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Last night, How I Met Your Mother‘s casting experiment paid off nicely for the comedy.  The show - which is not yet on the network’s renewal list - earned its best demo performance ever.  By night’s end, CBS was tops in the 18-49 group while ABC was #1 in total viewers.

Britney Spears, How I Met Your Mother

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For the first time in quite a while, it appears we may have had more original episodes on TV last night than repeats.  Although CBS’ comedy lineup saw strong numbers, it couldn’t outmatch the debut of Dancing with the Stars.  ABC ended up winning the evening in the viewers and demos.

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How I Met Your Mother

(You can view TV Envy’s Post-Strike Television Schedule here.)


MONDAY (3/17)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  Tonight’s Season 6 premiere focuses only on the men.  I think it’s safe to say Julianne Hough won’t be making it a three-peat with .
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8pm):  New episode.  “Sheldon and Leonard are asked to a physics conference to present their work together.”  I’ve always wondered - if this show were to air on any other day, would it be half as successful?
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30):  New episode.  “Ted decides to live life like Barney on St. Patrick’s Day.”  You don’t want to know what they use as their lucky charms.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  New episode.  “Charlie teaches Alan how to break up with a woman.”  I hear hiring prostitutes can make a woman leave you.
  • The Bachelor (ABC, 9:30):  Season 12 premiere.  “Bachelor Matt Grant, a 27-year-old British financier, meets his 25 would-be soul mates.”  Apparently in America, you can finally afford to woo twice as many women as you can in the UK.

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FOX’s new dramas failed to muster up much attention.  The network fell in third last night behind CBS and NBC.

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The Real Housewives of New York City

(You can view TV Envy’s Post-Strike Television Schedule here.)


MONDAY (3/10)
  • The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? (ABC, 8pm):  “Highlights from past seasons include segments catching up with past bachelors (Andrew Firestone and Aaron Buerge) and former contestants.”  So the whole point of the show is to say there is no point to this show.  Look at how successful it’s been!
  • Canterbury’s Law (FOX, 8pm):  Series premiere.  “Julianna Margulies stars as a maverick defense lawyer who plays by her own rules to help the falsely accused.”  I’m guessing will still be on long after this program goes off the air.
  • New Amsterdam (FOX, 9pm):  Regular day and time.  If you didn’t watch last Tuesday or Thursday, I’m sure you won’t tonight either.
  • October Road (ABC, 9pm):  Special time.  In the season (series?) finale, “Eddie’s ex-girlfriend shows up to reconnect with him, causing problems in his relationship with Janet.”  Since we may never get a satisfactory resolution from this ratings-starved show, let’s just pretend Janet kicks her ass.

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Extreme Makeover, Ty PenningtonJust a few weeks ago, ABC released its first list of renewals for the 2008-09 fall programming season.  Now the network has revealed the crop of reality contenders.

Veterans programs that have made the cut are:

  • America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Supernanny
  • Wife Swap

So far, the list does not include The Bachelor.  That show is in the process of making its return March 17, with The Bachelorette soon to follow.

Freshman programs still possibly up for consideration include: Dance Wars, Here Come the Newlyweds, Just for Laughs and Oprah’s Big Give.

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Now that we have come to the end of the , it’s time to once again update our television programming schedules.

Mid-season replacements have had seen their debuts shuffled (e.g. New Amsterdam), some programs are coming back with new episodes (e.g. Scrubs, 30 Rock) while other shows aren’t slated to return until next year (Pushing Daisies).

Here you can find a

compilation of the 2008 post-strike schedules

for the five major networks.  I would highly recommend printing this out since there are major changes across the board.

Two notes:

  1. This is the updated schedule as of May 6.  Be prepared to see more changes and settling in the weeks to come.
  2. The list consists of premieres and dates for new episodes.
  3. If a particular time slot/network is not mentioned, either nothing has changed or no specific announcement has been made yet.
How I Met Your Mother



  • Dancing With the Stars, ABC
  • My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, NBC
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS
  • Bones, FOX (new as of 4/14)
  • Gossip Girl, CW (new as of 4/21)


  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS


  • Two and a Half Men, CBS
  • House, FOX (new as of 4/28)
  • One Tree Hill, CW (new as of 4/14)


  • Samantha Who?, ABC (new as of 4/7)
  • Rules of Engagement, CBS (returns 4/14)


  • The Bachelor, ABC
  • CSI: Miami, CBS

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For Season 12 of , ABC will be straying far from the blue-collar image they tried last fall.  (Maybe a different type of guy will end up producing a different result?)  Say goodbye to bar owner Brad Womack and say hello to “global financier” Matt Grant!

Last night on , the audience got their first glimpse of Grant, a British businessman.  In his interview with Drew Lachey, the 27-year-old offered up a few choice chiches.  In addition to calling the candidates “25 smoking women”, he said it was “ridiculously hard” to send someone home every week.  Of course, the handsome guy never said why he needed help finding someone to begin with.

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Moment of TruthNow that has successfully breezed through its two-week trial run, the show is being rewarded with a nice bonus.  - apparently believing the reality show’s gimmick won’t tire quickly - has added on another 13 episodes to its initial 12-pack order.  (I’m guessing it was the program’s stellar debut that instilled the network with such confidence.)

Although a list of potential seatwarmers dwindled after the show’s first two airings (seems the attention seekers weren’t too thrilled about what they had seen), other ballsy contestants will be stepping up.  Production on the additional segments will begin on Feb. 11th.


Celebrity ApprenticeJust when you think the Trumpster is down and out, he just keeps coming back for more.

Even though his ‘recruitment’ show once faced cancellation, it’s had a reversal of fortune and now been granted an extension.  Impressive numbers for has made think twice about letting and the reality staple go too soon.  (No rush decisions should ever be made during a writers’ strike.)  Come this time next year, we will be seeing a second round of stars vie for credibility and airtime. 

Seriously, a boardroom full of D-listers is really the only thing that keeps viewers attracted to the show these days.  It’s not like anyone really believes winners do anything for Trump’s organization anymore.

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Bachelor BradABC’s The Bachelor this year tried to put a new spin on the sinking reality show with barman , a different sort of Bachelor for the series. And when you use a different sort of guy, you get a different sort of result.

In a season-ending shocker, the single guy opted not to give his rose away to either of the final two girls. Wait…what? After this colossal rejection, he didn’t even offer much of an explanation as to why he’s opting to remain single – though reality TV exposure no doubt plays a part in this odd decision.

Fans are left freaking out, and women are wondering why this handsome hottie doesn’t want to commit. Really, there’s some question as to why he doesn’t want to settle down with a girl he was paired up with on TV? Get serious – most of the men on the series probably never had any intention of walking down the aisle anyway.

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