Tele-Tuesday: The Hot New Thing – Midseason Replacements

If we’ve learned anything year after year, we’ve learned that as time passes, people change.   We’ve also learned to adapt to other changes as well, like the revolving door of television programs.

The networks update their television schedules drastically over the course of a year, sometimes in just a matter of months.  We have fall premieres, winter premieres, summer premieres, and now we have this new set of TV programs called midseason replacements.

Does a “midseason replacement” mean that the veteran show it is replacing midseason has actually been cancelled?  Not necessarily…

It seems the terminology “midseason replacement” is simply the networks’ way of testing the market for a new pilot series, instead of rushing the cancellation of current programs airing today to only regret it later.  We live in a marketing based world – why not order a few episodes of a new show to air in April in order to test the waters in a popular timeslot before announcing the plans for the next season in May?

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Bent

Bent follows recently divorced attorney, Alex (Amanda Peet, Saving Silverman), as she tries to pick up the ”bent” pieces of her life post-divorce.  With sole-custody of her daughter, Alex buys a small home that is in need of renovations.  She hires Pete (David Walton, Perfect Couples), a contractor who is also trying to pick up the pieces of his “bent” life (recovering gambling addict) as well.

Alex and Pete are nothing alike — Alex is a responsible person with a no-nonsense personality, while Pete flies by the seat of his pants.  We can definitely smell the romance brewing between these two and the sitcom hasn’t even premiered yet.

The new comedy also stars: Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as Pete’s father; Margo Harshman (Sorority Row) as Alex’s sister; and Joey King (Ramona & Beezus) as Alex’s daughter.

Bent premieres Wednesday, March 21st on NBC.

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Best Friends Forever

Created by and starring Lennon Parham (as Lennon White, from Accidentally on Purpose) and Jessica St. Clair (as Jessica Black, from Bridesmaids), Best Friends Forever follows two lifelong friends after one of them (Jessica) is served divorce papers.  After the news that her marriage is over, Jessica decides to leave California and return to New York where she moves in with Lennon in the old apartment the two previously shared.

The two women pick up right where they left off, which isn’t helping Lennon’s boyfriend (Joe Foley, played by comedian Luka Jones) feel at home in the apartment where he lives too.  In addition to Lennon’s potential relationship troubles, Jessica reconnects with an old friend (Rav Stark, played by Stephen Schneider) who might just have a flame still burning for her, making her new single life more complicated that she originally bargained for.

It appears the sitcom is just as much about the women’s friendship as it is their romantic lives’ ups and downs…

 Best Friends Forever, premieres Wednesday, April 4th on NBC.

*****

Scandal

Scandal stars Kerry Washington (from the Fantastic Four movies) as Olivia Pope, a former White House communications director who is now operating her very own private crisis management firm.  She hires an apparently qualified staff; a staff that successfully fixes the firm’s client’s problems, but also brings their own issues to the table: Stephen (Henry Ian Cusick, Lost); Harrison (Columbus Short, The Losers); Hack (Guillermo Diaz, Weeds); Abby (Darby Stanchfield, Jericho); and Quinn (Katie Lowes, Easy Money).

Scandal also stars Tony Goldwyn (Ghost) as Fitzgerald Grant, President of the United States, and Jeff Perry (My So Called Life) as Cyrus Beene, the President’s Chief of Staff.  ** It is rumored that the new drama is loosely inspired by the actual life of President George H. W. Bush’s former press aide…**

Looks scandalous to me...

Will Olivia succeed in starting her new life?  Or will the secrets she has worked so diligently to hide in her past resurface?  Will her staff help her, or will they hold her back?

Scandal premieres Thursday, April 5th on ABC.

*****

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 tells the story of two unlikely roommates surviving in New York City…

Roommate #1: June (played by Dreama Walker, Seven Deadly Sins) hails from the Midwest, yet uproots her life for her ideal job in corporate America.  Only when she arrives in The Big Apple, she discovers her position has been eliminated, so she does what everyone does at least once in their lifetime – she becomes a barista.

Roommate #2: Chloe (played by Krysten Ritter, Breaking Bad) is a partying socialite who has been accused on more than one occasion of being a con artist, and she is constantly hanging out with her best friend (James Van Der Beek as James Van Der Beek).

Will June survive NYC?  Will she heed everyone’s warning to not trust the “B” in Apt. 23? Will James Van Der Beek playing a fictionalized version of himself be enough to keep this new comedy alive?

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 premieres Wednesday, April 11th on ABC.

