The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman knows that viewers have a few pre-conceived notions regarding his ABC comedy about aliens living next door to a suburban family. But audiences — and critics — are starting to come around to the fact that, despite the show's outlandish premise, at its core The Neighbors is a family show that explores how we relate to and fit in with the world (As TV Guide Magazine recently reported, an ABC marketing campaign is touting those initial negative reviews to show how opinions are evolving.) Fogelman's resume is chock full of Pixar and Disney animated features (Cars, Tangled and Bolt) as well as more adult fare (he wrote the screenplays to Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Guilt Trip). Fogelman answered our showrunner survey to explain why adults and kids should make an effort to meet The Neighbors.
Michael J Fox
The broadcast networks are desperate for your attention. They know that you're overwhelmed with their programming and distracted by cable, the Internet and now even streaming services. Plus, they didn't produce a new major hit this season, and their ratings are suffering for it.
That's why this year's crop of nearly 100 series pilots at the five networks (48 comedy and 50 drama from the five networks) is all about being big: big stars, big producers, big concepts.
Greendale Community College is back in session! After a nine-month hiatus, Community returned to NBC on Feb. 7 for its fourth season. The comedy was originally supposed to air on Fridays in the fall — but when NBC scrapped those plans, the show...
House of Cards
Broadcast network execs have long grumbled about their shows having to compete against edgy, star-driven and sometimes bigger budgeted cable fare at the Emmy Awards. But now broadcast and cable foes may find themselves united against a new rival: digital programmers like Netflix and Amazon.
ABC Family is looking to expand its presence in the reality TV world, picking up two new unscripted series: Dancing Fools, hosted by Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy) and the docusoap The Vineyard...
The second-season return of Smash on Feb. 5 was always going to be a tough sell. But ABC's decision to schedule a last-minute special Tuesday-night edition of The Bachelor against it helped to crush NBC's musical drama, which attracted just 4.5 million viewers. Meanwhile, Sean Lowe and his roses brought in 7.9 million.
In this age of time-shifted and on-demand viewing, TV network scheduling seems like an antiquated idea. Yet as the networks fight over smaller pieces of the Nielsen ratings pie, scheduling — and the strategy behind how and when programs run — continues to play a critical role.
ABC's latest on-air promo for The Neighbors starts off by quoting some rather negative reviews, including four scorching ones from The Hollywood Reporter: "Small slice of stupidity," "Supremely unfunny," "It's awful" and "How the hell did this get made?"
In Cinemax's new action drama Banshee (already picked up for Season 2), Antony Starr plays a thief who assumes the role of sheriff in Banshee, a small town in Pennsylvania's Amish country, yet finds it hard to escape his past. Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler created the show, which also boasts True Blood's Alan Ball and House alum Greg Yaitanes as executive producers. Yaitanes explains why you should visit Banshee.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?
Greg Yaitanes: There's always room for dessert. Banshee is a delicious mix of sex, action and...
How I Met Your Mother
When CBS announced that How I Met Your Mother would return for a ninth and final season next year, the network took the unusual extra step of proclaiming that the show's heretofore unseen "mother" would be also finally be revealed.
HIMYM co-creator Craig Thomas (who says he wasn't consulted on that part of the release) admits he was surprised that CBS felt the need to spell it out. "The plan has always been to meet this girl at some point," he says. "I think we would be forbidden from show business if we ended the series without meeting the mother, and rightfully so. They want to make sure, I guess, that the audience knows they're not going to be jerked around or short changed in any way."