Thursday, May 15, 2008

Blogging the 2008 Upfronts, Day 4: FOX

Home stretch!

Hit it, FOX...

8 PM: Terminator: The Sarah Connor chronicles
9 PM: Prison Break

8 PM: House
9 PM: Fringe

8 PM: Bones
9 PM 'Til Death
9:30 PM: Do Not Disturb

8 PM: The Moment of Truth
9 PM: Kitchen Nightmares

8 PM: Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
9 PM: Don't Forget The Lyrics!

7 PM: The OT (NFL post-game)
8 PM: The Simpsons
8:30 PM: King of the Hill
9 PM: Family Guy
9:30 PM: American Dad

-- Fringe is a new JJ Abrams show (good) starring Joshua Jackson (bad) and John Noble (eh) about the mysterious fate of a commercial airplane (oh, really now?) and a long, overarching mystery (uh huh). Lance Reddick and Kirk Acevedo pop up in supporting roles (good), but I wonder if FOX is going to have the same patience for Abrams's stuff that ABC has. Remember, before Lost conquered the world, Alias and Felicity white-knuckled it through shaky ratings and multiple time slots.

-- Do Not Disturb is a sitcom starring Jerry O'Connell about...yeah, sorry, I lost interest right there.

-- The big news is that Joss Whedon's Dollhouse (Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Tahmoh Penikett, ELIZA DUSHKU) will premiere in January as the lead-in for the new season of 24 on Mondays. That doesn't guarantee that trigger-happy FOX won't cancel it early, but it at least guarantees it a better fate than Drive. Poor Tim Minear.

-- It's amazing to me how few FOX shows I have any interest in watching. In the fall, without Dollhouse or American Idol, I'm down to Sarah Connor and maybe Prison Break. And the everpresent possibility that I'll start watching House, but as anyone who ever bugged me about The Wire can attest, inertia's a hard thing to break with me.

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