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Upfronts time.

The upfronts were all this week.

Final confirmations regarding renewals/cancellations of last years network TV can be found here

Descriptions/trailers of almost (all) the new shows can be found here. (Note some of the trailers have issues – but can easily enough be found on youtube).

Ignoring the usual raft of new sitcoms, the following are the shows which caught my eye initially.

Though i’ve no doubt I’ll watch the usual majority for at least a couple of episodes.

-M.

2012 – A look back … and forward!!

A little later than normal here’s a look at what’s helping me while away the hours in TV Land! (2011 – 2012)

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2010 Fall Pilots

So its that time of the year again. The primetime schedule has been restarted/renewed/rejuvenated and every night is choc-a-bloc with choices. Before watching any of my returning favorites I sat through the pilot episode of every new show. Follow me after the jump for some random ramblings ..

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CBS Upfronts

Returning : HIMYM, 2aaHM, NCIS, NCIS : LA, Good Wife, Criminal Minds, TBBT, CSI*, Mentalist, Medium

Cancelled/Finished : Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, Accidently on Purpose, Gary Unmarried, Old Christine

New Shows : Mike & Molly : A comedy about fatties who fall in love at overeaters-anonymous? $#*! My Dad Says : starring William Shatner as an overly opinionated Father (parents groups are already up in arms about the name – which for the record is pronounced Bleep My.. )  Defenders : starring Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi as Vegas-based defense attorneys. Blue Bloods : Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan star in this drama about an irish new york police clan. Hawaii Five-o : expect surf, sands and hotness (Grace Park woot!). Criminal Minds Spinoff : coming midseason.

Of these, the ones that caught my eye were :

PS : CBS do pants trailers.

ABC upfronts

Over at ABC we have :

Returning : Castle, The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Greys, Private Practice, DH

Cancelled/Finished : FlashForward, Better Off Ted, The Deep End, The Forgotten, Happy Town, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, and Lost of course.

New shows include : No Ordinary Family: an hour-long light drama starring Michael Chiklis about a family that develops superpowers after their plane crashes in the Amazon River. (The incredibles anyone?)  Detroit 1-8-7: its an NYPD Blue’esque cop drama shot as a documentary following a Detroit homicide unit starring Michael Imperioli of Sopranos’. Body of Proof: with Dana Delany as an unconventional ME; Half medical drama – half cop show by the looks of it. Also stars Jerri Ryan. The Whole Truth : A new legal drama staring Joely Richardson. With Another medical drama, Off the Map, looking at a lot like Greys-abroad coming midseason along with Matthew Perry’s new comedy Mr Sunshine.

http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05/abc-video-mr-sunshine-detroit.html

Of all these, the ones that caught my eye were :

Fox upfronts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eF3GRPPAXEDecidedly less change over at FOX.

Returning shows include : House, Glee, Bones, Lie To Me, Fringe, Human Target

Exit stage left for : 24, Sons of Tucson and Dollhouse (from mid season)

New Shows : Lonestar, a drama following a Texas-based con artist juggling lives and wives in two different cities, Raising Hope, a sitcom about a 25-year-old slacker who suddenly finds himself playing single dad, and Running Wilde, a comedy about a selfish, filthy rich Beverly Hills guy who falls in love with a charity-minded environmentalist …hmmm. Ridealong : the new Shawn Ryan cop show set in chicago. They also announced a mid season spot for Spielbergs Terra Nova – about a family from 100 years in the future that travels 150m years back in time! (it all seems very land of the lost’y to me).

Most of the clips are available here : http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05/fox-upfront-clips.html

Catching the eye :

NBC Upfronts

This week was upfronts, where all the major broadcast networks pitch their wares for the upcoming season.

First up was NBC – who after last years disastrous Jay-Leno-Prime-Time experiment – has lots of hours to fill. They announced 8 new shows for the fall – with another 6 in the wings as mid season replacements.

Some of those new Fall shows include – The Event, about a guy who uncovers a massive government cover-up while trying to locate his missing fiancee; Chase, a Jerry-Bruckheimer-produced cop-action show about U.S. marshals hunting naughty fugitives; Undercovers, a J.J. Abrams creation about a husband-and-wife team of CIA agents; Law & Order: Los Angeles, a Californian spin on bleh bleh bleh; and Outlaw, which stars Jimmy Smits as a U.S. Supreme-Court justice who quits and to opes a private practice defending the little guy in big court cases.

NBC is also adding two new comedies – Outsourced, a half-hour sitcom that follows a middle-management type from the American midwest to India to train his replacement after his job his shipped overseas, and Love Bites – from team behind Love Actually and Bridget Jones diary.

NBC’s list of returning series includes Chuck, Parenthood, Law & Order: SVU, Community, 30 Rock, The Office and Parks and Recreation (mid-season).

The network announced last week that the original Law & Order will not be renewed for a 21st season; also being dropped are two rookie medical dramas, Trauma and Mercy, and  Heroes ofc..

You can catch full trailers for all of NBC’s new shows here : http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05/nbc-trailers-shows-.html

One’s that caught my eye were :

TCA Winter Tour

The Television Critics Association’s (TCA) biannual Press Tour has been going on since Saturday. It’s typically a shindig where all the networks and their stars come out to shop their warez, talk about upcoming projects and generally to get people to love em …

Notable highlights so far included (in no particular order)…

Showtime talked about The Borgias, a new series about the notorious Renaissance-era family. Jeremy Irons will star as Rodrigo Borgia, the family’s patriarch, in his first series-regular role. It’ll essentially be filling the Tudors boots, which is due to finish up this year.

