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Fall TV Preview
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 21:33

And Now, Back to Your

Regularly Scheduled Programming.

Doctors and lawyers and cops! Oh my! Is it just me, or are we exhausting these three subjects on television? The new season brings us more emergencies and courtroom calamities, but will any of these new shows stand out and take the lead on next year’s Emmy roster? I guess we’ll just have to tune in to find out.

Here are some of the new series’ to hit your television set this fall!


Vanished –

The young wife of a respected Georgia Senator has gone missing and it is up to a team of FBI Agents to uncover clues about her disappearance and figure out who she really is. A reporter played by Rebecca Gayheart (Dead Like Me) trails them. Commercials for this show strongly reminded me of the Dar Heatherington story in the news a couple years ago. She was a politician who claimed to have been abducted, but in fact had run away to Vegas with a married man.

Justice –

Victor Garber (Alias) stars as one of four lawyers whose individual personalities combine to form the best legal team in town. Think of them as Voltron with legal eagles instead of lions.

Standoff –

In yet another television series about FBI Agents, two Crisis Negotiation experts are the best team in their field. They also happen to be partners in the bedroom. Matt goes on instinct while Emily uses logic, meaning that the standoff in question might be between the two leads.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip –
Matthew Perry finally returns to television on this behind the scenes look at a late-night sketch comedy show. He plays a writer who gets the future of the show thrust upon him when the executive producer has a mental breakdown on-air! This might be one of the most promising dramas of the season!

Smith –
This drama focuses on a team of thieves who execute big time crimes. The police are determined to catch the mastermind behind the group, and he is determined to pull-off a few heists before retiring in style. Smith boasts an all-star cast including Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Amy Smart.

Kidnapped –
The teenage son of an upper class New York family has been kidnapped, and it is up to an expert named Knapp to get him back. Everyone is a suspect, including family members who become increasingly suspicious of each other. Some familiar faces including Jeremy Sisto (Billy from Six Feet Under) as Knapp, and Timothy Hutton. Apparently this show will follow a format similar to 24.

Six Degrees –

In the vein of Lost, six different strangers in New York City don’t realize the impact their lives have on each other. A bizarre series of coincidences will gradually link these people together.

Shark –
James Woods plays a charismatic defense attorney named Sebastian Stark who quits his job to work in a crime unit. He hires a team of young prosecutors, but his boss thinks he’s a bad influence because he’ll get the bad guys by any means necessary - even if it means bending the rules.

Men in Trees –
Anne Heche may not have been the logical choice to cast as a relationship expert, given her track record! Her character Marin Frist is great at doling out tips on finding the perfect man, but she can’t seem to follow her own advice. Sounds a little like Alicia Silverstone’s underrated series Miss Match.

The Nine –
Another series that brings to mind Lost and 24, The Nine chronicles nine hostages of a bank robbery. Each episode will show 10-minutes of the robbery, and then show how each character came to be part of the situation.

The Black Donnelly’s –
Paul Haggis who brought home an Oscar for Canada with his award winning film Crash, created this series about four Irish brothers involved in New York organized crime.

Brothers & Sisters –
Five siblings join up to run the family business after their father dies. Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) star.

Reality TV:

Duets –
Simon Cowell helms yet another reality series geared toward embarrassing as many people as possible. This one pairs bona fide singers with celebrities outside of the music industry. The pairs will choose songs and perform duets with the goal of learning to sing and impressing the judges. The celebrities include Lucy Lawless, Cheech Marin, and Lea Thompson.


‘Til Death –
The anticipated return to television of Brad Garrett who is best known as Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond. He plays alongside Joely Fisher as a jaded married couple whose worst nightmare moves in next door – a cheerful pair of newlyweds.

Happy Hour –

Two guys find themselves needing new roommates due to circumstances beyond their control. Henry loses his job and gets dumped by his girlfriend after moving with her to Chicago. Larry has just lost his best friend and hopes to create a new one by helping Henry rebuild his life.

Talk Show with Spike Feresten –

This innovative new FOX series uses the format of a late-night talk show mixed with comedy sketches a la Saturday Night Live. Spike Feresten has written for Seinfeld, Letterman and The Simpsons, so hopefully this show will be a hilarious way to spend a half-hour!

The Class –

Members of a third grade class reunite and discover that a lot has changed over the last twenty years. The cast features John Ritter’s son Jason (Joan of Arcadia) as the guy who brings everyone together again. With producers from shows like Friends and Will and Grace this might be a fun show to follow.

Help Me Help You –
Ted Danson stars as Dr. Bill (Hmmm… that sounds familiar) who specializes in helping eccentric patients through group therapy. The only problem is Dr. Bill is crazier than any of his patients.

Ugly Betty –

A nerdy girl from Queen’s goes to work as an assistant at a fashion magazine. Betty couldn’t be more out of place but her smarts and hard work just might be enough to put her on top. Talented young America Ferrera (Real Women Have Curves) stars as Betty.

20 Good Years –

John Lithgow is one of two friends who decide that they only have 20 good years left. They decide from then on to live every day to the fullest and have no regrets.

Andy Barker, P.I. –
Andy Richter teams back up with producer Conan O’Brien in his new series about an unlikely detective. I thought his old show Andy Richter Controls the Universe was pretty hilarious, so this one has promise.

Sci-Fi & Thrillers:

Jericho –
In the near future the people of a small Kansas town fear they may be the only survivors of a nuclear attack on North America. The town falls into chaos but a few unlikely heroes emerge to bring hope when it is most needed. Skeet Ulrich stars in what looks like an interesting show. Hopefully the focus is on the characters, rather than the terrorism aspect, which may lose steam.

Heroes –
Heroes sounds like X-Men without the catchy nicknames and spandex suits. This drama follows ordinary people who discover that they have super powers and may be needed to save the world.

Raines –
Jeff Goldblum gets a crack at playing a homicide detective, but this quirky actor puts a spin on it. His character communicates with the deceased victims of the cases he is trying to solve.