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Inside the Demise of NBC's Once-Promising Comedy Up All Night

Up All Night

NBC's Up All Night should have been a hit. The show came with a strong comedy pedigree: It starred Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph and was produced by Saturday Night Live don Lorne Michaels. At the center was what seemed to be a relatable premise for the young adults watching the network's upscale comedies: a hip, young couple adjusts to life with a baby.

But two years after creator Emily Spivey shot the pilot (then called Alpha Mom), Up All Night is all but gone, suffering the death of a thousand tinkers. A heavily touted plan to morph the show into a multi-camera sitcom is now mostly abandoned, and some of the outlandish ideas bandied about for the revamp (including one idea involving rock star... read more

Disney Channel Sets Airdate For One-Hour A.N.T. Farm Season Premiere

A.N.T. Farm

The "Advanced Natural Talents" kids are back. Disney Channel's hit comedy A.N.T. Farm — which follows a group of talented high school students — returns for Season 3 on... read more

First Look: Disney XD's Max Steel

Disney HD

Coming to Disney XD later this month, Max Steel tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and his alien companion, Steel.

Max has a super strength secret: Turbo energy. And Steel possesses alien intellect. Combined, they become the ultimate superhero.

Disney XD ordered 26 episodes of Max Steel, a Mattel property based on a line of action figures first introduced in 1999.

Disney XD premieres Max Steel on Monday, March 25 at 4/3c. Here's a sneak peek trailer, directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) and scored by DJ Cole Plante (TRON: Uprising).

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Exclusive: Discovery Renews Amish Mafia For Season Two

Amish Mafia

TV's Amish craze isn't dying down yet: Discovery is ordering a second season of Amish Mafia, which performed well for the network this winter.

Discovery will air eight more hour-long episodes of the show later this year. Amish Mafia centers on a guy who calls... read more

NBC Brings Saturday Night Live to Saturday Primetime

Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Hart

NBC is expanding its reliance on late-night staple Saturday Night Live, which is once again ready for primetime on a weekly basis.

NBC has quietly started airing the previous week's episode of SNL, edited from 90 minutes down to an hour, on Saturdays at 10/9c. The repeat doesn't attract a large audience, averaging just 2.3 million viewers on Feb. 23 (featuring guest host Christoph Waltz and musical guest Alabama Shakes). But it still managed to tie ABC (which ran the movie Dreamgirls) and CBS (a Vanity Fair Hollywood special) for No. 1 among adults 18-49 in its second half-hour.

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Watch My Show: The Neighbors' Dan Fogelman Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Dan Fogelman

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.

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After A Lackluster Year, Networks Aim to Make More Noise This Pilot Season

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.

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Watch My Show: Community's Moses Port and David Guarascio Answer Our Showrunner Survey

Community

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... read more

How Netflix and the Internet Might Impact This Year's Emmy Race

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. read more

Exclusive: ABC Family Picks Up Two New Reality Shows

Melissa Peterman

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... read more

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