The Networks to Launch 25 New Shows this Fall

Friday, May 21, 2010

Upfront Week:

The Final Stats

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
Name That Pooch

Note: Due to the early release of The Programming Insider, the overnight (metered market) results for Thursday, May 20 were not available today. But don’t forget to click on for the fast affiliate numbers by approximately 12 p.m. ET.


Upfront Week:

The Final Stats


After four days of network presentations, here is the breakdown on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW in primetime this fall, plus the midseason entries. 


Number of New Shows in Total: 25

Genre Breakdown:

Drama: 16

Comedy: 7

Non-Scripted: 2


Number of New Shows by Network:

ABC: 7

CBS: 5

NBC: 8

Fox: 3

CW: 2


Number of New Shows by Night:

Monday: 5

Tuesday: 4

Wednesday: 6

Thursday: 5

Friday: 5

Saturday: 0

Sunday: 0


Number of Established Series Changing Time Periods: 18

By Network:

ABC: 2

CBS: 5

NBC: 2

Fox: 5

CW: 4


Number of New Shows in Midseason: 15

Genre Breakdown:

Comedy: 7

Drama: 6

Non-Scripted: 2


Number of Returning Shows in Midseason: 8

Genre Breakdown:

Non-Scripted: 5

Drama: 2

Comedy: 1




The 25 New Shows for the Fall (Plus 15 in Midseason):


Better Together – Wednesday 8:30 p.m.

Formerly called That Couple, two couples from two different generations have very different outlooks on love. The cast includes Jennifer Finnigan, Josh Cook, Joanna Garcia (Reba), Jake Lacy and former That’ 70s Show star Debra Jo Rupp. 


Happy Endings (midseason)

A group of close knit friends have to face the fact that the center of their existence, “perfect” couple Dave and Alex, have split. The cast includes Zachary Knighton, Elisha Cuthbert, Adam Pally, Casey Wilson, Eliza Coupe and Daman Wayans, Jr. 


Mr. Sunshine (midseason)

Former Friends star Matthew Perry plays the manager of a local sports stadium in San Diego who realizes on his 40th birthday that he cannot just get by on his charming, funny and noncommittal ways anymore.


Body of Proof – Friday 9 p.m.

After a brilliant neurosurgeon’s (Dana Delany) career is cut short, she uses her medical skills toward solving murders. Cast members include Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, Nick Bishop, Windell Middlebrooks and John Carroll Lynch.


My Generation – Thursday 8 p.m.

Shot documentary style and based on a series from Scandinavia, a group of former high school students in Austin, Texas reunite after 10 years. The ensemble cast includes Daniella Alonso, Ann Son, Elizabeth Kenner, Jaime King, Julian Morris, Keir O’Donnell, Kelli Garner and Mehcad Brooks. 


No Ordinary Family – Tuesday 8 p.m.

A so-called typical American family (Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett) discover they have extraordinary abilities after their plane crashes in the Amazon jungle. Brothers & Sisters’ Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman are the series creators.


1-8-7 Detroit – Tuesday 10 p.m.

The homicide division within a Detroit police station is the setting in this documentary style crime drama. Former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli leads the ensemble cast. 


The Whole Truth – Wednesday 10 p.m.

There are two sides to every case as this Jerry Bruckheimer legal drama provides equal time to the prosecution and the defense attorney’s work on the same cases. Joely Richardson and former Numb3rs star Rob Morrow head the cast.


Off the Map (midseason)

Three medical residents (Caroline Dhavernas, Mamie Gummer and Enrique Murciano) decide to leave the comforts of the United States to work at a barely staffed medical clinic in a small South American town.


Secret Millionaire (formerly aired on Fox)

Millionaires temporarily leave their prestigious lifestyles and go undercover to experience life in some of the poorest areas of the country in this uplifting non-scripted hour. During their stay they decide who is worthy of at least $100,000 of their own money. 

$#*! My Dad Says – Thursday 8:30 p.m.

William Shatner headlines this comedic tale of an outspoken old man who can no longer take care of himself and the son who moves back home as his caregiver. 


Mike & Molly – Monday 9:30 p.m.

A couple (Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell) meet in a support group for overeaters in this multi-camera sitcom from Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre. 


