What we learned from the 2014 TV Upfronts

What we learned from the 2014 TV Upfronts

Get ready to say goodbye to many shows you love next season

Welcome to the end of Upfront Week, boys and girls. Over the past five days, we've gotten new schedules from (in chronological order) NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS and the CW. Many new shows have been ordered. Many other shows have been canceled — a bunch of which were first introduced to us a year ago at this time. Dan and I haven't had time to look at any of the pilots yet, and we'd rather not make too many snap judgments off of trailers, but there are already some lessons we can take from the decisions that were made, the shows that were ordered — and, in some cases, the shows that weren't — and more from upfront week.

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Buy our book (in 2 years): Sepinwall & Seitz teaming up again

Buy our book (in 2 years): Sepinwall & Seitz teaming up again

Your local critic and his ex-partner from The Star-Ledger are reuniting for a book on the greatest TV shows of all time

Just a quick piece of news that I swear I will not be going on and on about over the next year or two: I am writing another book.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 230
Credit: ABC

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 230

Dan and Alan break down the CBS and CW schedules and also discuss the latest 'Mad Men'

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The craziness of upfronts week means that the Firewall & Iceberg podcast winds up on Thursday, but it's a good one, as Dan and I break down the CBS and CW fall schedules, discuss the strengths and weaknesses displayed in the "Agents of SHIELD" and "Arrow" finales, and try to unpack a very weird episode of "Mad Men." For those playing at home, this is the Amanda Waller comic book pic I show Dan, and you're probably better off not seeing the Kat McPhee Photoshopped pic that causes Dan such anguish. (Though it exists in the Twitter-sphere.)

The rundown: 

CBS Upfront (00:00:30 - 00:19:05)
CW Upfront (00:19:05 - 00:27:40)
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finale (00:28:10 - 00:45:50)
"Arrow" finale (00:45:50 - 01:03:05)
"Mad Men" (01:03:05 - 01:26:40)
 
As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. You can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>&quot;Arrow.&quot;</p>

"Arrow."

Credit: CW

Season finale review: 'Arrow' - 'Unthinkable'

Oliver and his friends face off against Slade with Starling City in the balance

A quick review of the "Arrow" season finale — and season 2 as a whole — coming up just as soon as you make me a hero...

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<p>&quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

"The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Operation Chronicle'

Elizabeth tries to get Jared to safety, while Arkady has a chat with Stan

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I don't have a niece or a cousin...

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<p>&quot;The Big Bang Theory.&quot;</p>

"The Big Bang Theory."

Credit: CBS

Upfronts 2014: CBS starts changing with the times like everyone else

'Big Bang Theory' will hop from night to night due to football, fewer repeats and an end to 'mid-season'

CBS had what was, by their impressive and very stable standards, a down year. Though still the most-watched network on television, the network slipped behind football and Olympics-enhanced NBC for the season among the adults 18-49 demo. "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams' return to television was a ratings dud, and won't be back. "2 Broke Girls" regressed in the ratings this season, and the network failed to develop any other viable successors to "How I Met Your Mother." (And they also passed on the "How I Met Your Dad" pseudo-spin-off.) And its new Monday night dramas — the fairly off-brand "Hostages" and the very on-brand "Intelligence" — were both resounding failures.

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CBS doesn’t order 'How I Met Your Dad' to series — and not because of 'HIMYM' backlash

CBS doesn’t order 'How I Met Your Dad' to series — and not because of 'HIMYM' backlash

CBS executives wanted to shoot a new pilot; the 'How I Met Your Mother' guys didn't

CBS viewers will not get to find out "How I Met Your Dad" next season, as the network declined to pick up the new sitcom from the "How I Met Your Mother" creators, even though at one point it seemed one of the surest bets of any pilot at any network this spring.

And, no, it's not for the reason you may think.

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<p>Adam Goldberg, Martin Freeman and Russell Harvard in &quot;Fargo.&quot;</p>

Adam Goldberg, Martin Freeman and Russell Harvard in "Fargo."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Six Ungraspables'

Molly breaks down the case for Bill, Gus befriends a neighbor, and Lester's situation worsens

A quick review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I make my best offer for irregular socks...

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD.&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."

Credit: ABC

Season finale review: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' - 'The Beginning of the End'

Coulson and his team take it to Hydra, with some help from an old and powerful friend

A review of the "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" finale coming up just as soon as I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go...

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<p>&quot;HIEROGLYPH!&quot;</p>

"HIEROGLYPH!"

Credit: FOX

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 14: ABC, FOX and NBC upfronts

How excited were Dan and Alan to finally see 'Hieroglyph' footage?

It's upfront week at the Firewall & Iceberg Show, which leads to three logical segments. In the first, Dan and I discuss NBC's schedule. In the second, FOX's. In the third? ABC. What do we think of the scheduling moves? What about the new show trailers? And how many excuses will we find to say "HIEROGLYPH!"

The rundown:

NBC (0:00- 10:10)
FOX (10:10- 20:20)
ABC (20:20- 31:00)

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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