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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

October 17, 2005
TIM SMITH // Fall-Season Television Report.

As summer came to an end I began to map out the fall television season, creating an elaborate chart that laid out the season schedule for the six U.S. networks (i.e. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, UPN and The WB. And yes, those last two do in fact count as networks), color-coding the listings in black, blue and red to represent a returning series that is in the same time slot as the previous season, a returning series in a new time slot and an all new series, respectively. It was beautiful and, with the coordinates of each show clearly plotted, I was able to gain the following personal insights into the upcoming season on the tube.

Top 5 New Shows I'm Looking Forward To:

5. The Night Stalker (ABC Thursdays at 9:00 P.M.)

What It's About: Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak and his attractive partner probe paranormal happenings in and around Los Angeles. Based on the superb 1972 series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Why It Might be Good: The original was an oft overlooked and highly influential one season classic, even though this remake replaces the most intriguing aspect of the original (the character Kolchak himself as a bumbling 40 something incapable of direct conflict of any of the beasties he encountered) with a relatively young and buff Stuart Townsend and pairs him with a sexy Gabriel Union, the show has been getting positive buzz and is in good hands (The X-Files'Frank Spotnitz.) Still, it has to be handled carefully. Its highly competitive time slot means that the producers might sacrifice intellect for ratings.

Threat of Cancellation: CODE ORANGE
Chance of Making My Best of Season List: CODE YELLOW


4. How I Met Your Mother (CBS Mondays at 8:30 P.M.)

What It's About: A man named Ted narrates his quest for true love to his children (and viewing audience) in a series of flashbacks.

Why It Might Be Good: Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz. No, it isn't because of bees (sadly), it's because of all the positive industry hype this show has been getting. It stars Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, duh!) and features the voice of Bob Saget, who is a likeable fellow, just not a very funny one per se. Unfortunately it must compete with my number 3 choice, and I probably won't be watching it as it airs, but How I Met Your Mothergives me high hopes for my return to viewing CBS.

Threat of Cancellation: CODE ORANGE
Chance of Making My Best of Season List: CODE GREEN


3. Kitchen Confidential (Fox Mondays at 8:30 P.M.)

What It's About: From Sex and the Citycreator Darren Star, Kitchen Confidentialfocuses around the adventures of a young chef (Bradley Cooper) in and outside of a first class restaurant. Based on the memoirs of Anthony Bourdain.

Why It Might Be Good: Hmm, well Darren Star brings credibility to the series (even if Sex and the City was totally overrated), the cast includes Jack & Bobbyalum Bradley Cooper and saves Buffy's Nicholas Brendon from a lifetime of B-horror films, it's supposedly edgy and fresh, and the concept is interesting and something rarely attempted in prime time comedies (we'll forget about Emeril's ill-fated sitcom) so how bad could it be?

Threat of Cancellation: CODE YELLOW
Chance of Making My Best of Season List: CODE YELLOW


2. Bones (Fox Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M.)

What It's About: Based on the real-life experiences of Kath Reichs, Bones is the story of young forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel, big sis of Zooey) as she solves crimes with a team of experts including Special Agent Seeley Booth (Angel himself, Mr. David Boreanaz).

Why It Might Be Good: For starters it has a Deschanel and, even better, David Boreanaz, so I'm watching anyway. I've also heard nothing but good things about the series (it's TV.com rating is already an 8.4) and the previews are typically witty and satisfying. Plus, Fox have been adequately promoting the series enhancing its, already high, chance of survival. It airs directly before certified hit House and is the only show of its type in a time slot that is hardly prime real-estate, although it does interfere with my Gilmore Girlsviewing.

Threat of Cancellation: CODE GREEN
Chance of Making My Best of Season List: CODE YELLOW


1. Everybody Hates Chris (UPN Thursdays at 8:00 P.M.)

What It's About: Comedian Chris Rock narrates this series based on his childhood.

Why It Might Be Good: The title alone made me laugh the first time I heard about it, and this is rarely a bad sign. And all of those previews I see when I'm watching reruns of Veronica Marsare hilarious. The cast looks good, especially the kid playing Rock (Tyler Williams), and it's due time for television to have another excellent series about a kid as opposed to over-sexed 25 year olds. It's time slot is risky (No Joey for me this year), but it airs on UPN and the only other sitcom airing at the same time is the aforementioned Joey, and they should appeal to different audiences.

Threat of Cancellation: CODE GREEN(come on, it's UPN! They've been dying for a great sitcom.)
Chance of Making My Best of Season List: CODE GREEN

First New Show to Be Cancelled:

Perhaps something on Friday night, but must likely either The WB's Supernatural, UPN's Sex, Love and Secretsor Fox's Reunion. I just don't see much hope for them based on quality reports that have coming in and their time slots (Nothing beats C.S.I., ever.) I also can't see much of a future for ABC's Freddie.

Old Shows Soon to Be Cancelled:

Best say your goodbyes to Fox's Malcolm in the Middleand Bernie Mac Show(a surprise Fox renewal for this season), both of which condemned to Fox's Friday night lineupof imminent doom.

New Show Moats Likely To Become a Hit:

I'd instantly look to Fox's supposedly captivating new drama Prison Break (I like to think of it as The Shawshank Redemption meets Point Break, but that last one is most likely only true because of the similar titles) or the Tim Smith fave Bones which will probably be able to benefit from America's obsession with forensic investigation and dead bodies to at least win its time slot. I could also see ABC's Commander-in-Chiefgarner a strong female following, assuming it doesn't bomb outright. And I could make an argument for Everybody Hates Chris becoming a hit by its network's standards (i.e. five to seven million viewers).

Hey! Where's My Scrubs???:

Not to worry, NBC has just postponed it until mid-season (okay, so worry a little) while Braff films/directs his followup to his moderate critical hit Garden State.

This concludes the feature. It won't self-destruct or anything, but it will stay on your computer monitor unless you exit or minimize it.

Tim Smith
LAS' resident television expert.

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