The ratings for Tuesday evening’s comedy-packed programming are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- ABC’s ensemble comedy Happy Endings finally returned last night, and though the season premiere’s 1.9 rating and 5.9 million total viewers topped last year’s finale (1.7 rating), the numbers were way down from last season’s premiere which scored a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo.
- The third season of NBC’s highly underrated drama Parenthood continues its impressive rise, as last night’s episode earned a 1.9 rating and 4.8 million viewers. Though that’s down from last week’s 2.0 rating, last night’s emotional episode beat both Vegas and Private Practice in the timeslot.
- Fox’s new comedy Ben and Kate—which has been struggling a bit in the ratings race—saw a nice uptick last night as it earned a 1.4 rating and 3.05 million viewers for a rise of two tenths.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, October 23rd, including New Girl, Don’t Trust the B—in Apt 23, Hart of Dixie, The New Normal, Go On, and more.
Based on true events, Compliance tells the story of a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), who works at a suburban fast food joint for her high-strung manager, Sandra (Ann Dowd). When Sandra receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer, saying that Becky has stolen money from a customer, she thinks she’s doing the right thing by leading an investigation, no matter how invasive the instructions become, and leaving audiences wondering just how far this nightmare will go.
At the film’s press day, actress Dreama Walker talked to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she came to be a part of this film, having been the same age as the victim the story was based on, that she was surprised about how controversial this film has become, how she got to a comfortable place with the director and subject matter, and being a people pleaser, in real life. She also talked about her desire to work with people who are like-minded and fun, what she loves about her comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 (which returns to ABC on October 23rd), upcoming guest stars, and the fact that she’d love to play a character that acts out of anger and is a total bad-ass. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
ABC has finally put the finishing touches on their Fall 2012 lineup and announced premiere dates for new and returning series. It seems like just yesterday we were saying our goodbyes to the network shows for the summer, with the intensity of Breaking Bad and the silliness of True Blood keeping us company until the fall season, but it’s about time to start looking to the Fall 2012 TV lineup.
Fan favorites like Modern Family, Revenge, and Once Upon a Time will premiere in the normal late-September slot, but we’ll have to wait until October for the return of Happy Endings and Suburgatory. For my money, the most promising new show on ABC’s schedule is the Connie Britton-fronted drama Nashville, which premieres on October 10th. Body of Proof, Wife Swap, and new shows Red Widow and Zero Hour are being held until midseason. Hit the jump to take a look at the full list of premiere dates.
It’s easy to forget, with the bevy of fantastic series that have become critical, popular, zeitgeist-inducing hits in the last few years on cable, that network TV still has plenty to offer in the way of decent programming. Some of the risks may not be as big, some of the scheduling may be a permanent frustration (see: The Good Wife), and some of the best series may get canceled too quickly while some pretty awful trash sticks around (is that our own faults? A discussion for another day) — but in the end, there’s quality. Hit the jump for a list of new series and a few overlooked returning shows worth highlighting among the recently-released network schedules.
Upfronts Day 3: Commence! Over the last two days, we’ve seen the new fall 2012 schedules for NBC and Fox, as well as trailers for some of the new series that those networks will be offering. Today it’s ABC’s turn, and their new schedule has a couple of change-ups for returning series. The fan-favorite drama Revenge has taken over Desperate Housewives’ Sunday night spot (if you weren’t aware, DH had its series finale this past weekend), and the comedies Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 will be moving to Tuesday nights.
Tuesday is fast becoming the new comedy night, as NBC has set their two most high profile new comedies—The New Normal and Go On—for Tuesday, and that night is currently host to Fox’s all-comedy block that includes New Girl and Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. In other words, you’re probably gonna have to do some in-depth DVR scheduling. Hit the jump to check out the full ABC schedule. We’ll have trailers for the new series up once they’re available.
In addition to the series renewed by ABC, we’ve got some new series pick-ups, along with a couple more renewals and some unfortunate cancellations. Here they are at a glance:
- Renewals: Private Practice, Body of Proof, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, Last Man Standing and Scandal
- Pick-Ups: Nashville, Zero Hour, Malibu Country, Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue, Red Widow, How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, Neighbors, and Family Tools
- Cancellations: GCB, PanAm, Missing and The River
Hit the jump for more.
The ABC comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, from show creator/executive producer/writer Nahnatchka Khan and executive producer/writer David Hemingson, tells the story of a wide-eyed Midwestern girl named June (Dreama Walker), who moves to New York City to pursue her dream, but quickly ends up without a fiancé or job. Now, her morals are constantly put to the test by her wild party-girl roommate Chloe (Krysten Ritter) and Chloe’s best friend, the actor James Van Der Beek (appropriately and hilariously played by James Van Der Beek himself), as he two girls form an unlikely friendship that leads them both to unexpected places and outrageous experiences.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, co-showrunners and longtime friends Khan and Hemingson talked about how this show came about and how they ended up working together on it, the process of selling the series and finally getting the pilot made about two years later, finding the perfect actress to play the bitch and making sure that she stays the bitch, that they had no back-up plan if James Van Der Beek had turned down the role, how much improvisation they do on set, and what viewers can expect from the journey of the characters this season. Check out what they had to say after the jump: