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It seems that TBS is raising their ratings standards for their original sitcoms. After all, the cable channel has cancelled Men at Work and Sullivan & Son and, Cougar Town is ending. The ratings for Ground Floor weren't very strong last year so could it already be destined to be cancelled? How will the numbers be this time around -- good enough for the sitcom to earn a third season? Stay tuned.
Ground Floor follows the romantic relationship of a young hotshot banker (Skylar Astin) and a beautiful maintenance worker (Briga Heelan). The rest of the sitcom's cast includes Rory Scovel, Rene Gube, James Earl, Emily Heller, and John C. McGinley.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings »
TBS is adding another pilot to its mix. Following the cancellations of Men at Work and Sullivan & Son — as well as the final season of Cougar Town — the Turner-owned cable network has ordered comedy Quality Time to pilot. From Broken Lizard — the writers and producers behind cult films including Super Troopers and Beerfest — Quality Time centers on four college friends who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and are now succumbing to reproduction. It's an "untraditional" fatherhood comedy about the constant push and pull between the dudes they used to be
- Lesley Goldberg
The setup behind Syfy’s Ascension might take a minute to get your head around. What if, the three-night limited series posits, at the height of the Cold War, and with the space race still dominating public thought, President Kennedy signed off on the launch of a spaceship carrying 600 people into the far reaches of space? That starship, the Ascension, would act as an ark for humanity and, in the event of nuclear Armageddon, keep the species alive.
Ascension takes that admittedly preposterous idea and runs with it, opening halfway into the ship’s century-long mission to repopulate a new world. Completely cut off from Earth, the crew and passengers of the Ascension have created their own society, complete with a class system that dictates everything from occupation to with whom particular passengers are permitted to breed. It all feels rather Titanic, an ambiance aided by the period fashion (no »
- Isaac Feldberg
‘Twas some time before Christmas, and all through the ‘port, New Girl roomies were waiting, some at the food court.”
As its title suggests, this year’s holiday episode/fall finale of the Fox comedy, “LAXmas,” takes place at the bustling transportation hub as Jess, her pals and the rest of the California try to get to their destinations before Santa does. But are they successful? Read on to find out!
Life’S Rich Pageant | Jess and Ryan sneak away from their school’s inexplicably dark Christmas pageant (think an elf bemoaning a gingerbread man’s ripped-off arm) to make out in the closet. »
On January 6th, Cougar Town‘s long journey network to cable comes to an end with the show’s sixth and final season. With Greyson and Jules happily married, Laurie and Travis probably on their way to being married, and Andy solidifying his position as mayor, it may not seem there are a lot of stories left for Cougar Town to tell. However, there’s still potential for Cougar Town to make a final season comeback – here are some stories they could tap into to reach that potential. Parallels between Laurie’s pregnancy and Jules’ While the situations are very different – Laurie is a successful, mostly mature adult, where Jules was barely legal and dating a philandering golfer when she got pregnant with Travis. However, the journey to motherhood is one Jules has gone through, and something Laurie is clearly going to struggle with; not only does it give the season an emotional component, »
- Randy Dankievitch
Below, you'll find the status of the recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA, VH1, We tv, Wgn America, and Yahoo. To see a series' ratings (if available), click the links in the middle column.
Shows include Agent X, Angie Tribeca, Being Human, Benched, Bitten, Burn Notice, Buzzy's, Community, Complications, Continuum, Cougar Town, Covert Affairs, Dallas, Defiance, Dig, Dominion, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, The Gaffigan Show, Graceland, Ground Floor, Haven, Helix, Hindsight, Hit the Floor, Hot in Cleveland, Impastor, In Plain Sight, Jennifer Falls, Killjoys, King & Maxwell, Kirstie, Legends, Lost Girl, Manhattan, Major Crimes, Men at Work, Murder in the First, Necessary Roughness, Perception, Playing House, Proof, Psych, Public Morals, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Rush, Salem, Satisfaction, Sirens, Suits, Sullivan & Son, The Divide, The Exes, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Public Morals, The Soul Man, South of Hell, Teachers, Transporter: »
“Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we’re inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. »
There are a few things we already know about Parks and Recreation‘s upcoming final season.
For one, we know we’ll find Leslie Knope & Co. in the 2017 version of Pawnee, after Season 6 concluded with a three-year time-jump.
We also know the guest-star roster thus far includes Will & Grace‘s Megan Mullally (yay!), Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm (double yay!) and returning cast members Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe (have we said “yay” yet?)
Still, as we eagerly await the NBC comedy’s midseason debut — premiere date Tbd — we’ve got no clue where our favorite characters will end up »
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Question: Any Grey’s Anatomy spoilers? —Sonja
Ausiello: Shonda Rhimes & Co. are launching a major trans storyline in 2015 focusing on a character named Travis, an attractive, good-humored thirtysomething man who will make the “believable transition” to a woman over time. Rumor has it the newbie will form a strong bond with a Grey Sloan staffer whose identity will remain unknown for now mostly because I’m not sure who it is. That’s right, there’s something I »
The project — which went from series order back to the pilot stage after its original leading man, Philip Seymour Hoffman, passed away — is a described as “a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.”
Barkin will guest-star in the pilot as a headhunter who works closely with Coogan’s character.
Ready for »
During the 1990s, Jennifer Aniston was one of the most popular actresses in the world. She may not have been blowing up the box office like Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock, she was instead the star of the hit comedy show Friends – which had turned her into a household name. So popular was Aniston during this period that he hair even became known as “The Rachel”, a much-requested style for hairdressers during the 90s. The show was watched by millions around the world and has become one of the most celebrated Us sitcoms of all-time, launching Aniston and her co-stars into hot property. Particularly as the show couldn’t last forever and the cast would look to transition to the big screen.
Aniston was no stranger to cinema. She got her first break in the horror comedy Leprechaun in 1993, but would take a break during her first few years on Friends. »
- Luke Owen
After a season of declining ratings, TBS decided to end Cougar Town next year. What will happen to Sullivan & Son? Will this series' ratings continue to fall this season? Will the show be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned!
Sullivan & Son revolves around a corporate lawyer (Steve Byrne) who quits his job and wants to take over the family bar in Pittsburgh. The rest of the cast includes Christine Ebersole, Brian Doyle-Murray, Jodi Long, Valerie Azlynn, Vivian Bang, Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr., Ahmed Ahmed, and Dan Lauria.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
11/20 update: TBS has cancelled Sullivan & Son after three seasons. »
It’s last call for Sullivan & Son.
The TBS comedy has been cancelled after three seasons, our sister site Deadline reports.
The series, which starred Dan Lauria and Steve Byrne as a father-son duo running a Pittsburgh bar, wrapped its third season on Sept. 9. Sullivan & Son joins fellow fallen comedy Men At Work, which was cancelled by the cabler in May.
TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard has been updated with the news.
Will you miss Sullivan & Son? Hit the comments with your thoughts.
Beverly Hills — It's been over two months since Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild" premiered at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, but the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir finally arrived in Los Angeles, and just in time for the heart of awards season. Fox Searchlight threw an impressive La premiere for the film at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater Wednesday night and the location couldn't have been more fitting. Star and producer Reese Witherspoon is pretty much a lock for a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of Strayed, and co-star Laura Dern has an excellent chance of landing a supporting actress nod as the author's mother. Best Adapted Screenplay isn't out of the question and as more contenders fall by the wayside, Searchlight smartly isn't giving up on a Best Picture nod. Besides Witherspoon, Dern and Vallée, almost the entire production team and cast were on hand including Strayed, "The Newsroom »
- Gregory Ellwood
Your least favorite contestant on The Voice this season? You’re never getting rid of him (or her)!
[Insert executive producer Mark Burnett's maniacal laughter here.]
I’m just kidding, of course. Sorta.
As Carson Daly announced tonight, Season 7 of NBC’s reality singing sensation is adding a new twist: Every Top 12 contestant eliminated before the finals (fourth- through 12th-place, in other words) will be brought back for a last-chance performance, with viewers advancing their favorite into the last week of the competition as a fourth “Wild Card finalist.”
“It’s new, it’s exciting and it’s going down!” exclaimed Carson. I mean, with that kind of endorsement, »
Midway through its inaugural TBS run, the long-running animated series American Dad! has been renewed for another season, the cabler announced Tuesday.
Having relocated to TBS in October (where it airs Mondays at 9/8c) after a 10-season run on Fox, American Dad! has been picked up for its overall 12th season, to run 22 episodes.
On TBS, American Dad! has ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 5 entertainment programs in its time slot among Adults 18-49, while averaging 3.1 million total viewers for each week’s premiere on TBS plus the encore on Adult Swim.
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Space exploration in a hot topic in Hollywood right now. Especially with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar currently out in theaters. The SyFy Channel has a miniseries coming out called Ascension, which tells the story of a group of people who leave earth in 1963 to find a new planet that can be populated with people. The series picks up fifty years later. It definitely seems like it has basically plot idea from Interstellar, only it’s not told on such a grand scale. We’ve got two trailers for the series, as well as a detailed press release that offers up some more details on the story and who stars in the series:
In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, »
- Joey Paur
Last night, I finally got around to watching "Edge of Tomorrow" — or, as it's been retitled for home video, "Live. Die. Repeat." (Much more on that in a minute.) I had heard good things from friends and fellow critics, several of whom called it their favorite film of this past summer, and it was as they promised: funny and clever and absolutely kick-ass, with great performances from Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, and a very wise pivot of the usual Tom Cruise persona to acknowledge that many of us would probably enjoy seeing him humiliated, injured and killed as often as possible in a big-budget movie. How, I wondered, had a big-budget sci-fi action film with a star as relatively big as Cruise still is, and as well-made as this was, have been such a box office disappointment? I went on Twitter to ask for theories, and while a few »
- Alan Sepinwall
Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).
Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.
The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.
UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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