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Which of Your Favorite TV Shows Won’t Be Back Next Season?

Ahead of next week’s Upfronts presentations where all will be revealed with regard to next season’s television programming, here’s a little list of what’s already been canceled, renewed, and “on the bubble” as we and trusty TV By the Numbers see it. We’re not going to worry with all those silly Summer shows that may not make it onto the real Fall season roster. So all you fans of Mistresses, you’ll just have to wait for whatever it is the networks do with summer shows. Which seems to be quietly put them out to pasture right before everyone wonders where they store Alyssa Milano for the rest of the year. Continue reading

The Day Broadcast News Was Born


Broadcasting is celebrating a birthday this month.

On March 13, 1938, the modern newscast was born.

On that day, just over 75 years ago, CBS Radio aired not just a broadcast, but a broadcast that linked live reports from across Europe as Hitler moved to annex Austria. That had never been done before. Now, it’s the very heart of broadcast news: this is what is happening right now.  Continue reading

The Upfronts: CBS Attempts to Play it Safe

Unlike ABC and NBC who are both rolling out rather large offerings for the 2012-2013 season, CBS seems to be going with less is more. After all, they have several shows that are working for them already on their roster. It seems like an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” sentiment, and well, that kind of makes sense. Even though in our mind there’s no reason for Two and a Half Dong and Potty Jokes to really continue, but no one asked us. Let’s take a look at the few things CBS is rolling out. Continue reading

The 2012 Television Pilot Season: CBS Finds A Use for “Golden Boy” Ryan Phillippe

Yes, discarded drifter, Ryan Phillippe, may have found a home this fall on the network Ashton Kutcher seduced with his talent for slovenly beach bum antics and nonsensical hair-flopping. These are the other things he does on that show about two guys co-habitating and walking around in their bathrobes for half the episode, right? Seriously, every time I flip past Two and a Half Men, somebody’s always in a bathrobe. Is the whole show shot from the perspective of a lazy boy recliner, or outside a bathroom shower? No matter, I’ve yet to meet an actual person who watches that show. Maybe it’s a long commercial for terry cloth and not an actual television program. Continue reading