Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy 1 Year Anniversary To Chris Colley's TV Blog*: A Few Reflections


Before you start reading this, I'd like to share a somewhat funny little anecdote.  I actually messed up the day of my TV blog's 1 year anniversary, and originally wrote this on Thursday, May 24, 2012 (I even posted it for a couple of minutes, before realizing my error).  I'm going to leave the numbers in that I wrote that day, and add the numbers of what's happened since.  It's pretty staggering to me, and I really appreciate all the page views.


It's hard to believe, but it's already been a year since I wrote my first blog post, which can be found here.  For those who don't like to read such things, I'll quote the basic mission statement (next to my profile picture) from when I began the blog.  You'll have to tell me how well, or how poorly, I've done since writing these words:

 "I may have missed my calling as a network programming executive, but it's probably too late to worry about that now. So, a lot of what you'll be reading will be my thoughts along those lines. It may often be misinformed, or stupid, but, hopefully, it will always be entertaining. I have no idea where this journey will lead, but it's one I feel is worth taking. My friend, Magalie N., poked and prodded me into this journey, and with her support, and hopefully the support of over a dozen others, this could end up being a fun ride."

I find that last statement especially entertaining, and I'll explain why below.

This will be my 216th published post, once it is complete.  I've probably lost much of my expected facebook audience (a dozen or so people who expressed interest), who I was originally writing these blog posts for.  There have probably been some people I could have never expected to read it, who have, and some who probably hoped it would be better than it has turned out, so far, and stopped.  However, I have somehow managed (as of the exact writing of these words) to have gotten 9,225 (as of right now, it is at 10,185!) page clicks.  Of course, some of these are mine, as I get one view for every time I log in, and probably a decent chunk are from the Russian spambots.  One thing I can say for certain is that, over the last 2 months, most of these page clicks have been real (the uptick in traffic over the last month has been truly mind boggling to me, with an average of nearly 1000 page views per week).  I now want to take the opportunity to thank everyone, who has read anything on the blog, for reading.  Hopefully I have given you at least one thing you were interested in.  My goal is to present information in a way you can easily digest (many sites have the information presented, or hidden in ways that is no fun), and to hopefully attempt to do it in an entertaining way.

As a maybe fun exercise, here are my traffic numbers for each month of the blog, so far.  The first month is very misleading, because I hadn't figured out how to turn off tracking of my own page clicks.  So, those early numbers are inflated, and they become much more realistic, shortly after.  The first major uptick in traffic, for the site, came when I started writing about Homeland.  Things really began to take off when I became a regular contributor on several of the IMDb message boards for shows I watch.  That's where we're at now.  As you'll see from the next parts I post, there is a wide disparity between individual post clicks and overall page clicks.  That's because I generally just refer people to the home page via a link in my "signature".  I also don't force people to click to see the whole post of anything they're interested in, which probably further skews the numbers.  I'm not getting paid for any of this, anyway, so the way it's currently done is perfectly fine with me.

Chris Colley's TV Blog* Traffic By Month:

May, 2011-135 page views
June, 2011-372 page views
July, 2011-219 page views
August, 2011-178 page views
September, 2011-238 page views
October, 2011-173 page views
November, 2011-343 page views
December, 2011-431 page views
January, 2012-407 page views
February, 2012-546 page views
March, 2012-1,465 page views
April, 2012-1,290 page views
May, 2012-3,457 page views! (as of right now 4,338!)

Right now, I'd like to give a quick list of my most popular posts, as listed by the blog on the main page, and talk a little about each one:

1. PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS) Season 1 Final Scene Re-imagined By Chris Colley

I posted this late last Saturday night.  As of the writing of these words, I have gotten 263 page views (586 page views as of right now) on this post.  If you watch the show, hopefully you found the video entertaining.  I know I did...I'll be here all post folks. 

2. Fall 2011-2012 Canceled Scripted TV Shows List (Big 4 Networks Only) 

It should come as no surprise that this is second.  What I have found, over the course of the first year of this blog, is that people prefer bad news to good news.  Canceled shows are what gets the page views, folks. (223 page views) 

3. Gratuitous Nudity, An Ugly Sex Scene, A Lot Of Alcohol, A Drug Reference, Shocking Language, Vomit, And A Dominatrix

If you put in a few fun terms in your post title, you are sure to draw some strange traffic (right Katie L.?)This was the review of a Pilot for a show I thought I would hate, but ended up loving.  I won't tell you what, though.  Read it, it's okay.  It's pretty good timing for the second season return of the show, as well. (188 page views)

4. HOMELAND (Showtime, Sundays, 10pm ET): Episode 2 Scene By Scene And Character Dissection

If you followed this blog closely, you will know that I had a little bit of a problem with Homeland.  In the seventh episode, something extraordinarily odd happened, in regards to a character.  I wanted to go back and dissect all of the episodes to find out if this twist made any sense.  The season was over before I got to the third dissection, and you will see, in the next most popular post, below, how I felt. (166 page views)

