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The CW's new Sunday lineup...complete with pooper scooper

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 26th 2008 10:03AM

The Drew Carey show is one of those shows you'll see on the CW's Sunday lineup.To the programming monkeys over at The CW: Do you really believe that you are an honest-to-goodness competitor in the market right now? Because, if you were, then you would probably be doing something more than just relying on the teen angst shows that populate your weekday schedule.You would probably be trying again to get original programming up and running on the weekends, as well. Particularly on Sunday nights.

Sadly, you're not doing this. In fact, according to the most recent press release you sent out, you're pretty much caving in on Sundays. Instead of giving viewers some new shows to try out, or even reruns (or, as you say, encores) of your more popular programs, from 5-8 pm you're giving us first season episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and The Game, second season episodes of The Drew Carey Show and first season episodes of Jericho. The only people I can see being even remotely happy about this schedule are Jericho fans.

To cap it all off, you're giving us heavily edited movies from your MGM catalog. You say in the press release that these movies will be "contemporary theatrical films". Oh, really! Let's take a look at the "contemporary" titles you're promoting: Teen Wolf, Spaceballs, Carrie, Mr. Mom, Three Amigos. The only "contemporary" titles I saw in the listing you gave were the 2001 tech thriller Anti-Trust and 2002's The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, which premieres this Sunday. You remember this movie, don't you? It stars the late Steve Irwin.

Come on, guys, time to give it all up. Farm out your most successful shows to the other networks, including cable, and just shutdown. Giving us the so-called "new" Sunday lineup is an insult to our viewing intelligence. We're a pretty smart bunch of television viewers. Either give us something new we can sink our teeth into or just close the doors on your way out.

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Tim Miller

I agree that this might not be the best idea. I might watch Jericho though because I haven't seen and my friend said it's good.

November 29 2008 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i recently started watching jericho on netflix on xbox. and it is a really awesome show maby somehow showing this on sunday will get a season 2 completed and a season three. a boy can dream cant he. just wish they didn't drop easy money =[

November 26 2008 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WooHoo!! Drew Carry season 2 is back on the air!!!

(Where are those DAMN post season 1 DVDS?)

(sarcasm at it's finest....)

(except for the DVD part, seriously, where are they?)

November 26 2008 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Adams

Sci-fi will be running both "Moonlight" and the older Eddie Cibrian-show "Invaders" on Friday nights starting in January. Of course, they're also going to be running "Mork and Mindy," God help us, so that tells you where the SciFi Channel is headed.

November 26 2008 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In the infinitely remote possibility that a CW exec is reading this - here is an idea:

Why don't you go into your video library and broadcast shows that will never be seen on DVD in this century because of music rights clearance problems? I would suggest 'China Beach' as a good starting point.

November 26 2008 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I totally agree with Nate although I think they could have found some better movies to put on. This is good this happens now rather than later. CW really needs to work on this Sunday lineup for next season.

BTW Reaper will be on in probably Feb or March. It has 13 episodes and I imagine the CW wants to wait to air it so they can air all 13 episodes back to back leading through May sweeps.

November 26 2008 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If someone was smart, they would pick up reruns the cancelled series Moonlight and ride the vampire romance wave that Twilight has started.

If some network has already done this, they may want to start telling people.

November 26 2008 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have already seen all the episodes of Jericho...why would I rewatch and be reminded of a good show being taken away too soon?

Where is Reaper?

Play reruns of gossip girl on sunday...too many good shows on monday.. i stopped recording it when chuck came back.

November 26 2008 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't usually like to defend the CW, but for once, give them a break for this. They had a schedule for Sunday that they farmed out to a group they thought would do at least an acceptable job of finding a footing on Sunday nights. Give them credit for taking some kind of risk, even if the shows that were made by MRC turned out to be awful by even SpikeTV standards. The CW had to try it because Tribune told them they needed great ratings for their Sunday evening local newscasts that had more "regular" viewers among them. This should tell the network not to listen to one group of affiliates to spite the rest.

I actually give the CW credit for not tolerating MRC sucking any longer. They could have waited until next year to change, but they knew there was no hope for this lineup at all. Yes, it's a plan B, and the MGM movies are no "Award Theater", but I think it's better than nothing. Years ago, the stations would have aired a movie anyways on Sunday night (and many MyNetworkTV stations do the same thing), so even if they're not competitive for the rest of the season, they have nothing to lose now instead of airing some eighth-rate "Ice Road Truckers" clone. And putting EHC and Game reruns on gives those shows some hope that they can get a few new viewers that can't watch on Friday nights.

I think it's like someone who has a love for a sport who tried out, even though they couldn't play it well; they at least tried, and they'll learn for it. Now hopefully this will give pause to any network wanting to sell three hours on say, a Saturday to another group that might end up poisoning the network as a whole.

November 26 2008 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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