MEN IN NEED OF WORK NEWS
... TBS has renewed Men at Work for 25 billion more seasons. No wait! That's not right, TBS has canceled Men at Work. That sounds better. The comedy, which ran for three seasons, came from Franklin & Bash's Breckin Meyer and starred Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy, and Adam Busch as four dudes who worked at a men's magazine. TBS recently picked up several new comedies, including Buzzy's, Your Family or Mine, and Tribeca, so it was time for some of the network's underperforming shows to go. [THR]
... A&E has ordered the reality series The Big Brew Theory, which is like The Big Bang Theory but with more beer and business and less Bazinga! Cameras will follow a quartet of MIT grad students as they venture into the microbrew industry and partner up with a hot MIT undergrad to help them launch the business. Is The Big [Something] Theory the new rip-off show-naming trend after Game of [Something]? Let's hope not! [Deadline]
... Showtime's Penny Dreadful debuted to 1.4 million viewers on its first night, beating the premiere numbers for two of the network's recent drama debuts, Masters of Sex and Homeland. The numbers do not include non-subscribers tuning in for Showtime's free preview weekend. I thought the premiere episode was weird and kind of boring, but I really liked the Frankenstein stuff. Price reviewed the episode, and he liked it more than me, but then again Price likes weird things like candy and sunshine. [The Wrap]
... NBC's Rosemary's Baby miniseries debuted last night and totally stunk up the room ratings-wise. The miniseries drew just 3.67 million viewers and tallied a 1.1 rating in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, which is horrible. However, based on Cory's review, I'm not sure people missed out on much. Maybe the big primetime miniseries revolution wasn't such a good idea after all. Or maybe Zoe Saldana needs a new hairstylist. [EW]
... Maybe Rosemary's Baby didn't do so well because it was pre-recorded. And didn't have enough singing. Following up on its surprising hit The Sound of Music Live!, which drew 19 million viewers last December, NBC today announced that it is planning a live production of The Music Man, the 1957 Tony-winning musical. No time table has been set for the project. NBC also has a live production of Peter Pan set for December 4. [THR]
... SundanceTV has revealed a premiere date for its miniseries The Honorable Woman: Thursday, July 31 at 10pm. The eight-part miniseries stars Maggie Gyllenhall as a woman who transforms an arms business into a company that lays "hish-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank." Ummm, okay? The BBC Two co-production also stars Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer, Lindsay Dincan, and Andrew Buchan. [SundanceTV via press release]
... When The Blacklist gets the big post-Super Bowl slot on NBC next year, NBC will employ a bit of trickery to retain some of that meaty audience. The special football-boosted episode will be the first half of a two-parter, presumably with the second half airing later that week when the show debuts in its Thursday time slot on February 5. Sneaky, NBC, but also smart. Why doesn't everyone do this? [Deadline]
... Over the weekend, I attended a live taping of Dan Harmon's Harmontown podcast, where he briefly discussed Community's cancellation but ultimately didn't say much. Today (or late last night), Harmon took to his blog to talk more about the cancellation, and revealed that there's been talk of shopping Community to another network: "I will confess, however, that when Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the 'eh' column," Harmon wrote. "I said 'eh' on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a 'sure, let’s talk' on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels canceled Community." So you're telling me there's a chance! [Dan Harmon's blog]
... TV Land would like you to know that the Season 4 premiere of The Exes has been moved to November 5 at 10:30pm, and will no longer debut on August 13 as originally planned. [TV Land via press release]
... By now you know that former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken was running for a Congress in North Carolina. Well, his chances to take that seat just got a lot better. The man Aiken was running against in Democratic primary, Keith Crisco, died suddenly from a fall in his home today. He was 71 years old. [Courier-Tribune]
... Spoiler alert if you haven't watched the Season 3 finale of Once Upon a Time or read Lily's review of the episode! ABC's fairy-tale drama is dipping into the world of Frozen. Yes, Sunday's season-ender did indeed introduce the character of Elsa from the movie. And she'll be back in Season 4. [THR]
... David Tennant is done with doctors, but he's just getting started as a cop. Tennant will be returning for the second season of ITV and BBC America's Broadchurch, along with his co-star Olivia Colman. Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, and Arthur Darvill will also be back for the show's sophomore season. That's a lot of looking for dead kids for Tennant, who also plays in the same role on Gracepoint, Fox's American upcoming adaptation of the series. [THR]
... Now that Fox has passed on Jane Krakowski's pilot Dead Boss, the former 30 Rock-er can get back to where she belongs: near Tina Fey. Krakowski is joining the new NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a women who's fresh out of life in a cult. Krakowski will recur as a rich New Yorker who hires Kimmy as her nanny. [Deadline]
... Longtime Hollywood screenwriter and TV producer Ken Levine has penned a good blog post about the lack of showrunners working on their own original material for the major networks (many shows are created by new talent and handed off to a seasoned veteran) . [Ken Levine's blog]
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... NBC also announced its 2014-2015 schedule, but you can skip the charts and head straight to our fun analysis of the network's lineup, with picks for best-looking shows, worst-looking shows, and more.
... In case you missed the news over the weekend: NBC renewed Parenthood for a sixth and final season!
... CBS also made some decisions, renewing The Mentalist and canceling The Crazy Ones and a handful of other shows.
... On the cable side of things, TBS renewed Cougar Town for a sixth and final season.
AIRED ON 4/15/2016
Season 2 : Episode 13