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Modern Family, Cougar Town & Eastwick

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Cougar Town, Desperate Housewives, Eastwick, Friends, Married With Children, Modern Family, Significant Others, The Class on 09/23/2009 at 3:30 pm

Modern FamilyIt’s the first big night of ABC’s 2009 fall season!  The network has dubbed the evening Comedy Wednesdays and they’ve put a HUGE push behind their new comedy Modern Family.  The series kicks off the evening at 9pm and I’m guessing the network hopes that the show will draw some big numbers and, if they’re lucky, keep some of those viewers all the way up to their local newscast.

Modern Family is a brilliant little half-hour sitcom that, surprisingly enough, has managed to break the mold when it comes to half-hour sitcoms.  The series sticks with the ever popular faux-documentary style, but it stands out from the herd because it doesn’t take place in a workplace setting.  In that way the series reminds of us a little known pre-trash Bravo gem called Significant Others.  There’s also no laugh track, a level of wit not normal to sitcoms and an impressive cast, including Ed Harris of Married With Children and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who was the break out hit of the much-mourned over The Class.

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Modern Family

The 9pm hour continues with a new half-hour sitcom starring Courtney Cox, Cougar Town.  We’ve heard good and bad things about the series, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.  Cox has chosen some really off-beat projects since the ending of Friends, and we’re guessing this will fit into that category.

At 10pm is the premiere of Eastwick, a remake of the movie The Witches Of Eastwick, which was based on a book by John Updike.  The mystical plot of the new series has been modeled to the quriky likes of Desperate Housewives and we’re looking forward to seeing Paul Gross and Lindsay Price.

Lindsay Price

Modern Family, Cougar Town & Eastwick premiere tonight, Wednesday September 23rd, starting at 9pm.

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Tonight: The Good Wife & The Forgotten

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, CBS, Cold Case, The Forgotten, The Good Wife on 09/22/2009 at 3:55 pm

The Good Wife

We’re pretty excited for tonight!  This evening marks the premiere of The Good Wife on CBS and, we have to admit, we’ve been looking forward to this show for quite some time.  The cast includes some of our favorite actors of all time, the promotional trailers look fantastic and even the artwork (see above) is looking pretty awesome.  Oh, and the concept sounds pretty good, too!

The Good Wife premieres tonight, Tuesday September 22nd at 10pm on CBS.

But wait!  Get your DVR’s ready because there’s also a new series on ABC this evening: The Forgotten.  Or ‘The forgotten‘ as it’s showing up on our Program Guide.  Nobody seems to know much about this series as the pilot was reshot after the lead character was recast with Christian Slater.

From all the trailers we’ve come across, it seems to be a serial in the vein of CBS’ Cold Case about regular folk who help find…well, the forgotten.  Check out some trailers we posted here and here.

The Forgotten premieres this evening, Tuesday September 22nd at 10pm on ABC.

18 Minute Clip of Flash Forward

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Flash Forward, Grey's Anatomy on 09/17/2009 at 6:27 pm

FlashForward

If you haven’t heard, someone leaked a really poor quality torrent of ABC’s upcoming Flash Forward earlier this week.  The network, trying to drum up some buzz for the series, offered their Inner Circle members a chance to stream the pilot on Sunday evening and some enterprising geek decided to share.  I’ve also heard rumors there’s a Russian overdub out there somewhere, too.

Not sure if this is a calculated move to battle those low quality torrents or not, but ABC has decided to post the first (approximately) 18 minutes of the series premiere.  As we said about the 5 minute Grey’s Anatomy peek ABC doled out yesterday, we’re not interested.  DVR Life will just hold out til the show actually premieres.  It’s exactly one week from tonight and we’re pretty sure we’ll manage to get by.  We’re really starting to miss the good old days when you had no idea what was going to happen until a show finally aired *sigh*.

We  thought some of you might wanna check it out, though, so here ya go:

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Flash Forward premieres Thursday, September 24th at 8pm on ABC.

