Meaningless and mildly interesting Midseason Notes:

Now that all nets have announced their midseason schedules a few interesting (actually not) things emerge:

  • Out of 5 networks on Wed at 8p the only scripted offerings in that hour are on ABC with THE MIDDLE/BETTER WITH YOU. CBS, NBC, FOX and The CW all have reality.

 

  • Sunday at 8p there is no live action scripted show on any network (once THE AMAZING RACE returns). CBS, NBC, ABC have reality and FOX has animated comedies.

 

  • Thursday night at 8p had zero reality shows in the Fall (the only night Sun-Thurs without one in that hour). Now it as two – FOXs AMERICAN IDOL and ABCs WINTER WIPEOUT

 

  • NBC and ABC will bring back the 3 hour comedy block, the first time this has been attempted since ABC Wednesdays in  Fall of ’91 

 

  • 2 former FRIENDS stars return to TV in their 2nd new series for both since that show ended. It’s the first single camera/half hour show for each of them. Matt Le Blanc  returns in Showtime’s EPISODES and Matthew Perry in ABCs MR. SUNSHINE

 

  • 2 Oscar Winners come to TV in their first starring vehicles: Kathy Bates in NBCs HARRY’S LAW and Forest Whitaker in CBSs CRIMINAL MINDS:SUSPECT BEHAVIOR

 

  • Tyler Labine stars in his 4th new show since 2005 with CBSs MAD LOVE. NBC remains the only network he hasn’t starred in a show for since then. (ABCs  INVASION, CWs REAPER,  FOXs SONS OF TUCSON)

 

  • Damon Wayans returns to ABC Wednesday in HAPPY ENDINGS. Actually it’s Damon Wayans Jr, but word is his Dad guest stars in an ep as his character’s Dad.

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Now some meaningless (and probably wrong) guesses for the few shows not scheduled yet:

30 ROCK/OUTSOURCED have 12 eps left each. I am gonna guess they wrap their seasons April 7th (after airing 12 consecutive eps beginning Jan 20th) with LOVE BITES taking over beginning April 14th

NBC also has 6 eps of THE PAUL REISER SHOW which I see following COMMUNITY in the Spring and FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (maybe Summer)

ABC still has EXTREME MAKEOVER:WEIGHT LOSS EDITION on the table and Thurs at 8p vacant in March. I am assuming ABC will use it somewhere on Thursday either as an hour or as a 2 hour block to fill in for GREYS which will need a number of weeks off in the Spring.

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