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American Idol: The Band and The Singers Collide

The Clark BrothersFor myself and the thirteen other people who watched The Next Great American Band, FOX has come up with a very special cross-promotion. Or a very self-serving one.

The Clark Brothers, that charming boy band who managed to win the reality competition The Next Great American Band, will soon be appearing on the stage. This was a summer show meant to fill the Idol void created every single May, a ratings hole FOX has long been desperate to fill. Using a very familiar set up and some familiar faces, Band could have been another great big hit. But someone at FOX scheduled the show to air on Fridays and the whole bloody thing was a terrible flop - but honestly, the music on the show was really quite good. I was blown away by bands like Light of Doom and Dot Dot Dot, and somewhat less impressed with the country/bluegrass Clark Brothers. But to each their own.

Anyway, this trio will appear on stage to deliver more country right into the American Idol jugular. I’ll say it again: a rocker has never won Idol. A country girl has.

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This Week on TV (3/31-4/6)

My Name is Earl, Paris Hilton

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

 

MONDAY (3/31)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  The top 10 dancers take the floor tonight.  If also manages to master the fast jive, she’ll have my votes from this point out.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8pm):  “Sheldon gets sick, but the guys refuse to take care of him because he’s such a bad patient.”  So is there such thing as a good male patient?
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30):  “Barney tries to find the mystery woman who’s out to ruin his reputation, and he uses the basketball tournament-bracket template to eliminate 64 suspects.”  Okay - if CBS can’t get around to finally renewing this series, I will give them 64 reasons why I hate them.
  • New Amsterdam (FOX, 9pm):  “When a murder victim in Chinatown murder reminds John of a son he lost in the early 20th century, the investigation leads to a ruthless crime family who are related to his offspring.”  And I thought Terminator‘s storyline was trippy.

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Friday Ratings: ABC Wins the Ratings ‘Duel’

After five attempts, Duel finally scored the most chips of the evening.  When the night was over, had the most viewers while had a slight edge on the demos.

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Dateline

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  • * (6.1 million, 1.3/4 in 18-49) was down from last week’s new episode.
  • (5 million, 1.3/4) placed last in the hour.

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Friday’s ratings here.)

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This Week on TV (12/17-12/23)

Gossip Girl

 

MONDAY (12/17)
  • (ABC, 8pm):  The first of six-airings this week.  In this game show, the contestants ‘challenge each other’s intellect and skill, but a single wrong answer disqualifies them from trying for the $1.5 million prize.’  Seriously - if a show is going to be named ‘Duel’, it should involve body blows.
  • (NBC, 8pm):  This four-part series brings us Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey and Kelly Rowland.  Surprisingly, this combo is not part of some program.
  • (ABC, 9pm):  “Eric must organize a baby party without ruining friendships.”  His pals are all hoping they don’t have to come.
  • (NBC, 10pm):  “Dan is sent to rescue a mother and son in an RV hanging from a cliff.”  Just for clarification—do his travels always predate the existence of 911?

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Friday Ratings: The ‘Numb3rs’ Favor CBS

Thanks to another night of originals, CBS easily took the victory in both measures (viewers and demos):

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Numb3rs

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  • (2.5/8 in 18-49) outperformed the competition with 9.67 million viewers.
  • (6.77 million, 1.7/5) was downa bout 1 million from last week.

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Friday’s ratings here.)

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Friday Ratings: ‘Frosty the Snowman’ Warm with Viewers

Back to back Frosty specials gave a nice night with the demos.  Meanwhile, was a hit with the viewers.

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Frosty the Snowman

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10pm

  • (7.88 million, 2.3/7 in 18-49) saw a 600,000 bump.
  • (6.82 million, 1.9/6) kissed 400,000 goodbye.

*denotes repeat.

(You can review last Friday’s ratings here.)

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Friday Ratings: ABC Takes ‘The Polar Express’ to the Win

The Polar Express delighted families - and - on a repeat-filled Friday night.  The network won the evening’s viewers and demos.

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Polar Express

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10pm

  • (7.29 million, 2.1/6) won a tight race for first place in the hour.
  • About 7.25 million took a gamble with (2.0/6).
  • * (7.19 million, 1.7/5) took a rare third place.

* denotes repeat

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Reality Show Predictions Revisited

Phil KeoghanSo evidently I’m really bad at predicting the outcomes of reality shows (which, I know, already happened).  I mean, really exceptionally bad.  Now, I could have just buried my predictions from two weeks ago, but a man has to face his failures, so here we go.  (Oh, and blahblahblahSPOILERALERTblahblahblah.)

THE AMAZING RACE:
Just a few weeks in, and one of my finalists is already gone.  Not only was I wrong about Lorena & Jason being one of the three final teams, I was also wrong about them not annoying me yet.  Lorena’s camel-milking meltdown (and how often did you read that phrase?) was incredibly entertaining and also horribly, cripplingly annoying.  Still, Azaria & Hendekea are running strong and maybe I’ll be right about who ultimately gets to hang out with Phil at the finish line.  But most likely not.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL:
My pick, Heather, was in the Bottom Two last week.  She’s still in it, but her not-great public speaking skills mean she may not be long for this competition.

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This Week on TV (11/26-12/2)

Notes from the Underbelly

 

MONDAY (11/26)

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Reality Show Predictions

DescriptionEvery week I watch and listen to all of the football predictions, but I only really watch a couple of the (sometimes up to) sixteen games.  Sometimes I only watch one (go Steelers!).  What I do watch though is a whole bunch of reality competition shows, and I never ever see programs predict winners on those.  Maybe that’s because most of these shows have been pre-taped and their outcomes have already determined.  But I’m going to ignore all that.  So, even though I don’t have a television show (yet) (or ever, really), I’ll use this forum to make my predictions on all of the reality shows I watch (and a few I don’t).  Here they are in glorious alphabetical order:

THE AMAZING RACE:
Two episodes in, it’s still hard to tell.  You never know who’s going to get a delayed flight or rack up some bad taxi karma, but let me do my best here.  Azaria & Hendekea appear to be doing well, so I’ll put them in the final three.  Lorena & Jason did well in the second leg, and, most importantly, they have yet to annoy me, so they get to be there too.  For the final spot…I say Kynt & Vyxsin.  Yes, I know that before the show I hated them, and I still can’t stand the concept of Goth on principle alone, but they seem to be good competitors and more likeable than I would have guessed.

And the winner is…Azaria & Hendekea.  They’re smart, in shape, and being brother and sister they can fight with each other without having everything come to a grinding halt.  Congratulations, you two, in advance.  Or retrospect.  Or whatever.

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