NBC Fall Schedule

May 16, 2011 by Post Team 

NBC Fall ScheduleNBC Fall Schedule, Let’s get this out of the way immediately: NBC is in the fall of the way better next time because Bob Greenblatt is Jeff Zucker, nor any of Zucker’s henchmen who bought at a terrible idea to listen to anything Zucker had to say about programming.

I cannot overstate the importance of Greenblatt, Showtime made on HBO’s worst nightmare during his time there. Nor can one overstate the extent of damage was caused Zucker of NBC. It went from first to fourth and has remained there ever since, with terrible performances, bad ideas and the exclamation mark that was the flip-flop of Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno and the dubious idea to kill the scripted programming to 22:00 hours throughout the week.

Is this Zucker attacks only in the accumulation? No, it is essential to understand that Greenblatt tenure ultimately cannot decide what gets on air from September. The task is much more that a season can be arranged. If he has, in fact, cleaned the house far enough down the peacck to eliminate the vestiges of the reign of error Zucker, good luck for the fall season. But my guess is that NBC is easily two seasons and some executive departures away from making any serious career on the three networks from it.

But not too far. What about the fall schedules that NBC and Greenblatt announced in recent days (and officially announced on Monday)? Well, as I said yesterday, no one can judge from a preview, and probably a little over full pilot of any of these new shows. Beyond that, the schedule is risk in some areas, over-optimistic in others and structured more aggressively in the middle of the season. The initial take is that Greenblatt seems to be under any illusion that this task is performed will be completed quickly and miraculously. That’s refreshing. And he’s thinking about the long-distance – something NBC has not done well, years – to resist the temptation to throw the voice again in the air in the fall, when viewers would not have lost sufficient and necessary adjustments could carry out. Thus, credit Greenblatt with patience, a key attribute for any president of entertainment.

If we agree that nobody knows what will happen to any of these new programs, let’s take a look at the actual schedule:

Monday: Two hours of the Sing-Off to start the night? Wow. No proven track record in the long term, and has been in the Plyboy Club, a series of first year. This seems to have been built in the hope entirely.

Tuesday: Two hours of The Biggest Loser Family leads to at least have stability here. It’s a shame that all broadcasters – not just NBC – cushion reality these franchises to two hours. Looking back, this could be the wave that pushes DVR penetration rates in the 90 percentile. Still, it was nice to see the family get a pardon, but hoped that any new viewers is probably looking a lot now.

Wednesday: all night and free agents, two freshman comedies, is the beachhead for the assault on the NBC comedy block on Wednesdays. Um, good luck with that. ABC was crazy to run a lot of first-year comedies back around a couple of season ago? Yes, the fact that it went mostly not to say that history repeats itself, especially since the audience will go to ABC for its laughs on the first night. The terrible Law Harry is in the slot of 9 pm and Law & Order: SVU next at 10.

Thursday: 30 Rock will not return until midseason, but then, without interruption, compensation worth if NBC keeps its promises. Community kicks off the night again and is followed by parks and recreation in a new schedule, then the rookie’s Office and Whitney. What is the risk there? Well, does anyone want to watch The Office? And all the Whitney forced laughter – canned or “live” makes no difference – seems jarringly out of place. Then, at 10 pm, is the biggest risk-reward with the American version of the main suspect. An interesting night of betting everything, but nothing out of Whitney, offensively unpredictable, and NBC could have some traction, but here things break right.

Friday: Chuck moved to this new night at 8 pm, followed by Grimm, who has a sense of style. Dateline NBC is closed at night.

Saturday: Normal activities cemetery.

Sunday: This night will be dominated by football, if there is a football season. If not, Greenblatt cannot be blamed for that. He holes to patch, as needed if the NFL is dumb enough to lock their mistake continue.

Once again, hope is the operative word here. But all the networks, at least, hope things (as people tuned) will go their own way. From a distance, the fall seems to start going to need a miracle, but midway through the season seems much stronger. If that is the case, people will say something NBC constructed as an impulse, out of nowhere. And that could be a nice change from the past. But realistically, the 2011-12 season of Greenblatt and NBC will be a massive effort to move the rock a bit uphill. Do not expect miracles, and maybe by next season, NBC will be a greater threat.

The most important thing to remember now is that NBC finally, after years of incompetence, of course, has changed. Expect more than the minimum earnings for the reconstruction are perhaps foohardy.

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