Life news: season one DVD and season premiere date(s)
Its been a very quiet summer for NBC's procedural drama Life. Fact is, its been a very quiet 10 months since the last original episode aired. Other than a schedule change (to Friday nights. Feh!), a casting addition back in April, and some brief mentions at the TCAs back in July, it's almost like the show never existed for the network. And, if I sound a bit miffed about this I'd say you're right. A unique show like Life deserves a bit more talk-up and promotion then it has gotten.
However, there are some stirrings about the show that seem somewhat promising. First, season one of Life will be released September 2nd on DVD. This is good news for those of you unhappy with the fact that NBC is not re-airing the first season prior to the newest one, or for those of you who have trouble accessing the episodes on Hulu.
In addition to the standard deleted scenes and blooper reel you would find on other boxed-DVD sets, there will be a number of episodes that feature commentary from both the stars and the creators of the series. Other extras include a look at the characters and the major plot points, a segment on Charlie's unusual fascination with eating fruit, and a discussion of the season one finale as well as the conspiracy that wound itself around Detective Crews last season.
Meanwhile, back at the network, some confusion has been rectified concerning the season premiere date for Life. According to sites like Futon Critic, the show's premiere date will be Friday, October 10th, at 10:00 PM. However, NBC has said that there will four hours of original Life episodes starting at 10:00 PM on Monday, September 29th, right after a new episode of Heroes. After that, the show will air on Friday, October 3rd and again on Monday, October 6th. When I asked the network publicity representative for the show what this all meant, she said that September 29th would be the official start date for the 2nd season of Life. This makes October 10th the actual day and time premiere for the show. Everyone got that?
Airing the show on two consecutive Mondays can mean a few things. One, NBC really does have faith in the show and wants people to know about it so they will tune in on Fridays. Two, they are testing the waters just in case My Own Worst Enemy fails miserably. Three, they're burning off as many episodes as they can to free up the space for another show. My hopes are with items one and two.