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I Love Michael Ausiello

Why?

Because he knows things.

More specifically, he knows up-to-the-minute cancellation/renewal details.

Even better, he keeps this handy-dandy scorecard on EW.com, which saves me from surfing around to three million different websites in search of information about the future.

NBC, ABC, CBS, and the CW have all made their big decisions. Not everything is written in stone quite yet (because networks are like that with the finagling and the changing their minds) BUT, here’s a list of the outcomes I care about:

NBC

Chuck: renewed!!
Heroes: cancelled
Trauma: cancelled

I’ve written a whole post about my feelings on the Heroes cancellation (tragic acceptance) and went into my fears/expectations for Chuck about a week ago. The only thing I have left to say is, Trauma: everyone saw that coming.

ABC

Castle: renewed!!
FlashForward: cancelled
The Forgotten: cancelled!
Lost: ending
Scrubs: (FINALLY) cancelled
V: renewed

Scrubs is blessedly giving up on any new episodes and it is about damn time. FlashForward‘s loss is no shocker, nor is Castle‘s survival. But V…weird. Maybe because I haven’t been watching, but this one def surprises me. It must be better than I thought…or at least more popular…or something. And, THE FORGOTTEN FINALLY GOT CANCELLED! I have been awaiting this day for months.

CBS

CSI: NY: no official word yet
NCIS: no official word yet
NCIS: Los Angeles: renewed!!

NCIS: Los Angeles is maybe my favorite new show this season besides Glee, so it’s fantastic that it’s been renewed. I’m not worried about the other two…I mean really. It’s NCIS and a CSI iteration. They’ll never die. Yet.

FOX

24: cancelled
Bones: renewed
Fringe: renewed
Glee: renewed
House: renewed
Human Target: renewed!!!
Lie to Me: renewed

It was time for 24 to go, so that’s just fine. The big news here is that Fringe will be sticking around! I worry about how it’ll do next year with another J.J. Abrams series on air to compete with, but it’s definitely deserving of renewal. And Human Target! So excited!

the CW

The Vampire Diaries: renewed

That’s really the only CW show I care about right now. But I will add, Supernatural and Smallville were both also renewed. I could have sworn this past season was supposed to be Supernatural‘s last…not complaining, though, aside from the fact that I’ll have even MORE to catch up with. But Smallville? It just needs to die. That show has been on air for too long and the actors are too old to be running around as their same characters anymore. Please die?

These are just the shows that I’m at all concerned about. If you’re looking for news of something I haven’t listed, I definitely suggest you head over to the Renewal Scorecard at the Ausiello Files (linked above).

This Week 5/17 to 5/23

Wow. So it’s been a couple weeks since I last bothered posting a schedule. Ironically, those two weeks were probably the most consistent in terms of what I would schedule and what I actually watched. Funny stuff. Anyway, some finales have happened but there are MORE COMING and it is CRAZY.

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – House on FOX (season finale!)
9pm – 24 on FOX
10pm – Castle on ABC (season finale!)

I am about 3/4 of a season behind on House so I will not be watching, but I hope y’all who are enjoy it. As for the Castle finale AAAAAAAH. I do not want to lose this show for the summer!

TUESDAY:
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
9pm – Lost on ABC
9pm – Glee on FOX
10pm – V on ABC (season finale!)
10pm – Justified on FX

Remember: This week on Glee, guest-star Neil Patrick Harris and director Joss Whedon!!! (And the depressingly inevitable revelation that Idina Menzel is Rachel’s bio-mom…no, that’s not an actual spoiler, but if it’s not true I’ll eat my left shoe).

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – The Good Guys on FOX (series pilot!)
10pm – CSI: NY on CBS

I actually don’t know anything about The Good Guys. But I just might be bored enough of Wednesday to find out.

THURSDAY:
8pm – FlashForward on ABC
8pm – Bones on FOX (season finale!)
9pm – Fringe on FOX (season finale!)

