The 2011 fall TV season is upon us, and as a purveyor of ratings, particularly as they relate to Chuck, I found myself back in the guilty position of rooting for Chuck (as we wait for the season premiere) and predicting the demise of other shows. As they say over on TV By The Numbers, the cancellation bear has woken from his summer slumber and is ready to pounce. More after the break.
Schadenfreude is a concept brought to my attention by my fellow bloggers here on Chuck This. For those unfamiliar with the word, the definition is “delight in another’s misfortune, from the German: from Schaden=harm + Freude=joy.” I feel guilty because, if you read about Faith’s and my great Warner Brothers tour adventure, there are tons of great people to work in the entertainment industry and I don’t want anyone to lose their jobs, particularly in this current economic climate.
At the same time, I find I have a minor chip on my shoulder with NBC. I am thankful that Chuck gets to go out on its own terms. I am thankful that we get 5 (almost full) seasons of Chuck. However, I haven’t liked the way we have been treated as fans and the will they/won’t they renewal dance each year. Maybe NBC has stock in the companies that make antacids and are padding their profits by making fans, show runners, actors, foley artists, makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe personnel, location scouts, (ok, you get the idea) sweat it out each year.
I have read about Chuck being one of the most buzz generating shows of this fall season. I love the S5 preview clip Faith posted. My not so secret (since I’m blogging about it) wish is that Chuck gets picked up for a back 9-13 episodes. The new crop of shows out there do not appeal to me (they may appeal to you). The challenge is that even if the new NBC shows tank, they likely have replacements in the wings. Also, how far along in shooting the season will they be before Chuck even debuts this season? What is the so called “cut off” line before sets are struck and the team moves on to other opportunities? Here is one article already predicting what shows are going to be canceled.
I’m curious about what you are watching this season. Friday nights will be interesting. I know a lot of our readers are also Fringe fans, so at least they won’t be going head to head in the same time slot.
On the following survey is a list of NBC shows that will be on this fall. I’m sticking with that list to see what of their fare you are going to try out. Feel free to share in comments what you watch. I hope you have an enjoyable viewing season and am counting down the days until the S5 premier of Chuck!
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