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FOX Action: Now on DVD and TV

Have you been missing Christopher Chance, really excited about this week’s premiere of Human Target, well, you will have to wait a little longer. Due to Tuesday’s sad cancellation of Lone Star, FOX has opted to pull Lie to Me (which was scheduled to debut November 10th) to Mondays at 9/8c starting next week, and pull Human Target from the death that is Fridays up to Wednesday which means waiting till after baseball on November 17th.

While I should be happy that this means more eyes for a premiere that is wonderfully action-packed, it does mean we have to wait a bit longer. Thankfully, the first season of Human Target, which stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley, as a group of bodyguards that go way above and beyond the call, is now on DVD thanks to the wonderful people over at the WB. The set includes all 13 episodes, plus some commentaries, and behind the scenes features. I was a late adopter to this series, but I am glad I found out about its great action and intrigue. You can purchase the DVD anywhere or here at the WBShop.

But FOX Fridays are not without some action, The Good Guys, continues to air at 9/8c on the night. The Good Guys, premiered this summer to modest numbers, the series stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks, as low-level detectives that get stuck on mundane jobs that seem to always have a bigger story. Created by Matt Nix, the show is more humor than anything, and that over the top stuff sometimes makes me laugh or cringe. In this week’s episode, co-star Jenny Wade gets to step out of the ADA office and gets to do some fun stuff including romance some villains. This may or may not be your cup-of-tea but there really isn’t anything else on to stop you from tuning in, is there?

Upfront Frenzy: FOX’s 2010-11 Plans!

Cast of FOX's Lonestar

The week is starting and so are the Upfront presentations to advertisers in New York City, it is FOX turn today (along with NBC) and this morning they released their new schedule for the coming season.

The schedule itself is very strong which includes new dramas after House, new comedies after Glee on Tuesdays, a solid Thursday and come 2011, shortened Idol, the epic Terra Nova, and more.

The one thing I do not care for however is the decision to air Glee after the Super Bowl, I like Glee but I want something new and interesting and it is a little early to make that choice I think.

Go below for the full release and check back later after the presentation for clips… (more…)

UPDATED Wednesday’s Massive Pilot Frenzy: FOX, ABC, and NBC See a Busy Day

Michael Chiklis in ABC's No Ordinary Family

Today was a busy day for me, and every time I checked my phone it seemed another pilot had been picked up to series and reported by and the awesome Nellie Andreeva.

With both NBC and FOX announcing first on Monday (NBC will do a online release of schedule Sunday night), they were busy ordering up series orders today in addition to ABC.

UPDATED: ABC has made the first pickup for the alphabet’s fall schedule with the highly touted No Ordinary Family, which stars Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Autumn Resser, and others, and centers around a family that aquires superpowers. The pilot script was fun and I think that is its goal. Good characters, the mom and dad both have interesting lives outside of the family which provides a good dynamic.

It comes from Greg Berlanti (Jack and Bobby) and Jon Feldman (Dirty Sexy Money). It is widely speculated among insiders that the family drama will get a 8/7c time-slot most likely on Sunday nights. ABC announces in New York on Tuesday.

The Cast of NBC's Perfect Couples

NBC to start ordered Perfect Couples, a single-camera comedy about three couples in different stages of relationships. The cast includes the best thing about FlashForward, Christine Woods, My Boys‘ Kyle Howard, 100 Questions‘ David Walton, nerd idol Oliva Munn, and more.

I have read the pilot script written by and it is a fun romp on the couples romantic comedy, and each couple interacts well as a group and by themselves. Expect Friends with Benefits written by the guys from (500) Days of Summer, Next, starring and written by Paul Reiser, and maybe even family comedy This Little Piggy to follow suit on the comedy side on NBC. On the dead side, comedy Beach Lane, which starred Matthew Broadrick, will not see the light of day.

Keri Russell and writer/star Will Arnett in FOX's Running Wilde

Over at FOX, they first handed renewals to both their bubble shows, freshman action drama Human Target, and sophomore Lie to Me, with 13 episode seasons. It was expect one or the other would be picked up for a new year.

On FOX’s new drama side, Ride-Along written by Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and starring Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, and Delroy Lindo, will get a spot on the schedule as well as the ambiguous Lone Star, about an oil guy in Texas with a double life. The pilot stars Jon Voight, Jimmy Wolk, and Adrienne Palicki, and both new drama scripts were excellent. The former was sharp, compelling, and used Chicago marvelously, while the latter was intelligent, and intriguing.

Over at the comedies, My Name is Earl creator Greg Garcia, got a new show with Keep Hope Alive, starring Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman, Traffic Light, a comedy from Israel featuring David Denman, among others, and finally Running Wilde from the Arrested Development creators and starring the amazing pair of Will Arnett and Keri Russell.

The last two comedies had fresh scripts, especially Wilde, which was full of humor and heart, while Hope did not get me the best of hope about its future (pun intended). FOX was expected to announce one more comedy in Most Likely to Succeed (now dead) as well as a blind series order to the dino-drama Terra Nova, by Monday, but do not expect Christian Slater or Martin Short as their pilots Breaking In and Tax Men will not be picked up.

Stay tuned for more…..

The Fun: My Advanced Review of Glee’s “Home”

Note: These reviews of Glee will not include any song spoilers but will include guest stars.