Well, shoot. What am I going to do on Thursday night now? (Something productive? Don’t be silly.)

FRIDAY:
10pm – Miami Medical on CBS

SATURDAY:
Nothing new is airing tonight.

FYI, though, the pilot episode of Lost will be airing at 8pm on ABC. I think I’m going to watch it, just so it’s fresh in my mind as a point of comparison for the finale.

SUNDAY:
7pm – Lost: The Final Journey on ABC
9pm – Lost on ABC (SERIES FINALE!!!)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

That is all I have to say.

Except that this is going to be a very tense week and I feel like my life is going to deflate a little bit after Lost ends…hard to believe I only started watching it a few months ago. And now it’s OVER. End of an era, for serious.

PS: Read.

This Week 4/26 to 5/1

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – House on FOX
9pm – Trauma (season finale!) on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX
10pm – Castle on ABC

Chuck returns after a two-week hiatus. And after that last episode? It’s make-it or break-it time.

TUESDAY:
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
9pm – Glee on FOX
10pm – V on ABC
10pm – Justified on FX

NO NEW LOST THIS WEEK. ARGHHH.

WEDNESDAY:
10pm – Happy Town (series pilot!) on ABC

For those who are  not aware, Happy Town is a new series from the minds behind October Road and Life on Mars. It’s being marketed as a small-town murder mystery with a Twin Peaks sort of concept…only a lot less indie. (A LOT less indie.) Familiar faces in the cast include Amy Acker, Sam Neill, and M.C. Gainey. How does it look? Hard to say. I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt. We’ll see on Wednesday – here’s a promo, for now.

THURSDAY:
8pm – FlashForward on ABC
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on CW
8pm – Bones on FOX
9pm – Fringe on FOX

FRIDAY:
10pm – Miami Medical on CBS

Also of interest: FOX is re-airing this season’s phenomenal two-hour premiere of House, “Broken,” starting at 8pm.

SATURDAY:
Nothing new is airing tonight?
The info on SNL this week is vague.

Anyway, the moral of the story of last week is I Really Need To Get Back On The Horse. I mean seriously. This is just getting ridiculous.

Enjoy your week.

This Week 4/12 to 4/17

There are fun times ahead. Chuck is taking a well-deserved break, but that’s okay because House and, more importantly, Glee are back with new episodes!

MONDAY:
8pm – House on FOX
9pm – 24 on FOX
9pm – Trauma on NBC
10pm – Castle on ABC

TUESDAY:
9pm – Lost on ABC
9:30pm – Glee on FOX
10pm – V on ABC
10pm – Justified on FX

To reiterate, Glee is airing at NINE-THIRTY, after the end of American Idol.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Human Target (season finale!) on FOX
10pm – CSI: NY on CBS

THURSDAY:
8pm – FlashForward on ABC
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on CW
8pm – Bones on FOX
9pm – Fringe on FOX
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

FRIDAY:
10pm – Miami Medical on CBS

SATURDAY:
11:30pm – Saturday Night Live (Ryan Philippe and Ke$ha) on NBC

For those of you (anyone?) keeping track of these things, you will see that I kept my word on The Vampire Diaries and did manage to roll out a review of the Bones 100 this week. But, I did not post Hindsight: BSG as promised. I did put a lot of work in and it is almost done, but I’ve lost some of my notes and will need to track those down before it’s ready to go. ASAP, really.

Enjoy your week.

This Week 4/5 to 4/10

So I really slacked off last week. That is a bad thing. The good thing that counteracts it is, I realized that the reason I’m not as dedicated to posting as once was the case is because I’m bored of doing the same thing every week. SO, I came up with a couple new ideas for posts that are more in the spirit of the late great Pineapple post (read: not especially relevant, but entertaining for me to compile/write).

Look for my up-to-speed perspective on The Vampire Diaries later this week, as well as Hindsight: BSG (no, really!). And other delightful things in weeks to come. In addition to the usual reviews.

