black market wit’s (belated) Friday Femme Fatale…

Sorry for the lack of this post as time got away from me. In any case…

THIS WEEK’S FRIDAY FEMME FATALE

DOROTHY PARKER

Dorothy Parker is a genius, a virtuoso of the written word and was ahead of her time by a century. She’d no doubt laugh off my declaration but she embodies all that the things that make up an intelligent, well-read person. Her wordplay and fierce independent spirit are legendary and make this firebrand an icon of both the literary and literal.

Dorothy Parker’s biographical information at Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Parker

And here are a few choice quotes of hers…

“If you want to know what god thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”

“Art is a form of catharsis.”

“You can drag a horticulture but you can’t make her think.”

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”

“You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.”

I have the 1994 film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle on VHS. The film stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy and I need to get around to watching it soon.

well, it’s wednesday…

and we’re currently cable-less. We’re going to 86 the digital cable box and just get good old fashioned cable, without all the frilly lace, bells, and whistles.
With Teeth is fucking awesome. I can’t stop listening to it. Standout tracks include the title song, “Only” (the video will be released in the next few weeks. It was directed by David Fincher!), the epic “Right Where It Belongs”, hell the whole album is stellar.
The Aviator arrived from Netflix today and I look forward to watching it. Even without seeing a single frame I know that Scorsese was robbed of his Oscar. I’ve already made my opinion abundantly clear. Eastwood already won for Unforgiven. Give Marty his fucking award already!
I guess with our current cable predicament I should finally start watching the series I’ve amassed on TiVo.
I’m blogging at a peculiar time. I have today and tomorrow off and I have to work Friday morning and Saturday night. A co-worker is getting married and another is going on a trip.
Well the whole Democrat/Bush right-wing looney judge debacle leaves me mixed. I think they could have gotten the votes. But at least the fillibuster is still alive and it pissed off Dobson and his ilk. I just wish the Democrats would grow a spine and attack the Republicans more aggressively. Dean’s doing well but he’s got to get this party into shape and start the ball rolling for compelling ’06 and ’08 candidates. Little by little, we’ve got to wake up the mindless sheeple and make them realize just how badly the Bush cabal has injured our democracy.
I’ve still got some dishwasher loading and trash taking-out to do. And then, dinner!
Blog picks:
The usual suspects:

