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Mike White Is Enlightened and Helen Mirren Is Still Hot

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 4, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 4, 2009 |

I can’t even begin to give a shit about trade news this morning. We’re heading toward a long weekend, and as this is being posted, I should be on a flight to the West Coast. That also means that I’m working here with last night’s trade news, by which I mean: Nada. Bupkus. Ass. Zippo. Zilch.

We’re talking the table scraps of a malnourished third-world Ndugu at a Sally Struthers potluck dinner.

All the same, here’s some TV News: There are two series in development of note this morning. The first is the British series, “Prime Suspect,” which is being developed for NBC by Hank Steinberg, the man behind “Without a Trace.” The original iTV series featured Helen Mirren in a star-making turn as no-nonsense Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. It ran for five years, concluding in 2006. And it was apparently very well received over there.

Can our British friends give us any indication as to its quality? I’m actually on a British series kick at the moment. I recently wrapped “Torchwood” and “Dr. Who,” and before that, “The Thick Of It,” and now I’m in the midst of both “Being Human” and “Spooks” (aka “MI;5”) with an eye toward “Life of Mars,” after those two. If “Prime” is as good as everything else I’ve seen (and god bless Helen Mirren, she’s a national treasure) I could prolong my British series kick a little longer.

In other news, Mike White — the albino-looking dude who wrote “School of Rock,” and starred in the creepy Chuck and Buck, (as well as last season’s “The Amazing Race”) and the upcoming Zombieland is also developing a series for HBO. “Enlightened” will star Laura Dern. It’s about a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

Production on the pilot begins in December, and HBO expects to roll it out quickly.

And while we’re on the subject of television, here is the premiere schedule for the fall, compliments of Entertainment Weekly:

September 8:
90210, 8 p.m. (The CW)
Melrose Place, 9 p.m. (The CW)
Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m. (FX)

September 9:
America’s Next Top Model, 8 p.m. (The CW)
Glee, 9 p.m. (Fox)
So You Think You Can Dance, 8 p.m. (Fox)

September 10:
Supernatural, 9 p.m. (The CW)
The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m. (The CW)

September 11:
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8 p.m. (Fox)

September 12:
America’s Most Wanted, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Cops, 8 p.m. (Fox)

September 14:
Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke, 10 p.m. (VH1)
Gossip Girl, 9 p.m. (The CW)
The Jay Leno Show, 10 p.m. (NBC)
Lincoln Heights, 8 p.m. (ABC Family)
One Tree Hill, 8 p.m. (The CW)

September 15:
The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m. (NBC)

September 16:
The Beautiful Life, 9 p.m. (The CW)
Launch My Line, 10 p.m. (Bravo)

September 17:
Bones, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Community, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)
Fringe, 9 p.m. (Fox)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 10 p.m. (FX)
The Office, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Parks and Recreation, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Survivor: Samoa, 8 p.m. (CBS)

September 18:
Brothers, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Crash, 10 p.m. (Starz)

September 20:
Bored to Death, 9:30 p.m. (HBO)
Curb Your Enthusiasm, 9 p.m. (HBO)

September 21:
Accidentally on Purpose, 8:30 p.m. (CBS)
The Big Bang Theory, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
Castle, 10 p.m. (ABC)
CSI: Miami, 10 p.m. (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Heroes, 8 p.m. (NBC)
House, 8 p.m. (Fox)
How I Met Your Mother, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Two and a Half Men, 9 p.m. (CBS)

September 22:
The Forgotten, 10 p.m. (ABC)
The Good Wife, 10 p.m. (CBS)
NCIS, 8 p.m. (CBS)
NCIS: Los Angeles, 9 p.m. (CBS)

September 23:
Cougar Town, 9:30 p.m. (ABC)
Criminal Minds, 9 p.m. (CBS)
CSI: New York, 10 p.m. (CBS)
Eastwick, 10 p.m. (ABC)
Gary Unmarried, 8:30 p.m. (CBS)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Mercy, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Modern Family, 9 p.m. (ABC)
The New Adventures of Old Christine, 8 p.m. (CBS)

September 24:
CSI 9 p.m.(CBS)
Flash Forward, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy, 9 p.m. (ABC)
The Mentalist, 10 p.m. (CBS)

September 25:
Dollhouse, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Ghost Whisperer, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Law & Order, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Numb3rs, 10 p.m. (CBS)
Smallville, 8 p.m. (The CW)

September 26:
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m. (CBS)
Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m. (NBC)

September 27:
60 Minutes, 7 p.m. (CBS)
The Amazing Race, 8 p.m. (CBS)
American Dad, 9:30 p.m. (Fox)
Brothers & Sisters, 10 p.m. (ABC)
Californication, 10 p.m. (Showtime)
The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)
Cold Case, 10 p.m. (CBS)
Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Dexter, 9 p.m. (Showtime)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
Family Guy, 9 p.m. (Fox)
The Simpsons, 8 p.m. (Fox)

September 28:
Lie to Me, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Trauma, 9 p.m. (NBC)

September 29:
Hell’s Kitchen, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Shark Tank, 8 p.m. (ABC)

September 30:
Hank, 8 p.m. (ABC)
The Middle, 9 p.m. (ABC)

October 1:
Private Practice, 8 p.m. (ABC)

October 2:
Stargate Universe, 9 p.m. (Syfy)
Til Death, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)

October 4:
America’s Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m. (ABC)
The Next Iron Chef, 9 p.m. (Food)
Three Rivers, 9 p.m. (CBS)

October 5:
Sherri, 7 p.m. (Lifetime)

October 6:
Scare Tactics (Syfy)

October 7:
Secret Girlfriend, 10:30 p.m. (Comedy Central)
South Park, 10 p.m. (Comedy Central)

October 9:
Sanctuary, 10 p.m. (Syfy)
Ugly Betty, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8 p.m. (Disney)

October 15:
30 Rock, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)

October 16:
Supernanny, 8 p.m. (ABC)

October 23:
Southland, 9 p.m. (NBC)
White Collar, 10 p.m. (USA)

October 28:
Friday Night Lights, 9 p.m. (DirecTV)

November 2:
I Want to Work for Diddy, TBD (VH1)

November 3:
V, 8 p.m. (ABC)

November 7:
The Wanda Sykes Show, 11 p.m. (Fox)

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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