“Scandal” is the New “24” and Will “Doctor Who” Reveal the “Name of The Doctor”?



The CW’s fall schedule is interesting to say the least. Supernatural is moving to Tuesday, following The Originals. Historical soap Reign gets the prime post-Vampire Diaries slot while The Carrie Diaries gets exiled to Fridays.

Meanwhile, Warehouse 13 isn’t the only show to get the cancellation/renewal notice. Nikita will also get a final, six-episode season. And now I have “For Now” from Avenue Q stuck in my head.

Tomorrow PeopleThe Tomorrow People, one of  The CW’s many sci-fi series this fall.

That gets io9 to ask, “How did the CW become THE go-to network for fantastical television?” Sure, its the child of the network that gave us Charmed and the network that debuted with Star Trek: Voyager (who eventually took turns airing Buffy and Rosewell) but it always had a mix of genres. Not only will the upcoming season feature more sci-fi and horror shows than any other network, it has only two soapy dramas (Heart of Dixie and The Carrie Diaries) left on the schedule.

The CW is still working on adapting Wonder Woman to the small screen, but I’m starting to see the warning signs. First, the project has lost writer Allan Heinberg (who created Hulkling and Wiccan for Marvel), which gave me some confidence. More worrisome for me is that CW boss Mark Pedowitz referred to Wonder Woman as, “the trickiest of DC characters to get done.” In my experience, when somebody finds Wonder Woman a challenging character, the end result isn’t good.Scandal, "White Hat's Back On"

Plus, there’s all that torture.

With its combination of hyper pacing, over-the-top plot twists and huge stakes, Vulture‘s Matt Zoller Seitz declares Scandal the second coming of 24. In the best possible way, of course.

I’m not sure how to feel about the revived All My Children and One Life to Live getting cut back to two episodes a week. Generally, that kind of thing is really bad news, but Prospect Park’s explanation makes sense. They say that most viewers don’t watch a broadcast soap every day, but when people try to watch the new OLTL and AMC, they watch every episode and fall behind.

One Life to LiveDon’t tell me it’s already time to get the “Save OLTL!” signs out of storage.

In order to promote the debut of repeats of Modern Family on USA, the cable channel has produced a promo where Phil imagines what life were like if he were on a cable show. Deadline has the video, which is worth watching for Cam‘s R-rated scene. I demand a spin-off.

Meanwhile, USA ordered two companion series for those Modern Family reruns. One is the Danni Leary-produced remake of the Britcom Sirens. The other,Playing House, comes from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, the duo who co-created and stared in the short-lived Best Friends Forever. (You’re most likely to remember it as the show Adam Pally joined when he didn’t expect Happy Endings to get a second season.) Unfortunately, there’s been no news about Happy Endings.

SirensI’ll be checking out the Sirens pilot for the Michael Mosley.

EW breaks the news that Shakira, Usher and Cee Lo Green have all signed agreements to stay with The Voice. Green will continue to appear in the fall edition while Shakira and Usher will judge the spring edition. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will participate in both seasons, ensuring their bromance dominates the show.

Friday’s Listings

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Vanessa Williams is on today’s show.

Nikita, "Til Dead Do Us Part"

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
If its the season finale, it must be time for Nikita to try to stop Amanda. That’s not going to be easy, though with Amanda having taking the preemptive strike of neutering The Division’s power.

Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
The search for the Book of Leaves leads Leonardo to meet Vlad Dracula. Leonardo Da Vinci, Vlad Dracula. ‘Nuff said.

Da Vinci's Demons, "The Demon"

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Judd Hirsch shows up this week as Marc‘s estranged dad who returns to his son’s life with a get-rich-quick scheme. Is this a George & Leo tribute? I wouldn’t mind if it were.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Next week is the finale (or half of it), which means it’s time for love to put Camelot in danger. (Such is the nature of Camelot.) However, it’s an old flame of Mordred who will help bring us to the end.

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