Friday, May 09, 2008


Just wanted to let you know that there is plenty of upfront coverage coming to the CAIRNS BLOG next week, although in my case I will be busy doing other journalism work on Monday so I am unlikely to post about the great NBC joke of an upfront.

It's kind of a down year for the upfronts, and for television. The pilot season has been totally scaled back, and the writers strike threw the whole industry into chaos, so much so that show after show is being renewed and given a second chance to make it.

There's also less interest in whether or not your favorite shows are going to be cancelled this year, because, well, so many of them are getting renewed. It just doesn't seem as if any longtime favorites are on the brink this year the way they were last year. Last season saw a few prominent shows get the boot: Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars etcetera. We all had to wait to the very last minute for the jokers at NBC to renew Law & Order, but that show is coming back. All I've heard about bubble-show cancellations so far is that Back to You, that Kelsey Grammer/Patricia Heaton sitcom, is getting the boot.

Plus, a lot of people are simply not into TV this year. There seems to be much more excitement out there about summer movie season, and about seeing your favorite TV show stars on the big screen. Like those gals from Sex and the City. Or Office star Steve Carell in Get Smart.

Anyway, for now you can get the latest breaking upfront scheduling information from Nikki Finke, who as always has the best breaking industry news and has the people at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter all beat.

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