Sunday, December 29, 2013

Chris Colley's TV Blog*'s 10 Lumps of Scripted TV Coal I Received And Watched In 2013 (Euphemism For 10 Worst, Because Worst Is Too Strong)

I gave you my 10 favorite shows, now it's time for me to tell you about 10 shows I was extremely disappointed in during 2013.  A lot of these shows were canceled, or are going to be canceled.  Being ranked number 1 on this list means I thought you were the worst of the worst.  Being ranked on this list doesn't mean I didn't watch every episode (or even that it was overtly terrible), it's just that I thought the shows could have been done a lot better.  However, some of these shows were overtly terrible, and yet I still couldn't avert my eyes.  Again, Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!

1. The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)

How in the world do you make a show loosely based on Michael J. Fox's life (one of the most likable movie stars around back in the day) fail so miserably?  I have no idea, but this show proved it was possible, really really possible.  I gave up on the show after the Thanksgiving episode, and I can't imagine many people will make it to the surely bitter end this show is headed toward.  Good job, good effort, NBC, and whoever it was who couldn't figure out what they wanted to do with this show.

2. Low Winter Sun (AMC)

In a running theme, how do you make a show starring Lennie James suck?  I have no idea, but this pathetic joke of a show proved that it was possible.  It thought it was grit with no grit, stylistic with no style, telling a deliberate story while just being boring, and it ultimately was just too hard to get through.  This show was so bad that Breaking Bad fans had multiple aneurysms waiting for the promos for Breaking Bad that they would hold back until during Low Winter Sun.  This show was a complete and total disaster.  Sorry if my feelings about the show weren't clear enough.

3. Ironside (NBC)

Continuing on the theme, how do you make a show starring the lovable Blair Underwood not work?  Oh, they figured this one out, no doubt.  You make him unlikable.  You put a character as a cop who was one of the most despicable villains in Law & Order: SVU's history a cop.  WHAT THE WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, NBC?  Don't you see the episodes of your shows before they air?  Certainly you could have chopped that character right out of the show before beginning production of season 1 of Ironside, and done some re-shoots.  Or done something else, anything else.  A show with massive potential was ruined.  If it weren't for the terrible disappointments of the two shows above this, it easily could have been number 1.  Disasters like this really make me miss Law & Order: Los Angeles (the Skeet episodes), a show that seemed like a total disaster at the time.  Little did we know...

4. Red Widow (ABC)

Was a terrible show.

5. Zero Hour (ABC)

Through about 3 or 4 episodes, this was a terrible premise with excellent execution.  The execution ultimately caught up with the premise, and I have no effing idea how I made it to the end of this extremely dumb show.

6.  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

My breaking point was finally reached, and I gave up on the show.  I just...could...not...take...it...anymore...

7. The Goldbergs (ABC)

This was a show that should have resonated with me.  I was in high school in the 1980s, and this was supposed to be a show about that time.  Instead, it played the least resonating moments for me throughout the show, and had an absolutely butchered chronology.  I'm sure the intent was to make a The Wonder Years for my generation.  Instead, it just made me wonder what they were thinking, by jumping around all over the place.  It certainly has its moments, but it's definitely a disappointment, and deserving of being on this list.  That said, I'm still watching it, and will until the bitter end.

8. Revenge (ABC)

This show has been on a long ski jump ramp of suck since midway through season 1.  At the point that we found out Victoria had a son she abandoned (in addition to the daughter she abandoned), I decided to abandon the show myself.  I had no investment in the show or characters, at that point, and I had to say adios to this turdburger.

9. The Mindy Project (FOX)

Last year, this was a seriously funny show.  I felt it was EMMY caliber, especially in the writing.  Unfortunately, they kept tweaking past an advisable point, and now the show, while still watchable, is really disappointing in season 2.  It's not looking good for a renewal, and I will certainly stick around to the end.  Hopefully they'll fix some of the issues I have with the show, but it's probably way too late for that.

10. Homeland (Showtime)

Finally, this show lands on this list without being on the 10 favorites.  Why in the world did they focus like 5 episodes on the Dana character?  Who effing cares?  There were a few good episodes in the season, but if anyone was in doubt about the huge drop in quality of this show, they can't deny it anymore.  After the end of season 3, I think most people are rightly baffled in having no clue where this show is headed.  Good thing the writers have never seemed to have a clue where it's been headed since it began.  We'll see if they continue to brainstorm on the toilet in the writers' room next season, or whether this show ever reaches its full potential.  I'm going with the former.

Chris Colley's TV Blog*'s Ten Favorite Shows of 2013

Everyone loves doing best of lists at the end of the year.  In the case of this list, it's not a best of, it's just my 10 favorite shows of 2013.  This year, no shows have been canceled on this list yet, and THEY BETTER NOT BE!  I hope you all have a prosperous and safe 2014!  Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!
  
1. Person of Interest (CBS)

To me, there is no better show on network TV, right now.  That doesn't mean this is the best show on TV or the best show on network TV.  It just means that nothing else on network TV beats this show for me, right now.  It has been an unforgettable third season, as the universe continues to expand in bigger, better, and worse ways (a major character death in the series definitely stings).  Without question, this show is THE best hybrid-serialization on TV.  Every future successful hybrid-serialization would do well to copy every basic storytelling stylistic decision this show makes.  Its first true "clone", NBC's, The Blacklist, has followed its "template" very well, and it's already been renewed for a second season. BRING ON THE CLONES!

2. Breaking Bad (AMC)

I wouldn't have felt guilty, at all, if I had made this show number 1.  However, just about everyone has this show as their number 1 show of the year.  It was a great final half of the season and series (as of last year's list I had not watched the show), but the more I thought about it, I just enjoyed watching Person of Interest more.  If you have a problem with that, f.u. ; )

3. Veep (HBO)

I thought season 1 was fantastic, but season 2 really stepped it up.  I LOVE this show, and unequivocally think it's the best comedy I watch right now.  If you don't agree, I hope you like sex, and I hope you like travel, because if you do, you can...

4. Hannibal (NBC)

This show was amazing.  I was really disappointed that it didn't get any EMMY notice.  I wouldn't expect POI to get notice, because the Academy looks down its collective nose at shows like that, but the other two shows above this were nominated (in Breaking Bad's case it won) in their respective categories for Best Series.  This show WAS in the Academy's wheelhouse, and they completely ignored it, despite it being EMMY caliber in a bunch of categories.  I sincerely hope you watch the upcoming season, because this show was a true treat on network TV.  No show has ever gone further than this one on network TV, and that alone makes it worth watching.  Don't miss it.

5. The Bridge (FX)

Those top 4 shows are absolutely top tier shows, in my opinion, and could almost be interchanged on any list of favorites.  Once we hit number 5, the shows aren't on that elite level anymore, but these shows are my favorites of the rest.  Last year, all anyone talked about was a dumb show on FX called The Americans.  I personally enjoyed The Americans as something to watch, but the story was so pat and told from the "winners' perspective" that it robbed true enjoyment from the show.  I hope they'll fix that in season 2, but I shouldn't even be talking about that show right now.  I should be talking about the show that you SHOULD be talking about, The Bridge.  This show is very close to being a top 4 show, and how next season unfolds could easily put it in the top 3.  I recently watched the show as a marathon with my mom and otra madre, and came away with an even better perception than I originally had.  This show is a success everywhere The Americans failed.  If The Americans took drama tips from this show, that show would very likely make this list next year.  If you didn't watch The Bridge, you should, before it comes back next Summer.  If you don't find it a great dramatic watch, there's probably something wrong with you.  It's not on Breaking Bad's level, but it could get there if it lasts more than two seasons.

6. House of Cards (Netflix)

This very easily *could* have been the number 1 show on this list for me.  Unfortunately, after about 8 episodes, it completely ran out of steam, and only became the 6th best show for me.  I don't know what season 2 will be (season 1 had the most uneventful ending in TV, err, uh, whatever this show is, history), but I am confident the show can move up the list next year.  Nearly all of the performances were outstanding, and its look and sound make it worth a watch on those merits, alone.  It certainly would be a reason to get Netflix Instant Streaming.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

I LOVE THIS SHOW!  And it's not even as good as it's going to be yet.  Any network comedy that beats Parks and Recreation on my list has to be unbelievably funny or filled with potential.  This one wins on both counts.  I hear lots of people rag on Chelsea Peretti, but Chelsea, I'm down.  I think you're a consistently funny character in the right doses, and I'd miss you not being on the show.  I also like every character on the show.  My personal favorite is Charles, but I really like them all.  This show could end up being one of the top comedies of the last 10 years, if it continues on its current potential trajectory.  It might be a nail biter, but this show absolutely should get a second season.

