CBS SUCKS! Ok – I feel better. I was so mad when I got the leaks on the upfront earlier this week and was hoping they were wrong but no such luck. Jericho and The Class are both goners. They didn’t even give them a chance and with long breaks. AHHH! I sent them a nice note last night explaining my thoughts. Anyway, here is the rest of the poop from CBS.
Renewals – Aren’t they so sweet? – How I Met Your Mother, all CSI’s (I don’t watch the Miami one.), Without a Trace (which is returning to Thursday nights where they had it to begin with and yes I covered that point in my disgruntle email!), Ghost Whisperer, Numbers, Cold Case and Survivor (I quit watching) and my favorite to return mid-season The Amazing Race.
New show most likely to be tivoed and stay on the tivo until the powers that be decide whether or not to keep it before I bother to watch it (per my threat in my email last night) – To be honest none look good but I am going to say this one only because Hugh Jackman rules!
Viva Laughlin: Executive produced by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Hugh Jackman (The Boy from Oz, X-Men), Viva Laughlin is a mystery drama with music about eternal optimist and freewheeling businessman Ripley Holden, whose sole ambition is to run a casino in Laughlin, Nev. Occasionally using upbeat contemporary songs to accentuate the drama and humor and advance the story, the series is based on the hit BBC show Viva Blackpool. Ripley (Lloyd Owen, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) is the ultimate gambler who is on the brink of making a killing… just as soon as he opens a casino that’s nowhere near completion. When his financing suddenly falls through, the fearless and tenacious Ripley approaches his enemy — dashing, sarcastic, wealthy casino owner Nicky Fontana (Hugh Jackman) for help. Though the odds are stacked against him, Ripley doesn’t miss a beat, even when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after the body of his ex-business partner is found at his club. At home, Ripley uses his dry wit to adjust to the demands of his family: his gorgeous wife, Natalie (Madchen Amick, ER), wants more attention; his teenage daughter, Cheyenne (Ellen Woglom, The O.C.), wants his approval; and his son, Jack (Carter Jenkins, Surface), wants to help him at work. All of this adversity would defeat a lesser man, but for the outgoing and passionate Ripley there’s no such thing as bad news, only deals to be struck and wagers to be won in the intoxicating neon glow of Laughlin, where the cards are on the table, romance is in the air and lively music is on the stage. Eric Winter (Wildfire) and D.B. Woodside (24) also star.
Show that is taking Jericho’s place and therefore already gets my hatred & what a shocker it’s a reality series –
Kid Nation: A reality-based series in which 40 kids will have 40 days to build a new world in a ghost town that died in the 19th Century. These kids, ages eight to 15, will spend more than a month without their parents or modern comforts in Bonanza City, N.M., attempting to do what their forefathers could not: build a town that works. They will cook their own meals, clean their own outhouses, haul their own water and even run their own businesses — including the old town saloon (root beer only). They’ll also create a real government — four kid leaders who will guide the group through the adventure, pass laws and set bedtimes. Through it all, they’ll cope with regular childhood emotions and situations: homesickness, peer pressure and the urge to break every rule they’ve ever known. At the end of each episode, all 40 kids will gather for an old-fashioned Town Hall meeting where they will debate the issues facing Bonanza City. They’ll show wisdom beyond their years and the unflinching candor that only kids can exhibit. There are no eliminations on Kid Nation — you only go home if you want to. And in every Town Hall meeting, kids may raise their hands and leave. Will they stick it out? In the end, will these kids prove to adults everywhere (and their own parents) that they have the vision to build a better world than the pioneers who came before them? And just as importantly, will they come together as a cohesive unit, or will they abandon all responsibility and succumb to the childhood temptations that lead to round-the-clock chaos? Kid Nation is produced by Emmy Award-winner Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) for Tom Forman Prods. and Good TV, Inc.
My vote for first show to kick it – Gee I don’t know after all we are talking about CBS and with their heads stuck up their….oops! Sorry I guess I’m still upset. I’m going with this mid-season replacement just because the premise disgusts me.
Swingtown: From the director of Big Love and Rome, this show peeks into the shag-carpeted suburban homes of the ’70s to find couples reveling in the sexual and social revolution that introduced open marriages, women’s liberation and challenged many conventional wisdoms. During this heady era of provocative change, Susan (Molly Parker, Deadwood) and Bruce Miller (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) move their family to an affluent Chicago suburb in search of a different sense of community. They look forward to barbecues and get-togethers with their new neighbors, as well as a change of pace for their teenage daughter and preteen son. Enter Tom (Grant Show, Melrose Place) and Trina (Lana Parrilla, 24) Decker, a striking, outgoing couple on the hunt who redefine the term “neighborhood watch.” After a mind-blowing evening with them, Susan and Bruce realize that couples in this town share much more than recipes, local gossip and a view of Lake Michigan, and are worlds apart from their former conservative neighbors, Janet (Miriam Shor, Big Day) and Roger (Josh Hopkins, Brothers & Sisters) Thompson. Susan’s loyal friend Janet is appalled by what she witnesses in this new neighborhood, while Roger, though dutiful to his wife, may be more intrigued than she knows. In a changing social climate — defined by its music, fashion and style — everyone in Swingtown is confronted with personal choices, experimentation and shifting attitudes. Shanna Collins (Wildfire), Aaron Howles and Brittany Robertson (Freddie) also star.