Dollhouse to midseason... and other network news
Ok, it is after midnight here in the Jet City, and as I sit down to bang this post out on my beloved Model M it would appear that my tasty glass of juice is half empty. Maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind to spin this news in a positive direction that will lead to a 2009 full of Dollhouse win.
Tucked away in a report on various network goings on over at Hollywood Reporter is a little line that says "Dollhouse is expected to launch mid-season." This is me shaking my fist in the general direction of Fox and screaming "Khaaaaan!" Just, because. Doesn't this seem like a road that has been traveled before? It's one that usually leads to a pretty disappointing destination. We haven't seen the finished fall schedule yet, but I would wager that most of us could easily find three or four hours where the network would be better served by inserting Dollhouse. Highlights of what the networks have planned are available after the jump.
Fox: Orders are reportedly in for J.J. Abrams' Fringe, the Jason Bateman directed The Inn, and the animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up from Mitchell Hurwitz. As reported earlier, 'Til Death will be back for another go, while it's the end of the line for Back To You, New Amsterdam, and Canterbury's Law.
ABC: It looks like a deal will be made that will bring Boston Legal back for another season this fall. That deal could also bring about another David E. Kelley production, the remake of U.K. hit Life On Mars. Other additions to the schedule include the relocated Scrubs, and another Ashton Kutcher reality show, called
Good Lord You Just Don't Care Opportunity Knocks. Interestingly, it looks as if Wednesday nights could return unchanged with the Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money lineup. Miss/Guided is questionable, but positive, and it looks like things are over for Women's Murder Club.
CW: As has been widely reported, the big story is the new 90210. The network also is set to renew The Game. There is also an all reality night in the works, pairing Next Top Model with the new Stylista. Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Smallville, and Supernatural all return, but the fate of Reaper remains unknown. Come on CW. What do you have that's better than Reaper? Aliens in America, will not return.
CBS: Eleventh Hour and The Mentalist are expected to be picked up. Mythological Ex, Can Openers, and Harper's Island appear likely. Two comedies, Worst Week and My Best Friends Girl are still up in the air. In returning series news, things are looking up for The Unit, and down for Shark.