Off Topic - Week 16 (Summer 2016 Season)

So August ends and September begins. Grimm is ending, which adds to the number of shows that are getting final seasons this season. 

This is another dead period week. Mostly because news networks reported on Lochtegate plus the EpiPen controversy. Let's have at it! This is week 16. 

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - American Housewife

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - American Housewife
The fall season is almost here, so it won't be long before we get our surprise successes like Dr. Ken last year and surprise failures, like The Muppets last year. To find out what American Housewife might be, I will look at the factors that may cause it to do well or poorly, in this final installment of new show hit/miss for the fall 2016 cycle.


What May Cause American Housewife to be a Hit?

On-brand for ABC
What works on ABC? Family comedy! We know it, ABC finally knows it, and that's why American Housewife fits in.

The Middle lead-in
A solid lead-in always helps, and American Housewife has one in The Middle. The Middle anchored Wednesday nights for six years, and is now moving over to anchor Tuesday, where American Housewife gets it as a lead-in.


What May Cause American Housewife to be a Miss for ABC?

Issues for Tuesday comedy
Tuesday comedy has been a struggle for ABC, but Fresh Off the Boat finally was somewhat successful on the night. Now, the night is expanding to two hours, but is it ready? And will The Middle still get good ratings on Tuesday? American Housewife could end up airing on a low-rated night.

Trailer not well liked
According to the trailer-watching article, the trailer for American Housewife got a 74 like/dislike ratio. That is lower than all of the other new ABC shows, especially the other new comedy, Speechless, which got a 96.


What to Expect for American Housewife?

I think that the trailer reception will be the biggest factor affecting this show. I don't think it will be a massive failure, but I expect low ratings.


Which factors do you think will be the most in-play in causing American Housewife to be a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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NBC Premiere Dates Announced: The New Celebrity Apprentice, Emerald City

NBC Premiere Dates Announced: The New Celebrity Apprentice, Emerald City
NBC has announced two January premiere dates, following the announcement of the final season of Grimm and its new premiere date.

The New Celebrity Apprentice, featuring new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, replacing Donald Trump, will premiere on Monday, January 2nd. It will air on Mondays for two hours, beginning at 8:00

Emerald City, the Wizard of Oz-inspired drama, will air Fridays at 9:00 beginning January 6th. It will be airing after the final season of Grimm.

What do you think of this news? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Grimm to End After Season 6

Grimm to End After Season 6
NBC's Grimm has lived on Friday since the fall of 2011, but it won't for much longer. It was announced today that the upcoming sixth season of the drama will be its last.

It has been speculated that this would be the final season of Grimm ever since it was renewed, as its ratings have fallen and season 6 was given a smaller episode order of 13 episodes. Now it is official. Additionally, unlike previously announced, Grimm is now set to premiere on January 6th at 8:00 instead of October 28th at 9:00.

What do you think of this news? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

A Simple Music Review: The Strokes

A Simple Music Review: The Strokes
Most people don't know this but I'm a (un)professional shotgun rider in a carpool. As shotgun rider, it is my responsibility to ensure that my friends are entertained, so I tend to scour the internet to find new music. I'm not sure if this makes me qualified to be a music reviewer, but i still feel the need to spread the word about these artists.



The Strokes have been around for a long time, but they never became as popular as some other alternative rock bands like Green Day and Arctic Monkeys. Still, I find them to be better than many other bands in the genre. Their first album, 'Is This It?' is one of the best albums I have ever heard. It has many great classics like 'Hard To Explain', 'Barely Legal' and 'Last Nite'


Their second album however, 'Room On Fire' is my least favourite album. It only has 2 songs I enjoy, 'Reptilia' and '12:51'. I tried to like the album but I couldn't bring myself to do so.


Their third and fourth albums managed to keep my interest in the band. The third 'First Impressions Of Earth' featured some more great songs like 'Juicebox', 'Evening Sun', and 'On The Other Side', but I didn't find many songs I was in love with.


Their fourth album 'Angles' was better than the third, as it had better songs like 'Taken For a Fool', 'Metabolism' and 'Two Kinds Of Happiness'. But 'Angles' provided me with my favourite Strokes song which is 'Under Cover of Darkness'.


