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The 2007-2008 Season
NBC picks up 'Lipstick,' keeps 'Scrubs'?
By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter May 11, 2007

Dramedy "Lipstick Jungle" has been added to NBC's slate of new series picked up for next season, possibly as a midseason replacement, while "Scrubs" has clinched a seventh-season renewal by the network, sources said.

"Lipstick," based on Candace Bushnell's book, joins previously ordered dramas "The Bionic Woman," "Chuck," "Journeyman" and "Life."

"Lipstick," from NBC Universal TV Studio, stars Lindsay Price, Brooke Shields and Kim Raver as trio of successful professional women in New York.

"Scrubs," from ABC Studios, is said to have been picked up for 18 episodes. The order comes after months of negotiations, due to the high pricetag for the six year-old show.

For a second year in a row, ABC had expressed interest in picking up the quirky medical comedy if NBC passes on it.

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You don't think that corporate synergy had significant weight in the decision to pick the show up, do you?

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Now Dad, why would you say such a thing! I mean, who do you think these people are?

They're corporate whores, more willing to be patient with their own in-house children ("Friday Night Lights") than children owned by other studios (Warner's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip").
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Fred...it their a news source that you would prefer not get quoted or passed along on this forum?

Due to whatever reasons..


The folks at zap2it and The Associated Press have very stringent rules about posting their stories on the internet -- the general rule is no posting without specific permission.

I accede to their wishes, and even if an AP story is posted to a newspaper or TV website, I don't post it. It us a shame because David Bauder of the AP is one of the very best TV reporters.

Generally, aside from that, I tend to post stories from sites and reporters I have found reliable over the years.

As you may have noticed, I try to stay away from wild unsubstantiated rumors from fan sites.

The idea in this thread is to provide useful and accurate information whenever possible.
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The 2007-2008 Season
NBC picks up 'Lipstick,' keeps 'Scrubs'?
By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter May 11, 2007

"Scrubs," from ABC Studios, is said to have been picked up for 18 episodes. The order comes after months of negotiations, due to the high pricetag for the six year-old show.

For a second year in a row, ABC had expressed interest in picking up the quirky medical comedy if NBC passes on it.

Talk about high-stakes gambling. Maybe ABC never intended to bring Scrubs to their schedule at all, and just kept saying it would (publicly) to egg NBC to buy one more season (which ultimately fattens the pockets of star Zach Braff and show owner Disney, not NBC-U's) of a low-rated comedy show that has never had more than mediocre-at-best numbers. We'll never know. Either way, terrific bluff from ABC execs. that in the end NBC execs. couldn't call.

And people are mad that Veronica Mars has managed to eck three seasons out of its miserable ratings. What about "Scrubs" being on the air for seven seasons with numbers that would have gotten a million other shows nuked off the airwaves by episode three?
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They're corporate whores, more willing to be patient with their own in-house children ("Friday Night Lights") than children owned by other studios (Warner's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip").

All networks share that unhealthy practice.

It was much, much better when the nets were forbidden from owning shows they broadcast.

But dad, you have made this point again and again. We all get your point -- even if some of us strongly disagree with your contention that NBC didn't do all it could for "Studio 60".

Please, please, please: Let it go.
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Talk about high-stakes gambling. Maybe ABC never intended to bring Scrubs to their schedule at all, and just kept saying it would (publicly) to egg NBC to buy one more season (which ultimately fattens the pockets of star Zach Braff and show owner Disney, not NBC-U's) of a low-rated comedy show that has never had more than mediocre-at-best numbers. We'll never know. Either way, terrific bluff from ABC execs. that in the end NBC execs. couldn't call.

And people are mad that Veronica Mars has managed to eck three seasons out of its miserable ratings. What about "Scrubs" being on the air for seven seasons with numbers that would have gotten a million other shows nuked off the airwaves by episode three?


Now I am confused. Isn't this directly contrary to your "Studio 60/Friday Night Lights" argument?

As you note, "Scrubs" is not an NBCU show.
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The 2007-2008 Season
Upfront Schedule

The annual Upfronts, where the networks make their fall pitches to advertisers and announce their (preliminary, at least) fall prime time schedules, take place next week in New York City. Of course you'll get full coverage here all during the Upfronts, as well as this week - and weekend --, when numerous stories about shows on the bubble will either be officially announced or leaked.

