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TCA: NBC Drama Series Showrunners Tell TV Critics How It’s Done

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 6:09pm PDT

TCA: NBC Drama Series Showrunners Tell TV Critics How It’s DoneAt the end of its day at Summer TV Press Tour 2014, NBC brought out four of the showrunners on returning drama series to take questions. Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.) said that when he was working on a cable program, “I missed doing 22 [episodes],” while John Eisendrath (The Blacklist) said, “Having never done a 12-episode order, I’m totally jealous.”

Eisendrath was set up to vent about the fact that neither The Blacklist nor its star James Spader scored Drama Series Emmy noms on Thursday. He said he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t disappointed. “I think he’s completely deserving of it. The competition is fierce, that’s the reality — TV is thriving, there’s that much competition. I was disapointed, but I understand how it happened and what happened. We have to continue to do the best shows we can and hope we’re on long enough for people to reconsider,” he concluded, diplomatically.

All the showrunners were asked a certain number of beauty-pageant questions, like ‘what qualities are necessary in a showrunner?’ Jason Katims (Parenthood, About A  Boy) went with “embrace the collaborative nature of making a television show”; Eisendrath went with “not to panic..and be open to new ideas.” Asked what was the most difficult part of the job, Olmstead said, “Trying to figure out what … Read More »

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TCA: NBC’s Bill Cosby Comedy To Be Created By Mike Sikowitz, Mike O’Malley, Who May Co-Star, Coming Summer Or Fall 2015

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 9:39am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TCA: NBC’s Bill Cosby Comedy To Be Created By Mike Sikowitz, Mike O’Malley, Who May Co-Star, Coming Summer Or Fall 2015At its executive panel, NBC revealed more details about its Bill Cosby multi-camera comedy project, which was put in development in January. It will be created by Mike Sikowitz and Mike O’Malley and produced by Sony TV, where Sikowitz is under an overall deal, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. Sikowitz is also tied as a showrunner to the Sony mikesikowitzMikeOMalleyTV-produced new CBS comedy The McCarthys, so I had heard that O’Malley would be writing with Sikowitz supervising. Actor O’Malley, who is eyed for  one of the show’s leads, had been active on the writing side, starting with a staff writing job on Shameless, and has written a couple of pilots. As for the premise, it is a multi-generational family show, Salke said.

“Bill plays the patriarch of the family, dispensing his classic wisdom on relationships and parenthood, with three daughters, husbands and grandchildren,” Salke said “It’s a classic big extended family sitcom.” The hope is for O’Malley to play one of the husbands, she added. The show is eyed for next summer or fall 2015.

The Bill Cosby project is part of NBC’s commitment to the multi-camera genre, Salke said.  Both Salke and NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt spoke of the difficulty getting multi-camera comedies on the air that stick, having just unsuccessfully tried with… Read More »

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Oscar Watching: The First Sure-Fire Best Picture Nominee Has Just Arrived And It’s Only July – Let The Race Begin

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 3:15pm PDT
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Oscar Watching: The First Sure-Fire Best Picture Nominee Has Just Arrived And It’s Only July – Let The Race BeginEmmy nominations may only have been released yesterday, and I know it’s still just July, but with the opening of Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood today I am declaring July 11th the new official start of the Oscar season (at least for this year) with a film that I predict will occupy one of those prized Best Picture slots when Academy Award nominations are announced six months from now. It’s a bold statement considering last year’s first of nine eventual Best Picture nominees, Gravity, wasn’t released until October 4th, and generally with few exceptions of late , most of the nominees still come in the Fall season (although 2009′s Best Pic winner The Hurt Locker actually debuted in late June of that year and rallied later in the game to take it all). Boyhood’s  distributor IFC Films also has not been a major player in the Best Picture races, but Boyhood producer John Sloss told me they have made a complete commitment to this film like no other.

