Maybe you've heard lately — possibly in these last two weeks of Olympics force-feeding — that NBC has some new shows coming this fall. One of them starring an old Friend who's fallen on hard sitcom times. (Remember Mr. Sunshine? No?)
Not content to merely barrage us with endless promos and teasers during the Olympics, NBC has now decided to sneak-peek entire pilots of two of its new comedies, commercial-free, beginning tonight with Go On (11/10c), an uneasy collision of snark and sentiment that feels like Community rebooted as a Dear John clone. (Helps if you have a long memory for NBC sitcomedy.)
Go On is Matthew Perry's third post-Friends TV project, but there's something different about this show from his previous ones.
"In my efforts to have a TV show and come back, the characters have progressively gotten nicer," Perry told reporters Tuesday at NBC's Television Critics Association fall TV previews. "The Showtime show [End of Steve, which was not picked up in 2008] was about a terrible guy, and I thought it was genius. Everybody went, 'I don't wanna watch that.' Mr. Sunshine, he was sort of down and out. And now this guy is a nicer, more well-intended guy. ... I don't know why that is, but you ...
Disney Channel is set to announce the launch strategy for Let It Shine, the new TV movie that's a centerpiece of the network's summer programming lineup. As previously announced, Let It Shine will launch Friday, June 15 at 8/7c. But that's just part of Disney Channel's roll-out plans.
Let It Shine will first be available for viewers via Disney Channel On Demand (found on some AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable systems) starting Friday, June 8. Then, after the June 15 premiere, Disney Channel will encore it the following night. A sing-along version, Let It Shine — Rap Battle Edition, will air Saturday, June 30. And then the DVD, featuring additional footage, will be released on Tuesday, August 7.
Let It Shine, Disney Channel's TV movie centered in the world of gospel music and hip-hop, will premiere on Friday, June 15 at 8/7c. The music-driven film, starring Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Hollywood Records artist Coco Jones, is a modern-day take on the Cyrano de Bergerac story.
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When will Kim Bauer be coming back to 24? And will it have anything to do with the bio-weapon Jack has been exposed to? — Yong
MATT: When I asked Kiefer Sutherland about the nature of Kim's latest encore (slated for mid-April), he said, "Something has happened to Jack, and it's he who asks for her — normally it's the other away around." Kiefer went on to call the father-daughter reunion "very human and real ... a part of the show I'm excited for the audience to see." So your theory sounds about right. Just don't expect the now-married Kim to have Pony Boy at her side; her Season 5 romance apparently didn't take.
Are we ever going to see the Scavo twins on Desperate Housewives again? I love those goofy bastards. — Rachel
MICKEY: No word on Dumb or Dumber, but if it's adolescent angst you're hankering for, get a load of this: Another Housewife will soon ...