Even though CBS aired an I Love Lucy episode yesterday that is over 61 years old, it still managed to beat a slew of new shows on broadcast television in the ratings.
Which makes you think the networks might be doing something wrong if people would rather watch something that is older than them than something that is shiny new.
Maybe they should focus on making TV shows like they used to and stop making shows they think we want to see that we really don’t.
What do you think?
CBS has 8 comedies, more procedurals than I care to count and 2 medical dramas. But that is all about to change. Come this Spring both Code Black and Pure Genius are off the lineup. The freshman show is no surprise, but the sophomore one is. It seemed like adding Rob Lowe was helping them, but I guess not enough. Making it look like CBS is signing a DNR for it.
Another surprise is the overrated McGuyver will not air in May. That is normally a sign that show won’t be back for another season. Anything can happen because I would be surprised if they bring back Elementary for a 6th season. I am shocked that Doubt, a legal drama, didn’t get the Sunday at 10p slot. It is a perfect fit with Madam Secretary. Much better than with Criminal Minds, but what do I know. On the Criminal Minds front, where is that spinoff Beyond Borders?
When it comes to Training Day, it is the only pilot I shut off after 5 minutes and won’t be tuning in to see how it ends.
Oh and here is the new lineup with all of the changes. How do you feel about it?
Wednesday, Dec. 21
8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT UNDERCOVER BOSS (8th Season Premiere)
Sunday, Jan. 1
RANSOM (Series Premiere)
Saturday, Jan. 7
8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT RANSOM (Time Period Premiere)
Ever since The Odd Couple premiered in 2015, CBS has not done much to promote it. The first season it did OK. The second it did much better. So much so, that it shocked everyone and CBS ordered a third season.
Well the show that that spent it first two season as midseason replacement, debuted in the Fall this going around. It took a hit in the ratings. It was a big enough hit that CBS will only air the 13 episodes they ordered and not order any more new episodes for this year. Does that mean the Matthew Perry/Thomas Lennon starrer will not be back for a fourth season? Deadline says it is too early to tell.
Ever since Yes Dear, there has been one spare comedy that CBS keeps for filler. There’s been that one, Rules of Engagement and Mike & Molly. With all of those shows gone, I think that The Odd Couple should be their timeslot filler.
I love the show and it is the only CBS comedy that makes me laugh every week. If you haven’t seem it, you should check it out Mondays at 9:30p before it is too late.
Pure Genius was the last show to debut this fall season, and it should come as no surprise that is was the last one to find out its fate. CBS announced today that they will not be asking to medical drama for any more episodes after the initial 13.
The news should not come as any surprise because they need two hour slots for the legal drama Doubt and the Training Day remake for the small screen, and this would give one of those shows a home. The other could go in Survivor’s timeslot until the reality competition show comes back. The news is also no shock because it is one of their lowest rated shows. And can I say for good reason. I like a good medical drama and this was just not that good. I barely got through the pilot and never tried it again.
Are you sad this show was taken off of life support?
CBS picked up Man with a Plan and The Great Indoors for a full season today. The two sitcoms join Kevin Can Wait, Bull and McGuyver that already got that order. The only show awaiting its fate is Pure Genius and you don’t have to be a genius to know what that means. Although none of CBS’s 10p shows are doing that well, so you never know.
CBS wasn’t the only ones giving out good news, HBO asked for seconds seasons from Westworld, Divorce and Insecure. Jeez, HBO adds Sesame Street to their lineup and now their shows can only have one word in the title.