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  1. You're right about Fridays, and I'd forgotten about that entirely. I usually end up watching it on Sunday so I never think of it as a Friday show, but that's definitely a reason why a 0.4 could earn a renewal. Grimm had the same luck to keep it going as long as it did, and IIRC, Last Man Standing made it through five years on Friday night with lower than normal numbers when it was still on ABC.
  2. And this is why renewal/cancellation decisions are made with far lower numbers than would have ever happened just a few years ago. It's also why expensive cast members get "killed off" in drama series and replaced by no-name newbies, seasons get shortened to 13 or 18 episodes instead of the usual 22-ish, pandemic notwithstanding, episodes run times approach 39 or 40 minutes, production values aren't as high and so on. L/SD and C3 are the only metrics that ad buyers care about, and only in monitored households. Meaning that if you don't have a Neilsen device in your home, what you watch do
  3. DVR playback doesn't really do much other than provide an interesting statistic. When it comes to making a renewal/cancellation decision the only demo that matters to the network people is 18-49 years old, in either live/same day or what they call "C3"--those who've watched the commercials that aired during the show within three days of it airing live. As it is this show skews well over 18-49 (I think I saw somewhere it was mid-60s) so what percentage of the targeted demographic actually sits through ads while watching live, or even more incredulously, watches ads on a DVR playback. Adver
  4. I lost IQ points on this one. Every other store on every block has some form of video surveillance they could pull footage from, and if it's midtown, the NYPD's own cameras are everywhere. Especially since last summer's troubles and the fact that the real NYC has major crime problems at the moment, and the justice system is a joke. As for the girl ID'ing the shooter, what in the name of glub was this even doing at the prosecutor's level an hour or two after she gives her statement? What happened to "In the criminal justice system the police investigate crimes and the district attorney pro
  5. Anything here in North Jersey it's usually 5+ minutes from arrival to first drop of water. Then again, it's all vollies up here.
  6. Also, I've been meaning to mention this for a long time now, but what the hell is with the horrible HVAC background noise in the soundtrack? I've never heard this on any other show. Next time they're doing a quiet scene either in Frank's office or in an interrogation room listen carefully. You hear fan noise and room echos almost as loud as the dialog. Are they shooting this on a professional soundstage or in a converted warehouse? Has the audio team never heard of sound baffles? Noise cancelling mics? Noise gates?
  7. I honestly detested this episode. Not any particular storyline, it was just poorly executed and felt extremely disjointed, and it felt to me like the actors were just reciting their lines rather than living their characters. Frank's coming down hard on the 51 Captain wouldn't have bothered me if we hadn't seen him generally being supportive of his men and a good leader and teacher. Frank isn't generally a hardass and this was out of character. The former captain was looking out for his family's best interests and now they're basically going to be completely screwed. He didn't get the gig
  8. Two line of duty deaths resulted. At the time they were saying that fire burned through the hose line that the two men from Engine 33 who perished were carrying to a hot spot in the basement. Just horrible and very difficult to listen to for sure, but for that very reason, that real-world tragedy made this episode extremely realistic to me--at least that aspect of it, anyway. Radio, to me, has always been the best medium for storytelling, whether it's old time radio dramas or PD/FD/EMS radio systems today. TV (especially most insipid network TV shows) has nowhere near the impact for me. I
  9. To add one more thing. Holly heard Mouch's mayday call and she was genuinely worried for him when things looked bleak. I was really hoping that either Hermann would have called Mouch aside at the end and introduced her, or she would have asked if she could see this Mouch guy. All snark aside, and PITA or not, she went through something terrible and seeing this guy alive and well would probably have made her day, and the story of why would probably have gotten to Mouch, too. Wasted opportunity IMO.
  10. Some iffy writing and playing with the way radios work but I'll handwave it for a decent character episode. I really enjoyed it, especially the Otis reference (despite the fact we almost never saw him doing elevator rescues when he was there). The one that should have been working was the alarm button. It's uncomplicated--you push it, it rings a bell and keeps it ringing until you pull the button back out again. Ringing elevator bell plus the fact you can't reach your engine crew = guess where they are guys? Agreed. If you're on Squad you should know how to build an elevator in
  11. This is true, but then you get the reveal at the end of what was in the envelope at the mat, and watch as teams react when they find out they missed a fast forward or $10,000 in cash each. Or else you make it so one of the teams has to select the special envelope (maybe once in a while).
  12. If you have a nice random mix of positives and negatives you could even put them in specially-marked envelopes and essentially dare the contestants to see if they feel lucky. Or not. The random elimination would suck bigly, but I really don't hate it, and I wouldn't put it in the first 4 or 5 legs either. Although generally I believe a team's lack of skill or ability should be the sole cause of their elimination, the fact is in a race, bad things can happen. Even traveling on your own you can lose a passport, miss a flight, get robbed, get sick, have a lost hotel reservation, etc. So if y
  13. I'd be fine with printed maps, too, provided there is sufficient information on the map for the contestant to find the place they're going to. But a GPS might be better for TV, especially since modern/younger viewers have probably never needed to read a paper map. And since the 18-49 demo is the group who pays the ad bills.... By safe I mean "you will not die or sustain life-threatening injury," which is pretty much already the case. Which is why I cringe when contestants scream like they're in mortal peril when doing something daring, but in reality they they're firmly affixed with profe
  14. I don't want to see them with phones, but giving them each a handheld GPS device would be huge. I have always hated to see teams eliminated because of a lousy cabby who didn't know where the destination was. This would give them no excuse other than their unfamiliarity with how to use the software or poor battery management. The bunching of flights is definitely a cost issue. Pandemic aside, flights now run at close to 100% capacity as much as possible, and often the only seats left are up front. It's certainly much harder to get 4 tickets in Y these days, and they can't travel in J/F so
  15. Honestly, I don't think he'd give a crap about his reputation that early on, but rather why his rig almost killed a friend and possibly a civilian victim if he knows he did everything right. Did something happen on a different shift that the operator failed to log? That would have been my first call (or the officer's first call). Followed by Fleet Services to get the rig towed, inspected, torn-apart, and fixed. Unless the operator was a vacation-relief man ("floater" I guess in their parlance) or someone that nobody knew there's no second-guessing that the op. screwed up beyond "What the hell
  16. This storyline bothered me SO much, in so many ways. Casey's worked with and trusted Mouch on the stick for at least 9 years (if show seasons are supposed to vaguely track calendar years). No way in hell Casey disrespects his chauffeur/operator like that, beyond "What the hell happened?" Call another truck (there would have been at least 3 or 4 at a working fire in real life), put 81 OOS until further notice and get the dep't mechanics in to disassemble it down to the last nut and bolt if necessary. And of course they'd have every single service bulletin ever issued. It's not up to the FF
  17. The ones I look for are the ones who can cook and work the line, but don't get a lot of camera time at first. The more over the top or flamboyant, the greater the chances you're going to be cannon fodder; sooner if you're a lousy cook or have a shit palate, or later if you have talent but are a douchecanoe. After just one episode, the one guy I really like is Marc. He wears his heart on his sleeve, but he's got passion, drive, and he appears to know how to cook and present. And regardless of whether he wins the competition or gets eliminated, I think he's got a solid career as a chef ahea
  18. A few random thoughts on this. I didn't hate it but also didn't love it. The disabled detective - I'd watch the hell out of a show featuring Det. Mulaney. Ali Stroker pulled that part off brilliantly, and I hope we see her again. As for her circumstances, there's still plenty of good police work she could do with a squad. Undercover with a partner, chasing leads on active cases via computer (which is quite honestly how a great deal of real-world cases get solved today), being a skilled interrogator in the interview room, and best of all, taking the stand to give evidence. She'd be a rock
  19. I should qualify that by saying that anyone who's earned their way onto a Homicide squad has my absolute respect, but I've known some real-life murder police and other U/Cs, and some are guys who are just a blast to be around. Larger than life, gregarious, and sharing a bottle of Scotch and a box of cigars, they'll tell the best war stories (true or otherwise) for hours on end. One was a neighbor of mine who worked drugs, gangs, and (briefly) homicide. He retired and moved to the desert southwest but man, our BS sessions were things you could write a book over. I can bet that half of my TV fav
  20. Yesterday I watched the "My First Homicide" episode featuring Det. Rayell Johnson in NOLA, with the case "Dead Wrong" from S16 being featured. This was one of those episodes where only a very, very small fraction of what actually happened made it to air. I googled the name of the one perp who ended up getting life without parole (not the shooter, but the ringleader), Tavis Leonard. Reading the ruling from that LA Court of Appeals that upheld his LWOP sentence was something you could make a movie from. The un-named "friend" and the friend's father who owned the house where it all happened
  21. I'm guessing they can't embed with the squads with Covid restrictions so they need to come up with something to keep interest up. I wish they'd do more "After the First 48" to follow up on interesting cases. He did, and now he has his own podcast. He's very camera-friendly and has the personality to pull it off. He's one of the superstars the show has managed to feature. My favourite of all time is Tom Armelli in Cleveland, and I'd rank Dave a very close second. I also really liked Nate Sowa (CLE) since he and I both love our cigars. Caroline Mason (Nashville), Timothy Bender (NOLA), R
  22. Also known as Little to big, back to the rig!
  23. No way Casey goes back to Gabby (i.e. leaves the show, since Gabby ain't coming back--and I refuse to think the unthinkable here). I can see either Mouch or Hermann getting written out, although as a Certified Olde Pharte myself, I like seeing the veterans on the job, not just a bunch of Hollywood Twinkies. I could definitely see Kidd getting knocked down by a white-shirt or some other factor. The whole promotion thing is a big plot obstacle, and frankly I don't see the writers being creative enough to plot their way out cleanly.
  24. Jeez, do you blame him? It's obvious that he's got strong emotional feelings for her, she's in mortal danger and he's able to do something about it. Hell yes he's going to use every single bit of training and instinct to get to her. Frankly who wouldn't in that case? Hell, any good FF would do it for another member of the service to begin with, let alone a potential romantic partner. That's what medics and FFs do, plain and simple. They're not paid executioners, judges, or juries. And this is why I will always despise Cruz, because he did precisely that in Season 1. There'll always be
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