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Fall premieres will pick up speed

By: ANDREW WINEKE, TV Talk
August 22, 2006
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The fall television season sputtered to life Monday night, with Fox getting in the first punches with premieres of “Prison Break” and the newcomer “Vanished.” Don’t worry, things will get better.
Fox always likes to get its shows off and running before the Major League Baseball playoffs clog up its prime-time schedule. Next week, Fox gives us “Celebrity Duets” at 8 p.m. Aug. 29, the season premiere of “Bones” at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 and the series premiere of “Justice” at 8 p.m. Aug. 30. Here at Gazette television headquarters, however, we’re holding off on our big fall TV preview until Sept. 2 — a little closer to the premiere dates of the other four television networks. So circle the date on your calendar now and remember to clip ’n save so you don’t miss a minute. But seeing as how the ball is already officially rolling, let me put this bug in your ear now: This fall’s TV season is going to be great, outstanding, phenomenal, super, terrific . . . pick your own superlative. Admittedly, the fall season is starting slowly. “Vanished” is a mess that hopefully will end up on the television trash heap in a month or so. And I make no great promises for “Justice” next week, either. But after that, things just keep getting better and better with some of the strongest TV performances in years. Check out Ron Livingston in “Standoff” (Sept. 5, Fox), Brad Garrett in “’Til Death” (Sept. 7, Fox), Ray Liotta in “Smith” (Sept. 19, CBS), James Woods in “Shark” (Sept. 21, CBS), just about everybody in “Friday Night Lights” (Oct. 3, NBC) and so on and so forth all the way up to the fall’s final premiere and last-but-not-least noteworthy performance, Taye Diggs in ABC’s “Day Break” three months from now on Nov. 15. I know our TV schedules already are brimming with must-sees including “Lost,” “CSI” and “The Office,” but do yourself a favor and free up a few hours to sample the newcomers. In addition to the fall preview on Sept. 2, I’ll be doing reviews of some of the best shows on the TV page, and maybe pointing out a few to avoid, too. So warm up the easy chair and keep that TV tray handy. It’s going to be an exciting ride. MyKKTV coming Sept. 5 KKTV/Channel 11 previewed its new digital subchannel, MyKKTV last week, announcing the program lineup, a cable-channel assignment and more details of what the heck a “subchannel” is. When it launches Sept. 5, MyKKTV will carry original programs from the MyNetworkTV network, syndicated programs like “Geraldo at Large” and “Oprah,” and half-hour local news programs at 6:30 and 9 p.m. The new channel will be available on Comcast (formerly Adelphia) digital cable channel 725. It’s also available on rabbit ears to TVs capable of receiving digital signals — mostly high-definition TVs, where MyKKTV will be squeezed in at 11.2 next to the regular KKTV signal at 11.1. Viewers with HDTVs will be able to see MyNetworkTV’s programs in high definition on the subchannel (although not on cable), while still receiving KKTV’s regular CBS programming in high definition on the main channel. KKTV also is hiring a news anchor and a meteorologist to work on the 6:30 and 9 p.m. newscasts. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0275 or andy.wineke@gazette.com Find daily updates on TV at springstvtalk.blogspot.com.
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