For the 2013 Network TV Fall Season, here's some help to make decieding what to watch a bit easier. And maybe keep actual entertainment shows on the air, before the majority of the line up is cancelled, after the holidays and we're forced to watch mindless reality programing and network news magazines about over indulged celeberties. Or find ourselves spending more time at the corner Redbox than our ice box.
Just kidding, but it’s that time again, all networks are set with their 2013-2014 Fall/Winter lineups. Like NBC, has actually renewed the Joel McHale comedy "Community", including a 22-season run to their drama "Parenthood", after a shortened 2012-2013 season and because NBC can’t do anything right without screwing it up. For instance this season, "Parenthood" will be airing against ABC's "Scandal", which promises to be a hot sexy, sultry season, Thursdays at 9pm this fall. For the mass majority, it's an easy decision. Suburbanites and their family issues, or sex Washington style in the Oval Office.
NBC really does seem attached to this quirky-modern family thing with zany half hour family comedy shows like, "The Michael J. Fox Show" "Welcome to the Family", a 30-minute comedy pilot about white and Latino teen couple who decide to marry after the girlfriend’s...oops... is knocked up, the couples exact words.
Also receiving the green light right between Parenthood", and "Welcome to the Family", the pilot "Sean Saves The World", about Sean Hayes who's a divorced gay dad, which, for validation, as he was on "Will and Grace" is over emphasized. Without mentioning his sexuality, Sean couldn't just has easily be an immature, goofy, divorced guy who acts like Jerry Lewis that no ones attracted to, who's doesn't get his own kids respect, enough said, there's your show! "Ironside" isn't just about a Democratic Black cop, who's in a wheelchair. It's about a problem solving cop who's a crime fighter. And "The Family Guide", about a divorced blind dad. Hmm...NBC really loves those quirky-modern themes, the problem is, after the outlandish hooks in the story lines, things get a little boring.
Except for 75 year old "Rhoda" competing on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars", as long as she doesn't fall and break a hip, "Castles lead in is still rock solid. Just kidding....and hey "Revolution," we know your still trying hard to get the lights on...it's Gus's from "Breaking Bad's" fault for slowing things down.
And yes, kids, there's still a on going television season, and as a matter of fact well into week 2. Most of the new shows have already rolled out and many of ABC, NBC and CBS and Fox's most popular and well established programs have come back. In summing up, and anticipated train wrecks on Primetime TV originally predicted, hasn't materialized. Viewers are still showing up for their old favorites, and a couple of new shows look as if they have potential. The first mighty impressive week of the Peacock's season ratings of viewers ensuring seven very successful hours of its lineup under 50 was Must-See...NBC TV, with Sunday football and "The Voice" thoroughly dominated its top four rivals, finishing ahead of second-place ABC by a whopping 35 percent. Mean while ABC, CBS, and Fox last week settled for adults 18-49 averages lower than even NBC's premiere week last season's score.
So far, it's alive! so good, "The Blacklist" has done well both weeks it aired, but sadly, being that "Family Ties" and "Back to the Future" was so far in the past. "The Michael J. Fox Show" didn't do gangbusters, his illness hook was a little muffled and didn't a few nights earlier his TV wife just loose a husband on "Breaking Bad"? It attracted nearly twice as many viewers in the 9 to 10 p.m. time slot last year, but that was a news magazine. A lot of new shows are also scoring points by choosing selected DVR viewing, following a new tradition of watching TV whenever we like. That's important, for fast forwarding pesty commercials, and also seeing is that same time viewing of most network shows like "The Voice" "Dancing With The Stars" and "X-Factor" As well as an exiting cable drama like " Breaking Bad" "Mad Men" and "Dowton Abbey," which air while a live sporting events are on.
CBS has big, fat hits, Big Bang just keeps growing. Also it was obvious last week when the Robin Williams led "The Crazy Ones" which debuted to huge numbers. With CBS betting its nerds will turn "The Millers" into a smash for it's second week in a row. The only bad news, Monday night is in big trouble. The new CBS drama "Hostages", which debuted disappointingly last week and fell further behind in the ratings this week, the subject matters depressing, and too similar to Liam Nieesens "Taken" or Ashley Judd's "Missing"
For the first broadcast on ABC, after spending tons of money on an expensive pilot and heavy marketing. ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D", got around 20 million people to check out its Marvel TV spinoff last week, seems to have a pulse on Tuesdays. But some viewers might have considered the show... Agents of S.N.O.O.Z.E.. About 500,000 people bailed on this week's episode at the half-hour mark, choosing to watch something else. So why is all this good news for ABC? Marvel could still juice up interest in the series by turning cameos such as the one last night by..oops.. spoiler alert! Samuel L. Jackson into longer story arcs, it would be a mistake to write off S.H.I.E.L.D. just yet. Well, even at diminished levels this week, S.H.I.E.L.D. still gave ABC its best ratings in the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour in two years. With ABC opting to cut "Dancing With The Stars" to a single night.
There's bad news, for ABC's cancelled not so "Lucky 7" which took too long to get to the point was DOA and "Betrayal" too similar to "Scandal" yet another show about unfaithful spouses. ABC might as well bring "Mistresses" back. Sunday's Betrayal, was originally designed to attract the Revenge audience Fox's early ratings winner, bat-poop-crazy "Sleepy Hollow," about Ichabad Crane is time-traveling, to an already renewal! And on ABC, a winner for right now, with a 49% approval rating, is cringe-worthy, is Rebel Wilson, in "Super Fun Night," she's validating that fat girls are funny and acceptable to.
Remember TV Fans, in TV ratings...your vote counts, so keep your remote handy, it'll keep your favorite shows on the air!