Schedule changes and lack of certain Primetime Emmy noms doesn’t keep Brooklyn Nine-Nine down. Co-creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor, EP David Miner, and the cast gathered on the CBS Radford lot today to give the TCA corps a look at their urban work environment and provide some insight into Season 2.
With Brooklyn now scheduled for 8:30 PM, and sandwiched between The Simpsons at 8 PM and The Family Guy-Simpsons crossover event at 9 PM, team Brooklyn isn’t daunted by the prospect that they’re one of two Fox live-action shows on Sunday, a night historically known for its animation lineup (the other series being Mulaney airing after Family Guy). Miner exclaimed, “This is a tremendous audience and we are with great comedies. We were thrilled when we got the call.” Read More »
Last year Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle made Emmy history as two African American actors breaking through the lead acting categories at the same time with nominations. Not only did they both earn nominations again this year, but a total of 11 Black actors and actresses were nominated across all acting categories — the most since 1977 when Roots racked up nine nominations for its castmembers according to TV Academy stats (Roots wound up winning trophies for Olivia Cole and Louis Gossett Jr). Last year Washington’s nom for Scandal repped the first in nearly two decades for a black actress, the last being Cicely Tyson in 1995′s Sweet Justice. This year, Washington will be running into Tyson on the red carpet as she’s also up for an nomination in the lead movie/miniseries actress category for The Trip to Bountiful. Another big year for Black thesps was 1986, when The Cosby Show earned eight acting nominations and a guest comedy actor win for Roscoe Lee Browne. Typically the Emmys, similar to the Oscars, has been criticized for a lack of diversity in the past.
“It’s a testament to the storytelling that is going on out there,” Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, said this morning about the record. “If you look at what Fox is doing with diverse comedies, there’s The Mindy Project and our show. There’s a new dimension of half-hour comedies that don’t depend on stereotypes or the boxes we put people in. I play a … Read More »
This is probably the biggest vote of confidence ever bestowed on a freshman show that had just posted a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49: Fox has given a Back 9 order to its comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and picked the Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher starrer to air alongside New Girl after the network’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2. “It’s exciting to see that both critics and fans love Brooklyn Nine-Nine as much as we do,” said Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “With Andy and Andre out in front of this incredible ensemble, it feels like this show is going to be around for a long time.”
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Fox announced New Girl for the post-Super Bowl slot at the May upfront, noting that it would be joined by another comedy series. But then the network’s Tuesday comedy block premiered last month to meager ratings, with neither of its new comedies — the heavily promoted Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Dads – breaking out and New Girl and The Mindy Project both depressed in their return. New Girl is still strong with a massive DVR bump, but picking a companion looked like a toss-up. Reilly, never known to make decisions based on what is in the best financial interest of corporate sibling 20th Century Fox TV (Terra Nova cancellation anyone?), picked the noisier, better reviewed Brooklyn Nine-Nine, produced by Universal TV, over the 20th TV-produced Dads, which has not been well received but draws similar ratings. Fox previously did it with another Uni TV show, top drama House, which drew a respectable 29 million viewers after the 2008 Super Bowl. CBS, for example, never does this, going with owned newbie Elementary last season instead of deserving blockbuster The Big Bang Theory, hit How I Met Your Mother or then-rising Person of Interest. Read More »
Andre Braugher has been set to co-star opposite Andy Samberg in Fox’s Schur/Goor comedy pilot, from Universal TV and 3 Arts. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the single-camera ensemble project, which revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Braugher will play Capt. Holt, who after 30 years of the force has finally gotten his own command, and he’s not going to let anyone, least of all Jake (Samberg), screw it up. This would mark the first half-hour comedy series for Homicide alum Braugher, who most recently starred in ABC’s short-lived Last Resort. Before that, he played a lead on the TNT dramedy Men Of A Certain Age.
