Month: October 2014

Bad Judge not good, A to Z only makes it to M, as NBC will cancel both new sitcoms

Must-See Thursdays were how long ago, now? NBC has decided to scrap another lineup of new Thursday night sitcoms, halting production on both Bad Judge and A to Z in a Halloween massacre after both rookie shows failed to reach even a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 last night. Last night’s episode of Bad Judge, which starred Kate Walsh as a “bad” municipal judge, grabbed 3.9 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in ages 18-49, a distant third to Scandal and Two and a Half Men among broadcast networks. A half-hour later, A to Z (a rom-com starring Ben...

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Wayne’s World Halloween: Who wore it better, Comedy Bang! Bang! or the Today Show?

Who are you dressing up as for Halloween? Wayne and Garth from the SNL sketch and movies, Wayne’s World, is a fun, retro choice, honoring the characters made famous by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. So nice they’re on TV at least twice this Halloween. First, this morning, Kathie Lee and Hoda from the Today show joined a full-cast SNL-themed Halloween costume celebration. But not so fast. The kids at IFC want you to know they’ve already got their own party on, party on, excellent planned tonight via Comedy Bang! Bang! Here are Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts. You...

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HBO will wrap up Stephen Merchant’s “Hello Ladies” with “Hello Ladies: The Movie”

If you thought that Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies said goodbye already back in 2013, then you’ve got a second coming coming. HBO will wrap up the show’s initial eight-episode storyline with an 80-minute Hello Ladies: The Movie, that debuts Nov. 22 on the cable channel and wherever your HBOGo goes. Here’s a tease. Roll the clip! Merchant similarly had wrapped up storylines for his TV projects with Ricky Gervais — The Office and Extras — with extra-long goodbye specials. For Hello Ladies: The Movie, we find Merchant’s “Stuart” trying to impress his ex-girlfriend, who’s visiting Los Angeles from Britain with...

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Maybe See TV? The week in pilots, script commitments and development deals (Oct. 30, 2014)

You’ll hear a lot in the trades and the trade winds from now through pilot season, which starts in earnest in January, all the way up to the cable Upfronts in the spring and the broadcast network Upfronts in May — when TV programmers present their new and returning lineups to impress and attract advertisers for 2015-2016. When a network orders a pilot to series, that’s newsworthy and vital information for you to know. Everything else is speculation. In fact, that’s what the programming suits do is invest in a speculative market, buying up sitcom ideas and their writers and producers,...

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Portlandia sneak peek of Season 5: Goth couple funeral planning

Trick or treat! IFC has a Halloween treat—a first look at Portlandia’s fifth season! In this clip, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are a goth couple celebrating the most goth thing they could possibly do: Plan their own funerals, obviously. What to include, what to include, though? How about body-dragging jackals, shrieking and an empty coffin. The clip will pop up on TV Friday night during the special Halloween episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!, but you can see it right now. Roll the clip! Season five of Portlandia returns January 2015 to...

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