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And On We Go: "Blade Runner," "National Treasure," "The Wire," Another Fox Schedule

By admin Published: January 2, 2008

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Fox has made another scheduling announcement. At this point, I am so confused by their changes -- which includes an invasion of Thursdays by "American Idol" -- that I'm just going to add the raw feed after the jump.

Also after the jump, a few notes about "National Treasure 2," the latest revision of "Blade Runner" and "The Wire." If you're looking for my comments about tonight's return of "Law & Order," there's a previous post about that. And I expect to write about the return of the late-night hosts after I watch them tonight.

And so to the jump ...

My attempt to catch up on Major Motion Pictures continued on New Year's Eve when the bride and I saw "National Treasure: Book of Secrets." It was a 6:40 p.m. showing -- or, more precisely, a 7:02 p.m. showing preceded by 20 minutes of trailers for other movies and a Goofy cartoon. Still, it was a pretty good crowd for a celebratory night, and indicated that the movie's box office power remains strong. (According to Box Office Mojo it has taken in more than $143 million as of Jan. 1.)

I thought the first "National Treasure" was reasonably amusing, though hardly my favorite movie, especially in the way it blended action with history. There's more of the same in the second film, only it didn't satisfy nearly as much. In fact, it seemed slow overall and the big cave journey that capped the movie went on forever. Fun to see Helen Mirren, of course, and she played nicely with Jon Voight, but the movie overall was a disappointment.

Not at all disappointed by "Blade Runner," now on DVD in a newly re-edited version from director Ridley Scott. Any changes from the earlier director's cut seemed fairly minor (although I haven't done a close comparison) but it still works. And the spruced-up version looked fabulous. (Gear note: I watched the standard DVD through an HD DVD player, on an HD set.) The details of the nightmarish landscape were more visible, the lighting sharper, the whole thing still powerful and influential. Younger Son, who had not seen it before, immediately sensed a similarity to "A.I.," for instance.

Now, I've been in love with "Blade Runner" since BEFORE the first time I saw it. A trailer using the Ink Spots' "If I Didn't Care" (which did not make it into the final movie) got my attention in a theater some 25 years ago. And I liked the original theatrical version, even with the since-dropped voiceover and attempted happy ending, and I liked it even more when those things were taken out. So I'm hardly an unbiased observer of the latest cut. But I still felt exhilarated by it.

And thrilled as well by the new season of "The Wire." I want to do a longer post about it once I have gotten a couple of more episodes in. But the two I have seen are as rich and uncompromising as the show has ever been. Since the new season deals partly with the role of the news media, I was wondering if the show could treat that subject as well as it does some others. And then there was a scene in the second episode, a character-illuminating but not plot-heavy bit, where I was muttering, "Been there." I'll explain later. For now, note that the series returns at 9 p.m. Sunday, or you can go ahead and see it now on HBO On Demand.

Well, you can if your HBO On Demand works. I've spent too much time watching the little spinning thing leading into a note explaining that it can't access what I want.

Now here's the Fox stuff:

New drama series NEW AMSTERDAM and CANTERBURY’S LAW will air Mondays on FOX. NEW AMSTERDAM debuts Monday, March 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) with special previews of the first two episodes airing Tuesday, March 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, March 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), respectively, on FOX. CANTERBURY’S LAW starts making its case Monday, April 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). And new comedy THE RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES will premiere Friday, March 14 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) following a sneak preview airing after AMERICAN IDOL on Wednesday, March 12 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).

All-new episodes of BACK TO YOU will air Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Wednesday, Feb. 27 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) following extended 90-minute AMERICAN IDOL episodes. On Wednesday, March 19 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), BACK TO YOU makes its time period premiere, then returns one week later on Tuesday, March 25 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) with an all-new episode following a new extended AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). ‘TIL DEATH also kicks off all-new episodes when it makes its time period premiere Friday, March 14 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).

In addition, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? will air an original episode after AMERICAN IDOL on Thursday, Feb. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). HOUSE will now encore on Mondays at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT beginning March 10 and encore episodes of BONES move to 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT – the show’s time period premiere – on Friday, March 14.

Due to the STATE OF THE UNION address on Monday, Jan. 28, PRISON BREAK will now have its season finale Monday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), and TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES will end its season with an explosive two-hour finale Monday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Additionally, NEW AMSTERDAM will air its last episodes of the season during a two-hour finale Monday, April 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

[Editor’s Note: The previously announced WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD (wt) will premiere at a later date.]

RECAP – FOX WINTER/SPRING SCHEDULE

(All times ET/PT except as noted)

MONDAY

Monday, Feb. 18:
8:00-9:00 PM PRISON BREAK (Season Finale)
9:00-10:00 PM TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES

Monday, Feb. 25:
8:00-9:00 PM THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
9:00-10:00 PM TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES

Monday, March 3:
8:00-10:00 PM TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (Two-Hour Season Finale)

Mondays, beginning March 10:
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM NEW AMSTERDAM (Series Premiere)

Monday, April 7:
8:00-10:00 PM NEW AMSTERDAM (Two-Hour Season Finale)

Mondays, beginning April 14:
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM CANTERBURY’S LAW (Series Premiere)

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TUESDAY

Tuesday, Feb. 26 & March 25:
8:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:30-10:00 PM BACK TO YOU

Tuesday, March 4:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM NEW AMSTERDAM (Series Preview)

Tuesday, March 11 & 18:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL

Tuesdays, beginning April 1:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Feb. 27:
8:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:30-10:00 PM BACK TO YOU

Wednesday, March 12:
8:00-9:00 PM THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
9:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES (Series Preview)

Wednesdays, beginning March 19:
8:00-9:00 PM THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
9:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:30-10:00 PM BACK TO YOU (Time Period Premiere)

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THURSDAY

Thursday, Feb. 21:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?

Thursday, Feb. 28:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!

Thursday, March 6:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM NEW AMSTERDAM (Series Preview)

Thursdays, beginning March 13:
8:00-9:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?
9:00-10:00 PM DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS!

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FRIDAY

Fridays, Feb. 22, 29 & March 7:

8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE

Fridays, beginning March 14:
8:00-8:30 PM ‘TIL DEATH (Time Period Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM THE RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES
(Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM BONES (Time Period Premiere)
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SATURDAY (AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, NO CHANGES)
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SUNDAY (AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, NO CHANGES)

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