NBC has given a back order to freshman comedy Guys With Kids, executive produced by Jimmy Fallon. The pickup is for four episodes, bringing its first season to 17 episodes. The news comes on the heels of the multi-camera comedy …
NBC’s attempt to improve its fortunes on Wednesday by replacing underperforming (and already cancelled) newbie Animal Practice with sophomore Whitney is not working, at least not from the get go. In its second season premiere last night, Whitney (1.4/4 in adults 18-49) matched the debut in the Wednesday 8 PM slot of its predecessor Animal Practice. It was down 30% from Whitney‘s debut in the time period last spring and tied as its series low. Guys With Kids (1.3/4), the only Wednesday series to still be awaiting a decision on a back order, was flat with two weeks ago and also tied as a series low. Law & Order: SVU (1.6/4) was down 6% from two weeks ago, and it too tied its series low. After the big ratings jump last week when it followed an original Voice, newly picked up Chicago Fire (1.6/5) retreated 27% for a net gain of .1 vs. its original two weeks ago. But it held onto 100% of its lead-in, something no other 10 PM rookie drama has been able to do this season.
The other new Wednesday 10 PM drama that received a full-season order over the past week was ABC’s Nashville (1.8/5), which reversed its ratings downtrend last week with a .2 uptick. But the rise was short-lived as the soap dropped .2 last night to return to the series low level of two weeks ago. The entire ABC Wednesday lineup was in negative territory last night. The Middle (2.5/8) was down 7%; The Neighbors (1.9/5) down 10% to tie its series low; Modern Family (4.6/12) down 4% and Suburgatory (2.4/6), which continues its pendulum swings, down 17% from last week’s season high to tie its season low.
Accurate ratings for the night’s top attraction, the first Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, won’t be available until later in the day. If the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals are any indication, the broadcast networks ran neck-in-neck in their coverage of the debate, with NBC in the …
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Jimmy Fallon, executive producer of the new NBC comedy Guys With Kids, made an appearance via satellite on the panel for the show today at the TCAs. “I feel like I’m doing a Dateline. I feel like Lester Holt,” Fallon joked (live on the panel, executive producer Amy Ozols confirmed the New York-based Fallon also “joined casting meetings that way”). Fallon said he and Ozols were inspired to do the show by seeing great-looking young dads out and about in New York with their Baby Bjorns, toting kids and taking an active role in parenting. They were “DILFs — if you know what a MILF is,” Fallon said. He jokingly added that the producers, when pitching the show, knew “Yeah, we probably can’t call the show DILFs. We’ll have to change that.”
As previously announced, NBC will sneak the freshman comedy after the penultimate episode of America’s Got Talent on September 12. The show is set in New York but shot in Los Angeles.
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: After picking up five single-camera new comedy series, NBC today ordered its first multi-camera show for next season, the Jimmy Fallon-produced Guys With Kids. For now, it’s the only multi-camera NBC comedy series — new or returning — confirmed for next season, which raises the question of what it will be paired with. Multi-camera sitcoms traditionally fare better in a block as evident by CBS’ success with the format. Besides Guys With Kids, the only NBC multi-camera comedy pilot still alive is Daddy’s Girls, which has not heard about its fate yet, with Ladyfriends fading fast and the rest, including Roseanne Barr’s Downwardly Mobile, over. The possible scenarios I’m hearing are: 1. NBC picks up Daddy’s Girls. 2. It pairs Guys with a single-camera comedy. And 3. The network brings back Whitney for a second season. The last scenario had been looking very unlikely lately but I hear the network brass are revisiting the idea of possibly renewing Whitney, created by and starring Whitney Cummings, after a very low-rated first season.
Written by Charlie Grandy, the Universal TV-produced Guys With Kids revolves around three 30-something guys (Jesse Bradford, Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger) who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves. Grandy, Fallon and Amy Ozols executive produce with Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz who as executive producers/showrunners. The cast of the pilot also includes Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe as well as Sara Rue as a guest star. Rue in second position to another multi-camera comedy pilot, Malibu Country, which is looking good at ABC, so her role in the Fallon project may have to be recast.