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Network Updates

Well, the networks have their "upfronts" this week, where they lay out next season and let us know what's staying and what's going. Now, I'm only going to report on shows that I watch or have some sort of interest in. In the fall I'll report on all the new shows. 

For more complete details, click on the network to get TVSquad's full coverage.

ABC

Canceled:
Sons and Daughters
Invasion
Less Than Perfect
Commander In Chief
Alias
Crumbs
Emily's Reasons Why Not
Jake in Progress

Renewed:
What About Brian
Grey's Anatomy
Desperate Housewives
Lost
American Inventor

CBS

Canceled:
Courting Alex
Love Monkey
Out of Practice
Threshold

Renewed:
The New Adventures of Old Christine
How I Met Your Mother
Numb3rs

FOX

Canceled:
Malcolm in the Middle
That 70's Show
Arrested Development
Skating With Celebrities
Stacked
Free Ride

Renewed:
24
American Dad
Bones
Family Guy
The Loop
The O.C.
The Simpsons

NBC

Canceled:
Teachers No big surprise.
Surface Again, not a huge surprise. I thought it was only OK.
Conviction
Joey
Four Kings
(remaining episodes to be shown this summer)
Heist

Renewed:
Scrubs (But will start in the winter like this year)
Crossing Jordan
My Name Is Earl
The Office
Medium

CW

Canceled:
The Bedford Diaries
Everwood
(This one hurts…)
Modern Men
Pepper Dennis
Related
Twins
What I Like About You
Charmed

Renewed:
7th Heaven (ugh)
Gilmore Girls
Smallville (double ugh)
Supernatural
Veronica Mars
Everybody Hates Chris

Watched log for Sunday

Modern Men: Timmy, Can You Hear Me?

The Surreal Life: Action News (Part 2)

So NoTORIous: Street

Hogan Knows Best: Nick Gets the Bug

Pepper Dennis: Pilot

Supernatural: Faith, Home

Nova: The Great Robot Race

Monty Python's Personal Best: Eric Idle's Personal Best

The Simpsons: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore

Awesome. Patty and Selma kidnap Richard Dean Anderson and Homer is transferred to India.

Malcolm in the Middle: Stevie in the Hospital

Family Guy: Deep Throats

Free Ride: Who Let the Nate Dog Out

BBQ with Bobby Flay: Sizzling Seafood

The Boondocks: The Reality

Watched log for Saturday

Scrubs: My Chopped Liver

Free Ride: Amber Alert

Tenacious D: "The Fan", "Road Gig"

Overhaulin': NAPA Doublehaulin'

Numb3rs: Protest

So many new shows, so little time

Well, I'm rather behind on reviewing the newest shows, so in the interests of my laziness, I have a mini-review of Free Ride and just grades for the rest of the new shows I've watched.

Free Ride
(Sunday at 9:30 on FOX)

Nate (Josh Dean) has just graduated college in California and is heading home to Missouri. Dissatisfied with his degree’s career path, he thinks spending some time at home will help him find direction. Back home he runs into someone from high school, Amber (Erin Cahill) and is smitten but finds out she’s engaged. Luckily (or unluckily) he runs into Mark Dove (Dave Sheridan), someone who wishes he still was in high school, who makes it his personal mission to see that Nate parties hearty. Throw in his parents who are in therapy and didn’t expect him to return and make him live in the garage, and you have the makings of a quarter-life crisis.

This show, like Sons and Daughters, has some of the dialogue improvised, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is another matter altogether. For the most part though, it is pretty funny, with Dove providing most of the laughs.

Grade: B-

ABC

Sons and Daughters
(Tuesday at 9:00 and 9:30)

Partially improvised, Cameron and Sharon are funny, but the kids often steal the show.

Grade: B+

CBS

The Unit
(Tuesdays at 10:00)

Haven't watched yet… 3 (4?) episodes on the DVR waiting

Grade: INC

The New Adventures of Old Christine
(Monday at 9:30)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is very funny, unfortunately, most of the supporting cast does very little supporting.

Grade: B

NBC

Heist
(Wednesdays at 10:00)

Even though it's very Ocean's Eleven-ish, interesting nonetheless

Grade: B

Conviction
(Fridays at 10:00)

Not watched yet. May be canceled from favorites.

Grade: INC

Teachers
(Tuesdays at 9:30)

Stars Sarah Alexander (Coupling – Original BBC version), and a bunch of other people whom the only other I recognize is Kali Rocha (Halfreck; Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Seems OK for the one episode I've seen.

Grade: C+

WB

Modern Men
(Fridays at 9:30)

3 dudes with woman woes jointly seek the advice of a life coach. Blah.

Grade: D+

Watched log for Sunday

Monk: Mr. Monk and the Astronaut, Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist

What I Like About You: Finally

Series Finale.

Modern Men: The Breakup

Related: The Cape, The Move

The Surreal Life: Making the Video

Hogan Knows Best: Kids Get a Reality Check

Heist: Pilot

The Simpsons: Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife

Desperate Housewives: Could I Ever Leave You?

Malcolm in the Middle: Hal's Dentist

Family Guy: Sibling Rivalry

Free Ride: Procrastin-Nating

Watched log for Friday

South Park: The Return of Chef!

Everybody Hates Chris: Everbody Hates Funeral

Free Ride: Colon Blow to the Head

Watched log for Sunday

Hogan Knows Best: Brooke Breaks Away

Modern Men: Pilot

Monster Garage: Georgia H.S. Dragster

American Hot Rod: ’54 Corvette and ’55 Chevy Part 1

Related: Here’s A Balloon For You

The Simpsons: Bart Has Two Mommies

Grey’s Anatomy: Superstition

Free Ride: Up the Aunty

The Boondocks: The Passion of Ruckus