Daily Kos

Atrios

Talking Points Memo

And a few others…

AMERICAblog

The Huffington Post

FOX is next…


There are alot of cool-sounding new dramas headed our way this fall and FOX and ABC seem to have alot of them. It looks like I’ll be sampling all of them. Tuesdays at 9PM is going to be rough as alot of compelling series will be on at the same time. Even with TiVo, I don’t know what I’m going to do!
Perhaps the big news here, besides the awesome renewal, is the decision to move Arrested Development from Sundays at 8:30 to Mondays at 8PM. It’s an interesting choice and hopefully FOX will ramp up the promos for the show and the DVDs over the summer and before and during the season and it’ll do well in this new spot.
And Mondays in January on FOX will be appointment television: House followed by 24. And lastly, I really hope/wish that FOX would give The Gate back its original title: Deviant Behavior. The new title just sounds way too generic.
Rumor has it that FOX may just start their Fall 2005 season in August so that their new series don’t get pre-empted or ignored for baseball playoffs/World Series in late September/early October. I certainly hope so.
Following are the FOX primetime schedule for 2005-2006 and synopses of the new series:
As always, bold typeface means NEW SERIES.
FOX PRIMETIME SCHEDULE: FALL 2005(All Times ET/PT)
MONDAY
8:00-8:30 PM ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
8:30-9:00 PM KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL
9:00-10:00 PM PRISON BREAK
TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE
WEDNESDAY
8:00-8:30 PM THAT ’70s SHOW
8:30-9:00 PM STACKED
9:00-10:00 PM HEAD CASES
THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM THE O.C.
9:00-10:00 PM REUNION
FRIDAY
8:00-8:30 PM THE BERNIE MAC SHOW
8:30-9:00 PM MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE
9:00-10:00 PM THE GATE(working title)
SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S MOST WANTED
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT MADtv
SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM Animated Encores
7:30-8:00 PM KING OF THE HILL
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM THE WAR AT HOME
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
FOX PRIMETIME SCHEDULE: BEGINNING JANUARY 2006(All Times ET/PT)
MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM 24
TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM BONES
WEDNESDAY
8:00-8:30 PM THAT ’70s SHOW
8:30-9:00 PM STACKED
9:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:30-10:00 PM THE LOOP
THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM THE O.C.
9:00-10:00 PM REUNION
FRIDAY
8:00-8:30 PM THE BERNIE MAC SHOW
8:30-9:00 PM MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE
9:00-10:00 THE GATE (working title)
SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S MOST WANTED
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT MADtv
SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM Animated Encores
7:30-8:00 PM KING OF THE HILL
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM THE WAR AT HOME
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
2005-2006 FOX PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
NEW SERIES SYNOPSES The following new dramas will premiere on FOX this fall:
PRISON BREAK (Monday, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): MICHAEL SCOFIELD (Wentworth Miller, “The Human Stain”) is a desperate man in a desperate situation. His brother, LINCOLN BURROWS (Dominic Purcell, “John Doe,” “Blade: Trinity”), is on death row and scheduled to die in a few months for a murder Michael is convinced Lincoln did not commit. With no other options and time winding down, Michael holds up a bank to get himself incarcerated alongside his brother in Fox River State Penitentiary. Once he’s inside, we learn that Michael – a structural engineer with the blueprints for the prison – has hatched an elaborate plan to break Lincoln out and prove his innocence. Senior correctional officer BELLICK (Wade Williams, “Collateral”) offers some prison wisdom as Michael arrives. Then, with the help of his cellmate, SUCRE (Amaury Nolasco, “Mr. 3000”), Michael begins to align himself with a disparate group of prisoners, including former mob boss JOHN ABRUZZI (Peter Stormare, “Fargo,” “Minority Report”) and CHARLES WESTMORELAND (Muse Watson, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), a man some believe to be the infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper. On the outside Michael has only one ally, his defense attorney and longtime friend, VERONICA DONOVAN (Robin Tunney, “The Craft,” “End of Days”) – who is Lincoln’s former girlfriend. Meanwhile, Lincoln’s 15-year-old son, LJ (Marshall Allman), is now adrift without his Uncle Michael’s positive influence. Rounding out the cast are Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Celestine Prophesy”) as prison doctor SARA TANCREDI, whom Michael ends up visiting more often than he should, and Stacy Keach (“Titus,” “Mike Hammer”) as the powerful WARDEN POPE, who forges a close, almost father-son relationship with the new convict. This intriguing new series promises to reveal additional pieces of the puzzle each week as Michael carries out his daring plan to mastermind the ultimate PRISON BREAK – and solve the far-reaching national-scale conspiracy that landed him there in the first place. PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Adelstein-Parouse Productions, Original TelevisionEXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Paul Scheuring, Dawn Parouse, Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz, Brett Ratner WRITER: Paul Scheuring DIRECTOR: Brett Ratner CAST: Wentworth Miller as Michael, Dominic Purcell as Lincoln, Robin Tunney as Veronica, Sarah Wayne Callies as Dr. Tancredi, Peter Stormare as Abruzzi, Amaury Nolasco as Sucre, Wade Williams as Bellick, Marshall Allman as LJGUEST CAST: Stacy Keach as Warden Pope, Muse Watson as Westmoreland
BONES (Tuesday, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT): From executive producers Barry Josephson (“Hide and Seek,” “Like Mike”) and Hart Hanson (“Joan of Arcadia,” “Judging Amy”) comes the darkly amusing drama BONES, inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Forensic anthropologist DR. TEMPERANCE BRENNAN (Emily Deschanel, “Boogeyman”), who works at the Jeffersonian Institution and writes novels as a sideline, has an uncanny ability to read clues left behind in a victim’s bones. Consequently, law enforcement calls her in to assist with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification methods are useless. Brennan’s equally brilliant colleagues at the Jeffersonian’s Medico-Legal Lab include earthy and bawdy ANGELA MONTENEGRO (Michaela Conlin, “The D.A.”), who’s created a unique way to render an original crime scene in a three-dimensional computer image; Brennan’s assistant, ZACK ADDY (Eric Millegan), a young prodigy whose genius IQ actually gets in the way of his finishing the several doctorates he has begun; “the bug guy,” DR. JACK HODGINS (TJ Thyne, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”), who’s an expert on insects, spores and minerals, but conspiracy is his hobby; and Brennan’s boss, imposing lab director DR. DANIEL GOODMAN (Jonathan Adams, “American Dreams”). Brennan often finds herself teamed with Special Agent SEELEY BOOTH (David Boreanaz, “Angel”), a former Army sniper who mistrusts science and scientists when it comes to solving crimes. Brennan and Booth clash both professionally and personally, but so far the chemistry between them has only played out in a fictionalized account in Brennan’s latest mystery novel. PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Barry Josephson, Hart Hanson WRITER: Hart Hanson DIRECTOR: Greg YaitanesCAST: Emily Deschanel as Brennan, David Boreanaz as Booth, Eric Millegan as Zack, TJ Thyne as Dr. Hodgins, Michaela Conlin as Angela, Jonathan Adams as Dr. Goodman
HEAD CASES (Wednesday, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Bill Chais (“The Practice,” “Family Law”) created this comedic drama starring Chris O’Donnell (“Scent of a Woman”) as attorney JASON PAYNE, whose superstar career at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm backfired when his wife, LAURIE (Krista Allen, “Unscripted”), kicked him out of the house and, to make a bad day even worse, he had a nervous breakdown. After three months at a “wellness center,” Jason found himself with no job, no place to live and no support system. Enter SHULTZ (Adam Goldberg, “A Beautiful Mind,” “Saving Private Ryan”), an unkempt, unpredictable sufferer of explosive disorder, assigned to be outpatient “buddies” with Jason by their mutual therapist, DR. ROBINSON (Rockmond Dunbar, “Soul Food”). A low-rent lawyer who usually represents deviants and petty criminals, Shultz eagerly latches onto a very reluctant Jason, inserting himself in all aspects of Jason’s personal and professional life. The intrusion is the last thing Jason needs, preoccupied as he is with trying to re-establish a relationship with his 8-year-old son, RYAN (Jake Cherry, “Miracle Run”), reach some kind of accord with Laurie, and lend emotional support to KATE (Rachel Leigh Cook, “She’s All That”), a troubled young woman he met at the wellness center. For Jason and Shultz, what begins as a bumpy alliance gradually turns amicable as each helps steer the other toward against-all-odds legal victories. Ultimately, they hang up their shingle together and set out to take on underdog clients while attempting to keep each other “sane.” PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox TelevisionEXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bill Chais, Jeff Rake, Barry JosephsonWRITER: Bill Chais DIRECTOR: Andy Fleming CAST: Chris O’Donnell as Jason, Adam Goldberg as Shultz, Krista Allen as Laurie, Jake Cherry as Ryan, Rachel Leigh Cook as Kate, Rockmond Dunbar as Dr. Robinson
REUNION (Thursday, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Part character drama and part mystery, REUNION marks a groundbreaking concept in series television as it chronicles the lives of a group of six friends over the course of 20 years – all in just one season. From the hopes and dreams of 18-year-olds to the realities that irrevocably mark those lives two decades later, REUNION’s stories are of love and loss, marriage and death, triumph and scandal. WILL (Will Estes, “U-571,” “American Dreams”) longs to leave his small town behind. Aided by an athletic scholarship, he will be the first in his family to go to college. CRAIG (Sean Faris, “Life As We Know It”), handsome and privileged, looks forward to the Ivy League with his girlfriend, SAMANTHA (Alexa Davalos, “The Chronicles of Riddick”), whose ambition is surpassed only by her looks and intelligence. The beautiful and sensual JENNA (Amanda Righetti, THE O.C.) dreams of becoming an actress; behind his cynicism, AARON (Dave Annable, “Little Black Book”) dreams that his relationship with Jenna will go beyond friendship. CARLA (Chyler Leigh, “Not Another Teen Movie”), innocent and quirky, must choose between loyalty to her father and staying near her best friends. REUNION opens in 2005 at the funeral of one of the friends, whose death is being investigated by DETECTIVE MARJORINO (Mathew St. Patrick, “Six Feet Under”). Before the identity of the deceased is revealed, we’re transported back to 1986, as the group is celebrating their high school graduation. The pilot episode follows all six through the summer of 1986, and we witness the formative events that alter their dreams and desires forever. Episode two finds the group a full year later, in 1987; episode three tells the story of a seminal event in 1988, and so on – culminating in the season finale at the friends’ 20th high school reunion. REUNION also will build toward answering two important questions raised in episode one: Which of the friends is dead? And how did that death occur? PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros. Television, Class IV ProductionsEXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jon Harmon Feldman, Steve Pearlman, Andrew PlotkinWRITER: Jon Harmon Feldman DIRECTOR: Jon Amiel CAST: Will Estes as Will, Sean Faris as Craig, Dave Annable as Aaron, Alexa Davalos as Samantha, Amanda Righetti as Jenna, Chyler Leigh as Carla, Mathew St. Patrick as Detective Marjorino
THE GATE (working title) (Friday,, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Created by Josh Berman (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), THE GATE (working title) tells the chilling stories of bizarre crimes committed by San Francisco’s most aberrant criminals. The series centers on Detective GRAHAM HALE (Johnny Messner, THE O.C.) of the San Francisco Police Department’s Deviant Crime Unit. Intense and private, Hale is haunted by personal demons, and he chose this assignment after going AWOL for a year following his partner’s death in the line of duty. Hale’s new partner is rookie Detective AVA LYFORD (Marguerite Moreau, “Life As We Know It,” THE O.C.), whose no-nonsense demeanor and by-the-book tenacity hide both her insecurities and her secrets. Unbeknownst to Hale, she has a hidden agenda – and it might lead to his downfall. In the course of investigating his cases, Hale works closely with his boss, the likable Lieutenant MATT CAVANAUGH (Chi McBride, “Boston Public,” “The Terminal”), and with DR. FRANCINE KLEPP, a forensic pathologist in the Coroner’s lab and the former roommate of Hale’s late partner, Meg. Exploring the idea that “behind every monster there’s a mystery,” the stories of THE GATE remind us that the “monsters” are everyday people, hidden in plain sight – and that, in each of us, a monster may lurk just beneath the surface. PRODUCTION COMPANY: Regency Television EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner WRITER: Josh Berman DIRECTOR: Rob Lieberman CAST: Johnny Messner as Det. Graham Hale, Marguerite Moreau as Det. Ava Lyford, Chi McBride as Lt. Matt Cavanaugh
The following new comedies will join the FOX schedule this fall:
THE WAR AT HOME (Sunday, 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT): When DAVE (Michael Rapaport, “Hitch,” “Small Time Crooks,” “Boston Public”) and VICKY (Anita Barone, “Daddio,” “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”) were growing up, their parents had it easy. Back then, there were no “time-outs,” no one had any “boundaries” and “parenting” wasn’t even a word. Parents also had no idea what their kids were really up to; ignorance truly was bliss. Now Dave and Vicky have teenagers of their own, and anything their kids might even think about doing, Dave and Vicky have already done … at least twice. But knowledge isn’t power – it’s a giant pain! Every day is a battle to keep the kids in line. Fifteen-year-old LARRY (Kyle Sullivan, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE) isn’t exactly a frequent diner at the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria, while 16-year-old HILLARY (Kaylee Defer, QUINTUPLETS, “Listen Up”) knows it all and is just emerging onto the dating scene. Meanwhile, at 13, MIKE (Dean Collins, “Jack & Bobby”) is all hormones and video games. Dave and Vicky figure if they can send these three off to college without a police record or kids of their own, they’ve done their job. This witty, irreverent show from Rob Lotterstein (“Will & Grace,” “Ellen,” “Dream On”) goes inside the heads of a modern family through the use of a confessional space where the characters reveal everything they could never actually say to one another – as they do their best to win THE WAR AT HOME. PRODUCTION COMPANIES: ACME Productions, Warner Bros. TelevisionEXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael Hanel, Mindy Schultheis WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Rob Lotterstein DIRECTOR: Andy CadiffCAST: Michael Rapaport as Dave, Anita Barone as Vicky, Dean Collins as Mike, Kaylee Defer as Hillary, Kyle Sullivan as Larry
KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL (Monday, 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT): Based on renowned chef Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling autobiography, KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL explores the deliciously crazy world of upscale restaurants. Chef JACK BOURDAIN (Bradley Cooper, “Alias,” “I Want to Marry Ryan Banks”) found enormous success at a young age, but his culinary genius also led to a lifestyle of boozing, womanizing and drugs. After hitting rock bottom and deciding to sober up, the only job he could get was slopping soggy pasta for the masses at a tacky opera-themed restaurant. Out of the blue, Jack is offered an opportunity to get back in the game as head chef at a top New York restaurant. There’s just one problem: the owner gives Jack a mere 48 hours to fully staff his kitchen and prepare to dazzle over 300 customers – including the food critic for the New York Times (who also happens to be a jilted ex). Jack hastily assembles a renegade crew of colleagues from his past, including chefs STEVEN DAEDALUS (Owain Yeoman, “Troy”), SETH KLEIN (Nicholas Brendon, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and TEDDY WONG (John Cho, “Harold & Kumar”). Also along for the ride are TANYA (Jaime King, “White Chicks,” “Pearl Harbor”) the hostess, a rookie pastry chef named JIM (John F. Daley, “Freaks and Geeks”), and the owner’s daughter, the gorgeous MIMI (Bonnie Somerville, “NYPD Blue”), who can’t wait for Jack to fail. In
KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, executive producers Darren Star (“Sex and the City”) and David Hemingson (“Just Shoot Me,” AMERICAN DAD) expose the secrets of the restaurant business through the delectable story of a talented chef who’s determined to climb back to the top of the food game. PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, New Line Productions, Inc., Darren Star Productions, Inc.EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Darren Star, Jim Rosenthal, David Knoller WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Hemingson DIRECTOR: Darren Star CAST: Bradley Cooper as Jack, Bonnie Somerville as Mimi, Owain Yeoman as Steven, Nicholas Brendon as Seth, John Cho as Teddy, Jaime King as Tanya, John F. Daley as Jim
The following two comedies are scheduled to premiere in January and beyond on FOX:
THE LOOP (Wednesday, 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT): As we reach our early 20s and face the daunting challenges of real life, there are those who choose to embark on a career path and those who’d rather goof off with pals. And then, every so often, there’s someone who sets out to do both. Set in Chicago, THE LOOP is the story of SAM (Bret Harrison, “Grounded for Life”), the youngest executive at the corporate headquarters of a major airline, and the first of his friends to get a real job. He must find a way to straddle his serious career and the serious social demands of his roommates. One roommate, SULLY (Eric Christian Olsen, “Dumb and Dumberer,” “Tru Calling”), is Sam’s older and rowdier brother, whose casual attempts to hold down a series of odd jobs are eclipsed by his attempts to land women. The other roommate, PIPER, is a medical student, Sam’s college pal and – unbeknownst to her – his longtime crush. As Sam strives to meet the relentless demands of his boss, RUSS (Philip Baker Hall, “Seinfeld,” “Bruce Almighty”), dodge the nonstop advances of his colleague, MERYL (Mimi Rogers, “Austin Powers,” “Hope and Faith”), and turn his best-friendship with Piper into romance, he is, by turns, ambitious, exhausted and inspired. Moreover, he is a hero for everyone who has ever tried to work hard and play hard at the same time. PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Pam Brady, Will Gluck WRITERS: Will Gluck, Pam Brady DIRECTOR: Betty Thomas CAST: Bret Harrison as Sam, Eric Christian Olsen as Sully, Philip Baker Hall as Russ, Joy Osmanski as Darcy, Mimi Rogers as Meryl
FREE BIRDS (Midseason): A partially improvised comedy project from writer/director Rob Roy Thomas (“Significant Others”) and Fox 21, FREE BIRDS is about former Big Man on Campus NATE SAWBOROUGH (Josh Dean). College in California is over, all he did was party, and a dejected Nate finds himself in a situation he never imagined: returning to his small Midwestern hometown to move back in with his parents. But his mom and dad’s marriage is in trouble and his room has been turned into a gym. The good news is that Nate is able to reconnect with local beauty and bank teller AMBER CREEKHOUSE (Erin Cahill, “American Dreams”); the bad news is she’s newly engaged. He also meets up with former High School Big Man On Campus MARK DOVE (Dave Sheridan), and it’s time to hit the wild parties … or as wild as they get in a small Midwestern town. Will Nate decide to move back to California, or will he suppress his small-town phobia and make a play for Amber before she ties the knot? PRODUCTION COMPANY: Fox 21 WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Rob Roy Thomas DIRECTOR: Rob Roy Thomas CAST: Josh Dean as Nate, Erin Cahill as Amber, Dave Sheridan as Dove

