What Were the Best and Worst Decisions of the Upfronts?

May 19, 2014  •  Post A Comment

With the upfront presentations finished and the fall schedules set for the 2014-15 season, it’s time to take stock of what were the best and worst decisions by the broadcast networks, writes Lynette Rice at EW.com’s Inside TV.

The most exciting comic book adaptation is “Gotham” from Fox, while the least exciting are “Constantine” from NBC and ABC’s midseason “Agent Carter.” Of the latter shows, Rice notes, “How well does America know these characters anyway?”

The most deserved cancellations are Fox’s “Dads,” ABC’s “Mixology,” and CBS’s “Friends With Better Lives,” while the least deserved cancellation was “Intelligence,” the CBS drama starring Josh Holloway, which was averaging 10.2 million viewers when it was canceled, the story notes.

As for scheduling, the riskiest move is Fox putting “Gotham” opposite the CBS comedy hit “The Big Bang Theory,” rather than putting it at 9 p.m. with a lead-in from “Sleepy Hollow,” Rice notes. The best scheduling decision was putting “Scandal” at 9 p.m. on ABC. “It’s overdue for a prime anchor slot,” she writes.

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