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Greg Germann & Echo Kellum Join NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Gates’ In Recasting

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s single-camera comedy The Gates has recast two regular roles following Wednesday’s table read. Ally McBeal alum Greg Germann and Ben & Kate co-star Echo Kellum are joining the pilot, replacing Aasif Mandvi and Justin Chon, respectively. Germann was cast as a regular, while Kellum is a guest star. Based on the British series, The Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. The show centers on type-A Helen (Kathleen Rose Perkins), who just moved to town with her husband Mark (Ken Marino) and their 8-year-old daughter for Helen’s big new job. Germann will play another dad at the school, a super-driven, competitive Yale-educated lawyer who’s one of these comedically intense guys who pushes his kids way too hard. Kellum will play a “manny”, who, even though he’s young, has seen it all at the school, and he serves as a buddy/confidant to Mark. Read More »

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Ken Marino & Aasif Mandvi Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Gates’

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Party Down alum Ken Marino and The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi round out the cast of the NBC comedy pilot The Gates. Based on the British series, The Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. The show centers on type-A Helen (Kathleen Rose Perkins), who just moved to town with her husband Mark (Marino) and their 8-year-old daughter for Helen’s big new job. Read More »

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Christina Kirk Cast In NBC’s ‘The Gates’

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Christina Kirk has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot The Gates. The project, written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith and to be directed by Marc Buckland, received an early pilot green light last month. Based on the British series, The Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. Read More »

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Kathleen Rose Perkins, Three Others Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Gates’

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 3:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Episodes co-star Kathleen Rose Perkins is set as the lead in the NBC comedy pilot The Gates. Also cast in the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, are Diana Maria Riva, Josh Grisetti (Knights Of Prosperity) and Justin Chon. The Gates, written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith and to be directed by Marc Buckland, received an early pilot green light earlier this month. In addition to her starring role in The Gates, Perkins will also continue her regular gig on Episodes, filming the show’s upcoming third season after production on The Gates pilot wraps. If The Gates goes to series and Episodes goes to Season 4, Perkins would star on the NBC comedy and recur on the Showtime one. Read More »

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Marc Buckland To Direct NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Gates’

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 3:53pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sought-after pilot director Marc Buckland has been tapped to helm The Gates, NBC‘s recently picked up single-camera comedy pilot from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project, which was given an early green light, is based on the British series of the same name that premiered on Sky Living in August. It is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. Yuspa and Goldsmith wrote the script and executive produce with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan as well as Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke of Feelgood Fiction, the UK production company behind the original series. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ Down Slightly But Still Dominates

Nellie Andreeva

Twas the night before Premiere Week, when all through the broadcast nets, not much was stirring besides football. An NFL overrun on CBS and Week 2 of NBC’s Sunday Night Football easily dominated a night filled with reruns and the season finale of ABC’s The Gates. SNF‘s telecast of “Manning Bowl II” between Peyton Manning’s Indianopolis Colts and Eli Manning’s New York Giants drew 15.2 overnight rating/24 share, down 8% from the sports program’s record-breaking premiere last week. If vs. “Manning Bowl I” in 2006, it was up 3%. A 43-minute football overrun on CBS boosted Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Still Hot

Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s season premiere of Sunday Night Football logged the best ratings ever for the NBC sports franchise. The Cowboys/Redskins face-off posted a 16.6 overnight rating/26 share, the best overnight for any Week 1 primetime NFL game in 13 years. On Thursday, NBC’s coverage of the NFL’s kick-off game landed the best overnight ratings for an opener in 13 years and the largest audience for a kick-off game in 14 years. Airing against football, part two of the three-night Big Brother 12 finale (2.1/5 in 18-49) on CBS was down 13% from last Sunday and posted the show’s lowest rating on any night this summer. ABC’s The Gates (0.7/2) matched its lowest rating ever. There were two big events on cable last night, the season finale of HBO’s True Blood and the Video Music Awards on MTV. I will post ratings information on both as soon as it is available.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Up, ABC’s ‘Scoundrels’ Hits Another Low

Nellie Andreeva

We might have seen the last episode of Scoundrels on Sunday after ABC’s original scripted drama sunk to a 0.6 rating/2 rating in adults 18-49 at 9 PM last night, down 14% from last week. That was an all-time low for the show and matched the 0.6 18-49 rating fellow ABC drama Happy Town pulled before being yanked from the schedule. ABC’s other Sunday scripted summer series, The Gates (0.9/3) at 10 PM, seems to have leveled off after the initial decline and was flat from last week. ABC’s highest-rated program for the night was 7 PM leadoff America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5 in rerun), followed by 8 PM anchor Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.2/4, also in rerun). CBS’ Big Brother (2.5/8) was up 9% from last week, followed by repeats of Undercover Boss (1.4/4) and Cold Case (0.8/3). Fox won the night with comedy reruns, led by back-to-back Family Guy episodes at 9PM (2.3/7) and 9:30PM (2.5/7). Its original Sons of Tucson at 7PM tied Scoundrels as the lowest-rated program of the night. Fox still won the night in adults 18-49. NBC aired all-repeats, with an America’s Got Talent (1.0/3) encore winning the 9-11 PM time period.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday While Original Scripted Shows Falter

Nellie Andreeva

By the summer ratings math – you have multiple shows average just over 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, you win the night – Fox topped Sunday night with comedy repeats led by The Simpsons (1.7 rating/6 share in 18-49), The Cleveland Show (1.5/5) and Family Guy (1.7/5).

The network also aired an original Sons of Tucson (0.7/2), which finished last in its 7PM slot just like all the other original scripted shows last night: ABC’s Scoundrels (0.8/2) at 9PM, down 20% from its last original 2 weeks ago, and ABC’s The Gates (1.0/3) at 10PM, down a more modest 9%. Scoundrels also squandered a large chunk of its Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.3/4) lead-in.

CBS’ first Sunday edition of Big Brother (2.3/7, 10 million viewers overall) was by far the highest-rated program of the night while dipping 8% from its Thursday season premiere. But CBS followed with lower-rated drama repeats of The Mentalist (1.0/3) and canceled Cold Case (1.1/3), allowing Fox to take the 18-49 crown for the night with a 1.4/4. CBS was second in 18-49 (1.3/4) and tops in total viewers, 6.4 million.

Meanwhile, on the heels of its first major Emmy nominations on Thursday, Friday Night Lights (1.0/4, 3.7 million viewers) on Friday averaged its largest audience on NBC in five weeks.

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