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Question: Just got back from Blockbuster with the free NBC-preview DVD, which includes the pilot episodes of Life, Journeyman and Chuck, as well as a two-minute trailer for Bionic Woman. I've only watched Journeyman so far but will probably watch the others before their official premiere. My questions are: Why don't the other networks do this? Although we would have probably tuned in to Journeyman anyway (my wife liked it better than I did and we are both fans of Heroes), we are looking at the others, something we may not have done without the DVD. I'd think that all of the networks would want to follow suit. Also, what did you think of Journeyman? I kind of liked the star and the concept, and it will go on the DVR list, but I did think it was a bit slow. And finally, should I read anything into the fact that this DVD only had a trailer for Bionic Woman and not the complete pilot? Answer: Each network has its own way of promoting its new shows. NBC is especially aggressive this year with ... read more

I snapped up TV Guide's Fall ...

Question: I snapped up TV Guide's Fall Preview issue, and I find it a mixed blessing. While I appreciate the behind-the-scenes reportage and the luxurious layout, there's one crucial aspect that I miss greatly: your Picks (and yes, the capital P is deliberate). Of course, there were the "10 Shows with Buzz," but they included some shows you don't even like (Gossip Girl, etc.). And while you gave a helpful day-by-day analysis of the new programming, I and no doubt many other readers miss the days when you essentially said, "Here are the best dramas and comedies airing." And so, for old times' sake, I put in this plea: What is your must-see list among 2007's new crop? Answer: I would think it's pretty clear from reading those nightly roundups which shows I'm crazy about, and I state pretty bluntly that Pushing Daisies is unquestionably my favorite pilot. Everything else, even those I more or less like, pale by comparison in terms of ambition and execution. But in a nutshell, my short list ... read more

Bionic Woman Runs Free... on Amazon's Unbox

As of, like, right now, Amazon's Unbox service is offering free downloads of the very first episodes of four new NBC series: Bionic Woman, Chuck, Life and Journeyman. I can vouch for at least two of these shows, thus far.If you're on dial-up, there's always the VHS tape you have of last season's Twenty Good Years.For much more on the upcoming "Is it here yet?" season, check out our super-special online Fall Preview Guide. read more

The New TV Season: Burning Questions Answered!

Kate Walsh by Eric Ogden/ABC

The 2007-08 season is starting soon and there are many questions looming. After consulting a few network insiders, The Biz is going to try to answer a few of the big ones.Will Private Practice be the next Joey?Ah, the much maligned spin-off. The answer is no. The audience still has a lot of goodwill towards Grey's Anatomy. ABC has surrounded it on Wednesday with two of its strongest pilots, Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money. It has a solid night, with Private Practice as a presold tent pole to hold it up. But expect the veteran cast on PP to attract an older audience than the Grey's mother ship.Will the recent controversy over Kid Nation help or hurt the show?Help — but only for the first week. "The publicity is not about the show, it's about the making of the show, not about the content," said one exec at a competing network. "Viewers are not going to stay around for three or four weeks just to see if CBS has been doing something unethical." That being said, network researc... read more

Chuck, Other NBC Newbies Sneak Peek on VOD

In an arrangement touted as "unprecedented in terms of its scope and participation," all four of NBC's freshman series — Chuck, Bionic Woman, Journeyman and Life — are being made available early, starting Sept. 10, as free video-on-demand offerings via Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Charter and other major cable operators, Variety reports. The cablers' VOD services will also make available the Peacock's 30-minute fall-preview special, a two-minute trailer for Heroes, exclusive scenes from The Office and 30 Rock, as well as other featurettes. Dish Network is also making the four premieres available, while DirecTV is said to be offering a version of the NBC preview show. read more

NBC Fall Preview Includes Heroes Host, Sneak Peeks

Greg Grunberg by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo

The Peacock is unfurling The NBC Primetime Preview Show, a 30-minute showcase for its coming season, starting Aug. 11 on select affiliates and NBCU-owned cablers (check local listings). If you're lazy like me, the special can be found Sept. 8 at 8:30 pm/ET on NBC proper.Hosted by Heroes' Greg Grunberg, the Primetime Preview will feature drop-bys from the Bionic Woman (Michelle Ryan), Chuck's Zachary Levi and others. As part of the initiative, NBC is also letting cable, satellite and telco (that Fios thing?) outlets premiere the first episodes of Bionic Woman, Chuck, Life and Journeyman two weeks early.But remember, Matt Parkman is hosting the special, so be careful with your thoughts on the new programs. He can hear them. read more

Farscape Stars Browder and Black Keeping Busy

Ben Browder and Claudia Black courtesy SciFi Channel

Whether or not Farscape stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black reprise their roles on the upcoming Scifi.com webisodes, the actors have plenty of other projects to keep them busy. Browder is writing and starring in Going Homer, Sci Fi Channel's just-announced six-hour miniseries. He’ll play the father of a 12-year-old boy who sees Greek and Roman gods walking among us. The actor/writer and his writing partner, Farscape’s Andrew Prowse, have also sold a movie script, Black Mountain, to MGM. In the flick, Browder will get his action hero on, playing a investigator trying to solve horrific murders in a small town. We hear shooting could start this fall. As for Black, she had to bow out of a role on the new NBC cop drama Life, in which she would have played star Damian Lewis’ former wife, because of a scheduling conflict. The Australian actress is due to give birth to her second baby in November. Life producer Rand Ravich says he hopes to find a role for her in the show late... read more

Friday Night Lights' Langton Finds New Life

Brooke Langton courtesy Hollywood Pictures

Melrose Place alumna Brooke Langton, who had been a recurring player on Friday Night Lights during its freshman season (playing Jackie Miller), has joined the new NBC drama Life as a series regular, says the Hollywood Reporter. Langton is replacing Melissa Sagemiller in the role of the married lawyer who gets the central figure, a wrongfully imprisoned cop, sprung from the joint and back onto the force. Adulterous sparks ensue.Related: Friday Night Lights Adds 24 Fave, Tree Hill Hottie. read more

NBC's Revised Schedule Features Bee Sing

The Singing Bee host, Joey Fatone by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo

The Peacock's latest prime-time premiere plan:Tuesday, Sept. 118 pm/ET The Biggest LoserMonday, Sept. 248 pm Chuck9 pm Heroes10 pm JourneymanTuesday, Sept. 259:30 pm The Singing Bee 10 pm Law & Order: SVUWednesday, Sept. 268 pm Deal or No Deal 9 pm Bionic Woman10 pm LifeThursday, Sept. 278 pm My Name Is Earl (hour special)9 pm The Office (hour special)10 pm ERFriday, Sept. 288 pm Deal or No Deal9 pm Las Vegas (two-hour premiere)Thursday, Oct. 48 pm 30 RockFriday, Oct. 59 pm Friday Night LightsThursday, Oct. 259:30 pm Scrubs read more

Everwood, Deadwood Stars Each Find a New Life

Stephanie Niznik by Ed Araquel/ABC

Let the fall-season recasts continue. Stephanie Niznik, best known to TV fans as Everwood's Nina, is taking over the role of the wife/mother on the CW's Life Is Wild, replacing Judith Hoag (who played the part in the pilot). Just last week, the family patriarch was recast with Hidden Palms' D.W. Moffett.Also per the Hollywood Reporter, Brent Sexton (aka Deadwood's Harry Manning) has been added to the series-regular cast of the new NBC drama Life, playing the former partner of Damian Lewis' wrongfully imprisoned and now back-on-the-force lawman. read more

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