UPN is next…

Everybody Hates Chris sounds interesting. I’m glad that Veronica Mars was renewed and I hope that UPN gives it a much more aggressive push promotions-wise as it’s moving to Wednesday up against Lost on ABC.
Following is the 2005-2006 UPN primetime schedule:
UPN 2005-2006 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
MONDAY
8:00-8:30 PM ONE ON ONE
8:30-9:00 PM ALL OF US
9:00-9:30 PM GIRLFRIENDS
9:30-10:00 PM HALF & HALF
TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (R)
9:00-10:00 PM SEX, LIES & SECRETS (New Series)
WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
9:00-10:00 PM VERONICA MARS
THURSDAY
8:00-8:30 PM EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (New Series)
8:30-9:00 PM EVE
9:00-9:30 PM CUTS
9:30-10:00 PM LOVE, INC. (New Series)
FRIDAY
8:00-10:00 PM WWE SMACKDOWN!
NEW COMEDIES (all times ET/PT): EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (Thursday, 8:00-8:30 PM) is inspired by the childhood experiences of comedian Chris Rock, who narrates the hilarious, touching story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three children in Brooklyn, New York during the early 1980’s. Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bused to a predominantly white middle school two-hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This responsible, resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his everyday trials and traumas. The single-camera comedy series stars Tichina Arnold (“Big Momma’s House”) as Rochelle, Terry Crews (“White Chicks”) as Julius, Tyler Williams as Chris, Tequan Richmond (“Ray”) as Drew, Imani Hakim as Tonya, and Vincent Martella (“Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo”) as Greg. EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS is a production of Chris Rock Enterprises, Inc. in association with Paramount Network Television. Chris Rock (“Head of State”), Ali LeRoi (“Head of State”), Howard Gewirtz (“Oliver Beene”), Michael Rotenberg (“The Chris Rock Show”) and Dave Becky (“The Hugleys”) are executive producers.
LOVE, INC. (Thursday, 9:30-10:00 PM) follows Denise Johnson, an energetic, pragmatic young woman who takes pride in her success as a full-service dating consultant. As the female version of a “wingman,” this savvy matchmaker and her quirky co-workers help lovelorn single men, and even women, present the best image possible to just the right prospects. Skilled at helping her clients find their seemingly unattainable soulmates, Denise continues to grapple with her inability to find one herself. The series stars Shannen Doherty (“Charmed”) as Denise, Reagan Gomez-Preston (“Beauty Shop”) as Francine, Vince Vieluf (“Grind”) as Barry, Ion Overman (“General Hospital”) as Viviana, and Holly Robinson Peete (“For Your Love”) as Clea. LOVE, INC. is a production of Chase TV, The Littlefield Company and Burg/Koules in association with Paramount Network Television. Adam Chase (“Friends”), Warren Littlefield (“Keen Eddie”) and Mark Burg & Oren Koules (“Two and a Half Men”) are executive producers. Writer Andrew Secunda (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”) is a co-executive producer.
NEW DRAMA: SEX, LIES & SECRETS (Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 PM), set in the small, hip neighborhood of Silver Lake, on the outskirts of Hollywood, is a fresh, edgy new drama that explores the intimate and often complex relationships of a tight-knit group of friends finding out who they are and what they want in life. These twenty-somethings have become a family sharing everything, but as in any family, the need to protect each other can often compel these friends to keep secrets that sometimes do more harm than good. The new drama stars Denise Richards (“Scary Movie 3”) as Jolene, Eric Balfour (“Six Feet Under”) as Charlie, Lauren German (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) as Rose, Omar Miller (“Shall We Dance”) as Coop, Tamara Taylor (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”) as Nina, and James Stevenson (“Hope and Faith”) as Hank. SEX, LIES & SECRETS is produced by Axelrod/Edwards Company in association with Paramount Network Television. Jonathan Axelrod, Kelly Edwards and Daniel Cerone (“Clubhouse”) are executive producers. Michael Gans & Richard Register (“Celebrity Deathmatch”) are co-executive producers and writers.
MID-SEASON DRAMA: SOUTH BEACH (Day/Time TBD) revolves around Matt and Vince, best friends filled with aspirations of a better future, as they abandon their world as they know it and head to the alluring paradise of sandy beaches, beautiful people and hot spots in glamorous South Beach. Matt’s preoccupation with his old, fashion-model girlfriend has him diving head first into her thrilling new life, even though she has moved on, and Vince, willing to do anything to get ahead, uncovers the dangerous and possibly seedy underbelly of SOUTH BEACH. The series stars Marcus Coloma (“Point Pleasant”) as Matt, Chris Johnson (“xXx: State of the Union”) as Vincent, Lee Thompson Young (“Friday Night Lights”) as Ian, and Vanessa L. Williams (“Johnson Family Vacation”) as Elizabeth. SOUTH BEACH is produced by Nuyorican Productions and Flame Television in association with Paramount Network Television. Tony Krantz (“The Bad Girl’s Guide”), Jennifer Lopez (“Monster-in-Law”), Simon Fields (“Shall We Dance?”) and Philip Levens (“Smallville”) are executive producers.

CBS is next…

I’m looking forward to The Unit and How I Met My Mother. It seems like several former Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel cast members have new shows this fall and that’s pretty cool.

Threshold sounds interesting. Ghost Whisperer just seems like CBS Xeroxing NBC’s very popular Medium.

The Upfronts conclude tomorrow with FOX and UPN presenting their fall lineups.
I’m currently enjoying the first disc of Scrubs – The Complete First Season. Thank you, Netflix. It’s funny beyond belief and I’m glad I can watch this from the beginning. I’ve only caught the show sporadically over the years. Discs 2 and 3 should be arriving, hopefully, this Friday.

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/cgi/pr.cgi?id=20050518cbs01

Following is the 2005-2006 CBS Television Network primetime schedule:

The new dramas are (all times ET/PT):

GHOST WHISPERER (Friday, 8:00 PM) stars Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Party of Five”) in a drama, inspired by the work of famed medium James Van Praagh, about Melinda Gordon (Hewitt), a young newlywed with the unique ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of people who have died and who seek her help. Melinda uses her gift to relay significant messages and important information to the living, but sometimes the messages she receives are intense and confusing. As a result, she is often met with questions and skepticism by the survivors. But when Melinda is able to help both the lost souls who contact her and those who are still alive, she knows that her unique talent is an asset and not a liability. David Conrad (“Profiler”) and Aisha Tyler (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) also star. John Gray (“Helter Skelter,” “Martin & Lewis”), Ian Sander and Kim Moses (“Profiler”) are executive producers for Touchstone Television in association with Paramount Network Television.

THRESHOLD (Friday, 9:00 PM) stars Carla Gugino (“Sin City”), Charles S. Dutton (“Something the Lord Made”), Brian Van Holt (“House of Wax”), Robert Patrick Benedict (“Felicity”) and Brent Spiner (“The Aviator”) in a suspenseful drama about a team of experts who are assembled when the U.S. Navy makes a chilling discovery: an extra terrestrial craft has landed in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey (Gugino) is a government contingency analyst whose job is to devise response plans for worst-case scenarios. When her plan called THRESHOLD is activated upon the news of the UFO, she and her hand-picked team of eclectic specialists get to work deciphering the intention of the craft and preparing for the possibility of a crisis situation — an alien invasion. Brannon Braga (“Enterprise”), David Heyman (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) and David Goyer (“Blade: Trinity”) are executive producers for Paramount Network Television.

CLOSE TO HOME (Tuesday, 10:00 PM) stars Jennifer Finnigan (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) in a legal drama that tears away the facade of suburbia to reveal that sometimes quiet and tranquil streets can hide the darkest of crimes. Annabeth Chase (Finnigan) is a young, aggressive prosecutor with a perfect conviction record who tries the cases that take place in her own backyard. Returning to work after having her first child, Annabeth is ready to take on the most difficult cases, fueled by her passion to protect her community and her family. Kimberly Elise (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”), John Carroll Lynch (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Christian Kane (“Friday Night Lights”) also star. Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Without A Trace”), Jonathan Littman (“Cold Case,” “The Amazing Race”), Jim Leonard (“Thieves”) and Simon West (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.