boyhood__140507074117A top awards veteran consultant Cynthia Swartz and her Strategy P.R. have been on the movie for months, slowly positioning it for a run. Just last week IFC President Jonathan Sehring, who greenlit it and supported it for a dozen years, told our indie box office reporter Brian Brooks that the film is his favorite project of his entire professional career. “It’s not like anything I have ever been involved with and is my crowning professional achievement no matter how it performs,” he told Brooks. … Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC & Planned Parenthood Reach Truce Over ‘Obvious Child’ Ads

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 5:35pm PDT

UPDATE: NBC & Planned Parenthood Reach Truce Over ‘Obvious Child’ AdsUPDATE, 5:35 PM: NBCUniversal released the following statement to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, reiterating it did not turn down an Obvious Child ad for broadcast but acknowledging it did ask the media buyer to remove the word in a digital ad, which NBCU says was a mistake. Planned Parenthood, which by then had collected about 13,000 signatures on its petition telling NBC to knock off the rannygazoo, declared it a major victory, calling it “a huge step forward in the work towards more honesty about women and abortion in TV and movies.” Here is NBC’s most recent statement:

“NBCUniversal has no policy against accepting ads that include the word “abortion.” Several ad proposals for Obvious Child were submitted to our television broadcast standards group for review, and, consistent with NBCUniversal policy and practice, no direction was given to remove references to the word “abortion.” Ultimately, no final ad was submitted or purchased for television broadcast.

“Separately, an online ad was submitted for digital placement and feedback was mistakenly given to remove the word “abortion.” That is not company policy and we are currently reviewing our ad standards processes to ensure they are consistent across all platforms moving forward.

“Our digital platforms will accept the ad as it was originally submitted.”

LisaDeMoraesColumnPREVIOUS: Planned Parenthood says it has 11,000 signatures on a petition chastising NBC for what the health-care group says are reports that the network refused to run an ad for the indie film Obvious Child because it includes the word “abortion.” Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, the movie stars Jenny Slate as a comedian who gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the most chaotic Valentine’s Day of her life, and decides to terminate her pregnancy. Read More »

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Cancer Takes The Screen: Will ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Success Boost TV’s ‘Chasing Life’ & ‘Red Band Society’

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 7:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cancer Takes The Screen: Will ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Success Boost TV’s ‘Chasing Life’ & ‘Red Band Society’How about this for an unexpected hot Hollywood trend: projects about young people afflicted – often terminally – with cancer. ABC Family’s new drama series Chasing Life – about a 24-year-old aspiring journalist who finds out she has leukemia – debuted on June 10. Only two days earlier, cancer teen romance The Fault In Our Stars became one of the sleeper hits of the summer, trouncing Tom Cruise’s big-budget sci-fi thriller Edge Of Tomorrow at the weekend box office. And coming this fall is Fox’s Red Band Society, a drama series about teens with serious illnesses, including cancer, living in a hospital. Given what a sensitive topic cancer is and how tough a sell it is commercially, it is pretty hard for any such project to see green light, so for three to get to the screen at the same time is pretty remarkable.

chasinglifeNeither Chasing Life nor Red Band had an easy road to the small screen. Both took years and went through two incarnations with different writers. Red Band also switched networks, from ABC to Fox. Both were based on formats – the successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican series Terminales (Chasing Life) and acclaimed Spanish series Polseres Vermelles (Red Band). Not to take away from the U.S. producers who embraced the formats and the network executives who put the adaptations on the air, but it was foreign creators who broke the stigma and defied convention by believing that … Read More »

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Imagen Award Noms Unveiled

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 1:21pm PDT

Imagen Award Noms UnveiledThe Imagen Foundation is out with the nominations for its 29th annual awards that honor portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in TV and film. Up for Best Primetime Television Program are FX’s The Bridge, NBC’s Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU and ABC Family’s The Fosters and Switched At Birth. Nominees for Best Picture are A Miracle In Spanish Harlem, After School, Cesar Chavez, Coyote and Sleeping With The Fishes. Trophies will be handed out August 1 at the Beverly Hilton, and the Imagen Awards will air as an hourlong special on PBS SoCal (date TBA). Here is the complete list of this year’s nominees: Read More »

