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Fall Primetime Television Lineup 2012

Fall Primetime Television Lineup 2012

 

 

  Once more into the breach as we take our annual look at the fall primetime television lineup for 2012.

 

Monday Night Primetime Line Up

 

  ABC Dancing with the Stars, Castle.

 

  CBS How I met Your Mother, Partners, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0

 

  CW 90210, Gossip Girl

 

  FOX Bones, The Mob Doctor,

 

  NBC The Voice, Revolution.

 

  "Partners" seems like it is trying to channel Will & Grace with a sprinkling of the Odd Couple for good measure. Will be hard to say if this one will make it or not.

 

  J.J. Abrahams new show "Revolution" seems incredible, however I don't think the network will give it the full chance that it needs to succeed. It might last a season or two, but I think it will get cut short.

 

Tuesday Night Primetime Line Up

 

  ABC Dancing With the Stars, Happy Endings, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, Private Practice.

 

  CBS NCIS, NCIS:LA, Vegas

 

  CW Hart of Dixie, Emily Owens M.D.

 

  FOX Raising Hope, Ben & Kate, New Girl, The Mindy Project.

 

  NBC The Voice, Go On, The New Normal, Parenthood.

 

    "The New Normal" would make a great movie, it does not have enough meat on its bones to be a fully fledged television series. Expect this one not to last.

 

  "Go On" is the latest from Mathew Perry, will this be his first post Friends success? Unfortunately I do not think it will have long term gains. A great comedic actor who just does not seem to have that midas touch.

    

Wednesday Night Primetime Line Up

 

  ABC The Middle, The Neighbors, Modern Family, Suburgatory, Nashville.

 

  CBS Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI.

 

  CW Arrow, Supernatural.

 

  FOX X-Factor.

 

  NBC Animal Practice, Guys with Kids, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire.

 

  I am calling it now "The Neighbors" will be the first show canceled this season. How does stuff like this get greenlighted, while other great programing gets the axe or passed over?

 

The Neighbors/Men in Black 3

Cash in baby!

 

  "Arrow" is a spin off/reboot of the DC hero Green Arrow who was previously introduced to us on the CW, in the show Smallville. This time around he is introduced in a Chistopher Nolan Batman kind of gritty world.

 

Thursday Night Primetime Line Up

 

  ABC Last Resort, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal.

 

  CBS The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest, Elementary.

 

  CW The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast.

 

  FOX The X-Factor, Glee,

 

  NBC 30 Rock, Up All Night, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Rock Center with Brian Williams.

 

  Sometimes you can bring a show over from England and make it better than the original (See "The Office"), and sometimes you can ruin a perfectly good concept. Elementary does the latter with the modern day retelling of Sherlock for American audiences.

 

Elementary is not Sherlock

You would think it would be "Elementary" dear Watson, but it's not.

 

Friday Night Primetime Line Up

 

  ABC Shark Tank, Primetime, 20/20.

 

  CBS CSI: NY, Made in Jersey, Blue Bloods.

 

  CW America's Next Top Model, Nikita.

 

  FOX Touch, Fringe.

 

  NBC Whitney, Community, Grimm, Dateline.

 

  This will be Fringe's final season this year.

 

Saturday Night Primetime Line Up

 

  ABC Saturday Night College Football.

 

  CBS Crimetime Saturday, 48 Hour Mystery

 

  FOX Fox Sports Saturday

 

  NBC Why are we always near the bottom hmm, better just run repeats on Saturday.

 

  CW Nothing to see here folks.

 

Sunday Night Primetime Line Up

 

  ABC Once Upon A time, Revenge, 666 Park Avenue.

 

  CBS The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, The Mentalist.

 

  FOX The Simpsons, Bob's Burger, Family Guy, American Dad.

 

  NBC Sunday Night Football.

 

  CW Silly, no network shows for you, that would mean we wanted to move up from the bottom...

 

  As normal most of the networks are not trying very hard on the weekends, but in a shocking twist, it seems that ABC is actually going for gold on Sunday nights with it's lineup. 666 Park Avenue seems like it will be a very interesting show, this is one to keep an eye on.

 

  So what shows will not see the light of day at all this season? Well here is a list of last year's shows that have officially gotten the axe.

 

  ABC Charlie's Angels, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, GCB, The River, Man Up, Missing, Pan Am, Work It,

 

  CBS 3, A Gifted Man, CSI: Miami, NYC 22, Rob,

 

  CW H8R, One Tree Hill, Ringer, The Secret Circle,

 

  FOX Alcatraz, Allen Gregory, House, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Terra Nova, The Finder,

 

  NBC Are You There, Chelsea?, Awake, Bent, Fear Factor, Free Agents, Harry's Law, Who do you think you are?, The Marriage Ref, The Playboy Club.

 

  So who came out on top last year amongst the major television networks?

 

Ranking by Total Viewers                

1. CBS                          

2. FOX                       

3. ABC                       

4. NBC                        

5. CW

 

  I like to wrap up each of my fall television lineup reviews with a little history lesson for the networks. Did you know that the iconic sci-fi television show Star Trek was almost never green lighted? The original pilot did not do so well with the network executives and it took Lucille Ball of "I love Lucy" fame to bully NBC into giving it a second chance, with a second pilot. Why did she do this? Because she liked the show.

 

  Sometimes it is not all about numbers and focus groups, sometimes it is just about making good television. Food for thought.

 

~Professor

 

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