Can you guess which Fox comedy series got special airings after the Super Bowl on Sunday? Last night, the network’s Dads (1.5) was even with its airing last week, while New Girl (1.6) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.4) were both down, by 16% and 26%, respectively. There are rarely big bumps for the shows chosen to follow the big game but double-digit drops are unusual. Last year, CBS’ Elementary posted a 5% gain in the fast nationals for its first outing after the post-Super Bowl episode that aired four days after the big game vs. two for Fox’s New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The ratings hold should give confidence to Dads, which does not get a fraction of the attention and critical praise New Girl and Brooklyn get but fared on par with them last night despite no Super Bowl exposure. This was Brooklyn‘s debut in its new 9:30 PM slot where it tied the last original of predecessor The Mindy Project.
On the heels of Andy Samberg’s Golden Globe win last night for his work on Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox this morning announced it had sealed a multi-year deal with The Lonely Island, forming a new alternative comedy development venture. Akiva Schaffer, Samberg and Jorma Taccone will develop an “alternative pipeline of next-generation comedy series” for the network. Through the new company, The Lonely Island will oversee the development of comedy projects that will be incubated through digital platforms, such as Hulu and Roku, with the ultimate goal of becoming full series on Fox, FX, FXX or other networks.
The Lonely Island is responsible for creating the popular SNL Digital Shorts, which spurred many water-cooler moments. Some notable shorts include D**k In A Box, Lazy Sunday, I’m On A Boat, Jack Sparrow, YOLO and The Natalie Portman Rap. In 2007, the trio won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for D**k In A Box, and a Peabody Award for the 2008/2009 season.
Golden Globes TV: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘House Of Cards’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’ Lead Pack Of Newcomers As Old Favorites Fall
The Hollywood Foreign Press are a fickle crowd — one day you may be in and winning by a landslide, the next day you are out. Showtime’s Homeland learned that this morning. The Golden Globes was the first major awards show to recognize the Showtime drama two years ago when it was tied for most nominations, 3, winning for best drama series and best actress, Claire Danes. The thriller drama did one better last year, leading the TV pack with most noms, 4, and sweeping the top drama categories: best drama, best actress and best actor, Damian Lewis. But there is no trace of Homeland on the list of nominations this year as the dominant winner of the past two Golden Globes has been shut out. The same goes for another big drama performer at the Golden Globes, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which won the best drama series trophy before Homeland in 2011. The HBO drama had scored at least two nominations every year, also winning for star Steve Buscemi in 2011, but was left out completely today.
The Golden Globes again took upon its role of the biggest cheerleader of new broadcast series. No, they didn’t hand a best drama series nomination to a freshman — extending first-year broadcast dramas’ drought in the category to seven years. But they still recognized broadcast’s freshman class, which had been completely ignored by the WGA and the SAG Awards. That includes best comedy series and comedy actor nominations for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and star Andy Samberg; best comedy actor nom for Michael J. Fox, star of his struggling eponymous sitcom on NBC; and best drama actor for James Spader for hit new NBC drama The Blacklist. But the broadcast networks again fell short of unseating cable from the top of the network rankings. Premium cable and digital were dominant this year. Fueled by longform, HBO was once again No. 1 with 9 noms, followed by the two other pay cable networks, Showtime and Starz, and digital upstart Netflix with six each. But it was a broadcast net, CBS, that landed the only multiple best series nominations — for comedy The Big Bang Theory and drama The Good Wife.
Almost all buzzy cable/digital 2013 newcomers (sans FX’s The Americans) got a notice by the HFPA, with Netflix’s House Of Cards leading the way with four nominations including best drama series; Showtime’s Masters Of Sex landing nominations for best drama and best actor, Michael Sheen (but no Lizzy Caplan?!); and fellow Showtime newcomer Ray Donovan nominated for star Liev Schreiber and co-star Jon Voight. Two breakout performances by young actresses are getting first major award recognition, Tatiana Maslany of BBC America’s Orphan Black and Taylor Schilling of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. They are part of an overhauled best drama actress field which includes only one returning nominee, 2010 winner Julianna Margulies. The other first-timers are Kerry Washington for ABC’s Scandal and House Of Cards‘ Robin Wright. Things are mirrored on the male side with only one holdover, Bryan Cranston of AMC’s Breaking Bad, joined by Schreiber, Sheen, Spader and House Of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey. The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels, who landed a Golden Globe nomination last year and followed up with a surprise Emmy win, has been left out, along with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, who scored the AMC drama’s only nomination last year. The series’ tally went to zero this year. Also left out completely for a second straight year: HBO’s Game Of Thrones.
Fox Midseason: ‘Glee’ Returns To Tuesday, ‘Brooklyn’ Moves Behind ‘New Girl’, ‘Mindy’ Takes Hiatus, ‘Following’ Gets NFC Launch
Fox is making some scheduling changes for midseason. The underperforming two-hour Tuesday comedy block will be scaled to an hour beginning February 25, when Glee will return to the Tuesday 8 PM slot where it did pretty well during the 2011-12 season. Fox brass hope that the move would help the show regain some footing, which it has lost airing behind a very weak The X Factor this fall. The hourlong Fox comedy block will consist of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which will move to the 9:30 slot on February 4. It will replace The Mindy Project, which will go on hiatus after a winter finale on January 28, returning on April 1 after Brooklyn Nine-Nine ends its freshman run. The move comes after the sophomore comedy starring Mindy Kaling hit a new series low (1.2 in 18-49) this week. The show’s crew already has been told of the scheduling change, and Mindy is planning a month-long production hiatus around the holidays which the writers will use to regroup and plot the show’s April re-launch.
