Big news on the small screen

2009-10-14 12:30
Accidentally on Purpose: Romantic comedy.
Yay! Dharma & Greg’s Jenna Elfman is back on TV as film critic Billie, who falls pregnant during a one-night-stand. Look out for Grant Show (Jake from the original Melrose Place).

Community: Comedy.
An unethical lawyer is sent back to community college after his degree is revoked. It stars funny man Chevy Chase and E! comedian Joel McHale.

Cougar Town: Comedy.
Courteney Cox (Friends’ Monica) plays Jules, who has a thing for younger guys. It’s Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence’s baby, so think wacky. We like it already! Courteney has hinted Jennifer Aniston and Robert Pattinson could guest.

Eastwick: Fantasy drama.
Rebecca Romijn (Ugly Betty’s Alexis), Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle’s Victory) and Ashley Benson (Days’ Abby) star in this adaptation of 80s film, The Witches of Eastwick. Hmmm... we have our reservations about this one.

FlashForward: Sci-fi drama.
Everyone on Earth gets to see the future when they all black out. Stars Joseph Fiennes (from Shakespeare in Love), Dominic Monaghan (Lost’s Charlie), John Cho (Star Trek’s Sulu), and Genevieve Cortese (Supernatural’s brunette Ruby).

The Forgotten: Crime drama.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Cold Case) brings us former cop Alex (ChristianSlater) and the amateur detectives who solve forgotten murder cases. Also stars Reiko Aylesworth (24’s Michelle). Not branching out much, are we, Jerry?

Glee: Musical.
This comedy about singing kids and their cute teacher is a must for High School Musical fans! But it's SO much better than HSM – it's actually funny. It’s on M-Net on Sundays at 6pm.

Hank: Comedy.
Frasier is back in the building! Kelsey Grammer plays a Wall Street hot shot who loses his job and has to get to know his family again.

Melrose Place: Drama.
A revamp of the popular 90s yuppie series (with Heather Locklear), this new version stars Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, hottie Nicholas Gonzalez and Katie Cassidy (Supernatural’s blonde Ruby) And surprise! Laura Leighton is back as Sydney.

Mercy: Hospital drama.
Set at Mercy Hospital, this show focuses on the lives of three nurses played by Taylor Schilling, Jaime Lee Kirchner and Michelle Trachtenberg (who was Buffy’s baby sister, Dawn).

The Middle: Comedy.
Another wacky mom comedy. This one stars Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond’s Debra) and Neil Flynn(Scrubs’ Janitor). A winning combination we think...

Shark Tank: Reality.
Mark Burnett, who created Survivor, takes us into the ruthless world of business, where ambitious dreamers get to pitch their concepts to captains of industry.

Trauma: Action drama.
This one combines medical drama and action as we follow emergency medical personnel into the field, where they attend to trauma victims. Starring Aimee Garcia (George Lopez’s Veronica), Anastasia Griffith (Damages’ Katie) and Cliff Curtis.

V: Sci-fi.
This show has stirred a lot of excitement.  Morena Baccarin (Firefly’s Inara Serra), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost’s Juliette), Scott Wolf (Everwood’s Jake) and Joel Gretsch (The 4400’s Tom Baldwin) breathe new life into this 80s alien classic.
Vampire Diaries: Fantasy.
Hot on the heels of Twilight and True Blood comes yet another blood-sucking saga. The hot new guy at school is a little . . . old school. Like 130 years old school. Stars Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder (Lost’s Boone).

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