Some might find it strange, but their fifth album 'Comedown Machine' is my favourite since it was the reason I started listening to The Strokes thanks to one song in the album, 'One Way Trigger'. 'One Way Trigger' was my gateway drug for The Strokes. Once I heard it, I slowly fell in love with the album, and afterwards the band. I think the reason many people don't listen to it is because it is different from their other music but that's why i love it. If you listen to both 'Is This It?' and 'Comedown Machine', the difference in the music style is very evident. Some of my favourite songs in the album include 'Call it Fate, Call it Karma', 'Partners in Crime' and 'Slow Animals'


Speaking of new music style, I have come to enjoy their latest EP, 'Future Present Past'. I didn't like it at first, but soon I started to like all three songs on the EP. I actually hated OBLIVIUS when I first heard it, but after a couple of listens I was hypnotised by its melodious riff in the beginning of the song. I really hope they make a real music video for it someday, instead of being referenced in the music video for 'Threat Of Joy'

My top 5 songs are:

5. 50/50
4. Barely Legal
3. OBLIVIUS
2. One Way Trigger
1. Under Cover Of Darkness

Overall, they are a great band and I hope to see more from them in the coming years. If only the members wouldn't keep running off to do their own stuff, maybe we would have another album by now.

Thank you for reading this article. As this is my first time making a music article. I'd like to know what you thought about it. If you have any feedback, please write it down in the comments below. If you have any personal comments or extreme constructive criticism, please email me at xionxiv@gmail.com

Five Questions: Franchise Edition

Here's the next edition of Five Questions, where I provide open-ended ratings-related questions and we all answer them in the comment section below. Whoever provides the most thoughtful answers and responds to others' answers on this edition will get the chance to ask a bonus question on the next edition, so comment away even if you never have before! As usual I'll also provide my answers in the comments below.

1. Of the Law & Order and NCIS franchises, which will be the last to still have a show on the air running new episodes? What about in syndication?
2. How many shows will the Chicago franchise produce in total?
3. Will we see a sitcom franchise in the near future?
4. Will there ever be a primetime spin-off of Big Brother?
5. Will there be a new show to enter the CSI franchise (or a revival of the mothership), and if so when would it be?

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Conviction

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Conviction
August is nearing its end, which means that the fall season is on its way! We have two shows left to examine which factors may cause them to do well or poorly. The first of those two is Conviction, and this article will determine which factors may cause it to succeed or fail.


What May Cause Conviction to be a Hit?

Castle survived for many years in the timeslot
Under the new leadership, ABC is supposedly heading in a direction that includes more procedurals. Only one was picked up this season, but it was placed in the right timeslot, where Castle lived for eight seasons. ABC's procedural audience is used to watching TV at that time, so they may tune in for Conviction.

Dancing with the Stars lead-in
Where Conviction has a bigger advantage over Castle is that while Castle had a male lead, Conviction has a female lead, making it more compatible with lead-in Dancing with the Stars. While not a huge hit, DWTS gets solid ratings, which makes it a good place to launch a new show.


What May Cause Conviction to be a Miss for ABC?

Competition
When Castle was at its best (based on Spotted Ratings' Plus ratings), in the 2010-11 season, its competition was the first season of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS, and the failures of Chase and Law & Order: LA, plus decently rated Harry's Law on NBC. Conviction faces tougher competition with the third season of solidly rated Scorpion from CBS and the recipient of NBC's largest lead-in, Timeless, both of which are procedurals. Conviction can just hope that those two shows are too male-skewing to affect it much.

Fewer trailer views
Notorious is in last place in terms of trailer views among the new ABC fall shows, but Conviction isn't performing much better. Are people unaware the show exists or uninterested? Either way, not good for Conviction. That information can be found here.


What to Expect for Conviction?

I think that the lead-in of Dancing will have the biggest effect on Conviction. I don't expect especially high ratings, but I think it can get stable ratings.


