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Modern Family Season 4, Episode 24: “Goodnight Gracie”
Directed by Steven Levitan
Airs on Wednesdays at 9pm (Et) on ABC
For the past couple of weeks, I have written about how Modern Family hasn’t really been that inspiring. With a number of episodes that have been lacking hilarity, the focus of this season has been built on episodes that are more emotion driven. “Goodnight Gracie” is one of the better examples of this and also makes up for a hit and miss fourth season.
Many sitcoms pack up their characters and send to them to Disneyworld or something, hoping to get a promotional boost from the novelty, as well as discovering new comic possibilities by moving away from the norm. This is a fairly transparent gimmick and something that has definitely been done many times. The best example of this I feel can be »
Jennifer Aniston is co-hosting Ellen today, and as part of the festivities, the show put together this mini Friends reunion with Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox. It's pretty cute, if you like your celebrity bits kind of sarcastic and self-deprecating. (And we do!) An actual Friends reunion is a terrible idea, plus these little spots — and the various guest roles on Cougar Town and Go On and Web Therapy, etc. — more than scratch that itch. Also, if there were a Friends reunion, someone would have to acknowledge that Monica and Chandler's twins just turned nine. Nine! Time flies. »
- Margaret Lyons
Last week was busy with announcements from networks about what shows they would and wouldn’t be bringing back, along with some new pilots ordered for the fall. With only the fate of Hannibal, The Cleveland Show, and a few reality offerings, still up in the air, here are the most intriguing – and unfortunate – takeaways. Most Lamentable Cancellations Happy Endings This decision is most disappointing since ABC is now getting into the habit of abandoning shows with devoted fan bases which then get picked up by cable networks. Cougar Town moved to TBS last year, and USA may save this comedy. It used to be that ABC was in [ Read More ]
The post End of the TV Season: Lamentable Cancellations & Surprising Renewals appeared first on Shockya.com. »
First off, congratulations to all writers, producers, actors and agents who landed new series this week. I know it wasn’t easy. Here is Deadline’s annual list of those who excelled at the upfronts. I tried to be inclusive, but if I’ve missed anyone who’s had a banner week, let me know. I’ve also compiled a list of pods and independent producers with multiple broadcast series. Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence and his Doozer banner had three new series unveiled at the upfronts this week: comedies Undateable on NBC, Surviving Jack on Fox and Ground Floor on TBS. Also, TBS recently renewed Cougar Town for a fifth season. Related: 2013-14 Schedule Grid & Top Face-Offs J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot claimed one of the top new drama series last season with NBC’s Revolution and one of the hottest sophomore shows with CBS’ Person Of Interest. The company »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
So now that the major broadcast networks have announced which new scripted shows will grace their fall schedules, what are their prospects?
If the past four years are any indication, about 33% of scripted series will make it to a second season, 25% to a third season and 20% to a fourth.
According to research by Variety and Variety Insight, of the 135 primetime scripted series ordered by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC since the May 2009 upfronts, exactly one-third — 45 — earned season-two renewals (with one, NBC’s “Hannibal,” legitimately awaiting resolution of its fate).
Depending on your perspective, that doesn’t seem like a bad batting average — and it’s fairly consistent across the networks, no matter how many shows they ordered. Fairing the best over the past four years were Fox series (10 for 27, 37.0%), while the worst were CBS freshmen (8 for 26, 30.8%), but the percentage difference is fairly negligible. The success rate for ABC (14 for 40, 35.0%) and »
- Jon Weisman
Comedy is expected to take center stage at USA Network‘s upfront presentation this afternoon as the cable network touts to advertisers the fall launch of its big off-network acquisition, Modern Family, and unveils its newly picked up original comedy series Sirens and Playing House. The cable network has been getting extra attention from comedy fans in the past week following ABC’s decision last Friday to cancel cult series Happy Endings. Talks between USA and leading Happy Endings producer Sony TV continue. At this point, I hear a pickup appears unlikely but the network is carefully exploring the opportunity to migrate a show with some success on broadcast TV and a dedicated fan base the way ABC’s Cougar Town moved to TBS. Related: ‘Happy Endings’ Cancelled At ABC, Will USA Step In? Of its three comedy pilot/presentations it had in consideration, USA picked up two, Sirens and Playing House. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Turner Broadcasting execs will talk up cable’s gains over the broadcast nets and efforts to court viewers on multiple screens at its upfront presentation at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Turner entertainment chief Steve Koonin and TNT/TBS/TCM programming prexy Michael Wright (pictured left to right above) also are set to unveil a slew of development projects with high-profile creative auspices including Steven Spielberg, Dick Wolf, Steven Carell, Jamie Foxx, Nicholas Sparks, Sylvester Stallone and Diablo Cody. The duo are expected to emphasize the broad slate of fresh series, scripted and unscripted, that TNT and TBS have coming in the summer and fall as a sign that the channels are nearly at parity with broadcasters in terms of reach and the depth of original programming.
See Also: Pilot Scorecard: Track the Orders in Real-Time
Starting this summer, Turner will make the regular linear feeds of TNT and TBS available for »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the second announced yesterday. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on Fox.
While "The Following" proved a breakout winner, Fox had few success stories last season. So, it is going a bit more ambitious this year with numerous dramas, comedies and one-off "event series".
Several pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the family of government-sanctioned assassins drama "Boomerang," the adaptation of Lauren Oliver's book trilogy "Delirium" about a world where love is illegal, the legal interns workplace comedy "To My Assistant," the U.S.S. Lexington-set "The Wild Blue," and "The List" about the hunt for a thief who stole a file containing the secret identities of people in the Witness Security Program,
(Sci-Fi Drama, Mondays 9pm)
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- Garth Franklin
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Fresh off Fox’s unveiling of its fall 2013-14 schedule this morning, the network has released first look trailers and images for its new series. Briefly: Almost Human – A futuristic cop drama starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, from executive producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe). Dads – A live-action sitcom starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green, from executive producer Seth MacFarlane. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – A buddy cop comedy starring Andy Samberg and Joe Lo Truglio, from executive producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation). Sleepy Hollow – An modern-day retelling of the classic story starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe). Enlisted – An army base-set comedy starring Geoff Stults, from executive producer Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town). Midseason dramas Rake (starring Greg Kinnear) and Gang Related (starring Terry O’Quinn), and midseason comedies Surviving Jack (starring Christopher Meloni), Us & Them »
- Adam Chitwood
You know that a network has stopped taking risks when they start billing Michael J. Fox as their biggest, buzziest star. Yes, the artist formerly known as Alex P. Keaton (and currently know as an Emmy-magnet guest star) will return to NBC this fall, right back where he started with Family Ties, to star in his new sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, which kicks off a whole new family-themed Thursday night. That means no more witty, career-minded single ladies and cult-movie-referencing twentysomethings on Must-See TV. (Parks and Recreation is still around, but it’s been moved to the 8:00 Pm sudden-death time slot, »
- Melissa Maerz
It's out with the old and in with the new when it comes to NBC comedy next season. The network renewed only two comedies this year -- "Parks and Recreation," which will be back in the fall with a full season, and "Community," which returns for another 13 episode arc at some point Tbd.
Here's a rundown of the six new comedies NBC presented to advertisers today (May 13) at its 2013 upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York City:
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Et)
One of the most anticipated fall comedies on any network, "The Michael J. Fox Show" brings Emmy-winning TV comedy legend Fox back to television as a stay-at-home dad who »
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.
The Peacock did not have a good year. Only one of its new shows, "Revolution," was a true hit. Another, "Chicago Fire," got renewed by the skin of its teeth whilst the fate of a third, "Hannibal," remains uncertain.
None of last year's new comedies survived, neither did two mid-season dramas, which leaves the network with some big holes to fill. Three dramas and three comedies will debut in the Fall ahead of three more dramas and two comedies mid-season. Two further dramas and a comedy are presently unscheduled.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't become series including the high-profile Charlize Theron-produced drama about the Hatfields and McCoys, the Bruckheimer-produced »
- Garth Franklin
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
"The Michael J. Fox Show" is helping bring back the family comedy to NBC. The series stars Fox as Mike Henry, a news anchor with Parkinson's, who goes back to work thanks to some pushing from his family, particularly his wife Anne, played by Betsy Brandt.
