News Briefs: Do No Harm Got Off to a Record-Setting Embarrassing Start

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... The series premiere of NBC's Do No Harm did not do too well. According to Nielsen, 3.1 million viewers tuned in to see the pilot last night, good for only a 0.9 rating in the important 18-49 demographic. That makes it the lowest-rated scripted show ever on the four major networks. Ever. EVER. WORST EVER. Worse than Cavemen, Lone Star, and Work It. Guess it's time to dust off another season of The Voice. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... Speaking of terrible, TBS's Men at Work has a Season 2 premiere date: April 4. [TV Line]

... Even if you don't have a Netflix subscription, you can watch the first episode of its exclusive new original drama; the company has made the pilot available for free. I watched it. It's okay. [Netflix]

... Lifetime has picked up the drama Witches of East End with a 10-episode series order. The show stars Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, and Madchen Amick as witches on Long Island. [Lifetime via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn has landed the lead in Bravo's pilot Rita. Gunn will play an outspoken teacher at a private school who has three teenage kids of her own. Then she gets diagnosed with cancer and starts making meth. Ugh, I take that "joke" back. Pretend you didn't read that. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's pilot The Gates is replacing Aasif Mondvi in its cast after hiring him earlier this week. Taking his spot as a driven lawyer in this comedy about the parents of elementary school kids will be Ally McBeal's Greg Germann. [TV Line]

... Rob Riggle is trying TV again. The former Daily Show correspondent will star in Fox's pilot The Gabriels, a single-camera comedy about a neurotic family living among pleasant people in the Midwest. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lily Rabe will return to American Horror Story for Season 3! No word on what role she'll play or what Season 3 will be about other than the very cryptic "it will involve a romance." [Ryan Murphy's Twitter]

... Revenge's Emily VanCamp is getting richer. She's landed a major gig in Marvel's next Captain America movie, though details on her role haven't been announced. [Deadline Hollywood]



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Feb 03, 2013
Reason that it bombed: Maybe because it was available online like a week or three before the TV premiere and basically everyone realized it was an Epic Shitstorm of Fail?
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Feb 03, 2013
Greg Germann? never saw Ally McBeal, not liking him on NCIS, hated him on In Case of Emergency (yes, he was the worst actor in a short-lived cast that included former WCW Champion David Arquette), and without even knowing anything about the character, I can tell you he shouldn't be replacing Aasif Mandvi.
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Feb 03, 2013
Bygones...
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Feb 03, 2013
Note to NBC: stop putting double life/split personality dramas in that timeslot.
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Feb 02, 2013
Is that a sex doll in the passenger seat of that sports car with a dog on its lap? Oh, sorry, the crux of that story is IT BOMBED. Reasons I suspect it bombed: - did not do a good job advertising when it'd be on; - marketing did not do a satisfactory job of explaining to audiences what it was saying; - title did not do any job of explaining what the show was about; - concept was too strained to be engaging to a wide audience; - marketing looked devoid of passion, looked like a show by executive committee. That said, I know Fox has launched stuff with more crickets than this, so I dunno about "worst evah!" but it's obviously not good at all, so hopefully it's at least cheap to produce.

WTF? Aasif Mondvi is the man! Only NBC would be so dumb as to can him, I can only assume that show sucks donkey crotch to explain this choice. On the other hand, Greg Germann is fun, but I really would like to see him get better material again, his work on "Ned & Stacy" alone showed more range than he gets in the majority of his jobs these days. Also I saw him shopping at Target a few weeks ago here in Culver City.

