News Briefs: Community's Numbers Fall, But It's Still NBC's Highest-Rated Show

COOL COOL COOL NEWS

... Here's how to look at this bit of news in a negative light: In its second week back, Community fell almost a quarter from last week to a 1.7 rating in the adult demo. Here's how to look at it in a positive light: It was still NBC's top-rated show of the evening. The network has to renew it now, RIGHT?!?!? In just plain bad news, Awake dropped all the way down to a 1.2 rating. Why is it that everyone hates good things? [EW]


AND A BUNCH OF CASTING NEWS

... Alyssa Milano has landed the final of four leads in ABC's summer drama Mistresses. The series follows the complicated love lives of four women, and recently cast Lost's Yunjin Kim. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Maria Bello apparently wasn't deterred by the disappointing experience with television that was Prime Suspect. She'll be joining Fox's Touch for a multi-episode arc with the option of becoming a series regular. She'll play a woman who has a daughter that possesses similar abilities to Jake. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Everybody Loves Raymond's Doris Roberts (awww!) will be stopping by Desperate Housewives. She'll play a woman who hires Gaby to be her personal shopper. [THR]

... Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) is filming an episode of Two and a Half Men. Oh George. [Jason Alexander's Twitter]

... Mamie Gummer, famous for being Meryl Streep's daughter and less famous for starring on Off the Map, will guest star on Showtime's dark comedy The Big C. She'll play one half of a couple that might have a solution to help Cathy stay happy. Drugs? Ice cream? Foot rubs? I want to know! [THR]

... Hugh Dancy (The Big C) has landed a lead role in NBC's straight-to-series drama Hannibal. He'll play the FBI agent that works with the cannibalistic Dr. Lecter. [EW]

... In a bit of uncasting–no–uncrewing, Smash is losing its showrunner just a day after it was given word of a second-season renewal. Theresa Rebeck has decided to leave the series to return to theater. Listen, Theresa. Sometimes you have to sacrifice real art for making a pretty penny off NBC. This is one of those times! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar) is coming back to House for the series finale. Which is odd because his character committed suicide in Season 5. Wow, maybe Dr. House is that good of a doctor! [EW]


Follow TV.com writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

Comments (40)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
I love both Community and Awake, I hope they both stay. I'm also sort of worried for Smash now. Oh NBC...
Reply
Flag
(Apparently) good news for Community... As for the much-lauded Awake, the show has two distinct halves; the amazing pilot & everything up to the last few minutes of Ep02, and the rest - which is where the wheels fell of with a) the conspiracy angle and b) simply awful, predictable writing in Ep03, which was quite enough to make me not watch it further. Apparently, I wasn't the only one.
Reply
Flag
Man, even with no competition, Awake was barely watched. My question is, why would NBC start this show so late in the season? I know Prime Suspect and The Firm already did terrible in the time-slot, but that's no reason to just throw in Awake with little to no promotion. This should have premiered in the fall and on a different day, but maybe it was too high of a concept to begin with... especially for NBC.
Reply
Flag
Awake is a great concept, but even if your attention doesn't waver for a second it still gets tough to keep track of where he is, especially with some of the same characters in both realities. It can be great and intriguing, but it's clearly a show that will be a good bit punishing to someone who just wants to vege with a magazine or their iPhone at the same time.
Reply
Flag
Want to be friends?
Reply
Flag
Awake is a terrible concept. I don't know if it's good or not, but I'm not a masochist in search of a reason to weep.
Reply
Flag
Apparently you're not a viewer interested in testing the waters of what is a fantastic show.
Reply
Flag
You seem to be implying that to know it is to love it. Not so. The show is not for everyone. I gave it 4 episodes and am now dropping it.
Reply
Flag
Apparently people hate Fringe too, sadly. At least Community beat 30 rock and all that other stuff.



I can see why Awake isn't getting the best of ratings, its a very "dry" looking show with procedural elements, which can make it seem abit like one-in-a-bunch type of show.
Reply
Flag
I don't hate good things, Community and Awake is some of the highlights of Thursday night. I actually think Awake is better than The Mentalist. And the only thing that is better than Community on Thursday or any night for that matter is The Big Bang Theory.
Reply
Flag
Go Community - Loved Thurdsay's ep
Reply
Flag
what! nooooo. why would you spoil kutners death! i didnt know that. it might not be new but there are people like me who are watching the show from beginning
Reply
Flag
Sorry, you can't expect something that happened two+ seasons ago to get a spoiler warning.
Reply
Flag
Awake is boring.
Reply
Flag
NBC has created a system where viewers don't believe their shows will get nurtured, instead they'll just get tortured and/or canceled, so they don't tune in. It wasn't even a challenging night, a second week without Big Bang Theory against it, but NBC has terrible marketing and scheduling people. Nobody wanted to sit through 2 mediocre episodes of 30 Rock, and I still don't see how Up All Night fits in their Thursday lineup at all, it's all wrong.



ABC is torturing Alyssa Milano again, dangling the carrot of a series in front of her only to have it get canceled a handful of episodes in?



Jason Alexander is such a chameleon that I cannot begin to imagine if it'll be a good thing or a bad thing to have him on the show.
Reply
Flag
"NBC has terrible marketing and scheduling people" It's really NBC has a terrible schedule. They're loaded with aging shows and can't dump them because they've got nothing to take their place. From last year's pilot season, "Whitney" and "Are You there Chelsea?" were the best; how bad must the others have been?

