an A), but after 4 episodes, the show has become something of a bore. The cast is attractive, but the angst of the show is starting to grate. I hope it becomes more than this TWILIGHT-light show that it seems to be becoming. Still, it's a keeper (for now).

ORIGINAL VAMPIRE RATING: A
NEW RATING: B

Thursday, October 8, 2009

COUGAR TOWN: A second look

With Beyonce's SINGLE LADIES picture/music montage in episode 2, COUGAR TOWN became THE FUNNIEST SITCOM OF THE FALL! I have yet to watch episode 3, but I am encouraged by the writing and tone. This show is NOT trying to be all THE OFFICE or 30 ROCK Emmy-hungry. INSTEAD, its meant to make me laugh, and with its sexualized context, Courteny Cox has made COUGAR TOWN wholly and originally her own. MEOW!

Original grade: B
Updated grade: A-

THE JAY LENO SHOW: A second look

The dust has been settling (as have the ratings) for NBCs 5-nights-a-week experiment in savings money show, JAY LENO. It appears that, with curious viewers no longer surprised, the remains of the people watching are those that are comfortable with Jay's TONIGHT SHOW-like format. I am of the latter! I think its great that the 11 pm hour now has a comedy alternative! And its great to have only one guest to (sometimes) fast forward through. I am optimistic that ratings won't plummet TOO much more, and that the overall experience will have been a positive one for NBC. Because, I for one, am being entertained!

ORIGINAL GRADE: B-
UPDATED GRADE: B

Fall TV Review: STARGATE: UNIVERSE

I have never seen any of the other STARGATE shows, so I have nothing to compare this series to other than the original 1994 theatrical film. I am also comparing it to that other lost in space show STAR TREK: VOYAGER! and SyFy's recent BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. In making those three comparisons, I must say that UNIVERSE held my attention in the first 2 hours and has me wanting to enjoy this sci-fi ride. I am looking forward to the third hour which promises to displace the SGU cast onto a planet and out of the dark ancient ship that the crew has stargated into.

MY RATING: B+

Fall TV Review: SHERRI

A by-the-numbers comedy on LIFETIME, which wasn't a surprise considering that network's output of recent shows like RITA ROCKS and DROP DEAD DIVA. But for me to keep watching a show (with so many rich shows to choose from), a show NOW has to grab me and keep me upfront. SHERRI is neither bad, nor particularly good.

MY RATING: C+

Fall TV Review: THE GOOD WIFE

It's good to see Julianne Margoulis (I am too lazy to check out the spelling of her last name)back on TV, and the show has great production values. It's just not MY thing, in that it's too slow and boring for me. Viewers and critics are hip on it, just not me.

MY RATING: C-

Fall TV Review: THREE RIVERS

This heart transplant show is Dead On Arrival. It TRIES to follow the procedural formula of CBS's hit crime shows, only applying them to the hospital setting. SHNOOOOZE! And this goes for all the other lackluster hospital shows out there trying to replicate ERs success, or rather GREY'S ANATOMY's case in the program MERCY. And still to come is MIAMI TRAUMA on CBS this spring. Makes ME looking forward to the superior NURSE JACKIE in the summer.

MY RATING: D

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My OFFICIAL Top FALL Pilots 2009-2010

1. VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW) A
2. TRAUMA (NBC) A
3. GLEE (FOX) A-
4. EASTWICK (ABC) A-
5. FLASHFORWARD (ABC) A-
6. THE MIDDLE (ABC) A-
7. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (CBS) A-
8. STARGATE: UNIVERSE (SYFY) B+
9. THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (CW) B+
10. MELROSE PLACE (CW) B
11. COUGAR TOWN (ABC) B
12. COMMUNITY (NBC) B
13. MODERN FAMILY (ABC) B-
14. THE CLEVELAND SHOW (FOX) B-
15. THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) B-
16. SHERRI (LIFETIME) C+
17. BORED TO DEATH (HBO) C+

18. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) C
19. THE FORGOTTEN (ABC) C
20. THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) C-
21. BROTHERS (FOX) C-
22. MERCY (NBC) D+
23. THREE RIVERS (CBS) D
24. HANK (ABC) D-

BOLD: Represents a show NOT on the broadcast TV
ITALLIC: Represents a show that has been canceled.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall TV Review: LET'S MAKE A DEAL

Okay, so I watched the new DEAL on CBS Daytime (though in the DVR age, is there any such thing anymore?), and though I found it fun, there just wasnt anything new that the producers added to the show. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. The new DEAL is very much like the original, in tone, though host Wayne Brady falls short of Monty Hall. Still, it's fun to watch when you dont have anything better to do.

MY RATING: B-

Fall TV Review: HANK

So far, this one is the worst of the season, it pretty much stinks on arrival. I realllly hope it doesnt hurt the ratings for THE MIDDLE, which deserves a much better lead-in than this terrible by-the-numbers Kelsey Grammar show. It was actually embarassing watching the former Frasier make a fool of himself. You can BET ON IT that I won't be watching episode 2. The sooner ABC can bring back SCRUBS or BETTER OFF TED to replace, the better for ABC!

MY RATING: D-

Fall TV Review: TRAUMA

I LOVED this pilot, which came as a HUGE surprise. Leading up to the telecast, most reviews were lukewarm to cold on it. But I found TRAUMA invigorating in those disaster-style movies of the 70s sort of way. Right from the opening shots, TRAUMA gripped me - and held my attention - all toward the final moments. I hope the show can sustain this mix of drama, action and suspense. AND i hope that viewers will find it and love it, too. NBC needs some rescuing of its own, you know.

MY RATING: A

Thursday, October 1, 2009

FALL TV: A second look

In my new show reviews, my rating grade has been based solely on the pilot. But its usually the second episode, and more importantly the second season, of a show where one truly gauges if one likes the show or not.

Of the new fall shows that got to a second episode for me, here is where I feel the shows are going: better, same, or worse.

MELROSE PLACE: Better. (Some of the cast still stinks, but I am starting to get addicted to it after 3 episodes).
GLEE: Same. I thought it was brilliant to begin with, and it still is quite fun to watch. Can't wait to see the Kristen Chenoweth episode on my DVR.
COUGAR TOWN: Better. I totally laughed my ass off during the Beyonce 'Single Ladies' photo montage. Courtney has a winner here.
EASTWICK: Same. Had the same tone of the pilot, but I fear that it will grow mundane.
BEAUTIFUL LIFE: Worse. And I guess the rest of the public agreed since TBL was canned after two episodes.
ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE: Worse. Episode 2 want as funny, but the sitcom still has time to find its legs. I have faith.
VAMPIRE DIARIES: Same. The pilot was awesome, so the show couldnt really get any better in my opinion.
COMMUNITY: Worse. Like ACCIDENTALLY, it had a sub-par second episode, but still has lots of opportunity to correct itself.

Fall TV review: THE MIDDLE

After the disappointing BACK TO YOU, Patricia Heaton has a winner in the funny and inspired THE MIDDLE. Casting was spot-on and the pilot was just about as perfect as one could get. If the writers can sustain this level of entertainment, ABC has another winning new comedy on its hands (following COUGAR TOWN and MODERN FAMILY)

MY RATING: A

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall TV Review: BROTHERS

Uninspired is the only word I can think of to use for this show. And I am not going to waste any more time on it because, looking at it's horrible ratings, BROTHERS won't be on the schedule much longer.

MY RATING: C-

Fall TV Review: THE CLEVELAND SHOW

I would watch FAMILY GUY if it werent for Baby Stewie. Trust me, I've tried. So it comes with excitement that I can say that I watched an entire CLEVELAND SHOW and didnt turn the channel. There is still an annoying child on display, but nowhere near the annoyance of Stewie. That bodes well for a show that was pretty much fun to watch.

MY RATING: B-

Saturday, September 26, 2009

TV DEATH WATCH: RIP, Beautiful Life

The CWs THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE: TBL was the first casualty of the fall. Also in danger are MELROSE PLACE (though not before Heather Locklear returns in November to give it her best), BROTHERS and DOLLHOUSE on FOX, and MERCY on NBC.