Blue Bloods – Friday 10 p.m.

Formerly known as Reagan’s Law, a multigenerational family of New York based cops is the focus. The ensemble cast includes Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Flex Alexander, Len Cariou, Will Estes and Dylan Moore. 


The Defenders – Wednesday 10 p.m.

Jerry O’Connell and former According to Jim star Jim Belushi play two outspoken Las Vegas attorneys who do whatever it takes to defend their clients. The cast includes Vigman, Jurnee Smollett, Tanya Fischer and Teddy Sears. 

Hawaii Five-O – Monday 10 p.m.

The daily operations of the fictional Hawaiian State Police department are the focus of this revival of the classic 1968-80 crime drama. Alex O’Loughlin steps in for Jack Lord as Det. Steve McGarrett, with Scott Caan as Danny Williams and Lost star Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly. 


Criminal Minds Spin-Off (midseason)

The action follows another group of BAU operatives headlined by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. The cast includes Beau Garrett, Matt Ryan and Michael Kelly. 


Love Bites – Thursday 10 p.m.

Reminiscent of classic anthology Love, American Style, hour-long comedy anthology Love Bites features three loosely connected stories of love, sex, dating and marriage in each episode. Becki Newton and Jordana Spiro (My Boys) will anchor each story, which will feature a rotation of guest stars. 


Outsourced – Thursday 9:30 p.m.

A customer service manager (Ben Rappaport) in Kansas City is sent to India to train his replacement after his department is outsourced. Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show), Jessica Gower and Rizwan Manji co-star.


Friends With Benefits (midseason)

Originally developed for ABC, five Chicago-based people in their twenties navigate the difficult, often confusing and hopefully comical world of dating. The ensemble cast includes Patrick J. Adams, Danneel Harris, Jessica Lucas and Ryan Hansen. 


The Paul Reiser Show (midseason)

Mad About You star Paul Reiser headlines this semi-autobiographical look at the former television star dealing with day-to-day life. The ensemble cast includes Amy Landecker, Andrew Daly, Ben Shenkman and Brock Waidmann. 


Perfect Couples (midseason)

Three very different couples struggle to find out what makes the ideal relationship and how to maintain it despite the many inherent obstacles. Kyle Howard, Christine Woods, Dave Walton, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Hayes MacArthur and G4 host Olivia Munn star. 


Chase – Monday 10 p.m.

A team of U.S. marshals go in search of America’s most dangerous fugitives in this new crime drama from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Kelli Giddish, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco and Rose Rollins are featured in the ensemble cast. 


The Event – Monday 9 p.m.

After an “everyman” (Jason Ritter) investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancé (Sarah Roemer), he inadvertently exposes the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Blair Underwood (L.A. Law) plays the newly elected President.


Law & Order: Los Angeles – Wednesday 10 p.m.

Mirroring NCIS, which successful morphed a spin-off in Los Angeles, Tinsel Town is the setting for this new spin-off from Law & Order, which will not be returning after its historic 20-season run. 


Outlaw – Friday 10 p.m.

Jimmy Smits returns to primetime as a Supreme Court justice who abruptly quits his job and opens a private practice, determined to represent “the little guy” and use his inside knowledge to take on the biggest cases. Jesse Bradford (West Wing), Carly Pope (24), Ellen Woglom (Californication)and David Ramsey (Dexter) also star.


Undercovers – Wednesday 8 p.m.

A so-called typical married couple (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who met when they worked for the CIA as spies are reinstated to that world after their fellow spy and friend (Carter MacIntyre) goes missing in this new drama from J.J. Abrams. Gerald McRaney co-stars.


The Cape (midseason)

A former cop (David Lyons) who gets framed and loses his job and reputation turns himself into a masked super hero called “The Cape,” as he attempts to stop crime, prove his innocence and win back his son. 


Harry’s Law (midseason)

From David E. Kelley, a grumpy ex-patent lawyer (Kathy Bates), a young man trying to figure out who he is (Aml Ameen) and a man recently fired from his job as a high school teacher set-up a law practice in a rundown shoe store.


School Pride – Friday 8 p.m.

Cameras will follow students, teachers and parents as they motivate their community to renovate their school. 


