Thursday, May 17, 2012

Looking At The Fall TV News and Schedules - May 17, 2012

The big upfronts week has been this week as the networks have unveiled their schedules for the fall.  It has been to follow on Twitter and see what the early thoughts are from all the critics.  One problem that I am seeing for me personally as a TV viewer is the problem of having favorite show after favorite show of mine end but nothing is coming on to replace them.  Usually I've always had shows that jump in and take that place.  That just hasn't happened lately.  The only new shows that I've gotten interested in with this past TV season is Hart Of Dixie which I enjoy but am admittedly behind on.  I also am watching Smash but am currently getting caught up on it.  It's funny cause when we get to May, I think my natural instinct as a One Tree Hill fan is to get into save the show mode and help fight to save it.  It's so normal for all of us OTH fans so to not see it on any of the shows to save lists is just odd and puts it in perspective that the show is over.  Thank you again to The CW for giving all of us fans a proper sendoff for the show.

So, I'm really wondering what there is new this year and if there is something that will get my attention.  Well, I at least know a couple of shows that will be getting my attention.  One being "Arrow" for obvious reasons being a Smallville fan.  I'll be curious to see what they do with it.  How odd is it for Justin Hartley to be at the CW upfronts for another show besides one involving his Green Arrow character?  That will take some getting used to.  I'm also interested in ABC's new show, Nashville.  So, there are at least two shows getting my attention to get a look.

What is the plans for the networks for this fall?  Well, let's hit some of the happenings.  I'm not going to touch on everything obviously.

Fox:  I think the biggest talk out of the Fox upfronts was from The X Factor.  Britney Spears and Demi Lovato were announced as new mentors on the show.  Lots of hype on that whole thing.  Glee is moving to Thursdays and Fox will build a comedy lineup on Tuesday nights.  Fringe is being brought back for its fifth and final season which is going to be 13 episodes.  Fox canceled Alcatraz which was a major hyped show but didn't make it out of one season.  I didn't check it out cause, well, it's Fox and I've been bitten too many times by getting hooked on new shows only to have them pull the rug out from under me and cancel them.

ABC: Revenge has obviously has been a huge breakout hit for ABC this season.  People are raving about it.  Emily Van Camp has been a breakout star with this show.  The big compliment is that it will be moved into the Sunday night time slot that was occupied by Desperate Housewives.  Dancing With The Stars will be doing an all stars cast which should get some attention.  Although, sometimes all star seasons are hit or miss sometimes with viewership now that I think about it.  I love them but there are some that just don't tune in for them.  Nashville is the ABC draw for me this season as I plan on checking it out.  The show stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.  TGIF seems to be coming back on Friday nights with Tim Allen and Reba McEntire leading the charge.  Last Man Standing and Malibu Country will be paired up.

Here is a look at Nashville:

NBC: I think the biggest stress from NBC viewers surrounded around the fate of Community.  The show will return but the groan was that it was getting moved to Friday nights.  Whitney also got moved to Friday nights with it.  Smash will return in the midseason and will have creative changes.  I enjoy Smash and think that Katharine McPhee is tremendous on this show.  The show definitely has its critics with things that the show has done and not done in its first season.  The Voice will now have two cycles of the show as it will return in the fall.  I like The Voice but don't get to watch it like I want to but I tuned in more than normal this season obviously. NBC sure is being all over the place about the fate of 30 Rock for next season.  I don't even remember what the last comment was on whether it will be its last season or not.

CBS: I think the goal of CBS is to just keep doing what they are doing.  And why not?  LOL.  I was blown away when I heard that Two and a Half Men was now going to be in its tenth season!!  Has it really been around that long?  I had no idea.  It is moving to Thursdays and will follow The Big Bang Theory.  CSI: Miami was canceled by CBS and that time slot will be filled by the moving Mentalist.  A few new shows from CBS including Partners, Elementary, Vegas, and Made In Jersey as far as what launches in the fall.

The CW:  Not many of their new shows from last year made it to another season.  How many people would have thought that Sarah Michelle Gellar's big return to TV would result in only one season of TV with Ringer?  I never did see the show so I can't comment on it but I was hoping that thing would succeed.  So, we've got several new ones set to launch including Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Cult, and Emily Owens, M.D.  The Carrie Diaries is going to have a ton of buzz on it with being the Sex and The City prequel of sorts.  I'll be curious to see how it does with viewership.  Arrow should have a built in audience ready to go just as long as the show delivers quality wise.  There have been a few changes schedule wise such as Supernatural getting moved to Wednesdays paired up with Arrow.  Hart Of Dixie has been moved to Tuesday.  90210 moved to Mondays.  American's Next Top Model and Nikita are paired up on Fridays.  Gossip Girl will run its final season through January and end then.

Here is a look at Arrow:

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