Here is the upfront schedule:

NBC Monday May 14 3 PM ET Radio City Music Hall
ABC Tuesday May 15 4 PM ET Lincoln Center
CBS Wednesday May 16 4 PM ET Carnegie Hall
FOX Thursday May 17 4 PM ET City Center
CW Thursday May 17 11 AM ET Madison Square Garden
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Isn't this directly contrary to your "Studio 60/Friday Night Lights" argument? As you note, "Scrubs" is not an NBCU show.

But NBC was afraid (for unfounded pride or whatever reason) that a show they let go would/could blossom and become a decent ratings hit on comedy-starved ABC. It was a win-win for ABC with "Scrubs". If NBC passed on "Scrubs" they'd get a critically-acclaimed show to put on their comedy-starved schedule and boost the inventory of episodes for the syndication package (or decided to kill the show right then and there). But NBC kept it, so ABC/Disney gets extra syndication money from the "Scrubs" episodes NBC will be paying big bucks for just to keep Zach Braff on board. Maybe NBC likes Zach and want him to remain friendly to them because they're are planning to build a show around him when "Scrubs" ends to anchor Thursday nights. Something more mainstream than "Scrubs." Of course this assumes Braff and The Office's Steve Carrell don't bolt from network TV altogether and become movie stars in the next year or two. Both actors are just one blockbuster movie away from becoming the next Jim Kerry or Will Ferrell.

Network relationships between stars are just so complicated!
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The 2007-2008 Season
The fall schedule takes shape:
What's coming back, what's not
From Maureen Ryan's Chicago Tribune blog The Watcher May 11, 2007

Next week, the broadcast networks present their fall schedules to advertisers. There's a lot of hype associated with these upfront presentations in New York, but all we really need to worry about is the only hard information that comes from them: What shows are being canceled, what shows are returning and what new series the networks have picked up.

Below, I've culled from many reliable sources (in most cases, from the networks themselves) information about renewals, new shows and cancellations. I'll be updating this list all week with new information as it comes in.

I'll comment on and analyze each network's news as it comes in via separate posts - my plan is to have a post up on each network's upfront developments, ideally within a day or so of that network's presentation (each of the five broadcast networks presents one day next week).

Just for the nuts and bolts on what's coming back and what's not, keep checking this post all week for the most up-to-date information. Another good source for upfront news is, of course, the invaluable Futon Critic.

By the way, in the canceled column are, for the most part, either high-profile shows that have finished their runs forever, shows that were on the bubble in recent months or shows that premiered in the spring and are now considered (unofficially, in a few cases) dead on arrival. Programs from the fall 2006 schedule that were canceled or pulled months ago (i.e., Smith, Day Break, etc) are not listed here.

N B C (the network presents its fall schedule Monday: I will add to these lists Monday afternoon)

Returning NBC shows: Heroes, My Name Is Earl, ER, The Office (E!Online reports that there will be 24 Office episodes next season, including four one-hour specials), Law & Order: SVU and Las Vegas (with Tom Selleck), Friday Night Lights, Medium Deal or No Deal and 30 Rock.

New NBC shows: (the following pickups were reported by the New York Times and other sources last week) Bionic Woman (starring Michelle Ryan), Journeyman (starring Rome's Kevin McKidd), Life (starring Adam Arkin, Deadwood's Robin Weigert and Damian Lewis of Band of Brothers), Chuck (starring Zachary Levi) and Lipstick Jungle (starring Brooke Shields and 24's Kim Raver). Other programs TBA.

Canceled NBC shows: Andy Barker, P.I., (the following cancellations were reported by the New York Times Friday) Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Black Donnellys and Crossing Jordan.

A B C (presents Tuesday)

Returning ABC shows: Men in Trees, Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, Grey's Anatomy, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Boston Legal, Supernanny, Wife Swap.

New ABC shows: TBA.

Canceled ABC shows: Six Degrees and In Case of Emergency.

C B S (presents Wednesday)

Returning CBS shows: Nothing official yet, but expect all three CSIs to return as well as Criminal Minds" and "Survivor."

New CBS shows: TBA.

Canceled CBS shows: The King of Queens.

