Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Lost Opportunities

Sometimes, you really wonder about who they stick in charge of networks.

Tonight is the fifth episode of "Lost" (ABC, 9 p.m.) Better enjoy it now, because there is only one more after this week's installment before ABC turns the timeslot over to the new Taye Diggs series, "Daybreak," beginning Nov. 15.

One of the things that so pissed off viewers last year was lots of reruns placed between new episodes of "Lost." Yet what ABC is doing is even worse, since the airwaves will be "Lost"-free until mid-February.

ABC is banking an awful lot on an untested series while shelving one of its top three shows ratings-wise (along with "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives"). And with "Grey's" suffering from off-the-set rumors and controversy, and "DH" suffering from a creative void the past two years, ABC really seems to be a house of cards these days, especially with just one real breakout new hit for the season in "Ugly Betty."

I understand why you want to give "Daybreak" a good shot at making it; nothing wrong with that. But don't do it at the expense of your best show. Give "Daybreak" until the end of December in the timeslot, the bring "Lost" back in January.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: The good news over at NBC is not only is "Heroes" continuing to improve on a weekly basis, it also gave "Friday Night Lights" a bump of about 2 million viewers when "Nights" moved into the Monday at 10 p.m. timeslot.

The bad news is that "Nights" outperformed "Studio 60" in the same timeslot. NBC said it is supposedly sticking with "Studio 60," but this is one more bad break for what has been a struggling show since its debut.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BET: Like the rest of Fox's shows, "Bones" (Fox, 8 p.m.) is returning with new episodes now that the World Series is over. I've found "Bones" to be pretty uneven this season; the writers don't seem to know how to balance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) with new cast member Tamara Taylor as Brennan's new boss. I noted this in an earlier blog posting, but little has seemed to change since the season debut. Maybe they've worked out the kinks in the break.


Zodin2008 said...

Entertaining Post.

First, regarding "Lost", I agree--not looking forward to 2 more episode because then it will be gone for 3 months--ouch. I am going to watch the new Taye Diggs series, looks like the kind of show I would like, but I would expect numbers more like "The Nine". I have a sick feeling that "Criminal Minds" will crush "Daybreak" in the ratings leaving ABC severaly damaged when "Lost" is back in February.

Either make more "Lost" episodes or else pull a "24" and start the show in August or January and run it straight through. I don't know.

I feel like ABC and for that matter, NBC are in no win situations with their scheduling because any quirk they try & pull to help their good shows, the fickle TV public (i.e. those annoying 1,500 households) will just flip to the dull CBS procedurals. It really stinks.

ABC & NBC seem screwed no matter what they choose to do these days. But the worst shows are on CBS yet it continues to pilpher viewers from better shows. Life seems unfair sometimes.

As for "Heroes", i am thrilled that it helped "friday Night Lights" and that buzz is starting to grow. I think it's safe to say that the "Lights" and "Heroes" audiences are closer in age which explains the better performance. "Studio 60" has shown to skew older, white, upscale and high income which is great for high end Ad Dollars (and ultimately may help keep the low rated "60" around) but it's probably better off in the old "Law & Order" Wednesdays at 10 PM slot.

However, while I think "Studio" is a good fit there, the lead in of "The Biggest Loser" is an awful fit. What may make more sense for NBC is then to keep the inexplicably popular "Deal or No Deal" on Wednesdays at 8 pm, go with "Studio 60" at 9 PM and then put the aged but popular "Law & Order" back at 10 PM. They can sandwich "60" between 2 proven audiences that closer fit for the show---though I don't watch L&O or the silly game show.

As for "Bones", I agree that the show has been uneven at least from the two leads mixing with the unlikeable new character of Cam (Taylor). However, the supporting cast, in particular Hodgins and Angela, have been electric on screen tand their adorable flirtation has out shined Bones/Booth--a lot of it because they have turned Booth into a bit of a man whore! (lucky David Boreanez rolling around in bed with 2 beautiful women though.)

Phillip Ramati said...

Good point, Zod. I realized after I posted I forgot to mention CBS' strong gains in the timeslot with Criminals Minds, making the Lost move even dumber.