Sneak Peek At Grey’s Anatomy Season Premiere

In 2009 Fall Season, ABC, Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, The CW on 09/16/2009 at 3:21 pm

Grey's Anatomy

In preparation of the upcoming fall TV season network heads have been trying out a new approach: teasing people with the first four or five minutes of the upcoming season premiere.  I wanna go on record here and say that I don’t like it.  I didn’t watch when The CW posted the first couple of minutes of this week’s One Tree Hill season premiere and I’m not gonna watch this here five-something minute clip from the sixth season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.  I prefer to witness it live, in HD, when it airs.  That doesn’t mean we won’t give you the chance to see it, though:

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Grey’s Anatomy returns for it’s sixth season on ABC with a two hour premiere on Thursday September 24th at 9pm.

The Forgotten Trailers

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Advertising, Flash Forward, Modern Family, The Forgotten on 09/10/2009 at 9:45 am

The Forgotten

While ABC seems to be throwing most of their pre-fall promotional resources into sci-fi mind-bender Flash Forward and fresh-faced comedy sitcom Modern Family, we’ve been struggling to keep up with some of their other shows such as this one, The Forgotten.  You’d think being Christian Slater’s return to television and being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer would warrant a bit more of a push, but if that’s the way ABC wants to play it, who are we to judge, right?

Actually, while we are looking forward to this show, we must admit that it seems like it would be a better fit over at CBS.  They’re more procedural and missing persons-y than ABC, don’t you think?

You can also see an older preview we posted about here.

The Forgotten premieres Tuesday September 22nd at 10pm on ABC.

Brothers & Sisters Sneak Peek

In 2009 Fall Season, ABC, Brothers and Sisters, Drama on 09/09/2009 at 4:10 pm

Brothers & Sisters

If you’re a regular reader of DVR Life (we know there’s one or two of you out there!), you know we’re big drama hounds.  Love the drama.  Can’t get enough of it.  That may be why ABC’s Brothers & Sisters is one of our favorite shows.  This show could go head to head with any other out there in the drama department and it’s like some intense addictive substance that we can’t stay away from.

The first trailer gives us a peek at Kitty and Robert on the campaign trail.  At first we were excited to see them back together and joking, being cute together and then BAM!  We see that all is still not well in the political couple’s marriage.  Trailer two sees Holly and Nora throwing down over engagement gifts for Justin and Rebecca while poor Nora’s mom gets stuck in the middle.  Didn’t we say there was a lot of drama?

Brothers & Sisters returns for it’s fourth season on Sunday September 27th at 10pm on ABC.

Eastwick Promotional Trailer

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Desperate Housewives, Eastwick, Pushing Daisies, Sex And The City on 09/08/2009 at 3:30 pm

Paul Gross

I don’t like to get down on shows before I’ve seen them, so until this point I have yet to mention anything, really, about ABC’s upcoming Witches of Eastwick remake, Eastwick.  The initial promotional trailers I had seen didn’t exactly “wow” me.  I also heard rumors about the show being reworked, re-shot, re-written, re-whatever, so I kept my fingers crossed.  I’m excited for any show starring Paul Gross and Lindsay Price.  Gross is so great at playing creepy, smarmy dudes and Price was my favorite actor on Lipstick Jungle.

Finally, though, I’ve come across a promotional trailer for Eastwick that made me want to tune in.  I know, I know.  Editing, cutting, snipping, splicing, whatever: they can make any crappy show look good for even a minute.  But I’m keeping my fingers crossed because this show seems like it could be sort of fun in a Desperate Housewives meets Pushing Daises (fantasy-wise, anyway) meets Sex And The City sort of way.  Or something like that.

Eastwick premieres Wednesday September 23rd at 10pm on ABC.

Lindsay Price

P.S. I feel like I’m gonna be abused by die hard Fullerton fans about that Pushing Daisies reference…I’m just saying…Well, I was having a hard time coming up with a fantasy-based series in the same realm as witches.  If you have any suggestions, leave in a comment!

