CW has followed up ABC’s lead and released its list of 2008-09 renewals. At this point, there are several shows still sitting on top of the fall programming bubble.
Those making a return next year:
- America’s Next Top Model
- Everybody Hates Chris
- Gossip Girl
- One Tree Hill
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Hugh Jackman has had hits in the theaters (X-Men) and on Broadway (The Boy from Oz), but his mark on television will have to wait. Jackman served as the executive producer of Viva Laughlin—the first significant cancellation of the fall season.
Yes, you could argue that Nashville technically earned that dubious honor, but Fox claimed the show was returning in October (yeah—I know it’s gone). Then there was that small CW show, Online Nation. The pseudo-news program that really didn’t exist was just replaced by reruns of Aliens in America. Regardless, I can safely say that Viva was the first ‘scripted’ show to go kaput.
After only one week on air (granted, there were two episodes), CBS put the brakes on the musical drama. Many who saw Thursday’s overnight ratings predicted this day would come—though I’m not sure they imagined it would arrive so soon. Unfortunately, Viva’s second dismal performance last night drove the nail in its coffin.
The good news from all of this? Fans of The Amazing Race will get to see their beloved show return even earlier than expected. It will now take over the vacant 8pm Sunday time slot starting November 4th (a CSI rerun will warm the spot until then). While I feel bad for Hugh Jackman, I’d happily take Phil Keoghan over him any day of the week.
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Despite a great turnout from ABC’s lineup, a heavily-watched Cowboys/Patriots game kicked off a winning night for CBS.
- The late-running football game scored 26.4 million viewers (9.3 rating/27 share in 18-49) for CBS in the 7pm hour.
- America’s Funniest Home Videos (7.7 million, 2.1/6) didn’t really stand a chance.
- CW Now and Online Nation were mere blips on the screen.
- 60 Minutes (17.4 million, 4.2/11 in 18-49) benefitted from it’s strong sports lead-in.
- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (12.2 million, 4.3/11) slightly beat the news program in the demos.
- Between 8-11pm EST, NBC’s Sunday Night Football (9.2 million, 3.9/10) had a dramatic drop from last week.
- CW’s Life is Wild (1 million, 0.3/1) barely factored in the equation losing another 600,000 viewers.
- Desperate Housewives (18.5 million, 7.3/17 in 18-49) won the hour in both numbers and demos.
- Cold Case (3.5/8 in demo) came in second with 14.7 million viewers.
- A repeat of Family Guy (7.1 million, 3.5/8) rounded off the hour.
- Up 500,000 viewers, Brothers & Sisters (4.8/13 in 18-49) took a victory in in both key categories.
- Shark (12 million, 2.9/7) was also up this week.
- Prison Break (FOX, 8pm): Season premiere. What will happen to Dr. Sara Tancredi?
- Deal or No Deal (NBC, 8pm): Special Monday-night premiere (will regularly air on Weds/Fridays).
- K-Ville (FOX, 9pm): Series premiere
- Saving Grace (TNT, 10pm): Season finale
- Weeds (Showtime, 10pm): Mary-Kate Olsen will begin a ten-episode arc tonight.
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Despite having a Tivo and another DVR, I know that a new television season can take some serious planning. When will your favorite shows start? What days are they now on? Which programming ‘conflicts’ will you have to resolve? Will you need to buy another TV???
Hopefully our detailed scheduling guide can assist you in the weeks to come. We have compiled information from five different networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CW) and included the days, times and premiere dates for this fall’s shows.
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