It's been a busy week with all the networks announcing their fall lineups and the midseason programming they've got on tap. While some shows didn't get picked up (Samantha Who?, My Name Is Earl, According to Jim), others found new homes (like Medium, which is now smartly paired with Ghost Whisperer on CBS) and many others got bumped to new nights and times. It's a lot to take in, but here were the highlights of this fall preview week.
Something is totally up this week. Maybe it was a tryptophan overdose from Turkey day or another bad bout of TV sickness brought on by House hostages and Heroes eclipses, but news that's coming out this week that should get me all irrationally exuberant and have me talking Mindy's ear off, really has just been met with a shrug.
For instance today they announced that they have greenlit episodes of Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica prequel. Well, that's fabulous, but I'm still waiting for the two-hour pilot that they filmed. I need my Eric Stoltz and Cylon fix. Do you hear me? Plus, TPTB mentioned that Caprica likely wouldn't hit the airwaves until 2010, and that is sofar off in the distance, and so much could happen before then, that I find it hard be enthusiastic yet.
It's a hell of a news day! The American Gladiators are coming back, but not in the way you think, and Joan Rivers is coming back, not that we wanted her to. And Kevin Costner is saddling up! On TV! That's right, the Costnerlution will be televised!
There are lots of new shows on the block, but they seem to be reminiscent of shows we know and love. Lost is coming to an end, so naturally, another show is looking to take its place. Octomom finally got her own reality show, which is basically another version of Jon & Kate Plus Eight. Well, without Jon. The only original TV show in the news is Steven Spielberg's pilot about aliens, and even that's pushing it. Anyway, there are some good news and some tragic news; you'll laugh and you'll cry, so proceed with caution.
It's the second day of upfronts, and while I was excited for this afternoon's ABC event because V is one of the new shows I'm most looking forward to, they had already announced this morning that it wouldn't be debuting until midseason, which dampened my enthusiasm a little. On the plus side, it was another upfront presentation that is conveniently streamed so that I didn't have to trek anywhere to see it.