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ABC‘s final panel at TCA late this afternoon was for its new drama Last Resort, but the subject was the casting of African Americans as leads of primetime series, or more specifically the lack of them. The cast of Last Resort is headed by Andre Braugher of Homicide: Life On The Street and Men Of A Certain Age fame. The military drama concerns the renegade officers and crew aboard a U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine that defy direct orders and find themselves enemies of the United States. It’s being produced without the cooperation of the U.S. Navy. It’s actually the second drama with an African American male lead to be created and produced by Shawn Ryan, who cast Dennis Haysbert in his CBS drama The Unit. Of casting Braugher this time, Ryan said, “I simply wanted the best actor for the role … I just don’t concern myself with (ethnicity) but with how good can the show be? What writer wouldn’t want Andre saying their words? So things are changing, things are getting better I think. I feel like I’m doing my part. But it will be nice when these questions don’t get asked anymore, when Andre can just be an actor playing a role and get praise for his performance. But we’re … Read More »
Last season there wasn’t a broadcast drama series with a black lead until Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal launched in the spring with Kerry Washington as the star. That series is coming back next season, joined by several new ones toplined by black actors. It’s a rarity on broadcast television, which has seen only a handful of dramas with black actors as the leads in the past decade. The list of newcomers includes ABC’s Last Resort starring Andre Braugher; Infamous, whose lead is played by Meagan Good; and the CW’s Cult starring Jessica Lucas. Additionally, Fox in keeping in midseason contention its legal drama pilot Guilty toplined by Cuba Gooding Jr. Surprisingly, among comedies, which have been far more welcoming to black actors than dramas with such long-running sitcoms as Cosby and My Wife And Kids, there is only one that features a black actor in a lead role: NBC’s Guys With Kids, where Anthony Anderson plays one of the three leads. (There is a new comedy series with a minority single lead, Fox’s The Mindy Project, created by and starring Indian American Mindy Kaling.) Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Andre Braugher is set to lead the ensemble cast of ABC’s drama pilot Last Resort, executive produced by Shawn Ryan and written-executive produced by Karl Gajdusek. The Sony TV-produced project centers on the crew of the U.S.S. Nevada, a nuclear submarine, who, after disobeying a suspicious order, become fugitives. They land on the island of Sainte Marina, where they take over the NATO Listening Station and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation. Braugher will play Capt. Marcus Chaplin, the commander of the U.S.S. Nevada, a veteran of real combat, a leader by nature and a patriot, but will not follow any man blindly. Braugher, repped by WME and Principato-Young, won Emmys for his lead roles on Homicide and Thief. He most recently starred on the TNT dramedy Men Of A Certain Age, which earned him 2 Emmy nominations. This marks the second military-themed ensemble drama from Ryan to cast an well-known black actor as the lead, following the CBS series The Unit, which starred Dennis Haysbert.
EXCLUSIVE: Andre Braugher is in negotiations for a recurring role on NBC’s veteran procedural Law & Order: SVU. He will play an attorney for the underprivileged who may get close with Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). This marks Braugher’s most significant stint on a crime drama and a return to NBC after his Emmy-winning leading role on Homicide. Additionally, he guest starred in an episode of the mothership Law & Order series 15 years ago. Braugher, repped by WME and Principato-Young, last month received his second consecutive Emmy nomination for his role on TNT’s critically praised but recently canceled dramedy Men Of a Certain Age.
There will be no third season of TNT’s buddy dramedy Men of a Certain Age after the cable network decided to pull the plug on the critically praised but low-rated series. “TNT has been proud to be a part of Men of a Certain Age for two seasons,” the network said in a statement. “While the show has featured great storytelling and impeccable performances, the audience simply hasn’t built to the point where we can continue the series. This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We wish (co-creators) Ray Romano & Mike Royce and the terrific cast and crew the very best and look forward to exploring new programming possibilities in the future.” The news comes a day after Men landed an Emmy nomination for Andre Braugher, who co-stars on the show alongside Romano and Scott Bakula. The series also landed a Peabody Award in May. Men returned for the conclusion of its second season last month to a disappointing 1.8 million viewers, 591,000 of them in the 19-49 demographic. That was down 33% from the Season 2 premiere in December.
While not completely unexpected, the cancellation represents an about-face for TNT brass. At TCA in January, the network’s chief Michael Wright did not seem phased by the series’ low ratings. Read More »