We’re half way through May and 2/3 through Upfronts Week and what a marathon of news its been. With all of the major networks having announced their Fall schedule, its time to focus on tonight’s deluge of season finales, the last big Thursday night of finales we’ll see this month.
1. TV Tonight! Lots of finales tonight across all of the networks. We’re saying goodbye to: Rules of Engagement, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, Community, 30 Rock, Missing (series finale), Grey’s Anatomy and
- CBS is chock full of season finales tonight with Rules of Engagement at 8:30, Person of Interest at 9 and The Mentalist at 10.
- NBC is a weird schedule tonight with Community starting its season finale at 8 but then giving way to 30 Rock‘s finale at 8:30 and then back to Community for another hour from 9-10. Awake ends the night at 10.
- Fox is the only station without a finale tonight, airing the American Idol results show at 8 and Touch at 9.
- ABC says goodbye to Missing for good and then to Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal for their respective seasons.
- CW launches a silly new show called Perez Hilton All Access tonight at 8.
- On cable, its a touch night for quality programming. TLC has Obese and Expecting at 9 and Birth Moms at 10.
2. Yesterday was CBS’s Upfronts and the most interesting news was the announcement that Two and a Half Men was being shifted from its long standing Monday at 9 slot to Thursdays at 8:30 (following the Big Bang Theory) in an effort to … do something? Take on ABC and NBC and Fox who all have strong Thursday night performers? I am hesitant to agree with this move because I don’t see Men playing well before 9. See the press release here.
3. The Turner Channels, TBS and TNT also had their Upfront yesterday and while TNT has some promising new shows with the Dallas reboot and Monday Mornings leading the way, TBS seems to be building their future around comedies that compliment the repeats of The Big Bang Theory and Cougar Town‘s new season next year.
4. The CW has its Upfront today and here is their schedule for next year. They really shook things up but the biggest news is Supernatural moving from Friday nights to the big time of Wednesdays. This is clearly a vote of confidence for the show with a rabid fan base but I am worried that Wednesday is too crowded to sustain its viewers. That it will follow the show I am excited about, Arrow, is a definite good thing. Interestingly, The buzzy The Carrie Diaries is not set to debut to midseason.