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The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.
With only a few shows from last season still sticking around (and none of them hits really), NBC is betting big on comedy this year to sit alongside its football and "The Voice" broadcasts. In fact though its ordered five new dramas, only two of those will be premiering in the Fall with the rest of the schedule filled out with either returning shows or new comedies.
"The Munsters" reboot "Mockingbird Lane" remains in development for a possible mid-season launch. Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen, the most galling of which is the Alaskan-set conspiracy mystery thriller "Midnight Sun" with Julia Stiles and Titus Welliver. Also missing out were »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – NBC revealed their Fall schedule today and there were multiple surprises including comedies moving to Tuesday and Friday nights (we were wondering where all of the sitcoms would go) and a Fall cycle of the hit singing show “The Voice.” Other major news is that “Smash” is being held for mid-season. The network also revealed that six new shows — two dramas, four comedies — will premiere in the Fall.
The big news for comedy fans is that Thursdays have been tinkered with again as the final season of “30 Rock” will kick off the night at 7pm Cst, followed by “Up All Night,” “The Office,” and “Parks and Recreation.” In the 9pm Cst timeslot that was the kiss of death last season with “Prime Suspect,” “The Firm,” and “Awake,” the network has given up and will air the low-rated but inexpensive “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With CBS in repeat mode*, several Thursday shows — including three “bubble” series – rebounded from last week’s soft numbers.
NBC’s Community, with 3.2 million total viewers, a 1.4 demo rating and a luminous Gillian Jacobs, inched up 6 and 8 percent, while fellow NBC comedy Up All Night (3.2 mil/1.5) — leading out of a fresh Office episode — wrapped its freshman run with gains of more than 20 percent.
2012 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Axed? What’s on the Bubble?
At 10 o’clock, with The Mentalist riding the pine, ABC’s Scandal (7.5 mil/2.1) upticked a bit; NBC’s Awake however stayed flat »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
NBC, the network stuck in fourth place out of four, has acquired a whole heap of new TV prospects. Head honcho Bob Greenblatt has commissioned a selection of pilots, mostly for comedies, from the brains behind recent hits, as well as brains not behind hits. Some of the more interesting potential series include Animal Kingdom, which sounds a bit like Becker but with a vet, from the writer of Starsky And Hutch, among other enjoyable enough movies.
SNL talk show host Jimmy Fallon is executive-producing a show about immature thirty-somethings struggling with fatherhood, which is sure to generate Apatow comparisons left, right and, indeed, centre. Also, Scott Silveri, writer of such Friends episodes as that one with Winona Ryder, offers a sitcom about a sportscaster who goes into group therapy.
NBC has been the runt of the networks for a fair old while now, but seems to have a knack »
- Josh Mills
4 items from 2012
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