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Assessing (and Ignoring) the New Fall Season

Kitchen NightmaresAs I type this, I’m listening to the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, and I’m in a terrifically good mood.  See, I love Radiohead like Tyra Banks loves … well, Tyra Banks, and so you would think that this good mood would make me put together a list of wonderful things about the new fall TV season.

Yeah, not so much.  To be honest, I haven’t watched a lot of the new fall network TV shows.  But it’s worthwhile to take a look at these shows and for me to say what I watched, what I thought, and why I didn’t watch a lot of them.  Well, it’s worthwhile for me anyway.  Plus it goes well with Radiohead (not really, but it’s not like I’m gonna stop listening).  Here goes:

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This Week On TV (10/15-10/21)

Samantha Who

 

MONDAY (10/15)

**Prison Break and K-Ville will not air tonight due to MLB playoffs**

  • The Price is Right (CBS, check local listings):  The 36th season begins with new host Drew Carey.
  • Dancing With The Stars (ABC, 8pm):  Co-host Samantha Harris returns.  Did you miss her?
  • Samantha Who? (ABC 9:30pm):  The show, once titled ‘Sam I Am’, debuts tonight.
  • The Salt-N-Pepa Show (VH1, 10pm):  Series premiere.  We’ll finally learn which one’s Salt and which one’s Pepa.
  • Gotti’s Way (VH1 10:30pm*):  Series premiere

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Wednesday Ratings:  ABC and CBS Both Take Wins

Depending on how you look at it, two networks shared last night’s crown.  CBS may have grabbed the viewers, but ABC had it where it counts: the demos.

8pm
Private Practice

9pm

  • Despite mixed review, (12.42 million, 4.9/13 share) took the hour’s demos with ease.
  • At 14.55 million, CBS’ (3.9/10) won the night in viewers.
  • (10.28 million, 3.9/10) continued its losing race against Practice.
  • (6.37 million, 3.0/8) was up from last week’s numbers.
  • (1.3/3 share) rounded off the hour with 2.8 million viewers.

10pm

  • (4.1/11 in 18-49, 13.43m) pounded the competitors with 13.43 million viewers.
  • ABC’s (8.64 million, 3.3/9) was down slightly from last week as was (8.1 million, 2.7/8).

 

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Which New Shows are You ‘Still’ Watching?

Enough of all the butt-kissing already.  Except for a few exceptions (e.g. , ), most shows have already had a chance to give us their first and second impressions.  Some premieres dazzled, while others simply fizzled.  Several weeks in—which new shows do you still plan on watching? 

Which series did you immediately embrace or cast off?  Were there any that started fresh then quickly spoiled?  Are you still holding out hope for others?  Here’s how my fall season panned out:

Immediate Faves:
Pushing DaisiesPushing Daisies
Gossip Girl
Dirty Sexy Money
Reaper

Flawed but Still Likeable:
Chuck

Gave It a Second Shot, Didn’t Like It Either Time:
Bionic Woman

Lowest Tivo Priority:
Private Practice
Back To You
Kitchen Nightmares

Earned My Complete Indifference:
Carpoolers
Cavemen

Not Gone Fast Enough:
Big Shots
Kid Nation
Journeyman
Life


‘Gossip Girl’ Fans To Get a Full Season

Gossip GirlStrong word-of-mouth has earned CW newbie, Gossip Girl, a full-season order.  The Josh Schwartz () series is a perfect replacement for those who loved his last production,   The show stars (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Serena van der Woodsen, a girl who returns to her vicious private school after mysteriously leaving town.  plays Blair Waldorf, Serena’s former best friend and current frenemy.

The catty series has so far proven to be a much darker version of our typical teenage dramas (imagine The O.C. plus Heathers).  And with voyeuristic narration supplied by the anonymous ‘gossip girl’, things get to be so much cattier.

