TCA: Fox In Talks For Season 10 Of ‘Bones’, Kevin Reilly Bullish On ‘The Mindy Project’ Renewal, Wishes ‘The Voice’ Goes Away

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 12:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

TCA UPDATED: The move to Friday didn’t dent Bones‘ longevity one bit. “We are in negotiations on another season of Bones and expect it would be back (for a 10th season),” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said during the executive session today, indicating that Season 10 will likely be the show’s last. He confirmed Bones110916155920what we had already reported: that Bones creator/showrunner Hart Hanson will move onto his newly picked up Fox series Backstrom, with his top Bones lieutenant Stephen Nathan, who has performed day-to-day showrunner duties on the long-running Fox procedural, taking over next season. Hanson still will be involved in major decisions.

Reilly also spoke of the renewal chances of softly rated sophomore comedy The Mindy Project, which is going on hiatus in the spring. “It’s really on the money (creatively) right now,” he said. “Ratings are not where they should be, the show deserves more viewers. But is a highly upscale show we make money on.” He said Mindy‘s “little hiatus has nothing to do with its renewal chances. “I’m highly bullish on it being back next season.” Read More »

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Back Order For Fox’s ‘Dads’ Set At 6 Episodes

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

DadsThe freshman season of Fox comedy Dads will consist of 19 episodes, three fewer than full-season 22. The network gave the live-action sitcom a back order in October, but the exact number was fuzzy. It now has been … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘Dads’ Rise, ‘Goldbergs’ Hits Low, ‘Mindy Project’ Down, CW Hits 5-Year Tuesday Viewership High

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 9:04am PST

The Voice - Season 5UPDATE, 2:25 PM: Looks like there’s even more holiday cheer out of  The Voice’s Tuesday performance. Final numbers are in and the NBC singing show saw an addition 3% rise among adults 18-49 to 3.4/10 over the fast nationals that had the show up 10% from last week’s Tuesday low tie. The Voice’s 13% rise over its November 26 show may have been helped by the 5% bop up that The Biggest Loser got in final numbers. Previously steady with last week in fast nationals and now at 2.1/6, last nights show is tied with the reality series October 15 premiere for a season high.

PREVIOUSLY, 9:04 AM: There were no holiday specials on the Big 4 last night but it certainly was Christmas on The Voice (3.3/9). With holiday tunes galore from both contestants and judges, the live one-hour show trimmed to a final five contestants with a single elimination from the singer pool and the end of the TwitterSave experiment. After being beaten by Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and tying a Tuesday series low last week, the NBC competition series also got a present in a 10% rise over its November 26 show. The Voice was the night’s highest-rated show and the second-most-watched with 11.89 million viewers. NBC had a good night overall: The Voice’s lead-in The Biggest Loser (2.0/6) was steady with last week while the singing show’s 10 PM lead-out Chicago Fire (2.3/7) was up 10% over its November 26 episode. With a 2.6/7 rating, NBC was No. 1 among adults 18-49 on Tuesday while a repeat-filled CBS was in the top slot viewer-wise with 10.124 million. Read More »

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It’s Official: Fox’s ‘Dads’ Gets Full-Season Order

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has finalized a Back 9 order to comedy Dads. The pickup means that Fox has become the only major broadcast network to give episodic orders (full-season ones to Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and a … Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Surviving Jack’ Gets Post ‘American Idol’ Slot, Order Trimmed To 8 Episodes, ‘Dads’ Expected To Get Back Order

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is firming up its midseason comedy scheduling plans. I’ve learned that the network is going to launch Surviving Jack after American Idol on Thursday. The comedy’s order has been trimmed from 13 to … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Decent Openings For ‘Dads’ & ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘Mindy’ Down

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Addressing the rampant criticism of Fox’s racy new comedy Dads, Fox chief Kevin Reilly at TCA read a potpourri of scathing reviews CBS megahit The Big Bang Theory had received before its launch. Judging by its opening last night, Dads maybe better compares to another multi-camera sitcom that was universally panned, ABC’s Work It. Fox’s sons-fathers comedy opened with a 2.1/7 in adults 18-49 last night. Given all the backlash and the fact that Dads was a self-starter at 8 PM, that was a decent number, in line with Work It’s debut last year (2.0) and short of Big Bang‘s opening (3.7 in 2007). Fox’s best reviewed new comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.5/8) built on its lead-in, and both Dads and Brooklyn were up from the openers of Raising Hope (1.7) and Ben & Kate (2.1/6) in the 8 PM and 8:30 PM slots last fall. But the latter opened against regular competition while Dads and Brooklyn ran virtually unopposed last night, and Brooklyn boasts popular former SNL star Andy Samberg as the lead. Is their start strong enough to withstand NCIS, boosted by the pending departure of fan favorite cast member Cote de Pablo, and ABC’s heavily promoted Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.? New Girl (2.9/8) was up a tenth from last year’s opener, which aired during premiere week. Meanwhile, despite Fox’s efforts to bring new audiences to The Mindy Project — with a big-for-a-sophomore-series marketing campaign that included early release of the premiere episode online — the off-beat comedy returned to a 1.9/5, down 21% from its series debut last year and the lowest-rated member of Fox’s new Tuesday comedy block. New Girl and Mindy will face The Voice next week. With the all-original lineup, Fox won the night in adults 18-49. Read More »

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2013-14 Broadcast Season Preview: Challenges The Networks Face This Fall

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 11:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The first new fall series, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, premieres tonight, marking the unofficial start of the 2013-14 broadcast season. A slew of new shows and a legion of returning ones will unspool over the next couple of months. In the past, that would mean a bloody skirmish in every time slot, with one show coming out victorious and the rest in moderate or grave danger. Now with DVR and online viewing, several shows airing in the same time period can be popular. But will they all be successful? That is probably the biggest question facing the networks — how to translate eyeballs on different platforms into ratings and money from advertisers. While ad rates now are determined by C3 ratings that include playback (plus commercials) in the first three days after the premiere airing and the networks universally use Live+7 as ratings currency, Fox’s Kevin Reilly recently made a case for expanding the rating measurements to Live+30 and beyond and for including online viewing. In line with that, Fox this fall is introducing DVR and multi-platform lift projections for its shows. Meanwhile, CBS’ Leslie Moonves and David Poltrack recently proclaimed the decline of the adults 18-49 demo, which has been the key metric for advertisers. All that confusion opens the door for even more spin from the networks who can declare almost any show a hit using different viewing windows and demos. Maybe Netflix’s M.O., often criticized by its competitors, not to disclose any ratings data isn’t all that bad after all. If the company considers a series successful, it renews it, if not, it’s gone.

Related: 2013-14 Schedule Grid & Top Face-Offs

Back to the broadcast networks, which seem to be switching identities this fall. CBS’ highest-profile new drama, Hostages, is a serialized thriller vs. a classic procedural last year (Elementary). Meanwhile, NBC, which made its biggest drama push with the heavily serialized Revolution last fall, is getting behind a procedural The Blacklist, which inherited Revolution‘s Monday 10 PM slot, this year. Multi-camera leader CBS is making a push in single-camera comedy with The Crazy Ones and We Are Men, while single-camera-centric Fox is reverting to multi-camera comedies with Dads. Here are some challenges each of the networks faces: Read More »

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UPDATE: Fox Says No To Asian-American Group That Wants Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Dads’ Pilot Re-Shot

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 7:10am PDT

UPDATE, 6:50 AM: Fox has declined the Media Action Network for Asian Americans’ suggestion it re-shoot its Dads pilot in order to remove the scene it finds most offensive. In the scene, business partners Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi have Brenda Song’s employee character dress up in sexy Asian Schoolgirl costume and giggle demurely to please Chinese businessmen.

Down the road, Fox execs promised the organization, “You will see that Brenda Song’s character is a strong, intelligent, empowered young woman who basically runs the company, and who almost always gets the upper hand.” They also said the show, from Seth MacFarlane and team, “is a show that will be evocative and will poke fun at stereotypes and bigotries — sometimes through over-the-top, ridiculous situations,” adding,  “The series is based heavily on the executive producers’ own lives, and the relationships between the fathers and sons on Dads will continue to be the main driver of show’s comedic sensibility. Everyone involved with Dads is striving to create a series with humor that works on multiple levels and ‘earns’ its audaciousness.”