5. HOMELAND Episode 1: This Is What Happens When You F With The Man

I was so mad at the end of the first season that I wrote a post laden with spoilers that was particularly snarky.  I believe that the writers, based on how the season ended, were just making everything up as they went along.  Because of this, I will never trust the writers to do well on this show, again.  I'll be watching everything with a cocked head from now on, because they cannot be trusted.  In fact, if Awake (NBC) has a dissatisfying ending, I may never watch another Howard Gordon produced show again. (155 page views)
6. HOMELAND (Showtime, Sundays, 10pm ET): Episode 1 Scene By Scene And Character Dissection

Not a lot of people watch Homeland, but a whole lot of people evidently had questions.  Three of my Homeland posts made the top 10 most popular posts.  I consider the Homeland posts to be failures, because I was so angry that I couldn't finish them.  They were extraordinarily time consuming, and there was no reason to continue writing them after the extremely dissatisfying end of season 1. (143 page views)

7. Chris Colley's TV Blog*'s 2012 TV Pilot Season Slate Preliminary Analysis

This turned out to be a very popular post, even though I had no expectations for it.  You can guarantee I will do another one of these, next season. (125 page views)

8. All Of The 2011-2012 NBC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

My post about the all the NBC renewals and cancellations was probably more popular than many of their shows.  I'll be writing a lot about NBC, and its mind numbing lack of guts in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned. (120 page views, this one moved into 8th place since the original writing of this post) 

9. A Word About The 2012 Mid-Season Premiere and Follow Ups (Monday, February 6, 2012 Episodes)

This was the ratings post I made that included the premiere of Smash (NBC).  As I said at the outset of the post, I knew people were extremely interested in the premiere ratings for that show.   Because of that, they somehow randomly ended up at my blog. (116 page views)

10a. All Of The 2011-2012 ABC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

Since I originally wrote the 1 year anniversary post, this post surpassed the Sgt. Wu post in page clicks.  That doesn't mean that I'm not going to keep the Sgt. Wu post as 10b, because I think you should read that post, and watch Grimm. (78 page views)

10b. GRIMM (NBC): Sgt. Wu Has An Eating Disorder

I absolutely love that this post made the top 10 most popular posts.  Sgt. Wu is a great character on Grimm, and his mid-season story arc was absolutely fantastic.  He was who helped us realize that something far more sinister was going on in Portland than what we had previously seen.  Keeping track of the things Sgt. Wu ate was a pretty fun experience for the three episodes his appetite was out of whack. (52 page views)


As for my reflections about the first year of the blog, there are lots of things I've learned (I even composed several posts containing videos in HTML!), and lots of places where I still have room to grow.  I've figured out the names of some of my important recurring posts (TV Ratings Notes, RENEW/CANCEL NEWS, etc.), but one thing I have yet to figure out is how to handle my "What I'm Watching Now" feature.  When it started, it was just me writing a paragraph about each show I watched during the week.  Unfortunately, some of the shows in the fall weren't interesting enough to keep me writing about them in that form.  It is now just a "rated" list of what I'm currently watching, but doesn't give you a full idea of what I watch, as seasons begin and end frequently, throughout the TV season.  Due to that inherent problem, I may try to "re-brand" it for the summer shows, and maybe just write about one interesting thing that happened in each episode (for the good ones), or one thing that aggravated me in the bad ones.

As for something I'd like to improve on in the coming year, I don't think I've spent enough time writing about new shows, which is something I think I can do pretty decently.  When the blog first started, I took requests of shows to watch that I hadn't seen (I have a huge blank wall between 2002 and 2010, fyi).  That got me to watch several shows I hadn't seen, and I am glad I did.  I said at one point, in one of my intro posts, that I am a Pilot freak.  That means if I watch a new show, I should write about it, whether it's good or bad.  I'll try to do that this summer, and provided I have the time, I will also go back and write about the Pilot for Common Law (USA, Friday nights at 10pm ET), a show I think anyone with a good sense of humor should be watching.

To wrap up, one thing that will never change is that I love analyzing TV ratings, and I love speculating about the fates of shows.  That will always be a big part of the blog, regardless of whether you wish those posts would go away.  Speaking of going away, I think I've bored you enough with my 1 year anniversary post.  Hopefully things will continue to grow in the next year, and hopefully I will write and create (videos, photo collages, etc.) some more stuff that you will find entertaining.  Thank you ALL for reading (with a special shout out to the people who visit here from IMDb), and I mean that.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

More PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS) Season 1 Final Scene Re-imaginations By Chris Colley

I can't take credit for the idea behind these particular videos, but I did put them together.  The creativity was inspired by IMDb poster desertdude1953.  I don't think they are quite as good as my original re-imagination (the artist in me just popped out...ha!), but some of them are still very entertaining in their own ways.  These will also likely appeal to another audience, provided the original audio source is recognized.  Which one of these do you like best? Enjoy, and thanks for reading.

Monday, May 21, 2012

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: Rules Of Engagement (CBS)

Rules of Engagement has been renewed, and it will be waiting in the wings for the first sitcom failure of CBS's 2012-2013 season.  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

All Of The 2011-2012 CBS Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

UPDATE (May 21, 2012):

Rules of Engagement has been renewed. 