CW (presents Thursday morning)

New CW shows: TBA, but there are strong indications that Josh Schwartz's Gossip Girl will make the CW's schedule.

Returning CW shows: TBA.

Canceled CW shows: Gilmore Girls and Seventh Heaven.

Fox (presents Thursday afternoon)

New Fox shows: TBA.

Returning Fox shows: Prison Break, House, Bones, American Idol, The Simpsons, "American Dad," "Family Guy."

Canceled Fox shows: Drive and The Wedding Bells.

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The 2007-2008 Season
Changes for Next Season
Come fall, say good-bye to the serialized dramas that have weighed down broadcast lineups
By Kevin Downey Media Life Magazine May 11, 2007

The broadcast networks are keeping plans for next fall's programming under wraps until upfront presentations begin on Monday, but there's little guessing about the fate of one particular genre, the serialized drama: It will be in short supply.

The reason: the flush of them that bombed this season. Most are gone or heading for cancellation, from ABC's "The Nine" to NBC's "Kidnapped," Fox's "Vanished" the CW's "Runaway" and CBS's "Jericho."

Just one new serialized drama, NBC's "Hereos," is a hit.

Further, even long-running hits like Fox's "24" and ABC's "Lost" are slipping.

The problem, say media buyers, is that dramas with ongoing storylines demand of viewers a much higher level of commitment, and it's turned out to be a level very few are willing to make. The thinking was that viewers, once hooked, would record shows they missed and visit the internet to learn what they missed. But the hooking never took place.

In place of serialized, the networks will be rolling out an array of more traditional dramas, comedies and reality shows that neatly wrap up storylines in an hour or less.

"Dramas will be more episodic and less forensics-focused, and all the networks will further embrace reality and all will continue to search for the seminal sitcom that will define this decade," says John Rash, senior vice president and director of media negotiations at Campbell Mithun. Like other buyers, he got a glimpse of the networks' fall development at pre-upfront meetings in March.

Of the serialized dramas, Rash says, "These shows need to catch on quickly or it's nearly impossible to gain traction."

Shari Anne Brill, vice president and director of programming at Carat, agrees. She believes "Hereos" is a hit because it did that.

"You can't connect unless these shows get you to relate to characters, which is why Lost' had people hooked," she says. 'Hereos' did that instantly. It's also escapism, there's mythology and there are characters you care about."

Media buyers say a few recurring themes will emerge on the networks' fall schedules next week.

One is a shift to workplace programs in the style of the NBC sitcom "The Office" and away from family-focused shows of the recent past, like "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Among this type of show in development are the NBC sitcom "The IT Crowd," the CW comedy "Eight Days a Week" and the NBC drama "Lipstick Jungle."

"There's a shift to work-based storytelling rather than family-based because the workplace is a whole other family," says Brill. "For many people, the traditional family isn't relatable. There is a whole other dynamic going on at work, where all kinds of drama and tension play out."

There are also a slew of shows about heaven, hell and other things spiritual, including the ABC drama "Pushing Daisies" and the Fox comedy "Minister of Devine." "Minister" is a remake of a British series, one of a long line of such remakes stretching back to the 1970s and "All in the Family." Another Brit retread is the ABC drama "Football Wives."

The networks this fall are also aiming to attract female viewers with a slew of shows centered on women, particularly educated successful women like those in "Lipstick Jungle."

"It's a reflection of our society," says Brad Adgate, senior vice president and corporate research director at Horizon Media. "More women are in college and they're more likely to get an education in four years and they're pursuing careers. We've come a long way since Charlie's Angels.'"

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The 2007-2008 Season
NBC Likes Lipstick, Lipshitz
By Jim Benson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/11/2007 1:06:00 PM

NBC Friday was closing-in more series pickups, with Lipshitz Saves The World looking assured of a place on next season's schedule, along with drama Lipstick Jungle, the latter possibly for midseason.

Lipschitz is the in-house, Dan Fogelman-helmed, geeky teen comedy featuring Leslie Nielsen, which was green-lighted to pilot last summer.

The network has also reportedly picked up Scrubs for 18 episodes after a lengthy negotiation over the ABC Television Studio utility hitter. Like last year, ABC has indicated that it will grab the series should NBC pass.

