Fox ordered more Standoff and 'Til Death, but Vanished is not so lucky. The network has announced it will show the remaining episodes of the action drama online.
Beginning Friday, November 17, Vanished will appear on News Corp.-owned MySpace, as well as on Fox local station Web sites in 24 markets. A new episode will be posted every Friday at 12:01 a.m, and three episodes will remain on the sites at all times, with the series finale posted Friday, December 8.
Vanished is suffering the same fate as NBC's high-profile kidnapping drama Kidnapped. Both shows premiered to disappointing numbers and were shuffled around their respective network's schedules before being pulled and living out their days online.
A poll taken by CBS shows that over half of the users who have streamed CBS shows on the Web had never seen the shows before on TV. The network says that the new users then became fans of those shows.
CBS says this data will help it and the other networks in their efforts to monetize Web content. The more new people who watch shows at the network sites, the better ad rates the networks can command.
"We're looking at this as a key change in direction for us now and looking at our programming as dual distribution programming--over the air and on the Internet," CBS Corp. research chief David Poltrack told reporters today.
The new report adds to a report that ABC had conducted over the summer regarding impressions online ads made on Web surfers. In ABC's analysis, 87 ...Read more
The networks have announced their plans for this year's fall schedule, and it's shaping up to be a doozy! Not only are we waiting for scores of new shows to debut, but we're also looking forward to the birth of a brand new network. In addition to exciting premieres like Ugly Betty and Jericho, we'll be glad to welcome old favorites like 7th Heaven and Law & Order back to our living rooms. So grab a pen and calendar, draw up a loose outline of your viewing future, and then go shopping for enough canned goods to last you through the fall--because you won't want to leave your TV for a moment!
The Class (CBS, premieres September 18)
Prison Break (Fox, second season premieres August 21)
Deal or No Deal (NBC ...
Breaking out was just the beginning...of the 2006 fall TV season.
Fox's hit Prison Break returns for its season-two premiere tonight at 8 p.m. The first season detailed the planning of the protagonist's escape from prison, culminating in the titular action. Season two will focus on a nationwide manhunt for the characters.
The show's return marks the unofficial kickoff of the 2006 to 2007 TV-viewing season. Some cable shows have already returned--Showtime's Weeds premiered August 14--but the bulk of the major network shows will debut between now and the first week of October.
Following Prison Break tonight, Fox will air the series premiere of the hyped Vanished. Similar in tone to both Break and Fox's other action hit 24, Vanished revolves around the disappearance of a US Senator's wife. The show stars John Allen ...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 ...
ABC announced it is pulling the Ted Danson comedy Help Me Help You off its schedule beginning next Tuesday, December 19. The network is replacing Help with a second airing of another struggling sitcom, Big Day.
Help Me Help You starred Danson as the acerbic leader of a therapy group. The show premiered on September 26 and averaged a 2.9 in 18- to 49-year-olds. The show fell once its powerful lead-in, Dancing With the Stars, finished its run, pulling in a 1.4 in the latest episode.
Big Day, a "real time" countdown to a wedding, premiered in November to a weak 2.8 rating. The show fell to a 1.8 as of last Tuesday.
ABC hasn't officially canceled Help Me, but it is the ninth series of the fall season to get pulled from the schedule ...Read more
Death will live on, and the Standoff won't end.
Fox has ordered nine more episodes of ratings-challenged Brad Garrett sitcom 'Til Death. The show has floundered on Thursday nights, where it faces competition from NBC's comedies My Name Is Earl and The Office and ABC's Ugly Betty. The most recent new episode of Death earned a scant 4.6 million viewers.
Standoff, about romantically involved hostage negotiators, got an order for six more episodes--Fox says it won't need more episodes because heavy hitters American Idol and 24 will be returning in January. The show earned 5.5 million viewers in its most recent Tuesday night episode, while time-slot follower House nearly tripled that.
Fox has shown little mercy with other low-rated freshman series. The network pulled dramas Justice and Vanished for the November sweeps period, and put comedy Happy ...Read more
Fox has revved up the drama pilot Drive with a 12-episode series order.
The show, which chronicles an underground race across America, is targeted for a spring launch. The ensemble cast includes Alan Ruck, Kristin Lehman, Melanie Lynskey, Emily Stone, Shahine Ezell, and Andres Saenz-Hudson.
The pickup will bring the total number of episodes ordered to 13, including the pilot.
It has been a bumpy ride for Drive, which was delivered to the network more than a month ago. For a few weeks, the project appeared to be dead, and writer/executive producer Tim Minear joined the rookie drama series Standoff as a consulting producer. Drive began heating up again last week when rumors about a possible midseason pickup began to surface. Minear said he hopes to do minor tinkering on the pilot with some reshoots but doesn't plan any casting changes ...Read more