Fox also is changing its launch plans for midseason dramas The Following and Rake. Instead of premiering new legal dramedy Rake behind the NFC Championship Game on January 19 as previously announced, Fox will launch the second season of gritty drama The Following after the big game for a two-night season premiere on Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20 when the series will debut in its regular Monday 9 PM slot, following the season finale of Sleepy Hollow. The argument is that the dark, male skewing Following would be more compatible with the football game than the lighter, more female-friendly Rake. The new series starring Greg Kinnear will premiere January 23 in its regular Thursday 9 PM slot, following American Idol. As previously announced, new Fox comedy Enlisted will premiere on Friday, January 10, and original episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air after the Super Bowl on February 2. Remaining unclear if the spring scheduling of comedy Dads, which will air its last originals in its Tuesday February 4 and February 11 before going on hiatus to make room for Glee. It could come back later in the season, a return date is TBD. Here are Fox’s updated winter premiere dates:
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.”
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.
The most CBS-ish new series of the 2013-14 TV season got off to a strong start last night, while the most NBC-like new series floundered. Nothing new there. Lucky for NBC, it aired the CBS-ish one — the new procedural crime drama The Blacklist, starring James Spader. Unfortunately for CBS, it aired the NBC-like, highly serialized event series that bellyflopped in same time slot as The Blacklist — the Toni Collette-Dylan McDermott starrer Hostages.
Once upon a time, long before DVRs, Netflix and original scripted cable programing, broadcast network execs eagerly anticipated the start of their new TV season to see which of the many, many new series they’d thrown against the wall would stick. These days, each network has one key new series it needs to work — really work, not “Vegas is the No. 1 new drama” work — to call a season successful.
ABC, for instance, needs to launch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. If it clicks, nothing else matters. Super Fun Night? It can bomb — which is good because ABC has already decided to premiere the show with its second episode and that’s never a good sign. And Lucky 7 may be the series that demonstrates America will not watch a show about how winning the lottery messes you up — because that is their financial strategy. Weeks before S.H.I.E.L.D.’s scheduled unveiling, The Reporters Who Cover Television were already squealing with delight after being treated to its super-secret screening at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, though there have been disturbing reports of subsequent scripts coming in so not-good that Joss Whedon had to take a break from the 85 other projects he’s working on to step in and do last-minute rewrites.
NBC, meanwhile, needs a 10 PM drama that isn’t flukey, isn’t serializes and doesn’t start to come apart at the seams in the second half of the season, like Revolution did last season. No matter how much you read about NBC badly needing to re-establish itself in comedy on Thursday nights (it’s over, get over it), Monday at 10 is NBC’s Must Fix TV. A Blacklist hit gives NBC the bright shiny 10 o’clock light with which to dazzle affiliate station execs grousing about the lousy lead-ins they’ve been getting for their late local news. The Blacklist needs to look as good ratings-wise, five or six weeks from now, as it did last night.
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ To UK’s Channel 4; Henry Winkler-Penned Kids Books In TV Deal; ‘Voice UK’: More
Britain’s Channel 4 has taken UK premiere broadcast rights to fall comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The series from Dan Goor and Michael Schur is being handled internationally by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution. Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher star. It debuts on Channel 4’s E4 in January in the UK. The show kicked off on Fox in the U.S. on Wednesday night.
The Voice UK has lined up Ricky Wilson as the fourth coach to sit in a red chair for the upcoming third seaon. Lead singer of Britsh band Kaiser Chiefs, Wilson has worked with the BBC before, hosting Never Mind The Buzzcocks and T In The Park. As previously announced, Kylie Minogue is joining the competition series and Tom Jones and will.i.am are returning.
BBC children’s channel CBBC has commissioned a new comedy/drama series to feature Henry Winkler. Hank Zipzer, from DHX Media and Walker Productions, will be produced by Kindle Entertainment. The 13-episode show will air on CBBC in 2014. It’s inspired by the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, which Winkler wrote with Lin Oliver. The TV project will follow 12-year-old Hank, a smart and resourceful dyslexic boy with a unique perspective on the world. When problems arise, he deals with them in a way no one else would – putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers and parents.
TCA: Andy Samberg, Producers Say Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Is No Spoof Or Satire, But A Workplace Comedy
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Today at TCA, cast and producers of Fox’s new cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine said they will tap into their pool of funny friends as cameo guest stars —especially star Andy Samberg’s pals from SNL (Fred Armisen has a cameo in the pilot).
But after the panel, creator/executive producer Michael Schur said audiences should not expect cast members of his other comedy, Parks And Recreation, to appear on Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast anytime soon. “Nick Offerman has already volunteered” to appear, Schur said, but he and fellow creator/EP Dan Goor (also a Parks And Rec producer/writer) wants to let the Brooklyn cast “get on track” before trying any cross-pollination.
Fox just debuted 2 new Fall schedule promos during tonight’s MLB All-Star games: The X Factor - Season 3 and sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Too bad the network didn’t make them interesting enough for us to showcase.