The fall TV schedules are starting to surface and there are some old favorites that will be missing plus several many shows with some of your old favorite celebrities resurfacing. Over at ABC, Christina Applegate and her show “Samantha Who” will not be returning, along with “According to Jim”, “The Unusuals” and big surprise “Cupid”. Coming back to TV are Kelsey Grammar, new mom Rebecca Romijn, Patricia Heaton, and one of my favorites, Courtney Cox. ABC tops the new show charts with 11 new shows, 4 of which are comedies and 6 will be dramas and only 1 will be a reality show from by Mark Burnett. The show is called “Shark Tank” and will have people trying to get millionaires to choose their ideas to fund. Cox will be playing a cougar in her new comedy “Cougar Town”, where she will be back in the dating world as a single mother. Patricia Heaton will also be in a comedy called “The Middle” where she will be living in Indiana as an average middle class family…I can feel the laughs already. “Eastwick” is one of the new dramas starring Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jamie Ray Newman who are women with unique powers that are brought together by a man who helps them realize those powers. And remember, “V” the miniseries back from the 80’s (I do), this is being remade and updated. “V” stands for visitors so it will be sci-fi and stars Elizabeth Mitchell from “Lost” who should feel right at home in that series.
CBS will be staring the new season with 4 dramas, 1 new comedy and thankfully just 1 new reality show. Some favorite celebrities joining CBS will be Julianne Margulies, LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell, and Jenna Elfman (remember her from “Dharma and Greg”?). Margulies will be staring in “The Good Wife” where she plays a wife of a politician who also works as a defense attorney. “Three Rivers” will be CBS’s medical drama which will focus on organ transplants and “Miami Trauma” their other medical show which follows trauma surgeons working in you guessed it Miami. Chris O’Donnell and LL cool J will be teamed together in an “NCIS” spin off and Jenna Elfman will star in the comedy “Accidentally on Purpose” where her one night stand with a man much younger then herself, gets her pregnant.
NBC will add 4 new dramas to their lineup with two of those being medical related. They will be trying to hold on to their ER audience that is for sure. They are bringing back Peter Berg, Michelle Trachtenberg, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson (remember him from “Coach” – that seems like ages ago),Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter. Plus one of my favorites from the E! Network, Joel McHale, from “The Soup”, will be testing his acting abilities in none other than a comedy of course called “Community” which is about a group of college misfits. McHale will star along with Chevy Chase. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will be teaming up for their new show “Parenthood”, based on the movie “Parenthood. It will be about parenting and hopefully with these two funny guys at the helm this show will be hilarious. “Trauma” one of the medical shows will follow a group of paramedics in San Francisco while “Mercy” will be hospital based but the difference with this hospital show is that it will be through the eyes of the nurses. And then of course Jay Leno will be taking up a big chunk of prime time programming with his new talk show time slot every night at 10:00 (ET/PT). Shows that were renewed were “30 Rock”, “The Office”, “Celebrity Apprentice”, Law and Order: Special Victims Units “, “Friday Night Lights”, “Medium”, “Heroes” along with the new comers “Parks and Recreation”, and “Southland”. Bummer I guess “Lipstick Jungle” really isn’t coming back. I am still bitter about that one.
Fox is adding 3 new shows. One is actually an animated show from the producers of “Family Guy” which is called “”The Cleveland Show”. Another new once is called “Glee” and “Brothers” about an NFL player who returns home to his family only to realize how much he has changed while he has been away. That will star Michael Strahan who used to play for the Giants. Fox will also have a few news shows come mid season, called “Son of Tucson” and “Human Target”. And new mom, Wanda Sykes will have her own one hour comedy show on Saturday nights, so that should be a funny one. “So You Think You Can Dance” received good news when it found out that it was moving off the summer schedule and being bumped up to the prime time fall schedule. Although “Terminator” will not be back, “Dollhouse”, “Bones”, “Cops”, “Family Guy”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Kitchen Nightmares”, ”Hell’s Kitchen””Lie TO Me”, ”Til Death”, “The Simpsons” “American Idol”, “Fringe”, and “24” will all be back.
Those are just some of the highlights you can expect to look forward to after a long showless summer season.