After a dreary fall of remakes and retro clones — stewardesses, bunnies and Angels — when the broadcast TV networks failed to produce a single new standout and the best new drama was on cable (Homeland on Showtime), it’s heartening to see so many promising hours on the horizon.
From The Voice to Body of Proof, broadcast networks are breaking more new shows in less competitive months.
As broadcast network executives were leaving for their holiday destinations last week, most of them were certainly glad to get away, and not only because of the dreary wet Los Angeles weather. The broadcast networks had little to cheer about this fall, which failed to produce breakout hits of the size of Modern Family or Glee a year ago. Here are some notes on the fall season, evaluation of the performance of the individual networks and a look ahead at midseason.