Friday, January 22, 2016


It's time to enter SHADES OF BLUE and ANGEL FROM HELL into the Book of Life. One's a no-brainer, the other a little less so.

Here are the possible fates of these shows:

BUY THE DELI PLATTER AND PAY A SHIVA CALL (stick a fork in it, it's done)
WILL CELEBRATE THEIR B'NAI MITZVAH (will get to 13 on the air)
LET'S GO TO A BRIS (the order will be snipped)
SET A PLACE AT THE SEDER TABLE (should finish full the season)
SEE YOU AT NEXT YEAR'S KOL NIDRE SERVICE (there's a second season)

Let's start with SHADES OF BLUE. Last year NBC made the bold move of sending THE BLACK LIST over to Thursday following the Super Bowl and surrounded it with total crap. They started off this season with more incomprehensible crap at 10pm (I can't even remember the name of it...The Player?) so here comes JLo to the rescue with a cop show and VOILA!!!!!! When it comes to dramas broadcast television's wheelhouse is still cops, lawyers, doctors and public servants. CBS knows this and NBC seems to have figured it out which is why THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA hangs in there. ROSEWOOD was the only drama on FOX that really worked despite their obsession with SCREAM QUEENS.

As I said, this one's a no brainer and we'll be seeing SHADES OF BLUE at Kol Nidre service unless there are reasons to save it for mid-season. It's also interesting that SHADES OF BLUE will have a JLo centric American Idol leadin through its full this year.

OK ANGEL FROM HELL. The ratings have been fairly steady but not spectacular and I feel that CBS is a bit more focused on the traditional way to evaluate a show. CBS has pretty much abandoned comedies on Monday and the Wednesday comedies are sort of a place holder. They have enough established comedies returning to fill up Thursday...and THE ODD COUPLE  has yet to return.  LIFE IN PIECES appears to be a keeper (I thought it would make it to the Seder but now it looks like it will be around for Kol Nidre in the fall) so CBS has one returning freshman comedy. CBS holds their shows to a higher ratings standard so I doubt that ANGEL FROM HELL is going to make the cut for a second season. Also it's a gimmick comedy and they are just too hard to sustain, so ANGEL FROM HELL will finish its run but I've pre-ordered the deli platter and I'll be paying a shiva call down the road.

Zay Gazunt

1 comment:

  1. Could you be any kinder to CBS on a regular basis? They seem to be regularly spared of your snark. Angel from hell is a 1.4 on a night when TBBT is close to a 4.0, so by 9:30 last week after TBBTs 3.8, Angel had a 1.3, that's a flop anyway you look at it. Add in minuscule DVR gains and you have a show no ones passionate about. If it was on NBC or ABC you'd be saying this.

    Rosewood also has minimal DVR gains and has bigger jumps at 8:30 than any other drama on the air currently. I'd call its numbers heavily influenced by pre tune in for its lead out and hardly an indicator of whether the show is a real hit or not.