...the return part 3... i think...and thoughts about what's going on on TV!

So, after a long break... mostly due to watching a lot of television as well as a screwed up PC, and the banning of access to my site from work, I'm finally back.

But I'm finally caught up on my television viewing, and I'm finally have a brand new laptop, so I'm definately going to try and bring things back to the way it used to be before the craziness.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will be norm. Of course, with the updates, hopefully there will be some interesting topics. As usual, please feel free to let me know if there is anything you want to talk about.
Since I've been gone, things in the tv landscape has changed a little.

The Late Shift Pt.2

Firstly, there's been a change in the late night landscape. Conan O'Brien has finally become the host of the Tonight Show after Jay Leno's 17 year reign. The show largely follows the format of O'Brien's Late Night, which I'm totally fine with. Ratings for the first week have been pretty decent though reviews have been showing up somewhere in the middle. Jimmy Fallon's Late Night seems to be finally finding its feet after the first couple of weeks. The show seems to have found its balance between college humour and tech tv.
NBC begins Prime Time Strip programming

While a lot of the talk has been about NBC moving Jay Leno to primetime, I think their summer programming has started that experiment. With I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, the network is testing the waters to see if viewers will indeed start watching programming four to five days a week. Ratings have been so so thus far, with a lot of the publicity coming from Hills "stars" Heidi and Spencer Pratt. It will be interesting to see if this is a trend that becomes popular in the states. Currently many a show in Britian follow this format, though mostly in the summer.

Americans beginng to embrace non American Programming
First it was Flashpoint, now the Listener. Seems like the American public seems like they are willing to watch shows not based in America. Both shows are produced by CTV (here in Canada) and are both airing on American stations CBS and NBC, respectively. Both shows were green lit out of need for new programming during the writers strike, and it seems like the networks may be on to something. CBS also has deals struck with networks in Austrailia and Britain. My only qualm is, should a show do well in the country of its origin, but fail to garner interest in the states, will the show continue outside America?

Britain's Got Talent becomes a global Sensation

Over the last couple of weeks something interesting happened. Susan Boyle auditions on Britian's Got Talent and becomes a global sensation. But in the process, she has caused people from all over the world to follow the show, which airs exclusively in the UK. Between the kid who sings a Michael Jackson song, to the dance troupe that eventually won it, people were clamouring all over youtube passing videos around. I'm not sure if its just the talent in the UK, but the shows American counterpart barely registers in comparison. Who knows, may 2009 will its year!

The networks have all introduced the fall shows they are looking to be the next big thing. I'll be back on Tuesday to discuss what each networks strategies are.

As usual, please feel free to drop me a comment if you agree, disagree, or whatever else!



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