90120 and RAISING THE BAR launch this upcoming week, HBO’s VAMPIRE SAGA getting good advance buzz, CHRISTIAN SLATER hopes TV is good to him and THE VIEW enters season 12
CW badly needs its Beverly Hills 90210 sequel show which is simply titled 90210 to be a hit. By fledgling network sub-par standards, that would mean pulling in 5-8 million viewers a week. The show is on the cover of TV guide this week, so that should solidify enough curiosity seekers to get it out of the gate when it premieres Tuesday September 2nd. If the program gives significant screen time to the veteran cast, lead by Jennie Garth and Lori Loughlin, I think it will be fine. As a fan of the original I’m curious to see how it will compare.
On Labor Day night, TNT will premiere its new legal drama from STEVEN BOCHCO titled RAISING THE BAR. The show stars MARK-PAUL COSSELAAR who was on Bochco’s long running series NYPD BLUE for its last two seasons. He’s best known for playing Zack on Saved by the Bell. While reviews for the pilot have been somewhat tepid, I’ll give this show a chance just because it’s a Bochco production. TNT has become a force to be reckoned with as its original program is attracting sizable audiences. Its show’s THE CLOSER and SAVING GRACE have pulled in better than 7 million viewers an episode and have gotten plenty of Award accolades to boot.
I have to admit I’m going to be rooting for NBC’s split personality spy drama, MY OWN WORST ENEMY, to be a hit when it premieres October 13th. Why? – because it stars Christian Slater, an actor I’ve always liked. It’s no secret his personal demons have derailed a once promising career so hopefully he can be re-discovered on Television.
ABC’s gabfest, THE VIEW, returns from hiatus Tuesday September 2nd for its 12th season with the same panel lead by Whoopi Goldberg and, the always annoying, Elisabeth Hasselbeck. With the presidential race in full swing, the hot topic segment should be a fun watch.
One other bit of TV news – NBC will kick off the NFL football season with the REDSKINS at the GIANTS on Thursday September 4th. John Madden continues to be an American institution.