Fall TV Review: COUGAR TOWN

Falling somewhere between the awesome FRIENDS and the dreadful DIRT is this new Courtney Cox comedy, COUGAR TOWN. Miss Cox brings the funny again in this Florida-set older woman comedy about, well, cougars. But I think its more than that, too. Its also great to see a comedy thats all about finding sex, from the female point of view. Not since SEX & THE CITY has there been a more promising balls-out (literally) promiscous comedy than there is with COUGAR TOWN.

MY RATING: B

Fall TV Review: Modern Family

Of the comedies I have seen so far this fall, this one bored me the most. Which is so strange since this is the one critics have been raving about. I dont think the show is fresh at all. In fact, it uses the same mockumentary approach that is so done so much better on THE OFFICE and , improved in its second season, PARKS & RECREATION for that matter. Even the gay couple is a drag!

MY RATING: B-

Fall TV Review: the forgotten

The twist to this procedural is that the victim speaks to the audience from the dead. Other than that, its business as usual here. Zzzzzzzzzzz

MY RATING: C

NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Not much to talk about here, other than this new NCIS hits all the right notes. In other words, its hard to distinguish it from other CBS procedurals. Is this REALLY how we want our TV experiences to be filled with? MOre of the same? The show has a good tone, good leads, and great production values. But its just blah and cookie-cutter. No originality. Watch it be a HUGE hit. Grrrrrr

MY RATING: C

FALL TV REVIEW: FlashForward

Great production values, LOTS of hype, interesting story...so why was I let down? Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was a little bored by the pilot. Still, I love a good mystery and sci-fi bend to things, and this show makes up for that in originality. I just dont know how the show will sustain my interest for a whole year, let alone 4. Maybe the arrival of LOST-boy Charlie will help things. For now, the show ALMOST gets the B-grade treatment, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt.

MY RATING: A-

Friday, September 25, 2009

FALL TV RANKINGS: THE TEN SPOT

Of the first ten fall shows that I have seen and reviewed so far, here is how they rank:
1. VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW) A
2. EASTWICK (ABC) A-
3. GLEE (FOX) A-
4. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (CBS) A-
5. THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (CW) B+
6. MELROSE PLACE (CW) B
7. COMMUNITY (NBC) B
8. THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) B-
9. BORED TO DEATH (HBO) C+
10. MERCY (NBC) D+

SHOWS STILL TO REVIEW THAT HAVE ALREADY AIRED: the forgotten (ABC); FlashForward (ABC); Cougar Town (ABC); Modern Family (ABC); NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS); The Good Wife (CBS)

Fall TV Review: MERCY

MERCY! HELP ME! This nurse-centric drama was torturous to watch. It's Grey's Anatomy meets ER meets NURSE JACKIE, only produced at a level that doesnt even come near approaching the brilliance of the above three cited medical shows. Further, the lead actress is so unlikable and unwatchable, behaving in a way that just doesnt seem any sort of realistic. BLECH!

MY RATING: D+

Fall TV Review: EASTWICK

From the opening shot of EASTWICK, complete with voice-over narration, this new ABC series smells of DESPERATE, HOUSEWIVES, that is. Which isnt a bad thing. During the hour, a GREAT cast of actors you have seen in recent TV shows, such as UGLY BETTY, EUREKA, KYLE XY, LIPSTICK JUNGLE, THE CLASS and BIG BANG THEORY weave their way through drama, comedy and biting supernatural. I really liked this one, and I hope that it's fun, mysterious tone serves it well all year long.

MY RATING: A-

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fall TV Reviews: Accidentally Bored Community

A B and C comedies get an A B and a C

In other words, the comedies A-ccidentally on Purpose, B-ored to Death and C-ommunity all premiered this week, and I think you'll be surprised which one gets an A, which a B, and the final a C. Going into season, critics have been panning Accidentally on Purpose as a dead on arrival show. I just didn't see it, though. Immediately I was laughing along with the characters, and it was just very comforting television. Sure, it's not brilliant, but it made me smile and it made me laugh. The concept involves a SF movie critic (Jenna Elfman) who realizes that 'condoms arent 100% foolproof if you dont take them out of your purse", gets pregnant from a one-night-stand boytoy chef, and then ends up living with him platonically (for now). The next show, BORED TO DEATH, airs on HBO and stars Jason Schwartzman. What SHOULD have been a solid comedy on HBO didn't elicit a single laugh out of me. Still, it has some potential, depending on where the creators go with it. Ted Danson steals it! The final comedy, COMMUNITY, has been a critical darling going into the fall. And, yes, THE SOUP'S Joel McHale is funny. Also, the supporting cast is also very good. It has lots of potential, and is worth another sample. But of the 3, the show that gets an A is ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, the B goes to COMMUNITY, and the C goes to BORED TO DEATH (which almost lived up to it's name).
ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE: A-
BORED TO DEATH: C+
COMMUNITY: B

FALL TV REVIEWS: Accidentally Bored Community

A B and C comedies get an A B and a C

In other words, the comedies A-ccidentally on Purpose, B-ored to Death and C-ommunity all premiered this week, and I think you'll be surprised which one gets an A, which a B, and the final a C. Going into season, critics have been panning Accidentally on Purpose as a dead on arrival show. I just didn't see it, though. Immediately I was laughing along with the characters, and it was just very comforting television. Sure, it's not brilliant, but it made me smile and it made me laugh. The concept involves a SF movie critic (Jenna Elfman) who realizes that 'condoms arent 100% foolproof if you dont take them out of your purse", gets pregnant from a one-night-stand boytoy chef, and then ends up living with him platonically (for now). The next show, BORED TO DEATH, airs on HBO and stars Jason Schwartzman. What SHOULD have been a solid comedy on HBO didn't elicit a single laugh out of me. Still, it has some potential, depending on where the creators go with it. Ted Danson steals it! The final comedy, COMMUNITY, has been a critical darling going into the fall. And, yes, THE SOUP'S Joel McHale is funny. Also, the supporting cast is also very good. It has lots of potential, and is worth another sample. But of the 3, the show that gets an A is ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, the B goes to COMMUNITY, and the C goes to BORED TO DEATH (which almost lived up to it's name).
ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE: A-
BORED TO DEATH: C+
COMMUNITY: B

Fall TV Review: The Beautiful Life

It comes with bittersweetness to review THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE on the CW, because I am liking the male model/female model sex and suds scenario, even though it does boarder on camp too many times. Still, it's brainless eye candy fluff TV that I miss in a soap world. Similarly, I enjoyed MELROSE PLACE, but it appears that both CW soaps are flirting with cancellation (unless Heather Locklear's return in November can save it). As for TBL, look for it to end it's short catwalk run before the end of the year.

MY RATING: B+

Monday, September 14, 2009

SMALLVILLE: What next?

I jumped on the SMALLVILLE bandwagon late (8 YEARS late), and as the CW series heads into season 9, I am still playing catch-up with all the previous seasons on DVD. As of this writing, I am just starting season 7.

Rumor has it that this season (9) will be the last, but if ratings for it's Friday night switch prove fruitful for the CW on that night, look for a tenth season to follow. The CeeDubs decision to replace SMALLVILLE with VAMPIRE DIARIES on Thursdays has already been a success since VAMP scored the highest premiere rating in the network's history. So DON'T expect SMALLVILLE to ever return to THursdays now. The best case scenario is to have SMALLVILLE do good on Fridays and make that a competitive night for the fledgling netlet.

I now want to look back on SMALLVILLE's past seasons:
1: A good start, but too many freak of the week storylines
2: The start of the bigger mythology to the series, but still felt a little contrived.
3: A good season, but Pete Ross sorely needed to leave much earlier. FINALLY, I wasnt sick of John Schneider in this season
4: HIgh shool's last year, YAY! But the worst season because of those damn stones and Lana's tattoo. Props to Jensen Ackles, but his descent into madness in the last half of the season sucked. The second meteor shower was cool! And gotta love that Lois Lane intro to a nude Tom Welling.
5: Bye JOhn Schneider! What an UNBELIEVABLE (and not in a good way) storyline of how Johnathon Kent rose to become a SENATOR! THen he dies, and MARTHA KENT becomes a Senator? Whatever.
6: Best season yet! (of the 6 I've seen): Hi Jimmy Oleson (and cute Aaron Ashmore), and what a rush to see the Justice League get formed. Also, the escaped phantoms from the zone was cool to follow. Last half of the season sucked..i didnt buy into Lana's love interest in Lex. But the finale with the dam bursting open was awesome.