Dominic Monaghan On Flash Forward

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Flash Forward, Lost, Sci-Fi on 09/03/2009 at 1:34 pm

Yesterday we gave you a peek at Lost‘s Sonya Walger on Flash Forward and today we have another clip from ABC’s upcoming mind-bender, this one giving us our first look at Lost‘s Dominic Monaghan.

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Flash Forward premieres Thursday September 24th at 8pm on ABC.

Castle Season Premiere Sneak Peek!

In 2009 Fall Season, ABC, Castle on 09/03/2009 at 11:31 am

Castle

Sexy is certainly not a crime!  Late August and early September is awash in promotional trailers for new and returning shows.  It’s nice when one actually stands out!  This new sneak peek at the return of ABC’s Castle, we must admit, had us laughing out loud throughout the nearly two minute run-time.  From the murmurs we’re hearing of those with season two screeners, this show is not going anywhere near a sophomore slump.

By the way, has anyone been reading Heat Wave as ABC has been posting the chapters?  We’ve been downloading them but have yet to actually read it.  We’ll get to it eventually, we swear!

Castle returns to ABC for it’s second season on Monday September 21st at 10pm.

New Flash Forward Trailer

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Flash Forward, Lost, Sci-Fi on 09/02/2009 at 6:15 pm

ABC has released a new, less sci-fi based trailer for the upcoming Flash Forward.  The clip features a woman, Lost‘s Sonya Walger, telling her husband that her flash consisted of her being with another man.  Drama-rama, time, sci-fi kids!  The promo asks “If you could see your future, would you change it?”  Nice way to hook in both sci-fi and drama lovers.

Flash Forward premieres Thursday September 24th at 8pm on ABC.

Grey’s Anatomy Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, ABC, Grey's Anatomy on 09/02/2009 at 3:30 pm

Greys Anatomy

Being DVR users, and nothing but, we’re not sure if this new Grey’s Anatomy commercial has been making the rounds on ABC or not.  We’re assuming it has been, so you may have already seen it, but this was our first look at George’s funeral.  There’s a few other quick tidbits, too, like the chief asking Derek to take over his job and Christina getting frisky.

What the commercial is lacking, though, is Martha Plimpton.  She’s set to appear for a few episodes, starting in the season premiere.  We were hoping to get a quick look at her character, but I guess we’ll just have to wait.

Grey’s Anatomy returns for it’s sixth season with a two hour premiere on Thursday September 24th at 9pm.

Melissa McCarthy Joins ABC’s Hank!

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Casting, Gilmore Girls, Hank, Samantha Who? on 08/27/2009 at 11:44 am

Melissa McCarthy

We love it when favorite actors of ours find new roles!  Michael Ausiello broke the word yesterday that Melissa McCarthy has been hired to appear in Kelsey Grammer’s upcoming ABC sitcom Hank.  She’s set to takeover a reccurring role as Dawn, Kelsey Grammer’s sister-in-law.  We last saw Melissa as Dena on ABC’s recently ended Samantha Who?, though we of course fell in love with her as Sookie St. James, brilliant chef and talkative best friend of Lorelai on Gilmore Girls.

You can see a preview of Hank that we posted last month here.

Hank premieres on ABC Wednesday September 30th at 8pm.

TV On DVD September

In 2009 Fall Season, 30 Rock, ABC, ABC Family, BBC America, Being Erica, British TV, Brotherhood, Brothers and Sisters, Castle, CBC, Contest, Crash, Criminal Minds, CSI, Daybreak, Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who, Fox, Fringe, Ghost Whisperer, Greek, Grey's Anatomy, Harpers Island, Heroes, Homicide: Life On The Streets, How I Met Your Mother, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, ITV, Kings, Law and Order SVU, Life On Mars, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Parks and Recreation, Primeval, Private Practice, Rescue Me, Sanctuary, Sci-Fi, Showtime, Stephen Fry In America, Supernatural, SyFy, Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Big Bang Theory, The Game, The Mentalist, The Office, The Unit, Top Chef, TV on DVD, Two & a Half Men, Ugly Betty, Worst Week on 08/26/2009 at 5:43 pm

