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USA Announces New Projects

With their recent track record, we should all be paying attention when the USA Network announces their newest slate of projects. Futon Critic has a full writeup.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | New Series, Television | , | Comments Off on USA Announces New Projects

Dollhouse Cancelled

In a move that should surprise no one, FOX has announced the end of Dollhouse, marking their most recent cancellation of a promising sci-fi show that they banished to the Friday night lineup. I’ll admit that the concept behind Dollhouse was always more exciting than the actual episodes, but I blame a near-complete lack of support from the network for the ultimate quality of the show. After all, they only renewed the show after Joss Whedon proved he could slash the production budget by turning in the never-aired “Epitaph One” episode at the end of season one. Incidentally, that installment is worth the $1.99 at iTunes. I’m disappointed in the cancellation, but at the same time, we all need to admit this was no Firefly.

Oh, that shitty Kelsey Grammer show was cancelled too.

Full details at Variety.com

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Cancelled, Comedy, New Series, Scifi, Television | , , , , , | Comments Off on Dollhouse Cancelled

Scrubs and Better Off Ted Are Back in December

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is going to breathe some much-needed life into the Tuesday night lineup when Scrubs and Better Off Ted return to the schedule this December. Scrubs is set to premiere its new formula with a double-dose on December 1st, and Ted returns for a second season on December 8th.

I’m looking forward to seeing this new version of Scrubs. I think a mixing up the cast and refreshing the premise is exactly the kind of change they need to give the show a chance at gaining an audience.

I’m not really sure how well these two shows pair with V, which airs in the slot before them, but it probably doesn’t matter anyway. The only chance Scrubs and Better Off Ted have to garner any ratings is by reaching an audience as counter-programming for smash hit spinoff NCIS:Los Angeles.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , | Comments Off on Scrubs and Better Off Ted Are Back in December

Banished: Hank

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Successful man experiences a big career change, moves from the city to the suburbs, and spends more time with his family. This is the¬†premise of Hank, and yes it is also eerily similar to the premise of Back to You, Kelsey Grammer’s last crappy attempt at making another hit. I don’t have much to say other than Grammer will fail every time he tries to re-create the magic of Frasier with a much less talented cast.¬†One episode normally isn’t enough for me to pass judgement on a new show, but Hank is abnormally boring. I’m not surprised it’s the only one of ABC’s Wednesday comedies that hasn’t been picked up for the full season. Worse yet, they’re even bumping it off the schedule next week to air the Charlie Brown Halloween special.

October 18, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Comedy, New Series, Premiere, Television | , , , , | 1 Comment

Banished: Secret Girlfriend

I have discovered the Comedy Central version of karma. For every Chapelle’s Show, there must be a Mind of Mencia.

Unfortunately for the creators of Secret Girlfriend, they are on the Mencia end of that equation. The only reason I put this show on my grid to begin with is because I was going to be recording South Park anyway, so I might as well check out the new show after it. Apparently the first-person POV is supposed to be entertaining, but then I suppose the makers of the Doom movie thought that too.

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October 10, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Comedy, New Series, Premiere, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment