Welp. As I alluded to on Friday, we missed this year's upfronts. That's sad, right? So. So. Sad. After taking time to ramble nonsensically, offer some trailers, and provide three bullet points for NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox through the past couple years, this time around, we got ... a brand new website dedicated to local music? Bah. Still sad, I know.
In any case, instead of plowing ground that's already been harvested (is that even a correct sentence?), I thought we'd condense all four of the major ... read more
Welp. It's been a week and a half, hasn't it? So ... the final installment of this year's upfronts posts will be, in a word, dated. But hey — better late than never, right? Plus, we here at TV Without A TV absolutely hate not finishing something we start, and we can all agree that the suits at FOX would be breathing down our necks for ignoring them this year if we opted for exclusion of The Rupert-meister's favorite network. Because yes, it is widely accepted that every important executive at FOX ... read more
For years now, ABC has rolled out Jimmy Kimmel to trash the network during upfronts time. The move is clearly aimed at reminding advertisers and critics alike that the Suits Who Dine With Mickey are oh-so-great because they are oh-so-aware-of-themselves. At what point this becomes obnoxious goes far beyond my low pay grade -- sure, self-deprication is the easiest way to gain admirers, but once you get to Year 10 of this stuff, don't you just want to turn around and say, "OK. We get it. We are stupid ... read more
Isn't television odd? For as celebrated as CBS is for being "America's Most Watched Network," the thing can't seem to buy a viewer when it comes to ... news programming. Outside of "60 Minutes" (which is truly in a class by itself, anyway) CBS can't seem to figure out how to be a major player in the infotainment world. NBC has "Today." ABC has "Good Morning America." And CBS has ... Scott Pelley?
Still, all Gayle King jokes aside, The Big Eyeball has maintained its stranglehold on the top of Prime ... read more
Come one, come all. It's upfronts time in the wide world of television, and where else would you possibly want to turn for such comprehensive commentary on the Very Important World that features autumn's TV programming slate? I know -- pretty much anywhere else in the universe, right?
Still, not even irrelevance could stop this blog's third trip around the upfronts track. After all, it's the most exciting time of the television year, remember. Shows are canceled. Hopes are high. Previews go viral. ... read more
Our upfront coverage comes to an end, nearly one month after upfronts week actually happened (hey - with a "Mad Men" project and a strict Netflix Pix schedule, what can you do?) with CBS, America's most-watched network. Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, "The Most Recent Line On My Resume Under The 'Previous Experience' Heading."
We've taken a look at ABC, FOX and NBC over the course of the last month, and of all the four major networks, CBS has the least amount of work to do, considering its stranglehold ... read more
A swing and a miss.
If you remember during last year's ABC upfronts, Entertainment President Paul Lee boldly went to no man had gone before, proclaiming "I think we have a lot of big swings" with last year's fall schedule. Indeed. A swing and a miss.
A couple big misses, actually. Remember how highly touted the reboot of "Charlie's Angels" was last year? Wait, what's that? You completely forgot that someone actually tried to breathe life into the "Charlie's Angels" franchise on broadcast ... read more
Part two of our upfronts coverage takes a look at FOX. Yes, FOX. The network that introduced such classic, oh-my-God-I-can't-miss-this hits as "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" and "Terra Nova."
And by "classic, oh-my-God-I-can't-miss-this hits," I mean ...
Anyways, this fall will be interesting for the Big F. So much so, it actually may prove to be the most intriguing network to which we should pay attention come September. "House" is gone (and even though I've manage to stay away from complete ... read more
It's that time of year again, friends. That's right. The middle of May means upfronts season is upon us, and after last year's super-duper, award-winning(!) mega-successful, oh-my-god-you-can't-miss-this four-post run that took a look at what might be ahead for all of us television-watching, television-loving, television-addicted people, we decided to turn the ordeal into an annual extravaganza here at TV Without A TV. And by "an annual extravaganza," I mean "until I either get fired or give ... read more
We round up our upfronts coverage on this particular blog by taking a look at the No. 1 network on television, CBS. To recap for the three of you still reading, we (and by we, I mean I, the dude in the upper right corner) have already pondered the kind of effect former Showtime wizard Bob Greenblatt will have on NBC's programming, the sad cancellation of Fox's "America's Most Wanted" and ABC's insistence upon old dogs (see what I did there?) still being entertaining enough to put on television.
As ... read more