Fall TV Premiere Schedule

September 11, 2008

I remember a time when the fall premieres last a week, maybe two.  Nowadays, the premieres go on for a couple months.  If you are like me it’s very hard to keep track of when your favorite shows return, let alone when the new shows start airing.

So in an effort to make your TV viewing pleasure easier, I’ve compiled a list of the premiere dates from various sources including TVGuide.com and TV Guide Magazine.  Hope this helps you find your favorites – new and old.

Thursday, September 11

8 p.m.
Hole in the Wall on Fox

9 p.m.
Kitchen Nightmares on Fox

Friday, September 12

9 p.m.
Don’t Forget the Lyrics! on Fox

Saturday, September 13

11 p.m.
Mad TV on Fox

11:35 p.m.
Saturday Night Live on NBC

Tuesday, September 14

9 p.m.
House on Fox

Thursday, September 18

8 p.m.
Survivor: Gabon on CBS
Smallville on CW

9 p.m.
Supernatural on CW

Sunday, September 21

7 p.m.
In Harm’s Way on CW

8 p.m.
Valentine on CW

9 p.m.
Easy Money on CW

Monday, September 22

8 p.m.
Dancing with the Stars on ABC
The Big Bang Theory on CBS

8:30 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother on CBS

9 p.m.
Heroes on NBC
Two and a Half Men on CBS

9:30 p.m.
Worst Week on CBS

10 p.m.
Boston Legal on ABC
CSI: Miami on CBS

Tuesday, September 23

8 p.m.
Opportunity Knocks on ABC
NCIS on CBS

9 p.m.
The Mentalist on CBS

10 p.m.
Without a Trace on CBS
Law & Order:SVU on NBC

Wednesday, September 24

8 p.m.
New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS
Knight Rider on NBC

8:30 p.m.
Gary Unmarried on CBS

9 p.m.
Criminal Minds on CBS

10 p.m.
CSI: New York on CBS
Lipstick Jungle on NBC

Thursday, September 25

8 p.m.
Ugly Betty on ABC
My Name is Earl on NBC

9 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy on ABC
The Office on NBC

10 p.m.
ER on NBC

Sunday, September 28

7 p.m.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC

8 p.m.
Amazing Race 13 on CBS
The Simpsons on FOX

8:30 p.m.
King of Hill on Fox

9 p.m.
Desperate Housewives on ABC
Cold Case on CBS
Family Guy on Fox
Dexter on Showtime

9:30 p.m.
American Dad on Fox

10 p.m.
Brothers & Sisters on ABC
The Unit on CBS
Californication on Showtime

Monday, September 29

8 p.m.
Chuck on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on NBC (airs Monday and Fridays through Oct. 10 and moves to Fridays)

Wednesday, October 1

8 p.m.
Pushing Daisies on ABC
Friday Night Lights on DirecTV (doesn’t return to NBC on Fridays until midseason)

9 p.m.
Private Practice on ABC

10 p.m.
Dirty Sexy Money on ABC

Friday, October 3

8 p.m.
Wife Swap on ABC
Ghost Whisperer on CBS
Everybody Hates Chris on CW

8:30 p.m.
The Game on CW

9 p.m.
Supernanny on ABC
The Ex List on CBS

10 p.m.
Numbers on CBS

Monday, October 6

9:30 p.m.
Samantha Who? on ABC

Thursday, October 9

8:30 p.m.
Kath & Kim on NBC

9 p.m.
CSI on CBS

9:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on Mars on ABC
Eleventh Hour on CBS

Friday, October 10

10 p.m.
The Starter Wife on USA

Monday, October 13

10 p.m.
My Own Worst Enemy on NBC

Tuesday, October 14

10 p.m.
Eli Stone on ABC

Friday, October 17

8 p.m.
Crusoe on NBC

Wednesday, October 29

9 p.m.
Stylista on CW

Thursday, October 30

9:30 p.m.
30 Rock on NBC

Sunday, November 2

7:30 p.m.
Surviving Suburbia on CW

Already Premiered

Sunday
True Blood on HBO at 9 p.m.
Entourage on HBO at 10 p.m.

Monday
Gossip Girl on CW at 8 p.m.
Prison Break on Fox at 9 p.m.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox at 8 p.m.
One Tree Hill on CW at 9 p.m.
Raising the Bar on TNT at10 p.m.