Rob Riggle, noooooooo, that sounds awful, find better material! Take "President of the Navy" to its own series, anything but that drivel described in your latest pilot.
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Feb 03, 2013
I wouldn't say the title didn't do ANY job of explaining the show..."do no harm" is the main idea of the hippocratic oath, so at least you can maybe assume it's a show about a doctor.
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Feb 03, 2013
Is that really enough to tell you anything about this show though? Does that entice in any way the show's main hook, Jekyll & Hyde? I don't think so, it sounds an awful lot like any ol' medical drama.
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Feb 03, 2013
And I'm sure if it was any ol' medical drama, the ratings would've been better, because god forbid we as a people watch anything new or different.
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Feb 03, 2013
Tell that to The Mob Doctor, Emily Owens MD, Animal Practice, and Saving Hope - all quickly canceled in the last year. Or to Private Practice, The Mindy Project, and Hart of Dixie - all struggling in their respective ratings. Medical dramas aren't doing that great right now, audiences are burning out on them. So making the title something generic in the medical field seems more like a hindrance than a help IMO.
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Feb 02, 2013
NBC really seemed to push Do No Harm in the last month or so including the aggravating pop-ups for it during shows on air. As for conveying what it was about, you may be right, but I usually mute commercials or not pay much attention. My sense, in general from what I saw, was that it was about an intense doctor of some kind and not a Jekyll/Hyde kind of thing, which I was already aware of.
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Feb 02, 2013
I don't disagree that they pushed it hard, just that they didn't do a good job selling the show's message or its premiere date.
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Feb 02, 2013
Sometimes I think that my enjoyment of a show is some kind of kiss of death.
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Feb 02, 2013
Yay! Lily Rabe! Not to mention the return of Taissa Farmiga from season 1. Will Zachary Quinto return as well?
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Feb 02, 2013
Frankly, I did not get it. I just found it awful and all over the place, no focus at all.
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Feb 02, 2013
Jack must be trying to tank the network again
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Feb 02, 2013
YES, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE EMILY VANCAMP ON THE BIG SCREEN
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Feb 02, 2013
Do No Harm has an interesting premise that has been destroyed. Watching the promo's made me immediately turn against it.
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Feb 02, 2013
The worst mistake they made with Do No Harm was show actual clips before they aired during commercials. I thought the premise was good until I saw the awfulness of their "best" scenes.
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Feb 02, 2013
WOW - Do not harm did look awful but even by NBC standards this is bad... To be fair, terrible spot (late and against similar-ish shows that have got some following), terrible time of the year but still... Bye Bye...
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Feb 02, 2013
Not surprised. I have got to say this - the voice over guy NBC has been using for its promos the past few seasons is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Everything is so melodramatic, over-the-top and makes every show they promote sound horrible. I can't be the only one who feels this way?
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Feb 02, 2013
At first I saw the numbers for Do No Harm and I got upset cause I frankly think the show looks entertaining at the very least. But then I see in the comments that the airing was essentially a repeat thanks to early viewing online (which i wasn't aware of). That's the kind of information that should have been included in the news blurb if Tim wasn't such a shoddy reporter. Can't say I'm surprised. He'd rather go for the snarky comment than actual facts. Such a shame. And juvenile.
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Feb 02, 2013
NBC certainly won't do no harm to any other network other than themselves with those ratings. NBC - No Body Cares.
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Feb 02, 2013
It looks like Do no harm won't even make it to 13 episode like I predict earlier. Also good news for Emily VanCamp
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Feb 02, 2013
- Congratulations to Do No Harm. How many shows win an award only after one episode has aired?

