6 items from 2015
The series starred Ashley Tisdale, George Wendt and Mike Castle and was set in a Boston-area barbershop. It focused on a now-grown, formerly unpopular kid (Ryan Pinkston), who becomes his old classmates’ boss. The series was created by “Will & Grace” duo David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, who exec produced via their KoMut Entertainment with Warner Horizon Television. Director James Widdoes also exec produced.
“Clipped” premiered in June to 1.4 million viewers, despite its lead-in from “Big Bang Theory” reruns, and averaged between 1.2 to 1.3 million throughout its run. Along with failed sitcoms “Ground Floor” and “Sullivan & Son,” it is another example of how TBS has been struggling to find successful original comedies — something newly-minted president Kevin Reilly has vowed to change.
“The new TBS will have a huge slate of originals, awesomely in-your-face and effortlessly diverse live-action comedies, original animation, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Will there be a seventh season of Community? Add creator Dan Harmon to the list of people who think it is possible the series will be cancelled, yet again. Harmon ran the show from its fall 2009 NBC debut, through the first three seasons, before being replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port. Following a faltering fourth season, Sony Pictures Television brought Harmon back for season five, after which NBC cancelled the single-camera sitcom.
Yahoo! Screen brought Community back for season six, and fans were hoping for season seven. In talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon reveals that Community's champion, Kathy Savitt is no longer at Yahoo! Community stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jim Rash. Chevy Chase and Donald Glover exited in 2014.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Scream Queens, which received a new trailer this week.
USA Network has formally given a series order to Queen of the South. The series will be based on the 2002 Spanish novel La Raina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has already been adapted into a Spanish-language telenovela, and will star City of God and Predators‘ Alice Braga in the lead role of Teresa Mendoza. The series synopsis is as follows.
Queen Of The South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
TNT and TBS will double the volume of original series offered during the next three years as Turner’s flagship entertainment cablers head in a more “daring” and “in-your-face” direction.
Kevin Reilly, who signed on in January as president of TNT and TBS and chief content officer of Turner Entertainment, is promising a big shift in tone for TBS, the comedy-centric channel that is now largely fueled by repeats of “The Big Bang Theory.”
Reilly is to outline the makeovers he intends to implement at TNT and TBS at Turner’s upfront presentation Wednesday morning at Madison Square Garden that for the first time featured all of the company’s cable channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TruTV and Boomerang.
“The new TBS will have a huge slate of originals, awesomely in-your-face and effortlessly diverse live-action comedies, original animation, big unscripted ideas with attitude, latenight talk and, of course, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Tonight at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, "Community" will become the latest cultish show canceled by a traditional TV network to live again via a streaming service — and the first of its kind to migrate over to Yahoo Screen, which will be debuting the rest of this sixth season every Monday night/Tuesday morning at this time(*). (*) There are two episodes tonight, then one a week going forward. So long as I have advance screeners, as well as time in which to do it, I'll be running episode reviews about a half hour (or, tonight, hour) after the episodes go live on Yahoo, for those of you who are up at that time of night (or in a more favorable time zone) to watch it. This is the latest improbable behind-the-scenes development in a series that has seen more than its fair share, including the firing and later re-hiring of creator Dan Harmon, »
- Alan Sepinwall
If you're enjoying watching Community for the first time, since it arrived on UK Netflix last week, the anomaly of the fourth season might be a little bewildering. Where the rest of the show is witty, enjoyable and well-versed in pop culture without being obnoxious about it, season four is almost like an exaggeration of what came before, and yet if you can get through it, it becomes great again in season five.
For those of us more acclimatised to the volatile behind-the-scenes situation on the NBC show, you might remember that there was a season there where series creator and showrunner Dan Harmon was fired, only to be re-hired the following year in an unprecedented turnaround by the network.
With Harmon reinstated, season four looks even more like a blip. »
6 items from 2015
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