Lipshitz is about a 17-year-old chosen to rid the world of danger. Lipstick, based on the Candace Bushnell book, is also from NBC Universal TV Studio.

On Thursday, NBC ordered The Bionic Woman, Chuck, Journeyman and Life, while renewing Friday Night Lights.

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The 2007-2008 Season
Pickup Rumor Mill
By James Hibberd Television Week in his Live From The Upfront blog May 11, 2007

Pickup rumors are swirling as networks go in pre-upfront lockdown mode, lips pursed, refusing to officially confirm anything until their presentations next week.

That said, some rumors are stronger than others

NBC has renewed Scrubs for 18 episodes for the fall, sources said. Scrubs was a huge question mark due to the show's cost and modest ratings. Net has also picked up hot pilot Lipstick Jungle for 13.

CBS is said to have picked up several game show pilots for the summer, including Game Show in My Head, Power of 10 and The Wizard.

Some rumors about Notes From the Underbelly getting picked up, but things are still iffy there. One possibility is pairing Notes with female-centric ABC pilot Sam Who. Also rumors continue about renewing Knights of Prosperity with Ray Romano in the Mick Jagger role as a possible pairing with Cavemen (a pilot that has divided those who've seen it; I've heard it described as extremely funny and absolutely horrible with equal emphasis and enthusiasm).

Also at ABC, Cashmere Mafia is looking good, but nothing official yet.

The CW pilot Gossip Girl has been firmly picked up. Pussycat Dolls: The Search For the Next Doll is looking very close to a renewal (but, really, how many more Dolls does the group need?).

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NBC picks up 'Lipstick Jungle' dramedy
By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter May 12, 2007

Dramedy "Lipstick Jungle" has been added to NBC's slate of new series picked up for next season, possibly as a midseason replacement, sources said.

The project, based on Candace Bushnell's book, joins previously ordered dramas "The Bionic Woman," "Chuck," "Journeyman" and "Life."

"Lipstick," from NBC Universal TV Studio, stars Lindsay Price, Brooke Shields and Kim Raver as trio of successful professional women in New York.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...2fc217030c6818

Why does Brooke Shields get countless chances with NBC?
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I hope you are not asking me, mbarloewen, I have already used up all my lifelines.
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I hope you are not asking me, mbarloewen, I have already used up all my lifelines.

I mean maybe it's just me but having her on that show for some reason makes me want to not give it a chance...Add to the fact that it sounds like a sex in the city remake, and it just makes the wrong first impression.

Maybe to some people a Brooke Shields show is still appealing, I don't know.
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Discovery 'Shark Week' Host
By Jon Lafayette Television Week May 11, 2007

Jimmy Hall, recently named host of this year's "Shark Week" on Discovery Channel, was killed Wednesday filming a documentary north of the Arctic Circle.

Mr. Hall, 41, died while base jumping from mountains in a remote area near Sam Fjord on Baffin Island in Canada.

He was recently chosen as host for Shark Week this summer and had completed part of a special in the Bahamas. He was scheduled to go to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to swim with Great White Sharks for the network.

Mr. Hall spent most of his life on the North Shore of Oahu, but traveled all over the world pursuing adventures.

He appeared on NBC's "Today Show," CNN, "Inside Edition" and other programs.

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I mean maybe it's just me but having her on that show for some reason makes me want to not give it a chance...Add to the fact that it sounds like a sex in the city remake, and it just makes the wrong first impression.

Maybe to some people a Brooke Shields show is still appealing, I don't know.


It does seem like far more of an ABC show, that is for sure.
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The 2007-2008 Season
Fox renews 'Til Death"
By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter May 11, 2007

Fox has renewed freshman comedy "'Til Death."

The Sony Pictures TV-produced "Til Death," starring "Everybody Loves Raymond" alum Brad Garrett, has been expected to be picked up following a late-season ratings surge when the show ran after Fox's mega-hit "American Idol."

The multi-camera "'Til Death" has been rumored as a potential companion piece for "Back to You" (form. "Action News"), Fox's the upcoming multi-camera comedy headlined by Kelsey Grammer and Garrett's "Raymond" co-star Patricia Heaton.