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ABC Family Buys Musical Parenting Comedy From Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos & Jamie Denbo

Nellie Andreeva

ripaconsuelosEXCLUSIVE: ABC Family has put in development Rated P For Parenthood, a half-hour musical comedy chronicling the stages of modern-day parenting from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. and writer-actress Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly). ABC Signature, the cable division of ABC Studios, is producing. Rated P For Parenthoodenbod is based on the stage musical comedy of the same name created by Sandy Rustin, with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton & David Rossmer, which had an off-Broadway run in 2012. Denbo will write the adaptation and exec produce with Ripa and Consuelos. RRated_P_Logo_webustin, Lipton and Rossmer will serve as producers alongside Albert Bianchini. In the spirit of Girls, Avenue Q and Parenthood, Rated P is an irreverent (musical) peek into the struggles of parenting in the age of parents who all still feel much closer to being kids themselves. And in many ways, still are. Read More »

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NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates: Dramas To Launch During Premiere Week, Comedies In October

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 11:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

nbclogoNBC, the first broadcast network to announce its fall schedule at the upfronts, today became the first to unveil its fall premiere dates exactly two weeks after its upfront presentation. This has got to be a record for the earliest premiere dates announcement in recent years. No major surprises, with veteran The Biggest Loser as the sole entertainment program to launch before the official start of the broadcast season. NBC will roll out the bulk of its fall schedule during the official premiere week of September 22. However, Biggest Loser and The Voice’s Tuesday edition will air in two-hour broadcasts for the first few weeks, pushing the debut of NBC’s hourlong Tuesday and Thursday comedy blocks to October. NBC also is keeping its tradition of launching the Friday genre block just before Halloween. As announced at the upfronts, new drama State Of Affairs is slated to replace The Blacklist on Mondays on November 17 as Blacklist prepares for a potential move to Thursdays following its big showcase after the Super Bowl.

NBC FALL 2014 PREMIERE DATES
(all times ET)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4
8-11 PM – SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Green Bay at Seattle)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7
7-8:20 PM – FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:20-11:30 PM – SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Indianapolis at Denver)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11
8-10 AM –  THE BIGGEST LOSER

MONDAY, SEPT. 22
8-10 PM – THE VOICE
10-11 PM – THE BLACKLIST

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UPFRONTS 2014: The Overachievers

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 4:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

overachieversIt wasn’t easy but we survived another pilot season. Congratulations to all writers, producers and agents who celebrated the pickup of a new series this week. Here is Deadline’s annual honor roll of those who excelled at the upfronts and a list of pods and independent producers with multiple broadcast series on the schedule:

dcHow about DC‘s superhero effort this upfront? Warner Bros. TV made a big push with its sibling comic book banner this season, resulting in four pilots, all of them picked up to series: Gotham at Fox, The Flash and iZombie on the CW and Constantine on NBC.

Related: CW 2014 Fall Schedule

AmblinTVIt’s been a great year for Amblin TV. The company, which last summer received a straight-to-series order for drama Extant on CBS, added three more series over the past week, dramas Red Band Society at Fox, Whispers at ABC and Public Morals at TNT. That brings the independent company’s tally to eight series, including Under the Dome at CBS, The Americans at FX, Falling Skies at TNT and Halo at xBox/Showtime.

Related: CBS 2014 Schedule

keshetIsrael’s Keshet saw drama Allegiance and comedy Your Family Or Mine get pickups at NBC and TBS, respectively, while limited series Dig was presented at USA’s upfront. (The company also has dramas Tyrant and Homeland and unscripted series Rising Star, Boom and Deal with It.) 3 Arts received straight-to-series orders for comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mr. Robinson at NBC and Mulaney at Fox, has Cabot College in talks for a six-episode order at Fox (as well as returning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks And Recreation, both from Mike Schur, The Mindy Project).

