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TELEVISION: CBS Picks Up Medium; Shifts The Mentalist; Adds Four New Shows to Fall Lineup!

The Associated Press is reporting that CBS, the last network to hold its upfront, has picked up NBC cast-off, Medium – and is moving The Mentalist into the overcrowded swirl of programming that is Thursday night. Medium will be paired with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights, as predicted by EW TV writer Michael Ausiello, while The Mentalist will anchor the Thursday line-up at 10/9c.

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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the network has added four shows – three dramas and one comedy – to its 2009-10 fall schedule.

Mid-season replacements include the returning Flashpoint and Rules of Engagement, plus new series The Bridge [a new Canadian cop show], Miami Trauma [starring Jeremy Northam, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer], Undercover Boss [CEOs disguise themselves as regular workers at their own companies], and Arranged Marriage [reality TV – still looking for its absolutely lowest of the lowest common denominator].

The full CBS fall schedule and brief program description follow the jump.

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TELEVISION NEWS: The CW Pick Ups

The CW Network

In no surprise to anyone, according to TV.com The CW picked up Melrose Place, Vampire Diaries, The Beautiful Life get thumbs up; Gossip Girl spinoff, Privileged dead. The addition of those three programs likely means the end for some others. Privileged, which had a shot at a second-season pickup, is almost certainly cancelled. The Gossip Girl spinoff about young Lily in 1980s Los Angeles is also looking like a goner, despite being set up by a flashback in a recent episode of Gossip Girl. You can read the full story, here.

TELEVISION REVIEW: American Idol Top 2 Recap, The Judges Admit it’s Rigged!!

American Idol Top 2 Adam Lambert

Let me start by saying, I’m really digging the commercial for Glee and the new Geico Caveman commercial. Now on to Idol, I’m not going to waste a lot of verbiage tonight but I will say it was a real interesting night. It seemed like Adam knows that he has it in the bag and he’s playing it completely safe tonight.  I will partially take back what I’ve been saying all season, Adam can sing. But in the low ranges, he loses me when goes into the full on screaming/screeching mode.  Each contestant does 3 songs and the script goes about as I expected, only Simon was right in his assessments, I can’t fault him tonight.

  • Adam opens strong with an amazing version of Mad World and knocks it out of the park. He looked fantastic, had the smoke happening and sounded great.  Grade A
  • Adam’s next song was A Change is Going to Come, he did a great job in the low range but lost his way on the high points.  Grade B-
  • The last song was weird, both contestants have to do the same song written by Kara DioGuardi and it was an absolute train wreck. The song is AWFUL, Adam finally left the Judges speechless and not in a good way. Simon had the gall to say HE wasn’t going to Judge Adam on the basis of that Song, but on his performance throughout the season. WTF was that?  Does this mean they are officially saying Idol is fixed, that because Adam blew the song, they are going to rig the vote? They built Kara up all season as this awesome songwriter and that’s what she came up with?  For Adam, The Judges and Especially Kara, an Epic F.

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TELEVISION NEWS: American Idol Top 2 Showdown, Thrilla in Vanilla!

American Idol Top 2 Kris Allen and Adam Lambert

Tonight it all comes to an end; well, other than tomorrow night’s results show. The last Idol showdown and it’s all come down to the understated, no personality, weak voice Kris Allen, to the over the top, gay, Broadway screamer Adam Lambert. My money and everyone’s money is on Lambert moon walking all over the milk toast. But not so fast, the American public may shock us all and give it to Kris because they are tired of the Judges over pimping Adam.

Like I’ve said every week for the last 12 weeks, Adam isn’t good – he CAN’T sing! What he has is CHARISMA; he oozes it. I say give the Judges what they want I really don’t see Adam having a long-term successful pop career. Yes, he’ll be hot the first year, but I can’t imagine that screeching he does will have long-term viability outside of Broadway or Vegas. I can see him becoming really huge in those two forums but as a “Rock Star?” No way. Kris, I don’t know where he goes either or even what type of artist he would be. But despite my criticisms, I admire Kris, this is like the race between the Tortoise and the Hare. Slowly but surely Kris has quietly made it to the top 2 out of nowhere and despite all the odds. You have to admire that.

Of course I’m going to watch tonight, can’t help myself, but I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to do a Re-Cap unless something so over the top bad or good happens. I will predict that at some point tonight, Simon will tell Adam “He just won Idol with that performance,” and no matter what poor schlep Kris does, the Judges won’t’ like it. Well, they’ll try and be even handed and will rave on one Kris performance and slam the other.

TELEVISION: ABC Adds Eleven; Renews Seventeen!

ABC revealed its schedule for the 2009-10 season this morning.

 New Series Include “Cougar Town,” “The Deep End,” “Eastwick,” “Flash Forward,” “The Forgotten,” “Hank,” “Happy Town,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Shark Tank” and “V.”

“Better Off Ted,” “Castle,” “Scrubs” and “True Beauty” Join Previously Announced Returning Series “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Private Practice,” “Supernanny,” “Ugly Betty,” “Wife Swap” and “20/20”

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Blowed up real good: In the Motherhood, According to Jim, Samantha Who?. The Unusuals, and Cupid. On the bubble – believe it or not – Surviving Suburbia Whose mediocrity makes this season’s cast-offs – except for According to Jim – look like Shakespeare by comparison!].

“Our focus is always on delivering the best stories with the most memorable characters on TV, whether that’s established audience favorites or innovative new shows,” said Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “This year we’ve got the best of both. We’re headed into the season with a strong slate of returning series as well as great new shows from one of our best development seasons ever.”

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. However “Shark Tank” will premiere over the summer following the special 10th anniversary primetime return of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and will then move to Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Please note shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2009-10 season.