PREVIOUS, AUGUST 15: The Media Action Network for Asian Americans says it’s waiting to hear back from Fox execs in response to a letter it sent Monday asking the network to reshoot some “racist” scenes in the pilot of Fox’s new Seth MacFarlane live-action comedy series, Dads. Fox says it has been in the process of responding. Word of the kerfuffle got out this afternoon when MANAA took the issue to the press. In case you didn’t get the screener MANAA saw back in July, Dads is about two video game developers (Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi) with cranky old dads (Martin Mull and Peter Reigert) who move in to their place. Sometimes the dads say stupid racist things. Mull’s character, for instance, calls Asians “Orientals,” and says, of Chinese people, “There’s a reason ‘Shanghai’ is a verb.” TV critics don’t like the show much either, and said so at the recent Summer TCA Press Tour. Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly placated them somewhat by telling them the show will need to recalibrate and find the right comedic balance. MANAA wants the pilot recalibrated before it premieres. Read More »

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TCA: Good News For Fox — TV Critics Hate ‘Dads’

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 6:54pm PDT

Fox may have a multi-cam comedy hit on its hands in Dads, judging by the thwapping TV critics gave it today at Summer TV Press Tour 2013. It was the kind of brawl the tour hasn’t seen since the 2 Broke Girls Q&A back in that sitcom’s first season– and we all know what a hit that show’s turned out to be for CBS. The series, from Seth MacFarlane (much not-loved by TV critics, and a no-show at the session) and other producers behind MacFarlane’s animated Family Guy and flick Ted, stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as childhood BFF’s turned gaming entrepreneur/biz partners, whose lives become sitcom material when both their dads, played by Peter Riegert and Martin Mull, move in with them. They provide lines like asking their son if he’s watching Punch The Puerto Rican when they see a boxing match on TV. Read More »

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Giovanni Ribisi To Star In Fox Comedy Series ‘Dads’, Replaces Tommy Dewey

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is re-conceiving one of the lead characters in Dads, its six-episode multi-camera comedy series from Ted‘s team of Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane. As a result, the role is being recast, with … Read More »

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Vanessa Lachey To Co-Star In Fox’s Seth MacFarlane-Produced Comedy Series ‘Dads’

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 1:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Vanessa LacheyEXCLUSIVE: Vanessa Lachey has joined Fox’s six-episode multi-camera comedy series Dads as a regular in a recasting after the project’s table read. Dads, from Ted‘s Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane, centers … Read More »

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Kenneth Choi Joins NBC Pilot ‘Ironside’, Erin Pineda Added To Fox’s ‘Dads’

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In what would be his first series regular role, Kenneth Choi (Sons Of Anarchy, Glee, 24) has been cast in NBC’s drama pilot Ironside, a reboot of the 1967 series. Written by Mike Caleo and directed by … Read More »

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Seth Green Set As Lead In Seth MacFarlane Fox Pilot ‘Dads’

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

Annie AwardsSeth Green, who has voiced Chris Griffin in all but one episode of Seth MacFarlane’s animated series Family Guy, is teaming with MacFarlane again. He’s now been set as the other lead in Dads, Fox‘s … Read More »

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Luka Jones Joins NBC Pilot ‘Holding Patterns’, Fox Series ‘Dads’ Adds Actress

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Up All Night co-star Luka Jones has been cast in NBC’s comedy pilot Holding Patterns, an ensemble multi-camera comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash, caused … Read More »

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Martin Mull Books Lead In Fox Series ‘Dads’, Ryan Eggold Joins NBC Pilot ‘Blacklist’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 11:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Martin Mull, who recurs on Two And A Half Men, has been cast as a lead in Dads, Fox‘s six-episode multi-camera comedy series from Ted‘s Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane. Written by Sulkin and Wild, Dads centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli and Warner (Tommy Dewey), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads (Mull, Peter Riegert) unexpectedly move in with them. Mull, repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content, plays Warner’s dad Crawford, a man who’s always been the bane of Warner’s existence. The casting comes shortly after producing studio 20th TV replaced casting directors on Dads, with Valko Miller taking over for Lisa Beach. Read More »

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Peter Riegert To Star In Fox Series ‘Dads’, Michael Weston Joins CW Pilot ‘Blink’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Peter RiegertPeter Riegert (The Good Wife) has been cast as a lead opposite Tommy Dewey in Dads, Fox‘s six-episode multi-camera comedy series from Ted‘s Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane. Written by Sulkin … Read More »

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Tommy Dewey To Star In Seth MacFarlane-Produced Fox Comedy Series ‘Dads’

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 5:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tommy Dewey has landed a lead role in Dads, Fox‘s six-episode multi-camera comedy series from Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and co-writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane. Written by Sulkin and Wild, Dads centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli and Warner (Dewey), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. Read More »

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