Upfront season is upon us which means all the networks have been revealing their upcoming schedules; lots of the usual suspects and some new shows that look promising. That’s all lovely and nice, but there is still a show out there in the TVosphere that I’ve been waiting for: Boldly Going Nowhere, a sci-fi comedy created by the kids of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Here’s the back story: in 2008 it was announced that the pilot (which the Sunny kids would only be producers of, not starring in) had been sold to Fox. Then in August of last year there were reports that Larry Charles (former Seinfeld writer) had been brought in for a pilot re-write…and finally, in November, there were two reports on the same day: one from Sci-Fi Wire noting that Fox had passed on the show and Zap2It posted that Larry Charles was going to re-write the pilot’s script, again. That’s all that I’ve been able to find through my tireless Internet research.
So…? …what’s going on now…is the show still getting re-written? Maybe there are secret negotiations happening right now in the basement of Paddy’s Pub for the pilot to go elsewhere? …Or is Boldly Going Nowhere definitely not happening and I’m just in complete denial because I like Sunny so much I was hoping that a second brilliant series from those guys was on its way?
If anyone has any insight/answers/thoughts/prayers that this show happens, I’d appreciate hearing from you. And if it’s a no-go, well, I’d like to know that too because I really need closure on this one.
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…I’m throwing in one more year in review listicle before I move on to 2010 and new business…for all you TV junkies out there, here’s my pick of the best TV characters of 2009 (in random order):
- Joan Holloway/Mad Men (Christina Hendricks)–she had fewer appearances this season than the previous two, which had us wanting her more. She is stunning, fierce and endearing, and the most compelling female character on the show.
- Charlie Kelly/It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Charlie Day)–he’s more than Paddy’s handyman, Dennis and Mac’s sidekick, and Frank’s roommate—sometimes, believe it or not, he’s the smartest one in the bar.
- Abed/Community (Danny Pudi)–he had me at The Breakfast Club quotes…Abed provides the contrasting slapstick to Jeff’s (Joel McHale) smug and smart-ass remarks, and also, a plethora of pop culture references (awesome!).
- Sue Sylvester/Glee (Jane Lynch)–at first she simply enchanted us with her tough-talking ruthlessness, only to be revealed as one of the most complex characters on TV, with some of the most whip-smart memorable lines ever.
- Gemma Teller Morrow/Sons of Anarchy (Katey Sagal)–she’s more than just Clay’s (Ron Perlman) ‘old lady,’ she’s the most bad-ass mom currently on television, and she’s the heart and soul of this show.
- Phil Dunphy/Modern Family (Ty Burrell)– the fun-loving pushover father/husband steals the scene every time, with his antics, excuses and young-at-heart energy which keeps us laughing and always rooting for him to finally get it right.
Hey fellow TV junkies! Get out your calendar and warm up the Tivo, because we have a whole bunch of TV premieres coming our way! Some brand new series (Glee!) and some returning favorites (The Office!)…here is the list of shows I’ll be watching (in premiere date order):
Tuesday, September 8:
- Sons of Anarchy on FX @ 10 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…Riveting, with full-throttle drama, this series about a biker gang/family hierarchy in Central California is top notch. The acting is superb and the writing is truly compelling and original.
Wednesday, September 9:
- Glee on Fox @ 9 PM (Series Premiere)…After the sneak-peek premiere earlier this year (and online), we haven’t stopped believing that this high school dramedy is going to be a big hit. And with one of the show’s creators coming from “Nip/Tuck” and “Popular” it is sure to be irreverent and whip-smart.
Thursday, September 10:
- The Vampire Diaries on CW @ 8 PM (Series Premiere)…I pretty much know nothing about this series except that the promos are dark and sexy and make me want to check it out. And vampires seem to be all the rage these days.
Tuesday, September 14:
- Gossip Girl on CW @ 9 PM (Season 3 Premiere)…We were assured during last season’s finale that gossip girl will follow everyone to college, so that’s a relief! All I really care about is seeing more of that damn Mother Chucker.
