Schedule #2

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This is the Start TV schedule for the week of September 10-16, 2018.

The schedule is mostly the same(which is probably the reason why there isn’t a second screenshot), expect for 3 interesting hours:

9:00 AM-12:00 PM on Sunday.

Here, Dr. Quinn and Medium‘s „triple episode“ nonsense has been cut back to favor of educational programming like Animal Atlas. I guess last week’s Sunday schedule didn’t please the channel’s newly-found viewers… Anyway, here’s my prediction why: Start TV have a new 3-hour block on Sunday mornings focusing on educational programming, and this is the block’s inaugural week. Oh well, we’ll just wait and see if this takes off.

Stay tuned for updates on this blog to see if my prediction came true.

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Schedule #1

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This is the Start TV schedule for the week of September 3-9 2018.

FINALLY! I found it! The channel’s inaugural schedule!

Alright, so here’s how it goes: Touched by an Angel kicks things off at 6:00 AM EST with back-to-back episodes. Then it’s 3 hours of Dr. QuinnMedium, Cold Case and The Closer, respectively, for a total of 12 programming hours! At 8:00 PM EST, Start TV will air back-to-back episodes of The Division, followed by Family Law at 10:00 PM EST. After that, back-to-back episodes of Profiler, then Joan of Arcadia, then 3 hours of Early Edition, and finally, another airing of Touched by an Angel.

Oh, and this is on a strip schedule, so you’ll get used to seeing these shows over and over again for the next 7 days.

Series Preview: The Division

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SERIES PREMIERE DATE: January 7, 2001

SERIES FINALE DATE: June 28, 2004

SEASONS: 4

EPISODES: 88

ORIGINAL NETWORK: Lifetime

CREATED BY: Deborah Joy LeVine

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Kedzie Productions, Viacom Productions

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT?: The Division followed the lives on 5 policewomen in the felony division of the San Francisco PD, lead by Captain Kate McCafferty. These women will risk everything in an attempt to balance their professional and personal lives.

NOTABLE CAST MEMBERS: Bonnie Bedelia, Lela Rochon Fuqua, Nancy McKeon, Tracy Needham and Lisa Vidal

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CONTINUES THE SHOW’S STORY?: Nope.

Well, this is the end… for now. Thanks for reading Start TV Schedule Archive Series Previews: Volume 1. I just noticed that Start TV will also air family-friendly programming with (obviously) female leads like Touched by an Angel, Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman and Joan of Arcadia. Unfortunately, as the channel’s launch date of September 3 gets closer and closer, I am not able to do Series Previews for those shows. But hey, it’s better than nothing. Look for Start TV Schedule Archive Series Previews: Volume 2 in January, when The Good Wife and Crossing Jordan join the channel’s lineup.

Series Preview: Profiler

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Sorry for the long wait, folks. Was busy with stuff outside of managing this blog

SERIES PREMIERE DATE: September 21, 1996

SERIES FINALE DATE: July 1, 2000

SEASONS: 4

EPISODES: 88

ORIGINAL NETWORK: NBC

CREATED BY: Cynthia Saunders

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Sander/Moses Productions(seasons 1-3), Three Putt Entertainment(seasons 3+4), NBC Studios

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT?: Profiler follows Dr. Samantha Waters, a forensic psychologist working for the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force based in Atlanta. She has a unique gift of „seeing“ through the eyes of others which gives Samantha a special insight on how the mind of a criminal works.

NOTABLE CAST MEMBERS: Ally Walker, Robert Davi, Julian McMahon, Roma Maffia and Peter Frechette

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CONTINUES THE SHOW’S STORY?: Nope, but like Cold Case, it’s an interesting story. Profiler shares the same universe with another NBC series, The Pretender, which also lasted 4 seasons. Both shows even did 3 crossover episodes!

Next week, this blog concludes its inaugural slate of series previews by looking at The Division. 

10 TV Shows That Need To Be Cancelled Sooner Than Later

While I am waiting for Start TV’s inaugural schedule, I have been busy doing other stuff with this blog, such as the series previews I’ve been doing over the past 3 weeks. As a matter of fact, I have decided to shake things up a bit with this post you’re about to see. Many television series have the unfortunate distinction of getting worse and worse as time progresses. These 10 shows are such examples…

10. Can We Please Stop Keeping Up with The Kardashians?Keeping Up with the Kardashians - Season 9

Kicking off this list is a show so terrible, I just can’t describe it with words. How many seasons do we need of the obnoxious Kardashian-Jenner blended family? 15, according to Comcast-owned cable network E!. This, despite the fact that the show has been critically panned since it began in 2007. 2007 may have been 11 years ago, but watching this show makes it feel like it was 11 decades ago. Season 15 is currently airing

