>This week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire TV season. Â This is Upfront Week which means that this is when we here what the networks have in store for the Fall 2008 television season. Â
So far many of the shows that I have been worried about have already been saved. Â Like I mentioned last week, it was confirmed that Scrubs is indeed returning next year for one final season only this time it will be on ABC.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The New Adventures of Old Christine so I was concerned when many insiders said that it wouldn’t be returning. Â Well they couldn’t have been more wrong because the show fronted by Julia Louis Dreyfus will be returning to CBS with a full 22 episode season order. Â This shows that CBS has a lot of faith in the show especially cause it only had a 13 episodes season this past year.
Another show that was in trouble on CBS was How I Met Your Mother. Â But fear not, this great show will also be returning. Â Hopefully with less Britney and more Sarah Chalke.
So what shows aren’t coming back? Â Well so far Men In Trees, Moonlight, Women’s Murder Club, Miss/Guided, October Road, New Amsterdam, Jericho, Beauty and The Geek, Shark, Bionic WomanÂ and Aliens in America have all gotten the axe. Â I don’t seem to distressed because I honestly forgot most of these shows where even on the air. Â Which I guess was the problem. Â I am so relieved that for at least one season I don’t have to say goodbye to one of my favorites.
Which brings us to the biggest announcement of them all. Â This fall struggling network will be bringing back one of the most famous high schools of all time. Â That’s right, West Beverly High will be opening it’s doors again to a whole new group of residents from the 90210 zip code!!!! The classic Aaron Spelling drama that pretty much taught me things that I had no business knowing will be getting it’s own spin off this fall a full 8 years after it went off the air. Â While there aren’t any official alumni of the original show cast as regulars, both Kelly Taylor (Jenny Garth) and Donna Martin (Tori Spelling) will be popping up as a guidance counsellor and a parent respectively. Â The new cast does feature some familiar faces. Â Canada’s own Â Shenae GrimesÂ (Degrassi TGN)will be playing one half of the brother sister duo that move to Beverly Hills. Â Surely I can’t be the only one to notices that fellow canadian Jason Priestly pretty much played the same role? Â TheÂ matriarchÂ of the kids will be played by Aunt Becky…oh I mean Lori Loughlin and her mother will be played by Arrested Development favorite Jessica Walter.
They haven’t filmed the pilot yet but they are going to have one hell of a trashy reputation to uphold. Â YOu don’t go messing with millions of peoples childhoods. Â I am just now warming up to Degrassi: The Next Generation. Â Here’s hoping that we get some other old alumni popping up on the show. Â What ever happened to Valerie?