The world may end before we find out the fate of Rules of Engagement, so I'm going to go ahead and give you the full list of renewals and cancellations of CBS TV shows.  The good news, for fans of the show, is that I am anticipating that Rules of Engagement will be back, at some point, to occupy the time slot of the stinking corpse of another canceled sitcom.  Thanks for reading.

2011-2012 TV Season Renewals:

How I Met Your Mother 
The Big Bang Theory
2 Broke Girls
Mike & Molly
NCIS: Los Angeles
Criminal Minds
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Hawaii Five-O
Person of Interest 
The Mentalist
Blue Bloods
The Good Wife
Two and a Half Men
Rules of Engagement 

2011-2012 TV Season Cancellations: 

How To Be a Gentleman
A Gifted Man
CSI: Miami

All Of The 2011-2012 NBC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

All Of The 2011-2012 ABC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here  

All Of The 2011-2012 FOX Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here 

PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS) Season 1 Final Scene Re-imagined By Chris Colley

Thank you, Person of Interest makers for making one of the most enjoyable first seasons of any TV show I have ever seen.  As a homage to that, I have clarified the very end of the episode, to remove any ambiguity about what's really going on.  If you haven't seen the final episode, yet, don't watch the video.  If you have, please do, and I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for reading and watching.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CBS 2012-2013 New Show Behind The Scenes Trailers

As you may remember, I specialize in the post-production sound mixing of Behind The Scenes documentary type stuff, and, just like last year, the CBS BTS trailers will likely prove to be a painful watch for me. CBS, I'm more than willing to do this kind of sound mixing work for you, if it would make them be of a higher quality than what I saw in the first two minutes of the Elementary BTS trailer.

As for the shows, I'll give my thoughts in the coming weeks, but what do you think of what you see here? What will you watch? Thanks for reading.



Made in Jersey:


ABC 2012-2013 New Show Trailers

I'll give my thoughts in the coming weeks, but what do you think of what you see here? What will you watch? Thanks for reading.

666 Park Avenue:

The Family Tools:

How to Live with Your Parents:

Last Resort:

Malibu Country:



The Neighbors:

Red Widow:

Zero Hour:

FOX 2012-2013 New Show Trailers

I'll give my thoughts in the coming weeks, but what do you think of what you see here? What will you watch? Thanks for reading.

The Mob Doctor:

Ben & Kate:

The Mindy Project:

Airing Mid-Season:

The Following:

The Goodwin Games:

NBC 2012-2013 New Show Trailers

I'll give my thoughts in the coming weeks, but what do you think of what you see here? What will you watch? Thanks for reading.

Go On:

The New Normal:

Chicago Fire:

Animal Practice:


Guys with Kids:

CBS 2012-2013 Schedule Has Been Announced

There were big changes on next season's schedule, and the fate of Rules of Engagement has yet to be decided.  I'm going to go ahead and say it's getting renewed, as I expect the new show Partners will have a rough road to success.  Isn't that what Rules of Engagement has been all about, anyway?  That show seems to feed off of everyone's a fly.  This schedule was reported by TV by the Numbers, and many others.  Thanks for reading.


How I Met Your Mother (8pm ET)
Partners (8:30pm ET)
2 Broke Girls (9pm ET)
Mike & Molly (9:30pm ET)
Hawaii Five-O (10pm ET)


NCIS (8pm ET)
NCIS: Los Angeles (9pm ET)
Vegas (10pm ET)


Survivor (8pm ET)
Criminal Minds (9pm ET)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (10pm ET) 


The Big Bang Theory (8pm ET)
Two and a Half Men (8:30pm ET)
Person of Interest (9pm ET)
Elementary (10pm ET)


CSI: NY (8pm ET)
Made in Jersey (9pm ET)
Blue Bloods (10pm ET)


Crimetime Saturday (8pm ET)
Crimetime Saturday (9pm ET)
48 Hours Mystery (10pm ET)


60 Minutes (7pm ET)
The Amazing Race (8pm ET)
The Good Wife (9pm ET)
The Mentalist (10pm ET)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ABC 2012-2013 Schedule Has Been Announced

As reported by TV by the Numbers and many others.


Dancing with the Stars (8pm-10pm ET)
Castle (10pm ET)

In January:

The Bachelor (8pm-10pm ET)
Castle (10pm ET)


Dancing with the Stars the Results Show (8pm ET)
Happy Endings (9pm ET)
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (9:30pm ET)
Private Practice (10pm ET)

In January:

How to Live with Your Parents (8pm ET)
The Family Tools (8:30pm ET)


The Middle (8pm ET)
Suburgatory (8:30pm ET)
Modern Family (9pm ET)
The Neighbors (9:30pm ET)
Nashville (10pm ET)


Last Resort (8pm ET)
Grey's Anatomy (9pm ET)
Scandal (10pm ET)


Shark Tank (8pm ET)
What Would You Do? (9pm ET)
20/20 (10pm ET)

In November:

Last Man Standing (8pm ET)
Malibu Country (8:30pm ET)
Shark Tank (9pm ET)
20/20 (10pm ET)


Saturday Night College Football (8pm ET)


America's Funniest Home Videos (7pm ET)
Once Upon a Time (8pm ET)
Revenge (9pm ET)
666 Park Avenue (10pm ET) 

Body of Proof is planned for mid-season, at this point.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, May 14, 2012

FOX 2012-2013 Schedule Has Been Announced

As reported by TV by the Numbers and many others. 


