The CW, the red headed step child of the broadcast networks, went into its upfront presentation today in the spot it has been since its inception, number 5. While their numbers might be anemic compared to the other broadcast networks as well as some cable networks, they are having their best season in three years. They have launched more successful shows in the past year than the other networks (Whose Line Is It Anyway, Arrow, Reign and The Originals). The only problems the network faces are fixing its Monday night. That day has always been a problem for them with shows going to die there. It’s amazing that Hart of Dixie has survived there for the past 3 seasons. From the looks of their new schedule, they have taken care of that Monday night problem by moving The Originals to lift the night. That will definitely help as The Originals ended its season this week on a high, beating Glee on FOX in total viewers and the 18-49 demo. Check out the new Fall 2014 schedule. Continue reading CW Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows
Even though their number one spot got taken this year by NBC, CBS can still boast going into their upfront presentation that they are the most watched network in total viewers. They do need to be worried however, as their viewership in the 18-49 advertiser demo has dropped almost 15% in the last year. Their biggest problems are Mondays at 8:30 pm and Fridays at 8 pm. These two time slots have been where shows go to die on the channel. It seems they have come up with a solution for both of these problems as they have cut down their two hour Monday comedy block to one hour, putting a new drama at 9 pm. They have also decided to keep reality in the Friday 8 pm time slot instead of trying another new drama. Other than that there really isn’t much they are changing. I mean if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. See all the changes in their new Fall 2014 schedule. Continue reading CBS Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows
ABC went into its upfront presentation today in the same place it has been for the last couple of years, in fourth place. While their percentage of viewer decline has been way less than that of the other networks, they still can’t catch a break as all their new dramas and comedies have failed terribly and not even Shonda Rhimes can save them. Their biggest problems are Tuesdays, Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 11 pm and it doesn’t really seem like they tried to change much on the schedule. The biggest change occurs on Tuesday and Thursday. They moved their comedy block an hour earlier on Tuesdays to start the night off. That’s good as it won’t have to go up against FOX’s comedy hour at 9 pm. They moved The Goldbergs to the time slot it should have been in from the beginning, after The Middle. Maybe if they had done that last fall, along with giving Trophy Wife the post Modern Family slot, that show wouldn’t have sunk the way it did. Yes, I’m a little bitter. See here and here. They have also done what I figured they were going to on Thursdays and just made it a Shonda Rhimes night of television. Moving Grey’s Anatomy to 8 pm is definitely going to be a huge challenge as it will be going up against the highest rated comedy on television, The Big Bang Theory. That show could put a huge dent into the ratings of ABC’s highest rated drama. They also moved Scandal to the 9 pm hour which I think would have worked except NBC will be moving The Blacklist to that time slot making it a very competitive hour. For Sunday they finally did what they should have done two years ago, which was move Revenge back to it’s 10 pm time slot. Check out all of these changes in the new Fall 2014 schedule. Continue reading ABC Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows
FOX upfronts are the way and they have released their Fall 2014 schedule. Some changes were made but not many. The biggest change FOX made to its schedule was Animation Domination Sunday is done. The animated block that consisted of The Simpsons, Family Guy and 2 other animated shows has been a staple on FOX’s schedule for almost 10 years. While they will still have an animated hour of programming on Sundays, they will now have an hour of comedy. Speaking of comedy, they have also wisely dismantled their two-hour Tuesday comedy block that like NBC’s Thursday night has seen better days.
The new schedule only has the shows coming this fall. FOX has saved most of their shows for mid-season.
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NBC Upfronts happened today and they released their schedule for fall 2014 and it looks like they are making some changes that have been a long time coming. While NBC went into the upfronts as number 1 thanks to The Voice, NFL, The Sochi Winter Games and The Blacklist, they still have a problem being that they have one of the highest cancellation counts of premiere shows among the broadcast networks. They also needed to work on their entire Thursday night which consisted of a 2 hour block of comedies and a 10 pm drama – none of which have worked since the end of Friends.
The new schedule has been released today and it looks like they are looking to finally be competitive on Thursday nights by having only an hour block of comedy and moving their hit drama, The Blacklist, to Thursdays after the Superbowl to hopefully help as a nice lead-in for a new drama. Other than that shakeup, it seems everything is pretty much the same. Here is the new schedule for Fall 2014.
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My second favorite time of the year is here: UPFRONTS WEEK!!! This is the time when all the networks announce which pilots they picked up and reveal their programming strategies for the year to advertisers. Advertisers then buy up ad space for the year and this is how the broadcast and cable networks pay their bills.
Most of the networks announced a lot of their pickups and cancellations just before the weekend with a couple of them still pending. The full schedules will be revealed this week with NBC going first today, followed by FOX, ABC, CBS and The CW. There are couple cable network upfronts interspersed throughout the week. Lookout for some upfront post from me through out the week with trailers of all the new shows coming this September.
ABC has cancelled Trophy Wife along with the comedies Suburgatory, Mixology and The Neighbors. If you read my post last fall, Why Aren’t You Watching Trophy Wife?, who know how sad I am about this. This show was really funny. The best part was the character of Burt played by the Albert Tsai. He was so wonderful. In scenes with bigger stars he was a scene stealer on many occasions.
It’s definitely not a surprise that it got canceled. After series low 0.7 rating it got this past Tuesday, I knew it was done. It never got its fair shake at all. It was placed on Tuesday night in the 9 pm hour with The Goldbergs and no lead in. How did ABC expect it to survive? I will continue to carry on that if they had put The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife on Wednesday night with The Middle and Modern Family, those shows would have done way better in the ratings than they did.
Oh well, such are the ways of network television. I’ll just look forward to the rest of the unaired Trophy Wife episodes and to the future projects of all the cast members of this lovely show.