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Tuned In Returns: The Sopranos (Not), The Upfronts and the Ohio Turnpike

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Greetings, Tuned Inlanders! The discussion here was as lively on my vacation as it is any week that I’m actually around to run the blog. Livelier, actually. In fact, embarrassingly, much livelier. Well, sorry–I’m back now. Funtime’s over.


No Sopranoswatch this morning. On account of I have not yet watched The Sopranos. On account of my journey back from the family wedding (congrats, Michelle and Alex!) was a Little Miss Sunshine-like road saga that culminated in our wheezing Mercury Tracer having a teensy little car heart attack just off the Ohio Turnpike. The Tuned Inmobile survived emergency cardiac surgery, but the result was that Tuned In, Mrs. Tuned In, Tuned In Jr. and Tuned In Jr Jr. arrived home in the middle of the night.

So: I’ll get to The Sopranos when I get to it. In the meantime, have at it in the comments and I’ll avert my bloodshot eyes.

More pressing business: the broadcast TV upfronts–in which advertisers spend $9 billion or so on ads for the next fall season and the networks spend just slightly less on cocktails and chicken satay–start this afternoon, with NBC. Late last week, the Peacock announced that it was saving Friday Night Lights. [Hosannas! Trumpets!] And over the weekend, it announced that Law & Order would be back for season 18. [Crickets. Tumbleweeds.]

I focus a lot on new shows at the upfronts, but they’re full of news about returning (and not-so-returning) series too. Tell me what you want to know and I’ll let you know what I hear. If I can stay awake.