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TV: What Makes A New Show Successful?

September 22nd, 2008 11:42am EDT
Mad Men
During the 2007-2008 television season, the major networks premiered thirty-four new series, but only eleven of those shows will be coming back for a second run. This fall, a handful of new shows will take their shot at finding their audience. So, what is it that makes a show successful? What makes them fail? When it comes down to it, a show will have to have good writing for people to want to keep watching it, but it is getting the viewers to watch in the first place that is the challenging task. Of course, there are many different strategies to attract viewers and stay on the air, an...
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A Look At New, Upcoming Reality Shows

August 29th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Stylista
For years, many TV viewers have been wondering when reality programming will go away. Well, since it's so cheap to produce it has never been likely that competition programming would disappear from the network schedule altogether. After the over saturated summer, such shows appear to be winding down for the fall.

NBC will debut "America's Toughest Jobs" -a cross between "Black Gold" (truTV) and "Ice Road Truckers" (History) - on Monday nights at 9 p.m. Every episode features a different group of people and a different manual labor job, taking corporate drones (or others in comforta...
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ABC Announces Five New Series Pick-Ups

August 26th, 2008 3:44pm EDT
Alyssa Milano
ABC is adding five new series to its slate of programming for the 2008-09 season. The series include three new dramas, "Castle," "Cupid" and "The Unusuals," and two new comedies, "Better Off Ted" and "Single With Parents."

New series previously announced are drama "Life on Mars," comedies "The Goode Family" and "Scrubs" (new to ABC), and alternative series "Opportunity Knocks" and "Untitled Ashton Kutcher/Tyra Banks Project."

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"Castle" is a comedic crime procedural about a famous mystery novelist, Nick Castle, who has gotten bored with his success. When a real-world cop...
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