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

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... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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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I think it's truly time for NBC to start rebranding Thursday. I think trying to repopulate "Must See TV" with new comedies simply underlines how far the network has fallen. Why not just surrender and format it around drama contenders instead? I think the comparison only hurts them. Meanwhile, they're seeing some promising results on Tuesdays thus far with Go On and The New Normal.
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Considering how little of NBC's fall lineup has launched, and how poor the state of their marketing department is, I suspect at least a third of the potential audience for NBC's Thursday didn't even know it was on. NBC shouldn't be booting up their lineup so piecemeal, and what was the 10pm show to hook later viewers? Rock Center, the least-watched newsmagazine show on TV, no matter how much I like and respect Brian Williams the show itself is a channel-flipper. NBC: Nothing But Clumsy.

Oh Seth MacFarlane, you will get your heart broken when Fox cancels that one quickly.

Oh Anthony Michael Hall, you will get your heart broken when not every single cable show casts you someday. Up until then, keep going I guess.
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A Knights Tale series could be interesting

Oxygen sounds intriguing!
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Although I was very pleased to see Anthony Michael Hall as a bully in Community I fondly remember him from the excellent The Dead Zone!!!
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Well, there's a game every Thursday of the season on NFL Network, so NBC is going to be MIGHTILY screwed. If those were the season premiere numbers, I can only imagine what the middle of the season will bring...
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Mid-season replacements.
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Dammit, what part of MUST-see TV doesn't the genereal viewing public understand? MUST!!!
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The fact that it's not 1995 anymore :\
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I meant to watch Parks & Recreation Thursday night, but I just don't watch NBC & just forgot about it. The other 3 shows mentioned, no desire to watch them at all.
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I love it up here in Canadia!
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The current ratings system sucks. I am a college student and I know a ton of people that watch Parks and Rec when it actually airs, yet they don't have a Nielsen box so it doesn't get recorded. My guess is that Nielsen only gives the boxes to old people and that's why CBS does so well. But I am probably just bitter cause I will be upset if NBC cancels Parks or Community.
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It's not a matter of "if" but "when". You can have a bunch of college kids who watch P&R & Community, but there's even more old people who watch The Mentalist.
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Does anyone know any families who actually use a Nielsen box? I hate this ratings system, it such madness.
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I said the same thing when "Friends" was a Top 5 show every single season.
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The NBC line up was not that strong. Almost no one watches the unfunny SNL. I watched 10 min of the special just to give it a chance. I now want that 10 min of my life back. It was just aweful. The Office has gotten old and I think alot of the audience has given up on it. I did watch the new episode. It was not great but as the Office episodes have gone of late it was pretty good. I think that Parks and Recs is starting to stale and losing traction.



Anyone excited about the Seth MacFarlane new project besides Seth MacFarlane fans. I dont know about anyone else but Seth to me seems to be a one trick pony, Not to mention the idea for the series is not exactly the newest or most original idea. I do think that it will do good since Fox has yet to say no to Seth.
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NBC bombed because they lead off with another awful SNL Thursday special (which nobody asked for!) then followed with a total jumble of their comedy selection (no Community, no 30 Rock, but here's Up All Night!) and ended with Rock Center which is so f***ing terrible it's a wonder they even put it on the air.
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I'm an SNL fan and even I didn't watch it. I don't need to see 30 minutes of Weekend Update. Seth Meyers needs to get off the anchor desk. 7 years has been enough.
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The problem I have with NBC is that I never know which comedies are currently on and which are on hiatus. Plus, the network tends to piss people off left and right so folks just start to ignore it. It's a shame because it has some pretty funny shows, but those shows are the ones they least advertise.
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"Whitney" starts on Friday, October 19th at 8pmE/7pmC. So there you go. *snort*
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I'd rather watch Whitney Houston (in her current state), than watch "Whitney". Oh sorry, too soon?
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Never too soon.
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Love me some Whitney.
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Some people know about Army Wives and are excited about season seven. :)
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People in the army? And their wives?
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I didn't realize just how many comedies there will be on NBC this season until now. At least nine: Community, 30 Rock, The office, Parks and Recreation, Up all night, Go On, Guys with kids, Animal Practice and The new normal.
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I thought this was the last season of Army Wives? A Knights Tale is one of my favorite movies, he better not screw it up.
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Ouch, NBC. Is this the time to start feeling sorry for them?

