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Southland Season Premiere Preview

In 2009 Fall Season, NBC, Southland, The Closer, Uncategorized on 10/07/2009 at 12:51 pm


DVR Life was rather wow-ed by frosh cop-drama Southland late last season.  We were even more wow-ed when NBC renewed the series for a second season.  If you happened to have missed the first season, it’s rather short so I’d suggest you get caught up in the coming weeks.  I mean, when was the last time a police-based drama really wow-ed you?  Outside of The Closer I can’t think of many recent ones.

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The second season of Southland premieres Friday October 23rd at 8pm on NBC.


Heroes: A Normal Life

In 2009 Fall Season, Heroes, NBC, The CW on 09/28/2009 at 1:59 pm

Heroes - Redemption

While we didn’t find last week’s season premiere of NBC’s Heroes to reach mind-blowing levels, we were rather happy to see the characters return to the the whole “everyday people with extraordinary abilities” thing.  Unfortunately for Mr. Kring, it may be a bit too late.  The show averaged just about 6 million viewers.  While a network like The CW would do back flips through a raging fire for numbers like that, it’s not considered very good for a two hour season premiere for a show that averaged nearly 14 million viewers it’s first season.

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Heroes airs each Monday at 8pm on NBC.

4 Minute Look At Trauma

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ER, Gossip Girl, Lie To Me, NBC, Trauma on 09/24/2009 at 1:25 pm


We’ve got a great little clip of the Trauma pilot here!  Now, we normally do not watch the extended clips of premiere episodes the networks have been releasing this season.  It’s just too much for us – we prefer to wait until the show is airing and we can watch the entire thing.  Not so with Trauma, though, because the series is competing with a handful of other shows on our DVR for a recording slot, so we thought it would be prudent to watch a couple minutes and see if it’s worth the slot.

After watching this four minute clip, we figure we’ll give it a shot for a few weeks.  At first it starts off like most medical dramas: lot’s of yelling “clear!” and even more pushing of “epi”.  That’s only at first though…From there it’s spins on out into ER territory with a crash-boom-bang, lots of quick camera shots and lots of screaming.

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Trauma premiers next Monday, September 28th st 9pm on NBC.

Considering that Trauma runs at the same time as Gossip Girl and Lie To Me, do you think it deserves one of the two slots on our DVR?

Welcome Back, SVU!

In 2009 Fall Season, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, NBC, Prison Break on 09/23/2009 at 2:25 pm

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

It’s a big night for NBC!  What is arguably their most popular scripted show still on the air and definitely the most popular of the family, Law & OrderLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit is returning for its eleventh season this evening.  We’re interested to see if Leno’s lagging ratings get a bit of a bump from the SVU lead-in.

Here we’ve collected the few promotional trailers we’ve across this summer, including first looks at Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller as a bad-boy cop and Christine Lahti as the new ADA with a bit of an attitude.  No look yet at Eric McCormack’s guest appearance yet, though.

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns tonight, Wednesday September 23rd at 9pm on NBC.

Law & Order: SVU Sneak Peeks

In 2009 Fall Season, Law and Order SVU, NBC on 09/18/2009 at 9:45 am

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

We have two new sneak peeks at the season premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The first clip gives us more of a look at Wentworth Miller’s bad-boy attitude than the first trailer we posted a bit ago and also gives us a bit of the storyline and a peek at how race is going to factor  into the episode.  Clip two is our first look at Christine Lahti starring as the new “Executive ADA”, who’s got one hell of an attitude herself!

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns to NBC for its eleventh season next Wednesday, September 23rd at 9pm.

Sneak Peek: Law & Order

In 2009 Fall Season, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NBC on 09/17/2009 at 3:15 pm

Law & Order

Oh man are we excited!  DVR Life has been a die-hard Law & Order fan since our wee middle school days.  Not sure why the show mesmerized our 11 year old minds, but it did.  Here we are now, 18 years later and still fans!  That’s right!  With Law & Order returning for it’s 20th season, we can’t claim to have been there since the beginning, but not many folks out there can.

