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Primeval Uncanceled!

In BBC America, Primeval, Programming on 09/30/2009 at 2:46 pm

Primeval

We love a good surprise when it comes to TV news and have we got one!  After being a big hit and signing all kinds of worldwide deals, ITV went ahead and canceled it’s hit sci-fi series Primeval.  Here we are now a few months later and what the heck do they go and do?  They uncancel it!

The list of shows that have been canceled and then uncanceled is a rather short one and we’re certainly glad to add Primeval to it.  We must admit that, due to BBC America airing Primeval much later in the states than in the UK, news of the cancellation came in about half way through series 3 airing in the U.S.  Being the petty, story obsessed TV snobs we are, DVR Life didn’t even bother watching the season finale because we were tipped off to the cliff hanger ending and figured…you know, why bother?  So now we better catch up!

According to the press release, the series will return in 2011 with 13 new episodes featuring the same cast as series 3.  No word on when it will air on BBC America, but we’re hoping for a summer return.

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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.


SyFy Renews Warehouse 13

In 2010 Summer Schedule, Battlestar Galactica, Programming, Sci-Fi, SyFy, Warehouse 13 on 08/20/2009 at 12:05 am

Warehouse 13

Variety reported a little while ago that SyFy has picked up playful summer hit Warehouse 13 for a second season.  If you follow @syfy on twitter, it’s probably no big surprise due to their weekly tweet boasting of killer ratings.  Variety remarked that the series has been pulling a near average of 3.7 million viewers each week, which makes it SyFy’s biggest hit thusfar.  There’s even mention of it beating out Battlestar Galactica’s first season.  And 50% of the audience is female.  Imagine that!

I also think it’s kinda interesting that their biggest hit came at the same time as their name and brand change.  Perhaps, despite all the booing and hissing made by sci-fi kids world-wide, those network people actually know what they’re doing.  I wonder if Warehouse 13 would have done so well had it debuted on Sci-Fi and not SyFy?

The second season is set to comprise 13 episodes and air next summer.

Warehouse 13 is in the midst of it’s first season with new episodes airing at 9pm Tuesdays on SyFy.

TNT Sets End For Saving Grace

In 2010 Summer Schedule, Brotherhood, Cancellations, Programming, Saving Grace, Showtime, TNT on 08/14/2009 at 1:44 pm

Saving Grace

DVR Life hates bringing the bad news to you folks, but it’s our duty to not only inform you of the renewals and pickups, but also the cancellations.  Plus this has already been posted to most other TV blogs and news outlets, so we’re hoping any kill the messenger feelings have subsided by now.

TNT has announced the end of their original (and we do mean original) series Saving Grace.  This summer’s run of episodes will end next week at 10pm as planned.  What’s come about after that, though, is a comprise between the shows producers and the network.  We’d like to appluad TNT for taking this route as most networks show no mercy when wielding the ax.  Think Showtime and Brotherhood or any other show that was canceled with no warning or ended on a cliff hanger.

As with most cable series, the network split the season in two parts, planning to show the first half during the summer season and the following six episodes in January.  Now, plans call for three new episodes to be created, paired with those six and aired in the summer of 2010 as a nine episode fourth and final season.

Pick Your Favorite Summer Show!

In 10 Things I Hate About You, 2009 Pilots, ABC Family, BBC America, Being Human, British TV, Burn Notice, Defying Gravity, Doctor Who, Eureka, favorite shows, HBO, Hung, In Plain Sight, ITV, Make It Or Break It, Nurse Jackie, Programming, Royal Pains, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule, SyFy, The Listener, The Philanthropist, TNT, Torchwood, True Blood, Uncategorized, USA, Warehouse 13 on 08/12/2009 at 2:23 pm

It’s a been pretty dynamic summer when it comes to television. Both premium and basic cable networks have packed nearly every night of the week with some great, quality programming.

