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New on Fridays and Sundays this Fall

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 1, 2009

There’s just a handful of new programming on the weekend, including none on Saturday, so it makes sense to include them all together in one post. And all but one of them is a comedy. Very different types of comedies, though. One’s an animated spin-off (and the third offering from Seth MacFarlane), one’s an hour long substitute for Psych, one stars Michael Strahan (yes, the football player), and one will struggle to be seen on HBO. Their success with Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords and Entourage makes me optimistic about Bored to Death…especially with Ted Danson…but the preview was dull. Unfortunately, CJ and Christopher don’t have the HBO, so you’ll have to just take my word for it once it premieres…or your own, I guess.

Bored to Death

Basics: Sitcom
Twist: Writer becomes a bumbling private eye
Stars You Know: Ted Danson (Cheers, Damages), Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover,” Tru Calling)
Creative Team: Director Alan Taylor (The Sopranos)
Timeslot: 8:30 (Sun)
Network: HBO
Going Against: Desperate Housewives, Three Rivers, SNFootball, American Dad, Dexter
Premiere: September 20


Basics: Family Sitcom
Twist: A football star returns home to help his family
Stars You Know: Michael Strahan (NFL), Carl Weathers (In the Heat of the Night), Daryl Mitchell (Ed, Veronica’s Closet), CCH Pounder (The Shield)
Creative Team: Creator Don Reo (My Wife and Kids, Everybody Hates Chris), producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men)
Timeslot: 7:00 (Fri)
Network: FOX
Going Against: Supernanny, Ghost Whisperer, Law & Order, Smallville
Premiere: September 25

The Cleveland Show

Basics: Animated Sitcom
Twist: Can a spin-off survive with the original’s less popular character?
Stars You Know: Mike Henry (Family Guy), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy)
Creative Team: Creator Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad)
Timeslot: 7:30 (Sun)
Network: FOX
Going Against: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Amazing Race, SNFootball
Premiere: September 27

Three Rivers

Basics: Medical Drama
Twist: All about organ donations, from three different perspectives
Stars You Know: Katherin Moennig (The L Word), Alex O’Loughlin (The Shield), Justina Machado (Six Feet Under)
Creative Team: Creator Carol Barbee (Jericho, Judging Amy)
Timeslot: 8:00 (Sun)
Network: CBS
Going Against: Desperate Housewives, SNFotoball, Family Guy, American Dad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored to Death, Dexter
Premiere: October 4

White Collar

Basics: Spy Dramedy
Twist: A convicted master con artist gets out of jail by working for the Feds
Stars You Know: Marsha Thomason (Las Vegas, LOST), Matt Bomer (Tru Calling, Chuck), Tiffani Thiessen (Saved by the Bell), Willie Garson (Sex and the City)
Creative Team: Relative newbies
Timeslot: 9:00 (Fri)
Network: USA
Going Against: 20/20, The Jay Leno Show, Numb3rs
Premiere: October 23


One Response to “New on Fridays and Sundays this Fall”

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