2ND UPDATE, 2:45 PM: More cleanup at NBC. Freshman comedy Guys With Kids and sophomore Up All Night also are gone. It comes down to Go On, The New Normal and Community on the comedy side, on which NBC is yet to make a decision… Hannibal looks promising on the drama side, and people are cautiously optimistic about Community among half-hours. The cancellation of both Whitney and Guys With Kids means that NBC won’t have an existing multi-camera companion for the only multi-cam new comedy series it has picked up so far, Sean Saves The World. It may be paired with another multi-cam comedy project that is awaiting word on a pickup, pilot Undateable. As for Up All Night, the cancellation is a formality as the series died when the plan to convert it from a single- to multi-camera format fell apart. The axing gives CBS the free and clear to pickup its untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot, starring Up All Night‘s Will Arnett, to series.
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UPDATE, 1:58 PM: The axe has begun to fall on NBC’s bubble comedies: Whitney and 1600 Penn. The cancellation of Whitney frees up two comedy pilots to get series orders — NBC’s Undateable, which stars Whitney‘s Chris D’Elia, and CBS’ Friends With Better Lives, which stars Zoe Lister Jones. Whitney has been a lightning rod since its launch, drawing polarizing reactions and getting mostly panned by critics. It started off OK in the ratings last season but gradually fizzled. It returned late last fall and did decent business on Wednesday but its long-term prospects remained dim. Not much to say about freshman 1600 Penn, whose cancellation was a mere formality after a dismal midseason run. Read More »
Do No Harm will not be the only NBC Thursday midseason series MIA next week. Fellow low-rated newcomer 1600 Penn will be benched next Thursday for a new Office. I hear the move was prompted by The Office Valentine Day episode, which NBC brass loved. It came in supersized, so a decision was made to expand it into two back-to-back originals. For now the plan is for 1600 Penn to return the following Thursday, Feb. 21. 1600 Penn is coming off a series low 1.1 18-49 rating last night, down 15% from its previous original. It served as a lead-in to Do No Harm (0.7), which got the axe earlier this afternoon.
President Obama, meet President Gilcrist. The real U.S. President will be hosting the cast and crew of NBC’s 1600 Penn tomorrow afternoon for a screening of the new White House comedy series. It will be the culmination of a day of promotional activities for the 1600 Penn team in Washington DC that will include a screening and panel at the National Press Club and a guided tour of the White House before the cast and crew meet Obama at 4:45 PM for a screening and reception. Obama will be joined by his speechwriting team; a former member of the team, Jon Lovett, co-created and executive produces 1600 Penn alongside star Josh Gad and director Jason Winer. The series, which debuts Thursday, centers on President Gale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman), his second wife Emily (Jenna Elfman) and his brood, led by son Skip (Gad).
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NBC’s new White House comedy 1600 Penn doesn’t plan to bring in real politicians as guest stars, producers said today during the show’s lunchtime panel at TCA. Executive producers Jason Winer and Jon Lovett (a former Obama speechwriter) said they will definitely have real-life reporters and media figures as guests. Lovett and other panelists said upcoming guests may include NBC correspondent Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd of NBC News and Larry King.
The creative team also said it would take a cue from the White House drama The West Wing by not bringing very recent history into the show, which stars co-creator/co-executive producer Josh Gad as the black sheep son of the White House family (Gad was also a star of Broadway’s Book of Mormon).
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The show, which also stars Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman as the President and First Lady, also has Modern Family veteran Jason Winer as executive producer along with Mike Royce. Winer acknowledged that audience will probably recognize some “Modern Family DNA inherent in the family dynamics. You will start to see this family become a warm cohesive unit.” Lovett seconded the opinion that the show is more about family than politics.
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NBC announced today dates for a two-night season finale of The Voice that will see the final live performance show air as a 90-minute episode Monday, December 17 at 8 PM. That will be followed by a sneak of the new comedy 1600 Penn from 9:30-10 PM. The Voice will wrap its season the next night with a two-hour season finale from 9-11 PM. It’s a prominent spot for 1600 Penn, which stars Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad and centers on a typical American family who happens to live in the White House. The series will premiere in its regular day and time Thursday, January 10 at 9:30 PM. 1600 Penn joins NBC’s other new comedies this season, all of which got sneak peaks behind Olympics coverage, America’s Got Talent or The Voice.
UPDATED: NBC just released the bulk of its midseason schedule, its first lineup shepherded by new head of scheduling Jeff Bader. It features The Biggest Loser moving to Mondays (8-10 PM) to serve as a bridge between the two cycles of The Voice. Its companion will be midseason drama Deception (formerly Infamous), which will air at 10 PM.
NBC is gambling with a long hiatus for breakout hit Revolution, which will wrap its 10-episode fall run with a big cliffhanger in November before coming back with 12 originals on March 25, following the cycle premiere of The Voice as the two shows will once again be paired together.
With Revolution staying put, Smash, which aired behind The Voice last spring, is moving to Tuesdays, premiering February 5 from 9-11 PM before settling into its regular 10 PM slot the following week. It will be a test for the musical drama, which will have a more modest lead–comedies Go On and The New Normal — the voice The Voice last season. Smash will replace Parenthood, which will have completed its 15-episode season by then. Another new Tuesday addition in midseason is Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which will return on January 8 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM and will continue in that hour. It will bridge the two cycles of The Voice, which returns March 26.