Bones (8pm ET)
The Mob Doctor (9pm ET)


Raising Hope (8pm ET)
Ben and Kate (8:30pm ET)
New Girl (9pm ET)
The Mindy Project (9:30pm ET)


The X Factor (8pm-10pm ET, fall season)
American Idol (8pm-10pm ET, mid-season)


The X Factor Results (8pm ET, fall season)
American Idol Results (8pm ET, mid-season)
Glee (9pm ET)


Touch (8pm ET)
Fringe (9pm ET, fall season)

Hell's Kitchen (mid-season)


FOX Sports Saturday (7pm-10:30pm ET) 

Cops (mid-season)


NFL Game (7pm ET, fall)/Animation Domination (7pm ET, encores)
The OT (7:30pm ET, fall)/The Cleveland Show (7:30pm ET)
The Simpsons (8pm ET)
Bob's Burgers (8:30pm ET)
Family Guy (9pm ET)
American Dad (9:30pm ET)

All Of The 2011-2012 FOX Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

FOX finally canceled Napoleon Dynamite earlier today, so that makes my list complete.  Enjoy.  Thanks for reading.

2011-2012 TV Season Renewals:

The Simpsons
Family Guy
The Cleveland Show
American Dad 
New Girl
Raising Hope
Fringe (13 episode final season) 

2011-2012 TV Season Cancellations:

Terra Nova
House (final season) 
Allen Gregory
I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Breaking In
The Finder
Napoleon Dynamite   

All Of The 2011-2012 NBC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here  

All Of The 2011-2012 ABC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: Napoleon Dynamite (FOX)

Napoleon Dynamite has been canceled.  I almost fell asleep writing that.  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

NBC 2012-2013 Schedule Has Been Announced

As reported by TV by the Numbers and many others.


The Voice (8-10pm ET)
Revolution (10pm ET)


The Voice (8pm ET)
Go On (9pm ET)
The New Normal (9:30pm ET)
Parenthood (10pm ET)


Animal Practice (8pm ET)
Guys with Kids (8:30pm ET)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9pm ET)
Chicago Fire (10pm ET)


30 Rock (8pm ET)
Up All Night (8:30pm ET)
The Office (9pm ET)
Parks and Recreation (9:30pm ET)
Rock Center with Brian Williams (10pm ET)


Whitney (8pm ET)
Community (8:30pm ET)
Grimm (9pm ET)
Dateline NBC (10pm ET)


Encore Programming

Sunday (Fall 2012):

Football Night in America (7pm-8:15pm ET)
NBC Sunday Night Football (8:15pm-11:30pm ET)

Sunday (Post NFL 2013):

Dateline NBC (7pm ET)
Fashion Star (8pm ET)
The Celebrity Apprentice (9pm ET)
Do No Harm (10pm ET)

Thanks for reading


Rob has been canceled.  I think this show brought some viewers to Person of Interest, and I have to admit I enjoyed it.  I'm pretty sad to see it go, but I guess that's the way it goes.  Thanks for reading.

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS (CBS): Unforgettable and NYC22

It comes as no shock to me that both of these shows have been canceled.  Thanks for reading.

The Fates Have Been Decided For CSI: NY And CSI: Miami (CBS)

CSI: NY has been renewed, and CSI: Miami has been canceled.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, May 11, 2012

All Of The 2011-2012 ABC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

Second up in these posts is ABC.  FOX should have been first, but they have been reluctant to announce the fate of the animated comedy, Napoleon Dynamite.  Well, you snooze, you lose.  Here are all of the 2011-2012 renewals and cancellations for ABC.  Thanks for reading.

2011-2012 TV Season Renewals:

Once Upon a Time
Grey's Anatomy
Modern Family
The Middle
Happy Endings 
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23
Private Practice
Body of Proof 
Last Man Standing 

2011-2012 TV Season Cancellations:

Charlie's Angels
Pan Am
Man Up
Work It!
Desperate Housewives (final season)
The River
Cougar Town (picked up by TBS for a fourth season)

All Of The 2011-2012 NBC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here 

All Of The 2011-2012 FOX Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here  

The Verdict Is In On Last Man Standing (ABC)

Last Man Standing (the last outstanding current series, without an announcement, on ABC) has been renewed.  Thanks for reading.

ABC Announces Two More Renewals

Private Practice has been renewed.  However, the renewal shock of the TV season, so far, is that Body of Proof has also been renewed.  I guess they have decided to prop up Body of Proof with DWTS foreva.  Thanks for reading.

Another ABC Renewal

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 has been renewed.  It's a pretty good show, with pretty good ratings, so it's well deserved, and not the least bit of a surprise, to me.  Thanks for reading.

ABC Announces More Cancellations

It is now official that Pan Am, Missing, and The River have been canceled.  Thanks for reading.

