News Briefs: The CW's Hunger Games-ish The Selection Is Still Alive

PILOT MADNESS, CONT'D

... Yesterday's insane rush of pilot announcements trickled into today, and for at least one project from The CW, it means new life! The Selection, which was part of last year's development slate, is back, with the network ordering a second pilot after retooling the script. In case you don't remember, or in case you were just born but have developed prodigal reading comprehension skills, The Selection, based on a book by Kiera Cass (trailer below, yes books have trailers now—#TeamAspen!!!), is set in a semi-apocalyptic future where a lottery picks girls to be candidates for the right to be Queen. Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden was set to star, but I'm not sure that's still the case for the new version. The CW also ordered a pilot for Company Town, from Supernatural's Sera Gamble. It's about two young (duh) women who end up on opposite sides of a rift after a scandal at the Naval Academy tears the town in two. Metaphorically, of course. That makes three pilots in contention at The CW, including the Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. [TV Line]


... Once again NBC is going with the idea that the more pilots you make, the more hits you'll have. After ordering seven pilots yesterday, NBC added one more with Welcome to the Family. From Rules of Engagement's Mike Sikowitz, the single-camera comedy follows an interracial company and the cultural collision between the white and Hispanic families that are joined through their marriage. It's like Rob, but... no wait, it IS Rob. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... TBS has ordered a new game show starring Jackass's Bam Margera. Bam's Bad Ass Game Show (gee, how long did it take them to come up with that) gets six episodes in which contestants will try to win cash by engaging in daring stunts, like answering trivia questions while dangling over a pile of garbage water or showing their faces on a show like this. Great. Fantastic. America, woo hoo. [TBS via press release]

... Sexy American Doctor Who fans: The Doctor will be back on March 30, says BBC America. [EW]

... Sexy Army Wives fans: The Army Wives will be back for Season 7 on March 10, says Lifetime. [Lifetime via press release]

... After a great start, it looks like support for Matthew Perry's NBC sitcom Go On is fading. The show hit a series low last night without The Voice to boost it up, registering a 1.3 rating in the adult demo from just under 4 million total viewers. The New Normal also stunk it up, with a season-low 1.2 and 3.27 million viewers. I would not like to be a network comedy right now, unless my name was The Big Bang Theory. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Big beefy Terry Crews has signed on for Fox's Andy Samberg cop pilot. The single-camera comedy follows a bunch of New York cops, one of them played by Samberg. Crews, who you've seen as a screaming man in Old Spice and Reebok commercials, will play the precinct's sergeant. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Maria Bello (Prime Suspect) is leaving Touch after the upcoming second season. She joined the cast at the end of Season 1 as Lucy Robbins, the mother of a girl who had a similar talent to that weird little kid the show is about. [TV Line]

... CBS has announced the new cast for the upcoming season of The Amazing Race, and there's a really good chance that it features people you don't know, but after you watch the video in the link I'm sure you'll feel like you can leave your baby with them. The Amazing Race returns February 17. [CBS.com]



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Oh come on NBC!! In the words of my man Harvey Specter, "Get your S**T together!" If they keep throwing random stuff out there just to see what "sticks", only to consider dropping the things that do in fact stick is just stupid. Go On is one of their best shows. Let's not pretend as though it isn't. It gets bounced around, has on and off weeks, and rarely gets ads. What do you expect?
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There hasn't been an absolutely amazing comedy show since Friends was on. Although, The Big Bang Theory isn't half bad.
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Arrested Development was absolutely amazing. (I thought Friends was great too when it started, but I got so sick of it after a while. I gave up around season 5). The IT crowd (British) was really great. Community is the best one that's still on the air.
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The Big Bang Theory is awful, get that garbage off TV. It's Always Sunny, Louie, Legit, and Peep Show are where it's at - normally this would include Workaholics, but they're on time-out after Wednesday's episode.
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Not even gonna mention that you just told us Army Wives was canceled? Hopefully no one got confused.
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Yeah. Looks like I'll be able to keep that new year's resolution to watch less TV.
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I was under the impression Go On was the only new comedy doing well. I guess none are doing well, then.
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I really like Go On, so why doesn't everybody else?? but yay! Doctor Who!!!!!!!
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Please don't take Go On away from me!!
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Screw you NBC, Go On airs with virtually no promos, surrounded by clunkers, how could it be a surprise that it got bad ratings? Thanks for killing another smart show with horrible programming decisions, just like you always do.
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I'm not buying that at all. It started with much better ratings than any of the other NBC comedies. That's why it was one of the first shows of the season to get renewed. If its ratings has fallen, it's because people don't like the show enough.
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My point was that after a ton of reruns and schedule confusion over the holidays, audiences simply didn't know it was airing that night since NBC hasn't been bringing much heat lately in the promos department. It wasn't just Go On that hit ratings lows that night, The New Normal also bottomed out and Parenthood's audience was down as well. That is a pattern.
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Amazing Race!
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I haven't read the book, but idea of the Selection sounds very interesting. I hope it gets picked up. I would gladly watch it.
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As much as I'd like to see the Originals get some more air time TVD style with their own show, I want them to appear alongside the cast of TVD more. Characters like Rebekah are just fun and unpredictable, Klaus is the big bad / good depending on what side of the bed he woke up on and Elijah is just downright cool. throw in the Salvatores and you have a good time (esp. with damon as Stefan has always been a bit of a sap).
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Personally I think they are dragging the show down and pigeon holding the story ever since the end of s2 its been "Hey there is this secret supernatural being/spell thingy and if we dont find it Klaus is going to threaten Elena for nth time and kill all of us......again." followed by Rebekah getting daggered.
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If they cancel "Go On", I'm gonna be really pissed.
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How is it The Hunger Games-ish? It sounds The Bachelor-ish.
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What I find weird about this "decline of comedy" is this: Don't people want humour in their lives any more? Here we have all these short half-hour laughter boosts, why don't people watch them? I get that some people rather want to spend time in the real world instead of watching TV, which would explain lower ratings, but now the viewership numbers are inexplicably low across the board. How is it possible that the number are this low, and that so few comedies make it? (Another mystery is how the few comedies that do well are TBBT and HIMYM.)

