RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Surviving Jack’ Soft In Debut, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Hits Low, ‘Scandal’ & ‘Parenthood’ Rise

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 10:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

survivingjackIf launching drama series in midseason is hard, launching comedy series in midseason is daunting. Fox’s Surviving Jack was the latest example, debuting to a 1.3 in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers at 9:30 PM last night despite mostly positive reviews based on the standout performance of star Chris Meloni. Surviving Jack followed American Idol (1.9), which, in its switch to half-hour result shows, tied last week’s series low. For comparison, at 8 PM, with no lead-in and scathing reviews, Fox’s fall comedy Dads premiered to a 2.1 fast national demo rating in September. American Idol and The X Factor have never been compatible lead-ins for comedies. The previous comedy series to launch behind Idol was the 2011 Breaking In, which opened with a 3.5 demo rating but on a 7.3 Idol 18-49 lead-in (Yes, Idol was pulling in that kind of numbers only three years ago) for a 48% retention. Surviving Jack‘s was 68%. At 8 PM, Hell’s Kitchen (1.8) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national. Read More »

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Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker Ink Deal With Warner Bros. TV

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 6:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

halpernschumackerJustin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, creators of Warner Bros TV‘s upcoming Fox comedy series Surviving Jack, have signed a two-year overall deal with the studio, which begins June … Read More »

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TCA: Justin Halpern Says Dad Better Suited For ‘Surviving Jack’ Than ‘$h*! My Dad Says’

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 5:36pm PST

TCA Fox’s new Surviving Jack, about a dad and his relationship with his son in the ’90s, is based on Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book, I Suck At Girls. Halperin also created CBS’ comedy $h*! My Dad Says — also about his relationship with his father — based on his book that was, in turn, based on his Twitter feed. TV critics attending a Q&A about Jack at TCA this afternoon Surviving-Jack noted the similarity between the two comedies and asked what went wrong with the CBS one. “It was really bad,” Halpern said. “You’re aware you created that show,” joked Bill Lawrence, who exec produces Jack with Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Jeff Ingold. “Yes, and I put the blame squarely on Patrick,” Halpern joked. The CBS sitcom, he said, was “very much the wrong tone.”  The dad character, he said, did not live well in a multi-cam sitcom world where it’s all about setup and punch lines. On a single cam, “the comedy comes more organically,” he said.

Related: TCA: Cast Losing Sleep Over Fox’s ‘The Following’

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TCA: Fox Sets Premiere Dates For ‘24’ Event Series, ‘Surviving Jack’, ‘Gang Related’, ‘Cosmos’

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 8:30am PST

TCADeadline__140109155905Fox, appearing this morning at the TCA Winter Press Tour 2014,  announced premiere dates for event series 24: Live Another Day,  and new series Surviving JackGang Relatedand Seth MacFarlane’s science passion-project Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. 24 is getting its old Monday 9 PM slot, Surviving Jack will follow American Idol‘s result show, fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119__131022173606-200x86and Gang Related is getting an early summer run as planned.

The clock resets when 24: Live Another Day premieres with a special two-hour television event on Monday, May 5 at 8 PM, followed by its time period premiere the following week in 24‘s signature Monday 9 PM slot. Set and shot in London, the suspenseful event series again will follow the exploits of agent Jack Bauer (Sutherland) as he attempts to thwart a terrorist attack. Retaining the real-time format with split screens and interweaving storylines, the series also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, and William Devane reprising their original roles. Newcomers include Yvonne Strahovski, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott, and Judy Davis. The event series reunites the Emmy-winning team of executive producer Howard Gordon; star and executive producer Sutherland; co-creator Robert Cochran; executive producers Evan Katz, Manny Coto, David Fury and Brian Grazer; and executive producer and director Jon Cassar.

Related: Yvonne Strahovski Joins ’24: Live Another Day’ Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Surviving Jack’ Gets Post ‘American Idol’ Slot, Order Trimmed To 8 Episodes, ‘Dads’ Expected To Get Back Order

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is firming up its midseason comedy scheduling plans. I’ve learned that the network is going to launch Surviving Jack after American Idol on Thursday. The comedy’s order has been trimmed from 13 to … Read More »

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Rachael Harris To Star Opposite Chris Meloni In Fox Series ‘Surviving Jack’

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 11:36am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Rachael Harris is is set as the female lead opposite Chris Meloni in Fox’s midseason comedy series Surviving Jack. The single-camera project, from Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence‘ Doozer, is based on Justin Halpern’s book I Suck At Girls. It centers on a father, Jack Dunlevy (Meloni), and his teen son Frankie (Connor Buckley). Harris plays the Alpha-Mom, Joanne Dunlevy, who has decided to go back to law school, somewhat reluctantly leaving the care of her kids to her brash husband. The role was recast after being played by Alex Kapp Horner in the pilot. (you can watch the series’ trailer below) Harris recently starred opposite David Spade in the ABC comedy pilot Bad Management, which was in serious contention for a series pickup. She also recurs on USA drama Suits and did an arc on Fox comedy New Girl. Read More »

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Alex Kapp Horner Exits New Fox Comedy Series ‘Surviving Jack’

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 6:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Another newly picked up comedy series is recasting its female lead. Alex Kapp Horner is leaving the Bill Lawrence-produced half-hour Fox comedy Surviving Jack. Based on Justin Halpern’s book I Suck At Read More »

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