Thursday, April 03, 2008

TV: NBC Fall 2008-Summer 2009 Lineup

"Life" will be returning, but the coolest news is that Matthew Broderick will join the cast of "30 Rock" next season. Here's NBC's new lineup for the year so far:

Fall 2008

"My Own Worst Enemy": I would hate to admit this, but Christian Slater's latest project is NBC's most interesting offering for this fall. He'll play a dual personality assassin--Jason Bourne and Jekyll & Hyde's mad scientist creation. And who better to play schizo than a washed-up hasbeen whose career has been relegated to voice-overs? Conflicted should come naturally to him.

"Kathy & Kim"
This show was adapted from an Australian series where a mother-daughter pair put their dysfunctional issues on display in the middle of suburbia. Since both Molly Shannon and Selma Blair are funny girls, I'd give it a shot.

"Knight Rider": Apparently, the remodeled 80s series starring newcomer Justin Bruening as David Hasselhoff's son and successor did well when it premiered as a 2-hr made-for-TV movie to test the waters and see if TV watchers were interested in a whole new series. You can expect the Val Kilmer-voiced KITT and a bevy of snarky retorts once the fall season begins.

"Robin Crusoe"
Basically, it's an adaptation of the novel, where a guy gets stranded on an island with a slave. Sort of like "Lost" minus the conspiracy theories.

Winter 2009

"Dunder & Miffinities": For all you "Office" fans, here's the title of the spinoff. No news yet on who the lucky main character is yet.

"The Philanthropist": Apparently, the trend of heartwarming reality shows like "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and "Oprah's Big Give" has inspired the network to greenlight this drama about a rich guy who goes to extremes to help people using his bank account and his connections. Eh.

"Merlin": Aw, geez. I don't know about you guys, but I can't imagine where they're going with this. I'm only 22, and I've seen enough incarnations of the Merlin tale to last me a life time. They're going to have to find a fresh angle to even maintain interest for a 2nd season.

"Kings": Ian McShane ("Deadwood") and Christopher Egan ("Vanished") will star in this drama about a nobody who eventually becomes king, borrowing from the biblical tale of David, "a shepherd boy who went on to defeat the giant Goliath and become Israel's second king." Hmmm.

Summer 2009

"The Listener": Stolen straight out of "Heroes," a 24-year-old guy will solve crimes...wait for it...not by talking to ghosts ("Medium" and "Ghost Whisperer") or being insanely good at spotting clues ("Monk," "Psych," and "New Amsterdam") or through actual investigation ("Law & Order," "CSI," "Life," or "Bones"), but by reading their minds. And I'm sure at some point he'll read a romantic interest's mind and have some sort of crisis of conscience, blah blah...he just better be cute.

Reality shows:
1) "America’s Toughest Jobs," which I'm assuming is a matter of opinion.
2) "Shark Taggers," where marine biologists mark underwater beasts with transmitters and probably have a couple hundred close calls. Maybe they should make a guest appearance on "America's Toughest Jobs."
3) "Chopping Block," a couples version of "Hell’s Kitchen," where they'll try to successfully open their own restaurant in Manhattan, starring chef Marco Pierre White.

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