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Fall’s Comedy Bloodbath Points to TV’s Overpopulation Problem

14 November 2014 8:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When CBS cancels “The Millers” just five episodes into its second season, you know comedy is hard this fall.

CBS wanted “The Millers” (pictured) to work in the worst way. The Eye and its sibling CBS Television Studios have been dying to field a big fat comedy hit that CBS owns outright in order to reap syndication riches, as other studios have enjoyed off the back of CBS hits. But comedies are clearly overshadowed on the overstuffed TV dial these days by dramas and unscripted series that are often an easier sell to audiences that need a distinct reason to proactively find the show in a sea of choices.

CBS invested megabucks to bring one of the most in-demand comedy showrunners, Greg Garcia, into CBS TV Studios. “The Millers” was the first major byproduct of that overall deal. The show was stocked with veteran thesps — Will Arnett, Margo Martindale and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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CBS cancels 'The Millers' early in Season 2

14 November 2014 7:37 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It didn't take long for "The Millers" to go from a freshman "success" -- quotation marks necessary -- to a second year cancellation for CBS. CBS pulled a minor shocker in this week's Friday Evening News Dump, canceling "The Millers" after only four episodes aired in the second season.  It's a slightly odd cancellation, though. "The Millers" is still airing this Monday (November 17) night's episode, with the appropriately grave title "Diggin' Up Bones." In addition, production will apparently continue for at least one more week before ending. Created by Greg Garcia and starring Emmy nominee Will Arnett and Emmy winners Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges, "The Millers" premiered to over 13 million viewers last October and was still drawing just under 10 million viewers by its May finale. Everybody knew that those numbers were basically propped up by its "Big Bang Theory" lead-in, but as a CBS Television Studios production, the comedy »

- Daniel Fienberg

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CBS Cancels ‘The Millers’

14 November 2014 7:09 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS has pulled the plug on Will Arnett’s “The Millers” a few episodes into its sophomore season, Variety has confirmed.

The comedy will air a new episode on Nov. 17, but no scheduling decisions have been made beyond that point. After a move to Mondays behind “Two Broke Girls,” the multicam laffer has slipped to series lows in the ratings (its latest airing notched a paltry 1.5 in the adults 18-49 demo) and provides no boost to freshman drama “Scorpion,” which airs at 9 p.m.

Though the show is produced by CBS Television Studios, it seems CBS lost patience with “The Millers” as its flagging ratings proved a detriment to “Scorpion,” which CBS sees has a promising contender to have longevity. The Eye has a new season of “Mike and Molly” on the bench as a potential replacement, along with midseason comedy “The Odd Couple,” or ever-reliable reruns of “The Big Bang Theory. »

- Variety Staff

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CBS Cancels 'The Millers'

14 November 2014 6:18 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a somewhat surprising development, CBS is canning a comedy — and it's not the one many might expect. The network pulled the plug on sophomore sitcom The Millers late Friday afternoon. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that production has shut down immediately, and at the moment, only the coming Nov. 17 episode is expected to air. It was a rough couple of weeks leading up to the demise of the Greg Garcia series. It lost its prime post-Big Bang Theory Thursday time slot to Mom in an eleventh hour scheduling move. Its move to Mondays, airing after 2

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- Michael O'Connell, Lesley Goldberg

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Will Arnett & Sean Hayes on 'The Millers' & Longtime Friendship

27 October 2014 6:55 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et sat down with 'The Millers' stars Will Arnett and Sean Hayes to preview tonight's season two premiere.

Et sat down with The Millers stars Will Arnett and Sean Hayes to preview tonight's season two premiere.

In the brand-new episode, Sean joins the show as Kip Withers, Carol Miller's (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new archenemy for her son Nathan (Will Arnett).

News: The Millers Cast Talks Dysfunction

Will filled us in on how Sean's casting came about, telling Et's Kevin Frazier that he may have had a hand in the decision.

"Sean and I have been friends for a long time," said Will. "We were actually on vacation together in Istanbul, Turkey and two weeks later Greg Garcia, who created our show, called me and said, 'Hey, I'm thinking about writing this new character. What do you think about Sean Hayes?' ... I said, 'Yeah, of course »

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Greg Garcia Sells Coming of Age Comedy to ABC (Exclusive)

24 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Greg Garcia is making a case to be one of development season's biggest overachievers. The Millers creator has sold his fifth comedy this season and second to ABC, teaming with writer Chris Case for coming-of-age entry Mr. Chris, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy, which received a script commitment from the network, centers on trust-funder Chris, who after he gets financially cut off by his fed-up father, temporarily moves in with a construction foreman and his family, where he has to learn the lessons that were never taught to him growing up. See