I do find it odd that NBC isn't doing better. It's like the network is treading quicksand. One can find all kinds of excuses for why NBC is tanking (incompetent executives, no promotion, inconsistent scheduling...), but many of the shows are actually really good! It's weird that quality doesn't seem to mean more for viewers.
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So happy to hear about Army Wives!!



But I get that this is meant to be snarky or whatever... But showing a little more respect for your readership who does watch Army Wives would be appreciative, as would more information. Sally Pressman and Catherine Bell are rumored to be leaving the show as well... Any word? Anything? Crickets?



Lesigh.
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With those numbers for NBC on a thursday night, Community might survive for one more season!

Oxygen sounds intriguing!

Well CBS is rehashing Chuck, but without the comedy. Sounds boring! But after how POI turned out, who knows...
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they renewed ARMY WIVES???? thanx! that's wonderful news! can't wait!
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You bury two good shows under two bad shows and this is what happens: not even the fans stick around. Parks and Rec was hilarious last night, but apparently only I know that.
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Looks like we'll be saying goodbye to Parks and Rec either this season or next.



The X-Factor rerun over Kitchen Nightmares is likely better for a Fringe lead-in, but marginally.
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football changed their schedule and there are now 13 games on thursday this year instead of 8. Football ratings will always decimate network or cable ratings. I guarantee the low NBC ratings were due to being up against football. Football scores 3.0-4.0 type ratings in 18-49 because it's always the best thing on. No station will do well on thursdays until football ends.
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Army Wives renewed? My mother will be thrilled.

Can't wait for humorless Chuck next Fall on CBS!
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Gee NBC comedies suck (spare Community...which is a gem) and wonder why their ratings suck?
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*also spare Go On.
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A Knight's Tale is one of my all time favorite movies, it's so well acted, well cast, funny and has one of the best musical scores of film history. It had better have the cast from the original movie or I'm not watching. I'll kill everybody involved if they mess it up, I can't go through another Last Airbender, I just can't.
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I can't see any of the main cast returning. Paul Bettany only does movies, and Alan Tudyk is on Suburgatory. I can't see Shannyn Sossamon coming back either. I'm looking forward to it, but you're right that they have big shoes to fill!
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Why would you expect a TV adaptation of an 11-year-old movie about knights to do any better than the ABC show about knights with Ione Skye from the '90s did?
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That and Heath Ledger is dead. Not that I'm saying it's impossible. If anyone can pull that off, it's Ron Moore.
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It's rather unusual for much of a movie cast to be cast in the TV series based on it. For example, when they decided to do a TV series of "Anger Management", they couldn't get Adam Sandler, so they had to settle for some schmuck to star in it.
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The season premiere of Flashpoint last night was not a disapointment btw...they're definitely going all out with the final season. I highly recommend it to all you american people :P And as a matter of fact, maple syrup does make moose stew a little more tasty.
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I'm surprised Anthony Michael Hall hasn't been on Psych already, considering he was on USA for a quite a while (The Dead Zone) and because Psych loves the 80s (especially John Hughes).
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Has Hall really been relegated to "the bully from Community" status. For god sakes the man was in numerous 80's films and starred in the Dead Zone for 6 years. Interesting though that he played a psychic and now he is on a show about a fake one.



A knights tale could be interesting. The movie had modern day elements and references mixed in so that may be good to see. It would likely have to be a more comedic series than what Moore is used to though.



Intelligence though sounds like a rehash of things like Chuck and Jake 2.0
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Hall was also the anchorman in The Dark Knight, one of the highest grossing movies in history, if we're looking things someone might have seen him in recently.
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He was also the big villain of Warehouse 13 last year.
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And he pissed from a balcony on Entourage.
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The one good thing to take away from NBC's terrible Thursday is that it could spell hope for Community. Provided Community can keep its previous numbers. We all know that very few Community fans actually watch it on television. We stream it online.
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The bully from Community, really? Can it still be flame bait when its in the article and not the comment section?
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You've forgotten the single, undeniable truth about TV.com...Tim rarely likes anything. I'm eagerly anticipating reading his review of his own wedding video.
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Hey, Timmy strives to be a snarky little troll and succeeds. Can't blame him for that.
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There are a lot of people who don't seem to understand that Tim, Price, MaryAnn, and the rest are reviewers and commentators, not fanbois (well, except when Price is recapping Teen Wolf).
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And Vampire Diaries as well! How could you forget that! Lol! He's the only one who goes all out crazy!
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Tim likes a lot of shows. Apparently just not the ones you like.

Fringe, Game of Thrones, Community, Breaking Bad, Louis, Homeland, Supernatural, Person of Interest to name a bunch.
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