What's On Tap for 2009?

Posted by DGN on 9:55 PM in ,

So, it’s the first Tuesday of the year, and it’s my first official blog since then.

I’m already excited about what the new year has to offer. Outside of the usual returning fall shows, mid season premieres are back, and there seems to be some interesting shows on offer

True Beauty: From watching the commercials, this show looked terrible…another piece of reality tv garbage. I caught a sneak preview, and believe me this show is hilarious. Imagine Beauty and the Geek without the geeks.

Mondays at 10pm on ABC and Citytv


Scrubs: This show is a gem that seriously got overlooked over the years. Starting its seventh year on a new network (ABC) after being moved around and then dumped by NBC, Scrubs returns to all the hospital hilarity and touching scenes that Grey’s Anatomy thinks it has, but doesn’t really. Also, the fact that seven years in the show has kept every single major cast member has been amazing. Word is this is Zach Braff’s last season regardless if ABC decides to keep the show around.

Premieres Tuesdays January 6th at 9pm on ABC and Citytv.

Nip/Tuck: Another “doctor” show that isn’t. I’ll be the first to say that the last few seasons have been lacking a bit, but the excitement I feel knowing the show is coming back is palpable. I’m hoping for more of the humour from the first few seasons. The shocking drama and sexiness is perfectly on point.

Premieres Tuesday January 6th at 10pm on FX. TBA on Citytv.

Lie to Me: I was turned on to this show a couple of weeks ago by a colleague. Produced by Brian Glazer and starring Tim Roth, the show is about a doctor with skilled observational skills. The show is based on a real life specialist. FOX has big hopes for the show (some comparing it to network powerhouse House) and is giving it the uber lead in of American Idol.

Premieres Wednesday Jan 21st on FOX and Global.

Dollhouse: Joss Wheadon + Eliza Dushku = DGN watching. After Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, this guy can do no wrong in my eyes (granted I really should have given Firefly a bit more of a chance, but when the network starts airing episodes out of order, I’m sorry, I can’t be blamed…sorry, a bit of a rant there). Then you add Eliza Dushku (who was in both Btvs and Angel – see a pattern here?) to the mix, and I’m sorry, but my Friday nights are covered. I don’t even know what the show is about, but good buzz, good creative team and good lead can’t all be wrong can they? I’ll let you know.

Premieres Friday February 13th on FOX (Friday the 13th – REALLY FOX!!!)

United States of Tara: This is an interesting concept. A woman (The aforementioned Tara, played by the very underrated Toni Collette), has different personalities to deal with her family and career. This comes from Showcase, which has been on the ball lately with its programming unit.
Premieres Jan 18th on Showcase and (probably) TMN.

Of course there are other shows out there. But could someone help me out with a little something in the mean time. I have no clue where new episodes of Monk and Psych (both returning Jan 9th!) are airing. Last I heard they were on A, but I haven’t much since. These are both great shows, and sometimes even the guy raised by TV needs some help. Any shows you looking forward to the return off? Let me know!


So, Two Thousand and Nine is finally upon us…

Posted by DGN on 8:35 PM in
…and it probably feels like it has been that long since I last updated the site.

First of all, I should apologize for that. Work has gotten difficult and it’s been even harder to get access to putting up some info.

Secondly, happy new year! Hopefully, television will be around with us the entire twelve months of the year, rather than leaving us as it did last year (The supposed actors stick could throw a wrench in our plans though.) The effects of the strike have been looming for a while, but as I was informed today, there is some exciting viewing coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Let me get a quick recap of the big events in the land of TV since we last spoke:

  • ABC pulls the plug on Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone. An abrupt first season as well as sophomore slumps in writing led to these shows losing their audience. As anyone whose read the site before knows, I was a big supporter of Pushing Daisies and DSM. I never saw much of Eli Stone (I have season 1 but haven’t gotten around to watching it yet), but from what I hear the show had potential. There is some silver lining: Daisies may come back in the form of a comic book (ala Buffy and Angel) and perhaps even a movie down the road. The cancellation has left some time available in show runner Brian Fullers schedule. He’s moving back to Heroes which he ran in their highly successful first season.
  • NBC gets rid of the 10 PM drama slot, to keep Jay Leno. This was one of the bigger stories of the year. NBC, who built it’s drama department on ER, Law & Order and Dateline, in the ten o’ clock time slot, has decided to get rid of new scripted dramas in that slot and give it to Jay Leno for his own Tonight Show-esque program. The good news with the deal is Leno is a ratings winner and keeping him at NBC makes sense. Plus, this will give American’s who just can’t stay up late enough an opportunity to catch his brand of humor and the station. The bad news, well, Conan O’Brien is still seen as the latter host, which is unfortunate. The man is a comic genius. Secondly, this makes less programming per week for the net. Between eight being mostly reality (with the exception of Thursdays) and ten soon to be Leno, you have one hour to fill on a network that really had some bang in creative programming about ten years ago. Though something tells me we may get an NBC that has shorter seasons, fewer reruns and a lot more shows per year. Or that could just be me hoping for someone to pick up on the HBO/Showtime model that seems to be so successful!
  • Grey’s Anatomy has another doctor looking to hang up his scrubs. Word on the street was that T.R. Knight, whose character George I was a big fan off, has asked to be written out of the show after not having the greatest of storylines this season. No official word other than the usual “no comments”. Remember when people would talk about this show rather than all the backstage drama. And I mean when the storylines weren’t ripped off from the Ghost Whisperer.

There were other things as well, but these were the stories that gained my attention during the Christmas break, post the craziness that was sweeps!

I will be updating the site every Tuesday and Thursday to start. It’s only fair, since the PVR is empty, and the good times that are winter premieres are back.


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