Thursday, September 17:
- Fringe on Fox @ 9 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…Ok, so I must confess when this show first came out I hated it. But then I kept watching, and now I’m hooked. It’s a great sci-fi series, and just when things get too serious, too out there, they throw in a comedic line.
- The Office on NBC @ 9 PM (Season 6 Premiere)…I think we are supposed to see Pam and Jim finally tie the knot, right? Of course, they will drag it out until the season finale, but I’m sure hilarity will ensue in the meantime.
- Community on NBC @ 9:30 PM (Series Premiere)…This show could really suck or be really good, an ensemble comedy taking place in a community college. Why am I tuning in? For more doses of Joel McHale!
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX @ 10 PM (Season 5 Premiere)…This show started out so strong, and had a couple of great seasons/outstanding episodes. I think it’s time they wrap it up or introduce a brand new plot point or character arc. I will of course still watch because they always end up doing something zany and out of control.
Wednesday, September 23:
- Cougar Town on ABC @ 9:30 PM (Series Premiere)…When this show was in development and then was picked up I laughed at how ridiculous it sounded. But then, after catching some of the promos it looks hilarious! Courtney Cox Arquette as a recently divorced hottie looking to have some fun–yes, please, take us to Cougar Town!
October…two premieres to point out:
- 30 Rock on NBC, the 15th @ 9:30 PM (Season 4 Premiere)…who knows what the hell will happen this season, whatever Tina Fey’s genius brain wants. As long as Jack, Tracy, and Kenneth keep coming back then I’m in. If not? Then that’s a dealbreaker, ladies!
- Southland on NBC, the 23rd @ 9 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…this show goes beyond the typical cop show, it’s unflinching and the characters have so much depth. It stars Ryan from the “O.C.” and Regina King, who really deserves an Emmy nom for this role.
Other shows I care about…but won’t premiere until early 2010 (so I’ll cover later this year):
Shall we have a nice little TV round-up before we all head off to our Independence weekend festivities?? Oh, let’s!…
- F/X returning series: two of the best series on television happen to be on the same network (now how the hell did that happen?). Sons of Anarchy will be back September 8 and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will return for it’s FIFTH season September 17.
- Chris Kattan, Patricia Heaton and Janitor from Scrubs all hope to make some money: they will be starring in a new ABC series called The Middle. Heaton and Janitor (no, I’m not being vague just for the sake of being vague, that is what they really called him the show) play a married couple and Kattan is Heaton’s co-worker at a car dealership. Sounds riveting.
- Cause what Gossip Girl needs is more celebrity guest stars: Hilary Duff will be joining the cast of the WB’s saucy series next season where she will play a famous movie star just wanting to be like everybody else on GG and go to NYU. Coincidence? I think not.
- Bridezillas, 24 hours a day: the kids over at Rainbow Media/WE decided that a few hours of their airtime is just not enough to dedicate to the out-of-control bridal industry. So they have decided to create a FULL-TIME bridal channel. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet because I tend to be one of those channel flippers that gets her flipper stuck on said bridal crap.
Ok that’s all I got for now…have a nice weekend everybody!
Kev, then and now
I am happy to report that Fred Savage, the former child actor and star of everybody’s favorite, “The Wonder Years,” has thankfully not turned into a cliche. Instead, he’s wisely decided that his baby face belongs behind the camera.
Turns out he has directed numerous TV shows over the last couple of years, you can check them out on his IMDB bio. But I’ll save you the time and tell you what the most notable show on his resume is: “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” That’s right: FX’s brilliant and highly inappropriate series that has picked up a huge following and tickled a few of the hip TV critics that actually exist. Before you know it Kev Arnold is going to own a studio or run NBC or something.
Anyway, if there is only one thing you do, that I tell you to do—today—please go to Hulu.com to catch all of the seasons (if you haven’t already), but in the meantime I’ll leave you with a clip montage of Season 4, which just kicked off last week: