After ABC Studios, ABC moved to renewing shows from other studios. First off is freshman comedy The Goldbergs, the first ABC current comedy series to get an official pickup for next season. The 1980s comedy, from Sony TV, did admirably in the Tuesday 9 PM slot. I hear the show may get a reprieve in Season 2 with a better slot, possibly Wednesday 8:30 PM after The Middle.
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ABC this afternoon has made its comedy pickup calls, giving Back 9, full-season orders to The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife and a Back 4 order (four additional episodes) to Super Fun Night. The network is not picking up more episodes of its fourth freshman comedy, Back In The Game, which won’t be pulled and will air the remainder of its original 13-episode order.
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ABC put the biggest promotional muscle on the comedy side behind The Goldbergs, from Sony TV, which was a favorite of the network brass and considered most likely to continue. The pickup was sealed after the 1980s comedy became the only ABC freshman half-hour to build on its lead-in this Tuesday, going up 42% from a Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. repeat and holding its rating from the previous week despite its lead-in shrinking dramatically.
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This is a morale boost that ABC‘s new Tuesday comedies The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife sure could use. The network has ordered three scripts each of the freshman shows. The largely symbolic gesture, as it doesn’t guarantee an episodic pickup, comes hours after The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife slid to new low marks last night, a 1.6 and 1.3 in adults 18-49, respectively. The comedies have very little compatibility with ABC’s 8 PM Tuesday anchor, superhero drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Trophy Wife launched with virtually no marketing. I hear ABC is encouraged by The Goldbergs‘ Live+3 bumps and its positive reviews and online buzz as well as Trophy Wife‘s creative direction. In the recently released Live+7 for premiere week, The Goldbergs debut went up 33% to a 4.1 18-49 rating, Trophy Wife was up 29% to a 2.9. (The networks currently get paid for C3 ratings that include only the first 3 days of DVR playback.) While three new comedies, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife and Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, have received orders for additional scripts, no freshman comedy has been given an episodic order yet compared with three back-nine/second-season pickups for new … Read More »
ABC did best during Premiere Week with primetime entertainment shows at attracting upscale 18-49-year-olds, Nielsen reported today. ABC’s first-place status was powered by returning Modern Family and the premiere of Marvels Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Those two entertainment programs rated No. 1 and 2 with 18-49-year-olds in $100K homes. ABC clocked a 2.8 rating with its entertainment programming in this metric, followed by NBC with a 2.4 rating, CBS’s 2.3 rating, and Fox’s 1.7 rating. Modern Family reported an annual median income of $80,400 for its young adult audience. S.H.I.E.L.D, meanwhile, clocked in at $70,800. In addition to S.H.I.E.L.D, three more freshman series made Premiere Week’s Top 15 list of regular entertainment broadcasts among upscale 18-49-ers: NBC’s The Blacklist ($65,700), CBS’s The Crazy Ones ($62,500) and ABC’s The Goldbergs ($69,800).
Jeff Garlin hijacked The Goldbergs Q&A session at Summer TV Press Tour 2013. Best known as one of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm regulars, Garlin plays the dad on this new ABC 80’s-set sitcom, based on the childhood of show creator Adam Goldberg — whose family apparently screamed its way through the decade he recorded every moment on a clunky video recorder. A couple of “why is 25 years back the sweet spot for narrated comedies, including The Wonder Years, Happy Days, etc?” questions into the session, one TV critic took issue with Garlin’s dad character screaming throughout the episode and asked if that could keep up up for 22 episodes. “When it becomes annoying I’ll stop – and I’ll be the first to notice” Garlin snapped. Then added sarcastically, “You look so disappointed in my answer.” Another critic said Garlin was old enough to have lived through the 1980s and what did he think of the show’s many verisimilitudinous touches. That also irked him plenty. “I did the show because the 80’s is deep in the background. If we use the 80’s for a big joke, the show is not going to last very long,” he forecasted — as have some TV critics, BTW. Read More »
ABC finally unveiled its pretty-straightforward premiere-date plans for the 2013-2014 season, launching a handful of programs — newsmag 20/20, three Friday series, and Monday’s Dancing With The Stars — in advance of the September 23 Premiere Week. Here’s the schedule, with new shows in bold: Read More »