Remote Hoppin’: The Networks Holiday Shuffle
It’s been a hectic 2008-2009 television season and already there are sophomore shows that have been told we don’t need your back episodes because your front episodes didn’t pull in the numbers. “Lipstick Jungle”, “Pushing Daisies”, “Eli Stone”, “Dirty Sexy Money” and some others have bit the bullet and are riding out their already taped episodes. Lame duck television.
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Couple that with the holidays hitting and the networks pulling their usual “Let’s pull all our successful shows off the air and drown the public in holiday crap” schedules. At least it won’t last long – most shows are returning the first or second week of January. Plus, many of the shows are leaving on “game changers” such as “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Prison Break”, and right now the show I believe is the best new show on television, “Fringe”. TNT is trying something new and starting their new show, “Leverage”, right in the middle of the holiday season and in this recession, this might be the best time to do so.
“Grey’s Anatomy” has the Izzie-Denny Ghost Boy love fest, but the game changers have been the relationships that have changed. Clearly Shondra is mixing things up and let’s be real – she has to. The show has been stagnant as of late. Plus, everyone knows the “big two” are coming – “24” and “Lost” and the ratings will attest to it. But usually these shows all show up a week or two before Feburary sweeps for momentum and lead the way in terms of ratings. This time, most shows are returning early because this holiday season will be hard on the public and it’s going to be “lets get back to business before these people find something new and different to do and forget about us”.
The days where shows could get a whole season to make their mark are over. Get ready for the standard multiple showings of “A Christmas Story”, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “The Grinch That Stole Christmas”, “The Santa Clause”, plus Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, and all the rest. Prepare for musical specials and tear jerker stories and of course, “Miracle At 34th Street”. And that’s exactly what the networks are praying for – a miracle to cure this abysmal season.