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.
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.
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.)
There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.
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...
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I don't have a niece or a cousin...
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.
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.
A quick review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I make my best offer for irregular socks...
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...
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!"
NBC (0:00- 10:10)
FOX (10:10- 20:20)
ABC (20:20- 31:00)
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