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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

The 4400 Two new SF shows premiere in August, Flash Gordon on the SciFi Channel and Masters of Science Fiction on ABC.

I am second to none in my love of Flash Gordon. I have a complete run of the comic strip, all the serials and movies, and I did commentary on the Filmation Flash Gordon DVD. I publish Flash Gordon written by Harry Harrison every month in Comics Revue, and my publishing company has a Flash Gordon book by Dan Barry coming out later this year, Flash Gordon -- Star Over Atlantis. But, from all I hear, the SciFi Flash Gordon is going to be really dumb. I hope I'm wrong.

Masters of Science Fiction seems to err on the other side, by being too high brow, too much like Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. I hope I'm wrong about that, too.

Here is what's on in August. There are only two episodes of The 4400 in August but the series you can't kill with a stick returns in September.

On TV in August

Friday, August 3
Dr. Who Evolution of the Daleks II, by Helen Raynor

Masters of Science Fiction #1: A Clean Escape Saturday, August 4
Masters of Science Fiction "A Clean Escape" by Sam Egan

Sunday, August 5
The 4400 "No Exit"

Tuesday, August 7
Eureka "Duck, Duck Goose", by Ethan Lawrence

Friday, August 10
Flash Gordon "Pilot", by Peter Hume

Friday, August 10
Dr. Who "The Lazarus Experiment", by Stephen Greenhorn

Masters of Science Fiction #2: The Awakening Saturday, August 11
Masters of Science Fiction "The Awakening", by Michael Petroni

Sunday, August 12
The 4400 "Daddy's Little Girl", Summer Glau guest stars

Tuesday, August 14
Eureka "Noche de Suenos", by Jaime Paglia

Friday, August 17
Flash Gordon "Pride"

Friday, August 17
Dr. Who "42", by Chris Chibnall

Eureka Saturday, August 18
Masters of Science Fiction "Jerry Was a Man", by Michael Tolkin, from a story by Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, August 21
Eureka "Family Reunion", by Michael Lange

Friday, August 24
Flash Gordon "Infestation"

Doctor Who Friday, August 24
Dr. Who "Human Nature I", by Paul Cornell

Saturday, August 25
Masters of Science Fiction "The Discarded" by Josh Olson and Harlan Ellison

Tuesday, August 28
Eureka "E=MC?" by Bruce Miller

Further ahead, Farscape returns -- but only on the web. In the future, no TV show will ever die.

Copyright © 2007 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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