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ANOTHER Comedy Pick Up for NBC

Seriously, another comedy?   According to TV by the Numbers, NBC has picked up freshman comedy “Guys with Kids” for the 2012/2013 TV Season.   This really is lining up with what I posted about earlier with NBC going to more comedies for shorter runs.    There wasn’t any word about the length of the pick up or when it was slated to hit the air (fall or mid-season.)

Is this gloom and doom for some NBC comedies on the bubble….Are You There, Chelsea and Up All Night?   I’ve heard Whitney referred to as a bubble show but based on the ratings, I figured it would be renewed.  I can’t believe people actually watch and enjoy that show, but I guess they do.   But Whitney has been thrown in as a “bubble show” as well.

I don’t know what to think at this point.  NBC is picking up 6 comedies at this point.  Where are they going to put them all?  It has to be this idea of a staggered schedule because it’s the only thing that makes sense.  Let’s break it down:

I’m leaving out 10pm because comedies typically don’t run after the 9:30pm slot.  Thursday night comedies are Community, 30 Rock, The Office, and Parks and Rec….all rumored to be back next season.  Not going on Thursday nights.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday aren’t comedy nights.  So they’re out.  Monday is The Voice and America’s Got Talent.  No room there.  Tuesday usually has the recap from the night before.  So that leaves Wed night which has 2 slots…which I believe rotated between Whitney, Up All Night, and Are You There Chelsea.

Either NBC is going to cut back the reality time (which is the only programming that’s been consistently working for them every year) or it’s going to stagger the comedies throughout the season (which I am in favor of.)   I guess we’ll know Monday at 11am!!!

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in NBC, New Shows, Upfronts

 

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2012 Upfront Schedule MORE DETAIL

The people at Deadline.com rock.  Here is the official list of upfront schedules and most importantly….the parties!!!!   I know some people I talked to are actually planning on attending the upfronts.  I wish I could.  It looks like a lot of fun.  One of these years when I don’t have to REALLY work for a living (yeah right) I want to go to upfront week.  I’d also like to go to the Paley Festival as well.

In the meantime, if you are someone planning to attend any of these, hopefully the information Deadline put out will help you:

Monday, May 14
11:00 AM: NBC Announcement
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave.

9:00 PM-1:00 AM: NBC Upfronts Party hosted by Bob Greenblatt
Del Posto Ristorante, 85 10th Ave

Tuesday, May 15
9:30 AM: ESPN Breakfast hosted by Sage Steele and Mike Greenberg
Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway

11:00 AM: Univision
New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.
Reception to follow at Cipriani, 89 E. 42nd St.

4:00 PM: ABC Announcement – Roast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel
Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 132 W. 65th St.

6:00 PM: Telemundo
Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St.
Cocktail reception to follow, the Edison Ballroom

8:00 PM: Gersh Upfronts Party
Lilium, 201 Park Avenue South

8:30 PM: ABC Party
Dream Hotel Downtown, 355 West 16th St.

9:00 PM: Innovative Artists Upfronts Party
Empire Hotel Roof Deck, 44 West 63rd St.

9:00 PM: WME Upfronts Dinner
Peter Luger Steakhouse, 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

9:30 PM: CAA Upfronts Party
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones St.

Wednesday, May 16
9:30 AM: TNT/TBS Announcement
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.
Lunch reception to follow upfront at Del Posto, 85 10th Ave.

11:00 AM: Fox Hispanic Media Presentation
Ziegfield Theatre, 141 West 54th St.

4:00 PM: CBS Announcement
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave.
Reception to follow at The Tent at Lincoln Center
Damrosch Park, W. 62nd St between Columbus & Amsterdam Aves

6:00 PM: MTV Tr3S
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th Street

9:00 PM: Adult Swim Upfront Party – performance by Rapper T.I.
Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd Street

TBD: Les Moonves private dinner

Thursday, May 17
10:30 AM: CW Announcement
New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.

2:45 PM: USA Network – Performances by Jennifer Hudson and Mark Ronson
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway

7:00 PM: CW After Party
Colicchio & Sons, 85 10th Ave.

Really?  ABC is letting Jimmy Kimmel do a roast for their upfront presentation?  Didn’t they see him completely BOMB the Correspondents Dinner with President Obama not too long ago?  The man simply isn’t funny so I’m not sure why people continue to give him platforms to embarrass himself.

If anyone attends any of these functions, let me know how it was and who got rip roaring drunk and embarrassed themselves…other than Jimmy Kimmel of course…he’s a given.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Upfronts

 

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Upfront Buzz: NBC: 30 Rock, Community, Parks and Rec Renewed….Kind Of!

We are less than a week away from network upfronts.  Up first…NBC.

Ok, now all of you need to stop laughing right now.  I know NBC has had it rough the last several years but each year I have faith the peacock network will break out of its shell.  It may have done it this year if it premiered Bent and Best Friends Forever and Smash in the fall instead of Free Agents, Whitney, and The Playboy Club.   But what are you going to do.   But that’s been NBC’s problem in my opinion…not having bad shows (although Free Agents was HORRIBLE) but picking the wrong shows to air fall vs. mid-season (or late season for BFF and Bent.)

So what is the early buzz?  Looks like 30 Rock will be back (according to Deadline.com) but it will only be back for 13-14 episode and season seven will be its final season.  I think it’s time.  30 Rock was one of the best comedies on TV in its heyday.  But last season and surely this season have not been as strong.  It’s really a shadow of its former self.  But that happens and now it will have 13 or 14 episodes to go out the way it wants, which it deserves.

