NBC Universal has canceled The Megan Mullally Show. The syndicated daytime talk show debuted to weak ratings, causing affiliate stations to move it to less desirable time periods.
Until a replacement show is lined up, NBC will fill the spots with repeats of Bravo's Queer Eye, the new series iVillage Live, or repeats of the previously canceled Starting Over.
"I am extremely proud of the show we created and am thankful for the passion and tireless efforts of [executive producer] Corin Nelson and the entire staff," Mullally said in a statement.
Megan drew an average of 1 million daily viewers, helping it vie for the bottom slot of the daytime ratings. Daytime giant Oprah Winfrey earns an average of 8 million viewers.
Call it David & Max--Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are teaming with CBS for their next comedy project, which is loosely based on their friendship.
The network has committed to produce a pilot for the untitled show.
Kohan, who is straight, and Mutchnick, who is gay, have been friends since their teen years at Beverly Hills High School. Like Will & Grace, their project for CBS is a buddy comedy about a quartet of characters--a gay writer and a straight writer, who are best friends, and their hot young assistants.
Kohan and Mutchnick are writing and executive producing the show, which marks the duo's second collaboration with CBS. The two executive produced the network's comedy series The Stones, which was created by Kohan's sister Jenji Kohan, who went on to bigger things with Showtime's pot comedy ...Read more
A conservative advocacy group that urged a boycott of NBC's recently canceled drama about a pill-popping priest turned its wrath Thursday to an upcoming Will & Grace episode that it says will mock Christ's crucifixion.
But NBC executives insist the group's objections stem from faulty details in a press release mistakenly issued by the network earlier this week and that neither a script nor a storyline for the episode in question has been written.
The latest religious flap at NBC flared after the network announced Tuesday that pop star Britney Spears will make an April 13 guest appearance on Will & Grace, playing a Christian conservative talk-show sidekick to Jack, the gay character portrayed by series regular Sean Hayes.
According to NBC's initial synopsis of the episode, Jack's fictional TV network, Out TV, is taken over by a Christian broadcaster, leading Spears' character to do a cooking ...Read more
The Screen Actor's Guild handed out their annual awards last night. In an evening full of long-winded monologues, odd silences, and some genuinely touching speeches, there were a few moments that stood out.
Presenter Terry O'Quinn, who plays Locke on Lost, went on a half serious rant about his "backstabbing schmoozer" costars; winner S. Epatha Merkerson thanked her divorce lawyers; and presenters Peter Graves and Barbara Bain, from the 1960s classic Mission: Impossible, had to read off of a script when, upon accepting the mission, their teleprompter self-destructed. That's entertainment!
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Desperate Housewives.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Lost.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Sean Hayes for Will & Grace.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Felicity Huffman for Desperate Housewives.
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The trial over a hit sitcom turned into a courtroom drama Thursday when a verdict in the case of the two creators of Will & Grace versus NBC Studios was tossed out minutes before it was to be read.
Jury foreman Dean Hartwell was removed for not disclosing that he operates a Web site that includes writings critical of big corporations, including NBC and its parent General Electric, and the rest of the jurors were questioned about any influence Hartwell's views might have had on the deliberations.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Warren Ettinger, who is presiding over the case, was expected to announce Friday morning whether there would be a mistrial or whether deliberations would begin from scratch with an alternate juror taking Hartwell's place.
Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Ettinger knows the verdict.
Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan and their agent ...Read more
If Ellen brought American television's first lesbian star out of the closet, then Will & Grace broke barriers by turning a gay-themed comedy into a prime-time hit with mass appeal.
But as the popular NBC sitcom about a handsome gay lawyer and his attractive, heterosexual best friend ends its eight-year run Thursday, the show's producers insist it was not their goal to make pop culture history.
"We never set out to do anything that special," cocreator David Kohan told Reuters this week. "Honestly, we were making a fairly traditional sitcom with a twist.
"A romantic comedy is only as good as the obstacles that keep the couple from getting together," Kohan added, paraphrasing a favorite maxim of Sydney Pollack, the veteran producer he once worked for. "And so, we thought, 'What if we have an absolutely insurmountable obstacle?'"
The idea ...Read more