Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Oh, NBC ...
For sure the show is going to lose momentum - and possibly viewers - when it goes on a long-ass hiatus at the end of November. Return date? March 25. That's four very long months. It's hard enough waiting out a show that doesn't have an ongoing saga/mystery. Not to mention it's been a long, damn while since the net had such a successful show. This seems like programming suicide to me.
Then there's the fan favorite and critic-darling Community. Granted, not a ratings wonder. And having been exiled to Friday night, you can guess how the net has felt about it. Plus the recent firing of creator Dan Harmon ...we all know how fans feel about that. But when the show FINALLY returns to the airwaves on Feb. 7, it will be in its new 8 p.m. time slot on Thursdays. Don't cheer just yet ... it'll be going head-to-head with ratings powerhouse The Big Bang Theory on CBS. But Community has had and will now have more time for people to catch up with the DVDs/streaming, which may bring along new viewers when it returns.
The musical drama Smash will also return in February (Feb. 5). It's been a long wait for a show that started strong and finished less strong, but I'm looking forward to its return.
NBC will be premiering its slate of mid-season shows over the coming months, including Deception (formerly Infamous), a drama/soapy murder mystery. Starring Meagan Good, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and Katherine LaNasa, the show premieres Jan. 7, moving into Revolution's time slot. 1600 Penn, a First Family sitcom starring Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad, premieres Jan. 10 (Thursday). Ready for Love, a matchmaking show produced by Eva Longoria, premieres March 31.
Again, not sure I understand why NBC is shelving Revolution for so long, except that maybe when it returns, it'll have a nice, uninterrupted run through the back half of the season. Let's hope loyal viewers are patient enough to return with it.
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