Last week's TV upfronts brought some re-vamps and a whole lot of raised eyebrows, but never fear, Starpulse.com is here to sort through the soon-to-be-canceled masses and select a few must-see gems.
Melrose Place Reboot
The CW may have angered some Jason Dohring
fans by not picking up his political drama for Fall 2009 - instead opting to choose just another revamp to add to the line-up. The new "Melrose Place" may follow the same formula as the new version
of Beverly Hills 90210
: campy primetime soap relationship drama set in the shiny, pretty people part of Los Angeles. It will feature some old faces (our favorite Stuy alumn Thomas Calabro
), some slightly new faces (like cutie Shaun Sipos), and some that fall somewhere in between (Katie Cassidy
& Ashlee Simpson-Wentz
The "Melrose Place" reboot will also feature some things stolen directly from 90210
: staff writer Caprice Crane and actress Jessica Lucas. Viewers who already tune into "90210" may find the seamlessly transfer to a courtyard apartment complex without even realizing one show ended and a new one began. Sure, it's mindless entertainment, but sometimes after a long day at work, you need that kind of fictional drama to help you forget (or feel better about) your the real kind.
NBC is attempting to keep their stronghold on Thursday night comedies even after deciding not to renew My Name Is Earl
. Picking up on the popularity of clip show host Joel McHale
, NBC has given the green light to "Community," a half-hour about a lawyer who is forced to go back and obtain his degree all over again...as part of a misfit community college. It's like Glee
without all of the singing (though we don't think there's anything wrong with singing - in fact "Glee" is on the Must Watch list, too - see below)! McHale's charm, combined with Chevy Chase
's (what??) years of comic experience make this slightly ludicrous premise much more than just a high concept flash in the pan.
CBS may have bombed with their attempt at a musical series, Viva Laughlin
, but Fox may have hit the nail on the head by playing to the younger crowd (without falling into the High School Musical
sinkhole). "Glee" is their musical comedy series, previewed on May 19, that follows a high school glee club made up of everyone from an uber-over-achiever to a jock who decided to follow his "true self" (hmm, okay, so maybe there's a little HSM in there!). The adorable Matthew Morrison is the faculty advisor, Jessalyn Gilsig
is his high-strung wife, and the incomparable Jane Lynch
is the cheerleading coach hell-bent on "bringing down" the glee club.
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