Which factors do you think will be most in play in causing Conviction to be a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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Summer Renew/Cancel - August 26: The Night Shift is Still Likely to be Renewed

Summer Renew/Cancel - August 26: The Night Shift is Still Likely to be Renewed
The Olympics have ended, and the summer has gotten quite boring. Zoo was renewed, leaving only six shows with their fates undecided. As a result, I have decided to only post two editions of summer renew/cancel following the Olympics, this being the first of those two. The second will be on September 16. This is to ensure that these posts aren't too boring.



Format for predictions:
Show title (network) (average 18-49 rating, season low-season high)


Certain to be Canceled
American Gothic (CBS) (0.5, 0.4-0.7)
Aquarius (NBC) (0.4, 0.4-0.4)
BrainDead (CBS) (0.4, 0.3-0.7)
Mistresses (ABC) (0.6, 0.4-0.8)

Likely to be Canceled
Wayward Pines (FOX) (0.7, 0.7-0.9)

Toss-Up

Likely to be Renewed
The Night Shift  (NBC) (1.0, 0.8-1.2)

Certain to be Renewed

Fate Determined
Beauty and the Beast (CW) FINAL SEASON
Houdini & Doyle (FOX) CANCELED
Uncle Buck (ABC) CANCELED
Zoo (CBS) RENEWED


The Night Shift: While its retention from America's Got Talent hasn't been particularly impressive, it got similar ratings with other lead-ins this year. Really, it seems that what affects how well or poorly The Night Shift does is if it airs for one or two hours. When it airs for two hours, it does poorly.

Zoo: While its ratings aren't impressive, it has remained the highest rated of CBS's three summer dramas. As a result, it was no surprise to me that it was renewed, which I predicted.

Mistresses: Without The Bachelorette, the show has taken a hit, and fell to as low as 0.5 up against the Olympics.

American Gothic: The show dropped a tenth during the Olympics, and went back up without it. Still, too low to be renewed.

BrainDead: The good news is that this show remained even with its first Sunday airing during the Olympics. The bad news is that number is 0.3, which is bad even for Sundays at 10:00.


What do you think of my predictions? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Sporcle Quizzes of the Week- The CW Edition/ Sporcle Contest #9 UPDATED

Welcome to the ninth edition of the Sporcle Quizzes of the week! The tournament is getting very close with just 2 weeks left. This week's edition will be featuring quizzes about CW shows.

1) CW Shows by Cast Photo

I found this quiz because I was thinking about creating it. When I found it already exists, I played it and thought it was pretty good. There were some shows omitted that I wish would have been included, but I still enjoyed it. And to make up for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend not being included in the quiz, I used a cast photo of it in this blog.
Number of Questions:16
My Score:16

2) 'Supernatural' Characters by Picture

I'll admit that I haven't yet seen Supernatural, but that won't stop me from including this quiz. I know a good quiz when I see one, and this is a good quiz. I did terrible at it. I got 11, and most were just from entering random names.
Number of Questions: 48
My Score: 11

3) Gilmore Girls Character-Actor Match (qlh27 quiz of the week)

I really love Gilmore Girls, and I'm incredibly excited for the Netflix revival. I made this quiz because I thought it would make for an interesting play. I think Gilmore Girls had one of the best casts on TV, because every actor on that show was talented. I can't wait to see them all back in those roles.
Number of Questions: 19
My Score: N/A

If you missed it, here's the unpublished quizzes edition.
And here's the Inaugural Edition.
And the qlh27 Edition.
And the Editor Picked Edition.
And the Animation Edition.
And the SNL Edition.
And the Sitcoms edition.
And the clickable edition.

RESULTS
1) The Middle of Nashville- 74 Points
2) JB- 73 Points
3) Andrew- 36 Points

TOURNAMENT
This is the ninth week of the 1st TVRG-Sporcle Tournament. For each week, the winner of the week gets a varying amount of points, depending of how many people participated. If 5 people participate, the winner gets 4 point, if 6 participate, the winner gets 5 points, etc. For each place lower, the point increment drops by one point. At the end of 10 weeks, the person with the most points will win.

