Tuesday, August 31, 2010

List of Fall Preview Specials

Each year, most/all broadcast networks produce a half-hour special that previews their fall lineup, usually focusing heavily on the new shows. These specials are pretty low-profile and usually not very entertaining, but I find the various odd ways they're scheduled kinda interesting. Here's the info I've been able to come up with:

ABC has two separate half-hour preview specials this year, one for comedies (ABC 2010 Red Carpet Premiere Event: Laugh On) and one for dramas (ABC 2010 Red Carpet Premiere Event: No Ordinary Dramas). They air locally from August 28 through September 19, and also nationally on Sunday, September 19 back-to-back at 5:00pm and 5:30pm Eastern on ABC. EDIT: They are also now available on abc.com. (Link)

The CBS Fall Preview, hosted by The Defenders stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell, airs nationally on Monday, September 6th at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. (PRESS RELEASE)

The NBC Primetime Preview Show is currently available on hulu (Link). It has no national NBC airings but will be on affiliates and various NBCU networks from August 8 through September 27. Upcoming airings on my TiVo Guide include a 12:30pm Eastern airing on Friday, September 3 on Bravo and a 6:30pm Eastern airing on Monday, September 6 on CNBC.

The 2010 Fox Fall Preview, hosted by the cast of Bones, appears to be an affiliate-only thing like the CW's, but you can also see it online at the website of the FOX 23 affiliate in Maine.

The CW 2010 Fall Preview Special seems to be another affiliate-only program, so check local listings. I caught it earlier this week. It's hosted by Kristoffer Polaha of Life Unexpected and Robert Buckley of One Tree Hill and focuses on (in order) The Vampire Diaries, Hellcats, Nikita, and the final season of Smallville.

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