The Ottumwa Courier

Entertainment

August 28, 2013

Look out: A fall harvest of new broadcast TV shows

NEW YORK (AP) — There's something antiquated about the custom long known as the Fall TV Season.

It was born of a bygone era (and still harkens back to it) when fall signaled all things important in America: the much-anticipated return to school, the resumption of football and the grand unveiling of next year's car models.

It was an era of the Big Three. And not just General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, but also ABC, CBS and NBC, which each autumn launched their new shows with the stated intention of airing these dramas and comedies through much of the season to come.

This was an orderly, narrowly consigned TV world. So the Fall Season represented for viewers most of what they could expect to see in prime time for months ahead, at least until the "summer replacement" shows arrived the following June.

"Midseason" (a term even Fox boss Kevin Reilly said recently he'd love to ban) wasn't part of the lingo back then.

Nor, of course, were terms like "cable networks," HBO, Hulu or Netflix.

A half-century later, the Fall Season persists — a festival of premieres by not three, but the five self-designated broadcast "majors" (which somehow includes the little-watched CW), with, some years, no discernible dividing line between the fall crop and the winter harvest.

And no acknowledgment that outside this magic garden, bumper crops of other network shows are always blooming, stealing viewers (and a large share of Emmy love).

With all those caveats in mind, then, make way for the Fall Season.

DON'T I KNOW YOU?

Many of more than two dozen new series may already be familiar, at least by name, to viewers, since the networks have been flogging them all summer.

They are familiar to TV critics, too, who got early copies of many of the new shows as long ago as June (with the proviso from the networks that some of these episodes were "non-reviewable," since they were subject to be altered in small or large ways before their premiere date — or even re-shot completely).

Text Only
Entertainment
  • Supreme Court TV on the Internet [Duplicate] High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-b

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest LOS ANGELES (AP) — Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.

    April 14, 2014

  • 0411 OTT Five things logo -M Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — Music, monster trucks and memorable moments — this weekend will bring an eclectic mix of performing arts, sports, activities and informational sessions to the region. 1. Start the weekend by taking special care of your furry friends. Noah’s

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • FXX plans marathon telecast of 'The Simpsons' NEW YORK (AP) — The FXX network plans a marathon telecast this summer of episodes of "The Simpsons" — all 552 of them consecutively. The network said Wednesday the marathon will start Aug. 21 and continue into Labor Day. FXX programming chief Chuck S

    April 9, 2014

  • CNN bringing back Anthony Bourdain's hot series NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he's taken CNN itself. Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" series, a culinary travelogue, swiftly became the network's t

    April 9, 2014

  • 0409 OTT Tonic Sol-fa color photo -L -M -T Tonic Sol-fa to hit the stage Saturday night

    OTTUMWA — Tonic Sol-fa will be bringing almost 20 years of a cappella excellence to the Bridge View Center Saturday evening. The instantly recognizable sound and award-winning music begin at 7:30 p.m. Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John's University with

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barbara Walters sets May 16 for exit NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prim

    April 7, 2014

  • Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood's t

    April 7, 2014

  • 0405 OTT Church Basement color photo -L -M -T Church Basement Ladies bring all-new musical to Bridge View OTTUMWA — The Church Basement Ladies are back with an all-new musical comedy, A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement. The fourth installment of the Church Basement ladies series of musical comedies, A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement will be presented Thur

    April 4, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hasbro picks five 'house rules' for new Monopoly set NEW YORK (AP) — No rent collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game. Several t

    April 4, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National