CRIMINAL MINDS (Wednesday, 9:00 PM) stars Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin (“Chicago Hope”), Thomas Gibson (“Dharma & Greg”) and Daytime Emmy Award winner Shemar Moore (“The Young and the Restless”) in a suspense thriller about an elite squad of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next move before they strike again. Each member of the team brings their own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in order to stop them. Matthew Gubler (“The Life Aquatic”) and Lola Glaudini (“The Sopranos”) also star. Mark Gordon (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Ed Bernero (“Third Watch”) are executive producers, and Jeff Davis and Deborah Spera (“Fathers and Sons”) are co-executive producers for Touchstone Television in association with Paramount Network Television.

The new comedies are (all times ET/PT):

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (Monday, 8:30 PM) is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all started when Ted’s best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel, “Freaks and Geeks”), drops the bombshell that he’s going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Lily (Alyson Hannigan, “American Pie”), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realizes that he had better get a move on if he hopes to find true love, too. Helping him in his quest is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris, “Doogie Howser, M.D.”), a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous, opinions, a penchant for suits and a fool-proof way to meet women. When Ted meets Robin (Cobie Smulders, “Veritas: The Quest”), he’s sure it’s love at first sight, but destiny may have something else in store. With voice-over by Bob Saget (“Full House”), the show is told through flashbacks from the future. Carter Bays & Craig Thomas (“Late Show with David Letterman”) are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television.

OUT OF PRACTICE (Monday, 9:30 PM) is a comedy about a family of physicians who share the same profession but have little else in common. Ben Chase (Christopher Gorham, “Felicity”) is an earnest young couples’ counselor whose family doesn’t consider him to be a “real” doctor because he doesn’t have “M.D.” after his name. But despite their lofty credentials, Ben might be the best prescription for the future of this family. Stockard Channing (“The West Wing”), Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”), Ty Burrell, (“In Good Company”) and Paula Marshall (“Spin City”) also star. Joe Keenan (“Frasier”) and Christopher Lloyd (“Frasier”) are executive producers for Paramount Network Television. Multiple Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) directed the pilot.

The midseason series are:

EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT MEN stars Jenna Elfman (“Dharma & Greg”) in a comedy about Bex Atwell (Elfman), an attractive secretary with simple goals: find true love, have an exciting career and a normal relationship with her father. But in a world where men behave like, well…men, she realizes that she may be overly ambitious. Now, Bex is determined to figure out what men are all about while wondering why women even bother to try to understand them in the first place. Brady Smith (“Just Pray”), Hugh Bonneville (“Doctor Zhivago”), Rhea Seehorn (“Romy and Michele: In the Beginning”), Lauren Tom (“Friends”) and Dabney Coleman (“Nine to Five”) also star. Fred Barron (“According to Bex,” “Caroline in the City”) is the executive producer for Touchstone Television in association with Paramount Network Television. Multiple Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.

THE UNIT stars Dennis Haysbert (“24”), Scott Foley (“Felicity”), Robert Patrick (“The X-Files”) and Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away”) in an action drama that follows a covert team of special forces operatives as they risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe, while their families maintain the homefront, protecting their husbands’ secrets. Max Martini (“Saving Private Ryan”), Michael Irby (“Piñero”), Demore Barnes (“The Associates”), Abby Brammell (“Revenge of The Middle-Aged Woman”) and Amy Acker (“Catch Me If You Can”) also star. Pulitzer Prize-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated writer David Mamet (“Glengarry Glen Ross”) and Emmy Award-nominated writer Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television.

CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
2005-2006 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
(N=New; NT=New Time; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM THE KING OF QUEENS (NT)
8:30-9:00 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (N)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (NT)
9:30-10:00 PM OUT OF PRACTICE (N)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE
10:00-11:00 PM CLOSE TO HOME (N)

WEDNESDAY

8:00-8:30 PM STILL STANDING (NT)
8:30-9:00 PM YES, DEAR (NT)
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (N)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
10:00-11:00 PM WITHOUT A TRACE

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER (N)
9:00-10:00 PM THRESHOLD (N)
10:00-11:00 PM NUMB3RS

SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY

SUNDAY
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM COLD CASE
9:00-11:00 PM CBS SUNDAY MOVIE

More great TV news…

Can I get a ‘hell yeah’?!
FOX Wants ’24’ Times Two
(Tuesday, May 17 10:33 AM) LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)
Stealing some of the thunder from networks with early upfront presentations, FOX reportedly has a deal in place to bring back “24” for two seasons, a move that would come fast on the heels of the third season renewal for “Arrested Development.” Both shows come to the network from 20th Century Fox TV by way of Imagine Television.According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations between FOX and the studio over “24” were complicated by the producers’ attempt to secure a higher license fee in order to handle the lofty production costs on the fourth year drama.There had been rumors that the lengthy discussions might allow another network — possibly NBC — to sneak in and steal the show. FOX held “24” off its fall schedule this past year in order to launch a repeat-free season beginning in January. The move has paid off in spades, as the Kiefer Sutherland series has averaged just under 12 million viewers per week, as particularly impressive achievement given the show’s generally so-so lead-ins. The show is approaching a two-hour finale on Monday, May 23.A three-time nominee for outstanding drama series, “24” won the Golden Globe for best television series, drama, in 2004.FOX will announce its complete 2005-06 schedule on Thursday (May 19).
And in even BETTER news….
FOX DOES MORE TIME WITH “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT,” ORDERING A FULL THIRD SEASON
Released by FOX
FOX DOES MORE TIME WITH “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT,” ORDERING A FULL THIRD SEASON
FOX gets ARRESTED again. The network has ordered a third full season of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, it was announced today by Peter Liguori, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is one of the best comedies on television. The decision to order another season becomes easy when you consider its amazing cast, creative brilliance, critical acclaim and advertiser appeal,” said Liguori. “It’s my first official pick-up since taking the job, and I think it’s a great way to start.” The critically acclaimed series revolves around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the good son who must run the family business and continue to pick up the pieces as he keeps his offbeat family from falling apart. The comedy has featured guest appearances by numerous stars including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Liza Minnelli, Heather Graham and Ben Stiller. Last year, the show received five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Writing, Directing, Casting and Editing. Additionally, Jason Bateman won a Golden Globe for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role – Musical or Comedy Series and the show was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Musical or Comedy Series. This past season, the cast was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The show was also named an AFI Program of the Year and received the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy, among other accolades. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is produced by Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, David Nevins and Mitch Hurwitz are executive producers.
WOO-FUCKING-HOO!!!!!!
Ahem. This is absolutely stellar news. I was worried of the show’s fate and am ecstatic that Peter Ligouri did this as his first act as FOX’s new President.
CBS announces its fall schedule tomorrow, with FOX and UPN’s upfronts scheduled for Thursday. I really hope How I Met Your Mother and The Unit are picked up at CBS, as Amy Acker is on The Unit and Alyson Hannigan is in the former. If FOX picks up Kitchen Confidential, then that’ll make several former Angel/Buffy The Vampire Slayer cast members with new series on the air this fall (David Borenanaz is in FOX’s Bones).
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I watched the penultimate episode of Veronica Mars last night. WOW. The show brought tears to my eyes *and* managed to shock the hell out of me. The season finale rests lovingly on TiVo and I cannot wait to watch it. At least, thanks to UPN President Dawn Ostroff’s kind show of support with an early renewal for the show, I can look forward to a brand new season in just a few months.
Well, I’m going to try to relax a bit before bed. My fucking ankle (and now back of my upper thigh) is killing me and I MUST get new shoes and/or see a podiatrist ASAP. I’ll keep you informed.
Scrubs – The Complete First Season is on the way from TiVo. I’ve watched it only sporadically and I look forward to immersing myself in its quirky goodness.
Speaking of quirky, we have Clarissa Explains It All: The Complete First Season and The Adventures of Pete and Pete – The Complete First Season on DVD at work. They were both released today and I played both in the store. It was a lovely romp through memory lane, especially the demented genius that is Pete and Pete.

ABC is next…

Wow, ABC has gone from one of the networks I hardly ever watch to my second most-watched network (FOX is first, for their Sunday animation block, 24, and House)! Here’s what’s coming up for the Alphabet network this fall.I think I’ll be checking out all of their new series and am glad to see ABC and the other networks embracing sci-fi series this fall. The genre’s been gone from network TV for far too long.

Here’s the website for ABC’s Fall Schedule 2005/2006 –

http://abc.go.com/primetime/schedule/2005-06/index.html

ABC FALL SCHEDULE – 2005/2006

MONDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Wife Swap” (through January. New night and time)

9:00 p.m. “Monday Night Football” (through January)

(the following will premiere after MNF)

8:00 p.m. “The Bachelor” (new time)

9:00 p.m. “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” (new comedy series)

9:30 p.m. “Jake in Progress” (new night and time)

10:00 p.m. “What About Brian” (new drama series)

TUESDAY:

8:00 p.m. “According to Jim” (new time)

8:30 p.m. “Rodney” (new time)

9:00 p.m. “Commander-in-Chief” (new drama series)

10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal” (new night)

WEDNESDAY:

8:00 p.m. “George Lopez” (new night and time)

8:30 p.m. “Freddie” (new comedy series)

9:00 p.m. “Lost” (new time)

10:00 p.m. “Invasion” (new drama series)

THURSDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Alias” (new night and time)

9:00 p.m. “The Night Stalker”(new drama series)

10:00 p.m. “Primetime Live”

FRIDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Supernanny” (new night and time)

9:00 p.m. “Hope & Faith”

9:30 p.m. “Hot Properties” (new comedy series)

10:00 p.m. “20/20”

SATURDAY:8:00 p.m. “ABC Movie of the Week”

SUNDAY:

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

9:00 p.m. “Desperate Housewives”

10:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

Descriptions of the 12 new entertainment series joining ABC’s primetime schedule next season, listed in alphabetical order, follow (all times are Eastern):