ABC’s fall schedule and program descriptions follow the jump.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: 24: Season Seven Recap

24: Season 7

Wow, how did 24 Season 7 end up like this? This was the first season in several years where I was really addicted to 24 and watched it weekly – normally, I’ll either DVR 10 episode blocks or wait for the DVDs but this season was rocking in the beginning until a disturbing pattern formed and that’s the 3 -4 episode arc style of story telling. Every time the show built momentum they caught the bad guy and it was “Oh, I’m just a small fry here…” Then the show introduced new characters and built up all over again, it became a little jarring and disjointed. But I was still hooked.

The show went off the rails around hour 18 when they revealed Tony to really be a bad guy and Jack got dosed with the virus. The show sort of went into free fall from there because then it focused on the President’s daughter who is no Sheri Palmer. She came across as a bush league lightweight, but then again so did President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) and her weird “pursed,” lips whenever she was “vexed.”  Almost everything involving the President this season brought things to a halt. Her entire arc was pretty ridiculous but it still somehow worked for me.

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TELEVISION: NBC 2009-10 Schedule Features More New Content; Shared Time Period Strategy!

“NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m.,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. The network also introduced what it called “shared time period strategy,” in which a fall series, say, Heroes, would run all original episodes leading into the Olympics and Chuck would assume the same time period – also with all original eps, following the Olympics.

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NBC has added four new dramas, three new comedies and an unscripted series.

Dramas include: Trauma, Day One, Parenthood and Mercy. Comedies include: SNL Weekend Update Thursday, Community and 100 Questions. The unscripted series is Marriage Ref. As previously announced, The Jay Leno Show will fill the 10-11 p.m. timeslot Monday through Friday.

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TELEVISION: CBS Picks Six!

The producers of six new series got word today that their shows will be on CBS’ schedule when it’s unveiled on Wednesday morning. The six new shows – four dramas, a comedy and a reality series – are: The Good Wife,  Miami Trauma, Three Rivers, the as-of-yet-untitled NCIS spin-off, Accidentally on Purpose, and Undercover Boss.

 

The Good Wife, a legal drama in which a politician’s wife [Julianna Margulies] begins a legal career as a defense attorney. The cast will also include Matt Czurchry [Gilmore Girls], Christina Baranski [Cybill, Mamma Mia!] and Josh Charles [Sports Night, In Treatment], among others. Chris Noth [Law & Order, Sex and the City] will have a recurring role.

Jerry Bruckheimer produces Miami Trauma, a medical series that [what else] follows a group of trauma surgeons. The cast includes: Lana Parilla [24, Swingtown], Jeremy Northam [The Singing Detective, The Tudors], Richard Coyle [Coupling UK, Strange] and Elisabeth Harnois [Point Pleasant, One Tree Hill].

Three Rivers, a medical series centering on transplants, is from Carol Barbee [Jericho], Curtis Hanson [L.A. Confidential, In Her Shoes] and Carol Fenelon [8 Mile, In Her Shoes]. The cast includes: Christopher Hanke, Justina Machado [Six Feet Under, ER], Daniel Henney [X-Men Origins: Wolverine], Katherine Moennig [The L Word], Julia Ormond [Smilla’s Sense of Snow, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button]… and some guy named Alex O’Loughlin from some one-season wonder vampire show…

The NCIS spin-off-to-be-named-later is centered around an NCIS team that specializes in undercover ops. It’s pickup means we will find out if G [Chris O’Donnell] lives. The cast includes the aforementioned O’Donnell [Grey’s Anatomy, The Company], LL Cool J [In the House, NCIS], Daniela Ruah [The Guiding Light], Louise Lombard [CSI: Crime Scene Investigation] and Peter Cambor [Notes from the Underbelly].

Undercover Boss is a reality series. We will speak of it no more.

The network’s only new comedy, Accidentally on Purpose, stars Jenna Elfman [Dharma & Greg] as a movie critic who becomes pregnant by a younger man. The series comes from Gail Berman [Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel] and Lloyd Braun [former head of ABC].

TELEVISION NEWS: It’s Season Finale Night for 24, Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill

Don’t forget the season Finale of 24 is tonight. And for those that still care, Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill have their finales tonight as well.

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I’ll be watching 24 tonight, but I sort of lost interest 4 episodes ago when they went one twist two many with Tony’s reverse heal turn. I actually fell asleep on it the last two weeks. And this season was so awesome up till that point.

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To bad I don’t have my DVR set up, but I’ll catch this when the DVDs come out.

One Tree Hill

Are they really going to kill off Peyton tonight?

TELEVISION: Fox Reveals 2009-10 Schedule!

At this morning’s Fox upfront, the network unveiled its schedule for 2009-10 and, as usual, some new shows [Human Target, Past Life and Sons of Tucson] were held back to mid-season because of the baseball playoffs. One drama and two comedies [Glee, Brothers and The Cleveland Show] will premiere in the fall.

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Significant changes: House will lead-in to Lie to Me [making for an evening of lies being uncovered]; Fringe moves to Thursday, where it will lead-out from Bones [since Bones fans are so faithful, this could result in consistently good ratings for both shows – even on the overwhelmingly crowded Thursday nights]; So You Think You Can Dance moves to Tuesday and Wednesday in the fall, where it is expected to draw a better audience for new series, GLEE; despite not really finding an audience, the woeful ‘Til Death returns on Friday nights, sandwiched between Brothers and Dollhouse.

Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, somewhat of a surprise pick-up, returns to its Friday night timeslot after making a few cost concessions. Fox entertainment president, Kevin Riley described the move “as a bet on Joss Whedon.”

American Idol and 24 return to their familiar timeslots – good news for Past Life and Human Target.

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