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Upfront TV: “Parenthood” On Bubble | NFL Moves Kickoff Game | “Anger Management” June Premiere

Published on February 29, 2012
  • NBC aired the Season 3 finale of “Parenthood” last night, but is resting on the bubble rather than on its laurels, reports Media Life. NBC cut the season short to make room for the new reality show “Fashion Star,” with Nicole Richie and Jessica Simpson. “Parenthood” with its improvisational feel has been more of a critical than a ratings hit. It has rated second place in the Tuesday 10 p.m. timeslot this season, with a 2.0 among adults 18-49, versus a 2.4 for CBS's "Unforgettable" and 1.8 for ABC's "Body of Proof.” “Parenthood” is loosely based on the 1989 Steve Martin film. A 1990 series based on the film starred Ed Begley, Jr., and lasted only half a season.

  • The National Football League (NFL) has moved its 2012 season-opening NFL Kickoff game to Wednesday, September 5 (NBC, 8:30 PM ET). The game was moved from Thursday, September 6, so as not to conflict with President Barack Obama’s Thursday speech at the Democratic National Convention. The Super Bowl XLVI-champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium. NBC will televise the game at 8:30 PM ET and NFL Kickoff 2012 beginning at 7:30 PM ET.
  • FX has announced that it will premiere “Anger Management” starring Charlie Sheen kicks on June 28, with the first two episodes airing at 9:00 PM and 9:30 P.M. ET/PT. In the following weeks, the series will air first-run episodes Thursdays at 9:30 P.M. with the previous week’s episode repeated at 9:00 P.M. FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from producers Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate Television. “Anger Management” stars Sheen as a “non-traditional therapist” in a private practice, and at a state prison. 
  • Discovery Channel’s “Doomsday Bunkers” will premiere on Wednesday, March 7 at 10 P.M. ET/PT. As Discovery describes the series, it “pulls back the curtain on advanced and secretive underground bunkers.” The series will follow Dallas, Texas-based Deep Earth Bunker owner Scott Bales and his team of engineers as they prepare clients for nuclear disasters, earthquakes and nose-diving economies. Each episode is a beginning to end “how to,” with an emphasis upon preparation in comfort and style.
  • Boosted by ratings, ABC has picked up two additional episodes of its reality series “Shark Tank,” for a total of 15 episodes. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “Shark Tank” is the No. 1 show on Friday nights on the broadcast nets with Teens 12-17, and is up over the previous season by 19% in Total Viewers and 27% in young adults. On February 24, "Shark Tank" dominated CBS’s "Undercover Boss" across the 18-34 demos: AD18-34 +17%, M18-34 +27% and W18-34 +15%. The series follows a panel of “Sharks” (investors” hearing business and product pitches from entrepreneurs. The sharks then compete to invest. "Shark Tank" airs Fridays (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.