NBC Renews PARKS AND RECREATION for Season Six; Cancels 1600 PENN and WHITNEY

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There is great reason to rejoice, folks.  Hot on the heels of NBC ordering four comedy pilots and two drama pilots to series, the network has renewed the most excellent comedy series Parks and Recreation for a sixth season.  Nick Offerman himself confirmed the news on Twitter in true Ron Swanson fashion.  While rumors have swirled that NBC is planning an overhaul of its comedy lineup in addition to losing 30 Rock and The Office, Parks and Rec is consistently a top ratings performer on the network and is something of a critical darling.  The show has only improved since its debut in 2009, and I personally consider it one of the best things on television period.  Less certain are the fates of shows like Community, Go On, and The New Normal, but we’ll hear firm word soon as NBC is slated to unveil its full 2013/2014 lineup on Sunday.

[Update: In addition to Parks and Rec's renewal, NBC has cancelled Whitney and freshman comedy 1600 Penn.]

[Update #2: And now NBC has announced that Up All Night and Guys with Kids are also cancelled.]

Thursday TV Ratings: GREY’S ANATOMY Wins the Night, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and 1600 PENN Down

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Thursday evening’s NCAA basketball-hindered TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was the highest rated program of the night, scoring a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.33 million viewers.  That’s down two tenths from last week’s 3.0 rating.  Meanwhile, Scandal dropped a tenth from last week to a 2.6 rating and 8.05 million viewers.
  • Two new episodes of NBC’s comedy series 1600 Penn scored a series-low 0.7 rating and 1.89 million viewers, which is a two-tenths drop from last week’s 0.9 rating.
  • Two episodes of Fox’s Raising Hope notched a 1.4 rating and 4.57 million viewers and a 1.2 rating and 3.49 million viewers, respectively.  That’s down from the last original episode’s 1.5 rating.
  • Over at The CW, The Vampire Diaries garnered a 1.2 rating and 2.43 million viewers, dropping a tenth from last week’s 1.3 rating.  Beauty and the Beast was even with last week’s 0.6 rating in the demo and scored 1.55 million viewers.

Thursday TV Ratings: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and GREY’S ANATOMY Up, COMMUNITY Even with Last Week’s Series Low

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The TV ratings for Thursday’s limited programming are in.  There weren’t too many original episodes due to the start of NCAA’s March Madness.

  • NBC’s Community was even with last week’s performance, tying its series low with a 1.1 rating and 3.02 million viewers, while 1600 Penn earned a 0.9 rating and 2.54 million viewers and a series-low 0.8 rating and 2.29 million viewers with its two new episodes.
  • ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy rose 12% from last week’s series low 2.6 rating, hitting a 2.9 rating and 9.11 million viewers.  Scandal was even with its last original episode’s 2.7 rating and scored 8.57 million viewers.
  • Over at The CW, The Vampire Diaries notched a 1.2 rating and 2.55 million viewers, which is up 9% from last week’s 1.1 rating.  Beauty and the Beast was also up, hitting a 0.7 rating and 1.77 million viewers for a rise of 40% over last week’s 0.5 rating.
  • Finally, Fox’s Glee was even with last week’s 2.0 rating and garnered 5.89 million viewers.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Hits Another Series Low, PARKS AND RECREATION Up, GLEE Drops

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s Community hit another series low last night, scoring a 1.0 rating and 2.61 million viewers.  That’s down half a ratings point from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • On the other hand, another excellent episode of Parks and Recreation saw a rise in viewership with a 1.6 rating and 3.01 million viewers.  That’s up two tenths from the last original episode’s 1.4 rating.
  • Over on Fox, Glee saw a pretty dramatic dip as it scored a 2.0 rating and 5.46 million viewers for a drop of four tenths from last week’s 2.4 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, March 14th, including The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, 1600 Penn, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: PARKS AND RECREATION and COMMUNITY Hit Series Lows; THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Tops NBC and ABC’s Programming

by     Posted 1 year, 242 days ago

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The TV ratings for Thursday evening’s programs are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • A fantastically funny and heartfelt wedding episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation sadly scored a series low for the comedy, hitting a 1.3 rating and 3.03 million viewers and a 1.4 rating and 2.91 million viewers for two back-to-back episodes.  The first installment is a drop of 13% from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • Season four of Community continues to struggle, as last night’s Comic-Con-inspired episode notched a 1.1 rating and 3.08 million viewers.  That’s down 8% from last week’s episode and marks a series low for the show.
  • On the flipside, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries bested all of NBC and ABC’s programming in its timeslot, earning a 1.3 rating and 2.89 million viewers for a rise of 30% from last week’s 1.0 rating in the demo.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, February 21st, including Elementary, Two and a Half Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Zero Hour, The Big Bang Theory, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Returns Up, PARKS AND RECREATION Earns Season High, DO NO HARM Plummets

