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New on Wednesdays this Fall

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 4, 2010

Wednesday’s were insanely crowded with new shows last year. And this year is no different. I guess people must not watch television in the middle of the week. Last year, ABC premiered four new sitcoms. Incredibly, three of them survived (the one that didn’t, Hank, was an early pick of mine to fail). And of course one of those three won the Emmy for Best Comedy. I don’t see that happening again this year. The hour-long shows were very different. Glee succeeded in becoming popular, while Eastwick, The Beautiful Life and Mercy did not.

This year’s lineup of shows on Wednesday seems fairly bland. Except for my only “must-watch” show, Modern Family, it’s a pretty passable slate of programming. I like Survivor and Lie to Me, others like Criminal Minds and America’s Next Top Model. No slam dunks. I like how the 9pm slot is full of three new shows…all about lawyers. One focuses on the prosecution, one on the defense and one on both. Can’t wait to see how that plays out (actually…can I keep waiting until next year? Say, the summer months when nobody watches television?)


Basics: Spy Drama
Twist: Husband and wife
Stars You Know: Gerald McRaney (Major Dad, Promise Land, Jericho)
Creative Team: Creator JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias), Producer Josh Reims (Brothers & Sisters)
Timeslot: 7:00pm (Wed)
Network: NBC
Going Against: The Middle, Better with You, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model, Hell’s Kitchen
Premiere: September 22

Better with You

Basics: Relationship Sitcom
Twist: “Rules of Engagement,” but all related
Stars You Know: Kurt Fuller (Psych, many guest starring), Debra Jo Rupp (That 70’s Show)
Creative Team: Creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Joey), Director James Burrows
Timeslot: 7:30pm (Wed)
Network: ABC
Going Against: Undercovers, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model, Hell’s Kitchen
Premiere: September 22


Basics: College Drama
Twist: Cheeleaders
Stars You Know: Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Robbie Jones (One Tree Hill), Matt Barr (Harper’s Island), Alyson Michalka (Phil of the Future)
Creative Team: Producer Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives), Tom Welling (Smallville), Director Allan Arkush (Heroes, Crossing Jordan)
Timeslot: 8:00pm (Wed)
Network: CW
Going Against: Modern Family, Hell’s Kitchen, Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, Cougar Town
Premiere: September 8

Law & Order: Los Angeles

Basics: Legal Drama
Twist: No Sam Waterson, but other prosecutors
Stars You Know: Skeet Ulrich (Jericho), Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2), Terrence Howard (Iron Man)
Creative Team: Creator Dick Wolf (Law & Order)
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: NBC
Going Against: Defenders, The Whole Truth, Terriers
Premiere: September 29


Basics: Legal Dramedy
Twist: Defense attorneys in Las Vegas
Stars You Know: Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Jerry O’Connell (Sliders, Crossing Jordan)
Creative Team: Nobodies
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: CBS
Going Against: The Whole Truth, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Terriers
Premiere: September 22

The Whole Truth

Basics: Legal Drama
Twist: Prosecutors and Defenders
Stars You Know: Maura Tierney (ER, NewsRadio), Rob Morrow (Numb3rs)
Creative Team: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pick a show, any show), Director Alex Graves (The West Wing),
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: ABC
Going Against: Defenders, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Terriers
Premiere: September 22


Basics: Crime Dramedy
Twist: Two friends become private investigators
Stars You Know: Donal Logue (Damages, Grounded for Life), Michael Raymond-James (True Blood)
Creative Team: Creator Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven), Producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield)
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: FX
Going Against: Defenders, Law & Order: Los Angeles, The Whole Truth
Premiere: September 8

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