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Cast of This Hour has 22 Minutes. (CBC handout/CBC handout)
Cast of This Hour has 22 Minutes. (CBC handout/CBC handout)

John Doyle: Television

It's misery when your show disappears Add to ...

This column takes a dim view of confusion. This column believes with all its force in the sanctity of routine. What does change lead to? Confusion. And this column will tell you that confusion leads to cataclysmic misery. Do not get this column started on change and confusion.

If only the TV racket held the same view. But no. Instead, it's chop and change. Stop this and start that.

This column can picture them, the bosses of the TV racket. They're sitting around a glass table in Los Angeles, in grey suits, every Jack and Jane of them. One grey suit says, "Only 12 per cent of the viewers for this show are women aged 18 to 23. We should move this to Mondays at 9 p.m., when women aged 18 to 23 are at home. Screw the other viewers. We need young women." Next thing you know, your show has disappeared. Your night is ruined. Your week is in upheaval. Cataclysmic misery ensues.

Sometimes these geniuses in the TV racket get up at dawn and cancel a few TV shows. Or put them "on hiatus." Just for the heck of it. And you end up calling or e-mailing people like me, not for the first time, with the question, "Dude, where's my show?" Herewith, a few questions answered about disappearing, returning and new shows.

This Hour 22 Minutes is gone for this TV season. It ran until December with few episodes than usual. CBC says, "This season was conceived as a fall show, not so much for budget issues, but to allow them to focus greater attention on fewer and better shows." Seriously. That's what CBC says. People who are going around speculating that CBC has, or will, cancel 22 Minutes to appease Our Glorious Leader and his party, should know better. As if.

Glee finally returns with a super-duper post-Super Bowl episode (Fox, Global, Sunday, Feb. 6) and returns to its normal time slot on Tuesday, Feb. 8 (Fox, Global, 8 p.m.). Meanwhile, here in Canada, things are a little different on Super Bowl Sunday. CTV will air the game and follow it with the season finale of Flashpoint, while Global has Glee. Are you still with me?

Fringe has moved to Fridays (Fox, CITY-TV, 9 p.m.) after what Fox called "a rough ride" on Thursdays last season. In related news, it is now speculated that Friday night is no longer considered "the graveyard" on network schedules. Some shows have done very well on Friday nights, including the CBS cop drama Blue Bloods. Although Blue Bloods might move to another night soon.

The rightly acclaimed, Emmy-nominated Justified returns for a second season on Feb. 28 on Super Channel. And the award-winning The Inbetweeners, a Brit show about teenagers that makes Skins look sedate, returns for a third season on Feb. 7, also on Super Channel.

Mr. Sunshine, the heavily promoted comedy starring former Friends guy and Canadian Matthew Perry, arrives Monday Feb. 7 (ABC, CTV)

The Grammy Awards are on Sunday, Feb. 13 (CBS, Global). The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are on Sunday, Feb. 27 ( ABC, CTV).

She's the Mayor, a new Canadian comedy starring Janet-Laine Green as the mayor of a small town (yes, another one), starts on March 4 on Vision. Guest stars over the first season include Justin Trudeau, Kim Campbell, Luba Goy, Jean Augustine and Scott Thompson.

Body of Proof, which explains what Dana Delany has been doing since she left Desperate Housewives, arrives on March 29 (ABC, CITY-TV). Delany plays "a neurosurgeon who loses the ability to do her job after a car accident and as a medical examiner she tries to figure out the identity of killers." I'll bet she does.

The Kennedys, the made-in Canada miniseries about the Kennedy family that has been rejected by the History Channel in the U.S., by Showtime and other broadcasters, is scheduled to air in Canada on History Television on March 9.

Murdoch Mysteries returns on Wednesday, March 16, 10 p.m., on CITY-TV. In the upcoming season, Our Glorious Leader has a cameo in one episode, as a desk sergeant. This column believes that is worth waiting for, obviously. Possibly, mind you, an election will herald cataclysmic misery by then.





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