The big networks can continue to cater to the audiences of a bunch of cult-y shows with passionate viewerships, or they can keep on bland-ifying their offerings, in desperate bids to get everyone -- anyone? -- to keep coming around.
The recently announced TV network fall line up seems to have some common themes this year. Did anyone order some revived sitcom actors? FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC sure did, and these new shows will all have some very familiar faces.
NBC has some pretty strong pilots. Whichever shows wind up getting the series pickup, there is solace in knowing that their slate this year is significantly stronger than last year's candidates were.
As Fox appears ready to take steps back towards the kind of dark, interesting material that they excel at, a la "24," this could prove to be an interesting year for the network.
The CW has a diverse slate this year, which gives them plenty of options as they attempt to shepherd the network towards a broader, older fan base. If they pull it off, they could very well graduate from high school.
CBS's programming is easy-to-digest and relies heavily on legal and law enforcement procedurals. What sort of material does CBS have to fill the soon-to-be-empty slots? More of the same.
ABC's slate tends to typically skew towards soaps or family programming; but this year, it looks as though they want to expand into the kind of show that might be at home on a more action-oriented network like Fox.
This episode of Community, the fourth of the season, finally does what the show has had the most success at: making fun of beloved television and movie genres.
ABC: Cutting Medicare With the Stars. NBC: Wow--It's Groups of People Singing Songs I Don't Give a Shit About as Opposed to Individuals Singing Them.
What if you could pick the shows you want to see on television instead of some chairman of a network?
Not only did I survive a record SIX appendectomies, but nine of my shows that went to pilot got picked up by major networks. Look out J.J. Abrams, there's a new one of you in town.
It's that very time of year I anticipate with about as much nervous excitement as abject horror. How in the world will I ever have time to watch all these shows?
MONDAY 8-9 ABC - Quran Burning With the Stars CBS - How I Lost Interest In a Show That Gags On Its Own Stroke-Inducing Pseudo-Cleverness; Some Comed...
CNN - We Broadcast Anyone Anywhere With Anything To Say About Michael Jackson While Any Vestiges of Credibility or Relevance Go Down the Toilet Along With the Rest of the News Media
Maybe in the next episode of Tell me You Love Me they'll realize that the estrogens may be partially responsible for the husband's lack of sex drive. Or maybe that won't happen for another year.