If shows were kept around based on their quality, television would be unrecognizable. Unfortunately, great shows are often rewarded by throwing them out on the curb as the business is cruel to those that can't find audiences. Another round of eliminations is just around the corner, and these shows are in danger of being sent packing. But do any of them have a chance at survival?
The grumbling between Hollywood and conservative groups got a little bit louder recently. In this case, the Culture & Media Institute has fired shots against CBS' forensics drama Cold Case.
The group, which describes its mission as "to advance, preserve, and help restore America's culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media," claims the September 30 episode of Cold Case was "an exercise in bigoted, Christophobic fantasy."
In the episode, titled "That Woman," a young woman with a promiscuous past joins a Christian-based abstinence group, only to discover that the members don't practice what they preach. In order to protect the group's secrets, members murder the girl the old-fashioned way--by stoning her to death.
"When's the last time your local Christian youth group stoned somebody ...Read more
CBS has been the quietest of all the networks during the busy pre-upfront period, keeping the lid tight on its 2009-2010 plans, but word about what's going on behind The Eye is finally getting out. First to hit the street: CBS has renewed Cold Case.
Earlier this week, ABC sent out the ho-hum announcement that it had picked up nine shows for early renewal. The no-brainers included Lost, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and previously announced freshman shows such as Pushing Daisies.
Nothing groundbreaking there, but from a business point of view, it had to be done. Today it was CBS's turn to send out a "no duh" press release, announcing its renewals for next season.
On the list are the Eye's version of no-brainers--its armada of crime procedurals: CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, NCIS, Numb3rs, and Without a Trace.
Also coming back for more will be Charlie Sheen's Two and a Half Men, J-Lo Hewitt's Ghost Whisperer, and newbie The Big Bang ...Read more
Fall schedule announced! The NBC upfront took place Monday, May 15; this section will be updated as announcements are made.
The Apprentice (to return midseason)
Crossing Jordan (to return midseason)
Scrubs (to return midseason)
20 Good Years
This new comedy from the cocreator of The Cosby Show follows the adventures of two friends who finally realize that life doesn't last forever. John Lowry and Stanley Friedman are an odd pair to be buddies. They're polar opposites in every way and have a hard time seeing eye to eye. The one thing they can agree on is that they only have ...
The ladies of Wisteria Lane knocked the guys of the gridiron over with a feather last night, as Desperate Housewives scored 21.1 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/19 share in 18 to 49s.
CBS's schedule was a half-hour delayed due to football overruns.
At 8 p.m., ABC and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition scored a 5.4 rating, followed by Sunday Night Football on NBC with around 5.0 (football ratings are estimates). CBS scored a 3.9 for the last half-hour of 60 Minutes and the first half-hour of Amazing Race, and Fox earned a 2.3 for reruns of The Simpsons and American Dad. The CW managed a 1.1 for 7th Heaven.
At 9 p.m., ABC's Desperate dominated with 8.3--four percent better than last week. NBC and football nabbed a 6.1 ...Read more