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News Briefs: Fox Orders Even MORE of The Mindy Project

FOX WANTS MORE OF ITS OTHER NEW GIRL NEWS

... The back-nine order Fox awarded to The Mindy Project earlier this month apparently wasn't enough. Fox is asking for an additional two episodes of the Mindy Kaling comedy to bring its first-season order up to 24 episodes. Now if only Fox would actually air an episode of The Mindy Project; the show has been preempted due to presidential debates, might miss time due to baseball, and will also make way for some silly election coverage in the first week of November. [Deadline Hollywood]


GOOD SIGNS FOR THREE NEW SHOWS NEWS

... ABC has ordered a pair of scripts for both Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue, two bubble shows that are fighting for full-season pickups. This is far from a guarantee that the shows will survive, but it at least means ABC is considering keeping them. I mean, hey, ABC didn't ask for more scripts of The Neighbors, right? Oh wait... [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox sent out its November schedule today, and normally this wouldn't be news, but The Mob Doctor is on it. We all figured the freshman drama—which has been getting killed in the ratings—would be canceled by now, and that Fox maybe wouldn't make an announcement because it was hoping we'd all forget The Mob Doctor existed while the World Series took over its schedule. But nope, it's still coming back on November 5 as planned. [Fox via press release]


IN DEVELOPMENT

... Craig Robinson (The Office, that time-traveling hot-tub movie) has signed on to star in a potential comedy from The Office's executive producer Greg Daniels. The untitled project centers on a musician who takes over the music department at a middle school. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Memphis Beat creators Liz Garcia and Josh Harto have sold a supernatural drama idea to CBS. The Big Easy follows a trumpet player who also happens to investigate paranormal mysteries in New Orleans. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rules of Engagement creator Tom Hertz has another comedy cooking at CBS. And it sounds just as awesome as Rules of Engagement! The new project is a multi-camera (duh) comedy about a young couple that moves in together and next thing you know she's all like, "Why is the toilet seat up?" and he's all like, "Yo I just want to watch football and drink my beer!" [Deadline Hollywood]


SCHEDULE-STRAIGHTENING NEWS

... Next Tuesday will be a bit of a mess on Fox as the network tries to clean things up after this week's baseball rain delays. An hour-long The X Factor will start at 9:30pm and air the portion of this week's episode that was lopped off due to baseball overrun. That means The Mindy Project will miss another week! [TV Guide]

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This is sorta a good sign for 666 Park Avenue (I hope). I just wish that they'd give it a full season already because it's one of my fave new shows.
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You break my heart when you talk bad about Jordana Spiro's show, Tim :(



Though, admittedly, I'm only watching it BECAUSE of Jordana Spiro....
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Watched the first five minutes of the episode and had to turn it off. The constant fawning over white boys...ugh.
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I'm so glad for The Mindy Project!
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I'm glad I took this off my Dead Pool list! I'm not going to watch it, though.
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The Neighbors isn't great, but it's actually watchable. Not much further below The Middle. I say 'this is so stupid' all the time while I watch it, but I find myself laughing while I do.

And The Mindy Project isn't that bad, either. It's at least funnier than Girls. It seems ridiculous to have her as a doctor, but it's no more ridiculous than Hart of Dixie, and Mindy's really not as stupid as she sounds.

Both watchable. Ben and Kate is not.
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I disagree. B&K is watchable, and has the type of likeable characters that some shows lack.
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Am I the only that actually likes The Neighbors? Aliens pretending to be human with awesome sports names? yeah! Who doesn't want to hear Dick Butkus a 1000 times an episode. Not really. Reggie Jackson is cool through.
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Dear Fox, WHAT THE HELL?!? Mindy Project barely airs and gets a full-boat order? The Mob Doctor tanks ratings and holds onto its life? Where's the same brutal Fox network that cut Firefly before its first episode, or canceled moneymaker Family Guy twice? Brutally hatcheted Briso County Jr, The Good Guys, Justice, Dollhouse, Terra Nova, Terminator, Greg the Bunny, Undeclared, The George Carlin Show, and Action? Killed the decade-long Married With Children without even telling the cast so that they could have a wrap party? And NOW you get all soft on us??? FOOLS.
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Undeclared is the only one on this list that got killed to soon. Brisco County was... interesting, but nobody knew what to do with it, and Firefly was... Firefly. Alas, Firefly had to go to make it possible for us to get Castle. I supposed it can be argued that cancelling Undeclared freed up Jason Segal for HIMYM, but they could have continued the show without his character.



They waited too long with Terra Nova. Fact.
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Epic.
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This post is full of win
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Cautiously optimistic about Last Resort since its doing better ratings than what Charlie's Angels did at this stage.
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Not to mention 666 is doing slightly worse with a pretty strong lead-in, Scandal only pulled a 1.9 last week with it's very strong Grey's lead-in, and Private Practice is ending, leaving them with a shortage of dramas.
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Oh man! Please don't cancel The Last Resort!!! That show is so awesome!!!!!!!!
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I agree. One of the few shows that keeps me glued to the chair.



If Last Resort was cut it would be a real shame.
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Ordering scripts isn't necessarily a good thing. The networks may simply want to see where the show is heading before they decide to cancel it. The fate of the shows could lie in the quality of the scripts.