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Along with being the biggest month of the year for both series and season premiere’s for TV, September is also one of the biggest months for TV on DVD releases.  Don’t ask us why.  We think it’s kinda stupid to wait until September as, like we’ve already pointed out, the month is crammed with plenty of stuff to watch on TV AND it doesn’t give people much time to catch up before the next season begins, beyond the fact that it’s a wallet-buster.  It’s a massive month of overload, in our book.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be excited!  We’re especially looking forward to Fox’s mind-bending first season of Fringe, the fourth season of The CW’s cult-hit Supernatural (on blu-ray to boot!), Canadian sci-fi lite dramedy Being Erica‘s first season and, of course, the third season of NBC’s comedy giant 30 Rock.

In anticipation of the release of Fringe‘s first season on September 8th, they setup a cool website in which you can enter to win a visit to the show’s set in Vancouver, among other things.  Once you enter  you can watch a video about the difficulties of filming the episode The Ghost Network and then play a game which, if you answer correctly, gives you five extra entries into that set visit contest.  And here’s a little hint for our readers: you may wanna brush up on some episodes of ABC Family’s Greek for some help on the game.  Check out the site: Completethepattern.com

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Preview: ABC’s The Forgotten

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, The Forgotten on 08/26/2009 at 2:29 pm

We here at DVR Life like to think we catch a lot of what’s going on in the TV world but this show has kinda slipped by.  Not many people have been talking about it, though we did start catching some commercials lately.  It’s certainly hasn’t been getting the exposure other upcoming ABC series has been, like Modern Family or Hank and especially not Flash Forward – that show’s been everywhere!  It also hasn’t been getting the hype most Bruckheimer shows get.  We’re especially surprised we didn’t catch any big press releases or “exclusives” when Christian Slater was cast.  If we’re not mistaken, the original pilot features some non-Slater actor in the part.

New Flash Forward Poster

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Flash Forward, Lost on 08/19/2009 at 9:07 pm

Last night it was all  about Flash Forward webpages and today it’s a poster.  This new poster caused a bit of excitement this afternoon as it features Dominic Monaghan.  Monaghan’s previous television role as Charlie on Lost, became a very beloved character on the series and I’m sure many people out there are wondering if his next venture will be as endearing as the recovering junkie-slash-washed up rockstar.

Flash Forward premieres Thursday September 24th at 8pm (and yes, that is the old Lost slot).

Flash Forward

ABC Online Goodies!

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Castle, Flash Forward, V on 08/19/2009 at 1:29 am

ABC

Just a quick little post about some of the fun multimedia type things going on at ABC.com lately.  We first thought this would be post worthy when we recieved an email from The Mosaic Collective touting their new webpage.  Remember The Mosaic Collective?  We all signed up for their email list when those creepy commercials showed up during the 100th episode of Lost last season.  Yeah, now you remember.  They have another website now: http://www.jointhemosaic.com.

Lot’s of fun things to do on the new website.  It explains the concept of the show a bit more in depth, you can read others’ flashes in a few chart styles or on a globe, catch some videos, even document your own flash, if you so chose.  From there you can make your way to the Truth Hack site, which is a video blog/twitter feed about the global blackout (or GBO as the show has coined it).  Here’s Truth Hack’s first post:

Between those two sites and their respective youtube channels, you’ve got hours worth of videos and good stuff to check out.

If you’re more in the mood to curl up with a book on the couch, we wanted to remind everyone about the Nikki Heat book being published in anticipation of the upcoming second season of Castle.  Take a look at our earlier post about the novel here, if you missed it at the time, then go here to check out the novel.  They’ve already posted chapters one and two in nifty PDF files for your reading pleasure.

Finally, they’re trying to sign up Peace Ambassadors in anticipation of V, though we can’t get the ‘click here to sign up’ button work.  How bout you?

