An old episode of "The Simpsons" began with the family watching TV, and we could hear the announcer's voice say, "The start of television's second most exciting season -- midseason -- is just two hundred exciting seconds away!" What little mystique midseason had has probably disappeared altogether, thanks to the continuing writers' strike.
this convenient list of premiere dates, which presents the new shows in both chronological and alphabetical order. Some shows will air all of the episodes that were "in the can" before the strike, a decision that has irritated the producers of "Lost" (returning Thurs., Jan. 31, on ABC), which apparently ends on an annoying, unintentional cliffhanger. The seventh season of "24," however, has been bumped indefinitely in the interest of showing all "24" episodes without a break.
I must confess that I'm interested in almost none of these except HBO's "The Wire" (reviewed in this week's Creative Loafing), "Lost" and, alas, âTerminator: The Sarah Connor Chroniclesâ (Sun., Jan. 13, on Fox). Even though âThe Bionic Womanâ remake was a dud, âTerminatorâ has a trailer that interests me just enough to be willing to check out its two-night premiere on the 13th and 14th. The premise sounds so contrived as to be unworkable, as it takes place after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, with Sarah Connor (Lena Headey of 300) living as a fugitive and protecting her teenage son John (Thomas Dekker), who is destined to be mankind's savior when killer robots take over the Earth in the future. Apparently Summer Glau of Serenity (pictured in the fanboy-bait poster) is a "good" android sent back to guard them, and "Deadwood's" Richard T. Jones is a Terminator out to stop them. Supposedly the show will ignore the events of the third Terminator movie, which takes place after Sarah Connor's death -- but doesn't that make the ending a fait accompli? Nevertheless, I seem predestined to find out.
Also: Apparently Yahoo! TV will be presenting the "Terminator" pilot episode for 24 hours, starting at midnight EST tonight (Jan. 5).