ABC has ordered two comedy pilots from Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan and Man Up! creator Chris Moynihan, TVGuide.com has learned.
Khan's Fresh Off the Boat is a...
It's a good time to be Seth MacFarlane, with a hit movie (Ted) under his belt, a gig as Oscar host in his future, and a mini-empire on the Fox network, whose Sunday "Animation Domination" lineup is overrun with his shows, most notably and memorably Family Guy. Not many shows that got canceled early in its run (after several seasons of incredibly incompetent scheduling), only to be resurrected on the strength of DVD sales and a cult cable following, manage to live on to mark a 200th-episode milestone.
Well, that didn't take long.
After only two airings, ABC has pulled Work It from its schedule, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The poorly reviewed series, which starred Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco as two out-of-work men who dress in drag to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps, debuted Jan. 3 to...
This is how much of a drag the premiere of the poorly reviewed Work It was: the show put up numbers worse than those that got its predecessor, Man Up!. canceled.
The new series — which has already been criticized by GLAAD and deemed "an instant early candidate for Worst Show of 2012" — posted a 2.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds. That's 17 percent below the opening demo of the time slot's previous occupant, which managed to attract 7.7 million viewers for its debut, according to Nielsen overnights. (The series sank to 4.8 million viewers by its final outing.)
ABC has pulled its struggling freshman comedy Man Up!, effective immediately. The sitcom will be replaced with reruns of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, until the premiere of Work It on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
The annual parade of sexy women in sexy Victoria's Secret lingerie won the final hour of Tuesday's prime time for CBS. Hard to believe! It also posted its largest demo rating ever in the nine years that it's aired. On a more wholesome note, Rudolph with his nose so bright and his venerable TV special (with Burl Ives' narration) led off a night that the network easily won in both viewership and 18-to-49-year-olds. But it was a rerun of NCIS — the current season's No. 1 show after 10 weeks — that snared the night's most viewers.
Dancing With The Stars
Dancing with the Stars determined the winner of its Mirrorball trophy to an audience of 19.45 million, but its 4.1 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, down some 20 percent from a year ago, was its lowest-rated fall finale of all time, according to Nielsen overnights.
Man Up! remained virtually even with its series-low numbers from last week, reaching 6.27 million viewers and 1.7 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, and Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, which precedes it at 8/7c, declined from a week ago, attracting 8.97 million people (2.6 demo rating), according to Nielsen overnights. So it's not getting easier for these guys — and it looks like Allen will indeed be the last man standing from this time slot.
When ABC announced its fall schedule in May, the network's critics and competitors were skeptical. Not only were its aging dramas quickly eroding, but ABC faced a formidable task in launching a whopping 13 new series.
It seemed like a tall order for ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, who was coming off his first full development season at the network. But as NBC sinks into an even deeper slump, ABC has somehow managed to defy the odds. It doesn't yet boast the ratings prowess of top-rated CBS and Fox, but Lee is encouraged by his network's ability to debut a handful of promising new series.
All Tim Allen wants for the holidays are a few cool outdoor gadgets. But don't expect him to use any of them.
"I love the thought of me out there fishing and hunting and camping," says Allen, on a break from rehearsals for his ABC hit Last Man Standing. "But I don't do it."