Did Y'all Know Another ABC Show Has Been Canceled?

Did you read between the lines there and realize I was talking about GCB?  If you did, then you might be from the same part of the country I'm originally from.  Thanks for reading.

A Twitter Post Reveals Another ABC Renewal

Shonda Rhimes has reported, on her Twitter, that Scandal has been renewed for a second season.  She still has not heard news about Private Practice.  Thanks for reading.

All Of The 2011-2012 NBC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here

In a few weeks, I'll do my end of season wrap ups, just like last season (except totally different), for the big 4 networks.  NBC is the first network to get their full slate of renewals and cancellations done, so I will post theirs first.  As the other networks make their final decisions for their entire slates, I will put together a post just like this one.  Being first to have this post is the only thing NBC has won all season, in regards to scripted TV.  Thanks for reading.

2011-2012 TV Season Renewals:

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 
30 Rock (13 episode final season) 
The Office
Parks and Recreation 
Up All Night 

2011-2012 TV Season Cancellations:

The Playboy Club
Free Agents
Prime Suspect
The Firm
Chuck (final season)
Are You There, Chelsea?
Best Friends Forever
Harry's Law

All Of The 2011-2012 ABC Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here  

All Of The 2011-2012 FOX Renewals And Cancellations Of Scripted TV Shows Can Be Found Here  

A Twitter Post Reveals Another Cancellation

According to Kathy Bates's Twitter feed, Harry's Law (NBC) has been canceled.  I'm kind of disappointed that I won't be able to create a new TV term regarding this show, but this has been a really obvious cancellation, for a long long time.  Thanks for reading.

NBC Announces Some Cancellations

As completely expected, NBC has officially announced the cancellations of Awake, Bent, Best Friends Forever, and Are You There, Chelsea?  Thanks for reading.

ABC Announces A Renewal

ABC has renewed Happy Endings.  Now, get ready for the slam dunk renewal of Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.  Thanks for reading.

No Tease Here, Whitney Renewed By NBC


Mindy Kaling's New FOX Series Has Another Name Change, I'm Here To Help

First it was The Unitled Mindy Kaling Project, then Mindy, then It's Messy, and now it's The Mindy Project.  That probably won't be its ultimate name, so I've decided to give some help (it would be easier if they'd let me see the Pilot, wink, wink, nudge, nudge) on the naming front. 

Malleable Mindy
Windy Mindy

Feel free to add your choices, and maybe we will have this show really named by the end of its first season!  Thanks for reading.

Yep, The Execs At NBC Are Definitely Out Of Their Minds

The pathetically low rated and mediocre sitcom, Up All Night, has been renewed.  I guess Whitney really is on deck for a renewal, as well.  It is a sad day, indeed.  Thanks for reading.

NBC Announces More Renewals

NBC has renewed The Office and Parks and Recreation.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

ABC Announces A Bunch Of Renewals

Okay, here we go!  ABC has renewed Once Upon a Time, Castle, Revenge, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, The Middle, and Suburgatory.  Thanks for reading.

NBC Announces Another Renewal

In what is sure to make all the fans' days, Community has been renewed for 13 episodes.  All the hand wringing these fans go through, on a weekly basis, can finally end, even though I have always tried to make them all feel at ease by predicting renewal over and over on this blog.  Thanks for reading.

Another Cancellation Has Been Announced

The only people who will be shocked by this cancellation are its creators.  A Gifted Man has been canceled by CBS.  Thanks for reading.

NBC Announces More Renewals

NBC has renewed Parenthood, and also renewed 30 Rock for a 13 episode final season.  They'll need those 30 Rock episodes, because a lot of their new sitcoms have a tough road to success.  Thanks for reading.

A Show Is Canceled And Renewed In The Same Breath!

Cougar Town (ABC) has been renewed for a fourth TBS.  That means it was also canceled by ABC.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

FOX Announces Two Cancellations And A Renewal

I'll give the bad news first.  Alcatraz and The Finder have been canceled.  The good news, I think, is that Touch has been renewed.  Thanks for reading.

If You Are Looking For News About 2012 TV Pilots Ordered To Series...

As news breaks, I'm continuously updating one post about this stuff, as I think that is the best place to gather all of that information.  You can find information about the full Pilot slate, in addition to any news of pickups, in my post, "Chris Colley's TV Blog*'s 2012 TV Pilot Season Slate Preliminary Analysis", which can be found here.  Thanks for reading.

NBC Renews A Show And Picks Up Another

As reported by TV by the Numbers, NBC has renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Wednesdays, 10pm ET), and it has also picked up Dick Wolf's pretty sure to bore Chicago Fire (I'll still check it out in hopes I am wrong).  I thought the relatively low rated SVU should go (this season's rampant blame the victim storylines were horrific), but I also knew NBC would probably renew it.  If it's anything like this season, it won't be enjoyable next season.  I'll close by reminding you of all of the successful series (more than 2 seasons) Dick Wolf has had top level involvement in, in a career that spans five decades, from latest to earliest.  Granted, he is "the man", for making one of my favorite TV franchises of all time (21 years as of today), but that one franchise is really almost all he's known for.  The disservice he did to the franchise, toward the end, is pretty sad, to me.  If his franchising career gets resurrected by Chicago Fire, I will be amazed, but stranger things have happened.  Thanks for reading.

