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UPDATE: NBC Cancels ‘Welcome To The Family’ & ‘Ironside’, Gives ‘Sean Saves The World’ Script Order, Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Community’ & ‘Chicago PD’

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 1:55 PM: I’ve learned that NBC‘s other new Thursday comedy awaiting word on its fate, Sean Saves The World, has received an order for 4 additional scripts. While the series posted a 1.1 in adults 18-49 last night, same as freshly cancelled Ironside, it does build on its Welcome To The Family lead-in (0.9 last night), and NBC brass have been encouraged with the show’s creative direction. The third new NBC comedy, The Michael J. Fox Show, has a 22-episode order.

PREVIOUS 13:35: NBC has pulled Ironside and Welcome To The Family three weeks into their freshman runs. Welcome To The Family is gone effective immediately, while Ironside will air one more episode next Wednesday before falling off the schedule. Beginning October 30, repeats, Dateline and specials will air in Ironside’s 10 PM berth until January 8, when Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago P.D. will debut in the slot that successfully launched the mothership series last season. On Thursdays, NBC will air a mix of back-to-back Parks And Recreation episodes and various specials for the next two months, with veteran Community launching its fifth season on January 2 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM before moving to its old 8 PM slot, with current occupant Parks And Rec sliding to Welcome To The Family‘s 8:30 PM period beginning with the January 9 episode, the show’s 100th. Ironside and Welcome To The Family have been among NBC’s lowest-rated series on the air. In their most recent airings, Ironside logged a 1.1 in 18-49, flat with the previous week and the same as Sean Saves The World, while Welcome To The Family was up a tenth to a 0.9. Here is a rundown of NBC’s plans for the two time periods: Read More »

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Open Letter To Kathy Bates: Congrats On Skewing-Up NBC

Dear Kathy Bates,

Remember how NBC cancelled your Harry’s Law drama series in spring 2012, at the end of its second season, even though it was then the network’s most-watched drama series — because NBC suits felt its audience skewed too old and Warner Bros, not NBCU, owned the show? If memory serves me, you were asked about this at Summer TV Press Tour 2013, and you observed,  “I think they treated us like shit. They kicked us to the curb. They disrespected us; they disrespected our 7-11 million viewers. I think they’re getting what they deserve this year, Thank you.”

I’m writing to make sure you are aware that, last night, in the premiere of your new FX mini-series, American Horror Story: Coven you attracted 3.9 million 18-49-year-olds, at the same time NBC aired an episode of a new drama series — one it DOES own and which it presumes will do better than you could at attracting 18-49-year-old viewers. That new drama — ironically, a remake of the late 60′s NBC cop drama Ironside — attracted an average of 1.4 million viewers in the 18-49-year-old age bracket. That is less than half of your young-viewer audience. Ironside did come very close to matching your 3.87 million demo viewers – but it was the 3.64 million viewers Ironside attracted in the 50+ demo.  That is a demo in which NBC places little value, as you learned on Harry’s Law.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Super Fun Night’ & ‘Ironside’ Drop In Week 2, ‘Arrow’ Down In Return, ‘Tomorrow People’ Debuts OK

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was one of those “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” nights when everyone was down, so flat ratings were considered a victory. Week 2 was not kind to new series Super Fun Night and Ironside. ABC’s Super Fun Night (2.5/7) was down 22% from its premiere last week. Its lead-in, Modern Family (3.8), was down 10% and the highest-rated program of the night. The Middle (2.2) was even from its fast national last week, while newbie Back In The Game (1.7) was down a tenth. It tied Nashville (down 11%) as the lowest-rated program on ABC, which in turn tied CBS for the top Wednesday spot in adults 18-49.

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NBC’s Ironside has some excuse for its Week 2 drop — it aired in the 10 PM hour against the premiere of FX’s new American Horror Story installment. Still, a 1.1 18-49 rating (down 21% from the fast national for its premiere) is not going to cut it. Ironside could slide another tenth in the finals as its fast nationals include a minute of a Law & Order: SVU overrun. (It also was adjusted down last week.) SVU (1.6) posted a second consecutive double-digit week-to-week drop, down 20%. But NBC’s 8 PM anchor, Revolution (1.5), held steady, matching its fast national from last week but continues to flirt with a series low. The show was adjusted up in the finals but if it doesn’t this week, it will post an all-time low. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: Solid Start For ‘Super Fun Night’, Low Debut For ‘Ironside’

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:30 PM: This just in — NBC’s Ironside is now tied with ABC’s Lucky 7 as the lowest-rated new series premieres this fall with a 1.3 Live+Same Day 18-49 rating. It was adjusted down a tenth in the finals. Going up a tenth are NBC’s Revolution, ABC’s The Middle and Back In The Game, and CBS’ Survivor.

