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nip/tuck Season 6 Episode 1: Don Hoberman

Courtesy FX Network

Courtesy FX Network

One of the challenges of the production cycle for original cable programming is how to pull viewers back into the world of the show after a long layoff. With seven months since the last episode aired, nip/tuck opted to use an extended voiceover by Linda Hunt (Kindergarten Cop, NCIS: Los Angeles) to fill in any gaps. The benefit of this technique was the ability to get directly to the action instead of getting bogged down with a bunch of boring exposition. Not to mention that Hunt’s distinctive voice is perfect for the attitude that comes with this show.

Full Article (and spoilers) after the jump

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Premiere, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on nip/tuck Season 6 Episode 1: Don Hoberman

2009 Fall Preview – Wednesday

Wednesday

The 9/8c time slot is the busiest on my grid this year. In fact, I’m glad I upgraded to a third HDDVR at the beginning of this month since it’s the one time of the week when I’m recording six shows simultaneously. I’m sure the full slate won’t survive through October, but at least I’m prepared.

ABC – It appears ABC is making an attempt at assembling a sort of “Super New Wednesday” with a full slate of new shows. I certainly hope it doesn’t meet the same fate as the schedule from a couple years ago when we got hooked on Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money, only to have the writer’s strike kill their freshman seasons, a fate they never recovered from.

Kelsey Grammer makes another attempt at his triumphant return to network television in a sitcom with a premise that sounds almost exactly like his FOX failure from two years ago, Back to You. Successful guy loses success and has to learn to live with a family he has ignored. My love of Frasier means I’ll check out at least a couple episodes, but I doubt this one will last. In an odd coincidence, Grammer’s Back to You co-star Patricia Heaton stars in The Middle, another traditional sitcom that also marks an attempt to show us that network television understands what it’s like to be affected by our current recession. Both shows premiere September 30th.

A less traditional hour of programming follows, starting with Modern Family, a show that follows three families in a documentary style (think The Office) and features an exceptional cast including Ed O’Neill (Married with Children) and Julie Bowen (Boston Legal). As many of you know, I’m a big fan of comedies sans laughtrack, so I have high hopes for this one. Following Modern Family, Courtney Cox returns to network television with Cougar Town. I haven’t learned much about the show, but it was created by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) so I think it has a much better shot at success than say….Joey. These two shows premiere September 23rd.

Rounding out the night, we have Eastwick, a re-imagining of the 1987 movie The Witches of Eastwick and the John Updike novel of the same name. Be careful when setting this one on the DVR, I would hate for you to end up with a late night showing of 2005’s The Witches of Breastwick.

CBSCriminal Minds returns in its normal slot for a fifth season on September 23rd. Minds has quietly become a very consistent performer for CBS, which surprises me considering how little support it got when it started. If you haven’t watched this at all before, I would recommend checking out an episode–each week is pretty self-contained so it isn’t hard to jump on.

Comedy Central – The boys are back October 7th for the second half of South Park Season 13, and plenty of ultra-topical shenanigans will be there. Following South Park is a new live-action show called Secret Girlfriend. The show is basically about a group of guys partying and attempting to get laid. I have no idea if it will be good, but the network only ordered six episodes so I’ll check it out.

DirecTV 101 – Continuing their partnership with NBC from last season, DirecTV gets the exclusive premiere of Friday Night Lights season four, starting October 28th. Dillon is in for some big changes with Coach Taylor headed to the newly re-opened East Dillon High School to lead the Lions. Taylor “Gambit” Kitsch and Zach Gilford return, although Gilford will likely make a mid-season exit a la Smash and Street before him. For those who haven’t figured it out yet, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton as Eric and Tami Taylor are the best couple on television. Also, have no fear FNL fans, DirecTV and NBC have already inked a deal that ensures 13 episodes for this season and another 13 next year. Game on.

DiscoveryMythbusters picks up for the second half of season seven on October 7th. From the look of this story, they busted a few windows making the episode in March of this year.

FOX – Are you watching Glee yet? If you aren’t, I’m not sure you’ll need me to tell you to. FOX has declared a media war on anyone who thinks this is just another lame attempt at a tv musical. If creator Ryan Murphy’s name isn’t enough to get you on board, I don’t know what will work. Murphy’s nip/tuck helped start the cable drama revolution a few years ago and now that he’s done with it, he’s decided to do something kids can watch too. In addition to normal promotion, The songs will be taking over iTunes each week, and two albums are already scheduled, with the first one dropping in November. Glee premiered September 9th.

FX – As I posted last week, nip/tuck returns October 14th for its second-to-last season. I would have said penultimate season, but I’m tired of people saying penultimate.

MTVReal World Road Rules Challenge is back again to meet our need for some sweet guilty pleasure tv. My advice is to DVR it, fast forward through the manufactured drama bullshit, and just watch the challenges. The show premieres September 30th.

NBCMercy is yet another new medical show, and normally I wouldn’t give it the time of day. However, it has James Tupper from the ill-fated Men in Trees, so I can’t help but tune in. Apparently, nurse shows are the new surgeon shows–what a super original idea!

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Game Shows, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

nip/tuck Season 6 Premieres Oct 14

photo courtesy FX Network

photo courtesy FX Network

My advice is not to get your hopes set too high for this next-to-last season of our favorite plastic surgery romp. We only get ten episodes since FX decided in their infinite wisdom that it would be best to split the final episodes into two seasons with a series finale holding until 2011.

While I know we’ll get some classic crazy surgical procedures, I have a strong feeling that these ten episodes will simply set the stage for the final run that is still over one year away, despite all footage already being in the can. It’s interesting that creator Ryan Murphy’s new effort, Glee, could be finishing it’s second season by the time nip/tuck finishes its run.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Premiere, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

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

FX Announces Fall Premieres Including Sunny and nip/tuck

Today’s press release from FX revealed that the fifth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will bow on September 17th. The full cast returns for a season that will include 12 episodes and air at 10/9c on Thursdays. Until then, enjoy a little beatbox action from the cast.

As for our favorite plastic surgery team, “nip/tuck will return for its sixth and penultimate season in October and will consist of 10 new episodes.” I’m pretty pissed off that they have decided to split the final run of episodes, delaying the already-announced series finale until 2011. At least they’ve already wrapped shooting on the series, meaning creator Ryan Murphy can focus on Glee instead.

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on FX Announces Fall Premieres Including Sunny and nip/tuck