America loves television. America loves television so much that last year there were 180 original scripted shows that aired on cable alone. While cable and streaming shows have been receiving a lot of love from the awards ceremonies of late, apparently, the average American is still very much a fan of regular broadcasts.
Letís say something terrible happens to someone you know. For the sake of argument, letís say a cousin who youíre kind of close to gets straight up murdered by some unknown hood. You need answers, and you want them quickly. Who should you go to?
These days, the goal of most television shows is to give the viewer a compelling enough reason to come back. Through cliffhangers, pieces of personal life drama or unresolved issues, these programs try to create long-term storylines that are too intriguing to abandon.
In a city of endless music, endless food and endless partying, NCIS: New Orleans is looking to keep most of its focus on investigating military-based criminal cases. (Thatís like going to an orgy to see the wall decorations.)
Yesterday, word broke that CBS had given a massive 3-season renewal to The Big Bang Theory. Today, good news has come down for eighteen -- yes, eighteen! -- other CBS series. These aren't three-season renewals, but the network has ensured that a lot of their currently airing programs will be back on the air for the 2014-2015 season.
Ready for the fall? Yeah, me neither. The summer TV season is only just getting started but CBS is already getting their ducks in a row for the Fall and those who want to plan ahead can get a look at what the Eye has in store for their viewers come September.
CBS has announced their 2013-2014 schedule today, revealing their plans to shuffle things around to make room for the four new comedies and new dramas they have joining the line-up. Person of Interest will move to Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m., while Hawaii Five-0 has been shifted to Fridays. The Eye has new series Hostages set to air Monday nights following their two-hour comedy block, which features two returning shows and two new comedies.
NBC wasn't exactly taking a huge risk when they moved Grimm from its Friday night time slot to Tuesday night. Shows tend to do better when they aren't tucked away on Friday nights. Still, fans of the supernatural drama were likely hopeful that the shift from Fridays to Tuesdays would yield a noticeable ratings bump, especially when factoring in the Voice lean-in. Sure enough, the move has given Grimm a much deserved boost in numbers.
CBS passed along some good news for more than a dozen of their primetime shows. 18 series received renewals from the Eye today, among which are The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, NCIS, and newcomer Elementary. CBS is also moving forward with three of their popular reality series, Survivor, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss.
Whether you are a fan or not, NCIS is likely going to get renewed for another season. The veteran CBS drama has managed to sign a new contract with series lead Mark Harmon, making Season 11 not simply a possibility but a likelihood at the network.
While many network shows are competing for fewer and fewer viewers, some shows still managed to do the sort of ratings most cable and network programming can only dream of. A prime example of this is NCIS, a show that has been airing on CBS since 2003, and just last night managed to pull in its second highest audience, ever.
On NCIS Abby Sciuto is known for her signature goth pigtails, but also for her overall energy and ability to throw herself into whatever crazy tasks may come her way. The forensic specialist has a lot of diverse interests and a hyped up personality, and looking into how she grew up and became the person she is today is something CBSí criminal procedural has wanted to explore, and will now be doing so very soon.
It looks like the NCIS franchise is preparing to spawn another spinoff. CBS is planning a planted spinoff in an upcoming two-part episode of NCIS: LA, which itself came out of a planted spinoff in the original NCIS series. That show started off as a planted spinoff too, of JAG. Itís really quite the family tree, and a new addition may be on the way.
Recent repots that new American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey aren't getting along could be exaggerations, or perhaps the rumors are true that one of them could end up exiting the series if things can't be worked out at the judges table. At the very least, we may be in for a very tension-filled season come next year when the singing competition resumes.
Des Barres will join NCIS during the showís 10th season, as an ageing rock star who has hit hard times. The string of hard times started way back in the 1980ís, after Mr. Rockstar partied a little too hard and spent all of his musical earnings