(S01E03) I don't know that any of us can ever really understand the machinations that go into making the network schedule. After watching the first three episodes of Traveler though, I'm left scratching my head wondering just what it was that kept this one tucked away for so long. I'll give in where The Nine is concerned, because the pilot was very good. But how this one got passed over for Six Degrees, Men In Trees, and the collection of little sit-coms that couldn't is beyond me.
The show returned to Friday night airings, but nobody watched. I gave up on it after watching the pilot because-- as it turns out-- everything J.J. Abrams touches does not turn to gold.
Now, all we're waiting to hear about is Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It's only a matter of time.
Remember all that stuff about Six Degrees coming back? Never mind! ABC has pulled the show yet again. The show returned recently on Friday nights (which was a big surprise in itself), but almost no one watched. The show got terrible ratings. The move takes effect immediately. Something tells me this isn't a good sign for a second season.
So we have The Black Donnellys being pulled in favor of a reality show (The Real Wedding Crashers), and you're probably wondering what will replace Six Degrees in the time slot? That's right, a reality show! But this one is even more hard to take: they're replacing it with reruns of Wife Swap. Gah!
In other shows-going-on-hiatus news, David E. Kelley's The Wedding Bells has stopped production, though the remaining episodes will probably air. But don't hold your breath for a renewal.
The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman (Mon., 9:45PM ET, ABC) 10th season premiere
In nine seasons, no Bachelor has married the woman to whom he gave his final rose. None. Zip. Nada. Most of them aren't even still dating the women they chose. So, you gotta wonder how the show manages to go on. Why do women keep signing up for it? In the premiere, some of the bachelorettes care less about Navy doctor Andy Baldwin than sniping at each other. It's all about the chase, so why even bother with the guy? He's probably not going to marry any of 'em, anyway.
The Shield (Tue., 10PM ET, FX) 6th season premiere
In a television landscape littered with strong personalities (think House, Jack Bauer, Rosie), there's still nobody like Vic Mackey, with his shiny bald pate and murky methods. In the premiere, Vic wants vengeance for the murder of Lem -- not knowing the killer is another Strike Team member, Shane -- while rabid Internal Affairs officer Kavanaugh wants to pin it on Vic. Not only that, he finds out from Claudette that the brass wants him to retire.
- At 8, PBS has a new NOW, then a new Washington Week.
- NBC has a new Identity at 8, followed by the Miss USA 2007 beauty pageant. Tara Conner's time is up already?
- The CW has a new Friday Night Smackdown at 8.
- CBS has March Madness all night.
- At 9, ABC has a new Six Degrees (yup, it's true).
- There's a new What Not To Wear on TLC at 9.
- FOX has a new episode of The Wedding Bells at 9.
- Also at 9: Hallmark has a new Mystery Woman flick, In The Shadows.
- At 10, Food Network has a new Paula's Party, focusing on "Fair Food," which I would assume means where the food comes from and not the quality itself.
- At 11, HBO has a new Real Time With Bill Maher, with guests Shirley Franklin, mayor of Atlanta, and author David Frum.
Check your local TV listings for more.
A love triangle, a hidden pregnancy, Josh Charles, and a quickened plot is what awaits viewers who tune in to Six Degrees when it returns tonight on ABC at 9 pm. The series was pulled from the scheduled way back in November when it wasn't holding on to the Grey's Anatomy audience on Thursday nights. Created by J.J. Abrams, the drama is about six New Yorkers and how their lives intersect. The ensemble cast includes Bridget Moynahan, Campbell Scott, and Erika Christenson.
Only, in my opinion, it was slow. And boring. And apparently ABC thought so too, because it gave the executive producers a few mandates for the next seven episodes.
Hola, mi muchachos and muchachoettes! It is I, Schedule Boy, back from wherever the hell I was. I'm here this time to present a comprehensive list of upcoming season and series premieres and finales for you, my adoptive TV Squad family.
