Monday, November 10, 2008

Things aren't always what they seem (we hope), says Fox

First off, I got the DVD screener for the 24 movie, Redemption. Jack is back indeed, as he tries to save some kids who are in the middle of a civil war in the fictional country of Sengala. Naturally, this is only part of the story. It happens just as a new president, played by Cherry Jones, is about to be sworn in. Throw in a possible conspiracy that involves people close to her, and an evil Jon Voight, and the new day will dawn.

Oh, and Jack is trying to avoid a subpoena to testify before Congress about how he did his old job. Trust me...this will definitely give 24 new life after being out of action for more than a year thanks to the writer's strike. If this new style works, maybe they can stick to it as long as their contract with Keifer Sutherland lasts.

Also, TV Week spoke to Preston Beckman, the head of Fox programming and, according to every single Whedonista in the world, the man who will cancel Dollhouse five minutes after it starts on February 13th. Why else would he put it on Fridays, where no TV show has ever succeeded since The X-Files?

Well, he has an explanation that actually sounds like he wants to make things better...

"If we put it (Dollhouse) on Monday and it didn't do well, we might have to yank it," he said. But because Fox's winter lineup should be solid on Saturday through Thursday nights, "We can afford to let these shows run their course. We can give them 12 or 13 weeks to find an audience."

To be fair, that's how long they gave Firefly, although they didn't like the pilot, and showed it last. If Beckman sticks to his word, then we'll gladly thank him. This idea wouldn't only benefit Dollhouse, but also Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles and its role in reviving it as a movie franchise. Even the Whedonesque posters are calmed least for now.

He hopes this will lead to Fox having four nights with popular shows by next fall. If, unlike previous years, Fox puts some faith, along with promotion, into new shows. we can all feel better.

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