As Creator:

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order
New York Undercover

As Writer:

Hill Street Blues

Thursday, May 3, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Wednesday, May 2, 2012 (Revenge, Don't Trust The B---- In Apt. 23)

Revenge (ABC, 10pm ET)

7.090 million Overall Viewers
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

I think it will probably get adjusted down in the final ratings, but I think the show has stabilized enough to where I can make my final prediction of Revenge's fate.  I am now willing to predict that Revenge will be renewed.  I have no idea whether the show will be any good in the second season, but I do believe it will have one.

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (ABC, 9:30pm ET)

5.851 million Overall Viewers
2.4/6 in the 18-49 Demo

Modern Family returned this week, and, unsurprisingly, so did Apt. 23's numbers.  Take it to the bank, this show is gonna get renewed.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Tuesday, May 1, 2012 (Unforgettable, Cougar Town, Last Man Standing)

Unforgettable (CBS, 10pm ET)

10.63 million Overall Viewers
1.8/5 in the 18-49 Demo

That should just about do it for this underwhelming series.  I now have four of these episodes sitting in my DVR, and I am eagerly anticipating where the show has gone.  Okay, that was a lie.  If four episodes of any show are piled up in my DVR, it means I don't really have much interest in it, anymore.  Still, I'll watch all of them, and see if they fixed, or began to fix, the numerous problems this show had.  Even though it's surely getting canceled, I think it was a much better cast and executed show than the very similar Prime Suspect, from NBC, which was canceled early in the 2011-2012 TV season.

Cougar Town (ABC, 8:30pm ET)

4.99 million Overall Viewers
1.3/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Looking at ABC's comedy Pilot slate, for next season, and combining that with the success of Apt. 23, there has to be close to zero chance Cougar Town will be coming back for another season.  The real estate on the network, for comedies, has appeared to get smaller, which might even mean that even more shows are in trouble than I have predicted.  No matter what, I just can't see this show coming back (something I've said for awhile), period.

Last Man Standing (ABC, 8pm ET)

6.49 million Overall Viewers
1.4/5 in the 18-49 Demo

I thought this show was safe, for much of the season, even though I'm sure it hasn't performed even close to the expectations that both ABC and Tim Allen had for it.  With last night's ratings, and with the comedy Pilot slate, Last Man Standing has suddenly appeared to become expendable.  I've decided to move it to the "Cancel It" pile.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chris Colley's TV Blog*'s 2012 TV Pilot Season Slate Preliminary Analysis


I also found another series that was not listed on The Hollywood Reporter's list on Entertainment Weekly's website.  It is Hannibal (NBC).  Due to that omission, this list probably isn't complete, but I will always add more as I see them.

UPDATE (May 7, 2012):

Read the whole blog post, before reading this, for best information.  A few more series orders have been announced by NBC.  As expected, the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke project is a go (hopefully this will be a very exceptional partnership), and now has the title, Revolution.  However, of the other three shows that were ordered to series, two are in my "No Go" pile, and one is in my "Awwww Hellllll Nawwww" pile.  Those in the "No Go" pile are Hannibal and Save MeHannibal is serialized, and you know how I feel about that.  NBC also has an atrocious track record with fully serialized TV shows recently.  Save Me just doesn't look like it has any chance of making it, based on the premise.  The third series, probably mostly picked up due to the Glee Creator's involvement, The New Normal, is in my "Awwww Helllll Nawwww" pile.  The first cue that this show will not, or should not, make it is Nene Leakes's listing as a recurring character.  They would probably have been wiser to leave that information out.  Of the four new pickups, two are sitcoms.  As each new sitcom is picked up, sitcoms that are currently low rated, and not near syndication, on NBC, should begin to get worried.  These pickups are likely the first shots over the bows of Whitney and Up All Night.  Also, at this rate, if 30 Rock has any chance of being renewed, it will most likely just get the back nine of one of the sitcoms that gets ordered to series.

Here's an interesting side note.  As they did with Awake, 20th TV has pawned off a show on NBC (The New Normal) that would have no chance of making it on FOX, but isn't quite right for FX.  If you're looking for a vote of no confidence in a show's chances, look to situations where a network that has two good outlets for programming rejects it.  Then, add NBC into the mix, the only network where low rated shows can survive.  Finally, point and laugh, like FOX is doing, at NBC.

If you read the whole blog post, below, you will know that the shows in the bottom part of the list are shows that I don't think audiences will like, or that the shows might not be any good.  It's also based on a small one paragraph summary.  Some shows will probably be better than their summaries, and some will probably not live up to them.  The ones that don't will probably be the ones that don't get ordered to series, despite looking promising.  The ones that seem better than their summaries will be ordered to series, and then we'll get to see what audiences think.  I'll reserve final pre-season judgment, about what I think of any shows that are ordered to series, until I see the upfront presentation trailers.  As I also said, in the full post, I will update this with my thoughts as I see fit. 

