No upward adjustment in the finals for NBC, which logged an abysmal 1.1 primetime rating among adults 18-49 last night. That tied the network’s worst in-season Thursday average ever with all-original scripted programming. (The previous time NBC delivered a 1.1 Thursday 18-49 rating was on May 17, 2012 with three episodes of Community, 30 Rock and Awake.) NBC finished as No. 7(!) in primetime last night behind CBS, the NFL Network, ABC, Fox, Univision and TBS.
NBC was facing an uphill battle on Thursdays this fall with longtime anchor The Office gone and two returning series — marginal ratings performers Parks And Recreation and Parenthood — bookending a lineup of all-new comedies Welcome To The Family, Sean Saves The World and The Michael J. Fox Show. The wheels came off very quickly, with three series — Parks And Recreation, Parenthood and Michael J. Fox — posting a 1.2 18-49 rating last night, and Sean Saves The World and Welcome To The Family only managing a 1.0 and 0.8, respectively, in their second week on the air. All but Parks & Rec logged week-to-week drops of 20% or more. NBC has no immediate plans to shake up its Thursday lineup or pull the weakest performer, Welcome To The Family (Welcome back, Community?). And it is dominant on three nights: Sunday with Sunday Night Football, Monday with The Voice and breakout The Blacklist, and Tuesday with Voice and hot sophomore Chicago Fire. Still, such abysmal numbers give NBC a black eye, especially on a night it has such a storied history.
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Despite standing as such a large percentage of the overall U.S. population, Latino culture remains a largely invisible piece of the network primetime television landscape. So the cast and producers of the new NBC comedy Welcome to the Family were asked their thoughts on helping to break that mold a bit during a TCA session this morning. The series chronicles how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family in Los Angeles are bonded together by their children who fall in love, followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. Exec producer Mike Sikowitz maintained that he wasn’t necessarily looking to push Latino culture to the forefront in the show, however. “I just felt it was important to do a show that I feel reflects L.A. or really any area in the country today,” Sikowitz said. “I was just trying to bring two families together.”
Co-star Ricardo A. Chavira, an alumnus of Desperate Housewives, pointed out that when Latinos exist on TV, “we exist within the realm of specific stereotypes. You can’t always escape them, either. But that’s not the foundation of what this family [on the show] is. It’s more universal than that. It just adds texture to the story.” A critic followed that up by wondering aloud if Chavira might have been referring to the Lifetime drama Devious Maids (from Marc Cherry of Housewives fame) when talking about Latinos existing in the realm of stereotypes. But he didn’t want to get drawn into a war. “I wasn’t referring to anything at all,” Chavira insisted. “I think there’s some wonderful elements to [Devious Maids]. I’m very proud of the people I used to work with and what they’re doing on that show.” However, he allowed, “Myself personally, I probably have a couple of issues with it, that’s all.” Read More »
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Ironside — Drama
Produced by Universal Television, Davis Entertainment, Yellow Brick Road Productions. From writer/executive producer Michael Caleo and executive producers Teri Weinberg, John Davis, John Fox, Ron West and David Semel:
The Blacklist — Drama
Produced by Sony Pictures Television. From writer/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp and executive producers John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox:
The Michael J. Fox Show — Comedy
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Private Practice alumnaAudra McDonald has been cast in the CBS drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by RJ Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. McDonald will play Anthea, a senior litigator at the firm. McDonald is the second Private Practice co-star to book a pilot; KaDee Strickland is in NBC’s Bloodline.Read More »
NBC has given the green light to another comedy pilot, single-camera Welcome To The Family (formerly Chuey & Me). The project, written and executive produced by Rules Of Engagement executive producer Mike Sikowitz, chronicles how … Read More »