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.

Tuesday TV Ratings: SMASH and THE MINDY PROJECT Down, THE NEW NORMAL Rises in Season Finale

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Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a look at the night’s original programming:

  • NBC’s The New Normal wrapped up its first (and perhaps only) season with back-to-back episodes for a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.97 million viewers and a 1.4 rating and 3.56 million viewers.  The latter is up 8% from last week’s 1.3 rating.
  • Also at NBC, Smash earned a 0.9 rating and 3.07 million viewers for a drop of 10% from last week’s 1.0 rating.
  • ABC’s Body of Proof scored a 1.5 rating and 8.68 million viewers, dropping 6% from last week’s 1.6 rating.
  • Over at Fox, The Mindy Project hit a 1.4 rating and 2.68 million viewers, which is down 7% from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • Finally, CBS’ new drama series Golden Boy notched a 1.3 rating and 7.73 million viewers, dropping 7% from last week’s 1.4 rating.

Tuesday TV Ratings: GO ON Rebounds, THE NEW NORMAL Up, NEW GIRL Dips

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

  • Thanks to the return of The Voice as its lead-in, NBC’s comedy series Go On rebounded extremely well from last week’s series low 1.0 rating, scoring a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.64 million viewers for a rise of one and a half ratings points.
  • Also up on NBC was The New Normal, which hit a 1.4 rating and 3.58 million viewers.  That’s up seven tenths from last week’s 0.7 rating.
  • Over at Fox, New Girl was down a tenth from last week’s 1.7 rating, scoring a 2.2 rating and 4.26 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, March 26th, including The Mindy Project, Smash, NCIS, and more.

Tuesday TV Ratings: NEW GIRL Down, GO ON, THE NEW NORMAL, and SMASH Hit Series Lows

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

  • Last night’s New Girl—which seems to be handling the Nick/Jess developments excellently—hit a 2.2 rating and 4.2 million viewers, which is down 4% from its last original episode’s 2.3 rating.
  • All of NBC’s programming was down, with Go On earning a series low 1.0 rating and 2.86 million viewers.  That’s a 9% drop from its last original episode’s 1.1 rating.
  • The New Normal also scored a series low with a 0.7 rating and 2.1 million viewers, down a whopping 22% from its last new episode’s 0.9 rating.
  • The much-maligned Smash matched its series low with a 0.8 rating and 2.65 million viewers, dropping 11% from last week’s 0.9 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, March 19th, including Golden Boy, The Mindy Project, NCIS, and more.

Tuesday TV Ratings: SMASH Falls to Another Series Low, THE NEW NORMAL Drops, GO ON Matches Series Low

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

  • NBC’s Smash fell to yet another series low with a 0.7 rating and 2.61 million viewers.  That’s down 22% from last week’s 0.9 rating.
  • The NBC comedy The New Normal garnered a 0.9 rating and 2.44 million viewers, dropping 10% from last week’s 1.0 and matching its series low.
  • Also earning a series low was the NBC comedy Go On, which hit a 1.1 rating and 3.04 million viewers to match last week’s series low.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, March 5th, including NCIS, Golden Boy, Body of Proof, and more.

Tuesday TV Ratings: NEW GIRL Up, GOLDEN BOY Premiere Solid, THE NEW NORMAL Rises

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

  • A swell episode of Fox’s New Girl saw an uptick from last week’s 2.2 rating, rising a tenth to a 2.3 rating and 4.29 million viewers.
  • The new CBS drama series Golden Boy had an alright debut with a 1.8 rating and 10.46 million viewers.  That’s up over last week’s episode of Vegas, which scored a 1.5 rating in the same timeslot.
  • Also up was NBC’s The New Normal, which garnered a 1.0 rating and 2.62 million viewers for a rise of one tenth from last week’s low 0.9 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, February 26th, including Cult, The Mindy Project, Smash, Raising Hope, and more.

Tuesday TV Ratings: SMASH Plummets to Series Low, NEW GIRL and GO ON Down, CULT Flat in Premiere

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

  • Smash’s future looks pretty dim.  Following the abysmal ratings for its season premiere two weeks ago, last night’s episode dropped a whopping 25% for a series-low 0.9 rating and 3.29 million viewers versus the season two premiere’s 1.2 rating.  The NBC drama’s days are likely numbered.
  • Also down was Fox’s New Girl, which scored a 2.2 rating and 4.36 million viewers for yet another creatively swell episode.  That’s a drop of 15% from its last original episode’s 2.6 rating.
  • NBC’s new comedy Go On—which has been one of the better performing new programs of the season—has been having some trouble gaining its momentum back following the December break.  Last night’s episode garnered a 1.1 rating and 3.32 million viewers, which is down 15% from its last new episode’s 1.3 rating.
  • The series premiere of The CW’s Cult was met with a muted response, as the episode netted a 0.3 rating and 940,000 viewers.  For comparison’s sake, that’s down from the now-cancelled Emily Owens, M.D.’s 0.4 rating for its series finale a few weeks ago.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, February 19th, including NCIS, The Mindy Project, The New Normal, and more.

