In BuddyTV's 2007 Fall TV Guide, we diligently went through all the new shows to uncover the common trends of the new season. The three main trends we found fall into the following categories: Canceled, but Not Forgotten, Revenge of the Nerds, and Chucks, Trannies, and “Young Folks.”
Sometimes a certain character trait or song pops up in several new shows, and it's hard not to notice that either television is getting lazy, or the people who write it are all drinking from the same water cooler.
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Most prominent is the name Chuck. Four of the five major networks all feature a character with that name in one of their new shows. There's the titular Chuck
) of NBC's new Josh Schwartz-created series. There's bad boy Chuck (Ed Westwick
) on Josh Schwartz's other new show, Gossip Girl
. There's girl Chuck (Anna Friel
) in the highly touted new ABC show Pushing Daisies
. And finally, there's old Chuck (Kelsey Grammer
), the self-centered news anchor on FOX's Back to You
Stranger yet is that Grammer's character, Chuck Darling, also shares a surname with the dysfunctional socialite clan at the center of ABC's Dirty Sexy Money
. Apparently the irony of naming an unlikable character “Darling” is not lost on TV writers this season.
Just as popular is that people in the television industry seem to think having an illicit affair with a transsexual is common practice for rich, successful businessmen. Two of ABC's new hour-long shows feature such scenarios, and in both, the relationships seem to bode poorly for the future of either man involved (the real men not the she-men).
Finally, there's the Peter, Bjorn and John song “Young Folks.” If you're not familiar with this little ditty from the Swedish indie rock band, don't worry, you'll be whistling it by October. Dirty Sexy Money
and Big Shots
are just two of the new shows in which the song is featured in the pilot episode. This is no big surprise, as the song must be owned outright by ABC, which also used it in an episode of Grey's Anatomy
last season, and it will appear on that show's volume 3 soundtrack being released September 11. Fans can also currently hear it in promos for The Big Bang Theory
The biggest problem with the song's overexposure is that it's so damn catchy. Since first hearing it, the staff here at BuddyTV can't stop whistling the opening melody at least once a day. On the bright side, it temporarily got Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" (also known as the second most used song in this year's new pilots) out of our heads.
Read our other trends: Canceled, but Not Forgotten and Revenge of the Nerds. Comment and tell us what we missed.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV
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