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[Here is the upfront schedule:

NBC Monday May 14 3 PM ET Radio City Music Hall
ABC Tuesday May 15 4 PM ET Lincoln Center
CBS Wednesday May 16 4 PM ET Carnegie Hall
FOX Thursday May 17 4 PM ET City Center
CW Thursday May 17 11 AM ET Madison Square Garden

Any rumors on whether any of the networks might try to make a splash and announce an all HD primetime and late night schedule - other than for breaking news or special events (meaning 3rd tier award shows) for this fall?

It strikes me that CBS is closest to being able to do this: their SD prime-time shows are 60 minutes, 48 Hours, and of course their two long running reality shows, Survivor & Amazing Race. Both the news shows are magazine shows where most of the stuff is edited field footage from crews they send out or in-studio interviews. The issue of upgrading the two CBS reality shows to HD has been beaten to death here, but CBS might do it. Unless CBS has a new reality show in the wings that I have not heard of. For the late night weeknights to be all HD, they have to upgrade Ferguson to HD. Could CBS do this by this fall?

ABC is the next most likely candidate, but they have several primetime SD reality shows which are probably not going HD. But the primetime line-up posted above shows a predominance of HD scripted shows, so maybe they could be all HD - well, until they cancel the first scripted show and stick a cheap reality show in it's place. For late night, they would have to upgrade both Kimmel and Nightline to HD and I can't that happening for Nightline anytime soon.

Fox and NBC have too many cheap SD reality / game shows (and Fox has the Sunday night animated line-up) to make them good prospects for all HD for the fall 2007 primetime season.
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The 2007-2008 Season
NBC Picks Up Lipstick Jungle
It's a 'Jungle' out there
By Maria Elena Fernandez Los Angeles Times Staff Writer May 11, 2007

Another Candace Bushnell small screen adaptation is coming to a tube near you. NBC has picked up Lipstick Jungle, starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver (24) and Lindsay Price (Coupling) in another "Sex and the City" kind of tale in which the three high-powered career women aren't looking for Mr. Big. They are Mr. Big.

In a development year that promises to yield few sure-fire comedies, this is one of many dramedies expected to be picked up.

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...NBC will be paying big bucks for just to keep Zach Braff on board. Maybe NBC likes Zach and want him to remain friendly to them because they're are planning to build a show around him when "Scrubs" ends to anchor Thursday nights. Something more mainstream than "Scrubs." Of course this assumes Braff and The Office's Steve Carrell don't bolt from network TV altogether and become movie stars in the next year or two. Both actors are just one blockbuster movie away from becoming the next Jim Kerry or Will Ferrell....

Based on the horrid reviews of Zach's movie opening today ("The Ex") he is still going to be one blockbuster away.
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The issue of upgrading the two CBS reality shows to HD has been beaten to death here<...>

Well some more flogging. Why don't they just do the landscape scenes in HD, shoot the action in SD 16x9 and upconvert it?

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xnappo, I like your approach. SD at 16x9 looks better than 4x3 to me. I guess ppl watching on old TVs might not like the letterbox tho'.
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The 2007-2008 Season
So many shows, so few worth watching
Schedules are full but not many gems
By Brian Lowry Variety May 11, 2007

Before the networks unveil their shiny new primetime lineups this week, please take a moment of silence for 80% of last spring's selections, which are no longer with us.

The television season can be a brutal spectacle, defying expectations and turning bold prognosticators into quivering mounds of jelly. Consider the media-buying firm Carat USA, which in its preseason handicapping gave just three members of the 2006 freshman class "a chance to be sophomores" -- CBS' "The Class" and "Shark," and Fox's " 'Til Death."

Hey, not to worry, a lot of critics missed the boat on "Heroes" too, with one bozo calling it "one of those concepts seemingly destined to leave a small but outspoken fan contingent grumbling next summer at Comic-Con about its cancellation." But enough about me.

Around this time of year, the emphasis on what lives or dies tends to focus our attention on ratings credentials, affording relatively short shrift to questions of creative merit. Too often overlooked, meanwhile, is how few genuine treasures emerge despite the Darwinian nature of the development process -- gradually thinning the herd from pitches to scripts to pilots to series orders.

Surveying last year's progeny, the 2006 broadcast campaign was no exception, reminding us that higher ambitions don't necessarily translate into achievement. This was supposed to be the year, after all, when programmers finally talked up to savvy TV viewers, challenging them with densely serialized plots and overflowing casts that mirror creative templates forged in cable, before ABC's "Lost" brought the genre to full commercial as well as artistic flower.