Tuesday TV Ratings: SMASH Premiere Crashes and Burns, NEW GIRL Dips, THE MINDY PROJECT Rises

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

  • Apparently even hate-watchers get tired of watching Smash, as the second season premiere of NBC’s musical drama series absolutely flatlined with a series low 1.1 rating and 4.47 million viewers.  That’s a 71% drop from the series premiere 3.8 rating and a 39% drop from last season’s finale rating of 1.8.  A creative change behind the scenes took place to try to course-correct the show, but apparently fans just weren’t interested in coming back.
  • Hot off last week’s much buzzed-about episode, another excellent installment of New Girl dipped a bit, hitting a 2.5 rating and 4.81 million viewers.  That’s down 4% from last week’s 2.6 rating.
  • On the other hand, Fox’s The Mindy Project saw a rise of 12% from last week’s 1.7 rating with a 1.9 rating and 3.6 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, February 5th, including NCIS, Vegas, Hart of Dixie, and more.

Joshua Safran, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Talk SMASH Season 2, Songwriting for Two Separate Shows within the Series, Adding Jennifer Hudson and More

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On February 5th, Smash is back on NBC with a special two-hour Season 2 premiere, in which the Bombshell team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream.  The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, but everyone involved is about to learn that even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past.  Meanwhile, two young Brooklyn natives are hard at work on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become Bombshell’s biggest rival or just another Broadway bust.  The show stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Houston, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle and Jeremy Jordan.

While at the NBC portion of the TCA Press Tour, new showrunner Joshua Safran joined executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to talk about what led to the changes in Season 2, going from fan of the show to showrunner, how they’re handling the songwriting for two separate stage shows within the series, how Jennifer Hudson came to be a part of the show this season, the possibility of Ellis [Jaime Cepero] returning, and the chances of Bombshell becoming a real Broadway show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

NBC Executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke Talk Bryan Fuller’s HANNIBAL, Keeping Audiences Aware of REVOLUTION, SMASH Season 2, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke took some time to talk about their comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and what’s to come. During this interview, they touched on when viewers might expect to see Hannibal (from show creator Bryan Fuller and starring Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter), how they’re going into production on Dracula (with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role) and pre-production on the Blackbeard series Crossbones (from Luther creator Neil Cross), how they approach violence in their programming, their upcoming series with Michael J. Fox, their approach to keeping people aware of Revolution, after a four-month hiatus, and how they feel about the changes to Season 2 of Smash.  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.]

NBC Executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke Talk the Time Slot Change and Future of COMMUNITY, SMASH Season 2, Passing on THE MINDY PROJECT, Ryan Murphy’s THE NEW NORMAL, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBCUniversal, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke, who’s in charge of scripted programming, took some time to talk about their slate of comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and for the Fall season.  During this interview, they addressed the upcoming season of Community, why only 13 episodes and why on Friday night, the affects of the new showrunner, and whether it could get another season or more episodes to this next season.  They also talked about their hopes for Go On (with Matthew Perry) and The New Normal (from Ryan Murphy), why they passed The Mindy Project on to Fox, and what fans of the series can expect from Season 2 of Smash.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Jennifer Hudson to Star in Second Season of NBC’s SMASH

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Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) will star in a multi-episode arc in the upcoming second season of NBC’s Smash. That will make two American Idol alumnae appearing on the show as star Katharine McPhee is also set to return.  Hudson will play Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star whose presence impacts the lives of Karen (McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty).   Smash, a Television Critics Award nominee for Best New Program, needs to recoup some losses after axing a good portion of the cast earlier this year.  Hudson is certainly a worthwhile addition, even if it’s only for a short time.  Hit the jump for more on Hudson and the second season of Smash.

2012 TCA Award Nominations – BREAKING BAD, GAME OF THRONES, HOMELAND, MAD MEN, and DOWNTON ABBEY Vie for Program of the Year

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Yesterday we brought you the Critics’ Choice Award nominees.  Tonight belongs to the Television Critics Association.  Homeland tops the list with 4 nominations.  While it got the extra boost over established veterans in the Outstanding New Program category, the taut thriller earned its spots in Best Drama and Program of the Year as well as the nod to Claire Danes for her stellar performance.  The critics understandably still love Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston, Mad Men and Jon Hamm, Louie and Louis C.K., Game of Thrones and Peter Dinklage, Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler.  Creator/star Lena Dunham is the freshest face in the bunch, representing in both Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding New Program with Girls.  But as always, there are a few head-scratchers.  Jessica Lange for American Horror Story is a legacy vote, and while her scenery-chewing was very entertaining—for Individual Achievement in Drama?  No.  And Smash somehow sneaked into Outstanding New Program rather than, say, Veep or Awake.

Still, the TCA always gets more right than they do wrong, especially with their neat Heritage Award.  (This year’s eclectic contenders are Cheers, Lost, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek, and Twin Peaks.)  Read the full list after the jump.

SMASH Axes Two Series Regulars from the Second Season

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Though NBC’s musical drama series Smash is coming back for a second season, not all of the regulars from the first season will have a role, and they’re probably not even allowed back for the chorus (musical jokes!). Raza Jaffrey, who played Katharine McPhee‘s fiance in the first season and Jaime Cepero, who played the despicable assistant Ellis, have both been axed from the second season. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James, who played Debra Messing‘s husband Frank and Will Chase, who played the Broadway musical star with whom she cheated, are also not going to return as season regulars. More after the jump.

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