- May 22
Well fans, Jason Block
here and for me and all of you the 2006-2007 TV Season
is just about over. Its winding down and Wheel of
Fortune is 3 weeks away from the end of its 24th
year. Jeopardy 23rd is chugging along. Of
course, we have the American Idol final this week, and
TPIRs successful Barker Retirement tour ends in Mid
June. So what does a Game Show/Reality Show fan have
to look forward to come September? This past week, the
5 major networks had their Fall Upfront presentations
and via their schedule, I present the 1st
Annual Block Party Fall Preview Edition...(as a
remindereverything written here is subject to change
and the whim of the network programming executives:)
NBC was smart
to cut back Deal or No Deal to two nights, Monday and
Wednesday at 8PM. They are going to bring back, "The
Biggest Loser" Tuesdays at 8PM, and looking at the
competition, they put it in the right place. Friday
Night brings back 1 vs. 100 for 8 new episodes and a
rotating slot of reality shows including "Singing
Bee". Fan Favorite Identity isnt on the schedule and
probably wont be.
ABC is putting their eggs in two reality show baskets.
Megahit Dancing with the Stars stays with the Dance on
Monday nights and Tuesday results show. And the
revitalized Bachelor (who would have thought I would
say that?) stays at Mondays at 10. Look for "Oprahs
Big Give" in Midseason.
Survivor stays in the Thursday at 8 slot with the 15th
edition coming from China this fall. Although it did
become water cooler talk with the finale, ratings have
steadily declined. It does need a bit of recharged or
else it could be on its last legs. They have kept
Amazing Race (the best reality show on TV) as a
midseason show, after a less than stellar All-Star
Edition. Note to CBS: You have gone 0 for 3 with
All-Star Editions (Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing
Race). Dont do it again.
Fox has three
shows in the fall, with the American Idol Juggernaut
shelved till January as normal. "Are You Smarter than
a 5th Grader", the surprise hit of the
spring, comes back this fall Thursdays at 8PM. Fox
tries to take advantage of a weak night, Friday with
two shows. Heavily hyped on American Idol, the
producers begin "The Search for the Next American
Band" as it tries to do what Rock Star couldnt at
8PM. And at 9PM, "Nashville" rips off Nashville Star.
CW has two returning reality hits. Tuesdays at 8PM
sees the 4th cycle of Beauty and the Geek
and Wednesdays at 8PM we Tyra and the Gals strut their
stuff for the 9th cycle of "Americas Next
Its not a major network, but slots are to TBD for the
return of "Meet My Folks" and Paradise Hotel. If you
care, there you go.
Wheel of Fortune has a big
year planned for 2007-2008, with their 25th
year in syndication. New York Auditions have already
been announced. September Tapings will occur on
September 28, 29, and 30th for November
Sweeps shows. Jeopardy! returns for Season 24.
Millionaire returns for Season 6 coming off the shows
highest ratings to date. This is the last year of
Merediths contract, and if it is her last year as
host, this could get very interesting as the search
for her replacement occurs. And John OHurley returns
for his 2nd season as Family Feud host.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK:
Two new shows with big
dreams and high hopes debut September 10: "Lets Do
Crosswords", the Merv Griffin entry which stormed the
Programmers convention in January and made it on the
schedule with Ty Treadway as host and "Temptation-The
New Sale of the Century" the MyNetwork/Fox show with
Rossi Morreale as host. Both shows have the game show
community drooling in anticipation. Crosswords has a
tough road in NY as it has just been announced it will
be up against Judge Judy and Oprah at 4PM. Lets hope
both shows do well, so more shows will come down the
pike in the near future.
So the fall brings a lot
of old favorites back to the fold. But the summer
season is just around the corner and we cant ignore
that. Next week, The Block Party will give my take on
the shows that are on the horizon for these hot summer
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