Remember how some broadcast network execs said they can't take the summer off anymore and have to be in the business of year-round original programming? Well, there may be fewer summer repeats, but viewers are still trained to go cable once Memorial Day rolls around.
In the first nine weeks of the summer, the combined rating for all six networks is 43 percent lower than it was during the official TV season that ended on May 25. That's in line with last summer's decline of 40 percent. This summer, however, has been rougher for some networks than others. Here's how each of them is doing so far:
ABC – After a spectacular comeback season, it makes sense that the network of Desperate Housewives and Lost should be stronger. The summer audience is up 8 percent from a year ago, thanks to having the biggest reality hit, Dancing with the Stars. Brat Camp has also performed well, although it's faded a bit lately aga
Question: I'm a fan of Family Guy, mainly because it has always pushed the limits of broadcast TV. But there were many times during the new season that I thought the show was extremely rude, lewd or crude just for the sake of being crude. Stewie's "hot dog down a hallway" comment to a hooker in one episode comes to mind. I'm still watching and don't plan to stop since I'm really very hard to offend, but am wondering about your thoughts on this.
Answer: I've only watched the show occasionally upon its return, but my impression (as it pretty much always has been) is that Family Guy often tries so hard to shock that it risks being more nasty than funny. The gags fly frequently enough that the percentage of belly laughs vs. the truly cringeworthy jokes probably balances out in many episodes. But this is a case of "be careful what you wish for." Family Guy has been celebrated for its reckless tastelessness — that's why it found its niche on cable, and flourished on DVD — so it's kind of
After only two episodes, The Princes of Malibu has been banished by Fox (and replaced by reruns of The Simpsons and Family Guy). If the show about music mogul David Foster's stepbrats is lucky, it'll end up on Fox Reality. If we're lucky, it won't.
Seth Green is best known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer's werewolf Oz and Dr. Evil's son in the Austin Powers movies. But he's thrilled to be reprising his role as dimwitted teenager Chris Griffin on the short-lived (but much-loved) Family Guy. After abruptly canceling it a few years back, Fox has decided to resurrect the animated comedy series. New episodes start in 2005, but to catch you up, a mini-marathon of old episodes will air on Aug. 18 and 25 at 8 pm/ET. Green's glad the cartoon is getting a second life.
"We've already done like six episodes," Green says excitedly. "It is directly as a result of the fan support because everybody bought the DVDs. It is the only time a corporation like Fox had to say, 'Maybe we didn't understand this show, but it is undeniable that it is popular and it makes money.'"
Since he's heading back into the world of cartoon characters, will he also do the upcoming animated version of Buffy? "Nobody