NBC headed into midseason last year with plenty of momentum — only to see its fortunes collapse as The Voice took a winter nap and new hit Revolution went on hiatus.
Lesson learned. Not taking this fall's solid ratings for granted, NBC will bring its new smash, The Blacklist, back in January before taking a break for the Olympics. And the Winter Games will provide a ratings boost as well as a broad platform on which to market the network's upcoming series.
Disney XD's hit comedy Lab Rats returns Monday, Feb. 17 with a one-hour premiere at 6:30/5:30c, leading into the channel's premiere of Disney Channel movie Cloud 9. Lab Rats stars Billy Unger, Kelli Berglund and Tyrel Jackson Williams will also appear in interstitials during commercial breaks to "host" the telecast.
Guests on the show this season include Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, as well as Disney Channel star Karan Brar (Jessie). Also, Lab Rats star Hal Sparks makes his directorial debut with an episode.
There are few producers busier than Julie Plec, who has the weight of The CW on her shoulders. Plec is behind that network's smash hit The Vampire Diaries, as well as two freshman series this season: The Tomorrow People and The Originals. In The Originals (Tuesdays, 8/7c), a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, Plec moved Vampires baddie Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his bloodsucking siblings to New Orleans, a city they helped build. Plec explains why we should go batty for The Originals....
Keith Lucas and Kenny Lucas
Identical twins Keith and Kenny Lucas created and star in the animated series The Lucas Bros. Moving Company, which premieres Jan. 11 at 11/10c as part of Fox's Animation Domination Hi-Def block (along with another new entry, Golan the Insatiable). In the series premiere, the brothers deliver a possessed air conditioner for a friend. The Lucas brothers also host an online talk show for Comedy Central and are set to appear in the upcoming movie 22 Jump Street. The duo filled out TV Guide Magazine's showrunner survey to explain why Lucas Bros. is worth moving in....
Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase
Former Community co-star Chevy Chase is looking to return to primetime and reunite with an old friend. ABC is developing a project with Chase and his Vacation co-star Beverly D'Angelo for the 2015-2016 TV season.
Deals have just closed with Chase and...
It would be easy to call The Blacklist a hit simply because of its plum time slot — airing after NBC's monster talent competition The Voice. But that would ignore an astounding fact about the show's viewership: Nearly 8 million viewers watch The Blacklist at a completely different time, and not behind The Voice.
Audiences changed the way they consumed television — as well as what they watched — last year, making binge-watching a phenomenon and breathing new life into the TV movie and miniseries genres. What's in store for this year? Here are a few hot topics.
Will there be any more fallout from the Duck Dynasty controversy?