At the end of the day, I also read that 1600 Penn was also ordered to series on NBC.  That's another sitcom pickup that should give the "living" sitcoms more worries.  It's still early in the game, but, based on the selections so far, they have decided to not go broad with their comedy next season.  That should be really bad news for Whitney, and for Dane Cook's Pilot, but it's still too early to tell.

And now the "House" for veterinarians comedy Animal Practice (formerly Animal Kingdom) has been picked up by NBC, as well.  Scroll down the list to see where that one resides, for me.  NBC's schedule is going to be really "interesting" next season.

UPDATE (May 9, 2012):

Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire has been ordered to series by NBC.   It's in my "No Go" pile, because Wolf doesn't have a good track record outside of the Law & Order franchise, and the premise seems boring, to me.  I'll still check it out, in hopes that I am wrong.  I'm sure that many people will check out the premiere, but where it goes after that is the big question.

NBC also picked up Guys with Kids.

FOX picked up Ben and Kate (formerly Ben Fox Is My Manny and Ned Fox Is My Manny), It's Messy (formerly Mindy), and The Goodwin Games.

FOX also picked up Mastermind and The Mob Doctor.

UPDATE (May 10, 2012):

NBC has picked up Do No Harm, and Infamous (formerly Notorious). 

UPDATE (May 11, 2012):

NBC has picked up Dane Cook's comedy Next Caller (formerly Next Caller Please).  Six episodes have been ordered.

I refreshed The Hollywood Reporter article, and found that NBC and FOX had made decisions on their entire Pilot slates.  You will see all of those listed, below.

ABC also announced the pickups of the dramas Nashville, 666 Park Ave., Red Widow (formerly Penoza), Zero Hour, Last Resort, and the comedies The Neighbors (formerly Untitled Dan Fogelman Project), Family Tools (formerly Red Van Man), and How to Live With Your Parents (formerly How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life).  There is one other, but I won't post about it until I get confirmation of which show it is, as the name has changed.

Malibu Country (ABC) was also picked up.

UPDATE (May 13, 2012):

All the rest of the Pilot pickups have been announced.  You can find out the fates of everything below.  Here's my scorecard of what I got right and wrong (based on the tiny amount of information available).  It was ugly, but my scorecard won't really be decided until we see how these shows do.  We'll never know about the shows that didn't go, but we'll have lots of information about the shows that will.

Chris Colley's TV Blog* Final Scorecard Of The Preliminary List:

1. Looks Good-3 of 5 ordered to series
2. Looks Promising-9 of 15 ordered to series
3. Not Sure-All 4 were no gos
4. Hmm-3 of 17 ordered to series
5. No Go-9 of 22 ordered to series
6. Awwww Helllll Nawwww-8 of 13 ordered to series (the only shows that I think have any chance of making it out of those 8 are Nashville and The New Normal, and they are both stretches)


I just found this article on The Hollywood Reporter's website.  It gives summaries of all the Pilots that are being made this season, for all of the big 4 networks (and even the lolCW).  I've read all of the summaries, for the big 4 network Pilots, and I'm going to group them into six categories.  This is all my opinion, based on a small amount of information, so don't be too rough with me if I end up being really wrong (it can be hard to make a decision solely based on one paragraph) about what eventually goes to series.  You can also go through the article and let me know any places you disagree with me, if you'd like to play along.

*Apparently Serialized Drama

Looks Good:

Untitled Martin Lawrence Project (CBS) No Go
Elementary (CBS) Ordered To Series
Go On (NBC, welcome back to a leading comedy role Matthew Perry!) Ordered to series
Revolution previously Untitled J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke Project (NBC, GO GO GO)* Ordered To Series
Guilty (FOX) No Go

Looks Promising:

Only Fools and Horses (ABC) No Go
666 Park Ave. (ABC)* Ordered To Series
Last Resort (ABC)* Ordered To Series
Red Widow (formerly Penoza) (ABC, not jazzed about the casting but like the premise)* Ordered To Series
Untitled Roland Emmerich Drama (ABC) No Go
Untitled Dorf/Falcone Project (CBS) No Go
Untitled Louis C.K., Spike Feresten (CBS) No Go
Made in Jersey (formerly Baby Big Shot) (CBS) Ordered To Series
1600 Penn (NBC) Ordered To Series
Friday Night Dinner (NBC) No Go
Guys with Kids (NBC) Ordered To Series
Do No Harm (NBC)* Ordered To Series
The Goodwin Games (FOX) Ordered To Series
Let It Go (FOX) No Go
The Following (formerly Mastermind) (FOX)* Ordered To Series
Rogue (FOX)* No Go

Not Sure: 

Beauty and the Beast (ABC)* No Go
Devious Maids (ABC)* No Go
Untitled Nick Stoller (CBS) No Go
Living Loaded (FOX) No Go