Yet for all the talk about networks gambling on more provocative fare, the most glaring creative trend to emerge was that as series become more complicated, they become harder to evaluate based on a pilot alone. Programs such as Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and ABC's hostage drama "The Nine," most notably, dazzled with their promise, then disappointed once forced to replicate their conceits on a weekly basis. (Either that, or there's some kind of "Wings" alumni curse.)

Looking back, it was a season populated by numbers ("30 Rock," "Six Degrees," "20 Good Years," "Studio 60," "3 Lbs.") and one-word titles ("Vanished," "Kidnapped," "Runaway," "Standoff," "Jericho," "Drive," "Smith," "Shark," "Heroes," "Justice"). In the main, however, this was not a year for great new shows.

NBC bucked that trend with the brilliant high school drama "Friday Night Lights," the addictive sci-fi serial "Heroes" and to a lesser degree "30 Rock," a comedy brightened by Alec Baldwin's riotous portrayal of a network (and microwave oven) exec. ABC's "Ugly Betty" has a titanic star in America Ferrera, but the show itself remains uneven and at times cartoonish, though also disarmingly sweet.

CBS' "Jericho" has stayed continuously intriguing in slowly peeling back layers of its post-apocalyptic reality, while "The Class" -- one of this season's many serialized comedies -- earned high marks at first but poorer grades as the storyline progressed.

Beyond that, no other major network newcomer commanded that coveted TiVo "season pass" treatment. Nor is it encouraging that the few exceptions have struggled so hard to find an audience, feeding perceptions that high-quality programs are increasingly confined to arthouse niches, too fragile to take root in the rough-and-tumble world of network TV. Although networks love to talk about taking "creative risks," they quickly retreat to the comfort and safety of what might charitably be called "brand extensions" if such gambles aren't rewarded.

Granted, there are invariably more misses than hits, but when NBC's clever "Andy Barker P.I." is summarily canceled and Fox's quizshow "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" ranks as that network's one commercial bright spot among fledgling series, well, that next sound you hear will be a heavy sigh.

Two concerns expressed last summer were that all these serialized shows would represent too much for viewers to handle -- overwhelming them with demanding, don't-blink-for-an-instant options -- and that if those shows get canceled, their die-hard fans would be outraged by a lack of closure.

Tens months later, here we are again -- realizing that a few too many good shows, as always, would be a nice problem to have.

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The 2007-2008 Season
ABC puts 4 new dramas, 3 comedies on menu
By Nellie Andreeva The Hollywood Reporter May 11, 2007

ABC went ape over "Cavemen," handing out a series order to the comedy pilot about cavemen in 2007 Atlanta.

A total of 10 pilots -- seven dramas and three comedies -- received series orders from ABC on Friday.

On the drama side getting the go-ahead are two projects from Greg Berlanti -- "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone" -- as well as the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff "Private Practice," "Cashmere Mafia," "Pushing Daisies," "Women's Murder Club," "Big Shots" (formerly untitled Jon Feldman project).

On the comedy side, "Cavemen," which is based on the characters from the series of Geico commercials, is joined by "Sam I Am," starring Christina Applegate as a woman with amnesia, and male buddy comedy "Carpoolers."

Additionally, ABC is bringing back two midseason entries -- drama "October Road" and comedy "Notes from the Underbelly" with 13-episode orders.
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The 2007-2008 Season
Networks bring back bubble shows
Low-rated programs set to return
By Michael Schneider Variety May 11, 2007

Every thing old is renewed again, at least on the eve of the broadcast network upfront presentations.

Latest bubble show to get a network reprieve: Fox's "Til Death," the Brad Garrett comedy that many expect will be paired with the net's new sitcom featuring Garrett's old "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star, Partricia Heaton, and Kelsey Grammer.

Meanwhile, as of Friday midday it also looked like NBC was set to bring back "Scrubs" for a seventh and final season (at a reduced 18 episodes), despite mounting speculation that the Peacock would let it go -- leaving ABC to pick up the laffer, from its sister ABC Studios arm.

Other bubble shows that continue to look good for renewal -- at smaller episodic numbers -- include ABC's "Knights of Prosperity" and "Notes from the Underbelly."

