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Paley Center Premiere Week 2008; Which Series Are You Dying to See... Or Can't Wait to Be Canned?

Once again, the Paley Center for Media is offering a week-long series of screenings of new and returning series this year. The premiere episode screening series, kicking off in Los Angeles on September 5th (and in New York on September 4th), will feature network-oriented screening nights and small panel discussions.

The schedule for the Beverly Hills-based location of the Paley Center is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 5th: Fringe, Do Not Disturb (FOX)
Saturday, Sept. 6th: Privileged, 90210 (CW)
Monday, Sept. 8th: My Own Worst Enemy, Kath & Kim, Crusoe, Knight Rider (NBC)
Tuesday, Sept. 9th: Gary Unmarried, The Ex List, Worst Week, The Mentalist (CBS)
Wednesday, Sept. 10th: Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Eli Stone, Life on Mars preview (ABC)

While I've already seen nearly all of those above (though I'd be kidding if I said I wasn't salivating over the Pushing Daisies premiere), I probably won't be rushing to the Paley more than once for what promises to be a SRO event (though the CW's 90210 will have already aired by then so it might be a little less crazy).

Which leads me to my question: which of the above new and returning series are you most anxious to see? Who is already hotly anticipating FOX's Fringe? Who is curious to see Christian Slater in NBC's My Own Worst Enemy? And which of these new series do you think will be canceled by Christmas? Discuss.


Anonymous said…
Fringe is at the top of my list along with the new season of Pushing Daisies. I have to admit that I'm curious about seeing Christian Slater in My Own Worst Enemy but can't say that my expectations are too high.
I hope Life on Mars disappears quickly. I know they've recast several parts but the pilot I saw was pretty bad. And, even if it was pretty good, nothing can compare to the original UK version.
joy said…
I go to this every year, and every year, I'm both surprised...and not surprised by some of the shows.

And, the odd thing is, that after I've seen them and as new shows begin, I start to get confused. To wit, one day last fall, I was walking down the street, and saw a film production notice for Cashmere Mafia. And in my head I wondered, wasn't that already canceled? It hadn't even aired yet.

I honestly don't know how you reviewers function with your reviewer copies. :-)

Anyway, can't wait to see:
- (the revamped) Fringe
- (the not-screening in advance, so it might be scary) 90210
- (the I'm getting Simon Baker's show confused with Rufus Sewell's show) The Mentalist
- (the no way it will be good and therefore cancelled before Thanksgiving) Life on Mars

I don't want to predict any other cancellations, because I'm afraid of jinxing Pacey, I mean Joshua Jackson.
Anonymous said…
90210 premieres on Sept. 2nd, so the cat will be out of the bag before the Paley screening.
Anonymous said…
Um yeah. That's why Jace said "90210 will have already aired by then so it might be a little less crazy".

I can't wait to see Fringe and I kinda want to see the Mentalist even though I hear its not very good.
Page48 said…
"Fringe" and MOWE are the only 2 of the above that I will be watching.

"Fringe" has some work to do to become a hit. The leaked pilot came up short of being the "thriller" I was promised. These guys need to reach into their "Alias" backpacks and whip out some of that Bristow magic. An adrenaline spike here and there wouldn't go amiss in a show like this. I want to use the edge of my seat when I'm watching "Fringe", not the back of my seat. I remain very hopeful, though, and this is the only way I'll ever get to hang out with Anna Torv, so I'm in.

As for MOWE, we desperately need a spy show ("Chuck", although cute, does not qualify), so I'll be checking it out with an open mind, but I haven't heard much about it.

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