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Cancelled Fox Comedy ‘Enlisted’ Eyes Revival At Yahoo

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 12:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cancelled Fox Comedy ‘Enlisted’ Eyes Revival At YahooEXCLUSIVE: Having just revived NBC’s Community, Yahoo might be looking to do the same with another recently cancelled cult broadcast comedy series, Fox‘s Enlisted. I hear talks are under way between the online giant and Enlisted producer 20th Century Fox TV for a second season of the military series, created by Kevin Biegel, on Yahoo’s streaming service Yahoo Screen. Sources cautioned that the conversations are preliminary and it’s unclear whether they would result in a deal.

Much like Community, Enlisted has a passionate and loyal following, something that is attractive to digital platforms which crave core groups of passionate fans. Interestingly, following the news of Yahoo’s deal for another season of Community, Enlisted fans targeted Yahoo Screen with a major save-our-show campaign, pitching the service a Community/Enlisted double feature.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Enlisted’ Flat As Creator Asks Fans To Recruit New Viewers While He Seeks New Show Home

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 10:01am PDT

enlisted1ABC and Fox tied (1.0/3) for the ratings lead on Sunday — ABC’s fifth first-place finish of the past six Sundays and besting NBC (0.9/3) by 11% and CBS (0.6/2) by 67%. ABC’s special Sunday The Bachelorette tied Fox’s returning Cosmos originals (as well as Fox’s Family Guy rerun) for first place in the demo with a 1.3/4, though for Bachelorette it was a 19% week-to-week decline and represented a series low, while Cosmos posted an 18% gain from its most recent telecast (22% in the younger 18-34 demo).

Enlisted, however, may be the night’s biggest news. Fox is burning off episodes of the canceled comedy and, late last week, creator Kevin Biegel asked fans to recruit more viewers to these final four episodes, suggesting it might him land the comedy at another network. Sunday’s episode clocked a 0.4/2 — even with its most recent telecast in the demo. Read More »

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Fox Cancels ‘Dads’, ‘Surviving Jack’ & ‘Enlisted’, Passes On Comedy Pilots ‘Fatrick’, ‘No Place Like Home’, ‘Dead Boss’

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dads Cancelled FoxFox cleaned the comedy deck today, pulling the plug on freshman series Dads, Enlisted and Surviving Jack and passing on half-hour pilots Fatrick, Dead Boss and No Place Like Home. The two Fox comedy pilots that had been considered strongest, Sober Companion and Cabot College, remain in contention as Fox is said to be mulling a change in its comedy strategy for next season, likely abandoning the two-hour comedy block, which had been struggling mightily. On the hourlong side, there will be no second season for Rake though it has not been officially cancelled.

Related: Fox Ups Order For Multi-Camera Comedy ‘Mulaney’ To 16 Episodes, May Be Done With Comedy Pickups

The cancellation enlistedcroppedof Dads, Enlisted and Surviving Jack leaves Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the only freshman Fox comedy to make it to a second season. There had been talk as recently as several days ago about Dads possibly getting a reprieve. While not well received by critics, to put it mildly, the multi-camera series performed as well or even better than the renewed Fox comedies — Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and The Mindy Project – and  it comes from sister studio 20th TV and one of Fox’s top producers, Seth MacFarlane.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ‘Rake’ Hits New Low, ‘Whose Line’ Down, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Basketball

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 10:37am PDT

Hannibal - Season 2It was a primetime of blood, basketball and some serious shaking out on the West Coast last night. The latter was the 5.1 earthquake that rocked southern Californian just after 9 PM PT on Friday. In terms of TV, that led to all the networks in the LA-area preempting regular programming with news coverage of the quake for the rest of the night. It also means that there will more than likely be greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers on Monday. Having said that, it was a very tasty night for Hannibal (1.1/3). With a return appearance by Eddie Izzard, some cutting and a hanging of a sort, the often blood soaked NBC thriller series leaped up 22% among adults 18-49 over its March 21 show. That’s the best Hannibal has done in the key demo since its February 28 Season 2 debut. In terms of viewers, with 3.6 million watching, Hannibal rose 36% over last week to hit its biggest audience since the 4.4 million who tuned in for its second show on April 11, 2013. Of course, Hannibal probably got a bit of a helping hand viewershipwise from its 2-hour Dateline (1.4/5) lead-in. While even with last week’s show among the 18-49 demo, the NBC news mag series hit its highest Friday audience since March 25, 2011 with 8.0 million watching.

