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VIDEO: Paul Reiser Takes Shots At NBC Following The Cancellation Of His Show

By | Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night, Paul Reiser had a few things to say about NBC following the swift cancellation of his new NBC series after two low-rated airings. He had been originally booked to promote the show before it was pulled on Friday afternoon. “NBC, to my knowledge, they don’t traditionally make bad decisions, have you heard that?” Reiser asked Leno, a thinly veiled reference to NBC’s recent late-night debacle involving Leno and Conan O’Brien. “It turns out they said we enjoy missing you more than actually having you,” Reiser later said of NBC. “But I don’t take it personally. When you’re the last-place network, you don’t want to jeopardize that. You’ve found your niche. Stay there. So I get it.” Here are highlights from the interview, including reaction from Christina Aguilera, on Leno to promote NBC’s new reality series The Voice.

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NBC Cancels ‘Paul Reiser’ After 2 Episodes; Time Slot Will Be Filled By ‘Office’ Repeats

UPDATED: Both episodes were low-rated. (The premiere ranked as NBC’s lowest-rated in-season comedy series premiere ever with a 1.1/3 in adults 18-49, and the show tumbled 18% to a 0.9/3 last night.) Even ads for The Paul Reiser Show were annoying, even though I like him. I understand that NBC’s new brass was “reluctant” but felt the network “had to replace” Reiser with The Office repeats. An insider just told me: “We were hopeful about Paul’s show, but we had to make the decision to protect The Office since we have very important episodes in the coming weeks with Steve Carell’s exit and Will Ferrell’s guest shots.” Also worth noting is that NBC’s new admin is “still trying to deal with several other shows carried over from the previous regime” besides ReiserFriends With Benefits and Love Bites. This statement to me from inside NBC sums it up: “Bob Greenblatt inherited nothing but shit.”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Will Ferrell Lifts ‘The Office’, ‘Paul Reiser’ Bombs, ‘Nikita’ Rises

Nellie Andreeva

Will Ferrell’s debut on The Office (3.9/11 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers) last night gave a boost to the NBC comedy, which was up 15% from its most recent original March 24 in 18-49. The ratings gains carried over to Parks and Recreation (2.6/7, 5.2 million), up 8% for its best numbers in almost three months; 30 Rock (2.2/6), up 16%; and Outsourced (1.7/5), up 21% from last week, when it had a repeat as lead-in. But things were far less uplifting in the 8 PM hour. Community (1.4/5, 3.5 million) was down 22% in 18-49 from its last original March 24. Then there was the premiere of The Paul Reiser Show (1.1/3, 3.3 million) at 8:30 PM. It was down a whopping 48% from the January debut of Perfect Couples in the time slot to rank as NBC’s lowest-rated in-season comedy series premiere ever.

Fox’s American Idol (6.1/19, 21 million) matched its fast-national rating from last week (the reality juggernaut always goes up in the finals). At 9 PM, Bones (3.7/10, 11.9 million) was up 16% from last week to log its highest 18-49 rating in two months. It as also the second-most-watched program of the night behind Idol. Fox easily won the night in all measures. Read More »

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NBC Slots ‘Paul Reiser Show’ On Thursday

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has scheduled midseason comedy The Paul Reiser Show in the Thursday 8:30 PM slot. The single-camera comedy starring Reiser will premiere Thursday, April 14. It will replace another NBC midseason comedy series, Perfect Couples, which will have aired 11 episodes of its 13-episode order. Where (and if) the remaining two episodes of the ensemble comedy will run is TBD. This is the first of several midseason series ordered but not scheduled by NBC’s previous regime to get slotted under the network’s new chief Bob Greenblatt. Still waiting to get a premiere date are anthology comedy Love Bites and comedy Friends with Benefits. Space for comedies on NBC’s fall schedule will be tight as the network recently renewed all 4 of its returning comedies: Community, The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.

The Paul Reiser Show hails from Reiser and Jonathan Shapiro. It stars Reiser as himself enjoying the quiet life at home with his wife Claire (Amy Landecker). Thrown together by circumstance, Reiser and some friends including Jonathan (Ben Shenkman), Habib (Omid Djalili), Fernando (Duane Martin) and Brad (Andrew Daly), form an unlikely comradeship — and a pretty lame basketball team. The Paul Reiser Show is produced by Warner Bros TV and Reiser’s Nuance Prods. Reiser and Shapiro co-wrote the pilot as well as each of the episodes that follow, and both serve as executive producers. Bryan Gordon directed the pilot.

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