- It'll be interesting to see how Emily VanCamp does on the big screen. I've never actually seen her in anything else but Revenge, so the only image I have of her acting is her reserved, slightly broody Emily Thorne. What I'm worried about when it comes to Captain America: The Winter Soldier are the directors; Joe and Anthony Russo. They are two brothers with a good amount of experience in directing and producing, but most of it comes from TV comedy. It always scares me when you have no idea what kind of product some newbies will put together, in this case action newbies. Granted, the Russos do have experience and they are apparently directing an action movie with The Rock at the moment. So they won't be completely green in that department when they start shooting Captain America. All directors have of course started off somewhere, even the great ones, and some of them have done really good work even on their first film. So being green does not make you a bad director. But I'm still a little worried that the Russos are given a film of this calibre without any merits in action directing. The director of the first Captain America, Joe Johnston, was also a small surprise, but at least he did have experience in action films from before. Hopefully the Russos will surprise me.
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Feb 02, 2013
More like Do No Right, NBC, am I right? High-fiving a million angels!
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Feb 02, 2013
In fairness I've barely seen any advertisements for Do No Harm, let alone any that gave some insight as to what the show was about. I'm sure the early reviews saying it's horrible didn't help.
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Feb 02, 2013
Are you joking? There are advertisements for this show all over the place. I would provide examples, but just think of every form of advertisement available, and double that.
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Feb 02, 2013
Just to pipe in: It's wrong to assume a commercial campaign (no matter what the saturation) would be effective across the board. To this day, I haven't seen a single promo for the show, & I watch ALOT of TV here in America. You need to take into account the beauty of the DVR & the ability millions & millions of people have to skip through the breaks. Adverts only work if a person that has one decides to watch them.
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Feb 02, 2013
I guess we watch different shows, but I've only seen those little pop ups that show up at the bottom of the screen sometimes on tv shows, no real commercials. Maybe they advertise it more on american channels, I'm Canadian so most of the shows I watch are on Canadian channels.
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Feb 03, 2013
I think the mistake might've been advertising this. I knew it was on just not interested...
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Feb 02, 2013
so many of these new shows just sound boring!!!! I guess the creative well is drying up!
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Feb 03, 2013
Well, when you make good shows then cancel 'em, what do you expect? Once it's done, it's done...
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Feb 02, 2013
Do No Harm was brilliant! Fantastic pilot episode!
Pity that it's on such a crappy network. NBC cancel everything good.
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Feb 02, 2013
so glad to hear about lily rabe's return!!!
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Feb 02, 2013
I'm not gonna lie, I loved Do No Harm. Sure, it wasn't good tv, but that pace. Like Tim said in his review, I felt like I was watching something along the lines of Crank. It was a bunch of ridiculous fun wrapped in a hospital procedural.
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Feb 02, 2013
Pull Do No Harm, now. Just pull it, it isn't going to go up enough for them to keep it. Put Community on at 10pm where it should be. It is not a family friendly comedy like BBT, it should be on later. Extend the season, leave it there, don't mess with it, don't make Whitney the lead in. Actually see what happens. No new season of The Voice, or some lame contest show, or letting that bloviated ass bag Trump back on the air. Just do that, and follow it up with a new comedy. And that is it. You are never going to come up with something on thursday night that is going to beat BBT. Your ideas are contrived and your head is stuck up your arse. Just deal with it and adapt.

Also, Lily Rabe is awesome and even thought the finale to AHS was stupid. I will give next season 3 episodes at least because of her.
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Feb 02, 2013
I thought you just about loathed American Horror Story? You drank the Kool Aid?
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Feb 02, 2013
I loathed the fist season, but Rabe I thought did very well in her character. And it drew me to be a watcher. However I did hate the finale. So not a kook aide drinker yet. I am a disgruntled watcher.
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Feb 02, 2013
Saw the pilot. Removed DO NO HARM from my DVR list.
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Feb 02, 2013
haha at Do No Harm, looked total crap to begin with.

Men at Work wasn't THAT bad, maybe it's because I expected it to be horrible so my expectations were low going in, but it was actually pretty funny.

big fan of Marvel so I'm interested in seeing what Emily VanCamp will be doing in the movie.
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Feb 02, 2013
I'm curious to see who Emily is playing, I doubt it's any big name like Carol Danvers. She already has a full-time job on Revenge and Carol becomes Ms Marvel an Avenger.
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Feb 02, 2013
Are you kidding me!? What do you guys though would've happen to the premiere?
The show has been available to watch from early, so hardly anyone would watch the premiere.
The early release was good and I'm looking forward to the next episode.
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Feb 02, 2013
and thus NBC fail again in scheduling TV Premiers ..
who is the dick idiot who decided to put a smaller show like do no harm with a bigger audience show like Elementary at the same time ?

the story of the show is interesting , but people still gonna watch something old and known than something new and probably boring , because it airs on NBCshit ..
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Feb 02, 2013
It's hard to really judge Do No Harms numbers being as it was essentially a repeat thanks to it being available early online.
Episode 2 could be the real measuring stick.
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Feb 02, 2013
Might want to actually name that Netflix Drama in the article...
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Feb 02, 2013
The Gates was a real series that aired on ABC 2 years ago for half a season. Isn't there some sort of rule to prevent some other network from naming a pilot the same thing?
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Feb 02, 2013
It probably only applies if they make the same show, but this is different. "The Gates" may be common or generic enough to use otherwise. Calling it "Batman" would wake DC's lawyers. However, there should at least be common sense applied, particularly since ABC's show is fairly recent, but more importantly, they should try a concept called originality or uniqueness in naming show. That, or they think people (18-49 year olds) are too illiterate (juvenile) to understand complex titles of more than one word.
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