*****

NYC 22

And of course the midseason replacements would not be complete without a police procedural…

Not to be confused with ABC’s Rookie Blue, NYC 22 follows six NYPD rookies as they adjust to their new life on patrol.  The group consists of: Jennifer “White House” Perry (LeeLee Sobieski, Joan of Arc), a former marine; Ray “Lazarus” Harper (Adam Goldberg, Dazed and Confused), an older rookie than the others with a previous career in police news reporting; Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte, Raising Victor Vargas), who has a few criminals in her family’s past; Ahmad Kahn (Tom Reed), a former Afghani native; Kenny McClaren (Stark Sands, Generation Kill), who falls in line as a 4th generation cop; and Jayson “Jackpot” Toney (Harold House Moore, Necessary Roughness), a former basketball star who should have seen success in the NBA.

Clearly, the six rookies form a much diversified group with extremely different backgrounds, who now share the same goal — protect the streets of New York City.

The drama also stars Terry Kinney (Oz) as Field Training Officer, Daniel “Yoda” Dean, and Felix Solis (The Good Wife) as Sergeant Terry Howard.  Doesn’t everyone just love the nicknames?

NYC 22 premieres Sunday, April 15th on CBS.

*****

What do you think?  Do you plan to watch any of these new programs?  Which show has the most promise and why?  The least?  I’d love to hear from you!

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20 Responses to Tele-Tuesday: The Hot New Thing – Midseason Replacements

  1. Thanks, Tiffany. You’ve given me three new programs to try (the 1st three).

  2. tomwisk says:

    Too much!! What are the networks trying to do, completely drive the viewers to the History and Biography networks. Those shows sound like a bunch of drugged out partiers got locked in a room and told they’d get out when they filled empty slots for summer. I remember when a show ran from mid-September to mid- May. And they were entertaining. This dreck should be scrapped and a test pattern showing Netwon Minnow should be run. If you don’t know Newton Minnow Google him.

    • Tom, you crack me up! But I can’t say that I disagree. Newton Minow’s “Wasteland” speech is very applicable here. If I can watch a TV show without picking up something else (a book, my phone, etc), I know the program is great…sadly, that doesn’t happen very often anymore.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. None of these sound interesting enough for me to add anything to my TV watching. In fact, I’m looking forward to the break of not having so many shows to watch. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to have to cut down on TV if I’m going to be serious about my writing. Having a full time job and trying to write at night leaves little room for TV. And I’ve been watching instead of writing. But I bet you know which couple of shows I’ll return to season after season if they keep airing! 😉

    • You may not believe me, but I too look forward to the time when I don’t have so many TV shows to watch. Really, I do….like the summer months. I’m going to give a few of these a try, but they may not stay on my DVR queue very long if they don’t “WOW” me. My TV watching time is limited (you probably don’t believe that either, hahahaha), but I don’t turn the set on until around 7pm at night. I record so much, that I have a ton of shows to cram in before bed. Of course, I rarely work (write) on the weekends….so there’s that time. Heehee.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauralynn!

  4. Julie Glover says:

    It looks like Scandal has the most promise of catching on. There isn’t much else original here. But maybe it’s in the script and characterization. I’m sticking with my full queue of current shows, though.

  5. Looking forward to seeing Bent, as I’m a huge fan of Amanda Peet and Don’t Trust the B…cuz I love Krysten Ritter and her snarky characters! Not sure about the rest though. Thanks, as usual, for the heads up!

    • Hey, Claudia! I really like Amanda Peet too, so I’ve set Bent to record tonight. I loved her in Whipped and have seen pretty much everything else she has done since.

      Oh, and did you see our Bones was moved to Monday nights in April? I can’t wait!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I need to stop reading your posts. There are only so many hours available on my DVR. Bent looks good, but I haven’t watched comedies in a long time. They’re always on too early. Scandal looks like it might be interesting. I haven’t even heard of NYC22 and you know how I like my cop shows. 🙂

    • Please don’t stop reading, Shannyn… I love having you here. 🙂 I’ll try to not introduce too many more shows this season….besides the two I already plan to blog about in a few weeks. Hahaha.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Whoa, so many mid-season replacements. I had no idea, but that’s why we love you. You’re here to fill us in on all the good stuff we might’ve missed! Thanks, Tiffany.

  8. Stacy Green says:

    I’m kind of like Lauralynn. None of them really grab me, and I’ve got too much stuff to watch/read anyway. Thanks for keeping us updated!

  9. I’m so out of the TV loop, I haven’t even heard of any of these! Scandel sounds intriguing, though. If I catch it, I’ll let you know what I think. Always fun to find a new show to look forward to. Thanks, Tiffany!

    • Thanks, August! I think Scandal may just be the most promising out of this list….I know I plan to watch. If you do too, I’d love to know your thoughts!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. The first three sound like they’d be worth at least testing out, but I’ll probably have to narrow it down to just one. Thanks for the overview 🙂

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