8. Justified (FX)

This is another show that was not on my radar the last list I made.  I can confidently say that this is a top 15 of all time TV show, even with the quality drop off in season 4.  I personally like this show better overall than Breaking Bad, but it's pretty close.  I just love the writing, the characters, the casting, the chemistry, the good and evil blurring lines, and really just about everything about it (minus a few things I won't mention).  I fully expect this show to return to its initial first three seasons' greatness, next season, and it's still quite deserving of a spot on this list.

9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)

I still love this show, and it will not exit this list until it's canceled (which will probably be at the end of this season).  I'm greatly looking forward to the Rob Lowe exit, which can't happen soon enough.  If you're looking for an "adult oriented" version of this show, check out Veep.

10. Rectify (Sundance Channel)

This was a beautifully shot show, that was very artistically done.  It took its own time with the storytelling, something it could never get away with anywhere else other than indie films you've never heard of.  Most people who watched this show really loved it, and thought it was great right off the bat.  I'm not one of those.  I thought it was really well done (certainly deserving of the last spot on this list), but it's really here because of its potential.  The lead character is largely untapped, and I'm looking forward to seeing him come out of whatever shell he's been hiding in since he entered prison.  There's a whole lot to mine with this show, and if the next season is done well, it may leap up much higher on this list.  If it doesn't deliver, it will probably fall out of the list, and might even end up on the lumps of coal list next year (as will The Americans, if it doesn't improve).  If you're a patient viewer, this is well worth a watch.  If you're not, this show definitely will not be for you.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

View Some Of Chris Colley's Sound Mixing Work Related To The Making Of Mob City (TNT)

If you've ever wondered what I do for real, now is your chance to check out some stuff I did the final sound mixes on for the new Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead) TNT TV show, Mob City.  I specialize in the final sound mix of behind the scenes material for movies and TV shows, and I'm particularly proud of my work done in conjunction with the making of Mob City, which begins airing tonight (TNT, Wednesdays at 9pm ET).  You might have to live in the U.S. to be able to watch some of this, but I'll post it for everyone, just in case there is any interest.

The first piece is available on amazon.com here:

The Making of Mob City

You'll have to log into your amazon.com account to get it, but it's free.  And don't act like you don't have an amazon account, because I know you do.

In order to access some of the other material I worked on, you need to have TNT On Demand.  There are two pieces I mixed that are available on there now.  They are the last two pieces that were put on their On Demand, but are very poorly organized.  So, I'll just have to try my best to guide you there.  First, you access On Demand.  Then, you probably need to go into the equivalent of "My Primetime".  After that, click on TNT.  Once you've done that, you can then scroll down to Mob City or Mob City HD depending on how you're set up.  After selecting that, you'll see seven supposedly "behind the scenes" pieces without any descriptions.  You'll want to select one that is 7 minutes long, and the other might be the last one.  In a perfect world, it would be the last two pieces of content on there, but it probably won't be a perfect world.  The good news is that the pieces are very differently branded than the rest of the content on there, so after watching the the first 20 seconds or so of the pieces, you'll know you're in the right place.  The names of the two pieces are "The Style of Noir" and "The Look of Noir", and they're right on the title card once the piece begins after the TNT On Demand opening graphic.  So, if you have the guts to be up for the challenge of finding and watching them, hopefully they will be a rewarding experience for you.  Thanks for reading, and if you watch, thanks for watching.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: The Blacklist (NBC)

Coming as a shock to absolutely no one, other than how quickly it was done, The Blacklist (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET) has been renewed.  Last night it even tied its lead in.  The first Person of Interest "clone" is a success!  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: Betrayal (ABC), Super Fun Night (ABC)

With the announcement of ABC's mid-season lineup, it's official that Betrayal will not be returning.  So, a show that never should have aired was canceled.  I wish I couldn't say I told you so, but I did, so there.  Super Fun Night is also off the schedule, which should mean it officially isn't returning, as well.  Thanks for reading.

TV Premiere Ratings Notes For Sunday, November 17, 2013 And Monday November 18, 2013: Almost Human (FOX)

Did you check out the show, yet?  I watched the Pilot, and thought it was pretty average, with not much potential.  It definitely was good enough to stick with, so now my only hope is that it gets better.  There's no telling when I'll be able to watch the second episode, but you'll just have to get along without me.  Since I was remiss in my duties yesterday, I'm doubling up the ratings post for the "2 Night Premiere Event...lol".

Almost Human (FOX, Mondays at 8pm)

10.024 million Overall Viewers (Sunday, first half hour)
3.4/9 in the 18-49 Demo

8.175 million Overall Viewers (Sunday, second half hour)
2.8/7 in the 18-49 Demo

6.637 million Overall Viewers (Monday, first half hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

6.620 million Overall Viewers (Monday, second half hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

The first night's ratings were encouraging...sort of.  The problem is that the show had a football lead in, which grossly inflates numbers.  However, the show didn't drop a huge amount (as is common in premieres of shows like this) in the 18-49 demo from the first to second half hour.  It dropped a massive amount in the old peeplz demographic, but that doesn't really matter.  That led us (well, at least me) to wonder how it would do on the second night.

The answer was that it didn't do particularly well on the second night, but it did okay.  What was very encouraging about it is that it barely dropped an iota from the first to second half hours in the old peeplz demo (17,000 left in the middle of the show).  It didn't drop at all from the first to second half hour in the 18-49 demo.  That's not common at all in hour long shows, so it's encouraging to see a show hold its audience's attention so well.  If it stays at these ratings, it will get renewed.  Week 2 (episode 3) will be big for this show, when it comes to ratings.  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: Welcome To The Family (NBC), Ironside (NBC), Back In The Game (ABC)

No, I'm not dead, but these shows are*.  Did you miss me?  Thanks for reading.

*Back in the Game will continue to air episodes until they run out.

Friday, October 11, 2013

TV Follow Up Ratings Notes For Thursday, October 10, 2013: Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (ABC), The Millers (CBS), Welcome To The Family (NBC), The Crazy Ones (CBS), Sean Saves The World (NBC), The Michael J. Fox Show

Oh woe is me (says NBC), no one likes our com-e-dy.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC, Thursdays at 8pm ET)

5.787 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.6/5 in the 18-49 Demo

5.689 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.7/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Good thing this is already a one off, because if it weren't already, it would be, at these ratings.

The Millers (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

11.73 million Overall Viewers
3.0/9 in the 18-49 Demo

Folks, this is the kind of retention you want to see from the Pilot to the second episode of a sitcom.  Something about the show must have connected with audiences, because this is a VERY modest drop from the premiere.  Things might not be looking too bad for Will Arnett to keep his job.

Welcome to the Family (NBC, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

2.499 million Overall Viewers
0.8/2 in the 18-49 Demo

I will be SHOCKED if this is still on the air next week.

The Crazy Ones (CBS, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

 9.920 million Overall Viewers
2.4/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Cap'n, she's leaking, WHAT DO WE DO?  Will you go down with the ship?  If this show drops much further, you can kiss Robin Williams goodbye (and he'd probably like that, you know, you kissing him).

Sean Saves the World (NBC, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

3.260 million Overall Viewers
1.0/3 in the 18-49 Demo

No he didn't, not even close.  In the best case scenario, this show occupies Welcome to the Family's slot until Community is ready.  In the worst case scenario, it's off the schedule in two weeks, with no moving at all.

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30pm ET)

3.845 million Overall Viewers
1.2/3 in the 18-49 Demo

NBC really screwed the pooch with their comedy scheduling this season.  First, Parks and Recreation should have been on Fridays, not Thursdays, because it just doesn't have enough staying power on Thursdays anymore.  Then, The Michael J. Fox show should have been on at 9pm, and Sean Saves the World at 9:30pm.  But, they didn't do that, and because they didn't, you're going to see Parks, Community, Sean, and MJF all get canceled.  Nice job, NBC.

Of Thursday shows, I have to add Parks and Recreation (pains me so much to do this), Sean Saves the World, and The Michael J. Fox Show to the list you do not want to be on.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

TV Follow Up Ratings Notes For Wednesday October 9, 2013: Super Fun Night (ABC), Ironside (NBC)

Super Fun Night (ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30pm ET)

6.67 million Overall Viewers
2.5/7 in the 18-49 Demo

This was a big drop, but not a huge drop.  Next week should give you all you need to know about whether this show will be returning.

Ironside (NBC, Wednesdays at 10pm ET)

5.23 million Overall Viewers
1.1/3 in the 18-49 Demo

Another police procedural is about to bite the dust on NBC.  While this isn't great television, this was the best of the new era police procedurals that NBC has had in the last several seasons.  It's a shame that it didn't make it, and I see absolutely zero ways that it can be renewed.  When I update the list you don't want to be on this Friday, this will certainly be on it.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: We Are Men (CBS)

If you made it to episode 2, congrats, it was the last one you'll ever see.  This disaster of a show has been pulled by CBS after a measly two episodes.  2 Broke Girls will take its slot starting next week, and reruns of The Big Bang Theory will take 2 Broke Girls' slot.  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall 2013-2014 Renewed Scripted TV Shows List (Big 4 Networks Only)

Here is the 2013-2014 list of renewed scripted TV shows for the big 4 networks only.  It will be continuously updated, so bookmark it if you're looking for current info.  Thanks for reading.

