2014-15 TV Season

SHOWBUZZDAILY Emmy Awards Thoughts

Posted September 20, 2015 by Mitch Salem

The EMMY AWARDS could hardly have gone more emphatically HBO’s way, with wins for Best Drama, Comedy, Limited Series and Made-For-TV Movie, not to mention many of the acting, writing and directing awards that went with them.  It was a night with a lot of exciting new winners, but the show itself was very much […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR Network Midterm Grades: FOX

Posted January 4, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The midseason part of the broadcast network schedule kicks off in a few hours, and we’ve spent the past few days taking a look at ABC, CBS and NBC.  Today it’s the turn of the most critical patient in the quartet. FOX Fall Primetime 18-49 Average (through December 28):  1.58, down 17.8% from Fall […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR Full Season Network Report Cards: NBC

Posted May 9, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Has there ever been a #1 network as screwed up as this year’s edition of NBC? Full Season To Date (through May 3) 18-49 Rating Average:  2.04 (#1), Down 13.7% From Last Season Season Grade:  D+ What Happened:  Sunday:  NBC is at the top of the broadcast networks for one and a half reasons.  […]

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2014-15 TV Season

THE SKED Fall Pilot Report: FOX’s “Gracepoint”

Posted August 16, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GRACEPOINT:  Thursday 9PM on FOX starting October 2 – Potential DVR Alert PLAYERS:  Broadchurch, the wildly successful limited (and now continuing) British TV series, of which Gracepoint is a remake.  Broadchurch returnees, including series creator Chris Chibnall, director James Strong and star David Tennant.  A cast surrounding Tennant that includes Anna Gunn, Nick Nolte, […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: Bring Out Your Dead! NBC Executes “Bad Judge” and “A To Z”

Posted October 31, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  After last night’s atrocious 0.9/0.7 pairing, it was clear that the writing on the wall for NBC’s BAD JUDGE and A TO Z was scrawled in blood.  The network chose Halloween afternoon to announce the burials.  Those very few who enjoyed the shows needn’t start weeping just yet, though:  since The Blacklist was already […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15: The NBC Schedule – Grid and Instant Analysis

Posted May 11, 2014 by Mitch Metcalf

  NBC has kept a lot of is pieces in place, but also made some significant changes for next season, especially on its once-signature Thursday night.  Let’s dig in. MONDAY:  No surprise that THE VOICE is staying where it is, but 10PM is a risk.  NBC will keep THE BLACKLIST there only until November 10, […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15: ABC Picks Up “Secrets & Lies,” Negotiates on “Nashville”

Posted May 9, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  One more drama for ABC:  the murder-driven soap SECRETS & LIES, which had a high-profile deal that would have required the network to pay a large penalty if it hadn’t ordered the series (it has a 10-episode order, which may tag it as more likely for midseason than fall).  It’s based on an Australian […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “The Whispers”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE WHISPERS:  Midseason TBD on ABC THE FACTS:  Something is taking possession of American children and making them do very bad things–like “kill your parents” bad things.  They may be on their way to launching an all-out attack, and Lily Rabe is the government agent tasked to stop them.  The series creator is Soo […]

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