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HOLLYWOOD - There's nothing final about the "final frontier" when it comes to "Star Trek," not when yet another series - No. 5 for those counting - is about to debut. The prospect of another incarnation in a saga whose quality continues to erode won't generate "ohs" and "ahs" from some quarters. But the creators of UPN's "Enterprise" (8 p.m. EDT Wednesday), who also piloted the disappointing "Star Trek: Voyager" for seven lackluster seasons, claim the new show will revitalize the franchise. Even the star of "Enterprise" had initial doubts.
Sometimes the best TV shows come with little fanfare. They sneak up on you, bubbling up from seemingly nowhere.
Time is running out - literally - to catch the best series on television, Fox's nail-biting action thriller "24" (9 p.m. EST Tuesday). The show's not in immediate danger of cancellation, but "24" is eight hours into its 24-hour run. The clock will continue to tick as "24" airs uninterrupted for the next 12 weeks. Because of the show's real-time structure - each episode is one hour in a single day in the life of counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) - many viewers feel it's too late to start watching.
It's a good thing so few people get Showtime. Otherwise more viewers would know just how similar PBS's new drama series "American Family" is to Showtime's "Resurrection Blvd." Putting aside the fact they're both Latino dramas, the structure of the two series is remarkably similar. Both feature conservative, stern patriarchs who were recently widowed. Both shows have a "wacky aunt" character (Elizabeth Pena on "Blvd.," Raquel Welch in "Family"). Both shows are set in Los Angeles. And, unfortunately, both shows underwhelm.
Horrific video of a plane headed toward the World Trade Center. Scenes of people leaping to their deaths from the fire- and smoke-engulfed towers. Images of shocked rescue workers covered in soot. An icon of the nation's military in shambles. They all marked the unforgettable television coverage of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the United States.
Some call it "reality" television, even though it's contrived. Others choose "alternative programming," which is kind of nebulous. Whatever label you use, this new form of television is growing like kudzu as it steals its way onto more network schedules. Diversity of programming styles makes for a more balanced and interesting TV lineup, but it's not always great for society.
The first casualty of any economic downturn, whether real or imagined, is almost always advertising. Companies slash their budgets and buy fewer ads on TV and in print. It stands to reason the second casualty is the news business, whose lifeblood is ad revenue. So the economic crises and resulting job cuts at CNN, CBS, NBC, NBCi, Walt Disney Co. (ABC), PBS, BET, newspapers of all sizes - the list goes on - should come as no surprise. But even before the economy stumbled, the news business was in the midst of substantial change.
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You've heard the expression "strike while the iron is hot." Fox's "The Lone Gunmen" is an example of waiting too long and striking when the iron has turned lukewarm at best. At the height of its popularity, a spinoff from "The X-Files" would have made sense, but this comedy-drama about the computer nerds who sometimes assist "X-Files" agents Mulder and Scully comes three years too late. "The Lone Gunmen" will air in "The X-Files"' Sunday night time slot for the next three weeks. It moves to 9 p.m. EST Friday on March 16 ("X-Files" returns April 1).