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UPDATE: NBC’s ‘Guys With Kids’, ‘Up All Night’, ‘Whitney’ & ’1600 Penn’ Cancelled, ‘Parks & Recreation’ Renewed

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 2:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

Related: NBC’s New Series Pickups

UPDATE, 1Whitney Cancelled NBC: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 »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Falls To Series Low, ’1600 Penn’ Finale Hits Low, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Dips, ‘Wife Swap’ Down

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT

American IdolThe Motown of Wednesday was sweet on American Idol (2.7/9) but it all came down to seeing who made the cut last night. On an evening when TV viewership was down 7% from 8 PM to 10 PM, Idol’s 450th show saw a performance from judge Keith Urban and an elimination bringing the finalists down to seven on Thursday’s one-hour live Idol results show. It also saw the show hitting a new all-time regular telecast low for any night of American Idol. Slipping below last week’s previous all-time low, the show dipped 7% from last week’s final numbers of 2.9/9 among Adults 18-49 and slipped 4% from March 21’s fast nationals of 2.8/9. As Idol often sees an adjustment upward, that could change in the final numbers. Idol actually has done worse but that was with two specials in 2004 on New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving that garnered a 2.6 and a 2.2 respectively. Fox won the night in total viewers but ABC and CBS were tied for the top spot among Adults 18-49. This is the first time that ABC has beaten Fox on a Thursday since Idol started airing on the night three years ago.

It was all college ball on CBS last night. For the second Thursday in a row, the 2013 NCAA College Basketball Championships (2.3/7) took over Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ & NCAA Tournament Dip, ‘Wife Swap’ Returns Strong, ‘Beauty & The Beast Rises, ‘Community’ & ’1600 Penn’ Hit Lows

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 9:46am PDT

After Wednesday’s Beatles performance show on Fox’s American Idol (2.8/9), last night saw another finalist eliminated and the contestant list trimmed to eight. The live one-hour results show slipped 7% from the fast nationals of the season’s first results showlast week, and Idol was down 10% from the 3.1 it garnered in final numbers for its March 14 show. Idol had a small viewership bump last night, up 1% to 11.7 million versus 11.6 million last week. A new Glee (2.0/5) followed Idol, finishing even with its March 14 show but seeing a 9% viewership rise in fast nationals (from 5.4 million viewers to 5.9 million). Fox won the night in total viewers and tied with ABC in adults 18-49.

Related: NCAA Tournament Hits Thursday 22-Year Ratings High
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Cleveland Affiliate Disses NBC Primetime With 21-Year-Old ‘Matlock’ Movie — And Will Do It Again

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 2:14pm PST

It hasn’t been the best week for NBC, which just found out that for the first time in network history it finished fifth behind Spanish-language Univision in the just completed February sweep. Even Jay Leno bashed his network during his Tonight Show monologue last night, rattling off a string of jokes at his bosses’ expense (example: “NBC is doing so badly we don’t have reruns anymore because nobody saw the shows the first time”). Now comes word that the network’s Cleveland affiliate WKYC-TV bumped last night’s scheduled repeats of The Office and Law & Order: SVU, as well as a new 1600 Penn (ouch), for a two-hour Matlock movie that originally aired in 1992. It’s doing it again to the struggling Thursday lineup on March 7 for another Matlock movie.

Related: Univision Ad Boasts About Beating NBC In February Sweeps Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Slips To Win Sleepy Post-Sweep Thursday

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 9:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

As much as they say sweeps don’t matter anymore, the broadcast networks still try to put their best foot forward in November, February and in May. And on the first night following the February sweep last night, most networks switched to repeats. That left Fox’s American Idol, ABC’s Zero Hour and NBC’s Community and 1600 Penn as the only original choices last night. None took advantage. Idol‘s final Vegas edition (3.8/11 in adults 18-49) was down a tenth from last Thursday. Fox still won the night handily in 18-49 and all other key demos, as well as total viewers. ABC’s Zero Hour (1.0/3) fell another tenth to a new series low. NBC’s Community (1.1/4) was even with last week’s series low despite not facing a The Big Bang Theory original this time. 1600 Penn (0.9/2) continues to fade, down a tenth from last week to a series low. Overall, adults 18-49 usage last night was down -6% from 8-11 PM vs last week, which reflects young viewers’ decreased appetite for broadcast TV when there are so many repeats on. But reruns once again worked well for CBS, whose encores were only outranked by Idol last night — Big Bang Theory (2.8/9), Two And A Half Men (2.2/6), Person Of Interest (1.9/5) and Elementary (1.6/5).

