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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.


The Mentalist Season 1 DVD Giveaway!

In CBS, Contests, The Mentalist, TV on DVD on 09/16/2009 at 1:02 pm

The Mentalist

We here at DVR Life know you’re busy planning out your DVR schedules for this busy month: For TV nerds like ourselves, September can be exciting and scary at the same time!  So many new shows!  So many favorites returning!  So many of last season’s shows coming out on DVD!  If there were a such thing as TV overload (trust us, there’s not), it would come in September.  That’s why we wanted to remind you about the release of The Mentalist: The Complete First Series on Tuesday September 22 (just two days before season 2 starts up on CBS!).

The official take:

A mentalist is a master manipulator of thought and behavior. The mentalist is Patrick Jane (Simon Baker in an acclaimed performance), a celebrity psychic whose wife and child are viciously murdered by an elusive serial killer called Red John. Devastated, Patrick admits his paranormal act is fake, renounces his earlier life and uses his astonishing skills of observation and analysis – talents that made him appear psychically gifted – to bring killers to justice. At crime scenes across California, Patrick now helps an elite team of detectives break their toughest cases. But no matter how many criminals he catches, Patrick never forgets his central goal: Find Red John. And bring him down.

Our take:

Patrick Jane is one of the few people in this world you can call a “know it all” and have it taken as a compliment.  The man can tell you more about yourself after one look than your own mother…and he knows it.  Smarmy?  Over bearing?  Kind of an ass at times?  Absolutely.

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Jericho The Comic!

In Cancellations, CBS, Comic-Con 2009, Jericho on 09/10/2009 at 1:53 pm

Jericho Season 3

By now we should all know the story behind Jericho.  Great show, bad network choices, a big fan protest, writers strike, show is no more.  It was pretty tragic.  The series had enormous potential and ended up fizzling out.  It was not for a lack of enthusiasm or trying, though.  There’s not much to report just yet, but if you recall way back to the hazy-lazy July days surrounding San Diego Comic-Con, word came out that a little known comic book publisher, Devils Due, would be teaming up with the creators and writers of Jericho to release season three…As a comic book.

While we haven’t read an actual comic book in quite a while, we’re pretty excited at this news and, if they presented us with the option, would pre-order our very own copies (hint hint).  No set publishing date has been announced yet, just that we can expect it in the month of October.  What news there is, though, is that the publisher launched a little micro-site thingy in anticipation of Jericho Season 3: Civil War (that’s the proper title of the series).

And if you absolutely just cannot wait, you can still purchase a copy of the ashcan run.  Not down with the comic lexicon?  No worries, we had to google it, too: An ashcan is a promotional teaser sort of thing that independent publishers print to hype up an upcoming title.  The Jericho ashcans, printed for Comic-Con, are 8-pages featuring black and white artwork, limited to 500 and hand-numbered.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m kinda surprised a 500-print run would survive Comic-Con with extras.

In case you missed it all, both seasons of Jericho can still be found at the CBS website.

The Good Wife Poster

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, CBS, The Good Wife on 09/09/2009 at 4:45 pm

The Good Wife

Slick poster for CBS’ upcoming Juliana Marguiles series The Good Wife.  Buzz is pretty high surrounding this show.  The trailers look great, the cast is excellent: we’re really hoping for something special here.  Our one hold back, though, is that so much has been made about the scandalous beginning of the series that, once that subsides and we’re left a legal show, some people out there may be disappointed.  We’re not saying that’ll happen, but we do see the potential.  We’ll just keep our fingers crossed.

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

New Three Rivers Promos

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, CBS, Three Rivers on 08/24/2009 at 4:15 pm

CBS has released a new promotional trailers for their upcoming medical drama Three Rivers.  The series, set in Pittsburgh, is is about the world of organ transplants, seen from all three sides.  Unfortunately, these are more promo reels than a trailers, but we’ll take what we can get.  Good to see The L Word’s Katherine Moennig returning to the world of TV.

For more info on the show’s characters, videos, etc, check out this blog.  It seems to be a network run blog, though there’s nothing identifying it as so.  I somehow doubt anyone but the network would devote such time to a blog based on a series that’s still technically in production.

A general promo for the series:

And Alex O’ Laughlin talking about his character

Three Rivers premieres Sunday October 4th at 9pm on CBS.

