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Romantic Fool Hopes for More Than a One-night Stand From New TV Shows

May 16, 2013

Lindsey Fleming

The only way my life has ever resembled a rom-com -- besides those break-up montages of ladies eating ice cream in sweats while crying to classic cinema -- is that I have never been in a relationship for long with anyone who, on paper, is a well-suited match for me.

If we both listen to the same music, he laughs at all my terrible jokes and is as obsessed with mashed potatoes as I am, we are destined for Splitsville. But my track record of break-ups with Mr. Rights has never kept me from trying.

It's an unnerving fact of life that I was reminded of when trolling through the new TV programming announced at this week's upfronts. You know, the outdated, expensive song-and-dances that networks put on for advertisers to announce the upcoming season's slate of shows in an effort to woo them.

Cast- and plot-wise, there are roughly a dozen programs that have reeled me in. Foolishly, I let myself get excited when I hear that Greg Kinnear will star in the Fox legal drama "Rake" or that NBC is rolling out a sitcom based on Nick Hornby's novel "About a Boy."

Here are some shows, in addition to the two above, that I'm hoping will be more than a one-night stand come pilot time. Though I'm not counting on it:

"Crossbones" -- Pirates, John Malkovich and a 10-episode limited run, how could I not want to watch NBC's high seas drama featuring the Oscar winner as Blackbeard? From "Luther" creator Neil Cross and based on Colin Woodard's "The Republic of Pirates," the show is set in 1715 on New Providence, a Bahamian island where the legendary swashbuckler runs amok.

"Hostages" -- This CBS thriller stars Toni Collette as a D.C. surgeon whose family is -- this is going to come as a shock -- taken hostage. In an effort to save their lives, the doctor is catapulted into a political conspiracy. Dylan McDermott and Tate Donovan co-star.

"Super Fun Night" -- Normally when reading a premise for a comedy that says it's "about three best friends who spend every Friday night together," I pass. However, this particular ABC show stars Rebel Wilson of "Bridesmaids" fame and Conan O'Brien is an executive producer. So, I'm almost optimistic.

"Cosmos" -- After years in the works, this reboot of Carl Sagan's classic documentary, as narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson (the only man alive who makes science worth learning for this right-brained lady) is coming to Fox. The 13-episode series is set to premiere sometime in 2014.

Lindsey Fleming is a copy editor/writer for The Dominion Post. ___

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