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TV Wasteland: Get an Early Look at the New Fall Shows

Stephen's thoughts on the new Fall line-ups.

By Stephen Lackey     May 19, 2008

The cast and crew of the new Joss Whedon series DOLLHOUSE(2008).
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With so many of our favorite series hitting their season finales and the summer doldrums impending, all we can do, other than check out the few glimmers of goodness from SCIFI Channel this summer, is look ahead to the return of old favorites like Heroes and Prison Break this fall and the launch of some new series.

Some series on ABC to pay attention to are The Goode Family, an animated series from Mike Judge and the Life on Mars redo, On Fox, there’s the new animated series from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz titled Sit Down, Shut Up, the Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show, and Dollhouse the new series from Firefly creator Joss Whedon. There are other new series on the way for the fall season but these are important because there are video previews of them on the web now. Click the link below and get ready for a bit of a wait but when it finally loads you’ll get previews of these shows and some other less interesting ones including what sounds like a terrible lineup from The CW.

Due to a two hour season finally of Grey’s Anatomy, there’s no Lost this week. There’s also no BSG, Doctor Who, or Sarah Jane Adventures this week. If you watch some of the procedurals such as NCIS or Criminal Mind,s there are season finale’s this week. Overall, there’s not much excitement for the genre fan. Things are so bleak this week that we may even cover the SCIFI Channel movie premiere this weekend! At least Lost will be back next week!



In the third-season finale, the arrival of a human jawbone at the Jeffersonian looks like the work of the Gormogon, while the disappearance of the silver skeleton from the lab suggests one of their own may be working as the serial killer's apprentice.



In the sixth-season finale, Horatio puts his life in jeopardy to save his team from being taken down.



In Part 1 of the two-part fifth-season finale, the agents are all at risk as they search for a killer who took the life of one of their own. Sasha Gordon: Betsy Rue. Viggo Drantyev: Oleg Taktarov. George: Terrence Hardy. Frankie: Wyatt Smith.



In the third-season finale, a series of murders with no apparent pattern to tie the crimes together sends the team to New York City to determine if it's the work of a serial killer or a team of killers. Det. William LaMontagne Jr.: Josh Stewart. Kate Joyner: Sienna Guillory. Det. Brustin: Jack McGee. Det. Cooper: Erik Palladino. Lisa Bartleby: Moe Daniels.



This film actually belongs on this network. It’s a modern classic! If you haven’t seen it, watch it. Basically, you have a bunch of people caught on an island dinosaur amusement park gone awry.



Scientists try to stem the devastation of an impending solar attack on Earth. This is what we’re treated to instead of BSG?



A mummy awakens in London and embarks on a murder spree across the city. Not much of an original plot here. Hey Christopher Lee is in it!



A doctor suspects that supernatural elements may be the cause of a series of deaths in Jamaica. This one might be worth a look...


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LittleNell1824 5/19/2008 2:42:21 AM
Hooray! I found Wasteland. It wasn't on the home page in highlights where it used to be. So I checked Television and it wasn't on the main page there, either... but then, in Television, on the right, under the GREAT BIG advertisement was a tiny little menu that said "other TV crap that Mania doesn't care about and doesn't care if you care" or something like that and THERE it was! My favorite feature on Mania. Please, Mania, put Wasteland back on the main page on Mondays, and leave it up there for at least the full day. I'm getting tired of hunting for it every week.
karas1 5/19/2008 4:10:00 AM
The Scifi Channel always shows movies on holiday weekends. They assume we will all be out at barbecues or fireworks displays or Christmas parties (depending on the holiday in question). I guess they don't know about VCRs or Tivos or DVRs. Anyway, I don't really have anything special planned for Friday night and I would just as soon spend it with Dr Who and Starbuck. But there is always my collection of movies on DVD if I get too bored.
EvilMonkey 5/19/2008 4:12:00 AM
It was on the frontpage for me.
LittleNell1824 5/19/2008 4:30:07 AM
Hi EvilMonkey-it wasn't when I first checked this morning. When I came back, it was one of the four blinking lights at the top of the main page. I spoke too soon.
joeybaloney 5/19/2008 9:08:47 AM
The Cleveland Show is for real?!? I thought that was an April Fool's joke.
celt_6@yahoo.com_home 5/19/2008 10:09:30 AM
Oh, for the love of God and all that is holy. I love pretty much everything Joss Whedon has ever done, but we ALL know how Fox works. Didn't he learn from Firefly? They'll play the episodes in the order THEY want them in, they'll cancel or reschedule episodes for American Idol, football, and any other ridiculous, desperate reality-based money grab they can find, change it's time slot 4 times in the first 10 episodes, and then cancel it stating that the show "never quite gained the audience we were hoping for."<BR /><BR />As ridiculous and sophomoric as its lineup is (except Supernatural), even the CW knows how to keep a show consistent enough to gather a dedicated, if small, following to a show. Hell, they've kept Smallville craptastic but functioning for the last 7 seasons. But Fox will treat any decent genre show they get like the red-headed, white trash cousin that no one wants to invite to Thanksgiving, but has to.<BR /><BR />I'll watch because a) it's Joss Whedon, and b) I'm desperately in love with Eliza Dushku, but I won't be holding my breath to see the show much past Christmas.
almostunbiased 5/19/2008 1:08:28 PM
Wish I knew more about these. The girls on dollhouse look hot, but what's the plot?
fft5305 5/19/2008 2:09:41 PM
Dollhouse - Corporation pimps out programmable "dolls" for various missions/fantasies etc. The dolls have their memories and personalities wiped in between, then are given specific personalities and skill sets for each assignment. One of the dolls (Eliza Dushku - yum!) begins to become aware of what is happening to her. That's the basic idea from what I've read. But really, who cares? Joss Whedon Eliza Dushku = I'm there!
hanso 5/19/2008 4:42:19 PM
No Lost & BSG this week, why oh why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? What have I done to deserve such punishment!!! I plan on checking out that Dollhouse show and the JJ Abrams one Fringe.
almostunbiased 5/19/2008 6:16:44 PM
Thanks, fft5305. And holy crap, she's the girl from True Lies.
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