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Sean Hayes Joins CBS’ ‘The Millers’ As Series Regular

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 2:15pm PDT

Sean Hayes Joins CBS’ ‘The Millers’ As Series RegularEmmy winner Sean Hayes has been cast as a series regular in CBS’ comedy The Millers, the network said today. Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new source of friction for Nathan (Will Arnett), Carol’s son. His character will be introduced during the series’ Season 2 premiere on October 30.

Hayes played Jack McFarland for eight seasons on the NBC comedy Will & Grace, winning an Emmy in 2000 and garnering six other nominations for the role. He also won shared an Emmy in 2011 for The 64th Annual Tony Awards. Most recently, Hayes starred in and executive produced the comedy series Sean Saves the World. Other TV credits include Smash, Up All Night and Martin & Lewis. On the film side, Hayes appeared in the Bobby and Peter Farrelly comedy The Three Stooges, The Bucket List and indie drama Pieces Of April.
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EMMYS: Will Arnett Of ‘The Millers’ On Being Front And Center

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 5:10pm PDT

Christy Grosz is an Awardsline contributor.

Will Arnett Emmys MillersAfter building a career on comedic characters he calls “eccentric,” Will Arnett is back in primetime with CBSThe Millers, playing TV journalist Nathan Miller, a recent divorcee who finds himself living with his mother. Arnett is more of a leading man than he has been in the past on such shows as Arrested Development and Up All Night, and he’s doing it in front of a live audience on the multi-camera sitcom directed by TV stalwart James Burrows (Taxi, Frasier). He’s also enjoying a thriving film career, voicing Batman in The Lego Movie and appearing in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this year.

AWARDSLINE: Showrunner Greg Garcia asked you to be a part of The Millers when he heard that the future of NBC’s Up All Night was not looking good. What about the role of Nathan appealed to you?
WILL ARNETT: I had known Greg personally for a number of years, and when he heard that basically the show was over, he said, “I just want you to read this script, Awardsline logo_use this oneif you don’t mind.” I didn’t think that I wanted to necessarily start work on a TV show quite so quickly, and yet because it was Greg, I thought, “Well, I’ve got to read it.” When I read it, I really liked it. Then I had a meeting with Greg and (director) Jimmy Burrows. Jimmy said, “You are going to have to play a character who is much more at the center of it.” So in that sense, it was a bit of a departure for me. I had to play somebody a little more together. But that really appealed to me. It was something I really wanted to do. Read More »

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CBS’ ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘The Millers’ & ‘Mom’ Get Full Season Orders

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

We finally have some comedies to go with those three new dramas that had been picked up so far this fall. As expected, CBS has given Back 9 orders to The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom. The pickups come as Crazy Ones and The Millers ticked up by a tenth in the 18-49 fast nationals last night. While Mom slipped by a tenth this week, it comes from comedy Superman Chuck Lorre and stars Anna Faris, so there was no chance that show was not getting picked up. In fact, all three comedies hail from A-list auspices: Lorre, David E. Kelley (Crazy Ones) and Greg Garcia (The Millers). CBS has been touting the performance of its new comedies (sans swiftly cancelled We Are Men), which rank as No. 1-3 in total viewers and claim the top 2 spots in adults 18-49 among all new comedy series in another fall that has been pretty brutal to half-hour newcomers. “We’re proud of CBS’ leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pickups of these three new comedies,” said the network’s entertainment president Nina Tassler. “These series are creatively distinct, continue to improve each week and are led by strong showrunners, writing and production staffs, and feature amazingly talented casts.” The only new CBS series that has not learned its fate yet is underperforming Monday drama Hostages. The serialized thriller was designed for a 15-episode-a-season run, so there is no back order to be given. Based on its high-profile auspices and solid DVR gains, the series will likely finish its first-season arc, possibly moved to a less trafficked spot on the schedule, with no further cycles.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’ Returns To Record Highs, ‘The Millers’ Premiere OK, New NBC Comedies, ‘The Originals’ Soft

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 10:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a note to producers disheartened by the soft opening of their new series — it can still become a hit. You just need to have a showrunner like Shonda Rhimes behind it. Rhimes’ ABC drama Scandal continues to grow, opening its third season with series highs in adults 18-49 (3.6) and total viewers (10.5 million). In 18-49, that was up a whopping 71% from last fall’s Season 2 debut, which in turn was up 5% from the show’s inauspicious midseason debut (2.0). (Can anyone on TV do cliffhangers better than Rhimes?) Scandal also built on its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in by its largest margins ever, 12% in viewers and 20% in 18-49. Grey’s (3.0) was down 12% from last week’s season premiere.