Tournament Standings:
1) The Middle of Nashville- 33 Points
2) JB- 31 Points
3) Andrew- 18 Points
4) Full Boyle- 6 Points
5) HV- 3 Points
6) theratingsjunkie- 0 Points

9/10








The TV Ratings Guide's Take On...Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, and The Great Indoors + Reader Poll

The TV Ratings Guide's Take On...Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, and The Great Indoors + Reader Poll
Here's our next installment of The TV Ratings Guide's Take On..., where we as a collective group discuss how we think the new fall shows will perform. As a side note, from here on I will not be taking part in this segment because I already did my own segment where I predicted each show's ratings.

Kevin Can Wait

Aasim:
Kevin Can Wait has some big shoes to fill as it is leading the 8pm slot, not to mention it's competition which consists of Supergirl, Gotham, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars. CBS appears to be very confident in Kevin James' start power. I'm not a fan of the guy but the American audience seems to like him for some reason. But this show is a serious wild card for CBS.
Status: Renewed

Full Boyle:
Kevin James had a 9-season run on his hit CBS sitcom, The King of Queens, now he'll return first getting a post-Big Bang slot, then having to fend on its own leading into another new comedy, Man with a Plan. Kevin James has had success in movies, and a previous TV show. This could end up being a short-lived flop from an actor that has had success before, but it could also be a success like Tim Allen's Last Man Standing. I think Kevin Can Wait will end up like Last Man Standing, starts strong after Big Bang, drops significantly when it moves to 8pm, manages to survive with decent numbers, but leaves Man with a Plan in the dust. RENEW

HV:
Despite the popular series star, I think that CBS scheduled this unexciting show poorly, and as a result it will get canceled.

Jon:
For some reason CBS really seems to love this season. They are even helping it out with using The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in. As with Man with a Plan, it has to be good in order for viewers to continue watching the show. The trailer does not have many views, but it has a decent amount of likes compared to dislikes. I think this show won't do great, but won't do bad. I think a renewal depends on how all the other shows perform, and if a significant amount of them do better than it, it will be cancelled.

Luke:
CBS's new comedy, led by Kevin James, is lucky to have TBBT as a lead-in for the first few episodes. It will premiere in the high 2.0s and stay in the 2.0s for as long as TBBT precedes it. When TBBT moves back to Thursday nights, however, and Kevin Can Wait is forced to lead-off Monday nights all on its own, I'm thinking we will see a drop in ratings to the mid-high 1.0s. These ratings will still be good enough and the show will ultimately be renewed, becoming a semi-solid player for CBS Mondays in the future.

Man with a Plan

Aasim:
Man with a Plan has a major disadvantage of having Kevin Can Wait as a lead-in due to its unpredictability. Lead-outs generally get lower ratings than lead-ins, not to mention it has the same competition as its lead-in. I doubt the Friends synergy is going to work since the two shows aren't in the same hour.
Status: Cancelled

Full Boyle:
This one will have questionable lead-in support airing after Kevin Can Wait, so it's fate will rely on that show's success more or less. There's really not that much buzz for this one, and I don't think star power is good enough to boost it, maybe with a Big Bang lead-in, but probably won't make it with a likely smaller one. CANCEL

HV:
Basically everything I said about Kevin Can Wait, but more extreme; this show seems incredibly stale and should end up canceled.

Jon:
I can definitely see Man with a Plan becoming a hit, as it has a Friends alum in it. But, it has to be actually liked by viewers, as a particular actor can not necessarily make a hit. I think if it turns out to be a good show, then it should do pretty good for CBS, and be renewed.

Luke:
This other high-profile CBS comedy, led by Matt LeBlanc, may not enjoy the same semi success as Kevin Can Wait could have. Man with a Plan has the disadvantage of premiering later in the fall and airing behind the less-than-stellar lead-in of Kevin Can Wait. I don't believe CBS will have enough room for Man with a Plan next season and will end up canceling it. I wouldn't be shocked if the decision goes either way, though, for this will definitely be a "bubble show".

The Great Indoors

Aasim:
Joel McHale may not be as well known as Kevin and Matt, but his show has TBBT as a lead-in. As long as it stays in that 8:30 slot, it will be safe.
Status: Renewed

Full Boyle:
This one gets the post-Big Bang slot for the season. Considering the poor-retaining Odd Couple and Life in Pieces have gotten renewed, The Great Indoors doesn't have a very high bar. It should retain the same amount that Life in Pieces did, and that is good enough for a return. RENEW

HV:
A comedy that appeals to the CBS viewers and airs after their highest-rated show should be able to get renewed.

