Posts Tagged ‘cable’
 

 

THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “The Newsroom”

THE NEWSROOM:  Sundays 10PM on HBO – DVR Alert We live in an era of TV auteurs.  Although there will always be networks and studios writing the checks–just ask Dan Harmon–it’s arguably the case that wr...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED: “Devious Maids” Takes A Walk to Lifetime

  It’s rare for a busted network pilot to find a home somewhere else, but DEVIOUS MAIDS, which had been created by Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry initially for ABC (and by its in-house studio), has accomplis...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED: Wednesday Scripted Cable Scorecard – 6/20/12

Dallas isn’t a flash in the pan. TNT:  The 2d episode of DALLAS held up well from its premiere–surprisingly, even more so with younger audiences than with total viewers.  18-49 demo number fell from 1.5 to 1.3, a ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SUNDAY SCRIPTED CABLE SCORECARD – 6/17/12

  A night loaded with season finales and premieres. HBO:  GIRLS has developed into exactly the kind of show HBO loves.  Even with all the hype that surrounded its arrival, it’s proven to be an ever-larger buzz magn...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Fairly Legal”

  There were a lot of nips and tucks in the now-concluded 2d season of USA’s FAIRLY LEGAL.  The show overall had a less comedic feel, and the heroine, Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi), was turned into more of an adult, which...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Mad Men”

The title of MAD MEN‘s Season 5 finale was “The Phantom,” and as is almost always the case with Matthew Weiner’s opus, it had several meanings.  (Weiner shared credit for the finale’s script with ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Necessary Roughness”

  WHERE WE WERE:  Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) was a happy suburban wife and mother who provided therapy to a few clients on the side, when her entire life was disrupted by a nasty divorce that left her in need of a g...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Franklin & Bash”

        This summer, TNT is airing an ambitious slate of original programming, including the final season of its signature series The Closer, the launches of spinoff Major Crimes and new procedural Perception, a...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SUNDAY SCRIPTED CABLE SCORECARD – 6/3/12

  On a night when nothing even came close to ESPN’s coverage of Game 4 of the Boston/Miami NBA PLAYOFFS with its lofty 4.9 rating, there was still plenty to see elsewhere on cable.   HBO:  GAME OF THRONES had a...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “Longmire”

      COMING THIS WEEK:  The New and Improved SHOWBUZZDAILY!     It’s a paradox of American pop culture of the moment that you can barely sell a movie ticket for anything that even smells like a ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

The Sked: Cable Ratings May 22-28

On the cable front this past seven days, only the NBA could stop History’s rampaging Hatfield & McCoys.  On Monday night, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals (Boston Celtics at Miami Heat) averaged a 4.1 rating ...
by Mitch Metcalf
 

 
 

THE SKED REVIEW: “Hatfields & McCoys” Episode 2

  The second 2-hour chunk of the newly anointed most popular scripted show in the history of basic cable, History’s HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, was much like the first episode:  a strong opening hour followed by a secon...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED: A’Feudin’ and A-Watchin’

  History Channel has to be awfully happy with its decision to get into the scripted programming business.  Part 1 of HATFIELDS & MCCOYS (our review is here) premiered last night to the largest non-sports audience in ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED REVIEW: “Hatfields & McCoys” Episode 1

    Even as the scripted drama business on the broadcast networks subsides into increasing irrelevance, new players arise who want to take part.  Dramas may not be cost-effective in the way that they once were, but t...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

The Sked: Cable Ratings May 15-22

The NBA Playoffs continue to gain momentum: three games on TNT scored over a 3 rating with Adults 18-49, with Monday’s 9:43 pm contest hitting a 3.7 rating and over 8 million viewers 2+.  The bad news for NBA broadcast p...
by Mitch Metcalf