While it's true that Nielsen ratings are an inaccurate and outdated measure of today's television audiences, they still serve as a show's ultimate ticket to survival when — as we saw in the recent sitcom cancellation bloodbath – network brass decide which programs to axe off their lineup. Some of comedy's biggest fan favorites weren't exactly ratings blockbusters while on the air — see Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community – but went on to carve out niche audiences, and as television moves more and more into the internet age, online reviews, Twitter, and fan feedback can gauge a show's watchability faster than asking "Sure, but does it average a steady 5.0 season average Nielsen rating?"
With that in mind, we thought it'd [...]
The broadcast networks canceled a whopping 18 comedies this year, which means there are a lot of holes to fill with new sitcoms come fall, especially with NBC and ABC, the two networks that canceled the most comedies. Among this season's highlights are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the first series Tina Fey has created since 30 Rock; Marry Me, starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino and created by Happy Endings' David Caspe; and standup and SNL writer John Mulaney's self-titled sitcom, which will see the light of day this fall after nearly two years in development. We organized all the season's new comedies into the following guide:
ABC announced a bunch of changes last night, including some renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups. In the comedy sphere, freshman shows Trophy Wife and Mixology were both given the axe, while renewals were handed out to The Goldbergs, The Middle, and awards juggernaut Modern Family. New shows that have been picked up include Selfie from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and a musical fairy tale-themed comedy called Galavant. While there are still several comedy pilots up for consideration, THR reports that the Paul F. Tompkins/Molly Shannon-starring series Bambi Cottages from Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan has been sadly passed over as well as [...]
Last month we compiled a complete guide to all the best late night and sketch show writers on Twitter, from talk shows to SNL to Comedy Central's crop of new and returning sketch series. This round we're highlighting the writing staffs of some of the finest sitcoms and animated series on television today, from both established network regulars like Community and Parks and Rec to breakthrough newcomers like Broad City, Silicon Valley, and Rick and Morty. Writing for a television show is above all a collaborative effort, so here's a zoomed-in glance at the teams hard at work to keep you hooked on all your favorite shows week [...]
Currently doing a week of shows at SXSW in Austin, Jimmy Kimmel resurrected his "Lie Witness News" segment to ask a bunch of music festival attendees for their opinions on bands that are so cool and obscure that they're actually not real bands at all. As if blatantly lying about knowing a musical act isn't bad enough, it's probably never a good idea to punctuate your responses with the phrase "to be perfectly honest."