Calling all Comic Con and sci-fi enthusiasts! The fall season is cranking up with a fresh crop of science fiction television shows. Whether your interest lies in mind control, human flight, or teleportation, there is something on TV for you. Some of these shows have already enjoyed moderate success. Others are tempting new viewers with a fresh approach to some dated themes. See what primetime TV has to offer in the way of science fiction:
Still hanging on for another season is the infamous, "Heroes"-a show that helped put actress Hayden Panettiere on the map (despite her numerous childhood roles.) The rather colorful and elaborate story began in 2006, and experienced a huge surge in popularity, and also-a slight dip in ratings. "Heroes" follows a group of seemingly ordinary people with amazing superpowers. But sometimes their powers are used for evil…
Eliza Dushku heads up this sci-fi program about a group of people (called "Dolls" or "Actives") whose personalities have been wiped clean for the purpose re-programming them for certain duties. While they're not serving their masters (The Handlers), they remain in a laboratory called the Dollhouse. Check out this Fox network show for some innovative new storylines that combine dramatic themes with sci-fi technology.
Also joining the Fox family this fall is a series which focuses on "fringe science"-that is, a field of study that explores non-traditional scientific theories such as voodoo, strange diseases, and even telekinesis. Like many sci-fi television shows, this program has an official setting, with the main stars assuming FBI agent roles (Mark Valley and Kirk Acevedo). With slight comparisons to the X-Files being drawn, this show will be a hit with those who enjoy certain aspects of the paranormal.
Putting a comedic spin on psychic abilities is "Psych" the USA network dramedy starring James Roday and Dulé Hill. If you haven't been privy to this show's clever premise, you might be surprised to note that no real psychic ability is present on the program. In fact, the show's star is merely a very astute detective who's faking his psychic powers to solve crimes (and keep his job.)
The Ghost Whisperer
Entering its fifth season is "The Ghost Whisperer" centered on Melinda, the sensitive (pun intended) antique shop owner who can communicate with the dead. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, this show has elicited both screams and tears with its creative story lines and competent cast. If you were a fan of The Sixth Sense, you have probably been watching this show since it debuted in 2005.
The Magic School Bus is an animated children's television series. Each episode fills a 30 minute television block. The show was created by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan. Some of the actors and actresses whose voices appear on The Magic School Bus are Lily Tomlin, Danny Tamberelli, Daniel DeSanto, Tara Meyer, Maia Filar, and Stuart Stone.
The Magic School Bus first aired on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on September 11, 1994. A total of 52 different episodes of The Magic School Bus have been produced. The show came from the book series of the same name. The Magic School Bus series has also been turned into movies and CD-ROMs. After airing on PBS for several years, the show was dropped. It aired on the Fox network after that until 2002. The show currently airs on both TLC and Discovery Kids and remains fairly popular among children.
The Magic School Bus follows the crazy field trip adventures that a science class goes on trying to discover and investigate things. The class is taught by Ms. Frizzle. She has red hair, bright clothes, and a pet lizard named Liz. All of the students in her class seem to think that she is absolutely crazy, but they love the fun adventures she takes them on.
Some of the other major characters in The Magic School Bus are:
Arnold – Arnold has light red hair and wears glasses. He is the negative student in the class who does not enjoy the field trips they go on. He does, however, enjoy studying rocks and volcanoes.
Carlos – Carlos is one of the most likeable characters on the show. He is constantly making crazy inventions and telling bad jokes.
Dorothy Ann – Dorothy Ann has blonde hair and is the book worm of the group. She always carries her book bag with her and pulls out a book to research whatever the group is learning about.
Phoebe – Phoebe has light brown hair and is one of the more sensitive and caring students. She tries to help any animals or people who need help on any of the class adventures she goes on.
Ralphie – Ralphie is the jock of the group and the chubby kid. His crazy daydreams often get him thinking about some pretty funny situations.
Although many of The Magic School Bus episodes are ten years old, they are still some of the most popular things to watch for young kids today. The Magic School Bus offers kids the chance to learn some science while sitting in front of the television.
First let me state that I am a little bias on television shows. I think that TV high command has got the average person all wrong. I am a typical semi-middle class American who works a lot of hours trying to make ends meet and when I come home from a hard day at work, I have to admit I enjoy watching television. I am the type of person that enjoys drama shows such as House and Grey's Anatomy, along with Law and Order. I have added to my lineup Mercy, which is a new nursing show drama – however there will never be another ER in my eyes.