America’s Next Great Restaurant (midseason)

Contestants compete to open a new restaurant chain in three cities across America in this new reality/competition featuring celebrity chef Bobby Flay. 


Raising Hope – Tuesday 9 p.m.

A 25-year-old man (Lucas Neff) winds up having to raise an infant with the help of his quirky family (including multiple Emmy winner and recent Dancing With the Stars contestant Cloris Leachman as “Maw Maw).”


Running Wilde – Tuesday 9:30 p.m.

A rich Beverly Hills jerk (Arrested Development’s Will Arnett) falls in love with a charitable environmentalist (Felicity star Keri Russell) who can’t stand his lifestyle or values. Thirteen episodes have been ordered. 


Bob’s Burgers (midseason)

A third generation restaurateur running a hamburger joint, his nervous wife and their three underachieving children is the focus of this new animated sitcom. 


Mixed Signals (midseason)

Three longtime friends (Kris Marshall, Nelson Franklin and Alexandra Breckenridge) and their attempts to balance their relationships with their need for freedom is the focus. 


Lone Star – Monday 9 p.m.

A con artist (Jimmy Wolk) juggles two lives in two Texas cities with two different women (Adrianne Palicki and Eloise Mumford) who do not know each other exist. Academy Award winner Jon Voight is featured in the ensemble cast. 

Ride-Along (midseason)

Set in Chicago, this crime drama will follow three sets of law enforcement officers including uniformed beat cops and the female chief of police. Jennifer Beals, Billy Lush, Delroy Lindo, Devin Kelley, Jason Clarke, Matt Lauria and Todd Williams star.


Terra Nova (midseason)

An ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as part of an experiment to save the human race is the focus of this new science fiction drama from executive producers Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga and David Fury.


The CW


Hellcats – Wednesday 9 p.m.

After a pre-law student (Aly Michalka) loses her scholarship, she has to join the college’s competitive cheerleading squad. The ensemble cast includes Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Ben Browder, Elena Esovolova, Gail O’Grady, Heather Hemmens, Matt Barr, Robbie Jones and Sharon Leal.


Nikita – Thursday 9 p.m.

Based on the franchise, Maggie Q (Mission Impossible III) plays a spy and assassin for a top U.S. government agency who will stop at nothing to bring their powerful operation to an end. The cast includes Melinda Clarke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ashton Holmes, Tiffany Hines, Aaron Stanford and Shane West.


Shedding for the Wedding (midseason)

Ten overweight couples attempt to lose the unwanted weight and win a dream wedding in this The Biggest Loser-like reality/competition. 


Ratings Box:

-Lackluster Debut for Fox’s The Good Guys:

New Fox dramedy The Good Guys, which the network has optimistically scheduled out of Human Target on Fridays this fall, kicked-off in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour with just 4.93 million viewers and a 1.5 rating/5 share among adults 18-49. Comparably, that ranked fourth overall in the time period in total viewers (behind ongoing CBS special I Get That A Lot, two episodes — repeat and original — of ABC’s The Middle and a repeat of NBC’s Minute to Win It) and tied for second in the demo (behind I Get That a Lot). Considering most new series drop in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in their second weeks, Fox may want to reconsider keeping The Good Guys on the air past this summer.

-Speaking of Wednesday:

Here are the overall results by network in total viewers and adults 18-49 for May 19. Fox’s American Idol, which concludes for the season next week, is showing its age with 19.00 million viewers and a 6.1/17 in the demo at 9 p.m. Once upon a time this was a show that garnered in the vicinity of 30-million viewers towards the end of its season. 

Total Viewers:

Fox: 12.02 million, CBS: 10.54, ABC: 6.59, NBC: 6.04, CW: 1.32

Adults 18-49:

Fox: 3.8 rating/12 share, CBS: 2.6/ 8, ABC: 2.5/ 7, NBC: 1.7/ 5, CW: 0.6/ 2

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Night 23 of the May Sweeps

 8:00 p.m. Wife Swap

 9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do?