Preview: ABC’s Hank

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Comedy, Hank on 07/26/2009 at 1:43 pm

I don’t know about anyone else, but the second clip allowed me to breath a tiny sigh of relief. The networks have loaded up the Fall 2009 season with multi-camera sitcoms, figuring in these down times people are looking for comedies. My problem is that 99% of multi-camera sitcoms are pure crap.

I have to admit that I wasn’t really expecting much out Hank. I was a big Frasier fan so I’ve been pretty damn disappointed by Kelsey Grammer’s sitcom choices since that series ended. The first clip, the official ABC released one, is…kind of ok. Shows potential but not exactly screaming “awesome show, here, watch us!”. Clip two is much funnier, though, so we have some hope.

See what you think.

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ABC Sets Return Date For Brothers & Sisters

In 2009 Fall Season, ABC, Brothers and Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone on 07/22/2009 at 4:30 pm

“Greg! Move ya head.”

Yes, Brothers & Sisters fans, you’ll be hearing that line again soon. ABC finally set a return date for season four of Brothers & Sisters. The rowdy Walkers will be joining us again with new tales of sibling insanity, love life woes and drama, drama, drama.

Seriously, if drama grew on trees it would be this clan’s ever changing family tree. More drama than you can shake an entire family tree at, let alone a stick. So much drama…Well, there’s tons of it.

Word is season four’s time line takes place a few months after season three’s finale left off.

The show’s producer, Greg Berlanti, had a rough go of it last season with two of his three shows, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money, both getting the ax from the alphabet network. While Eli Stone has already run it’s course, ABC just aired the first of the final three episodes of Dirty Sexy Money this past Saturday evening.

Brothers & Sisters returns Sunday September 27th at 10pm.

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Preview: ABC’s Defying Gravity

In ABC, Defying Gravity, Grey's Anatomy, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule on 07/11/2009 at 2:13 pm

We have to admit, this show kind of snuck up on us here at DVR Life. With all the talk of the summer television season in late spring and how cable would be ruling the season we have to admit that we didn’t hear anything about this show until just a week or so ago.

Our ears first perked up at the mention of Ron Livingston. Then we heard it was from the producers of Grey’s Anatomy and also starring Laura Harris of Dead Like Me. All good, if not consistent (Grey’s crew doing sci-fi?), things to hear.

Both clips are rather similar but there’s some different footage in each. The trailers don’t tell you much about the plot, only that there’s zero gravity sex, someone yelling “Zoe!” and Ron Livingston is billed as a hot American hero, so we’ll fill you in:

In the near future an international crew of astronauts (four men, four women: imagine that!) take off on a six year space mission covering the eight billion miles to Venus. The reasons for the mission, though, are being billed as “mysterious”.

The series will be a mix of flashbacks, spot lighting the astronaut’s path to being chosen for the flight, and the present.

Defying Gravity premieres with a two hour episode on August 2nd before taking it’s usual Sunday 10pm time slot.

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ABC Goes Old School With Castle

In 2009 Fall Season, ABC, Castle on 07/01/2009 at 3:04 am


I’m not sure if this should be listed under “Hey that was my idea”, “Good use of corporate synergy” or “Way to think outside the box.”

ABC has announced that they’ll be publishing the latest Richard Castle novel. You’re pretty familiar with the literary world and you’re wondering who’s Richard Castle? Well, then you’re probably reading the wrong blog. Richard Castle is the fictional best-selling crime novelist and namesake of ABC’s cop dramedy Castle. If you missed the series’ freshman season last year, here’s a pretty good reason to get caught up.

ABC is teaming up with publishing company Hyperion who is owned by Disney, ABC’s parent company to publish the first real Richard Castle novel, entitled “Heat Wave”, first on the net and then in print. The ABC website will debut the first chapter August 10th and then premiere one new chapter each week for a total of 10 weeks. The full novel will then be published by Hyperion on September 29th.

The novel will be a stand alone tale that relates to the actual TV show. No word on who is actually writing the novel.

