Worst to First: NBC Shows 2010-2014 | Renewed & Cancelled

NBC Goes From Worst to First: New Shows 2010-Present (Part VI)

NBC Goes From Worst to First: New Shows 2010-Present (Part VI)

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For the first time since 2004, NBC finished the traditional TV season in first place, in the coveted 18-49 demo that is. Obviously it was a good year for the network.

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TV Renewal & Cancellation Numbers 2010-2014 (Part I – All Shows)

TV Renewal & Cancellation Numbers 2010-2014 (Part I – All Shows)

I followed all the recent TV cancellation and renewal action on Twitter this year, and while there was plenty of snark, relief, and anguish expressed in 140 characters or less, there was also a lot of talk about this year being a bloodbath in the cancellation department.

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Embracing the Art of the TV Promo Poster

Embracing the Art of the TV Promo Poster

With TV being a visual medium and all, it’s not surprising that many shows utilize some sort of promotional poster for advertising purposes.

Chicago Fire Season 2 Poster

You’ve seen them before – as magazine ads, on billboards, or plastered on the side of a bus. I always notice them most often in the late summer, right before the kickoff of the traditional broadcast TV season.

And while most of these ‘posters’ are perfectly adequate in creating brand awareness or taking up ad space, many don’t strive for anything beyond mediocrity. The standard seems to be a heavily photo-shopped cast shot, a seemingly clever tag line, and the title of the show. (See the Chicago Fire poster to the right.)

Some series however have really embraced the art of the TV promotional poster, creating visually striking images or clever homages:

 American Horror Story Coven Poster  Always Sunny in Philadelphia Banana Poster
The Office Georges Seurat Painting Poster

And then there’s a few marketing departments that go above and beyond.

Community has always been one to do things differently, so its no surprise that the series has inspired some amusing artwork over the years from its fans and marketing departments alike.

Remember the first time NBC tried to remove Community from their schedule? That led to these cool posters from graphic artist Jon Defreest.

Community Do Your Part  Poster Community We Can Do It Poster Community Youth for Community Poster

More recently, Sony Pictures Television created a bunch of parody posters to nudge NBC to renew the series in order to help the Greendale gang fulfill their destiny of #sixseasonsandamovie.

 Community Friday the 13th Parody Poster  Community Social Network Parody Poster
[See even more Community Season 6 Renewal Posters here.]

And then there’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a show that had a stereotypical promotional poster and an equally lackluster start.

Agents of SHIELD posterBut boy have the tides changed.

Despite a disjointed airing schedule in the beginning of 2014, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began to find itself, just in time for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to shake things up and let it’s Marvel Cinematic Universe #itsallconnected promise payoff.

And with its new found momentum came a consecutive airing schedule and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven” – a new piece of art for each of the remaining six episodes, each by a different popular comic book artist.

Which is not only a cool way to tease what’s to come, but also an intelligent way to connect it back to it’s comic book roots.

 Agents of SHIELD Turn Turn Turn  Agents of SHIELD Providence Poster
Agents of SHIELD The Cellist Poster  Agents of SHIELD Nothing Personal Poster

Bottom line, I know that for all intents and purposes these works of art are advertising based, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the few that go above and beyond the bare minimum to create something clever.

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2014 May Sweeps: TV Show Finale Dates

2014 May Sweeps: TV Show Finale Dates

Find out when your shows wrap up the 2013-2014 TV season:

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What Is A Normal Episode of Community?

What Is A Normal Episode of Community?

I was super pumped for the premier of the fifth season of Community. After all, “Repilot” (5×1) marked the return of Dan Harmon and after a ‘weird’ fourth season, I was eager for the series to go back to normal. Or at least back to what I knew and loved, even with knowledge of Donald Glover’s impending departure looming above the otherwise gleeful occasion.

Perhaps that was a silly thought though – normal or status-quo only equate to average TV. And Community has always been one to aim higher. Or aim for a different target although. Yet I distinctly remember thinking around episode three of this season (“Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” (5×3), you know the one with the ‘Ass-Crack Bandit’), that it seemed a bit too soon for a concept episode. The gang had just gotten back together.

I had a similar thought just before watching “G.I. Jeff” (5×11) the other night. I kind of just wanted to see the group hangout at Greendale, of course that’s before I saw the excellent G.I Joe themed and stylized episode. It was then that it finally occurred to me that there probably is no such thing as a ‘normal’ episode of Community.

Five seasons in and it would seem that nothing in pop culture is off-limits. Below are just some of the more creative places Community has gone. And while that list is certainly not comprehensive of all of Community’s homages, parodies, and escapes from reality, they do account for approximately 30% of all aired episodes. So, is it misguided to assume that there is a normal?

What do you consider to be a standard episode of Community? Or is that the beauty of the show, that there is no predictable and formulaic entry in the series?

