Monday signals the beginning of upfront week, a time when the major networks announce their new fall schedules, but already some news is starting to trickle down about some bubble shows that just didn’t make the cut.
Bubble shows generally attract a small but loyal audience and oftentimes that’s enough for the network, especially if they move them to a traditionally weak night — think “Fringe” on Friday – which was recently renewed for a third season.
This week Fox killed “Human Target,” “Lie To Me,” “Chicago Code,” “Breaking In” and “Traffic Light.”
Of those shows, only “Human Target” was on my regularly-watched list. There were some good parts – such as Jackie Earle Haley’s down-and-dirty portrayal of Guerrero and Mark Valley’s larger-than-life Christopher Chance.
It was a good show if you were looking for a weekly mystery drama, but it always felt a little empty and a wee bit too familiar.
For the fall, Fox is betting on Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor,” the sci-fi epic “Terra Nova” and animated comedies “Allen Gregory” and “Napoleon Dynamite.” The network also renewed “Bones” for a seventh season and ordered the new J.J. Abrams’ show “Alcatraz,” starring “Lost”-alum Jorge Garcia.
NBC will unveil its fall lineup to advertisers on Monday (the press on Sunday). Some of the shows they will be promoting for the new season include:
“Whitney”: Based on the stand-up comedy of Whitney Cummings; revolves around the ups and downs of a young couple in a committed relationship.
“Up All Night”: An irreverent look at parenthood through the eyes of an acerbic working mother (Christina Applegate) who never thought she’d be a mom, along with her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnett) and opinionated parents. Maya Rudolph co-stars.
“Smash”: Or “Glee” for adults. It’s a musical drama, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, which revolves around a cross-section of characters (Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee) who work to put on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe.
“Prime Suspect”: An adaptation from the British miniseries starring Helen Mirren; stars Maria Bello as a female detective who has to make it in a tough New York precinct dominated by men.
Tune in next week as we delve into some network decisions you’re sure to loathe.
Did Oprah touch you?
We’re just a couple of weeks away from the end of “Oprah.” Throughout her final season, she has been showing folks whose lives were changed after watching her show.
Has Oprah touched you? Figuratively, of course. I’d love to share your stories with our readers. Drop me a line and explain how you were forever changed while watching an episode.
Everything’s coming up Rosie
Donald Trump’s favorite person, next to President Obama, is getting some “Sirius” exposure for her new talk show. Sirius XM that is.
The satellite radio provider recently announced that it will air “Rosie,” O’Donnell’s forthcoming daily talk show debuting on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Rosie, launching Fall 2011 on OWN, will air on Sirius XM the same day it airs on O’s cable network, with encore presentations airing later in the day.
O’Donnell currently airs Rosie Radio for Sirius. That show ends June 1 and will repeat throughout the summer, up until the launch of the OWN show.
‘General Hospital’ Emmy fave
Nobody cares about soaps anymore. Right? Tell that to the folks behind the Daytime Emmys.
General Hospital has earned a whopping 21 Daytime Emmy Awards nominations; followed by close second “The Young and the Restless,” with 20 nods.
Both “Hospital” and “Restless” are up for Outstanding Drama Series, along with “All My Children” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category: Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Debbi Morgan (“All My Children”), Colleen Zenk (“As the World Turns”), Susan Flannery (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Laura Wright (“General Hospital”) and Michelle Stafford (“The Young and the Restless”).
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” leads the talk-show pack with 12 nods, while “The View” has six; “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has five. In the morning show race, “Today” leads with six.
Dr. Mehmet Oz (“Dr. Oz” ), Rachael Ray, the panel of “The Doctors,” the women of “The View,” and Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin (“Live! with Regis and Kelly”) are up for the Outstanding Talk Show Host trophy.
The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. June 19 on CBS. Wayne Brady, who’s up for the Outstanding Game Show Host plaudit, will host.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at email@example.com.