This week brings the premieres of many of fall’s new TV series, including two from the new team behind Star Trek and one from Star Trek’s original Kirk. Monday saw Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s Hawaii Five-0 win its time slot, and Wednesday JJ Abrams new show Undercovers premiered with somewhat disappointing ratings, while last night William Shatner’s $#!* My Dad Says scored big.
Kutzman and Orci’s Hawaii Five-0 #1 new Monday show
On Monday CBS premiered Hawaii Five-0, the reboot of the classic cop show from the 70s. The show was co-created by Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and is produced by their K/O Paper Products production company. The pilot was also written by Orci and Kurtzman, telling a new "origin story" on how Steve McGarret (Alex O’Loughlin), Danno (Scott Caan), Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and the "Five 0" task force came together. The premiere was the top rated new show on Monday and won the 10PM timeslot. The pilot was watched by 13.8 Million viewers, with a 3.9 rating in the key 18-49 Demo. The show easily beat the season premiere of Castle on ABC (2.8 demo rating) and Chase on NBC (2.5 demo rating).
Hawaii Five-0 main title sequence w/ classic music
Although not a genre show, Hawaii Five-0 is full of action and does have a couple genre stars as regulars: Daniel Dae Kim (from Lost and Star Trek Voyager and Enterprise), as well as Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica). And the bad guy in the pilot was played by James Marsters (Buffy), who could be returning to the show. Reviews for the series have also been very favorable, so Hawaii Five-0 is off to a good start.
Preview of next week’s episode "Ohana"
You can get more info about the show, including watching the pilot and more video clips and behind the scenes videos at CBS.com.
Abrams’ Undercovers underperforms
NBC heavily promoted JJ Abrams return to the spy genre with the TV series Undercovers, noting it comes from the man behind Lost and Star Trek. The pilot for Undercovers was also directed by JJ Abrams (complete with lens flares), but apparently that wasn’t enough as the show premiered in third place in overall viewers (8.6M) and fourth place in terms of the key demo (2.0 rating). CBS’ Survivor Nicaragua won the 8PM Wednesday timeslot with 12.5M viewers and a 4.0 demo rating, but Fox and ABC shows also beat Undercovers.
Preview of next week’s episode
More videos, including the pilot, are available at NBC.com.
Shatner’s sitcom scores big
William Shatner’s new sitcom $#!* My Dad Says had generally unfavorable reviews. While Shatner was generally praised, the show itself was mostly panned, but that did not stop the show from scoring big ratings last night. The CBS sitcom benefited from the lead in of The Big Bang Theory and both shows won the hour. $#!* My Dad Says held 80% of the audience for Big Bang and was watched by 12.5M viewers and had a 3.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, beating head to head competition with the popular NBC sitcom 30 Rock, as well as the second half hours on Fox (Bones), CW (Vampire Diaries) and ABC (My Generation).
Preview for next week’s episode
More videos and the first episode for $#!* My Dad Says available at CBS.com.
Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams pilots for next season
As we have been reporting, JJ Abrams already has three pilot projects in the works for next season with Alcatraz at FOX, Persons of Interest at CBS, and Odd Jobs (the comedy/drama with Michael Emerson and terry O’Quinn) landing at NBC.
And earlier this week FOX gave a pilot order for a new series from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman called Exit Strategy, described as a high octane procedural set in the world of CIA agents who are sent in to "fix" operations gone bad.
And with all of that, Fringe the sci-fi show from Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman, kicked off its 3rd season last night. That show started the season with a 30% drop from the season 2 premiere with 5.8M viewers and a 2.1 demo rating.
Data for article source from TVByTheNumbers.