TV Networks Bet Big With Fall Programming

The biggest television networks in the country are set to launch more new shows in one week than they have in years.  This proves an expensive bet for each of them as the future of broadcast television remains clouded as the internet is quickly gaining as a main source for entertainment.

Over the next seven nights some 58 shows will premiere on the four big television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) with 17 of them debuting for the first time.  The target, claim Friday nights and build off their successes of last season.

With a new device from Apple Inc. set to pipe more content than ever before into homes across the country, they are pulling out all the stops and working hard to make sure people tune in.

But last year studios saw their first increase in years in terms of overall viewership during the prime-time hours.  It was a huge win for everyone as they looked to be regaining strength.  But with so many switch-ups from last season, the jury is still out as to whether they can expand on their previous success.

For years networks have worked hard to create as many unscripted 'reality' shows as possible.  That changes this year as most new shows are scripted dramas and comedies.  'Mike & Molly' from the creators of 'Two and a Half Men' shows promise, as does 'The Event', 'Detroit 1-8-7' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'.  But if there is anything I have learned over my years anticipating new shows, nothing is a hit unless it has survived winter hiatus.

What are you looking forward to?  Any shows got you talking?  Chat it up below!



About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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