TNT has renewed the show for a third season, set to premiere in January of next year. I’m so thrilled that this superbly written series, with one of the best ensemble casts currently on television, has survived after changing homes from NBC to TNT. As you may or may not remember, Southland aired one season on NBC and then was dumped due to the now infamous 10 PM Jay Leno Experiment. TNT swooped in and saved the day by picking up the show, re-aired the first season and debuted the show’s second season.
If you haven’t already checked out this gripping drama, you absolutely need to. Here’s a little promo clip from last season…
Hey readers! I’m going to try something new here at the blog…every Friday I’ll post links to some of the entertainment/pop culture stories of the week that I either didn’t get to or will revisit later. This new feature is just one more way to keep you in the know and to fulfill my destiny: to tirelessly provide invaluable fodder for fellow pop culture fanatics everywhere.
- For those of you who follow celebs on Twitter, Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) is now Twittering, thanks to a viral campaign.–The Wall Street Journal
- One of my favorite TV shows, Southland, has been canceled. Of course.–The Hollywood Reporter
- Another one of those extended 15 minutes…not only is Levi Johnston (Bristol Palin’s baby daddy/thorn in Sarah Palin’s side) going to pose in Playgirl, but he’s now in an ad for…wait for it…nuts.–dlisted
- Speaking of Playgirl, Marge Simpson is going to be in Playboy, and on the cover no less! Yes, the same Marge Simpson from the Fox animated cartoon series–E!Online
- Another Vacation movie is in the works, but here’s how this one is going to differ from all the other Vacation movies: it’s going to be a sequel to the very first one…mmkay.–The Hollywood Reporter/HeatVisionBlog
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):
Ryan from "The O.C." is back on TV, and YES he brought along his highly expressive brow and melt-your-heart eyes
I want to cover some TV stuff, but I’m kind of on a tight schedule today, so we are going to try something different/fun, and sum everything up in six words. (Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the six word thing, that’s actually quite popular all over the place.)
Fringe…Been watching, been growing on me
Better Off Ted…Hilarious, Portia is enchanting, quirkiness galore
Kings…Ambitious, Ian McShane outshines once again
The Unusuals…Amber shows promise, but that’s it
Southland…Compelling, O.C.’s Ryan continues to captivate
The Office…I heart Michael Scott Paper Company