If comedies keep doing this badly in the future, networks will stop putting any effort in them. Sitcoms will just become cheaply produced crap intended to fill holes in the schedule.
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The problem is a majority of Americans (sadly) need a laugh track to know when to laugh, and that makes most US comedies go for easily understood jokes and cheap laughs.
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That's needlessly insulting to Americans, it's not just Americans that need those laugh tracks during "comedies" it's everyone, maybe if the shows were actually funny they wouldn't need the laugh tracks to tell people where the funny parts are meant to be.
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3/4 of sitcoms are cheaply produced crap intended to fill holes in the schedule. That's why those rare ones still last. I agree with what Buc40 is saying below. I only watched 1st episode of Go On and Don't Trust the B.... and they both sucked. It did get a few giggles out of me,but just not worth my time. Animal Practice had interesting cast,but another fail.
Only sitcoms nowdays I watch,that are currently on tv are: The Big Bang Theory, Last Man Standing and sometimes episode or 2 of Modern Family.
HIMYM and 2.5 Men are overrated in my book and I don't watch them. Again like Buc40 said,LMS is kinda 90's nostalgia,but it is great show. MF is also great,just that I never really commited to watching every episode. TBBT is the best of what is on tv now and that's the one I enjoy the most and can't get enough of it.
I remember shows like The Nanny,Fresh Prince,Family Matters,Malcolm in the middle,Allo Allo,Only Fools and Horses,3rd Rock From The Sun,Grounded for Life,Scrubs,etc. Those are shows,that are timeless. No matter how many times I see them,I always love them and laugh,when I watch them.
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I can't speak for anyone else, but I for one have almost completely lost interest in comedies. I'm going to continue to watch Community, but I've given up TBBT (at the end of the previous season), HIMYM (years ago), Modern Family (after the first season), The Simpsons (in the 90's), and Family Guy (when Brian ate shit from Stewie's diaper). I'm especially sick of laugh tracks (TBBT) and pretty people going on dates (HIMYM).

I think shows that have a story to tell are far more interesting. And some of those shows, while not labeled as "comedies", are at least as likely to make me laugh as any of the comedies. Example: http://www.youtube.Com/watch?v=doayJgz5CXc&t=1m01s. (The link is to 1:01 into the video. Watch until 2:22). Even Homeland has made me laugh. I don't know if the last season I watched of TBBT ever did.
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Just because it says drama for the show,doesn't meant there won't be any comedic parts in it. And vice versa,just because it is labeled comedy show,doesn't meant,there won't be no drama or emotinal stuff.
(I do watch Supernatural and is great show)

TBBT is filmed in front of live audience! That said,when cast makes some mistakes,because they make a mistake,forget line,laugh at what they are saying,of course audience won't laugh 50.000 times same way,so they insert laugh track. It is filmed in front of live audience,but I think it is edited for tv,when it airs. No one would laugh,if they were watching episode airing on tv,where cast would make mistakes,etc. and would have to redo scenes. Viewers would just roll eyes,because they would know what will happen.
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Those who don't watch supernatural will need to know the following to understand the clip: Crossroads demons seal their deals with a kiss.
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Yes people do want humour intheir lives, problem is the current wave of so called comedies aren't very funny.
Ben & Kate - Garbage
Go On - Garbage
Don't Trust the B... - Garbage
New Normal - Garbage
Mindy Project - Garbage
1600 Penn - Barf!!!
Animal Practice - That was comedy???
Baby Daddy - Yawn
Guys with Kids - Please make it stop
Last Man Standing - I guess it's ok for 90's nostalgia.
New Girl - one of few watchable shows but the "it" girl can be very annoying rather than funny.
Happy Endings may be the one and only "new" quality comedy out there.

Even the so called big hitters like Modern Family, BBT, 2.5 Men, HIMYM aren't all that funny and are "over the hill"
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So The Selection is a post-apocalyptic The Bachelor?
Will you get the tiara. Or will you get the chains!?
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Can they just grab all the girls from The Secret Circle that aren't already working (Sorry, Phoebe, go kick it with the Originals) and put them on this show? They're owed some dues.
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WTF is with network comedies? Why must it be ALL Chuck Lorre and Modern Family?!
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can we all just pray that the original's spinoff makes it?? i don't really care about any other cw show other than TVD and possibly the carrie diaries....
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I like TVD, but I'm not even sure ill be watching The Originals. Not even sure I like the idea. Supernatural, Nikita, Arrow are all quality shows on TheCW, would love to see a SPN spinoff maybe about Samuel Colt
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yeah arrow :)
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No accounting for taste.
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I doubt Touch will last beyond the second season, unfortunate because I really like it.
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Love the book The Selection. Very interested to see the show and I hope it gets picked up. Sorry Tim, but #TeamMaxon ;)
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Really hope The Selection does get picked up, been looking forward to it since they first announced it way back when.
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