While we have been there since the beginning for both Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, we have always enjoyed the original just a smidge more.  There’s nothing else quite like the real Law & Order for us, so we’re stoked to check out the first murder of the new season.  We’re also pretty glad we don’t have to wait all the way until January for a new season like we did last year.

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Law & Order returns for it’s twentieth season on Friday, September 25th at 8pm.

Tonight: NBC FTW!

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, 30 Rock, Amy Poehler, Comedy, Community, NBC, Parks and Recreation, SNL Weekend Update Thurs Edition, The Office, Weekend Update on 09/17/2009 at 12:56 pm


For those not up on geek-speak, FTW means ‘For The Win’, as in, it’s gonna freakin’ rule tonight when NBC’s fall 2009 comedy season begins!  We hope you have your DVR’s set for some good laughs and some intelligent comedies.  Let’s break it down:

Amy Poehler Returns To SNL Weekend Update This Fall

Everything kicks off at 8pm with SNL Weekend Update Thursday Edition.  Don’t forget that Amy Poehler will make guest appearances in atleast two of the three upcoming episodes of SNL WUTE.  Not to distract from her scripted series, Parks & Recreation, but Poehler really tends to shine anytime she appears on Weekend Update, in our opinion.

And speaking of Parks & Recreation, Poehler’s pulling double duty in the 8-9pm hour this evening as the sophomo

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Jerry Seinfeld’s The Marriage Ref Casting Trailer

In 2010 Pilots, 2010 Winter Schedule, In Plain Sight, NBC, The Marriage Ref on 09/11/2009 at 4:15 pm


Here’s a rare post for us!  DVR Life rarely writes about tv shows are that are in production, and rarely mention reality television, but here we are.  NBC has put together a little promotional trailer for the casting of a new Jerry Seinfeld created show called The Marriage Ref.  The series, according to the video below, will gather couples to talk about whatever drives them nuts about each other and then pick a winner.  Divorce attorney’s rejoice!

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NBC Gets Medical

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Mercy, NBC, Trauma on 09/11/2009 at 3:15 pm


E.R. was a very successful series for NBC.  At fifteen seasons, the series was the longest-running medical drama to in air primetime, receiving a record 123 Emmy nominations, 22 of which they won.  And that all came to end last season.  NBC must have looked at the situation, said “where do we go from here?”, panicked a little, and then green lit not one, but two new medical dramas.

Here’s some behind the scenes peeks at each.  We must admit that Mercy has a pretty exciting cast.

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Mercy debuts Wednesday September 23rd at 8pm on NBC.

Trauma debuts Monday September 28th at 9pm on NBC.

Greendale’s Final Straight A: A Lot of Classes

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Community, NBC, Webisodes on 09/11/2009 at 1:45 pm

We promised we’d let you know when the fifth of The Five A’s, NBC’s webseries counting down to the premiere of Community, was available and we always come through!  The fifth A, A Lot Of Classes, is presented by the Tune-ition Payments, Greendale Community College’s premiere a cappella group.

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In case you missed the first four A’s, you can see them in our previous post.

Community premieres Thursday September 17th at 9:30pm on NBC before taking up it’s regular time slot of Thursdays at 8pm on October 8th.

Chuck Bass Meets Jimmy Fallon

In 2009 Fall Season, Gossip Girl, Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC, The CW on 09/10/2009 at 1:15 pm

Chuck's suspenders!

Jimmy Fallon gave his audience a quick hit of what’s to come when The CW’s Gossip Girl returns next week.  With Ed Westwick as a guest for the evening, Fallon debuted a new game entitled “Bass Masters“.  Not sure it’s exactly “sweeping the nation” as was claimed, but it was a fun bit.  Interesting to witness how quickly Westwick slides in and out of his real British accent and his fake lock-jaw UES/WASP accent.

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You can watch last night’s entire episode of Late Night here, if you so desire.  Other highlights include a cell phone shoot-out for prizes and Fallon racing Queen Latifah through the NBC halls on mini-bikes.  Also, if you’re so inclined, you may want to check out a whole slew of Gossip Girl promotional videos we posted last month.

