Question: You recently mentioned that the middling ratings for Bravo's Situation: Comedy prompted its move to Fridays. But honestly, does it really matter when Bravo airs new episodes? If I don't catch it on Friday, I know I can catch it Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. And if I miss a week or two or three, I can catch the repeats that air before the new ep. Or I could wait for the whole thing to be over and catch the entire series marathon that Bravo will surely repeat for at least three weeks. Part of what makes watching Survivor or Amazing Race such an "event" is that it's aired exclusively on one day and at one time. And if you miss it, it sucks to be you! Do you think that Bravo could improve ratings by having fewer repeats?
Answer: Ha! So true. Except if you're low on the Bravo totem pole, like Situation: Comedy, you're not nearly as overexposed. If you don't watch this one on Fridays, that "sucks to be you" refrain (nice shout-out to my beloved Avenue Q)
Will & Grace's Sean Hayes and his producing partner, Todd Milliner, whose Situation: Comedy is currently living out its final days on Bravo, are developing a semiscripted local-news parody for TBS. Broken News will feature actors improvising a newscast for a fictional small town. Lawyers for my mom's quaint hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio, stand poised to sue.
Question: Why do you think Bravo's Situation: Comedy has apparently failed to find an audience so drastically that new episodes have been banished from a prime-time slot? Am I the only person out here who finds shows like this and Project: Greenlight vastly more entertaining than most of the other reality out there? This show isn't stellar by any means, but it's an interesting peek into the struggle for mediocrity inherent in the network system.
Answer: You may have answered your own question in that last sentence. Yes, Situation and Greenlight are more engrossing and interesting than the run-of-the-mill reality show, but the creative process exposed on these shows isn't exactly what the average reality buff seems to crave. Perhaps if they were less smart, they'd be more successful. But it also probably boils down to the fact that once the projects get picked, there's little suspense (as in the who-will-win? variety, although there is an end game for Situation: Comedy, I guess). And s ...
Question: Love your column! Have you seen Bravo's reality/Sean Hayes-produced Situation: Comedy? I saw one episode and found it very interesting to get an insider's look at developing a TV comedy. But I found one thing disturbing: One of the two winning sitcom ideas was about a girl not sure about which of two men is her biological father. Hellooo? Does anyone remember an '80s series called My Two Dads? (Gee... maybe the title would be a giveaway). What's worse is the NBC programming chief called it a fresh idea — and My Two Dads aired on NBC! Hey, maybe I can sell my idea about two supercool undercover cops who drive fast Ferrari cars and wear pastel suits and have a pet alligator and live in Montana! Montana Vice! I love it!
Answer: Surely you know that no self-respecting programmer, not even on NBC, would buy a show set in a "fly-over" state like Montana. But seriously, the lack of originality in TV gets even worse. There's a midseason comedy for WB, Misconceptions, that has nearly
In a fate worse than cancellation, Bravo has unceremoniously banished its Sean Hayes-hosted reality competition Situation: Comedy to Fridays at 7pm/ET, effective immediately. The show had been airing Tuesdays at 9pm.
TV is in a sitcom slump these days, and Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes wants to fix it. As a producer of Bravo’s Situation: Comedy, he helped select five aspiring sitcom writers to compete for $25,000, a high-powered agent and the possibility of his/her sitcom making it to the small screen. We asked Hayes — who calls Joey a "very good show" — about trying to find the next great American laffer.
TVGuide.com: So this is Project Greenlight for TV. Sean Hayes: The execution is quite different, but the idea is similar. You actually get to see our two [finalists’] shows at the end of the series instead of trying to find Stolen Summer at your local multiplex.
TVGuide.com: Will we see you and [producing partner] Todd Milliner as tough, Simon-like judges?Hayes: We’re not judges! [C
Ever look at the dopey situations and lousy dialogue on TV sitcoms and think, "I could write funnier than this crap"? Well, now's your chance, buddy. Bravo just picked up the talent-search series Situation: Comedy, created by Will & Grace star Sean Hayes and his college pal, Todd Milliner. "It's to find the next sitcom," Hayes recently told reporters at the TCA press tour in L.A. "It's kind of like a Project Greenlight for television."
The show's expected to bow this fall; hopeful scribes can apply through Sept. 18 via Bravo's website. "We're going to shoot two sitcom pilots," Hayes explained, "and have America decide which one they want to see go to series. But it could hit or not. I mean, who knows! It's just fun trying."
Besides Situation: Comedy, Hayes has also shot another Bravo pilot called Underexposed, about wannabe filmmakers. (That on