New Promo for The Good Wife

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, CBS, The Good Wife on 08/24/2009 at 2:45 pm

The Good Wife

Hey!  A new promotional trailer for CBS’ The Good Wife!  There’s really only a tiny bit of new footage, and even that’s not much more than a shadowy sex scene, but we’re really looking forward to the arrival of this show.  I’m getting a bit worried that CBS is playing up the scandal part of the series a bit too much.  Granted it is the catalyst for the series, but the main plotline, I believe, is about Juliana Marguilies’ character going back to work after the scandal.  Here’s hoping they don’t fool people into watching for the scandal and then bailing when most of the series is legal-based.  Eh, we’ll let CBS do their job and hope for the best.

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

New Poster For The Mentalist

In 2009 Fall Season, CBS, Psych, The Mentalist on 08/22/2009 at 2:55 pm

The Mentalist

Let them begin, indeed!  Pretty slick new artwork from CBS for last years biggest freshman hit, The Mentalist.  After last years big numbers and critical recognition, I’m sure the network has some big hopes for the series.  And note to The Mentalist producers and writers: don’t let the Psych ribbing get you down.  They may have been first but in our humble opinion, you do it better.  Besides, I didn’t think of the comparisons until they pointed them out.

The Mentalist returns, as the poster says, for it’s second season Thursday September 24th at 10pm on CBS.

Oops – Variety Says Leno Beat Letterman Last Night

In CBS, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Late Show, NBC, Tonight Show, Variety on 06/09/2009 at 2:52 pm

Variety posted it’s morning ratings today with what seems to be a typo. According to Variety:

“NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” edged out CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” (3.1/8 to 3.0/8) in Nielsen’s metered-market overnight household averages. Letterman closed the gap thanks to an appearance by reliable ratings-getter Howard Stern.”

I did not watch either show, but I checked on and to confirm that it was Conan O’Brien on the Tonight Show and Letterman did have Howard Stern on as a guest.

So yeah, it’s just a typo, I’m sure, but a funny one. Don’t they have proof readers or fact checkers to catch this kinda thing?

Here’s the Variety article.

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Preview: The Good Wife

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, CBS, The Good Wife on 06/01/2009 at 3:31 pm

Ever since pilot screeners hit the legit TV media world (which I am not, of course), the show most have been mentioning isThe Good Wife. Maybe because that pilot arrived first or maybe just because it’s good. I posted last night about Chris Noth playing the the disgraced politician husband upon reading Variety‘s good first thoughts on the show. Then Futon Critic said almost the same as Variety and finally, today, EW‘s Michael Ausiello said, while talking about co-star Matt Czuchry, “The pilot for his new CBS legal drama, The Good Wife, doesn’t suck. Like, at all.”

And so we now have a preview, a mix of actor interviews and scene footage. I have to say, it’s looking really good to me. And, as I was wondering, it looks possible that Chris Noth may be sticking around for than just the pilot, even from behind bars.

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Mr. Big Plays The Bad Husband

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, CBS, The Good Wife on 06/01/2009 at 1:25 am

Variety posted first look thoughts on CBS’ new drama The Good Wife. The column was pretty positive and provided some good news: Chris Noth, better known as Sex and The City‘s Mr. Big or Law & Order‘s Mike Logan, will be starring as the bad guy.

As previously posted, the series stars Juliana Margulies as the wife of a disgraced politico who gets locked up after a scandal ends his career. Margulies is then transformed from political spouse to breadwinner and must return to work as a lawyer. I was previously delighted by the casting of former Gilmore Girls and Friday Night Lights hunk Matt Czuchry for the series and the addition of Noth makes it even better.

No word, though, on how long Chris Noth’s character will remain in the storylines, if he even makes it past episode one. Remember, the series’ whole reason for being is him going to jail. Here’s hoping they keep him around as a recurring character, atleast. I’m not really pulling for flash backs as those tend to get tiresome, but even disgraced husbands deserve jailhouse visits, right?

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Interesting Article In The NY Times

In CBS, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, NBC on 05/21/2009 at 8:12 pm
The New York Times has an interesting article about the battle for "Medium" waged between CBS and NBC.  Who knew NBC wanted "Ghost Whisperer"?  I don't see that show fitting quite as well as it does at CBS.  "Medium", though will probably prosper at it's new home on CBS. 
I'm usually concerned with moving a good show to any Friday night slot but if you're going to do it, CBS is the network for it.  Some how, and I'm sure Fox, NBC and ABC executives all wish they knew, CBS has managed to pull in mid-week style ratings on a weekend night – not heard of very often.
The quotes from NBC executives are near laughable, much like ones reported in an LA Times blog a few days ago.
You can read the article here.

