Must Read TV: THE EVENT, WALKING DEAD, LIFE UNEXPECTED & MORE!

• THE EVENT… will be relaunched.
• Happy 45th! DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
• THE WALKING DEAD, What went right?
• He shoots… he scores! Watch Cory Monteith open the Gemini’s (Canada’s Emmy equivalent)
• Adding insult to injury, Warner Home Video announces the delay of LIFE UNEXPECTED on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Because taking a break and relaunching with a clip show worked so well for FlashForward…

    I know NBC is desperate and doesn’t have many options, but The Event just isn’t a good enough show.

  • While I’ve enjoyed THE EVENT, I completely agree with your assessment Josh. This move wreaks of desperation.

  • bws

    I’m confused… doesn’t EVERY SHOW take off Christmas and come back in January? Right now, episode 13 would air December 20th, meaning they may take off two or three weeks before coming back in January. Logistically, it’s a break to catch up on production. They just filmed episode 10, with number 7 airing tonight. I could be wrong about when they will air the episodes but that’s how the EW article reads. Obviously, 9 episodes isn’t enough to fill January through May. People seem to forget there are more than 22 weeks from the start of the TV season to the end. (There are 33-35). Realistically, the could take a break until mid-March and then run the back 9 straight. But that would be desperate, too, right? *rolling eyes*

  • bws

    Oops, I mean episode 8 airing tonight.

  • Nick

    RE: The Event / Flash-Forward, etc.

    Speaking from personal experience, these genre shows tried to jump on the LOST bandwagon…at a time when LOST viewers were winding down with the best genre show ever. It was too much, too soon. Comparisons to LOST were inevitable, and when the shows were quickly judged “not as good as,” they failed.

    On top of that, the “thinking” viewers (non-reality watchers, like us) were a bit burned out…and there were also far, far too few of us at the end of LOST. Sure, we would’ve ridden the LOST serial for years to come, but to jump into another “weekly relationship” with a complicated show with questions?….the networks really misread the audience appetite.

  • Nick

    RE: The Event / Flash-Forward, etc.

    Speaking from personal experience, these genre shows tried to jump on the LOST bandwagon…at a time when LOST viewers were winding down with the best genre show ever. It was too much, too soon. Comparisons to LOST were inevitable, and when the shows were quickly judged “not as good as,” they failed.

    On top of that, the “thinking” viewers (non-reality watchers, like us) were a bit burned out…and there were also far, far too few of us at the end of LOST. Sure, we would’ve ridden the LOST serial for years to come, but to jump into another “weekly relationship” with a complicated show with questions?….the networks really misread the audience appetite.

  • bws

    Well, there is already is a LOST replacement and it’s been airing for 3 years now. It’s called Fringe. Besides, The Event is a lot closer to 24 than it is to LOST.

    TV is getting more fragmented every minute with so many cable networks airing their own original programming. Heavily serialized shows are watched largely by DVR users, obviously, so they will never get as high as ratings as non-serialized shows when you can tune in any week.

    People love to complain about serialized series (plot holes! Not LOST! Etc!) and all that does is guarantee more reality and law/doctor/police procedurals next year. I’m not saying The Event is the best ever, but it’s still more entertaining and engrossing than Undercovers, Hawaii 5-0, or Chase.

  • Ace

    Completely agree with both of your points, bws. (1) Pretty much every show takes about a month off aound Dec./Jan., so really they are just bringing the show back with a clip show in the hopes to gain viewers. And really it hasn’t been a bad idea on their part since they are getting so much press! It isn’t like they are pulling a V and taking the show off the air for 4 months.

    (2) Fringe is my Lost replacement. It is far superior to any of the other attempts that have been made.

  • bws

    Thanks, Ace. The Event has been getting some pub lately from the big outlets, such as Ausiello and Kristin on E!, both of who have been really liking the show. Not that you aren’t huge, TVAddict… 🙂

    I’m actually betting that The Event will get a second season pickup. NBC seems really happy with it, despite the lowish numbers.

  • bws

    Update: TVA covers this with a new post but The Event will be held back until March 7th now. Which, contrary to what some people are saying, is not necessarily a bad thing. They’ll run their first 13 through December 20. Then, instead of airing 2, take 2 off, air one, take 2 off, they can air the back nine consecutively, March 7 – early May (probably with one week off for some reason in there).