Order is restored on Thursday as cult comedy Community returns to its 8 PM slot. The much-delayed fourth season of Community will premiere February 7. It is one of two midseason comedy additions to NBC’s Thursday lineup, along with newbie 1600 Penn, which is getting the post-Office 9:30 slot beginning January 10. The following week, Parks And Recreation, which currently airs at 9:30 PM, will move back to its old 8:30 PM berth.
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20th Century Fox TV is finalizing deals with Everybody Loves Raymond veteran Mike Royce to serve as showrunner on another family comedy, NBC’s midseason single-camera half-hour 1600 Penn, and with Community executive producers Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman for the same duty on Fox’s fall single-camera comedy Ben and Kate. The gigs stem from Royce and Donovan & Goldman’s overall deals with the studio. Both pilots were written by scribes with no TV series writing experience. 1600 Penn was co-written by actor Josh Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett, with input from director Jason Winer; Ben & Kate was written by feature writer Dana Fox. Royce recently worked on a single-camera comedy project for 20th TV, the Fox pilot Little Brother.
NEW COMEDIES & DRAMAS FOR 2012-13 NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
Sitcoms expand to four nights this fall including Tuesday and Friday nights. New dramas from Dick Wolf and JJ Abrams. Here’s your first look:
NBC’s Save Me - Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Original Film. Novelist John Scott Shepherd is executive producer/creator along with executive producer/director Scott Winant and executive producers Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon, and Alexa Junge:
NBC’s 1600 Penn - Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox. From executive producer/director Jason Winer. The executive producers are Winer (who also directed the pilot), Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett:
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EXCLUSIVE: There is a casting change on the NBC White House family comedy pilot 1600 Penn following the project’s table read yesterday. The role of the President’s eldest daughter Becca is being recast with Martha MacIsaac (Greek). Brittany Snow was originally tapped for the role. The producers opted to make a creative change with a younger and darker-looking Becca after the table read as the original character and Snow appeared not to mesh well with the rest of the family, including in physical resemblance with the other siblings. Coincidentally, MacIsaac also played a character named Becca in Superbad. Co-created by Josh Gad, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett and directed by Winer, 1600 Penn is a dysfunctional family comedy set at the White House, where the president’s (Bill Pullman) out-of-control oldest son (Gad) returns home and becomes not only the family’s biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. The pilot also co-stars Amara Miller as the younger daughter and Jenna Elfman as the First Lady and the kids’ stepmother. Snow just wrapped the feature Pitch Perfect. MacIsaac is with APA.
Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club) has landed the female lead opposite Matthew Perry in NBC’s comedy pilot Go On. The single-camera project, written by Scott Silveri and directed by Todd Holland, centers on Ryan (Perry), an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace in the members of his mandatory support group. Tony winner Benanti, repped by Innovative and Brookside Artist Management, will play Lauren, the leader of the Transitions support group who is wound tightly but manages to keep her cool … most of the time. The pilot also co-stars Julie White, Khary Payton, Allison Miller, and Suzy Nakamura.
Dharma & Greg alumna Jenna Elfman is set to co-star as the First Lady opposite Bill Pullman in the NBC comedy pilot 1600 Penn, co-created by Josh Gad, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett and directed by Winer. Produced by 20th TV, it is a dysfunctional family comedy set at the White House, where the president’s (Pullman) out-of-control oldest son (Gad) returns home and becomes not only the family’s biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. Elfman will play the street-smart First Lady with working-class roots who is eager to win over her four stepkids, two of them played by Gad and Amara Miller.
Aidan Quinn is set to co-star opposite Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu in CBS’ drama pilot Elementary. The project, written by Robert Doherty, is set in present day and stars Miller as eccentric Brit Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City. Just out of rehab, Holmes now lives in Brooklyn with “sober companion” Joan Watson (Liu) while consulting for the NYPD. Quinn will play NYPD Captain Gregson who worked with Sherlock at Scotland Yard after 9/11 and was so impressed with his work that he has invited him to work as a consultant to the police in New York City. Gregson grew accustomed to Sherlock’s “eccentricities” in the U.K., but knows they won’t necessarily fly in the Big Apple. Michael Cuesta is directing the pilot, produced by CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly. Quinn most recently played an NYPD detective on another primetime drama, NBC’s Prime Suspect.
Amara Miller, who played George Clooney’s youngest daughter Scottie in The Descendants, has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot 1600 Penn, co-created by Josh Gad, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett and directed by Winer. Produced by 20th TV, it is a dysfunctional family comedy where the out-of-control oldest son (Gad) returns home and becomes not only it’s biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. … Read More »
Brittany Snow Cast In ’1600 Penn’
Bill Pullman will be playing a U.S. President again, this time on the small screen. The Independence Day star has been tapped to play President Dale Gilchrist in the NBC comedy pilot 1600 Penn, co-created by Josh Gad, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett and directed by Winer. Produced by 20th TV, it is a dysfunctional family comedy where the out-of-control oldest son (Gad) returns home and becomes not only it’s biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. The twist is that this family resides in the White House. Like his character in blockbuster Independence Day, Pullman’s President Gilchrist has military background — he is a heroic ex-Marine. On the cast, Pullman, repped by ICM, joins Gad and just-cast Brittany Snow as the First Daughter.
Brittany Snow has been cast in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot 1600 Penn, about a dysfunctional first family. Conceived by Jason Winer, Jon Lovett and Josh Gad, the pilot is directed by Winer. Snow, repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment, will play Becca, the overachieving and perfectionist eldest daughter of the President who helped raise her siblings. She joins Gad, who is plays Skip, her gregarious and clumsy older brother. 20th TV is producing. Read More »