Tuesday, May 17, 2005

TV: Fall Season 2005 Previews

Scrubs season one comes out on DVD today! Best Buy is packaging the box set with an exclusive bonus disc, apparently. Unfortunately, I already ordered it through Amazon. I'm going to have to return it and pick up the Best Buy set instead. But at least then I'll have Amazon store credit to buy the NewsRadio box set when it comes out next week.

Okay, the networks are announcing their Fall schedules this week. I've been getting all my info from Laurel's TV Picks; the link leads to her schedule grid, which lists all the prime-time programs for all six broadcast networks (updated as each network announces its line-up). It's a fantastic resource. Check it out.

Best and biggest news: Fox has made the early announcement that Arrested Development will be back! Incredible. Just incredible. The funniest sitcom on TV lives to see another season. I'm so relieved.

A couple notes on some new shows debuting this fall:

On its homepage, NBC's Fathom asks the provocative* question, "Ever wonder what life would be like if a new form of sea life began to appear in locales all over the earth?" If you don't mind, I'm going to answer for each and every one of you: NO. No, we have not. Don't be an idiot. You know what other question we never asked? "Can we see that one hot chick from Boston Legal in a dopey, aquatic-based sci-fi show that will fold after six episodes? No, the other hot chick. No, the other one."

ABC's Commander-in-Chief gives us Geena Davis as the first female U.S. President. First of all: shyeah, that'll be a hit. "It's like Patty Duke in Hail to the Chief, only all serious and stuff." Second of all, counting The West Wing, Jack & Bobby, and 24, this will be the fourth network series prominently featuring a fictional president. I wonder if there's some reason why right now everyone wants to make up their own president. Hmm, I wonder.

ABC has made the bold move of immediately following Jake in Progress, a half-hour show about a ladies' man whose friends have all settled down and who now finds himself ready for commitment for the first time in his life, with What About Brian, a show about a ladies' man whose friends have all settled down and who now finds himself ready for commitment for the first time in his life. But -- here's the kicker -- it's an hour! Don't tell me ABC doesn't have fresh ideas!!

I can tell NBC's E-Ring is doomed just because of its stupid title. Sounds like an internet phone service. Would you ever guess it's really about the Pentagon -- and it stars Dennis Hopper? Dennis Hopper -- in the frickin' Pentagon? That's it! World's over.

*By which I mean "stupid."

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