Friday, September 11, 2009

FALL TV REVIEW: Glee

It only aired its pilot last spring (which I gave an A), and as GLEE returns, everyone wondered if the pilot was a one-hit wonder. Though episode 2 didnt hit the same highs as the pilot, it still had wit, humor, and unexpected drama and reality to it. ITs refreshing to have a high school musical play to a NON-HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Disney phoniness. I am going to stay along for this ride!

MY RATING: A

FALL TV REVIEW: Vampire Diaries

I was looking forward to liking VAMPIRE DIARIES, but I had no idea how MUCH i would like it. For network TV, this pilot flew by and hit all the right buttons. It has that 'supernatural' feel to it that I have come to enjoy in CW shows like SMALLVILLE and, well, SUPERNATURAL. Its a great fit for Thursday before the Winchester Boys start their fifth season. Unlike MELROSE PLACE, DIARIES has an instantly likeable cast, and GORGEOUS GUYS to boot. Written with snarky wit by Kevin Williamson, VAMPIRE DIARIES is going to be teh pilot to beat for me.

MY RATING: A

Thursday, September 10, 2009

THURSDAY NIGHT TV PREDICTIONS:

8:00
FlashForward (ABC), New
Survivor: Samoa (CBS), 4.2 18-49 demo rating for Gabon last fall
Vampire Diaries(CW), New
Bones (Fox), 2.9 demo rating (includes both Wed/Thurs airings last season)
SNL: Weekend Update (NBC), ? ; till Oct. 15 then Community

8:30
Parks & Recreation (NBC), 2.4 demo rating

9:00
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 4.8 demo rating
CSI (CBS) 4.5 demo rating
Supernatural (CW) 1.2 demo rating
Fringe (Fox), 3.6 demo rating (Tuesday last season)
The Office (NBC), 4.0 demo rating

9:30
Community (NBC), New; till Oct. 15 then 30 Rock, 3.2 demo rating

10:00
Private Practice (ABC), 2.9 demo rating (includes both Wed/Thurs airings last season)
The Mentalist (CBS), 3.5 demo rating (Tuesday last season)
The Jay Leno Show (NBC), New, Fall 2009 Tonight Show averaged about a 1.4-1.5 demo rating

MY PREDICTIONS: ABC will improve on the night now that UGLY BETTY has been banished to Fridays (can we say 'au revoir, Betty Suarez'? SURE WE CAN!). Look for FLASH FORWARD to ignite the hour, but overall win goes to old reliable SURVIVOR. Second will be BONES, and possibly FLASH if it can sustain buzz throughout the season. I see VAMPIRE DIARIES riding the Twilight and True Blood wave in 18 to 49, and will leave the NBC comedies in last place for the hour. Seriuosly!
At 9 pm: All hell's going to break lose, and each network will be smiling. This is going to be brutal! GREYS has aged, and without Gil Grissom, CSI has seen its better days, too. Even THE OFFICE and 30 ROCK may have peaked by now. A show with momentum is still SUPERNATURAL. So where does that leave Fox's Fringe? OMG, this is going to be a fun hour to watch. I see CSI winning, with the NBC comedies taking third, but making it a close call for second on GREYS. I just dont see GREYS juice holding out much past this season. SUPER will do super, but FRINGE will win fourth.
At 10 pm: Long live THE MENTALIST, the hottest show from last year. And PRACTICE will do so-so. But LENO owns the hour when PRACTICE is in repeats.

FALL TV REVIEW: Melrose Place

It's going to have to get much better before I invest a whole year of my life into MELROSE PLACE. Reboots are always hard to do and rarely capture the original version's tone. SOrry to say that MELROSE PLACE 2009 is a victim of such fate. The only juice from the show comes from original cast member Laura Leighton (better than ever as Sydney) and newbie Katie Cassidy (BRILLIANT in the Heather Locklear role of Ella). Come to think of it, Miss Cassidy was the best thing going for HARPERS ISLAND this summer, and kicked ass (literaly) as Ruby on SUPERNATURAL. Let's hope the producersa and writers either ditch the boring new characters on PLACE (except for Dr Michael Mancini and his Brad Pitt-ish son, they were delicious too). The others, eh!

MY RATING: B-

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TUESDAY NIGHTS: My Predictions

Here is the TUESDAY lineup, followed by my predictions:

average from the 2008-9 season.

8:00

Shark Tank (ABC), 1.7 adults 18-49 demo rating for summer 2009 through 8/30.

NCIS (CBS), 3.4 demo rating

90210 (CW), 1.1 demo rating

So You Think You Can Dance (8-10p) (Fox), ~3.5 demo rating for Wed. & Thu. summer 2009 through 8/30

Biggest Loser (8-10p) (NBC), 3.3 demo rating

9:00

Dancing With The Stars (ABC), 3.8 demo rating

After Dancing finishes: Scrubs (ABC) 1.9 demo, Better Off Ted (ABC), 1.8 rating

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) New

Melrose Place (CW) New

So You Think You Can Dance (8-10p) (Fox), ~3.5 demo rating for Wed. & Thu. summer 2009 through 8/30

Biggest Loser (8-10p) (NBC), 3.3 demo rating

10:00

The Forgotten (ABC), New

The Good Wife (CBS), New

The Jay Leno Show (NBC), New, Fall 2009 Tonight Show averaged about a 1.4-1.5 demo rating

PREDICTIONS: CBS will once again dominate the night in overall viewers, but look for the CW to make some significant advances with the 18-49 crowd.

OVERALL AUDIENCE:
8 PM: NCIS will win the hour, followed by BIGGEST LOSER, then SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, then 90210, then SHARK TANK. When V premieres in November, it will run 3rd to NCIS and LOSER.

9 PM: DANCING WITH THE STARS results will win the hour, with NCIS: LA taking second, but dont discount MELROSE PLACE for 3nd. Still, I think BIGGEST LOSER results will actully take 3rd, leaving SYTYCD in last. THIS is going to be a seriously anaylized hour where the overall and the 18 to 49 winners are going to be very different.

10 PM: Of all the nights JAY LENO has to succeed, this is the one. Weak competition from newbies GOOD WIFE and THE FORGOTTEN won't give Jay much stress. In fact, look for Jay to be 2nd, closely behind GOOD WIFE, but ahead of FORGOTTEN.

BETTER OFF TED and SCRUBS return in Novembe.

The Long Hot (and HUMID) Summer is Over...

At least it was very humid in FLORIDA..GRRR! But for all my bickering about the horrible summer months in Florida, I wouldnt want to be anywhere else come Winter.

Except for maybe in front of my TV set! LOST says goodbye in a 2010 Feb to May rollout.

But before then, its FALL TV, BABY! And I will be reviewing each and every new fall show that comes down the pipeline, beginning with tonight's CW reboot of MELROSE PLACE.

But before then, I just want to list my favorite summer TV show newbies of 2009:

1. NURSE JACKIE: I was pleasantly surprised to fall in love with this new SHOWTIME dramedy. Merrit Wever is EXCELLENT as the green nurse in the group.
2 MICHAEL & MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES: Comedy Central hit comedy gold with this wry series starring Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black.
3. MERLIN: At times cheesy, this was still a solid, entertaining tryout for NBC. Ratings were woeful, so dont expect a second season stateside, unless BBCAMERICA runs the already-shot second season.
4. TOSH.O: Already renewed for a second season, look for this show to break out BIG when it's new episodes run. Its fucking hilarious, and controversial, too! I cant believe they get away with what they do.
5. WAREHOUSE 13: This SyFy show was slow to start, but is improving.

Sorry, but DROP DEAD DIVA, RUBY AND THE ROCKITS, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, THE SUPERSTARS and (especially) DEFYING GRAVITY failed to make the cut.

I never did watch HUNG, but that can wait. It was renewed, too!