Nets appear to be adhering to the conventional wisdom that they'd rather keep and try to grow the critically acclaimed but low-rated shows they already have (read: NBC's "Friday Night Lights") -- given all the time, money and patience already spent on said shows -- than try to do it all over again with new, untested properties that could potentially do even worse.

(Of course, the high number of borderline shows making the grade could also be a sign that the webs aren't as bullish on their development this season as they'd like to be.)

In the case of "Prosperity," ABC opted to hold back on the show's final episodes of the season, which featured Ray Romano, in the hopes that the "Raymond" vet's star wattage might help relaunch the show.

Also Friday, NBC added "Lipstick Jungle" to its roster of drama orders. Show, based on the Candace Bushnell book, revolves around women in Manhattan (Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price star). NBC Universal TV is behind the show.

On the rumor tip, talk of ABC pickups center on the net's untitled Jon Feldman pilot, as well as "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone" and "Pushing Daisies." Comedies on the hot list include "Cavemen," "Sam I Am" and "Carpoolers."

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Critic's Notebook
Law & Order Valedictory?
By Rich Heldenfels in his Akron Beacon Journal blog May 11, 2007

There's a lot of talk that this will be the last season for Law & Order on NBC and almost as much talk that new episodes will air on TNT after the NBC run. I've been looking at the season finale, which airs on May 18, and it sure looks like a farewell of sorts.

Not because of the story, or even because of the inside jokes about Fred Thompson's political aspirations. Rather some other elements seem designed to mark the show's place in TV history. Among them:

Jeffrey Tambor, who played a nutty judge on Hill Street Blues, is a semi-nutty judge in the episode.

Harry Hamlin, who played a savvy defense attorney on L.A. Law, is the defendant.

Hamlin uses a vulgar two-word expression that's an echo of a line in the pilot of N.Y.P.D. Blue.

The plot has some unsettling material that would have fit into L&O: Special Victims Unit.

I'd take the last one as a torch-passing, since SVU seems to have the longest legs of the remaining L&Os, and the others as an argument that L&O should be ranked among the top crime shows in TV history.

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Any rumors on whether any of the networks might try to make a splash and announce an all HD primetime and late night schedule - other than for breaking news or special events (meaning 3rd tier award shows) for this fall?


I have heard nothing to indicate any special announcements in that vein.
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The 2007-2008 Season
The fall schedule takes shape:
Order Recaps
By Nikki Finke LA Weekly in her deadlinehollywooddaily blog May 11, 2007

Below is a breakdown of new series ordered by the networks thus far:

ABC COMEDY

CARPOOLERS (ABC/DreamWorks/ABC TV Studio)
CAVEMAN (ABC/ABC TV Studio)
SAM I AM (ABC/ABC TV Studio/Brillstein-Grey)

ABC DRAMA

BIG SHOTS aka Unt. Jon Feldman (ABC/Warner Bros)
CASHMERE MAFIA (ABC/Sony/Darren Star)
DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC/ABC TV Studio)
ELI STONE (ABC/ABC TV Studio)
PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC/ABC TV Studio/Mark Gordon Co)
PUSHING DAISIES (ABC/Warner Bros)
WOMEN'S MURDER CLUBS (ABC/20th)

NBC DRAMA

BIONIC WOMAN (NBC/NUTS)
CHUCK (NBC/Warner Bros)
JOURNEYMAN (NBC/20th)
LIFE (NBC/NUTS)
LIPSTICK JUNGLE (NBC/NUTS)

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TV Notebook
HBO Moving 'Love' to Monday Night
By Michael Starr, New York Post - May 11, 2007

HBO is bringing back "Big Love" on Monday nights - a stark departure for the pay-cable network that had always claimed Sunday nights as it own.

"Sooner or later, we couldn't run HBO with having just a couple of nights of programming and the rest of the nights [being] reruns," says David Baldwin, HBO's executive VP of program planning.

The series, about a family of Utah polygamists, returns June 11.

"We talked about [moving to Mondays] for a couple of years and this seems to be as good a time as any," Baldwin said.

"People are driving back from the beach on Sunday and sometimes it's hard to catch up," he said.

"Everyone is kind of in place on Monday."

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