Our friend James Hibberd is leaving The Hollywood Reporter but will resurface at EW.com on January 3, 2011. We wish him well in his new stomping grounds and thank him for all the good fodder during his run at THR.
He's leaving THR in style though, with Five Lessons of the Fall TV Season. Here's one of them:
It doesn't matter where you put your biggest hits (but make sure they're hits): Big Bang Theory opening Thursdays? Survivor on Wednesdays? No sweat. Both time-period titans of appointment TV ruled their new slots. But moving aging procedurals like CSI: NY, CSI: Miami and Medium to less protected nights was more like relocating hospice patients in winter. For CBS, the moves weren't so much about boosting each show's rating, but strengthening the schedule overall -- which it did -- yet it's never fun to watch a show lose viewers.