As for returning shows, TRUE BLOOD stayed AWESOME, and BETTER OFF TED kept me smiling. Look for season 3 of TRUE next summer, and more TED this winter on ABC.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

FALL MOVIE PREVIEW

THE TOP 20 MOVIES I WANT TO SEE BETWEEN SEPT AND DEC

1. AVATAR (DEC 18) Sam Worthington
2. NINE (NOV 25) Daniel Day Lewis
3. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (OCT 16): Spike Jonze
4. FAME (SEPT 25)
5. 2012 (NOV 13) Roland Emmerich
6. A CHRISTMAS CAROL (NOV 6) Jim Carrey
7. SHUTTER ISLAND (OCT 2) Martin Scorsese
8. FANTASTIC MR FOX (NOV 13) George Clooney
9. WHIP IT (OCT 9) Drew Barrymore
10. THIS IS IT (OCT 28) MIchael Jackson's Concert
11. SURROGATES (SEPT 25) Bruce Willis
12. THE BOX (NOv 6) Cameron Diaz and James Marsden
13. THE LOVELY BONES (DEC 11) Peter Jackson
14. SHERLOCK HOLMES (DEC 25) Guy Ritchie
15. RED CLIFF (NOV 13) John Woo
16. TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (NOv 20)
17. CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT (OCT 23) Salma Hayek
18. THE STEPFATHER (OCT 16) Dylan Walsh
19. JENNIFER'S BODY (SEPT 18) Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried
20. SORORITY ROW (SEPT 11) Rumer Willis

Friday, August 7, 2009

DEFYING GRAVITY and BEING HUMAN

Just watched two more 'new' shows this summer.

First, DEFYING GRAVITY on ABC is a hit and miss show. At times I find it's 'modern-ness' and 'drama-focused'reality-soap opera' antics refreshing. At other times, it plays too much like GREY'S ANATOMY. But so far, it hasnt been ingratiating enough to turn me off to it. Further, it seems to have a greater mythology to it, as most great shows do. Is DEFYING great? No. Is it entertaining for summer? You bet. B+

THen there is BEING HUMAN, a BBC production watered down for BBCAMERICA (they blurred out the werewolf's butt, dammit). At 6 episodes, that will probably be enough to satisfy me without driving me crazy. I guess I am jaded by the nudity, language, graphic violence, and all-around-general popcorn fun that TRUE BLOOD delivers week to week. No slam to the BBC, but their dramas have always bored me. BEING HUMAN is an exception, though. It can make me laugh, make me cry (did the blonde nurse really have to die in the pilot? I liked her a lot), and sometimes make me jump. I just wish it hadnt been watered down for the US audience. B

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

BUH-BYE SILVERMAN!

It's been years since Ben Silverman became head of programming for NBC, and its been almost two years since I have wished his head removed from the position. Silverman did nothing to make NBC strong, and in fact, made it worse.

Who could ever forget the dreck this man put on the air: KATH AND KIM, MY OWN WORST ENEMY, KNIGHT RIDER, AMERICAN GLADIATORS, and countless number of reality trash. His only bright spots: KINGS, SOUTHLAND and (maybe) PARKS & RECREATION.

Sure, toward the end he was starting to improve (the aforementioned three shows, plus:), bringing TRAUMA, COMMUNITY, DAY ONE and PARENTHOOD to the airwaves in 2009-2010. But it's been a long time coming for his ouster. I wish him the best of luck as a producer (where he shined brightest with THE OFFICE and UGLY BETTY)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sean's HOTTIE LIST: JULY 2009


Here are the 15 guys I am boned-up to have sex with RIGHT NOW:



1. Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse, TRUE BLOOD)
2. Ryan McPartlin ('Awesome', CHUCK)
3. Tom Welling (Clark Kent, SMALLVILLE)
4. Sam Worthington (TERMINATOR: SALVATION)
5. Eddie Cibrian (Coach, UGLY BETTY)
6. Grant Bowler (Connor, UGLY BETTY)
7. Thomas Jane (HUNG)
8. Mark Valley (FRINGE, THE HUMAN TARGET)
9. Eric Dane (McSteamy, GREY'S ANATOMY)
10. Jared Padelecki (Sam Winchester, SUPERNATURAL)
11. Jay Herrington (Ted, BETTER OFF TED)
12. Aaron Eckhart (Two-Face, THE DARK KNIGHT)
13. Hugh Jackman (Wolverine, X-MEN)
14. Ian Somerhalder (LOST, VAMPIRE DIARIES)
15. Paul Walker (FAST & FURIOUS)

Monday, July 13, 2009

SUMMER TV 2009 is JUST FINE, FINE, FINE!

I don't know about you, but TV has been GOOD this summer. One of my favorite shows, TRUE BLOOD, is burning up HBO, along with the new HUNG (havent seen it yet, but will soon) and SHOWTIME's NURSE JACKIE is very good, too.

Also, ABC has given us new episodes of BETTER OFF TED, one of the few new shows last year that I actually became a fan of. Sorry that SUPERSTARS sucks, those.

NBC is showing the UK series MERLIN. It's really good, even though ratings for it have been weak. Fans of MERLIN take note: Season 2 is airing in the UK right now, so maybe BBC AMERICA will show MERLIN SERIES 2 even if NBC does not.

CBS stayed true to their word and followed through with HARPERS ISLAND until the fun, cheesy end. YAY!

And SYFY has delivered the return of EUREKA and the new WAREHOUSE 13.

Not to mention the funny TOSH.0 on Comedy Central, and ABC's return of PUSHING DAISIES. And coming up: DROP DEAD DIVA and PROJECT RUNWAY.

So, overall, great summer!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON 2010


Dimension Films is remaking one of my favorite 80s horror movies, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLD IN LONDON. It's a fave because of the copious amounts of naked David Naughton running around naked and showing off his hairy ass and balls. YUM!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

TV REWIND: TOP 25 from 2008-2009

MY official TOP 25 TV SHOWS for 2008-2009

MY OFFICIAL 2008-2009 TV SEASON WRAP-UP

(Shows premiering from Summer 2008 thru April 30, 2009)

1. Lost (ABC)
2. True Blood (HBO) NEW SHOW!
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
4. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
5. Chuck (NBC)
6. Supernatural (CW)
7. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
8. Swingtown (CBS) NEW SHOW! CANCELLED!
9. The Office (NBC)
10. 30 Rock (NBC)

11. Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
12. Ugly Betty (ABC)
13. Better Off Ted (ABC) NEW SHOW!
14. Reaper (CW) CANCELLED!
15. Pushing Daisies (ABC) CANCELLED!
16. Project Runway (Bravo)
17. Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)
18. Parks & Recreation (NBC) NEW SHOW!
19. Harper's Island (CBS) NEW SHOW! CANCELLED!
20. Two and a Half Men (CBS)

21. South Park (Comedy Central)
22. Sordid Lives (LOGO) NEW SHOW!
23. Scrubs (ABC)
24. Little Britain, USA (HBO) NEW SHOW!
25. Dirty Sexy Money (ABC) CANCELLED!

TV REWIND: 2008-2009

My TOP FIVE favorite NEW SHOWS from 2008-2009

Here are my favorite NEW SHOWS from the 2008-2009 TV season:



1. TRUE BLOOD (HBO): From the opening seconds of this vampire tale, I was hooked! Alan Ball's guilty pleasure mixes horror/romance/comedy with the right amount of nudity (God bless Ryan Kwanten: you know, Jason Stackhouse). Season 2 premieres in June...and can't cum soon enuff! A+



2. SWINGTOWN (CBS): TRUE BLOOD wasn't the only new summer show to air in 2008 that caught my eye, the other was CBS' controversial 70's-era SWINGTOWN. It was the kind of drama that hooked you in a WONDER YEARS-kind of way. And with it being broadcast, SWINGTOWN wasn't able to deliver the racy stuff that TRUE BLOOD got away with. Ashame, because I think TOWN would have been a much better fit on a HBO or SHOWTIME. Still, I have the series on DVD, and 13 full episodes is better than just getting 3 or 4. So instead of looking at TOWN as a failed TV show, I look upon it as an excellent miniseries. A



3. BETTER OFF TED (ABC): My next favorite show premiered just a few months ago on ABC, and it's fate on a second season is yet to be determined. But in just 2 months, TED fully evolved as an excellent comedy that skewered big corporate companies. The VERIDIAN DYNAMICS fake ads alone are worth tuning in, but I also admit to being a huge Andrea Anders fan (previously seen on JOEY and THE CLASS). ABC needs comedy buzz, and the critics and a loyal fan base may be just enough to keep it alive. If not, guess I will just buy the DVD and cherish the 6 episodes already produced. A-



4. PARKS & RECREATION (NBC): Even though this Amy Poehler sitcom from the producers of THE OFFICE started slow, I have every bit of faith in it to return for a second season funnier and zanier than ever. It only had 6 episodes produced, too, and when it returns (which it will) any tweaking of the season 1 problems will have been worked out, giving NBC a GREAT line-up of sitcoms on Thursday night. B



5. HARPER'S ISLAND (CBS): Bad ratings and bad writing doomed this guilty pleasure horror who-dunnit to Saturday nights, meaning a second season of this fun, popcorn show won't be happening. But at 13 episodes, and with the killer and survivors revealed at the end, count HARPER's as a cool attempt by CBS to give TV something new. B-



BY THE WAY: My top two new shows (TRUE BLOOD and SWINGTOWN) aired in summer 2008, and the next 3 (TED, PARKS and HARPER'S) all aired in the spring of 2009, meaning that not a single new show that premiered in the Fall of 2008 made my list. That goes to show you how HORRIBLE I felt that the fall programming slate was for this season. Another new show, GLEE, will air once after AMERICAN IDOL next week on FOX. It's actually a special preview for a series that has already been given a 13-episode commitment, and is really a Fall 2009-2010 show, and therefor didn't make the cut for this season's TOP FIVE favorite new shows.

