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New TV Season Is Pretty and Witty... But Less Gay

Frances O'Connor, Lucy Liu, Bonnie Somerville and Miranda Otto in Cashmere Mafia by Craig Sjodin/ABC

An annual report by GLAAD says that the coming TV season is less gay than the one prior, with a total of seven series (versus last year's nine) on the five networks regularly featuring lesbian, gay, bi or transgender characters. The study notes that the only new show to feature a non-hetero person is ABC's midseason Cashmere Mafia, in which Bonnie Somerville swings from both sides of the plate.ABC retained its strong lead in featuring LGBT characters, thanks to the likes of Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty and Housewives (which this season has a gay couple moving into the nabe). NBC, with The Office's Oscar, is the only other major to showcase a L, G, B or T.Among recurring LGBT characters, ABC boasts six of network TV's 13. Fox has four (all fabulously animated!) and NBC three.No, I don't know in which category Betty's nephew got counted. read more

Doctor Who Delay, Earl and More Short Cuts

David Tennant in Doctor Who courtesy Sci Fi Channel Photo

Production on Season 5 of Doctor Who has been postponed until 2010, to accommodate David Tennant's stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, says the U.K.'s Sun.... MySpaceTV is now featuring "Free Earl," a sing-along with the colorful characters of My Name Is Earl. Funny stuff, check it out.... ABC's Cashmere Mafia will sneak-preview Nov. 27, then air Tuesdays at 9 pm starting Dec. 4, once DWTS goes buh-bye.... Original Apprentice Bill Rancic, comic Kim Coles and former Tony Danza sidekick Ereka Vetrini have been tapped to cohost NBC's revamped iVillage Live, which will now tape in Chicago under the name In the Loop with iVillage and return Sept. 17.... E! counts down The 12 Sexiest Jobs in Hollywood on Sept. 15. Now keep in mind, I work in New York City. read more

ABC at TCA: Lost in Translation

Peter Krause by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Get lost, ABC. That was the hostile undercurrent behind much of the questioning for ABC's entertainment president Stephen McPherson Wednesday morning. We critics can be a surly group, especially this late in the TCA press tour. (ABC has the bad luck to be up to bat on the final two days of the three-week hype-a-thon.) But give us something legitimate to gripe about — in this case, the decision by Lost's producers to skip the TCA and instead address the game-changing events behind Lost's cliff-hanger at the Comic-Con fan convention in San Diego on Thursday — and you'd better watch out.One reporter even put it this way: “Are we not important enough for you?” At first, McPherson tried to shrug it off with a joke, saying that he has hired Don Imus — fired earlier this year from his radio and TV gigs for a racial slur — to join the show. (This was the closest he or anyone else came to addressing the Isaiah Washington/Grey’s Anatomy debacle during his of... read more

ABC Kicks Off New Season with Dancing Stars

Dancing wtih the Stars by Carol Kaelson/ABC

ABC's fall season leads off with no less than five and a half hours of reality TV, courtesy of Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. Uitlmately, some scripted stuff will make its way onto the screen. UPDATE: Boston Legal's premiere will be announced "soon," an ABC source assures me. Here is the premiere plan:Monday, Sept. 248 pm/ET: Dancing with the Stars (90-minute premiere)9:30 pm: The Bachelor (90-minute premiere)Tuesday, Sept. 25 8 pm: DWTS (90-minute performance show)Wednesday, Sept. 268 pm: DWTS (results show)9 pm: Private Practice10 pm: Dirty Sexy MoneyThursday, Sept. 278 pm: Ugly Betty9 pm: Grey's Anatomy10 pm: Big ShotsSunday, Sept. 307 pm: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (two-hour premiere)9 pm: Desperate Housewives10 pm: Brothers & SistersTuesday, Oct. 28 pm: Cavemen 8:30 pm: Carpoolers9 pm: DWTS (results show; regular time period)Wednesday, Oct. 38 pm: Pushing Daisies (woohoo!)Sunday, Oct. 77 pm: That home-videos showFriday, Oct. 128 pm: 20/209 pm: Women's Murder C... read more

Even with the summer ...