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NBC’s ’1600 Penn’ Pulled For One Week

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 5:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Scandal’ Hit New Highs, ‘1600 Penn’ Debuts Down

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 9:25am PST

A week after hitting its largest audience and ratings ever, The Big Bang Theory (6.3/19) went bigger last night with new all-time highs. The 8 PM CBS science geek comedy pulled in 19.78 million viewers, exceeding the 19.25 million viewers and 3% better than the 6.1/18 rating the show received January 3.  Big Bang wasn’t the only series to hit a new high last night: ABC’s Scandal (2.8/8) was back and burst its previous season high from December 13 with a solid 17% rise from that last original.

Following Big Bang on CBS, Two And A Half Men (4.2/12) slipped a bit from its season high of last week, down 7%. Person Of Interest (3.3/9) dipped 3% from tying its 18-49 demo high December 4. Elementary (2.4/7) was down 8% from last week. With 14.653 million watching, CBS won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

Having been previewed on December 17, NBC’s 1600 Penn (1.6/4) had its formal time slot debut last night at 9:30 PM. The White House comedy was down 27% from the preview and 6% from Parks And Recreation‘s prior average in the slot. Earlier in the night, 30 Rock (1.4/4) returned; heading toward its hourlong series finale January 31, the Tina Fey comedy was up 27% from its last original five weeks ago and matched its October 4 debut for a season high in the demo. An encore of the 1600 Penn pilot (1.4/4) followed. Back for the last portion of its final season, The Office (2.2/6) returned Thursday night too. The comedy series was up 5% from its last new show December 6. At 10 PM, Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.1/3) returned with a strong 38% rise from its last original December 20. Read More »

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President Obama To Host White House Screening of NBC Comedy ’1600 Penn’

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 4:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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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‘1600 Penn’ To Have Media Figures As Guests, But Not Politicians: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 1:05pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

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).

Related: ‘Revolution’s J.J. Abrams & Eric Kripke On Making “Adjustments”

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.

Gad said he met Winer “on the Modern Family circuit” and Winer approached him about doing a White … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Gossip Girl’ Up In Finale, ‘HIMYM’ & ‘Voice’ Up, ’1600 Penn’ Sampled

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 10:38am PST
Nellie Andreeva

We now finally know who the Gossip Girl is (spoiler: It’s a boy!). Last night’s series finale of the CW’s Gossip Girl posted across-the-board season highs. It was the show’s most-watched (1.51 million) episode and highest-rated in adults 18-49 (0.8/2, up 2 tenths) since April 2011. In 18-34 (1.1/3), it was Gossip Girl‘s strongest performance since September 2011. With a Gossip Girl retrospective special at 8 PM, the CW posted its most-watched Monday night (1.41 million) since January. In the 9 PM hour, the network outrated ABC and NBC among adults 18-34 (1.1/3) and women 18-34 (1.8/5).

From 8-9:30 PM, the performance finale of NBC’s The Voice (4.1/11 in 18-49) was up 8% from last week, when it aired from 8-9 PM, and up 8% vs. the performance finale of the reality series’ previous cycle in May. The Voice was the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49 and provided strong lead-in for a preview of NBC’s new comedy 1600 Penn (2.3/6), which got decent sampling though it was down 8% from what The New Normal scored in its September preview with the same 4.1 demo rating lead-in from The Voice. Howie Mandel’s Take It All (1.5/4) dropped 32% from last Monday’s premiere when it immediately followed The Voice. Read More »

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‘The Voice’ Season Finale Gets Dates, Will Lead Into ’1600 Penn’ Preview

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 11:41am PST

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.

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UPDATE: NBC Unveils Midseason Schedule — ‘Community’ Back On Thursday; ‘Smash’ To Tuesday; ’1600 Penn’, ‘Deception’ Slotted

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Community February 7 Premiere DateUPDATED: 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 Smash February 5 Premiere Date(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.

Related: ‘Community’ Cast Explains Its Premiere Date: Video Read More »

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Two New Comedy Series Land Showrunners

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 6:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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NBC First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

Nellie Andreeva

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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NBC Pilot ’1600 Penn’ Recasts A Role

By | Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva 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.

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Laura Benanti And Jenna Elfman To Star In NBC Comedy Pilots

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 8:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Laura Benanti Go On NBCLaura Benanti (The Playboy Club) has landed the female lead opposite Matthew Perry in NBCs 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.

Jenna Elfman 1600 Penn NBCDharma & 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.

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Aidan Quinn To Co-Star In ‘Elementary’, ‘Descendants’ Amara Miller In ’1600 Penn’

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Bill Pullman To Play U.S. President In NBC Comedy Pilot ’1600 Penn’

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 1:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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Brittany Snow Cast In ’1600 Penn’; ‘Frontier’ & ‘Next Caller’ Add To Casts

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 11:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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