ABC Cancels HAPPY ENDINGS and 4 More; NBC Cancels SMASH and THE NEW NORMAL; CBS Passes on BEVERLY HILLS COP

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The broadcast networks will announce their 2013-14 schedule during Upfront Week, starting Monday, so you will know the official fate of all your favorite shows soon enough.  The networks have already started handing out cancellations, though, according to Deadline.

  • ABC cancelled Happy Endings after three seasons.  Rumor has it USA may pick up the sitcom to pair with Modern Family reruns starting in the fall.
  • ABC also cancelled three-season veteran Body of Proof and freshman series Malibu Country, How to Live with Your Parents, and Red Widow.
  • NBC cancelled Ryan Murphy‘s new comedy, The New Normal.
  • Smash was a respectable hit for NBC in its debut 2012 season before taking a dive in season two.  After moving the show to Dead Air Saturdays in April, NBC is finally putting Smash out of its misery.
  • Beverly Hills Cop was a high-profile pilot, given the brand recognition and involvement of Eddie Murphy and showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield).  CBS surprisingly passed, but Sony Television is expected to shop the pilot around to other networks.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY Tops the Night, THE CLEVELAND SHOW Rises, ONCE UPON A TIME Dips

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

  • Fox’s Family Guy topped the night ratings-wise with a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.9 million viewers.  That’s even with the show’s last original episode.
  • Also up was The Cleveland Show, which hit a 1.2 rating and 2.63 million viewers for a rise of 33% from last week’s 0.9 rating.  Nevertheless, Fox recently decided not to order any new episodes of the Family Guy spinoff, effectively cancelling the show.  The remainder of the produced episodes will continue to air.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time scored a 2.0 rating and 7.04 million viewers, dropping 5% from last week’s 2.1 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, April 28th, including Bob’s Burgers, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, and more.

Sunday TV Ratings: ONCE UPON A TIME Hits Series Low, FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD Up

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

  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time notched a series-low 2.1 rating and 6.85 million viewers, dropping two tenths from last week’s 2.3 rating.
  • Over at Fox, a 12 Angry Men-inspired episode of Family Guy hit a 2.6 rating and 5.14 million viewers.  That’s a rise of two tenths from last week’s 2.4 rating.
  • American Dad was also up, hitting a 2.3 rating and 4.46 million viewers for a rise of four tenths from its last original episode’s 1.9 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, March 24th, including Bob’s Burgers, Revenge, and more. 

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY and BOB’S BURGERS Drop, ONCE UPON A TIME Ties Series Low

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

  • While topping the night ratings-wise, Family Guy dropped 15% from last week’s 2.7 rating to a 2.3 and 4.88 million viewers.
  • Also down on Fox was a new episode of Bob’s Burgers, which hit a 1.6 rating and 3.52 million viewers for an 11% drop from last week’s 1.8 rating.
  • ABC’s drama Once Upon a Time notched a 2.2 rating and 7.23 million viewers, tying its series low and dropping 4% from last week’s 2.3 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, March 17th, including The Cleveland Show, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, and more.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY and BOB’S BURGERS Rise, RED WIDOW Drops

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

  • Fox’s Family Guy saw a rise in viewership, hitting a 2.6 rating and 5.26 million viewers which is up two tenths from its last original’s 2.4 rating.
  • Another Fox animated comedy enjoyed a jump as the excellent Bob’s Burgers notched a 1.8 rating and 3.56 million viewers.  That’s up a tenth from last week’s 1.7 rating.
  • ABC’s new drama series Red Widow, on the other hand, dropped from last week’s series premiere rating of 1.5 with a 1.2 rating and 5.32 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, March 10th, including Once Upon a Time, The Simpsons, Revenge, The Mentalist, and more.

Executive Producer Melissa Rosenberg Talks RED WIDOW, Solving the Show’s Mysteries, BIG THUNDER, AKA JESSICA JONES, and More

