Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The WB Fall Shows 

Let the speculation end: Charmed is returning to its 8:00 time slot on Sunday nights. I have to give them credit - they won me back this year after last year's miserable storylines. I don't imagine that there will be more seasons after the upcoming eighth, so let's hope they go all out and kick some wiccan ass.

This bit of info comes courtesy of The WB's having announced its official fall line up for 2005. As with the ABC announcement, I refer you to The Futon Critic's in depth analysis of shows and scheduling that I don't mention. I, of course, will only mention what's of interest to moi.

Monday nights at 9:00 brings the new show Just Legal. Tuesdays at 9:00 (opposite Commander In Chief) is Supernatural. Along with Charmed, that's about it for my interest in The WB. Maybe I'll check out Related, on Wednesdays at 8:00.

Just Legal features a group of attorneys in Southern California, but this is no LA Law. This is about a burnt out, struggling criminal defense attorney who is joined by a 19-year-old legal prodigy who no one else will hire because of his age. They learn from each other and fight the good fight for innocent clients who are being railroaded. Sort of the pre-conviction In Justice. I know, it sounds rather idealistic and saccharine (can you say "Doogie?"), but the powers behind the show are also the powers behind CSI, Cold Case, Without a Trace (I've never seen this), The Practice and Boston Legal, so they've got a pretty good track record. I give In Justice a better chance, though.

Supernatural sounds like a maybe cool but in all probability doomed thriller. Two brothers (who have some sort of "eerie" family history) drive around the country in a 1967 Impala, searching for their missing father. Along the way they invariably run into an assortment of supernatural evil things, which they must then slay. I'll give it a try, but I can just hear The Girl now, reminding me of the 1.5 season experiment that was Tru Calling.

Related sounds a bit like Sisters updated. It revolves around four sisters (surprise), two of whom are attorneys. There's a 33-year-old legal aid attorney, an age-unspecified (somewhere between the 23 and 33-year-olds) high power corporate attorney, a 23-year-old celebrity event coordinator, and a 19-year old who is switching from pre-med to experimental theater. Issues of competitiveness, protectiveness, what qualifies as achievement and the usual family matters seem to be the source for plot material. It's described as a "comedic ensemble drama." It could work.

Oops - scrolling through the schedule, I find I must add one more show, if only out of loyalty to the out lesbian star (and new mommy), Sara Gilbert. She stars in Twins with Molly Stanton as twin sisters who take over their parents' business of miracle working women's underwear. Their parents are Melanie Griffith and Mark Linn-Baker (yes, the schlub from Perfect Strangers). Sara Gilbert's character is the brains (successful business woman), and her sister is the beauty (successful lingerie model). But it's a half-hour sitcom, and as I mentioned in my ABC rundown, these just haven't been doing it for me lately.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:24 PM