I’m a little behind on the fall schedules … while I was dealing with a broken dishwasher, car problems and a blackout, FOX, CBS and The CW went and released their fall schedules over the past couple days; (NBC and ABC released theirs earlier).
So, the highlights:
–FOX adds two shows that I’m pretty excited about, the first being J.J. Abrams’ Fringe. Fringe, which FOX will show on Tuesdays in the fall, is about two FBI agents “who get called in to investigate the grisly deaths of every passenger on board an international flight just arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport,” per TV Squad.
–The second is Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, which stars Eliza Dushku as a member of an organization that provides individuals with no memory for romantic entanglements, criminal activities or whatever the case may be. Dushku starts to get her memory back, and things go awry. Battlestar Galactica‘s Tahmoh Penikett is the FBI agent who is hot on the Dollhouse’s trail … and, no doubt, will end up the love interest for Dushku’s character.
–As I mentioned before, The CW renewed Reaper, which will be back at mid-season and will focus more on the show’s mythology and relationships, rather than being a “monster of the week” show like it was for the first half of the season.
–What The CW is doing is following in the footsteps of their buzz show Gossip Girl, adding two shows that have the same basic “rich kids with problems” formula — Surviving the Filthy Rich and 90210, a remake of the old FOX show.
–This year it looks like CBS had the honors of canceling the cult show with a strong fan following that won’t take this lying down — Moonlight. I never watched the show, and after reviving Jericho only to see its ratings fall when they brought it back, CBS may be twice shy about a last-minute save. “>Maybe The CW can use it on Sunday nights. Maybe SciFi will pick it up. Heck, maybe they’ll turn it into a comic … stranger things have happened.
–Both FOX and The CW will start their new seasons in late August/early September, while the rest will kick into gear in late September. FOX’s season starts with a two-hour season premiere for Prison Break on Aug. 25, followed by a two-hour Fringe the next night.
–Before 24 returns next January, FOX will air a two-hour movie prequel to the new season … it’s set for Nov. 23. Per the press release: “Shot on location in South Africa, Jack Bauer battles an international crisis, while here at home the nation prepares for a new president on inauguration day. Taking place just a few months before the new day dawns, the prequel will set the stage and raise the stakes for Season Seven.”
For full schedules for CBS, CW and FOX, follow the links at the top of this post.
–The Mack is back: Allison Mack isn’t leaving Smallville, as was previously rumored.
–Cereal Heroes: What happens when plans to bring comic book superheroes to life goes awry, and they end up bringing cereal mascots to life instead? Dunno, but I don’t imagine it’s going to be grrrrreat!
–Science of Evil: joystiq has more Hellboy:Science of Evil screenshots.