Posts Tagged ‘spotlight’
 

 

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Hannibal”

  HANNIBAL:  Thursday 10PM on NBC – Potential DVR Alert Bryan Fuller has a very unusual sensibility, especially for network TV.  He’s attracted both to gruesome crime stories and elaborate visual tableaux, as...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

Roger Ebert (1942-2013): The Balcony Is Closed

  Roger Ebert, after enduring cancer with extraordinary fortitude for over a decade, passed away today.  Ebert was one of the smartest, hardest-working and most passionate film critics of his generation, and almost certai...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED’S WEDNESDAY NETWORK SCORECARD – 4/3/13

  A solid start for ABC’s new sitcom. ABC:  The night’s new configuration worked out well, at least for now.  THE MIDDLE was up 0.2 to 2.0 (still 15% below its season average), while SUBURGATORY, although sli...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Rogue”

  ROGUE:  Wednesday 9PM on Audience Network (DirecTV only) – Change the Channel Remember when the phrase “cable drama” only implied a cheaper, racier version of a network cop show?  Subscribers to Direc...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS April 5-7

The box office is starting to stabilize after a rough first quarter of the year.  This weekend’s top 12 films should total about $120 million, within 3% of the same weekend in recent years and the second weekend in a row...
by Mitch Metcalf
 

 
 

THE SKED: “Justified” Finale Runs Low On Ratings Bullets

  The critical consensus on this season of JUSTIFIED–including here–was that it was excellent, perhaps the best of the series so far.  Viewers, though, seemed less enthused, as last night’s season finale...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED: It’s Official – Leno Hands Over the “Tonight Show” Pink Slip to Jimmy Fallon

  Well, as TONIGHT SHOW transitions go, this one was relatively painless (so far).  NBC announced today what’s been an open secret for weeks:  in Spring 2014 (specific date TBD), after what’s sure to be an ex...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED’S TUESDAY NETWORK SCORECARD – 4/2/13

  Essentially, right now you could air a reading of the US budget after The Voice and do some kind of number. NBC:  THE VOICE continued on its merry way, up 0.2 from last Tuesday’s installment to 4.3.  The first ha...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

PREMIERING TONIGHT: “How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” PILOT REVIEW

    HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE):  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC –  Change the Channel There isn’t much to be said for the exhaustively titled midseason comedy HOW TO LIVE WITH YOU...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

The Sked: TUESDAY Ratings Charts

Tuesday network ratings versus the same night last year. Original episode track for Tuesday broadcast programs.
by Mitch Metcalf
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Justified”

  Season 4 of  JUSTIFIED may or may not have been its best so far–Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett still towers over Season 2–but it was unquestionably the most thrillingly novelistic, true to the show...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “The New Normal”

  Over the course of the season, THE NEW NORMAL toned down its most disastrous miscalculation, which can be summarized in two words:  Ellen Barkin.  Not Barkin the very fine actress, of course, but the character she was ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED’S SUNDAY CABLE RATINGS REPORT – 3/31/13

  Simply a spectacular night for cable television. AMC:  The season finale for THE WALKING DEAD had an astounding 9.1 rating in 18-49s when its 9PM, 11PM, midnight and 1AM airings are combined, and the 9PM broadcast alone...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

Top Cable Shows of the Week — Final Update

For broadcasters: The end of the world as you know it?  Walking Dead not only tops the cable ratings chart, but also beat everything else on TV — by far.  The highest-rated program in prime time last week on broadcast ...
by Mitch Metcalf
 

 

 

THE SKED’S MONDAY NETWORK SCORECARD – 4/1/13

NBC hopes last night’s Revolution rating was an April Fool’s joke. Last night’s ratings compared to the comparable night last year, in this case March 26 instead of April 2 because the NCAA Champsionship was p...
by Mitch Salem