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You would think having the top sitcom as a lead-in would guarantee ratings success for The Millers. Not necessarily -- just look at cancelled shows like $#*! My Dad Says and How to be a Gentleman. Will this new Will Arnett comedy be a hit or will it be cancelled after one season like many others? Stay tuned.
The Millers follows a local newsman (Arnett) who's been hiding his recent divorce from his parents. When they hear the news, his dad (Beau Bridges) leaves his mom (Margo Martindale) and they each move in with their kids. The rest of the sitcom's cast includes J.B. Smoove, Jayma Mays, Nelson Franklin, and Eve Moon.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart »
NBC has put in development Fifth Wheel, a comedy from ABC Studios and studio-based The Mark Gordon Co. The project was written on spec by Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello, best known for their viral video S**t People In L.A. Say (you can see it below). It a twentysomething ensemble show about a girl learning to deal with being the only single person in her group of friends. Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce. Fifth Wheel joins six other sales for the Mark Gordon Co. this season — dramas with writers Aaron Stockard, Tom Donaghy, Dean Georgaris and Kathryn Price & Nichole Millard at ABC, and comedies at ABC and Fox. How To Be A Gentleman creator/star David Hornsby is behind an untitled NBC comedy project from Universal TV and studio-based Gary Sanchez. Written by Hornsby, it takes a look at the world of Nasa in the 1960s. Hornsby is »
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CBS has put in development two Sony TV-produced single-camera comedies from writing duos. The untitled Siegel/Morgan project, written by former 30 Rock writers-producers Josh Siegel and Dylan Morgan, is based on an original idea by producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The workplace comedy, which has a scripted commitment with penalty, is set at the Cdc and follows a dysfunctional investigation team led by a single woman who is great at saving lives but bad at having one of her own. UTA-repped Siegel and Morgan, who are under an overall deal at Sony TV, executive produce with Kaplan who has upcoming comedy series Friends With Better Lives on CBS. The untitled Lisbe/Reger project, written on spec by Michael Lisbe and Nate Reger, is a young ensemble comedy with a mystery element that hints at the futures of all five characters. The duo are executive producing with Jaime Tarses of Sony TV-based Fanfare. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Chicago – There are very few recurring weak points in the CBS lineup. They’ve been dominating total viewers for years with mega-hits like “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory.” But there is one thing they haven’t been able to figure out — something to partner with “Tbbt.”
After failing miserably with shows like “Rob!” and “How to Be a Gentleman,” they gave up and just moved “Two and a Half Men” to Thursday nights. That worked and so now they’re trying to expand the empire by pulling the night’s big hits apart and launching two programs in between. Neither are good and one is horrible. Ah well. Maybe they can move “2 Broke Girls” to Thursdays too.
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Television Rating: 2.5/5.0
The better of the two new CBS programs this evening has also been one of the most reviled in new season previews. Meh. »
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4 items from 2013
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