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How are the new fall shows doing so far?
October 10th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

Fall 2006 Prime Time Update:
New Series Scorecard:

Three weeks into the 2006-07 season, here is an update on the new prime time entries (with original time periods in parentheses):


-The Knights of Prosperity (Tues. 9 p.m.): On hold; will be replaced by benched sitcom Big Day in November.
-Help Me Help You (Tues. 9:30 p.m.): Declining by about 50 percent from lead-in Dancing With the Stars.
-The Nine (Wed. 10 p.m.): Disappointing opening performance.
-Ugly Betty (Thurs. 8 p.m.): The new hit of the season based on two episodes.
-Six Degrees (Thurs. 10 p.m.): Losing more than one-half the audience of lead-in Grey’s Anatomy, with significant tune-out at 10:30 p.m.
-Men in Trees (Fri. 9 p.m.): Fading fast.
-Brothers & Sisters (Sun. 10 p.m.): Losing about one-third of its Desperate Housewives lead-in.


-The Class (Mon. 8 p.m.): Flipped time periods with How I Met Your Mother; now airing Monday at 8:30 p.m. Weak initial start in new time period.
-Smith (Tues. 10 p.m.): Canceled.
-Jericho (Wed. 8 p.m.): Surprisingly potent after three telecasts.
-Shark (Thurs. 10 p.m.): Losing about one-third of its CSI lead-in.


-Heroes (Mon. 9 p.m.): Renewed for the full season.
-Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Mon. 10 p.m.): Losing steam every week.
-Friday Night Lights (Wed. 8 p.m.): The lights were dark in week one.
-30 Rock (Wed. 8 p.m.): Debuting tomorrow.
-20 Good Years (Wed. 8:30 p.m.): Debuting tomorrow.
-Kidnapped (Wed. 10 p.m.): Closing down production and burning off the remaining episodes Saturday at 8 p.m.


-Vanished (Mon. 9 p.m.): Shifting to Friday at 8 p.m. in place of Nanny 911.
-Standoff (Tues. 8 p.m.): Flipping time periods with lead-out House as planned.
-Justice (Wed. 9 p.m.): Moving to Monday at 9 p.m. in place of Vanished.
-’Til Death (Thurs. 8 p.m.): Waiting for the axe to swing.
-Happy Hour (Thurs. 8:30 p.m.): Canceled (or, to quote Fox. "on hiatus")


-Runaway (Mon. 9 p.m.): Moving to Sunday at 9 p.m. out of the relocated 7th Heaven after two DOA telecasts.
-The Game (Sun. 8:30 p.m.): Moved from Sunday at 8:30 p.m. to Monday at 9:30 p.m. also after two telecasts.

Marc Berman 

This guy is so good when it comes to analyzing how shows are doing! Seriously if you are into ratings like me you should subscribe to his newsletter! 


The first new show of the fall season to be cancelled (off the air) is…
October 5th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

Not public yet, but until it is can you guess from the below shows?

a – Friday Night Lights

b – Kidnapped

c – Brothers & Sisters

d – Six Degrees

e – Smith

f – The Class 

g – Vanished

h – Runaway 

The answer will be revealed tonight, so I will post it then. 


Hallmark Channel crowns a new President
October 4th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

After months of speculation, Crown Media Holdings made matters official Wednesday morning, naming former Court TV chief Henry Schleiff president and CEO effective immediately. The deal was said to have been finalized late Monday. In his new role, Schleiff, who had served as chairman and CEO of Court TV since Oct. 1998, will oversee the day-to-day operations at Hallmark Channel. In May, Schleiff gave up the reins at Court TV after Time Warner acquired the 50 percent stake in the network that it did not already own from Liberty Media. That same month, David Evans resigned from his post as president and CEO of Crown, leaving a vacancy that was not filled until now. In a statement, Schleiff said that he was “delighted to be joining Crown Media,” citing Hallmark’s family-friendly programming. “Operators appreciate Hallmark Channel’s importance to them as one of the few networks in their lineup not programmed toward the younger demographics but, rather, at subscribers who are often the ones actually paying the cable bill and who simply want quality programming they can watch with their family,” Schleiff said. Long regarded as one of cable’s more iconoclastic executives, Schleiff is one of the first names that gets whispered whenever a top network job becomes available. Earlier this summer, Schleiff was rumoured on the short list of external candidates Discovery Communications was considering as a replacement for departing CEO Judith McHale. Last year, he was said to be eyeing CNN president Jon Klein’s corner office––a chunk of real estate Klein still occupies. Prior to joining Court TV, Schleiff served as executive vp for Studios USA, where he oversaw the production of a number of talk shows, most notably The Maury Povich Show. He also put in time at HBO and got his start in television as a freelance gag writer for Saturday Night Live.

Media Week 

I wonder how he will change the network?


Eureka! SciFi renews Eureka!
October 3rd, 2006 under Syfy, TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]


The Sci Fi Channel has reached the final stage of negotiations for a second-season renewal of its scripted series "Eureka." The pickup of "Eureka" is a no-brainer, as it has performed solidly in the Nielsen ratings. The show has averaged 2.76 million total viewers for the 11 weeks beginning with a two-hour premiere July 18. The final episode of its rookie season is slated for today. Fueled by "Eureka" and original scripted series such as "Battlestar Galactica," "Stargate Atlantis," and, in its final season, "Stargate: SG-1," the Sci Fi Channel wound up as the 10th highest-rated network in total primetime viewers for the third quarter, and finished ninth overall among those 25-54, Sci Fi’s target demo. Bonnie Hammer, president of USA and Sci Fi, said one of her goals is to schedule two nights of scripted original series on Sci Fi in the next year or so. Sci Fi would be following the lead of USA, which delivered one of the best third quarters in its history thanks, in part, to four hit series: "Monk" and "Psych" on Friday and "The 4400" and "The Dead Zone" on Sunday.


For anyone who has not seen the show today is your day to do so! SciFi is airing a marathon starting at 9a that leads up to the season finale at 9p! When I tuned into the pilot I was not looking to pick up a new show, but after 10 minutes I was hooked! There is just something so fun and so interesting that it quickly becomes a show you do not want to miss! So tune into SciFi tonight and watch Eureka!


Spaceballs gets animated!
September 20th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

MGM is teaming with the G4 television network, Brooksfilms Limited, and Berliner Film Companie GmbH on the U.S. release of a new original television series based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs. Similar to the feature film, which parodied iconic science fiction movies, "Spaceballs: The Animated Series" will take the legendary Brooks satirical eye, spoofing the biggest blockbusters of today as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics. In the pilot episode of "Spaceballs: The Animated Series," the storyline will be similar to that of the movie, which was released theatrically in 1987. The evil Dark Helmet kidnaps Princess Vespa of the Planet Druidia. His dastardly plan: to blackmail her father, King Roland, into giving up his planet’s air to replenish the polluted Planet Spaceball, run by the fiendish President Skroob (to be voiced by Brooks). Princess Vespa’s dad hires Lone Starr and Barf to rescue the princess. After a battle with Dark Helmet, they rescue the princess and Planet Druidia. From there, they launch on a series of wild adventures across the Galaxy. The series will be produced by Berliner in association with Brooksfilms. Already in production, Berliner will produce 13 half-hour episodes, which will debut on G4 in Fall 2007.


I am still waiting for Spaceballs 3. . . the search for Spaceballs 2! 


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