Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
September 2, 2003

Here are my crazy categories regarding the upcoming fall television season.

Philly Connection:  Upper Darby's Jamie Kennedy stars in season two of "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment" on WB.  The series "Hack" on CBS, "American Dreams" on NBC, and "the new show "Cold Case" on CBS are set in Philadelphia. "Miss Match" is based on the life of Philadelphia's Samantha Daniels on NBC.  Dave Roberts' son David Boreanaz returns for another season of "Angel" on WB, "All of Us" is loosely based on the life of Philly's Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith on UPN, Philadelphia's Joey Lawrence stars in "Run of the House" on WB.  Holly Robinson Peete (wife of former Eagles QB Rodney Peete) stars in "Like Family" on WB, Berlin, N.J.'s Kelly Ripa stars in "Hope and Faith" on ABC, Philly rapper Eve stars in "Opposite Sex" on UPN.

Lucky to be Alive - "Good Morning Miami," "The Practice," " and "L.A. Dragnet."

Friends Until the End - "Friends" enters its last season (for real).

Die, Die, Die! - "America's Funniest Home Videos," "American Juniors," "Fear Factor."

Best Free Agent Pickup - Vanessa Williams joins "Boomtown" on NBC.

Paging "General Hospital" - Former GH-ers Vanessa Marcil, Rena Sofer, and Amber Tamblyn star in "Las Vegas," "Coupling" and "Joan of Arcadia," respectively.

Best Title - "The Mullets" and "Tru Calling."

Worst Title - "Whoopi" and "Threat Matrix"

Most Welcome Comeback - Alicia Silverstone in "Miss Match" and John Larroquette and Christine Baranski in "Happy Family."

Most Unwelcome Comeback - Dan Cortese, Charlie Sheen, and the TGIF lineup on ABC.

Shouldn't this show be on Bravo? - "The Birdcage" inspired "It's All Relative"

Where Are You Joe Regalbuto? - Former "Murphy Brown" stars Faith Ford appears in "Hope and Faith" and Grant Shaud is the father of "Oliver Beane."

Numbers Game - "10-8," "24," "60 Minutes," "60 Minutes II," "48 Hours," "48 Hours Investigates," "20/20," "Third Watch," "7th Heaven," "One Tree Hill," "8 Simple Rules."

Changing of the Guard - Expect "Without a Trace" to beat "ER" this year and "According to Jim" to surpass "Frasier."