Tuesday, June 30, 2009
FX has announced the premiere dates for two of it's returning series this fall and tentative plans for another. To kick off their new season, Shakespeare in leather drama Sons of Anarchy will be returning for it's sophomore season of gang warfare, drugs, biker babes and massive amounts of alcohol. And Henry Rollins.
The biker drama did pretty well in it's first season last year, and deservedly so. Nothing really in the way of awards but ratings where good in the hoped for demographics and critics really dug the show. This season will feature Henry Rollins for at least six of the seasons thirteen episodes. Not sure what the part is, other than he's some sort of threat to the gang. I call pretty good casting here!
Somewhat too-quirky for DVR Life comedy It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia will also be returning and will reportedly have a new partner - another half hour comedy - sharing the 10pm hour.
Finally, Nip/Tuck, the oft-mind blowing, usually disturbing, plastic surgery dramedy will be premiering it's sixth and final season in October. No firm date has been set, though just the return is pretty big news as we weren't expecting it until 2010. Word is the final season will be cut in two and we'll be treated to ten episodes in the 2009/2010 season and then the final nine in 2011. Way to drag it out, FX.
Sons of Anarchy returns Thursday September 8th at 10pm, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia premieres September 17th.
Update: EW has just announced that FX's Damages will be returning in 2010. No other info yet. If I recall correctly, the previous two seasons premiered in January, so I'll assume things won't be much different for season three. Here's hoping they realize season two was just a bit too vague and confusing, even for people like who tend to like vague and confusing in a good mystery/drama.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Hollywood Insider got a pretty good tip this afternoon: SOAPNet will be picking up season two of Canadian dramedy Being Erica. The show is a hit in it's home country and apparently did well enough for SOAPNet to return for a second round.
Read the article here, which gives some very slight spoilers, and read my post about Being Erica season one here.
No word on a return date, but we at DVR Life are looking forward to this so we'll keep you updated.
A peak at tonight's new episode of The Closer entitled Walking Back The Cat.
Due the HTML on TNT's webpage not working correctly, go ahead and click here for the video.
Can't you just feel the love between cooperating government agencies?
New poster for the final season of USA's Monk. The show returns Friday August 7th for it's eighth run. The show premiered back in the summer of 2002 and has remained one of the most successful original series on cable television with good ratings and plenty of award nominations and wins.
These days original series on cable networks are doing just as well as, if not better, than much of what the broadcast networks are offering and Monk was pretty much at the forefront of that movement. Monk was also the birthing place for the whole Characters Welcome campaign that pretty much defines USA network and all of it's original programming. We here at DVR Life are also really going to miss the Monk holiday special this year.
Well, they left us hanging since last December, so I suppose it comes as no big surprise, but Showtime has canceled Brotherhood after only three seasons. The series, in our opinion, was criminally under rated by viewers and critics, rivaling even HBO's The Wire as one of the most under appreciated premium cable shows of all time.
At least The Wire was given a final season by HBO and people started noticing it just in time to finally heap some much deserved praise upon the series before it's death. In canceling Brotherhood, Showtime did little more than offer up a press release six months after the series finale that wasn't even about the show being canceled - it's about the season three DVD release officially being titled Brotherhood: The Final Season.
