Sunday, September 13: Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football
Monday, September 14: The Jay Leno Show
Tuesday, September 15: The Biggest Loser
Thursday, September 17: SNL Weekend Update Thursday, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Community
Monday, September 21: Heroes
Wednesday, September 23: Parenthood and Law and Order: SVU
Friday, September 25: Law and Order and Southland
Saturday, September 26: Saturday Night Live
Monday, September 28: Trauma
Thursday, October 15: 30 Rock
Someone you might not expect is going to have a recurring role on ABC's mysterioius new series Flash Forward. Who do you think it is? (Answer after the jump.)
|Seth MacFarlane||283 (36.6%)|
|Matt Leblanc||151 (19.5%)|
|Cameron Diaz||41 (5.3%)|
|Dan Rather||96 (12.4%)|
|Josh Holloway||96 (12.4%)|
|Larry David||29 (3.8%)|
|John Mayer||77 (10.0%)|
We have about 27 new medical shows to keep track of this fall. Here's the other NBC hospital show coming this fall, Mercy. It stars Michelle Trachtenberg, James LeGros, Delroy Lindo, Jaime Lee Kirchner, and Taylor Schilling and follows each story through the eyes of the nurses. Maybe they'll like this show more than they like Nurse Jackie.
On the heels of CBS picking up Medium after NBC canceled it (actually, they wanted to renew it for fewer episodes but CBS Studios said no and grabbed it) comes this news that NBC was all set to buy Ghost Whisperer if CBS had canceled that show, and then they were going to pair it with Medium, if they had kept that.
Besides returning shows like The Closer (June 8), Raising The Bar (June 8), Saving Grace (June 16), and Leverage (July 15), TNT also has the following new shows.
You don't often see that happening, but it's been happening more and more lately (and this upfront week is crazy in general, with lots of renewals for shows we all thought were pretty much dead). CBS didn't just pick up the show, they got in a few digs at NBC too. CBS Television Studios produces Medium, and they say that "NBC's cancellation of Medium is inexplicable to us," and went on to point out that "the ratings don't lie. Medium outperforms many of NBC's renewed shows." They also talk about how NBC scheduled the show inconsistently.
No word yet on what exactly CBS will do with the show. Perhaps pairing it with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights? (Note: CBS will not, however, pick up Knight Rider. Sorry, fans!)
So what does this mean for Reaper?
Summer hasn't even started yet (though I always consider Memorial Day the start of summer), but FOX has all of the premiere dates for the new and returning shows. Some of the shows were announced as starting the week of August 25, but those dates have been pushed to September 1. In fact, all of the FOX shows bow in September this year. But that's OK. Better than waiting until October like a lot of networks, right? (Of course, the World Series starts on FOX at the end of October so there will be an interruption.)
Crusoe, based on Daniel Defoe's novel, is due to film in the UK, South Africa, and the Seychelles. The show will follow the title character (played by Philip Winchester) on his island adventures while flashing back to his life before he was a castaway. Sean Bean will play Crusoe's widower father and appear in scenes that depict his tragic childhood. Sam Neill will play Jeremiah Blackthorn, a family friend who keeps a close watch on Robinson Crusoe's business ventures.
I will definitely be tuning in and checking this show out. I like that it's based on a classic novel. Sam Neill, no stranger to television work, was great in The Tudors, and I've had the biggest crush on Sean Bean since his Boromir days in LOTR.
Does Crusoe look interesting to you?
But out of all the shows that are either debuting or returning, there are only a few that each of the Squadders are really looking forward to seeing. Which got us curious: what are you, our kind, generous, and creative readership, looking forward to seeing this fall? We'd like to know. If you feel like sharing, use the comments to leave your list of the new and returning shows that you're so eager to see return that it hurts. If you feel like leaving an explanation, all the better.
By the way, after the jump, you'll not only see the shows I'm looking forward to seeing, but a list of shows that we plan on covering this fall. If you list something in the comments that we don't have on our review list, we may just add it. Oh, and if you want to make a case for a show, you could always call in to our online radio show tomorrow at 10 and let us know why we should add it to our coverage.
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