Nickelodeon has confirmed that the all-new Power Rangers Samurai will premiere on February 7th. And while the character promos have been pretty bland and too 1995, the newest minute-long promo is more promising and shows how much potential the re-energized franchise has.
It is very cool, for me, to see and recognize all the scenes from their respective episodes (and/or movie) from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. This promo also doesn’t aim to highlight what could be the actors’ weakest line delivery and the show’s cheesiest lines (almost) like the character promos do. Still kind of disappointed that they went with a remixed version of the original theme song instead of a brand new one, though I understand the reasoning behind it.
Days of our Lives executive producer Ken Corday promised a month-long tribute to the incredible Frances Reid and it has already started. Here is a special June preview of some of the show’s big storylines, and a look at all the returning faces that will pay tribute to the matriarch of Days Alice Horton and Frances Reid.
So, NBC has made a big deal about saving money. One of the best ways to do that (aside from airing a comedy program five nights a week) is to take part in international co-productions. Pay for half plus you get different styles and feels for series than the usual broadcast fare.
Well, so far NBC swiftly canceled its three international co-productions last year, Crusoe, The Listener, and The Philanthropist. The Listener especially hampered by a horrible lead-in courtesy of 30 Rock repeats. (Yet the series did very well in Canada.)
Another co-production, Persons Unknown is waiting in the wings. 13 episodes ready to go and with NBC filling slots on its line-up post-Olympics… they pass on this drama. After NBC’s episode count confirmation today, Persons Unknown is still on deck, but don’t hold your breath it’ll actually air (in the US at least). Right John Cho? (*cough*The Singles Table*cough*)
Anyway, here’s the trailer for the series and it seems very Prisoner/Twin Peaks-y with a little Kidnapped:
TOP 5 “MUST-SEE” RETURNING SHOWS FOR 2006-2007 1. THE AMAZING RACE (CBS) Premieres Sunday, September 17th at 8:30PM/7:30c After highly criticized 8th and 9th seasons for the now four-time Emmy Award winning series, all eyes will be on this show’s milestone 10th season. The Amazing Race moves to a new night, where CBS hopes the show will finally gain some exposure. The new season includes a promised twist to the race course and a very diverse cast (which, unlike Survivor, was not touted by the producers).Needless to say, Race fans have a lot of high expectations for the 10th season. But not once in its last nine has The Amazing Race failed to deliver the drama, comedy, adventure, and thrill it has promised since its very first episode in 2001.
2. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SCIFI) Premieres Friday, October 6th at 9:00PM/8:00c While the Emmys continue to look the other way, critics and fans alike continue to shower their praise onto Battlestar Galactica. In its two seasons (and even including the miniseries that started it all), Battlestar Galactica has managed to produce an amazing hour of dramatic television that can’t even be seen on network TV. Breaking through “sci-fi stereotypes,” the series goes beyond the Star Treks and even Stargates to present an almost parallel and eerily realistic political storyline about a people running from (and at the end of last season, surrendering to) the cylons who had attempted a complete genocide of the human race. The shocking season finale cliffhanger has led to much speculation about season 3, and there is no question, that the best hour of drama on television is about to take it to the next level.
3. THE OFFICE (NBC) Premieres Thursday, September 21st at 8:30PM/7:30c It premiered with everyone saying that it would never come close to the original, that another Americanized British comedy from NBC would fall flat like all the others. However after two seasons, The Office is now an Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series. Leaving fans with a huge, unexpected cliffhanger, season 3 promises to bring more surprises and more office hilarity than ever before brought to you by an amazing cast led by the unstoppable Steve Carell.
4. SUPERNATURAL (CW) Premieres Thursday, September 28th at 9:00PM/8:00c The surprise, sleeper hit of last season; Supernatural broke through the usual teen angst dramas of the WB and allowed itself to appeal to almost all audiences. With genuinely “jump out of your seat” stories and more than capable leads in Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Supernatural could be the CW’s long term team player.
5. VERONICA MARS (CW) Premieres Tuesday, October 3rd at 9:00PM/8:00c This critical darling may need to pull something big out to save itself. Though never a ratings hit, Veronica Mars has consistently been one of network television’s best dramas. Kristen Bell delivers numerous Emmy worthy performances, as well as her on-screen father, Enrico Colantoni. As the show adopts a new format and with Veronica starting a new life in college, the series will get a refreshing and welcome change. The CW is pushing its pairing with Gilmore Girls, but everyone will have to wait and see what will be the ultimate fate of this television gem.
ALSO CHECK OUT The sweet and funny How I Met Your Mother (CBS, Monday 9/18, 8:30PM/7:30c); the witty and dramatic House (Fox, Tuesdays 8:00PM/7:00c); and the hopefully resurging Lost (ABC, Wednesday 9/27, 9:00PM/8:00c).