ABC Steps Up to the Plate at The Winter Tour


THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

  

TCA Winter Press Tour 2010:

ABC Day
 
TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest from The Winter Press Tour

 

National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of January 4, 2010

 

On the Air Tonight:

Prime-Time Programming Options

 

TV Trivia Time:

The Waltons – The Commercial  

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TCA Winter Press Tour 2010:

ABC Day

 

ABC kicked-off its day with a panel on Lost featuring Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse. For anyone hoping for a spin-off or a potential continuation of Lost on the big screen, unfortunately that will not happen. But in addition to the return of Emilie de Ravin in this final sixth season, both Harold Perrineau (Michael) and Cynthia Watros (Libby) will also be back. There are seven more episodes left to be filmed, and no one is talking about how the Emmy winning drama will conclude.

 

Said Carlton Cuse:

 

“The season- premiere picks up right after the finale, and we really don’t want to say too much about it. We’ve obviously been very circumspect about the sixth season, and primarily because there’s this big cliffhanger. Juliet hits this bomb. There’s a white flash. What happened? Jack and Faraday were postulating that that was going to reset the clock and the Oceanic 815 would fly along and land in Los Angeles. If she taps that bomb and something else happens, maybe they’re still stuck on the island.

 

We do feel like the worst ending that we could possibly provide everyone who has invested this amount of time and energy into watching the show is the safe ending. You know, the ending that is basically sort of like, “What’s going to be the most appealing to the most number of people?” At some point, you can’t take a risk just to take a risk because that’s a betrayal in and of itself.”

 

In other words, not everyone will be happy with the official ending of Lost.

 

ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson began the executive session by announcing second season renewals for Wednesday comedies Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town. 

 

“It feels like we now have a foothold in comedy, and we intend to grow that,” said McPherson. “I hear more anecdotal stuff about people watching as a family through the night, just really enjoying that.”

 

Moving ahead, the network will continue to remain aggressive in both the scripted and non-scripted departments, with an emphasis on programming of a family-driven nature and serialized dramas. 

 

“When we have been derivative and played it safe, I think we fail. A lot of times ambitious dramas can be serialized. We certainly believe that that’s a part of our landscape. We would certainly love some procedurals in our brand that repeat. Castle has been a great one for us. It’s our highest-performing repeat show. So we are going to look for a mix, but I think we are going to continue to be ambitious. We are going to continue to try to break new ground and take chances.”

 

On the subject on NBC, and its current woes, said McPherson:

“The only thing I’ll say is that I guess it was mentioned in NBC’s press tour; Jeff Gaspin said that we were down at ten o’clock.  We’re actually up 8 to 10 percent.  We think it’s an advantage.  I think what is great about it, the situation that’s transpired, is it really has put the emphasis back on great creative and that scripted shows are really a part of that landscape.  It’s what people expect in those time periods.  I think, for the creative community, it will open up some more time periods, which was really the most tragic thing about it. So from that standpoint, I think we’re happy about the way things have gone down. Seeing a great network tumble is not something that we rejoice.”