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Remaining Episodes Of ‘Don’t Trust The B—-’ To Be Made Available Online

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 10:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: ABC has set a return date for cancelled comedy series Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 — though the comedy’s last unaired episodes will be put up online, not on TV. Beginning May 17, the remaining eight episodes of the Krysten Ritter-starring series will be available on ABC.com, Hulu and iTunes.

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ABC Pulls Remaining Episodes Of ’666 Park Ave’, Will Air ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Apt. 23′ In Sunday 10 PM Slot In January

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 1:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

With ABC‘s Tuesday comedy block gone in mid-March, the network has found a temporary home for some of the leftover episodes of the block’s two current series, Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23. For the first three weeks in January, ABC will air new episodes of the two comedies in the Sunday 10 PM hour while also running originals in the shows’ regular Tuesday 9-10 PM slots. As part of the move, ABC is pulling cancelled freshman drama 666 Park Ave, which was to continue in the Sunday 10 PM time slot until it finishes its 13-episode run. The remaining episodes of the series will now air in the summer. Happy Endings and Apt. 23 will air on Sunday on January 6, 13 and 20. ABC has a Hallmark movie scheduled for the following Sunday, January 27. The network is yet to book February 3, 10 and 17, so conceivably, if the comedies do well there (which is considered a very long shot), the network can keep Happy Endings there. With the January double-pumping, ABC will have four episodes left of the third-year comedy (and none of Apt. 23, which had a 19-episode order). The Academy Awards air on February 24, followed by the premiere of midseason drama Red Widow the following Sunday.

Related: ABC’s Midseason: ‘Family Tools’ & ‘How To Live’ On Wednesday, ‘Red Widow’ On Sunday, ‘Zero Hour’ On Thursday

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Mindy’ Rebounds, ‘Apt. 23′, ‘NCIS’ Set Lows; ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Hits High

Nellie Andreeva

The networks’ Tuesday lineups returned to normal after Election Night coverage last week. Probably no one is welcoming the return to normalcy more than Fox, whose Tuesday comedy block was also impacted by baseball and other per-emptions. The network brass must be breathing a sigh of relief as freshman The Mindy Project (1.7/4 in adults 18-49) last night went up 13% from the series low posted by its last original two weeks ago. That was the only airing of the show for the past four weeks. Compared with its past two outings before the preemtion-filled last month, Mindy Project was down 11%, a smaller drop than the 19% one Fox’s New Girl suffered last fall returning from a four-week hiatus — which the then-freshman could never make up. New Girl (2.2/6) and fellow returning Fox comedy Raising Hope (1.6/5) were both down a tenth from two weeks ago. But newbie Ben And Kate (1.1/3) took a 21% plunge to a new series low.

Ben And Kate was in a three-way tie for last place among all programs on the Big 4 networks last night, along with ABC’s sophomore Don’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23 (1.1/3, down 8%) and veteran Private Practice (1.1/3, down 21%), both hitting series lows. While Private Practice‘s fate has been determined and it is simply playing out its final batch of episodes, the dismal rating for Apt. 23 is alarming as the series only has a 13-episode order. Its lead-in, Happy Endings (1.4/4) was flat with two weeks ago. With a double-elimination episode, Dancing With the Stars results (1.9/5) was up 6%. Read More »

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F**k! Expletives Take Over Show Titles

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 6:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Remember when in 2009 CBS put in development a comedy series based on the blog Shit My Dad Says? The racy title raised a lot of eyebrows throughout the project’s development process. The network toned it down to $#*! My Dad Says when it picked up the comedy to series, but still drew the wrath of watchdog Parents Television Council, which urged a boycott of the show. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Tops Tuesday

Nellie Andreeva

With pre-emptions for coverage of the Sandy storm aftermath and continuing widespread power outages, fast national ratings for last night are only approximate. NBC posted a clear-cut victory in adults 18-49, winning every hour of primetime with The Voice (4.6/12, up 7% from last week) and an NBC News storm special (2.9/8).

Alarming news for ABC, none of whose shows cracked the 2 demo rating in the fast national. The news was worst for the fledgling 9-10 PM comedy block, whose members Happy Endings (1.4/4) and Don’t Trust The B—- (1.2/3) both tumbled, down 22% and 29% from their openers last week. Dancing With The Stars results (1.9/5) was down 5%, and a news special (1.3/3) closed out the night. ABC sure hopes for an upward adjustment, though no adjustment can erase the big drop-off for the comedies. Read More »

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RATINGS RATE RACE: ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Don’t Trust The B’ Open Soft, ‘Emily Owens’ Drops In Week 2, ‘Vegas’ Hits Low

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 10:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was the first edition of the “comedy sigalert” three-way Tuesday face-off last night as ABC launched its new comedy block of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 to face NBC’s Go On and The New Normal and Fox’s New Girl and The Mindy Project (Mindy was pre-empted last night for a relocated The X Factor).

