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: PARKS AND RECREATION Up, SCANDAL Hits Season High, GREY’S ANATOMY Ties Season Low

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

  • Following last week’s series low numbers, NBC’s Parks and Recreation ticked up a notch to a 1.5 rating and 3.28 million viewers over last week’s 1.4 rating.
  • ABC’s soap Scandal earned a season high 2.5 rating and a series high 7.39 million viewers, up over last week’s 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo.
  • On the flip side, Grey’s Anatomy tied its season low 3.0 rating and 8.9 million viewers, dropping from last week’s 3.1 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, December 6th, including Elementary, The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, 30 Rock, The Office, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: 30 ROCK Up, SCANDAL Hits Season High, PARKS AND RECREATION and THE OFFICE Drop to Series Lows

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

  • Fans were eager to see Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon tie the knot, as the wedding-centric episode of 30 Rock scored a 1.3 rating and 3.61 million viewers, up 8% from its last original episode’s 1.2 rating.
  • ABC’s soap Scandal bounced back with a season high 2.2 rating and 6.67 million viewers, up 10% from its last new episode’s 2.0 rating.
  • Sadly, Parks and Recreation dropped to a series low 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.04 million viewers.  That’s down 18% from its last new episode’s 1.7 rating.
  • Also hitting a series low was The Office with a 1.9 rating and 3.89 million viewers, dropping 10% from its last original episode’s 2.1 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, October 29th, including Glee, Elementary, The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: THE BIG BANG THEORY Hits All-Time High, PERSON OF INTEREST Scores Season High, GLEE Drops

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

  • The CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory had a great night, as it hit an all-time high of 17.4 million viewers and a rating of 5.5 in the 18-49 demo, up 8% from last week’s 5.1 rating.  It’s an impressive feat scoring an all-time high at this stage, as the veteran series is in its sixth season on the air.
  • Also scoring a high was the CBS drama Person of Interest, which had its highest rated episode of the season thus far with a 3.1 rating and 14.5 million viewers.  That’s up 7% from last week’s 2.9 rating.
  • Over at Fox, the drama-comedy Glee dipped 13% to a 2.1 rating and 5.28 million viewers, down from last week’s 2.4 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, November 15th, including 30 Rock, Last Resort, Parks and Recreation, The Vampire Diaries, The Office, and more.

TV News: NBC Orders More UP ALL NIGHT and Switches Format to Multi-Camera; Dan Harmon’s RICK AND MORTY Picked Up by Adult Swim

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A couple of interesting TV-related tidbits were announced today.  First up, good/strange news for Up All Night fans.  NBC has extended the comedy’s season two order to 16 episodes, but the network is switching the show’s format to multi-camera.  Per Deadline, when the Christina Applegate and Will Arnett-fronted show returns in the spring it will be with a live audience and laugh track in tow.  It’s an odd move halfway through the show’s second season, but it’s not unprecedented.  Happy Days was a single-camera series until it switched to three cameras in its third season.

Hit the jump for more, including news on a new series from ex-Community showrunner Dan Harmon.

Thursday TV Ratings: LAST RESORT Earns a Series Low, GREY’S ANATOMY Scores a New Season Low, BIG BANG THEORY Beats Out Game 2 of the World Series

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Thursday night’s TV ratings are in and we have a look at the highlights below:

  • ABC’s Last Resort hit a series low with a 1.3 rating, down 0.4 from last week, and 6.4 million viewers.
  • CBS’s Big Bang Theory won the night with a 4.8 rating and 15.4 million viewers, staying even with last week.
  • Two and a Half Men dropped three-tenths to a 3.7 rating after last week’s episode starring Miley Cyrus reached a season high.
  • Game 2 of the World Series on FOX earned a 2.9 among adults 18-49, but will likely be adjusted.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report from October 25th, including ElementaryBeauty and the BeastThe Vampire Diaries, 30 Rock, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: Miley Cyrus-Infused TWO AND A HALF MEN Hits Season High, UP ALL NIGHT and BIG BANG THEORY Up

by     Posted 2 years, 59 days ago


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

  • Thanks to a guest starring turn by Miley Cyrus, CBS comedy Two and a Half Men hit a season high with a 4.0 rating and 13.6 million viewers.  That’s up 14% from last week’s 3.5 rating.
  • NBC comedy Up All Night scored a big gain, earning a 1.4 rating and 3.2 million viewers.  That’s up a whopping 27% from last week’s 1.1 rating.
  • CBS’ other big Thursday comedy The Big Bang Theory was also up, earning a 4.7 rating and 15.4 million viewers making it the highest rated and most watched show of the night.
  • Sadly, a top-notch episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation was down 16% from last week with a 1.6 rating and 3.4 million viewers, tying its series low.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report from Thursday, October 18th, including Elementary, Last Resort, Beauty and the Beast, The Vampire Diaries, 30 Rock, and more.


