News Briefs: NBC's Thursday Comedies Bombed in Their Return


... Good old reliable Must-See TV returned to NBC last night, and it was neither good nor reliable (but it was still old) for the network. The ratings for what was once NBC's best night of television were terrible, to put it kindly, even for the premiere of the final season of The Office. The night featured the returns the limited-engagement SNL Weekend Update Thursday (5.2 million, 1.6 adult demo rating, down 69 percent) as well as the season premieres of Up All Night (3.1 million, 1.3, down 46 percent), The Office (4.3 million, 2.1, down 46 percent), and Parks and Recreation (3.5 million, 1.7, down 19 percent). Right in mid-season form, guys! Keep in mind that among the other broadcast networks, only Fox aired new fall originals last night, so competition among the majors was minimal. However, there was a football game on the NFL Network, which could explain the low numbers. This comes after a fantastic start for NBC, led by strong showings from The Voice and a good debut for Revolution. You know what this means: The Voice 24/7! [TV By the Numbers]

... Lifetime's Army Wives has been renewed for a seventh season. Star Kim Delaney is not expected to return. Now your knowledge of Army Wives has increased 350 percent. [Lifetime via press release]

... CBS has dated the premiere for the fifth and final season of Flashpoint. Though it's already started airing up north, U.S. audiences won't get to follow Canadia's finest until October 16. Plenty of time to prepare some maple syrup moose stew for all your hoser friends. [TV Line]

... Fox straight-up LIED to you when it said it would premiere Kitchen Nightmares on September 28. Instead, Fox will air reruns of The X Factor on Friday nights at 8pm, because there's so much talent on the show that it just has to be shown twice! Kitchen Nightmares will be rescheduled for later in the season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Battlestar Galactica honcho Ronald D. Moore is still looking for his next series after several failed projects. His next chance will be at ABC with a reworking of A Knight's Tale, the 2001 medieval action classic-rock-sounding film starring the late Heath Ledger as a knight. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The CW is developing Oxygen, an alien drama written by The Good Wife's Meredith Averill. The series would center on a space pilot training program that integrates humans and humanoid aliens that have been living on the planet District 9-style. Yes, there will be interspecies boinking. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Seth MacFarlane is giving live-action a shot with a new comedy at his personal bank, Fox. The single-camera sitcom is about two 30-somethings who have their lives messed up when their dads move in with them. How are people coming up with sitcom ideas these days? By going through all permutations of family members living with each other? [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is feeling some Middle Age Rage, a comedy in development about a mother who goes through some Falling Down stuff and starts speaking her mind and demanding that others respect her authoritah after a life of feeling invisible. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS is developing a very CBS-sounding show called Intelligence, about a man who is implanted with a top-secret microchip that makes him process information like a computer. And sometime around 4pm every afternoon he needs to be rebooted, I'm assuming. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Anthony Michael Hall (the bully from Community) will guest-star on USA's Psych. He'll play a police consultant tasked with getting the SBPD running ship-shape and trimming the loose ends. [TV Line]

... Matthew Broderick will guest-star on Modern Family this season as an old friend of Phil's. Anything to get out of the house with Sarah Jessica, right? [ABC via press release]

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