Medium Producers Fire Back At NBC

In CBS, Medium, NBC on 05/19/2009 at 5:53 pm

Don’t get your hopes up just yet, kids. “Medium” is still technically canceled. NBC surprisingly axed the relatively high performing, good quality drama and right away rumors started circulating that the show could gain a new home at CBS.

It wasn’t long before an LA Times blog had posted that such a deal had been struck, and various blogs and other news sources followed their lead before LA Times had to admit no deal had been reached yet. What they did have, though, was a great quote from the show’s studio, CBS Studios, which actually says pretty much what my previous post did only more eloquently.

The quote: “NBC’s cancellation of ‘Medium’ is inexplicable to us. The ratings don’t lie. ‘Medium’ outperforms many of NBC’s renewed shows. Despite inconsistent scheduling, ‘Medium,’ under the creative vision of Glenn Gordon Caron, one of the most preeminent producers in television, has always performed with distinction both creatively and commercially. Multiple-award-winning actress Patricia Arquette and the cast have delivered a stellar series for five consistent seasons. The awards and ratings speak for themselves. We believe the show has a significant future and await developments.”

TV Squad made it sound like the CBS network released that quote, which would amount to a war of words between the two networks, but that quote is actually from a CBS Studios spokesperson. While the two companies are corporate siblings, I think it’s rather important to point out that they are separate entities.

Is it war between Medium producers and NBC? Nah, they’ve been canceled, the producers spoke up saying what was on most people’s mind, the network will probably release a short statement that praises the show but says something about moving on or going in a new direction.

Let’s just hope the producers and the CBS network can work something out.

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Bubble Shows Cut

In CBS, Medium, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Shows On The Bubble, The Unit on 05/19/2009 at 2:26 pm

NBC has canceled both “My Name Is Earl” and “Medium” and CBS cut “The Unit”. Bad news all around. I’m really surprised by the news about “Medium” as the show is a consistant performer and when it comes to ratings, well…They’re higher than most other NBC shows.

According to Variety, though, all is not lost. CBS Studios produces “Medium”, so there’s talk of possibly moving the show to the studio sister network, CBS, for a possible pairing with Friday nights’ “Ghost Whisperer”. I’d be down.

Same goes for “My Name Is Earl”, which is good news for those intrigued by the unfinished ending of the season finale. Show is produced by 20th Century Fox TV, sister to the Fox network, so there’s plans to shop the series to both Fox and even ABC. With ABC’s big push towards comedy next year that could be decent idea and Fox can use all the help it can get with comedy. Plus I could see Fox being a pretty decent home for the show’s redneck and off the wall humor.

I do have admit I’m pretty down about this news. “Earl” and “Medium” are two of my favorite shows and I’m a watcher of “The Unit”, as well.

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CBS Renews Cold Case

In 2009 Upfronts, CBS, Cold Case, Programming on 05/18/2009 at 9:39 pm

CBS squared up the rest of it’s 2009 season today. They officially renewed long-runner “Cold Case”. Though the series has been a hard worker for the network since 2003, there was some question as to whether it would return for a seventh year. The series has been paired up with “Without A Trace” in the past and, lately, with “The Unit”, both of which will not be returning next season.

The show premiered in the Sunday 8pm timeslot way back in ought three before moving to it’s current Sunday 9pm slot in the 2006 season, so I assume it’ll probably stay in place next season. It’s a shame, though, as I pointed out with The Unit, shows airing on Sunday evenings are given a hard time when afternoon sports broadcasts run late. It’s the reason a good show like “Cold Case” is no longer set to record on my DVR.

There’s only so many times I’m willing to press play and find annoying reality TV competitions in Detective Lilly’s place before removing a series from my record list.

The network also picked up another drama, a fast paced medical drama called “Miami Trauma”. It may just be me, but I tend to find series with a city name in the title to be pretty lame and to be an absolutely terrible representation of what a city is actually like. Hopefully they won’t take the cheap-skate, lame production way out and film it in L.A. with canned location shots. Knowing CBS and it’s geriatric audience, I’m assuming this show will be less entertaining than NBC’s planned “Trauma” but will slaughter it in the ratings anyway.