“Commander-in-Chief” (one-hour drama, Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., ET) — Mackenzie Allen has a lot on her plate… She has twin teenagers and a six-year-old at home, an ambitious husband at the office, and she is about to become the first female President of the United States. Before that happens, however, Mackenzie, who serves as Vice President, has to decide whether or not to go against the dying wishes of the current President, who has asked her to step down and let someone “more appropriate” fill his shoes in the Oval Office. Not only does the President want her to resign, so does the entire party that elected her in the first place. But when the moment of truth arrives, Mackenzie isn’t willing to be a mere footnote in history. Instead of allowing her detractors to keep her down, she decides to trust her instincts and accept the most powerful job in the world. ”Commander-in-Chief” stars Academy Award®-winner Geena Davis and comes from Rod Lurie, acclaimed writer/director of the Oscar-nominated film, “The Contender,” and creator of the critically acclaimed ABC series, “Line of Fire.” Cast: Geena Davis (“Thelma and Louise”): Mackenzie AllenDonald Sutherland (“M*A*S*H”): Nathan TempletonHarry J. Lennix (“Ray”): Jim GardnerEver Carradine (“Once and Again”): Kelly Ludlow Kyle Secor (“Homicide: Life on the Street”): Rod AllenJulie Ann Emery (“Line of Fire”): Joan Greer Andrew James Allen: Horace AllenCaitlin Wachs: Rebecca AllenJasmine Anthony: Amy Allen Credits: Executive Producer/Writer: Rod Lurie (“Line of Fire”)Executive Producer: Marc Frydman (“Line of Fire”)Director: Rod LurieProduction Company: Touchstone Television, Battle Plan Productions

Freddie” (half-hour comedy, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., ET) — Four women to every man are great odds when you’re a single guy out on the town, but not ideal when it comes to your living situation. Freddie is a young, successful chef with his own restaurant, a stylish bachelor pad and a trust fund baby for a best friend. The world should be Freddie’s oyster at this stage in life, but bachelorhood isn’t working out exactly as he envisioned. Freddie loved growing up in a house full of women. He loved the energy of everyone running around, loved cooking for them all, but now he’s finally realizing why his father used to lock himself in the bathroom just for some peace and quiet. Still, Freddie believes family always comes first, which is why he insisted his sister, sister-in-law, niece and grandmother come live with him after his brother passed away. Slowly but surely they are taking over his domain, and voicing their many opinions about his love life. Freddie will have to learn to balance his role as provider, brother, grandson, and uncle, all while trying to enjoy what should be his swinging single days. The creative forces behind “The Drew Carey Show” and “George Lopez” serve up a comedic dish based on the raucous femme-filled real life of star Freddie Prinze, Jr. (“She’s All That,” “Scooby Doo”). Cast: Freddie Prinze, Jr. (“Scooby Doo”): FreddieJacqueline Obradors (“NYPD Blue”): Sofia Brian Green (“Beverly Hills, 90210”): Chris Jenny Gago: GrandmaChloe Suazo: Zoey Credits: Executive Producers/Writers: Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show,” “George Lopez”), Freddie Prinze, Jr., Bruce Rasmussen (“The Drew Carey Show”)Producer/Writer: Conrad Jackson Executive Producer: Deborah Oppenheimer (“The Drew Carey Show,” “George Lopez”)Production Companies: Warner Bros. Television, Mohawk Productions, The Firm

“Hot Properties” (half-hour comedy, Friday, 9:30 p.m., ET) — In a Manhattan real estate office, four very different women cater to high-end clients while coping with their own personal predicaments. Married to a handsome 25-year-old, fortysomething Ava Summerlin wants to start a family, while self-improvement junkie Chloe would settle for any guy who can remember her the next day. Recently divorced, after being married ten years to a gay man, voluptuous Lola dreads jumping back into the dating pool, and the latest addition to this eclectic work group is rich girl Emerson Ives, who instantly bonds with the women upon learning that her supposedly virginal fiancé was anything but. And the ladies’ office neighbors from down the hall, therapist Dr. Sellers Boyd and plastic surgeon Dr. Charlie Thorpe, help keep things lively around the water cooler. In the tradition of “Designing Women,” “Golden Girls” and “Sex and the City” comes an uninhibited comedy with real career women trying to have real relationships. One of the Emmy Award-winning producers of the mega-hit “Frasier” reveals just how exciting the world of New York real estate can be. Cast:Audra Blaser: EmersonStephen Dunham (“Monster-in-Law”): CharlieEvan Handler (“Sex and the City”): SellersGail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue”): AvaNicole Sullivan (“King of Queens”): ChloeSofia Vergara (“Chasing Papi”): Lola Credits: Executive Producer/Writer: Suzanne Martin (“Frasier”)Production Company: Interbang Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

“Invasion” (one-hour drama, Wednesday, 10:00 p.m., ET) — For centuries man has searched the skies for signs of intelligent life… but to no avail. What if the explanation lay in the fact that aliens were already here… already among us? And what if all of the natural disasters we’ve been experiencing of late were smokescreens designed to mask something far more ominous? When yet another devastating hurricane threatens Florida, temporarily cutting off a small town at the edge of the Everglades, U.S. Park Ranger Russell Poole takes heroic measures to keep both the town’s citizens and his family safe. In the middle of the violent storm, his young daughter is the only one to see small lights floating towards the water, seemingly unaffected by the vicious winds. At the time he thinks nothing of her claim, but begins to suspect that something may indeed be amiss when his missing ex-wife is found naked, with no memory of what happened during the storm. As the tiny town struggles to recover while his nemesis, the Sheriff, quarantines the entire area, Poole begins to investigate the strange goings on, unwittingly beginning a fight for the survival of the human race. Veteran writer/producer Shaun Cassidy and celebrated director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”) bring you the suspenseful tale of a blended family that finds itself at the center of a conspiracy to mask an alien takeover that is happening one neighbor at a time. Cast: William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down”): Sheriff UnderlayEddie Cibrian (“Third Watch”): RussellKari Matchett: Mariel Lisa Sheridan: LarkinTyler Labine (“That Was Then”): DaveAlexis Dziena: KiraEvan Peters (“The Days”): JesseAriel Gade: Rose Credits: Executive Producer/Writer: Shaun Cassidy (“American Gothic”)Pilot Executive Producer/Director: Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”)Production Company: Warner Bros. Television, Shaun Cassidy Productions

“The Night Stalker” (one-hour drama, Thursday, 9:00 p.m., ET) — There are things in the dark, things adults deny but children are right to fear… When a pregnant woman is snatched from her home, the shocked citizens of L.A. believe it’s an act of domestic violence. But crime reporter Carl Kolchak suspects that the truth is far more complicated. That’s because 18 months ago Kolchak’s wife was killed in a bizarre fashion and he has been the FBI’s no. 1 suspect ever since. Kolchak’s determination to find the truth behind his wife’s mysterious murder has led him to investigate other crimes that seem to have some kind of supernatural component. But he’s trying to piece together a puzzle that keeps changing shape. Who or what is committing these crimes? How are they all related? And why do some victims end up with a strange red mark on their hands in the shape of a snake? With sidekick Perri Reed, a sexy if skeptical fellow reporter in tow, Kolchak will go to any lengths to answer these questions. But when he does discover the truth – will anyone believe him? Cast: Stuart Townsend (“League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”): Carl KolchakGabrielle Union (“Something the Lord Made”): Perri ReedEric Jungmann (“Not Another Teen Movie”): Jain McManusCotter Smith (“X2”): Tony Vincenzo Credits: Executive Producer/Writer: Frank Spotnitz (“The X Files”)Executive Producer/Director: Daniel Sackheim (“The X Files”)Production Company: Touchstone Television

MIDSEASON

“Crumbs” (half-hour comedy) — Family is enough to drive anyone a little crazy. Children keep secrets from their parents so they won’t upset them, dads leave for other women and moms try to run over dads with the car. Actually, that was the point that the Crumb family realized Mom was crazy. Estranged brothers Mitch and Jody Crumb reunite in their small hometown to deal with their mother, Suzanne, who is being released from a psychiatric country club and has yet to discover that her ex-husband, Billy, is about to have a baby with his new girlfriend. They have issues… major issues. Central to everything is the dynamic between these two brothers: Mitch is the prodigal son who is returning home after a failed Hollywood career, and Jody is the older brother who has stayed in the confines of their small New England town to run the family business. Together for the first time as adults, this family will have to stick by one another despite their combustible relationships. The creator of “Caroline in the City” mines his own WASP family for comedy that’s smart, funny and surprising. The series stars Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”) and Jane Curtin (two-time Emmy Award winner for “Kate & Allie,” “SNL,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) and is from the producers of “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill.” Cast:Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”): MitchEddie McClintock (“The Sweetest Thing”): JodyMaggie Lawson (“Pleasantville”): Andrea William Devane (“Knot’s Landing”): BillyJane Curtin (“SNL,” “3rd Rock From the Sun”): Suzanne Credits: Executive Producer/Writer: Marco Pennette (“Caroline in the City”)Executive Producers: Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola — (“Smallville,” “One Tree Hill”)Production Company: Touchstone Television

“Emily’s Reasons Why Not” (half-hour comedy, Monday, 9:00 p.m., ET – after Monday Night Football) – Emily Sanders is a successful young woman with terrific taste, great friends and a fabulous job in publishing. She didn’t get to this place in life by accident. She worked hard and always followed a set of self-imposed guidelines referred to as the “Reasons.” Reasons why not to take that new job offer, reasons why not to tell a vacation fling to look you up if he’s ever in Los Angeles, reasons why not to trust your crafty, back-stabbing former assistant, Glitter Cho. However, when Emily crosses professional lines and gets involved with the roguishly handsome, two-timing author of their new bestseller, there’s no denying that somewhere along the way her internal GPS system crashed. She’s got to get back on track, and once again be heedful of the trustworthy reasons that help her navigate her way through life. Based on the bestselling novel of the same title, Heather Graham stars in this comedy about one independent woman’s adventures in life, friendship, love and their infinite possibilities… Cast:Heather Graham (“Scrubs,” “Boogie Nights”): Emily Nadia Dajani (“Ned and Stacey”): Reilly Khary Payton: Josh Smith Cho: Glitter Credits: Writer: Emily Kapnek (“As Told by Ginger”)Executive Producers: Gavin Polone (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Vivian Cannon (“Thief”), Robin Schiff (“The Bad Girls Guide”)Production Companies: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pariah

