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TV Tonight: Fringe and Privileged

From the overall lack of new shows to the low number of pilots the networks have sent out (thanks again, writers' strike), it's been a weird Fall TV season when it comes to recommending new series. Tonight, though, marks the premiere of two shows I can speak highly of for very different reasons: Fringe on Fox and Privileged on The CW.

Let's take Fringe first. This is Fall's big, high-concept, much-anticipated series from JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci — you know, the guys behind little projects like Lost and Transformers and Star Trek. It also had one of the more expensive pilots of the year (rumored to be $10 million for about 90 minutes), and it shows, with explosions, science-y effects, and cattle (yes, cattle). As I wrote earlier, Fringe focuses on three characters — an FBI agent (Anna Torv), a genius mad scientist (John Noble), and his slacker-genius son (Joshua Jackson) — who get sucked into the mysteries of fringe science, aka cloning, mind reading, etc. Abrams has said he wants the show to be less all-consuming than Lost or Alias while still telling interesting stories, and though the pilot didn't click 100 percent for me, I'm hooked enough to want to see more.

Privileged, on the other hand, is just cute. JoAnna Garcia oozes charm as Megan Smith, the tutor to two Palm Beach heiresses (Ashley Newbrough and Lucy Kate Hale), and her sparkle is reason enough to tune in. The pilot wasn't perfect, and it left a lot of things up in the air (like why a Yale grad would take a tutoring job without even laying eyes on the kids), but since I first watched it, it's settled into my mind like a pleasant memory. It's not the funniest show on TV this Fall, or the most clever, or the best written — but it's undoubtedly the sweetest, and that should count for something.

Fringe starts at 8 p.m. tonight (though it will regularly air at 9), and Privileged premieres at 9 p.m. Will you be watching either? To check out trailers for both, just


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
fringe is the next best thing. it gives heroes and lost run for their money. priveleged plainly sucked. i might have liked it back when i was 15... it's too dumb. GG has something for the adults audience, priveleged doesn't.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
I decided to record Priviliged to see what it is all about.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Thanks for the reminder about both of these shows; I think I'll try Privileged, though both look promising.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I'll definitely be checking out Privileged :)
robynfromdahood robynfromdahood 8 years
Fringe for sure Ive been waiting for this for awhile
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Oh man, hanako66, that's tough. I think it depends on whether you need more sci fi or more cuteness in your life right now!
millarci millarci 8 years
I want to try to see both. I think both shows have great potential.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
Can't wait for Fringe! I love JJ Abrams and I remember the cows outside ComicCon - too funny!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
The pilot for Fringe was awesome- I've already set my season pass. As for Privileged, I'm excited to give it a shot tonight.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I think that I am going to go with Fringe since I already have GG and 90210 to get my girly teeny bopper fix
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
this time slot is crazy for me (9:00).....I do not want to get hooked on both because my tivo only has room for one in the 9:00 hour. Buzz, if you had to choose one, which would it be?
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Definitely giving Fringe a chance, although I'm worried it will get old fast. Had no interest in Privileged initially but the previews look really cute, so I might check it out.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - i read the book that priveledged was based on and i'm really excited about it. i can't say that it will be anything riveting but at least it should be entertaining right? as for fringe, with all the promotion that they did around the show a few weeks back, i was wondering when it was going to premier - i hadn't heard anything for the last few days. i hope that it does well though - JJ deserves a good new show to work on.
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