The announcements are just beginning for next season's new US schedule. NBC has gone first; with them still floundering, they're trying again to get things moving.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is gone -- which is a shame from my perspective at least. I really quite liked it, but I guess it just never caught on widely enough. Sorkin couldn't convince people that the TV industry was both important enough, or that the people were worthy enough, I guess.
Crossing Jordan is gone as well, though after a much longer run. I was never massively into it, but my wife won't be impressed, as she is quite a fan. And she'll hate them when she finds out the cliffhanger that will never be resolved ...
Least surprising of course is that Heroes is a huge success, and has been renewed. What can I say? It's a great show, well acted and written, refreshingly original, but then also excellently evocative of many great comicbook stories.
Other interesting movies includes news that comedies such as The Office and My Name is Earl will be getting 30 and 28 episodes respectively. An interesting tactic (partially due to the possible writer's strike coming up), but also just to do more with fewer comedies than ever before. I imagine that Seven will be happy to have more episodes of Earl to show, with it being practically the only new US sitcom to get a good audience in Australia for years.
Not that much interesting in the new shows, except maybe for Journeyman, which is going on after Heroes. Scottish actor Kevin McKidd (last seen as centurion Vorenus on HBO's Rome) stars as a reporter who finds himself being able to travel through time. Could be an interesting concept, could be too much like Quantum Leap (or good because it's like Quantum Leap).
Not sure about the rest of the new stuff -- really like to avoid self-conscious remakes like The Bionic Woman.
The Heroes semi-spinoff Heroes:Origins sounds interesting -- a series of self-contained character episodes that introduces new heroes then gives the (US) audience a chance to vote for who they want to see in the show. It's quite a good idea really, and there's never a shortage of hero types to choose from.