FROM CAMPAIGN US: As the broadcast networks craft their early prime-time programming blueprints for next season, now is the time for me to campaign for the ratings-challenged freshman series I think are most worthy of renewal.
Naturally, it is not just about traditional Nielsen ratings that determine whether a show stays on air anymore. Time-shifted viewing and social media traction are two additional elements that can add to the success, or failure, of any series. And don’t forget critical acclaim.
In the tradition of classics like “All in the Family,” “MASH” and “Cheers,” shows that started out slow and owe their longevity to the support of TV critics, let me use my power of the pen to lobby for three single-camera comedies I feel are worth more time: NBC’s “Superstore,” The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and Fox’s “The Grinder.”
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