Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence sold two shows to different networks today. The first is Ground Floor, a workplace rom-com for TBS that he co-created with Greg Malins (How I Met Your Mother). The show stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), James Earl, Rene Gube (writer for Up All Night), and stand-up Rory Scovel (Zach Stone). Deadline reports that the cable network has picked up the show for a 10-episode first season, set to debut in 2014.
Lawrence's second sitcom sale of the day is Undateable to NBC. Lawrence is only serving as executive producer on Undateable; the show [...]
After announcing today that they've picked up three new comedies for the fall and renewed Parks and Recreation for a sixth season, NBC officially canceled four of its current sitcoms: freshman series Guys with Kids and 1600 Penn and sophomores Up All Night and Whitney. Up All Night was as good as canceled anyway after Christina Applegate quit and Will Arnett began taking other work following the abandoned retooling of the series, but NBC only officially confirmed the cancellation today. The network has yet to announce a decision on the fate of Community, Go On, and The New Normal, but ratings have been low for all three [...]
This Thursday, Jeff Winger’s four-year run as a college student culminates in his (probable) graduation from Greendale Community College. Since its inception, Community has been a polarizing underdog; the internet’s version of a water cooler show. The series possesses an interesting combination of self-assurance and lovable tenacity; kind of like a more articulate Rocky Balboa. Despite numerous timeslots, highly publicized inner turmoil amidst frequent threats of cancellation, Community retained a rabid fan base that identified with its intrepid ambition. We’ve come a long way since Jeff Winger, curiously sporting the unlikely combination of a blazer and track pants, attempted to use his rudimentary foreign language skills to create a [...]
NBC announced today that The Office's finale, airing a week from Thursday on May 16th, will be extended from 60 to 75 minutes. An hour-long Office retrospective will air from 8 to 9pm and the final episode will air from 9 to 10:15pm. Greg Daniels told TV Line in March, "I was very excited with the footage we got. It’s very big. I’m going to beg NBC to super-size it or extend it." This quote prompted Office fans to make a petition to get NBC to extend the episode, racking up over 20,000 signatures and causing NBC to acquiesce to fans' and Daniels's request.
The Office's series wrap party went down in Scranton, PA on Saturday, and in case you missed the news, it included ten thousand fans and a glorious surprise attendance by Steve Carell. As Splitsider’s resident Pennsylvanian, I had some dippy eggs and scrapple then immediately made the trek to the Electric City to check out the home of Dunder Mifflin and pay homage to one of my favorite shows of all time. Here’s a recap of the day complete with cast member photos and video clips:
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, [...]
With Parks and Recreation being one of NBC's only comedies doing okay in the ratings these days, it's been considered a shoo-in for a sixth season renewal all year long. And lo and behold, NBC officially confirmed today that the show has been picked up for a new season set to debut this fall. The timeslot and number of episodes for Season 6 have not been revealed at this time, but NBC will be announcing its fall schedule on Sunday. Parks and Rec's fifth season finale aired last week, with co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur telling Hitfix that he wrote the episode to set up a lot of plot threads in [...]
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
When the news broke in January 2012 that Paul Brittain was leaving SNL"effective immediately," I had a somber moment of silence for Funky Boy and the Little Lord. Though he appeared infrequently during his year and a half stint as a featured player, Brittain's small frame, shy-flirty delivery, and ability to sway from joyful to creeptastic and back again in even [...]
Sony, the studio behind Community, which is on the brink of cancellation once again this season, put out this new promo as a "save our show" campaign for fans. Just like ABC's "Save Happy Endings" campaign earlier this year, this is another example of the folks who make a TV show blatantly telling fans that they need to watch said show in greater numbers to keep it on. TV's all in your hands now, the public!
Steve Carell has been saying for over a year now that he doesn't want to come back for The Office's May 16th finale and showrunner Greg Daniels denied Carell's involvement in the final episode as recently as last week, but despite all that, TV Line reports today that Carell will be back to say goodbye one last time. TV Line's source says that Carell's appearance in the last episode is closer to a cameo than a full-on guest appearance, but he will allegedly be in the episode somewhere – unless this is just another lie in this constantly flip-flopping story.
So here we are, waiting to hear if there will be a fifth season of Community, or if last night's "Advanced Introduction to Finality" was the final episode of the series, and not knowing which scenario we prefer.
I don't blame Andy Bobrow, Megan Ganz and the rest of the writing staff, because they were put in an incredibly untenable position when Sony fired Dan Harmon, just like I don't feel any anger towards Moses Port and David Guarascio for trying to pull off a job far more challenging than they ever could have realized. It's possible that it didn't matter who was running the ship this season. [...]
NBC began announcing today which TV pilots the network is picking up for the fall, and they've ordered four new comedies so far. One of those sitcoms is The Michael J. Fox Show, which NBC picked up for 22 episodes last August following a multi-network bidding war. Michael J. Fox will be joined on the fall schedule by three new series that were announced today: About a Boy, based on the book/Hugh Grant movie of the same name; The Family Guide, starring J.K. Simmon and Parker Posey; and Sean Saves the World, starring Sean Hayes and created by Victor Fresco (Andy Richter Controls the Universe).
Don't worry, Jimmy Fallon is still taking over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in February; he's just doing it without the fancy studio NBC promised him. In March, it was reported that NBC was building Fallon a state-of-the-art, double-decker $25 million studio in 30 Rock for his Tonight Show launch, but today, THR reports that the network has opted to keep Fallon in his current studio. NBC spent seven months on plans to build the "megastudio," which would have seated 400, but they're now going with a $5 million upgrade of Fallon's current studio, a decision that he and producer Lorne Michaels are [...]
On his guest appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, Steve Martin took his time to walk on stage and even got a little lost in this "little skit," as David Letterman calls it (in the skit). Try to find anything half as fun as this that's ever happened on Jay Leno's Tonight Show (Dancing Itos don't count).
Check out the rest of Steve Martin's Fallon appearance below:
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