Gossip Girl returns for it’s third season next Monday, September 14th at 9pm on The CW.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 12:35am on NBC.

Community Webisodes: The 5 A’s

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Comedy, Community, NBC, Webisodes on 09/09/2009 at 10:15 am


At Greendale Community College the 5 A’s stand for:

  1. Accessibility
  2. Affordability
  3. Air Conditioning
  4. Awesome New Friends
  5. A Lot Of Classes

I’ll let Dr. Pat Isakson, Dean of Admissions and professor of Women’s Studies, explain the rest:

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Leslie Knope Vs. The Fresh Prince

In 2009 Fall Season, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, SNL Weekend Update Thurs Edition, Weekend Update on 09/08/2009 at 2:19 pm

Parks and Recreation

We are really hoping for the best when it comes to the second season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.  While most people tend to fear shows will go into a sophomore slump, we here at DVR Life feel that Parks and Recreation had kind of a rough freshman year and are looking forward to the show growing into itself and maturing for it’s second time around.  We admit that the premise of the show (work place location, faux-documentary style, office-boob that doesn’t know they’re annoying everyone around them) made the show seem a bit contrived at first, but the story lines started standing a bit on their own the further the season went on and we’re hoping this time they’ll really make it stand out.

One step towards standing out is a character rapping Parent’s Just Don’t Understand.  That’s a good start for us:

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Parks and Recration begins it’s second season on Thursday September 17th at 8:30pm on NBC.

You can also see P&R star Amy Poehler in the first two episodes of NBC’s upcoming Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Edition beginning Thursday September 17th at 8pm.

Zachary Quinto Gets A Little Crazy (NSFW)

In 2009 Fall Season, Funnyordie, Heroes, NBC, Pulp Fiction on 09/04/2009 at 4:15 pm

I think this might be our very first R-rated post!  Just to warn you upfront, this video is so very NOT SAFE FOR WORK or WATCHING IN FRONT OF YOU MOM.  Make sure you lock the door or put your headphones on.  Whatever you gotta do.

What we have here is Mr. Zachary Quinto, better known as evil-badass Sylar on NBC’s Heroes.  The video comes off as a kind of absurdist Pulp Fiction-esque good time.  He curses a whole lot and threatens people like there’s not tomorrow.  Lot’s of screaming and an ending that was rather predictible but completely unavoidable.  It’s pretty funny so get your lol’s and start rofl’ing.

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Heroes returns with a two hour premiere for it’s fourth season on Monday September 21st at 8pm on NBC.

Jimmy Fallon’s TV Show Mashups

In 2009 Fall Season, Defying Gravity, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mental, NBC, Programming on 09/04/2009 at 3:35 pm

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

With the upcoming fall season, Jimmy Fallon shared a few ideas for network programmers on Late Night last night.  Perhaps the new “staight-to-series international co-production model” networks tried this summer is on it’s way out.  Judging by Mental and Defying Gravity‘s ratings, it didn’t seem to work out so well, anyway.

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 12:35am on NBC.

Chuck <3's Superman?

In 2010 Spring Schedule, Chuck, Lois & Clark, NBC, Smallville, The CW on 09/03/2009 at 12:34 pm


The producers of Chuck must have some Superman love in their hearts!  Kristen Kreuk, formerly known as Lana Lang on The CW’s Smallville, has just been cast in the part of a new character named Hannah.  She and Chuck are slated to meet on a Paris-bound flight and, having recently been laid-off from a publishing firm, takes up a position at The Buy More.  I’m sure the Nerd Herd will enjoy that.  Expect Hannah to be around for a few episodes.

The casting of one former Smallville actor does not a crush make, you say?  But wait!  A few days prior to the announcement of Ms. Kreuk’s casting, NBC announced the casting of an actual Superman: Brandon Routh, who starred in Superman Returns.  He’s set to star as a mysterious spy (is there any other kind?) named Shaw that takes charge of Operation Bartowski.

