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May 25, 2009

The 2009 Network Upfronts: What You'll See On TV This Fall

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2009 CBS Upfront Celebrity Arrivals In NYC

The last couple of weeks you might have been hearing about the television network upfronts. For those of you who may not know that's when the networks hold meetings with the press and advertisers to announce their new shows for the fall/spring/summer TV seasons and allow the advertisers to buy time "up front." So here's a look at what's coming to your TV sets this fall.

Over at the Eye network there's been some show shuffling when it comes to "Medium" starring Patricia Arquette. NBC canceled the show, but because CBS produces and distributes the show, they picked it up to use as part of a new mystical Friday lineup of "Ghost Whisperer" at 8 PM, "Medium" at 9 PM and "Numbers" at 10 PM.

The other big news is "The Mentalist" will move to Thursdays.

Shawna at Shouting Into The Wind has a rundown of the new CBS schedule and this is what she thinks:

CBS continues to project stability with its schedule. They have embraced who they are and what they do well and are moving away from risks like Harper’s Island and Jericho. They continue to give their audience what they want and respond to.

The Black Hollywood Files has several trailers of new ABC shows including a new reality show from Mark Burnett called "Shark Tank." It's a show where ordinary people get to pitch their ideas to five hot shot business people who may or may not decide to invest with them. Based on the trailer, the show's set includes real sharks in a real tank that contestants have to walk through to meet with their potential benefactors.

At least they don't force them to swim through the tank.

But as Jimmel Kimmel said during his very funny monologue at the ABC meeting, the show already has the word "tank" in the title. (Be warned, Jimmy gets a little salty with the language.)

The worst news on the ABC schedule is "Ugly Betty." "Betty's" been relegated to Fridays at 9 PM after "Supernanny." I like "Betty," but unfortunately this scheduling is the same as putting "Betty" on the "to be canceled" list.

Speaking of canceled, that's what happened to "Samantha Who" and finally, finally "According to Jim"--otherwise known as the show that would not die.

In other news, ABC added a couple of comedies, and decided to keep around "Castle" starring the very cute Nathan Fillion, on Mondays at 10 PM after "Dancing with the Stars."

Check out Variety's rundown of the new ABC schedule for more info.

Then there's the Peacock. The big news at NBC is Jay Leno's takeover of the 10 PM primetime slot five nights a week. The ten hours a week left over are now prime NBC real estate and the Peacock has decided to divide up the goods in rotation.

I know all you "Chuck" fans are happy that show was renewed. And if you're a "Law and Order" fan, NBC will still be the place to be. They've also got the Winter Olympics coming up in 2010 so NBC's schedule will be one of the most interesting to watch. Maybe not the shows, but the schedule.

2009 FOX UpFront After Party Celebrity Arrivals in NYC

Over at Mr. Murdoch's house, "Dollhouse" was renewed so all us Joss Whedon fans are happy. On the other hand, "Prison Break" was finally locked out and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" was terminated. Other news, "Fringe is moving to Thursdays at 9PM for a big showdown with ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and CBS' "CSI."

If you're looking for diversity, the networks are usually not the place to go, but Fox is launching a new sitcom this fall starring Michael Strahan--yes, the ex-football player--and the always wonderful CCH Pounder. Oh my goodness, black people!

The show's called "Brothers" and it's about a wealthy football star who has to go home to Houston because of a family crisis.

Fresh off her host duties of the annual White House Press dinner, Wanda Sykes is getting a Saturday late night talk show on Fox as well. It'll replace the canceled "MadTV" and because Wanda can be so funny, this should be a no-brainer hit. But in the world of TV, one can never tell.

For the complete Fox schedule you can go to their website. And for a post upfront Black Scorecard check out the Black Girl Site.

Finally the CW--also known as the "Gossip Girl" network. Except now, they might call it the Fox 2.0 network. That's because just like 20 years ago on Fox, "Melrose Place" and "90210" are going to be together again: on the CW. That's right, the new version of "Melrose Place and the current CW version of "90210" are going to air back to back.

The most interesting new show on the CW may be "Vampire Diaries" based on a series of books by L.J. Smith and starring Ian Somerhalder, formering of "Lost." (Boooooooooonnnnnnne!)

Of course it's riding piggyback on the whole "Twilight" and "True Blood" trend but that doesn't mean it can't be something worth sinking your teeth into---okay, sorry.

Here's a look at the full, fall CW schedule.

However, before fall TV, we have summer TV!

In the next couple of weeks I'll have reviews of some returning shows like "The Closer" and "True Blood," and a look at some of the new shows like "Nurse Jackie" and "Hawthorne."


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