Posts tagged as go on

The Social Media Graveyard of Canceled Comedies

Dozens and dozens of new shows premiere each new TV season (and mid-season, and off-season) but only a handful live to see season two. These days, a new show has to use every tool in its arsenal to attract viewers as quickly as possible: splashy advertising, big name guest stars, over-the-top promos, and of course, a blockbuster web presence, one that gathers fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr who will then faithfully promote the show with homemade image macros and clever hashtags born from love. But while a show might leave our airwaves, a Facebook fan page is forever. What becomes of the social media accounts of canceled shows? 

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'Go On' Midseason Report: From Sad Keanu to Dancing Chandler In 15 Steps

It was definitely unwise of NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt to admit last summer that the network was going for "broad" comedies. Television is a business, and all of the really good, intelligent, critically acclaimed, New York and L.A. loving, genre defining/remixing/bending/ mocking/creating comedies that were/are on the channel had and continue to at times draw fewer eyeballs than — ugh — cable, so trying something different makes some sense. But "broad" is an awful word next to "comedy", and in 2013, when we are closer than ever to discovering that the medium's creativity is in fact limitless, the word immediately evokes images of clowns honking horns and the sounds [...]

Ratings from the Tuesday Sitcom Showdown: Fox vs. NBC vs. ABC

It was an odd move when three of the four major networks announced they were all airing comedies against each other during the 9pm hour on Tuesdays this fall. Last night was the first time that Fox, NBC, and ABC's sitcoms all squared off against each other (due to ABC's late premieres), and the ratings are in. At 9pm, New Girl won the hour with a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, besting Go On (2.5) and the season premiere of Happy Endings (1.9). The New Normal (1.8) narrowly beat Don't Trust the B (1.7) at 9:30, with Fox's The Mindy Project pre-empted for singing competition X [...]

So…NBC's Ratings Last Night Were…Yeah

We all missed our NBC comedies, right? Right? We might be the only ones. They did realllllllly bad in the ratings last night. Everything was down. The most shocking is The Office, which brought in only 4.32 million people, with a 2.1 18-49 rating. That is 46% down from last season's premiere. Last season's finale brought in only a 2.3 but premieres tend to do better than most episodes. Parks and Rec also did terribly, bringing in a disappointing 1.7 rating in the demo, which is the same as their season 4 finale. Up All Night came in with a 1.3. SNL Weekend Update Thursday garnered a 1.6, [...]

'Go On': Can America Embrace a Sitcom This Sad?

I cried twice while watching the Go On pilot. This doesn't mean two tears; I'm talking about two distinct cries. Sure, yes, I'm prone to crying at things (I'm still not sure what the cast of Friday Night Lights looks like, as they were always water-blurred and left looking like Matisse paintings) but, regardless of my proclivities, these two moments would generally be considered honestly felt and honestly sad. Tonight, at 11:04pm, on NBC, Go On is set to make its debut to the American public. It won't offer a respite from the overly weepy Olympic games, what with its plethora of personal interest stories; no, it will continue to [...]

NBC Is Close to Renewing 'Community,' Cancels 'Go On'

NBC is close to working out a deal to renew Community for a fifth season, Vulture reports. While nothing's official yet, Vulture says the renewal is "all but a done deal" and "very close," expecting that the network will pick up the show for an order of at least 13 Chevy Chase-less episodes. The decision comes right after the show's season finale, which went up slightly in the ratings last night. The move is kind of an odd one considering that a lot of the show's fanbase hasn't enjoyed the series as much since the firing of showrunner Dan Harmon last year, but if people are watching it, [...]

Matt Albie and Danny Tripp, Together Again: Bradley Whitford Is Coming to 'Go On' for a 'Studio 60' Reunion

Bradley Whitford, who starred with Matthew Perry on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived but much-loved backstage SNL(ish) drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, is guest starring on an upcoming episode of Perry's current series Go On, the actor revealed on Twitter yesterday. Little is known about Whitford's character on the show, besides the fact that he'll be sharing a hot tub with Perry's character at some point, but it'll just be nice for Studio 60 die-hards to see the guys who played Important Comedy Writers Matt Albie and Bradley Whitford together again. Beware, writers of Go On, if the Bradley Whitford episode doesn't contain a ton of Studio 60 [...]