In the same note, Community and Parks and Rec look to also return next season with abbreviated seasons.  Although no word has come down whether or not these will be final seasons or not.  I hope not for either one but I can understand it for Community more so than Parks and Rec.  When Community is on, it’s the best comedy on TV.  It’s smart, witty, and very clever.  But when it’s off, it’s the worst comedy on TV.  It’s awful.  Unfortunately, Community still has too many of the awful episodes to make it a truly great show, in my opinion.

NBC has already picked up 1600 Penn, Go On, Save Me, Animal Practice, and The New Normal.   One thing I already like that NBC is doing, is ordering new and returning shows to shorter runs.  We already discussed 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, and Community and it appears as if all the new comedies will get 13 episode orders as well.  Unless something really hits it big, that’s all they are going to get.

I like this very much.  It will give NBC year round original programming and fewer gaps between new episodes since all the shows are on abbreviated schedules.  It’s actually a very good idea.  Since the Olympics are taking over NBC summer programming, NBC has decided to air most its new comedies, right after the Olympics in August.  It’s a big risk since most people are getting their last-minute vacations in before the fall and viewers aren’t really in “fall programming mode” yet, but it could be a risk with great rewards.  It will have the power of the Olympics to really pump their new programming.  If you are going to take that type of risk, why not use the viewing power of the Olympics to promote it?  It could work.

I’ve vented about programming before where I hate when shows are off the air for extended periods of time only to come back for one episode, then off for 2 weeks, then on for 2 weeks, then off for 3 weeks, then on for 2, then off for 2…it’s incredibly annoying!   So if NBC decides to give shorter schedules to show more original programming, I say kudos!   They would basically be managing their network scheduling as cable networks do with their original programming lasting 10-12 episodes a season.

What do you think of the early news from NBC?  Do you like where they are heading next season?  It’s certainly too early to tell but I think at this point, NBC has to try something, so why not?

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in NBC, New Shows, Renewed Shows, Upfronts

 

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2012 Network Upfront Schedule

This is the time of year where everyone asks that all important question….is my favorite show coming back or getting canceled?   This year, many shows have been renewed very early but there are still plenty of shows that we are all waiting to hear about.  When are you going to know?   That would be during upfront week.  Actually, upfronts have been happening since March but do you really care what shows The Scripps Network is looking to renew, cancel, and premiere in the fall?  I didn’t think so.

Here is the schedule for the major network upfronts and when you will know about the fate of your show:

May 14th: NBC (Morning)
May 14th: FOX (Afternoon)
May 15th: ABC (Afternoon)
May 16th: CBS (Afternoon)
May 17th: The CW (Morning)

For the most part, CBS has announced what is coming back.  But there are about 5-6 shows that the fates have yet to be determined (or at least announced to us.)   All the other networks have certain shows already renewed or canceled (check out my 2011/2012 Renew Cancel Tracker on the Home Page for up to date information) but there are still many out there that can go either way.

Check back here during upfront week (I can’t believe that’s only 2 1/2 weeks away) where we will discuss the good news, the bad news, and what I’m sure will be some surprising news.

 

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2011 Network Upfront Meetings

You’re probably seeing this and wondering “what the hell is an upfront meeting and as a TV viewer, why should I care?”   Many of you may know what these are but for those that don’t, the upfront meetings are basically the network line up presentations for their advertisers.  The networks host these meetings/events for the major advertisers and press to showcase what their fall lineups will be and when shows will be premiering.  They usually show clips of the new shows and possibly have cast members of these new shows or current hit shows there to schmooze the advertisers.   Why do all this?   To give the advertisers a chance to buy advertising early (upfront) before the shows actually air.  For any of you who buy high-end wine, it’s like buying Bordeaux on futures.  You buy a certain price up front based on what you think it will be worth.  You jump for joy if it’s worth more than what you paid and you jump off a bridge if it’s worth less.  That’s what the upfront meetings are all about.

And you’re still thinking “why should I care?”   Because, this is when you find out if your favorite show has been renewed or canceled.  There are plenty of web sites where their experts prognosticate on what will be renewed and canceled.  TV by the Numbers is the best web site for that information in my opinion.  Most fans, if you go to these sites, should have some idea where their shows will fall.  But it’s not always 100% science.  Look at Fringe.  Based on history, NO ONE thought Fringe would get renewed.  But it did!  So you never know.  You never know until the upfronts. The upfronts are when it is official.   There is the rare exception I’m sure but 99.9% of the time, it’s official.

Now some networks are releasing renewals and cancellations before the upfronts.   If you want an updated list, check out my 2011/2012 Renew Cancel Tracker Tab on my home page.  If something isn’t renewed or canceled yet, it’s on the bubble and you probably won’t hear about it until the upfronts.   I can hear the panic in your voice now… “WHEN ARE THESE DAMN UPFRONTS SO I CAN SEE IF CHUCK IS RENEWED?????”   I’m so glad you asked!   See below for the list of dates:

  • NBC     Monday May 16th 2011     Morning
  • FOX     Monday May 16th 2011     Afternoon
  • ABC      Tuesday May 17th 2011     Afternoon
  • CBS      Wednesday May 18th 2011     Afternoon
  • CW       Thursday May 19th 2011    Morning

Mark your calendars and check back here for the up to the minute information on what is renewed or canceled.  Maybe not up to the minute, but you will be able to find it here.  But in the meantime, check back on the Renew/Cancel Tracker because I update that as soon as I hear what has been made official!

 

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