Fallís not that far away and as the summer shows are beginning to wrap up, Iíve been finding myself wondering when to expect some of my favorite shows to return from the summer hiatus. So I figure nowís as good a time as any to get started on the big premiere schedule. Weíll be posting previews for all of the new and returning shows this season and as always, the schedule is a work in progress.
While the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was kind enough to post the top top ten drama and comedy series in consideration for Emmy nominations this year, they havenít been as generous with the other categories. Thanks to some investigative work from The LA Timesí Gold Derby Blog, here is the list for the Top 10 Semifinalists for Best Drama Actor
Iím a giant Law & Order fan. I go back and forth on which iteration is my favorite, but Criminal Intent has definitely taken the top spot more than once. So when I saw the news that Chris Noth is leaving the series (again) at the end of this season, I was pretty bummed out. The only thing that saved this news from being completely depressing is finding out whoís going to be replacing the erstwhile Detective Logan: Jeff Goldblum.
The morning after I had a dream that I cheated on my boyfriend with Dr. Gregory House (seriously) Iím happy to find that one of my other TV crushes is coming back next season. USA has just annonced that it will be bringing Vincent DíOnofrio and Law & Order: Criminal Intent back for a 16-episode eighth season.
While most of our shows are currently wrapping up their seasons in preparation for the summer hiatus, I donít think itís too soon to start anticipating the new fall season. Maybe my excitement for this fall comes from the extra long strike-induced hiatus this year. Itíll be good to see our shows getting back on track with new seasons. NBC posted the premiere dates for their fall shows. This includes the return of Heroes.
Adam Beach, who just joined the cast of Law & Order: SVU as Detective Chester Lake this year, is leaving when the season ends in May. Beachís character, an SVU detective in Brooklyn, didnít replace anyone when he moved to the Manhattan SVU precinct. Since he was an add-on, producers are not expected to recast his role.
Neal, who has played A.D.A Casey Novak since 2003 will be making her final appearance on the show during its season finale next month. Novack made her first appearance on SVU in a guest role as a murder suspect and autoerotic axphyxiation-loving, male stripper gang-rapist (seriously).
Itís network upfront season, which means the networks will be unveiling their upcoming primetime lineups. NBC recently released their new schedule for fall 2008 through summer 2009. While itís a little too early to start setting your DVRs, the schedule looks promising and there are quite a few new series included on the schedule.
NBC had its upfront presentation today, where it unveiled its schedule for next season. In addition to new shows such as The Office spinoff we previously reported on, many fan favorites will be returning next season. Chief among those is Friday Night Lights, the low-rated, but beloved high school football series. FNL will be returning for a 3rd season, but wonít premiere until the winter.
Instead of quietly burying the show, ABC is shaking things up in hopes of generating new interest and better ratings for Murder Club. In addition to replacing the original showrunner with Law & Order vet Robert Nathan, the network is moving the series from the Friday dumps to Tuesday night.
Spring is here and normally that wouldnít mean all that much for TV premieres since most of the shows would probably still be airing new episodes. Spring is usually all about May sweeps but thanks to the strike, this yearís TV schedule has been all out of whack and spring truly has become the season of rebirth for scripted TV shows. For those of you who havenít been keeping track of whatís coming back when, weíve got the schedule all laid out for you!
While I now feel confident in my opinion that BSG is indeed one of the best TV series ever, itís kind of nice to know that there are others out there who share this opinion. Among them are Buffy creator, Joss Whedon, The Soupís Joel McHale, Seth Green and others.
My guess is that Williams' character turns from victim to vigilante-justice seeker right quick. Heíll probably garner the sympathies of detective Stabler, who, as anybody who has seen a single episode of SVU knows, wants to personally rip out the throats of all of the criminals in the world.
Frankly, this doesnít make sense to me. Martin has put in his time through the bad (Elisabeth RŲhm), the horrible (Jerry Orbachís death) and the awkward (the ensuing Farina years), and just when the show is in a renaissance, he up and quits? Any critic or fan of the show will tell you that Law & Order is the best it has been in years.
As itís the end of the year, we at Blend Television took a break from staring gloomily at the somewhat pathetic 2008 midseason lineup and enjoyed a brief look back on some of our favorite shows from the past year. Letís just hope that the strike ends soon so that weíll be able to do a similar list next December.