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CBS 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

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ABC 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 Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows


Fox upfronts

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 Fall 2014 New Schedule & Shows


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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Upfronts 2014


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’s Trophy Wife Cancelled


ABC has cancelled Trophy Wife along with the comedies SuburgatoryMixology 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.

Why Aren’t You Watching Trophy Wife?


The best comedy of the fall is………. Trophy Wife. What? Trophy Wife, really? Yes, this is the best new comedy that no one is watching. I would put it up there as one of the top comedies on television right now.

Trophy Wife is a show about a newlywed couple, played by Malin Akerman (Rock of Ages, Wanderlust, Children’s Hospital) and Bradley Whitford (West Wing, Cabin In The Woods). The series delves into their daily lives dealing with his two ex-wives, Marcia Gay Harden (The Newsroom, Mystic River) and Michaela Watson (Saturday Night Live, Afternoon Delight, Wanderlust) and the three children from his previous marriages. Continue reading Why Aren’t You Watching Trophy Wife?

NBC Pulls ‘Welcome to the Family,’ ‘Ironside,’ Sets ‘Community Return


Saw this coming from a mile away. When NBC picked up this pilot, I knew for sure this was gonna fail. I mean you are remaking a show that people use to watch in the 60s and isn’t remembered by many. Nostalgia will only get you so far. People just weren’t watching. It needed to bring something else to the table and unfortunately it was just another procedural that clearly people are tired of. Hopefully Blair Underwood can get on a show soon that is worthy of the man’s talents. YAY Community is back though; probably for it’s final season.

What to Watch Tonight: SVU, Revolution and 7 Other Premieres, Broadchurch Ends and More


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Law & Order: SVUOn TV this packed Wednesday: The Revolution continues on a new night, The Middle goes on a Heck of a trip, Back in the Game throws its first pitch, SVU saves Benson, Criminal Minds heads west, high school causes Modern Family problems, Nashville cues up a coma, CSI follows Russell’s lead and a South Park kid infiltrates the NSA. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Revolution (NBC) | Season 2 premiere: Rachel runs into someone important from her past, Charlie goes on a mission in the Plains Nation, and Neville and Jason search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. (Read our preview, get scoop and more scoop!)

8 pm The Middle (ABC)| Season 5 premiere: The entire family travels to help Axl move into his college dorm. What could go wrong?

8:30 pm Back in the Game (ABC) |

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5 Shows To Watch This Fall


Fall première dates are coming up and there are too many things to watch. No worries. It was extremely difficult but I have narrowed it down to the 5 shows that you must watch.

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) Premieres Tuesday, September 17 @8:30/7:30c.
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I have a thing for André Braugher (Men Of A Certain Age, Gideon’s Crossing). I think he’s absolutely wonderful. So when I saw that this show got picked up by Fox, I was excited. The show is a comedy about is about how members of a Brooklyn squad deal with a new very straight-laced and tightly wound police chief played by Braugher. The comedy for most of the show comes from the interplay between Braugher and the squad’s lead cop, played by Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live), who just can’t seem to adjust. This show looks hilarious and I have read nothing but good things about it. Samberg had many great moments on SNL so he will bring the funny.  I just really want them to let Braugher be great. I need him to be on a show that people give a chance. Hopefully this one is it.

2. The Michael J Fox Show (NBC) Premieres Thursday, September 26 @9/8c.

Michael J. Fox hasn’t been the star of a show since he left Spin City in 2000 because of his Parkinson’s disease. He has done a lot of guest stints on different shows since then; my favorite being his arcs on The Good Wife. It’s nice that now he is returning to television full-time and in something that is really good at, comedy. The new show emulates the actor’s life a bit in that it is about a news anchor at the top of his game who decided to leave his job to spend more time with his family. After being at home for 5 years, his family is ready for him to leave the house and return to work. The cast also includes Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme, Suits). I saw part of this pilot in one of my classes last semester and I really liked it so I can’t wait to see the finished product.

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