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This is, to put it plainly, one hell of a time to be a comic book nerd. All my favorite characters(*) are making the leap from the page to either the big or small screen. Marvel can seemingly do no wrong with its film output, turning an obscure and downright goofy property like "Guardians of the Galaxy" into one of the year's biggest and most beloved hits. TV's most popular comedy ("Big Bang Theory") has a comic book shop as one of its primary sets, and a main character often seen in Flash and Green Lantern t-shirts. TV's most popular drama series ("The Walking Dead") is based on a long-running comic book, and there are currently five other comic-based shows airing on the broadcast networks (ABC's "Marvel's Agents of Shield," Fox's "Gotham," NBC's "Constantine" and the CW's "Arrow" and "The Flash"), with more coming fast. (The CW has "iZombie" set for mid-season, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Below, you'll find a list of NBC's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their present status. To see a series' ratings, click the links in the middle column.
Shows include A to Z, A.D., About a Boy, Allegiance, America'.s Got Talent, American Dream Builders, American Ninja Warrior, Aquarius, Believe, Bad Judge, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist, Camp, The Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago Pd, Community, Constantine, Crisis, Crossbones, Crossing Lines, Dateline NBC, Dracula, Emerald City, Food Fighters, Grimm, Growing Up Fisher, Hannibal, Heroes, Hollywood Game Night, Ironside, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: Svu, Marry Me, The Michael J. Fox Show, Mission Control, Mr. Robinson, The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, Odyssey, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Revolution, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Saturday Night Live, Sean Saves the World, Shades of Blue, Siberia, The Sing-Off, The Slap, State of Affairs, Taxi Brooklyn, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, »
NBC has for the past several seasons offered hints that it’s getting out of the quirky-comedy business, something that has sustained the Peacock from the days of “Seinfeld.” Now it has figured out it can still keep adding to its long line of sitcoms about rich, single city-dwellers – so long as it makes them for someone else.
Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but tradition, especially in this era of technology disrupting decades of standard operating practice in the media industry, is not. Schmidt is the fictional protagonist of the Tina Fey-led comedy “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” that NBC was supposed to launch sometime in 2015. Now the show will debut with a two-season guarantee on video-streamer Netflix. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt described as a maneuver that will give a worthy comedy more of a chance, which it may not have received on “drama heavy” NBC.
Yet chalking the »
- Brian Steinberg
Last year, NBC hoped that Sean Hayes and Michael J. Fox, two stars of hit NBC sitcoms from yesteryear, could once again bring big ratings to the network. It didn't work and both Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show were cancelled.
Undaunted, NBC execs made a deal earlier this year for a new multi-camera sitcom starring veteran Bill Cosby and executive produced by The Cosby Show's Tom Werner. The untitled comedy, expected to debut Fall 2015, would have seen Cosby playing the patriarch of a multi-generational family who shares his wit and wisdom.
As a result of the multiple rape accusations against Cosby in recent weeks, the network has now cancelled the project. In light of the news, it seems likely that the new show would have been a tough sell to audiences and advertisers alike. »
Looks like that decision to add Sean Hayes didn't work out so well. CBS has decided to put the kibosh on more episodes of The Millers, a family sitcom that starred Will Arnett as a divorced news guy with a pair of nutty parents, played by Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges. The comedy has hobbled along on Mondays despite the addition of Hayes, the star of last year's failed sitcom Sean Saves the World. An original episode of the comedy will run Monday, but it seems unlikely the network will air what's left in the can.CBS may eventually fill »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
It didn't take long for "The Millers" to go from a freshman "success" -- quotation marks necessary -- to a second year cancellation for CBS. CBS pulled a minor shocker in this week's Friday Evening News Dump, canceling "The Millers" after only four episodes aired in the second season. It's a slightly odd cancellation, though. "The Millers" is still airing this Monday (November 17) night's episode, with the appropriately grave title "Diggin' Up Bones." In addition, production will apparently continue for at least one more week before ending. Created by Greg Garcia and starring Emmy nominee Will Arnett and Emmy winners Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges, "The Millers" premiered to over 13 million viewers last October and was still drawing just under 10 million viewers by its May finale. Everybody knew that those numbers were basically propped up by its "Big Bang Theory" lead-in, but as a CBS Television Studios production, the comedy »
- Daniel Fienberg
Neither comedy was much of a draw from the get-go, with the Kate Walsh-fronted “Bad Judge” doing a 1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers overall in its premiere, but falling to a 0.9 demo rating last night. And “A to Z” opened with a 1.2/3 and 4.75 million viewers in the half-hour behind it, and dropped to a 0.7 in the demo this week.
NBC has struggled to gain a comedy foothold on Thursdays since “The Office” exited. But “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” couldn’t even match last year’s disappointments: “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Sean Saves the World. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Sean Hayes is engaged!
According to People and E! News, the 44-year-old actor is set to marry music producer Scott Icenogle.
Rumors began to swirl last week when the Emmy-winning "Will & Grace" alum made numerous press appearances sporting a ring on his engagement finger.
Photos: Gay & Lesbian Hollywood
His rep told RumorFix, "Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time."
The former "Sean Saves the World" star – who came out in 2010 – is usually very ...
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He won't be "Just Jack" for much longer: Sean Hayes is engaged, People confirms. The Millers actor - best known for his role as the flamboyant Jack McFarland on Will & Grace - set off engagement speculation Monday when he appeared on CBS morning show, The Talk, sporting a band on his left ring finger. "Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time,” Hayes's rep told RumorFix. Hayes, 44, and L.A.-based music producer Icenogle haven't confirmed how long they've been engaged, but they »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Sean Hayes, who played Jack McFarland on Will & Grace, revealed that he’s engaged to his longtime boyfriend Scott Icenogle.
Sean Hayes Engaged
Hayes, known for keeping his private life private, drew attention while appearing on The Talk this week wearing a band on his left ring finger. Though rumors began to swirl that he and Icenogle had tied the knot, Hayes' reps cleared the air, confiming that the two had been engaged for some time but had yet to say “I do.”
“Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time,” Hayes's rep told RumorFix.
It's unknown exactly when Hayes and Icenogle became engaged, though Hayes was also spotted wearing the ring last month at a charity event.
Hayes, who most recently starred in the short-lived Sean Saves the World, came out in »
A Nielsen software error created a disjointed start to the season for the networks and ratings crunchers, but things started to get back to normal this week.
The measurement service on Thursday afternoon issued the complete primetime ratings data for the third week of the TV season (Oct. 6-12) — more than two days later than its usual Tuesday morning release.
The first 17 nights of the TV season were affected by the software glitch that inaccurately credited some shows (mostly on ABC) with the viewing totals of others. Nielsen acknowledged its error late last week and re-issued program averages for premiere week (Sept. 22-28). A bunch of ABC series were revised downward in the updated nationals, while some shows on the competition (including Fox’s new “Gotham” and CBS veteran “The Big Bang Theory”) were revised upward.
Nielsen says data for every night since last Thursday has been accurate, and complete »
- Rick Kissell
Update: In updated Nielsen estimates released Friday afternoon, none of ABC’s Thursday dramas saw an upward adjustment — the first time in the three weeks of the television season that at least one Alphabet series didn’t gain at least a tenth in 18-49 rating in the nationals. This supports the contention that the computing error Nielsen acknowledged this morning is related to the unusually positive afternoon adjustments we’ve seen for ABC; the company said ratings released today for Thursday’s programs are accurate.
ABC saw an afternoon adjustment more in line with what its Thursday shows did a year ago: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 8.48 million viewers overall) picked up a tenth in each half-hour, but its 2.4 didn’t budge. “Scandal” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 9.52 million viewers overall) held steady, and “How to Get Away With Murder” (3.1/10 in 18-49, 10.81 million viewers overall) was revised upward by a tenth in the »
- Rick Kissell
As The CW began its own premiere week, The Vampire Diaries returned to 1.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating (per finals), up 13 percent from its May finale but down 30 and 25 percent from its previous premiere. TVLine readers gave the episode an average grade of “B.”
