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    Viewing Mid-Season Replacements

    I know I’ve spoken to you many times about living in Los Angeles and pursuing my acting career. As I’ve told you before, “pilot season.”  From March to May all the new shows are being cast for the following season.

    The new season generally begins in September, and you can view current shows until March. From then on it’s usually repeats until the “mid-season replacements” are aired.

    These shows generally air from March until the summer. I’ve started watching a few of these and I’m pleased with the outcome thus far.

    For instance, there’s a new show on Thursday nights called “October Road.” It’s on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC. I watched the first episode the night before St. Patrick’s Day. It stars Brian Greenburg as Nick Garret who returns from New York City to his home town to teach a one-day intensive seminar, having published a best-selling book.

    Besides seeing his father, played by Tom Berringer, he sees former girlfriend Hannah Daniels played by Laura Prepon. There is a situation set up early on, shown in flashback from ten years previously. The series begins in present time and from the past, therein lies the conflict about the paternity of Daniels’ ten-year-old son.

    Herman thinks the plotline and characterizations are weak, but I have decided I want to watch it to the end.

    Another show I really liked is called “Wedding Bells.” I was drawn to it at first because it was advertised as being a David E. Kelly show and he has done some of my favorite shows like “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal.”

    Herman pointed out to me that People Magazine has panned the show with only one star of a possible 4. Terry says my choice of evening shows tend to be basically soaps. But this is one I’m drawn to. Basically the plotline involves three sisters named Bell who run a wedding planning service that their parents left them at their death. They deal with all sorts of trials and tribulations from nervous brides to a disgruntled wedding singer to a groom who is thought to be gay. This airs at 9 p.m. on Friday nights on Fox.

    The last show I watched was on the same time as October Road on ABC Thursdays and I had to tape it to see it. Basically I don’t stay up to watch a show after 10 p.m. anyway. So, all my late-night shows are taped.

    This last show, called “Raines” on NBC at 10 p.m. held interest for both Herman and I with a good performance by Jeff Goldblum as the title character who sees dead victims and talks with them as he tries to solve their murders. Both Herman and I felt the show had some characteristics of the idiosyncratic star of the hit “Monk” as well as the plot line of “Medium.” I’ve never actually watched “Medium” as it holds no interest for me. It seems too gritty and violent while Goldblum’s character is a light, whimsical character played in Goldblum’s usually inept, blundering-through-life way.

    For me it’s a whole new season of television watching. If you get a chance, check these shows out.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com