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • After a last-minute postponement from its planned October bow, season four of Community finally kicked off last night and the results—ratingswise at least—are pretty good.  The premiere scored a 1.8 rating and 3.98 million viewers, which is up 6% from its 2011 season three premiere rating of 1.7 and up 38% from the season three finale rating of 1.3.  Creator Dan Harmon’s absence was certainly felt creatively in the episode, but it appears that fans are still keen on keeping up with the goings-on at Greendale Community College.
  • A particularly sharp episode of Parks and Recreation featuring quite possibly the funniest scene in the show’s history notched a season-high 2.0 rating and 3.83 million viewers, which is up 18% from its last original episode’s 1.7 rating.
  • NBC’s new series Do No Harm, which scored the lowest-rated debut in network TV history last week, fell even harder last night with a 0.7 rating and 2.18 viewers for a 22% drop from last week’s 0.9 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, February 7th, including The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, 1600 Penn, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: THE BIG BANG THEORY Hits New Series High, 30 ROCK Up, 1600 PENN Dips in Premierelis

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The Big Bang Theory continues to soar, as last night’s Star Trek-themed episode notched yet another series high for the comedy with a whopping 6.3 rating and 19.8 million viewers.  That’s up from last week’s rating of 6.1 rating, which at the time was a new series high.  How much higher can the show go?
  • Also up was NBC’s departing comedy 30 Rock, which hit a 1.4 rating and 3.77 million viewers (man that looks tiny next to BBT’s numbers).  That’s up a tad from its last new episode’s 1.1 rating, but the numbers don’t necessarily matter anymore since the series finale is only a couple of weeks away.
  • The new NBC comedy 1600 Penn, which had its series premiere a few weeks ago, made its timeslot debut last night with a 1.6 rating and 3.93 million viewers.  That’s down from its debut’s 2.2 rating, but we should have good feel for the show’s true audience when a wholly new episode airs next week.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, January 10th, including Elementary, Two and a Half Men, Grey’s Anatomy, and more.

1600 PENN Series Premiere Preview

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I’ll admit I was biased against the NBC’s new White House sitcom 1600 Penn, about a “dysfunctional First Family,” after I saw the terrible, terrible, parody-esque bump the network made for it (seriously, isn’t that the same style/music 30 Rock uses to make fun of terrible fictional NBC shows like “Queen of Jordan”?).  But a series shouldn’t be punished because of an inept promo editor, and some early positive buzz from a few trusted sources had me watching the first three episodes with cautious optimism.  Unfortunately, that feeling didn’t last through even one segment.

The pilot, which aired as a sneak peak in December, is (confusingly) not the episode that will (from my understanding) be kicking off the series this month.  It’s a shame, too, because the pilot at least explains the set up, which the second episode sorely needs.  Hit the jump for the Who’s Who of 1600 Penn, and whether it’s worth tuning in for.

Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman Talk 1600 PENN, Gaining a New Appreciation for the First Family, Fun Cameos Including Bruce Campbell, and More

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The new NBC comedy series 1600 Penn follows the lives of the Gilchrists, who are just the average American family dealing with everyday issues, all while living in the White House.  The President (Bill Pullman) is finding it more difficult to be the head of his family than the head of the country, the First Lady (Jenna Elfman) is trying to win over her step-kids and the First Son (Josh Gad) just keeps sticking his foot in it, especially when it comes to his pregnant sister (Martha MacIsaac).

While on a set visit, where Collider and a few outlets were invited to tour the Oval Office and then conduct interviews in the Situation Room, co-stars Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman talked about how being a part of the show has given them a new appreciation for what the First Family has to go through, research they did into presidential families, fascinating First Ladies, and fun cameos they have coming up, including Bruce Campbell as the President’s brother.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Josh Gad and Jason Winer Talk 1600 PENN, Creating the White House Family Comedy, Improvisation During Filming and Viewers’ Perception of the Characters

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The new NBC comedy series 1600 Penn follows the lives of the Gilchrists, who are just the average American family dealing with everyday issues, all while living in the White House.  The President (Bill Pullman) is finding it more difficult to be the head of his family than the head of the country, the First Lady (Jenna Elfman) is trying to win over her step-kids and the First Son (Josh Gad) just keeps sticking his foot in it, especially when it comes to his pregnant sister (Martha MacIsaac).

While on a set visit, where Collider and a few outlets were invited to tour the Oval Office and then conduct interviews in the Situation Room, co-creators/executive producers Josh Gad and Jason Winer (who also directed the pilot) talked about what led to them creating a family comedy set in the White House, why the Skip character was such a natural starting point to introduce the First Family, how the perception of the other characters will change as viewers get to know them better, balancing the lovable idiot aspect of Skip so that he never gets grating and annoying, the amount of improvisation done during filming, and Skip’s love interest.  Josh Gad also talked about how perplexed and pleasantly surprised he is about the success that he’s gotten from being in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.  

