FOX Role Call

08/17/2011 at 9:52 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | 2 Comments
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UPDATED:  FOX has reversed their decision to cancel Breaking In!  The show will be back for a second season.

Last but not least, FOX – the undisputed king of the all-important A18-49 and A18-34 demos.  What shows survived the 2010-2011 season, and what shows bit the big one.  Scroll down for the complete list of shows – as well as my thoughts on the network’s decisions:



American Dad

Raising Hope

Bob’s Burgers

The Cleveland Show

The Simpsons


Family Guy




Hell’s Kitchen

Kitchen Nightmares

So You Think You Can Dance


Running Wilde

The Good Guys

Lie to Me

Lone Star

Traffic Light

The Chicago Code

Human Target

Breaking In

America’s Most Wanted

My Thoughts:

Not too many surprises for FOX.

After running on (ratings) fumes this season, canceling Lie to Me, Human Target, & The Good Guys was inevitable.

Gordon Ramsay can do no wrong on FOX, as everything he touches usually brings in viewers by the droves.  His summer show MasterChef is continuing the successful partnership.

What’s not surprising is Cops being renewed for another season – as FOX’s Saturday lineup has consistently won the night for many years now.  What is surprising is the cancelation of America’s Most Wanted.  FOX’s president explained that the network hasn’t made any money off of the show in quite some time.  However, he is still keeping it in the FOX family by airing an AMW special every three months.

Sadly, most of FOX’s freshman shows didn’t make it to a sophomore year.  Running Wilde, Traffic Light, & The Chicago Code never even premiered with a respectable number. 

Breaking In’s termination makes the 3rd show in a row for Christian Slater to be canned in its first season.  NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy lasted 13 episodes, ABC’s The Forgotten had 17, and now Breaking In being canceled after its midseason run.

Despite Lone Star getting fawned on universally by critics, virtually no one showed up for the first two episodes – making it one of the first shows of the official fall network season to be axed.

After Glee, House is FOX’s highest-rated show – so its renewal was a no-brainer.  However – due to contract negotiations for the veteran drama, Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy) walked away after her salary negotiations didn’t meet her (or, probably more realistically, her rep’s) requirements.  Sad for House fans – as Cuddy is a fan favorite – but lucky for CBS’s The Good Wife, where she will have a recurring role next season. 

Fringe got renewed for a full 22-season order.  Despite my belief that it looked likely for cancelation, I image WB came in and practically gave away the show to FOX.  After the 4th season, WB will have at least 88 episodes of the show produced – making a syndication sale possible (88 is the least number you need).  Don’t be surprised if this is the final season of the sci-fi show.

So what do YOU think?  Are you happy/upset about any of the choices FOX made?  Would you have done anything differently? 

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ABC Role Call

08/09/2011 at 1:20 am | Posted in, Net/Spec | 1 Comment
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Next, ABC.  What shows survived the 2010-2011 season, and what shows bit the big one.  Scroll down for the complete list of shows – as well as my thoughts on the network’s decisions:



America’s Funniest Home Videos

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Dancing with the Stars

The Middle

Cougar Town

Body of Proof

Private Practice


Desperate Housewives – Final Season

Grey’s Anatomy

Modern Family

Secret Millionaire

Shark Tank


Happy Endings


Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

The Whole Truth

My Generation

Detroit 1-8-7

No Ordinary Family

Off the Map


Supernanny – series ended

Brothers & Sisters

Better With You

Mr. Sunshine

My Thoughts:

Ok, so this will seem like a cop-out; but really, not a lot of surprises here.

Castle was a perpetual bubble show that rose to be a strong player this season – even beating Hawaii Five-O for the A18-49 demo most of the time.  With the genius cross-platform marketing they’ve been doing with releasing mystery novels “written by” Castle – this has become a golden goose for the Disney-owned network.  Watch ratings grow even more if the show hits cable syndication while new episodes are being produced (which helped turn NCIS into a mega-hit for CBS). 

No Ordinary Family and Mr. Sunshine started out incredibly strong when they debuted (fall and midseason, respectively) – but both shows started losing viewers until no one was left.  I’m sad for both of those shows.

Judging by its ratings, I have to believe that Shark Tank – which was renewed – is super-cheap.

I’m shocked that Supernanny wrapped up this year.  Only because I thought it wrapped up years ago.

Don’t be surprised with Brothers & Sisters being cancelled.  Its ratings had put the show on the bubble for two seasons now.  If ABC could get a freshman drama to maintain higher ratings than the older show, B&S was a goner – which is exactly what happened with Body of Proof.  That show came in with strong ratings, and – this is the important part – kept those strong ratings for its first season.  Proof was renewed, while B&S was let go.

Detroit 1-8-7 & My Generation never had a chance.  I don’t even think My Generation aired a third episode.  Don’t be too hard on that show – Thursday at 8 has been a challenging spot for ABC for multiple seasons now.