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Greg Garcia Developing Sebastian Maniscalco Comedy for NBC

22 October 2014 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC is getting into the stand-up business. The network has made a script commitment to a multicamera comedy project from Raising Hope and The Millers creator Greg Garcia with stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled comedy, which will be written by The Millers' Austen Earl, follows a newly married Sebastian as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive. Austen and Earl will executive produce the project, while Maniscalco, Judy Brown-Marmel, Norman Aladjem and Alix Jaffe will serve

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- Philiana Ng

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NBC Buys Comedy Script from ‘The Millers’ Scribe, Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco

21 October 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has bought a comedy script penned by “The Millers” scribe Austen Earl based loosely on the life of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, Variety has learned.

The project, which is exec produced by Earl and “Millers” creator Greg Garcia, follows a newly married man who attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive. It’s produced by CBS Television Studios and Garcia’s Amigos De Garcia Productions shingle. Co-EPs are Maniscalco (pictured), Judy Brown-Marmel, Norman Aladjem and Alix Jaffe. It’s still unclear as to whether Maniscalco will star in the project.

Maniscalco, whose Showtime special “Aren’t You Embarrassed” airs November 14, is represented by UTA, Leg and attorney Gregg Gellman. Earl, whose credits also include NBC’s “Up All Night,” is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Garcia is repped by CAA. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Best Buds Will Arnett and Sean Hayes Dish on Working Together on The Millers

20 October 2014 1:25 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Call it kismet. Call it the meeting of two great comedic forces. Call it a show not resting on its first-season laurels (as creator Greg Garcia does: "We want to keep that momentum going"). Will & Grace Emmy winner Sean Hayes joins off-screen buddy Will Arnett (Nathan) as a series regular on Season 2 of The Millers, and the results are unsurprisingly amusing. He plays Kip Finkle, newly divorced roommate to Nathan's mom, Carol (Margo Martindale), and foil to her TV reporter son. "Kip considers Nathan and his career kind of dumb," Garcia says, which leads to plenty of funny friction. Hayes and Arnett called us up for a slightly loopy chat before the Oct. 20 premiere...

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- Oriana Schwindt

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Greg Garcia Sells a Pair of Comedies to CBS (Exclusive)

17 September 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Millers boss Greg Garcia is off to a strong start this development season. The producer's Amigos de Garcia's CBS Television Studios-based banner has sold two comedies to CBS, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. CBS has handed out a script commitment to an untitled multicamera workplace comedy from Garcia's frequent collaborator Bobby Bowman, who will pen the script and exec produce alongside Garcia. Bowman's credits include writing and exec producing Garcia's My Name Is Earl, writing and co-exec producing Raising Hope, and penning episodes of CBS' The Millers. Bowman is repped by ICM Partners and Greenberg Glusker. Photos

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Sean Hayes Joins The Millers

8 July 2014 6:03 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes is officially joining The Millers for their second season. He will be a series regular as Kip Withers, a friend of Carol who is the disdain of Nathan’s life. The Millers creator Greg Garcia has expressed his love of Sean Hayes and is excited to announce the funnyman joining the series. Greg didn’t say on how he won the Emmy winning star on his series, but he did have to say the following about the 90s classic star.

After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers, The thought of he and Margo Martindale as BFFs makes me smile every time I think about it

This is great news for Sean, as he hasn’t been on a hit series since Will & Grace ended. »

- Sarah Peel

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Sean Hayes Joins CBS’ ‘The Millers’ as Series Regular

8 July 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sean Hayes has signed onto CBS’ “The Millers” as a series regular for the comedy’s upcoming second season.

Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and source of friction for her son, Nathan (Will Arnett).

“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining ‘The Millers,’ ” said Greg Garcia, series creator and executive producer, in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as Bff’s makes me smile every time I think about it. We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.”

Hayes most recently starred in and executive produced the sitcom “Sean Saves the World,” which was canceled by NBC in January. His additional credits include “Smash,” “Up All Night” and most famously “Will & Grace, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Sean Hayes Joins CBS' The Millers as Series Regular for Season 2

8 July 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sean Hayes is moving in with The Millers.

CBS has tapped the former Will & Grace scene stealer for a series regular role on its sophomore comedy, the network announced Tuesday.

Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s new best friend whose presence is a source of friction for Will Arnett’s Nathan.

