A Note to My Readers

Hello everyone,

As you may have noticed, there hasn’t been much activity on the site in a few days.  I would like to take some time to explain why the site has been inactive, and what you can look forward to on Tonight on TV in the future.

When I started this blog, it was my intention to make this a place for renewals, cancellations, and predictions.  September rolled around, and  I added daily ratings to the list of features.  Tonight on TV became a daily go-to site for a number of people.  Site traffic exceeded my highest expectations, with October becoming the most-visited month since moving to wordpress.

Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, my work and day-to-day life has gotten in the way of taking Tonight on TV to further heights.

There was also another issue at hand.

When I first started discussing television on the internet many years ago (perhaps around 2007),  it was on PIFeedback (now TV Media Insights). I truly loved everything about the forums and wanted to do more.  Around 2009/2010, I  decided to start my own blog to share my thoughts with others.  I would have complete control of the content and post anything I wanted.  It was a real joy for me over the past few years.

Over time, however, posting about television, specifically on a blog, has become a daily chore instead of a passion.  I no longer have the time to visit TV Media Insights as much as I would like to and have to put all of my energy into the blog.

With my time becoming more limited, and my feelings toward the blog as a whole changing, I have an announcement to make.  Effective immediately, I will no longer be posting renewals, cancellations, or daily ratings on the site.  I wish to discuss that information with others on a forum platform.  TV Media Insights is like a second home for me on the Internet.  Anytime I have online, I want to spend it on there – not here.

There is, however, one feature I will continue to post on Tonight on TV: ‘Chances of New Series’.  It is one of my favorite features, and a favorite among my readers (those posts command the highest clicks on the site).  The site will also continue to have special features during May upfronts.

This is not the end of Tonight on TV, just a new chapter.

– RJ (yankeesrj12)

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Welcome to Tonight on TV

pictureAfter a few weeks of discussing the pros and cons, I have decided to move Tonight on TV from Blogger to WordPress.  I have been on Blogger since 2009, but recently became displeased with a number of features on the site.  My best option was to move Tonight on TV to a new host, WordPress.

There are some visible changes, but most everything is the same.  Every post from my old blog is available on here, although the comments were not carried over.  All of the posts also have a share button, allowing you to share that specific post on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.  You can also re-blog and like the post.  WordPress does not allow Disqus on their site, which may be the one downside I’ve found thus far.

Besides the actual post, most everything else needed to navigate Tonight on TV is on the right side of the page.  There you will find the archives, categories leading to each blog post, a link to my Twitter account, and a countdown to the next broadcast series debut.  On the top right of the page is the search bar.  Type in anything television related and see what you can discover here at Tonight on TV!  Finally, at the bottom of the page is my email address, in case you have any complaints or comments.  I may fidget with these over the next few days and any changes I make will be posted here on this post.

I hope everyone enjoys the new blog.  Any comments or criticisms can be made in the comment section below, through email, or on Twitter.

Thanks for coming, and welcome to the all new Tonight on TV.

Update for My Readers!

Why the lack of posts?  I’ll explain below!

Sorry for not having any new posts lately, but I have a few explanations as to why.

The first?  Summer is a boring time for the television world.  The regular season is over and there are a lot of repeats.  Even with that, however, I plan on posting at least once a week.  Don’t be surprised if you don’t see any posts for a week or two though!  With a lot of big summer premieres coming later this month (Under the Dome, for example) I should have some interesting posts.

The second?  I started a new job and the hours of 630 to 3 have been rough for me.  I’m more of a night-owl and trying to adjust to the new (early) schedule has been a bit of a struggle.  I’m assuming once I get used to the hours, I will have more time.  Until then, posts will be limited.

How’d I Do?

Back in August, I made predictions on which returning comedies and dramas would return for next season.  This post will look at my guesses and how I did .

Here are the prediction pages: comedy and drama.

On the comedy side of things, I predicted the fates of eight of the possible 20 returning comedies that did not have their fates decided as of the original post time.

I predicted the following comedies would be renewed:
Modern Family (ABC)
New Girl (FOX)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Raising Hope (FOX)

I predicted the following comedies would be cancelled:
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC)
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Whitney (NBC)

Percentage correct: 88% or 7/8

My reasons for believing Two and a Half Men would be cancelled:
1. How long its been on the air
2. The declining ratings
3. How I Met Your Mother receiving another season (it did, for next season)

On the drama side, I made predictions for ten of a possible 30 returning dramas.

I predicted the following dramas would be renewed:
Glee (FOX)
Nikita (CW)
Parenthood (NBC)
Scandal (ABC)
Vampire Diaries, The (CW)

I predicted the following dramas would be cancelled:
Body of Proof (ABC)
Bones (FOX)
CSI: NY (CBS)
Good Wife, The (CBS) (I had it at a 49% chance of returning)
Law and Order: SVU (NBC)

Percentage correct: 70% or 7/10

My reasons for believing Bones would be cancelled:
1. The Mob Doctor and The Following would both become hits (yeah, I’m laughing too)
2. Ratings would continue to decline
3. The show has been on for eight seasons

My reasons for believing The Good Wife would be cancelled:
1. Ratings would decline
2. Major awards seemed to disappear
3. General cost of the series

My reasons for believing Law and Order: SVU would be cancelled:
1. Salary of Mariska Hargitay
2. Increased timeslot competition
3. NBC product would be stronger (well, it wasn’t)

The feature will return in August, where I will be predicting the fates of more than double the number this season!  I hope you all rejoin me and make some wild guesses yourself.  It should be entertaining to look back a year from now.

FOX Renews Glee for Two More Seasons

Despite declining ratings, FOX has renewed musical-drama/comedy, Glee, for two more seasons .

After spending two seasons on Tuesday, FOX shifted Glee to Thursdays and gave it the lead in of both The X Factor (fall) and American Idol (midseason).  It hasn’t done huge numbers behind either and averages somewhere between a 2.0 and 2.5 demo for each of its episodes this season.

Even though the numbers are a fraction of what they used to be, FOX clearly sees more potential by giving it an additional two seasons.  The renewal will take Glee through the 2014-2015 television season (or the shows sixth season).

Here is the press release from FOX:

“Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” said Reilly. “Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show – and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.” 

“GLEE has been a signature series for the studio since its launch four years ago and we couldn’t be happier that FOX has ordered two more seasons,” commented Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Ryan, Brad, Ian and Dante have created something that is far larger than a television show; it’s a global entertainment brand which continues to touch millions around the world. From its chart-topping musical numbers to its inventive storytelling and rich, complex characters, GLEE rewrote the rules of what network television could be, and we are enormously proud to be the studio behind it.”

“I am very grateful to Kevin, Dana and Gary for their incredible support of this series from the beginning,” added Murphy. “But I also want to thank our loyal audience, whose passion and enthusiasm continue to amaze and inspire us.”