The network upfronts are this week, and I thought I would add my pointless analysis to the blogosphere. For those of you unfamiliar with the upfronts, it’s a og and pony show where the networks announce their fall schedules. Descriptions of the new shows taken from Deadline Hollywood Daily.
8-9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9-10 p.m. Heroes
10-11 p.m. JOURNEYMAN (new show): From 20th Century Fox TV; writer/executive producer Kevin Falls (formerly West Wing); starring Kevin McKidd as the lead; sci-fi romantic fantasy about a man who travels back in time to alter and fix the lives of people in trouble and sometimes affect the future.
Sean’s take: Journeyman? I liked this show when it was called QUANTUM LEAP! If it survives the season, I’ll be shocked
8-9 p.m. The Biggest Loser
9-10 p.m. CHUCK (new show): Warner Bros TV; writers/executive producers Josh Schwartz (The O.C.), Chris Fedak, director McG; starring Zachary Levi as the title character; an action comedy-drama about spies and twentysomethings in the vein of Grosse Pointe Blank.
10-11 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sean’s take: Chuck won’t make it. Stupid name, format is wrong for TV.
8-9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9-10 p.m. BIONIC WOMAN (new show): NBC Universal TV; writers/executive producers Laeta Kalogridies, David Eick and director Michael Dinner; starring Michelle Ryan; redo of 1970s series about Jaime Sommers rebuilt “better, stronger, faster”.
10-11 p.m. LIFE (new show): NBC Universal TV; writer/executive producer Far Shariat, Rand Ravich; Damien Lewis (Band Of Brothers) plays the lead; quirky drama about a former cop who rejoins the force after having spent years wrongly imprisoned.
Sean’s take: Bionic Woman will flop… badly. Life sounds like a movie, not a series.
8-8:30 p.m. My Name Is Earl
8:30-9 p.m. 30 Rock
9-9:30 p.m. The Office
9:30-10 p.m. Scrubs
10-11 p.m. ER
Sean’s take: Just kill ER… please… it was time like 3 years ago!
8-9 p.m. 1 vs 100/THE SINGING BEE (new show): Executive producers Phil Gurin (Weakest Link) and Bob Horowitz (Battle of the Network Reality Stars). A “sing in the blanks” game show.
9-10 p.m. Las Vegas
10-11 p.m. Friday Night Lights
Sean’s take: The Singing Bee? Really… do I need to say anything?
8-9 p.m. Dateline NBC
9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores
Sean’s take: *snore*
SUNDAY (Fall 2007)
7-8 p.m. Football Night in America
8-11 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football
Sean’s take: Not my cup of tea.
SUNDAY (January 2008)
7-8 p.m. Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. Law & Order
9-10 p.m. Medium
10-11 p.m. LIPSTICK JUNGLE (new show): From NBC Universal TV; writers/executive producers: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline, Candace Bushnell (based on her book); starring Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price, Kim Raver; Sex In The City author looks behind the lives of trio on “New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women” list.
Sean’s take: Lipstick Jungle could go either way. Depends on how different from Sex And The City it is. If they try doing a sanatized version of it, with nothing original, MAJOR flop.
THE IT CROWD (new show): NBC Universal TV/Freemantle; writers/executive producers Joe Port, Joe Wiseman, Moses Port, David Guarascio (Just Shoot Me); ; based on the British series, this hour looks at the lives of the Information Technology geeks vs the fashionable and popular elite.
HEROES: ORIGINS (new show): NBC Universal Television; spinoff of NBC’s hottest show will air in Heroes Monday night time slot when flagship takes a hiatus. Features characters not yet seen on the original show. Viewers will pick their favorites to join cast of Heroes.
Sean’s take: The IT Crowd will flop. Heroes:Origins is a cool way to fill in the six week hiatus.