There are certainly a lot of new shows hitting both network and basic cable TV this Summer and Fall. Some that we’re pretty excited for, and some we can’t wait to miss (looking at you, The Cape). One of the shows that looks to have some promise is ABC’s upcoming half-hour comedy Mr. Sunshine.
The show stars Matthew Perry as Ben Donovan, a sports arena manager who goes through a mid-life crisis right after his 40th birthday, all while dealing with the oddball employees and demands that his job presents.
Helping out Perry is a pretty solid cast of TV regulars like West Wing favorite Allison Janney, Las Vegas’s Nate Torrence and James Lesure, Better Off Ted’s Andrea Anders, and even Portia Doubleday for good measure.
While the cast alone should be enough to get us excited, we’re more psyched by the fact that the show is being written by TV veteran Thomas Schlamme and Perry himself. Fans of Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip know that this team is quite impressive when at their peak, so we can’t wait to see more.
Check out two new clips and a sneak preview of the show after the jump, and stay with ABC this October, as Mr. Sunshine makes it’s debut.
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This week many of the networks have announced their new Fall schedules so now we know which of our favorite shows are coming back, which aren’t and what new ones are coming along to tray to capture our interest. ABC has several new shows coming out next Fall and we’ve got some previews for those new shows for you today.
First off is Body of Proof which features Dana Delany as a neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner whose expertise helps solve murder cases. It also features Jery Ryan, who you might remember from Star Trek: Voyager. Next up is Off the Map, the new medical drama from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes which features Caroline Dhavernas as the idealistic Dr. Lily Brenner working at an understaffed medical clinic in the South American jungle that needs to treat patients with whatever they have at hand.
Our next preview is for the new Matthew Perry comedy Mr. Sunshine which centers on Perry’s character Ben Donovan, the self-involved manager of a second-rate San Diego sports arena, who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday. Finally, we’ve got a preview of the new cop drama Detroit 1-8-7. It stars Michael Imperioli and is described as a fictional documentary that follows Detroit homicide police.
So, a new comedy, a new cop show and a new medical show. Somehow, these all seem vaguely familiar. Curious. Check out all the previews after the jump. Look for these new shows debut later this year or, in the case of Mr. Sunshine, at midseason.
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It’s no secret we love TV. We watch it, talk about it, review it and generally spend a lot of time with it. So, it should come as no surprise we’re very interested in what new shows may potentially be coming to the networks in the near future.
Fortunately, we don’t have to do a lot of work to find out, and you have to do even less, because the guys and gals at EW have gathered together lists of all of the 2010-2011 season pilot orders for ABC, CBS and NBC. Wasn’t that nice of them? Yes, yes it was.
Just between these three networks (we’ll bring you Fox and the others, including cable, later), 31 dramas and 29 comedies are being considered. What shows will make it to the Fall schedule is still anyone’s guess, and we’ll have to wait until May to find out, but still, it’s fun to take a look at these pilots and imagine what could be.
Be warned, this is a rather long list. However, it’s kinda interesting to see the direction the networks are taking. Read on and let us know if you think any of these sound like a show you would watch.
187 Detroit (writer Jason Richman). A light-hearted look at Detroit’s top homicide division.
Body of Evidence (Chris Murphey). A procedural about a female medical examiner who used to work as a neurosurgeon.
Cutthroat (Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters). A dramedy about a single mother who operates an international drug cartel from Beverly Hills.
Edgar Floats (Rand Ravich). A police psychologist becomes a bounty hunter.
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Every month, I bring you dedicated readers my favorite TV shows of the moment. And while I love reporting on the latest and greatest in TV Land, what is also just as important to me are the dozens of shows that were canceled before their time.
Whether the ratings were bad or the shows were too expensive, many of TV’s best and brightest have been taken off the air before they have a chance to flourish. But while these shows had their untimely demise, these articles should hopefully resurrect them, at least in the form of you watching them and thinking they’re awesome.
So the reviews weren’t great and the show only lasted a season. But had Moonlight premiered a year or two later, it would have been a smash hit. Why? Because it’s all about vampires, and whether it’s TV, movies, or books, vampires are the hottest thing in media right now. And while competing with HBO’s hit True Blood and CW’s mediocre The Vampire Diaries wouldn’t be easy, it would have at least stood a chance.
Canceled after 2008’s Writers Guild of America strike, Moonlight centered around Mick St. John, who turned vampire after being bitten by his bride on their wedding night. Years later he works as a P.I., protecting humans while hunting down the vampires who harm them. The show feels like a cross between Veronica Mars and Supernatural, while still being as focused on romance as the shows that have followed it.
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