Spoiler TV has pics from the first day of shooting Gossip Girl's third season. Considering they just started shooting this morning, Spoiler TV has some pretty quick contacts. Here's the pics.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
NBC 2009 Fall Premiere Dates
MON. SEPT. 14th
10:00pm - The Jay Leno Show
THUR. SEPT. 17th
8:00pm - Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
8:30pm - Parks and Recreation
9:00pm - The Office
9:30pm - Community (series premiere – moves to regular 8pm slot Thursday October 8th)
MON. SEPT. 21st
8:00pm - Heroes (2 hour premiere)
WED. SEPT. 23rd
8:00pm - Parenthood
9:00pm - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
FRI. SEPT. 25th
8:00pm - Law & Order
9:00pm - Southland
11:30pm - Saturday Night Live
MON. SEPT. 28th
9:00pm - Trauma
THUR. OCT. 8th
8:00pm - Community (now at regular time slot)
CBS 2009 Fall Premiere Dates
MON. SEPT. 21
8:00pm - How I Met Your Mother
8:30pm - Accidentally on Purpose
9:00pm - Two and a Half Men
9:30pm - The Big Bang Theory
10:00pm - CSI: Miami
TUES, SEPT. 22
8:00pm - NCIS
9:00pm - NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00pm - The Good Wife
WED, SEPT. 23
8:00pm - The New Adventures of Old Christine
8:30pm - Gary Unmarried
9:00pm - Criminal Minds
10:00pm - CSI: NY
THUR, SEPT. 24
9:00pm - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
10:00pm - The Mentalist
FRI, SEPT. 25
8:00pm - Ghost Whisperer
9:00pm - Medium
10:00pm - Numb3rs
SAT, SEPT. 26
10:00pm - 48 Hours Mystery
SUN, SEPT. 27
7:00pm - 60 Minutes
10:00pm - Cold Case
SUN, OCT. 4
9:00pm - Three Rivers
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The fact that Slate.com compared it to Friday Night Lights didn't hurt either.
The series revolves around a group of Olympic hopefuls at a well-to-do, well known training center, Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Center. Things at the center pretty much revolve around three young girls, Payson, Kaylie, and Lauren, who are all a lock to make it to the national competition and, hopefully, continuing to the worldwide games.
But then Emily shows. Emily isn't as rich as the other girls and she hasn't been coached all her life. She's a scholarship case, discovered at a park. She's wearing leotards off the rack and shows some fear when approaching the vault. Her little brother is in a wheelchair and her mother is unreliable when it comes to keeping a job or picking her up on time.
Despite the cold front from the mean girls, a small case of sabotage, and a job at local the pizza joint featuring stoned customers and a meth head manager, Emily's got heart and she don't quit, two ingredients all good family dramas have.
The writing is consistently the highlight of the series. There's a few good quips here and there, and even some language I was a bit surprised to hear on ABC Family. The acting is acceptable, nothing to praise nor disapprove of, though Cassie Scerbo, acting as Lauren, manages to inflict the perfect rich girl sneer of disapproval. The spoiled brat squeal when things don't go her way is also pitch perfect. Scerbo also delivered my favorite line of the evening when she describes her teamate Kaylie's floor excercise routine as "flipping your hair and pulling it out of your ass."
As for the production, I'm sorry Slate but you are WAY off base with the FNL reference. Perhaps with the story telling aspect, but the acting is very rehearsed, unlike FNL and it's famous freedom the actors are given. There's also none of the breath taking camera work or awe-inspiring soundtrack we've come to know and expect from this shows' football-tossing brethren.
The production does have the usual modest budget, filmed in Vancouver or Toronto sort of feel to it. Not that Canadian shows have low quality: check out Being Erica or Flashpoint to dispel that myth. It's just that U.S. productions that don't have the highest of budgets tend to move production up north and TV nerds can usually tell. That's nothing to be ashamed of - many great TV shows rely on this to get renewed come budget-cut time at networks.
Oddly, though, the pilot was reportedly filmed in Los Angeles, Ca., so go figure. Beyond the young girls, the series has also made regular cast members of some recognizable faces, including Peri Gilpin of Frasier, Strong Medicine's Rosa Blasi, and, believe it or not, Candace Cameron (now known as Candace Cameron Bure), little sis to 80's teen hearthrob cum born again christian Kirk Cameron and big sis on Full House.
I'm looking forward to more Make It Or Break It, but I don't see myself missing the characters like I do the first three or four weeks after the latest season of Friday Night Lights ends, nor do I see myself ever gasping in anticipation or marvelling at the images before me. What I do see is chuckling with delight everytime Lauren releases her inner Bitch (much like I do when Blair on Gossip Girl let's it fly) or flashing back to crappy food service jobs or cracking a smile when Emily lands that perfect dismount, pissing off the rich kids and wowing the coaches.