Question: Even with the summer programming ahead of us, I was looking forward to the new fall season, as I do every year. But I am stunned by the dearth of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered characters among the fall offerings on the broadcast networks. In fact, the only one I am aware of is a possible lesbian character in Cashmere Mafia, which, of course, could change by airtime, if it gets to air. Although Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), Darren Star (the afore-mentioned Cashmere Mafia) and Alan Poul (Swingtown) are behind the scenes on some of the offerings and will bring their sensibilities to their respective projects, that doesn't necessarily mean lead, supporting or even recurring LGBT characters on their shows. Not that those behind-the-scenes LGBT folk should always include a character in their show, but could they be deliberately shying away from doing so in order to show the broadcast networks that not every project they do ... read more

Let's Make a Deal: Veteran Producer Returns to L&O

Rene Balcer, who left the original Law & Order several years ago to develop and exec-produce Criminal Intent, is returning to the mother ship as an e.p. In a statement, Dick Wolf says, "Rene's return signals a creative renaissance... that should carry us closer to my ultimate goal of beating Gunsmoke" — which at 20 seasons holds the record for TV's longest-running drama.... Writer-producer Jeff Rake has inked a new deal with Sony Pictures TV under which he will exec-produce and show-run ABC's mid-season entry, Cashmere Mafia. Per Variety, the gig reunites Rake with Darren Star, with whom he created Fox's The Street. read more

ABC Announces Its Fall Schedule

Scheduled to debut next season are four new comedy entries — Carpoolers, Cavemen, Miss/Guided and Sam I Am; along with seven new drama series — Big Shots, Cashmere Mafia, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies and Women's Murder Club. Oprah's Big Give is also slated to debut.In addition to the new series, ABC previously announced season renewals for Brothers & Sisters, Men in Trees, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Bachelor, Supernanny, America's Funniest Home Videos and Wife Swap. October Road and Notes from the Underbelly will also return for second seasons.As previously announced, Saturday Night College Football will return for a second season on Saturday, September 1 (8:00 pm, ET).ABC's fall prime-time schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern, with new shows in bold):MONDAY: 8 pm Dancing with the Stars9:30 pm Sam I ... read more

Weekend Update: The Latest Pickups and Passes

The latest pre-upfronts news:ABCDrama pickups: Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone (both from Everwood's Greg Berlanti); the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice, the Sex and the City-esque Cashmere Mafia; Pushing Daisies, Women's Murder Club; Big Shots (Dylan McDermott, Michael Vartan, Christopher Titus and Joshua Malina as CEOs/wannabes). Comedies: Cavemen; Sam I Am (Christina Applegate as an amnesiac); Carpoolers. Other notes: October Road and Notes from the Underbelly will return mid-season with 13-episode runs. (Today's News)FOXDrama pick-ups: The Terminator-inspired sci-fi-er The Sarah Connor Chronicles; K-Ville (concerning cops in post-Katrina New Orleans); New Amsterdam (about an immortal homicide detective). Comedies: Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton's Back to You (FKA Action News); Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's The Return of Jezebel James (starring Parker Posey); The Rules of Starting Over (courtesy of the Farrelly Brothers) (Today's News).NBCDrama pick-up... read more

The New Fall TV Schedule: Burning Questions

Upfronts week — the near-euphoric annual event where television enthusiasts such as you and I anticipate the new and returning fare heading our way — is upon us. Though some scheduling news has started to leak out — NBC has renewed Medium and fan-fave bubble show Friday Night Lights but is possibly crossing Jordan off its list — the official presentation of each network's fall schedule begins Monday with the Peacock showcasing its feathers, and concludes Thursday when the CW answers such questions as, "What will fill Gilmore Girls' void?"This here blog, my friends, is one to bookmark, as it will serve as a veritable clearinghouse for any and all news coming out of the upfronts. Each morning we will hurry to the fore the latest unveiling of network lineups, then throughout the day supplement it with expert insight from the likes of Matt Roush, Stephen Battaglio and Michael Ausiello.With the fun about to start, I leave you with these burning questions, which will, ... read more

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Premiered: November 27, 2007, on ABC
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