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From Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter of the Twilight Saga films), the ABC drama series Red Widow illustrates just what lengths a single mother will go to, to protect her children when she feels as though their lives are threatened.  When Marta Walraven’s (Radha Mitchell) husband Evan (Anson Mount) was brutally murdered in their driveway, it changed her idyllic life, in an instant.  As a result, she now finds herself navigating the criminal underworld, in order to repay his debt to the formidable international crime boss, Nicholae Schiller (Goran Visnjic), and keep herself and her family alive.  The show also stars Rade Serbedzija, Luke Goss, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Jaime Ray Newman, Clifton Collins Jr., Suleka Mathew, Sterling Beaumon, Erin Moriarty and Jakob Salvati.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Melissa Rosenberg talked about what immediately stood out for her when she watched the original Dutch series that the show is based on, what made Radha Mitchell the perfect actress to center this story around, the challenges of making a flawed and slightly morally ambiguous character likeable to audiences, and how many of the questions will be answered by the end of this season.  She also talked about what made her want to sign on as executive producer for Big Thunder, based on the Disney roller coaster ride and set in a frontier mining town run by a powerful but mysterious tycoon, how much she’d still love to see AKA Jessica Jones make it to series, and that she’s still developing the feature film Earthseed, adapted from a young adult novel, at Paramount.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Radha Mitchell Talks RED WIDOW, Her Character Marta, What Attracted Her to the Role, Balancing Realities and the Pace of a TV Schedule

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From executive producer/writer Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter and the Twilight Saga films) and based on the Dutch series Penoza, the upcoming ABC drama Red Widow (premiering on March 3rd), tells the story of Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell), a stay-at-home mom who is devoted to her three children and her husband (Anson Mount).  But, as the layers peel back, her husband’s criminal dealings and the fact that her father is a Russian gangster will start to unravel secrets and force Marta to decide just how far she’s willing to go to protect her family.

While at the ABC portion of the TCA Press Tour, show star Radha Mitchell talked about what kind of a woman Marta is, how this is her dream character to play, what attracted her to the role, trying to balance two realities, why she relates to her character, what led her to television, and the shock of adjusting to the pace of a TV schedule.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee Talks New Shows S.H.I.E.L.D., RED WIDOW and ZERO HOUR, Plus HAPPY ENDINGS and DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT. 23

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC, President of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up.  During this interview, he spoke about the network’s philosophy that TV should be made for bigger screens and how some of their new dramas (i.e. Red Widow and Zero Hour) fit that bill, what could happen with both Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23, why he feels 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort didn’t perform as well as expected, how they approach the handling of violence on the network, how they might position the Marvel series S.H.I.E.L.D. from Joss Whedon to attract both male and female viewers, if that moves ahead from the pilot stage (how could it not, right?!), and that they were able to give Shawn Ryan the opportunity to wrap up the story for Last Resort, once they made the decision to cancel the freshman thriller.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg Talks THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2, ABC’s RED WIDOW, the Status of AKA JESSICA JONES, and More

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Since the release of the first film, the Twilight phenomenon has just continued to grow exponentially. With the highly anticipated final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, hitting theaters on November 16th, fans will finally get to see the conclusion of the romantic epic that has entranced millions worldwide.

At the film’s L.A. press junket, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about moving on from the Twilight franchise, her favorite scenes to write in this final installment, which new characters she wished she could have had more time to explore, what it was like to see all of the vampire powers come to life from off the page, what encapsulates the entire experience for her, and how she thinks fans might react to the additions in the script.  She also talked about what it’s like to be one of the highest grossing female screenwriters of all time, her new deal with ABC, under which she’s the showrunner on the mid-season drama series Red Widow (starring Radha Mitchell), the status of AKA Jessica Jones, and juggling TV and film work.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Trailers for New ABC Dramas 666 PARK AVENUE, LAST RESORT, NASHVILLE, MISTRESSES, RED WIDOW, and ZERO HOUR

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ABC announced their Fall 2012 schedule this afternoon, and followed up with trailers for the 10 new series.  We’ll start with the dramas:

  • 666 Park AvenueTerry O’Quinn stars as the manager of The Drake, an apartment building that offers the ultimate luxury yet “maintains a dark hold over all of its residents.”
  • Last Resort – This is the latest tense thriller from Shawn Ryan, who created The Shield.  After the captain (Andre Braugher) and commanding officer (Scott Speedman) of a submarine defy firing orders, they flee with the sub’s patrons to find refuge at an exotic island.
  • Nashville – The country music drama centers on an aging legend (Connie Britton) who must deal with a scheming young talent (Hayden Panettiere).
  • MistressesAlyssa Milano toplines the soap about the “scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends.”
  • Red Widow – After her husband is brutally murdered, Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) “takes on the gangsters and the FBI to unveil the truth about her husband’s death.”
  • Zero HourAnthony Edwards stars as a skeptic who gets sucked into an ancient mystery—the kind that involves treasure maps symbol-deciphering—when his wife (Jacinda Barrett) is abducted.

The comedy trailers are here.  Hit the jump for the trailers and series synopses.

ABC Adds NASHVILLE, ZERO HOUR, 666 PARK AVENUE, RED WIDOW, HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS, NEIGHBORS, COMEBACK JACK; Renews SCANDAL

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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:

Hit the jump for more.

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