Friday Night Lights - NBC Premiere
Sure, if you have DirecTV you could have been watching the 3rd season of Friday Night Lights for months already thanks to a ground-breaking deal between the satellite TV company and NBC (which helped essentially prevent the series from cancellation). But then again, who exactly has DirecTV? This is why NBC's Winter Premiere of Friday Night Lights is one of my most eagerly awaited events of Midseason! One of the finest dramas on TV (ignoring an unfortunate murder subplot from Season 2), I have high hopes that more people have and will discover this gem so that perhaps this 3rd season will not be the show's last.
Between the two, I'm not going to lie, I am more excited for the 2nd season premiere of Damages. Damages is still new and fresh, whereas even the most diehard Nip/Tuck fan would have to admit that the show has started to show its age. The second season of Damages is sure to be as thrilling as the first, as we'll have the brand new angle of Ellen Parsons working to expose Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and talented cast additions including Marcia Gay Harden and Timothy Olyphant. And...though Nip/Tuck has been headed towards the increasingly ridiculous lately (how many patients have tried to murder Christian and/or Sean exactly?), the show remains more entertaining than most.
I've been missing Eric McCormack since the series finale of Will & Grace and though Thomas Cavanagh has had quite a run of guest appearances (including runs on Scrubs and Eli Stone), he hasn't headlined a show in a few years either (unless you count the short-lived Love Monkey). So...since both of these guys have great charisma, I couldn't be more excited to see the two of them teaming up and starring in new series Trust Me on TNT. Let's just hope that in the TV world there's enough room for two shows about ad executives, as I don't think Mad Men will be ceding its crown anytime soon!
Dollhouse on Fox
It's entirely possible that Dollhouse is doomed before it starts as it's created by Joss Whedon and airing on Fox. Did I mention it's been assigned the Friday night death slot? It's almost deja vu if you were ever a fan of a little show named Firefly (also Whedon-produced, mistreated by FOX and ultimately short-lived, though beloved by fans). Then again, lets not turn this into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dollhouse has yet to air, so it doesn't have to be a failure unless we make it one. The show stars familiar Whedon-ite Eliza Dushku (of Buffy and Angel) as Echo, a DNA-altered human (or Doll) given different personalities for new assignments which are erased upon completion. You know this sounds like fun...
It's hard to believe that the time has finally come; Battlestar Galactica will be concluding its 4th and final season beginning in less than 2 weeks. They've been teasing who that final Cylon would be for more time than I care to remember, and the countdown clock is now ticking. I imagine that this will be one of many mind-blowing reveals in this last batch of episodes. I know it hasn't aired yet, but something tells me that if done right, BSG could have one of the most thrilling series conclusions...ever.
What part of Midseason Mania is most exciting for you?