Jon:
I think The Great Indoors should do quite well for CBS. It seems to be their type of show if that makes sense. Kind of like family comedies are ABC's type of show. Furthermore, everywhere I go and see people talk about the show, everything being said is positive. I think it is more than likely that The Great Indoors will be renewed.

Luke:
The Great Indoors has the great advantage of airing post-TBBT for its entire first season run. Although I don't think this show will have much strength of its own, it will likely be renewed solely because of its highly-inflated numbers from following TBBT.

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Notorious

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Notorious
We are nearing the end of these posts for the time being, halfway through the final network to cover. Today, looking at what may cause Notorious to succeed or fail.


What May Cause Notorious to be a Hit?

Grey's Anatomy lead-in
Notorious gets the lead-in of the highest-rated drama on the network, the incredibly stable Grey's Anatomy. That will provide the show with serious support, so it has the potential to do very well.

Similar to TGIT shows
While the block isn't being called TGIT this fall, Notorious has similarities in style to Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Catch. Maybe Scandal fans will enjoy Notorious as they await the next season.


What May Cause Notorious to be a Miss?

Few trailer views
Notorious is in last place among the new ABC shows for number of trailer views, according to the trailer watching article. People are unaware that this show exists, or simply uninterested.

Not produced by Shonda Rhimes
While there are some similarities, Notorious isn't produced by Shonda. As a result, it could be rejected by TGIT viewers because it is different.


What to Expect for Notorious?

I think that while the two positive factors will help, the few trailer views will be the most effective factor. The show could work, but I don't think that it will.


Which factors do you think will be most in play in causing Notorious to be a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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Five Questions: Fantasy Drama Edition

Five Questions: Fantasy Drama Edition
I'm bringing back what used to be Questions of the Week in a new format called Five Questions. Each segment, I will post five questions for us to discuss, all set to a certain theme. I will post my responses in the comments below, and I hope you do too!

1. Will there be any week where Once Upon a Time is lower-rated than both America's Funniest Home Videos AND Secrets & Lies?
2. Is this Grimm's final season, and if so will the finale break a 1.0?
3. Will Emerald City continue Grimm's legacy as a solid performer or will it flop?
4. Will Supernatural be the best time slot occupant on Thursdays for The CW in years by beating out Beauty & The Beast's 0.61 average from 2012-13? Does it have a chance to rise and beat out The Secret Circle's 0.77 from 2011-12?
5. Midnight, Texas is the second Charlaine Harris book series to be adapted for TV, the first being True Blood. True Blood had a 2.1 A18-49 rating for its finale on HBO; will any of Midnight, Texas' episodes see a rating above that?


New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Designated Survivor

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Designated Survivor
This feature looks at what may cause a show to perform well or poorly, and today's article examines what may cause Designated Survivor to succeed or fail.


What May Cause Designated Survivor to be a Hit?

Kiefer Sutherland
The actor starred in the popular FOX political thriller 24 for many years. As a result, he likely has a fan base that could follow him to this new show.

Interest in politics due to election season
Coming up on an unusual election, American interest in politics is much higher than usual. As a result, this show could gain viewers who are currently interested in politics, discover they like the show, and stick around.

Much loved and watched trailer
According to the trailer watching article, Designated Survivor had the most-watched out of the ABC trailers, and it was tied with Frequency for the most liked trailer among all of the networks.


What May Cause Designated Survivor to be a Miss for ABC?

Crashing post-election
The political hype will likely die down in November, and as a result this show could fall in the ratings as less and less people are interested in politics.

Incompatible lead-in
The show's lead in of a family comedy isn't exactly compatible, and considering that it is neither weak nor particularly strong, Black-ish will likely provide little to no support for Designated Survivor.


What to Expect for Designated Survivor?

I think that the trailer is the factor that will have the greatest effect, and I predict that this will be a big hit. However, we thought at this time last year that The Muppets and Scream Queens would be big hits.


Which factors do you think will be most in play in causing Designated Survivor to be a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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Who Distributes Those New Fall TV Shows?

