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Monday, March 20, 2006

Fall TV Preview

Claire Atkinson writes for AdAge, NETWORKS OFFER PEEK AT FALL SCHEDULES.

I like to try to determine if I'll like a new TV series by reading the 1-2 line descriptions and seeing who is involved. Read the whole article for the complete list.

Here are shows that I'm interested in checking out.
ABC
Brothers & Sisters
A family soap opera. Ken Olin is an executive producer. The high-profile cast includes Balthazar Getty, Calista Flockhart and Patricia Wettig. [ Steve says: I used to like Sisters ]

CBS
Play Nice
An odd couple brother and sister run a family toy company together. Swoosie Kurtz and Fred Willard star.

You’ve Reached the Elliots
Chris Elliot plays a husband and father who tries to find a way to spend more time with his family without totally abandoning his modest showbiz career. [ Steve says: Chris Elliot usually rules ]

Jericho
A mushroom cloud appears on the horizon, isolating a small town and plunging its residents into social, psychological and physical chaos.

The CW
Split Decision
A 15-year-old girl splits her life in two and assumes two distinct personas -- one a sensitive misfit, the other a popular cheerleader. Aaron Spelling is executive-producer. [ Steve says: You can't beat this theme ]

Runaways
In this Darren Star production, a family of five is on the run. After the father is unjustly convicted of a violent crime, they are forced to use secret identities to avoid the law. [ Steve says: The Fugitive: Family Style ]

Fox
The Worst Week of My Life
The series, told in seven-episode arcs, traces the weeks prior to a married couple’s major life events (their wedding, the birth of their first child, moving into their first home). Each episode represents a day. [ Steve says: I loved the British version ]

NBC
Tina Fey Project
Tina Fey stars as a producer of a fictional TV show in this workplace comedy. [ Steve says: Tina Fey Rules ]

Andy Barker, P.I.
Andy Richter stars as a C.P.A. accidentally turned P.I. Conan O’Brian is an executive producer. [ Steve says: Bring back Andy Richter! ]

Studio 60
An all-star cast including Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Steven Weber and D.L. Hughley portray the drama that goes on behind the scenes of a late-night sketch comedy series. Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme (both producers on the "West Wing") executive produce.
Yay TV!

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