It’s official: This upcoming season of Desperate Housewives is its last.  This shouldn’t be a huge shock for those following the industry – Marc Cherry (the creator) had this season as the end for a few years now.  All that was left was to negotiate the stars’ contracts– which took a long time.

So what do YOU think?  Are you happy/upset about any of the choices ABC made?  Would you have done anything differently? 

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NBC Role Call

08/08/2011 at 11:56 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | 2 Comments

Up now, NBC.  What shows survived the 2010-2011 season, and what shows bit the big one.  Scroll down for the complete list of shows – as well as my thoughts on the network’s decisions:



Celebrity Apprentice

Who Do You Think You Are?

The Sing-Off

The Biggest Loser


Harry’s Law


30 Rock

Parks & Recreation

Law & Order: SVU

The Office


The Cape


Friday Night Lights – Final Season

The Paul Reiser Show


Minute to Win It (?)

School Pride


The Event

Law & Order: LA

Perfect Couples


America’s Next Great Restaurant

My Thoughts:

Wow, this was quite a frustrating year for NBC.  After being bashed by viewers and the industry itself for the Leno M-F 10p strip (which took away work from writers), they needed to rehab their image and get back in good favor.  Due to that, NBC ordered up a bunch of new shows – mostly dramas – to entice viewers back.  The Cape, Outlaw, Undercovers, Chase, The Event – these shows promised to give a fresh twist on a familiar setting.  The result?

A near-unanimous cold shoulder.   Outlaw, Chase, and The Cape (a midseason show) were practically DOA.  The Event started off promising; but its ratings started to spiral downwards rather quickly.  It did manage to get a full season order, but after its winter break, the audience had moved on.

Law & Order: LA was a show that was created to appease the fans that were mad because NBC reneged on their promise to renew the original Law & Order a year back (had it been renewed a 21st season, it would have been the longest running primetime drama in TV history, beating Gunsmoke).  Turns out, it only took fans a few weeks into the show to realize that they were still mad.  Even after retooling the show (killing off Skeet’s character, making Molina the focal character), the ratings never got to a comfortable level.  I was sad to hear it got cancelled, as a buddy of mine was going to be a recurring character.

A handful of freshman sitcoms came and went – The Paul Reiser Show, Perfect Couples, and Outsourced.  Premiering after The Office, Outsourced actually did impressive numbers.  However, when it was moved after 30 Rock (at 10:30p EST), the numbers dropped down to tiny bits.  Midseason show Perfect Couples didn’t even get to run its entire short order, but at least it lasted longer than its replacement – The Paul Reiser Show – which was canned after only two airings.

No word yet on Minute to Win It’s fate.  Here’s the deal: It’s not scheduled for Fall 2011 or Midseason 2012 – but if (and when) new shows get cancelled, this cheap game show will be quick and easy to produce some filler installations.  The ratings when the series first started were stellar, but – like every other primetime game show – it started to over-saturate the schedule to the point of viewer indifference.  But don’t count it out yet.

Are you shocked that The Office (sans Carell) and The Biggest Loser (sans Jillian Michaels) were renewed?  That’s silly!  They are the top-rated shows for NBCThe Office does well with the high-income households as well.  Those shows aren’t going anywhere.

Now Law & Order: SVU will be one to watch, ratings-wise.  Christopher Meloni won’t be returning, and Mariska Hargitay will only appear for the first 13 episodes of the 22-ep order.  Kelli Giddish (Chase) & Danny Pino (Cold Case) will be the two new leads.  While a strong performer for NBC, fans seem to have invested a lot in their favorite detective team over the past 12 seasons.  I’ll be interested if the show will stay high, or start going downward like CSI once Patterson left.

30 Rock has never been a ratings winner, but it’s the perfect storm for habitual NBC renewal – combining Emmy nods, Tina Fey, & Lorne Michaels.  This show will last as long as Fey wants to keep it going, but longer than Alec Baldwin would prefer.

Community also is a meager with ratings, but it has a lot of things going for it (besides being one of my favorites) – It didn’t totally get destroyed by The Big Bang Theory, and its numbers didn’t dip when American Idol joined the party midseason.  In fact, it retained the majority of its fall numbers.  NBC has to be thankful of that – you can’t ask much more than that for your Thursday night primetime kick-off show.  It got a full season order too – which will get it up to over 66 episodes.  What does that mean?  That means it’s more than likely going to get a fourth season renewal as well.  In this day-and-age, a show needs 88 episodes to be stripped (meaning entering a Monday-Friday) syndication run.

For fall, Chuck will run on Fridays.  It’s looking like the 13-episode order will be the final episodes of The Little Dramedy That Could.


So what do YOU think?  Are you happy/upset about any of the choices NBC made?  Would you have done anything differently? 

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FX Renews 3 Comedies

08/08/2011 at 10:24 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | 1 Comment
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Great news for FX fans!

FX has renewed Wilfred for a second season, Louie for a third season, and It’s Always Sunny in Flip-A-Del…I mean, Philadelphia for two more seasons (an 8th and 9th)!!  This makes Sunny the longest running live-action comedy in the history of basic cable!

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