At DVR Life headquarters, it’s be a season rather thick with sci-fi.  The brits have been rocking the genre this year.  We managed to cram the first two seasons of BBC’s Torchwood in just in time to catch Torchwood: Children of Earth, we’re also digging BBC’s latest sci-fi series, Being Human, and caught up with Doctor Who in time for the new movie BBC America treated us to in July and mourned the cliff hanger ending to final season of ITV’s Primeval.  Syfy’s newest scripted offering Warehouse 13, is a quirky fun time and the return of their much beloved Eureka have given us our dose of stateside sci-fi while Defying Gravity is a sci-fi lite multi-national effort between ABC, the brits and Canada’s CTV.

For our teen drama fix, we’ve been turning to ABC Family’s (I know, right? Who would have thought) shows Make It Or Break It, while their new comedy 10 Things I Hate About You has given us a few good laughs.  Looking for action, adventure and smart talk?  USA’s been ruling the ratings with In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Burn Notice.  Newbie Royal Pains has been tearing it up on the Nielsen charts, too.

We’ll stop here.  We could keep going on and on – there’s plenty to say about HBO’s new Sunday lineup, as well TNT’s wins and misses.  There’s just way too much great summer fare this year.

Update 08/13/2009 1:11am:

Nurse Jackie, 10 Things I Hate About You & Leverage have each recieved one vote under the ‘other’ category.

P.S.  When voting for ‘other’, please make sure you enter a show title!

USA Renews In Plain Sight

In 2010 Spring Schedule, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Monk, Programming, Psych, Royal Pains, Summer Schedule, The West Wing, White Collar on 08/06/2009 at 1:37 pm

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Lot’s going on at USA headquarters this week!  They’re newest upcoming series, White Collar, was given a premiere date, both high performing Royal Pains and Burn Notice were renewed, and longtime hits Monk and Psych are returning this week, Monk for it’s eighth and final season.

What could we possibly add to that?  The renewal of In Plain Sight, thankfully, and word that negotiations for a ninth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent should be ending soon on a positive note.  Oh, and they released a pretty hefty production slate at their Television Critics Association panel yesterday in Pasadena, Ca.  Whew.

The renewal of In Plain Sight comes as no surprise, of course.  It has a rather good, reliable draw of 5 million viewers each Sunday evening, critical praise and a caring fan base.  Pretty much what all USA original series seem to enjoy.  I guess that’s what happens when a network secures talented writers, producers, showrunners, actors, etc.  You know, what all networks, broadcast, cable and premium, should be doing at all times.

An added bonus?  Lead actress Mary McCormack, a ruler in her own right, is oft-surrounded by one hell of a cast, including regulars Nicole Hiltz as her ditsy but charmingly sweet younger sister and Fred Weller as weird as all get out but awesome as heck Marshall Mann.  We also get treated to such The West Wing alum as Richard Schiff and Joshua Malina.

The order for In Plain Sight‘s third season includes a total of 16 episodes.  No official word, but we suspect another springtime premiere date as this year’s May launch seemed to work well.

In Plain Sight‘s second season continues each Sunday evening at 10pm on USA until it’s season finale August 16th.

USA’s White Collar Gets Premiere Date

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Monk, Programming, Psych, USA, White Collar on 08/05/2009 at 7:49 pm

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USA announced at it’s Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Ca. this afternoon that their new series, White Collar, will be premiering Friday October 23rd at 10pm.  The series will start up a week after Psych ends it’s run and will hopefully gain a good initial following via it’s Monk lead in.  The final season of Monk (beginning this Friday, by the way – more later), will act a great lead-in for the new show for it’s first six weeks.

DVR Life previously posted a video clip and some thoughts on White Collar here.  One thing we’d like to add, is some praise for the producers and network for making the decision to film the new series entirely in New York City.  We’re big fans of shows shooting on location and applaud them for going with authenticity as opposed to easiest and cheapest.