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – 24 on FOX (two-hour event!)
9pm – Trauma on NBC
10pm – Castle on ABC

So excited for Chuck and Castle this week! The first one because events from last week ought to make it super intriguing. The second because it’s Castle-does-Indiana-Jones and that is sure to be awesome.

TUESDAY:
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – V on ABC
10pm – Southland on TNT
10pm – Justified on FX

TNT is actually airing all the new (as in, never aired on NBC) episodes of Southland consecutively this afternoon/evening if you’ve got some hours to spare and interest in/need of catching up.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Human Target on FOX
10pm – CSI: NY on CBS

THURSDAY:
8pm – FlashForward on ABC
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on CW
8pm – Bones on FOX
9pm – Fringe on FOX
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

It’s the 100th episode of Bones!!! It flashes back to the very first Booth-and-Brennan team-up. Very exciting to see how that all happened. Plus, bonus: it (hopefully) means the return of Zach…and maybe Dr. Goodman too!

FRIDAY:
10pm – Miami Medical on CBS

…I really ought to go watch the pilot of this show.

SATURDAY:
11:30pm – Saturday Night Live (Tina Fey and Justin Bieber) on NBC

Tina Fey is most likely going to be INCREDIBLY AWESOME. So why someone thought that musical guest would be a good match I have no idea. But I would like to find that person and ask them. Forcefully.

Good stuff this week, but better next week because…GLEE IS FINALLY GOING TO BE BACK WITH NEW EPISODES! AAAAAAAAH! (So. Excited.)

Enjoy your week!

This Week 3/29 to 4/3

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
9pm – Trauma on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX
10pm – Castle on ABC

Exciting stuff tonight. Like the second part of last week’s super-intense cliff-hangering Castle (I’m betting on a kidnap scenario), or the first installment of Chuck-Is-Actually-A-Badge-Toting-Spy-Now on Chuck (sadly, I’m betting there’s gonna be more of the show’s signature hem-and-haw-shying-away-from-real-progress – $20 says Chuck is never going to Rome).

Btw, today SyFy is airing V The Original Series all day.

TUESDAY:
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – V on ABC
10pm – Southland on TNT
10pm – Justified on FX

And more V-prime on SyFy, including “V: The Final Battle” which is airing at 4, 6, and 8pm.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Human Target on FOX

THURSDAY:
8pm – FlashForward on ABC
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on CW
8pm – Bones on FOX
9pm – Fringe on FOX

Yes! FOX Thursday is back this week! (I guess that means I should try to catch up on Fringe…)

FRIDAY:
10pm – Miami Medical (series pilot!) on CBS

It’s Jerry Bruckheimer’s foray into the world of medical dramas – because, yes, ladies and gentlemen, the television world is still short one ER replacement. Will this be it? Good cast, but it’s getting slotted in at 10pm Friday. Don’t hold your breath.

SATURDAY:
Nothing new is airing tonight.

This Week 3/22 to 3/27

Hey, there’s stuff on the television this week!

Tonight
8pm – Chuck on NBC
9pm – Trauma on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX
10pm – Castle on ABC

Tonight’s new episode of Castle is being advertised by ABC as a “Television Event”…one that follows ABC’s other “Television Event” for tonight, the 2-hour season premiere of Dancing With the Stars. Does this seem something like hyperbolic overkill? Yes. But, does tonight’s new episode look REALLY exciting? Also a yes.

TUESDAY
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – V on ABC
10pm – Southland on TNT
10pm – Justified on FX

Man, I do not know when ABC became my most frequently viewed network. (Lie. It was when ABC started to air three billion sci-fi shows.) Also interesting: 10pm on Tuesday is suddenly a semi-competitive timeslot. Huh?

WEDNESDAY
Nothing new is airing tonight.

Dear Wednesday, suck less.

