The start of the 2010-2011 television season is only weeks away and if you haven’t been seeing plenty of promotional spots for “hot” new shows, you’re not watching television this summer. NBC seems to be focusing on The Event and The Chase while CBS appears to be favoring $#*! My Dad Says. Personally, I’m most looking forward to ABC’s No Ordinary Family, which is also getting a heavy promotional push.
I wrote about “The NBC Primetime Preview Show” a few weeks ago and at the time it was the only fall preview special I was aware of. As of today, however, all of the networks with the exception of FOX have announced plans for fall preview specials, although only CBS will be airing its special during prime time. NBC, The CW and ABC will make their specials available to individual affiliates, so check your local listings. NBC and The CW already have their specials online as well. Thanks to frequent commenter DuMont for some of the following information.
NBC – “The NBC Primetime Preview Show” is available for viewing online and has been/will be broadcast on individual affiliates over the next few weeks — not to mention a variety of cable channels. Read the official press release at the futon critic. No network prime time airing has been announced.
The CW – The “2010 CW Fall Preview Special,” hosted by Kristoffer Polaha and Robert Buckley, can be watched online at The CW’s website and will be shown on local affiliates during the next few weeks. No network prime time airing has announced.
CBS – The “CBS Fall Preview” will be broadcast by CBS on Monday, September 6th, 2010 from 8:30-9PM with Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi as hosts. The special will also be available On Demand through a variety of cable providers while individual affiliates will have the opportunity to repeat the special and make it available on their websites. It may also be made available online. Read the whole press release at the futon critic.
ABC – The network will have two “ABC 2010 Red Carpet Premiere Event” specials this year, one focusing on new and returning sitcoms (“Laugh ON”) and another spotlighting the network’s new dramas (“No Ordinary Dramas”). They will both be broadcast on individual stations and might also be made available online. No network prime time airings have been announced but ABC will air them from 5-6PM on Sunday, September 19th.
FOX – The “FOX Fall Preview Special” will air on individual stations; no network prime time airing is likely but it may be made available online.
For the record, if anyone is wondering why I write about current fall preview specials here at Television Obscurities, I admit that while the programming isn’t obscure the concept of a fall preview special has fallen out of a favor to such an extent that even though the networks still produce them, not many people actually know they exist.