This week the big four TV networks announced their fall schedules, and unless you live under a rock (one that’s not wired for cable), I’m sure you’ve heard some of the news. So I’ll try to stick to analysis, so as not to be too redundant.
But first, hardly a week goes by that someone doesn’t write to ask me about former NBC-2 anchor Craig Wolf. The most common question: Why was he fired? As we previously reported, employer Waterman Broadcasting won’t say why and Wolf also says his former employer has still not given him a reason for the dismissal. He told me last week, however, he knows why he was terminated. While not elaborating, he did say: “I’ve come to the conclusion my termination was unjust. I did nothing wrong.”
And with that, Wolf says he’s retained an attorney. Darrel Lieze-Adams, executive news director and manager of marketing and promotions at Waterman Broadcasting, reached via email, would not reply to Wolf’s comment.
Meanwhile, according to Wolf, they are honoring his contract financially. Wolf says for now he’s still supporting the causes closest to him and spending time with his family. As for his next career move, he’s exploring several possibilities but hasn’t ruled out staying in Fort Myers.
“If the right opportunity in TV news came along, I would be interested,” he says. Did you hear that, WINK?
Wolf says he’s also amazed and humbled by the support the community has shown him.
My bravest move award goes to CBS, but it’s a tossup between moving ratings giant “CSI” from Thursdays (9 p.m.) to Wednesdays (10 p.m.) this fall or leaving the now-Sheenless “Two And A Half Men” on Mondays (9 p.m.).
The most promising new show: J.J. Abram’s “Person of Interest,” starring Jim Caviezel, better known as Jesus Christ in the movie world (“The Passion of the Christ”), and “Lost’s” Michael Emerson (CBS, 9 p.m., Thursdays).
Will it or won’t it? Last year’s success story was the “Hawaii Five-O” remake. Can ABC follow in CBS’ footsteps with “Charlie’s Angels” (Thursdays at 8 p.m.) While I want this show to succeed, I’m guessing it won’t. In 1976, when the original aired, bad-girls-turned-good was a novel and empowering concept. In 2000, big names and a big budget led to box-office success. This show will need a new twist or an extraordinarily large checkbook to work.
Judy G. writes: “We are shocked and very disappointed that Fox has canceled ‘Chicago Code.’ It is a wonderful, well-written, intense show. Why have they done it? How can we get them to reconsider?
Also, what happened to Rafer Weigel, the sportscaster on HLN’s ‘Morning Express.’ ”
Weigel joined HLN in February 2008 after working as a lead general assignment reporter at KOVR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Sacramento, Calif. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining Chicago’s WLS-7 as a sportscaster.
As for “Chicago Code,” Fox canceled the crime drama, set and filmed in Chicago, along with four other series. The mid-season replacement, starring Jennifer Beals as the city’s first female police superintendent, was caught-in the crossfire between ratings giants “Two and a Half Men” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
“Fox suits loved the show, but have a business to run,” tweeted show creator Shawn Ryan.
Although fans of the show have started a campaign, lining up a new network is a long shot.
The news was also a blow to the cash-strapped city. The pilot and first 12 episodes generated more than 300 jobs and put $25 million in revenues, said Rich Moskal, with the Chicago Film Office.
Among some other noteworthy departures: ABC canceled “V.” While not the best show on TV, I thought it had potential.
Also on ABC’s chopping block, “Off The Map,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “No Ordinary Family.” NBC passed on the much-hyped “Wonder Woman” project and Fox said goodbye to “America’s Most Wanted,” except for the occasional special.
And finally, in the what-are-they-thinking category: Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “American Dad”) has been given the green light for a new “Flintstones” cartoon. But you have to wait until 2013. Did your favorite show survive? What new fall show are you most looking forward to? Send me your comments.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.