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4 07 2006

There is nothing to watch at the moment, but I bring you news of TV to look out for in 2007.

Well the dust has settled at the LA screenings and almost every TV show screened has been bought by broadcasters in the UK. These are the shows that I will give a go (providing they aren’t cancelled with in the first few months), and the UK channels that have purchased them, if you prefer to watch your TV when you’re told to. 😉

From Disney’s TV subsidiary Touchstone:-
Betty the Ugly, an English reworking of the highest rated Spanish Language Telenovela of all-time, “The Ugly Truth about Betty La Fea”. It was bought by Channel 4, and will be broadcast on E4 first.

From NBC Universal:-
Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip is a new Drama and a return to TV by Aaron Sorkin, creator of the West Wing. Once again bought by Channel 4, and new epsiodes will be shown on More 4 first.

The Black Donnellys, a drama about an Irish crime family, is written by Paul Haggis, the man who wrote and directed Million Dollar Baby. Looks good. This one was bought by ITV1, with premieres on ITV2.

From 20th Century Fox’s Television studio comes another high concept drama with no clue as to whether it will have the legs beyond the first 13 episodes.
Vanished is about a missing person and the race to find her. Starting in early August on FOX, it will inevitably draw comparisons with 24 and Prison Break. five bought this show, and expect premieres on their new digital channel “five US”.

From Hollywood’s soon to be “no longer independent” studio Dreamworks comes the only comedy of note this TV season. “Dog Bites Man” is a sitcom/Mockumentary about a fake news team who go to real events to report the news. Its quite clever, because nobody ever questions the news. I found it on itunes where they were giving away a free episode, and its well worth 22 minutes of anyones time. It hasn’t been purchased yet, but I expect to see it on the Paramount Comedy Channel.

Actually there are two more comedies that although I haven’t seen and haven’t been bought by any UK broadcasters yet, look funny. “The Winner” (ironically titled, the main character is a loser) from 20th Television and “Andy Barker P.I.” will both be so funny they are cancelled with in a month.

The three biggest shows of the sreenings were “The Nine” [Touchstone], about the lives of hostages involved in a bank hold-up (looks like Inside Man), Jericho [CBS Paramount] which is about a small town that survives a nuclear bomb and Heroes [NBC Universal]. All of which are the subject of a protracted bidding war between BBC, ITV and BskyB.

Expect all these shows to start in and around Jan 2007, except for those acquired by Digital Satellite channels who may just start them around Oct/Nov.

If you don’t like your TV from across the pond, maybe you can try it from across the channel. I can recommend “Spiral” from Canal+ in France (the French name is “Engrenages“, meaning gears), a Forensic Drama that is a bit deeper than C.S.I. Its currently on episode 5, showing on BBC FOUR.

And a reminder, although its in its third year now, Entourage, almost the only program aimed at men left on Planet earth, starts on ITV2 very soon. Look out for it, its funny and stupid at the same time.

Apart form all that… there’s nothing to watch!

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4 07 2006
Anonymous

Heroes looks good ther are some clips on youtube. apart from that I think i will be watching the same ol’ next season. you just know those comedies are gonna be too off the wall for a mainstream audience.–>

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