Sunset Boulevard – Fall lineups

fileId:3096224744121823;size:full; It’s that time of the year again. No, not baseball season. Not summer. Not even Cannes – although it is all of those. It’s upfront season – the time of the year when all of the TV networks go to New York to unveil their fall lineups. While TV critics are obviously present, the upfronts exist mainly to woo ad buyers to the networks new shows. The concept being to sell TV advertising “up front” before the seasons even start. If a show can create a lot of buzz at upfronts, it will generate a lot of revenue for the network…guaranteed months before the general public sees the pilot episode. The presentations themselves are not just powerpoint seminars, but lively shows – with actors in hit shows and new shows showing up to sing and dance on stage, and organizers making every effort to put people in a good mood – a buying mood. 

Without any further ado, here are the lineups. New shows are in bold.



8:00 p.m.  Dancing with the Stars
9:30 p.m.  Sam I Am
10:00 p.m.  The Bachelor

8:00 p.m.  Cavemen
8:30 p.m.  Carpoolers
9:00 p.m.  Dancing With the Stars (results show)
10:00 p.m.  Boston Legal

8:00 p.m.  Pushing Daisies
9:00 p.m.  Private Practice
10:00 p.m.  Dirty Sexy Money

8:00 p.m.  Ugly Betty
9:00 p.m.  Grey's Anatomy
10:00 p.m.  Big Shots

8:00 p.m.  Men in Trees
9:00 p.m.  Women’s Murder Club
10:00 p.m.  20/20

8:00 p.m.  Saturday Night College Football

7:00 p.m.  America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m.  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 p.m.  Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m.  Brothers & Sisters





8:00 p.m.  Deal or No Deal

9:00 p.m.  Heroes/Heroes: Origins

10:00 p.m.  Journeyman



8:00 p.m.  The Biggest Loser

9:00 p.m.  Chuck

10:00 p.m.  Law & Order SVU



8:00 p.m.  Deal or No Deal

9:00 p.m.  Bionic Woman

10:00 p.m. Life



8:00 p.m.  My Name is Earl

8:30 p.m.  Rock

9:00 p.m.  The Office

9:30 p.m.  Scrubs

10:00 p.m. ER



8:00 p.m.  1 vs. 100//The Singing Bee (rotating)

9:00 p.m.  Las Vegas

10:00 p.m. Friday Night Lights



8:00 p.m.  Dateline

9:00 p.m.  Drama repeats


Sunday (Post-NFL schedule)

7:00 p.m.  Dateline

8:00 p.m.  Law & Order

9:00 p.m.  Medium

10:00 p.m.  Lipstick Jungle




8:00 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris
8:30 p.m. Aliens in America
9:00 p.m. Girlfriends
9:30 p.m. The Game

8:00 p.m. Beauty and the Geek
9:00 p.m. Reaper

8:00 p.m. America's Next Top Model
9:00 p.m. Gossip Girl

8:00 p.m. Smallville
9:00 p.m. Supernatural

8:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!

7:00 p.m. Online Nation
7:30 p.m. CW Now
8:00 p.m. Life is Wild
9:00 p.m. America's Next Top Model (repeats)




8:00 p.m. Prison Break
9:00 p.m. K-Ville

8:00 p.m. New Amsterdam

9:00 p.m. House

8:00 p.m. Back to You

8:30 p.m. ‘Til Death

9:00 p.m. Bones

8:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
9:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares

8:00 p.m.  The Search for the Next Great American Band

9:00 p.m.  Nashville



8:00 p.m. Cops

8:30 p.m. Cops

9:00 p.m.  America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back  

7:00 p.m. The Lot
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons

8:30 p.m. King of the Hill
9:00 p.m. Family Guy

9:30 p.m. American Dad




8:00 p.m.  How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m.  The Big Bang Theory
9:00 p.m.  Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m.  Rules of Engagement
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami

8:00 p.m.  NCIS
9:00 p.m.  The Unit
10:00 p.m. Cane

8:00 p.m.  Kid Nation
9:00 p.m.  Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m. CSI: NY

8:00 p.m.  Survivor: China
9:00 p.m.  CSI
10:00 p.m.  Without a Trace

8:00 p.m.  Ghost Whisperer
9:00 p.m.  Moonlight
10:00 p.m. Numb3rs

8:00 p.m.  Crimetime Saturday
9:00 p.m.  Crimetime Saturday
10:00 p.m.  48 Hours Mystery

7:00 p.m.  60 Minutes
8:00 p.m.  Viva Laughlin
9:00 p.m.  Cold Case
10:00 p.m.  Shark


This season didn’t bring too many surprises, but it is clear that again, reality is here to stay. Indeed many networks schedules seemed reliant upon reality shows like Dancing With The Stars and Deal or No Deal. Indeed, NBC, although sticking with its strong 4-sitcom lineup on Thursdays, is not bringing one new sitcom to the table. Hour-long serial dramas and reality shows seem to be the hot item of the past few years – a fact that for me, is a little sad. I think perhaps cable is becoming the proprietary home for comedy – what do you think about the new schedules? 

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