Abed Documentary Making

A Film Within A Show
“Introduction to Film” (1×3)
“Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples” (2×5)
“Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking” (2×16)
“Documentary Filmmaking Redux” (3×8)
“Advanced Documentary Filmmaking” (4×6)

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Community Contemporary American Poultry

Mafia Movie Homage
“Contemporary American Poultry” (1×21)

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Community Paintball

Paintball
“Modern Warfare” (1×23)
“A Fistful of Paintballs” (2×23)
“For A Few Paintballs More” (2×24)

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Community KFC Spaceship

Apollo 13 / Space Travel Movie Homage
“Basic Rocket Science” (2×4)

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Community 2x08 Bottle Episode

Bottle Episode
“Cooperative Calligraphy” (2×8)

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Community conspiracy theories

A Conspiracy Theory
“Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design” (2×9)

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Community D&D

D&D
“Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” (2×14)
“Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” (5×10)

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Evil Troy & Evil Abed

Alternative Timelines
“Remedial Chaos Theory” (3×4)
“Advanced Introduction to Finality” (4×13)

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Abed Pillow Fort

Pillow Forts
“Digital Exploration of Interior Design” (3×13)
“Pillows and Blankets” (3×14)

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Community holiday music

Musicals
“Regional Holiday Music” (3×10)

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Community Digital Estate Planning

Video Games
“Digital Estate Planning” (3×20)

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Community Claymation

Claymation
“Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (2×11)

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Community Fake Clip Show

Clip Show
“Paradigms of Human Memory” (2×21)

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COMMUNITY PUPPETS

Puppets
“Intro to Felt Surrogacy” (4×9)

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Community Zombie Episode

Zombies
“Epidemiology” (2×6)

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Community basic lupine urology

Law & Order / Detective Procedural Homage
“Basic Lupine Urology” (3×17)
“Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” (5×3)

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Community Floor is Lava

The Floor Is Lava
“Geothermal Escapism” (5×5)

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Community MeowMeowBeenz

Parody of Internet & Mobile App Games
“App Development and Condiments” (5×8)

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Community GI Joe

G.I. Joe / 80s Cartoon Homage
“G.I. Jeff” (5×11)

#sixseasonsandamovie

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In Honor of Galentine’s Day

In Honor of Galentine’s Day

Galentines Day Parks And Rec

If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume you probably already know what Galentine’s Day is. Perhaps you’ve even marked February 13th on your calendar as an official holiday; but just in case you’re drawing a blank, here’s how it works:

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My Favorite Music Scenes From TV In 2013

My Favorite Music Scenes From TV In 2013

Parks And Rec Time after Time

In honor of the Grammy awards, I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite music-related scenes from the past season of television. Enjoy these memorable musical moments from 2013.

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TV Awards Shows, Events, & More This Winter/Spring

TV Awards Shows, Events, & More This Winter/Spring

– The 2014 Calendar For TV Addicts –

Jan.

19th-23rd

Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour

Jan.

12th

Golden Globe Awards (NBC 8pm)

Jan.

18th

Screen Actor Guild Awards (TBS & TNT 8pm)

Feb.

2nd

Super Bowl XLVIII (FOX)

Feb.

6th-23rd

The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC)

March

13th-28th

PaleyFest 2014

 

From award shows to big TV events, on and off the screen, here’s all the other things going on besides your regularly scheduled programming.

The Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour is already underway, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more announcements to be made regarding your favorite networks, beloved TV shows, and future programming. All of the ‘big’ news will be covered by the major entertainment sites, but Deadline is a pretty good source for all of the nitty-gritty.

And if you aren’t a TV critic, but wish you could be there I recommend following these people on Twitter for the pseudo-front-row experience: Todd VanDerWerff from The AV Club, Daniel Fienberg from HitFix.com, Eric Goldman from IGN.com, and Eric Deggans from NPR.

This Sunday is The Golden Globe Awards, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the shindig again. If that’s isn’t enough of a reason to tune in then I don’t know what is.

Less than a week later is the 20th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards. It should be interesting to see if Breaking Bad can clean up for it’s final season.

In February the TV landscape switches gears and sports take center stage with The Super Bowl XLVIII and The Winter Olympics. For better or worse, the NBC family of channels (NBC, USA, NBC Sports, CNBC, and MSNBC) will once again be handling all of the coverage for the winter games and with a pretty sizable time zone difference between the US and Sochi it should be interesting to see if we get more or less live coverage. Watching tape-delayed events during prime time for the 2012 Summer Olympics was rather anti-climatic after the Internet spoiled almost all of the results.

The line-up for the 2014 PaleyFest was recently announced and its pretty sweet. Some of the highlights include Veronica Mars kicking things off just one day before it officially hits the big screen, a 10th anniversary Lost panel, and a farewell to How I Met Your Mother. New shows like Orange Is The New Black, Sleepy Hollow, and Masters of Sex will also being making their festival debut. The annual event is held in Los Angeles so I’ve never tried to go, but most panels are live streamed so fear-not non-California dwelling TV fans. The panels usually make their way to Hulu too, so there’s a few ways to enjoy the PaleyFest without the travel expenses.

Other things to look forward to in 2014 include upfronts, San Diego Comic Con, and the ATX Television Festival.

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