October 13, 2011

THE SKED: AB–See Our Happy Wednesdays

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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We said ABC would be wearing a smiley face after last night’s fine numbers, and the network wasted no time in acting on the good news.  REVENGE and SUBURGATORY have received full-season back orders, and HAPPY ENDINGS (which was a midseason show last year, so didn’t have a full order this season) has a 6-script order with an eye toward keeping it in continuous production.  No one can argue with any of this; even if FOX has been narrowly winning Wednesdays with X Factor (when it’s not burdened with baseball), the ABC line-up is very solid, and although Revenge is still something of a question mark, the night is likely to remain so.

Of course, that doesn’t solve the network’s crumbling Sunday (they have to hope ONCE UPON A TIME isn’t caught in the wreckage of Desperate Housewives), nor the fear that DANCING WITH THE STARS may not recover from its current badly-rated cycle, not to mention the fact that at some point (very possibly tomorrow) it’ll be time to cancel CHARLIE’S ANGELS.    But it’s a start.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."