FALL TV: 2009-2010: FOX

FOX FALL TV 2009-2010
FOX was the first of the Big Five to announce their Fall and Winter skeds for the 2009-2010 TV Season. For fall, the new shows are GLEE, BROTHERS and THE CLEVELAND SHOW. Midseason newbies are PAST LIFE, HUMAN TARGET and SONS OF TUCSON.





MONDAYS: HOUSE returns to the brutal 8 PM timeslot dominated by DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC, comedy on CBS, teen drama on CW, and who knows what on NBC. Coming back for a second season is LIE TO ME at 9 PM. I am not a fan of either show, so my attention will be spent elsewhere on the night.

HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero.





TUESDAYS: In a surprise move, FOX is treating dancing in the fall like it does music in the winter. Look for 2 hours of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE to juice up ratings (assuming there isn’t a fatique factor of just having seen the summer 2009 edition of SYTYCD).

HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero.





WEDNESDAYS: The results show of SYTYCD kicks the night off, then leads into the new comedy-musical show GLEE. Even though I don’t watch DANCE, I hope it gets HUGE ratings that rub off on to GLEE, which will probably be THE show I am most excited about for the new TV season. GLEE is supposed to be a great show, and I hope it triggers a new wave of musical television (because the sooner we can forget about VIVA LAUGHLIN, the better).

HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (GLEE).





THURSDAYS: BONES returns from it’s successful relocation to Thursdays this past year. That will lead in to the second season of the JJ ABRAMS show FRINGE. I tuned out of FRINGE after a couple episodes into season 1, and decided that I would just buy the DVD should the show succeed. Since it has, I will probably watch FRINGE on a go-forward basis, though I am still on the fence about it.

HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Probably One (for FRINGE).





FRIDAYS: The new comedy BROTHERS kicks the night off, followed by the (GROAN) 4th year of TIL DEATH. I am going to sample BROTHERS, though its theme of football doesn’t do much to excite me. As for TIL DEATH, forget about it. That leaves a rather weak lead-in to the surprise renewal of DOLLHOUSE. As with FRINGE, I didn’t want to get too attached to DOLLHOUSE until I knew FOX wasn’t going to cancel it on me. Now that it’s back, I am DEFINITELY going to watch season 1 over the summer and tune in to DOLLHOUSE in the fall.

HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: OnePointFive, for now. ( I will watch BROTHERS pilot and make an early decision on if I will continue to support it. But I will definitely be catching DOLLHOUSE)





SATURDAYS: The usual combo of COPS and AMERICA’S MOST WANTED.

HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero.





SUNDAYS: It’s animation domination once again. I am not a big SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY or AMERICAN DAD fan, but I am going to give THE CLEVELAND SHOW a looksie. Who knows, maybe it will become a fave and I will start to watch the others around it, though I don’t see myself jumping on THE SIMPSONS bandwagon again (that was so ten years ago for me).

HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: PointFive (for THE CLEVELAND SHOW)





TOTAL HOURS OF FOX PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH IN THE FALL: FOUR HOURS (GLEE, DOLLHOUSE, FRINGE, CLEVELAND SHOW and BROTHERS)





MIDSEASON: PAST LIFE (about reincarnation) looks promising, as does HUMAN TARGET (based on the DC Comics character). FOX also has new comedy SONS OF TUCSON starring REAPER co-star Tyler Labine. All three shows are must-sees for me, and with returning shows, I am looking forward to four or five hours of FOX programming (assuming I continue to watch BROTHERS, CLEVELAND SHOW and FRINGE from the fall).





HERE, IN ORDER, ARE THE NEW SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING (includes fall and winter programming):



GLEE (10)

PAST LIFE (8)

SONS OF TUCSON (7)

HUMAN TARGET (7)

THE CLEVELAND SHOW (6)

BROTHERS (5)





HERE, IN ORDER, ARE THE OVERALL SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING (FALL only):

GLEE (10)

DOLLHOUSE (8)

FRINGE (7)

THE CLEVELAND SHOW (6)

BROTHERS (5)





MISSING PILOTS: As predicted, AB FAB did NOT make FOX’s schedule. Too bad another studio won’t pick it up, if that’s even allowed. What a bummer.





CANCELED: DO NOT DISTURB, SIT DOWN SHUT UP, PRISON BREAK, TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.





OVERALL OUTLOOK: FOX has a very smart schedule here. It’s a no-brainer that winter is the net’s saving grace (with the annual returns of 24 and IDOL), but last fall FOX made strides with new hit FRINGE. And with the smart scheduling of SYTYCD picking up the missing IDOL pieces, FOX could have itself a solid fall to introduce newbie GLEE. Of course, if DANCE doesn’t catch on because of summer DANCE fatigue, then FOX has 3 mid-week hours of bad reality. It’s a gamble, but I would bet in FOX’s favor that it pays off and DANCE will be a big enough hit to satisfy it’s programmers. I give the FALL sked a solid B+ and the SPRING sked an even better A.

FALL TV: 2009-2010: ABC

ABC FALL TV: 2009-2010
Following a FOX-y upfront yesterday, ABC followed the (18 -49) leader and presented their own upfront earlier today, with some surprises of their own. For Fall, new shows include SHARK TANK, THE FORGOTTEN, HANK, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN, EASTWICK and FLASH FORWARD. Midseason newbies include HAPPY TOWN, V and THE DEEP END.

MONDAYS: Old stand-by (and getting older by the season) DANCING WITH THE STARS PERFORMANCE SHOW will lead in to second year mystery drama CASTLE. I watched a few eps of CASTLE last year and kinda liked it, but ultimately bowed out. I am happy for the show and star Nathan Fillion, but it's just not my cup of tea.

NUMBER OF ABC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero

TUESDAYS: New Reality show SHARK TANK will lead into the DWTS RESULTS SHOW. Then the new Jerry Bruckheimer amateur sleuth show THE FORGOTTEN will close the night out at 10. I will sample THE FORGOTTEN, but it's not a priority show for me to watch, and therefor:

NUMBER OF ABC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero

WEDNESDAYS: Four new comedies and a new drama make this ABC's first huge surprise of the sked. It's been years since ABC has had a 2-hour comedy block, and I believe the first time on record that said comedy block consisted of four completely new comedies. Two years ago ABC debuted 3 new shows on the night (PUSHING DAISIES, PRIVATE PRACTICE and DIRTY SEXY MONEY). With newcomer EASTWICK closing out the night, once again ABC goes bold with an all-new feast. I'm there!

NUMBER OF ABC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Three (HANK, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN and EASTWICK)

THURSDAYS: Newcomer FLASH FORWARD (which will probably take over the LOST timeslot next year should it succeed) kicks the night off, with GREY"S ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE staying where they are.

NUMBER OF ABC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (FLASH FORWARD)

FRIDAYS: In the Alphabet net's second big surprise, fourth-season show UGLY BETTY is transplanted to Fridays, and sandwiched between reality bores SUPERNANNY and 20/20. I predict BETTY will move once again when the ratings dont add up. With that said, look for BETTY to air it's series finale in May 2010.

