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2016-17 TV Season

UPDATED: NIELSENWAR UPFRONTS: Fall CBS Schedule(s)

Posted May 18, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Conservative CBS is making lots of changes next fall. UPDATED with reactions to trailers, which are available here.     No network preaches the “Everything is just fine in broadcast TV” scripture louder than CBS, but the fact is that its biggest hits (The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Survivor) are aging, and the network […]

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2016-17 TV Season

UPDATED – NIELSENWAR UPFRONTS: FOX Fall–and Midseason–2016 Schedule (with NBC/FOX grid)

Posted May 16, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  UPDATED with reactions to FOX trailers, which are available here:   The FOX fall schedule is a puzzlement. FOX seems to have done little to help itself with its fall 2016 line-up, leaving two of its weakest nights unimproved, and burying one of its highest-profile projects on low-rated Friday.  The network will be more […]

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Midseason Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review: “The Night Shift”

Posted May 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE NIGHT SHIFT:  Tuesday 10PM on NBC – Change the Channel It’s as though NBC and series creators Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs (they were among the showrunners of the 90210 reboot, and wrote the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie) deliberately set out to make the least distinctive series possible with THE NIGHT […]

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2016-17 TV Season

NIELSENWAR UPFRONTS: Fall CW Schedule

Posted May 19, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  CW will continue to be DC Comics (and Greg Berlanti) TV. For a network that only ordered three new shows (two of them for fall), CW has made quite a few changes in its new schedule, with DC Comics properties anchoring 4 nights of the week (and veteran Vampire Diaries the 5th) for stability, but […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “Mixology”

Posted February 26, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  MIXOLOGY:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC – Worth A Look MIXOLOGY is the most ambitious of ABC’s new comedies, although “ambitious” in this case means resembling one of those omnibus rom-com movies that simultaneously tell half a dozen stories, all turning out to be tangentially related to each other.  At its best, that subgenre is […]

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Midseason Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review: “Gang-Related”

Posted May 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GANG-RELATED:  Thursday 9PM on FOX – Change the Channel I think my favorite cliche in the pilot for FOX’s burn-off drama GANG-RELATED–out of, believe me, plenty of choices–comes at the end of an argument between a fiery Assistant District Attorney (Shantal VanSanten) and the head of the show’s inter-agency Gang Task Force (Terry O’Quinn).  […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “About A Boy”

Posted February 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  ABOUT A BOY:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC (Preview Tonight at 11:05PM) – If Nothing Else is On… ABOUT A BOY, which NBC will preview tonight at the close of Olympics coverage ahead of its regular timeslot premiere on Tuesday, has a daunting pedigree.  It’s based on the excellent 2002 Paul Weitz/Chris Weitz feature film […]

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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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