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Fox Slates ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ & ‘Riot’ For Summer, Changes ‘Gang Related’ Slot, Puts ‘Enlisted’ On Hold

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 11:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox_Broadcasting_Company111004142957-200x101Fox has firmed up its late spring/summer scheduling plans, slating new unscripted series I Wanna Marry Harry, from producer Ryan Seacrest & ZigZag Prods, and Riot (formerly Slide Show), from producer Steve Carell and Shine America. I Wanna Marry “Harry,” featuring single American women vying for the heart of a Prince Harry lookalike they are led to believe is the real thing, will debut May 27 and air in the Tuesday 8 PM slot. Riot, featuring celebrities and comedians tackling song, dance and sketch challenges on enlisted1a tilted set, will premiere May 13, following the season finale of Glee. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, originally slated to succeed Bones in the Friday 8 PM hour earlier this month, was held back when Rake was moved into the slot. The veteran reality series will now rejoin Fox’s Friday lineup on April 11, but it will air at 9 PM, following Rake. That means that midseason comedy Enlisted, already slated for preemption for the hourlong Raising Hope finale on April 4, will be pulled off the schedule after this Friday’s episode, with a return date/slot TBD. In other news, Fox is moving new drama Gang Related from the Tuesday 9 PM slot, where it was originally penciled in back in January, to Thursdays at 9 PM where it will follow Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Its premiere date is being adjusted accordingly, from May 20 to May 22. Also set are season premiere dates for returning series MasterChef, Hotel Hell and So You Think You Can Dance. Here’s the full schedule:

Related: Fox Reality Series Has Women Believing They’re Competing To Marry Prince Harry

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ Lineup Posts Highs, ‘Carrie Diaries’ Inches Up In Finale

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Run to YouThere was a lot of movement last night. CBS returned to originals, with all programs exceeding their most recent deliveries. Undercover Boss (1.7) continues to show resilience, up a tenth from its last original two weeks ago and drawing its largest audience (9.23 million) in a year. The reality series was also up when it returned from a monthlong hiatus two weeks ago only to be pre-empted again last Friday. The lack of drama competition on NBC boosted CBS’ procedurals. Hawaii Five-0 (1.7, up 13%, 11.13 million) posted season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. CBS would love to see those numbers at 10 PM on Monday where Hawaii‘s successors Hostages and Intelligence have grossly underperformed. Blue Bloods (1.6, up 14%, 12.79 million) delivered its largest audience since the series premiere three and a half years ago.

CBS won the night in total viewers (11.05) but was edged by ABC (1.7 to 1.6) in adults 18-49, which was paced again by Shark Tank (2.1). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Enlisted’ Surges In New Slot, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Series High

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157Very encouraging news for Fox’s new comedy Enlisted. After launching to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and dropping to a 0.6 in Week 2, the comedy jumped 67% in its third outing last night to a 1.0. The radical improvement was the result of a scheduling move, with Fox swapping Enlisted and Raising Hope to give the newbie a better lead-in from Bones. Some of the ratings gains for Enlisted vs. Raising Hope in the 9 PM time period were organic and some were because Bones (1.8) itself was up this week, by 20%. Enlisted‘s lead-in retention was 56% vs. 46% for Raising Hope last week. As for Raising Hope, it logged a 0.8 in its new 9:30 PM slot, also an improvement over last week’s 0.7.