This article however is supposed to be on the worst TV show premieres for 2009, so here goes. Remember this is my opinion but I think it counts for something.
First on the list would be Modern Family and I know most of you are wondering why. Well here let me tell you my thoughts. I enjoy comedies like everyone else but Modern Family is a slap stick humor attempt that doesn't appeal to me. The whole gay couple with a baby, father is married to young Hispanic woman with chubby stepson and sister is going through this child rearing tag team thing with her husband, just isn't my cup of tea. I like to laugh and have enjoyed sitcoms like Friends, Becker, Seinfield, Gary Unmarried, etc. The list is plentiful to say the least but Modern Family is trying to stab into comedy by playing this mixed up dysfunctional family thing and adding commentaries from the participants, which are not necessary. I really think that the hierarchy that presides over television should give Americans a little credit for being smarter than that. I for instance enjoy being taken away into a show with detail given to the story line and one that requires some brain waves to be functioning. Seinfield for instance was a show about nothing but presented comedy with attention to detail and you felt like you had been in that situation at some point. So does Gary Unmarried, my ex is the male form of his. I hope you are understanding what I am saying. Modern Family is just stick and doesn't relate to me and I can't imagine many others for that matter.
Number two on my list would be Brothers it is another stick show but this time you have a fiery wheel-chaired brother who fights with his bigger brother "the football guy" who has come back home. A father who is a little forgetful and a mother who supposedly is the glue. Who writes their dialogue anyway. I will simply say its not Everybody Loves Raymond which again related to me on some level and was another fighting family but with a better cast and storyline.
Third would be Accidentally on Purpose which is another bad comedy based on the premise that there is a place somewhere known as Cougar Town USA. This whole cougar thing is not appealing. Yes maybe in Sex In The City format but not at every turn. Cougar Town with Courtney Cox is a deceit show because it has the whole Sex In The City format along with a little of Desperate Housewives thrown in but Accidentally On Purpose is not going to make it much longer.
Fourth is Community which again is another comedy that has fallen short. Mainly all I think about is the networks can't seem to get the whole comedy thing and what is funny and what is not. I will say this though it reminds me of all the other comedies that have been tossed out there like Kath and Kim that are supposed to make us chuckle and yet make me flip the channel.
My fifth show isn't going to be a popular choice probably but I will say it anyway, Jay Leno. Okay I know what your thinking and your right Jay is what Jay is and we all have seen him ride the tide before. However this time is different than when he took over the Tonight Show. Everyone was okay with accepting that as a sign of the times and a passing of the torch. However this is just another tonight show at a different time slot and I for one liked him where he was at. I watched him after the news after my other shows and even if I didn't finish the whole tonight show I caught his monologue. Conan is not Jay and never will be. His form of comedy is distasteful to me. Jay is much better at delivering comedy with a punch but he now cuts into my nightly rituals like watching the shows I have already committed to, doing laundry and washing dishes. I don't have time to sit down and relax with him like I once did and he is giving me content better left for later after the kids are in bed and I have settled down to relax. All I can say is I miss where he was after my news had gone off he was comforting to see each night and now he is just another click that I have to make on my remote.
Enough said for now. I guess my opinion is just that MINE!
We all watch movies, whether it's through an online streaming service, on the big-screen, or at home in your living room. We also all have seen our highly watched TV shows. But why are we more accustomed to the TV shows that we wait a week, even a month for? Why do we like the suspenseful build-up over a year? Today I am going to assess why I prefer a great movie over an amazing TV show any day.
Picture it, you're in line at the grocery, you don't have DVR, and you're favorite show is on. What are you going to do? It's a season, so they won't replay the episode, and it won't come out on Netflix for a while. TV shows consequences. Now picture this, you're at home watching the latest Iron Man movie when your mom asks you to go out to get the groceries. If it was a TV show, you would have to get up and wait for the episode to come back on some time in the future, but since it is a movie, you can easily pause the dvd and come back to it later (Obviously if you were in a theater this wouldn't be happening).
Alright so you got that a TV show, especially one that is new, isn't usually friendly to your time schedule (unless you plan your schedule around that tv show). But a movie, ahh, a movie is all for your schedule. You can watch it whenever you feel like it, unlike a tv show that has a designated time.
When you watch a movie you get all that buildup that you would over 6 months with a tv show in around two (and a half) hours. You know what's happening; you never miss an episode so you know who's who and how they are connected to the main character. You feel like you're connected to the movie, now I will stay that with a series you can feel way more connected to the show and the characters. With the tv show, you could say that you feel like you are a part of the antagonist's life, one of their (close) friends. With a movie its way more short, it's like reading a book (and I love reading books). You know what it's going to be about, what the situation is, and who the main character is. If you wanted books that were made more like tv shows, than you would need to be referred to comic books, not novels.
Movies are pushing factors for (romantic) dates, family (bonding) time, inspiration (for a specific group of people), doing well (when offered as a reward), and much more. Movies are for the average person who's looking for something interesting and amusing, while not taking up days of their time.
I have never seen one episode from the below list of the 2013 canceled television shows. I'm probably not the only one, which explains why they were canceled (no viewers). It really begs the question if the networks have any idea what their targeted demographic is interested in watching. Body of Proof, for example, in the advertisements the main character seemed a bit over the hill and burned out. Who was the targeted audience for that show?
I do watch a lot of television shows including: Law and Order: SVU, Castle, General Hospital, Dance Moms, and Army Wives. It was very surprising that Army Wives wasn't on this list after all the changes that have occurred and the new cast members that were added.
On a more positive note, the two canceled ABC soap operas, One Life to Live and All My Children, returned online recently thanks to Prospect Park for their loyal fans to watch on Hulu. Also, Castle was renewed on ABC, which for a while it was a bit unsure that it would actually be renewed for another season.
NBC by far has the most canceled television shows on this list. Maybe they will be more careful with their 2013 Fall line-up and pick up some shows that are really great this time around.
Body of Proof (ABC)
Happy Endings (ABC)
How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (ABC)
Malibu Country (ABC)
Red Widow (ABC)
Golden Boys (CBS)
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
Guys with Kids (NBC)
1600 Penn (NBC)
CSI: NY (NBC)
Go on (NBC)
Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC)
The New Normal (NBC)
Up All Night (NBC)
Monday Mornings (TNT)
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Dallas, the popular TV Show that aired in the 1980's and was talked about many times, mainly due to the cliffhangers and such, has returned to TV. After twenty some years after leaving the airwaves; the show has returned, not as a remake, but as a continuation of the series that made history. The cable channel, TNT, has brought it back to television and it airs on Wednesday nights at nine pm eastern standard time. The focus of the show is mainly on the next generation of Ewing family, but it also focus' on the older generation also. Right from the start this show was full of action and more. The show also lived up to the hype and has made itself known again as a show to be reckoned with.
Dallas shows us what the main characters of the original show and the newer characters have been up to in the years that this show has been off the air. I can also tell you that what made the original great; is also working to make this show just as good as the original. There are enough betrayals, backstabbing, greed, shenanigans, lust, and so much more going on as this series went through its first season. It was a lot more than I hoped for when I made the decision to watch this show.
We find out that the man that everyone loves to hate: J.R. Ewing, has not done too well over the years. He has ended up in a home for a number of years for clinical depression and Bobbie Ewing has taken over the ranch and has remarried for the third time. We learn that John Ross Ewing, the now adult son of J.R. Ewing; wants to make the Ewing name great again and become like his father. We also learn that Christopher, the adult son of Bobbie, wants to do the same but make a name for himself in the alternate energies field. Sue Ellen, the ex-wife of J.R. and the mother of John Ross; has done well for herself over the years. She has been sober for over twenty years and is running for Governor of Texas.
In each episode there is a lot going on with each character and a lot going on with the various plots. J.R. wanting to own Southfork, by any means necessary; even if he has to backstab and betray his brother to do it. Bobbie vowing to protect Southfork; like he promised his mother he would do; by any means necessary. John Ross vowing to become a force to be reckoned with and wanting to be like his father. There is a lot of conniving going on also in the form of new characters. There is Rebecca Sudder Ewing; who marries Christopher, but she is not at all whom she seems. We find out who she really is in the season finale. There is Tommy Sudder; but he also not whom he seems to be and a lot more. Each episode there is a lot going on that keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat.
