Thursday, May 19, 2005

FOX Fall Shows 

Check out the press release if you're interested, over at The Futon Critic.

The descriptions are too long and overly detailed, the premises and characters appear designed around either ideas that have worked before on other networks or ideas that would have marketing tie-in potential, and/or they just seem completely contrived and implausible. Whatever.

They do have a lot of names cast, however. David Boreanaz has come back into the daylight after taking on the dragon in the alley of Angel's series finale and has signed on to Bones, about a forensic anthropologist who has a way with remains. She's the yin to Boreanaz's former Army sniper yang, and for some reason they have to work together, along with the rest of her team at the "Jeffersonian Institution's Medico-Legal Lab." Her colleagues (all brilliant and quirky, of course) include a genius at 3D crime scene reconstruction (she's described as "earthy and bawdy"), an young genius assistant who is too smart to be able to focus on finishing any one doctorate, an expert on insects, spores, minerals and conspiracies, and the requisite hard-nosed director. Bones airs Tuesdays at 8:00.

That's the only one I find worth even describing in any length. The other names can be found as follows:

Robin Tunney and Stacy Keach (guest star) are on Prison Break Mondays at 9:00. Well-intentioned good guy gets himself thrown in prison for the sole purpose of helping his convict (but of course probably innocent) brother (Dominic Purcell, briefly known as John Doe) then break out.

Chris O'Donnell and Adam Goldberg pair up on the same wacky legal shingle after meeting in a psych rehab center on Head Cases, Wednesdays at 9:00. They're joined by Rachel Leigh Cook.

Nicholas Brendan leaves Xander in the dust of Buffy and dons a chef's toque for Kitchen Confidential (I gave my mom the book on which it's based, a couple of Christmases ago), Mondays from 8:30-9:00. Half hour sitcom based around a former star chef whose return to success depends on his collection of "renegade colleagues." Uh-oh.

For anyone who hung on through the afterthought episodes of Tru Calling, you can catch Eric Christian Olson (aka med student Jensen - we knew his days were numbered anyway, what with that nagging wrist crossover injury and all) on the midseason starter The Loop, a half-hour sitcom about an apartment of 20-somethings of varying levels of accomplishment trying to navigate life and love. And hijinx ensued.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:36 AM