“The Evidence” (one-hour drama) — People lie. The evidence doesn’t. It’s the foundation of every conviction – with evidence, justice is possible; without evidence, guilty men walk free. Acclaimed producer John Wells, (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Third Watch”) and director Gary Fleder (“Blind Justice,” “Runaway Jury”) put a twist on the standard police procedural. At the top of each episode, all of the clues (a locket, a phone, a severed finger) are revealed in a videotaped evidence log. The show then flashes to the day the crime was committed and invites viewers to play along with the heroes as they find each clue, determine its meaning, put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out who done it. No one knows the importance of evidence more than Inspector Sean Cole. After he lost his wife in a brutal murder, the only evidence the cops had was accidentally destroyed, and it ruined his faith in the system. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Bishop, is there for him, pulling him back to work, pushing him forward, as they both try to solve these complex cases set against the beautiful streets of San Francisco. Cast: Orlando Jones (“Mad TV,” “Runaway Jury”): Cayman BishopNicky Katt (“Boston Public”): Inspector Sean Cole Martin Landau (“Ed Wood”): Dr. Sol Gold Credits: Executive Producers/Writers: Sam Baum, Dustin Thomason Executive Producer/Director: Gary Fleder (“The Shield,” “Runaway Jury”) Production Company: John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television

“In Justice” (one-hour drama) — There are a lot of procedurals on the air that focus on putting people in jail. This is a show about getting them out. very year, hundreds of innocent men and women get convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Sloppy police work. False testimony. Biased juries. In the blink of an eye an innocent man can lose his life to the mistakes of an imperfect system. And every year the number of innocents who live without hope behind bars multiplies, while the real criminals walk free. The innocent have finally found a champion in a blustery but charismatic attorney named David Swayne. A legendary litigator, Swayne is the head of the Justice Project, a high-profile, non-profit organization made up of hungry young associates who fight to overturn wrongful convictions, liberate the falsely accused and discover the identity of those really to blame. Whether the ego-driven Swayne is doing this in the pursuit of justice or publicity remains to be seen. Thank goodness he has his partner, crackerjack investigator and ex-cop Charles Conti, to keep him honest. He’s the serious to Swayne’s swagger, and together they work to rectify the mistakes of the justice system one case at a time. Using real life stories as inspiration, the producers of “life as we know it” have created a legal drama reminiscent of “Reversal of Fortune,” in which clients who are presumed guilty must ultimately be proven innocent. Cast: Jason O’Mara (“The Agency”): Charles ContiKyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks,” “Sex and the City”): David SwayneConstance Zimmer (“Good Morning, Miami”): BriannaDaniel Cosgrove (“Beverly Hills, 90210”): JonLarissa Gomes: Tina Credits: Executive Producers/Writers: Robert King and Michelle King Executive Producer: Stu Bloomberg (“life as we know it”)Production Company: Touchstone Television

“The Miracle Workers” (one-hour alternative series) — “The Miracle Workers” are an elite team of physicians who embrace revolutionary medical treatments many never knew existed. Each week, the show will focus on a single patient with a serious medical condition and follow as this dream team of medical professionals changes his or her life forever through treatment. The team will utilize their extraordinary expertise in cutting edge medical technology to restore not only the health but also the hope of the patient. Each episode will feature some of the world’s most renowned medical experts performing breakthrough procedures to heal those who need it most, making possible what was previously thought impossible. For individuals who otherwise would never have access to elite medical specialists or the ability to afford costly procedures, “The Miracle Workers” will make possible what was previously thought impossible. Credits:Executive Producers: Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, co-heads of DreamWorks Television; David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe from Renegade 83 EntertainmentCo-Executive Producer: Bill Guttentag Production Companies: Dreamworks Television and Renegade 83 Entertainment

“Sons & Daughters” (half-hour comedy) — Family is always unpredictable, so why write a family comedy when you can live dangerously and improvise instead? Like real families, you never know what will happen when you give characters total freedom. Adult siblings Cameron, Sharon and Jenna have many years of shared history in this small town. Like every other family on the planet, their history includes many mistakes. This is proven by the multiple marriages and many children in their close extended clan. Sharon has postponed her mid-life crisis for the sake of her kids, but her sexless marriage, slacker son and nosey daughter don’t make things easy for her. Jenna, the youngest, wanted to be a singer, but instead is a single mom who still lives at home. Luckily her parents love babysitting their grandson. Middle child Cameron, despite having kids from two marriages and a difficult relationship with his oldest son, Henry, is the glue that holds the family together. With all the messy interpersonal relationships, rivalries and religious differences, everyone needs someone to be the family’s designated driver. Leading this three-ring family circus is executive producer Lorne Michaels, the comedy veteran behind the long-running “Saturday Night Live.” Cast:Fred Goss (“Significant Others”): Cameron WalkerGillian Vigman (“Mad TV”): Liz WalkerAlison Quinn: Sharon FentonJerry Lambert: Don FentonDesmond Harrington (“Taken”): Wylie BlakeCorri English: Jenna HalbertDee Wallace (“ET, the Extra Terrestrial”): Colleen HalbertLois Hall: Aunt RaeNoah Applebaum: Ezra WalkerAlexandra Gold Jourden: Marni WalkerTrevor Einhorn (“BASEketball”): HenryEden Sher: KerryGreg Pitts: Tommy WhiteMax Gail (“Barney Miller”): Wendal Halbert Credits: Executive Producers/Writers: Fred Goss, Nick Holly Executive Producer: Joanne Alfano, Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”) Production Companies: Broadway Video in association with NBC Universal Television StudioDirector: Fred Goss

“What About Brian” (one-hour drama, Monday, 10:00 p.m., ET – after Monday Night Football) — Brian is the guy everyone wants as a best friend. He’s the guy who’ll stand by you at your wedding, drive you to the hospital, cheer your kids on at their little league game… the guy whom every wife dotes on and every husband wants to either grab a beer with or live vicariously through. But as all of his friends pair off and Brian emerges as the last bachelor standing, questions begin to arise in his head: Is there such a thing as Mr. or Mrs. Right? Why does love have to be so complicated? What is his problem with commitment? And the most pressing question of all — could all of his problems stem from the fact that he is harboring a crush on his best friend’s girl? At 34, Brian is the last single guy in his group of friends: his best friend, Adam, was going to break up with picture-perfect Marjorie, but proposed instead. Brian’s sister, Nic, and her boy-toy husband, Angelo, are trying hard to have kids. The bohemian Dave and Deena have three little girls and no sex life. And, like all married people, they can’t wait for Brian to join their “club,” though they’re not exactly sure why. As for Brian, well, he’s a serial monogamist but still holds out hope that one day he’ll open the door and be blinded by love. ”What About Brian” is from the producers of “Lost” and “Alias” and the screenwriter of “City of Angels” and “For Love of the Game.” Cast: Barry Watson (“7th Heaven”): BrianMatthew Davis (“Legally Blonde”): AdamPolly Shannon (“Street Time”): Marjorie Rick Gomez (“Band of Brothers”): DaveAmanda Detmer (“Kiss the Bride”): DeenaRaoul Bova (“Under the Tuscan Sun”): AngeloRosanna Arquette (“Pulp Fiction”): Nic Credits:Executive Producer/Writer: Dana Stevens (“City of Angels”)Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams, Thom Sherman, Bryan Burk (“Alias,” “Lost”)Executive Producers/Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (“Arrested Development”)Production Company: Touchstone Television, Bad Robot

Here’s what’s on the schedule…

For ABC and The WB. It looks like ABC is playing to win and they’re really adding some interesting shows. I’ll expound on that theory in just a second. The WB seems stuck in a rut. Not too many exciting things going on over there.

