October 5, 2006

Around the Dial: Schedule Juggling, Cancellations, and Pickups, Oh My!

The young television series is already having some shake-ups at the various networks. It is inevitable, each year weak shows will get shuffled around the schedule to try and create some buzz and get a rub from some of the better shows, while others will just be canceled, others still will prove to be a hit and get their episode order increased. Reuters is reporting on a variety of moves from around the dial.

Let's start with the demise of the first new show of the season. NBC's Kidnapped is coming to a close. The producer's have been informed that once shooting wraps on their thirteenth episode, the stages will be closed. The network has agreed to air all of the episodes made, and it will remain in its Wednesday at 10 time slot. Fortunately, enough lead time was given so the creative can wrap up the storyline. I am thankful for small favors, many times these shows will not get that luxury. All too often these shows are told it is over and they get yanked from the schedule, with fans left hanging as to where the story was going. This show concerned the kidnapping of the son of a wealthy couple. I have seen the first two episodes, and so far I am liking it, it is too bad that it won't get to get all too deep, what with the end right around the corner. The series starred Jeremy Sisto, Delroy Lindo, Timothy Hutton, Dana Delaney, and Mykelti Williamson. The second episode ranked at number 67 on the Nielsen rankings.

They minds over at Fox are scrambling to do a little rearranging. First, when they return after the baseball post season, House is moving back to its usual 9:00 time slot and Standoff moves into the 8 hole. I don't think this move is ratings related, just that the fans like having House in its original time slot. That isn't their only move, as the struggling Vanished is being moved to 8:00 on Fridays, replacing whatever reruns they have been airing. That tells me that it is not long for this world, usually Friday is where shows go to die. To fill the hole it leaves behind, Justice will be moving from Wednesday's at 9:00, where it followed Bones, to the Monday at 9:00 slot, teaming up with the hit Prison Break. Fox will probably place some random reality show in the Wednesday slot.

Switch over to the debut season of the newly created CW network, and they are switching things wholesale. They are taking their Sunday and Monday lineups and flipping them. Everybody Hates Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends, and The Game will be moving into the 8-10 slot on Monday, while 7th Heaven and Runaway will air from 8-10 on Sunday. The 7-8 Sunday hole that previously held Chris and All of Us will be filled by a rerun of America's Next Top Model.

On a more positive note, NBC's Heroes has been picked up for a full season. The original order of 13 has had 9 more added to it, bringing it to a full 22 episode season. Only two episodes have aired so far, but it is proving to be one of the bigger hits of the young season. The series concerns a group of strangers from around the world who discover they have a variety of "super" powers. It is in an interesting idea that has a more epic story than most of the other freshman series. I, for one, am looking forward to where this may be going. It is sort of like The 4400, only.... not.

The dial slowly comes to rest on Fox and their coverage of the MLB playoffs. No juggling there, just some exciting baseball. I mention this only because my team, the Mets, are there and primed to win. I figured this was as good a note as any to close on.

Whatever you do, never stray too far from the glow of the television screen. No matter the time, there is always something that is marginally worth watching.


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