Monday, May 18, 2009

Fox 09-10 Scheduling Announcement - Sarah Connor says goodbye, Channelup dies a little inside


Fox announced its lineup for the 2009-2010 season and a notable omission (for me at least) was Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Even though I wrote this article about coming to emotional grips with the show's impending doom, I am nevertheless sad. What makes me most depressed though is the seeming lack of creativity coming down the pike for FOX.

First Fox will re-up Dollhouse, a show I wrote about here and was massively disappointed with. I heard it picked up near the end of the season, but the first seven episodes were sufficient for me to determine the show was flawed at best, unwatchable at worst. Til Death will air in Terminator's place on Friday nights in front of Dollhouse. Kudos everyone; A terrible comedy leading in for a terrible show. I guess it is Friday night, but some of us are still at home because we have no lives.

The two shows with any apparent promise are Glee and Human Target. I have avoided reading reviews of Glee as I want to go in fresh when it airs a special advanced pilot on Wednesday. I will have my thoughts then. Human Target is basically about a body guard and is based on a DC Comics graphic novel of the same name. (I have an article coming about my thoughts concerning comics in television). Fox's writeup on the show is absolutely terrible but in spite of their best efforts to do otherwise, the show still looks interesting. It is basically about a body guard who is "hired to completely integrate himself into his clients’ lives – to become the human target." Actually it sounds a lot like the Dollhouse so we will see.

After these two shows though Fox's new creations are a sea of creative despair. (Past Life reads like a reincarnation of every terrible TV premise from the last 20 years) They bring back old faithful's: 24, House (Poppa Channelup does a little cheer), Bones (one of the stupidest shows I have ever watched), and Fringe (a show I haven't watched but have heard rave reviews about). But beyond this Fox has very little to offer in quality programming. With more and more announcements like this I move more and more towards cable programming where commitment to quality is tantamount.

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