9. Gumball‘s World Is No Longer Amazing52348-season-three-amazing-world-gumball-greenlighted

Cartoon Network, prepare to be disappointed, because you are appearing 3 times on this list. This is the first stirke. When Gumball first began in 2011, it was fun and exciting, particularly because it used animated characters in live-action backgrounds. Those were the days. Now, it’s just the same old tired shtick. The Amazing World of Gumball has become so outdated, that it’s lowest-viewed episode had a whopping 42,000 viewers. Even more troubling is that series creator Ben Bocquelet left after production on season 6 was complete, but the show is still going strong without him. Season 6 is currently airing

8. This Boring „Comedy“ Keeps Getting Youngeryounger_thumb_1920x1080_043018

By 2015, Viacom-owned TV Land completed it’s transition from a home of classic telly to a channel with prestigious original series like Hot in Cleveland. Also in 2015, the channel premiered Younger, an entire series about a woman lying about her age. Such a boring concept for an alleged „sitcom“. Apparently this was done to capture those peasants over at Generation X, but ultimately, we’re treated to a barrel of unnecessary humor. And of course, TV Land cancelled Hot in Cleveland for this. Season 5 is currently airing, with a sixth one on the way

7. Brooklyn Beware: The Nine-Nine Are Out To Bore Youbrooklyn-nine-nine

At first glance, FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a typical cop comedy. But it isn’t. Well, it IS a cop comedy, but then you notice the racially diverse cast. It’s not bad and all, but this is where the trouble begins. There’s also a running gag where innocent phrases are turned into titles of failed sex tapes. And after that, we have episode 99, where one character comes out as bisexual. And guess how much seasons we had to endure this crap? FIVE!!!!! FOX rightfully closed the 99th Precinct after 5 years… but then the fans came in. Season 6, which will consist of 13 episodes, premieres midseason on NBC

6. Steven‘s Living in His Own UniverseIntro_Poses.jpg

Here in Bulgaria, CN’s Steven Universe premiered 10 months(September 2014) after its American debut(November 2013). I managed to watch several episodes of it, and it was fun and lighthearted, especially with a unique premise(a boy living with humanoid gems protecting the world). Where is the show now, you ask? It was dipped into gritty plotlines. Oh, and two gems got married. Really?! Not to mention that a promotional video from May of this year contained footage from future episodes. A similar thing happened with Adventure Time: The show started out as fun and lighthearted, but got darker and darker in tone with each passing season. Season 5 is currently airing, with a made-for-TV movie on the way

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Landing in a safe midtable position is this show. In 2005, The WB aired the first episode of Supernatural, about two brothers who fight supernatural beings. The show became a sleeper hit, earning decent ratings and a huge fanbase. This success continued over the next few years, in which by this point the show moved to the newly-launched CW network. But in 2010, after 5 devilishly fantastic years, series creator Eric Kripke left his position as showrunner. Since then, the show has been a shallow mockery of itself. So much so that this season marks the show’s 300th episode. Perhaps it’s time for the Winchester brothers to end their adventures. Season 14, which consists of 20 episodes, premieres Thursday October 11 at 8/7c

4. End This Detour Now!the-detour-season-2

TBS’s painfully unfunny „sitcom“ The Detour follows the Parkers, a rude, obnoxious family which says and does inappropriate things all the time. So far, this series has given us the following season-long plotlines:

  • The Parkers organize a road trip to Florida, with largely disastrous results
  • The Parkers move to New York City, with largely disastrous results
  • The Parkers become criminals in Alaska, with-you guessed it-largely disastrous results

This is what they call „humor“? Pathetic. And yet, the show earned critical acclaim and is one of the top 10 comedies on cable. What’s more, series co-creator Samantha Bee has two projects on TBS: This, and her late-night talk show Full FrontalSeason 4 premieres in 2019

3. The Walking Dead Is Literally… Dead?the-walking-dead-season-9-cci-key-art-rick-lincoln-carol-mcbride-1600x720

Let’s face it, The Walking Dead needs to end already. The zombie apocalypse drama, which premiered on AMC in 2010, is too violent for me to watch. Hardly a scene passes through without someone’s guts being blown or eaten. It’s just… disturbing. It would’ve been better if it was a movie, but 2 hours of violence in a post-apocalyptic city is one thing. 9 seasons of it is another. Luckily, this will be main series star Andrew Lincoln’s last season on TWD, so we can hope this season will also be the series’s last! Season 9 premieres Sunday October 7 at 9/8c

2. Is There An End To This American Horror Story?

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2011: Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck launch their new show American Horror Story. I was only 6 years old at the time and was really frightened by horror movies, so I made the wise decision not to watch this series. I was happy with my decision.