And we here at DVR Life would just like to say that we totally thought of this. Well, while watching Castle last season, we actually thought to ourselves how cool it would be if the writers of the show would publish an e-book version of the novels the characters would talk about on the show…You know, just for fun. ABC, of course, has to go all money making style and actually publish a real book, but you know…Maybe Mickey Mouse can read our thoughts or something.

The second season of Castle is set to debut Monday September 21st.

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A Quick Farewell To The Unusuals

In ABC, Cancellations, Programming, The Unusuals on 06/17/2009 at 1:56 pm

It’s the end of the line, folks. This evening marks the series finale of ABC’s quirkiest cop show in recent memory, The Unusuals.

The show debuted in April to somewhat promising numbers on the middling side and the network tried moving it around a bit, seeing if a certain lead-in could help, what time slot was best. There were even rumors that network execs really liked the show and wanted to bring it back for a second shot next year…But it hasn’t worked out.

Sometime last year, when I heard there was a new Amber Tamblyn pilot floating around I was pretty excited. When word came it would be appearing in April and would not only have Tamblyn but also Harold Perrineau and Adam Goldberg (as partners, no less!), I couldn’t wait.

I’ll admit, when the pilot premiered and the voice-over of a police dispatcher made some terrible joke in the first 5 seconds of the show I lost a bit of the wind in my sails. After watching the pilot I thought to myself “Definite potential…Let’s just hope they figure out what works and what doesn’t fast enough to save the show.”

And guess what: they did. Pretty quickly the producers, directors, actors, et al, smoothed out the edges, streamlined some things, made the show more enjoyable. Unfortunately by the time they had worked out whatever needed to be worked out, it was too late. The audience had disappeared or the network had given up, depends on who you talk to.

Truthfully, I never really thought ABC was a good fit for the show. The network does quirky femme-centric drama really well. Non-disgusting reality TV, they know what they’re doing. Interesting sitcoms…Well, they’re kind of trying.

Since day one, I always kinda wondered if The Unusuals may have done better had the pilot script been seen, tweaked and given the go-ahead by a cable network. A certain cable network. One known for quirky cop/law enforcement-esque shows. A cable network that really likes strong characters.

I imagine that, had this come about the show would have looked radically different yet still hold what, in the end, charmed us about the series.

Someone behind the scenes at the show Twittered a quick note a couple weeks ago about talks to move the series to a cable network but I haven’t heard a peep about it since, so I doubt that will come to pass.

Let’s take a moment of silence for The Unusuals. It brought back the quirky cop to a world full of overly dramatic and often disgusting procedurals. It also portrayed New York City and the weirdos that make up the common man more realistic than most shows, especially scripted, unless you count the fact that one of the cops lived in an old diner. Does anyone really believe commercial real estate is cheaper than residential in NYC? Yeah, residential rents are astronomical but commercial even more so. But I digress. A moment of silence, please.

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ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Programming on 06/09/2009 at 5:03 pm

Yeah, everyone’s already posted these, but hey I thought I’d jump on the band wagon.

No date set yet for Brothers & Sisters, Eastwick or Private Practice. And before you get all crazy screaming about where’s Lost, the promised return of Better Off Ted, Scrubs et al, those will be coming back mid season.

As promised, this is not a bog about reality TV so I left all that out, except Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, cuz that’s not all that different from scripted programming now, is it? Just kidding. I left that one because it is one of the very few (let’s just say you can count em on two or three fingers) reality programs that don’t diminish the television media. As I said at the beginning of this post, pretty much every blog and entertainment news source has already posted these, so check elsewhere for Dancing With The Stars.

Monday, September 21
10:00 “Castle”

Tuesday, September 22
10:00 “The Forgotten”

Wednesday, September 23
9:00 “Modern Family”
9:30 “Cougar Town”

Thursday, September 24
8:00 “FlashForward”
9:00 “Grey’s Anatomy”

Sunday, September 27
7:00 “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00 “Desperate Housewives”

Wednesday, September 30
8:00 “Hank”
8:30 “The Middle”

Friday, October 9
8:00 “Ugly Betty”

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Preview: V

In ABC, Miniseries, Preview, Sci-Fi, V on 06/02/2009 at 4:19 am


The more I’m hearing and seeing about V, the more excited I am. The show originally ran as a miniseries in 1983 and this remake is being dubbed a “limited run series”. I’m assuming that means it’ll be more than just a four hour movie split into two parts like most miniseries.