CBS:

CSI
Elementary
The Good Wife
Hawaii Five-O
Mike & Molly
The Millers
Mom
NCIS
NCIS: LA
Person of Interest
Two and a Half Men
2 Broke Girls
The Mentalist

FOX:

Sleepy Hollow 
Glee
Bones
Bob's Burgers
The Simpsons
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Following
The Mindy Project
New Girl

NBC:

The Blacklist
Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.
Grimm 
Parks and Recreation 
Hannibal 
About a Boy

ABC:

Once Upon a Time 
Scandal 
Revenge 
The Goldbergs 
Resurrection 
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Grey's Anatomy 
Modern Family 
The Middle
Nashville
Last Man Standing

Fall 2013-2014 Canceled Scripted TV Shows List (Big 4 Networks Only)

Here's where I'll put all of the scripted TV shows that have been canceled, or effectively canceled, on big 4 network TV for the Fall 2013-2014 TV Season.  I hope it proves useful, and it will be updated in real time, so bookmark it if you're looking for news.  The first bloodletting was on Friday, October 4, 2013.  Thanks for reading.

Canceled Or Effectively Canceled Scripted TV Shows in Fall 2013-2014 TV Season:

Lucky 7 (ABC) ***CANCELED OCTOBER 4, 2013***
We Are Men (CBS) ***CANCELED OCTOBER 9, 2013*** 
Welcome to the Family (NBC) ***CANCELED OCTOBER 18, 2013***
Ironside (NBC) ***CANCELED OCTOBER 18, 2013*** 
Back in the Game (ABC) ***CANCELED NOVEMBER 1, 2013*** 
Betrayal (ABC) ***EFFECTIVELY CANCELED NOVEMBER 19, 2013***
Super Fun Night (ABC) ***EFFECTIVELY CANCELED NOVEMBER 19, 2013***
Killer Women (ABC) ***EFFECTIVELY CANCELED AT SOME POINT IN EARLY 2014***
Sean Saves the World (NBC) ***EFFECTIVELY CANCELED AT SOME POINT IN EARLY 2014***
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) ***EFFECTIVELY CANCELED AT SOME POINT IN EARLY 2014***
Mind Games (ABC)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) 
How I Met Your Mother (CBS, Final Season)
Raising Hope (FOX)
Rake (FOX) 
Almost Human (FOX)
Dads (FOX)
Enlisted (FOX)
Surviving Jack (FOX)
Trophy Wife (ABC)
The Neighbors (ABC)
Mixology (ABC)
Suburgatory (ABC)
Revolution (NBC)
Community (NBC) 
Growing Up Fisher (NBC)
The Crazy Ones (CBS)
Friends with Better Lives (CBS)
Intelligence (CBS)
Bad Teacher (CBS)
Hostages (CBS)
Dracula (NBC)

TV Follow Up Ratings Notes For Friday, October 4, 2013: The Neighbors (ABC), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

Thanks again to TV by the Numbers for their numbers.

The Neighbors (ABC, Fridays at 8:30pm ET)

4.16 million Overall Viewers
1.0/4 in the 18-49 Demo

This show joined the list this week.  It will not be renewed.  There, I said it.

Hawaii Five-O (CBS, Fridays at 9pm ET)

9.56 million Overall Viewers
1.5/5 in the 18-49 Demo

I'd be pretty surprised if these aren't the stabilized numbers for this show.  It makes it sit squarely on the Friday bubble, so it will be interesting to see what CBS does with it.  I guess we'll have to look to other aging shows to see if they would be desirable properties on Fridays, instead of Hawaii Five-O.  My guess is that no other property would fit better here, so we should see this show for awhile, due to its syndication power.  Thanks for reading.

TV Premiere And Follow Up Ratings Notes For Thursday, October 3, 2013: The Millers (CBS), Welcome To The Family (NBC), Sean Saves The World (NBC), The Crazy Ones (CBS), The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC), Scandal (ABC)

Thanks again to TV by the Numbers for their report.

The Millers (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

13.09 million Overall Viewers
3.3/10 in the 18-49 Demo

This is a good start, for a not great show.  We'll see if it keeps it up in week 2.  I know Will Arnett would love to keep a job.

Welcome to the Family (NBC, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

2.99 million Overall Viewers
1.1/4 in the 18-49 Demo

This show joined the list you do not want to be on today.  This is DOA, and the only question now is how many episodes will air before it's yanked.  I'm setting the line at 4.

Sean Saves the World (NBC, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

4.43 million Overall Viewers
1.4/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Do not believe critics, I think this is a GOOD show.  It's tight, and one of the best comedy Pilots I've seen in awhile.  Nearly every character nails it, and if you're not watching the show, you're missing out.  It's got a lot of laughs, even if it doesn't sustain the laugh momentum.  Give it a shot, I don't think most of you will regret it.

The Crazy Ones (CBS, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

11.71 million Overall Viewers
2.9/8 in the 18-49 Demo

Make no mistake about it, this was a HUGE ratings crash.  I've decided to give up on the show after the second episode, because it doesn't do a thing for me.  I'm expecting another dramatic drop next week, and we'll see if it holds at that point.  If not, this will be one of the biggest hero to zero stories in awhile.  But, I'm getting ahead of myself.  No, wait, I'll put it on the list today.  Nah, just kidding.  Or am I?...

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30pm ET)

5.35 million Overall Viewers
1.7/5 in the 18-49 Demo

This is pretty good middle of the road comedy.  It's not quite there, but it works overall, and I'm wondering why it's not doing better than it is.  That's the way it goes sometimes, I guess.

Scandal (ABC, Thursdays at 10pm ET)

10.52 million Overall Viewers
3.6/10 in the 18-49 Demo

No mistake here that everyone wanted to see where it would pick up.  I think the show is dangerously close to doing a Homeland season 2 shooting of its wad really early, but I guess we'll see.  It's obviously a ratings winner, and you can already cue a real syndication deal.  Thanks for reading.

TV Premiere And Follow Up Ratings Notes For Wednesday, October 2, 2013: Revolution (NBC), Back In The Game (ABC), Super Fun Night (ABC), Ironside (NBC)

Again, thanks to TV by the Numbers for their posting of the final ratings for Wednesday October 2, 2013.

Revolution (NBC, Wednesdays at 8pm ET)

5.46 million Overall Viewers
1.6/5 in the 18-49 Demo

The list is knocking on this show's door, but the show is still oblivious to the knocking...for now.  When this drops to a 1.4, I'll add it to the list.  That seems pretty inevitable, at this point.  I still haven't even started the season yet.  The DVR pile up has begun.

Back in the Game (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET)

6.71 million Overall Viewers
1.9/6 in the 18-49 Demo

It's a moderate drop, and it's not doing much in the Live+3 Day DVR ratings, but it's not dead yet.  Right now, it's nowhere near the list, but things can change quickly.

Super Fun Night (ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30pm ET)

8.23 million Overall Viewers
3.2/9 in the 18-49 Demo

It got off to a pretty good start in the ratings, but that's Modern Family for ya!  Its key is how it does this Tuesday.  Stay tuned.

Ironside (NBC, Wednesdays at 10pm ET)

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

These are very disappointing ratings, and I really have to call the show DOA, unless it's just kicking butt in the L+3 DVR ratings (I doubt it).  I liked it fine, but supercop shows still aren't really making it on network TV.  I think this show is miles better than the current SVU, so take that for what it's worth.  Thanks for reading.

TV Follow Up Ratings Notes For Tuesday, October 1, 2013: Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), The Goldbergs (ABC), Trophy Wife (ABC), Lucky 7 (ABC)

Sorry these are late, but if you paid attention to my Twitter feed (@ColleyTVBlog), you would have already seen this news.  I'll catch you up through Friday, and we'll take it from there.  I'm going to be a little lazy, and just use the final ratings from TV by the Numbers, even though I receive all these numbers myself.  So, thanks to them for supplying the numbers. 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesdays at 8pm ET)

8.66 million Overall Viewers
3.3/10 in the 18-49 Demo

On my Twitter feed, I said I would play a game of reverse HORSE with the show.  For each huge ratings drop the show has, I will drop one letter from the name.  It's now officially Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.

The Goldbergs (ABC, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

6.06 million Overall Viewers
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

That is a big drop, and while I don't think the show is completely in trouble yet, audiences have clearly not bought in.  I'll do one more follow up on this show, this week, for now, to see if it continues to drop.