Related: NBC 2014 Schedule

kaplan__130220013414-150x150berlantiThere are several producers and production companies that landed two new series orders this week. Warner Bros. TV-based Greg Berlanti executive produces the CW’s The Flash, which he also co-wrote, and NBC’s Mysteries Of Laura. (He also has Arrow at the CW). Independent producer Aaron Kaplan received orders for Mysteries Of Laura at NBC and Secrets & Lies at ABC. (He also has cable series Chasing Life and Instant Mom). Sony TV-based Jamie Tarses is behind new NBC comedy Marry Me and TBS’ Your Family Or Mine (along with TNT’s Franklin & Bash). ferrell-mckay-cp-getty-71523538Will Ferrell and Adam McKay‘s Uni TV-based Gary Sanchez landed its first broadcast series times two, with pickups for comedies Bad Judge and Mission Control at NBC (company also has Drunk History at Comedy Central). Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly have midseason series The Odd Couple on CBS and The Club on ABC (as well as Elementary, Unforgettable, Justified, Hindsight and Masters Of Sex). Marty Adelstein, with Becky Clements, is shepherding new ABC comedy Cristela and NBC drama Aquarius starring David Duchovny. (He also has Last Man Standing, with Clements, and Teen Wolf.) Jake Kasdan executive produces ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and Fox’s Weird Loners (as well as Fox’s New Girl).  Tim Kring has two event series, NBC’s Heroes: Reborn and USA’s Dig. Vince Gilligan has Battle Creek on CBS as well as Better Call Saul on AMC, while Rob Thomas has iZombie for CW and a Veronica Mars Web spinoff for CW digital. rashidajonesRashida Jones has two new series, one as a producer, NBC’s A to Z, and one as an actress, TBS’ Angie Tribeca, where she plays the lead. In a rare feat, Laurie Metcalf is a regular on two comedy series, CBS’ The McCarthys and HBO’s Getting On. Electus has new series introduced this week, Jane The Virgin on the CW and the unscripted DVF Project on E! (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, while their Cabot College is in talks for a Fox order.)

Related: Fox 2014 Schedule

Shonda RhimesKevinWilliamsonSeveral prolific writer-producers have expanded their portfolios. Shonda Rhimes has added How To Get Away With Murder to create a rare Shonda lineup on ABC, with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Murder on Thursday next fall. Kevin Williamson has new CBS drama Stalker, which he created, joining his other series, The Following on Fox and The Vampire Diaries on the CW. Read More »

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Discovery U.S. Hispanic Networks’ 2014-2015 Lineup Includes Expanded Motor Mondays, Return Of ‘Cake Boss’

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

Discovery U.S. HispanicDiscoveryHispani-2012logo-e1337365294352 has unveiled its networks’ 2014-2015 upfront slate which includes new adventure series and expanded Motor Mondays programming for Discovery en Español. Adventure series Tethered (Al límite) follows two polar opposite survival experts who endure 21 days in one of the harshest environments on earth, tied together at the waist by a 6-foot cable. There’s also Survive That – aka Dude You’re Screwed (Sálvate si puedes), a new twist on the survival genre. It features five elite survivalists who are captured, blindfolded and taken to an unknown, remote location where they are left to fend for themselves and forced to make it back to civilization within 100 hours. Discovery en Español also is expanding its popular Motor Mondays programming block, adding docureality series Texas trocas, a look at a big-rig trucking business run by a spirited true-life family of Texas truckers. Also on the lineup is Chrome Underground, featuring professional car hunters Yusuf and Antonio who put their lives on the line in their day jobs, traveling worldwide to lawless countries in a search for ‘diamond in the rough’ vehicles they can flip for a fortune. Discovery Familia’s popular Cake Boss is returning for a new season. It follows Buddy Valastro, an accomplished fourth generation baker, as he manages his booming business. Discovery Familia also is premiering new shows on parenting, health and beauty. Here are highlights of Discovery U.S. Hispanic networks’ 2014-15 Upfront schedule: Read More »

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Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Fall Schedule 2014Animation domination no more. Fox is abandoning its all-animated Sunday comedy block and reverting to a mix of live-action and animated comedies on the night, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and newbie Mulaney joining The Simpsons and Family Guy. Meanwhile, for the first time since its launch, Glee is not on in the fall schedule for its final season. Here is Fox’s fall schedule, followed by analysis and description of the network’s new series.

FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY Read More »

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NBC 2014 Schedule: ‘Blacklist’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Move To Thursday To End Comedy Block, ‘State Of Affairs’ & ‘Marry Me’ Get Post-’Voice’ Slots, ‘Parks’ To Midseason

By | Sunday May 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC-The-BlacklistNBC, which is projected to win the season among adults 18-49 for the first time in 10 years, is betting big on The Blacklist with a post-Super Bowl berth and a high profile new time slot. The network has made the bold Thursday move we’d been expecting, shifting the flagship drama starring James Spader to the 9 PM tentpole slot on February 5, after a big showcase behind the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. Without further ado, here is NBC’s fall schedule, followed by analysis:

Related: Jeff Bader’s First Big Test: Fixing NBC’s Thursday Night

NBC FALL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. — “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. — “The Blacklist” / “STATE OF AFFAIRS” (beginning Nov. 17)

TUESDAYFall Schedule 2014
8-9 p.m. — “The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. — “MARRY ME”
9:30-10 p.m. — “About a Boy”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago Fire”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. — “THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA”
9-10 p.m. — “Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago P.D.”

THURSDAY
8-9 p.m. — “The Biggest Loser”
9-9:30 p.m. — “BAD JUDGE” (“The Blacklist” beginning Feb. 5)
9:30-10 p.m. — “A TO Z”
10-11 p.m. — “Parenthood”/”Allegiance”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. — “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. — “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. — “CONSTANTINE” Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ Renewed For Season 6

By | Sunday May 11, 2014 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

parenthoodIt took some negotiating and a compromise on all sides, but NBC‘s family drama Parenthood has secured a 13-episode final season. It will air in the fall, with the series returning to its Thursday 10 PM slot.

Previous: ‘Parenthood’ Update: Path To Renewal Clear As Actors Reach Agreement

There was a brief standoff between the network and the cast over some cost-cutting measures that would’ve trimmed the actors’ overall compensation by reducing the number of episodes they appear in to 9, but in the end, a middle ground was reached and the acclaimed show, shepherded by Jason Katims, will get a proper ending. Parenthood‘s cast includes Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Dax Shepard.

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‘Parenthood’ Update: Path To Renewal Clear As Actors Reach Agreement

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 2:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

No word from NBC yet but I hear that the cast of Parenthood have reached an agreement with NBC, paving the way to a 13-episode sixth and final season. With everyone willing to bring the beloved show to a proper conclusion, I hear there was a compromise on all sides. The actors had been asked to go down from 13 to 9 episodes, with each appearing in as few as 9 of the final 13 episodes. I hear the final count will be somewhere in the middle.

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NBC’s ‘Dracula’ Cancelled, ‘Parenthood’ Renewal Still On Hold

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 12:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

draculaOne more piece has fallen into place for NBC‘s schedule next season with the network opting not to bring back vampire drama Dracula for a second season. That leaves us with Parenthood, which is still in a holding pattern for a 13-episode sixth season. The deadline for the actors to agree to a parenthoodcost-cutting episodic guarantee reduction, that would have them appear in as few as 9 of the final episodes, came and went yesterday afternoon with no agreement reached for some of the key cast members. Things have been mostly quiet since though there is still hope that the beloved family drama will come back for a final chapter.

