NBC didn't improve its overall ratings this past season, but network chairman Bob Greenblatt remains positive.
"How good is it to celebrate being flat? At this point in our business, flat is the new up," he said Saturday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. Greenblatt pointed out that the other Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS and FOX were all down ) and dubbed the 2012 season as the "Year of Improvement," citing that it was the network's most competitive season in the past nine years.
Remakes (House of Cards) and reboots (Arrested Development) are one way to go when establishing a brand — let's just forget about the atrocious Hemlock Grove for now — but with Orange Is the New Black, Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original.
The setting, an upstate New York women's prison, isn't all that new, but Orange — adapted by Weeds' Jenji Kohan from a memoir by Piper Kerman — makes it fresh by mining a deep vein of absurdist humor with an unexpectedly generous empathy for the outrageous characters its overwhelmed heroine encounters in her nightmare odyssey behind bars. When anxious Piper Chapman (a wryly understated and immediately sympathetic Taylor Schilling) is being processed to start her 15-month sentence, she's assured this isn't OZ — and it also isn't Chained (or Caged) Heat. This show is much cooler than that.
Thanks to syndication, it's pretty hard not to catch old episodes of Friends on cable for a nostalgic trip to the past. However, one person who wants to escape memories of that time is one of its former stars, Matthew Perry.
"I honestly recoil," Perry told Good Morning America when asked about seeing old pictures of...
Tension was high during a mini-Friends reunion — but it was all fun and games for The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In the staged video, Jennifer Aniston heads to former co-star Matthew Perry's house for advice for her co-hosting gig on Wednesday's Ellen. Perry, who's not too happy that she showed up unannounced, doesn't have a lot of words of wisdom to offer — and could not be more annoyed when Aniston references his recently canceled series Go On. Aniston, however, is stunned to find out that he's sleeping with Courteney Cox. Soon Portia de Rossi and DeGeneres herself attempt to stealthily slip out of Perry's house.
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Watch below for the reunion, as well as Aniston's chat with Ellen on the show:
NBC has canceled the Matthew Perry comedy Go On after one season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.