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If I asked for a show of hands, how many of you could say that you were watching ABC’s Private Practice for the deep storylines? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Not a one. I will confess that I don’t watch the show because I love it’s “parent show” Grey’s Anatomy - because I hated the character of Addison Shepherd.
Fall’s not that far away and as the summer shows are beginning to wrap up, I’ve been finding myself wondering when to expect some of my favorite shows to return from the summer hiatus. So I figure now’s as good a time as any to get started on the big premiere schedule. We’ll be posting previews for all of the new and returning shows this season and as always, the schedule is a work in progress.
ABC.com posted their fall 2008 schedule on their website this week. The line-up includes their new series, Life on Mars as well as the new game show, Opportunity Knocks. For the most part though, the line-up looks pretty familiar with a few changes and some absences (farewell October Road!). Eli Stone moved to Tuesdays giving Mars the post-Grey’s timeslot.
Now, with writers returning to work today, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. The staff, crew and actors of our favorite shows are scrambling to get reorganized and figure out how many new episodes, if any we can expect for the rest of the season. Here's your guide to the fates of 40(!) different series.
Who’s afraid of George Segal? Not the folks at ABC’s Private Practice, where the Oscar-nominated actor will guest-star as the grandfather of cute midwife-in-training Del Parker (Chris Lowell). The episode is currently in production, so it looks like we’ll be seeing it yet this season, even with the writer’s strike. I’m sure the 73-year-old legend will have something to say about Del’s crush on boss Naomi
The networks seem to be taking their time in deciding which of their new shows will be picked up for a full season. Last week, The CW ordered a full season of Gossip Girl despite the fact that the ratings aren’t exactly through the roof. This week, it looks like ABC has decided to keep Private Practice around for a full season. There’s also good news for The Big Bang Theory and The Unit!
If you’re currently finding yourself falling in love with any of the new TV series that began airing a week or two ago and you’re anything like me, you’re probably waiting for the axe to fall. Call it pessimism if you will, but in this day and age when new shows are cancelled fairly quickly, there’s no shame in preparing for the worst. For a handful of this fall’s new series, the future is still uncertain but their respective networks have decided to give them a few more weeks.
Every fall we sit down with the TiVo remote and clear off all of the old Seasons Passes to make room for the new ones. We discard all of the cancelled shows (Farewell, Veronica Mars Seasons Pass!) as well as the summer shows (See you next summer, Greek and Big Brother!) and add every single new series we think we might like. Why seasons-pass all of the shows before we’ve seen them? Well, it’s just easier that way. Then we can dump the ones we don’t like after we’ve seen all of the premieres.