THURSDAY
8pm – FlashForward on ABC
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on CW
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

Craaaap I thought I had more time to finish catching up on The Vampire Diaries. Alas.

FRIDAY
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

Other things I really ought to catch up on one of these days: Caprica

SATURDAY
Nothing new is airing tonight.

Y’know, about ten minutes ago (read: when I started this post) I was feeling really good about last week. Now I’m realizing exactly how not up-to-date I am and it’s pretty humbling. At least it means I’ve been spending time doing real things in the real world? (Lie. Blame it on Buffy Season Six DVDs.)

OH WELL. MISSION: CATCH UP (I will find time!)

Instant Replay: “Revelation Zero (Parts I & II)

In light of last night’s midseason return, things seem to be looking up for FlashForward. At least I hope so. I remember the pilot episode being similarly promising and then having that promise dwindle into a fond memory. Hopefully FlashForward is going to break the cycle of painful monotony that characterized the first half of the season and really (finally) get the story going.

FlashForward has made some changes during the hiatus and these may be the key to finally giving this show the kind of awesomeness that it really wants to have.

First, there are some excellent additions to the cast. Nothing against the talents of the main cast members who’ve been around since the beginning of the season, but some of the characters just haven’t been cutting it. These new adversaries and foils might just be the trick to giving FlashForward the strength in character-creation that it has been lacking thus far. Michael Ealy as CIA Agent Marshall Vogel is a fantastic match for Demetri Noh, counterbalancing the goodness of the latter with the kind of dickishness I just love to hate to love. And he and Paula Newsome, as an FBI counselor, are teaming up to help explain the kind of character that Mark Benford is actually supposed to be…because, frankly, he’s not been particularly effective at that himself. (I’m sorry, Joseph Fiennes. You are so good, but you are not good at this. We really do need other characters to say things like “You’ve got a God Complex” and “He’s a loose cannon” to understand that you’re not actually a whiny freak mysteriously capable of fantastic feats of crime-fighting.)

Another change that can only be qualified as an improvement is that Simon Campos is finally being utilized. It turns out that he’s actually REALLY important (read: Not only more interesting, but more central to the main story than Mark fucking Benford). Case in point:  Simon Campos = Suspect Zero. Also, he’s related to one of the bad guys, he’s been more or less in their clutches since age 13 because he was a genius kid, he has actual emotions and a family, and he’s unpredictably violent. We’ve seen and heard the promise for this since Day One and at long last it has come to fruition. Dominic Monaghan is freaking AMAZING. He’s been given an opportunity to branch out way beyond his previous characters (although he can’t seem to escape magic rings or injuries on that one spot on his forehead). And my major criticism of his work on FlashForward so far, his in-and-out accent, has even been satisfactorily explained, so there’s really nothing but good here. He’s not totally perfect at every moment. But come on, who in the world can deliver the line “Don’t be so magniloquent” in a truly genuine way?

Speaking of Simon, this brings me to the Number One Major Improvement that FlashForward has made in this second half of the season, the improvement that may be the show’s salvation: There is an actual villainous presence now. Part of the weakness of the first half of the season was that the antagonists were adversarial at best; the potential insidiousness was buried in so much mystery that it was weakened rather than magnified. But D. Gibbons finally has a face (a delightfully villainous and recognizeable one), and so do several of his followers – faces not covered in clown masks. They’re talking and acting and representing as a villainous force. And, bonus, one of them is a really hot blond Brit guy.

Things are finally starting to get the good kind of weird on FlashForward. It may actually manage to live up to the standard of its genre legacy from shows like The X-Files and Lost. The show still has its weaknesses, to be sure. For instance, Olivia Benford still has terrible taste in men. Worse, it turns out, than we even realized. Nicole, who (with Bryce) lends the show its only amount of adorableness, may or may not be falling under the Religious Fanatic Umbrella. Aaron Stark is nowhere to be seen, although it’s been promised that he will at some point become much more interesting and important to the overall plotline.

