Everwood / Veronica Mars
Two shows that have tickled your fancy more than most this year are the wholesome US drama Everwood and the clever mystery series Veronica Mars.
Both are shown on Living TV and both have left you yearning to see the respective new seasons. As of yet there is no definitive word on Everwood season three - I'm told Living haven't yet bought it but I'm convinced they will. I'd put bets on Spring/Easter time. As for Veronica Mars, season two is likely to air from June or July but in the meantime, you can catch the first again from January 8.
The one question I'm asked more often than not is when a certain season of a particular US series premieres on this side of the pond. The answer is almost always January or February time; the reason being that most shows premiere in the US in September or October but run through the following May. The show will typically "go on pre-emption" (be replaced by repeats) multiple times during that period. This practice is not observed in the UK so, in order to air the season without breaks, we wait a few months to premiere it.
Naturally there are some exceptions to this: often channels will want to spread their acquired shows out across the year (for example, Channel 4 airs Lost on rotation with Desperate Housewives, resulting in an unholy delay of almost a year for the former).
Over the past few months on Tube Talk I've been gradually unveiling these UK premiere dates. On request, here's a consolidated list of all shows starting in January and February:
|Show name||Season||Date / Time||Channel|
|24||5||Sun, Feb 20 @ 9pm||Sky One|
|American Idol||5||Fri, Jan 20 @ 8.30pm||ITV2|
|America's Next Top Model||5||Mon, Jan 16 @ 9pm||Living TV|
|Battlestar Galactica||2||Thu, Jan 10 @ 9pm||Sky One|
|Chapelle's Show||2||Thu, Jan 24 @ 10pm||FX|
|Charmed||8||Thu, Jan 5 @ 8pm|
|CSI||6||Tue, Jan 31 @ 9pm||Five|
|CSI: New York||2||Sat, Feb 4 @ 10pm||Five|
|Desperate Housewives||2||Wed, Jan 18 @ 10pm||Channel 4|
|ER||12||Thu, Jan 5 @ 9pm||E4|
|House||2||Thu, Jan 19 @ 10pm||Five|
|Malcolm in the Middle||7||Sun, Jan 8 @ 7pm||Sky One|
|Rescue Me||2||Sun, Feb 26 @ 10pm||Sky One|
|Smallville||5||Mon, Jan 9 @ 9pm||E4|
|The O.C.||3||Tue, Jan 10 @ 9pm||E4|
|The O.C.||3||Sun, Jan 15 @ 1.50pm||Channel 4|
|The Wire||3||Tue, Jan 17 @ 9pm||FX|
|Third Watch||2||Wed, Feb 1 @ 7pm||FX|
New for 2006
Also in the new year, we usually get the first taste of the new shows to have begun in the US. These year has seen the revival of sci-fi and drama, largely thanks to the successes of Lost and Desperate Housewives last season.
Here's a guide of what to look out for in the coming weeks:
Supernatural (airs on ITV2 from January)
Two brothers travel the US in search of their missing father, battling numerous evil spirits along the way. One of the best new shows of the season, not to be missed.
The Comeback (airs on Living TV from Thu, Jan 5 at 9.30pm)
Starring Friends actress Lisa Kudrow, this already-axed sitcom follows Kudrow's character as she ironically attempts to revive her sitcom career.
Bones (airs on Sky One from Thu, Jan 12 at 10pm)
Follows a forensic anthropologist who aids murder investigations by deducing facts from the bones of the unfortunate victims. David Boreanaz (Angel) stars.
My Name Is Earl (airs on Channel 4 from Fri, Jan 6 at 10pm)
Comedy about a loser who, having been knocked down by a car, has an epiphany and decides to change his ways.
Surface (airs on ITV2 from Mon, Jan 9 at 9pm)
Sci-fi drama about a wave of mysterious creatures that begin to emerge from the sea.
Invasion (airs on Channel 4 from Sun, Jan 8 at 8.30pm)
One of the few sci-fi series to do well this season, this show tackles the much-mooted theory that intelligent life already exists amongst us on earth. As with Surface, it's probably worth giving the first few episodes a go before making your mind up.
Prison Break (airs on Five from January)
The most addictive show of the season, Prison Break follows one man as he deliberately gets himself incarcerated in order to break out his deathrow brother, who has been framed as part of a government conspiracy.
That concludes this edition of Tube Talk and indeed, for 2005. It's business as usual again from next Saturday, January 7: check back then for an all-new instalment!