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TV Newsround: Good News For Chuck And Visitors – Bad News For Heroes and Flashers

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As the flurry of renewals and cancellations stepped up a gear yesterday, there was good news for fans of V, the decent remake of the 1980s classic about alien invaders, and sci-fi spy comedy-drama Chuck.

V, starring Elizabeth Mitchell – previously best-known for playing Juliet in Lost – and Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin, has been renewed for a second season by US network ABC.

Meanwhile NBC has committed to a fourth season of the acclaimed, but ratings-starved, Chuck.

Bad news, however, for fans of FlashForward, which has reportedly been canceled and will not be back after season one ends – guess we should have seen that one coming…

However, we were always promised that season one would be self-contained and that any future seasons would deal with new flash forwards, so at least we should get a resolution of sorts to the story.

I’m very sad, but not surprised, also to report the demise of Heroes, a show whose five-seasons will, in the future, surely serve as a case study of how NOT to run a TV show.

During its first season, it was the hottest new property on network TV but it was systematically destroyed through a lack of any apparent show-running ability, poor creative decisions, dire plotting and convoluted story arcs that often went nowhere or made no sense. In the end, it seems, they couldn’t save the cheerleader.

It’s been a busy time over the past days and weeks for those who get to decide the future of your favourite TV shows, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening with the rest of your favourites on the five big networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and The CW.

Renewed: Castle, Cougar Town, Modern Family, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Bones, Fringe, Glee, Human Target, Lie To Me, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Community, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: SVU, The Office, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, 90210, Gossip Girl, Smallville, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Canceled: Better Off Ted, Hank, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, Ugly Betty, 24, Dollhouse, Past Life, ‘Til Death, Law & Order, Mercy, Trauma.

The following are those shows that have yet to have their futures decided. Those in green are generally considered dead certs or good bets for renewal, those in red long shots and those in black are thought to be 50/50:

The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, The Deep End, Desperate Housewives, The Forgotten, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Accidentally on Purpose, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, The Mentalist, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Numb3rs, Rules of Engagement, Brothers, House, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place, One Tree Hill.

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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – Quantum Leap

This week’s Theme Tune Tuesday pays tribute to the recent 20th anniversary of heartwarming, feel-good sci-fi series Quantum Leap.

The first episode aired on March 26, 1989 and the show ran for five years (96 episodes). It sprang from the fertile mind of Donald Bellisario, who also created shows such as Magnum p.i. , Airwolf, Tales Of The Gold Monkey and, more recently, JAG and NCIS.

Quantum Leap starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a scientist from the near future (from the perspective of 1989), who believes he has found a way to time travel within his own lifetime.

However, when he tests his theory, the experiment goes awry he finds himself “leaping”, or bouncing, through time into the bodies of strangers. He soon realises  he is being directed by some unseen higher power to either save or improve these people’s lives. To move on to the next leap – and, he hopes, eventually leap back home – he must “put right what once went wrong”, changing history in the process.

Sam’s only companion is Al Calavicci, played by Dean Stockwell, a friend and colleague from Sam’s own time who appears as a hologram that only he can see and hear. Using the computer resources of Sam’s lab and their present-day historical records, Al helps him figure out whose life he is living and the reason for Sam being there.

Quantum Leap was unapologetically sentimental and schmaltzy and, despite the slightly futuristic time-travel premise, refused to get too bogged down in sci-fi, preferring instead to focus on the human drama and character interaction, while tackling contemporary issues such as racism, sexism and attitudes towards the disabled in an entertaining way that just about managed to stay the right side of preachy. It was a clever move that no doubt helped the show move beyond its genre roots and also win a large, and loyal, mainstream audience.

Key to the show’s success was the great rapport between Bakula and Stockwell, without a doubt one of the great TV partnerships.

Here, then, is the definitive version of the opening credits, complete with the explanatory narration and also the teaser for the episode it comes from (which is the first episode of the fourth season where a technical hitch causes Al to become the leaper and Sam becomes the hologramatic helper):

EDIT: Okay, rather annoyingly, embedding is disabled for this video. So until I figure out a way round that or find a different video elsewhere, I’m afraid you’ll have to click on the player above, which will take you to the video on YouTube. Alternatively, click HERE.

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When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back – UK Special Update

For UK readers, here are the return dates for some more of your favourite British and US shows on terrestrial telly:

CSI: Season 9 starts on January 13 on Channel Five
CSI NY: Season 5 starts on January 10 on Channel Five
Hustle: Season 5 starts on January 8 on BBC1
Law And Order: Season 15 starts on January 10 on Channel Five
NCIS: Season 5 starts on January 9 on Channel 5
Numb3rs: Season 5 starts on January 9 on Channel 5

Primeval: Season 3 starts on January 17 on ITV1
Trial and Retribution: Season 12 starts on January 9 on ITV1
Waterloo Road: Season 4 starts on January 7 on BBC1
Wild At Heart: Season 4 starts on January 11 on ITV1

See also When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back and this update.

And HERE is a chronological list of US return dates.

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