THE WB FALL SCHEDULE 2005/2006

I’ll check out Pepper Dennis, Supernatural, and Twins (because of Sara Gilbert).
New series denoted in bold.
Monday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “7TH HEAVEN” Returning for its record-breaking tenth season on The WB, the series stars Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, David Gallagher, Beverley Mitchell, Nikolas & Lorenzo Brino, George Stults and Tyler Hoechlin. Brenda Hampton, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent serve as executive producers on the series produced by Spelling Television, Inc.
9:00-10:00 p.m. “JUST LEGAL” “Just Legal” is a fast-paced procedural drama with humor starring Jay Baruchel (‘Undeclared,” ‘Million Dollar Baby”) and Don Johnson (“Miami Vice, ” “Nash Bridges”) as lawyers who save their clients, and in the process, save themselves. David “Skip” Ross (Baruchel), 19, a brilliant legal prodigy, dreams of becoming a great trial lawyer. When he can’t land a job at a prestigious L.A. firm because he’s too young, Skip ends up working for Grant Cooper (Johnson). Once a great lawyer, now burnt-out by the realities of life, Cooper is barely scraping by in his beachfront law office. Together, Skip and Cooper become defenders of the accused and crusaders for the unjustly wronged. Their cases vary from stories ripped from today’s headlines to clever mysteries with procedural twists. Skip’s middle-class parents, Deborah (Veanne Cox, “Erin Brockovich”) and Lenny Ross (Raphael Sbarge, “The Guardian”), and his under-achieving younger brother Tom (newcomer Michael Mitchell), are all extremely proud of Skip’s accomplishments, but are also concerned for his well-being, especially when his first case involves proving the innocence of a young woman named Paradise (Peyton List, “The Greatest Game Ever Played”) who has been falsely accused of a gang-related murder. Always the underdogs, forced to do the gritty work of finding clues and tracking down witnesses in the beautiful, but often dangerous world of Southern California, Cooper teaches Skip to be a lawyer and a man, while Skip renews Cooper’s faith in the law and himself. Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI, ” “Cold Case, ” “Without a Trace”), Jonathan Littman (“CSI, ” “Cold Case, ” “Without a Trace”) and Jonathan Shapiro (“The Practice, ” “Boston Legal”) are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.
Tuesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “GILMORE GIRLS” Returning for its sixth season on The WB, the series stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Liza Weil, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann. Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino and Gavin Polone serve as executive producers on the series produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions and Hofflund/Polone in association with Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.
9:00-10:00 p.m. “SUPERNATURAL” The WB has a long tradition of interweaving character dramas and the world of the supernatural. It began with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and continues with hits like “Smallville” and “Charmed. ” This fall, The WB will take viewers on a completely new kind of thrill ride; a journey into the dark world of the unexplained that will deliver the terror of films like “The Ring” and “The Grudge. ” Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki, “Gilmore Girls”) has done his best to escape his family’s eerie history, but, along with his older brother Dean (Jensen Ackles, “Smallville”), Sam is bound by tragedy and blood to a dangerous, other-worldly mission. Criss-crossing the mysterious back roads of the country in their `67 Chevy Impala, the Winchester brothers search for their missing father – and hunt down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way. From Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers McG (“Charlie’s Angels” “The O.C. ”), writer/executive producer Eric Kripke (‘Boogeyman”) and director/executive producer David Nutter (“Without a Trace, ” “Smallville, ” “Roswell, ” “Band of Brothers, ” “The West Wing, ” “ER, ” “The X Files”).
Wednesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “ONE TREE HILL” Returning for its third season on The WB, the series stars Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Paul Johansson, Sophia Bush, Barbara Alyn Woods, Barry Corbin, Craig Sheffer and Moira Kelly. Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Mark Schwahn serve as executive producers on the series produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.
9:00-10:00 p.m. “RELATED” The four Sorelli sisters are a bundle of contradictions. These quirky young women are best friends one minute and bitter enemies the next. They confide in one another, yet manage to keep a lot of secrets. They worry about each other, give advice and push each other’s buttons. First-born sister Ann (casting TBD) is a 33-year-old legal aid lawyer and the nurturing mother hen of the group. Ann works out of a run-down office, helping people who have no voice, while her closest sibling, Ginnie (Jennifer Esposito, “Crash” “Spin City”), also an attorney, spends her days in a high-powered law firm working for huge corporations. While Ann worries about her long-time relationship with chef and restaurant-owner Danny (Jon Hamm, “The Division” “Kissing Jessica Stein”), Ginnie is trying to figure out how to tell her husband Bob (Callum Blue, “Dead Like Me” “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement”), her bosses and her family that she is pregnant. Next in line is 23-year-old Marjee (Lizzy Caplan, “Mean Girls”), a special events coordinator who stresses out over her demanding celebrity clients while secretly yearning for respect and approval from her older sisters. The youngest sister, Rose (Laura Breckenridge, “Boston Public”), is a 19-year-old college student who just switched her major from pre-med to experimental theater and is afraid to deliver this news to her over-achieving family. A comedic ensemble drama, “Related” is a poignant reminder that family is what life is all about. From Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. and Class IV Productions with executive producers Marta Kauffman (“Friends”), Steve Pearlman, Andrew Plotkin, director/executive producer Mimi Leder (“ER, ” “Pay It Forward”) and writer/co-executive producer Liz Tuccillo (“Sex and the City” and the best-selling book, “He’s Just Not That Into You”).
Thursday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “SMALLVILLE” Returning for its fifth season on The WB, the series stars Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O’Toole and John Schneider. Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Greg Beeman, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Ken Horton serve as executive producers on the series produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.
9:00-10:00 p.m. “EVERWOOD” Returning for its fourth season on The WB, the series stars Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp, Debra Mooney, John Beasley, Vivien Cardone, Chris Pratt, Stephanie Niznik, Merrilyn Gann, Scott Wolf, Sarah Drew and Tom Amandes. Greg Berlanti, Mickey Liddell and Rina Mimoun serve as executive producers on the series produced by Berlanti/Liddell Productions, Everwood Utah, Inc. in association with and distributed by Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.
Friday
8:00-8:30 p.m. “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU” Returning for its fourth season on The WB, the series stars Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth, Wesley Jonathan, Nick Zano, Leslie Grossman and Allison Munn for Tollin/Robbins Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. 8:30-9:00 p.m. “TWINS” Having explored the hilarious complexities of sexuality with the wildly successful “Will & Grace, ” Emmy Award-winning producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick bring their unique take on contemporary relationships to The WB. This time, they’re targeting societal stereotypes and perceptions of brains vs. beauty with a bitingly funny comedy about twin sisters. Mitchee (Sara Gilbert, “Roseanne”) has the intelligence and the determination of a successful businesswoman. Her twin sister Farrah (Molly Stanton, “Passions”) is a stunningly perfect lingerie model. Mitchee and Farrah are about to inherit their parents’ undergarment business, which gained world-renown for form-fitting inventions that make every woman look and feel like a goddess. These anything-but-identical twins are true reflections of their parents. Mitchee takes after their father, Alan (Mark Linn-Baker, “Perfect Strangers”), a brilliant designer who built the company up from nothing, while Farrah is the image of their mother, Lee (Melanie Griffith, “Working Girl”), a beautiful former lingerie model who is not a deep thinker. There are loyal staff members, especially the flamboyant Neil (Chris Fitzgerald, “Personal Velocity”) and hot new marketing exec, Jordan (Steve Braun, “True Calling, ” “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), but with Mitchee and Farrah in charge, this business – and this family – are going to need a lot of, um, support. From KoMut Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. with executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (“Will & Grace, ” “Boston Common”). 9:00-9:30 p.m. “REBA” Returning for its fifth season on The WB, the series stars Reba McEntire, Christopher Rich, Melissa Peterman, JoAnna Garcia, Steve Howey, Scarlett Pomers and Mitch Holleman. Kevin Abbott, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel and Matt Berry serve as executive producers. Chris Case, Pat Bullard, Reba McEntire, Patti Carr & Lara Runnells and Don Beck are co-executive producers on the series produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Acme Productions.
9:30-10:00 p.m. “LIVING WITH FRAN” Returning for its second season on The WB, the series stars Fran Drescher, Ben Feldman, Ryan McPartlin and Misti Traya. Robert Myer, Jamie Kennedy, David Garrett & Jason Ward and Fran Drescher serve as executive producers on the series produced by Regency Television.
Sunday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “CHARMED” Returning for its eighth season on The WB, the series stars Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs, along with Brian Krause and Dorian Gregory. Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Brad Kern serve as executive producers on the series produced by Spelling Television, Inc.
9:00-10:00 p.m. “BLUE COLLAR TV” Returning for its second season on The WB, the series stars Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, Brooke Dillman, Ashley Drane, Ayda Field, Heath Hyche, Peter Oldring and Gary Anthony Williams. Fax Bahr, Adam Small, Jeff Foxworthy, J.P. Williams, Garry Campbell and Brian Hartt serve as executive producers on the series from Bahr/Small Productions and Parallel Entertainment in association with Riverside Productions, Inc., distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
MIDSEASON SERIES
“PEPPER DENNIS” Feature film star and supermodel Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men, ” ‘Just Shoot Me”) stars as Pepper Dennis, a beautiful and ambitious reporter with her sights set on anchoring Chicago’s top-rated evening news broadcast. Pepper’s career is her top priority, but she does have close friends, especially the station’s makeup artist Kimmy (Lindsay Price, “Beverly Hills, 90210”) and cameraman Chick (Rider Strong, “Boy Meets World”), who has a secret crush on Pepper. Complicating Pepper’s daily life is the fact that her spoiled, needy and recently separated sister Kathy (Brooke Burns, “North Shore,” ”‘Baywatch”) has moved in with her. Worst of all, the hot guy Pepper woke up with this morning, Charlie Bishop (Josh Hopkins, “The Perfect Storm, ” “Ally McBeal”), just showed up in the newsroom, grabbed her dream job and is now practically her boss. She’s trying to despise him, but Charlie is smart, handsome, funny, available and interested. Office romances can be so complicated. From 20th Century Fox Television and writers/executive producers Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts (“Wonderfalls, ” “Roswell, ” “Beverly Hills, 90210”) and director/executive producer Shawn Levy (“The Pink Panther, ” “Cheaper by the Dozen, ” “Big Fat Liar”).
“THE BEDFORD DIARIES” “The Bedford Diaries” explores contemporary New York City-based college life through the unique prism of a provocative Human Behavior and Sexuality class. Controversial and charismatic Professor Macklin (Emmy Award-nominated Matthew Modine, “And the Band Played On, “ “Any Given Sunday”) will challenge and inspire the show’s youthful ensemble of students as they explore their identities, relationships and sexuality in the most exciting city in the world. Among the students is the smart and attractive Sarah (Tiffany Dupont, “Cheaper by the Dozen”). Sarah has everything going for her until her brother Owen (Penn Badgely, “The Mountain”) walks into class. It’s one thing to share in class, but Sarah hadn’t planned on discussing her sexuality in front of a sibling. Owen’s new class partner is Natalie, “The Jumper” (Corri English, “The Dale Earnhardt Story”). Two years ago, Natalie had a change of heart mid-dive off the roof of the Student Union. Now physically recovered, she has to face the gossip mill and her ex, Richard (Milo Ventimiglia, ‘Gilmore Girls, ” ‘American Dreams”). The quintessential Park Avenue bad boy up until the moment his girlfriend jumped, Richard is now a semi-changed man – sober, attending class and editor-in-chief of The Bedford Bugle. In stark contrast is the working-class Lee (Ernest Waddell, ‘As the World Turns”), who has a noble heart, an artistic soul, a serious girlfriend and a fascination with Zoe (Victoria Cartagena, ‘Baby Fat”). Zoe talks a fast, flirty and kinky game, but despite her brash veneer, she’s still a virgin. Also starring Audra McDonald (‘Wit, ” ‘Law & Order”) and Peter Gerety (“The Legend of Bagger Vance”). From HBO Independent Productions, Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. and The Levinson/Fontana Co. with executive producers Tom Fontana (“Oz, ” “Homicide: Life on The Street”), Jim Finnerty (‘The Jury,” “Oz”) and Julie Martin (‘Homicide: Life on the Street”), along with executive producer Barry Levinson (“Rain Man, ” ‘Diner”).
“MISCONCEPTIONS” Amanda Watson (Jane Leeves, ‘Frasier”) was more than a little shocked to find out that all her teenage daughter Hopper (Taylor Momsen, ‘Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams”) wanted for her birthday was to meet her biological father. After all, Hopper has always heard that her dad is well-bred, handsome, athletic, well-educated and a successful doctor. The only problem is Amanda never actually met him, she only knows him from the profile she was given at the Ivy League sperm bank. After discussing the situation with Horace (French Stewart, “3rd Rock From the Sun”), her best friend and co-worker at an art museum in Chicago, Amanda decides it’s time to track down the father of her child and is mortified to discover that her supposedly ideal donor was not the Olympic medalist, Yale-educated surgeon that she has imagined all these years. Meet Eddie Caprio (Adam Rothenberg, ‘Coyote Beach”), a man who needed a little cash after junior college and lied about his identity. Eddie has a certain undeniable charm, yet he’s too scattered and immature for Amanda’s taste. He can’t hold a job, he prefers beer to fine wine, and his idea of dressing up is wearing a clean baseball cap. In Amanda’s eyes, Eddie is barely capable of taking care of himself, let alone Hopper. However, when Eddie tracks her down, Hopper falls head-over-heels for her fun-loving dad, and Amanda is forced to allow him to be part of their lives. Could Eddie’s appeal be getting through to Amanda, too? Apparently, they’re going to have plenty of time to find out. From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television with executive producers Brian Grazer (‘Arrested Development,” ‘24, ‘A Beautiful Mind”), David Nevins (‘Arrested Development,” ‘24,” ‘Miss Match”), Jeff Kleeman (‘Titanic,” ‘Golden Eye,” ‘Sleepy Hollow”) and Michael Saltzman (‘The Pink Panther,” ‘The Naked Truth,” ‘Murphy Brown,” ‘Wings”).
“MODERN MEN” Tim (Josh Braaten, ‘Less Than Perfect”), Kyle (Max Greenfield, ‘Veronica Mars”) and Doug (Eric Lively, ‘The L Word”) are childhood friends who are at different stages in their lives when it comes to women. Doug can’t move on from his ex-wife, Kyle is a womanizing bachelor, and Tim’s relationships keep falling apart due to…well, he doesn’t actually know. Tim’s sister Tina (Marla Sokoloff, ‘Desperate Housewives,” ‘The Practice”), a confident young law student, tries to make him understand that today’s career-minded, self-sufficient women don’t need a man for support, they’re looking for a deeper and more meaningful connection. Though their situations are different, each of these guys has come to the same realization — it takes a lot more than they expected to keep a woman happy and satisfied. After getting no help from Tim’s dad Tug (George Wendt, ‘Cheers”), who’s stuck in the Stone Age when it comes to the opposite sex, Tim, Kyle and Doug are just desperate enough to seek the help of Dr. Stangl (guest star Wendie Malick, ‘Frasier,” ‘Just Shoot Me”, role currently being recast), a renowned life coach. Now the question is whether these guys are capable of taking Dr. Stangl’s advice and applying it to their every day situations. This fresh, male perspective on modern relationships is from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer ‘CSI,” ‘Cold Case,” ‘Without a Trace”). Joining Bruckheimer are executive producers Jonathan Littman (‘Without A Trace,” the ‘CSI” and ‘The Amazing Race” franchises) and Marsh McCall (‘Just Shoot Me,” ‘The Naked Truth”), along with co-executive producers Ross McCall and Aaron Peters (‘Just Shoot Me,” ‘The Simple Life”). From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.

