2019-20 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The Fall 2019 FOX Schedule & Analysis

Posted May 13, 2019 by Mitch Salem

We’ve reached the broadcast networks’ Upfront Week… which used to be a lot more central to our television lives than it is now.  Ratings everywhere are down, and there’s no reason to think they’ve hit bottom, which has caused seismic changes in the ways networks make scheduling decisions.  Among other things, with revenues from on-air […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: NBC’s “Constantine”

Posted May 11, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  CONSTANTINE:  Friday 10PM on NBC THE FACTS:  John Constantine (Matt Ryan) has the ability to see demons and spirits hidden from the outside world and the ability to defeat them; unfortunately, he’s also been damned to hell for actions in his past.  Trying to redeem himself, he sets out to protect Liv (Lucy Griffiths), […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “American Crime”

Posted May 13, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  AMERICAN CRIME:  Sunday 9PM Midseason on ABC THE FACTS:  John Ridley, this year’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner for 12 Years A Slave, has written a serialized crime drama very specifically about race, in which a Latino teen is arrested for the murder of the son of Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman. WHAT IT’S […]

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2017-18 TV Season

UPDATED WITH ANALYSIS: NIELSENWAR: The CW Fall 2017 Schedule

Posted May 18, 2017 by Mitch Metcalf

  See our analysis of the fall line-ups for NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS. In a way, CW got there before anyone else.  The mini-network has been able to make a business out of shrunken linear ratings for years, cobbling together low network license fees, lucrative SVOD deals, an extensive push on streaming, and international sales to produce […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15: The CBS Schedule – Grid and Instant Analysis

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The big news at CBS is that the network is reducing its Monday comedy block to 1 hour, while leaving 2 sitcom hours on Thursday.  Consequently, the network is adding only one new half-hour in the fall.  (There was no last-minute pick-up for How I Met Your Dad, which until last week was regarded […]

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Articles

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: ABC Midseason Trailer – “Resurrection”

Posted May 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  RESURRECTION is one of ABC’s TBD series, and it seems that it may be intended to have a limited run (perhaps bridging the gaps of a serialized show, in order to avoid reruns and preemptions), although it’s not clear if that means it would come to a definite end in the way of a […]

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Articles

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: CBS Featurette – “Hostages”

Posted May 15, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Here’s another of CBS’s “behind-the-scenes” blurbs, this time about the thriller HOSTAGES, which will occupy the Monday 10PM slot during the fall (to be replaced by Intelligence) at midseason. All the piece does is establish the show’s premise, which is that Toni Collette plays a Washington surgeon scheduled to operate on the President, and […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “Forever”

Posted May 13, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  FOREVER:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC THE FACTS:  Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) is a brilliant New York medical examiner who can solve any murder.  Partly that’s because he has a lot of experience with death, since he himself has (temporarily) died many times–when he falls out a window, is poisoned or hit by a […]

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