What a crazy season its been! Shows that had so much potential (The Nine, Studio 60) struggled to stay on the air, while others (Ugly Betty, Friday Night Lights, Jericho, 30 Rock) surprised us with their growing fan bases and popularity. Then there were shows like ER that made a sudden comeback and ones like Gilmore Girls and Scrubs that didn't seem to find their way for the first half of the season. Well, at least we could be confident that hits like Grey's Anatomy, American Idol, 24 and Lost would carry us through the season. Then again, maybe not. Like I said, crazy season.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this fine presentation, presented in color with limited commercial interruption. You can find the list of premieres and finales (as well shows returning from hiatus) after the jump. Remember, dates are subject to change, so we'll be updating as time moves forward.
To update Bob's strange news item from Thursday: Six Degrees is back on the schedule. Bob noticed a quick reference in an article that the J.J. Abrams drama is still filming, even though it's been off the schedule since early November. Now it's scheduled to return to a new timeslot on Fridays at 9 pm as of March 23rd.
It's a crappy time slot, no doubt. Especially compared to Six Degrees' original spot after Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights. The show, about six people whose lives all intersect, struggled during its first few episodes, getting a maximum of 9.6 million viewers (less than half of the Grey's audience stuck around). Possibly because it was boring and pointless.
Whether or not Six Degrees has been retooled, we'll just have to wait and see. It looks as though the casting remains the same.
I don't know if adding Thiessen is the best of decisions, but then, it really can't hurt. What About Brian is struggling to keep its head above water at this point. The last original episode finished last in the time slot with only 4.54 million viewers, and that was up against repeats of Studio 60 and CSI: Miami. To put that in perspective, the last episode of Six Degrees that aired before it was pulled had 7.59 million. And the last episode of Smith was good for 8.43 million. Total viewers isn't the be all end all of keeping a show on the air, but someone needs to ask, "What about those ratings, Brian?"
I think this has to signal a change at the networks. The big serial drama experiment is now officially a failure. With Surface and Invasion failing to get a second season, and now Smith, Kidnapped, The Nine, Six Degrees, and Day Break all failing to finish one, I think we can look for the networks to try something different next season. And hey, if Diggs really wants to be on a hit show, they're still casting for the next Dancing with the Stars, right?... Too soon?
When Knights of Prosperity and In Case Of Emergency kick off on January 3rd at 9PM there will still be five more episodes of Brett Hopper's bad day. Could it be that the terrible ratings have finally caught up with the show and ABC is going to quit while they're behind? The other option is moving the show, but at this point I'm not sure the numbers will even allow them to do that.
They could stick a repeat Grey's Anatomy in any of the slots and easily get twice the audience. Added to that, there are still episodes of The Nine and Six Degrees in the can that are just as, if not more, deserving of any open slot. Day Break may be destined for the internet, and a complete series DVD set.
[ via Variety.com ]
The series, produced by J.J. Abrams, has been in trouble ever since its premiere in the post-Grey's Anatomy slot on Thursday nights, losing over half of it's lead-in's audience. To date, the show has been averaging 9.6 million viewers, which puts it 45th amongst prime-time shows. It has also received a critical drubbing, with many critics calling it boring and self-indulgent. No word on when or if the show will come back to the schedule, or what will replace it in its current timeslot.
This just goes to show that you don't lose half the audience of the number-one show on TV and survive very long, no matter who is producing your show. ABC may have given it a longer leash because of the Abrams pedigree, but the bad ratings were too much for it to ignore.
(UPDATE: According to Variety, ABC will put Men In Trees in the Thursday at 10 timeslot, starting November 30. It has also given Trees a full-season order.)
In a world where music is becoming increasingly important on television shows, this could put the Wallflowers back on the map. They had a couple big hits a few years ago but haven't seen much mainstream attention for a while. Then again, he's a Dylan so maybe he's just doing what he likes and, right now, that happens to be Six Degrees.
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