M: Ahhh, Friday: once a TV graveyard, now an odd mix of the “pity-move” where shows get sent before they get cancelled, and steady medium ratings earners. In other words, shows that aren’t going to get great ratings but, without costing too much, keep enough eyeballs (and advertisers) that the networks are willing to keep renewing them, yet aren’t willing to move them to more popular nights.
E: Friday Nights: lower your expectations.
C: I think Fridays have been like that for a while now, actually.
M: Yes, didn’t mean to imply that was brand new, just newer. There was also a trend (started by Grimm a few years back) of spooky shows on Fridays that seems to have come to an end, at least on the broadcast nets. However, this year there are some interesting new offerings.
C: I’d say it started with The X-Files… but maybe that wasn’t a trend so much as a lone beacon of Spooky in the night.
M: X-Files spent most of it’s life on Sundays, though.
C: Now a waning Vampire Diaries is trying to be that beacon…
E: Huh — I hadn’t noticed the lack of spooky programming, but you’re quite right. Is that just happening now?
M: Seems to be.
E: Friday night’s the night I catch up on the TV I watch with my kids, so I’m never watching live, personally.
M: In past years we had combined Friday and Saturday. However, in a development this year, it appears that the nets have given up on Saturdays completely, so we’re just mentioning one BBC America show…
E: And one cartoon, because my family is all about it!
M: …but that’s it for Saturday. So we’re not giving it a whole post, as we didn’t feel the need to tell you that most of the nets are showing news magazines and college football (including the very narcissistic-ally titled “FOX Sports Saturday: FOX College Football“).
C: LOL. What channel is that on, I wonder?
E: I haven’t a clue – but I can tell you that our other previews are here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Again, new shows are in blue, red asterisks (*) mean we’re watching. Continue reading