NUMBER OF ABC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (UGLY BETTY)

SATURDAYS: College Football

NUMBER OF ABC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero

SUNDAYS: A solid night, though I think it would have been more fun to put something else after DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES besides BROTHERS AND SISTERS. FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS and EXTREME MAKEOVER return once again.

NUMBER OF ABC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES)

TOTAL HOURS OF ABC PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH IN THE FALL: SIX HOURS

MIDSEASON: THE BACHELOR will take over for DANCING PERFORMANCE SHOW on Mondays; SCRUBS and BETTER OFF TED take over for the DWTS RESULTS SHOW on Tuesdays; DEEP END, HAPPY TOWN and V also debut midseason.

HERE, IN ORDER, ARE THE NEW SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING (Includes Fall and Midseason):

V (10)

FLASH FORWARD (9)

EASTWICK (9)

COUGAR TOWN (9)

HAPPY TOWN (8)

MODERN FAMILY (7)

HANK (6)

THE MIDDLE (6)

THE FORGOTTEN (6)

THE DEEP END (5)

HERE ARE THE OVERALL SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING (FALL ONLY):

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

UGLY BETTY

FLASH FORWARD

EASTWICK

COUGAR TOWN

MISSING PILOTS: The one that got away, for me, was LIMELIGHT. That series was set in a performing arts school, similar to FAME. But with GLEE on the air at FOX, I am not totally upset.

OVERALL OUTLOOK: Other than Wednesdays, I am not overly impressed with ABC's Fall sked. For me, things dont pick up until midseason (SCRUBS, BETTER OFF TED, LOST, V and HAPPY TOWN). So, for Fall, I give ABC a C+; For Midseason I give ABC a B+

FALL TV 2009-2010: NBC

NBC FALL TV: 2009-2010
NBC becomes the third network to reveal it's upfront sked, which is literally broken into two seasons with most shows taking on shortened episode orders. New for fall are TRAUMA, PARENTHOOD, COMMUNITY, SNL THURSDAYS. New for Midseason are MERCY, DAY ONE, 100 QUESTIONS and THE MARRIAGE REF.

MONDAYS: It's HEROES and TRAUMA for the Fall. I gave up on HEROES two years ago. As for TRAUMA, that one looks interesting.

NUMBER OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (Trauma)

TUESDAYS: THE BIGGEST LOSER will remain 2 hours.

NUMBER OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero.

WEDNESDAYS: Ron Howard's new PARENTHOOD might be fun, but then I will tune out when LAW AND ORDER SVU airs.

NUMBER OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (PARENTHOOD)

THURSDAYS: I am there for NBC all night long (maybe even for Leno, too): SNL THURSDAY WEEKEND UPDATE goes for 6 episodes, PARKS & RECREATION is back for season 2; my fave THE OFFICE is at 9, and buzzy newcomer COMMUNITY at 9:30. After SNL completes it's run, COMMUNITY moves to its slot so that 30 ROCK can debut in the old COMMUNITY slot following THE OFFICE.

NUMBER OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Two (all four comedies)

FRIDAYS: Nothing to crow about, however LAW & ORDER ties GUNSMOKE for 20 seasons on TV. SOUTHLAND returns.

NUMBER OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero

SATURDAYS: Repeatsville

NUMBER OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero

SUNDAYS: FOOTBALL!

NUMBER OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero.

TOTAL HOURS OF NBC PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH IN THE FALL: Four Hours

MIDSEASON: Won't come soon enough! CHUCK takes over HEROES and DAY ONE takes over TRAUMA. 100 QUESTIONS takes over when BIGGEST LOSER goes to 90 minutes; MERCY takes over PARENTHOOD; MARRIAGE REF and CELEBRITY APPRENTICE take over for Football.

HERE ARE THE NEW SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING:

COMMUNITY (9)

100 QUESTIONS (8)

DAY ONE (8)

TRAUMA (7)

PARENTHOOD (7)

MERCY (3)

HERE ARE THE OVERALL SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING (FALL ONLY):

THE OFFICE

COMMUNITY

SNL THURSDAYS

PARKS & RECREATION

TRAUMA

PARENTHOOD

MISSING PILOTS: LEGALLY MAD would have been fun with Kristen Chenowerth, but maybe this will free her up to be on GLEE full-time.

OVERALL OUTLOOK: Just like ABC and FOX before it, it's NBC's midseason sked that looks to be the most fun. I give the FALL sked a B- and the winter sked a B. I am also looking forward to watching JAY LENO SHOW whenever possible.

FALL TV 2009-2010: CBS

CBS FALL TV: 2009-2010

CBS presented a (yawn) stable schedule of shows today, filled with the usual death and mayhem that the network has succeeded with over the last half of a decade. In fact, all of it's new dramas deal with crime drama or hospital medical drams or law firm drama. Missing from the line-up are the exciting chances the network had taken the last three years, such as JERICHO, SWINGTOWN, and HARPER'S ISLAND. Instead, the fall newbies are NCIS: LOS ANGELES, THE GOOD WIFE, THREE RIVERS and comedy ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE. For Midseason, its MIAMI TRAUMA, THE BRIDGE, UNDERCOVER BOSS and ARRANGED MARRIAGE. BLECH!

MONDAYS: I'll be honest up front: this is the ONLY night of television that I will be watching coming from the Eye network. And what a night it is! Two of my favorite comedies, plus a solid Charlie Sheen hit and a newcomer with Jenna Elfman, will all cheer me up. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER kicks off the night, followed by ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE with Elfman. Then its a solid hour of Chuck Lorre comedy with TWO AND A HALF MEN and THE BIG BANG THEORY. Cheese ends the night with CSI: MIAMI. With no other competition, I have delegated the last hour of the night to THE JAY LENO SHOW.

TOTAL HOURS OF CBS PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH: Two (all four comedies)

TUESDAYS: NCIS returns, followed by the spin-off in LOS ANGELES. New Julianna Marguiles drama THE GOOD WIFE ends the night. Guess that means a second night of LENO for me.

TOTAL HOURS OF CBS PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH: Zero

WEDNESDAYS: Boring comedies NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE and GARY UNMARRIED return. I gave CHRISTINE a second chance last year by watching it for the first time since it debuted. It was still blah. And dont get me started on the seriously unfunny GARY. Bloody crime shows follow with the returns of CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NY.

TOTAL HOURS OF CBS PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH: Zero

THURSDAYS: SURVIVOR and CSI are back. Then the night closes with the transplanted THE MENTALIST.

TOTAL HOURS OF CBS PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH: Zero

FRIDAYS: Once a dumping ground for last-leg tv shows and reality, Friday nights return in the fall with scripted programming on all the major networks, which will give GHOST WHISPERER and NUMBERS some much-needed competition. The transplanted MEDIUM switches from NBC to CBS and is sandwiched between GHOST and NUMBERS.

TOTAL HOURS OF CBS PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH: Zero

SATURDAYS: Crime repeats for the first two hours, followed by 48 HOURS MYSTERIES

TOTAL HOURS OF CBS PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH: Zero

SUNDAYS: Another blah night: 60 MINUTES, THE AMAZING RACE, newcomer THREE RIVERS and COLD CASE.

TOTAL HOURS OF CBS PROGRAMMING THAT I WILL WATCH: Zero.

TOTAL NUMBERS OF CBS PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH IN THE FALL: Sadly, just two hours.

MIDSEASON: The only show midseason I will watch will be the comedy RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. Otherwise, its boring as usual with THE BRIDGE, MIAMI TRAUMA, UNDERCOVER BOSS and ARRANGED MARRIAGE.

HERE IS THE NEW SHOW I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING:

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE

HERE ARE THE OVERALL SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING:

THE BIG BANG THEORY

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE

TWO AND A HALF MEN

MISSING PILOTS: There was a Jason Biggs pilot that looked interesting, but evidentally CBS chose the suckful GARY and CHRISTINE over it.

