For those of you who have read my answers for the Homorazzi questionnaire, you’ll remember that my dream job is to be a Network Television Executive. The power to green light shows and cancel others would be insane. Of course, I would use my powers good and not for evil…..
Last week, the 5 major networks unveiled their fall schedules to the press and advertisers. This whole process is referred to as “upfronts” since the major purpose of the unveiling is to allow marketers to purchase commercial slots “up front” several months before the fall season airs.
I’ve gone over the schedules and picked out a few shows I’m excited about and also predicted which shows look like stink bombs.
This probably will be a stinker like the recent reboot of 90210, still, I am uber excited about seeing the first episode. I was obsessed with the original back in the 90s and if the reboot is half as good I’m sure i’ll be a loyal follower once again. The producers have wisely asked back two of the most popular original cast members to the new cast: Laura Leighton (Sydney) and Thomas Calabro (Michael). It’ll be interesting to see how they explain Sydney’s death: she died in a car crash in the season five finale of the original series. The only thing that doesn’t excite me is the addition of Ashlee Simpson-Wentz to the cast. Sure, I loved her song “Pieces of Me”, but the whole Simpson family gives me gas. That includes you Jessica, and especially their creepy dad, Joe.
I love models, and for some unknown reason I like Mischa Barton, unfortunately this show looks like a clunker. First off, dramas about the modeling world never seem to fly because they don’t appeal to the masses. Secoundly, the premise of the show sounds extremely cheesy. Check it out: “The day-to-day lives and various career highs and lows of models who share a ‘co-ed residence’ in New York (where it’s likely that there won’t be many huge, family-style banquets going on).” Sounds riveting, don’t you think? Who knows. I’ll probably watch the first episode, love it, secretly deny watching it and then be upset when they cancel it. That’s just how I roll.
Uh, DUH… Obviously. I have to admit “Don’t Stop Believing” has been on extremely heavy rotation on my iPhone since I first heard the Glee cast’s version. Sure it’s a bit American Pie SLASH Mean Girls SLASH High School Musical SLASH Popular but that’s what makes it so great. Hopefully they can sustain the amazing musical numbers in future episodes. Producers, if you’re listening: I’d suggest getting rid of a couple of the minor characters initially (i.e. football teammates). It’s all a bit overwhelming to keep track of the characters at first.
Premise: A psychologist joins a team to help solve mysteries involving their clients’ past lives. Doesn’t this show sound like it belongs on the CBS schedule along with their 30 other crime procedurals? Yeah, totally no interest in watching this show. This show might even get canceled before it airs. It’s happened a few times on Fox before, so you never know.
Besides Survivor, I don’t really follow a lot of CBS shows since I don’t fall into their main demographic of 55+. They’ve tried to skew younger viewers many times, but always seem to be network with the oldest viewers. The show I decided to highlight is “Accidentally on Purpose”. Think “Knocked Up” without Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen, but with Jenna Elfman and on TV. I can’t believe Jenna Elfman is now playing a cougar. How old am I getting? I’m all for shows like “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation”, but I’m glad that the multi-camera format is making a comeback this season. With the recession still on people’s mind, the multi-camera format is much easier to produce than the single-camera ones made popular with “The Office”, “Arrested Development” etc…
I really like reality shows and you could say I’m sort of obsessed with them but this show sounds like a three-episode wonder. Premise: a boss joins the ranks of one of his employees and gets a clearer understanding of what goes on in his/her workplace. Sure the premise sounds interesting enough and admittedly we’ve all had moments where we wished our bosses would walk in our shoes so they could fully appreciate us but really how compelling can this show be after 3 episodes max? There’s only so many different “life lessons” that can be learned from this type of experiment.
The concept of the show is very intriguing. Premise: In the aftermath of a global catastrophe that has devastated the world’s infrastructures, an eclectic band of survivors- all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van Nuys, Calif.- strives to rebuild society as they unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future. If it sounds like “Lost” set in an apartment building to you- you’re on the right track. One of the producers, Jesse Alexander, has also worked on Lost, Alias and Heroes in the past. The problem with a high-concept shows like this is, if it’s not done right during the pilot the show can go horribly wrong and downhill fast.
NBC has decided to do a TV-version based on the hit 1989 movie that starred Steve Martin & Keanu Reeves. This isn’t the first time the movie has tried to make the foray into TV. In 1990, the failed remake lasted only one season. Will attempt number two be anymore successful? I think not. I haven’t seen a single scene but my money is on it being canceled within a few weeks after airing. The only chance this show has of being a success is the strong cast which includes: Peter Krause (Six Feet Under); Maura Tierney (ER & Newsradio); Erika Christensen (Traffic & Swimfan); and Craig T. Nelson (Coach & Poltergeist).
Pre-Season Pick(s): I literally couldn’t decide between the following three shows.
Memo to Kelsey Grammar. You played Frasier Crane brilliantly for 22 years. You will never ever achieve that kind of success in TV again so I suggest you give up your dream of starring in another hit sitcom. Your first post-Frasier foray into situational comedy bombed. Stick with movies (X-Men: The Last Stand and the upcoming Fame) and just enjoy retirement and your much younger trophy wife.