There's nothing quite like that for the TV landscape, so I was inspired to give it a try. Across the next three weeks I'll be previewing fall 2009 in TV by creating a Steele-like article each day for a different primetime timeslot. (Except Saturdays) It's a big project, but I've finished enough of the articles now that I have a good head start and feel I can get it done. They will start rolling out tomorrow at 11:00 AM ET with the Sunday 7 PM hour and then every non-Saturday day at 11 AM ET through September 6, wrapping just a couple days before the first big-5 network fall programming returns on the 8th.
The style will be kinda Steele-like, meaning lots of long sentences and not a lot of commas. Partly homage to Steele, partly a quick way of unloading info. Unlike Steele, whose histories often date back to the early 2000s, I will usually (but not always) just focus on the previous three seasons. A few reasons for fall '06 as a good starting point for the current state of TV:
- Fall '06 is when PIFeedback started, so it's the beginning of consistently detailed ratings/scheduling info on the net. It's also the first year that I personally started participating in TV discussion on the Internet. Before that I was mostly just familiar with my favorite shows, not the broad landscape, so I'd have less of my own memory to go on.
- The CW started... meaning I don't have to go back and split up descriptions into WB and UPN.
- Network primetime football moved from ABC Mondays to NBC Sundays.
- ABC completely shook up TV by moving Grey's Anatomy to Thursday. So I don't need to dig back into those miserably-rated ABC Thursdays with Alias, Night Stalker, etc. that have almost nothing to do with what's going on there now.