2018: Now 13 years of age, I am still not watching American Horror Story. I am happy with my decision, since I’m still frightened by horror movies.

In all seriousness, AHS needs to end already. There is graphic violence, harsh language and explicit sex every episode. But no, this show still keeps going strong. Now that Ryan Murphy jumped ship to Netflix, American Horror Story‘s days are getting numbered. Season 8, which is lovingly subtitled Apocalypse, premieres Wednesday September 12 at 10/9c. Renewed for seasons 9 and 10

1.Titans, Go Conclude This Show Already 

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I started this list with a no-brainer, so it’s only natural to end it with another no-brainer. Ever since 2013, Teen Titans Go! has been terrorizing the minds of children all over the world. Whether it’s taking up the schedule in America, or special events around the globe, one thing’s for sure: TTG has destroyed Cartoon Network to tatters. Locker room humor, violence graphic enough to warrant a TV-14 rating and mocking pop culture icons. This is the perfect formula for an episode of Teen Titans Go!Season 5 is currently airing

That’s it for this list. Here are the shows that didn’t make the cut:

  • Law and Order: SVU Season 20 premieres Thursday September 27 at 10/9c on NBC
  • Arrow Season 7 premieres Monday October 15 at 8/7c on The CW
  • Suits Season 8 is currently airing on USA
  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 13 premieres Wednesday September 5 at 10/9c on FXX
  • Bob’s Burgers Season 9 premiers Sunday September 30 at 8:30/7:30c on FOX, with a theatrical movie on the way for 2020
  • The Big Bang Theory Season 12 premiers with a special preview Monday September 24 at 8/7c on CBS. The show enters it’s regular timeslot on Thursday September 27 at 8/7c. Talks are underway for season 13
  • Modern Family Season 10 premieres Wednesday September 26 at 9/8c on ABC. Talks are underway for season 11

Series Preview: Cold Case

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SERIES PREMIERE: September 28, 2003

SERIES FINALE: May 2, 2010

SEASONS: 7

EPISODES: 156

ORIGINAL NETWORK: CBS

CREATED BY: Meredith Stiehm

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Jerry Bruckheimer Television, CBS Productions(seasons 1-3)/CBS-Paramount Television(seasons 4-6)/CBS Television Studios(season 7), Warner Bros. Television

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?: Cold Case follows Detective Lilly Rush, a homicide detective who works for the Philadelphia Police Department. She specializes in „cold cases“(hence the show’s name), or investigations which are no longer actively persuaded by the PD.

NOTABLE CAST MEMBERS: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford, Thom Barry, Tracie Thoms and Jeremy Chambers

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CONTINUES THE SHOW’S STORY?: No, but one of the cast members did star in an episode of CSI: NY. This confirms that Cold Case is connected to the CSI universe, along with fellow CBS series Without a Trace. What’s more, there was a Japanese adaptation of this series 2 years ago on Wowow. And last but not least, 3 cast members from the show appeared in a promo for Irish soap opera Ros na Rún.

Next week, this blog previews Profiler. In the meantime, here’s something that I thought of: Since Without a Trace and Cold Case did crossovers with CSI and are supposedly connected to the CSI universe, what if both Trace and Case adopted the franchise moniker?

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • CSI: Miami
  • CSI: NY
  • CSI: Cyber
  • CSI: Missing Persons Unit(those who find this name too long can call this series CSI: MPU)
  • CSI: Philadelphia

Series Preview: Medium

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SERIES PREMIERE DATE: January 3, 2005

SERIES FINALE DATE: January 21, 2011

SEASONS: 7

EPISODES: 130

ORIGINAL NETWORK: NBC(seasons 1-5), CBS(seasons 6+7)

CREATED BY: Glenn Gordon Caron

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Picturemaker Productions, Grammnet Productions, Paramount Television(seasons 1+2)/CBS-Paramount Television(seasons 3-5)/CBS Television Studios(seasons 6+7)

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT?: Medium followed Allison DuBois, a mother of three who has the gift of talking to dead people, as well as foresee events and witness the past in her dreams. When she begins working as a consultant for the Phoenix district attorney’s office, she has a dream related to a murder in Texas, the successful solving of which convinces those working in the D.A.’s office that her gift is real.

NOTABLE CAST MEMBERS: Patricia Arquette, Jack Weber, Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, Maria Lark and David Cubitt

IS THERE ANYTHING WHICH CONTINUES THE SHOW’S STORY?: Nope

Next week, this blog previews Cold Case