Day: October 15, 2012

Fall 2012 sitcom ratings, with DVR/TiVo Live +7day data

We’re living in a DVR world now, where the “500 channels” once dreamt about finally seem to all coexist in our lives and nightly viewing habits. More and more of us aren’t watching TV when the suits have programmed it — unless it’s a cult favorite show with multiple spoilers, in which we feel the need to watch ASAP so we can all discuss the plot twists together. That’s not really an issue for sitcoms, though. If you didn’t see this week’s episode of New Girl on Tuesday night, you’re probably going to be just fine waiting anytime before...

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“Match Game” returns to daily TV, but only in [blank] Canada

A classic game show beloved by comedians and comedy fans returns to the TV airwaves five times a week starting tonight. But Match Game isn’t coming back to America. Try heading north of the border. Oh, Canada! Sally was so desperate for new episodes of Match Game…”HOW DESPERATE WAS SHE?”…Sally was so desperate for new episodes of Match Game, all she did for the past three decades was BLANK. That’s how the game works. Two contestants each take a stab at filling in the blanks and hoping that the six comedians/celebrities on the panel match their answers. The Canadian...

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Comedy Headlines for 10/15/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Keep your action figures in mint condition! Adult Swim has renewed Robot Chicken for a seventh season. Penn Jillette made the cut for the first “All-Star” edition of Celebrity Apprentice, which begins production this week in New York City, with a premiere date for NBC coming in March 2013. Donald Trump already has proclaimed this “All-Star” edition to be the biggest collection of stars on the planet ever. Bill Lawrence, who is seeing his Cougar Town sitcom jump from ABC to TBS this winter, has sold a new comedy to NBC called...

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NBC hangs up on Dane Cook’s “Next Caller” before its midseason debut

The first network sitcom of the 2012-2013 to bite the dust never even made it to air. NBC announced late Friday that it had cancelled Dane Cook’s planned midseason sitcom, Next Caller, citing dissatisfaction with the show’s direction. Next Caller had wrapped production on four of its six ordered episodes after the pilot, taping in New York City. Cook confirmed the news on his Twitter feed with a bit of self-deprecation, writing: “After 4 episodes Next Caller has been politely asked to leave the building. I can only hope we get syndicated because that money is bomb!” Followed soon...

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SNL #38.4 RECAP: Host Christina Applegate, musical guest Passion Pit

Christina Applegate has hosted Saturday Night Live twice now, but the distance between the two gigs is vast — 19 years vast! Why the long wait? Especially since Applegate’s first time on SNL, back in May 1993, saw the birth of Chris Farley’s motivational speaker character, Matt Foley. What new recurring character would Applegate help spawn in 2012? Let’s take a look and find out! But first, the requisite cold open focusing on this past week’s VP debate between sitting Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican nominee, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Despite what you heard out of the...

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