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer (series finale)

 9:00 p.m. Medium

10:00 p.m. Miami Medical (series finale)

 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Nights

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. House (R)

 9:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares (season finale)


 8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)

 9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model Recap/Clips Show (R)

Night 24 of the May Sweeps
 8:00 p.m. Lost (R, part one of pilot)
 9:00 p.m. Lost (R, part two of pilot)

10:00 p.m. Castle (R)


 8:00 p.m. CSI (R)

 9:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery  

 8:00 p.m. Parenthood (R)

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)

 8:00 p.m. Cops

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday 5/23/10
Night 25 of the May Sweeps

 7:00 p.m. Lost: The Final Journey (clips show)

 9:00 p.m. Lost (series finale, 2 ½ hours)

 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo

 10:00 p.m. CSI (R)


 7:00 p.m. Dateline

 8:00 p.m. Minute to Win It (season finale)

 9:00 p.m. Celebrity Apprentice (season finale)


 7:00 p.m. ‘Til Death

 7:30 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (season finale)

 8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (season finale)

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy (season finale, one hour)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

Upcoming at MTV:

MTV has ordered two new scripted hour-long dramas: Teen Wolf, based on the classic 1980s film and Skins, an adaptation of the U.K. drama. Both will begin production this summer, with 12 episodes ordered for Teen Wolf and 10 for Skins.

PTC Protests New Sitcom Name:

Not surprisingly, The Parents Television Council (PTC) is up in arms over the title of upcoming CBS Thursday 8:30 p.m. sitcom $#*! My Dad Says. The group is threatening to challenge the broadcast license of any CBS affiliate that airs the series or any promo spots for it before 10 p.m.

PI Guru on Jeopardy:

If you are a fan of The Programming Insider’s trivia, I am sure frequent kudos recipient Gordon Purcell rings a bell. Gordon heads to first-run syndication as a contestant on CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy on the Monday, 24th telecast. Check your local stations for airtimes. Gordon luck, Gordon!

Univision in 2010-11

Univison, which unveiled its programming plans for 2010-11 yesterday afternoon, has announced an aggressive slate of more than 20 new shows across Univision, Telefutura and Galavision, and online at Univision Interactive Media. Included at Univision will be telenovelas Eva Luna, the first Univision Studios production in collaboration with Venevision, Soy tu Duena (You Belong to Me), Mar de Amor (Sea of Love), Zacatillo, Un Lugar en Tu Corazón (Zacatillo, A Place in Your Heart) and Llena de Amor (Big on Love). Also at Univision are reality series Mira Quien Baila(Look Who’s Dancing) and Desafio: La Gran Batalla (The Challenge – The Big Battle); and entertainment/variety-driven El Gran Show (The Big Show) and Llevatelo Todo (Grab It All).


Upcoming at Telefutura, the No. 2 Spanish speaking network, are telenovelas India, Dona Bella (Beautiful Lady), Rosario Tijeras and Regreso a la Guaca (Return to the Guaca); and an aggressive slate of movie titles including Angels and Demons, The Bourne Supremacy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shall We Dance with Jennifer Lopez. Galavision has announced four telenovelas – El Peso del Matrimonio (Back in Wedding Shape), Detras del Saber (In Search of Knowledge), Una Hora en Alerta (One Hour on Alert) and Alla Afuera (Out There). And a variety of popular novellas (under the Novelas y Series channel), music, soccer and sports will be featured at Univision Interactive Media.


The Most Aggressive Network


Which network will be offering the most new shows this coming fall?


a)      ABC

b)      CBS

c)      NBC

d)      Fox

e)      CW


The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following returning series will not be moving to a new time period next season?


a)      Chuck (NBC)

b)      CSI: NY (CBS)

c)      Glee (Fox)

d)      The Middle (ABC)

e)      30 Rock (NBC)


Is: a) Chuck (NBC), which will remain intact in the Monday 8 p.m. hour. As for the others:

CSI: NY (CBS): Friday 9 p.m.
Glee (Fox): Tuesday 8 p.m.
The Middle (ABC): Wednesday 8 p.m.
30 Rock (NBC): Thursday 8:30 p.m. 

-Current kudos goes to:
Burt Benoliel, Gerry Bixenspan, Kristy Boehm, Cory Chapman, Larry Collins, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon (2x), Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Stephen LaRue, David Lempp, Patty Lynch, Debbie Mirr, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Bruce Robinson, Colleen Roth, Dewayne Snype, Ron Strauss