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morjana
August 2nd, 2004, 11:07 AM
From Cinescape:

http://www.cinescape.com/0/editorial.asp?aff_id=0&this_cat=Television&action=page&obj_id=42218

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TV Wasteland
Dateline: Monday, August 2, 2004
By: PATRICK SAURIOL
By: News Editor

We’ve now entered August and have one month to go until the networks start to roll out their new TV shows and it shows in this week’s TV Wasteland. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, reality TV dominates the fresh programming airing on networks right now, with some channels broadcasting two or more episodes a week to keep viewers entertained and attracted to their advertisers. The smaller cable networks, like Sci Fi Channel, FX Network and USA Network tend to keep away from reality TV, instead preferring to maintain their commitment to paying for an actual writing staff for a dramatic television series (and may God protect and keep safe all TV execs that make shows where writers can get jobs.) Still, it makes me stop and wonder just what the landscape of television will be like ten years from now. Will shows like SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER prove to have legs? Will more reality shows replace traditional dramatic fare? Will there be a new STAR TREK series on TV that doesn’t need writers and is instead reality based? As a wise green creature once told me, "Constantly in motion is the future. Soon will be season one of ALLY MCBEAL on DVD, yes?"

Here’s the lineup for this week…

**snippity doo dah**


FRIDAY, AUGUST 6


STARGATE SG-1 (8 PM, SCIFI) "Icon" Daniel’s arrival on a distant world leads to a civil war and him trapped on the other side of the Stargate.


STARGATE ATLANTIS (9 PM, SCI FI) "Suspicion"
The Atlantis team believes they have a spy in their midst in "Suspicion".


SUNDAY, AUGUST 8


THE 4400 (4 PM, USA) Beginning at this time USA is broadcasting all six episodes of THE 4400 back-to-back beginning with the two-hour pilot and ending with the season finale. While the network hasn’t officially announced a second season for the show, the strong ratings the series has netted would make it seem like a no-brainer. (Repeats)

THE 4400 (9 PM, USA) Season finale. "White Light"


THE DEAD ZONE (10 PM, USA) "Cycle of Violence" Johnny witnesses a vision of a school shooting, leading him to try and find out which teen will eventually commit the crime.

Until next week...


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Morjana

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