If nothing else, you have to thank ABC for being so accommodating with its 2012-13 schedule.
“Awwww, how sweet! You put that Tim Allen garbage and the new Reba McEntire retread all the way out there on Fridays so it won’t bother me. You shouldn’t have! And Last Resort, one of the few new dramas premiering that looks watchable, is in a somewhat vulnerable position for me right now, thanks!”
The chance ABC executives had me and my viewing habits in mind when they designed the 2012-13 fall TV schedule are pretty slim. But it sure looks that way. The very thought of seeing the Reba McEntire show anywhere near the network’s Wednesday comedy lineup — two years ago, it would have been — made my brain hurt when I heard the show was in development earlier this year. Best solution? Banish it to Friday under a new TGIF moniker and viola! I never have to worry about it again. The fact that it could take the unwatchable Last Man Standing with it — opening the way for a new comedy block on Tuesday — is a big bonus.
And when you tell me there is a new soapy-type show about women in country music and dealing with the Nashville industry … well, then I’ll tell you I have something else to do that night. Whatever night it’s on. But then if you add in that Connie Britton is the star of the show, I’m giving it a try, at least. She’s earned that kind of leeway.
Then you can tell me about the network’s biggest, most anticipated drama of the season, Shawn Ryan’s Last Resort, starring I’ll-watch-anything-he-does Andre Braugher, getting a cushy spot at 8 p.m. Thursdays right when my 8 p.m. Thursdays spot is about to open. 30 Rock is gone after 13 weeks and I’m still debating about whether to drop Vampire Diaries when it comes back. There are very few spots open on my weekly viewing schedule, but ABC was nice enough to schedule its one new show I was interested in at the one time that might turn available. How nice!
Wait, another gift? Moving Revenge to Sundays at 9 — when I’m watching Good Wife, no un-football related questions asked — was a great place for me to continue to ignore it. You shouldn’t have!
I could have done without Happy Endings going up against both New Girl and Go On directly, but I couldn’t have everything, right? Right. That’s what OnDemand and DVRs are for.
So thanks, ABC. You didn’t have to make my TV viewing life easier, but you did.