All this in mind, I just have one request for FlashForward: Please PLEASE don’t fuck this up. You finally took the gloves off (5 speaking characters died in one episode for goodness’ sake). DO. NOT. PUT THEM BACK ON.

This Week 3/15 to 3/20

Last week is much more how I like things to go for TV and Melted Brain – let’s see if this can become a pattern!

MONDAY
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – House on FOX
9pm – Trauma on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX

No new Castle this week. ABC is being a bitchwhore and alternating new and old. Further unfortunate news: this week’s repeat is “A Rose for Everafter.”

TUESDAY
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – FlashForward (recap of the season) on ABC
10pm – Southland on TNT
1opm – Justified (pilot!) on FX

Justified is a new series starring Timothy Olyphant as a US Marshal with a dark past. Strong Western-genre themes and badassery are a promise.

WEDNESDAY
8pm – Human Target on FOX

THURSDAY
8pm – FlashForward (2-hour mid-season premiere!) on ABC
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

Crap! I need to catch up on FlashForward NOW! Crap!

FRIDAY
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

SATURDAY
Nothing new is airing.

So before I started this and actually looked at what’s coming up this week I was going to say that my next project is catching up on Caprica. WRONG. SO wrong. FlashForward has now taken priority. I don’t remember how many episodes behind I am but I will be READY for Thursday.

I think a  Justified review is going to be the other major goal this week. Also, Lost review, because apparently that is the only thing people are almost as interested in as Glee.

2010 Mid Season Premieres – Part Two

A continuation of the list for January, here are the pilot/premiere/return dates for February, March, and April of 2010.

Lost

Season Premiere, Tuesday February 2nd at 9pm on ABC

I really don’t think there’s anything I can say that you don’t already know. Except maybe that February 2nd is also Groundhog Day and that may or may not be an hilarious coincidence. Also, seasons one through five of Lost are now available (legally!) online at Hulu or abc.com.

Past Life

Two-hour pilot, Thursday February 11th at 9pm on FOX

This show could be either completely ridiculous or completely ridiculous. Given FOX’s penchant for phenomenal procedurals, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt and checking out the pilot.

FlashForward

Mid Season return, Thursday March 4th at 8pm on ABC

(no promotional videos for the return yet available)

GAH!

V (Reimagined Series)

Mid Season return, Tuesday March 30th at 10pm on ABC

(no promotional videos for the return yet available)

A less enthused gah!. I am happy to see this has been relegated to a 10pm timeslot, though.

Day One

March 2010 – specific date TBA

NBC has already cut this show back from a Mid Season show to a mini-series. What that means exactly for the potential of Day One, I don’t know. But the cast has some recognizeable faces and competent members, and the premise is certainly intriguing.

Fringe

Mid Season return, Thursday April 1st at 9pm on FOX

(no promotional videos for the return yet available)

Well, there’s obviously not a whole lot I can say about this. Except that Fringe returning on April Fool’s Day had better not be some FOX exec’s idea of a joke.

Miami Trauma

Pilot, Friday April 2nd at 10pm on CBS

The race to find the next ER continues. Miami Trauma (previously/alternatively called Miami Medical) is a medical drama featuring the intense stress of a trauma surgeon’s world and a group of incredibly attractive professionals (who are also presumably competent). Maybe this will work, maybe not (see: Three Rivers). Frankly, CBS is probably better sticking to its strengths – forensic procedurals and half-hour comedy.

Glee

Mid Season return, Tuesday April 13th at 9pm on FOX

I KNOW there’s no video of the back nine because Glee hasn’t even started filming yet. BUT, I do know that the second half of the season will include three additional Broadway alums, an emphasis on Vocal Adrenaline, and lots of new good times.

As with the January schedule, this is not EVERY premiere/pilot/return for February through April. Just the ones that I have any interest in at all. For more dates and shows, please see the excellent and continually maintained SideReel Midseason Calendar.