As I mentioned in my post about the CW upfronts, the network has decided to basically lease space on Sunday nights. So while Dawn Ostroff and her two holograms babbled on about the how they were axing wrestling from the lineup in order to have a more cohesive network (read: everything is exactly like Gossip Girl or Top Model), this newly released lineup from MRC (Media Rights Capital) pretty much blows that out of the water. The lineup, which really could be on a completely different network, features shows geared towards older women (like in their 30s instead of 20s) and are all pretty much being created on spec without any pilots. This isn't unheard of in this strike-riddled season, NBC is doing it with their big non-Knight Rider pilots, but these also don't have any big names currently attached to them either. Not to say that these couldn't have potential, they conceivably could, but it is a very unorthodox way of making shows to fill up an entire night of programming, to say the least.
Kicking off the evening at 6:30... yeah, 6:30, just to be wacky, is the reality series In Harm's Way, which sounds like a mix of Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch and every other Discovery Channel, TLC or Travel Channel series already on. Basically they're focusing on people with dangerous jobs. Not exactly original, but I get sucked into that kind of crap and if they find a decent host, it could be almost cool. But 6:30? Really?
And what better to follow a reality series about blue-collar workers who risk their lives in order to make our world a better and safe to live, than a blue-collar comedy about a grumpy dad. Apparently Surviving Suburbia (not to be confused with the upcoming dark comedy Suburban Shootout), from the folks who brought you Reba, was floated around a few years ago and then has been collecting dust on a shelf since then. Creator Kevin Abbott worked on Roseanne and says it will be in that sort of vein, you know, except about a guy.
At 8 PM is the one that I personally think has the most potential sight unseen. It is an hour long romantic comedy from Kevin Murphy, who's written and produced for Desperate Housewives and Reaper. Valentine, Inc, is set in modern times, Greek Gods are living among us and Aphrodite and her son run a matchmaking business. Sounds cute. Also sounds remarkably similar to the book I'm reading right at this very minute, Gods Behaving Badly. Not exactly the same -- in the book Aphrodite is a phone-sex operator, Eros has found god (singular) and Apollo is a TV psychic -- but the concept of Greek Gods living among us just rings familiar. Still, I'm enjoying the book so far, so I'm holding out hope that the TV series will be entertaining too.
At 9 there is the generic sounding Easy Money about a family of loan sharks and the mother who loves them and rules the family business with an iron fist... or something like that. Again, could be interesting, could be dull, depends on the cast and the scripts, none of which we've seen yet. Making it very hard to judge.
So just to recap, there's a reality series that doesn't involve pretty women, a comedy about an older and poor dad, a quirky series about ancient beings and a hard hitting family drama. None of which sounds like Gossip Girl or Top Model in any way shape or form, which makes CW just as confused as it ever was.
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