Tuesdays
90210 on CW at 8 p.m.
The Biggest Loser: Families on NBC at 8 p.m.
Fringe on Fox at 9 p.m.
Greek on ABC Family at 9 p.m.
Privileged on CW at 9 p.m.
The Shield on FX at 10 p.m.

Wednesday
Bones on Fox at 8 p.m.
America’s Next Top Model on CW at 8 p.m.
Deal or No Deal on NBC at 9 p.m.
 ‘Til Death on Fox at 9 p.m.
Do Not Disturb on Fox at 9:30 p.m.

Friday
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader on Fox at 8 p.m.

What show are you most looking forward to returning?  Supernatural and Chuck tops my list.


Fox Cashes in on Super Bowl Audience

February 4, 2008

Already on a ratings high during the writers strike with its schedule of reality TV programs, Fox spared no expense to promote itself during the Super Bowl.

Super BowlI’d expect the network hosting the Super Bowl to use air time between plays to promote its shows.  That’s no surprise.  Neither were the vast amounts of onscreen logo promotions – you know, those annoying little logos that take up the corners of the lower portion of the screen.

But Fox went a step further it its promotion airing full ads to promote its shows.

Considering the amount of revenue a 30-second ad spot can earn during the Super Bowl, it’s a pretty bold move to use that valuable air time for self promotion.

I counted no less than five commercials for Fox’s new series Terminator:  The Sarah Conner Chronicles.  Two other new series – The Moment of Truth and New Amsterdam – got at least one commercial each.  But the commercials weren’t limited to new series.  Fox promoted Prison Break with two ads and spotlighted King of the Hill once.

Fox even spent some of its precious air time to promote events that evening including five spots touting the House episode schedule to air after the Super Bowl and a handful of commercials advertising the half-time show.

If all of this air time wasn’t enough, Fox spent some serious bucks marketing one of its schedule staples – American Idol, now in its seventh season.  Not only did Fox broadcast a minimum of six ads spotlighting the current season that’s in its last week of auditions, but Fox also used American Idol celebs throughout the Super Bowl event.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest hosted a Red Carpet pre-game show.  American Idol judge Paula Abdul pre-taped a performance of her new single produced by fellow judge Randy Jackson for the pre-game show.  And last year’s winner Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem to kick off the game. 

Fox’s self promotion also included ads for future events that it’ll be airing including three ads for next week’s Pro Bowl and four commercials for the Daytona 500.

Is it me or did we see a little football among the ode to Fox?

When you consider the cost of producing a commercial on top of the lost revenue by not selling the airtime, Fox took an expensive gamble to gain a few viewers during a time when Fox actually has limited competition. 

What do you think?  Do you think Fox went overboard with its self promotion?  Are you more likely to tune into any of these Fox programs after seeing these Super Bowl ads?


Sarah Conner loses a friend in ‘Gnothi Seuton’

January 15, 2008

The action continues in the second installment of Terminator:  The Sarah Conner Chronicles.  In “Gnothi Seuton” Sarah and John, with Cameron’s help, must not only adjust to a new life, but a new century.

Cameron kicks cyborg buttAppropriately titled, Gnothi Seuton is Greek for “know thyself.” And as Sarah is faced with acquiring new IDs for the trio, she struggles to know herself.

Not only is she faced with giving up the identity that ties her to John’s father, but she learns that the time jump was necessary because she died in 2005, not in a big bloody battle with a cyborg, but from a battle with cancer.

If that’s not enough, she suspects an old friend of betraying her.  And while Sarah’s tempted to believe Enrigue (Tony Amendola) when he denies being a snitch, Cameron doesn’t hesitate to eliminate the threat.  And as we find out later, it was a good thing since Enrigue was going to sell Sarah out to Agent Ellison.

Sarah also discovers that they are not alone in this new time.  No, she doesn’t know that the terminator Cromartie’s (David Kilde) head made the trip to the future with her, was reactivated by a cat and has reassembled itself. 

