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21 May 2007 @ 03:12 pm
Potential Fall Shows to Watch  
Saw the consolidated Upfront new show clips here and made a list of the ones that have my interest. Great reviews and word of mouth may add more to the list or remove some. I will say that I'm giving Pushing Daisies and The Journeyman a shot based on the fact that an actress friend tried out for both and ADORED the scripts, so whether I love the clip or not, I'm trying those two out. (Although, I did like the "PD" clip.)

ABC

- Pushing Daisies (Looks interesting and the ads have helped, quirky, hopefully in a good way.)
- Dirty Sexy Money (Peter Krause and Donald Sutherland? Oh yeah.)
- Private Practice (If Chris Lowell is dropped before the premiere. Hey, I can dream.)
- Big Shots (Michael Vartan is the only reason I'm giving this a shot.)
- Women's Murder Club (Angie Harmon owns my soul so I'm watching this. I saw her on L&O for the first time last year and was blown away by her utter awesomeness, and Aubrey Dollar is fabulous. I know her from Guiding Light. The show itself, eh, but with those two? I'm there.)
- Cashmere Mafia (The actresses -- Lucy Liu and Miranda Otto -- got me.)
- Miss/Guided (Judy Greer. Nuff said.)

CBS

- Kid Nation (I'm leery, but it COULD be very interesting and amazing.)
- Moonlight (I actually was VERY unimpressed with the clip, but the premise really gets to me, so I'll keep an ear out and maybe give it a shot.
- Viva Laughlin (I admit that I loved Cop Rock and I love Hugh Jackman. I gotta give it a shot, but it may bite.)

CW

- Reaper (This is the first one I had an immediate, positive YES! reaction to. I'm THERE!)

Fox

- New Amsterdam (The lead is sexy and intriguing and in the first brief clip ... SMOKIN' chemistry between whom I can only hope are the two leads. I really hope "the one" isn't the chick in the last clip, because, again SMOKIN' chemistry between him and "Eva.")
- The Return of Jezebel (It doesn't look that great, BUT I love Parker Posey and so I have to give it a shot.)
- Canterbury's Law (I didn't expect to like this as I'm not normally a Julianna Margulies fan, but I really liked her in this and the "oceans, rivers, streams, oceans, rivers, streams" I loved.)
- The Sarah Connors Chronicle (I'm not all 'oh no sacrilege' about Terminator so I'm fine with that aspect. I liked the kid playing John, LOVE Summer Glau!! LOVE HER!! Unfortunately, I'm not horribly impressed with the actress playing Sarah and I was never a Linda Hamilton fan, so it's not that factor, but for Summer? I'm so there. I actually saw a longer preview elsewhere that featured more Summer and she was SOOO kick-ass!)

NBC

- Journeyman (I love Kevin McKidd -- from Rome -- and I've heard the pilot script was fabulous.)
- Bionic Woman (I liked the clip and Katee Sackhoff is in this, I loved her on BSG.)
- Life (Clip looked interesting).
 
 
 
Femme Fetale: [sn]Waking The Dead.slayervixen on May 21st, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Ohhh Reaper sounds interesting.
Arabian: Deanarabian on May 21st, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I LOVED the clips. Every thing was just pitch perfect.
eolivet on May 21st, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
You're confirming what I kind of thought, which is ABC had the strongest development slate, at least drama-wise. I mean, CBS probably had the most WTF series, which I respect, but I thought nearly all of ABC's drama Pilot previews at least fit with its identity as a network. Both NBC and Fox seem to be searching for their identities...

(Yay, another person who may watch "Viva Laughlin!" :p )

Are these previews of scenes or actual cut-together previews? :)
Arabian: TVarabian on May 21st, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, ABC had by far the strongest, no question. NBC was really weak. If it weren't for McKidd and Terri reading the script (and dude, she SOOOOOOOOO would have got the role), I probably wouldn't have included that one.