Trophy Wife (ABC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

4.30 million Overall Viewers
1.4/4 in the 18-49 Demo

This isn't a terrible show, but it's edging ever closer to the list you do not want to be on.

Lucky 7 (ABC, Tuesdays at 10pm ET, butnah)

2.62 million Overall Viewers
0.7/2 in the 18-49 Demo

That unlucky 0.7 spelled the end of this show.  Done and done, and I'm done with this post.  Thanks for reading.

Chris Colley's Quick 2013-2014 TV Season CANCELLATION Primer (Big 4 Networks Only)

THIS...IS...THE...LIST...you do not want to be on for 2013-2014.  It's time to put together a list of shows that I believe will be canceled.  If your show ends up on this list, I am 99.43231335323322135533223456693% sure it's going to be canceled.  If you know what's good for you, don't end up here.  It hasn't had a happy ending yet.  Every show that "made" it here last season was canceled.  With that said, we've already had one show get canceled before I even made the list.  Shame that, but I did warn you, the day after it aired, that it was done.  There are several shows I'm adding right now, and there are a few more that I will probably be adding in the next two weeks, unless they stabilize or recover from their current dismal ratings.  I will be updating this in real time, so if this appeals to you, be sure to bookmark it for further updates.  Thanks for reading.

Correct "guesses" will be marked in blue.

Incorrect "guesses" will be marked in red.

These Shows WILL Be Canceled:

Lucky 7 (ABC, fate called Thursday, September 25, 2013)***CANCELED OCTOBER 4, 2013*** 
Betrayal (ABC, added October 6, 2013)
The Neighbors (ABC, added October 6, 2013)
Welcome to the Family (NBC, added October 6, 2013)
We Are Men (CBS, added October 6, 2013)***CANCELED OCTOBER 9, 2013***
Hostages (CBS, added October 11, 2013, even though this is a one off, it would never return at these ratings)
Trophy Wife (ABC, added October 11, 2013)
Ironside (NBC, added October 11, 2013)
Parks and Recreation (NBC, added October 11, 2013) ***RUMOR HAS IT THIS WILL BE THE FIRST SHOW TO SURVIVE THIS LIST***
Sean Saves the World (NBC, added October 11, 2013)
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC, added October 11, 2013)

Friday, October 4, 2013

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

On the other side of the unLucky 7 coin is some good news.  After only 3 episodes, Sleepy Hollow was renewed, the other day, for another 13 episode season.  Sleepy Hollow means there is finally a fun show on FOX again, and I hope you've been watching it.  What a silly thought.  I know you watch it.  Thanks for reading.

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: Lucky 7 (ABC)

If you followed me on Twitter (@colleytvblog), you would have seen this tweet I wrote on Wednesday morning:  Lucky 7 will probably be at Lucky 0.7 next week (if it lasts that long). 0.8 in the 18-49 demo and 2.81 million laughers.

Nailed it!  Lucky 7 was the FIRST cancellation of the 2013-2014 TV season, after only two pitifully rated episodes (I almost died of a heart attack, due to shock over both no one watching AND the cancellation).  I'm very disappointed that I hadn't even begun the list you do not want to be on yet, even though I said this would be on it last week.  I will try to put all my updated ratings posts up by the end of the weekend, the list you don't want to be on, and the renewal and cancellation lists.  Please don't hurt me if you live and die for those things.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

TV Premiere And Follow Up Ratings Notes For Monday, September 30, 2013: We Are Men (CBS), Mom (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC), Hostages (CBS)

You might notice that I'm not going to post about Sleepy Hollow (FOX), and that's because the show is still solid as a rock three weeks in.  Unless it has a major ratings crash, which is unlikely to happen, FOX might as well renew it RIGHT EFFING NOW!

We Are Men (CBS, Mondays at 8:30pm ET)

6.396 million Overall Viewers
2.0/5 in the 18-49 Demo

On paper, this looked like a great idea, with the cast involved.  In promo, it looked terrible.  In actuality, not many people watched.  In fact, these are DOA sitcom numbers on CBS.  The real question now is what the over/under is on episodes aired?  I'm going to put the line at 4.  You can add your guesses in the comments.

Mom (CBS, Mondays at 9:30pm ET)

6.927 million Overall Viewers
2.2/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Yeah, this show is in trouble.  All of the creators of popular TV shows on CBS are seeing their new offerings fall relatively flat.  I thought the Pilot wasn't terrible, so I'm going to watch a few more to see if I can get into the CBS brand of comedy.  CBS does not like 2.2s in the 18-49 demo for comedies, so it's already on the down slope to cancellation.  If it stabilizes exactly here, I think it could get to stick around for political reasons, but that's about the only reason it might.  If it drops lower than this next week, you can forget it.

The Blacklist (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

12.900 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.8/10 in the 18-49 Demo

11.264 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.3/9 in the 18-49 Demo

This show clearly benefits from its lead in, but it's a solid, if unambitious show.  There's nothing sophisticated about it, and that works just fine for most audiences, especially those getting ready for bed.  We'll see if there's a noticeable drop next week, but this show looks about as renewable as it gets, right now.

Hostages (CBS, Mondays at 10pm ET)

6.238 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.6/4 in the 18-49 Demo

5.747 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.4/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Poor Jerry Bruckheimer.  Poor CBS.  I'll let them wipe their tears, from this disaster, with their respective millions and billions.  Thanks for reading.

TV Premiere Ratings Notes For Sunday, September 29, 2013: Once Upon A Time (ABC), Revenge (ABC), The Good Wife (CBS), Betrayal (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS)

Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of Sunday's premieres.

Once Upon a Time (ABC, Sundays at 8pm ET)

8.349 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.6/7 in the 18-49 Demo

8.551 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.6/7 in the 18-49 Demo

The ratings are definitely down over the years, but they're still plenty high enough that this will see a syndication deal.  This is an easy money renewal.

Revenge (ABC, Sundays at 9pm ET)

8.355 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.5/6 in the 18-49 Demo

7.720 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.3/5 in the 18-49 Demo

I don't know why you're still watching this show, but a renewal is certain.

The Good Wife (CBS, Sundays at 9pm ET)

8.943 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.5/4 in the 18-49 Demo

8.921 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.4/3 in the 18-49 Demo

Not good, not good, at all.  Will it finally get a syndication deal?  CBS would probably like to make this show go away, but not enough to make it go away.

Betrayal (ABC, Sundays at 10pm ET)

5.606 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.6/4 in the 18-49 Demo

4.971 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.5/4 in the 18-49 Demo

I could easily add this show to the list this week, but I'll give it one more week before I start pointing and laughing at it, and saying things like "I told you so".

The Mentalist (CBS, Sundays at 10pm ET)

9.847 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.7/4 in the 18-49 Demo

9.585 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.5/4 in the 18-49 Demo

It's a good syndication property, and more episodes equals more money.  So, even with these pretty lackluster ratings, I think The Mentalist currently has a better than average chance of seeing another season.  Thanks for reading.

TV Premiere And Follow Up Ratings For Friday, September 27, 2013: Hawaii Five-O (CBS), The Neighbors (ABC)

This will probably be the last Friday ratings post, until Grimm returns, unless something momentously bad happens with the Hawaii Five-O ratings this week.

Hawaii Five-O (CBS, Fridays at 9pm ET)

9.173 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.5/5 in the 18-49 Demo

9.588 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.6/5 in the 18-49 Demo

If Hawaii Five-O can maintain these ratings throughout the season, I think the excellent syndication property might have bought itself at least a few more seasons.  These aren't great ratings, by any stretch of the imagination, but they should be plenty good enough to get it a season 5, provided they don't drop from this point throughout the season.  I still haven't seen whether it's worth watching yet, but Chi McBride instantly improves any show he joins.

The Neighbors (ABC, Fridays at 8:3pm ET)

4.113 million Overall Viewers
1.0/4 in the 18-49 Demo

When I create the list you don't want to be on, maybe Friday, this will be one of the charter members.  Not even "a pity move to Fridays" could save the show.  If you didn't get the joke there, you didn't watch either of the last two episodes of The Neighbors.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, September 27, 2013

TV Premiere Ratings Notes For Thursday, September 26, 2013: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Parks And Recreation (NBC), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), The Crazy Ones (CBS), The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC), Glee (FOX), Elementary (CBS), Parenthood (NBC)

Thursday was probably a night of high expectations for CBS and NBC.  Let's see how they did.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursdays at 8pm ET)

18.303 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
5.3/18 in the 18-49 Demo

19.515 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
5.8/17 in the 18-49 Demo

Wow!  I had no idea this show was so popular.  Not.

