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Speculative Review – New Monday Primetime Fall 2006 (Part II)

September 18, 2006

studio60pic.jpgAlright, it’s time to bust out another Speculative Reiview — where I pretty much review something that I haven’t seen yet. I’ve already covered Class, so now I’m taking this one to the wire since I’m looking at NBC’s Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip — which premieres tonight at 10:00 PM. Not to be confused with NBC’s 30 Rock — another new series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at television. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip is probably the new show this season that I’m looking forward to checking out the most. The only thing is — I’ve got to stay awake for a ten o’clock show, which isn’t easy for me to do nowadays.

The “masterminds” behind this anticipated new series are The West Wing creators Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. While I never watched The West Wing, I was a big fan of another Sorkin/Schlamme production — Sports Night, which also took place behind-the-scenes of television. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip starts off with a line-on-air publicity nightmare on a late-night sketch show (something along the lines of Saturday Night Live). In order to save face, and the show I’m assuming, new network president Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) hires back former writers on the show, Matt Albie (Mathew Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford) in order to resurrect the network’s flagship series.

If the writing on Studo 60 On The Sunset Strip is anywhere near the caliber of Sport’s Night my bedtime on Monday night’s has changed from 9:30ish to after 11:00 PM.

I know, I know… I could always Tivo it, but that doesn’t mean I’d actually sit down and watch it at a later time. Setting myself with a disciplined television viewing schedule dictated by the networks is apparently the only way I can watch a series on a regular basis.

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Speculative Review – New Wednesday Primetime Fall 2006 (Part I)

August 23, 2006

Back in the mid-eighties we were all afraid that the Soviet Union was going to send nuclear missles targetted for the heartland of America. Sting even wrote the song Russians to talk them out of starting a nuclear war. In 1983 ABC cashed in on the fright-hype when they aired the TV movie The Day After — about a theortical nuclear war between the U.S. and U.S.S.R and its effects on Kansas residents.

jericho-sm.jpgWell, this fall CBS is launching its own series about the fallout of a nuclear explosion and a small mid-western town. Jericho, premiering September 20th and airing on Wednesday nights at eight, is about the residents of a small Kansas town (Jericho) and how their lives are effected upon the appearance of a nuclear mushroom on the horizon. Mayhem naturally follows as the residents of the town are cut off from the outside world and fear sets in that they might be the only Americans left alive.

The show boasts a rather large ensamble cast that make up the small town’s residents — from the mayor and his estranged son to the mysterious jack-of-all-trades stranger, to the troubled trailer park living teenager, just to name a few. In fact, there might be too many characters to allow any room for a viewer within the town limits of Jericho. Nothing initially is really getting me excited about Jericho, but with ABC offering another season of Dancing with the Stars I might pass through the town of Jericho and check it out.

The verdict – probable “nuclear winter” chill this fall.

Speculative Review – New Monday Primetime Fall 2006 (Part I)

August 21, 2006

Alrighty… I’m going to break up Monday night’s Speculative Review since there are a number of new shows popping up on Monday nights.

Monday nights tend to be my “take it easy and recuperate from the weekend” night. I’ve been a fan of Two and a Half Men since the show’s premiere. I wasn’t looking for a new show — I just sort of stumbled upon it after wading through the rest of — what was at the time — CBS’s mediocre Monday night line-up.

The Class appears to be the new 8 o’clock comedy on CBS leading into How I Met Your Mother (an enjoyable show that surprised me). The premise deals with a group of twenty-somethings (I guess I’m out of the target audience demographic nowadays) who all happened to have been in the same third grade class and are now brought together twenty years later by a surprise reunion.

The Class has a lot going for it by means of creative talent — Emmy®-winning writer-producer David Crane (Friends) is teaming with writer-producer Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), along with director James Burrows (Cheers) — some heavy-hitters in the televsion industry to be sure. But am I ready for another “twenty-something” show? I’ll give it a shot since it’s really not up against anything else that I’m interested in.

The verdict — I’ll try hangin’ with The Class and see if it makes the grade.

Speculative Review – New Friday Primetime Fall 2006

August 18, 2006

Well it looks as if the networks are finally realizing that Friday nights equal television wasteland. It appears that of the major networks (and I’m not bothering with the all-new CW regardless of how many new shows they ordered for whatever nights) only ABC is launching a new show. And more than likely — Friday night fatality.

Men In Trees premieres Friday, September 22 at 9/8c. The premise revolves around relastionship coach Marin Frist, played by Anne Heche. Apparently those that can’t do, coach. On her way to a speaking engagement in Alaska she learns that her “perfect man” fiancé has apparently cheated on her — the marriage is off! Unable to face the fact that you win some you loose some, she is snowed in and trapped amid a plethora of available men. Is this small Alaskan town might be the perfect place for her to start her new life? Of course it is.

This supposed “fun and sexy” drama about finding love in all the wrong places was created by the head writer of Sex and the City. And how HBO’s Entourage is supposedly the guy version of Sex and the City, Men in Trees sounds like the chick version of Northern Exposure — as if Northern Exposure didn’t have chick enough qualities to begin with.

Now while I have enjoyed shows along the lines of Northern Exposure and Ed in the past. And the girlfriend has managed for me to get sucked into reruns of Sex and the City (apparently I’m already to admit just about anything on this new blog) I’m going to take a pass on Men in Trees.

The verdict — Friday night remains “going out and drinking night.”