May 27, 2007

Looking at the Sunday Network Upfronts

Last week, the networks all announced their initial schedules for next season. Beginning September 2007, this is what the Friday grid is going to look like, at least tentatively. There is always the chance of reshuffling and other various changes to be made before the schedules actually go live. Now rather than take a look at each of the networks, I thought it would be better to take a look at the daily grids. Better to see how the networks stack up against one another. Today is Friday, so let's see how it looks.

Bold= New Show Italics= What I plan to watch
ABCAmerica's Funniest Home VideosExtreme Makeover: Home EditionDesperate HouesewivesBrothers and Sisters
CBS60 MinutesViva LaughlinCold CaseShark
NBCFootball Night in AmericaNBC Sunday Night Football
FOX The OT (NFL Postgame)The SimpsonsKing of the HillFamily GuyAmerican DadLocal Programming
CWCW NowOnline NationLife is WildAmerica's Next Top Model EncoreLocal Programming

Not much new on Sunday nights to report on.

CBS has one new series, Viva Laughlin. It is a drama/thriller/musical that is being executive produced by Hugh Jackman, who will also be guesting in a recurring role. It is about a man who is struggling to open a casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Sounds like an intriguing premise, although I am not sure how it will be received.

The CW is the only other network with new offerings. First, at 7:00 is CW Now, what looks like an Entertainment Tonight style magazine show. It will be followed by Online Nation, its synopsis reads like a YouTube for the TV. Lastly, they have Life is Wild, a family drama about a blended family that moves to South Africa.

Sunday's are sure to be ruled by some combination of Fox comedies The Simpsons and Family Guy, and CBS' Desperate Housewives. CBS will also have the James Woods drama Shark returning for its sophomore season on a new night and time. I am also quite interested in the Jackman series.