Parks and Recreation (NBC, Thursdays at 8pm ET)

3.668 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.3/4 in the 18-49 Demo

2.985 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.2/4 in the 18-49 Demo

I hate to say it, but I think this is probably going to be the last season of Parks and Recreation, one of my favorite shows.  With the enormous scheduling blunder NBC made, as opposed to moving it to Fridays, it probably has even less hope of a renewal.  I'm sure DVR numbers will be much better than what you see here, but they probably won't be enough to save it.  ::Sniff::

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

9.173 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.3/9 in the 18-49 Demo

9.186 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.4/9 in the 18-49 Demo

9.535 million Overall Viewers (Third Half Hour)
3.5/10 in the 18-49 Demo

9.130 million Overall Viewers (Fourth Half Hour)
3.3/9 in the 18-49 Demo

Who cares about Grey's Anatomy?  Bring on Scandal. ;)

The Crazy Ones (CBS, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

15.606 million Overall Viewers
4.0/11 in the 18-49 Demo

In the first battle of former big stars, Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox, Williams takes round 1...by a lot (as you'll see in a second).  CBS has got to be happy with these numbers, but they might not stay too happy too long, as episode two is coming up, and who knows what kind of audience erosion that will bring?

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

7.217 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

7.347 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

What a massive disappointment these numbers are.  It's a shame that this show premiered so low, but it was evidently good enough to the viewers that watched it, that they couldn't turn away.  After people view the show on their DVRs, you might see a big uptick in next week's numbers, if it turns out The Crazy Ones wasn't all that great (will know soon when I check both out).  So, while I'm concerned with these premiere numbers, they might actually go up next week.  Guess we'll see.

Glee (FOX, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

5.500 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

4.831 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Who knew Glee had so many Two and a Half Men viewers?

Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10pm ET)

10.630 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

9.646 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.0/6 in the 18-49 Demo

These are pretty disappointing numbers for Elementary's second season premiere, but pretty much exactly where they were all last season.  I can't get too concerned yet.

Parenthood (NBC, Thursdays at 10pm ET)

5.577 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
1.8/5 in the 18-49 Demo

4.755 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.5/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Unless Sean Saves the World next week, I think you're looking at the end of Parenthood.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

CABLE RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: The Bridge (FX)

Oh, I almost forgot to report that my favorite new show of the Summer, The Bridge (FX, Wednesdays at 10pm ET), has gotten renewed for a second season.  What's your excuse for not watching now?  That's right, you don't have one.  Get ta steppin'!  Thanks for reading.

TV Premiere Ratings Notes For Wednesday, September 25, 2013: The Middle (ABC), Back In The Game (ABC), Revolution (NBC), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS), Nashville (ABC)

Not much to say today, so let's get to it.

The Middle (ABC, Wednesdays at 8pm ET)

8.756 million Overall Viewers
2.4/8 in the 18-49 Demo

Totally standard ratings for this show.  Expect another season.

Back in the Game (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET)

7.885 million Overall Viewers
2.2/7 in the 18-49 Demo

I haven't seen the whole episode yet, but I caught the end of one scene that I thought was amazing.  The scene I'm referring to is the culmination of a bullying incident that I thought was one of the most hilarious, ballsy, and edgy things I've ever seen on TV.  Kudos to this show for that.  The ratings are only okay, but okay enough for now.

Revolution (NBC, Wednesdays at 8pm ET)

6.957 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.8/6 in the 18-49 Demo

6.612 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.8/6 in the 18-49 Demo

O noz, omigod, without a lead in, Revolution's ratings suck.  That's a total shock, said no one anywhere ever.

Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays at 9pm ET)

11.434 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
4.0/11 in the 18-49 Demo

11.462 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
4.2/11 in the 18-49 Demo

I'm mad at this show for winning the EMMY over my favorite comedy, Veep (HBO).  In fact, I'm so mad at it, I'm predicting renewal RIGHT EFFING NOW.

Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesdays at 9pm ET)

11.428 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.8/8 in the 18-49 Demo

11.149 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.8/8 in the 18-49 Demo

At this rate, this show will never end.  I guess that's cool.  I don't really know anymore.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, Wednesdays at 9pm ET)

8.627 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.3/6 in the 18-49 Demo

9.512 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.6/7 in the 18-49 Demo

10.119 million Overall Viewers (Third Half Hour)
2.9/8 in the 18-49 Demo

9.753 million Overall Viewers (Fourth Half Hour)
2.8/8 in the 18-49 Demo

I don't know which I'm more upset about, that I had to write out four half hours for this show, or that it's still on the air.  I'll let you choose.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, Wednesdays at 10pm ET)

9.271 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

8.652 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.0/6 in the 18-49 Demo

With numbers like these, you should expect to see this show shuffled off to Fridays next season, in preparation for its final season(s).  Bruckheimer is having a terrible year on CBS, and CBS is having a terrible year on CBS.

Nashville (ABC, Wednesdays at 10pm ET)

6.863 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

6.383 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.0/6 in the 18-49 Demo

Oh, is this show still on?  How about that.  Thanks for reading.

TV Premiere And Follow Up Ratings Notes For Tuesday, September 24, 2013: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), Dads (FOX), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX), NCIS (CBS), The Goldbergs (ABC), Trophy Wife (ABC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), The Mindy Project (FOX), Person Of Interest (CBS), Chicago Fire (NBC), Lucky 7 (ABC)

Day 2 of the official 2013-2014 scripted TV season brought a ton more scripted shows to the air, and now it's time to find out how they did (a day late and a dollar short).

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesdays at 8pm ET)

11.932 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
4.5/14 in the 18-49 Demo

11.847 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
4.6/13 in the 18-49 Demo

I know ABC is ecstatic about this premiere.  I knew it would do well, but it vastly exceeded my expectations.  We'll see if it maintains this momentum next week, OR if it crashes and burns.  I still haven't made it all the way through the episode yet, but my wife is already on the verge of tuning out.

Dads (FOX, Tuesdays at 8pm ET)

3.654 million Overall Viewers
1.5/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Uh-oh!  I'm totally shocked that the ratings are already in cancellation territory for this awesome(ly terrible) show.  I'll give it another week before beginning this season's version of the list that no TV show wants to be on, even though I could already add one today.  I expect this show to be on that list, once I do make it.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET)

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

This was right about where I expected the ratings for this show to land against its full competition.  It's not a great show yet, but it will be.  I JUST KNOW IT!  If it can stay in this ratings area, it will definitely get a second season.

NCIS (CBS, Tuesdays at 8pm ET)

19.557 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.4/11 in the 18-49 Demo

19.392 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.5/10 in the 18-49 Demo

Cue season 300 of this show.  Yawn.

The Goldbergs (ABC, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

9.107 million Overall Viewers
3.2/9 in the 18-49 Demo

The Wonder Years it ain't.  Despite being right in the generation this show portrays, I can't believe how wrong it's getting almost everything (I can't even tell what year is being portrayed).  I guess this is the alternate reality top 40 existence of my teen years or something, and if you were into that kind of thing, then maybe the show will strike a chord with you.  Knowing that REO Speedwagon was awful was a correct touch, but trying to ultimately turn it into something not awful by the end couldn't be less correct if it tried.  I'm still going to give it a pretty long leash to find itself.  The gasket blowing son makes the show worth watching for me.  I'd be surprised if he's not dead of a heart attack by 22.  ABC's probably running into walls over how excited they are about the ratings for this, though I don't expect it to maintain this momentum next week.

Trophy Wife (ABC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

6.610 million Overall Viewers
2.3/6 in the 18-49 Demo

This show doesn't quite work, and it doesn't quite not work.  I'll give it a few more episodes to grab me, but it's got a long way to go to convince me that it's worth watching.  The hamster scenes were horrific, but okay.  Weird show, some potential, will stick around for a bit.  The ratings have nowhere to go but down.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

16.481 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.1/8 in the 18-49 Demo

15.867 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.9/8 in the 18-49 Demo

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

3.034 million Overall Viewers
1.5/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Yo, where the viewers at?!?  Now that Trophy Wife has aired, you can expect Mindy's ratings to tick back up next week.

Person of Interest (CBS, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

12.708 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.3/6 in the 18-49 Demo

11.868 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

Okay, I'm officially mad at you for not watching this show's season premiere.  That's right, I'm talking to you Chicago Fire fan.  Chicago Fire over Person of Interest?  Say it isn't so.

Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

10.243 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.2/9 in the 18-49 Demo

8.264 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.5/7 in the 18-49 Demo

>:-(

Lucky 7 (ABC, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

4.964 million Overall Viewers
1.4/4 in the 18-49 Demo

4.180 million Overall Viewers
1.2/3 in the 18-49 Demo

Yep, that's DOA.  Next week, this show will be the inaugural 2013-2014 entry on the list you do not want to be on.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TV Premiere And Follow Up Ratings Notes For Friday, September 20, 2013 And Monday, September 23, 2013: Last Man Standing (ABC), The Neighbors (ABC), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Mom (CBS), Sleepy Hollow (FOX), Hostages (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC), Castle (ABC)

Well, hello.  The 2013-2014 scripted TV season really started last night, and there's a lot to report.  I'll also include Friday's premieres, as well, to keep you up to date.