What I'm getting at is with poorly-watched shows, there's also less people to see promos for other shows.
Reply
Flag
Community was much better this week than last. They should have aired them in opposite order which could have prevented their drop-off in numbers.
Reply
Flag
Not really... I thought they were both good (I haven't seen the whole episodes but still)... I think it was actually logical... Shirley's wedding provided a grounded episode whereas last weeks was more crazy. The grounded episode is easier to follow for new viewers and not too in-jokey to not make sense whereas last weeks was more for hard-core fans. Also I've seen a page with practically thousands of people saying they liked the wedding episode more... Maybe it's websites... I'm not very opinionated in the subject really...
Reply
Flag
I really like how TV.com can give a positive spin to bad news for shows they endorse
Reply
Flag
It's not always about how well or badly a show is doing. It's sometimes about cost. I wouldn't say it's NBC's highest rated show because the numbers for some of their dramas seem to be better. But a network can only cancel so much. If NBC feels they can make money off the show they'll bring it back but they might just want to try and gamble on a new show instead. I suspect it could return to be slotted into Friday nights at 8pm to replace Chuck.
Reply
Flag
Pretty sure he meant it was their highest rated show of the night.
Reply
Flag
As much as I ADORE Community, I can't bring myself to convinve myself it'll get renewed. I just can't.

I'm going to break my own heart if I do and then it doesn't. Which sounds a bit much to some people. probably, it's just a SHOW after all, but...it deserves a fourth Season, at the very least. (If not a fourth fifth and sixth...followed by a movie...)
Reply
Flag
it was gonna fall no doubt, but as you said it's still number 1
Reply
Flag
Maria Bello in Touch is great news!!

No worries, Community still will be renewed, good still wins vs evil right??

Reply
Flag
Awake is just boring. I gave up after the 3rd episode. If anyone can't tell that this is gonna have the Lost ending then they really don't know how the entertainment industry works. Spoiler Alert! He's the one that's dead people!



I've seen it a million times...something groundbreaking comes out, then it gets copied for years (Fight Club, Matrix, Lost, etc). Not to mention, does EVERY show have to be a police show (or even a procedural) nowadays? Person of Interest has the same problem
Reply
Flag
I think the writers of Awake are smarter than to make a show about the dreams of a dead man. Say wyaht you will about TV's imagination, that's just straight up illogical.
Reply
Flag
How is there still Desperate Housewives news? That show is over. Very cool to hear that about Community!
Reply
Flag
Maybe Theresa Rebeck already made her money off NBC from the years she worked on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Rebeck. Warren Leight. The woman who wrote "'Night Mother." Law & Order: Criminal Intent may have had the most theatrical writing staff on TV in recent years. And Two and a Half Men is probably better than that show Alexander had with Robert Klein on ABC.
Reply
Flag
F*ck! F*ck, f*ck, f*ck!



I knew I shouldn't have got my hopes up. I even wrote so on this site. But I did anyway! I hoped that the best comedy on TV could maybe maintain some solid numbers and we wouldn't have to worry about cancellation for a while. How freaking naive was that?



It takes an toll, you know, perpetually agonizing over the possibility of your favorite shows getting cancelled. And it's not enough that Community is on the bubble, but Fringe as well! The anxiety is figuratively killing me! If either of these shows get axed, prepare yourself for a violently deranged lunatic trolling this site, because I'll probably lose my mind.
Reply
Flag
Awake just isn't that good of a premise. I know it SOUNDS really cool, but when it comes down to it, who cares? After the first episode, where he reveals that even HE doesn't care what's reality and what isn't, as long as he has both his loved ones, I just found there to be no drama, no emotional pull, at all. As far as the MAIN PREMISE of the story, it was made moot. This is now just another police procedural - and not a good one. I skipped out after episode 2.
Reply
Flag
Agreed. The premise was interesting in the promos, but the follow through was muddled at best. He's in a coma...any other answer makes little sense. I can deal with a procedural if the hook and the characters are consistently engaging, but when the end is knowable a few eps in and the lead is the only character I am invested in, and even he doesn't care that much about his situation, I have other more interesting shows to occupy my time. [Sidenote: if he is enduring therapy sessions at the behest of the department, shouldn't the shrinks' evaluations (either one) mark his mental instability as a reason for him NOT to carry a weapon in the field? He has already perpetrated self-harm in an instant of panic, maybe we should not have this guy carrying?]
Reply
Flag
No emotional pull? You and I have been watching different shows.



This won't come down to the writers picking one reality or another. It just cannot end that way. This is an artful series and the best 4 episodes of a procedural I've ever seen.
Reply
Flag
Couldn't agree more.
Reply
Flag
Here, here, movieblogger.



Why does no one entertain the idea that this show simply takes place in a world where this kind of dual-reality is possible? The show has made no promises that it's realism.
Reply
Flag
Maybe we're all naturally masochists? I dunno.
Reply
Flag
Awesome, I'm so excited to see Maria Bello on Touch. I miss Prime Suspect.
Reply
Flag
When will NBC pull their head out of their arse and move Community to a better time slot. Move it, the numbers will rise and then you can actually have a highly rated and highly critically rated show. I know it is been a while NBC, take deep breaths. However if they drop it. Maybe Netflix will save it instead of the bags of not good shows they are currently contemplating.



And Awake dropped because it just is too freaking unbelievable to enjoy.



Damn Maria Bello, now there is no hope for Prime Suspect. And Touch isn't that great either.



And clearly Kal Penn will be coming back as a zombie.



Reply
Flag
I agree. Placing it against Big Bang Theory is not doing it any favours.
Reply
Flag
A different time slot really won't change much for Community. It's simply not accessible at all to a casual viewer, with too many in-jokes and weirdnesses that leave occasional/first-time viewers bewildered and changing the channel.
Reply
Flag
Can Zombies get lupus?
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook