Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
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September 11, 2007


Here are some random thoughts about the upcoming television season.


Six Degrees of Philadelphia – “Cold Case” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” are set here. Radnor’s David Boreanaz of “Bones,” Upper Darby’s Tina Fey of “30 Rock,” Marple-Newtown’s Adrian Pasdar and Cherry Hill’s Ali Larter of “Heroes,” Philadelphia’s Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato of “Ugly Betty,” Philadelphia resident Buzz Bissinger’s novel “Friday Night Lights,” Former Eagle Ron Jaworski and Dresher’s Suzy Kolber of “Monday Night Football,” Philly’s Andrea Kremer of “Sunday Night Football,” Media’s Paul DiMeo of “Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition,” South Jersey’s Kelly Ripa of “Regis and Kelly,” Philadelphia’s Holland Taylor of “Two and a Half Men.”


Best New Show Title – “Gossip Girl,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Back to You.”


Worst New Show Title – “Samantha Who,” “Aliens in America.”


Most Promising New Shows – “Back to You” with Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, “Kid Nation,” “Big Shots” with Dylan McDermott, “Gossip Girl,” and “Dirty Sexy Money.”


Family Ties – Donald Sutherland of “Dirty Sexy Money” and son Keifer Sutherland of “24,” Kelsey Grammer of “Back to You” and daughter Spencer Grammer of “Greek,” and Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock” and brother Billy Baldwin of “Dirty Sexy Money.”


Most Over-hyped Television Personality – Kate Walsh of “Private Practice.” 


Joey – Forget the “Friends” spin-off, Joey Fatone has parlayed his “Dancing with the Stars” experience into hosting gigs on E’s! Red Carpet and “The Singing Bee.”


Can TPIR “Carey On” without Bob? – Judging from the high ratings of “The Power of 10,” Drew Carey should be able to succeed on “The Price is Right.”


Can 15 Minutes for Cheaper Auto Insurance Translate to 30 Minutes of Laughter? – “Caveman” with the Geico guys gets a sitcom on ABC.


Why are these shows returning? – “The Bachelor,” “Scrubs,” “Las Vegas”


Looking forward to the return of – “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “The Office,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House.”


Subs – Tom Selleck replaces James Caan on “Las Vegas,” Allison Sweeney replaces Caroline Rhea on “The Biggest Loser,” Joe Mantegna replaces Mandy Patinkin on “Criminal Minds,” John Laroquette replaces everybody except James Spader and William Shatner on “Boston Legal.”


Back to the Future – Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue”) and Hector Elizondo (“Chicago Hope”) in “Cane,” Christina Applegate (“Married with Children”) and Jean Smart (“24”) in “Samantha Who?” Johnny Galecki (“Roseanne”) and Kaley Cuoco (“Eight Simple Rules”) in “The Big Bang Theory,” Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) and Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) in “Back to You,” Peter Krause (“Six Feet Under”) in “Dirty Sexy Money,” Amy Brennemann (“Judging Amy”), Taye Diggs (“Daybreak”), Tim Daly (“The Nine”), and Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars”) in “Private Practice,” Anthony Anderson (“The Shield”) in “K-Ville,” Miguel Ferrer (“Crossing Jordan”) in “Bionic Woman,” Amy Pietz (“Caroline in the City”) and Scott Patterson (“Gilmore Girls”) in “Aliens in America,” Jerry O’Connell (“Crossing Jordan”) in “Carpoolers,” Adam Arkin (“Chicago Hope”) in “Life,” Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”), Michael Vartan (“Alias”), Joshua Malina (“The West Wing”) and Christopher Titus (“Titus”) in “Big Shots,” Angie Harmon (“Law and Order”) of “Women’s Murder Club.”


Veterans – “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill,” “Cops,” “America’s Most Wanted,” “60 Minutes,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “ER,” “CSI,” “20/20,” “Monday Night Football,” “Survivor”


Separated at Birth – Glenn Close (“Damages”) and Diane Sawyer (“Good Morning America”), Jill Clayburgh (“Dirty Sexy Money) and Susan Sullivan (“Dharma and Greg”).