ABC this afternoon has made its comedy pickup calls, giving Back 9, full-season orders to The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife and a Back 4 order (four additional episodes) to Super Fun Night. The network is not picking up more episodes of its fourth freshman comedy, Back In The Game, which won’t be pulled and will air the remainder of its original 13-episode order.
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ABC put the biggest promotional muscle on the comedy side behind The Goldbergs, from Sony TV, which was a favorite of the network brass and considered most likely to continue. The pickup was sealed after the 1980s comedy became the only ABC freshman half-hour to build on its lead-in this Tuesday, going up 42% from a Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. repeat and holding its rating from the previous week despite its lead-in shrinking dramatically.
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ABC has ordered two extra scripts each of new Wednesday comedy series Back In The Game and Super Fun Night. The move follows the three-script orders last week for the network’s two other new comedy series, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife. None of ABC’s freshman comedies has broken out this fall. In their most recent airings, Back In The Game, which stars James Caan and Maggie Lawson, logged a 1.9 among adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day, while Rebel Wilson starrer Super Fun Night, which airs behind Modern Family, posted a 2.1. ABC’s only episodic pickup so far this season has been to new drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which received a full-season order. Fellow new drama Lucky 7 already has been cancelled, while Betrayal and Once Upon A Time In Wonderland have first-season story arcs set for 13 or so episodes, like Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, so ABC has time before having to make a call on the low-rated dramas.
Robb Cullen said this afternoon that he and his brother wrote the Dad/Grandpa role in their new ABC comedy Back in the Game specifically for James Caan, and modeled him after their own father, who was their baseball coach when they were kids, and “was a horrifying person.” By way of illustrating his point, Cullen mentioned that during one game, when he was hit on the leg by a wild pitch, his father told him if he did not hit the kid in the face with a pitch of his own, “You’re not getting in the car” to go home at the end of the game. “So I hit him in the head,” Robb confessed to TV critics at Summer TV Press Tour 2013.
“And we became comedy writers,” added Mark.
Caan, in turn, took the role, because of “bad movies,” he explained. “This was far more exciting and fun than anything I’d been doing… Nobody’s head has turned around and spit out pea soup yet,” he added, optimistically. Back in the Game is about a woman whose loutish father, played by Caan, raised her to be the son he always wanted/never got. She marries, has a son, divorces loser husband, moves back in with Dad. When Junior, who has no athletic ability, decides to play baseball, she coaches him and his team of athletic misfits with help from Dad.
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ABC finally unveiled its pretty-straightforward premiere-date plans for the 2013-2014 season, launching a handful of programs — newsmag 20/20, three Friday series, and Monday’s Dancing With The Stars — in advance of the September 23 Premiere Week. Here’s the schedule, with new shows in bold: Read More »