Being #1 Again Has Gone to NBC’s Head; Network Renews Shows Left and Right

Hot on the heels of today's news that NBC finished first with viewers under 50 for premiere week for the first time in nine years, the execs at the Peacock Network have gone ahead and ordered up full seasons of two of their most popular comedies, the Matthew Perry grieve-fest Go On and the controversial-for-Utah adoption sitcom The New Normal (NBC's freshman drama Revolution also got renewed, but the dramatic arts don't concern us here). Both comedies benefited from having the wildly-popular singing competition The Voice as a lead-in, an advantage that the rest of the networks' sitcoms haven't had (and have been suffering for), but it's good to see that [...]

'Go On' Strong in Its Tuesday Debut, 'The New Normal' Does OK

NBC has started fall TV slightly early, so for at least one week they can pretend to be the kings of television once again. Their plan worked last night. Did you watch Go On and The New Normal last night? Both had moments that were good, solid, and rough. Ratings wise, Go On did quite well for itself. (That's right, an NBC comedy doing well.) It was watched by a little over 9.5 million people, with a 3.4 rating 18-49. This was partly the result of having The Voice as its lead in, but, to its credit, Go On was able to hold a large majority of the [...]

NBC: "We (Abstract Rainbow Peacock Graphic) Comedy"

NBC is going to include a little logo at the bottom of all their ads promoting their 10 fall comedies. In the style of "I <3 NY", it will read "We (NBC logo) Comedy" and look like this:  It's supposed to remind people of NBC's long history of great comedies and have them translate that goodwill to their new sitcoms.

New sitcoms that will be very much different from the shows that often get discussed on this site.  NBC's man in charge Robert Greenblatt put it this way: "Those Thursday comedies, which the critics love and we love, tend to be a bit more narrow than we ultimately like as we [...]

The Season of the Not-Quite-There Sitcom

Sitcoms are tricky shows to invest in. They need a little time and a few episodes to grow into the shows they’re meant to be — for 30 Rock to find its manic energy or Community to really let itself be weird. On rare occasions, a comedy’s auspices are clear and realized enough that the tone and thrust of its run makes itself clear from the get go: Modern Family — the overtly affluent, opaquely progressive, and broadly slapstick ensemble that debuted in 2009 — is ABC’s proudest, most lucrative example.

The network sitcoms that survived the initial ratings bloodbath and its subsequent wave of early cancellations, specifically [...]

NBC President Talks Comedy Changes: 'The Farm,' 'Parks and Rec,' 'Community'

This has been a transitional season for NBC's comedy department, with the network seemingly abandoning developing hip young shows like Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Community to focus on more traditional, broadly-appealing sitcoms like Go On and The New Normal (with much better results, ratings-wise). NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke spoke to TV Guide today about the changes to the network's comedy strategy:

"We just want a different brand. We don't want a narrow brand in the sense of some of those shows that we inherited here, which we're huge fans of, [but] have a very narrow audience… It would be easy if we hated those shows, but we actually [...]

NBC’s Ratings Are Up, Other Networks Down in Bizarro Premiere Week

In an interesting twist of fate for the broadcast networks this past week, NBC finished in first place in the 18-49 demo for “Premiere Week” for the first time since 2003 (back when Friends, Will & Grace, and ER were still things and people cared about The Apprentice). NBC’s ratings rose 12 percent compared to last year’s Premiere Week, whereas the other three big networks (ABC, CBS, Fox) all suffered sharp plunges of at least 20 percent. NBC’s surprising victory is mainly thanks to singing competition The Voice, which is a smash hit on both Mondays and Tuesday nights, and not thanks to the network’s comedies, which [...]

Over 16 Million People Watched the Preview of 'Go On' Last Night

NBC very wisely used their massive Olympic ratings to lead into a preview showing of the (pretty sad) Go On pilot last night, convincing 16.1 million people to not change the channel after the sports were over. These are bananas huge numbers for an NBC sitcom — Parks and Rec averaged 4.4 million viewers per episode last season, for example. Of course, Parks and Rec never had beach volleyball as a lead-in, did it? In any case, it'll be interesting to see how many people come back when the show officially premieres on September 11. Even half of these numbers would be a huge win for NBC.