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ABC’s ‘V’ to premiere in November

August
10

As a huge fan of the original cheese-tastic ’80s miniseries, I’ve been looking forward to ABC’s remake of “V,” starring Elizabeth Mitchell from “Lost.”

Over the weekend, the network finally announced the show’s premiere date: Tues., Nov. 3. That’s late for a season premiere, but earlier than expected, since the series had been trumpeted as a mid-season replacement. (Maybe it’s a quarter-season replacement?)

Anyway, as you can see from the official trailer, the original “V” premise remains the same.

Aliens come to Earth pledging peace and offering to share scientific and technologic advances. But this helpful facade is literally skin-deep; there’s something evil going on with these Visitors. A group of resistance fighters develop, including Mitchell’s FBI counter-terrorism agent, to out the V’ secrets.

I was lucky enough to catch an early peek at the pilot episode, and while I’m disappointed that none of the Visitors snacked on rats, the series looks incredibly promising. For one, the production value is super-slick (hey, the original was in 1983!) and the plot hasn’t deviated greatly from the source material.

For instance, we’ve still got a sexy-creepy female leader of the Visitors, traitor aliens working to help the humans, an ambitious TV anchor willing to overlook journalistic and moral ethics, and a potential boy-meets-Visitor love match.

It’s very cool to see all these winks at the first version, but I’m hoping that the reboot will take on a bit more life of its own as the season progresses.

And I can’t wait to see how the show will top this so-bad-it’s-fantastic alien birth scene from 1984’s “V: The Final Battle”…I dare you not to crack up!

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(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 7:37 am |
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Upfronts Update: ABC’s fall lineup unveiled (and no ‘According to Jim’ to be found!)

May
19

Here’s the ABC fall primetime schedule, which was released this morning. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Looks I’ll be continuing my long run of not watching ABC. I admit I’m in the minority there, though, because shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” dominate the ratings.

I noted the new series below, and the rest are returning. Those not listed that are slated for midseason start include: “The Deep End,” “Happy Town,” and “V” (all new); and returning shows “Better Off Ted,” “Scrubs,” “True Beauty,” “The Bachelor,” “Lost,” “Ugly Betty,” “Wife Swap” and “Saturday Night College Football.”

“Shark Tank” sounds awesome, until you realize it’s another lame reality show. “V” sounds awesome if you’re a child of the 80s like me, but you have to hope they don’t screw it up (a la NBC’s “Bionic Woman” and “Knight Rider” remakes).

“Happy Town” sounds a little like a take-off on the movie “Hot Fuzz.” Lastly, Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer return to prime time after the death of “Back to You,” but they’re in separate shows (“The Middle” and “Hank,” respectively).

Schedule follows after the jump…

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Posted by Brian Howard on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 1:30 am |
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Final ‘Pushing Daisies’ episodes to air

May
8

Yay!

And, sniff.

Yes, that wonderful wacky world that is “Pushing Daisies” is still canceled, but there’s a silver lining to that black TV cloud. ABC is finally, FINALLY going to air the show’s final three episodes.

“Daisies” went on an indefinite hiatus back in December, and once the network decided not to renew the show, fans were left wondering what would happen to those lost installments.

Well, you’re gonna get ’em starting May 30 at 10 p.m.

(Yes, that’s a Saturday. Yes, that’s the total time slot from hell. No, beggars can’t be choosers.)

In the first new ep, “Window Dressed to Kill,” Emerson asks Chuck to help him solve the murder of a window dresser after Ned decides to hang up his dead-raising skills. As for Olive, the two criminals she asked to kidnap her as a child (a cry for more attention from Mommy and Daddy) stage a jail break and go to the wee waitress for help.

So enjoy smelling the “Daisies” while you can, because it officially wraps up its small screen incarnation on June 13.

Creator Bryan Fuller has said that the characters and stories will live on in a comic book series, but the question is: How will the TV version end?

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
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Itching for some ‘Daisies,’ ‘Dirty’ and ‘Eli’ closure? You’ll have to wait awhile…

January
16

Sigh.

It’s bad enough that ABC cancelled three of its fabulous sophomore shows: “Pushing Daisies,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone.”

But now we’re hearing that the handful of episodes that are left for each show won’t air until this SUMMER.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 10:15 am |
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