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'Whitney' Returns to Low, 'Animal Practice'-Level Ratings

Whitney Cummings's self-titled sitcom Whitney returned to NBC last night to kick off its sophomore season, and the ratings weren't great. Whitney earned a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Those numbers are right in line with the debut of Animal Practice (5.2 million an 1.4), which preceded Whitney in the Wednesday 8pm timeslot before NBC canceled it for low ratings. Like several of NBC's comedies, Whitney is only picked up for a truncated 13-episode season this year (with an an order for 5 additional scripts), and with ratings like that, I wouldn't expect the network to order more. [...]

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 [...]

Ricky Gervais Says He's Hosting 'SNL' Next Year

According to an entry posted on Ricky Gervais's blog, he's going to host Saturday Night Live sometime next year. Here's what Gervais wrote:

"I also promised the SNL lot that I'd host next year. I've been invited to do it so many times but I was never available, but I'm going to do it next year whether it coincides with me plugging something or not. It might even be better if I don't have to restrict it to jokes about the movie or TV show I'm flogging. Pure fun. You'll be the judge of that."

It's pretty surprising Gervais hasn't hosted SNL yet. He's been a big [...]

'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 [...]

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Are Making an NBC Show with Anne Heche

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's company Gary Sanchez is working with Anne Heche to develop a new NBC pilot called Bad Judge, Deadline reports. The show is based on an idea by Heche (who's also producing) and written by Chad Kultgen (one of the writers on the upcoming Steve Carell vehicle The Incredible Burt Wonderstone). It follows a hard-living criminal judge whose freewheelin' ways are constantly putting her professional life in danger. This is Heche's second collaboration with Ferrell/McKay after playing an uncredited role as an evil CEO in their movie The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay last worked with NBC years ago with their career-making jobs on [...]

Joel McHale Tells Conan About Reality TV and Getting Out of Speeding Tickets

Community and The Soup star Joel McHale did Conan last night, which was presumably another appearance that he booked to promote Community back when the show was supposed to return in the fall. Either way, McHale and Conan, who apparently have lunch together, had a fun chat about trashy reality TV, parenting, how to get out of tickets, and driving a flashy sports car. Joel McHale driving a flashy sports car is the closest we have to knowing what a successful Jeff Winger would be like.

Saturday Night's Children: Rob Schneider (1990-1994)

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.

For every famous catchphrase and Sandler movie scene-stealing bit part he's enjoyed, Rob Schneider has always paid back tenfold in critically failed shows, films, and PR disasters ranging from the bizarre morning radio show confrontation in 2009 to buying multiple full-page ads to scathe his own critics. While Schneider hasn't found complete success outside of the Happy Madison umbrella, he's always excelled as [...]

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 [...]

Ellen Degeneres Likes Kate McKinnon's Impression of Her on 'SNL'

Here's Ellen Degeneres discussing and playing clips of Saturday Night Live's recent Ellen parody on an episode of her show. Degeneres is a good sport about the whole thing and seems to be fond of cast member Kate McKinnon's impression of her. It's only a matter of time before the two are dancing together side by side, whether it be on SNL or on Ellen.

'Friends' Producer Says There Won't Be a 'Friends' Movie

With reunion movies in the works for Arrested Development, Entourage, Party Down, Bored to Death, and more shows probably, one sitcom that won't be given the big-screen treatment is Friends, according to producer Kevin S. Bright. Promoting the Blu-Ray release of the wildly-popular 90s series, Bright told TV Guide, "There is absolutely, 100 percent no talk about a reunion. Maybe they'll find a reason one day, and obviously the reason can't be about money and things like that. Other than that, I don't think there is a reason to do it. There will be no Friends movie." Rumors of a Friends movie have been swirling around for years, with [...]

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 [...]