Related: Fox Moves ‘Enlisted’ To Friday 9 PM Slot

Viewers already are frustrated with the broadcast schedule that constantly switches between originals and reruns, making it hard to know when your show is on (unless your DVR does it for you.) So it is hard to explain CBS’ decision to bring Undercover Boss from a monthlong hiatus last Friday only to air a rerun again last night. The unscripted series showed resilience in its return last week, posting a 14% gain vs. its last original on Dec. 16 but who knows how long it can keep up with the scheduling shell game. Read More »

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Fox Moves ‘Enlisted’ To Friday 9 PM Slot

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 1:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157At TCA last week, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly admitted he was disappointed by the early ratings performance of new comedy Enlisted but vowed to stick with the show for its 13-episode order and give it a shot. Now the network is giving the military comedy a better chance with a stronger lead-in by moving it to 9 PM where it will follow veteran Bones. Beginning this Friday, Enlisted and Raising Hope will swap slots, with Enlisted at 9 PM and Raising Hope at 9:30 PM. Bones has been consistently delivering a solid 1.5 or higher among adults 18-49 in the Friday 8 PM slot, half of which has been squandered by Raising Hope, which most recently managed a 0.8 at 9 PM, leading to Enlisted (0.7). For Raising Hope, the time-period downgrade is an ominous sign that the family comedy may end its run after four seasons.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Low Start For Fox’s ‘Enlisted’, ABC & CBS Series Up In Return

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EnlistedpilotFox pushed the original Nov. 8 premiere date for Enlisted to January so the slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Army base could get more promotion on the network’s highly rated NFL coverage. That didn’t seem to have help much as Enlisted launched to a 0.7 among adults 18-49 last night, tying ABC’s ill-fated limited series The Assets as the lowest debut on the Big 4 networks. The expectations for Enlisted weren’t high. It is paired with Fox comedy Raising Hope which, once a solid anchor on Tuesday, has been wilting in its new Friday home. The veteran managed a 0.8 in 18-49 at 9 PM last night, holding onto half of its Bones (1.5, down 12% from its last original on Dec. 6) lead-in. Enlisted‘s underwhelming 0.7 at 9:30 PM was on par with what Raising Hope had been delivering in the time period.

ABC won the night in adults 18-49 powered by the two top programs in the demo, Shark Tank (2.1/6) and 20/20 (1.7/5), both delivering season highs. Its comedy Last Man Standing (1.5) finished tied for No.3 for the night among 18-49. ABC’s entire entertainment Friday lineup returned higher from a month-long hiatus. Last Man Standing at 8 PM was up 25% from its last original on Dec. 13, Neighbors (1.1) was up 22%, … Read More »

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Fox Pushes Premiere Of New Comedy Series ‘Enlisted’ To January

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New Fox comedy Enlisted, originally slated to debut in November, will be held back until January. Enlisted, a slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base, was scheduled to premiere November 8 at 9:30 PM, following the time slot premiere of Bones at 8 PM and the season premiere of Raising Hope at 9 PM. Now, Fox will air back-to-back originals of Raising Hope in the Friday 9 PM hour until Enlisted bows on January 10. By then, 12 of the 22 commissioned episodes of Raising Hope will have aired, leaving 10 originals to lead into Enlisted, which has a 13-episode order. Fox reps point to the strong male skew of Enlisted as a reason for the scheduling move as it would allow more promotion during the network’s football and other sports coverage.

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TCA: Fox’s ‘Enlisted’ Men Seem Happy Just To Be Drafted

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 5:21pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Producers and cast members of Fox’s new comedy Enlisted (three brothers on a military base and their misfit colleagues), told TV journalists at TCA today that they are not bothered by the show’s 9:30 PM Friday time slot, usually considered a wasteland for nabbing the younger viewer. “That’s party night!” joked executive producer Mike Royce. Said cast member Geoff Stults: “We don’t care what our time slot is, we’re just happy to get one.” Creator/writer/executive producer Kevin Biegel added his 2 cents: “We don’t want to be on up against Parks And Recreation or Big Bang Theory,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said I was bummed about being in any time slot.”