Related  Jennifer Love Hewitt Joining Criminal Minds as Series Regular

“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. »

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Sean Hayes joins CBS' 'The Millers' cast

8 July 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Sean Hayes is returning to Thursday nights.

The actor-producer has joined the cast of CBS’ The Millers where he will be a series regular for the show’s second season. Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new source of friction for her son Nathan (Will Arnett). “After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as »

- James Hibberd

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Sean Hayes Boards CBS' 'The Millers' as Series Regular

8 July 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emmy winner Sean Hayes is heading to CBS. Following the cancellation of his NBC comedy Sean Saves the World, Hayes has boarded Greg Garcia's sophomore comedy The Millers as a series regular, CBS announced Tuesday. The Will and Grace alum will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller's (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a source of friction for her son Nathan (Will Arnett). Photos Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 "After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers," Garcia said.

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Networks Make Some Quirky Choices on Emmy Ballot

18 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Some Emmy  idiosyncrasies were already known — like HBO’s power-move to list “True Detective” as a drama instead of a miniseries, thus sending Showtime’s “Shameless” scurrying to comedy. But the release of the official ballot has added a few more chess moves to the game.

Surprises

Leading Edge: “Hannibal’s” Mads Mikkelsen and “Bates Motel’s” Freddie Highmore are feeling confident enough to crack the lead actor category.

‘Sound’s’ Special: Perhaps feeling the TV movie category is too crowded, “The Sound of Music Live!” goes the way of last year’s “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel” into the Special Class grouping.

Sing for an Egot: Musicians like Prince (“New Girl”) and k.d. lang (“Portlandia”) attempt to get the elusive “E” portion of the Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony superfecta via the guest actor/actress route.

Single-Player System: “The Good Wife” and “Game of Thrones” gods (well, producers) have spoken »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Emmy Contenders Preview – Minor Roles Make for Major Impact

11 June 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

These thesps make the most of limited screen time:

Beau Bridges

The Millers

The oft-nominated, three-time Emmy winner says he jumped at the chance to join the cast of CBS’ new hit comedy “The Millers” before even reading a script, “because of showrunner Greg Garcia. We’d previously worked together on ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and he’s one of the funniest, most innovative guys in the business today, who writes very relatable material.” Bridges also loved the family theme — “all the ups and downs, which is a universal experience” — and his character, Tom Miller, “who’s far more complex, and smarter, than you realize at first. And he’s also a bit of a roue — another surprise.”

Jane Fonda

The Newsroom

Jane Fonda calls Leona Lansing, the media baroness she plays in “The Newsroom,” “marinated in Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch.” Although Lansing harbors a conservative streak that tends to protect her corporate interests, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Emmys: Will Arnett Of ‘The Millers’ On Being Front And Center

9 June 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Christy Grosz is an Awardsline contributor. After building a career on comedic characters he calls “eccentric,” Will Arnett is back in primetime with CBS’ The Millers, playing TV journalist Nathan Miller, a recent divorcee who finds himself living with his mother. Arnett is more of a leading man than he has been in the past on such shows as Arrested Development and Up All Night, and he’s doing it in front of a live audience on the multi-camera sitcom directed by TV stalwart James Burrows (Taxi, Frasier). He’s also enjoying a thriving film career, voicing Batman in The Lego Movie and appearing in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this year. Awardsline: Showrunner Greg Garcia asked you to be a part of The Millers when he heard that the future of NBC’s Up All Night was not looking good. What about the role of Nathan appealed to you? Will Arnett »

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'Raising Hope' Showrunner Bids Farewell to Fox Comedy (Guest Column)

4 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Raising Hope will end its four-season run on Friday with an hourlong episode that takes the comedy back to its roots. The series was created by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl), who exited the 20th Century Fox TV comedy ahead of season four after inking an overall deal with rival studio CBS Television Studios. Longtime Garcia collaborator Mike Mariano was tapped showrunner of the comedy starring Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Lucas Neff last March. A year, a move to Fridays and 22 episodes later, Mariano was the one charged with creating a season finale that, as it

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- Mike Mariano

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'Raising Hope,' 'How I Met Your Mother' and the obligation of a 'Legendary!' finale

4 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Our TV week is bookended by sitcom goodbyes. It began with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother; it concludes with the capper to Raising Hope, tapping out tonight with back-to-back episodes, including one cheekily entitled “How I Met Your Mullet.” Created by Greg Garcia, who also gave us My Name Is Earl, the four-season-running Raising Hope was a sweet-and-salty sitcom about the daffy-dumb Chance clan — Virginia, the responsible materfamilias (Martha Plimpton); Burt, the air-headed dad (Garret Dillahunt); Jimmy, the teen-son-turned-teen-father (Lucas Neff); and Maw-Maw, the cracked and coarse grandma (Cloris Leachman) — collectively raising the titular babe, and was always a big-hearted, »

- Jeff Jensen

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