Monday, September 18, 2006

TV TREND 2006: SERIALS!

Oh yes, I am ABSOLUTELY excited that today is the official start of the FALL TV season. I am really pumped about seeing STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP tonight, and I may even re-watch the premiere of THE CLASS on CBS (Thanks for the free preview the other day, TiVo!). Further, THE MEGAN MULLALY SHOW preems today, along with the season premieres of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, TWO AND A HALF MEN and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE. Later in the week I will be giving reviews of STUDIO 60, JERICHO and SHARK (the sole reason I am watching this one is to see Jeri Ryan out of her SEVEN OF NINES character - I missed her performance on BOSTON PUBLIC a few years back, so for me this is my chance to see her on Earth). Now, the trend this year is serialized TV shows. Sure, there are the pure soaps (like DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), but even comedy has gotten serialized (BIG DAY). And still other shows take on a serialized format (STUDIO 60) even though they arent offically classics serials. And of course the biggest trend in TV is the year-long 'mystery' (as seen on 24 and the past two seasons of VERONICA MARS). Even reality TV is something of a serial when the cast goes from 12 to 1 in a season. So here are the serials vying for your milk: NBC: HEROES, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, KIDNAPPED, ER (and to a lesser degree MY NAME IS EARL and LAS VEGAS); ABC: WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, THE KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY, DAY BREAK, BIG DAY, NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY, LOST, THE NINE, SIX DEGREES, UGLY BETTY, GREY'S ANATOMY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, BROTHERS AND SISTERS (and to a lesser degree MEN IN TREES); CBS: JERICHO (and to a lesser degree HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), FOX: PRISON BREAK, VANISHED, THE OC; THE CW: RUNAWAY, VERONICA MARS, GILMORE GIRLS, ONE TREE HILL, SUPERNATURAL (and to a lesser degree SMALLVILLE). WHEW!!!

5 Comments:

Blogger Mikey said...

you're going to be a very busy man for the next couple of months!!! I am looking forward to a lot of the same programs. Tuesday nights are going to be hard...I have classed till 10.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

There's two shows I'm looking forward to in a big way this fall. Men in Trees(for obvious reasons), and Boston Legal. I love that show. I think James Spader and William Shatner are so cool. And I love it that they make Mark Valley play straight beefcake for laughs.

2:06 PM  
Blogger juliepadooly said...

I think I am going ot buy the first two seasons of Grey's Anatomy. I saw a highlights episode that covered the second season and NOW it looks interesting to me. But other than that I am thinking of throwing my TV out the window. Still so disappointed with Project Runway !!!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

I'm a little saddened that Veronica Mars is switching to a three-mystery arc instead of a season-long arc, but if it draws in new viewers and keeps it on the air, I'll be a happy man.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Sean Storm said...

EXACTLY, Craig! I am frickiin NERVOUS that the ratings are going to come in for season 3 and they will still be low and my beloved MARS will get the ax. SOOOO, if a 3-arc season saves this series, bring it on! I am totally hyped about Ronny going to college, too! I c-c-c-can't wait!

7:11 AM  

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