Awesometown (ABC, horrible name, though) No Go
Prairie Dogs (ABC) No Go
Gilded Lilys (ABC)* No Go
Gotham (ABC) No Go
Zero Hour (ABC)* Ordered To Series
Super Fun Night (CBS) No Go
Applebaum (CBS, decent premise, unsure about casting) No Go
Vegas (formerly Untitled Ralph Lamb) (CBS)* Ordered To Series
Downwardly Mobile (NBC) No Go
Susan 313 (NBC) No Go
Beautiful People (NBC)* No Go
Midnight Sun (NBC)* No Go
Like Father (FOX) No Go
Little Brother (FOX) No Go
Prodigy Bully (FOX) No Go
The Mindy Project (formerly It's Messy, Mindy, and Untitled Mindy Kaling Comedy) (FOX) Ordered To Series
The Asset (FOX)* No Go

No Go:

American Judy (ABC) No Go
Malibu Country (ABC) Ordered To Series
Family Tools (formerly Red Van Man) (ABC) Ordered To Series
Untitled Kari Lizer Project (ABC) No Go
Untitled Mandy Moore (ABC) No Go
Americana (ABC)* No Go
Scruples (ABC)* No Go
Partners (CBS) Ordered To Series
Untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti Project (CBS) No Go
Golden Boy (formerly Untitled Wootton/Berlanti) (CBS)* Ordered To Series
Trooper (CBS) No Go
Widow Detective (CBS)* No Go
Isabel (NBC) No Go
Save Me (NBC) Ordered To Series
Bad Girls (NBC, love some of this cast, but just can't see it)* No Go
Chicago Fire (NBC) Ordered To Series
County (NBC)* No Go
Frontier (NBC)* No Go
Hannibal (NBC)* Ordered To Series
El Jefe (FOX) No Go
Ben and Kate (formerly Ben Fox Is My Manny and Ned Fox Is My Manny) (FOX) Ordered To Series
The Mob Doctor (FOX)* Ordered To Series 

Awwww Hellllll Nawwww:

How to Live With Your Parents (formerly How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life) (ABC) Ordered To Series
The Smart One (ABC) No Go
Neighbors (formerly Untitled Dan Fogelman Project) (ABC) Ordered To Series
Nashville (ABC)* Ordered To Series
Friend Me (CBS) Ordered To Series
Animal Practice (formerly Animal Kingdom) (NBC) Ordered To Series
Happy Valley (NBC) No Go
The New Normal (NBC) Ordered To Series
Next Caller (formerly Next Caller Please) (NBC) Ordered To Series
Nic and Jen (NBC) No Go
Table for 3 (NBC) No Go
Infamous (formerly Notorious) (NBC)* Ordered To Series
Rebounding (FOX) No Go

I think anything that I placed in the "Hmm" pile or higher has a reasonable chance of being picked up to series.  Again, this is solely based on reading the very short summaries of each show.  I'm sure I could be wrong about a lot of the no gos, but I don't think these shows would make it if they went to series.  I'm specifically analyzing this stuff based on what I think looks decent, and what I also think will get decent to good ratings.  If a show ended up in the "No Go" pile, it's because I don't think the premise is good, or I don't think the ratings will be good.  If a show ended up in the "Awwww Hellllll Nawwww" pile, I think the premise and/or casting is terrible, and I think it has close to no chance of making it.  I bet there are at least a few in that pile that will go to series, and I am relatively sure almost all, if not all, will certainly fail.  My hope is that they don't go to series, so that I don't have to check them out.  If a show ended up in the "Not Sure" pile, it's because I'm unsure of the premise, casting, or that its success would depend heavily on execution.  If executed well, all of the "Not Sure" pile could go to series, and if executed poorly, none will.  They are the ones that I think are the biggest crap shoots.

If you've read my blog, you know that I have a big problem with full serialization on network TV (my full thoughts here).  It rarely ever works, anymore, but it looks like all of the big 4 networks have a significant amount of fully serialized dramas that have had Pilots ordered.  Some will go to series, and they probably will fail, unless they end up being truly outstanding.  I don't see any way some of them could move to hybrid serialization (my preferred format for serialized TV), but I suppose it is possible.  It's amazing that the networks are still having such a hard time learning this lesson.  CBS and ABC already will have a lot of their drama slots filled by current programming, so many of their drama Pilots won't go to series.  FOX and NBC have wide open drama slots, if most of my predictions hold up, and it doesn't appear they have learned anything from this season's failures.  I think 4 of FOX's shows have good potential, and I think 4 of NBC's dramas are worth a look.  NBC will probably order most of the drama series they have on this slate, since a lot of stuff needs to be waiting in the wings, based on the recent ratings disasters on that network.  The good news for NBC is that they have The Olympics to promote whatever they want to be successful (you can guarantee Go On and the J.J. Abrams project will be extremely heavily promoted).

Apparently Fully Serialized Drama Pilots By Network:

ABC-10 of 12
CBS-4 of 7
NBC-8 of 10
FOX-4 of 5

As I said in the past, I will do short breakdowns of how I think each show will do once we get the final slate of shows that have been ordered to series.  For now, this is just a game of what I would do, if I were an Exec at a network, based on the short summaries I read in The Hollywood Reporter's article.  If anyone from any of the networks is reading this, and wants to send me any of the shows to evaluate, I would be more than happy to take a look.  Thanks for reading.
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