With just a month to go before the 2013-14 broadcast TV season slinks off into the murk of history, the networks on Thursday night launched a pair of last-gasp series. As one may well expect from a couple of shows that were reserved for a late-April premiere, the results were unspectacular.
The crush of Super Bowl promos Fox aired in support of The Following didn’t appear to give it much of a boost, as Monday night’s installment delivered the lowest ratings in the slumping sophomore thriller’s history.
Fox is putting American Idol on a diet, and that (indirectly) spells good news for the network’s Tuesday night lineup.
With the first day of Upfronts Week on the books, there’s a palpable sense that the networks have come a long way toward redeeming themselves after last year’s lousy development slate.
The boys are crashing Fox’s Tuesday night comedy block, as Seth MacFarlane’s first live-action comedy, Dads, and the Andy Samberg cop caper Brooklyn Nine-Nine will set the table for the female-friendly franchise New Girl and sophomore series The Mindy Project.
In the midst of putting the finishing touches on his network’s fall prime-time schedule, Kevin Reilly is in full-on survivalist mode. The Fox entertainment chairman is stocking up on new dramas and comedies like a man filling the larder of a fallout shelter, nearly doubling down on the five freshman series he ordered this time a year ago.