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New on Tuesdays this Fall

Posted by Mr. Feeny on August 23, 2009

I’m really excited about Tuesdays this Fall. Every year I wait for new shows to be set in Chicago. And it usually never happens. Maybe they didn’t want to steal ER‘s thunder. But not this season! Two shows on Tuesday, including one with ER alum Julianna Marguiles. Unfortunately, they go head-to-head against each other…so only one might last.

Hopefully you don’t need any laughs on Tuesdays. Once again this Fall Tuesdays will be packed with hour-long dramas and reality shows. Except of course The Jay Leno Show. Hmm, maybe that idea will work after all. Three of the new shows will premiere on September 22nd, including two in the same time slot. The 9:00 slot might be one of the better ones to watch shape up, as The Forgotten and The Good Wife compete against each other and Jay. At least one is likely to fail.  It’s also odd, because the two shows seem to be a better fit for each other’s networks. And in a separate programming note…V doesn’t debut until November because of a complete rework.

The Forgotten

Basics: Crime Drama
Twist: Cold Case meets Without a Trace but on ABC (oh, and it’s all unidentified victims)
Stars You Know: Christian Slater (My Own Worst Enemy), Bob Stephenson (Jericho),  Michelle Borth (Tell Me You Love Me)
Creative Team: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (The CSIs and those aforementioned crime shows)
Timeslot: 9:00 (Tues)
Network: ABC
Going Against: The Jay Leno Show, The Good Wife
Premiere: September 22

The Good Wife

Basics: Legal Drama
Twist: Wife of jailed politician pursues her dream of becoming a defense attorney
Stars You Know: Julianna Margulies (ER), Christine Baranski (Cybill), Josh Charles (Sports Night), Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls), guest starring Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City)
Creative Team: Producers David W. Zucker and Ridley Scott (Numb3rs)
Timeslot: 9:00 (Tues)
Network: CBS
Going Against: The Jay Leno Show, The Forgotten
Premiere: September 22

Melrose Place

Basics: Primetime Soap Opera
Twist: Group of 20-somethings live in same LA complex, which is run by character from original series
Stars You Know: Larua Leighton (Melrose Place), Thomas Calabro (Melrose Place), Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (7th Heaven), Katie Cassidy (Harper’s Island), Stephanie Jacobsen (Sarah Connor Chronicles), Michael Rady (Greek)
Creative Team: Producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer (Smallville), Director David Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth)
Timeslot: 8:00 (Tues)
Network: CW
Going Against: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser, NCIS: Los Angeles
Premiere: September 8

NCIS: Los Angeles

Basics: Crime Drama
Twist: NCIS, but in Los Angeles…and more undercover and terrorist-hunting
Stars You Know: Chris O’Donnell (Batman & Robin, Grey’s Anatomy), LL Cool J (In the House), Linda Hunt (The Practice), Rocky Carroll (Chicago Hope)
Creative Team: Creator Shane Brennan (NCIS)
Timeslot: 8:00 (Tues)
Network: CBS
Going Against: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser, Melrose Place
Premiere: September 22 (semi-launch crossover last spring)

V

Basics: Sci-Fi Drama
Twist: Visitors from outer space begin integrating into society, but are they as nice as they seem?
Stars You Know: Elizabeth Mitchell (LOST), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Scott Wolf (Party of Five, Everwood), Morena Baccarin (Firefly), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville)
Creative Team: Creator Scott Peters (The 4400)
Timeslot: 7:00 (Tues)
Network: ABC
Going Against: NCIS, The Biggest Loser, Hell’s Kitchen, 90210
Premiere: November 3

Predictions? Leave a comment. We’ll have ours in about a week.

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7 Responses to “New on Tuesdays this Fall”

  1. Blu said

    There isn’t really anything here that excites me. It all feels like I’ve seen it before just in a different setting.

    Predictions: V will get canceled quickly as it is syfy…and The forgotten wife of Melrose Place: Los Angeles will likely fail.

    Maybe I’m just used to some edgier content such as Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me, or The Shield. Network TV just doesn’t excite me as much as it used to.

  2. Skate said

    The only one I see lasting a season is The Forgotten and maybe Melrose Place (based off of fan base).

    The Good Wife just seems doomed to fail from the get go. It doesn’t seem very interesting nor do I feel that the cast will be compelling.

    NCIS: LA, why didn’t they just call it that and keep the acronym shtick? Aren’t people done with re-hashed crime dramas? I know they continue to sprout out, but rarely do they seem to be as good as where they came from. This show will cover the same exact ground as its predecessor with maybe a LA reference here and there.

    SciFi rarely does well on network television. I thought the show looked interesting, but even I am a bit skeptical that the show will hold my interest. A lot of that comes from seeing The 4400 twice in the overlook. I enjoyed that show but it often fell short of my expectations and I feel V will do the same.

    • Mr. Feeny said

      I’m going to disagree a little bit here. I think The Forgotten actually has the least chance of succeeding. Although Without a Trace is off the air now, and Cold Case is on its last legs, and there’s a reason for that. Viewers have gotten tired of the same serials. If it were on CBS, I think it’d stand a better chance because that’s where that audience is anyway.

      Instead they get The Good Wife, who’s chances I like best on Tuesday. I agree the cast could be boring, especially the lead in Marguiles, who I’ve never cared for. But I like how it focuses on the character more than the case. A lot like Judging Amy.

      CBS’ NCIS:LA has the track record of the CSI Miamis and New Yorks working in its favor. Although, no new CSI has come around for five years. And will their cast be as fun as the original?

      And Skate, you’re right about the fan base for Melrose Place. It’s lead-in is another second-run, 90210.

  3. Blu said

    Skate if the Leno show turns into a juggernaut then it will be a death sentence to any show going against it in that time slot. It’ll be where shows go to die.

    We’ll see, it should be interesting to see how these shows do and interesting to see what Mr. Feeny has on tap next!

  4. Malcolm said

    The ones that will do best out of the gate will be Melrose Place and NCIS: LA. They are tracking strong right now and will fit in with what their target demos want (i.e. more of the same…it’s why there were three CSI shows that all put up solid numbers).

    Unfortunately, this blog tends to give too much credit to the television audience. People tend to like pretty dumb shows. The original NCIS should never have done well enough to spawn a spin-off, but it has and the same people who have given it that opportunity, will give the new one some longevity.

    • Mr. Feeny said

      That’s a great point, Malcolm. CBS has that entrenched audience, immediately following, that will certainly help it stick around more than one year. But based on its previews, the storylines seem more similar to 24 than NCIS, so I doubt it will be as popular. But I’ll definitely be marking it down as a sure-fire renewal. Melrose Place also will benefit greatly from its lead-in. Aren’t they pretty much the same show?

      But for every great show that can’t get the viewership (Pushing Daisies, Arrested Development), there are a lot of smart television shows that do become successes. And not just on the cable/premium channels. I’d say LOST, the original CSI, and How I Met Your Mother fall into that category. As for how much credit should be given to audiences, only about 3 or 4 new shows from last Fall made it to this season. Does that speak highly or poorly of audiences? Should the shows have been watched, or were viewers right in disliking them?

      • CJ Cregg said

        I agree with Malcolm. People like dumb stuff. See, for example, #6 and #8 on my favorite shows ever.

        As far as the small number of shows that made it from last year to this year, I guess I can’t really speak to that as I didn’t watch any of last year’s new shows.

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