OVERALL OUTLOOK: Personally, I find CBS' schedule an EXTREME BORE. I also think the network is going to continue bleeding the 18 to 49 age demo. CBS may have the most total viewers, but it's sorely low on the buzz radar. Further, by not taking any chances, CBS is gambling that the viewing audience is still hungry for the tried and true that the network specializes in. One day, tastes WILL change, and I believe that day is coming. When it does, CBS is going to find themselves hurting..big time! I'm not saying that change will come in 2009-2010, but in the next couple years, don't expect CBS to still be #1 with overall viewers. I give the schedule, as it stands right now, a B (as viewed by ratings and safety). But, personally, as far as shows that appeal to me and my tastes, I give the CBS fall sked a D

FALL TV 2009-2010: THE CW

CW FALL TV: 2009-2010
THE CW network was the fifth and final major network to announce it's fall schedule to advertisers today. The new fall shows are MELROSE PLACE, VAMPIRE DIARIES and BEAUTIFUL LIFE. At midseason comes PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED.

MONDAYS: The combo of GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL remain intact.

HOURS OF CW PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero

TUESDAYS: 90210 gets paired with MELROSE PLACE, which was one of my favorite soaps from the 90s.


HOURS OF CW PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (MELROSE PLACE)

WEDNESDAYS: AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL gets paired with model companion drama BEAUTIFUL LIFE.


HOURS OF CW PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: One (BEAUTIFUL LIFE)

THURSDAYS: Vampires rule (TRUE BLOOD and TWILIGHT), so here comes THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which is followed by the awesome SUPERNATURAL.


HOURS OF CW PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Two (VAMPIRE and SUPER)

FRIDAYS: SMALLVILLE airs its ninth, and maybe final, season, followed by ANTM encore.


HOURS OF CW PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH: Zero

NUMBER OF CW PROGRAMMING I WILL WATCH IN THE FALL: Four Hours

MIDSEASON:PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED

HERE, IN ORDER, ARE THE NEW SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING:

MELROSE PLACE (9)

VAMPIRE DIARIES (8)

BEAUTIFUL LIFE (7)

HERE, OVERALL, ARE THE SHOWS I AM MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING:

MELROSE PLACE

SUPERNATURAL

VAMPIRE DIARIES

BEAUTIFUL LIFE

MISSING PILOTS: The 80s set GOSSIP GIRL spin-off didn't make the cut.

OVERALL OUTLOOK: THE CW has some hot, though teen-skewing, dramas on slate. Compared to season's past, the 2009-2010 CW line-up looks like its most promising yet. I will definitely be checking them out come fall. I give the sked an A-

FALL TV 2009-2010: NIGHTLY BREAKDOWN

FALL TV 2009-2010: FRIDAYS
8:00 TO 9:00:

For the first time in years, Friday nights are once again competitive with scripted programming. In fact, each of the Big Five has at least one hour of scripted programming to share. During this first hour of the night, NBC relocates LAW & ORDER to the hour, while CW relocates SMALLVILLE. CBS goes with the solid GHOST WHISPERER again, while FOX offers up newbie comedy BROTHERS with returning (WHY????) 'TIL DEATH. The only reality in the hour is SUPERNANNY.

FIRST: GHOST WHISPERER (CBS)

SECOND: LAW & ORDER (NBC)

THIRD: SUPERNANNY (ABC)

FOURTH: SMALLVILLE (CW)

FIFTH: BROTHERS/TIL DEATH (FOX)


9:00 TO 10:00:
This hour is even more interesting than the 8 pm hour. THREE shows are relocated to this time period: ABC's dwindling UGLY BETTY, NBC's dwindling SOUTHLAND, and the NBC to CBS drama MEDIUM. Staying put in the hour is the surprise return of DOLLHOUSE, though with an anemic comedy (TIL DEATH) leading into it, I dont expect the DOLLHOUSE ratings to improve any over this season's.
FIRST: MEDIUM (CBS)
SECOND: SOUTHLAND (NBC)
THIRD: UGLY BETTY (ABC)
FOURTH: DOLLHOUSE (FOX)

10:00 TO 11:00:
Same as last year: 20/20 on ABC and NUMBERS on CBS. The only new threat is JAY LENO, which I think will have some terrific numbers in the hour, despite what critics are saying.
FIRST: NUMBERS (CBS)
SECOND: JAY LENO (NBC)
THIRD: 20/20 (ABC)

TOTAL HOURS I WILL WATCH: TWO (DOLLHOUSE and UGLY BETTY)

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FALL TV 2009-2010: THURSDAYS
8:00 TO 9:00:
This first hour of Thursdays is another busy hour for me, for there are 3 networks that I am wanting to watch TV from. ABC has the intriguing new series FLASH FORWARD, which is built around the high concept of a billion or more people who all have 2 minute blackout whereupon each person sees something that happens to them in their future. ABC is priming the show to take over for LOST, but first it has to succeed on its own in this brutal hour. Competition comes from FOX's reliable BONES, though that show's season finale seemed to piss off some fans. Also, BONES is starting to age, as is CBS's SURVIVOR. That leaves NBC's new-ish hour of 6 episodes of SNL WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY and PARKS & RECREATION. I think PARKS will come back stronger in the fall now that producers will have had time to retool it. The darkhouse in this hour is CW's VAMPIRE DIARIES, which should ride the TRUE BLOOD/TWILIGHT wave of vampire success. Then again, it could become another MOONLIGHT. Interestingly, Thursday night at 8 staples UGLY BETTY and SMALLVILLE have both been transplanted to Fridays.
FIRST: SURVIVOR (CBS)
SECOND: BONES (FOX)
THIRD: FLASH FORWARD (ABC)
FOURTH: SNL/PARKS (NBC)
FIFTH: VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW)

9:00 TO 10:00:
This is still the week's most brutal hour, though ratings for ABC's GREY'S ANATOMY and CBS' CSI have fallen, and I imagine will continue to slide. That leaves an opportunity for FOX's transplanted FRINGE (which, along with MENTALIST, move from their cushy Tuesday slots to the more competitive Thursdays) and NBC combo of OFFICE and 30 ROCK to increase viewership. The dark horse here is SUPERNATURAL, which has seen its ratings increase year to year and, entering season 5, is finally an established hit for the C-Dub.
FIRST: GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
SECOND: CSI (CBS)
THIRD: OFFICE/30 ROCK (NBC)
FOURTH: FRINGE (FOX)
FIFTH: SUPERNATURAL (CW)

10:00 TO 11:00:
THe most aggressive move of the season is CBS's decision to move THE MENTALIST to this hour. That means terrible news for PRIVATE PRACTICE, which also had a terribly gruesome season finale. I will be watching JAY LENO, thank you very much.
FIRST: THE MENTALIST (CBS)
SECOND: PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
THIRD: JAY LENO SHOW (NBC)

TOTAL HOURS I WILL WATCH: Six (PARKS, SNL, OFFICE, 30 ROCK, VAMPIRE DIARIES, SUPERNATURAL, FLASH FORWARD, FRINGE)

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FALL TV 2009-2010: WEDNESDAYS
8:00 TO 9:00:
In terms of new tv, this is the night of the biggest change. ABC begins a totally-new four hour comedy block with BACK TO YOU stars Kelsey Grammer in HANK and Patricia Heaton in THE MIDDLE. Competing with those two comedies are CBS' returning NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE and GARY UNMARRIED. NBC goes the dramedy route with the promising PARENTHOOD, while reality encompasses FOX (SYTYCD) and THE CW (AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL). This hour is up for grabs, with not a single network impressing me in the hour, though that's good news for CHRISTINE and the newbies.
FIRST: PARENTHOOD (NBC) Just a gut feeling I have.
SECOND: HANK/THE MIDDLE (ABC)
THIRD: SYTYCD (FOX)
FOURTH: CHRISTINE/GARY (CBS)
FIFTH: ANTM (CW)
NOTE: I honestly don't know how this hour is going to play out. It's entirely possible that America is going to embrace SYTYCD, but I feel like viewer fatigue will have set in from it's summer run. If so, that leaves things wide open for the comedy block on the other Big Three nets. PARENTHOOD could be a sleeper hit, or a total bomb. And I have no idea how 4 new comedies on ABC will do, which could allow CBS to squeek a victory with CHRISTINE and GARY.

9:00 TO 10:00:
CBS will win the hour easily with CRIMINAL MINDS, followed by NBC's LAW & ORDER SVU, assuming it's two leads come back. ABC has potential with MODERN FAMILY and the Courtney Cox-starrer COUGAR TOWN. FOX is hoping that a summer promotional push for GLEE will pay off, and dont count CW out with its newcomer BEAUTIFUL LIFE. As a viewer, I have some serious TV viewing to watch in this hour, exlucing those two crime procedurals.
FIRST: CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
SECOND: LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC)
THIRD: MODERN FAMILY/COUGAR TOWN (ABC)
FOURTH: GLEE (FOX)
FIFTH: BEAUTIFUL LIFE (CW)

10:00 TO 11:00:
Again, an easy win for CBS with CSI:NY. ABC's EASTWICK is a toss-up, especially without having seen the pilot. If the buzz is good, viewers will follow. And dont count out JAY LENO in the hour.
FIRST: CSI: NY (CBS)
SECOND: EASTWICK (ABC)
THIRD: JAY LENO (NBC)

TOTAL HOURS I WILL WATCH: Six (PARENTHOOD, HANK, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN, GLEE, BEAUTIFUL LIFE, EASTWICK)
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FALL TV 2009-2010: TUESDAYS
8:00 TO 9:00:

Other than Saturday and Sunday, Tuesday nights in the fall look the weakest, for me as a viewer at least. There is an overdose of reality on the night, with ABC's THE SHARK TANK kicking things off. That will compete with the first hour of THE BIGGEST LOSER and the first hour of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. TANK will be the obvious loser, and DANCE and LOSER will duke it out. That leaves the hour wide open for the hit scripted show NCIS on CBS, and the CW drama 90210. Both those scripted shows lead in to two highly-anticipated shows at 9.
FIRST: NCIS (CBS)
SECOND: DWTS (ABC)
THIRD: BIGGEST LOSER (NBC)
FOURTH: SYTYCD (FOX)
FIFTH: 90210 (CW)

9:00 TO 10:00:
At 9, CBS goes with NCIS: LOS ANGELES, which I think will be the biggest hit of the season, now that it follows NCIS and takes over THE MENTALIST's slot. Another show set in LA is competitor MELROSE PLACE, which is a nice fit following 90210. These are two perfect scheduling decisions. Realtiy continues with the second hours of LOSER and SYTYCD. And ABC has the DWTS results show.
FIRST: DWTS (ABC)
SECOND: NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
THIRD: THE BIGGEST LOSER (NBC)
FOURTH: SYTYCD (FOX)
FIFTH: MELROSE PLACE (CW)

10:00 TO 11:00:
Competing against LENO are two newbies: THE FORGOTTEN on ABC and THE GOOD WIFE on CBS. I dont expect stellar ratings for either show, especially THE FORGOTTEN. As for THE GOOD WIFE, it takes the doomsday slot that has led to the demise of CANE, 3 LBS, WITHOUT A TRACE, and so on. But without much competition, it will the hour, though a weak win at that.
FIRST: THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
SECOND: THE FORGOTTEN (ABC)
THIRD: JAY LENO SHOW (NBC)

TOTAL HOURS I WILL WATCH: One (MELROSE PLACE)

MIDSEASON: Looks more promising. SCRUBS and BETTER OFF TED return on ABC. NBC has 100 QUESTIONS, and FOX has PAST LIFE.

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FALL TV 2009: MONDAYS
8:00 TO 9:00:
Once again, Monday night is a brutal battlefield, especially in the 8 pm hour. ABC continues it's run of DANCING WITH THE STARS, though one has to wonder how long this ratings juggernaut will last. With ratings continuing to slide cycle to cycle, look for even greater audience erosion to set in for the fall edition. Over at CBS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER time-shifts to 8 PM, which will give new Jenna Elfman series ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE a nice lead-in. HIMYM had its best year, and I believe next season it will hit it's ratings peak before starting to slide a bit in the ratings. That's good news all-around for a show now entering it's fifth season. NBC takes a chance by leading the night off with the fading HEROES, though one has to consider how much of an impact Zachary Quinto might add to the show now that his Spock is smacking the box office. As for drama, HOUSE is also fading, and I am kind of thinking that next year will see continued audience erosion. THE CW has season 3 of it's buzzy GOSSIP GIRL. I think its smart the network didnt pick up LILY, for that could have diluted GG's numbers.
FIRST: DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
SECOND: HOUSE (FOX)
THIRD: HIMYM/ACCIDENTALLY (CBS)
FOURTH: HEROES (NBC)
FIFTH: GOSSIP GIRL (CW)

9:00 TO 10:00:
The second hour of DANCING continues on ABC, which is always higher than hour 1. And CBS' top comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN leads into the hysterical BIG BANG THEORY, which will raise THEORY's profile significantly. After that I think it's going to be a battle between NBC's promising TRAUMA and the fading LIE TO ME on FOX. ONE TREE HILL, which has been reliable at CW, is going to start hemmhorging viewers with the loss of Chad Michael Murray.
FIRST: DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
SECOND: TWO AND A HALF MEN/BIG BANG (CBS)
THIRD: LIE TO ME (FOX)
FOURTH: TRAUMA (NBC)
FIFTH: ONE TREE HILL (CW)
NOTE: It's going to be a close call for first between DWTS and the CBS comedies, and will also be a close call for third between LIE TO ME and TRAUMA.

10:00 TO 11:00:
No contest here. CSI: MIAMI will rule the hour, but ABC's CASTLE will do surprisingly better in its second season. JAY LENO will start out strong before tapering off around November. When the others are in repeats, JAY LENO's ratings will spike. I predict having LENO every night of the week wont be the massacre that others are saying. Yes, it will be a drop for the network, but when compared to other shows in that hour in the past that cost a lot of money (JOURNEYMAN, STUDIO 60 and MY OWN WORST ENEMY), NBC will have played the hour right. Plus, LENO is a comedy alternative to all the death, murder and mayhem (which I dont watch)
FIRST: CSI: MIAMI (CBS)
SECOND: CASTLE (ABC)
THIRD: JAY LENO SHOW (NBC)

WHAT I WILL BE WATCHING ON THE NIGHT: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, TWO AND A HALF MEN, BIG BANG THEORY, TRAUMA and (from time to time) JAY LENO SHOW.

TOTAL HOURS: THREE

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OLD SHOWS: NEW FAN

OLD SHOWS; NEW FAN
THE OFFICE....SUPERNATURAL....RULES OF ENGAGEMENT...THE BIG BANG THEORY...

These four shows represent television programming that I initially said NO to, but eventually rediscovered during the 2008-2009 season to actually like.

*RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: Of the four shows, RULES is my least favorite. I first saw the show in season 1 and immediately deemed it unwatchable, in no large part to David Spade. I watched it again a few episodes into it's third season because, well, nothing else excited me after TWO AND A HALF MEN, especially the awful WORST WEEK. So I sampled it again, and after a couple episodes it started to make me laugh. Still, it's not like it's ever going to be my favorite show, and, really, is something I watch to kill time. Next year RULES is not on the fall line-up, but will be plugged into the CBS schedule when a hole arises (perhaps to replace ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE? Or maybe GARY UNMARRIED?)

*THE OFFICE: I watched the premiere episode of THE OFFICE five years ago, and BLECH! I didnt think I would ever like they style the show presented, and I gave up on THE OFFICE after one viewing. I watched the dinner party episode from the 2007-2008 season and liked what I saw. But it wasnt until the 2008-2009 season that I DVRed the show and grew to love it. THE OFFICE is brilliant, especially after watching an episode of the inferior PARKS & RECREATION. Now I cant wait to see what happens next to the Dunder-Miflin gang.

*THE BIG BANG THEORY: It's interesting: at what point do you watch the cast of a tv show and say YES! I LIKE THESE CHARACTERS? For me, I just didnt like the cast of BIG BANG when I saw the pilot. Ashame, because I didnt watch the show again until a few episodes into season 2. Immediately on my second helping, I couldnt get enough of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the gang. Until BIG BANG, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was my must-see comedy. Now it's BIG BANG.

*SUPERNATURAL: I watched my first couple of SUPER episodes when I bought the season 1 DVD three years ago. It was okay, but it didnt hook me in. Then, during this past season 4, I took in a couple of episodes and really enjoyed the mythology the series had taken on. This prompted me to stop watching season 4, go out and buy seasons 2 and 3 on DVD, and start watching the series all over again, from the beginning. I am now caught up through the first 3 seasons, and now have to wait until September 1st to buy the season 4 DVD: all in preparation for the season 5 to air in 2009-2010 on The CW.