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New on Thursdays this Fall

Posted by Mr. Feeny on August 29, 2009

Thursday nights should once again be a bonanza of viewership. Some of the most popular shows over the past decade air during these three hours…but the networks have to wondering if their old standards can keep it going. Survivor, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, they’ve all been going 5 years or more. So, each network has tried to add some new blood to the lineup. ABC adds the much-talked about Flash Forward at 7, as the CW tries to capitalize on the bloodsucker craze with The Vampire Diaries. NBC replaces My Name is Earl with Community (which will change timeslots in mid-October when 30 Rock returns). And CBS took gamble by moving the top new show from last year, The Mentalist. It now follows CSI…and faces a rather empty timeslot with Private Practice and Leno. FOX also moved its most successful new show, Fringe, to Thursdays.

Community

Basics: School Sitcom
Twist: A ragtag group tries to get by in community college
Stars You Know: Joel McHale (The Soup), Chevy Chase (Saturday Night Live), Alison Brie (Mad Men), John Oliver (The Daily Show)
Creative Team: Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development)
Timeslot: 8:30 (Thurs) [7:00 starting Oct. 8]
Network: NBC
Going Against: Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Fringe, Supernatural
Premiere: September 17

Flash Forward

Basics: Sci-Fi Mystery
Twist: Everyone gets a 2 minute preview of their life 6 months from now
Stars You Know: John Cho (Harold & Kumar), Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: CI), Jack Davenport (Coupling), Sonya Walter (LOST)
Creative Team: Creator Brannon Braga (producer of last two Star Trek spin-offs),
Timeslot: 7:00 (Thurs)
Network: ABC
Going Against: Survivor, Community, Parks and Recreation, Bones, The Vampire Diaries
Premiere: September 24

The Vampire Diaries

Basics: Vampire Soap Opera
Twist: Twilight…but by a different author. Two vamp brothers: one good, one evil.
Stars You Know: Nina Dobrev (DeGrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Everwood), Ian Somerhalder (LOST)
Creative Team: Co-creator Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek), co-creator Julie Plec (Kyle KY)
Timeslot: 7:00 (Thurs)
Network: CW
Going Against: Survivor, Community, Parks and Recreation, Bones, Flash Forward
Premiere: September 10

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3 Responses to “New on Thursdays this Fall”

  1. Blu said

    I’ve got to admit Community looks pretty funny. I don’t know if it will be as good as My Name Is Earl though. It might have been better than as a back to back hour block with both shows.

    • Mr. Feeny said

      I never watched Earl, but I agree. Of all the previews I’ve seen, Community seems like it might be the best new show. Certainly the best comedy. The only one I actually laughed at. Here’s hoping the full half hour is as good.

      I actually thinking that two hour block is fantastic come October 15th. The Office and 30 Rock are hilarious, and I really enjoyed Parks & Recreation too.

  2. Malcolm said

    I suspect that COMMUNITY’s pilot will fall flat as most of the jokes are in the preview. However it certainly has the potential (and the cast) to develop.

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