CBS used juggernaut The Big Bang Theory to launch a second new comedy this fall. The Millers (3.3/10) did OK but fell short of The Crazy Ones‘ debut last week (3.9) and Two And A Half Men‘s season premiere in the 8:30 PM slot last fall (3.5). The Crazy Ones opener had a bigger lead-in from a second Big Bang original at 8:30 PM (6.1), while last night’s Big Bang (5.0) was down 9% from last week’s 8 PM episode. Following The Millers, Crazy Ones (2.9) dropped 26% from its premiere. Two And A Half Men (2.4) was down 17% for a series low, while Elementary (2.0) was down 5%. Still, CBS edged ABC for the top spot in 18-49 (2.9 vs. 2.8), winning comfortably in total viewers (11.7 million). Read More »

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2013-2014 Broadcast Season: The One Thing Each Network Must Pull Off To Claim Success

The most CBS-ish new series of the 2013-14 TV season got off to a strong start last night, while the most NBC-like new series floundered. Nothing new there. Lucky for NBC, it aired the CBS-ish one — the new procedural crime drama The Blacklist, starring James Spader. Unfortunately for CBS, it aired the NBC-like, highly serialized event series that bellyflopped in same time slot as The Blacklist — the Toni Collette-Dylan McDermott starrer Hostages.

Related: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Blacklist’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hostages’ OK

Good news for both networks: Blacklist was the One Big Thing NBC needed to accomplish this season, but Hostages does not hold the same position for CBS.

Related: 2013-14 Broadcast Season Preview: Challenges The Networks Face

Once upon a time, long before DVRs, Netflix and original scripted cable programing, broadcast network execs eagerly anticipated the start of their new TV season to see which of the many, many new series they’d thrown against the wall would stick. These days, each network has one key new series it needs to work — really work, not “Vegas is the No. 1 new drama” work — to call a season successful.

ABC, for instance, needs to launch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. If it clicks, nothing else matters. Super Fun Night? It can bomb — which is good because ABC has already decided to premiere the show with its second episode and that’s never a good sign. And Lucky 7 may be the series that demonstrates America will not watch a show about how winning the lottery messes you up — because that is their financial strategy. Weeks before S.H.I.E.L.D.’s scheduled unveiling, The Reporters Who Cover Television were already squealing with delight after being treated to its super-secret screening at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, though there have been disturbing reports of subsequent scripts coming in so not-good that Joss Whedon had to take a break from the 85 other projects he’s working on to step in and do last-minute rewrites.

NBC, meanwhile, needs a 10 PM drama that isn’t flukey, isn’t serializes and doesn’t start to come apart at the seams in the second half of the season, like Revolution did last season. No matter how much you read about NBC badly needing to re-establish itself in comedy on Thursday nights (it’s over, get over it), Monday at 10 is NBC’s Must Fix TV. A Blacklist hit gives NBC the bright shiny 10 o’clock light with which to dazzle affiliate station execs grousing about the lousy lead-ins they’ve been getting for their late local news. The Blacklist needs to look as good ratings-wise, five or six weeks from now, as it did last night. Read More »

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TCA: ‘The Millers’ Greg Garcia Takes Blame For Show’s Recastings, Defends Fart Jokes

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 11:55am PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

To his credit, Greg Garcia, creator/showrunner of the new CBS comedy The Millers starring Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale and JB Smoove, took the full hit for needing to recast two characters in the original pilot with new actors. Michael Rapaport and Mary Elizabeth Ellis had to be replaced with Jayma Mays and Nelson Franklin. And as Garcia explained during a TCA panel this morning promoting the show, it was all his fault. “It was 100% on me,” he said, “because those characters in the initial script were underdeveloped. I didn’t do a good enough job of conveying to the audience of who they are. I didn’t write funny enough material. My attention was on some other things in the pilot.” He said he apologized to the actors for his writing shortcomings and having to pay the price. “Things kind of have a snowball effect when you’re in testing,” Garcia went on, “and you just get past the point where there’s anything you can do. And that was very unfortunate for them that I was asleep at the wheel.” He believes he’s finally gotten a handle on the issues surrounding those recast characters “with the help of our writing staff. I think we’ve done a better job this time.” Read More »

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CBS Unveils Key Art For Its New Fall Series