Dude, Hugh? I'm so there. LOVE HIM TO BITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ABC, CBS, NBC had just clips, like a scene. The CW and Fox had a series of scenes for most. Gossip Girl had one scene and I gotta tell you my fear about Leighton Meeser was totally true. She's never impressed me in the four different roles I've seen her in and the same is here too. I did really like the long-haired blonde chick -- interesting vibe -- enough to consider it, but then La Bell's voice came over in narration and literally *literally* my stomach hurt and I cringed. Sorry, Josh, her very voice lost me as a viewer.
eolivet on May 22nd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
(Duuude, the wife on "Journeyman" is totally going to annoy me even more now...that totally sucks for your friend!!! :( )

And Hugh is not the lead in VL (oh geez...that abbreviation, sigh), though...just be forewarned. He's a recurring role. :x But he'll be in a number of eps, and still fabulous. :D

my fear about Leighton Meeser was totally true.

Is she...the bitchy friend? Is she Carrie Bishop? I assume she's not the lead, because the lead has long blonde hair (though...so does the little sister, so...hmmm). (and I just cannot get over that a character who appears to be in the regular cast attempts to rape not one, but two fellow female cast members. It brought back all that stuff posted in g_w all over again... :x )
Arabianarabian on May 22nd, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
She was okay on Daybreak, but yeah Terri would have been sooooooooo much better, sigh.

I know about Hugh's role. I keep up-to-date on his stuff and generally about what's going on in the entertinament industry (movies and tv more than music) so I'm fairly in the know for a non-industry type. Sigh, VL, that's the name of my LoVe folder on my photobucket account, it was before LoVe was invented. Double sigh.

She's Carie Bishop. It's really interesting seeing her look like Carrie though, because her last two roles featured her with long, blonde hair. Yeah, the long, blonde-haired chick is who I found interesting, but yeah, doesn't matter because La Bell's voice lost me.
eolivet on May 22nd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I'm sorry -- I didn't realize you knew about Hugh's role already -- sorry!!! Y'know, I also forget that this show actually aired on BBC America, so more than a few people probably saw it. :x I still am hoping against hope that it does well, although the abbreviation is probably cursed (stupid VL...maybe I'll call it VvL -- eh, it's a thought ;)

Heh, they tried to do a kind of "catfight" between Carrie Bishop and the lead blonde girl at the CW Upfront -- and they had Gossip Girl narrating!! I guess it could've been pre-recorded, but...yeah. The "catfight" wasn't really convincing, either -- CB's (heh) "bitchiness" sounded like she had a stomachache. ;p
Arabian: A Fine Linearabian on May 22nd, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
I did respond to this, stupid screwed up-LJ today.

I tend to know a little more than most not in the industry, so no biggie that you expected I didn't know the info. I don't think it will actually last, but I'll watch it while we have it.

Leighton Meester is just NOT a strong actress at all. And funnily enough, in her last two roles, she had long blonde hair, and for this, she's back to the Carrie Bishop look. Yeah, the long blonde in the show is who I liked the vibe of, but Meester plus the horrific KBell voiceover put this show on the instant NO list.
sourisvhosourisvho on May 21st, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know what I'm going to do. I watch too much TV as it is, and I'm not losing any shows that I watch to cancellation. Big Shots, of course, is a must because of MV.
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on May 21st, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yay! My MV-lj-buddy!!! Honestly, it didn't look that interesting and I don't like Joshua Malina enough to watch a show for him, but the Vartan? I'm there. Although, he sure is playing a pissy grump. Still, a FOINE pissy grump.
sourisvho: MV heesourisvho on May 21st, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping they'll lighten his character up in subsequent eps, after he gets through the grumpy-making situation in the pilot. He's got such a great sense of humor, which he doesn't get to show off onscreen too much.
Arabian: World of Squee!arabian on May 21st, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
I agree. We so rarely got to see him loosen up on Alias and I'm still annoyed that we didn't see more of what J.Lo and Fonda were fighting over in Monster-in-Law. Yes, yes, we all love the forehead wrinkles, but the smile's dang purty too!
språkspion: rome - vorenus xiiifalena84 on May 21st, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
The Sarah Connor Chronicles I'm interested in because of Summer Glau, and I'll definitely give The Journeyman a go because I adore Kevin McKidd. If they let him use his normal accent I might die of happiness.

I never even heard of the other shows you mentioned, living in Europe and all, but I'll keep an eye on your journal for your impressions. I trust your judgement.:)
Arabian: Guy Lovearabian on May 21st, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Did you see the longer preview? They show A LOT more of her, including nekkid ass-kicking! As for McKidd, if he's attempting an American accent, well, he's not doing too hot a job of it because you can definitely hear the accent.

