×

Happy New Year! Here’s to a fine ’09 full of good TV

UnitedstatesoftaraEmerging from my December blog hibernation, I’m much more inclined to look forward to what the small screen has in store for ’09 than reassessing ’08. Fortunately, my Variety colleague Stuart Levine was motivated to muse on his highs and lows for ’08 (posted after the jump).

There’s not a whole lot that I’ve penciled into my must-see sked for the first quarter. Of course, the Big Event is the Jan. 21 return of Lost for its high-five season (more on that later). The final two “Friday Night Lights” segs of the season (maybe forever) on DirecTV Jan. 7-14, will be three-hanky affairs, for sure, according to sources who have already screened them. And there’ll be more multicamera hijinks to enjoy from The Big Bang Theory ensemble, my fave comedy troupe on the tube these days, hands down.

As for new material, I was very impressed by what I saw on the four-episode screener of Showtime’s “The United States of Tara.” Toni Collette is amazing as a suburban mother and artist who grapples with three distinct personalities who also inhabit Tara’s corporeal being. The supporting cast is also strong, with John Corbett playing Tara’s husband in an understated way, and the always-engaging Rosemarie DeWitt as Tara’s sister. Brie Larson impresses as the older of Tara’s two teenage kids.

“Tara,” which as everyone knows was conceived by Steven Spielberg and birthed by Diablo Cody, bows Jan. 18.

More TV

  • Kim Kardashian WestFashion Group International's Night

    Kim Kardashian West 'Goes to War' on Mass Incarceration in Documentary Trailer (Watch)

    Kim Kardashian West is going to war on mass incarceration. Oxygen has released the trailer for her documentary “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project,” which sees the media personality declare that “there is a mass incarceration problem in the United States.” The two-hour documentary, premiering Sunday, April 5, captures Kardashian West as she explores the [...]

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of

    Harry and Meghan Will Give Up Royal Titles, Repay U.K. for House Renovation

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will lose their royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they step back as senior members of the United Kingdom’s royal family, according to a new statement from Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace. The couple will also repay U.K. taxpayers for renovating their Windsor home, known as Frogmore [...]

  • Grey's Anatomy deaths

    The Top 13 ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Deaths Ranked

    If there’s anyone that knows how to deliver a heart-wrenching death scene, it’s the team behind ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Created by Shonda Rhimes, the broadcast medical drama came out of the gate in 2005 with literal life and death stakes for its characters. Being set in a hospital meant that mortality was a constant theme [...]

  • Jeffrey Epstein

    'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' Docuseries Gets Greenlight at Lifetime

    Lifetime has officially ordered the four-hour documentary series “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.” The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The series was originally announced as in development last summer and is expected to air this summer on Lifetime. Hailing from Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Anne Sundberg [...]

  • Lorena Gallo, Lorena Bobbitt. Documentary subject

    Lorena Bobbitt Biopic Greenlit at Lifetime

    Lorena Bobbitt’s story is getting the biopic treatment. Lifetime has greenlit “I Was Lorena Bobbitt,” a feature about the woman who became a household name and made tabloid headlines when she cut off her husband’s penis with a knife in 1993 after years of abuse. Bobbitt was the subject of a Jordan Peele-produced Amazon docuseries [...]

  • jeopardy

    'Jeopardy!' GOAT Ken Jennings on Trebek, Trash Talk and Why He's Hanging Up His Buzzer

    Well, that argument’s settled: Ken Jennings may now be hailed as the best “Jeopardy!” player in history, having earned the coveted GOAT title – and a cool million dollars, to boot – this week after defeating James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter at the show’s “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” multi-part tournament. But their spectacular [...]

  • Former US basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Produce Revolutionary War Doc 'Black Patriots' at History Channel

    NBA legend and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is teaming up with History on a documentary on the African American experience during the Revolutionary War. Titled “Black Patriots,” the doc tells the story of some of the most significant Black figures from the time period including Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, Phillis Wheatley and James Armistead Lafayette. History [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content