Question: Matt Roush gave us his top fall picks — where's yours?
Answer: Here they are for the umpteenth time: Pushing Daises, Dirty Sexy Money, Aliens in America, Chuck, Reaper and Samantha Who?.
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
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...
The CW's fall schedule kicks off with two-hour premieres of both Beauty and the Geek (which this season will add into the mix a hunky dude and a geeky gal) and America's Next Top Model. Here are the deets:Tuesday, Sept. 188 pm/ET Beauty and the GeekWednesday, Sept. 198 pm America's Next Top ModelFriday, Sept. 218 pm Friday Night SmackdownSunday, Sept. 237 pm CW Now7:30 pm Online NationTuesday, Sept. 259 pm Reaper (sorry, but I don't see why all the fuss over the pilot....)Wednesday, Sept. 269 pm Gossip GirlThursday, Sept. 278 pm SmallvilleMonday, Oct. 18 pm Everybody Hates Chris8:30 pm Aliens in America9 pm Girlfriends9:30 pm The GameThursday, Oct. 49 pm SupernaturalSunday, Oct. 78 pm Life Is Wild
Zachary Levi as Chuck by Chris Haston/NBC Photo
The network of Heroes is going hero-crazy this fall. But two of NBC's more buzzed-about new genre series couldnt be more different: a dark and disturbing "reimagining" of '70s superhero series Bionic Woman and the laugh-out-loud action-comedy Chuck, about a computer nerd whose brain is accidentally wired with government secrets, catapulting him into the spy game. Both were presented in back-to-back sessions at the TCA critics' press tour Tuesday morning.Of course, much of the latest Bionic buzz has focused on this weeks announcement that the ever-controversial Isaiah Washington is joining the show for an early five-episode arc as a mystery man brought into the secret bio-science organization that turned Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan in a new twist on the old Lindsay Wagner role) into a part-machine superhuman. Its a casting stunt that at least a few journalists in the room feel could backfire. Executive producer Jason Smilovic defended the casting stunt by saying, &...
Question: What's your take on the new crop of shows making their way to the tube this fall? Any standouts? Stinkers?
Answer: Having watched 98 percent of the pilots, here's my breakdown of the great, the good, the "eh" and the avoid-at-all-costs.
Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Aliens in America (CW)
Solid/Not Quite Spectacular
Bionic Woman (NBC)
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
Women's Murder Club (ABC)
Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox)
Back to You (Fox)
Gossip Girl (CW)
Samantha Who? (ABC)
Return of Jezebel James (Fox)
Private Practice (ABC)
Could Take It or Leave It (Probably Leave It)
Thanks, But No Thanks
Missy Peregrym by Chris Haston/NBC
Hot off her stint as Heroes "illusionist" Candice, Missy Peregrym has joined the CW's upcoming (and thus far very well-received) series Reaper, replacing Nikki Reed as the pretty coworker of Bret Harrison's bounty hunter for the devil. Also per the Reporter, David Alpay has joined Showtime's The Tudors in the series-regular role of Smeaton, a musician and dancer who loves to indulge in sex. (No, Smeaton is not some sort of anagram for "Timberlake.")
A year ago, the former stars of the WB and UPN found themselves uncomfortably mingling on one stage for the first upfront of the new CW network. They looked like the kids at the wedding of two single parents.This year, the CW took a step toward developing its own personality, shedding the aging Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars (the longest-running unsuccessful show in prime time) and All of Us (the weakest link in its lineup of urban sitcoms). The network is even taking the teen out of teen-angst drama One Tree Hill. When that show returns in mid-season, the characters will have been fast-forwarded to their lives after college.The network is replacing All of Us with Aliens In America, a comedy about a Muslim exchange student coming to live in Wisconsin. It looks funny and a little provocative. Who would have thought the CW would have the first sitcom to deal with post-9/11 attitudes?Tuesday at 9 pm brings Reaper, about a slacker whose parents sold his soul to the Devil, played with a br...