Thursday, May 17, 2007

is it fall yet?

All of the networks have now announced their fall television schedules, and I'm more excited about pilots than I've been in years. Thankfully, for once, there are rarely more than two shows I want to watch scheduled for the same time. Laurel's TV Picks has a fantastic (Central time) grid for each day of the week.

There are good-looking new shows, the return of almost every show I like (goodbye, Jericho) and an ingenious plot development for One Tree Hill. The senior class of main characters will graduate from high school this spring. When One Tree Hill returns in January, our gang will be out of college. Gone is the awkward transition that has killed far too many teenage-based shows. It's a win-win situation. The stars get to be their own age on screen. I think this development is brilliant, and if it's successful, I daresay other shows will follow-suit.

I also hope CBS and the other networks have learned their lessons with quality new shows like Jericho. When you take shows off the air for two months, people will likely lose interest. Story lines fade in one's memory. When you take a show off the air for two months, don't bring it back during American Idol.

Hurray up, fall, I'm ready for the new tv season already. I hope the summer fill-ins will keep me occupied in the meantime. Hello, Pirate Master and season three of The Closer.


  1. I really liked Jericho (though I didn't like the season finale death). Its cliffhanger non-renewal is the perfect example of why they should never do cliffhanger season finales on shows not-yet renewed. I know they say they *might* do *something* to wrap it up, but I'm not holding my breath.

    They did the same thing to me with Alf over 15 years ago!

  2. From the Jericho message board:

    Below is a statement from CBS Entertainment:

    To the fans of Jericho:

    We have read your emails over the past few days and have been touched by the depth and passion with which you have expressed your disappointment. Please know that canceling a television series is a very difficult decision. Hundreds of people at the Network, the production company and the incredibly-talented creative team worked very hard to build and serve the community for this show -- both on-air and online. It is a show we loved too.

    Thank you for supporting Jericho with such passion. We truly appreciate the commitment you made to the series and we are humbled by your disappointment. In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provide closure to the compelling drama that was the Jericho story.


    Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment

  3. Could be great news for Jericho fans!!!


    From TV Guide's Ausellio:

    Exclusive: Jericho on Verge of Renewal
    Skeet Ulrich in Jericho by Cliff Lipson/CBSOK, this is nuts!

    Multiple sources are telling me that CBS is thisclose to sealing a deal to bring Jericho back for at least eight episodes, possibly at mid-season.

    My spies caution that this is in no way official, but it certainly sounds like it could be by day's end. It's now just a matter of signing the actors to new deals and, according to one insider, finding a new soundstage to house the show's sets.

    To say this would be a huge victory for crazy TV fans everywhere would be the understatement of the frakkin' millennium.


    AICN also says that this is looking more and more likely!


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