For those who have not yet watched the series, it’s not too late.  The first two episodes are currently hot iTunes downloads.  Once you get yourself caught up, you can find on Wednesdays @ 9pm on The CW.  I promise you—the backstabbing here is much more exciting than that / battle.  Plus - you’ll come to learn valuable fashion lessons.  Had I not watched last week, how would I have known that blue eyeshadow was back?

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CBS’ ‘Numb3rs’ Helps Friday Ratings Race

CBS easily won an evening that saw a large number of reruns.  A victory night not come so easily next week when two more ABC shows (, ) begin.

8pm
Numb3rs

  • Up against a repeat of (4.3 million), improved up on last week’s premiere and won the hour with 8.7 million viewers (2.4/8 in the 18-49 demo).

9pm

  • With 8.3 million viewers, CBS’ (2.2/7 in 18-49) was the hour’s winner.
  • The critically-acclaimed (6.5 million, 2.2/7) gained 200,000 viewers from last season’s finale and tied in the key demos.
  • A rerun of drew 4.9 million; a second-showing of saw 3.3 million.

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‘Pushing Daisies’ Helps ABC Wednesday

Wednesday’s premiere of Pushing Daisies attracted many customers to The Pie Hole.  By night’s end, ABC came out with another win (followed by CBS, NBC, FOX and CW).

8pm
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9pm

  • CBS’ (14.4 million, 3.7/9) took the hour in viewers, but placed 3rd in the demos.
  • (12.3 million, 4.5/11) declined from last week, but still topped that new show on NBC.
  • (10.9 million, 4.0/10) dropped 30% in the demos and lost 19% of its viewers.
  • CW’s (2.8 million, 1.3/3) remained fairly even.

10pm

  • (12.7 million, 3.9/10) maintained last week’s viewership numbers.
  • ABC’s (9.7 million, 3.6/10) lost almost 700,000 viewers but moved up to second place.
  • NBC’s (8.8 million, 3.0/8) lost 13% of its audience causing it to fall into 3rd place.

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This Week on TV (9/24-9/30)

Heroes Masi Oka

 

MONDAY (9/24)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  Series premiere
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  Special 1.5 hour season premiere.  Let’s start placing bets now!
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8pm):  Mandy Moore guest-stars in the season premiere.  Also,  what will happen to Ted and Robin?
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm):  Welcome the reunion of Roseanne’s Darlene and David.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  Season premiere
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  Season premiere.  Rumor has it someone could be leaving the show very soon.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS, 9:30pm):  Season premiere
  • The Bachelor (ABC, 9:30pm):  Special 1.5 hour premiere.  Apparently Brad Womack has a twin brother.  Am I the only one wondering if they traded places during the show?
  • Journeyman (NBC, 10pm):  Series premiere
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  Season premiere

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Fall 2007 TV Programming Schedule

Despite having a Tivo and another DVR, I know that a new television season can take some serious planning.  When will your favorite shows start?  What days are they now on?  Which programming ‘conflicts’ will you have to resolve?  Will you need to buy another TV???

Hopefully our detailed scheduling guide can assist you in the weeks to come.  We have compiled information from five different networks (, , , and ) and included the days, times and premiere dates for this fall’s shows.

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Kate Walsh is a Big Winner

Kate Walsh Looks like Kate Walsh is on a roll these days. Not only has her Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice, been picked up… but she also just got engaged. Lucky girl, indeed. ABC announced that the show has officially been added to the fall roster, given the excellent ratings of the recent Kate Walsh-centric episode of Grey’s. Interestingly enough, despite the great cast (Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, among others), viewers seem to be lukewarm about the spinoff. I don’t watch Grey’s (I know, I must totally be in the minority on that one), so I’m not sure how the Private Practice pilot held up. Looks like ABC is willing to give it a try though, however, the show will air on Wednesdays in the fall, rather than in the cushy post-Grey’s Anatomy time slot. Now, on to the engagement—which happened just one day after she got word that her series was being picked up. Her boyfriend, 20th Century Fox copresident of production Alex Young, popped the question even though they have only been dating for a few months. Was he waiting to see if her series would get the green light, or is that just a funny coincidence?

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