NBC might actually have some interesting new shows this fall. Operative word there being "might." Because critics haven't seen them yet. During the network's two fall-preview days closing out this summer's Television Critics Association press tour, we did see:
A Scene It?-styled DVD game built around clips from The Office. A two-sided Heroes bobblehead doll with present-day Hiro on the front of its head and future Hiro on the back. A Battlestar Galactica toaster that imprints Cylon centurion helmets on your white bread. ("Toaster." Slang for Cylons. Get it?)
A lot of the big fall TV news came out of Comic-Con, but there were still some intriguing tidbits to come out of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, which has the misfortune of following the geek fest. We run down the most interesting news that has us wishing summer would end faster.
Even if you looooved Beverly Hills 90210, do you really want to see a remake/spinoff/continuation? Even if it has Shannen and Tori in it? Especially if it has Shannen and Tori in it?
And though tons of viewers now loooove Gossip Girl, do we really need a new ditto show about spoiled rich kids in fab fashions getting all angst-y, only this time in sunny Palm Beach, Florida?
When the most exciting news of the CBS day at the Television Critics Association press tour is delivered by corporate-kin cabler Showtime, you know TV's in trouble.
Or maybe not.
Think about the shows Showtime gives us. Dexter, Weeds, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The L Word, Penn & Teller's Bullshit, This American Life. Distinct. Warped. Smart. Love 'em.