The Black Donnellys
This is a great idea. Many of the shows listed get a lot of buzz on sites like ours (because our readers know good television), but the general population doesn't seem to catch on. If only How I Met Your Mother would get on iTunes... it could definitely use some more fans as it heads into season 3.
Mark Cuban's HDNet channel has bought the rights to the cancelled NBC series The Black Donnellys.
The first episode of the series will air on Wednesday, June 13, at 8pm. Not only will HDNet air the episodes that were shown on NBC earlier this year, they will also run the seven episodes that never aired.
I wasn't a big fan of The Black Donnellys, but I really like the idea of having so many cable networks that short-lived shows can live on in some way. I still like the idea of have the Short-Lived Channel, a network devoted to all the shows that lasted 1 or 2 seasons. Imagine what that line-up would look like!
[via TV Tattle]
News about NBC's fall schedule continues to trickle out, this time from Bill Carter over at the New York Times.
Looks like the network is going to pick up five dramas: Lipstick Jungle (from Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell), Chuck, Life, Journeyman, and The Bionic Woman. The network has not made a decision on Law and Order or Law and Order: CI yet, but it looks like Friday Night Lights is coming back for a full season.
The shows being canceled? No surprise that Studio 60, The Black Donnellys, and Crossing Jordan are gone, but it's a little bit of a surprise that Scrubs isn't coming back. There's been talk that ABC might take the show, but no official word on that yet.
NBC's upfront announcement is this Monday.
Update: Nikki Finke is reporting that Scrubs has been picked up by NBC, but no other info is available about it.
So, it seems to be a good time to look back at our coverage of last year's upfronts, to see what was considered news, which shows became hits, which shows never aired, and which pilots looked promising but mostly ended up causing each network piles of money, bad press, and misery.
Click on the network name to see to our coverage of that network's 2006 upfront:
In fact, I don't think I'd really want to know or do business with any of the shady characters on this show; well, with the exception of Jenny Reilly for obvious reasons.
I live in relatively sheltered Oklahoma. While sketchy people no doubt exist, I rarely found myself encountering them in day to day life. It makes me realize that I'd have a pretty difficult time trying to make it in a city where this stuff actually occurs on a regular basis.
Another day, another show put on hiatus.
This time, it's The Black Donnellys. The NBC family crime drama, which replaced Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (itself currently on hiatus), will go on hiatus starting April 23. The show hasn't been doing too well in the ratings in the Monday at 10 slot.
And I know you're wondering: will Studio 60 return? Nope, at least not in that time slot. But for you fans of reality show, you're in luck! The Real Wedding Crashers, a new reality show based on the hit movie, will air in the Monday at 10 slot. NBC was going to put it on another night but they liked it so much (so much!!) that they're going to put it on after Heroes. The April 23 date is also the day that Heroes returns.
So, two quality dramas are put on the shelf, next to months of old boxes of macaroni and cheese, so another reality show can debut early. Fantastic.
(S01E05) Was it me or did Tommy Donnelly look borderline stalker crazy sitting across the street from Reilly's Diner Shop waiting for Jenny? If I didn't know his character better, I'd have been certain he was on the verge of assasinating her with a box.
Of course, we all understand two things. Tommy is madly in love with Jenny and Tommy has already crossed that fine line between being a good citizen and being a bad citizen.
This is why he was the absolute last person who needed to hear that Jenny's diner was in the midsts of a cash crisis because her dad can't tell the difference between a giant blue box that says U.S. Postal service and the night deposit drawer at his local bank. I wonder if he hails hot dog cart vendors when he needs a cab...idiot.
(S01E04) At some point in episode one, something was said that gave me the impression Jenny Reilly was married. Strangely, in subsequent episodes the topic never seemed to come up again.
After seeing Jenny make nasty with Tommy and the delivery boy, I was sure I just misinterpreted some dialogue somewhere during that first show.
Turns out I wasn't wrong. This week I discovered that Jenny is married for sure and that her husband left her around a year ago.
Now, take a look at that picture over there to the right and let that sink in for a moment. Jenny's husband left her? Last time I checked, Jenny Reilly is scorching hot! What man in his right mind would leave that?
It'll be interesting to discover the real reason their relationship came apart. Something tells me this will be critical to the show in future weeks.
(S01E03) Let me be the first to say, I'm tired of show recaps. I'm referring to that first two to three minutes of a show where, in this instance, Joey Ice Cream rants about what happened in the first few episodes.
I realize it serves a purpose. It helps loyal but forgetful viewers recall what happened in previous weeks and it helps newcomers catch up on the show if they're just getting into it. I understand all that, but being an extremely impatient person I find recaps annoying.
However, I do applaud this show's intro. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang - done. If there's a category for "Most Concise Show Intro" at the Emmys this year, The Black Donnellys will win hands down.
Of course, that would probably be the only category they'd win...
Here's something you don't see all the time. After airing two episodes of its newest drama, The Black Donnellys, NBC has posted a special web-only installment. It's become common to see special clips or deleted scenes as online exclusives, but a whole episode is rare. Here's what I don't get though. Normally, when something like this is done, the episode will have no bearing on the rest of the season. That way, people who don't get to see it aren't left in the dark about anything. However, if you check out the episode list over on Wikipedia, I get the impression that this episode is vital to the season. Without giving away details, it seems like it picks up right where Monday's episode left off. I've enjoyed the show so far (haven't memorized all the different names yet...), but this seems like a bit of a risk NBC is taking. Putting a pilot episode online before it airs is one thing, but an episode that's integral to a show's first season? Without airing it regularly? Not so sure about that.
[via Pop Candy]
(S01E02) Murder, sex, and gratuitous violence - the things I love most about television - and this episode had them all.
That being said, does anyone else think it was a mistake not to stick this series on a Showtime or at the very least FX? If this were the case, maybe the producers wouldn't have to do things like air special web episodes of the show so that material deemed too "edgy" doesn't get stuck on the cutting room floor.
In addition to all that, Medium and Identity will also begin streaming full episodes in March. That brings NBC's total of full episode streaming series to 13 when added to The Apprentice, Heroes, 30 Rock, Las Vegas, Friday Night Lights, Passions, Studio 60, and My Name Is Earl. The network also plans to make the full seasons of Heroes and Friday Night Lights available, starting with the pilots, beginning in the spring.
If the overnight ratings are any indication, NBC now has another drama they're not going to know what to do with.
The premiere of The Black Donnellys, taking over the Monday at 10pm slot from Studio 60, started off well, with 10 million viewers, but then it seems a lot of viewers didn't like what they saw and the number of viewers in the second half hour dropped to 6 million (though I think the rating was better than what Studio 60 has been getting).
It still amazes me that over 6 million viewers is considered a "failure," but I guess that's why I'm not a network exec.
It's not good when the premiere episode of a show starts losing viewers so quickly halfway through. I wonder what's up with Monday at 10pm. Is it the time slot? Are people worn out after Heroes? Is CSI: Miami that strong?
[via TV Tattle]
Like not being able to look away from a train wreck, I found myself watching again. If you have this episode TiVo'd, do not continue to read on because there is a big spoiler ahead.
(S01E01) I have a confession to make.
I'm an idiot and didn't re-prioritize some Season Passes My TiVo failed to record the first 15 minutes of The Black Donnellys and I missed it. Not the gesture of someone who is supposed to write up a review, I know.
Luckily for me, NBC has been like the pushy neighborhood crack dealer with this show and airs no less than 10 promos an hour and has a healthy web presence, which has already spawned a number of fan sites which made it easy to familiarize myself with what I missed.
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