Linking Up

No, that’s not an invitation to hook up later at a bar, just me posting a few links for you to click on if you want to catch up on some entertainment stuff. I could write a long post about everything but it’s Monday and I’ve got a plate of eggs to eat.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Boris Kodjoe star in UNDERCOVERS

The TV upfronts are this week, which means networks are announcing their fall schedules. NBC’s going first today; you can see clips from some of their new shows here. Though likable faces show up (Jimmy Smits! Amaury Nolasco!), I must say the clips are all underwhelming, even from the J.J. Abrams pilot, Undercovers, about husband-and-wife spies. Worst offenders are Perfect Couples and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Chase. Wayyy too much overacting going on.

The only ones that looked slightly interesting to me were Friends with Benefits (that gross kiss is kinda funny!) and Outsourced, at least until the lame joke about a character’s Indian name. Jokes about people’s foreign names are not funny! Especially when you’re in their country! (Kinda sore subject for me: I have a cousin named Dung, a perfectly decent Vietnamese name but imagine the kind of ribbing that gets here.)

I’m assuming you’ve heard about NBC’s cancellations of Mercy, Trauma, Heroes, and original flavor Law & Order. Taking L&O’s spot on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. is Law & Order: Los Angeles. Wow, what a revamp. I think the network changed coasts just to avoid paying Sam Waterston’s salary. No cast has been announced for the new version because the pilot script isn’t finished.

I know I sound a little skeptical right now but when fall comes around, I’ll probably sample each show at least once. My cynical heart still hopes something will surprise and entertain me like Glee and Cougar Town have this past season (oops, both are on different networks). I’m also happy Chuck was renewed and NBC is putting scripted programming in the 10 p.m. slot again.

Over at Fox, these four shows have been confirmed as pickups. Shawn Ryan’s Ride-Along looks most promising to me. Jennifer Beals as Chicago’s first female police chief? I’m there. Looks like the Steven Spielberg-produced Terra Nova got a spot, too, though the pilot, like LO:LA‘s, hasn’t even been shot. Apparently, the production designer from Avatar is being brought in but the premise sounds dicey to me. I have about as much interest in a prehistoric drama as I have in a bladder infection. (UPDATE: Glee just got the coveted post-Superbowl slot next year.)

OK, enough TV talk. There’s also a little film festival going on in Cannes right now, with lots of movies being screened and reviewed, including the Wall Street sequel (why?) and Woody Allen’s new one, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. You can check out the Hollywood Reporter‘s extensive coverage here.

Do any of the new fall shows sound interesting to you? Were you heartbroken by any cancellations? Are you excited about yet another incarnation of The Three Musketeers, this time in 3D? How about the Martin Scorsese documentary on George Harrison?

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    debbied
    May 17, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Hey PCN,

    I had no idea Scorcese was doing a doc on George Harrison–thanks for making my Monday! I’m a huge fan of Harrison and highly recommend checking out the “Concert for George” dvd if you haven’t seen it. Great, great, news. Have you seen the ads for “Good Guys” with Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks? It’s a Fox show that airs this week. It looks interesting to me and I’ll probably check it out.
    By the way, took my mom to see “Babies” on Mother’s Day–we absolutely LOVED it!! Thanks for heads up. 🙂

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    EIREGO
    May 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I agree with you. There’s not a lot of excitement here. More than one of these look like they are using leftover sets from Dirty Sexy Money and every show ever shot in Canada.

    But, you never know, something might be a shiny new penny in this stack of recirculated coins.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    May 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    debbied—I didn’t know about the docu, either, until I read that article! I haven’t seen the previews for Good Guys; I think I FF through the ads too fast. Let me know if it’s good. So glad you and your mom loved Babies. Did you have a favorite? I love Bayar!

    EIREGO—Yup, I’m hoping for shiny pennies, too. And good shows wouldn’t hurt, either.

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    le0pard13
    May 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Good post on what’s going on and what’s upcoming in TV, PCN. That L & O cancelation I didn’t find shocking. After so many years, the theme reached a saturation point w/ me awhile back. I did find it surprising though that the bright peacock folk thought doing L&O:LA — again — was a good idea. They attempted that a few years back, and it went over as well as the BIONIC WOMAN remake. Wait a minute! I take the bright adj. back — this is NBC we’re talking about. 🙂

    I’m with debbied with a GH doc by Scorsese. Bring it on. I’m also looking forward to the Wall St. sequel. There’s too much in our current era for a director/writer like Oliver Stone to not have a field day with it (and Wall St. has earned it, for sure!).

    Thanks, Elyse>

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    Shell Sherree
    May 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I find I have to watch most shows for at least a couple of episodes before I decide. The cancellations don’t surprise or disappoint me, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for some new excellence to surface ~ not that I really need any more TV shows to follow!

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    Jen Forbus
    May 20, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Hmmmm, well, you already know about me and my TV. I’ll just be watching along for what looks good to snag on DVD. I’m anxiously awaiting new seaons of NCIS, BONES, PSYCH, BURN NOTICE, CASTLE…of course, it’ll take me TWO years to get through those seasons on DVD.

    I have been getting the urge to start a new afghan, which means I’ll need something to occupy my ears while I crochet…

    Does this stream of consciousness nonsense I’m typing have anything to do with your post? I better stop…

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