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I have no idea how Last Resort is a "bubble show", it's the best new show in the past few years, the Pilot may have been the best pilot ever, well since the Pilot of Lost anyway !
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ratings, or lack there of. that's how
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Seinfeld didn't have good ratings four episodes in, either. That one turned out OK.
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Please save Last Resort! It's been one of the very few new shows that demonstrates some substance.
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Yes!
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while its pilot was very, very bad, the following episodes of the neighbors kept getting better.. it is much better than many other stuff I need to say..
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networks insist on screwing over their actual shows and fans of said shows to air this stuff, so why there are so many sports and news specific channels when they're not being use properly?
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Glad to hear the Mob Doctor info. Definitely one of the two favourite new dramas this season, the other being Nashville. I'm hooked on both. Every time I tried watching a medical drama, I got bored, such as Grey's Anatomy, but this one is so interesting. Great story! I don't care if most people on this site don't like it. I'll be watching it as long as it's on the air.
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I think most of us didn't really dislike it. We just didn't think it was interesting *enough*.
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Off subject, WHY is The League Never in conversations about a great comedy!!!!!!



Its a great adult comedy with NO laugh track!!!
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First, I must say The Neighbors has really grown on me, and dare I say, IS FUNNY!

Next I like The Mindy Project well enough. It's not straight comedy and is pretty decent in both the darma and comedy departments. But of course, I still watch The Office (despite Andy) and so maybe no one will take me seriously.

Third, maybe the channels don't want to be the next NBC? Cancelling everything and then buying everything and looking like they're seriously new to this whole running a TV Network thing?
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To The Neighbors' credit, it does have it's moments. A few scenes are really cringeworthy because the humour completely misses the mark, and sometimes the acting performances are really bad. But every now and then it does have really sharp zingers and funny situations, like when Larry Bird tried on the jacket, but was otherwise naked. That was unexpected.
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Robin Williams did it better back in the 70's, and even then it stopped being funny somewhere in the second season.
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I agree about The Neighbors. I mean it's not THAT brilliant but it has in a way gotten much better since the pilot. (not saying much but it's a little more enjoyable now.)
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agreed:) the mall scenes and the real housewives of jersey imitation were both funny:)
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I don't know if the 2-episode order is a good thing or a bad thing for Last Resort. It's a good thing if they have already decided to cancel the show (which is obviously a bad thing), because then the writers can give us an action-packed ending. It's a bad thing if they just want to see the ratings for more episodes before they make the final decision, because then the writers will be forced to make these standalone episodes, and people who would like that probably aren't watching the show anyway.

I don't really see a way to interpret this as good news. I guess it's better than having the show pulled off the air immediately, but is it better than no news at all? I think it's probably not.
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Actually, now that I think about it, I think the best thing the writers can do with a two-episode order is to just keep pushing the main arc forward as if they're getting a full season. It would be pointless to write standalones. Please DON'T write an episode where everyone gets a weird disease and when all hope is lost, they discover by chance that it can be cured by a plant that only grows on the island.
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They'll find the Smoke Monster. This is, after all, a mysterious island that you can only get to by submarine. We've already seen people get to the island by falling out of a jetliner, and there are dangerous "others" on the island, plus there's nukes. We're just one Dharma Project VW van from calling this "season 7"...
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Right. Except the difference is that while Lost took 10 episodes to find the first "other" and took until the Season Finale to actually face off against them for real, Last Resort is facing off against their "others" in the third episode.

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Cool about The Mindy Project. Awesome. :) Funny show.
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The Mob Doctor... really? Not yet? Both the show and its ratings are pretty bad... stop delaying the inevitable, Fox, and help my Dead Pool out!
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I second that! I put it on there because of the premise alone, but how many times can you leave the hospital without getting in trouble???

Typical episode: Jordana Spiro is at the hospital, she gets a call/text, leaves hospital. Next scene she gets call/text sneaks someone into hospital. Next scene she gets ticked about something William Forsythe does/says, leaves hospital & drives to his house to confront him.

The levels of absurdity contained within this show are astronomical.
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Maybe it's a girl thing. I mean, I'm not saying it's Arrested Development, but it's funny. And that new character who plays the ex-con male nurse? Serious potential there.
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More Mindy?? Why, TV gods, why???
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oh no you don't like it? but but but chris messina?????
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At first glance I thought CBS was putting a second sitcom on called "Rules of Engagement," because sitcom titles have become so boring that no one would notice. They could still do it.
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The Mindy Project? Really? Why? I couldn't even make it past the first episode. And The Mob Doctor? Again why? I like Jordana Spiro as much as the next person. But this is not the vehicle for her. It seems like fox is trying to seriously go after the women demo, but think that as long as a woman is the head star of the show it means it is good. Mob Doctor + Mindy Project + New Girl= unmitigated crapfest.
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C'mon, admit it, you actually like New Girl, don't you? You its biggest non-fan, so that's a start! It has to be growing on you by now. If it ever went off the air, you would indeed shed a tear, crying "Why?! Why?! Damn you FOX!!! Why???", wouldn't you?
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Thankfully I haven't seen any of this season's episodes. The only show, well two shows I verbally cursed fox for canceling was Human Target and The Good Guys. I still miss those shows.
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I've watched the Mindy Project - I don't see what's so great about it.
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I didn't feel very enthusiastic after the pilot too- but I really do believe it has gotten consistently funnier, well acted and written. It and Ben and Kate and Go On are now on my top list of comedies to watch while I wait for Community to resurrect itself.
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It does suck that all these new crap sitcoms are getting full seasons while TV's greatest comedy ever (aka Community) keeps suffering...
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When it comes, you know it'll be October 19 in your heart.
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You may not be in their targeted demographic.
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It requires drugs nobody has access to. ;)
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