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Should NBC Have Given 'Mockingbird Lane' a Full Season?

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we ponder, as our foreheads turn red from frequent smacks. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t pass their pilot and saved us all a ton of grief.

Remaking The Munsters is a rite of passage for many working within network television, with the show facing reevaluation every time NBC can’t fill a time slot. Though they found success in the show’s golden age run and a surprisingly long-lasting sequel, The Munsters Today, the [...]

NBC Orders Five More Scripts of a Show That's Not 'Community'

While Community is still waiting in the wings to debut its short, 13-episode fourth season in February, another NBC sitcom, Whitney, is set to start up next week. Deadline reports that the Peacock Network has ordered five additional scripts for Whitney episodes, increasing the show's chances for sticking around for the full season. Over the summer, NBC decided to order only 13 episodes of both Whitney and Community and scheduled them both for Friday nights, in what the industry refers to as the "Friday night death slot."  Then, NBC wisely backed off on that choice and slotted Whitney for October and Community for February 2013. These [...]

Martha Stewart and Chelsea Handler Sell Comedy Pilots

The networks are still buying up new shows like crazy in hopes of finding new hits for their fall 2013 schedules. Deadline reports Martha Stewart just sold Fox a sitcom she'll produce called The Tao of Martha, which follows a party girl-turned-single mother who decides to write a book based on adjusting her life by following the teachings of Martha Stewart. Jake In Progress creator Austin Winsberg will adapt the idea into a series. Stewart won't star but will potentially make regular voice-over appearances. At ABC, The Hollywood Reporter says Chelsea Handler is producing Discounted, a new pilot about a pair of half-sisters who run a furniture store that's [...]

What's the Deal with NBC's Comeback?

While all the other major networks' ratings have been down this year, NBC, which has been in last place for a few years now, has been experiencing the best start to its season in a decade. Josef Adalian over at Vulture has a piece today analyzing the so-called NBC comeback. The trick to really kicking this comeback into high-gear? More "The More You Know" segments, obviously.

'SNL' Recap: Louis C.K. Saves New York

Despite reaching televisions across the country, SNL is at its heart a New York show. The Mayor Bloomberg bits, the subway jokes, and the references to the Dr. Zizmor ads resonate more with the studio audience in 8H than the millions of viewers watching at home, some of us on a three-hour delay in different time zones. Bill Hader’s Stefon character is largely inspired by the city’s seedy underground club scene, and the writers — many of them staples of New York’s stand-up and improv community — share an on-edge, claustrophobia-induced comedic language.

Louis C.K. speaks this language. As a comedian who honed his craft in New York clubs [...]

'SNL' Recap: Anne Hathaway Is a Team Player

It's great when an SNL host has nothing to prove.

Sure, it's fun to play into expectations surrounding a new host, and to wonder how his or her specific skill sets might factor into an episode: Will Bruno Mars do anything other than sing in sketches? Will Louis CK's style work in the SNL format? Meanwhile, with a repeat host, those concerns are lifted. Whether it's a former cast member (Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler), or a longtime friend of the show (Alec Baldwin, Jon Hamm, and now with three episodes under her belt, Anne Hathaway), a host who is familiar with the process can ease back and have a [...]

Joe Biden Is Coming to 'Parks and Recreation'

Joe Biden (who is still the Vice President of the United States for those not keeping up) is cameoing in next week's episode of Parks and Recreation (airing Nov. 15), Entertainment Weekly reports. Biden has been the object of Leslie's Knope's sexual desires for years now (she once revealed that her perfect man would have "the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden"). The Parks crew got Biden to film the scene when they were in Washington, D.C., shooting the season premiere (which featured cameos from John McCain and other politicians who aren't as exciting as Biden).

Parks and Rec boss Michael Schur told EW [...]

Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis Get Metaphysical in This Week's 'SNL' Promos

Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway is hosting SNL this weekend with musical guest Rihanna. Here's a series of promos for the show that Hathaway cut with cast member Jason Sudeikis. WARNING: Watching these promos will probably make you look up the word "ontological," unless you are smarter than me and already know what it means.

'Animal Practice': The Post-Mortem

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we ponder as our foreheads turn red from frequent smacks. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

Sometime in the eighties, NBC threw a show called Manimal on the air. It was an action-adventure drama about Dr. Jonathan Chase, a man who was able to turn into any animal he wanted, which enabled him to fight crime and help out the police/make [...]

Jimmy Fallon Asks Colin Quinn What's Up with His Sarcastic Tweets

Jimmy Fallon had his Weekend Update predecessor Colin Quinn as a guest on Late Night Friday, and he took the opportunity to ask Quinn about his habit of only using Twitter to anger his followers with bone-dry sarcasm. Fallon brings up some recent tweets in which Quinn jokingly chided him for attending a fancy celebrity wedding in Italy. Cornered, Quinn claimed his account was hacked, which is how all of us should handle it when our friends confront us about talking shit about them on the internet.

NBC Thursday Sitcom Recaps: Pranks and Parties

Last week, all Thursday night shows except 30 Rock were bumped so Hurricane Sandy victims could get their reality singing competition fix, and last night only The Office and Parks and Rec returned due to another The Voice butt-in. It's probably for the best, though — I'm all for 30 Rock ending later rather than sooner, and the news of Up All Night's forthcoming changes (including more episodes and a live audience) sounds more grim than exciting given how much the show has already tried to revamp itself. But for a small night of comedy, NBC still packed a punch, so let's take a look at these [...]

Mitt Romney's Loss Gives Jason Sudeikis an Excuse to Leave 'SNL' Early

Jason Sudeikis has been hinting at leaving SNL lately, but as Entertainment Weekly observes, Mitt Romney's loss yesterday gives him an easy out. Sudeikis has been portraying Romney since the election kicked off last year and is currently signed on to the show through January. Lorne Michaels recently spoke to EW about Sudeikis, saying, "He’s absolutely essential. I love him. I hope he stays a long time." Sudeikis may be inspired to leave by the recent departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, who both joined SNL a few months after he did in 2005, and by his booming movie career. Horrible Bosses was the [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Jeff Richards (2001-2004)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Most of SNL's best known impressionists aren't lauded for their numbers or accuracy, but their flavor, or what Darrell Hammond calls in Live from New York the "bastardization" they bring to their subjects — think Eddie Murphy's hot tubbin' James Brown, Dana Carvey's "Notgonnadoit" George H. W. Bush, and Hammond's skeevy Sean Connery in the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketches, none of which necessarily capture [...]

'Community' Has Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Episodes Coming Your Way This Spring

Community's return to NBC in February, four months later than the cast and crew had planned when making the first several episodes, will be causing some holiday-themed episodes to air long after we non-TV people celebrate said holidays. Joel McHale told Jimmy Kimmel last month that Community's "Halloween episode is gonna be awesome in February," but TV Guide reports that the show also has Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes in the can that'll also be airing way late. Still, at least the show is coming back and we get to see these episodes eventually, and it'll be fun and silly to see the Community gang decked out for [...]