The new season is still kicking off, but already many new TV shows are pretty much doomed. Broadcast networks fill their schedules with the knowledge that some of the shows won't make it past a few episodes, and even fewer will make it to a second year. Cancellation decisions are based not just on the overall number of viewers and the viewership of the prime 18-49 demographic, but also in comparison to the ratings of the network's other programs. The flood of numbers from Nielsen ratings can be overwhelming, so here's a quick look at how all of the new sitcoms on network TV are doing, and which [...]
Popular standup and actor Kevin Hart has sold a comedy to ABC. Variety reports that ABC just bought a pilot for a multi-camera sitcom based on Hart's own standup material. Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who worked on Scrubs and served as Dan Harmon's co-showrunners on the first three seasons of Community, will write the script and executive produce. The show follows a divorced couple trying to become friends for the sake of their kids. Hart, who's busy as a movie star and with wildly-successful standup tours, will not be a regular on the show, but he's executive producing and is expected to play a recurring role if [...]
Rebel Wilson seems destined to become a major star. The Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect scene-stealer is incredibly funny and talented, and happy to throw herself headfirst into things like her MTV Movie Awards hosting gig earlier this year. And in Super Fun Night, which premieres tonight on ABC, the Australian actress gets her first starring U.S. gig in a show she created herself. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be the thing that makes her a star.
The Conan O’Brien-produced series has changed significantly in the last couple of years, bouncing between networks and re-casting pretty much everyone but Wilson. After all that, ABC decided not to air [...]
Paul Scheer may be adding network sitcom creator to his resume soon. THR reports that Scheer, star of NTSF:SD:SUV and The League, has sold a family comedy to ABC that the network is developing for the 2014-15 season. A single camera comedy, the untitled project will be written and produced by Scheer, with Will Gluck (The Michael J. Fox Show), Dylan Morgan and Josh Siegal (30 Rock). The show follows a couple trying to keep their relationship together while dealing with their parents, their parents' spouses, and their kids. Scheer currently has no plans to star in the show, if it goes to series.