SAN DIEGO, August 20, 2012 – Who’s home watching TV on Friday night? More people than you think, far more than on Saturday but not as many as on Sunday and Monday. So it’s still well worth the broadcast networks’ effort to get you to choose their shows instead of their competitors to bring in a few ad dollars from the movie studios hoping to lure you in to see their latest film over the weekend, unless you’ve already read the reviews telling you it sucked.
There aren’t many changes on Friday for Fall 2012. There are only two new shows, and neither of them seem very new at all. Several shows have been moved to Friday from other nights of the week.
The CW has moved the well-regarded Nikita to Friday, following America’s Next Top Model. Does anyone else think this pairing of fierce aspiring models with a fierce femme action hero is odd?
NBC has moved its comedies Whitney and Community to Friday as it makes room for some fresh comedies earlier in the week. I would not be surprised if this is NBC’s way of keeping these shows around as a backup plan in case their new offerings tank. Over at FOX, the network confirms that this will be the last season for Fringe. If you are a fan, enjoy it while you can.
There’s enough of interest to watch so you don’t have to feel like a loser. ABC’s Shark Tank is a guilty pleasure and great fun to watch. Its ratings have actually gone up since it first debuted. The Tom Selleck police drama Blue Bloods on CBS is a sleeper with a talented cast and it has a loyal following. Fans of Jack Bauer and 24 can get a fix by watching Kiefer Sutherland trying to solve a mystery each week on Fox’s Touch.
New shows marked with an asterisk [*]
8 p.m. Shark Tank (September 14) / Last Man Standing (November 2)
9 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do? (September 14) Malibu Country* (November 2)
10 p.m. 20/20 (September 14)
8 p.m. CSI: NY
9 p.m. Made in Jersey*
10 p.m.Blue Bloods (all September 28)
8 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (October 19)
9 p.m. Nikita (October 19)
8 p.m. Touch (October 19)
9 p.m. Fringe (September 28)
8 p.m. Whitney (October 19)
8:30 p.m. Community (October 19)
9 p.m. Grimm (September 21)
10 p.m.Dateline NBC
The two new shows for Friday are:
Malibu Country - ABC – 8:30 p.m.
Premieres: November 2
Forgive me, I’m experiencing a little déjà vu here. Country singer Reba, played by Reba McEntire, splits up from her cheating husband and starts a new life. At least that’s what I remember the CW’s Reba being about in 2001. This time, Reba moves to Malibu. Hilarity ensues. (Stop me if you’ve read that before). The only promising aspects of this series are that it co-stars the wickedly funny Lily Tomlin, although she’s sure to be muzzled by a script, as well as the talented Sara Rue.
Made in Jersey - CBS – 9 p.m.
Premieres: September 28
Apparently CBS thinks there isn’t enough Snooki and J-Woww to go around. Jersey girl Martina (played by a British actress, Janet Montgomery) tries to make the jump from Jersey to a big-time New York City law firm, complete with the big bump hairdo. There’s got to be more than a little Working Girl and My Cousin Vinnie thrown in here, just you wait.
NEXT: In our final installment of this series, TV Den runs down the weekend TV lineup.
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