Fall 2007 Television Preview

By Jamie Gumbrecht

3 September 2007

Maureen Ryan offers up three takes on the new TV season: a prime-time primer on the new fall shows, a look at few of fall's TV trends in the form of nerds and rich people, and how to build the perfect TV show.
Prime-time primer: A highly subjective guide to new fall shows

If the networks' clutch of new shows doesn't appear to contain, at first glance, an instant game-changer such as Lost, be patient. Something great might emerge from this fall's crop. Or not.

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Superpowers, nerds and rich people: A few of fall’s TV trends

A few thoughts on trends and trendlets for fall TV.

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6 Sep 2007 // 9:39 PM

Building the perfect TV show

What if we put the best of several promising fall shows together? Would it result in the perfect program or a horrible botch?

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5 Sep 2007 // 9:41 PM

Five new shows to see—and five to miss

Choosing your fall schedule is a delicate balance of watching what’s good and what will last. Here are five that should fit into both

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5 Sep 2007 // 9:40 PM

Thursday & Friday: Week closes with audience favorites

Thursday and Friday are healthy, stable TV nights this year, a dramatic shift from last year's Thursday ratings wars and Friday's former status as a dead zone.

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4 Sep 2007 // 9:41 PM

Wednesday: There’s fantasy, and there’s fantasy

We have reality TV about people younger or more beautiful than ourselves, fantasy TV about people smarter, younger and more beautiful than ourselves, and sitcom TV about people too much like ourselves. What we don't have much of, though, is fantasy TV for pure fancy, for delight.

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4 Sep 2007 // 9:40 PM

Tuesday: Think ‘Sopranos’ with a rum chaser

CBS takes a giant leap from its usual crime procedural, solved-in-an-hour lawyer routine with Cane.

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3 Sep 2007 // 9:41 PM

Monday: You get to choose among a cornucopia of genres

Your Monday night could be anything you want. You're looking for mindless distraction? Flip to ABC. Funny, or at least supposed-to-be funny? CBS.

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3 Sep 2007 // 9:40 PM

Sunday’s lineup carries an English accent

Sundays, we celebrate the invasion of British television. Two of the night's new shows existed abroad first.

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Adventure Games As Theater and 'the Charnel House Trilogy'

// Moving Pixels

"The Charnel House Trilogy casts the player as an actor in a performance where the script is uncovered as performed. In doing so, it's throwing off an older design paradigm and creating a better work for it.

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