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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.

SUMMER TV PREVIEW: SUPERSTARS

This show is a mix of BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS and DANCING WITH THE STARS. If you remember BATTLE, then you remember how much fun it was to watch the stars of ABC, CBS and NBC battle it out on the obstacle course, baton relay and kayak event, among others. But where BATTLE had the likes of Heather Locklear, Scott Baio, Michael Landon and Bruce Boxleitner, all SUPERSTARS can muster up is Dan Cortese (SURVIVING SUBURBIA) and David Chavret (BAYWATCH). The other 'stars' are people I can't even remember, other than Ali Landry - and I would need IMDB to look up anything she has done.

The series itself is kind of fun, but I fear will grow stale after a few more weeks, especially since I dont really know who the 'stars' even are. With that said, it was FUN to see the blonde supermodel make an ass of herself as she badmouthed her sports partner, even mouthing off: "and he calls himself one of the greatest athletes? Unfucking believable". Yes, this model bitch deserved to lose. I felt sorry for the athlete. He was gracious about it all, and only deserved much better than who he got paired with.

So, SUPERSTARS earns a C+, in case you were wondering.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Here are the top 5 shows I am looking forward to seeing come fall. In paren's next to each entry is how the show ranked from my BIG FIVE 2007 list (sorry, I took 2008 off from BLOGGER).

THE BIG FIVE, NBC
1. CHUCK...................................(#3 in 2007)
2. THE OFFICE ...........................(NEW)
3. 30 ROCK................................ (#2 in 2007)
4. COMMUNITY .............................(NEW)
5. PARKS & RECREATION .............(NEW)
{GONE: HEROES (#1 in 2007); BIONIC WOMAN (#4), JOURNEYMAN (#5)]

THE BIG FIVE, ABC
1. LOST (Returns Mid-season).........(#3 in 2007)
2. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES......(#2 in 2007)
3. FLASH FORWARD.....................NEW
4. V (Preems Mid-season)...............NEW
5. BETTER OFF TED......................NEW
[GONE: UGLY BETTY (#1); PUSHING DAISIES (#4); DIRTY SEXY MONEY (#5)]

THE BIG FIVE, CBS
1. THE BIG BANG THEORY................NEW
2. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER...........(#1 in 2007)
3. TWO AND A HALF MEN.................(#2 in 2007)
4. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (Midseason)....NEW
5. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE.......NEW
[GONE: JERICHO (#3); VIVA LAUGHLIN (#4); SWINGTOWN (#5)]

THE BIG FIVE, FOX
1. GLEE..................................................NEW
2. FRINGE..............................................NEW
3. HUMAN TARGET.(Midseason)..............NEW
4. SONS OF TUCSON (Midseason)...........NEW
5. PAST LIFE (Midseason).........................NEW
[GONE: SARAH CONNOR (#1); JEZEBEL JAMES (#2); BACK TO YOU (#3), NEW AMSTERDAM (#4); SIMPSONS (#5)]

THE BIG FIVE, CW
1. MELROSE PLACE................................NEW
2. SUPERNATURAL.................................NEW
3. VAMPIRE DIARIES...............................NEW
4. BEAUTIFUL LIFE...................................NEW
5. SMALLVILLE ....................................(#5 in 2007)
[GONE: REAPER (#1); ALIENS IN AMERICA (#2); GOSSIP GIRL (#3); LIFE IS WILD (#4)]

My name is Sean, and I am a junkie.

Okay, an entertainment junkie.
Which is also the foundation of my blog, which is to give my take/viewpoint on all things entertainment (which will include my porno career, from time to time): primarily: television.

Though film and DVD will also be probed.

WIth that said, I welcome anyone who shares my interest or is curious about what I think about the television landscape from my perspective.