COMMUNITY Gets Thursday, February 7 Premiere Date as NBC Announces Full Midseason Schedule

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At long last, Community has a premiere date.  The Dan Harmon-less fourth season of the whip smart comedy series was initially set to premiere this month on Fridays, then NBC announced that they were holding the show for an unspecified premiere date sometime in the future.  Many assumed that the network was saving the series as a replacement in the event that one of their new comedy shows got cancelled, but when Animal Practice was given the axe NBC gave the timeslot to Whitney instead.

The cast put together a sort of fan-appreciation video in the wake of the delay news, and now finally some good news has surfaced as star Yvette Nicole Brown announced on Twitter that the fourth season will premiere on Thursday, February 7th at 8pm.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: NBC has confirmed the date with the release of their full midseason schedule, which is included after the jump and announces a break for Revolution, a move for Smash, and more.]

Bruce Campbell To Guest Star On New NBC Series 1600 PENN

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President Bill Pullman (Independence Day) returns in NBC’s mid-season pickup 1600 Penn, a comedy about dysfunctional family who also happens to be the First Family.  The principle cast includes Josh Gad (who starred in The Book of Mormon on Broadway) and Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) as the step-mom, but the latest addition to the family is Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness) playing Uncle Doug, an insult-prone Las Vegas businessman.

Pullman plays (yet another) President Dale Gilchrist, the patriarch of a family described as “loving, fun and a little crazy.”  The series comes from Gad, Jon Lovett, and Modern Family‘s Emmy-winning co-executive producer and director Jason Winer, who is also directing the pilot.  For more on the series, hit the jump.

NBC’s Fall 2012 Schedule: COMMUNITY Moved to Friday; Watch Clips from the New Shows Including Ryan Murphy’s THE NEW NORMAL

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The upfronts are upon us! Yes, it’s that time of year again. All the networks will be unveiling their fall 2012 schedules throughout this week, announcing time slot shifts for seasoned shows and debuts for the pilots that made the cut to full-series.  Today NBC announced their line-up with a pretty disparaging shake-up to the old schedule: Community has been moved from its prime Thursday night slot to Friday (aka where your favorite shows go to die).  The fan-favorite series wasn’t guaranteed a fourth season pick-up, but the TV gods were merciful as the show was recently given a renewal for a 13-episode fourth season.  However, the Friday slot isn’t exactly great news.  The show’s young and vocal fanbase has kept the series alive, but I wonder how many will actually choose to stay in on Friday nights to watch the show live.

There is hope, as previous ratings-challenged yet critically loved series like Friday Night Lights and Fringe managed to squeak by on Friday.  That said, with a short episode order and the new Friday timeslot I’m getting the feeling that NBC doesn’t have much faith in the show’s future post-season four.  I guess we should be thankful that it’s even coming back at all.  Nevertheless, the network has a slew of new series (some promising) that they hope will catch on.  After the jump you’ll find descriptions and clips of all of NBC’s new series, so take a look at plot out your new fall 2012 TV schedule accordingly.

NBC Comedy Outlook: 30 ROCK Gets 13-14 Episodes for Final Season; COMMUNITY and PARKS AND REC Still in the Running; Two More New Sitcom Orders

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NBC already ordered three new half-hour sitcoms: The New Normal, Go On, and Save Me.  The network just added two more—1600 Penn and Animal Kingdom—which leaves little room for the many comedies that currently have a slot on the schedule.  What does that mean for the likes of 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Community?  Here are the bullet points:

  • 30 Rock is looking at 13-14 more episodes for its seventh and reported final season.
  • Whitney is unlikely to return; Up All Night has slightly better odds.
  • Community and Parks and Rec are still very much in the running for renewal.

Hit the jump for details.

Ken Marino Joins Judy Greer’s AMERICAN JUDY; THE DESCENDANTS’ Amara Miller Moves to 1600 PENN

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Fans of Party Down will be happy to see Ken Marino once again returning to the small screen in ABC’s comedy pilot American Judy by Judy Greer (Archer). The project follows Greer’s character, a newly married suburban housewife who struggles to raise her step-kids, deal with her mother-in-law and stay out of the line of fire of her husband’s ex-wife, who happens to be the town sheriff. Marino will star as Greer’s husband. Based on Greer’s real-life events, American Judy will be written and executive produced by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont.

In other casting news, The Descendants’ Amara Miller will be moving to 1600 Penn in the NBC presidential family comedy pilot. Starring as Marigold, the youngest daughter of the President (Bill Pullman), Miller will play one half of the family’s twins. Hit the jump for more on each project.

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