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USA Sets Its Premiere Dates For Winter

Nellie Andreeva

USA’s newest series Fairly Legal (formerly Facing Kate) will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10 PM. It will follow the winter cycle debut of Royal Pains, which will serve as its lead-in. Original episodes of White Collar will run Tuesdays 10 PM beginning January 18. Fairly Legal stars Sarah Shahi as a top litigator-turned-mediator.

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Showtime Tweaks January Original Lineup

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Coming in January, all of Showtime’s original series will run on one night, Sunday. Back in July, Showtime announced that new drama Shameless will debut on Jan. 9 and air in the Sunday 10 PM slot. Returning comedy Californication and new half-hour Episodes were scheduled to premiere Jan. 10 and air on Mondays at 10 PM and 10:30 PM, respectively. Now new entertainment president David Nevins has tweaked the plan, putting all 3 series on Sundays: Californication at 9 PM, leading into Episodes and drama Shameless. All will premiere on Jan. 9.

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Fall Primetime TV Premiere Dates

By | Sunday September 12, 2010 @ 5:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With fall primetime premieres coming fast and furious, here is a handy list of what’s coming up by date (including the few series that just debuted). With the broadcast networks one by one announcing traditional rollout over the past 2 months, we knew premiere week would be bloody. But the number of series debuting each day of the week of September 20th is pretty staggering. On Monday alone, 12 series will premiere, 5 of them new.  Here’s the full list with italics indicating new series: Read More »

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‘Caprica’ To Return Sooner Than Planned

Nellie Andreeva

Syfy is closing the gap between the two parts of Caprica’s first season, shifting the return of the Battlestar Galactica prequel to October 5 when it will air behind new episodes of Stargate Universe. Originally, part 2 of Caprica‘s freshman season was supposed to launch in January, exactly a year after the series’ premiere. “Though we initially announced the January return of Caprica, we still had hopes of finding a way to get the series back on the air sooner,” said Syfy EVP Mark Stern. “We’ve been able to successfully re-work our schedule, and are thrilled to bring the show back during what is traditionally Syfy’s most-watched time of the year.”

There is still no decision on a second season renewal for the series starring Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson, Esai Morales and Polly Walker, with a reduced Season 2 order a possibility. While promoting Season 1.5 at Comic-Con, Caprica executive producer David Eick expressed confidence that the series, which has developed following but has been a modest ratings performer, will return for a second season. With Caprica moving to October, the third season of Sanctuary will now launch in its former timeslot on Friday, October 15.

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EMMYS: Do Cable Dramas’ Scheduling Patterns Give Them An Emmy Advantage?

Nellie Andreeva

emmyIt’s hard to look around and not come across an ad for the upcoming fourth season of AMC’s drama Mad Men. There are billboards, promos, reviews, stories, and interviews with the cast and creator Matthew Weiner seemingly everywhere this week, which leads to the Sunday season premiere. This week also happens to be when TV Academy voters receive their ballots for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. And on Monday, the day after the Mad Men season premiere, they will start receiving the ballots for the categories featured in the main telecast, including best series. Of course, Mad Men will be judged for Season 3, but is all this attention to the new season helping the series’ Emmy chances? Mad Men won multiple awards including the top drama series statuette at the Emmys in the past 2 years. Both times, a new season of the show launched just before the final voting phase, with fresh episodes airing throughout. In the year before Mad Men’s first Emmy appearance, 2007, The Sopranos won best drama series. The series was also fresh in voters’ minds, having concluded its run with the much-talked about finale in June.

In comedy, it’s mostly about the characters, the situations and laughs, but in drama, it’s about the emotional connection with the show. That’s why I think having a series fresh in your mind while voting is important. I think it’s not a coincidence that in the month after the end of … Read More »

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