"I was just excited when I heard he had a show because I love him and I want to watch him," Brandt said of her co-star. "I think he's one of the funniest people on TV ever -- such a gifted actor and also such a great guy. There are not enough good things to say about him."
The actress is going from the dark world of "Breaking Bad" to the comedy world thought up by Fox, "Cougar Town's" Sam Laybourne and "Easy A" veteran Will Gluck, but Brandt said it was an easy transition.
"After you leave a show -- any show, »
- Chris Harnick
Did I say this time of the year is my Christmas? Scratch that, it’s Thanksgiving before I learned to take tiny portions the first time around and wait twenty minutes before getting more. I am in whatever you’d call the TV industry junkie version of a tryptophan coma. There’s a whole lof of news and hopefully I’ve managed to take Instagram pictures of all all the interesting dishes.
NBC announced its fall schedule with Parenthood moving to Thursday, James Spader procedural The Blacklist getting the post-Voice slot and a pair of thrillers (Dracula and the pirate drama Crossbones) set to follow Grimm on Friday nights. Vulture‘s Josef Adalian notes that the network seems to be lurching towards the mainstream, »
- Lyle Masaki
The "Office" alum and longtime "Boston Legal" star returns to the spotlight on the Peacock network and this time, instead of upholding the law (albeit via blackmail, bribery and the like), he's breaking it. In NBC's upcoming series "The Blacklist," Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, the most wanted man in the world.
Check out Spader and his devilish ways below in NBC's new four-minute trailer for "The Blacklist", as well as two new preview clips, and scroll down for more previews and official descriptions of the new series on NBC's 2013-2014 schedule: the “Ironside" remake starring Blair Underwood, the new Mike O'Malley comedy "Welcome To The Family," Sean Hayes' return to sitcoms with "Sean Saves The World," and, of course, the highly-anticipated "Michael J. Fox Show."
"The Blacklist," Mondays at 10 p.m. Et
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, »
- Jaimie Etkin
Chicago – When you’re in as much of a ratings struggle as NBC, it makes sense to shake things up and that’s exactly what they’re doing in the Fall with a new show or an old show in a new time every single night of the week. “Chicago Fire,” “Revolution,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Parenthood” are moving. “Community” is being held until a midseason, 13-episode run. No decision yet made on “Celebrity Apprentice” or “Hannibal,” which isn’t that surprising as they are mid-season shows anyway although it shouldn’t give fans of either program confidence as NBC announced a midseason schedule as well and they’re not on it. Anything could still happen with either program however and they could be held as replacements for shows that fail. That may be the best shot for “Hannibal” fans now. The best new show on the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
NBC faces the task of scheduling six new comedies for next season with only two returning half-hour series: Community, which received an eleventh-hour 13-episode renewal, and Parks & Recreation. The network may just have the right man for the job. This is head of scheduling Jeff Bader‘s first turn at bat after moving to NBC last summer. As a long-time scheduling topper at ABC, he was presented with a similar challenge four years ago when the network picked up five new comedy series and returned two. Like Parks & Rec and Community, those two returning comedies, Scrubs and Better Off Ted, were quirky cult shows and not anchors that could launch new series. What Bader and ABC brass did back then was let Scrubs and Ted be, pairing them together for what became both series’ final season. Then they took four new comedies and launched a new two-hour comedy block on Wednesday. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
After 72 hours of network pickups, passing and plug-pulling, what have we learned?
For starters, when the upfronts loom, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. On paper, the TV reboot of “Beverly Hills Cop” seemed about as much of a lock for a pickup as any 2013 development prospect, given the auspices of Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy. But CBS made the “pass” call on Friday evening after picking up two other dramas, “Intelligence” and “Hostages.”
“Cop” shop Sony Pictures TV didn’t waste any time sending the pilot out to other networks. There was plenty of competitive bidding for the project when it was shopped last summer, so Axel Foley and Son may not be in the wilderness for long.
This development cycle could mark a banner year for shopping busted pilots and series to other outlets. Certainly, Sony TV has already got the whispers (USA, TBS) going »
- Cynthia Littleton
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