new adventures of old christine
So much for new adventures: Sources confirm that 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' will not be moving to ABC. The network had been considered a possible new home for the show after it was canceled by CBS on May 18.
According to the Ausiello Files, Warner Bros. TV, which owns the five-year old Julia Louis-Dreyfus vehicle, officially pulled the plug yesterday after talks with ABC broke down. The news follows surprise reports last week that ABC had also declined to rescue 'Ghost Whisperer' after it was canceled by CBS.
ABC had a two-year deal in place to acquire both shows if CBS passed on them, and while it had been thought more likely that it would pick up 'Ghost Whisperer,' as it was an ABC Studios-CBS TV Studios co-production, executives at the network had expressed interest in picking up 'Old Christine' over the last few seasons.
Old Christine has a new love dilemma, but trust us, you're not gonna feel too sorry for her. Just as the wacky single mom seems to have found love with therapist Max (
Will & Grace' star Eric McCormack), guess who's popping back into her life? How 'bout a certain Mr. Harris (Blair Underwood), a.k.a. Ritchie's former teacher, the hottie who dated and dumped Christine when things got a little complicated with their relationship. Mr. Harris returns and wants to get a little somethin'-somethin' started with Christine again ... who will she choose? Let's be honest, with Christine, the bigger concern is that she'll somehow end up losing them both.
The Hollywood Reporter dishes that the seven-figure contract allows Lizer to develop new projects with Warner, as well as continuing on as 'Christine' executive producer if the show receives a sixth-season order.
Lizer, who has worked as an actress, writer and producer, began her relationship with WBTV in the 2004-05 season, with two comedy pilots, 'Christine' and 'True.'
Before that, Lizer produced and wrote for 'Will & Grace' from 2000-2004 and served as a writer on 'Weird Science,' the television series based off the 1985 John Hughes movie.
It seems like just yesterday we were greeting the lineup of the 2009-2010 television season; every show was equal, and no show had a better chance at success than any other. What a difference a few weeks make, as now some series are already looking down the barrel of a shotgun, ready to be canceled with barely a few episodes out the gate. Television is a cutthroat world indeed -- here we look at the series that are currently on thin ice, and the odds that they'll come out the other side.
Don't agree with our odds? Let us know!
Blair Underwood, aka Mr. Daniel Harris, is set to to return for a single episode of CBS' 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' in January, according to the Ausiello Files.
Underwood's character was featured in a season two and three plot line that saw him and Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
cozy up as a couple -- that is, until Christine's schedule became too busy (too many 'New Adventures,' we take it).
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The network has grabbed the rights to CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine. They'll show all of the older episodes of the show as well as new episodes after they air on CBS. The show will start airing on the network starting in the fall of 2010.
You can count on season finales to have one of several plots: a death, a disappearance, an explosion, a reunion, or a wedding. The New Adventures of Old Christine had the latter last night, and a guest appearance by Scott Bakula! Of course, being a sitcom, the wedding couldn't go off without wacky problems. The show was renewed by CBS and will be back for a fifth season, even though ABC would have grabbed it if it had been canceled.
According to Michael Ausiello over at Entertainment Weekly, ABC is interested in picking up the Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitcom if CBS decides to cancel it. If you read our post about which shows are going to be renewed, which are going to be canceled, and which are on the bubble, Old Christine is in the latter category.
Are you anxiously awaiting news of who was in that SUV that exploded? Still fraught with worry over how Gibbs is going to get his team back together? Or maybe you are just excited that Survivor is finally going to be beamed into your living room in glorious HD. Well, you can start making plans for your fall scheduling now. The eye network has released the schedule of premieres for their new and returning shows.
I'm a little concerned about two things on the schedule. First, The New Adventures Of Old Christine and Project Gary lead into Criminal Minds on Wednesday nights. That's an odd pairing, and I don't think bodes well for either of the comedies. And second, The Unit gets shuffled off to Sunday at 10? NCIS and The Unit have done remarkably well paired up on Tuesdays. Good for The Mentalist, not so much for The Unit. The whole thing kicks off with Survivor on September 18th. The rest of the schedule is after the jump.
Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.
- The Big Easy - Season 1
- Criss Angel: Mindfreak - Best of Seasons 1 and 2
- Dogfights - Season 2 and Complete Series
- Early Edition - Season 1
- Futurama - Beast with a Billion Backs
- Hey Joel - Season 1
- Ice Road Truckers - On and Off the Ice
- The New Adventures of Old Christine - Season 2 (Amazon.com only)
- The Real McCoys - Season 3
- The Ruth Rendell Mysteries - Set 3
- That's My Boy - Complete Series
I didn't want to like Rules of Engagement. I like The New Adventures of Old Christine, and I thought that if I watched and liked Rules of Engagement (which has pushed Old Christine to the back burner at CBS for now) it would be like endorsing that show over Old Christine. It would almost be like cheating on Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and I did that once before years ago and she has never forgiven me.
But this past Monday I found myself wanting to watch a comedy at 9:30, so I turned it on. You know what? It's actually a good show.
- At 8, ABC has a new Dance War, followed by new episodes of Notes from the Underbelly and October Road.
- FOX has a new Prison Break at 8, then a new Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
- NBC has a new, 90 minute American Gladiators and a new, 90 minute Deal Or No Deal.
- PBS has a new Antiques Roadshow at 8.
- USA has the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at 8.
- Also at 8: ABC Family has a new Kyle XY, then a new Wildfire.
- At 9, The CW has two new episodes of Girlfriends.
- There's a new Monday Night RAW on USA at 9.
- At 9:30, CBS has a new New Adventures of Old Christine.
- HBO has a new In Treatment at 9:30.
- At 10, Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Check your local TV listings for more.
Now that the fall shows are drying up, those midseason replacements are becoming more and more essential. Zap2It tells us CBS has shifted the premieres of The Captain and The New Adventures of Old Christine from January 28 to February 4 (so as to not compete with the State of the Union Address). And furthermore, The Captain has been redubbed Welcome to the Captain.
In this new series, Fran Kranz plays a young man who moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment complex. His new neighbors are played by the likes of Raquel Welch, Jeffrey Tambor, Chris Klein and more. Which I guess means it's a show about a bunch of wacky neighbors, as opposed to the requisite one.
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