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Fall Premiere Week is dead, the networks just won’t admit it

Michael Schneider wrote this great article for Variety explaining exactly why the broadcast networks’ model for Fall Premiere Week is long overdue for cancellation. I can’t state the case any better than Schneider, so I’ll simply add this:

Incredible Cable Shows that debuted on a non-traditional schedule

  • Damages
  • Rescue Me
  • Leverage
  • Mad Men
  • Royal Pains
  • Raising the Bar
  • True Blood
  • Breaking Bad
  • Nip/Tuck
  • Burn Notice
  • Monk
  • Psych
  • In Plain Sight
  • The Tudors
  • Weeds
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September 11, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, News, Premiere, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fall Premiere Week is dead, the networks just won’t admit it

TNT Orders 15 Episodes for Leverage Season 3

Leverage

I just recently got on the Leverage bandwagon, and I’m doing my best to bring everyone with me.  It’s an extremely entertaining show, with a rock-solid cast who work together like they’ve been doing it for years. So after last night’s outstanding episode (the best so far of season two in my opinion) I was thrilled to see this announcement over at Variety.

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on TNT Orders 15 Episodes for Leverage Season 3

Summer TV Preview Part 3: Wednesday

It’s a couple days overdue, but here is part three of my Summer TV Preview.

 

Wednesday

 

ABC – Summer is here and that means so is Wipeout. No, I’m not talking about the 80’s game show hosted by Peter Tomarken after Press Your Luck was cancelled. ABC’s surprise ratings grabber is back to show us more obese people doing face-plants while we watch and try to tell ourselves we could do better. The new season airs at 8/7c and started this week with repeats airing irregularly on Saturdays. Mike Judge’s new animated series The Goode Family follows at 9/8. I thought it had a chance to be pretty funny, but instead it comes off pretty stale. The liberal guilt jokes grow old quickly, and the satire is just not as biting as it should be. I’m going to check out at least one more episode before giving up, but it looks like I’ll have to wait for Family Guy to come back to get the kind of animated comedy I really want.

 

NBCThe Philanthropist is a new show premiering June 24th at 10/9c. It features James Purefoy (HBO’s Rome) as Teddy Rist, a billionaire who realizes helping others is the only thing that can make him truly happy after the death of his young son. Neve Campbell also appears as a former lover of Rist who now manages the charitable organization founded by Rist and her husband, Philip Maidstone, who is also Rist’s best friend. Maidstone is played by Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin. NBC has ordered 8 episodes, so I’m considering it more of an event/mini-series than an ongoing show. The talented cast gives this one a great shot at keeping us entertained this summer.

 

BBC America – While it aired on BBC 4 in 2008, the fourth series of Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word will be making its US debut on June 17th at 9/8c. The format of this show involves a guest brigade making a three course meal for 50 patrons. The patrons only pay for the courses they enjoy, so the goal is both quality and a complete service before time runs out. I’m an admitted Ramsayholic, but I prefer the BBC originals to FOX’s Americanized Ramsay. Gordon definitely loves food and he does have high standards, but he’s also a lot more than the fountain of curse words and shouting we see on FOX. Just watch the first episode and see how he treats Kenny Peters. Yes, he gives him a lot of shit, but it’s because he knows he can perform better. This is definitely worth your time.

 

Comedy Central – As Reno 911 wraps up its sixth season in a couple weeks, there’s going to be a hole in the schedule at 10:30/9:30c. On July 15th, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter will fill that void with the premiere of Michael & Michael Have Issues. Both guys were part of the legendary comedy troupe The State, and have worked together many times since, including their last attempt at a Comedy Central series, Stella, based on their stage show. Their humor isn’t for everyone, but I love it. Check out the links to decide for yourself.

 

TNT – I’m not sure how I missed the first season of Leverage, but I’m going to tune in when season two premieres on July 15th at 9/8c. It totally reminds me of The A-Team, and for those who don’t know me, I consider that a good thing. As for new series Dark Blue, I’m going to have to watch the first episode and decide afterward. I don’t feel like the preview video really gave us much insight, and I don’t know if I can buy Dylan McDermott as a hardened undercover detective. Dark Blue also premieres on July 15th and will take the 10/9c slot.

 

I’ll be back with the final two parts of the preview up before the end of the weekend.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Game Shows, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer TV Preview Part 3: Wednesday