A few years ago, when then-Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly proclaimed the death of pilot season, he was referring to the short, frenzied period of time when every network goes after the same talent in order to produce multiple pilots all at once. Reilly wasn’t criticizing the art of the pilot itself, but just the outdated idea of everyone developing shows all at once.
Pilots, after all, can still be a good judge of whether a show can be sustained — and if it has been cast, written and produced properly. On the flip side,
Alex, Inc. star Braff shared a face swap photo on Wednesday of himself and Shepard that was taken by Shepard’s wife, Kristen Bell, a few years back — and the two look nearly identical.
“Years ago @IMKristenBell took a FaceSwap picture of @daxshepard1 and I,” Braff, 42, captioned the photo on Twitter.
“I’m gonna get this put on a T-shirt,” he teased.
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Even Shepard couldn’t believe it. “For me, it’s really the pictures in the left colomn,” the 43-year-old wrote in response to Braff.
Fox won Wednesday in the key demographic, but its hit show “Empire” declined 15 percent among adults 18-49.
CBS was No. 1 in total viewers.
Fox was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.7/8 and 5.5 million viewers. “Star” at 9 received a 1.3/5 and 4.3 million viewers.
In Tuesday’s new episode of “Roseanne,” “Roseanne Gets the Chair,” Roseanne and Dan Conner (Roseanne Barr and John Goodman) find themselves in a situation any hardworking couple of a certain age has experienced: Waking up from an unplanned nap on the couch, disoriented and shocked to have dozed through the entire evening.
“What time is it? Did I miss dinner?” Dan asks.
“It’s 11,” Roseanne says. “We slept from ‘Wheel’ to ‘Kimmel.'”
“We missed all the shows about black and Asian families,” Dan says.
“They’re just like us,” she says. “There, now you’re all caught up.”
Yep, credited writer Sid Youngers and the producers of “Roseanne” chose, with just their third episode on the air, to get snarky towards parent network ABC, the channel Dan and Roseanne clearly fell asleep watching (given the mention of “Jimmy Kimmel Live”). However,
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Brandon Victor Dixon just got a standing ovation in my living room and I think I just converted to Catholicism.
- Benj Pasek
Later in the show, Will catches us up with his thoughts on the first few episodes of Barry, a new series on HBO starring Bill Hader, while he and Jon have a spirited discussion about Alex Inc., a new sitcom starring Zach Braff – but they mostly just talk about Scrubs for some reason.
Afterwards, Jon shares a crazy story about how he somehow inspired the writing of James Acaster in his new special Repertoire on Netflix, according to Acaster himself.
“We might do a TV movie — we daydream about that” said Braff when asked for his thoughts about revisiting the comedy series. “We’re all doing so many different things that we love, so the idea of going back and signing a long contract doing years and years of Scrubs is not on our minds. What’s more realistic is Bill and I are very close and we often laugh about what would it look like to do a two-hour movie — like what Psych did.”
Scrubs ran on NBC for its first seven seasons, before
With Mitovich taking the morning off, we’re eschewing the network-by-network breakdown in favor of a few notable nuggets:
* The CW’s Life Sentence entered D.O.A. territory in Week 4, notching 0.42 mil and a dreaded 0.1 in the demo.
* With 4.6 mil/1.1, ABC’s new Zach Braff sitcom Alex. Inc. was on par with
Airing at 8:30 p.m., “Alex Inc.” drew a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers. That is in line with what “Speechless” had been drawing in the time slot during its second season, with the sophomore show averaging a 1.1 and 4.3 million viewers in Live+Same Day this season.
Fox, meanwhile, aired the spring premieres of “Empire” and “Star.” Both shows returned up slightly from their winter finales. “Empire” averaged a 2.0 and 6.1 million viewers, making it the top-rated show of the night.
“Alex, Inc.” is an adaptation of Alex Blumberg’s popular 2014 podcast “StartUp,” a real-time chronicle of how he worked to get a media company off the ground. Blumberg brought listeners into every detail
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