Related: ‘Parenthood’ Future In Limbo Amid Standoff With Cast

Both Dracula and Hannibal, which shared the Friday 10 PM slot this season, are produced under a different model that allows for a lower license fee, making them advantageous for NBC. Dracula (1.8) premiered stronger than Hannibal (1.6 in Season 1, 1.1 in Season 2). It lost steam after the solid debut, and there had been some issues with star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who received good reviews, during the shoot. With Hannibal‘s license fee poised to become even more lucrative for Season 3, the network renewed that series.

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‘Parenthood’ Future In Limbo Amid Standoff With Cast

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 2:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

parenthoodUPDATED: Have we just seen the last of Parenthood? The critically praised NBC family drama had been expected to get one final season to close its run. I hear that is in jeopardy. The plan had been for a 13-episode final chapter, matching the sendoff of another acclaimed but ratings-challenged NBC series, comedy 30 Rock. However, in order to cut costs, I hear the network, which owns the show, has asked  the large cast, which features a number of A-listers, to agree to reduce their guarantee to 9 episodes, meaning each cast member would appear in and paid for 9 of the 13 final episodes. I hear the two sides are at an impasse, with some of the main leads balking at the offer with the clock ticking. There is a deadline on the table and, if an agreement is not reached this afternoon, the series may go away. While never a broad show, Parenthood has received a warm reception for five seasons and is shepherded by Jason Katims, who is very well respected at NBC. The network just renewed his newest series, comedy About A Boy, for a second season

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NBC Cancels ‘Growing Up Fisher’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 12:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Growing Up Fisher key artYet another casualty at NBC, this one hardly unexpected. Midseason comedy Growing Up Fisher won’t be returning for a second season. The series, a sweet homage to his blind father by creator DJ Nash, developed a following but it couldn’t keep up with its lead-in, About a Boy. For those counting, NBC cancelled six comedy series and renewed two, Parks & Recreation and About a Boy.

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NBC Renews ‘About A Boy’ For Second Season

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 10:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

About a Boy ParenthoodNo surprise here — NBC has renewed midseason comedy About A Boy for a second season. The romantic comedy, from Jason Katims, has done solid business on Tuesdays behind The Voice, averaging a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers in most current ratings. What’s more, after the inevitable post-premiere slide, the show has held ground in the ratings, even posting a few upticks. About A Boy, based on Nick Hornby’s book and the movie with Hugh Grant, stars David Walton and Minnie Driver. Katims exec produces with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal for Universal TV, Working Title Films, True Jack Prods. and Tribeca Prods. No word yet on About A Boy‘s Tuesday companion, Growing Up Fisher, whose renewal has not been as certain as About A Boy‘s.

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2014-15 NBC Schedule

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:21pm PDT

2014-15 NBC Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 PM – The Voice
10-11 PM - The Blacklist / STATE OF AFFAIRS (beginning Nov. 17)

TUESDAY
8-9 PM - The Voice
9-9:30 PM - MARRY ME
9:30-10 PM - About a Boy
10-11 PM - Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM - THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
9-10 PM - Law & Order: SVU
10-11 PM - Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY
8-9 PM - The Biggest Loser
9-9:30 PM - BAD JUDGE (The Blacklist beginning Feb. 5)
9:30-10 PM - A TO Z
10-11 PM - Parenthood / Allegiance

FRIDAY
8-9 PM - Dateline NBC
9-10 PM - Grimm
10-11 PM - CONSTANTINE

SATURDAY
8-11 PM - Encore programming

SUNDAY
7-8:20 PM - Football Night in America
8:20-11:30 PM – NBC Sunday Night Football

Related: NBC New Series First Looks: Video

2014-2015 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

NEW COMEDIES

A TO Z – This is the A-to-Z story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, “How I Met Your Mother”) — a pair that almost wasn’t — and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew has always been a secret romantic … not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding “the one.” He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago. Zelda, having grown up with a hippie mom who believed the universe would provide for everything, rebelled into a no-nonsense practical lawyer who prefers the control of online dating. But when a computer glitch … Read More »

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