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Emmy Nominations Announced

Bright and early this morning, the Emmy nominations were announced from Hollywood. There’s certainly an interesting mix this time around with the change in nomination procedures – you’ll notice no mention of Lost in the major categories and none of the leading ladies of Desperate Housewives. Here are the major categories: Best Drama Grey’s Anatomy House The Sopranos 24 The West Wing Best Comedy Arrested Development Scrubs Two and a Half Men Curb Your Enthusiasm …

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Which New Shows Have “Old” Viewers?

The “median age” of a show is the age at which an equal amount of its viewers are above and below that age. For instance,  The West Wing’s median age is 54 (meaning that half of the show’s viewers are younger than 54 and half are older than 54). E-Ring, the new West Wing spin-off based in the Pentagon, also has a median age of 54. Many of today’s new shows have relatively high median ages; …

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ABC’s Free Internet TV Trial Run a Success

Disney announced on Monday that ABC.com’s trial run of free TV episodes streamed online has been a success.  The episodes included 30-second advertisements, and, apparently, an online exit survey from the first week of the trial showed that 87 percent of respondents could remember the products advertised in the ads.  Execs are so pleased that a reworked version of the current site will appear in the Fall.  In fact, not only did the free episodes outperform …

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ABC Launches Free Internet Episode Streaming

Earlier today ABC launched an online interface, allowing you to stream spisodes of popular ABC shows directly within your web browser. Shows like Lost, Desperate Housewives, Alias, and Commander-in-Chief are all ready to be consumed at your leisure. The shows feature limited advertising, which include four thirty-second spots within each episode. The shows are updated weekly, and will be available from May 1-June 30 as part of an initial trial period. Read More | ABC Episode …

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Commander in Chief:  New Day and Time

If the writing on the wall wasn’t already obvious for ABC’s Commander in Chief, it’s clearly evident now.  The troubled show is now being moved to the competitive 10pm Thursday night time slot— during May sweeps.  Due to the bump, Primetime will temporarily move to Thursdays.  You can watch Geena Davis again (or not) starting Thursday, April 13th. ...

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Commander in Chief - A Lame Duck Series?

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Posted by Christopher Stone
Categories: Drama, ABC, Commander In Chief,

When the 2005-2006 broadcast network television season began in September, ABC-TV’s Commander in Chief was the highest-rated new series.  But the honeymoon and high ratings ended prematurely for the Geena Davis drama. Only two episodes had aired when Commander‘s creator and executive producer Rod Lurie was replaced by NYPD Blue auteur Steven Bochco. Focusing on high tension world issues, rather than on the family life of the series’ first female president Mackenzie Allen, the Bochco episodes …

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Commander in Chief Declines in Approval Ratings

As we’ve been hearing lately, the approval ratings for the President of the United States have been reaching all-time lows.  Now just one day before Pres. Bush’s State of the Union speech (snore!), ABC is delivering news about their own fictional POTUS:  her ratings stink too. Despite early success for the first-term show - and a recent Golden Globe win for Geena Davis - it seems that the novelty may have worn off for President …

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Commander In Chief Joins iTunes Line-Up

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Posted by Rhys Alexander
Categories: ABC, Commander In Chief, Internet, News,

ABC recently announced that it has added its hit show Commander In Chief to the list of television series available through your iPod. Episodes will be available after the day they originally appear on television, and will cost 1.99 each to download. Commander In Chief joins fellow network shows Lost and Desperate Housewives in this iTunes service. Read More | Zap2it ...

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Commander in Chief:  First Dance

I must admit, for weeks now I have been wondering why I like this show.  Although I have always found White House-related dramas interesting, that factor alone has not brought me back to The West Wing on a consistent basis.  In fact, sometimes I feel like Commander is a seriously-dumbed down version of its predecessor.  But then it occurred to me—the reason I DO like the show is because it IS a dumbed-down version of …

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ABC Shows Invasion and Commander in Chief Survive Freshman Year

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Posted by Veronica Santiago
Categories: Drama, ABC, Commander In Chief,

Obviously pleased with the success they’ve had so far this year, ABC has already announced that two of its shows will be picked up for a full-season:  Commander in Chief and Invasion.  While Commander in Chief has obviously been a runaway hit for the network (it placed 9th in the Nielsens last week), I can’t imagine that Invasion would be able to survive without ‘Lost’ as its lead-in.  Nevertheless, ABC should be pleased with any success …

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