Last Man Standing (ABC, Fridays at 8pm ET)

6.67 million Overall Viewers
1.5/6 in the 18-49 Demo

It's returned to extremely similar numbers to last season, so that means it's a lock for renewal. ;)

The Neighbors (ABC, Fridays at 8:30pm ET)

4.58 million Overall Viewers
1.2/4 in the 18-49 Demo

I can't think of a bigger lead in mismatch than this and Last Man Standing, but where else were they going to put this?  The Neighbors is not looking good for renewal at these numbers, unless DVR ends up helping them a lot, something that didn't really happen last season.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, Mondays at 8pm ET)

9.012 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.4/10 in the 18-49 Demo

9.364 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.7/10 in the 18-49 Demo

The final season is here, and people can't wait to see it end (as evidenced by these numbers).  The closer it gets to the end of the season the more viewers there will probably be.  I don't watch the show, so I could give a you know what.

2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays at 9pm ET)

8.756 million Overall Viewers
2.8/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Well, that was a lackluster premiere for a show that has had excellent ratings its first two seasons.  CBS is probably upset about these numbers, but likely not as upset as they are about the numbers of...

Mom (CBS, Mondays at 9:30pm ET)

7.923 million Overall Viewers
2.5/6 in the 18-49 Demo

I completely expected this show to be a hit, but it's not.  It's not a hit, at all.  In normal circumstances, I would call this premiere DOA, but I'll give it a slightly longer leash, just because of who it's from.  The numbers should dip next week, which speaks to an unspeakable and unbelievable end.  Cancellation...

Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)

8.682 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.1/8 in the 18-49 Demo

8.441 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.1/8 in the 18-49 Demo

Sleepy Hollow met its real competition on Monday nights, and, that's right, it CRUSHED IT!  Only The Voice rated higher, and almost no one could predict that.  As long as it stays anywhere above a 2.2 in the 18-49 demo, this show is a for sure renewal.

Hostages (CBS, Mondays at 10pm ET)

7.800 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.0/5 in the 18-49 Demo

7.171 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.7/5 in the 18-49 Demo

This is the topper of a crapper night on CBS.  This show is officially DOA, even though I think it was always intended to be one season anyway.  It will probably air all 13, but there is definitely much weeping and gnashing of teeth going on at CBS over its Monday night numbers.  The only show with good ratings (for them) is the one in its final season.  DVR numbers may tell a different story in a couple of weeks, but this was not a good start for anything after 9pm ET.

The Blacklist (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

13.471 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
4.1/11 in the 18-49 Demo

11.760 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.5/10 in the 18-49 Demo

Just like last season, NBC had a stellar opening ratings night.  I'll be watching The Blacklist shortly, but I'm quite sure these ratings far exceeded NBC's expectations.  As long as it's not a terrible show, this should be a lock for a second season.  They're treating it like a flagship show, based on the marketing I've seen during football, and it had flagship numbers.  Let's hope it keeps it up.  Could this be NBC's year to get back to number one?

Castle (ABC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

11.990 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.3/6 in the 18-49 Demo

10.979 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

With ratings as consistent as days that end with y, Castle should get to stick around as long as it wants.

I'll be back tomorrow with more premiere and follow up ratings notes.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

TV Ratings Premiere Notes For Tuesday, September 17, 2013: Dads (FOX), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX), New Girl (FOX), The Mindy Project (FOX)

There are probably lots of high fives going around FOX right now, after their strong premiere week, so far.  They shouldn't get too comfortable, though, because things goan be changin' next week.  But, we'll let them have their fun in the sun for at least one week.  They premiered four shows last night, and I'll let you know how they did below.

Dads (FOX, Tuesdays at 8pm ET)

5.57 million Overall Viewers
2.1/7 in the 18-49 Demo

You might look at these numbers and say, "Wow, that's off to a good start", but you'd be wrong.  I haven't watched the show yet (planning to this morning), but right now these numbers are more like a circus sideshow.  When it actually has to face real competition, beginning next week, you should see a huge drop in its ratings.  We'll make the first limbo pole setting next Wednesday morning.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET)

6.00 million Overall Viewers
2.5/8 in the 18-49 Demo

Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.  These numbers, on the other hand, are extremely encouraging for this show.  I'll also be watching it this morning, and even if it sux, I will still be watching to the end.  The numbers are so far from FOX's sitcom bubble, that it looks really good to stick around for another season.  Of course, we'll wait until next week to see how far it drops (and it will).

New Girl (FOX, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

5.56 million Overall Viewers
2.9/8 in the 18-49 Demo

FOX's hit comedy returned in great shape, so go ahead and cue season 4.

The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

3.95 million Overall Viewers
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo

I'm pretty disappointed with these numbers, and I'm sure FOX is too.  Hopefully these are real numbers for the show, and it won't drop much below these for the rest of the season.  I guess we'll see, but I am definitely concerned we're not gonna get a season 3 with this start.  Come on people, start watching the show!  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TV Ratings Premiere Notes For Monday, September 16, 2013: Bones (FOX), Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

The TV season is back, and you'll be seeing a bunch of these kind of posts over the next few weeks.  Last night, two scripted shows returned on FOX, and I'll list their ratings below.

Bones (FOX, Mondays at 8pm ET)

7.204 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.1/7 in the 18-49 Demo

7.848 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.3/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Bones returned the way it always has, with just plain solid ratings.  Cue 39 more seasons of it, I guess.

Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)

9.923 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.4/9 in the 18-49 Demo

10.168 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.5/9 in the 18-49 Demo 

I know it's only the first week, and it wasn't up against any competition, but WOW at these numbers.  I wasn't expecting it to rate so high for the premiere, so I'll definitely be checking it out shortly to see if it's any good.  If it can sustain anything near these ratings, this show will be around for quite awhile.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, September 16, 2013

2012-2013 TV Season Wrap Up (NBC): Close, But Still No Cigar

And now it's time for the final 2012-2013 TV season wrap up, so I can get back on with my life.  This one's about NBC, and they had an interesting season.  It wasn't good, and it wasn't bad, but it still wasn't much.  They had lots of cancellations, and few renewals, but they certainly got some stuff right.  This season also looks promising, so they may finally be rebuilding into something decent.  We'll know in a few weeks.  After looking at my list below, you can never say I don't give NBC a chance to get it right.  I love the NBC of Christmas past, and hope they can get it together for Christmas present and future.

Shows I watched, in the 2012-2013 TV season, on NBC:

Animal Practice
1600 Penn
The New Normal
Guys with Kids
Go On
Hannibal
Deception
Grimm
Parks and Recreation
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Chicago Fire
The Office
Revolution

Animal Practice (Canceled):

I watched every episode of this incredibly dumb show.  It had some bright spots, but it was generally terrible, and fell incredibly flat.  It wasn't fixable, because the whole idea was just so wrong.

1600 Penn (Canceled):

I watched a few episodes of this show, and my initial thought was if they could just drop the annoying kid from the cast, it would work.  Then, I did a little research and found out he created the show.  My bad, and his.  The audience spoke with their eyes, and those eyes looked elsewhere...quickly.

The New Normal (Canceled):

I tried a couple of episodes of this, and couldn't get into it.  The end.

Guys with Kids (Canceled):

I got through a little over half the season on this.  There was nothing overtly wrong with it, but it wasn't that good.  However, I would totally have watched a sitcom featuring Anthony Anderson's family in the show.  Too bad that will never get done.  They were always the best part of the show.

Go On (Canceled):

I thought this show was mostly there by 6 episodes in.  Then, they tweaked it some more.  And tweaked it some more.  And tweeeeaked it some more, and guess what?  They tweaked it some more.  And once they were done with that, they tweaked it more.  But they weren't done tweaking then.  They tweaked it again.  This show is a perfect example of how to ruin a very good show.  I was really disappointed with how the show was handled, and hopefully they won't repeat that on other right there comedies in the future.  I could write a book on what went wrong with the show, but I don't feel like it, so there. :P

Hannibal (Renewed):

Hannibal was THE best new network drama on TV last season.  It wasn't close, either.  I was really disappointed with the complete EMMY snub, but it will eventually get its due recognition.  It can't be ignored forever, because if it's not on NBC after next season, it will be airing somewhere after that.

Deception (Canceled):

Meagan Good wore turtlenecks in this show.  That's all you need to know about how bad it was.  I even tried watching the series finale to find out what happened, and guess what?  IT MADE NO SENSE AT ALL TO SOMEONE WHO QUIT IT EARLY ON.  LOL!

Grimm (Renewed):

I love this show...love it.  This is an incredibly well done show, and if you're not watching it, you're missing out.

