A few months back, I told you all about The CW’s new series, “Hellcats,” starring Aly Michalka and Ashley Tisdale. While I can’t wait for new fall television in general, I have a special tie to “Hellcats.” The series is based on my book, CHEER!: Inside The Secret World Of College Cheerleading, a non-fiction romp following three top squads through their 2007 season. I was on set for two days of the filming of “Hellcats,” but all of a sudden, the fact that it’s actually going to be on TV soon has hit home. Last night, I saw two commercials for the show. And this morning on my way to work, I turned the corner and ran into a poster just a block away from The Frisky office. “Hellcats” premieres Wednesday, September 8th at 9pm. After the jump, my favorite new previews. Keep reading »
Oh man, the fall TV guest stars
just keep getting better and better. The word on the street is that Jennifer Aniston
will be joining bestie and former “Friends” co-star Courteney Cox
over in “Cougar Town
.” Sources say Jennifer is near to inking a deal to appear sometime during the show’s second season—just like Lisa Kudrow did when she played a rage-o-holic dermatologist during season one. The show’s executive producer is playing coy on this one, saying, “I would love for it to happen but there’s nothing to talk about yet.” But we have a feeling Jennifer will do it. After all, she helped Courteney out by playing her ex-girlfriend on the far less popular show “Dirt.” Heck, in the clip above they even did a strangely sterile lesbian smooch
to boost ratings there. So what will “Cougar Town” do to up the ante? [EW
] Keep reading »
The end of summer is a very sad thing that I don’t even want to talk about because I can’t stand the thought of having to wait nine months before tank tops and beach naps again. But there is one silver lining: fall television. It’s when new shows launch and our faves return for another round. And this year, I can’t help but notice that a lot of shows have some very, very exciting guest stars lined up. After the jump, the ones I’m looking forward to the most.
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And just like that, upfronts week is over. Yesterday, in addition to CBS’s presentation, Conan O’Brien delivered the TBS and TNT fall lineups, which he will be a part of come Nov. 8. “I really believe in cable television,” he joked. “I do not want to live in a country with less than five ESPN networks.”
Then this morning was The CW’s turn. The network for the young folk brought in Katy Perry to hype up the crowd. At first, it was a little awkies, with no one in the auditorium standing up or dancing as she sang her sequined heart out. But after she shouted, “Is it too early to stand up and have some f**king fun?” it was on.
After the jump, the shows from these presentations that have me giddy. Keep reading »
In the upfront-iverse, this morning was CBS’s turn to unveil their fall lineup. But because I’m feeling a smidge uninspired by it (sitcom, sitcom, police show, “Hawaii Five-O”), I’m moving on to an offering from The CW that is going to be pure genius. “Hellcats” is a series about a competitive college cheerleading squad starring Ashley Tisdale of “High School Musical” and Aly Michalka of 78violet (aka Aly & AJ). The show is created by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives,” “Caprica”) and is executive-produced by AJ Marcantonio and Tom Welling, who you more likely know as Clark Kent on “Smallville.” I will confess to being completely and totally biased when it comes to this show. See, “Hellcats” is inspired by my book, CHEER!: Inside The Secret World Of College Cheerleaders, which follows three highly ranked cheerleading squads through their intense 2006/7 seasons. Keep reading »
Yes, I am bringing you your daily upfront news
a little late today. But I have a good excuse! There is just so much television news that (a) it’s hard to keep up and (b) it’s hard to tear myself away. After the jump, the details and previews of the shows that caught my eye today, including “Lonestar,” which looks like “Friday Night Lights” crossed with “Big Love.” It doesn’t get much better than that. Keep reading »
Does your television take up a high percentage of your living room? Have you ever bailed out on plans to cook pasta to watch an episode of “Lost“? Do you often run into situations where your DVR gets overloaded because there are just too many shows you want to record? No, I am not here to chastise you for being a coach potato or to tell you that so much TV-watching is actively decreasing your brain cells. I am here to congratulate you for being a TV head!
For us TV heads, the third week in May rivals the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for everyone else. It’s upfronts week! Keep reading »