UPDATE SATURDAY 7:40 PM: It’s official, the deal has closed and The Neighbors has been renewed for next season.
PREVIOUS FRIDAY PM: Two members of ABC‘s freshman class, drama Nashville and comedy The Neighbors, will make it to a second season. The deal is not quite done for the Dan Fogelman comedy The Neighbors but is expected to close. Sophomores fared better, with four, red-hot Scandal, Open Upon A Time, Revenge and Last Man Standing all getting third season renewals. They’re joined by veterans Modern Family, The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy and Castle. ABC is expected to renew unscripted staples Shark Tank, Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor on Monday.
The return of The Voicetook up two nights of primetime this week for NBC, now it’sAmerican Idol’s (3.1/9) turn for Fox. To celebrate judge Mariah Carey’s birthday and with Smokey Robinson as mentor, Wednesday’s two-hour live performance show paid homage to the music of Detroit Motor City. But the show was down 14% from last week’s final numbers and down 11% from its March 20 fast nationals — hitting an all-time Wednesday low. Both numbers are relevant because Idol has a tendency to adjust more than most in final numbers. Idol was watched by 12.03 million viewers last night. Oh, in case you forgot: The Voice and Idol will go head-to-head at least once this season on May 8 when the NBC show has scheduled a one-hour episode. Fox still won Wednesday in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »
On the second night of its three-night live round American Idol (3.7/10) saw a surprising flameout by contestant Charlie Askew over criticism from the judges. Besides the profound dismay from judge Nicki … Read More »
Following its three-script order earlier this month, ABC’s freshman comedy The Neighbors has received a back-nine order for a full-season 22-episode run. The alien comedy, from Cars writer Dan Fogelman, had a ratings uptick this past Wednesday in the 8:30 PM slot. Fogelman is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan.
Also getting a back-nine is sophomore ABC drama Scandal starring Kerry Washington. Shonda Rhimes’ drama entered the fall with a 13-episode order as it launched in midseason. It had been expected to continue and sealed its pickup with a solid ratings showing last Thursday. Both The Neighbors and Scandal were up a tenth from their previous airings last week to a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49. Both hail from ABC Studios. It was a bittersweet week for Rhimes, whose other series with a 13-episode order, Private Practice, did not get a back order. She also has Scandal‘s lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Encouraging news for freshman ABC comedy The Neighbors. While ABC is yet to pull the trigger on any back orders for freshman series, the network has given a three-script order to new comedy The Neighbors. After a solid premiere … Read More »
Accurate ratings for the night’s top attraction, the first Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, won’t be available until later in the day. If the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals are any indication, the broadcast networks ran neck-in-neck in their coverage of the debate, with NBC in the … Read More »
Fox and its The X Factor (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, down 6% from last week’s fast nationals) won the first Wednesday of the season, which featured a slew of returning series opening lower than last fall, a respectable premiere for ABC’s The Neighbors and disappointing launch of NBC’s new Wednesday comedy block.
ABC’s Wednesday comedy lineup returned with an hourlong season premiere of The Middle (2.8/9), down 10% from last season’s hourlong opener, followed by the season premiere of Modern Family (5.5/15). The comedy, coming off another dominating performance at the Emmys on Sunday, was down 8% from last year’s debut. At 9:30 PM, the series premiere of new alien comedy The Neighbors (3.3/9) was actually up a tenth from the season premiere in the time slot of Happy Endings last fall with a so-so 60% retention of its Modern Family lead-in, up from 57% for Happy Ending‘s premiere last September. It was a good sampling opportunity for Neighbors, which is moving to its permanent 8:30 PM slot next week. ABC aired a Revenge recap at 10 PM.
NBC’s Wednesday comedy block of newbies Animal Practice (1.4/4) and Guys With Kids (1.6/5) got off to a slow start, with both series down sharply from their previews. The number is especially disappointing for Animal Practice given the show’s high-profile exposure — the entire pilot aired during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. (Those Who fans angered by NBC’s decision to put on Animal Practice before the band’s closing ceremony performance must feel vindicated.) Read More »
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What’s in a name? It turns out plenty, at least in the case of the new Wednesday night ABC comedy The Neighbors. Based on creator-exec producer Dan Fogelman’s dysfunctional New Jersey family, it stars Jami Gertz and has among its cast members a young actress named Clara Mamet. If the surname looks familiar, it should. Mamet is the daughter of famed playwright David Mamet and the sister of Zosia Mamet, a regular on the HBO comedy Girls. In the case of Zosia, there has been much grousing in the press over perceived nepotistic casting. But with regard to Clara, Fogelman maintained during a TCA panel this morning that no nepotism was involved — to an almost embarrassing degree. “We had no idea who Clara was when she came in and read for us”, he admitted. “We immediately put her on tape and sent it in to the network as our choice for that part. I didn’t find out until like a month later who she was…To be honest I just didn’t put it together, and in retrospect I should have”. Added Gertz: “She got it the old fashioned way. She auditioned for the part”. When asked if she thought it unfair for her sister to be dissed over getting cast on Girls, Mamet said, “I think my sister’s incredibly talented, I don’t think anyone should judge her based on her family. She got that job because she’s a great actress”. Fogelman followed by quipping, “I did cast Lenny because of who his father was” — speaking of costar Lenny Venito. Read More »
ABC’s The Neighbors - Comedy
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Dan Fogelman and executive producers Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Morton and Chris Koch. Directed by Chris Koch (pilot):
ABC’s 666 Park Avenue – Drama
Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producer David Wilcox and executive producers Matthew Miller, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo. Directed by Alex Graves (pilot):