Sunday, July 6, 2008

Summer '08 TV Premieres

I'm assuming it's because of the writers' strike, but the number of TV premieres this summer is comparable to what you'd see in the Fall. I can't wait! LOL.

There are the usual summer shows coming, like "Psych," "Monk," "Degrassi: The Next Generation," etc... However, there's also a new season of "Project Runway" and "Run's House."

Among the returning favorites, there are the new versions of old series. Two of note: "90210" and "Gong Show."

Last fall, "Knight Rider" and "Bionic Woman" were on the schedule.

What's up with all the remakes of old series? Are networks hoping nostalgic viewers will tune in? Are they hoping that using the name of a once-successful series will help trick old fans into thinking it's the same show? Maybe network execs are just tapped out of ideas and looking through old files for show ideas.

I don't know the reason for the resurrections, but only time -- and viewers -- will tell if they're successful, but if history is any indication, they won't be.

When "Fantasy Island" returned, the ratings were low, and the same goes for last season's "Knight Rider," which won't be returning.

So, you'd think networks would stop trying to use old series' names for new programs, but they keep trying.

What do you think? Will it work? Does it attract viewers who fondly remember the original series? Will you tune in?

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