There is one light in the tunnel, though: word is the network is looking at drama titled “House Rules” about freshman politicians in the U.S. Congress. I’m a sucker for political shows.

CBS will have it’s upfront this Wednesday. I’m looking forward to final word on “The Unit” as well as the just mentioned “House Rules”.
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CBS Pickups Three Pilots (Updated: Four)

In 2009 Upfronts, CBS, Programming, The CW on 05/17/2009 at 1:58 pm

With so many posts about the other big networks, one may wonder where the heck is CBS in all of this. Well, today Variety reported the eye network picked up three new dramas for next season, “Three Rivers”, “The Good Wife” and an NCIS spin-off starring LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.

“The Good Wife” stars Juliana Margulies as a lawyer (and I’m assuming, mother) who has to go back to the office when her husband, a politician, goes to jail. I’ve been a fan of Juliana Margulies since her short stint as a nutso mistress on The Sopranos, so I’m glad to see her returning to weekly TV. The Scott Brothers, Tony and Ridley, are producing, so here’s hoping. Come to think of it, The Scott Bros tend to like non-traditional families in their series, so perhaps she’s not a mom? (On a side note, anyone catch the season finale of “Numb3rs” on Friday – great episode. I’d like to pat the Scott Bros on the back for that one.)

The show also stars Matt Czuchry as a Harvard graduate junior associate at Margulies’ law firm named Cary. I know many will be elated to find the young heart throb back on TV. While his unfortunately short stint as religion-boy and crush object for Lila on “Friday Night Lights” was memorable, especially for the scenes starring both he and Tim Riggins with poor little Lila stuck in between, his three season run as Rory Gilmore’s well-to-do but not such a big jerk as she originally thought boyfriend Logan Huntzberger on “The Gilmore Girls” really cemented him as not only a heart throb, but a pretty decent actor, too.

“Three Rivers” is about organ donors, according to Variety. With only that bit of info I’m reminded of TNT’s failed Treat Williams starred organ donor drama “Heartland” due to the related premise and the folksy, midwest-y name.

The NCIS spin-off…well, I couldn’t really care less about that. LL Cool J has decided to walk in Ice T’s path and maybe it’ll work out just as well for him. I do remember snickering upon first hearing of T’s casting on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” but I whole heartedly take that back now as he’s a good addition to the show. As for Chris O’Donnell, I’ve never really been a fan of his, though I have nothing against him. The last part I can even recall him in is Robin from one of the Batman movies. Besides not being a fan of his, I don’t particularly care for NCIS, either.

As I said in an earlier post, I think the show is popular for three reasons: It’s timeslot, the fact that it’s so…unspecial, non-stylized, etc. and that it’s on CBS, meaning the network’s older skewing audience likes early time slots and unspecial programming.

Still no word on “The Unit”, “Cold Case” or “Without A Trace”. I’m guessing “Cold Case” in, “Without A Trace” out and no idea on where “The Unit” lies…I’m hoping they keep it with a better timeslot.

As for CBS sister network, The CW, they have picked up “Vampire Diaries” and the Melrose Place spin-off.

According to Futoncritic, Vampire Diaries is “drama about a tragic young heroine who is the object of passion for two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – who are at war for her soul and for the souls of her friends and family.”

Updated 5/17/09 8:38pm
CBS also picked up another comedy. “Accidentally On Purpose” stars Jenna Elfman, the description says “comedy about a san francisco movie critic who finds herself accidentally pregnant after a fling with a much younger man, and the unconventional family that ultimately results”.

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Lot’s of Upfront News

In 2009 Upfronts, ABC, CBS, NBC, Programming, The CW on 05/15/2009 at 1:24 am

There’s tons of rumors and guessing surrounding the network upfronts and what shows will be brought to life, which will be killed off and who will get a reprieve, so here’s a bunch of small news bits that don’t necessarily require a full post but I wanna make note of:

ABC is working hard to save “Samantha Who?” and word is they’re looking to cut costs by turning the show from a single-camera to multi-camera, which would apparently save a bunch of money. I tend to enjoy single-cam comedies better, but if they can keep the quality, not have a studio audience or (God help us) laugh track, what ever works should be done. The network is also trying to put together a ninth season of “Scrubs”. They’re apparently just waiting to see if the cast accepts the offers that have been put on the table.

