Snap Judgements: ABC’s New Slate of 2009-10 Shows

According to the official ABC description: Sterling Law is one of L.A.’s most prestigious law firms. Each year it recruits four new young lawyers from the finest law schools worldwide. It will nurture, guide and shape these recruits into the best damned lawyers they can possibly be — or else.

According to this TV Addict: It’s GREY’S ANATOMY meets L.A. LAW. Which is something we’d usually be far more critical of, except for the fact that these lawyers include JACK & BOBBY’S Matt Long! VERONICA MARS’ Tina Majorino! TITANIC’s Billy Zane! And Broadway’s Norbert Leo Butz! (TV Addict note: Gratuitous use of exclamation marks denotes our off-the-charts level of excitement for this series)

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Good News, Bad News: UpFront Edition 2009

Good News: NBC made it official today by announcing that CHUCK and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, two critically acclaimed albeit ratings anemic fan favorites will be returning to a small screen near you in 2010. Bad News: Make that spring/summer 2010, with fans having to wait until after the Olympics for CHUCK’s return and summer for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS to kick off. [Source]

Good News: There is still hope for MEDIUM and MY NAME IS EARL, with rumors circulating that CBS and FOX (the studios that produce each series) might pick up each show for their respective networks. Bad News: For the now defunct CBS series’ WITHOUT OF TRACE and THE UNIT… crickets… crickets… [Source]

Good News: UGLY BETTY will face far less competition come Fall 2009. Bad News: Which is what happens when a network decides to move your show to Friday, the night that audiences forgot. [Source]

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UpFront 2009 Predictions: ABC Edition

It’s May, which in case you didn’t know in TV land is kind of a big deal. Not only does it signify the end of the official television season, with the big five networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and the CW) beginning to roll out their big finales (see: our May 2009 calendar.) It also just so happens to be the start of something new. With next week marking the official start of the 2009 UpFronts where ABC, CBS, FOX, CW and NBC will unveil their fall schedule to advertisers at their annual UpFront Presentation.

But before they do, editorial team, led by our very own Ken-Tucker-in-training Aleks Chan will be posting our wish list for what we’d like to see announced.

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Review: CUPID

By: Aleks Chan

CUPID (a remake of the 1998 dramedy starring Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall) opens with what will likely be many more Grand Gestures: Bobby Cannavale, playing the titular God of Love, helps a smitten Irishman rework the lights as the ball drops in Times Square to read as a giant sign displaying: “Holly I’m Here.” Said Irishman, in a stroke of luck, met who he felt was the love of his life when an American tourist (Holly) spends 20 minutes in his pub – so he dropped everything, and flew across the pond to find her. Altogether now: Oy.

Now here’s another: Cupid – under the guise of Trevor Pierce – has been sentenced to matching 100 couples in Manhattan, without his bow and arrows, before he can resume his life atop Mount Olympus. And after getting arrested for his stunt with the lightbulbs, is put under the care of Dr. Claire McCrae (Sara Paulson, rebounding from STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP) a psychiatrist who – surprise! – deals in the matters of pragmatic approaches to love.

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