Supergirl

CW fills its week with super women


Oveshadowed by bigger (much bigger) networks, it's hard for CW to get noticed. It tries hard, with superheroes and, at times, super women. Now its season starts Monday (Oct. 9); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

After giving the big
networks a two-week head start, little CW is ready for its season.

On the superhero shows -- change, change ... plus gay character, musical numbers, more


(The final day of the Television Critics Association session has brought a flood of news about superhero shows. For other stories from these session, look at the previous blogs ... and keep an eye out for future ones. Meanwhile, here's the story I sent to papers.)

By Mike Hughes

Surprise: Lowly CW is in a state of excess


OK, here's one more look at what's ahead this fall. The previous four blogs look at the plans for the four big networks. This morning (Thursday), CW added is line-up; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

For a last-place
network, the CW is in a rare state of excess.

CBS this fall: The new-old look of sitcoms, "Friends" stars and "MacGyver"


Now the TV-tinkering is complete. Over the past four days, the big networks have announced their fall schedules. Here's the story I sent to papers about CBS, which announced its plans this morning (Wednesday), the previous blogs look at ABC, Fox and NBC.

By Mike Hughes

After two years of
tossing aside situation comedies, CBS is back to its old ways.

It's fun to be a super star at Halloween time


About this time each year, people grumble that the new season didn't bring many really exceptional TV shows.

This year? Well, the new "Fargo" miniseries is brilliant, "Life in Pieces" is sometimes hilarious, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is wonderfully original and some dramas ("Blindspot," for instance) can grab us. Still, we want more ... and now we get it. "Supergirl" arrives belatedly on Monday, Oct. 26, bringing zest, joy and an instantly likable star. Here's the story I sent to papers:

Sci-fi shows? They're everywhere now


Here's the story that wraps up my preview of the new season for broadcast networks. Officially, the season starts Sept. 21. Scroll backward here and you'll find the five stories I sent to papers -- an overview and sidebar lists of comedies, semi-comedies, dramas and this one, on fantasy or sci-fi:

By Mike Hughes

Science fiction and
fantasty shows used to know their place.

A CBS Monday without laughs? Get used to it this fall


The decline of
situation comedies has reached a new milestone:

For the first time
since 1949, CBS says, it will have a no-sitcom line-up on Mondays.

That's been the
night of “Lucy” and “Mash” and “Raymond” and more. “I
don't think we can be beholden to a 65-year-old strategy,” said
Kelly Kahl, the network's scheduling chief.