My thoughts on Day Break coming soon...
Question: Is Day Break going to be better than Lost reruns? Last year, it was apparent that when it comes to reruns, we Lost fans are a rather heated bunch. We not only didn't bother to watch the reruns, we started whole campaigns of rage against them. (I don't remember West Wing or ER fans ever getting that vindictive.) But is no Lost really better than "previous" Lost? If Day Break flops —hope it doesn't, since it's as close to Tru Calling as I'm going to get — will ABC schedule Lost reruns, or would we get shafted with reality programming (shiver)? Next year, do you think ABC might finally pick up the 24 vibe, and just start Lost in January?
Answer: These are, putting it mildly, million-dollar questions, considering what's at stake here. It falls under the category of "be careful what you wish for." You hate Lost reruns? The only alternative is a long stretch without Lost on the air. As for Day Break, my recent Review made it pretty clear that I'm a bit of a skeptic, but I certainly
Im hoping the approximately 23 zillion people whove written in to ask me about the fate of The King of Queens, which has been on hiatus all season, will be satisfied by CBSs announcement earlier today (I would have responded here sooner, but I got kind of distracted watching all the zany activity out of Washington, D.C.). Heres the deal: The ninth season of the Kevin James comedy will begin on Wednesdays as soon as sweeps is over, with back-to-back episodes on Dec. 6 and 13, plus original episodes the next two Wednesdays. (What Queens will be paired with those weeks, and past the new year, is yet to be determined.)The arrival of Queens coincides with the departure until February of CBSs unexpected new success, Jericho, which is going to take a breather after its Nov. 29 episode, in the tradition of Lost and Prison Break (which airs its own fall finale Nov. 27) to avoid the inevitable ratings drop from repeats. Jericho will return on Valentines Day...
Meet the replacements. CBS' medical drama 3 LBS (Tuesdays, 10 pm/ET) — the title refers to the weight of an adult brain — fills the void left by Smith. ABC's Day Break (Wednesdays, 9 pm/ET), a Groundhog Day-style thriller, takes over for Lost, which is on hiatus until February (to avoid repeats). How do the new shows measure up?
As the saying goes, you don't need to be a brain surgeon to see how 3 LBS got on air. In a took-the-words-out-of-my-mouth moment, an earnest young doctor wonders of his arrogant mentor, "Do you think in this business you have to have some glaring personality defect to be taken seriously as a genius?"
In the TV business, that's a must. Which is why brilliant neurosurgeon Doug Hanson,
Because I get questions about it every single week, I figured I'd weigh in on the CW's announcement this week that the former WB Friday sitcom Reba (once a bright spot on that dim night) is finally coming back on air. But very much on the margins. And there's a reason for that.November is becoming an unexpectedly busy month for series and season premieres: ABC's Day Break is filling in for Lost, CBS' 3 LBS is replacing Smith on Tuesdays, and ABC's wedding-day sitcom Big Day and NBC's long-awaited return of Scrubs (as part of a new Thursday two-hour comedy block) will both bow the week after Thanksgiving.And now Reba joins the party. But you'll have to make an effort to find her. The CW has scheduled the show for Sundays, in the unenviable slot of 7-8 pm/ET. On the first night back, Nov. 19, two new episodes will air back-to-back. After that, starting Nov. 26, an "encore" Reba will air in front of a "fresh" episode (as they used to be called on the WB). If it looks like the CW is bur...
A flurry of scheduling announcements from the Alphabet network: After one ridiculously low-rated week back on the air, Extreme Makeover "people edition" has been pulled, to be replaced on Fridays at 8 by Grey's Anatomy repeats. (Speaking of extreme makeovers, check out my Nip/Tuck contribution to the Ausiello Report appearing in the Nov. 5 TV Guide.) February 7 has been confirmed as the return date for Lost, which goes on hiatus after the Nov. 8 episode to free up the time slot for Taye Diggs' Day Break (which I started watching last night and it is, like, wowee-zowee good). Boston Legal returns to its original Sunday-at-10 time slot on Nov. 26 for a special airing of the first of a two-part episode, to conclude on Nov. 28.
Question: Some critics are running around like Chicken Little heralding the downfall of Lost (some with inexplicably gleefully undertones), given its recent decline in ratings in comparison with the same point last year. What's your take? Frankly, I was disappointed in the premiere (other than the first five minutes, which I thought were awesome), but I thought Episode 2 was much better, and it had me back to looking forward to this season. Yet the ratings dropped in the second week, to the point that CBS' painfully pedestrian Criminal Minds actually beat Lost. Should ABC (and those of us who remain fans of the show) be concerned? The 18-to-49 demos for Lost are still very strong, handily beating out Criminal Minds, which appears to skew considerably older, but is that enough to keep it in favor? I'm concerned this upcoming 13-week hiatus is going to do more harm than good for Lost's numbers. By the time it returns, the American Idol juggernaut will be in full swing. Should ABC rethink ...
Question: I was lucky enough to see the pilot for ABC's new show Day Break, and I loved it! I was skeptical of the premise (Groundhog Day/Tru Calling) when I first heard about it, but after watching the first episode, I am hooked! It almost reminded me of the first time I watched 24. What do you think are Day Break's chances of success when it debuts in the late fall?
Answer: A lot depends on how generous fans of Lost will feel towards the show that takes over that Wednesday time period starting in mid-November. It's a tricky time of year to launch a show with such a twisted, intricate setup. (In short, Taye Diggs stars as a detective who keeps repeating the same awful day — several times within an episode, even — during which he is framed for a crime. Each time he tries to change his fate, something else bad happens.) This is one of many pilots this season that felt to me like an interesting idea for a movie, or maybe even a miniseries. But 13 episodes? As well produced as the pilot may
Question: I know it's still summer, but have the networks announced tentative dates for their season premieres?
Answer: As of now, the only network not to announce premiere dates is CBS, which will likely launch most of its new and returning shows the weeks of Sept. 17 and 24.
Here's how the others shape up: The season kicks off early on Fox, with Prison Break and Vanished on Aug. 21; then the limited reality series Duets on Aug. 29; Justice and Bones on Aug. 30; House and Standoff on Sept. 5; the comedies 'Til Death and Happy Hour on Sept 7; Nanny 911 on Sept. 8; Cops and America's Most Wanted on Sept. 9; Fox's animated comedy lineup plus The War at Home on Sept. 10; and MADtv Sept. 16. (The O.C. won't return until after postseason baseball on Nov. 2.)
On ABC, 20/20 officially kicks off Sept. 8; Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 12 and 13; Wife Swap premieres Sept. 18; Grey's Anatomy and Six Degrees on Sept. 21; Ugly Betty and Men in Trees on Sept. 22; Extreme Makeover: Home
ABC's official fall schedule just crossed the wires and those crazy kids over at the Alphabet net are moving Grey's Anatomy to Thursdays at 9 pm. The complete press release is below.ABC UNVEILS 2006-07 PRIMETIME SCHEDULESix New Comedies, Six New Dramas and Three New Alternative SeriesWill Join a Slate of Returning ShowsNew Series Include Betty the Ugly, Big Day, Brothers & Sisters, Day Break, Help Me Help You, In Case of Emergency, Greg Behrendts Wake-Up Call, Just for Laughs, Lets Rob
, Men in Trees, The Nine, Notes from the Underbelly, Set for the Rest of Your Life, Six Degrees and Traveler Returning Series Include Greys Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ...