Two midseason dramas pulled quickly after their premieres have gotten their unaired episodes scheduled. ABC‘s Zero Hour and NBC‘s Do No Harm both have landed burnoff Saturday slots. Zero Hour, which only aired three episodes before getting the axe and has 10 more episodes in the can, will return on June 15 at 8 with two back-to-back episodes. It will then air in the 8 PM hour until a two-hour finale on Aug. 3. Do No Harm has 11 unaired episodes after being scrapped following two airings. The Jekyll & Hyde medical drama will be back on June 29 and will air at 10 PM, per The Futon Critic.
It is two episodes and out for NBC‘s midseason drama Do No Harm, which has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately. For the next two weeks, NBC will air Law & Order: SVU reruns in the Thursday 10 PM slot. In terms of NBC’s longer-term options, the network could put Rock Center back in the slot or try another new drama, Hannibal, which is ready to go on the air.
Do No Harm posted the lowest ratings ever for an in-season scripted series premiere on a Big 4 network last week with an underwhelming 0.9 18-49 rating. It dropped 22% to a 0.7 last night, effectively sealing its fate. Do No Harm certainly was not helped by its 9:30 PM lead-in, which dived from a 1.9 for an Office episode last week to a 1.1 last night for new comedy 1600 Penn, which also is on the chopping block for cancellation. For other potential reasons that may have caused Do No Harm‘s quick demise, including marketing campaign, cast and time slot competition, check my POST MORTEM: What Led To ‘Do No Harm’s Historic Ratings Flop. Do No Harm joins such other series that were yanked after episodes as Fox’s Lone Star, ABC’s My Generation and NBC’s Paul Reiser Show.
In the days leading to last night’s premiere of NBC‘s new drama Do No Harm, tracking was soft, with awareness weak across the board and intent to see below average, leading to modest ratings expectations. Rival networks were predicting a premiere 18-49 rating a little below the 2.0 that fellow midseason NBC drama Deception recently opened to, with a 1.8 rating considered a reasonable target. But Do No Harm came in at a 0.9, the lowest in-season premiere rating for a series on the Big 4 broadcast networks. Ever. It was even lower than the dismally rated newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams averaged in the Thursday 10 PM hour (1.0) this season. Do No Harm‘s viewership was a paltry 3.1 million viewers. The shocking underperformance was reminiscent of the fall 2010 debut of Fox’s drama Lone Star. Launching behind House with a major marketing campaign behind it, the well-reviewed drama was projected to deliver a premiere 18-49 rating above a 2.5. Instead, it opened to a 1.3, dropping to a 1.0 in the second week before Fox yanked it off the schedule. NBC did not rush to cancel Do No Harm today as executives there were as puzzled by the abysmal ratings as everyone else, but will likely do so next week unless Do No Harm‘s ratings miraculously rebound, something that almost never happens.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Network primetime seems especially determined to make a high-concept dual-personality drama work. The most recent example of a noble failure was NBC’s Awake. But NBC in particular seems undaunted and is wading back into those waters with the midseason drama Do No Harm, starring Steven Pasquale of FX’s Rescue Me as a renowned neurosurgeon whose body is “overtaken” every night by a “dangerous alternate personality.” When asked early in an afternoon TCA session what makes Do No Harm different than the handful of similarly themed hours that have come before, creator and exec producer David Schulner reasoned that the concept is classic and time-tested going back to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “I think ultimately you can only write the show that you want to watch,” Schulner said, “and this was a show that I wanted to see on TV. I wanted it to be fun. I wanted it to be thrilling. I wanted it to be a roller-coaster ride. And I wanted it to have stakes. I also wanted there to be a love story at the center of it. Hopefully those ingredients will make it different than what has come before.”
Pasquale noted that the attempt to …
UKTV, the British commercial network co-owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Network Interactive, has acquired upcoming midseason drama Do No Harm as part of a content deal with NBCU International Television Distribution. Do No Harm, a medical drama with a Jekyll & Hyde twist, premieres on NBC in the U.S. on January 31 and will debut on UKTV’s flagship channel, Watch, next summer. Multichannel provider UKTV has also acquired future seasons of NBC’s Grimm for Watch and made a long-term committment to multiple season’s of USA’s legal drama Suits for the Dave channel. Grimm pulled in just under 1M viewers per episode during its first season run on Watch. The first season of Suits averaged over 700K viewers per episode and the second season is due on Dave early next year. Both Watch and Dave have had succcessful runs in 2012. Watch has become the fastest growing commercial network in the UK while Dave’s original series Red Dwarf X is the network’s highest rated show, attracting 2.1M viewers to its premiere episode.
NBC Sets ’30 Rock’ Finale, ‘Do No Harm’ Premiere Date; ‘Do No Harm’ Gets Thursday 10 PM Slot; ‘Rock Center’ Moves To Fridays
NBC‘s experiment with a newsmagazine in the iconic Thursday 10 PM time slot is over. The network just announced that midseason drama Do No Harm will move into the time period on January 31, following the hourlong series finale of 30 Rock, which will air the same night from 8-9 PM, The Office and newbie 1600 Penn. The low-rated Rock Center With Brian Williams will move to Fridays beginning February 8 and air in the “newsmagazine” 10 PM slot, bumping Dateline to 9 PM. Dateline will take over Grimm‘s slot while the supernatural drama is on a hiatus. When Grimm returns to its 9 PM berth March 8, I hear Dateline will either get off Fridays (by then the Sunday edition will already have launched post-football), or replace Rock Center if the show does not get any traction on its new night. “January 31 will be a special night as one classic series will mark its finale with a great hour-long sendoff episode while a promising new drama will make its debut on Thursdays,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt.
NBC‘s midseason drama Do No Harm has undergone a minor order reduction from 13 to 12 episodes, including the pilot. The trim is said to be for scheduling reasons, which means that NBC brass already have an idea where the medical drama with a Jekyll & Hyde twist will air. (NBC recently announced the bulk of its midseason schedule, which didn’t feature Do No Harm.) Written by David Schulner and produced by Universal TV and Peter Traugott, Do No Harm stars Steven Pasquale as a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. NBC already is readying another medical drama contender for next season with off-cycle pilot After Hours starring Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Freddy Rodriguez, Brigid Brannagh and Ken Leung.
Tony Award-winning actor Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) is set for a recurring role on NBC’s midseason drama Do No Harm. Written by David Schulner, the Universal TV-produced project centers on Jeffrey Kohn (Steven Pasquale), a brilliant neurosurgeon wrestling with his dangerous alter-ego who threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. Miranda will play the attending clinical pharmacologist at a Philadelphia hospital who works to help Jeffrey. Do No Harm reunites Miranda with Uni TV — he did a two-episode arc on the studio’s Fox drama House. He is with WME and Liebman Entertainment.
In other guest castings, Ryan Hansen has been tapped for a potentially recurring role on CBS’ hot comedy series 2 Broke Girls, playing Candy Andy, a love interest for Caroline (Beth Behrs). He is with Gersh.
EXCLUSIVE: Mousa Kraish, regular on the Jekyll & Hyde-style NBC medical drama Do No Harm, has been let go from the midseason series after two episodes. Do No Harm, written by David Schulner, centers on Jeffrey Kohn (Steven Pasquale), a brilliant neurosurgeon wrestling with his dangerous alter-ego Ian Price who threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. Kraish played the attending clinical pharmacologist, a man of science and religion who has a sharp wit and sharper mind. His role will be recast. The series is just starting production on Episode 3.
NEW COMEDIES & DRAMAS FOR 2012-13 NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
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:
UPDATED: NBC has picked up two more drama pilots to series: David Schulner’s Jekyll & Hyde-esque medical drama Do No Harm and sudser Notorious, which will now be called Infamous. It is an interesting pairing as Do No Harm was picked up with the very first batch of NBC pilots and has been a strong frontrunner from the get-go. Meanwhile, Notorious was the last drama pilot ordered on any network but was a late bloomer, building momentum from the moment it was delivered.
Party Down and Veronica Mars alum Ryan Hansen has landed the lead in the Fox comedy pilot El Jefe. The project, from writers David Guarascio & Moses Port and Sony TV, centers on an affable but lost 30-year-old (Hansen) who, tossed out of his Brentwood home, moves in with his longtime Latin American nanny and goes head to head with her strong-willed son and finds himself in a family and work life very different than the ones he grew up in. Gersh-repped Hansen recently co-starred on NBC’s Friends With Benefits.
Rescue Me alum Steven Pasquale has landed the dual lead role in NBC’s Jekyll & Hyde-style medical drama Do No Harm. The project, written by David Schulner, centers on Jeffrey Kohl (Pasquale), a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego Ian Price that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and processional life. Pasquale, repped by ICM and Emily Gerson-Saines, is best known for his role as young firefighter Sean Garrity on the FX drama Rescue Me. He recently starred in the USA Network pilot Over/Under. While USA has not officially pulled the plug on the project, I’ve learned that Do No Harm has Pasquale in first position.
Mimi Kennedy is set to co-star opposite Judy Greer in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot American Judy, which centers on a cosmopolitan woman (Greer) who gets married and becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs having to juggle stepkids, her mother-in-law (Kennedy) and the ex wife of her husband, who also happens to be the town sheriff. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont wrote the pilot, which is produced by ABC Studios. Kennedy, who recently co-starred in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, will next be seen in playing Jason Segel’s mother in Judd Apatow’s Five Year Engagement. She is co-managed by Justice & Ponder and Wagner Talent.
EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order and Law & Order: LA co-star Alana De La Garza is back at NBC with a lead role on the network’s medical drama pilot Do No Harm. Also cast in the pilot, written by David Schulner and directed by Michael Mayer, is British actress Ruta Gedmintas (The Borgias, Spooks). The Universal Studios-produced Do No Harm centers on Jeffrey Kohn, a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. De La Garza, repped by SDB Partners, will play Dr. Lena Steck, a confident neurosurgeon who has chemistry with Kohl. Gedmintas will play Olivia Case, Kohn’s former fiance.
UPDATE: After the 2 pilot orders to Universal TV-produced pilots Midnight Sun and Do No Harm, NBC just gave the green light to the Sony TV-produced period Western The Frontier, from writer Shaun Cassidy and Prospect Park. Thomas Schlamme is attached to direct and executive produce the pilot, which chronicles the journey of a group of disparate travelers from Missouri to the West Coast in 1840. As they struggle to survive, these strangers will be forced to band together and form a family, while they boldly press forward into the great unknown that is the Frontier. The Frontier is one of 3 Western drama scripts commissioned by NBC this season. I hear the network is happy with all 3 and might pick up more than one.
PREVIOUS: NBC has picked up 2 drama pilots from sister studio Universal TV: Midnight Sun aka Pillars Of Smoke and Do No Harm. Both hail from Peter Traugott’s new Universal TV-based production company, which he launched last summer after a 15-year stint at Brillstein Entertainment.
Midnight Sun, based on the Israeli series Timrot Ashan, aka Pillars of Smoke, is a thriller following the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. The Alaska setting is appropriate given that the original series is being described as described as Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure meets Lost. Midnight Sun centers on a female …