The cast is looking rather great, too. From the clips I’ve seen and imdb.com we can expect Scott Wolf of Party of Five, Smallville‘s Laura Vandervoort, Firefly/Serenity‘s Morena Baccarin, Joel Gretsch who’s had two great sci-fi roles in the past with Steven Spielberg’s Taken miniseries and USA network’s hit The 4400, Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell, Alan Tudyk who’s also a Firefly alum, Lourdes Benedicto from 24‘s second season and a host of others.

V Trailer

V Clip One

V Clip Two

Trailer Two

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Incoming: Earth 2100

In ABC, News, Specials on 05/31/2009 at 8:58 pm


ABC is looking to scare the crap outta everyone this Tuesday evening. At 9pm the network will air an ABC News Special entitled Earth 2100. The two hour special is said to feature the world’s top experts talking about what could become the human population by the year 2100 without a significant shift in our attitudes about global warming and the environment.

The main description put forth by the network, “Experts say over the next hundred years the “perfect storm” of population growth, resource depletion and climate change could converge with catastrophic results.”, is just the intro to a three page press release that reads a lot like an essay.

The special will revolve around segments featuring a fictional character by the name of “Lucy”, who will experience each of the disasters first hand. Lucy is born June 2, 2009 and the stories are told by her, at age 91. The segments are drawn in a graphic novel style, which does actually look kind of cool.

These fictional segments will be joined by the experts interviews and some user created fictional videos. You can get a better idea of what I’m talking about and a peak at the artwork with this video (damn you ABC for not allowing embedding!):

Nature’s Edge: ‘Earth 2100’

The user created videos, while professional looking, and maybe accurate for all we know, come off as overly dramatic and disturbingly desperate. Like B-Rate apocalypse films. I think it’s the voices, mainly. One well done piece, about a mega virus that finally kills off the majority of the human race could be considered kinda cool, until the narrator, probably the user who created it, ruins it all with his overly dramatic, extremely terrible voice acting.

It’s not all his fault,though, as beside him there are two other actors with speaking parts in the short piece and they’re both terrible as well.

We knew it was only a matter of time that a major network would create a show like this. The World Without Us, a great book by the way, was published a couple of years ago and History channel followed that up with their Life After People special (which was a great way to get around having to pay the author) a few months later, which has spanned into it’s weekly Life After People series that starting airing a month or two ago.

Don’t get me wrong, as I said I liked the book and watch the show weekly. I enjoy apocalyptic books, films and tv shows, but I’m wondering if this should be network news territory…Actually, I’m really not wondering. A network documentary special, maybe, but not a news special.

I’m also not looking forward to hearing the conservative reactions. They’ll come around the next day, like they did when The Day After Tomorrow was first released with their claims of liberal scare tactics and what-not and all the major news sources will follow up with experts of their own to backup which ever side they choose.

Sounds like a pretty good deal for ABC, though, doesn’t it?

You can read the press release/essay, read some related stories and watched a lot of video clips from the show on the ABC News website.

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Better Off Ted & Samantha Who? Set To Return In June

In ABC, Better Off Ted, Programming, Samantha Who?, Summer Schedule on 05/30/2009 at 1:34 am

ABC has six episodes of Better Off Ted‘s first season left to air. Since Surviving Suburbia bombed so badly, the network is throwing in the towel and replacing it with Ted. The remaining six will begin airing Tuesday June 23rd at 9pm.

That same week, the network will begin running the final seven episodes of Samantha Who? on Thursday June 25th at 8pm.

Better Off Ted will return mid season next year for a 13 episode second season. I’m hoping the show really catches on this month as there’s not much else to watch.

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