Similarly, Reign (with 1 mil and a 0.4, average grade “A-“) was down 50 percent from its year-ago debut while on par with its freshman finale.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (9.4 mil/2.7) slipped 7 and 18 percent from premiere week, Scandal (10.7 mil/3.4) was down 12 percent and How to Get Away With Murder (12.2 mil/3.3) fell 15 percent. (Year over year, ABC’s »
Update: In updated Nielsen nationals released Friday afternoon, each of ABC’s dramas was revised upward by a tenth: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.7/9 in 18-49, 9.44 million viewers overall), “Scandal” (3.4/10 in 18-49, 10.70 million viewers overall) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (3.3/10 in 18-49, 12.15 million viewers overall). Compared to their huge premieres of last week, “Grey’s” declined by 12%, “Scandal” by 13% and “How to Get Away With Murder” by 15%.
There were no other 18-49 changes on the night, with “Gracepoint” (4.76 million viewers overall) and “A to Z” (4.79 million viewers overall) holding at a 1.2 rating, and “Bad Judge” (5.84 million viewers overall) at a 1.3.
CBS (along with the NFL Network’s simulcast) won Thursday with “Thursday Night Football,” which averaged a still-potent 5.9/19 in 18-49 and 16.54 million viewers overall despite another blowout. Broken down by network, NFL Net accounted for roughly 16% of the game’s overall audience and 22% of its adults 18-49 tune-in.
- Rick Kissell
Some of NBC's shows have done well while others have really struggled. Which will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned!
There's lots of data that NBC looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but the ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing »
Some professionals can traverse the line between acting and directing with ease. One such individual is Matt Ross, who has excelled acting on TV shows like American Horror Story, Magic City, Silicon Valley and Big Love and sitting behind the camera on shorts (The Language of Love and Human Resources) and feature films (sexy Sundance drama 28 Hotel Rooms). Currently, Ross is taking on his biggest challenge to date, directing the drama Captain Fantastic. And now, we’ve learned that his cast, previously announced to be led by Viggo Mortensen, has added another huge talent, with word that Frank Langella has signed on.
No word yet on which part Langella will play, but Captain Fantastic centers on an idealistic father (Mortensen) who returns to society from living off the grid for a decade in the Pacific Northwest with his children. George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Aussie Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell all co-star. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It was the ratings, of course. But NBC’s top entertainment executives went on record to give a little more insight into their decision-making process on canceling Community and The Michael J. Fox Show last season.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at his Television Critics Association press tour session in Beverly Hills on Sunday that the Community fandom’s “six seasons and a movie” mantra had nothing to do with the network.
“That sixth season thing was created by them — I’m surprised they didn’t say ’10 seasons and a movie,’” the executive said. “And before my time »
- James Hibberd
Laverne Cox has booked an appearance on Bravo’s upcoming series Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. She’ll play a war reporter and Lgbt activist who appears at a marriage equality gala.
Sean Hayes has joined the cast of The Millers next season. He’ll play a new pal of Carol (Margo Martindale) whose presence annoys Carol’s son Nathan (Will Arnett). On one hand, seeing Margo Martindale and Sean Hayes sharing scenes sounds amazing. I’m just not sure it will be so amazing on The Millers, considering the episodes I’ve seen.
With its 100th episode here, TVLine looks back at the Pretty Little Liars‘s pilot episode. Ah, remember when Aria was the mature and worldly one?
EW reports that Elizabeth Mitchell will be appearing on Once Upon a Time as part of the drama’s Frozen-inspired storyline. »
- Lyle Masaki
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining ‘The Millers,’ ” said Greg Garcia, series creator and executive producer, in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as Bff’s makes me smile every time I think about it. We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.”
Hayes most recently starred in and executive produced the sitcom “Sean Saves the World,” which was canceled by NBC in January. His additional credits include “Smash,” “Up All Night” and most famously “Will & Grace, »
- Shelli Weinstein
CBS has tapped the former Will & Grace scene stealer for a series regular role on its sophomore comedy, the network announced Tuesday.
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. »
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