Upfronts 2015: Fox anything but Idol

On Monday, Fox announced its new schedule for fall. You can find their full details here. Short order “event” series and comic book cross overs continue to emerge as the network survival strategy. That the reality/talent show ship has sailed is signaled with the announced demise of American Idol, for six straight seasons the most-watched… Read on

PR spins begin as SHIELD, NCIS both open big

Clark Gregg in “Lola,” the vintage ‘vette featured on Agents of SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. took round one over NCIS in Canada in Tuesdays battle of the acronyms.Head-to-head at 8 p.m., among viewers 2+, CTV’s Agents of SHIELD (2,706,000) beat Global’s NCIS (2,593,000). That’s in overnights; once all the Live+7 heads are counted, it could tilt the other… Read on

SET VISIT: Mindy Project lands James Franco

“I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I have hip friends in LA and New York who like The Mindy Project.” So says James Franco, who guest stars on the second-year comedy as it returns to Fox and City Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET.  Franco plays a rival MD brought in to replace… Read on

Getting Sirius with Bynon: this week’s TV talk

For the past month I’ve been joining Arlene Byson on SiriusXM’s “Canada Talks” for a weekly chat about what’s new in television. This Monday, Arlene (right) wondered if groundbreaking shows such as Breaking Bad are chipping away at broadcast network ratings.There is no doubt that Walter White and Company have had an impact. One look at… Read on

TONIGHT: Mindy one of three series premieres

The Mindy Project (above) is one of three new network shows airing tonight. The new and returning premieres are:8 p.m.   Dancing with the Stars Results Show  (ABC, CTVTWO) 8 p.m.  NCIS  (CBS, Global) 8:30 p.m.  Ben and Kate  (Fox, City)  NEW 9 p.m.  NCIS: Los Angeles  (CBS, Global) 9 p.m.  New Girl  (Fox, City) 9:30 p.m. The Mindy Project  (Fox, City)  NEW 10 p.m.… Read on