ABC shot down Lauren Graham and Jeffrey Tamboor’s pilot, “Let It Go”, which I posted about here. As for pickups, the network chose “Copper”, which is a split US/Canadian production. The official description sounds decent enough:

COPPER is a youthful, heartfelt, one-hour, character-driven workplace drama about five rookie cops plunged into the high stakes world of big city policing – a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences. The series follows them just out of the police academy where they bonded together, fought together, drank together, worked together and slept together. And now they’re on the job together. They’re kids with guns, learning firsthand the hardest kind of policing there is. They are first responders and they are about to learn that no amount of training prepares you for life.”

They also grabbed “Modern Family”, a half hour comedy in the mockumentary style (getting old, I know) about an older man, his younger wife and teenage son and are still looking at a couple of other half hour comedies with some recognizable names. “Romantically Challenged” stars Alyssa Milano, “Awesome Hank” starring Kelsey Grammer, a buddy cop comedy starring Cedric The Entertainer called “The Law”, “Cougar Town” starring Courtney Cox and “The Middle” with Patricia Heaton. All are are well known names, but I’m not holding out much hope for any of them to be good.

Maybe Alyssa Milano will take after Christina Applegate: They’re both pretty hot and both starred in crappy 80’s sitcoms (“Who’s The Boss”/”Married With Children”), so it would be good to see Milano join a funny, witty show in the new century like Applegate did with “Samantha Who?”. As for Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, neither have been in a decent show in years, though “Cheers”, “Frasier” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” all ruled. Let’s not forget, though, their awful Fox loser “Back To You”.

I’ll admit Courtney Cox’s previous series on FX, “Dirt”, had it’s short comings, but I thought it was pretty good. The problem with this new series is that the premise, overly tanned, middle-aged single moms trying to be sexy, aka cougars, is getting kinda tired. The series is based in a small town in Florida where the high school football team is the center of society and Cox plays a reluctant cougar. She’s 40 recently divorced and wants to avoid the pathetic ways of cougars, but finds it hard to find a man her age.

Problem is, though, as someone that has traveled nearly every square inch of this swampy hell-hole called Florida, I have yet to find a small town obsessed with high school football ala “Friday Night Lights” Dillon, Texas. I’ll fully admit that cougars will fit right in with the swamps but I don’t buy the football premise.

CBS is thinking about moving “The Mentalist” to a 10pm slot on either Tuesday or Thursday nights, which would be great for the show. Word is the eye net picked up “The Bridge”, a cop procedural about an officer who is also the head of the police union, based on the life of a real cop/union head from Toronto. Sounds like it could be a companion to CBS’ Canadian hit “Flashpoint”.

The network is also looking to save “How I Met Your Mother.”

Fox picked up a series called “Past Life” about an ex-NYC homicide cop and a psychologist who help the re-incarnated solve “past-life traumas and present-day crimes” starring one of my favorite actors, Richard Schiff. He’s best known as Toby Ziegler from “The West Wing” and I’d be very happy to see him return to prime time television.

Fox also picked up a series titled “Human Target”. Official description says “drama revolves around mysterious freelancer Christopher Chance, who takes on a different identity each week to help those in need”. This is apparently a remake of a failed 1992 series based on a story from DC Comics. Here’s hoping it sticks this time. With the advances in technology and fantasy-based television, I’d say it has better chances this time. Fox has been doing very well with such fare, ala “Fringe”, though stumbling with others like “Dollhouse” and “Sarah Connor Chronicles”, both of which are hugely popular in the online blogging realm but not doing much on air.

Finally, Fox picked up “Sons of Tucson”, a comedy about three rich brothers who hire a hustler to act as their father while their real dad is in prison for a white collar crime. The premise doesn’t make much sense and Fox has not come up with a decent comedy in years (see note on Back To You above) so I’m not holding out much hope.

As for Fox’s returning slate, “House”, “Bones”, “Lie To Me”, “24” and “Fringe” will all definitely be back on the network and even “Dollhouse” still has a chance.

“House” will, of course, be a full season, “24” will return in January again and the fact that “Lie To Me” only received a 13 episode order means it will probably be a mid-season show, too.

