Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Growing Up Fisher”

Posted February 24, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GROWING UP FISHER:  Tuesday 9:30PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… We reviewed GROWING UP FISHER last summer based on the pilot that was originally shot, but after the series was ordered, one of the lead performers, Parker Posey, was replaced by Jenna Elfman, which required some reshooting.  But not, as it […]

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2016-17 TV Season

UPDATED – NIELSENWAR UPFRONTS: ABC Fall Schedule

Posted May 17, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ABC’s fall line-up is a mix of the audacious and the not-so-much. UPDATED with reactions to trailers, which are available here.     ABC needed to shake things up for next season, and to an extent it has, although even if things go well, there will be more to do.  It’s relying on its […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: “Empire”

Posted May 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  EMPIRE:  Midseason TBD on FOX THE FACTS:  Think Nashville, but with a hip-hop beat and an A-level pedigree.  Music tycoon Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is dying–although not just yet–and has to decide who between his two sons will inherit his giant company, causing all manner of family scheming.  Complicating things further:  his ex-wife (Taraji […]

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2016-17 TV Season

NIELSENWAR UPFRONTS: Fall CW Schedule

Posted May 19, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  CW will continue to be DC Comics (and Greg Berlanti) TV. For a network that only ordered three new shows (two of them for fall), CW has made quite a few changes in its new schedule, with DC Comics properties anchoring 4 nights of the week (and veteran Vampire Diaries the 5th) for stability, but […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: “Secrets and Lies”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SECRETS AND LIES:  Midseason TBD on ABC THE FACTS:  Another ABC murder soap, this one starring Ryan Phillippe as a man who finds the body of a neighbor’s child in the woods, KaDee Strickland as his wife, and Juliette Lewis as the homicide detective who thinks he’s the killer.  It’s based on an Australian […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Star-Crossed”

Posted February 17, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  STAR-CROSSED:  Monday 8PM on CW – Change the Channel If aliens are in high school, we must be on CW.  The network’s midseason entry STAR-CROSSED plays as a clip reel of CW’s greatest hits, from the supernatural teen romance of The Vampire Diaries to the forbidden love of Beauty and the Beast to the […]

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Midseason Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review: “Gang-Related”

Posted May 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GANG-RELATED:  Thursday 9PM on FOX – Change the Channel I think my favorite cliche in the pilot for FOX’s burn-off drama GANG-RELATED–out of, believe me, plenty of choices–comes at the end of an argument between a fiery Assistant District Attorney (Shantal VanSanten) and the head of the show’s inter-agency Gang Task Force (Terry O’Quinn).  […]

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Articles

THE SKED: FOX Midseason Schedule – “Idol” Gets Shorter and More

Posted October 25, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  FOX announced most of its midseason decisions today, and there were a few surprises.  Biggest was the reduction of AMERICAN IDOL‘s Thursday night results show to 30 minutes, with the new sitcom SURVIVING JACK at 8:30PM, and the Greg Kinnear vehicle RAKE following at 9PM.  We’ve come a long way from the days when […]

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