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Friday, May 22, 2009

TV This Fall and Movies I May Catch... Eventually

After all the finales had been shown, the major "free TV" markets have tried to manipulate the schedule this fall in hopes of regaining viewer trust, and of course, the winter Olympics.  With that being said, the NBC lineup hopes to profit from viewership. Trying the tactic of split scheduling, NBC tries to save money by ordering shorter seasons for shows that may have lost viewership (like Heroes), and yet save face by showing viewer faves but not making money (Chuck). Also, with Jay Leno moving an hour earlier than his usual slot, now occupied by Conan O'Brien, NBC will probably have to figure out how to keep its young demographic from leaving the channel.

The ABC lineup is trying to be the new happy-happy, joy-joy channel.  Peppered with a lot of new comedy shows (and late season shows like Better of Ted, the dramedy, Castle, and the returning Scrubs, who apparently was able to get Bill Lawrence to come back--sort of, along with Zach Braff, whose season ending was brilliant), this channel may be the best balanced of the main channels. Keeping Dancing With the Stars in its line-up and Supernanny (who watches this show?), reality is alive and kicking. TV regulars like Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice are still going strong in its current time slot, while Ugly Betty is given the ugly Friday viewing hole.

CBS does some rearranging for some of its shows but it keeps a solid comedy Monday as it keeps How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory together. Numb3rs got renewed, as well did Ghost Whisperer, which is now paired with the dropped NBC show, Medium.  The CBS lineup isn't bad if you like your cop/NCIS shows the way they are.

FOX tries to keep its eclectic collection of shows from House and Lie to Me, to Fringe, and Dollhouse, who got a SAVE on the last minute. Despite issues concerning Kiefer Sutherland, 24 is still a go for the upcoming season. Of course, it keeps its lowest common denominator excited with So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol.  Glee, a show I curiously watched last Tuesday, was actually funny. So, if you're trying to find something new to watch (or rearrange your schedule on TiVo or DVR), here's the current listing of the FOX lineup.

Lastly, the CW lineup. Is CW still considered a channel? As Variety pointed out, it's resurrecting TV when I was a kid.  With 90210 and Melrose Place 2.0 being put on the lineup, not much is worth watching in this channel than my favorite, Supernatural.  CW dropped its comedy lineup, and its usual urban demographic love for more "look-at-me, look-at-me" shows. Smallville is still in the grid, as well as the Leyton-less One Tree Hill. Vampire Diaries may be the only show I may even be interested to visit once SN is done with its hour viewing.

Whew, that just took forever. I never thought I'd be done!

Now for movies I may watch. Here's what critics have to say:

and lastly, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

All information within the links are courtesy of Variety. Without them, I am clueless...

Let me know if you have any suggestions, comments, and thoughts on any of these movies, and others I may enjoy watching. Till then, enjoy your long weekend!