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TV’s Goodbye and Hello

By Jean Teller, Sr. Assoc. Editor


Tags: television, NBC, CBS, ABC, USA, Sci Fi, TNT,

Jean TellerLooks like it’s been a while since we talked TV. After saying goodbye to two favorite series within the last week, it seems like a good time to check the schedule, what’s on my DVR and what’s coming up.

Battlestar Galactica ended its reign on the Sci Fi Channel last week. After four seasons, spread over five years, we finally found our favorite travelers settled and most of our questions were answered. I adored the three-part finale, and I’m looking forward to checking out the new prequel series, Caprica. A movie, The Plan, is set to air in November.

Battlestar Galatica's gallant crew.

Wednesday night, the series finale of Life on Mars aired on ABC. This was a favorite of mine, and I was very disappointed it had been cancelled even before a full season had aired. However, I have to admit that I wasn’t sure how the premise could continue for any length of time, and I was extremely happy with the way the series was wrapped up. Here’s hoping the cast members soon find other TV homes– it would be a shame for television viewers to be deprived of the talents of this crew: O’Mara, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Jonathan Murphy, and the always great Harvey Keitel.

Life on Mars will be missed.

So what does that leave on my DVR? Oh, you just had to ask, didn’t you?! Believe me, I am not suffering when it comes to TV viewing.

Castle stars Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion.A couple of the mid-season shows that I’m watching include the delightful Castle, starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, over on ABC; and an intriguing Dollhouse, the latest from Joss Whedon, on Fox. I’m still giving Kings (NBC) a shot, but I have a feeling it won’t last too much longer on my viewing calendar. The revamped Cupid premiered this week on ABC, and while I’m still a bit uncertain about this one (I loved the 1998 version starring Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall), it’s waiting on the DVR.

Castle airs at 9 CST Mondays on ABC.

New shows on the horizon include NBC’s Southland, The Listener, Merlin and The PhilanthropistCBS’s Harper’s Island; ABC’s The Unusuals; Sci Fi’s Primevel, Warehouse 13 (could this be like Special Unit 2, a short-lived delight on USA?), Stargate Universe; and USA’s Royal Pains. Oh, and I wish I had HBO: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is coming to the small screen, based a series of popular books with a great fanbase.

Southland's cast prepares to take on a tough Thursday slot on NBC.

And I’m waiting, impatiently, for the Dr. Who specials this year, and the series’ return next year on Sci Fi, as well as the returns of Eureka on Sci Fi, Burn Notice on USA, and The Closer and Leverage on TNT.

Would you like a quick look at my current TV week? Sunday: Cold Case and Kings; Monday: 24, Chuck, Heroes, Saving Grace and Castle; Tuesday: NCIS, The Mentalist, Fringe, Cupid; Wednesday: Lost, Life, The Unusuals (in place of the missed Life on Mars); Thursday: Grey’s Anatomy, Eleventh Hour, Supernatural, Bones, and soon Harper’s Island and Southland; Friday: Ghost Whisperer, Flashpoint, Numbers, Terminator, Dollhouse, and whatever’s on Sci Fi; Saturday: movies or catching up on DVR/tapes. Yikes!

Burn Notice airs on the USA Network.

Supernatural

The Closer follows Brenda Leigh Johnson, a tough police lieutenant who loves junk food.

What favorites am I missing? Any recommendations?

Now, I need to go search for my life. See ya next week, same time, same channel!

gina_1
4/8/2009 5:01:41 PM

I feel you when it comes to feeling drained by my television shows. I heard that Kings was going to be canceled somewhere. A lot of the shows you talk about in here seemed like great shows that I just didn't have time to watch. I guess that's how a lot of people feel unfortunately, and thus their demise. :( I am enjoying Chuck, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy and Smallville the most this year. Enjoy your filled-up DVR! :)