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What’s Worse than Jay?

October 31st, 2009 | Jonathan Gray

Jay Leno’s ratings are not good. Case in point – CBS was in rerun mode early this week, and yet its reruns for CSI: Miami, The Good Wife, and CSI: New York all still (handily) beat Leno. When they announced The Jay Leno Show, NBC talked a big game about how they wouldn’t be playing reruns because of Jay, yet viewers seem to prefer reruns now that they’re being offered the choice.

So who can Jay beat in the ratings? This week, on Monday, only Gossip Girl fared worse, on Tuesday, it was 90210 and Melrose Place, on Wednesday, only Vampire Diaries’ repeat placed lower than Jay, Supernatural pulled the trick on Thursday, and a House rerun just dipped below Jay on Friday. More after the fold…

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Cancellation Time (cough, Leno) is Here (cough, Melrose)

October 27th, 2009 | Jonathan Gray

Come on already, network TV: I want some cancellations! I submit for your consideration Eastwick, Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy, Jay Leno, and Melrose Place … though somehow I think only the former is realistically going anywhere soon, and the latter a bit later.

Indeed, if we look at what has not been picked up, the writing may be on the wall for Trauma, Law and Order, Eastwick, the forgotten, Hank, Three Rivers, Til Death, and Brothers (with the latter two tellingly cut from November sweeps … which may delay their inevitable deaths). Almost everything else has scored a pickup, or at least a few more episodes in the case of MP (and Trauma, Hank, and Eastwick dropped further in the ratings this week, hitting new lows). More after the fold …
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A Few Wednesday Morning Links

September 23rd, 2009 | Jonathan Gray

As I catch up with the new shows, some links:

  • Ken Levine’s wonderful account of the Emmys, including his nice snark about Jeff Probst winning: “Hugh Laurie can’t win an Emmy but this guy now has two for saying “Wanna know what you’re playing for?” every friggin’ episode.” (for the record, though, I think he’s the deserving winner – jg)
  • Cable U’s Reess Kennedy on why he doesn’t think he should like Mad Men for the show, yet loves it for its branding
  • With all the other things going on here, I don’t have time to write about them, but the Where the Wild Things Are posters have intrigued me. Go here for a collection of them
  • Issue 3 of Transformative Works and Cultures is out, with, as before, a sizeable and wonderful collection of stuff
  • Fox has picked up Glee
  • The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) has come up with its Statement on best practices regarding Fair Use for academic teaching and publishing. Read, circulate, and make sure your press sees it too
  • In an article called “Nadir Of Western Civilization To Be Reached This Friday At 3:32 P.M,” The Onion attacks one of ABC’s new sitcom (though, personally, I think Cougar Town seems like the sign of the beast itself), writing “At 9 p.m. Wednesday the ABC sitcom Modern Family will premiere, marking the least-inspired creative endeavor ever attempted by modern man.”
  • Finally, though I’ve been happy to see the Jay Leno Show draw some meh ratings, TV By the Numbers notes that the numbers could look good for NBC, even at this low level
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New Shows, 2: The Jay Leno Show, or NBC is Tyler Durden

September 16th, 2009 | Jonathan Gray

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Yes, Jay gets his own post, because NBC thinks it’s worth five other shows. Below the fold …
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NBC Upfronts

May 19th, 2009 | Jonathan Gray

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I’ve already discussed NBC’s new shows, since they already announced them. But the big news of the day, for me, is that Chuck was renewed. And in talks with journalists, Ben Silverman drew the line directly back to the fans’ and Subway’s campaign to keep the show around (see my post on the campaign here).

Law and Order was the other lucky survivor of the day, though Medium, Life, and My Name is Earl weren’t so lucky. Apparently, CBS might pick up Medium, and My Name is Earl’s Greg Garcia is also hoping to shop his show around. Garcia wasn’t a happy man, firing back at NBC that “It’s hard to be too upset about being thrown off the Titanic.” Ouch. I hope the show finds a new home, since I really like it (what’s not to like about Randy and/or Crab Man?), and it seems like it might be a good fit with FOX.

As for the schedule, more after the fold:

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NBC’s New Shows: Life Without Chuck?

May 4th, 2009 | Jonathan Gray

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It’s upfront time. Or, NBC is calling theirs “infronts.” I don’t know why and don’t plan to find out – it sounds about as cute as adding “N’ Stuff” in a store title, so let’s leave it there. [EDIT: okay, I lie, I did go looking, and it turns out they're still having an upfront; they just want to get a headstart with this. Still a silly title]. Indeed, I’m mad at NBC. They haven’t renewed Chuck. In theory, this could happen latter, though with a third of primetime given up to Jay Leno (!), and with renewals already announced for many other shows (yay, 30 Rock and The Office!), real estate is in high demand.

In this supposedly DVR-filled world, schedule still matters a heck of a lot. Try telling any creator whose show got a Friday night slot that it doesn’t. I’m particularly interested, though, in how a show’s competition frames one’s view of it, not just when one is asked to pick sides when shows are on opposing channels at the same time, but also when an axed-yet-beloved show is replaced. Right now, I look at the proposed additions and say, “hmmm… not Chuck,” and if it’s culled, whichever show gets its slot will suffer a dark aura.

Nevertheless, below the fold I introduce you to the contenders:

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Jay at 10: Bad for Business, Good For TV?

December 14th, 2008 | Jonathan Gray

By now, you’ve likely heard that Jay Leno will be taking over a third of NBC primetime next year. Most of the reaction I’ve read is along the lines of David Bianculli’s, that this will be “good for business, bad for TV.” I disagree.

The “good for business” line looks at the relative cost of production. Jay himself costs a lot, but the show is dead cheap in Hollywood terms. The “good for business” line also counts on Jay being able to bring his Nielsen audience to NBC primetime. Bianculli adds that this helps NBC keep Jay (though at what price?). And Derek Kompare speculates that NBC could lock down an older audience rather than chasing a fickle younger one with various scripted options.

But, as I said, I’m not convinced. Why? More below …

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