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TV Bigshot: TWoP Staff Picks

by The Editors September 17, 2007
TV Bigshot: TWoP Staff Picks

So that's my slate: Reaper, Gossip Girl, Chuck, Big Shots, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money, Friday Night Lights, and Supernatural. Eight shows, one Fairchild Network. Bring it, fall season!

Network owner: Omar G.
Network name: DBC -- The Diversified Broadcast Company

Strategy? What strategy? My approach to TV Bigshot is to make a few observations about some shows I know about and ignore a lot of the ones I don't (say, the entire ABC lineup). My first pick was How I Met Your Mother for $57 million, which I think is a steal given the massive promotional push CBS is giving its premiere. The show was much improved in its second season, and I get the feeling a lot of people (myself included) discovered it over the summer in reruns. I think this one's gonna make a big jump in the ratings. And, hey, Mandy Moore can't hurt! Cane was next on my list. It's pricey at $64 million, but I'm obliged to pick it for Latino pride reasons (¡horale!), and it looks expensive, soapy and Jimmy Smitty. The Jimmy Smits Factor was my main reason for picking this one up: ladies love Mr. Jimmy Smits. He can do no wrong. This show will be at least a modest hit. It may not be Ugly Betty big, but I can see lots of people like my parents watching it. Gossip Girl may tank (it is The CW, after all), but it got a good write-up in The New York Times recently and at $16 million it's not much of a risk. By the same token, I'll be giving Reaper a viewing as people looking for the next Buffy seem to be placing their hopes on this show. At $16,000 it's another show that'll reap (ha ha, get it?) dividends even if only becomes a minor success. The Simpsons ($60 million) is due for a ratings boost from the summer juggernaut that was The Simpsons Movie. I think people fell in love with the show all over again and it'll be added back on to people's recording and viewing lists. I passed up 30 Rock at $37,000 because I'm not convinced it's going to rise in viewership despite how much we all like the show. Remember Arrested Development? Some shows are just too smart and funny for their own good. The Biggest Loser looks to be on an upswing, but at $53 million I had to cut it off my list to make the salary cap. I did pick up Friday Night Lights because I had to have at least one sentimental favorite and I'd hate to think all my prayers are in vain. The move to Friday means it won't blaze a trail in the Nielsens, but at least it's less likely to get slaughtered than it was on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It's probably too expensive at $40 million, but I am a sentimental fool who cries for every episode. I passed up Chuck at $46 million because despite the good buzz, it still looks too risky to me. It's high-concept, and that can be the kiss of death if enough people don't latch on right away. Plus, I think people are going to confuse it for that Dane Cook movie, and not in a good way. I did take Bionic Woman at the same price because that has much more name recognition built in and the previews so far all look kick-ass. A lot of people I know plan to watch it. I also passed up Heroes because I wasn't blown away by the season finale and I think the show will either blow up even bigger or totally jump the shark soon. At $82 million I wasn't willing to risk finding out. So, tallying up: How I Met Your Mother ($57 mil), Cane ($64 mil), Gossip Girl ($16 mil), Reaper ($16 mil), The Simpsons ($60 mil), Friday Night Lights ($40 mil) Bionic Woman ($46 mil). That totals up to $299 million, leaving me with one million dollars for an expensive lunch and a manly-cure. Ah, the tough life of a network executive.

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TV Bigshot: TWoP Staff Picks

by The Editors September 17, 2007
TV Bigshot: TWoP Staff Picks

So that's my slate: Reaper, Gossip Girl, Chuck, Big Shots, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money, Friday Night Lights, and Supernatural. Eight shows, one Fairchild Network. Bring it, fall season!

Network owner: Omar G.
Network name: DBC -- The Diversified Broadcast Company

Strategy? What strategy? My approach to TV Bigshot is to make a few observations about some shows I know about and ignore a lot of the ones I don't (say, the entire ABC lineup). My first pick was How I Met Your Mother for $57 million, which I think is a steal given the massive promotional push CBS is giving its premiere. The show was much improved in its second season, and I get the feeling a lot of people (myself included) discovered it over the summer in reruns. I think this one's gonna make a big jump in the ratings. And, hey, Mandy Moore can't hurt! Cane was next on my list. It's pricey at $64 million, but I'm obliged to pick it for Latino pride reasons (¡horale!), and it looks expensive, soapy and Jimmy Smitty. The Jimmy Smits Factor was my main reason for picking this one up: ladies love Mr. Jimmy Smits. He can do no wrong. This show will be at least a modest hit. It may not be Ugly Betty big, but I can see lots of people like my parents watching it. Gossip Girl may tank (it is The CW, after all), but it got a good write-up in The New York Times recently and at $16 million it's not much of a risk. By the same token, I'll be giving Reaper a viewing as people looking for the next Buffy seem to be placing their hopes on this show. At $16,000 it's another show that'll reap (ha ha, get it?) dividends even if only becomes a minor success. The Simpsons ($60 million) is due for a ratings boost from the summer juggernaut that was The Simpsons Movie. I think people fell in love with the show all over again and it'll be added back on to people's recording and viewing lists. I passed up 30 Rock at $37,000 because I'm not convinced it's going to rise in viewership despite how much we all like the show. Remember Arrested Development? Some shows are just too smart and funny for their own good. The Biggest Loser looks to be on an upswing, but at $53 million I had to cut it off my list to make the salary cap. I did pick up Friday Night Lights because I had to have at least one sentimental favorite and I'd hate to think all my prayers are in vain. The move to Friday means it won't blaze a trail in the Nielsens, but at least it's less likely to get slaughtered than it was on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It's probably too expensive at $40 million, but I am a sentimental fool who cries for every episode. I passed up Chuck at $46 million because despite the good buzz, it still looks too risky to me. It's high-concept, and that can be the kiss of death if enough people don't latch on right away. Plus, I think people are going to confuse it for that Dane Cook movie, and not in a good way. I did take Bionic Woman at the same price because that has much more name recognition built in and the previews so far all look kick-ass. A lot of people I know plan to watch it. I also passed up Heroes because I wasn't blown away by the season finale and I think the show will either blow up even bigger or totally jump the shark soon. At $82 million I wasn't willing to risk finding out. So, tallying up: How I Met Your Mother ($57 mil), Cane ($64 mil), Gossip Girl ($16 mil), Reaper ($16 mil), The Simpsons ($60 mil), Friday Night Lights ($40 mil) Bionic Woman ($46 mil). That totals up to $299 million, leaving me with one million dollars for an expensive lunch and a manly-cure. Ah, the tough life of a network executive.

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