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT

CBS has released a first look of the key art designs for its four new comedy series, The Crazy Ones, The Millers, Mom and We Are Men. Check them out:

The Crazy Ones stars Robin Williams as larger-than-life advertising genius Simon Roberts whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired… if he weren’t the boss. The image features Williams playfully posing with illuminated light bulbs.
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Nelson Franklin Joins CBS’ ‘The Millers’ As Regular

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 12:52pm PDT

Nelson Franklin has joined the cast of CBS‘ new sitcom The Millers as a series regular. He joins Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, JB Smoove and Jayma Mays on the Greg Garcia series, which will air Thursdays beginning September 26. Franklin, whose recent TV credits include HBO’s Veep and Fox’s New Girl and Traffic Light, is repped by WME and Principato Young.

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Jayma Mays To Co-Star On Greg Garcia’s New CBS Comedy ‘The Millers’

By | Saturday June 29, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Glee‘s Jayma Mays is set to co-star opposite Will Arnett, Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges in CBS‘ new comedy series The Millers. The multi-camera show from Greg Garcia centers on Nathan Miller (Arnett), a local roving news reporter. After finally breaks the news of his recent divorce to his parents, Carol (Martindale) and Tom (Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and leaves his wife of 43 years. Carol moves in with Will, while Tom moves in with Will’s sister Debbie (Mays) and her husband. Mays replaces Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who played Debbie in the pilot. The role of her husband, played in the pilot by Michael Rapaport, also is being recast. In addition to her regular role on The Millers next season, Mays is expected to do a handful of episodes of Fox’s Glee where she started off as a regular before segueing to recurring last season. Mays, repped by UTA and manager Steven Levy, next reprises her role as the female lead in Smurfs 2, which opens July 31, and has two indies in the can, Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant and Last Weekend.

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CBS Current Executive Alix Jaffe To Head Greg Garcia’s Production Company

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Alix Jaffe has been named head of Greg Garcia‘s Amigos de Garcia Prods. This is the first time Garcia has taken in an executive at his company, which is one year into a rich four-year overall deal at CBS TV Studios. During his first year at the studio, Garcia landed two pilot orders at CBS, with one of the projects, multi-camera comedy The Millers, landing on the fall schedule. Jaffe will oversee both current series and future development for Amigos de Garcia, beginning with The Millers, on which she will serve as a producer. Garcia first worked with Jaffe when she was a network current executive on his previous series at CBS, Yes, Dear. “As a current executive on the show, I was always impressed with Alix’s contributions to the show, and over the years she has remained not only a good friend but someone whose opinion I have always sought out and valued,” said Garcia. “She’s incredibly smart and funny, and I consider myself very lucky to have her in this position.” Read More »

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James Burrows To Stay On CBS’ ‘The Millers’ As Executive Producer/Director

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 1:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

James BurrowsPreeminent multi-camera director James Burrows, who directed the pilot for the new CBS/CBS TV Studios comedy The Millers, will be staying with the series as executive producer/director. It was another impressive pilot season for Emmy-winner Burrows who helmed four pilots, three of which, CBS’ The Millers and Friends With Better Lives and NBC’s Sean Saves The World, went to series. All three multi-cam comedy series in CBS’ new two-hour Thursday comedy block have their pilots directed by Burrows, The Millers and returning Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men.

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CBS New Series Trailers: ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘Hostages’, ‘The Millers’, ‘Mom’, ‘We Are Men’

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 10:07am PDT

CBS LogoHere are the full looks advertisers got last week at CBS’ new fall series during the network’s upfront presentation in New York. Still to come is midseason drama Intelligence.

Related: CBS 2013-14 Schedule

The Crazy Ones – Comedy

Hostages – Drama

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Michael Rapaport & Mary Elizabeth Ellis Exit New CBS Series ‘The Millers’

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 7:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two roles on CBS‘ new comedy series The Millers will be recast. I’ve learned that Michael Rapaport and Mary Elizabeth Ellis are leaving Greg Garcia’s multi-camera show starring Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles’ life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol (Margo Martindale) and Tom (Beau Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Carol moves in with Will, while Tom moves in with Will’s sister Debbie and her husband — roles that were played in the James Burrows-directed pilot by Ellis and Rapaport and will now be recast. CBS TV Studios is producing. Interestingly, all recastings on new shows so far this year have been on comedy series, including NBC‘s The Family Guide (Parker Posey) and Sean Saves The World (Lindsay Sloane), and Fox’s Surviving Jack (Alex Kapp Horner).

Related: CBS 2013-14 Schedule

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