The Upfronts begin…

http://www.nbc.com/fall

Tomorrow ABC and The WB will announce their fall schedules and I’ll post them.

“Fathom” sounds interesting and I’ll watch “My Name Is Earl” strictly because I’m a Jason Lee fan. And it’ll also be interesting to see just how Jeff Zucker aims to pull NBC out of their current home of 4th place.

NBC FALL SCHEDULE – 2005/2006

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

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. “FATHOM”
9-10 p.m. “Las Vegas”
10-11 p.m. “Medium”

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. “The Biggest Loser”
9-9:30 p.m. “MY NAME IS EARL”
9:30-10 p.m. “The Office”
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. “THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART”
9-10 p.m. “E-RING”
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order”

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. “Joey”
8:30-9 p.m. “Will & Grace”
9-10 p.m. “The Apprentice”
10-11 p.m. “ER”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. “THREE WISHES”
9-10 p.m. “Dateline NBC” (new time period)
10-11 p.m. “INCONCEIVABLE”

SATURDAY
8-11 p.m. “NBC SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIE”

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. “The West Wing” (new day and time)
9-10 p.m. “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”
10-11 p.m. “Crossing Jordan”

FATHOM
8/7PM MONDAYS
Ever wonder what life would be like if a new form of sea life began to appear in locales all over the Earth? Naval officers in the South Antarctic Sea, a family in San Diego, the Oceanographic Institute in Monterey, and fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico are about to find out. The organisms are beautiful, but are these innocent creatures more than what they seem? Embark on this unfathomable journey to discover what might be lurking just below the surface. Created by The Pate Brothers (the film Deceiver, the TV series GvsE (also known as Good vs. Evil and the revamped Dragnet) Cast: Lake Bell, Jay Ferguson, Rade Sherbedgia, Carter Jenkins, Leighton Meester.

MY NAME IS EARL
8/7PM TUESDAYS
Karma is a boomerang and it’s about to hit Earl in the back of the head. Earl has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. A bully/low-rent crook, Earl has an epiphany after winning a small fortune in the lottery. Determined to turn his good luck into a life-changing event, he sets out to right all his past wrongs. This comedy, like dim-witted Earl himself, has a voice and style all its own. Cast: Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Nadine Velasquez, Eddie Steeples, Leo Fitzpatrick.

THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART

8/7PM WEDNESDAYS
Donald Trump shares the reigns of the wildly successful The Apprentice with America’s favorite domestic diva — Martha Stewart. This new competition will showcase Martha’s work and her multibillion-dollar empire, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Diverse candidates will be judged on their ability to incorporate Martha Stewart Living themes into their business practices, on tasks ranging from home renovation, entertaining and design, to merchandising and technology. Forced to think outside the box, candidates will vie to outshine one another and land a dream job with Martha Stewart Living.

E-RING

9/8PM WEDNESDAYS
Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (C.S.I. franchise), Oscar-nominated director/producer Taylor Hackford (Ray) and actors Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper join forces for storytelling inside the nation’s ultimate fortress: the Pentagon. It’s a hub of explosive conflicts between our military heroes and the civilians to whom they report, a world where crises can escalate into life-and-death climaxes for individuals and entire nations. It’s often a delicate balance between protecting the homeland, all of mankind or the life of a lone soldier. Aunjanue Ellis and Sarah Clarke also star.

THREE WISHES
8/7PM FRIDAYS
NBC will be making wishes come true in this new series starring five-time Grammy-winning artist Amy Grant. Leading a team of experts to small towns across the country, Grant will help make the hopes and unbelievable dreams of deserving people a reality. From paying tribute to an unsung hero to helping a homeless family in the grip of a life-threatening medical crisis, this emotional and inspirational series will reminds us never to underestimate the impact one life can have on another. Featuring: Carter Oosterhouse, Eric Stromer, Amanda Miller.

INCONCEIVABLE
10/9PM FRIDAYS
This delightful ensemble drama concerns one of the most complicated questions: to conceive or not to conceive. The doctors of the Family Options Fertility Clinic are on a noble quest to help desperate couples give birth. Except these doctors are often distracted by their personal quests involving sex, deception and secrets. Navigating through ultrasounds and super-egos, missing frozen embryos and impending malpractice suits, it’s positively clear that life inside this clinic is anything but sterile. Cast: Ming-Na, Jonathan Cake, David Norona, Kevin Alejandro, Joelle Carter, Mary Catherine Garrison.

FOUR KINGS
MIDSEASON
From the creators of Will & Grace comes this comedic tale of four life-long friends on the cusp of adulthood: Barry, Bobby, Ben and Jason couldn’t imagine life without one another. Since childhood, these bosom buddies haven’t spent so much as a birthday apart. Now, adulthood begins drawing these Four Kings knee-deep into situations that aren’t always so easy to escape. Cast: Josh Cooke, Shane McRae, Todd Grinnell, Seth Green, Kiele Sanchez.

THICK AND THIN
MIDSEASON
From Emmy Award-winning producer Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) comes this comedy about Mary, a formerly fat woman embarking on a new journey as a newly fit and single woman. Trouble is, Mary’s (chubby) family and friends still see her as her old self – and keep trying to feed her. What Mary is just starting to realize is that getting thin was less about pleasing others and more about being comfortable in her own skin. Cast: Jessica Capshaw, Sharon Gless, Martin Mull, Mel Rodriguez, Amy Halloran, Chris Parnell.