Now if they could only get Dean Cain or Teri Hatcher from Lois & Clark to guest star and Chuck will have all Superman related platforms covered!

Chuck returns for it’s third season sometime in March 2010 on NBC.

Check Out Wentworth Miller On Law & Order: SVU

In 2009 Fall Season, Law and Order SVU, NBC, Prison Break on 09/02/2009 at 1:22 pm

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

To start off their 11th season, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has enlisted Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller.  He’ll guest star as a cop who comes across a rape victim while (literally) scaring the crap out of a meth head!  Sounds like fun.  Best part of the clip comes when Olivia gets a big old slap to the face!  Oh, the drama!

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The 11th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premieres Wednesday September 23rd at 9pm on NBC.

The Office Season 6 Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, 30 Rock, Comedy, Community, My Name Is Earl, NBC, The Office on 08/27/2009 at 10:59 am

The Office


While it’s not as cute as those on-set photos of Pam in her wedding gown, a new promotional trailer for both The Office and Community is damn exciting by our standards.  We’ve been big fans of both the U.S. and U.K. inceptions of The Office and, since viewing the pilot, suspect we’re going to be huge fans of Community, as well.

While NBC has become known as the go-to network for crappy remakes, imports and bad programming choices, we are fully aware of the networks record when it comes to good sitcoms.  Put up against any other network and NBC gets the highest marks for not only picking up the best of the best, but also giving those great comedies a chance to prove themselves.  Brilliant comedies like The Office, Seinfeld, or 30 Rock probably would have never survived had they been on any of the other broadcast networks.  For that, we do grant respect and look forward to their new and returning sitcoms this fall season…Even if they did cancel My Name Is Earl .

The Office returns for it’s sixth season and Community premieres for it’s first on Thursday September 17th at 9 and 9:30pm.  Community will move to it’s regular 8pm timeslot on Thursday October 8th.

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


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:

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New Heroes Trailer

In 2009 Fall Season, Heroes, NBC on 08/25/2009 at 11:13 am

Heroes - Redemption

After the disaster that is the new poster, we’re pretty glad to see this official trailer for the upcoming season of Heroes.  The producers and network seem to be using this promo to assure fans that the show is returning to it’s roots of “everyday people with extraordinary abilities.”  Here’s hoping it works.

Pam In Her Wedding Gown!

In 2009 Fall Season, NBC, Preview, The Office on 08/24/2009 at 9:45 am

The Office

DVR Life is not one for spoilers – we kinda hate em.  Last week, while watching the season finale of Top Chef Masters on our DVR, just a few hours after the show had aired live, one of twitter buddies tweeted and congrats tweet to the winner, chef’s name and all!  Man, were we outraged!  They ruined the whole damn show for us!  We were only about twelve minutes in to the finale after watching the show for however many weeks it was on and bam!  They ruined it for us.  Geez we’re still pissed.

Anyway, we tend to avoid spoilers at all cost.  Every once in a while, though, we hear about something and weigh the consequences: will this ruin any built up excitement we have?  Could this information make the story less exciting?

Well, we heard this was a photo out there (via Spoiler TV) featuring Jenna Fischer all dressed up in a wedding gown on the set of The Office.  We weighed the consequences and decided seeing Pam in her dress would not ruin anything – in fact it would built anticipation for us!  So we took a look and though some of our reader might wanna, as well.

We are, however, putting it behind a jump, just in case you don’t wanna spoil anything:

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New Heroes Poster

In 2009 Fall Season, Californication, Heroes, NBC, Sci-Fi, The Nanny on 08/20/2009 at 12:29 am

Heroes - Redemption

So…I really want to try and stay tactful here with this post.  It’s kinda hard, though, because as I write this in the little box thing-y that I write posts in, I have a massive serving of cleavage just above the words I’m typing.  The box isn’t big enough to fit anything above the neck so I’m just face to face with boobs.  It’s very distracting… I think I’m creeping myself out.