I trust your judgement.:)

Aw thanks. I'll read the EW preview issue and may add/whittle based on that, but for the most part I'll give them a shot myself. I know that I might be adding Chuck to the list because it's already getting really good reviews. Last year, Ugly Betty got the overall best reviews and it just didn't look like it would interest me, so I waited four episodes in before finally watching it ... and of course, fell madly in love with it.
Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on May 21st, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
At work today, I watched a clip of Bionic Woman over at Yahoo's TV page and gosh, it looks really good. I'm definitely checking that one out and Katee's in it! Is she going to be a regular on the show or she'll just be in the pilot?

I'm also excited about Pushing Daisies. The quirkiness and the way it's shot is very reminiscent of Wonderfalls (which I adored).
Arabian: Rob and Amberarabian on May 21st, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
I think she's a regular. I hope so, because she's awesome!!!

My friend who tried out for it said the pilot script was amazing. I did really enjoy Wonderfalls (I stopped watching it for a very, very weird reason -- I thought the heroine had amazing chemistry with the guy playing her brother and I just couldn't get past that), so it certainly looks good. And Lee Pace (the star of PD) he played her brother, right?, not the love interest?

GO BQ's, when Rob and Amber left and then Danny and Oswald, I sooooooooo wanted the BQs to win. Stupid Eric and Danielle.
Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on May 21st, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
If she is, I'm definitely making BW appointment TV next season! I freaked out when I saw her in the clip, lol.

You know, I don't even remember the brother on the show. I was fine with the heroine and the bartender's relationship. I thought they had great chemistry. Yes, I think I read somewhere that a Wonderfalls character was the lead on PD. You might be right there.

Aww, yay! I was rooting for Romber to win and was going to stop watching after they got eliminated but the BQs' attitude and racing abilities got me hooked to their team. I was SOOO disappointed when they came in second to that fake "team" of Eric and Danielle.

Go Apolo and Julianne for tonight! :D I can't believe I'm looking forward to watching the finale of Dancing more than the series finale of VM tomorrow, haha.
Arabian: Apolo & Juliannearabian on May 21st, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, no for sure, it's the brother or bartender from Wonderfalls. I know that for sure, I'm just not sure which one Lee Pace played on Wonderfalls.

I'm actually not even watching VM anymore. I was spoiled for the final five and yeah, Rob just finally done completely lost me. As for DwtS, I seriously will cry if Apolo/Julianne don't win. CRY!!!
Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on May 22nd, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
There's always IMDB. ;)

Aww, really? Well, I know I'll be taping VM and watching the finale of DWTS tonight! I won't cry if they don't win. I'll just be pissed/disappointed. Their first dance last night was only so-so but their freestyle was a lot of fun! I couldn't even get through on the phone last night and only managed to cast five votes online for them. :|
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on May 22nd, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
I don't remember their names so that's why I don't know who played whom on the show.

I must be the only one, but I positively, absolutely frickin' ADORED! their first number. Like I watched it twice right away and was completely blown away. I thought it was amazing. I'm not a hip-hop, breakdance fan and I KNEW they were gonna do that, so I didn't love their freestyle. I liked it, I grinned, but I didn't love it. Still, they have twice the number of votes at Dial-idol than do the other two who are bunched pretty closely so I'm less worried about them winning than I was before.
Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on May 22nd, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
I checked it and I think he played the brother.

Rofl, yup. You were the only one who liked their rumba. ;) I wonder what they'll perform tonight. I would prefer them do the paso doble or the one where Julianne wore that tigress outfit (I don't remember the name of the song). Apolianne for the win!
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on May 22nd, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Looking at the clip, I tend to think it is the brother, which is great because I liked him best.

I wasn't the only one, just one of the few. They're performing the Pasodoble tonight, so you're in luck. The tiger one was the Samba. I thought they'd perform that, but I'm glad they're not. The Pasodoble would have been my first choice because the Samba was pretty much perfect, but the Pasodoble (despite the 30's) did have some flaws.
nocturnes: Art-Play it Loudermidnight_27 on May 21st, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
The Sarah Connors Chronicle - Don't care for Terminator but I want to check it out thanks to Summer Glau. Have to wait for more reviews to decide on the other ones.
Arabian: Veronica_Anime-Stylearabian on May 22nd, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, if the reviews/early buzz crap all over any of this, I pretty much figure I won't give it a shot, but just based on the clips, these are what caught my attention.