Let’s talk about Monday nights, shall we? What seemed to be one of the most promising nights on TV, with established hits like Castle and NCIS: Los Angeles and buzzed about newbies like Gotham, Supergirl and Blindspot, has been in a bit of a free fall lately.
Just compared to last week, NCIS: Los Angeles lost 304,000 viewers, Supergirl shed 234,000, Castle dropped 165,000 and Gotham kissed goodbye to 129,000, and of the top bunch of programs airing on Monday night, only Blindspot gained some viewers with 133,000 more tuning in from the previous week.
So, what’s going on there? I have absolutely no idea. Okay, okay, I suppose I should take a stab at it. (That’s kinda what this blog is all about, isn’t it?) Continue reading
Supergirl to the rescue! Global’s Supergirl had a rather impressive debut on October 26 with 2,263,000 viewers despite its kinda awkward time-slot. CBS decided to use a new episode of The Big Bang Theory to lead into Supergirl, but since Theory is a half-hour sitcom and Supergirl is an hour-long show, it started at 8:31 and ran until 9:31. I’m not sure what Global aired before Supergirl, I want to say Border Security (because that’s pretty much the only filler 30 minute show that Global apparently has at the moment), but I’m not 100 per cent certain.
Oh boy, I feel a rant coming on…. This is one of the frustrating things about Canadian TV — it’s hard to come across TV listings. The websites and apps that have TV listings are quite crummy and only go a day or two back. To make matters worse, TV listings in print are increasingly hard to come by. That makes it hard to get the info to put everything in context unless you have a very sharp memory or obsessively hoard screenshots of TV listings to refer back to later. Whew, glad I got that out. Let’s regroup in the next paragraph.
Global’s newbie didn’t seem to affect the ratings for Gotham that much, but it looks like it might have had a bit of an effect on Blindspot. CTV’s NBC import drew 1,621,000 viewers for its October 26 episode, down from 1,769,000 for its last broadcast on CTV on October 12. (CTV’s lineup was pushed to CTV Two on October 19 due to election night coverage on CTV proper.) Continue reading
TORONTO, June 1, 2015 – Today, Shaw Media announced Global‘s action-packed 2015/2016 fall schedule. Strengthening its already rock solid schedule of powerful dramas, Global is set to debut 13 new super-charged series. One of the most anticipated new shows for fall, with an astounding 12 million trailer views on YouTube in just two weeks, Supergirl joins Global’s powerhouse fall lineup. From the DC Comics Universe, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) as a coffee-fetching assistant whose life takes a dramatic turn when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. Giving Global a super one-two punch is the highly anticipated superhuman adventure series Heroes: Reborn, based on the Emmy® Award winning original series Heroes from creator Tim Kring, featuring a fresh crop of inspiring heroes with extraordinary abilities.
Global continues to up the ante with high-profile new series Limitless and Minority Report. Limitless, based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper – who reprises his role as a guest star in the pilot and serves as an Executive Producer – follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman, American Sniper) as he discovers the brain-boosting power of mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI to use his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases. Minority Report, based on the successful Steven Spielberg film and starring one of Variety‘s 10 TV Actors to Watch Stark Sands, picks up 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. where a Precog and an idealistic detective work together clandestinely to stop the future he sees. Also new to the schedule is electrifying medical drama Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George (The Slap) as Dr. Alex Panttiere – an outspoken, world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights.
In an epic entrance to late night television and a weeknight game changer, Global brings critically acclaimed television host and comedian Stephen Colbert to Canadians with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The laughs continue with Golden Globe® and multiple Emmy® Award winner Jane Lynch (Glee) in Angel From Hell, a single camera comedy that follows Amy (Lynch), a colourful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into Allison’s (Maggie Lawson, Two and a Half Men) perfect life, claiming to be her guardian angel. Rounding out a knock-out comedic slate is the unabashed new comedy People Are Talking starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin and Bash, Saved By the Bell). People Are Talking follows two diverse couples who are neighbours and best friends, and nothing is off limits for this wildly outspoken foursome as they go through life side-by-side and analyze and obsess about everything. Continue reading