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As the broadcast networks (as well as major cable players USA, TNT and TBS) unveil their new TV shows this week, we asked their top programmers to reveal the challenges and successes of the TV season. We also had them describe their strategies this development season, among other questions. Here's what they had to say.
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Welcome to the darkest timeline. NBC has canceed Community, Revolution, Growing Up Fisher, Believe, Crisis and Dracula, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Aw, geez. Fargo had a modest debut Tuesday.
The well-received drama bowed to 2.65 million viewers, with 1.02 million in the 18-to-49 demographic. That's slightly below FX's most recent launch, The Bridge in July, which drew 3.04 million. Counting encores, Fargo pulled in 4.15 million and 1.79 million in the demo.
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So much for that Captain America tie-in.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s game-changing episode drew 4.9 million viewers and a 1.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Tuesday, down three tenths ...
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Most people love to share stories about their wacky and crazy families. But few experience the reaction comedian and TV writer DJ Nash (Bent, Up All Night) used to get.
"I was telling a story about my dad cutting down a tree with a chainsaw — because I thought that that was not a big deal, I really...
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This week's gold-medal question: Can NBC reverse its spotty track record when it comes to using the ratings boost of the Olympics to launch new programs? (Remember the Summer 2012 debacle when the network interrupted the flow of London's Closing Ceremony to inflict Animal Practice on an unwilling captive audience?)
The news is better this weekend, during the closing nights of the Games. The comedies getting a sneak peek are considerably more entertaining than Animal Practice — what wouldn't be? — and they won't air until after that night's Olympics packages are finished.
First up is NBC's best new comedy of the season (including the star-driven disappointments that flopped on Thursdays this fall): About a Boy, airing Saturday night at approximately 11/10c before moving to its regular time period next Tuesday at 9/8c. This charmingly offbeat ...
NBC has given a pilot order to Two to Go, a single-camera comedy from Jason Bateman, TVGuide.com has learned.
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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.
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NBC has announced its midseason premiere dates, with new comedies About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher launching in February, while their dramas will debut in March.
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