What FOX Says about tonight’s episode (w/out the songs):
Guest Star Kristin Chenoweth Returns

When Kurt sets his dad, Burt (guest star Mike O’Malley), up with an unexpected partner his plan for a nuclear family may backfire. Sue demands that the Cheerios! go on a crazy diet in preparation for a big interview with “Splits” magazine and April Rhodes (guest star Kristin Chenoweth) returns to save Will and the glee club in the all-new “Home” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, April 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Did Madonna craze live up to the hype? Will it forever be engrained in your musical TV memories? Well, you can forget about all that this week, as the club gets back to its root and the show with continuing the path toward Regionals against Vocal Adrenaline.
This week’s hour, centers mostly around the adults which actually find more enjoyable than the kids. Will is thrown for a loop when April Rhodes (the delectable Kristen Chenoweth) comes back into the Glee Club’s world when she wants to help out and donate to the club, which he does not think at first is the best idea. Meanwhile, Kurt wants closer to Finn and at first he thinks that setting up his dad, the wonderful Mike O’Malley with Finn’s mom is the best idea but is that really what he wants?
Moments in the episode pull at your heartstrings and I like that about the show, but what I do not care for is the inorganic moments that sometime are created to get to those heartfelt moments. Musical acts that start just because two characters in the room is not what I want and I hope we get more organic pieces in episodes to come.
As always, Glee airs a new episode now until June 8th at 9/8c Tuesday on FOX.

It’s Back: My Advanced Review of the Return of Glee “Hell-O”

Note: These reviews of Glee will not include any song spoilers but will include guest stars.

How FOX’s calls it:

Fresh off their monumental win at Sectionals, New Directions is on top of the world. With an extra spring in their step, they get to work on new numbers for Regionals. But when Rachel and Finn’s budding romance hits a bump in the road after she becomes involved with a competitor, Jesse St. James (guest star Groff), it threatens to derail the entire club. Mr. Schuester pays a visit to Shelby Corcoran (guest star Menzel), coach of Vocal Adrenaline, to confirm Jesse’s motives. Meanwhile, Will is newly single, but is he ready to take his relationship with Emma to the next level? And to top it all off, Sue Sylvester returns from her condo in Boca with a renewed focus on destroying Will and disbanding the glee club in “Hell-O,” the spring premiere episode of GLEE, airing Tuesday, April 13(9:28-10:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

It has been exactly 125 days or 4 months and 4 days since the musical smash hit Glee left FOX on a prolonged hiatus put forth by American Idol. That ends today, at a special time 9:28/8:28c (set DVR to extend recording by at least 10 minutes according to FOX). I was lucky enough to see the first three episodes back, and while I want to rave about each of them, today I will be focusing on the premiere entitled “Hell-O.”

The last we left the students of McKinely High, Sectionals were a success for the Glee Club, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) finally kissed Emma (Jayma Mays), and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) was suspended for the Cherrios. As we enter back into the halls, each one of those things have come into effect. Emma and Will are working out their relationship much to the dismay of Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), Will’s ex, and Glee club is happy and looking towards Reginals with no Sue in sight.

The premiere episode is much darker than a normal hour and features some musical numbers which are much darker in tone and lyrics. The humor is far from lost (Jane Lynch is very much a presence), and each episode seems to always bring a smile to my face. The episode address some plot points that I have been wondering myself like why only Finn and Rachel get all the leads, and Mercedes only is brought in for the big notes.

The best parts of the episode, however, are the newest. Two new recurring players Jesse St. James and Shelby Corcoran, played by Johnathan Groff and Idina Menzel respectively. Jesse is New Directions arch-rival Vocal Adrenaline’s lead and star, while Shelby is the team’s coach, who holds many of her feelings very close. Both continue the tradition of bringing on great Broadway talent to show, Groff stared along Lea Michele in Spring Awakening, and Menzel in Wicked with returning guest star Kristen Chenoweth (back on April 27th).

I am elated by the return of maybe not the best comedy (sorry, but Modern Family should win that award outright) because you cannot argue it did not reinvigorate music and youth back to TV. Glee is put-a-smile-on television and the premiere is fun, fantastical, and fun, but the real gems are to come and that just makes me even more happy.

Remember to turn in at a special time tonight at 9:28/8:28c on FOX, plus extend your recording on your DVR for overrun! Click to see more videos from the casts visit to the White House…

Sunday Picks: Sons of Tucson, NBC’s New but Old Sundays, and Some Old Favorites

Sons of Tucson – 9:30/8:30c on FOX What to say, what to say? Tonight, FOX premieres a new live action sitcom starring the funny Tyler Labine. Sons of Tucson revolves around a man with no money, who is asked by three brothers to pretend to be their dad, so they do not have to go into foster care.

I have seen the first three episodes and while they work and do have laughs, I have found nothing memorable in the half-hours and really nothing to latch on to. The only real great thing is the discovery of the boys after an open casting call. They are very, very, funny. Is that enough for me? No, it could be for you. It airs after Family Guy tonight on FOX.

Minute to Win It – 7/6c on NBC Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is a great show, it makes me so hungary every time I watch it. It’s host is awesome, Guy Fieri is a great cook and an even better personality and he is coming to broadcast in the form of the host for a new game show where people complete little tasks in a minute or less to win money. Minute to Win it airs an hour early tonight for two hours at 7/6c and while I am not overly enthused that it is not scripted programming, I am still looking forward to it for the reason of just the awesomeness of Guy! (more…)

24 Recaps

Check out these fun little recaps that FOX made for 24. As always, check out new episodes at 9/8c Mondays.

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