Parks and Recreation (Renewed):

Thankfully we get another season of this show.  It's no longer my favorite comedy, since Veep took the top spot, but it's still exceptionally solid.  I loved this season more than the one before this, because it felt more like classic Parks and Recreation episodes.  I'm looking forward to seeing this season, and hope it won't be the last.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Renewed):

Please make it stop.  PLEASE!

Chicago Fire (Renewed):

Most weekdays, I watch Emergency! on MeTV.  This was kind of a modern day Emergency!, so I figured why not give it a shot?  That show worked, why not this one?  Well, this one bored me, and I quit after a few episodes, when I couldn't see the point of watching it.

The Office (Final Season):

I watched them all, and the season was really uneven.  I was never a fan of the show, so it's not a huge loss to me, but felt it was worth watching how it went out.

Revolution (Renewed):

There was one thing this show did exceptionally well, and that was casting all of the supporting and guest characters.  The casting of the main characters left a lot to be desired, outside of Giancarlo Esposito, but after the main characters, my jaw was constantly dropped by who they got.  The show was incredibly mediocre, but I made it to the end of the season, and will even watch the next.

Now that I've wrapped up the 2012-2013 NBC TV season, I'll give my thoughts about the new shows, and whether I'll be watching.

Mondays:

The Blacklist-This is clearly the tentpole NBC drama this season, based on how many commercials I've seen for it during football.  It's probably going to be a hit, and appears to be the first in what will probably be a long line of Person of Interest "clones".  I could watch Person of Interest ALL DAY, so there's nothing wrong with that.

Tuesdays:

About a Boy (Mid-Season)-Didn't the movie for this come out like 10 years ago?  Does anyone still connect with it?  I'll check it out, but it's probably not my thing.

The Family Guide (Mid-Season)-I can't even remember what this show is.  Maybe I'll watch it, maybe I won't.

Wednesdays:

Ironside-YES!  This is the new show I'm most looking forward to this season.  If it doesn't work, I don't know what I'll do.

Thursdays:

Welcome to the Family-I have no idea how this got made.

Sean Saves the World-This show looks REALLY funny.  I hope it delivers.

The Michael J. Fox Show-A new comedy starring Michael J. Fox.  What else needs to be said?

Fridays:

Dracula (Fall)-I'm watching it, but am not sure it will work.  I predict a pretty quick cancellation.

Crossbones (Mid-Season)-I'll watch this as well, but these two slots should be reserved for Hannibal, so someone's gotta fail...lol.

Sundays:

Believe (Mid-Season)-This is another one I'm looking forward to, but I'm a little disheartened by it being on Sundays.  That can't be a good sign.  I guess we'll see.

Crisis (Mid-Season)-Oh cool, a Scandal rip off on NBC.  No thanks.

Hallelujah!  I made it.  See you tomorrow morning at 9:30am or so with my first 2013-2014 ratings post.  Thanks for reading.

2012-2013 TV Season Wrap Up (FOX): ...

What is there to say about FOX last season, but LOL?  We had good LOLs (The Mindy Project), and bad LOLs (The Following).  I didn't watch much on the network last season, but that will probably change a bit this season.  So, this will be mercifully short.  I hope you enjoy it.

Shows I watched, in the 2012-2013 TV season, on FOX:

Ben and Kate 
The Mindy Project
The Following

Ben and Kate (Canceled):

I tried to watch this show.  I even got through a few episodes, but it made me really uncomfortable watching it, and I quit.  I didn't miss it, but all 300 people who watched it on a weekly basis probably do.

The Mindy Project (Renewed):

This was my favorite new network comedy last season, and I'm really glad I watched it.  It had the production value of a romantic comedy, but it was really snubbed at the EMMYs (should have been nominated for Writing at the very least).  I didn't think the show had any chance of working, but Mindy's style just totally did, and it was an absolutely excellently written show.  I hope they don't blow it in season 2, but if you liked Mindy at all on The Office, and are not watching this, you're making a mistake.

The Following (Renewed):

AKA The FolLOLwing, no show made me laugh harder during last TV season.  I came to the conclusion, at some point, that it was meant to be an elaborate comedy.  I'll be around for season 2, but don't see how there's any way this show will be watchable by the end of it.  Never has an agency ever looked as inept in TV or movies than the FBI did in this show.  So, these days, I just watch it for the lulz, and it is more than worth watching just for that purpose.

Now that I've wrapped up the 2012-2013 FOX TV season, I'll give my thoughts about the new shows, and whether I'll be watching.

Mondays:

Sleepy Hollow (Fall)-I'm gonna check this out, but I can't see any way the show makes it.  Maybe I'll be wrong, but, then again, this is FOX and I'm hardly ever wrong about FOX.

Almost Human (Late Fall)-I'm really looking forward to this show, even if it's not any good.  This is my new show hope for FOX, so we'll see if it makes it.

Tuesdays:

Dads-It's been awhile since I've seen a show come into a TV season with such an awful buzz.  From a racial stereotyping controversy, to being criticized for just plain sucking, it's off to a bad start.  I'm gonna check it out, but I don't have any real hope of it making it.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine-Is this show going to be good?  I don't know, but HELLS YEAH IMA WATCH IT!

Thursdays:

Rake (Mid-Season)-I have no idea how a show that should be good can look so terrible in a trailer.  I'll watch it, but probably not for long.

Fridays:

Enlisted (Late Fall)-This show might be funny, and I'm going to find out if it is.  It might be really, really dumb.  Not just dumb, but really, really dumb.  That's never been enough to stop me from watching something before, and it certainly won't stop me here.

That's that for FOX, and now it's finally on to the final 2012-2013 TV wrap up for NBC.  Thanks for reading.

2012-2013 TV Season Wrap Up (CBS): Person Of Interest Still Rulz

I'm back to try to finish up the rest of these wrap ups, because it wouldn't be fitting to have them not be here when the TV season starts this week.  I'll give thoughts on what I watched last season, and tell you what I'll be checking out this season.  In the interest of time, I'm going to try to keep these pretty brief.  I hope the rest will be worth your while.

Shows I watched, in the 2012-2013 TV season, on CBS:

Made in Jersey
Vegas
Golden Boy
Partners
Hawaii Five-O
Elementary
Criminal Minds
Person of Interest
2 Broke Girls

Made in Jersey (Canceled):

I made it through all of about 10 minutes of this show before I had to turn it off.  It just didn't work for me, at all, and it didn't work for other people either, because it was the first show canceled last TV season.  This is already too many words for a show that didn't even last this long.

Vegas (Canceled):

This show was a victim of DVR pile up.  I kind of enjoyed the Pilot, but the show just went nowhere for me over a period of a few episodes.  The show was also so sloppy with anachronisms that I couldn't get past the problems.  At some point, I decided that it wasn't good enough to keep caught up on, and the DVR lapse began.  I ultimately deleted all of them from my DVR, because I knew there was no chance the show would be renewed.

Golden Boy (Canceled):

I really enjoyed this show.  I hated the cock play between the lead and another character, but almost everything else about the show worked for me.  It was a pretty well done show, and I never thought it would be as good as it was, based on the premise.  The September 11th episode was really powerful, and I don't feel like I wasted my time at all watching the show.  I was pretty sad to see it go, though the ratings told the story pretty early on.

Partners (Canceled):

This show had an awful Pilot, I'll admit that, and it probably hurt the show.  However, once it got past the Pilot, it was a really enjoyable show.  It was high caliber, and had a lot of laughs.  It didn't have enough of an audience, though, so it was gone.  I'm hoping to get to see the rest of the episodes that didn't air at some point.

Hawaii Five-O (Renewed):

Last season, I just completely went through the motions on this show.  I have no idea how I made it to the end of the season.  Its audience is rapidly disappearing, and the show got moved to Fridays, this season.  The saving grace is that Chi McBride has joined the cast, which will hopefully make it watchable again.  It certainly was barely watchable last season.

Elementary (Renewed):

Until Hannibal aired on NBC, this was the undisputed best new network drama of the season.  Jonny Lee Miller was great, and I loved the casting of Lucy Liu as Watson.  There is absolutely no comparison to the vastly superior Sherlock, but this show was excellent in its own way.  I look forward to season 2, and you should definitely be watching this show, if you're into this kind of stuff, at all.

Criminal Minds (Renewed):

The season was fine, but the show has really outlived its usefulness.  I'll be there to the end, no matter how many decades that is from now.

Person of Interest (Renewed):

Person of Interest finally got some competition for me last season, but it remained my favorite TV show, if only barely.  Season 2 was must see TV, and if you have watched and don't like this show, I'm not sure I like you.  I'll try to get past it if you don't, but no guarantees. ;)

2 Broke Girls (Renewed):

I have no idea why I watch this show.  It's only kind of funny, and only occasionally, but since I've stuck with it this long, there's no reason to stop.

