As reported by TV critic Alan Sepinwall:
The full list of those shows that will definitely be on the air for the 09-10 season: AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, THE BACHELOR, BROTHERS & SISTERS, DANCING WITH THE STARS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, GREY'S ANATOMY, LOST, PRIVATE PRACTICE, SUPERNANNY, UGLY BETTY and WIFE SWAP.
Missing is all of ABC's new midseason shows (including BETTER OFF TED, CASTLE, CUPID, IN THE MOTHERHOOD, SURVIVING SUBURBIA and THE UNUSUALS) plus SCRUBS, SAMANTHA WHO? and several shows ABC already canceled like LIFE ON MARS. SAMANTHA WHO? and some of the mid-season entries could still wind up on next year's schedule (so, in theory, could SCRUBS, though that seems unlikely with Zach Braff and creator Bill Lawrence both leaving), but ABC still has between now and Upfront Week in late May to make decisions on them.
My Two Cents:
ABC must be struggling creatively when it has to resurrect a long-running sitcom from another network (NBC) when it brought back SCRUBS last fall, when it greenlights a new series based on a flop, 15-episode ABC series from 10 years ago (CUPID), and when half of its schedule is populated with insipid (but sometimes popular) "reality" series that, frankly, make my skin crawl. I will give the network credit for bringing on a few interesting scripted series this season, such as LIFE ON MARS, CASTLE and THE UNUSUALS, yet it was fairly obvious that they would flounder in their timeslots. It will be interesting to see what their fall sked will look like...I'll post it here as soon as it's announced.
“Trust Me,” a comedy-drama about a make-believe advertising agency in Chicago, was canceled by TNT on Friday after a single season. It “achieved creative success,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM in Atlanta. “It just didn’t find an audience.” According to ratings data from TNT, a Time Warner cable channel, “Trust Me” drew only about 1.4 million viewers for each episode during its 13-episode season, which started in January and ended on Tuesday. The series featured Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh as creative executives at the imaginary agency. “People sometimes lament there’s so much drama built around doctors and lawyers and police,” Mr. Wright said, but it may be that the world of advertising is “not as accessible a subject as other subjects on television.” The acclaimed drama about advertising on AMC, “Mad Men,” also draws a smaller audience than procedural dramas. Turner Entertainment, which oversees TNT, integrated real products into the scripts of “Trust Me” as part of advertising sales packages; the characters at the agency, Rothman Greene & Mohr, worked on campaigns for brands including Dove.
I thought that the series' characters were quirky, fun and well played, so I will truly miss this one. In the meantime, enjoy the episodes at TNT's website...before they're gone.
The opening and closing themes to the short-lived NBC sitcom THE McLEAN STEVENSON SHOW have been added. The theme, "Hello, Mac," was composed and performed by veteran songwriter Paul Williams. It's a pretty catchy theme, but the series did terribly despite Stevenson's talent, and it lasted only 13 episodes.
So he left M*A*S*H to do this?
Victor Field was the first to guess March's Mystery Theme of the Month, SPENCER'S PILOTS. Regular MyThemes.TV visitor and contributor Nik Ranieri also guessed correctly. Congratulations to both Victor and to Nik for being such outstanding theme-o-philes!
Try your hand at this month's Mystery Theme; it's not a difficult one, especially if you're a fan of the water (hint-hint). Good Luck!
After nearly 57 years, the longest-running scripted series ever, THE GUIDING LIGHT, has been cancelled by CBS. Dwindling ratings are the reason, with the perennial soaper losing over 30% of its viewership over the past five years.
THE GUIDING LIGHT actually holds the record for the longest-running series in American broadcast history, spanning some 72 years of continuous airings. The serial began on NBC radio on January 25, 1937, moving to CBS radio in 1947. Five years later, after 15 years on radio, the show moved to CBS television as a 15-minute daily serial on June 30, 1952. The show expanded to 30 minutes on September 9, 1968, one year after it began color telecasts. On November 1, 1977, THE GUIDING LIGHT expanded again, this time to 60 minutes in length, the only soap to expand in time twice during it's long run. During that run, the show garnered no less than 69 Daytime Emmy Awards.
The show's long-time sponsor and producer is Proctor & Gamble, and the series will air its final telecast on September 18, 2009. At that point, THE GUIDING LIGHT will replace ANOTHER WORLD as the longest-running American series ever cancelled.
Thankfully, my web-hosting service found my website and restored it at around 3am EDT this morning, so MyThemes.TV should be fully operational now. Please let me know, kind visitors, if you find any broken links, and thank you for your patience.
Apparently, my webhosting service lost my entire MyThemes.TV website today. They can't even find a backup of my site. Luckily, I have a backup of my site on my PC and on various DVD-ROMs, so I'm uploading the files now. I've completed all of the html and graphics files, but the themes themselves will take quite a bit longer. Since I have nearly 1500 sound and video files, and most of them are fairly large, it will probably take me until sometime on Friday (April 3) to get them all uploaded. Please bear with me in this tedious and time-consuming process. I promise to update you when I have completed the uploads. Thank you.
This unaired version of the opening theme of ALL IN THE FAMILY was performed by the cast of the show (Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers) in response to the 1975 FCC ruling that the first hour of prime time (8pm-9pm on the East Coast) would include only family-oriented programming. This ruling prompted CBS in September of 1975 to move ALL IN THE FAMILY from 8pm on Saturday nights to 9pm on Monday nights. Interestingly, the move didn't seem to hurt the show's ratings; ALL IN THE FAMILY remained #1 in the ratings for one full season after the move. The series did drop to #12 during the 1976-1977 season, but this erosion of ratings was primarily due to the popularity of ABC's up-and-coming hit sitcoms (HAPPY DAYS, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, and THREE'S COMPANY).
By the way, the ruling, widely ridiculed by the public and the industry at the time, was rescinded in 1977.