by Jennifer Squires Biller
Just in case you didn’t hear my reaction to ABC’s fall schedule news, let me repeat it: NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! (Followed by some choice words that I won’t repeat here.) Invasion, my favorite new drama of the year on any network, was…I can’t bear to say it…cancelled. Send antidepressants, Tubers, pronto.
As your Tube Talk Girl, I like to think I have my finger on the pulse of all that is right in television. But, apparently, I don’t. According to ABC executives, you like shows such as Wife Swap and According to Jim. Where did I go wrong, Tubers? Where? It’s a sad day when no-brainer shows are renewed year after year, but a unique, intelligent, mesmerizing drama like Invasion gets no love.
Wife Swap and According to Jim, are you kidding me? I swear I’m being Punked.
To all of you who watched Invasion due to my begging, i.e. harassment, “thank you.” And “I’m sorry.” (A special “sorry” to Aric and his Mrs., who came to love Invasion after I pimped the show to them.) If you’ll allow me a platitude: “I guess it’s better to have loved and lost…” Oh, forget it. This just stinks.
I’m on a mission to save Invasion. Those of you who want to help, can sign this online petition The word on the street ― (Yeah, I’ve got peeps on the street, but not the kind you’re thinking, you pervs) ― is that the CW or SciFi network may pick up Invasion. The CW network announces its schedule on Thursday, so here’s hoping. Meanwhile, I’ll be wearing black and rocking in the fetal position.
Can you hear me ABC? It’s been a long time since I’ve written an unflattering critique of an ABC show. (OK, so I never watched Commander in Chief , or I’m sure I would have cranked one out.) Still, I watched Freddie for you, and this is how you roll?
Speaking of Freddie, it was also cancelled, along with Commander in Chief and Hope and Faith. And in a surprise move no one saw coming, the freshman drama What About Brian was renewed.
You can come out now, Ashton.
Here’s the fall schedule, as released by ABC: (new shows are in CAPS)
8:00 p.m. “Wife Swap”
9:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”/”Supernanny”
10:00 p.m. “What About Brian”
8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (new night)/”SET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE” (new alternative series)
9:00 p.m. “LET’S ROB…” (new comedy series)
9:30 p.m. “HELP ME HELP YOU” (new comedy series)
10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal”
8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (new night)/”George Lopez”/“According to Jim” (new night)
9:00 p.m. “Lost”
10:00 p.m. “THE NINE” (new drama series)
8:00 p.m. “BIG DAY” (new comedy series)
8:30 p.m. “NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY” (new comedy series)
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (new night and time)
10:00 p.m. “SIX DEGREES” (new drama series)
8:00 p.m. “BETTY THE UGLY” (new comedy series)
9:00 p.m. “MEN IN TREES” (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. “20/20”
8:00 p.m. “ABC Saturday Night College Football”
7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00 p.m. “Desperate Housewives”
10:00 p.m. “BROTHERS & SISTERS” (new drama series)
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
by Jennifer Squires Biller