EXCLUSIVE: 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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Fox 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.
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The cancellation of 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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At 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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »