SideReel's Fall TV Preview - The CW - Featured

As the premieres of the new fall shows approach, we'll be giving you a peek at this fall's newbies and our opinions on each network's new shows all week!



Check out the FOX Fall Preview, the NBC Fall Preview, the ABC Fall Preview, the CBS Fall Preview and today, The CW's preview below! Best of all, 2 of The CW's new shows are premiering next week, so you won't have to wait long to check them out:


The Best:

Melrose Place (2009) - Premieres September 8th

I'm not going to lie. I got all huffy when The CW announced a Melrose Place reboot/remake and vowed that I wouldn't watch ("First 90210. Now Melrose Place? What is this? The '90s?"). But...after watching the previews for all 3 of The CW's new shows, I actually think that MP is looking like the best of the bunch. I'm liking the cast - Michael Rady, Katie Cassidy, Jessica Lucas (we'll ignore Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) and some faces from the original, not that anyone of this generation will be able to recognize them or care - and the clips suggest a more cohesive plot than the two shows listed below - starting off with a murder mystery! And if nothing else, Melrose Place promises to be a deliciously trashy companion piece to 90210. Hey, it worked in the '90s, right?


The Worst:

Vampire Diaries - Premieres September 10th

I'm not saying that I won't watch it (or that it won't become The CW's next massive hit), but I'm sorry, I just don't think that this show looks that good. The CW is cleverly capitalizing on the vampire craze and have constructed what basically appears to be Twilight: The TV Show. Yes, I know that Vampire Diaries was a book series before Twilight and contains a different plot: 2 brothers, one good and one evil, both love the same girl - The CW and fansites remind us of this fact regularly - but if you just watch the trailer for Vampire Diaries, I can't help but feeling like it's a desperate attempt to jump on a bandwagon (even if the books came first...). What's more, some of the trailers really are edited in such a way that they seem like blatant rip-offs of the original Twilight trailer. What's more, I do believe that the point will come where people have decided that pop culture has become oversaturated with vampires. You might not be there just yet, but give yourself a little more time...


The Wild Card:

The Beautiful Life - Premieres September 16th

Much like the current state of health of TBL actress Mischa Barton, this show is seeming like a big wild card. In theory I like the concept - and it's a great companion piece for America's Next Top Model...a show about models! I also like the casting; Sara Paxton is a cute and appealing lead, the guys (Ben Hollingsworth, Nico Tortorella, High School Musical's Corbin Bleu are all oh-so-pretty) and if Mischa Barton can stay out of rehab...you can't deny that she's perfectly cast here. My concern for this show is that its plot is underdeveloped. The previews aren't giving us much more than, "Models! Pretty!", complete with some scenes of everyone looking pretty, Paxton looking doe-eyed and Barton looking angry. Is there enough here for a whole show? Depends on what The CW does with it.


Saved for late fall/midseason:

Life UneXpected


Which of The CW's new shows will you be checking out? Not gonna lie, I'll probably be watching them all...

Check out the Fall 2009 TV Calendar here


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Sep 4, 2009 2:44PM EDT

I have to kind of disagree.
1. Melrose Place is just more of the same crap that you see all the time on tv shows. Just more drama like 90210. But of course I'm a little bias. You say the culture is over saturated with vampires, but look at this same type of show that gets played on countless of other networks
2. Your easy to down play the Vampire Diaries just because it remotely sounds like twilight and god forbid anything that rips twilight off. I'm not against twilight either, I've read the books.
The networks may be starting to get a little saturated with vampires, but at least they provide some excitement and wonderment. I think the show looks promising, If they can make it interesting enough where its not just another teenage drama show.

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Sep 4, 2009 3:34PM EDT

I'm definitely excited about these three new shows, but there are a few flaws.
Is it just me or does the Melrose Place trailer make it seem like we're going to have a whole lot of new characters to get to know all at once, shouldn't they ease us in gently and let us get to know each character before we meet the next instead of throwing us in at the deep end and making us play the guessing game about who's who?
Like you said there are WAY to many things about vampires out there at the moment because of Twilight's huge success but do the CW not understand that just taking any old vampire book series from book to screen isn't going to work, they need a good strong storyline to get the viewers to stay interested and how many vampire love stories with a good strong storyline can there be? But who knows, True Blood managed to pull it off flawlessly (admittedly True Blood looked better from the start) and maybe this will be even better, if anyone can pull it off the CW can.
The Beautiful Life probably has the best chance in my opinion. Although the trailer did seem like there isn't going to be a great plot, I think it's a great idea and am hoping the CW will find the writers who can keep the show going strong.
All that said I will definitely be watching all three when they air, who knows, maybe Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210 will be knocked off the CW top spots by these newbies, only time will tell!

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Sep 4, 2009 8:43PM EDT

I agree that the CW might be jumping the "vampire Bandwagon" as you said, but here's something a little shocking: Twilight series books on Accelerated Reader lists in schools. I mean, really? Did any of the books in the series win a Newberry award? Could they really be called educational? Or is everyone taken in? If the Anne Rice novels could be turned into a mini-series, I wouldn't complain. But then again, maybe Vampire Diaries is going to be like True Blood without the sex and nudity. The CW, either way, is trying to cash in on a wider target audience.

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Sep 5, 2009 7:04PM EDT

Im sorry, But I must defend the fact that they are sapping in on another vampire plot. I WOULD have been all up for it, but they went around it the wrong way with the vampire diaries. One- they did it at a very bad time when everyone would still be hung up on twilight. It just going to seem like a cheap knock off, Personaly I am A HUGE fan of L.J Smith, read all her books and loved everysingle one of them, Want to get sucked into a good book, read the book Nightworld, secret Vampire. I would have prefered to see nightworld_Instead of vampire diaries yet afraid to be hugely dissapointed. The characters withing the books look nothing like the characters set in this TV series. People who have read the books would know: With twilight they at least tried. Although because it IS L.J Smith, I will give this TV series a chance.
Also to point out, I watched melrose place when I was younger. And I am Still of this generation so don't be haste to shoot us down. And if you are of this generation, its worth looking back onto the old episodes, if you have yet to see them. Fingers crossed on Vampire Diares

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