October 4, 2013

THE SKED: “Lucky 7” Isn’t, “The Blacklist” Gets Longer and More News


A moment of silence for the first black bunting of the new season:  giving the lie to its title, the 0.7 rating that LUCKY 7 had in its second airing sealed its doom, making the lottery drama the season’s first fatality.  For now, ABC will air reruns of its scorching hit Scandal in that spot (the network has plenty of midseason dramas, so filling the hole more permanently won’t be a problem).  There are no plans to run the unaired episodes–since the show never finished production, there’d be no closure in the hours that currently exist anyway.

On the other side of the ledger, NBC was happy to give its first back-order to THE BLACKLIST, a no-brainer even if the show hasn’t yet settled to its final level.  Blacklist is thumping the Monday 10PM competition, much as Revolution did last fall riding that same The Voice lead-in.

More news:  CW announced that the final mini-season of NIKITA will begin on Friday, November 22 at 9PM and run for 6 weeks.  THE SIMPSONS, which was widely expected to end after 25 seasons for various contractual reasons, has proven itself still an important part of the FOX primetime schedule, and has been renewed for an amazing Season 26.  And thinking of veterans, David Letterman has renewed his CBS deal through 2015.  At that time, he will be been hosting at 11:30PM for 22 years, and toiled in latenight for a total of 33 years.

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."