Now that I've wrapped up the 2012-2013 CBS TV season, I'll give my thoughts about the new shows, and whether I'll be watching.

Mondays:

We Are Men-Could this promo look worse than it does?  Probably not.  It has an intriguing cast, but I don't think it's going to be any good.  That's not going to stop me from watching this potential train wreck.  I don't think it has any real hope of seeing a second season.

Mom-More broad comedy, that has no chance of not making it.  Well, I guess it does have a chance of not making it, and that chance is "no chance".  I'll check it out, but I'm not really sure it's my thing.  I can be sold, if it makes me laugh.

Hostages (Fall)-This has one of the dumbest premises ever, and the show that will be replacing it mid-season is one I want to see.  So, I hope it gets canceled 3 episodes in, and we go to the next series. ;)  There is a below zero chance of me watching this show.

Intelligence (Mid-Season)-All I'll say about this show is I can't wait to see it.  That should be good enough for you to give it a try, too.

Thursdays:

The Millers-Will Arnett gets another chance to wreck a sitcom, so we'll see how it goes.  This is one of those awkward family comedies, so it will either be full of gold, or full of mold.  I'm definitely checking this out.

The Crazy Ones-I'll check this out, but it seems way over the top, and is going to be a hard sell.  Maybe it will be tightened a lot by the time it gets past the Pilot.

Well, that's that, now it's on to FOX.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

2012-2013 TV Season Wrap Up (ABC): Turns Out Everyone Enjoys A Scandal, But That's About It

Well, well, well, I bet you thought I had disappeared forever.  I guess if forever to you is a little shy of 2 months, you haven't been on the earth long enough.  I've been very busy, and have had a very difficult time keeping up with my blog, but I now have time to go through my third annual scripted TV season wrap ups for all of the big 4 networks.  Some had good years, and some had bad years, but you'll now get to see what I thought of everything I watched.  I'll also give my thoughts on their Fall 2013 schedule, so far, and what I'll check out of the new offerings.  In the past, I had broken down each show's ratings, but since the shows I watched on ABC mostly had terrible ratings, there isn't much to say.  For the other networks, that may prove to be more valuable, but it isn't here.  I hope the post proves worth your while.

Shows I watched, in the 2012-2013 TV season, on ABC:

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23
Red Widow
Last Resort
Zero Hour
666 Park Avenue
Body of Proof
The Neighbors
Revenge
Scandal

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (Canceled):

I kind of liked the first season of this show.  It looked like it would be one of the worst shows ever, based on the preview trailers before it started, but it turned out to be a pretty off the wall and bizarre show.  Unfortunately, it couldn't carry its thunder to season 2, then it got canceled, then went to burn off, and then showed episodes from season 1 out of order.  In other words, it was a mess.  I think the quirkiness went to its head, and the show lost the spirit of what worked in season 2.  I'm pretty sure I watched all of the episodes, but I never looked forward to it by the end.

Red Widow (Canceled):


"I watched the 2 hour Pilot for this show, and I...was...not...impressed."-McKayla Maroney
I hear you, McKayla, I thought it was such a turd that I stopped watching after the 2 hour Pilot, as well.

Last Resort (Canceled):

I used to call this show Lost Resort, because it felt like it was trying to be Lost as a submarine crew, or something.  The show had a good Pilot, and it had a lot of potential.  Unfortunately it went in the opposite direction potential can sometimes have, and that's in tha crappa.  By the end, this show was confirmed terrible, and pretty much a complete waste of time, though not as much of a waste of time as another show that also aired on ABC last season.

Zero Hour (Canceled):

Oh, how convenient!  This is the show I mentioned above that was easily the biggest waste of time of the entire 2012-2013 TV season.  There was a time I actually liked this show quite a bit.  I thought the first three episodes were very fast paced, and I looked forward to it each week.  Then, ABC just up and canceled it.  Well, in this particular case, ABC was clearly genius, as Zero Hour became a black hole of suck by the fourth episode.  My wife and I watched it all the way through, and finally finished the 2 hour "finally" last weekend.  If you know anything about The Bible, this show could not have gotten it more wrong.  It almost played as a comedy, it was so hilariously wrong.  The only thing funnier was Anthony Edwards' "German" accent.  In the show's topper, one of the strangest plot points ever (keep in mind that people appeared to teleport in this series on a frequent basis), we see a character apparently getting ready to die at the end of the series, and then all of a sudden he's alive in the final scene!  Wow, magic!  Nice job on the quick pull, ABC, it was a wise one.  I feel dumber for having watched this whole season.

666 Park Avenue (Canceled):

This is what happens when you give a show a terrible name.  It polarizes the audience, and a show that's pretty decent ends up getting canned.  The show ultimately had a terrible payoff, but it was a pretty enjoyable show through most of its run.  With a different name, this show might have seen a season 2.  Instead, it was banished to Hell just like Zero Hour, the other "religiously" themed show this season on ABC.

Body of Proof (Canceled):

WTF WAS THAT?  Body of Proof, a show that was barely saved from the executioner last season, comes back and is ten times more terrible than it was previously (and it was pretty terrible then).  I didn't mind the Mark Valley cast addition, but literally nothing else worked for me for the new season.  It was overly gory and gross, and every main character had to be completely involved each of the first few episodes' crime, in some form or fashion.  It was bombastic and terrible.  It was a mistake, and I quit this s*** after about the third or fourth episode of the season.  It was too much.  Quincy it wasn't.

The Neighbors (Renewed):

Hey, did you watch this?  It was one of the weirdest and most absurd shows I've seen on TV in awhile.  It was never supposed to work.  It was a terrible idea, but IT WORKED...well....for most of the season.  There were some scenes in this past season that had my jaw dropped very similarly to how I felt watching Wonderfalls the first time.  This show really went for it, in really bizarre ways, and it got my vote for being one of the most bizarrely entertaining new comedies of the season.  It's certainly not for everyone, but if you have even a slightly warped sense of humor, you'll enjoy watching this comedy train wreck.  Toward the end of the season, it tried to go a little too legit family sitcom, and that hurt it.  We'll see if its success goes to its head, or if it continues to head in a good direction in season 2.

Revenge (Renewed):

Wow, did this show take a nosedive or what?  If you made it through this season, and still enjoyed it by the end, I don't know how you did it.  I quit the show somewhere around the 13th episode of the season, right after we find out that Victoria has an abandoned son.  At first, I wanted to know who he was, and then I realized that I DID NOT CARE.  My only goal was to find out who the body was from the first episode, and I was right to pick Michael Trucco.  Killing off his character, something I wish could have been done on Fairly Legal, made those first 13 worthwhile...I guess.

Scandal (Renewed):

Scandal grew an audience from season 1 to season 2, and it's easy to tell why.  This show is shameless hyperdrama, and it makes audiences HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!1111Eleven

In this show, we have an attempted assassination, a plot to lie about the President's medical condition, a rigged election, that everyone except the President knew about, the President brazenly having a mistress, the President murdering a Supreme Court Justice, double crosses and triple crosses, torture, murder for hire, and a million other things I can't remember now.  That's why we're watching the most absurd show on television, and that's including The Neighbors AND Homeland...lol.

And now that I've finished all that, I'll give my thoughts, as quickly as I can, on the Fall 2013 new show lineup on ABC.

Tuesdays:

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Premieres Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8pm ET):

I watched the trailer for this on the internet, and thought it looked really good.  Then, I saw the trailer in HD on TV, and, well, the visual effects do not hold up well.  So, hopefully the story and dialog will drive the show, if the quality isn't quite as good visually as it needs to be.  I will definitely be watching this.

The Goldbergs (Premieres Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 9pm ET):

A show that's probably going to be billed as The Wonder Years for teenagers and kids from the 80s just doesn't really look like it will be any good.  I want to watch it, to see if it connects with me, but I don't have a lot of hope for it.  It's going with all the wrong pop culture references in the trailer, so there's a good shot it's going to miss all around.   I'm obviously going to give it at least a few shots to sell me.

Trophy Wife (Premieres Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm ET):

This looks really dumb, but I'll give it a couple of shots, if it doesn't conflict with anything in my DVR.

Lucky 7 (Premieres Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10pm ET):

I have absolutely no idea how this got made based on the promo material I've seen, and I have zero interest in watching it.

Wednesdays: 

Back in the Game (Premieres Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:30pm ET):

This is another show I'm going to watch, but I don't have any confidence it will be any good.  The promo wasn't at all encouraging.

Thursdays:

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Premieres Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8pm ET):

I quit Once Upon a Time at some point in the first season, so I'm going to do one better, and not watch this one at all.  It just doesn't appeal to me.

Sundays:

Betrayal (Premieres Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 10pm ET):

It is a betrayal to the audience that ABC thinks this show is a good idea.  If it makes it to December, I'll be shocked.

I'll try to finish the other three wrap ups this week, but don't hold your breath.  Thanks for reading.
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