Monday, August 25, 2008

TV in 3-D

For the third year in a row, this September the New York TV Festival will be bringing New York City sneak premieres of some of this fall's hottest shows. I've attended the festival since the very beginning, and got to see the pilots of some of the shows I was most curious about -- followed by Q&A panels with writers and cast which were fun and fascinating.

Unfortunately, most of those shows -- among them, NBC's Kidnapped, Fox's New Amsterdam, ABC's Knights of Prosperity -- quickly came and went. (And it's a shame, because they were all good, too!) If you're a fan of TV and will be in the New York area in mid-September, check out the festival here:

The premiere schedule this year (most screenings are followed by writer/cast Q&A panels) is as follows:

  • Friday 9/12: ABC's Life on Mars -- highly anticipated, with a built in fan base of the British version. (On-air debut date: Thursday, 10/9 at 10 PM Eastern)

  • Saturday, 9/13: FOX's Fringe -- a pilot I've already seen. It was somewhat silly, but fun! (On air debut will already have happened: Tuesday 9/9 at 8 PM Eastern).

  • Sunday, 9/14: CBS' Worst Week -- probably the best new comedy this season. (On-air debut date: Monday, 9/22 at 9:30 PM Eastern)

  • Sunday, 9/14: CW's Easy Money -- this one will be interesting, because it's among the first crop of shows produced by CW's "subcontractor," Media Rights Capital. (On-air debut date: Sunday, 9/21 at 9 PM Eastern)

  • Monday, 9/15: 2nd season sneak peek at NBC's Life (Season 2 premiere date: Monday, 9/29 at 10 PM Eastern)

  • Wednesday, 9/17: HBO's animated The Life and Times of Tim. (On-air debut date: Sunday, 9/28 at 11 PM Eastern)

Tickets for each screening are free, but may be limited, so check the web site for more info ASAP.

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