Humility seemed to be the theme of the day for the Enlisted panel. Biegel freely admitted that in the pilot there were “a lot of things we screwed up in terms of technical stuff, we’re totally embarrassed about that” — and vowed to do better. He also cracked wise about his identity as co-creator of Cougar Town: “Hold for applause — oh, yeah, you are critics,” he said when he brought up the affiliation. Read More »

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Bridget Regan To Star In ABC’s ‘Murder In Manhattan’, Angelique Cabral Gets ‘Enlisted’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Former Legend Of The Seeker star Bridget Regan has been tapped as a lead in ABC’s hourlong pilot Murder In Manhattan, executive produced by Ryan Reynolds. Written by Maria Maggenti and directed by Cherie Nowlan, Murder In Manhattan is a dramedy set in New York centering on mother Blythe and daughter Lex (Regan) who team up as amateur sleuths. The sassy Lex works in the Mayor’s office by day, and works as sleuth with Blythe by night. Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s DarkFire TV co-produces the pilot, which will film in New York, with ABC Studios. Murder In Manhattan reunites Regan with ABC Studios, which also produced the cult syndicated fantasy series Legend Of The Seeker. Regan, repped by TMT Entertainment and Gersh, recently recurred on the CW’s Beauty And The Beast.

Angelique Cabral has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Enlisted. Written by Kevin Biegel, Enlisted follows three very different brothers working together in the Army. It centers on Sgt. Pete Waits (Geoff Stults) who, after a stint in Afghanistan, is stationed at a small military base in Florida to tackle the toughest job of them all — leading his dysfunctional brothers’ squad. Cabral, repped Pakula/King and manager Karen Forman, will play Jill Perez, a ballsy sergeant at the army base who is beloved by her soldiers and heads … Read More »

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Geoff Stults To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Enlisted’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Geoff Stults, the star of the Fox/20th TV Bones spinoff The Finder, is set as the lead of another Fox/20th TV project, single-camera comedy pilot Enlisted. The casting stems from the talent deal Stults signed with 20th TV in September. Written by Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel based on his relationship with his siblings, Enlisted follows three very different brothers working together in the Army. It centers on Sgt. Pete Waits (Stults) who, after a stint in Afghanistan, is stationed at a small military base in Florida to tackle the toughest job of them all — leading his dysfunctional brothers’ squad. Biegel executive produces with Mike Royce. Stults, repped by UTA and Thruline, joins previously cast Keith David. He recently recurred on the freshman Fox/20th TV comedy Ben And Kate.

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Keith David Cast In Fox Pilot ‘Enlisted’, Jack McGee Joins CBS Comedy ‘McCarthys’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 7:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Keith David (The Cape) has been cast in Enlisted, Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, which he is executive producing with Mike Royce. Based on Biegel’s relationship with his siblings, the 20th TV-produced project follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida. David, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and manager Josh Silver, will play Command Sergeant Major Cody Wallace, an intimidating, firm but fair 30-year army veteran who puts the oldest brother in charge of a unit of “dipsh*ts and slackers.”

Rescue Me alum Jack McGee has been cast in the CBS/Sony TV single-camera comedy pilot The McCarthys. Written by Brian Gallivan, directed by Fred Savage and executive produced by Will Gluck, it revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. McGee will play the father, a not always politically correct high school basketball coach. McGee, repped by APA and Semler Entertainment, recently co-starred on USA’s Common Law and in Gangster Squad.

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Fox Picks Up Comedy Pilots From ‘Cougar Town’ Co-Creator Kevin Biegel & Michelle Morgan

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 1:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has greenlighted two more single-camera comedy pilots: Enlisted, from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, and Two Wrongs, from feature writer Michelle Morgan. Both projects hail from 20th TV.

Enlisted, which originally landed at Fox with penalty, is based on Biegel’s relationship with his siblings and follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida. Biegel is writing/executive producing the project, stemming from a blind script deal 20th TV had with Biegel. He will get help on the pilot from 20th TV-based Mike Royce (Men Of A Certain Age, 1600 Penn). Biegel co-created Cougar Town with Bill Lawrence. He served as a co-executive producer in the first season and executive producer in Seasons 2 and 3. He segued to a consulting role on the show after its move to TBS and Lawrence’s departure as showrunner to focus on development. Before Cougar Town, UTA-repped Biegel worked on Lawrence’s medical comedy Scrubs.

Two Wrongs, co-produced by Chernin Entertainment, is a relationship comedy about a couple whose friends and family don’t think they are right for each other. Morgan is writing the script and executive producing with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Aaron Kaplan & Sean Perrone of Kaplan Perrone Entertainment. (Not to be onfused with Kapital Entertainment’s … Read More »

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