Showbiz Sandbox 73: Handicapping This Season’s New TV Shows

September 28, 2010


With the new television season already underway our hosts debate which of the new series will get a full season order from the networks and which won’t make it to October. Will the revival of “Hawaii Five-O” make the cut? What will be the first show to get canceled? Let the arguments begin.

Oliver Stone got passing grades this week with “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”. The sequel to his iconic 1987 film topped the box office with just over $19 million. Of course, if Hollywood studios have their way, video-on-demand might start being included in opening weekend numbers. In an effort to supplement sagging DVD sales, the studios are planning to offer movies via premium VOD shortly after their theatrical release. At $25 per film audiences may just be willing to wait a few months.

Meanwhile, shares in Netflix soared when Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy, though the DVD-by-mail powerhouse may be facing some stiff competition as it migrates to a movie streaming business model.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we cover all the weeks top entertainment news including pop star Katy Perry’s racy “Sesame Street” clip and the all-star cast lining up for guest spots on “Glee”. With Jeff Zucker departing NBC and the dismissal of CNN’s head honcho, executive shuffles are our Inside Baseball topic of the week.


In This War The Movie Studios Are Siding With Your Couch

Shifting Online, Netflix Faces New Competition

War of Words Over Non-union Film The Hobbit.….….

Longtime Tarantino Editor Sally Menke Found Dead At 56….

Five Ways NBC Can Pull Itself Out Of Last Place….

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Announced….

Katy Perry’s “Sesame Street” Appearance Gets Yanked

Katy Perry To Guest Star On “The Simpsons”

Gwyneth Paltrow to Guest Star On “Glee”

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Is American Idiot’s Newest Broadway Belter….

Mark Zuckerberg Giving $100 Million To Newark Schools

Max Weinberg Won’t Follow Conan To TBS….

Jonathan Klein To Leave CNN

Jeff Zucker Announces Departure From NBC….

Burke To Lead NBCU After Comcast Purchase….

Eugene Hernandez: This Is Not Goodbye….


  • luluddd

    I have enjoyed your program and found your information insightful and interesting…content that you cannot get from any other podcast…at least that I have found…..

    Had a problem with this ep. though…..How can you call TV shows “horrible” after seeing a 30 sec. promo…..MG calling the Event “horrible” and Karen ripping the shows without watching them is absurd. I really thought all of you “journalists” lost credibility.

  • Thanks for the comment and the kind words about the podcast. We work really hard to put together each episode.

    As for your comments about reviewing television shows without first seeing them, I thought we mentioned each time we were talking about a show we hadn’t seen. (In my case that’s all of them). If we weren’t clear on which ones had not been viewed then that is an oversight that we will have to watch out for in the future.

    Also, please know that we weren’t reviewing the shows much as making judgment calls as to whether they would survive an entire season. Though, to your point, I suppose that could be seen as a review of some kind.

  • luluddd

    “We are pleased with the quality of The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced, and feel they are an important part of helping to re-build our schedule and our studio pipeline,” said Angela Bromstad, NBC’s entertainment president . “We believe in these new series and the creative auspices behind them.