Max Greenfield, Ashton Kutcher
Holy "Schmidt"! That last name has become a go-to for TV and film writers looking to give their characters a memorable moniker.
Netflix made headlines last week when it picked up two seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the sitcom starring Ellie Kemper as a former cult member navigating the big city. NBC was originally set to launch the new comedy, from 30 Rock exec producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, but the Netflix deal was too good to pass up (and saved NBC the expense of trying to launch the new show in this sitcom-challenged era).
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is making a big move ahead of her 2015 debut.
The new sitcom from Tina Fey, which was originally ordered to series by NBC, will now premiere on...
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams
This was supposed to be the year that popular stars Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes and Robin Williams triumphantly returned to television and saved the sitcom. But of these three, only Williams is still on the air — and his new show, CBS' The Crazy Ones, is more "solid" than "smash."
"It's hard to launch comedy even in the best of circumstances," says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. And network TV circa 2014 is not experiencing the best of circumstances. NBC pulled The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World off the network's Thursday night lineup this winter after both shows attracted just around 3 million viewers a week. (Michael J. Fox's remaining episodes may still air.
The celebrity game show returns for its second season Monday at 8/7c with back-to-back episodes. Clue-Boom, which was debuted at the Television Critics Association winter previews on Sunday...
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.
This fall's network development frenzy has led to a slew of bigger-than-usual deals with some of the hottest names in TV. But that doesn't mean all of these projects will actually get made.
The price tag for hot pitches has escalated thanks to the emergence of new competitors with hefty wallets, such as Netflix, plus cable networks (including WGN America, Discovery Channel and E!) spending heavily to get into the scripted business.
"It's amazing how...
Tina Fey is returning to NBC — behind the camera at least.
NBC has given a 13-episode order to a new comedy from Fey and her fellow 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock. The series will star Office alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. The series is slated for a fall 2014 debut.
The Mindy Project
Even the most die-hard Mindy Kaling fans had to acknowledge that The Mindy Project's first season had some flaws. And unfortunately, right when the show seemed to be finding its groove, the season was over. Now, The Mindy Project is back for Season 2 and poised to be the great comedy we always wanted it to be.
The first season of the The Mindy Project suffered from a severe lack of focus. Torn between being a workplace comedy and a meta rom-com, The Mindy Project was a little all over the place. Certain episodes featured so many disjointed story lines that it felt stitched together like a comedy Frankenstein. But even amid the confusion, the show always had enough great jokes — delivered by some of Hollywood's hottest actors — to keep me watching.
Erin (Ellie Kemper) got the happy ending she had always wanted when she was reunited with her birth parents on The Office series finale.
But early in Season 9, Dunder Mifflin's receptionist had a very different set of hopes and dreams, namely, becoming a...
Ellie Kemper, Kal Penn, contestant
All is fair in love and competition ... even between former co-stars.
On Thursday's episode of Hollywood Game Night (10/9c, NBC), things get heated between ex-Office cast mates Angela Kinsey and...