Brad Garrett, 'Til Death
After attending the networks' upfront presentations all week, the Biz has this analysis of the coming season. (Click here for next fall's grid and new-show descriptions.)
CWYou've got to wonder what went wrong in CW's new-series development process if the network had to bring back 7th Heaven — even though the show lost a reported $16 million for WB this past season.
But the decision to have CW's inaugural schedule made up of established shows from WB and UPN may end up being a blessing. Many of the shows have small but rabid followings, and promoting new shows on a new network will be tough. The fans of shows like One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars will track them down on their own. Viewers in the 18-to-34-year-old demographic that CW targets don't watch networks, they watch shows. (According to recent survey, only one in four 1
Question: Where can I get a list of season-finale dates? Answer: I've compiled CBS' and NBC's below. I'll try to get around to the other networks next week. In case you haven't noticed, I've been a little busy.Ghost Whisperer — Friday, May 5 (8-9 pm) Crossing Jordan — Sunday, May 7 (10-11 pm)Criminal Minds — Wednesday, May 10 (9-10 pm)My Name Is Earl — Thursday, May 11 (8:40-9:20 pm)
Question: I haven't heard anything about CSI:NY lately. Could you give me a scoop?
Answer: The season will end with several bangs — as in explosions, not gunshots.
On those rare occasions when the networks realize they've made a grievous mistake and fix it, it seems only right that we should acknowledge it and say thanks.
So thanks, CBS, for doing the right thing by The Amazing Race, and more important, for the show's family audience, by moving the show back to an earlier time period. As has been much discussed since the show was moved to 10 pm/ET this spring, with a season far superior than last fall's "family" edition, the new time period was simply on too late for many of its fans to watch it live. Starting next Wednesday, April 5, Race will now air Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET for (presumably) the rest of the season. (Crime-drama repeats will take over Race's slot, and struggling freshman sitcoms Out of Practice and Courting Alex will di
Kim Cattrall has been cast as the manager to Buffy alum Anthony Stewart Head's aging rock star in ABC's Elton John-produced comedy pilot, Him and Us.... Dylan McDermott has joined the ABC drama A House Divided.... Denise Richards is today's addition to ABC's Secrets of a Small Town.... Vanessa Ferlito (CSI: NY) has been cast on ABC's Drift, about a detective with insomnia.... Wendie Malick is mother of the bride in ABC's A Day in the Life, which chronicles a young couple's wedding day.... Annie Potts will play mom to Fox's Julie Reno, Bounty Hunter.... Lizzy Caplan (Related) has enrolled in CBS' The Class.
Scoop! Actually, make that a double scoop: Days of our Lives dude Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) guest-stars on CSI: NY on March 8. His episode — entitled "Cool Hunter" — features Dattilo playing an in-your-face defense lawyer. As the World Turns alum Brian Bloom (ex-Dusty) also makes a cameo as a drug-abusing doctor who's accused of murder.
Eric Millegan, Bones
When Fox's Bones returned from hiatus last Wednesday in its new 9 pm/ET, post-American Idol time slot, the sexy-spooky crime series earned its highest ratings yet. The bad news? It was trounced by the competition — but that's what happens when you're up against Lost and Veronica Mars. Bones' Eric Millegan, though, is taking it in stride. And why not? This small-screen newbie has enjoyed incredible luck, snagging the role of boy-genius assistant Zack but three weeks after arriving in Hollywood for his first pilot season. (Other shows he was eyed by include Threshold and Kitchen Confidential; both now RIP.) In keeping with his good fortune, Millegan is betting Bones will
Question: Despite your disapproval of the show, I've gotten really hooked on NBC's Surface. It isn't perfect, but few shows are, and I think it has more potential than a lot of the current so-called hits. I've heard it's on the bubble, and I was wondering if you know what the odds are of it being renewed.
Answer: Given the fact that Surface's numbers have not rebounded since it returned from a long December hiatus, I'm thinking the chances for a second year are pretty slim. It is definitely on the bubble.
On a similar note, here's this question from Dan: "Why is there so much talk about Invasion being canceled? I just looked at the ratings today and the show was ranked 39th with a 9 rating. That's pretty solid for a 10 pm/ET show. Unfortunately, it doesn't beat out CSI: NY or Law & Order (which is moving to 9 pm/ET, right?), though it still holds its own, but that doesn't mean it's done for, does it?"
Invasion isn't yet done for, and, all things considered, is doing better than ABC has
John Enos III (ex-Bobby, The Young and the Restless) will guest-star in tonight's episode of CSI: NY as Chuck White, a nightclub bodyguard who gets interrogated by Gary Sinise.... Due to Leven Rambin's illness, All My Children has temporarily recast her role as Erica Kane's autistic stepdaughter, Lily Montgomery. Portia Reiners will play the part from Feb 10-17. Rambin will be seen again as Lily on Mar. 1.... Don't forget that Bianca's rapist returns to AMC this week.... Have you seen TVGuide.com's exclusive Passions video preview yet?.... And finally, Abbie Schiller, a former Kiehl's cosm
Pauley Perrette and Michael Bellisario, NCIS
For the second year in a row, ABC has the most talked-about shows: Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey's Anatomy. But guess what? CBS has been No. 1 in viewers every week. It's the first time since 1988 that a network has opened with 11 consecutive weekly ratings wins. CBS has been on ABC's tail in the race for advertiser-coveted viewers in the 18-to-49 age group, too. (They were tied for first place during November sweeps). One CBS show after another has been scoring all-time highs this season. The Biz talked with Kelly Kahl, senior executive vice president of programming operations for CBS, to get some insight on why the Eye has it this year.
TVGuide.com: You have two shows that are in their third season and scoring their best ratings ever. How do you explain that?Kelly Kahl: [Yes,] Cold Case and NCIS. I think some shows benefit from simply being on. It's a highly fragmented TV audience, and it takes time,