While the fates of some of the most fun shows on TV (Scrubs, Chuck, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse) hang in the balance, the networks are already beginning to pick up new offerings for the fall schedule. The standouts so far in a sea of curiosty-brewin' loglines?
Flash Forward, ABC: Already being marketed to the Lost audience in teasers these past two weeks, Flash Forward is set just after everyone on earth blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, during which time everyone experiences life-altering visions of the future. Sounds promising, but I’m getting mightily tired of falling head over heels for all the new sci-fi shows only to see them hacked to death by the networks after one or two measly seasons.
Modern Family, ABC: A mockumentary-style family comedy starring Ed O’Neill (Married with Children) and Julie Bowen (Ed).
Parenthood, NBC: Based on the 1989 film. Set to star are Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Maura Tierney (ER), and Craig T. Nelson, among others. Okay... LOVING this cast!
Mercy, NBC: A medical drama following the lives of three nurses (Lee Kirchner, Taylor Shilling, and Buffy alum Michelle Trachtenberg).
Day One, NBC: A post-apocalyptic tale of survival (Squee!), starring Adam Campbell, Carly Pope (Popular) and Catherine Dent (The Shield).
100 Questions, NBC: The misadventures of a luckless and lovelorn lady who joins an online dating site.
Recently canceled: Life (NBC).
Recently renewed: Fringe (Fox) (Yay!), Parks and Recreation (NBC) (Really?), Ugly Betty (ABC) (Phew!).
Biggest Not-a-Surprise of the Week
The Grey’s Anatomy Near-Miss McDreamy Wedding: At the last minute, Mer and Der graciously gave their wedding day, with every detail hand-picked by cancer-and-chemo-ridden Izzie, to – you guessed it – Alex and Izzie. Surprise! Only not. Seriously? Who didn’t see that one coming from at least three episodes back. Still, they pulled it off very sweetly. The writing has been improving somewhat this season, but it’s still lacking the wow factor. C'mon, guys. Pull a humdinger out of the hat!
Quote of the Week
Topher, on the Dollhouse finale: “What’s this? Background singer? Background singer/ninja girl? I don’t know why Alpha would imprint her as a background singer, unless he was starting an evil band.” Sigh. Oh, Joss. Don’t leave us now!
To Watch For Next Week…
Monday! Leonard and Penny start going googly-eyed over each other… right before Leonard and the nerd herd head off to the Arctic for three months (d’oH!) on the season finale of Big Bang Theory, (CBS, 8 p.m.). The season finale of Castle, (ABC, 10 p.m.). Ciara on Jay Leno.
Tuesday! Leonard Nimoy guest stars as Walter’s long lost lab-buddy, gazillionaire William Bell, on the season finale of Fringe, (Fox, 9 p.m.). The final three return for hometown fanfare on American Idol, (Fox, 8 p.m.).
Wednesday! Who will live or die (my guess? Buh-bye Juliet!) on the season finale of Lost, (ABC, 9 p.m.). Paula Poundstound on Craig Ferguson.
Thursday! Sheryl Crow and Elvis Costello guest on the season finale of 30 Rock, (NBC, 9:30 p.m.). Will Izzie survive (I’m calling a cliffhanger!) on the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy? (ABC, 9 p.m.).
Friday! Battlestar’s James Callis meta-mocks Baltar, playing a kooky cult leader on the season finale of Numbers, (CBS, 10 p.m.).