2017-18 TV Season

UPDATED WITH ANALYSIS: NIELSENWAR: The CBS Fall 2017 Schedule

Posted May 17, 2017 by Mitch Salem

    See our analysis of the fall line-ups for NBC, FOX and ABC. CBS always has the same story to tell at this time of year.  It portrays itself, with some accuracy, as television’s bastion of consistency, where hit shows run for years and years (and years and years and years), and even the […]

Full Story »

2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15: House Cleaning at NBC and ABC

Posted May 9, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  If #6seasonsandamovie is going to happen for COMMUNITY, it won’t be at NBC, which finally fired the bullet that’s been aimed at Dan Harmon’s show seemingly every season since it went on the air.  That doesn’t necessarily mean Community is dead, since there have been murmurs of a possible move to cable or a […]

Full Story »

2017-18 TV Season

UPDATED WITH ANALYSIS: NIELSENWAR: The FOX Fall 2017 Schedule

Posted May 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

See our commentary on the NBC fall schedule here. FOX had a terrible 2016-17 season (blurred a bit by airing the Super Bowl and a historic World Series).  The closest thing it had to a new hit was Lethal Weapon, and it watched in horror as Empire plunged in the ratings with unprecedented speed.  The network’s fall schedule […]

Full Story »

2019-20 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The Fall 2019 CW Schedule & Analysis

Posted May 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

We’ve reached the broadcast networks’ Upfront Week… which used to be a lot more central to our television lives than it is now.  Ratings everywhere are down, and there’s no reason to think they’ve hit bottom, which has caused seismic changes in the ways networks make scheduling decisions.  Among other things, with revenues from on-air […]

Full Story »

Articles

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: CBS Featurette – “The Crazy Ones”

Posted May 15, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  CBS–because it’s CBS–doesn’t release trailers for its new series, but instead provides 3-4 minute behind-the-scenes featurettes.  These are about as informative as the puff pieces you’d find as an “extra” on a Hollywood DVD, and they’re even less reliable as a predictor of series quality than a real trailer would be.  So take them […]

Full Story »

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, […]

Full Story »

Articles

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: ABC Trailer – “Once Upon A Time In Wonderland”

Posted May 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  ABC has had no success at all in the Thursday 8PM slot for years, which is doubly frustrating now that 9PM and 10PM are humming along beautifully with the Grey’s Anatomy/Scandal duo.  The network is trying something familiar and yet new next season:  the spin-off ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, which in theory […]

Full Story »

2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: “Secrets and Lies”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SECRETS AND LIES:  Midseason TBD on ABC THE FACTS:  Another ABC murder soap, this one starring Ryan Phillippe as a man who finds the body of a neighbor’s child in the woods, KaDee Strickland as his wife, and Juliette Lewis as the homicide detective who thinks he’s the killer.  It’s based on an Australian […]

Full Story »