Monday, June 17, 2024

TV: ABC Renews Wednesday Line Up And, Oddly, “Big Sky” Because They Own It


Well, meh ratings for established shows won out at ABC over looking for replacements.

The alphabet network renewed “The Conners,” “The Wonder Years,” and “Home Economics” whether we like it or not. They had already renewed “The Goldbergs” despite its star, Jeff Garlin, being gone.

ABC also renewed the soap drama “A Million Little Things” and “Big Sky.” ABC owns the latter show so they’re sticking with it even if no one watches it. Here’s a little twist on that one, however. When “Big Sky” premiered two years ago, Ryan Phillippe was touted as the star. But they killed him off in the first episode. Now they’re bringing in “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles, who looks like a younger Phillippe, for Season 3. I guess ABC increased their budget.

“A Million Little Pieces”– that’s one of those ABC shows you know is there, but knows what’s going on.

All of these shows I liken to furniture filling up a big room. It’s too expensive to buy nice new stuff, so you keep re-covering it and hope no one notices the cushions need to be stuffed.

I used a picture here of John Carroll Lynch and Ryan Phillippe from the first episode of “Big Sky.” They were each killed off — Lynch twice, actually.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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