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This Week on TV (10/8-10/14)

Men in Trees


MONDAY (10/8)
  • The View (ABC, syndicated):  Meredith Viera returns to her old-stomping grounds as a guest.  I’m sure she prefers it that way.
  • Total Request Live (MTV, 3:30pm):  Watch the ‘official’ debut of Britney’s new video, or just watch it now.
  • Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm):  The reunion of Johnny Galecki and Sara Gilbert happens tonight.
  • I Love New York 2 (VH1, 9pm):  Season premiere.  I’m sorry—what exactly do the winners ‘win’ on this show again?

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CBS Takes the Thursday Ratings Win

Although the introduction of ‘Seinfeld Vision’ helped the premiere of 30 Rock, it didn’t do do much for the network.  CBS took Must See Thursday—followed by ABC, NBC, FOX and CW.

30 Rock

  • (14.1 million, 4.4/13 in 18-49 demo) took the hour in both viewers and the key demographic group.
  • ABC’s (9.8 million, 3.4/10) saw a loss of over 1 million viewers this week, while (8 million, 3.4/10) lost 1/2 as much.
  • Emmy-award winning (7.4 million, 3.4/9) saw a 53% viewer increase from last season’s finale.


  • Although (20.8 million, 6.3/16 in key demo) lost 16% of last week’s viewers, it still took the crown from Grey’s.
  • (18.1 million, 7.4/18) also saw a loss in viewers but remained dominant in the 18-49 demo.
  • A million less viewers saw Pam and Jim outed in this week’s episode of (8.5 million, 4.5/11).


  • (14.5 million, 3.8/11) lost 13% of last week’s audience and narrowly won in the key demos.
  • (9 million, 3.7/10) was down 1 million this week; (8.7 million, 3.7/10) was down from it’s 11.1 million premiere.


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Nickelodeon Gets Kids Off the Couch

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Kids, Cable,

Nickelodeon SplatBefore I get into this post, let me first say that I’m absolutely giddy (yes, I said giddy) because I just finished watching My Name is Earl and The Office. How great is it that the fall season has started? Pretty darn fantastic… and I also can’t wait to watch the Ugly Betty premiere that I recorded on the DVR. Of course, it’s late and I won’t be able to get to that until tomorrow. But anyway… kids’ network Nickelodeon is doing their annual bit to get kids away from the TV by offering three hours of dead air on the channel this Saturday. From noon to three, kids are supposed to use the time to get out and play, rather than watching the tube. I think this is an admirable effort, but really… if there’s nothing on Nick, don’t they have a sea of other channels to choose from? Just being a naysayer, I suppose. Then again, I limit the amount of television my kids watch and they’d much rather play outside than watch the TV. Video games, however, that’s another story. I’ve had to literally implement a timer system or else they never want to stop playing!  So, folks, take Nickelodeon’s lead and get your kids off the couch and active!

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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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmys: In Review

EmmyIt was an evening of firsts at the 59th annual primetime Emmys. The first time the awards show was on . The first time Ryan Seacrest (resident FOX golden boy) hosted. The first time green concerns were proudly touted. And the first time I didn’t laugh at the Emmy host – not even once. FOX unabashedly promoted their own stars and shows all night long, though there were precious few wins for the network. Brian and Stewie from Family Guy provided some animated laughs, Lewis Black ranted and raved and performed a bit in the middle of the whole thing, and I found myself largely confused throughout the three hour-plus broadcast. Toward the end, Seacrest actually walked out on stage in a Henry VIII costume and told a gay joke – I couldn’t make this up if I tried, this actually happened. TV’s elite looked on in a mixture of horror and worry. Seacrest, unsurprisingly, acted and spoke exactly as he does while on American Idol. The strange, round stage provoked a lot of funny comments, and for a rare awards show change it was the acceptance speeches that became the saving grace of the FOX broadcast.

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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Coverage

Emmy AwardsThe 59th Annual Emmy Awards has not even started, yet I’m already sensing sensing a weird vibe about tonight’s telecast.  Will the show be a celebration of those young and new (e.g. Heroes)?  Will it be a tribute to those bowing out (James Gandolfini and crew)?  Or will performer Kanye West somehow manage to cast a controversial shadow over the rest of the ceremony?

What a difference a year makes.  Twelve months ago, we were still handing out trophies to stars from Will & Grace and The West Wing (those shows feel so five-years ago now).  Today, we welcome a new crop of nominees including Ugly Betty and 30 Rock for Best ComedyLast year, we were entertained by an always-hilarious Conan O’Brien.  This year, we are threatened by a song and dance number from this year’s host, Ryan Seacrest.  Last August, 24 snagged the award for Best Drama.  This September, it’s not even nominated (yet somehow Boston Legal is).

I think it would be safe to assume the voters would predictably (and respectfully) shower The Sopranos with honors, but I’ll still be crossing my fingers for an upset sometime tonight.  We’ll need something to talk about tomorrow…

Here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the neglected West Coast!

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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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ABC Renews 14 Series for 2007/2008

Calista Flockhart OK, TV fans… take a gander at these pick-ups for the 2007-2008 season on ABC. There are certain to be some of your faves being renewed. I’m thrilled to see Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty make the cut. For the most part, no huge surprises:

  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Ugly Betty
  • Men in Trees
  • The Bachelor
  • Boston Legal
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Lost

America’s Funniest Home Videos, Supernanny and Wife Swap previously got the greenlight for next season. ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson commented, “These shows provide us with a substantial foundation to make 07-08 our best schedule yet.”

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Survivor: Fiji Grabs 17 Million Viewers

Survivor logo Hey, not too shabby for an aging franchise. The latest installment of SurvivorSurvivor: Fiji—earned almost 17 million viewers on its Thursday debut. This is the series’ fourteenth season, and it certainly doesn’t seem to be losing any steam. And this comes despite any new gimmicks (like the social experiment of last season). Survivor: Fiji took the top spot for 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. So, that means it beat out Ugly Betty by a fair amount—9% for households, 35% for viewers 25-54, 23% for 18-49 year-olds, and 17% total viewers. Similarly, it bested NBC’s showing of My Name is Earl and The Office, earning 35% more of the adults ages 18-49. Despite the significant viewership, it did fall short in one category: the 18-34 demographic, where it came in third, following Ugly Betty and Earl/The Office. I am one of the few who did not watch the latest installment. My loyalty lies with Earl and The Office, and quite frankly, I’ve grown tired of Survivor‘s concept and host.

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Lucy Liu, Jerry O’Connell Join ‘Betty’ for February Sweeps

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, ABC, Ratings,

Ugly Betty Prepare for the guest appearances, as we head into February sweeps. Ugly Betty will be adding Lucy Liu and Jerry O’Connell to the roster for brief guest star appearances. Liu, who is no stranger to television after appearing on Ally McBeal, will be seen in two episodes beginning on February 15th. Her role should be fun (how could it not be, with this irresistible actress)—she’ll be playing a college classmate of Daniel Meade’s (Eric Mabius). He calls on her for help, but since he stood her up for a date back in college, this could be tricky. O’Connell is a regular on Crossing Jordan, but will be swinging by Betty for one episode on February 15th. And here you can expect cuteness, because he’ll meet up with Alexis Meade (played by Rebecca Romijn, who is engaged to O’Connell) at a bar.

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