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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FALL TV REPORT CARD 2009: NBC

NEW SHOWS: NBC actually had a lot of buzz heading into the fall season, all thanks to THE JAY LENO SHOW. But when viewers sampled the show and saw that it was just a weak shell of THE TONIGHT SHOW, viewer tune-out hit quick and hard. I wanted to like the show, but it's format was snooze-worthy. NBC needs to revamp it and make it more of a variety show and NOT a late-night clone. As for the scripted fair, TRAUMA tanked and will be yanked, MERCY isnt doing much better, and COMMUNITY has under-whelmed (though it has seen some recent upticks). GRADE: D+

RETURNING SHOWS: The quick cancellation of SOUTHLAND season 2 before it even aired a single episode didnt win the network any new fans. And of the shows that DID return, only THE OFFICE and BIGGEST LOSER showed any real signs of life. HEROES is as good as cancelled, LAW & ORDER and SVU are struggling to stay in the game, and 30 ROCK has stumbled out of the gate. One bright spot? PARKS & RECREATION, at least creatively. GRADE: C-

MIDSEASON: CHUCK can't return quick enough! I just hope it doesnt sink amid the other disappointments. DAY ONE was shortened to a mini-series (never a good sign), and 100 QUESTIONS has already been retooled. Can PARENTHOOD turn things around? And will THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE continue to annoy?

NBC NIGHT BY NIGHT
MONDAYS: A total disaster. HEROES will never turn itself around, and TRAUMA has already been canned after this initial set of 13 episodes. THE JAY LENO SHOW should be canned, or in the very least re-tooled. GRADE: D+

TUESDAYS: THE BIGGEST LOSER saves the day! GRADE: B

WEDNESDAYS: MERCY sucks, and is only barely winning its timeslot against very weak competition. LAW & ORDER SVU feels out of place at 9, but is still showing signs of life. GRADE: C

THURSDAYS: COMMUNITY, PARKS & RECREATION, THE OFFICE and 30 ROCK bring some creative prestige to the network, but ratings are all down. GRADE: C+

FRIDAYS: DATELINE and the original LAW & ORDER are doing okay, insofar as Friday ratings are concerned. GRADE: C+

SUNDAYS: Thank God for FOOTBALL! But without it, NBCs averages are going to plummet. GRADE: A

OVERALL GRADE FOR THE NETWORK: B-

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