Who Distributes Those New Fall TV Shows?
We did something similar last summer, and I figured now would be as good a time as ever to provide a handy list of who distributes the new broadcast series; meaning who collects the syndication profits
if the show is lucky enough to get there. I'll do this network-by network:

ABC
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
American Housewife
Conviction (U.S.A. only)
Designated Survivor (U.S.A. only)

Sony Pictures Television
Notorious

20th Television (FOX)
Speechless

By this, American Housewife is in best shape because it is the only show that ABC fully owns the distribution rights to. All shows are at least co-produced by ABC Studios, but Notorious and Speechless may have a harder time getting renewed if they end up being bubble shows.

CBS
CBS Television Distribution
Bull
MacGyver
Man with a Plan

NBC Universal Television Distribution
Pure Genius

Not Found
Kevin Can Wait
The Great Indoors

Though I can't locate information pertaining to who distributes Kevin Can Wait and The Great Indoors, both are CBS Studios productions and knowing how the network operates, they probably have the distribution rights. Pure Genius must be a show that's love by CBS brass and comes at a relatively low licensing fee. It seems so unlike the network to pick up a show solely distributed by the distributor of another major broadcast network, nonetheless a medical drama when they already have another one on the fall slate in Code Black.

The CW
Warner Brothers Television Distribution
Frequency

CBS Television Distribution
No Tomorrow

No Tomorrow will join a select few low-rated shows that CBS Television distributes for our 10-hour network, though by premise it seems like a good fit for other CBS productions in Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Riverdale is coming midseason, and like the rest of the Greg Berlanti shows is distributed by Warner Brothers. Thank God for the W part of The CW, says Warner Brothers, as other networks shut them out more and more in favor for their own shows.

FOX
20th Television (FOX)
The Exorcist
Pitch
Son of Zorn

Warner Brothers Television Distribution
Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon, FOX's sole outside distribution this fall, got the best drama slot on the schedule, possibly even the best slot overall. But promising new series Pitch and Son of Zorn are shows that FOX will enjoy financially if they make it to syndication. And if they flop, at least they have all of their midseason shows to fall back on, because it turns out Lethal Weapon is the sole new outside distribution on their entire schedule.

NBC
NBC Universal Television Distribution
The Good Place

20th Television (FOX)
This is Us

Sony Pictures Television
Timeless

NBC is an interesting case. They ordered 13 new series this season, plus Law & Order: You the Jury and the return of The Celebrity Apprentice, so it's really more like 15 new shows. Of those, 3--count it, 3--made the fall schedule. Of which only one of them is distributed by NBC Universal, and it's the one which has an episode order capped off at 13 as it is. In the case of potential new smash This is Us, they don't even take part in the production of it, so their only potential way to make profit off this show is through the first-run ad revenue. Of the midseason shows, they produce most, but not all of them. Limited-run The Blacklist: Redemption will be produced by Sony like the mothership, while comedy Trial & Error and DC comedy Powerless are both Warner Brother productions (turns out that they can score a pickup or two on broadcast TV after all). The real question is how they fit all these shows in.

Superstore Season 2 Special Episode Review

It's the dead point of summer, August, where little is on TV. Additionally, Superstore's first season ended in February, leaving us with a seven month break until its September premiere. But we got lucky, as we are getting a special episode of Superstore following the Olympics!


Special Episode: "Olympics"

The episode begins with an Olympic opening ceremony that the store is putting on thanks to Glenn's enthusiasm. It hilariously goes wrong, however, when a fire starts in the store. Funny moments here include Cheyenne taking a selfie, and Garrett throws a product into the fire. Glenn is obsessed with the Olympics, which totally makes sense with his character, and he is surprised when he discovers that Mateo is supporting the Philippines in the Olympics. Cecily Strong makes an appearance, though she is just amusing rather than funny in her first appearance.

Cheyenne is upset because people her age are doing much better than she is, so Amy brings her to talk to Cecily Strong's character, which is much funnier this time around. Mateo discovers that he isn't an American citizen, which was pretty funny. Dena wants to go big when she puts on the opening ceremony, and she has a funny line about how she can't compete with the actual ceremony.

