Summer is almost here!
On Thursday, ABC announced its summer schedule, which will kick off Thursday, May 9 with the premiere of Wipeout (8/7c). Other returning shows will come later in the month, with Rookie Blue kicking off on Thursday, May 23 (10/9c) and The Bachelorette debuting in a special time period on Monday, May 20 (9/8c).
ABC announces season finale dates
CBS is serious about tackling broadcast TV's summer problem, and to prove it, the network is hauling out two big names: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
The Steves are behind the upcoming 13-episode CBS summer series Under the Dome, based on King's best-selling thriller about a New England town that becomes sealed off from the rest of the world.
A few quick thoughts about tonight's TV playlist:
You know the Obama campaign has to be counting on the youth demographic to once again "rock the vote," as they used to say, so the timing is curious for MTV's annual Video Music Awards extravaganza from L.A.'s Staples Center to encroach on the climactic night of the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, where President Obama's speech is the main event.
Maybe there will be cutaways? At any rate...
If the stars and negotiations align, Modern Family should continue as planned.
"I expect the season to start on time," ABC chief Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews on Friday. "We're in the middle of negotiations. We're hopeful and optimistic to resolve it."
ABC has renewed Rookie Blue for a fourth season, the network announced on Tuesday.
Season 3 of the cop drama, which stars Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith, premiered to 6 million viewers last month. Its most recent telecast garnered 5. 5 million viewers.
Check out photos from Rookie Blue
A few years ago, the broadcast networks finally woke up from their summer slumber and realized they'd ceded too much ground during the warmer months. Cable was winning the battle for the hearts and eyes of summer TV viewers by offering heavily promoted scripted fare — and the networks were mostly in rerun hell. "People got used to going away from the broadcasters in the summer," says The CW president Mark Pedowitz. "Now you're dealing with viewing patterns and trying to change them."
They aren't Voice-like numbers, but The Choice was the highest-rated new series on Thursday.
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The Fox dating series bowed to 4.2 million viewers and a 1.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic to win the 9 o'clock hour against Duets, which averaged ...
Duets doesn't have a lot to sing about.
The series premiere of ABC's venture into singing competition shows bowed to 6.7 million viewers and a 1.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Thursday. While it beat ...
William Shatner and Gregory Smith
OK, when did Rookie Blue get so good?!
ABC's Canadian cop show returned last night and we gotta say, this thing deserves more than a summer fill-in slot. It's like Grey's with a badge and less Shonda-isms.
For its third-season premiere, the series — about recent police-academy graduates cracking crimes and yeah, hooking up — trotted out William Shatner for a guest spot as a drunk driver who winds up leading the 15 Division to a twisted kidnapping case. Being Shatner, there was a fair share of over-the-top dramatics, but the frequent flares of comedy, and the super-likable ensemble (particularly Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith) more than made up for those moments. Oh, and the closing scene with his character's recently recovered granddaughter was a total eye-wetter. We are not ashamed to admit that.
The Glass House
ABC is already getting into the singing competition game with this summer's Duets, and now it's taking on CBS' long-running Big Brother as well. The network has partnered with a former Big Brother producer to build The Glass House, which will air this summer.