Maybe that’s what NBC was going for?  Creepy old sci-fi dudes?  I just read a news article yesterday that said the average gamer is 35 years old, over weight and depressed.  Are they Heroes‘ target audience?  If so, homerun NBC Universal art department!  Give yourselves a round of applause.

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Pilot Review: Community

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, 30 Rock, Comedy, Community, Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Gilmore Girls, Greek, Law and Order SVU, Mad Men, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Preview, Rules of Engagement, The Book of Daniel, The Office, The Soup on 08/19/2009 at 12:20 am


You know that feeling you get from a good laugh?  That feel-good feeling, like your day just got a bit brighter and maybe everything isn’t so bad?  I kinda dig that feeling.  It’s hard to get that feeling for me – I’m a glass half empty type.  It’s a curse.  My burden.  It’s something I try to work on.

Certain TV shows tend to give me that feeling.  Witty, smart comedies, mostly.  30 Rock, Better Off Ted, The Office, all currently airing shows that spring to mind.  I’m sure you’ve probably guessed by now where this is headed.  Not exactly the master of unpredictable (or even readable) writing here.

I watched the pilot of Community, a new half hour sitcom set to air on NBC this fall.  As the episode ended, my first thought was, “Wow, this will go so great with The Office and 30 Rock on NBC.”  Take note there, because that’s probably the only time, in relation to the 2009 Fall season, that I will say I’m happy about something being on NBC.  For all it’s pitfalls and blunders, NBC has always been known, and still holds on to, the title for best comedic sitcoms in my book and gets a lot of credit for giving those comedies a chance to catch on.

The series revolves around Jeff Winger, played by The Soup‘s Joel McHale  The character lands somewhere right between a hustler, a player and a seemingly nice guy.  Even with those qualities, though, I somehow ended up routing for him to succeed.  He was a lawyer, until the state bar association realized his degree came via email attachment from Columbia the country, as opposed to Columbia the school.  That’s when he was sent on his way to Greendale Community College.

Once on campus we recognize many faces from around the TV world.  There’s folks from Mad Men, The Daily Show, The Book of Daniel, Greek, Gilmore Girls, Rules of Engagement and even the aforementioned 30 Rock.  Don’t get me wrong here – we’re not talking John Hamm or Tina Fey, but you’ll probably do a double take and have to check IMDB a time or two.

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Really?!? Amy Poehler Back At Weekend Update

In 2009 Fall Season, Comedy, Community, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, SNL Weekend Update Thurs Edition, The Office, Weekend Update on 07/30/2009 at 1:56 pm
Amy Poehler At The Anchor Desk

Amy Poehler Returns To SNL Weekend Update This Fall

Michael Ausiello, the master of TV related scoops, of course, has announced that Amy Poehler is headed back to the SNL Weekend Update desk this fall. In a master stroke of corporate synergy genius, Poehler will be sharing the anchor desk once again with old pal Seth Myers during the first and second weeks of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday starting September 17th.

The first episode of SNL WUT (sounds like something Amy & Seth would rap about, right?) will premiere at 8pm September 17th, right before the second season premiere of Poehler’s Parks and Recreation (which is then followed by the premiers of The Office and Community – gonna be a big night for comedy, eh?).  SNL WUT is scheduled for a three week run and, according to Ausiello, Poehler’s only doing the first two weeks…Seems odd they wouldn’t go for the trifecta.



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Preview: Heroes Season 4 Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, Heroes, NBC, Sci-Fi on 07/29/2009 at 2:28 pm

Here we go folks: Welcome to a first look at season 4 of Heroes. Most exciting aspect? The addition of Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper as an evil Carnie leader. Probably not worth all the hype it’s getting? Claire’s sapphic college experiences. Glad to see Madeline Zima of Californication and The Nanny as her roommate, though.

We’re hoping people start coming back to Heroes. Yeah, it faltered a bit the last two seasons or so, but those who stuck it out know that it was worth it and, hopefully, this next season the show will turn itself around, even if Bryan Fuller did bail.

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