2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  FRESH OFF THE BOAT:  Midseason TBD on ABC THE FACTS:  Based on the memoir of chef Eddie Huang, it’s the story of a Chinese-American family that moves from Washington, where there’s a thriving Asian community, to Orlando, Florida, where there isn’t one.  The focal point is young Eddie, but the heavy lifting comes from […]

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THE SKED’s Fall TV Ratings Predictions – Friday

Posted May 23, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  We’ve arrived at Friday in our tour of the fall primetime schedule, and former head of NBC Scheduling Mitch Metcalf, former head of NBC Current Programming Ted Frank and I have our predictions ready.  (Here are our predictions for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.)  Friday is the least-watched (other than barely-programmed Saturday) and least dramatic […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: ABC Trailer – “Super Fun Night”

Posted May 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  ABC is all-in with Rebel Wilson next fall.  The network has given SUPER FUN NIGHT, which she wrote as well as stars in, its showcase Wednesday 9:30PM slot, behind Modern Family.  Wilson plays one of a trio of pals who’ve never been successful with guys and spend their Friday nights together hanging out at […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: CBS Featurette – “Mom”

Posted May 15, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  No name has more cachet at CBS than Chuck Lorre’s.  He’s given the network The Big Bang Theory, 2 1/2 Men and Mike & Molly, and hopes are high that his MOM, taking over the Monday 9:30PM timeslot this fall, can join those at the top of the ratings heap.  The network’s behind-the-scenes featurette, […]

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2018-19 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: CW Fall Schedule & Analysis (With Full 5-Network Grid)

Posted May 17, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Welcome to Upfronts week, when the broadcast networks (or what’s left of them) announce their Fall schedules and attempt to generate billions of dollars worth of excitement from advertisers.  It’s harder than ever to authoritatively analyze the thought process that goes into a broadcaster’s cancellation, renewal and pick-up decisions, because network ad revenues directly […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15: ABC and 20th Make Their Deal: 2 Pick-Ups, “Last Man Standing” Back

Posted May 10, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Only those involved will likely ever know the details, but ABC and 20th Century Fox Television worked out whatever they needed to, and the result was a pick-up of LAST MAN STANDING and orders for 2 additional 20th sitcoms: CRISTELA has a  nice backstory:  ABC had originally made a script deal with comic Cristela […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15: CW Makes Its Decisions

Posted May 8, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Once again, CW demonstrated that it operates under different economics than the other broadcast networks.  Much of its revenue comes from episodes streamed online via Netflix and Hulu, which makes sometimes puny on-air ratings acceptable.  Also, virtually everything it airs is produced by one of its in-house studios, Warner Bros Television or CBS Television […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: FOX Trailer – “Almost Human”

Posted May 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  In FOX’s new line-up, ALMOST HUMAN will take over the Monday 8PM slot from Bones post-baseball, then serve as lead-in to first Sleepy Hollow and then The Following.  It hails from Bad Robot, JJ Abrams’s mecca of genre TV and movies, and the Fringe connection is even stronger, because it’s written by J.H. Wyman, […]

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