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Fall TV schedule

May 14, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
This is the week when the TV networks release their fall schedules. This matters less to me than ever, since I end up watching shows I'm interested in online on or on Amazon or on the network website.

I had to work two Monday nights in a row and missed the finale of ABC's Castle and its lead up episode, for instance, but I finally got around to watching both of them on a few days later. It was pretty good, by the way. I'm glad "Castle" was renewed for another season.

Last night I again had to work and missed the finale for ABC's fairy tale drama "Once Upon a Time" but that wasn't a big deal either. All I have to do is log onto and watch it at my leisure. 'Once Upon a Time" will also be back in the fall.

I do pay some attention to what shows have been canceled and what new shows will be on in the fall, though, as well as to what ratings they've gotten. The ratings and the demos are a good score card that help me decide whether I want to invest any time in a show that's all too likely to be canceled. FOX canceled "Alcatraz," a show that I started watching late in its run this spring and caught up with on The show ended on a cliffhanger, with the main character flat-lining on the table in surgery. It mildly annoys me that I won't ever get to know what happens next. FOX has a bad habit of canceling other shows that I like, so it will pay for me to watch the ratings reports before I get too interested in any new show it might air.

NBC has a show called "The Revolution", an action series about what happens when the world goes back to a time when electricity doesn't work. It, like "Alcatraz", is produced by JJ Abrams. It sounds like it could be interesting, but it also sounds likely to be canceled within a few episodes. I might try it out but I'll be watching its ratings.

FOX also released its new fall schedule this morning. The only one I found mildly interesting is a show called "The Mob Doctor', about a young female doctor (Jordana Spiro) who is forced to treat mob henchmen off the books to pay off her loser brother's (Jesse Lee Soffer) gambling debt to the mob. Characters in the cast include a charismatic mob boss (William Forsythe) who just got out of prison, the godfather's handsome right hand man (James Carpinello), who just happens to be the doctor's ex-boyfriend, and the young doctor's NEW boyfriend, a blue-blooded doctor (Zach Gilford). Also in the cast are the doc's overly dramatic mom, played by Wendy Makkena. Can you guess where this is going? So can I, but I've always kind of liked soap operas. Of the cast I'm only familiar with Makkena, largely because she had a hilarious guest-starring role as a madam in a "CSI" episode a few years back and has been playing a recurring role on "NCIS" as a psychiatrist. She's funny and I would hope they cast her because the show will have some comedy and not all heavy drama. It's supposed to air at 7 p.m. Mondays right before "Bones", another show I like.

CBS has canceled some shows I never watch, including "CSI: Miami" and "Unforgettable" and added a show I might watch called "Elementary", which is a modern-day twist on Sherlock Holmes. That network and ABC will be announcing their official schedules sometime this week too.

I'll be keeping an eye out for all of them but probably watching online.


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