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Upfront Uproar: NBC Guts Thursday Night Comedies, Shifts The Blacklist

Big changes in store for fall

On the verge of winning its first seasonal ratings crown in a decade, NBC still has a lot of work to do if it’s going to repeat its title run…

Fizzy, Busy Finale for ABC’s Scandal

As Beltway drama blows up, 3 other network series await word of their fate

With no fewer than four broadcast series calling it a day, Thursday night was a time for cliff-hangers and farewells. But as has been the case throughout the season, only…

Broadcast’s Incredible Shrinking Thursday

Ratings continue to slide on a crucial night for advertisers

Movie studios looking to prime the pump for their weekend releases may want to start looking for an alternative to broadcast TV. At the risk of trafficking in hyperbole, the…

NBC Renews 3 Dramas

Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Grimm picked up for next season

NBC has renewed the Dick Wolf series, Chicago Fire, and its freshman spinoff drama, Chicago P.D., for the 2014-15 broadcast TV season. The network also ordered a fourth season of…

All Hail Shonda Rhimes

Showrunner’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal shine after long hiatus

It may be time to rename ABC “The House That Shonda Built.” After a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ twin Thursday night hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal came storming back as…

Rake’s Charm Offensive Fails to Hook Viewers

Soft launch for Fox’s Greg Kinnear drama

Although it was given the plum slot leading out of American Idol, the series premiere of the new Fox drama, Rake, failed to drum up much business Thursday night. According to…

More Tricks Than Treats: November Sweeps Begin on Halloween

Ratings predictably meager as HUT levels plummet

By a quirk of the calendar, this year’s November sweeps began on Halloween night and will end on the night before Thanksgiving. Bad news, good news. In kicking off on an evening…

TV Network Time Slots Where Nothing Seems to Go Right

The haunted dead zones

They’re scattered across the prime-time schedule like missing teeth in a jack-o’-lantern’s crooked grin—dead spots where nothing seems to prosper. Every network has at least one haunted time slot, one…

CBS Delivers With Thursday Comedy Block

Big Bang, The Millers Soar; CW’s Vampire Diaries Beats ABC, NBC

With four weeks of data on the books, CBS’ new two-hour Thursday night comedy block appears to be one of the season’s few unambiguous success stories. Anchored by The Big Bang…

Cory Monteith Tribute Lifts Glee, NBC Comedies Sink

No relief in sight for Peacock’s Thursday night lineup

A heartfelt tribute to the late Cory Monteith (Finn) helped rally legions of Gleeks, giving the Fox musical drama its highest rating in over a year. “The Quarterback,” an elegy co-written…

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