HBO Renews It’s Summer Line-up

In 2010 Summer Schedule, 2010 Winter Schedule, Big Love, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, HBO, Hung, In Treatment, Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Programming, Sex And The City, Summer Schedule, The Pacific, The Sopranos, The Wire, Treme, True Blood on 08/03/2009 at 2:11 pm

True Blood

Here we come summer 2010!  HBO, not surprisingly, renewed it’s entire Summer line-up.  The two hour Sunday night block, anchored by vamp-phenom True Blood, has been turning in rather stellar ratings for the pay network.  We won’t say HBO was in desperate need for some hits, but I’m sure things haven’t been quite the same at network headquarters since the golden day of The Sopranos and Sex And The City.

True Blood will be returning for it’s third season, Entourage for it’s seventh and new comer Hung will be back for it’s sophomore year.

What is a bit of a surprise, is that while HBO has set plans for it’s entire summer 2010 schedule, it’s spring schedule is still a bit hazy.  The network will be on a big Tom Hanks kick when it airs Playtone-produced Big Love in January and then Hanks-Spielberg produced WWII miniseries The Pacific in March.  David Simon’s The Wire follow-up, New Orleans-based Treme, will be coming around in March.  It’s even possible that Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Kenneth Williams, will most likely be making an appearance as well.

HBO executives told AP the network hasn’t ruled out new seasons of In Treatment or The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but nothing is set as of now.  Same goes for Flight of the Conchords, though we’re guessing Conchords will  be back eventually.

Ben Silverman Out At NBC

In Chuck, Date My Mom, Friday Night Lights, Law and Order, Mad About You, Medium, Merlin, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Programming, Seinfeld, The Biggest Loser, The Listener, The Office on 07/27/2009 at 12:40 pm

Quite a surprise to wake up to this morning: co-chairman of NBC Entertainment Studios and Universal Media Studios Ben Silverman is leaving. The surprise is due to the fact that, not only are we quickly approaching the fall season, but just two weeks ago his employment contract had been extended.

When I first heard about Silverman’s departure, I have to admit that a smile came to my face. Since a young age, I’ve always felt like NBC was my channel. Like your mom or grandma who refers to her favorite soap opera as “my story”, throughout my life I felt like I had become invested in the network. That’s loyalty only a true TV junkie could possibly understand, of course, but hey, that’s why I’m writing a TV blog for absolutely no money and you are not.

Anyway, the majority of my favorite shows were on the network and many of the shows shaped my hopes and aspirations as I grew up. My life long fascination with New York City was constantly egged on watching shows like Law & Order, Mad About You and Seinfeld. The dazzling skyline after the evening news and shots of Rockefeller Center didn’t hurt, either.

When Silverman first took position at the network, I was pretty hesitant. NBC was pretty down at the time, already in final place, and losing big time. What I knew of Silverman didn’t give me much hope. He had produced one of my favorite shows, The Office, but also complete crap like Date My Mom and The Biggest Loser.

I also thought it odd that they would hire someone with so much potential for conflict of interest, considering he would still profit from both his current Reveille shows already on the network and even new ones sold after his move. Trumping even that: not long after taking his place at the company, stories circulated about frat-boy behavior, caged tigers, and lot’s of party-hopping.

Here we are at the end of his reign now and I am a bit conflicted. Should I celebrate? He was the guy that made the ridiculous decision to cancel both Medium and My Name Is Earl and then make it publicly known that he did so because, according to The LA Times “neither the fans nor the advertisers had waged a campaign to save them the way viewers and the Subway restaurant chain did for Chuck.”

Well, yeah, you know, people didn’t wage a campaign to save the shows because no one knew they were on the verge of being canceled. I mean, you know, most networks don’t cancel a highly rated show like Medium for no reason, therefore the fans, even devoted TV geeks who try to stay “in the know” such as myself, would never have imagined that we would be obligated to campaign around every single show they want to return, especially if it is one of the highest rated and most consistent shows on a dying network.

But then there’s also the fact that, without Silverman, Friday Night Lights, easily one of the most brilliant shows to ever grace network television, probably wouldn’t not have made it past it’s first season. Because of the deal Silverman worked out with DirecTV, we are guaranteed new Friday Night Lights up through it’s fifth season.