At The CW it seems like the “Melrose Place” remake is gonna make it to air. Let’s just hope it doesn’t suck as much as their “Beverly Hills 90210” remake. The network is also going to pickup “Vampire Diaries”, which I’m sure is getting a lift from all the “Twilight” hoopla. Hopefully they’ll do a good with that.

NBC still has not said anything about “Medium”, “Chuck” or “Law & Order”, but most assume all three will return and things are still looking really bad for “My Name Is Earl”, though it ain’t over til it’s over.

I previously posted about “Legally Mad” and “Lost & Found” here. NBC has confirmed that David E. Kelly’s “Legally Mad” was not picked up but no word yet on Law & Order creator Dick Wolf’s “Lost & Found”. The “Legally Mad” decision was probably not made lightly as it was a put pilot, so the network has to pay some major penalties.

As I previously posted, NBC has officially picked up a number of series: “Community”, “Trauma”, “100 Questions”, “Parenthood” and “Day One”. Other than “100 Questions”, I’m looking forward to all of them.

And finally, there’s a tiny update to the Summer Schedule post about a new series on Fox premiering this summer called “Mental”, though there’s no date announced yet.

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Showrunner Musical Chairs

In CBS, Fox, FX, Gary Unmarried, Lie To Me, The Shield, The Unit on 05/14/2009 at 3:19 am

Fox announced yesterday that Lie To Me will be returning for a second season and it has a new showrunner: Shawn Ryan. Ryan’s resume is short but sweet: FX’s former gritty and ultra violent cop drama The Shield and CBS’ slick and more mainstream The Unit.

The two shows are polar opposites, which is not something you see much of – usually a writer/producer has a certain set style that they stick with but Ryan’s two shows don’t have much in common. Obviously The Unit leans more towards the usual CBS fare, which tends to be geared towards middle-agers while The Shield was more in your face, fast paced ala 18-39 crowd. David Mamet was The Unit’s other showrunner, but the show doesn’t really match his super talk-laden playwrite style either, so who know’s where The Unit gets it’s style from.

I’m interested in seeing if Ryan pushes Lie To Me into dirtier territory or not. Keeping in mind that it’s on Fox, which means either an 8pm or 9pm slot, he can’t start cursing and slaughtering like in The Shield. Remember, though, that FX and Fox is the same parent company so they may permit him some leeway that CBS may not.

Ryan has another project with CBS for the 2009 season called Confessions Of A Contractor based on a book about an LA contractor working with wealthy clients and falling in love. The deal is for a put pilot (that means the network will have to pay heavy penalties if the pilot is not picked up) but is cast-contingent (meaning the network has a say in casting). In January the network announced that, because they couldn’t find a lead actor for the series, it was being pushed to mid-season.

Another showrunner shuffle occurred last week at CBS: Executive producers Ed Yeager and Ric Swartzlander will be leaving CBS family laugher Gary Unmarried. The show is about to wrap up it’s first season with consistantly so-so ratings and there’s no word if there’ll even be a second season yet. “Creative differences” was the reason given.

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2009 Fall Season Preview?

In ABC, Cancellations, CBS, Medium, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Samantha Who?, Shows On The Bubble, The Unit, This American Life on 04/17/2009 at 1:40 am

USA Today featured a rundown of what shows have been renewed, what’s cancelled and what’s still on the bubble.

Here’s the link.

I have to say, I am absolutely shocked to see Medium and My Name Is Earl on NBC‘s bubble list. I can only assume they’re not really on the bubble but have just not been announced for renewal yet. If not, I’m gonna be rather angry. This better not be a side effect of that ludicrous Jay Leno 10pm debacle.

I was also surprised to see other network shows that are on the bubble, such as and Samantha Who?The Unit. With all the praise Samantha Who? recieved last year I would have expected it to make it past season 2. As for The Unit, if it’s ratings are lagging only one thing can be blamed: sports. It’s constantly pre-empted so fans probably miss it quite often.

As for cancellations, the only one that really surprised me was Eleventh Hour. I’ve enjoyed that show since the beginning. The characters are great and I found the premise and story lines to rather interesting. It’s somewhat shocking to see a procedural cop shows taken off like that.

I was also sort of surprised by NBC’s cancellation of Life. It hasn’t really been all that great this season but the great camera work, action sequences and soundtrack are still A+.

Download them at iTunes: Medium, Life, The Unit, Samantha Who?, My Name Is Earl.

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