Thursday, May 17, 2007
Blogging The Upfronts, Day 4: The CW
Finally, at long last, network television's annoying little sister: The CW. Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, and Veronica Mars are gone, paving the way for all Pussycat Dolls, all the time! Or not. Whatever, it's late, here's the CW fall schedule:
8 p.m. "Everybody Hates Chris"
8:30 p.m. "Aliens In America"
9 p.m. "Girlfriends"
9:30 p.m. "The Game"
8 p.m. "Beauty And The Geek"
9 p.m. "Reaper"
8 p.m. "America's Next Top Model"
9 p.m. "Gossip Girl"
8 p.m. "Smallville"
9 p.m. "Supernatural"
8 p.m. "Friday Night Smackdown"
8 p.m. "Life Is Wild"
9 p.m. "ANTM" (encore)
So, yes, they cancelled Veronica Mars, and as if to add insult to injury, not only are they going to bring One Tree Hill back at midseason, but they're going to do the same "four years in the future" college-avoidance gimmick that Veronica was talking about doing. As if people didn't hate that show enough. Veronica was losing some steam after three seasons, and I'm not about to malign a network for not renewing the relentlessly low-rated show yet again -- three years was much more than Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared got, after all. Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell will land on their feet, I'm sure.
LIFE IS WILD
ALIENS IN AMERICA
Don't care, and don't care. Look 'em up on your own time, it's past midnight.
The creators of Ed bring what seems to be a comedy-tinged drama about a slacker who finds out on his 21st birthday that his parents sold his soul to the devil before birth, and now he has to spend his days hunting down souls who've escaped from hell. Okay, two things: 1) Ray Wise plays Satan; 2) Kevin Smith directed the pilot. This could end up attracting a cult audience if it's any good, which means Veronica Mars fans could find another low-rated gem to obsess about.
Josh Schwartz didn't seem all that broken up about the demise of The O.C. because he had this drama on the horizon. The secrets and scandals of the Upper East Side set are put on blast by the shrouded-in-mystery "Gossip Girl." The next great high school guilty pleasure? Eh, probably not, but it's a concept that's worth a look. And Kristen Bell provides the voice of Gossip Girl herself. We'll see if Penn Badgley (The Mountain, The Bedford Diaries) can avoid official showkiller status and keep this one afloat.
So that's all of them. Five networks, four days, and only one serious injury (get well, Jenna Fischer! You've got a date come September!). Tomorrow I'll try to wrap things up with an official Low Res What To Watch Viewer's Guide, a.k.a. How I Programmed My DVR