Fox’s New Girl (2.7/7) came out the dustup unscathed, on par with its last original two weeks ago. It also topped its now two comedy competitors in the 9 PM slot: NBC’s Go On (2.5/7, down 11% from its fast national two weeks ago, 4% from the final) and Happy Endings (1.9/5), finishing right behind CBS’ NCIS: LA (2.8 from 9-9:30 PM) in the half-hour.

It was a slow start for Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B— (1.7/4), which have been left to fend for themselves this fall after alternating for a run behind hit Modern Family last season. Not surprisingly, both comedies were down sharply from their most recent season/series debuts behind Modern Family last season: -39% for Happy Endings and -41% from Don’t Trust The B—-, which hit a series low. On the bright side, Happy Endings was up 12% from its April season finale. Of the other comedies last night, Fox’s Raising Hope (1.7/5) was even with last week; Ben And Kate (1.4/4) showed some spark, up 17% from last week, while NBC’s The New Normal (1.8/4) was down 10% from two weeks ago. (The presidential debate pre-empted the networks’ 9-11 PM programming last Tuesday). Read More »

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Dave Hemingson Inks New 20th TV Deal

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 executive producer/co-showrunner Dave Hemingson has signed a new multi-year overall deal with the studio behind the ABC comedy series, 20th Century Fox TV. The pact keeps Hemingson on Don’t Trust The B—-, which launched in April and was renewed for a second season, and allows him to develop.

Columbia University School Of Law graduate Hemingson has spent most of his writing career at 20th TV, where he has been for the past eight years. He has worked on 20th TV’s animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad, live-action comedy How I Met Your Mother and drama Lie To Me. He also created several projects that went to pilot, two of which — the 2005 single-camera comedy Kitchen Confidential starring Bradley Cooper and 2010 ABC drama The Deep End – went to series. Hemingson also co-showran 20th TV’s Fox comedy series Traffic Light before he teamed with Nahnatchka Khan for Don’t Trust The B—-, which she created. Read More »

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2ND UPDATE: ABC’s ‘Private Practice’, ‘Apt. 23′ And ‘Last Man’ All Renewed

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 6:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE: The deal for Last Man Standing has closed too, and the freshman series will return for a second season, likely paired with Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country.

UPDATE: Private Practice has now been officially renewed too. I hear the order is for 13 episodes for what will likely be the medical drama’s final season. The pickup means that all of Shonda Rhimes’ three series on the air are coming back, following last night’s renewal of Grey’s Anatomy and this afternoon’s renewal of Scandal. After spending most of its run behind Grey’s, Private Practice was recently relocated to Tuesdays where it took over the slot of Body Of Proof, also just renewed for 13 episodes.

PREVIOUS: ABC has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to renew midseason comedy Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 for a second season. The deals for two other series, freshman comedy Last Man Standing and veteran drama Private Practice are now being finalized and should close soon too.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Off Their Rockers’ Down, ‘Rock Center’ Up; ‘Idol’ Takes Season Lead

Nellie Andreeva

Flat continues to be the new up, with most series last night even or down from their last originals. Three weeks before the end of the season, American Idol moved into the top ratings position it has held since its first in-season cycle. Following last night’s Top 5 performance show (4.6/13 in adults 18-49, even with last week’s fast national), Fox’s reality veteran has surpassed NBC’s The Voice, whose average is boosted by its airing after the Super Bowl, to become the No. 1 show of the season in the 18-49 demographic. The two-hour Idol also delivered another Wednesday win for Fox in 18-49 and total viewers.

Related: ‘GMA’ Beats ‘Today’ Again In Total Viewers Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rock Center’ Rises

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 9:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

American Idol Ryan SeacrestWith heroics by Ryan Seacrest, who hosted while ill, Fox’s American Idol (4.6/13 in adults 18-49, 16.5 million viewers) was down a tenth from last Wednesday’s 18-49 fast national (two from the final, though the reality series will likely be adjusted up again). It delivered Fox’s 15th consecutive Wednesday win in 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Don’t Trust The B—-’ Holds Up OK In Week 2, ‘Revenge’ Returns

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With springtime in full force, viewers continue to check out. Last night, primetime TV usage in the adults 18-49 category was down 4% from last week, pushing many series to all-time lows. Fox’s American Idol (4.7/13, 16.5 million viewers) was down 4% from last week’s fast national to a new low for an in-season cycle. Fox still won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

ABC’s Suburgatory (2.0/6) slipped a tenth from last week to a series low but its performance was nevertheless impressive given the fact that its lead-in this week was a Middle rerun (1.3) vs. an original (2.1) last week. Modern Family (4.0/11) also was down a tenth from its fast national last week to a season low but the hit comedy always gets adjusted up. At 9:30 PM, Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 (2.6/7) was down a modest 10% from its series premiere last week. At 10 PM, Revenge (2.3/4) came back from a long, six-week hiatus pretty much on par, down a tenth from its last original.

CBS’ Survivor (2.7/8) was flat, with the rest of the network’s lineup in repeats. NBC had the only two series on the Big 4 to post ratings gains. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (1.7/5) was up a tenth from last week as was Rock Center with Brian Williams (0.7/2, up a tenth from the fast national, .2 from the final). Sandwiched between then was midseason comedy BFFsRead More »

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