Glenn tries to be inclusive to other countries, and there is a hilarious line when he thinks that Amy is Mexican and says he doesn't speak Spanish when she says she's Honduran. Amy tries to get Cheyenne to understand that she should set realistic goals, but she ends up making Cheyenne upset. Glenn comes to realize that people from every country are all citizens of this world, though the way he expresses this is very funny. The episode ends with an epic closing ceremony put on by Dina.


This wasn't as far up there as the best episodes of season one, but it was still a very enjoyable episode. Overall, the episode was really good, and I am excited for the new season!

What did you think of "Olympics"? Did it satisfy your withdrawals? Or, are you a first-time viewer of Superstore, and if so, do you plan on watching the show this fall? Leave your thoughts in the comments! And don't forget to return for the season 2 premiere on September 22nd, which I will review!

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Speechless

New Show Hit/Miss Fall 2016 - Speechless
I have returned from vacation (and then spent a few days being super lazy) and will now begin the final set of posts in this series for this fall, the ABC shows. Today I am looking at ABC's newest addition to their successful Wednesday comedy block and what may cause it to succeed or fail.


What May Cause Speechless to be a Hit?

Success of Wednesday comedy block
Since its launch in the fall of 2009, ABC's Wednesday night comedy block, which has consisted largely of family comedies (though not entirely, cough, cough Super Fun Night, Mixology) has been quite successful, with Modern Family being a big hit, The Middle turning out to be a solid performer, and recently The Goldbergs and Black-ish have joined the block and received similar success. The block has done quite well these last two years, and should continue to do well this year.

On-brand for ABC
ABC finally came to the realization that family comedies are what work best for the network, as Super Fun Night and Mixology failed, even though they aired at 9:30 behind Modern Family. Speechless is on-brand for the network, and as a result has a good chance of succeeding.

Adds to ABC's diversity in a unique way
In recent years, ABC has been the best among all of the broadcast networks in bringing diversity to viewers.  This is especially true with their family comedies, where they have added the racial diversity in Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat (the first show to feature an Asian-American family since the 1990's), Cristela (it only aired one season, but they gave it a shot), and Dr. Ken. Additionally, they portray families from different economic backgrounds (compare Modern Family to The Middle). This season, Speechless brings to ABC a family with a special needs child.

More trailer views than American Housewife
Viewers seem to be more interested in Speechless than American Housewife, the other new family comedy coming to ABC this fall. Speechless had the second-most views of all of the new fall show trailers on the network, only behind the much-viewed Designated Survivor. That information can be found here.

Well-liked trailer
Again, the trailer watching article brings good news to Speechless. Its 96 like/dislike ratio beats out the other new ABC shows, aside from Designated Survivor with a 97, and falls behind only one show from another network, the CW's Frequency, which also had a 97. For comparison's sake, American Housewife got a 74.


What May Cause Speechless to be a Miss for ABC?

Possible over-saturation of family comedies
ABC has eight family comedies returning this year, plus two new ones on the fall schedule. This raises the question, are there too many? It's possible that viewers have enough family comedies to watch, and really aren't in need of another one.

Back in the Game didn't work
The past show in probably the most similar situation to Speechless is Back in the Game, as The Goldbergs had already aired a season before moving to this timeslot, three-season show Suburgatory was more adult in nature than the other family comedies, and the concept for two-season The Neighbors was a little out of this world (the show had a family from another planet). It seems the more similar shows get to Speechless in this timeslot, the worse they have performed. Back in the Game was pulled from the schedule after 10 episodes.

No more The Middle on Wednesdays
With adding Speechless to the Wednesday line-up, The Middle has moved to Tuesday, and The Goldbergs has taken over its spot in the more difficult half-hour. The Goldbergs now will have to self-start instead of airing between two long-running family comedies, and must air in a lesser-viewed half-hour. This means it could end up providing a less effective lead-in than The Middle has done for shows for the last six years.


What to Expect for Speechless?

I think that the positive factors will far outweigh the negative factors for Speechless. The Goldbergs replacing The Middle could mean a less steady line-up, but I think that Speechless will be able to perform well anyway, especially because it is on-brand and the trailer was thoroughly watched and loved.


Which factors do you think will be most in play in causing Speechless to be a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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