Fall 2007 Television Preview

By Jamie Gumbrecht

3 September 2007

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 // 10:39 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 // 10:41 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 // 10:40 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 // 10:41 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 // 10:40 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 // 10:41 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 // 10:40 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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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

// Moving Pixels

"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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