So there ya go. It’s hard to know what to feel. He made some terrible decisions, acted like an ass, but also created some quality TV. His tenure was not all good or all bad. Not sure if it was even more bad than good or vice versa.

Anyway, we’re not gonna go into all the politics and power shifts involved in his departure. If you’re interested in that side of things, I would suggest reading the Hitfix article about the situation – they lay it all out in an easy to understand way.

Update: While rinsing and shampooing this very morning, I thought of another point I wanted to bring up about Silverman’s reign: the majority of “new” scripted programming on NBC hasn’t actually been “new”. In his time at the network we’ve been treated to really terrible remakes (Bionic Woman, Knight Rider), imports (Merlin, The Listener), or remakes of imports (Kath & Kim). There’s even been a remake of an import remake (Parks & Recreation).

Just kidding about that last one. While the whole mock documentary thing was over long before it debuted, Parks & Recreation definately got better towards the end of the season. At first we kinda passed it off as The Office (US Version) part two, but it kinda grew into it’s own eventually.

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The Battle For Sunday

In Army Wives, Best Thing I Ever Ate, DVR, Expedition Africa, In Plain Sight, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Merlin, Next Food Network Star, Programming, True Blood on 06/18/2009 at 2:06 pm

Networks are waging war on Sunday evenings and my poor DVR is caught in the middle. I expect this sort of thing in the Fall premiere season, but not summer. Unless you’ve got multiple DVR’s or one of the good cable systems that provide 4 way DVR tuners, you, like me, see certain nights like a crazy frustrating puzzle.

So, we can record two things at once and cable networks tend to broadcast their shows at multiple times. Keeping in mind there’s certain shows we are completely obsessed with and want to watch live (or as close to live as possible to avoid commercials) and trying to juggle all the back up knowledge ala “well, Food Network always runs a minute over but HBO shows end 7 or so minutes early” and blah blah blah.

So here’s what’s on this Sunday evening and how I’m planning to fill my two tuners. Numbers in BOLD are the showings I’ll set my DVR for:

Army Wives – Lifetime 10pm, 11pm, 12am
Expedition Africa – History 10pm, 2am
In Plain Sight – USA 10pm, 1am
Law & Order: Criminal Intent – USA 9pm, 12am
Merlin (2 episodes) – NBC 8pm, 9pm
The Next Food Network Star – Food Network 9pm, 12am
True Blood – HBO 9pm, 11pm
The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Food Network 10pm, 1am

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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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Fox Premiere Dates For Fall 2009

In 2009 Fall Season, Dollhouse, Fox, Fringe, Glee, Lie To Me, Programming on 06/15/2009 at 2:59 pm

Fox’s Fall 2009 premiere schedule is out as of today. Since they already announced days and time slots during their upfront presentations, there’s really no surprises here, just helpful hints as to when to set your DVR.

As always, I left off reality shows and all times are Eastern Standard/Western. Subtract an hour or two if you’re in Central or Mountain Time.

Many folks are looking forward to the return of Glee. I watched the first few minutes of the pilot but thought it was a bit cliche with sort of bad writing…But perhaps I was just in a bad mood because everyone seemed to love it. I have it saved on my DVR so I’ll give it a second chance. I do have to say, though, that airing the pilot after American Idol this Spring was a pretty ingenius move by Fox – it really built up alot of excitement for their Fall season. I suppose, thought, that if the series had bombed it would have looked like a giant mistake.

I’m looking forward to the return of Fringe and many a sci-fi geek out there is clamoring for the second shot at Dollhouse. I’m also looking forward to Lie To Me, which according to the twitters of the shows producers and writers, seems like it will have an exciting season.

The one thing I did notice was the fact that, of scripted programming, there’s only three new shows for the fall season with most new pilots not making it to the schedule until 2010.

Wed, Sept. 16
9:00 – GLEE

Thurs, Sept. 17
8:00 – BONES
9:00 – FRINGE

Fri, Sept. 18
8:00 – BROTHERS
8:30 – ‘TIL DEATH
9:00 – DOLLHOUSE

Mon, Sept. 21
8:00 – HOUSE (2-Hour Premiere)

Sun, Sept. 27
8:00 – THE SIMPSONS
8:30 – THE CLEVELAND SHOW
9:00 – FAMILY GUY
9:30 – AMERICAN DAD

Mon, Sept. 28
9:00 – LIE TO ME

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ITV Kills Primeval

In Cancellations, ITV, Primeval, Programming on 06/15/2009 at 2:40 pm

ITV has killed-off sci-fi hit Primeval after three seasons for an undisclosed reason. The timing to me, seems rather odd.

Just a few weeks ago Warner Bros. purchased the screen rights to the series for a possible movie. There was also talk of international versions being created, especially a U.S. one.

The show seemed to be doing well with international syndication, appearing in 32 countries outside the UK, including airing on two networks, both Sci Fi and BBC America, here in the states. Both seasons 1 and 2 have been released on DVD worldwide with season 3 having just been released for Region 2 this month and region 1 coming in September.

On top of all this, there were also 13 published books (8 teen-oriented novels and 5 activity books) with two more on the way and a line of toys.

Worst of all: Season 3 ended on a cliff hanger!

Just seems like an odd time to end the show. A link to the whole store is below, though if you’re outside of the UK and season 3 has not ended for you, beware of spoilers:

Total Sci-fi Online

Finally, I’d like to make note that I am very proud of myself for not using cliche puns such as “ITV sends Primeval the way of the dinosaur” or “Primeval goes extinct.” Someone should give me a pat on the back for that.

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Monk Returns August 7th

In Burn Notice, McGuyver, Programming, Psych, Royal Pains, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, USA on 06/11/2009 at 3:14 am


According to E! online’s summer schedule, the final season of Monk is slated to premiere August 7th. I have no idea where they got this update as they seem to be to the only ones that have posted it.

USA started airing teaser ads stating that this was to be the final season a month or more ago but they all simply stated “This Summer”. Well, glad to hear there’s a date. I’m pretty bummed, though, at the thought of no Monk holiday special this year.

And while we’re on the topic of USA…

Psych is also set to premiere that evening.

The new season of Burn Notice started off with a bang last Thursday. I’ve been a big fan of the show since day one and I’m glad to see the quality has stuck around for season 3. Ratings were rather fantastic for USA execs, as well, with a reported 6 million viewers. Nice.

Of those 6 million, over 5 million of them stuck around to catch the series premiere of Royal Pains. I think the show deserved the good reviews and ratings it received. I thought also paired up with Burn Notice well. Get your flash bang explosions and guns excitement followed by medical MacGuyver-ism and rich folks.

My favorite part of the show was when the girlfriend of collapsed rich kid actually asked the doc if he was MacGuyver after telling her what he would need to save the kids life. I like when shows reference classic TV shows and really dislike when television seem to take place in a world devoid of television. One of the reasons I loved Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip was hearing about the history of TV writers and the TV comedy business.

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TBS Not Saving Earl

In My Name Is Earl, NBC, Programming, TBS on 06/11/2009 at 1:50 am

No official word that talks have broken down or why but according to Ethan Suplee’s Twitter feed TBS is not going to save My Name Is Earl after all.

“TBS isn’t TheBestStation for reviving Earl. Good news is I’m now available to play Shia Laboof’s better looking brother in Transformers 3.”

Too bad. I really thought it would make a good fit. If Fox knew what was good for it, they’d pick it up.

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Wash Post Takes On NBC

In NBC, Programming, USA, Washington Post on 06/10/2009 at 1:53 pm


The title makes it sound more dramatic, but there’s a good piece in today’s Washington Post TV Column about NBC and it’s sister cable network USA.

I was actually thinking yesterday that if NBC Universal heads were smart they’d transplant the USA team to NBC and boot the current NBC execs. Then I realized that I like USA and don’t want those execs to go anywhere. Keep the quality where it is and left NBC fend for itself. They dug their own hole so why should USA suffer.

Here’s the article.

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Second Season For Nurse Jackie

In Nurse Jackie, Programming, Showtime on 06/09/2009 at 6:04 pm

It only debuted last night but Showtime has already given a second season order to it’s newest scripted series Nurse Jackie. It sometimes sounds odd when this happens but Showtime is known for confirming second season orders for brand new shows. It’s happened with Weeds, United States of Tara, Californication, Tudors and even Huff.

In the case of Huff, it wasn’t such a great thing as season two kinda bombed. That was a quality problem, though. The writers and producers kinda went off the deep end with their second and final season using ridiculous plot lines and overly dramatic situations. It was a real change from the subtle quirk and discomfort that made season one so interesting.

Nurse Jackie has been getting pretty good reviews from everyone: bloggers, pro-critics and even the general public if you’re a Twitter user. The Showtime PR department has set their twitter account to automatically notify them anytime someone writes a twitter about the show, which is something I figured out when they started following my account less than 5 minutes after posting something about the show so…Hey Showtime PR Department!

The release on this afternoon says of last night’s ratings for the premiere “…is better than the premiere ratings for most everything currently on Showtime’s lineup, including “Weeds,” “Dexter,” “The Tudors” and “Californication.”

If you’ve ever read Showtime press releases for new series, though, you probably realize that you’ve heard that before. They announce that for pretty much every new show that debuts. That’s not to say it isn’t true – I’m sure it is. You can’t fake the Nielsen’s. I’m just get a chuckle out of reading it at the end of every Showtime post-premiere or second season announcement.

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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: Survivors

In BBC America, British TV, Programming, Survivors on 05/31/2009 at 3:59 pm


As I posted earlier, BBC America has some good shows returning this summer and some new ones debuting. Of them all, the one I’m looking forward to the most is Survivors.

The show revolves around the premise that 99% of the human population is killed off by a virus and a small group of people who survive. It’s basically the show I’ve always wanted to create.

BBC America hasn’t announced a premiere date yet. Their website simply lists the show on the ‘Coming Soon” page. The show, of course, aired on the real BBC and is already over, but it makes note that they’re at work on a new series.

Series Overview

Actors Talk About Their Characters

Episode 1 Preview (Sound & Video Out of Sync)

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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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HBO Announces Premiere Date For Hung

In HBO, Hung, Programming, True Blood on 05/26/2009 at 11:51 pm

HBO has finally announced a premiere date for it’s newest original scripted series, “Hung”. The date, June 28th, means we have to wait just over a month but it should go by fast considering it’s latest hit, “True Blood” is returning in just about two weeks on June 12th.

Good scheduling news, too: True Blood and Hung are going to be paired up with TB at 9pm and Hung at 10. The season is only 10 episodes and the first episode of Hung times out at 45 minutes with the remaining 9 clocking in around 30 minutes.

I don’t know about anyone else but I always feel like 30 minutes is simply not long enough when it comes to HBO shows. Actually, most HBO half hour series run between 22 and 26 minutes in length due to the lack of commercials. We’re getting the same amount of programming as with a commercial supported show but it just seems shorter due to no commercial breaks and because, let’s face it, HBO shows tend to be a much higher caliber than anything on network or even regular cable.

P.S. I’m not gonna bother posting about the cry baby family values people griping about this series’ premise. It’d be a waste of time.

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Premiering Tonight: Mental

In Fox, Mental, Programming, Summer Schedule on 05/26/2009 at 6:19 pm

Fox kicks off it’s summer programming this evening with the premiere of “Mental”. The reviews I’ve read have been middling. The basic idea I’ve gathered from all the reviews is that it’s trying to be “House” with less dark humor and more of a heart.

