It was hard to concentrate at The CW's 2010-11 upfront presentation because I was still riding high from the news that next year will be the final season of Smallville and and that One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected will move to Tuesdays, which means that I can ignore the network entirely on that evening. I was jolted out of my reverie by Katy Perry on stage, screaming about being hot and cold and daisy dukes and whatnot. Glad I perked up, though, because it was just in time to see her wig nearly slip off. I also got to check out her signature "dance" move: inching her skirt up while walking. You don't see technique like that on So You Think You Can Dance, that's for sure. As for the actual upfront, it was short and to the point, marred only by some awkward banter between stars of different shows airing on the same nights (Chace Crawford and AnneLynne McCord should never have to read live from a Teleprompter ever again). As for The CW's two new fall shows... well, at least they have pretty people in them.
RIP Party Down.
We can't help but feel a little bad for Katie Cassidy at the moment. She was the best thing on The CW, and they knew it, so they delayed officially canceling Melrose Place until after pilot season, essentially leaving her trapped on the network until next year's pilot casting rounds. And as such, she'll be guesting on Gossip Girl this fall, playing a love interest for Nate. Great -- we know what a fantastic opportunity that turned out to be for Joanna Garcia last season. Nothing like showing up on an established show past its prime to form an annoying new love triangle (I know he and Serena are done, but I know this show, so I know they are never going to be done) -- just ask Melissa George how awesome it is! So it sucks, and it just made me think of other, possibly worse ways the CW could have stuck it to Ms. Cassidy for (allegedly!) trying to leave the network last spring. You know they at least considered all of these at some point.
To help both shows expand their audiences a little bit, The CW will be sending two characters from One Tree Hill (Haley and Mia, if you care) to the Life Unexpected-verse for one episode this fall. While we don't watch One Tree Hill and have plenty of issues with Life Unexpected, this idea intrigued us. Here are ten other CW crossovers that we actually would watch.
It's an Alloy show on ABC Family that even The CW passed on, so naturally it was assumed that Pretty Little Liars would be one of summer's biggest pieces of disposable crap. Then a strange thing happened -- when the pilot finally aired, it was obvious to everyone that this was not your average ABC Family show. Pretty Little Liars is almost edgy, as outdated a term as that is, and it's far more enjoyable in an unironic way than I ever thought it would be. In fact, aside from The OCD Project, it might just be the most compelling summer show on right now. I've attempted to examine why below.
This past week, each of the broadcast networks unveiled their fall and midseason lineups at their annual upfront presentations for advertisers and media. While a bunch of the new shows look like they could be dead on arrival, and none totally blew us away, there were a handful of programs that we're definitely already excited about. Here's our early picks for what might be worth watching this fall and next winter/spring.
Actually, it might not be. I'm not really sure what extortion is exactly, but I do know the 90210 writers are trying to persuade Luke Perry to return to the show, against his very publicly stated will, by writing Dylan McKay into the show as a deadbeat dad. A deadbeat dad! That's one of the worst things you can be! You see, Jennie Garth's character, Kelly Taylor, has a four-year-old son on the show whose father it will be revealed is Dylan McKay. So basically, either Luke Perry comes to claim this fictional kid he had through no fault of his own, or the character that made his career is a toddler-abandoning bastard for all eternity.
Isn't it weird that no one has seen the new 90210? Well, there's a good reason for it -- the CW is refusing to send screeners to anyone, they don't care who the hell you are. They sent the following email out to everybody with an Internet connection today:
"The CW and our studio partner CBS Paramount Network Television have made the strategic marketing decision not to screen "90210" for any media in advance of its premiere. We're not hiding anything - simply keeping a lid on 90210 until 9.02, riding the curiosity and anticipation into premiere night, and letting all our constituents see it at the same time."
These three shows are going to head up the CW's fall roster: 90210, Gossip Girl, and Privileged (which used to be called Surviving the Filthy Rich), a show about some privileged people starring Anne Archer. Can anyone tell me the difference between these shows and why we need three separate shows about mean rich people on one network? Throw in a reality show about mean rich people (Stylista) and you've got a network on a serious appeal-to-people-who-just-can't-get-enough-of-mean-rich-people mission! Also, they cancelled Friday Night Smackdown (too many mean poor people on it?), which broke my heart into a million little pieces. Yes, I'm bitter.
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.