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The numbers for Thursday evening’s programming are in, and The CW had yet another very good night.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Coming off of very strong premiere numbers for Arrow, The CW’s other new series, Beauty and the Beast, premiered solid as well, scoring a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.8 million viewers.
  • Other good news for The CW comes in the form of the season premiere for fan-favorite series The Vampire Diaries.  The show returned with a 1.6 rating and 3.2 million viewers, up from last year’s 1.5 premiere rating.
  • Over at CBS, The Big Bang Theory dipped a bit from its very high numbers last week, earning a 4.5 rating and 14.2 million viewers, down from last week’s 4.9 rating.
  • ABC’s quality new series Last Resort hemorrhaged viewers yet again, earning a 1.6 rating and 6.9 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, October 11th, including 30 Rock, Up All Night, Two and a Half Men, the Vice Presidential debate, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: 30 ROCK Premieres Lower Than COMMUNITY, PARKS AND REC Up, ELEMENTARY Dips

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There was quite a bit of movement for last night’s programming.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Despite what looks to be a creative upswing, the final season of 30 Rock kicked off with a bit of a whimper as the season seven premiere netted a 1.3 demo rating and 3.40 million viewers.
  • While the majority of NBC’s comedies are still struggling, the swell Parks and Recreation saw an uptick last night of 19% as it scored a 1.9 rating and 3.5 million viewers.
  • The Americanized Sherlock Holmes series Elementary dipped a bit from its series premiere, garnering a 2.6 rating and 11.2 million viewers versus last week’s 3.1 rating.
  • Bad news again for ABC’s excellent new drama series Last Resort, as the show was down from its disappointing series premiere numbers with a 1.8 rating and 7.87 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report from Thursday, October 4th including The Big Bang Theory, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Person of Interest, Two and a Half Men, and more.

TV Ratings: ELEMENTARY Starts Strong, BIG BANG THEORY Hits Season Premiere High, HAWAII FIVE-0 Way Down

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The Fall 2012 TV season began in earnest this week, with most shows having their series/season premieres.  Here’s a brief glance at the highlights:

  • CBS’ Sherlock Holmes update Elementary debuted strong with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo for 13.41 million viewers.
  • Also at CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored its highest rated season premiere ever with a 5.0 rating and a solid 15.66 million viewers.
  • Things weren’t all rosy at The Eye, however, as Hawaii Five-0 was way down with a 1.8 rating.  That’s a significant drop from last year’s season premiere rating of 3.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo.
  • NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution saw an unsurprising drop in viewers from last week’s season premiere, though the 3.4 rating with 9.21 million viewers shows a healthy hold from last week’s 4.1 rating.
  • Unfortunately, ABC’s excellent pilot for Last Resort debuted to a slightly disappointing 2.2 rating with 9.31 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the TV ratings for the week of September 23 – 29, including New GirlParks and RecreationGrimmFringeSouth ParkSons of Anarchy, Castle, and much more.

TV Ratings: REVOLUTION Scores Highest Network Drama Debut in 3 Years, BOARDWALK EMPIRE Returns Strong, THE OFFICE Has Worst Premiere Ever

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At long last, Collider is finally starting up a weekly TV ratings feature.  Each week we’ll be posting a rundown of how your favorite shows are doing on both cable and network television.  Things are a bit light this week since the Fall 2012 TV season is still getting started, but here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The new J.J. Abrams-produced genre series Revolution launched to 11.7 million viewers, making it the highest rated network drama debut since ABC’s V back in 2009.
  • HBO’s Boardwalk Empire started its third season with 2.9 million viewers, on par with the season two premiere.
  • Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy’s new sitcom The New Normal was down 12% from last week with 6.2 million viewers.
  • The Office kicked off its final season with its least watched series premiere in the show’s history with 4.28 million viewers.

Hit the jump to check out the ratings for the week of September 16 – 21st, and be sure to leave your feedback in the comments concerning our latest feature.

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.


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That’s right comedy fans. Not only has Cougar Town been saved by TBS and Community was miraculously given another season, but now NBC has finally renewed Parks and Recreation for another round along with the freshman comedy Up All Night. The former comedy series, which just had its season finale yesterday, has apparently only been given an order for 13 episodes, just like Community and the final season of 30 Rock. Could NBC be looking to end another comedy series too, or are they just being cautious and waiting to see how the new season does before ordering additional episodes? Either way, they better not do something equally as stupid as renewing Whitney for another season, something that NBC has also done now, likely in exchange for someone’s soul. More after the jump.

[Update: HitFix has updated their story to say that Parks and Recreation has been picked up for a full 22 episodes instead of the previously reported 13.]

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.

Chris Diamantopoulos Talks THE THREE STOOGES, Honor in Reviving the Characters, and the Audition Process for Moe

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After being left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe, Larry and Curly grow up under the tutelage of Mother Superior (Jane Lynch), Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David) and Sister Rosemary (Jennifer Hudson) in The Three Stooges. Now adults (and played by Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso), they set out to save their childhood home, but quickly become embroiled in an oddball murder plot (at the hands of Sofia Vergara and Craig Bierko), with all of the pratfalls and slapstick comedy that they’re famous for.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Chris Diamantopoulos talked about what it was like to embody Moe, how he got the role after a four-and-a-half-month-long auditioning process, the moment when he felt like he had really found the character, his most memorable moment on set as The Stooges, how he dislocated his shoulder and broke a finger doing their various pratfalls, what made filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly the right guys to bring The Three Stooges back to life, and the two hours of deleted bits that could end up on the DVD.  He also talked about his role on the NBC comedy series Up All Night (starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph), who he plays in the heist comedy The Black Marks (with Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon), and how he would love to do a James Bond type of action-drama.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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