ABC has thirteen new shows debuting this fall and early next year. Where did it find the room to fit all these shows? By canceling a bunch of low performers like No Ordinary Family, Better With You, Detroit 1-8-7, Mr. Sunshine and Off the Map. A minor surprise was the cancellation of V. It had a rough start its first season, but was a bit more focused when it came back for a second season. I couldn’t get past the almost all of the show taking place against a very bad green screen. I found it so distracting, I didn’t know what was going on.
Sep 10 2011
Sep 27 2009
Now that most of the Fall TV season has started, a few more debut this week.
Season Finales: Intervention, Hoarders, Entourage
Pick of the Week
Synopsis: Mekhi Phifer has become a series regular. Lightman’s ex-wife will be showing up quite a bit too.
My Take: Tim Roth is awesome so he makes the show work, even if I don’t remember the cases as soon as they end.
Aug 12 2009
I did a breakdown on NBC, CBS and FOX back in May. Then I got distracted. I’m finally finishing the list this week! A breakdown on what’s new, gone and changing each night of the week on ABC come Fall 2009:
ABC is keeping Monday night the same with two hours of Dancing With the Stars followed by midseason hit, Castle. When Dancing finishes, it’ll be replaced with the show that won’t die, The Bachelor.
Oct 12 2008
One of the most successful shows of the fall season so far, is NCIS, which is gaining more viewers in its sixth season. Crime procedurals in general have done well, especially since they were able to air repeats during the writer’s strike and had a few new episodes after it ended. CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds also saw increases in their ratings. One non-procedural show that is doing well was How I Met Your Mother. It gained an audience after Britney Spears guest starred last season (oh she is such a bad actress) and they actually stayed around this season. Two and a Half Men also is doing better this season. After bombarding the airwaves and billboards with promotional pushes, CW finally saw the ratings for Gossip Girl live up to its hype. Its increase in ratings also helped One Tree Hill do better this season too.
Sep 28 2008
Wow. It is hard to find trailers for show debuting this week. Where is the promotional push from the networks? It is a very sad state of affairs.
Update: I did only have Sunday up earlier, but now I have the entire week done.
Pick of the Week
Synopsis: They will travel to new locations this 13th season, such as Cambodia and Kazakhstan. Also, one team will make a huge mistake that will keep them for making it to the finish line.
My Take: This is my favorite reality show. I love to see the destinations and the challenges are usually related to something specific about that culture. Also, the people that know each other already have the built-in mechanisms for arguing, which is fun to see heightened with lack of sleep.
May 13 2008
Life on Mars
Here is the full story about ABC’s fall schedule. Already mentioned Scrubs is moving over to the network and Eli Stone was picked up. Other shows that are returning next season: Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Samantha Who?, According to Jim, Lost, Boston Legal, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Wife Swap, and Supernanny. That’s a lot of the same shows coming back.
Feb 14 2008
The writer’s strike is officially over. Some shows are going back into production for 4-6 episodes to air in April and May (mostly self-contained procedurals like CSI and comedies), while other serialized shows will be relaunched next fall. Over at TV Guide, Michael Ausiello has a chart on all shows, but here are the ones that I care about, plus a few that I know you guys like too.
Oct 21 2007
Synopsis: Criss Angel and Uri Geller try to find the next mentalist from 10 contestants.