November 13, 2012

THE SKED: “Nashville” Keeps Twanging

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Yesterday ABC announced a full-season order for NASHVILLE, adding the usual back 9 to its initial 13 episodes.  The show’s ratings haven’t been great, hovering in the 1.8-2.0 neighborhood in recent weeks, but that’s been enough for 2d place in the hour (except last week, when Chicago Fire received a boost from a massive The Voice lead-in), and the series is generally considered one of the high-quality arrivals of the fall season.  The tough task for ABC will be figuring out how to grow the audience, since viewers have a hard time gravitating to serialized shows after they’ve started their run.


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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."