PREVIOUS, 9:30 AM: ABC has desperately needed some good news following the underwhelming premieres of new series Lucky 7 and Betrayal and the precipitous Week 2 drop on Tuesday, and it got it this morning. First, flagship series Modern Family (4.2 in adults 18-49) ticked up a tenth from the premiere low fast national last week. Then new comedy Super Fun Night proved Rebel Wilson’s drawing power with a solid 3.2 for the show’s second episode. (The network opted to start with the second episode after the official pilot got mixed to unfavorable reaction.) There is a caveat — Modern Family ran a minute long, so it will likely go up in the finals, while Super Fun Night will likely be adjusted down, possibly by .1. That would match the premiere rating for ABC’s new family comedy The Goldbergs, which also had a big lead-in from the SHIELD debut. The current 3.2 Super Fun Night rating is even with … Read More »

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TCA: Blair Underwood Hails NBC’s “Bad-Ass” & Wheelchair-Bound New ‘Ironside’

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 5:41pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Just in case the presence of Blair Underwood in the lead role wasn’t enough to convince anyone that NBC‘s forthcoming reboot of the 1967 wheelchair-bound detective drama Ironside wasn’t going to be your father’s Ironside, the star spelled out the ways the new version would differ from the original that starred Raymond Burr. Whereas Burr was low key, quiet, cerebral and very white, Underwood is presented as surly, mega-intense, defiantly self-sufficient — and obviously quite African American. Underwood credits the show’s tech advisor David Bryant for the new take. “He’s the reason there are no handles on the wheelchair,” Underwood said this afternoon during a TCA session. He also called the new Ironside sensibility and cast as “bad-ass.” In terms of the original, the actor said, “We took his name, the fact he’s a detective, and the fact he happens to be in a wheelchair. Everything else has been reimagined. There are all new characters, new city, new texture, new storytelling, new audience, new expectations. We’re now a crime drama wrapped in a character study.” This Det. Robert T. Ironside also has the physical ability to have sex. You didn’t see Burr doing that in the 1960s.

However, one critic questioned why the producers felt the need to cast an able-bodied actor in the role rather than a disabled one. Read More »

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NBC’s New Show Trailers: ‘Dracula’, ‘Ironside’, ‘Michael J Fox’, ‘Sean Saves The World’, ‘Welcome To The Family’

Here are new trailers just released by NBC for the network’s new fall shows, which were officially unveiled yesterday ahead of the upfront presentation that’s just getting underway in New York. Yesterday, NBC released some first-look clips. Here are the latest trailers — still waiting for About A Boy and The Family Guide it seems,so keep checking back:

Dracula — Drama

Ironside — Drama

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NBC Pickups Update: ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff, ‘Ironside’, ‘Undateable’ Ordered

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 11:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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2ND UPDATE 11:05 AM: The Chicago Fire franchise is expanding on NBC as the network has picked up Chicago PD, a spinoff from Chicago Fire, to series. That brings Dick Wolf’s series on NBC next season to 3, including the recently renewed Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Fire. Chicago PD originated as a back-door pilot in the first season finale of Chicago Fire. We’re still waiting for the resolution of the NBC-Sony TV negotiations that involve three pilots in contention, dramas Blacklist and Night Shift and comedy Welcome To The Family, as well as bubble comedy Community.

UPDATE, 9:54 AM: Also getting a pickup is drama Ironside, a reboot of the 1967 series, with Blair Underwood in the title role. Ken Sanzel is in negotiations to serve as showrunner on the project, written/exec produced by Mike Caleo. Universal TV is the studio.

Related: NBC Pickups: Sean Hayes, DJ Nash, ‘Crisis’, ‘About A Boy’, ‘Believe’

PREVIOUS, 9:35 AM: I’ve learned that NBC has kicked off the second day of new series pickups with an order to the Bill Lawrence-produced comedy Undateable, written by Adam Sztykiel. It stars Chris D’Elia, who became officially available yesterday when NBC cancelled Whitney. This marks the second pickup for Lawrence, who also is producing new Fox comedy series Surviving Jack, and the second new series at NBC for Warner Bros., which also has J.J. Abrams’ Believe.