The season finale was full of everything you can think of. There were revelations, more betrayals, lying, greed, and more. We learned a lot of what was going on and so forth. Dallas has already been renewed already for a second season and the next season looks to be very interesting. I look forward to see what the new season will bring and what happens next in the continuing saga that is the Ewing family.
There are many shows on the various networks for kids in the tween age group, but not many that put the focus on school and what takes place in that venue. Here is a compilation of some shows that I am aware, based on the viewing habits of my twelve year-old son, that have a school theme.
My Gym Partner Is A Monkey – airing on Cartoon Network Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 8:30 pm.
This show is about a twelve year-old boy named Adam, that transferred from a human school to an animal school due to the fact that his last name is Lyon. Adam attends Charles Darwin Middle School. His gym partner is a spider monkey known as Jake. Adam and Jake are best friends and get in trouble sometimes.
Some of the themes the show profiles are about lying, bullies and the school newspaper. The students have some wacky adventures like the magic fish episode where Jake landed in a pond and almost killed a magic fish. They recently aired a movie called the Big Field Trip.
Recess – this was airing on Toon Disney over the winter school break. I have since noticed it on at various times on this channel. It is fun to watch the playground antics of the six kids who are in the fourth grade. The Principal is an old lady who is mean to the students. One episode we viewed recently showed it raining outside which cancelled the playground recess. The kids had to use their minds playing games in the cafeteria. Recess has DVDs but no more shows are being produced.
Ned's Declassified – this is on Nickelodeon Saturdays at 7:30 pm. The show takes place at James K Polk Middle School. The students are Ned Bigby, Moze and Cookie. The show is a survival guide to Middle School with weird teachers, hall monitors, cafeteria ladies and bullies. Some of the episodes have covered friends moving, bad hair days and riding the school bus. I believe this is the first season of the show.
The Magic School Bus – this airs on The Learning Channel weekday mornings at 7:30 AM. Ms. Frizzle teaches at Walker Elementary School with the help of the Lizard. They go on many field trips where the bus turns into other objects like a spaceship, submarine or weather machine.
There were 52 episodes, but the show is no longer in production.
These are shows that depict Elementary and Middle Schools in a comedic fashion.
Justified is the new TV show in FX's lineup. The Justified TV show arrived last night with a lot of raves and expectations. FX already has critically acclaimed programs like Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Rescue Me on their table, but there's always room for another one. After Nip/Tuck ended its disappointing final season, the network needed a new show in the middle of the week to deliver the goods. So far, Justified is a TV show fitting that bill, judging by the early raves and buildup.
After delving into the world of lawyers, motorcycle outlaws, cops, plastic surgeons and firemen, FX is now going into the world of Elmore Leonard. The legendary crime writer, whose wise-guy dialogue and showdowns preceded the likes of Quentin Tarantino, lent some of his old stories and characters to FX. In this case, he gave them U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens, a modern day Western hero in a 21st century world.
The Justified TV show sends Raylan to his old home in Kentucky, after one too many 'justified' public shootings. His new assignment brings him towards an old friend turned white supremacist, an ex-wife, and lots of criminals to cut up verbally and physically.
Once critics got a look at the first three episodes, they started hyping up Justified as the best TV show of the midseason. On Meta Critic, it gained an average rating of 80 from 26 reviews, with the likes of Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide's Matt Roush giving it perfect scores. They also hailed it as the breakout vehicle long overdue for star Timothy Olyphant.
Olyphant is no stranger to TV, having headlined Deadwood and Season Two of Damages. But he was not the breakout character on those shows and had been stuck in supporting roles in movies. However, this is his first undisputed leading man role, and paired with Leonard and FX, his Justified TV show stands to put Olyphant in the breakout stage of his career – assuming the rest of the series lives up to the start.
Critics only saw the first three episodes, raving over last night's pilot the most. It's a rare case when the first few episodes of a show get raves, and then the rest of it is a letdown – at least in the first season. With FX, when they hit on something big early on, it usually doesn't disappoint later.
For this spring, FX seems to have a big one-two punch with Damages on Monday, and Justified the next night. This should hold audiences over until Rescue Me returns in the summer, and Sons of Anarchy comes back in the fall.
In the short term, Justified is a TV show that seems to have made its mark on a busy night, where Lost, American Idol, the NCIS shows and The Good Wife light up the networks. Cable now has a big TV show of its own, as Justified airs at 10 pm est each Tuesday.
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