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*plugs fingers in ears* / NBC upfront

I haven't watched the series finale *sniff* of West Wing yet, so LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

Meanwhile, in New York city, the upfronts have begun.


*New programs in CAPS (with the exception of "ER")

8-9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal" - Been performing well there so far
9-10 p.m. "HEROES" - People get superhero powers. I've read something like this in the B5 universe with the advent of telepathy, and am interested enough to find out more.
10-11 p.m. "Medium" - I like well done, myself.

8-9 p.m. "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS" - Kyle Chandler and Connie Brittion pick up where the book and movie left off.
9-10 p.m. "KIDNAPPED" - Rich kid gets kidnapped, and a lot of people are looking for him. Good cast in Jeremy Sisto, Delroy Lindo, and Dana Delany, but sounds boring to me.
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" - Not a major surprise.

8-9 p.m. "The Biggest Loser" - Another one?
9-9:30 p.m. "20 GOOD YEARS" - John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. The writers are the only ones who can smeg this up.
9:30-10 p.m. "30 ROCK" - As in 30 Rokefeller. Half hour behind the scenes look at a fictional SNL like show, from Tina Fey, starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan. I think I'm going to have deja vu...
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order" - Entering year 1,353,270...

8-8:30 p.m. "My Name Is Earl" (new time) - I'm a bit worried that NBC is pitting this up against Survivor, assuming CBS isn't moving their powerhouse Thursday night.
8:30-9 p.m. "The Office" (new time) - Never have bene a fan of this show, but whatever. See comment about Earl above.
9-10 p.m. "STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP" - Deja vu kicks in. Up against CSI, this show may have problems. Damnit.
10-11 p.m. "ER"/("THE BLACK DONNELLYS" in January 2007) - Never watched ER, but I understand the show is waning. Doesn't surprise me to see a midseason show to replace the ailing franchise.

8-9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal" - What happened to once a week? *sigh*
9-10 p.m. "Las Vegas" - Please have 100% less Howie on this season.
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (new day and time) - The time shift is interesting.

8-9 p.m. "Dateline Saturday" - *snore*
9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores - I fully expect to see Studio 60 repeats here. And it's kinda sad that NBC is flat out resigning themselves to a two-hour schedule hole instead of coming up with cheap Saturday programming.


And yes, folks, "Joey" is gone.

Now, let me focus on Studio 60 for a second. While the premise of this show and Tina Fey's "30 Rock" sound hauntinly familiar, sources say otherwise. "30 Rock" is billed much more as a comedy and centers on the struggles of the head writer. "Studio 60" is from Aaron Sorkin, so right off the bat, I have to issue my "Gawd I have a man crush on what this man is able to do with chataracters" disclaimer. "Studio 60" is being billed as a drama, and early reports do say there is some humor in it. More than dealing with the context of the show, this deals with the backstage policticking and interpersonal relationships of the show, making it more akin to "Sports Night". And the caliber of actors -- Whitford, Peet, Perry, Hugley, Weber, Busfield -- will provide for an interesting mix of comedy and drama. What worries me is kinda what I mention earlier, in thiat this is akin to "Sports Ngiht". Those familiar with that show know that many of the "Sorkinese" from "Sports Ngiht" showed up in "West Wing", which was much more popular so not as many people caught it. Now, Sorkin will have to have something totally new. Let's hope...


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 15th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
They're putting L&O CI up against CBS' Numb3rs. Hello, suckitude.

What happened to Crossing Jordan? They can't let it end with the last show!
May. 15th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Midseason, just like "Scrubs".
May. 15th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Ah. "Midseason" as in "After football season."

Because everyone in America wants to see nothing but football on Sunday night.
May. 15th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, they announced several programs explicitly for replacing Sunday football, and then casually mentioned "Scrubs" and "Crossing Jordan" as midseason shows as well, with no time slot.

So, when something fails and it makes sense, those shows may pop in there. Or not.
May. 15th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
"HEROES" - People get superhero powers? i'll watch but sounds like 4400

"ER" i will watch til it dies but its been on waaaay to long, still a good show but nothing special that you have to see...but the africa episodes are very good.

"Deal or No Deal" - its been on 3 times a week for a few months so 2 nights is a reduction. its a stupip show but i like it.

May. 15th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
I'm on the fence so far with "Heroes" and anticipate tuning in for the first and maybe second episode just to see their treatment. Could be decent, could miss the mark entirely.
May. 15th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
i bet its great or total shit but either way it lasts a season or less
May. 16th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Misfits of Science for a new millennium.

I'm waiting for the new Sorkin show, and praying it will be exactly like Sports Night. America, you get a second chance.
May. 19th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Guh. I am salivating for Studio 60. More Bradley Whitford, and it's from Aaron Sorkin? Yes, please.

Heroes sounds vaguely interesting.
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