Instead, in the quest for new IDs, Cameron takes her to a safe house that is home to four resistance fighters sent back by future John to help them.  Unfortunately, a cyborg has beaten them to the house and killed three of the four fighters.  The fourth fighter is missing is action.  Who will he or she be?  Will (s)he connect with Sarah, John and Cameron?  And how long before the cyborg(s) sent back to eliminate the resistance fighters discover John is there and joins Cromartie in the efforts to kill him?

Meanwhile, John struggles with cabin fever and sneaks out of their hideaway.  Given the mistakes this kid made in this episode alone – searching for himself on the Internet on a demo computer connected to a huge LCD screen on display and breaking into Charley’s house and getting caught by Charley – it’s hard to believe that he will grow up to become the savior of the world.  But I guess we have to chalk it up to youthful stupidity.  We won’t even talk about the stupid mistakes I made as a kid.

My favorite character by far is Cameron.  I know some might be put off by John’s protector going from a huge guy (Arnold Schwarznegger) in T2 to a little girl in the series, but you have to admit that she can really kick butt and she does it with grace.

But aside from her fighting skills, she has some of the best lines and she brings a bit of humor to an action show.  I loved watching her trying to imitate the gang lookout by leaning on the car.

And when Sarah is ranting about not knowing herself and declares “I don’t even know my own name,” Cameron matter-of-factly states “Sarah Conner.”

Maybe I’m a little TV deprived lately, but I’m looking forward to next week’s episode.  I think I’ve found my Monday night substitute for Heroes while it’s on hiatus.


‘Sarah Conner Chronicles’ Looks Promising

January 14, 2008

At a time when many of our favorite programs are airing the last of their original programs in the wake of the writer’s strike, mid-season replacements are a welcoming reprieve to the start of reruns.  Among the newcomers is Fox’s Terminator:  The Sarah Conner Chronicles.

Sarah Conner ChroniclesAfter seeing the premier last night, I am cautiously optimistic.  The pilot did an excellent job of transitioning you from the Terminator 2:  Judgement Day movie to modern day.

I’ve seen the two terminator movies.  While I liked them, they aren’t movies I watch over and over again.  In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’d seen either of them.  As we sat down to watch Sarah Conner I began to wonder if I shouldn’t have broken out the DVDs of the movie and rewatched them so I’d be caught up for this series.

My fears were for nothing.  The pilot, which picks up in 1999, fills in the details of the movie.  For those who don’t remember, when another cyborg makes an attempt on her son’s life, Sarah broke out of the mental institute she was in and went in search of Miles Dyson, the inventor of the Skynet, the computer that controlled the machines that take over the world on Judgment Day, August 29, 1997.  Although Skynet was destroyed, Sarah is accused of killing Miles.

The pilot starts out two years after judgment day.  Computers haven’t taken over the world. Sarah and John are still laying low with aliases (using the last name Reese — like John’s father).  But they are getting comfortable in their lives here.  Sarah is engaged; John is fitting in at school.  But this life is the calm before the storm.

A new cyborg has been sent after John.  The war with the machines has not been prevented, just delayed.  Skynet is built by someone else.

Sarah (Lena Headey), who has instilled the belief that ‘no one is ever safe’ into her son, must now grapple with the fact that she has not been able to stop the war from occurring.  Does she continue to run – from the cyborgs, from the FBI – or does she stand and fight?

Thomas Dekker (Heroes‘ Zach) does an excellent job of portraying John as a 15-year-old with a lot on his mind.  Not only is he dealing with the trials of youth, but he must bear the weight of being the world’s savior while living a life on the run.  And did I mention that the cute girl at his new school that he thought liked him turned out to be another terminator, one sent to protect him?

It’s nice to see Firefly’s Summer Glau back in fighting action as Cameron, an updated cyborg and John’s protector.  Not only can she kick butt, but she holds valuable information about the future.  In fact, in the final scenes of the pilot she helps Sarah and John travel to September 2007 in an effort to once again destroy Skynet.

We’ll they succeed?  Will the terminators find John now that he’s traveled eight years into the future?  What about FBI agent James Ellison (Richard T. Jones), will he still be hunting Sarah?  For that matter, is her fiancé Charlie (Rescue Me’s Dean Winters) still pining for Sarah?

I’m looking forward to finding out more.  You can read a recap of this episode at Fox.  The next episode airs tonight.  Let’s just hope that Fox gives this show a fighting chance.