May 12, 2015 |
NBC ANNOUNCED its new shows for fall and midseason yesterday. Daily News TV critic Ellen Gray will begin to review them in September after she watches them, but Tattle isn't confined by such process. So here they are: * "Blindspot" is a drama about a woman found naked and covered in tattoos (a/k/a clues) in NYC, with no memory of who she is. We lose interest a few minutes after she puts on her clothes. * "The Player" is a thriller about a former military operative turned security expert in Las Vegas.
May 16, 2014 |
NEW YORK - CBS is ready for some football. Though still the most-watched network, it's no longer tops among the 18- to 49-year-olds that most advertisers target - unless you don't count sports. Which advertisers might. Enter Thursday-night football, which will launch on CBS Sept. 11 with Pittsburgh-Baltimore, pushing the start of the network's Thursday entertainment lineup to Oct. 30. Fans of "The Big Bang Theory" won't have to wait that long. The hit show will be moved temporarily to 8 p.m. Mondays to lend support to the sophomore sitcom "Mom," at 8:30, before moving back to 8 p.m. Thursdays.
May 16, 2013 |
JENKINTOWN'S Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In," "Fanboys") is bringing his wonder years to ABC this fall. His autobiographical new sitcom, "The Goldbergs," was one of a dozen new scripted series that ABC presented to advertisers in New York yesterday afternoon, and it's the one that ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee singled out more than once in a conference call with reporters. "I really adore this show," Lee said, and he's planning to promote it, along with its fanboy-friendly lead-in, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," from Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Avengers")
September 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Congress will meet for only a few final days this week to enable lawmakers to campaign full time in the battle for control of Congress, leaving much business undone until after the election. The House convenes for three days to wrap up its work, while the Senate, where Democrats have the majority, is considering a similar truncated schedule. Lawmakers had initially been scheduled to work through the first week of October. The one must-pass piece of legislation - a bill to keep the government funded once the new fiscal year begins, Oct. 1 - is set for final approval this week in the Senate after having already cleared the House.
May 21, 2012 |
In an annual rite known as Upfront Week, NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and the CW just presented their lineups for the 2012-13 TV season to advertisers in New York. The ceremonies took place in some of the city's most august concert Halls (Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Radio City Music) over four days. The broadcast companies introduced only 20 new series for the fall (down from 27 last season). NBC led the pack with six new shows. Fox and the CW had half that many. Like it or not, an awful lot of familiar faces will be returning in the fall.
May 16, 2012 |
Fox announced its fall lineup on Monday with great fanfare and minimal changes. The presentation at the Beacon Theater in New York began with a video of the cast from New Girl interviewing prospective additional roommates — everyone from Fringe's Walter Bishop to the Rubber Man from FX's American Horror Story. Afterward the network executives introduced two new sitcoms and a drama series, a modest harvest by any measure. The Mob Doctor is taking over House's practice on Monday nights.
May 20, 2011
SARAH MICHELLE Gellar will be back on TV this fall, on the CW, the network that grew from the two networks that each once featured her as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " The 10-hour-a-week network yesterday announced its fall schedule for the 2011-12 TV season, with changes in all five of the nights it programs, and the big news, of course - widely reported in recent days and actually made official Wednesday morning by CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler - was that Gellar's new show had been picked up. And perhaps in deference to "The Vampire Diaries," which is one of the successes of the CW's lineups, she will not be dispatching the undead this time around.
May 11, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Jack Donaghy, the boss on NBC's comedy "30 Rock," had had enough of TV inefficiencies and waste. "Do you know what the business model is in the entertainment industry? Make 10 shows and hope that one of them works," huffed Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) to put-upon producer Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) in a recent episode. "We produce more failed pilots than the French air force!" Many flesh-and-blood executives share similar misgivings about pilot season, which after more than a half-century remains a sacred but extravagant custom of the TV biz. By January of each season, scripts for dozens of pilots for prospective TV series are approved for production by the five broadcast networks.
April 24, 2011 |
When Comcast put up $13.8 billion to take control of NBCUniversal in January, it got theme parks that are tons of fun, studios that can produce hit movies, cable networks like USA and Bravo that spew money out the bottom line. And a big, heavy ball and chain that weighs the deal down: the worst prime-time lineup on network television, the perennial loser that is NBC. Comcast is intent on turning that weight into a helium balloon. Three weeks from Monday, it will make its first major move, with the presentation to potential advertisers of its fall schedule.
April 11, 2011 |
IF YOU RAN a TV network, you'd renew your favorite shows and cancel all the stupid ones. Me, too. The problem is, your favorite shows probably aren't my favorite shows, and we could argue "stupid" all night. A network programmer who made decisions this way, from the heart and not the head, would soon be out of a job, and the network would go bust. Network television (we're talking ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW here) depends on mass audiences to survive, and that means attracting the broadest swath of viewers.