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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
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
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
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
- Michael O'Connell, Lesley Goldberg
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 »
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
- Lesley Goldberg
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
- Philiana Ng
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
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
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
- Lesley Goldberg
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
“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
CBS has tapped the former Will & Grace scene stealer for a series regular role on its sophomore comedy, the network announced Tuesday.
“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. »
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
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.
- Lesley Goldberg
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.
‘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.
- Whitney Friedlander
These thesps make the most of limited screen time:
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 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
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 »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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
- Mike Mariano
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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