Here are the network’s descriptions of the new series: Read More »

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Kenneth Choi Joins NBC Pilot ‘Ironside’, Erin Pineda Added To Fox’s ‘Dads’

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In what would be his first series regular role, Kenneth Choi (Sons Of Anarchy, Glee, 24) has been cast in NBC’s drama pilot Ironside, a reboot of the 1967 series. Written by Mike Caleo and directed by Peter Horton, it centers on Robert T. Ironside (Blair Underwood), a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases. Choi will play Captain Ed Rollins, Ironside’s supervisor. Despite their push/pull relationship Ed and Ironside have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for each other. Choi, repped by Mosaic, TalentWorks and attorney Derek Kroeger, was recently seen in Captain America 2 and next co-stars in Wolf Of Wall Street.

In another recent NBC drama pilot casting, another 24 alum, Tzi Ma, will appear opposite Skyler Samuels in NBC‘s drama pilot Bloodline. Written by David Graziano and directed by Peter Berg, Bloodline is described as a pulpy, highly stylized look into the cheeky world of Bird Benson (Samuels), a smart, irreverent and strong young girl who, due to an accident of birth, finds herself caught in the middle of an epic struggle between two warrior families set against the backdrop of modern suburbia. Ma plays Charles Hwang, Bird’s trainer and mentor.

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Spencer Grammer To Star In ‘Ironside’, Jane Adams Joins Craig Robinson Comedy

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 12:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Greek alumna Spencer Grammer has landed the female lead opposite Blair Underwood in NBC’s drama pilot Ironside. The reboot of the 1967 series, written by Mike Caleo and directed by Peter Horton, centers on Robert T. Ironside (Underwood), a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases. Grammer, repped by UTA and Untitled, will play Holly, who stands up to Ironside and everyone else and would be much higher up in the police department if she would distance herself from the criminals she grew up around. Read More »

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Rachel Griffiths To Topline NBC Summer Series ‘Camp’, Brent Sexton Joins ‘Ironside’

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Brothers & Sisters and Six Feet Under alumna Rachel Griffiths is returning to series television as the lead of NBC 10-episode summer series Camp, from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, BermanBraun and Universal TV. In the tradition of Meatballs and Dazed And Confused, Little Hawk Family Camp is a wicked slice of lake-side heaven. In the one-hour dramedy, parents decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love. Griffiths will play the camp’s director Mackenzie Greenfield, who is reeling from being left by her husband for a younger woman.

Brent Sexton, who is coming off AMC’s The Killing, will co-star opposite Blair Underwood in NBC’s drama pilot Ironside. The reboot of the 1967 detective drama, from writer Mike Caleo and Universal TV, centers on Robert T. Ironside (Underwood), a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases. Sexton, repped by Greene & Associates, will play Gary, Ironside’s ex-partner. Once a hard-nosed detective, Gary blames himself for the shooting and falls apart after the incident, struggling to move on with his life.

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NBC Orders ‘Ironside’ Remake Drama Pilot Starring Blair Underwood

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 7:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Robert T. Ironside is mounting a comeback. NBC has given a pilot order to a reboot of the 1967 detective drama Ironside to star Blair Underwood. The new Ironside, written by Mike Caleo and produced by Universal TV, centers on a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective (Underwood) relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city. The project originally had David Semel attached to direct and executive produce but he is no longer involved and just signed on to direct/executive produce CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence. Caleo executive produces Ironside with Teri Weinberg of Yellow Brick Road and John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. I hear NBC’s pickup hinged on Underwood playing the lead. The LA Law alum’s casting stems from a development/talent holding deal he signed with Universal TV in August. The actor, repped by ICM Partners and Thruline, recently starred in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway and his series credits also include NBC’s The Event. This marks former NBC top programming executive Weinberg’s return to the network and Davis Entertainment’s second pilot this season, joining NBC drama The Blacklist. The original Ironside series, from Universal TV, ran on NBC from 1967 to 1975 with Raymond Burr as the paralyzed Chief of Detectives. Here is the show’s … Read More »

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