Most everyone took the opportunity to laugh and point at NBC and their failed prime-time Jay Leno experiment (Its being pulled from its 10PM slot starting Feb 12th). The silver lining of course is that NBC will be commissioning a shedload of new pilots to come up with the shows required to fill the 5 prime time hours Leno will be vacating.

Showtime reminded us all that United States of Tara is due back in March. Expect the family to be at least one member bigger.

Life Unexpected is coming to The CW on Jan 18th, apparently the critics already love it. Will anyone else though… ?

Expect Eric Kripe to have 30 pieces of silver dangled in front of him in an attempt to force a turnabout vis a vis his longstanding assertion that Supernatural would run for 5 seasons and no more.

Watch out for Jack Black appearing in an upcoming episode of Community, Sharon Stone in 4 eps of L&O:SVU, Dawson arrives at Mercy general for 8 eps and Kathy Bates to appear in an ep of The Office .. hmmm ..

Heroes will almost certainly get another season on NBC thanks to the Leno fall-out.

You might recall that during the upfronts I mentioned a show called Day One, which I figured was a sort of Jericho’esqe clone. Well it had been originally slated as a mid-season replacement with an order of 13 eps. That was later shortened to a 4 ep mini-series, and this week we learn that’ll it’ll actually air as just a two hour movie. Wouldn’t surprise me to see it get turned into a full season order (again) for next year if it isn’t totally shit, given the number of holes NBC has to fill.

Network chiefs are talking about bringing us Law and Order : Los Angeles. Cos you know, what we really need is MOAR L&O!!

Deal or no Deal’s Howie Mandel, will be stepping in to replace The Hoff on America’s got Talent.

Watch out for the new Jerry Seinfeld produced “the marriage ref” due to hit screens after the winter Olympics. It’s a comedy-reality hybrid with the trappings of a sports show — including announcer Marv Albert — which takes squabbles between married couples and settle them once and for all via the Marriage Ref, comedian Tom Papa. A panel of celebrities will also watch the taped arguments and try to sway Papa’s decision.

GLEE is to be picked up for a second season. Unsurprisingly. (PS : if you haven’t watched GLEE, seriously consider giving it a go).

Bones turns 100 in April with a Boreanaz directed ep recounting their first ever case working together. Pffft, it doesn’t sound like no Criminal Minds “head in a box” moment …

As has been well reported in the dailies here, Cowell is done with American Idol for now, so that he can work on bringing X-Factor to the states. Both shows will be on Fox. XF pre xmas, and AI remaining in its post xmas slot. Remains to be seen how they can differentiate the two brands.

Other networks (including Fox) are apparently circling like vultures around NBC in the hope of poaching Conan (who is possibly peeved at the likely timeslot bump he’ll be getting).

And finally, to mark last nights 100th Ep of How I Met Your Mother, here’s some of the cast speaking at the TCA Press tour about their favourite moments of the show .. More info, including interview here.

Summer TV

Everyone knows that the summer is when all the tv programmes stop, and that there’s that big lull till september comes back around and everything starts back up. Of course, thats only mostly true. There are plenty of programmes which air during this off-season … and so here’s a few which I’m following at the moment …


10 Things I Hate About You : “Two sisters who are complete opposites must deal with their overprotective dad while trying to survive high school.”


Dark Blue : “The activities of a police task force that operates deep undercover.” led by Dylan Mcdermott of Big Shots and The Practice.


Drop Dead Diva : “A vapid model is reincarnated in the body of a brilliant plus-size attorney.” aka a fat lass.


Hung : “A high school basketball coach tries to turn his luck around by making a profit from his biggest anatomical asset.” Yes, you read that right. Thomas Janes (The Punisher) plays Ray Drecker …. who apparently has a really big cock. Down on his luck, he sets about trying to see if he can squeeze a few quid out of it. Only on HBO ….


Make It or Break It : “Teen gymnasts train for the Olympics.” ABC Family Drama.


Mental “A very unorthodox psychiatrist (Chris Vance – Whistler from PB) takes over as Director of Psychiatric Services at a Los Angeles hospital.”


Nurse Jackie : “A nurse (Edie Falco from Sopranos) in a New York hospital balances her tough job with various personal problems.”


Royal Pains : “A blackballed doctor accidentally becomes the physician of choice for the rich and famous in the Hamptons”


The Philanthropist : “A life-altering experience causes a billionaire playboy (James Purefoy) to become an unconventional vigilante for those in need.”

These programmes are just the one’s I’m watching, usually on the day, which doesn’t nessecerily make em great ….. but good enough. There hasn’t been a huge amount of episodes of each, so whilst not enough to warrant specific Yea/Nays, suffice to say they’re holding my attention.

So who ever said, that there was no TV in the summer.

PS: There’s also new episodes of Better Off Ted airing at the moment, plus we have the recent return of Entourage, Leverage & True Blood.

Websites

Websites I check every day without fail …

http://www.rlslog.net/

http://scenereleases.info

http://ausiellofiles.ew.com

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/

http://orana.info/ via http://www.aiderss.com/ for ‘great’ or better.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/default.stm

http://xkcd.com/

http://dilbert.com/strips/

http://www.pogdesign.co.uk/cat/