Reviewers have admitted, though, that the show would be a winner…If “House” wasn’t around. That age old question about the chicken and the egg certainly does not apply: “House” definitely came before “Mental”. It’s a paradox, I suppose. “Mental” wouldn’t exist without “House” but “Mental is only good in a universe without “House. My brain hurts now.

Previews after the jump.

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CW 2009/2010 Schedule

In Programming, Smallville, Supernatural, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 05/21/2009 at 6:17 pm
Next year’s CW schedule looks…almost completely like this years. The only surprise is the near-dumping of the network’s long running superhero hit “Smallville”. Here’s the schedule:

Monday
8pm “Gossip Girl”
9pm “One Tree Hill”
Tuesday
8pm “90210”
9pm “Melrose Place”
Wednesday
8pm “America’s Next Top Model”
9pm “The Beautiful Life”
Thursday
8pm “Vampire Diaries”
9pm “Supernatural”
Friday
8pm “Smallville”
9pm “America’s Next Top Model” (repeats)
Word was out a while ago what pickups the network would be making and the only surprise left was the scheduling. Pairing the new “Melrose Place” with “90210” was a no brainer. The original Melrose premiered on the back of the original “Beverly Hills 90210” in Fox’s 1992 fall season, so there was little doubt it wouldn’t happen again. Let’s just hope this new Melrose recreation is not as bad as CW’s “90210”.
Placing “Vampire Diaries” with “Supernatural” was a bit more of a surprise. While the premise and style of the two probably match much better than “Smallville” and “Supernatural”, and the two will probably share more fans, I would not have expected the network the simply toss aside a long running series like “Smallville”.
Sure, NBC is doing the same thing to 20 year vet “Law & Order” but that’s due to declining ratings. Having just ended it’s eighth season, which is near unheard of with teen oriented series, the shows ratings this last season remained near identical to the year before. At it’s peak, season 2, the show earned ratings that were surprsingly high for it’s network. The CW (and previously The WB) are kinda known for buzz worthy teen fare with low on air ratings but HUGE download numbers and the slow decline of “Smallville”‘s ratings pretty much relate that.
The Friday 8pm slot is an absolute dead zone. Let’s make no bones about it – Smallville’s audience consists mainly of high school kids with a love of comic books, sci fi and terrible music and TV addicts, such as myself, that watch damn near everything. The TV addicts, of course, have DVR’s and they’ll be reprogrammed, but here’s hoping the high school kids can talk their parents into getting DVR’s if they don’t already have them.
Truthfully, it seems as if it’s been a struggle to get the show on the air the last few seasons with cast members wanting to leave leading to tougher contract negotiations and what not. This year, the show’s ninth, will most likely be it’s last and maybe the network figures to hell with the on air ratings, shove it to Friday and let everyone DVR or download it.

Cougar Town Preview

In ABC, Cougar Town, Preview, Programming on 05/19/2009 at 11:53 pm

My previous posts have been pretty down on Cougar Town, mainly just because of the name. It’s pretty terrible. This clip, though, is pretty entertaining. I always tend to forget how good Courtney Cox is until I see her on screen again.

This definitely looks alot more mainstream than “Dirt”, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The clips brought forth a few thoughts of “Desperate Housewives” with out the overly soapy murders and mystery aspects…Kinda like if DH character Susan were given her own spin off.

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Fox Previews

In Fox, Past Life, Programming, Sons of Tucson on 05/19/2009 at 6:52 pm

Here’s a few previews of Fox’s upcoming season. I posted a preview of “Human Target” yesterday and now we have some for the networks other new series “Sons of Tucson” and “Past Life”.

The basic premise of “Sons of Tucson” seems slightly far-fetched, three kids hiring a con man to play their father when their real dad goes to jail, but we’ll see how it works out.

The producers and network are comparing it “Malcolm In The Middle” in the official description…The problem is that doesn’t mean much coming from the network and producers. If a critic or a friend told me it was like “Malcolm” I’d be a lot more excited.

Also, the scheduling of the show, Sundays 8:30pm, seems a bit off to me. It’s set right in the very middle of three hours of animated fare. “Malcolm” used to air on Sundays, if I recall correctly, but it didn’t sit in the middle of animated series.

“Past Life”, as I’ve said in a couple of posts already, stars Richard Schiff, who I’m a fan of, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Official descriptions and previews after the jump:

Sons Of Tucson. Fox. Sunday 8:30pm.

In the tradition of “Malcolm in the Middle” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” SONS OF TUCSON is a family comedy about three brothers who hire a charming, wayward schemer to stand in as their father when their real one goes to prison. What begins as a business relationship evolves into something more complex and compelling: a family unlike any we’ve ever seen. The three brothers find their dad-for-hire, RON SNUFFKIN (Tyler Labine, “Reaper”), at the local sporting good store. Ron will be forced to draw on a wide array of skills and a vast bag of tricks as he steps into the patriarch role to take care of the boys of the Gunderson family. ROBBY GUNDERSON (Davis Cleveland, “How I Met Your Mother”), 8, is a loose cannon who doesn’t respond well to authority; GARY GUNDERSON (Frank Dolce, “Doubt”), 11, is a bright and street-savvy leader who is every bit the con man his father is; and BRANDON GUNDERSON (Troy Gentile, “Entourage”), 13, is a gentle free spirit who simply goes along for the ride. MAGGIE MORALES (Natalie Martinez, “Saints & Sinners”), Robby’s second-grade teacher and the object of Ron’s affection, might just be the only stable figure in the lives of this quirky quartet. While SONS OF TUCSON is grounded in the day-to-day challenges of a single-parent home, nothing in the Gunderson household is quite what it seems. An ongoing chess match between Ron and the boys will keep both parties on their toes, as neither side can afford to give up too much power or independence.

Past Life. Fox. Tuesdays 9pm. Mid Season.

Have you ever experienced dj vu or met someone you thought seemed familiar? Do you believe in karma, fate or love at first sight? From writer David Hudgins (“Friday Night Lights”), and inspired by the book “The Reincarnationist” by M.J. Rose, comes PAST LIFE, a new drama series about an unlikely pair of past-life detectives who investigate whether what is happening to you today is the result of who you were before. DR. KATE MCGINN (Kelli Giddish, “All My Children”) is not your typical psychologist. Confident, outspoken and highly educated, she works at The Talmadge Center for Behavioral Health in New York City, a world-renowned institute dedicated to the study of the science of the soul. After experiencing a past-life regression in her 20s, Kate became a believer in reincarnation. Using regression therapy and her natural gift for reading people, Kate helps solve the mysteries of her troubled clients who suffer from present-day problems caused by past-life traumas. She believes there are levels of consciousness and explanations for human behavior that science can’t begin to explain. Accustomed to skeptics, but not bothered by them, Kate is an unapologetic believer and a force of nature who marches to the beat of her own drummer. Her partner, PRICE WHATLEY (Nicholas Bishop, “Home and Away”), is a different story. A former NYPD homicide detective, pragmatic and cynical, Price is a damaged soul who constantly battles grief and guilt over the accidental death of his wife. Price feels that Kate, though not certifiable, certainly operates on the fringes of science. It’s a volatile relationship, but with Price’s solid detective skills, and Kate’s penchant for out-of-the-box thinking, together they make a formidable, if somewhat dysfunctional, team. A fast-paced emotional thrill ride, each episode finds Price and Kate working with their colleagues to unravel a new mystery involving the past-lives of their clients. DR. MALACHI TALMADGE (Richard Schiff, “The West Wing”) is Kate’s mentor and the center’s namesake, an avuncular but gruff elder statesman who is a legend in the field of cognitive research. DR. RISHI KARNA (Ravi Patel, “Scrubs”) is the rookie of the group, a baby-faced therapist from Calcutta who loves bad American TV, Cuban jazz and driving everyone crazy.

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