Tonight at 9 pm/ET, the new NBC drama Heroes raises the question, "What if you woke up one day to realize that you possessed superpowers? Flight, mind reading, teleportation, indestructibility... what if one of these abilities was suddenly yours? Among the ensemble cast of would-be superbeings are Alias' Greg Grunberg, Ice Princess' Hayden Panettiere, Gilmore Girls' Milo Ventimiglia and newcomer Masi Oka as an actual Hiro, a Japanese workforce drone who in the commercials is all too happy to get a whiff of his destiny.
While on the surface it's easy to write off hero
It's nice to see that ABC wised up and invited Ugly Betty to the Thursday-night ball.
The new show — which will now be paired with Grey's Anatomy this fall — has been getting raves from those who have seen it. Executives from other networks have called it the best pilot they saw from their competition this year. Adapted from a telenovela that's been wildly popular for years in Latin America, Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera as a glamour-challenged woman from an immigrant family trying to make it at a flashy fashion magazine.
Salma Hayek and producer Ben Silverman have been trying to sell a U.S. version of Betty
Question: Does it seem to you, like it does to me, that many viewers can't wait for a favorite show to deteriorate? You seem to get a lot of questions from people worrying about a show deteriorating in Season 3 or Season 4. I never even consider that. I just watch it and if I like it , I like it; if I don't, I don't. I don't sit there wondering if next season will be as good or not. Lost has been incredible for two seasons, 24 for pretty much its whole run (and this season somehow topped last season, which was great). But I'm not wondering, "Gee, will next year be as good, or will it stink?" Seriously, it seems like some folks almost want a favorite show to fail. By the way, toward the end of the season I started watching Freddie. While it's not Frasier, I did find it amusing and not a bad sitcom. I will say that Brian Austin Green really was the actor who made the show, though Freddie Prinze Jr. is fine.
Answer: Whoa, non sequitur whiplash there. I'll take your word on Freddie, which I
Question: Matt, I'm a huge fan! My question is about ABC's comedies (According to Jim, Rodney, Hope & Faith, Crumbs, Sons & Daughters, George Lopez, Freddie and Less than Perfect). Which ones do you think will survive another season? I think it's time for According to Jim and Hope & Faith to go. But I love Rodney and Less than Perfect. Creatively, I feel they have a lot to offer. Do you think there is at all a chance for a TGIF comeback? What are your thoughts on this?
Answer: Of all the shows you mentioned, I would only even consider watching Sons & Daughters regularly. But I know I'm in the minority on that one, given the puny ratings it drew this spring, which makes me doubt it will return, barring a miracle. (There are some intriguing comedy concepts kicking around ABC for next season, and maybe ABC would keep Sons & Daughters alive as a companion piece. But that's probably a pipe dream.) Given that Rodney was put on hiatus before it could play out its second season, and that Less
This week the networks began meeting with ad-agency execs to talk about what's in development for the 2006-07 season. That means it's time for producers of current shows with less-than-robust ratings to start worrying about getting picked up for next season. Here's what industry insiders are telling the Biz.
ABC: The network's comedies are having a tough year in the ratings, but you can't cancel all of them. Rodney, Hope & Faith, Crumbs and Less than Perfect aren't likely to make the cut. According to Jim, George Lopez and Freddie have a chance of returning. Since ABC has two more hours to program in the fall now that football has moved to NBC, shows that would otherwise be doomed have a chance. We're talking Invasion and Commander in Chief. Their survival depends on the strength of the network's new-program development.
CBS: Another season of The King of Queens depends on whether the n