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Fresh Prince reboot gets new showrunners & shifts release to 2022

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Fresh Prince reboot gets new showrunners & shifts release to 2022
August 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

We're going to have to wait a bit longer for the darker-toned reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It has been announced that the series will release in 2022 rather than this year as the series changes showrunners behind the scenes.

According to "The Hollywood Reporter", Bel-Air was meant to get started this year on NBC's streaming service Peacock but those plans have now changed as the show has parted ways with showrunner Chris Collins. This move was actually made back in December as the series wants to go in a slightly different creative direction but it has been made public now. Collins was actually replaced earlier this year by Diane Houston but she has also departed the series. Taking over showrunning duties is writing duo, T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson. They were actually brought in under Houston and Bel-Air is the first showrunning job for both. It's a little concerning that there are so many behind-the-scenes changes already but it appears the differences came down to what the streaming service wants and what the original showrunner had in mind.

Peacock was looking for a more broad-skewing network-style show while Collins wanted the show to be a more edgy, premium series. Houston's vision for the show wasn't revealed after her departure but "The Hollywood Reporter" states that the series has already undergone a series of rewrites. Collins had been quietly prepping the show for more than a year before news of its two-season order at Peacock went public. The streamer was reportedly happy with what Collins delivered but it just wasn't what they had in mind for the long run of the show so he will no longer be involved with the series moving forward. 

Bel-Air's journey to Peacock has certainly been an interesting one. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air superfan, Morgan Cooper, reimagined the Fresh Prince concept by creating a viral trailer for the show that gave the series a more serious edge than its sitcom roots. The video caught the attention of the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, and he became a driving force to getting this new take on the show made. Smith serves as a producer on the series along with Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and original show creators Andy and Susan Borowitz. Cooper, the creator of the original viral video, is also a part of the team as a writer, director, and co-executive producer.

The original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran on NBC from 1990-1996 and starred Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell, and Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid. The cast last got together for a reunion special on HBO Max, where all six seasons of the popular sitcom are available to stream.

Are YOU looking forward to the Bel-Air reboot?

Source:
Hollywood Reporter

Manifest tops streaming chart as Netflix & NBC renewal talks continue

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Manifest tops streaming chart as Netflix & NBC renewal talks continue
July 23, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

As talks to bring back Manifest continues after its cancellation, working in its favor is that its first two seasons continue to kill it on Netflix. Per the new Nielsen streaming chart, Manifest is still the top choice for viewers.

If you recall, Netflix debuted the first two seasons of the series on its service the week before NBC decided to cancel the Warner Bros TV-produced show after three seasons. After a solid debut, the series soared to No. 1 on the Nielsen’s SVOD charts for the week of June 14-20, when news of its cancellation broke, with almost 2.5 billion minutes viewed.

Now, in numbers reported yesterday for the week of June 21-25, Manifest finished No. 1 again with 2.01 billion minutes viewed for its 29 episodes on Netflix, according to Nielsen. This allowed it to top the No. 2 overall title, Disney+’s movie Luca, which had 1.71 billion minutes viewed. This all bodes well as talks are still ongoing for NBC or Netflix to bring the show back.

Despite the series doing strong numbers on the platform, Netflix opted not to resurrect the series, which seemed to seal its fate. Some thought Manifest would fall off on the streaming chart after Netflix passed on a new season because new viewers would be discouraged by a lack of a conclusion but that hasn't been the case. Judging from these recent numbers, Manifest is still the go-to show on the streamer and this only helps its chances as talks continue to bring the show back.

How the show is resurrected still needs to work itself out. Will Netflix get it exclusively as an original series or will NBC bring it back to network and license it to Netflix as it did with its first two seasons? These details are still being ironed out but its ongoing streaming success is good news and gives the show some leverage moving forward.

Manifest focuses on Montego Air Flight 828, which landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight. The crew and passengers are relieved to be safe but in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families, and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds, and some of the returned passengers soon realize they might be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. The series stars Josh Dallas, Jack Messina, Athena Karkanis, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long.

What are YOUR thoughts on Manifest continuing to dominate on the streaming chart? You can check out the top ten streaming charts below!

1. Manifest (Netflix) – 29 episodes, 2.06 billion minutes of viewing

2. Luca (Disney+) – 1 episode, 1,71B minutes

3. Fatherhood (Netflix) – 1 episode, 885 million minutes

4. The Ice Road (Netflix) – 1 episodes, 714M minutes

5. Loki (Disney+) – 3 episodes, 713M minutes

6. CoComelon (Netflix) – 12 episodes, 712M minutes

7. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix) – 375 episodes, 625M minutes

8. Lucifer (Netflix) – 83 episodes, 603M minutes

9. Downton Abbey (Netflix) – 50 episodes, 572M minutes

10. Criminal Minds (Netflix) – 311 episode, 549M minutes

Source:
Deadline

Manifest: Netflix may save the cancelled series after all

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Manifest: Netflix may save the cancelled series after all
July 20, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

NBC cancelled supernatural drama Manifest after three seasons just last month, and the move prompted an immediate outcry from the show's passionate fans. In this day and age, a cancellation isn't always a death sentence, and there was hope that Manifest might get picked up by another network or streaming service, but those hopes received a major blow when Netflix officially passed on saving the series.

Fans were left disappointed once again and Manifest creator Jeff Rake later expressed his desire to wrap up the series with a two-hour movie, but Deadline has now reported that Netflix could be back in the picture. The outlet reports that both NBC and Netflix have been in talks with Warner Bros. TV about bringing a fourth season of the series to Netflix, and it seems that the strong viewership of the series on Netflix as well as the #SaveManifest campaign have a lot to do with it. Jeff Rake hasn't directly responded to the news, but he did take to Twitter to say, "Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU."

RELATED: David Harbour & Anthony Mackie to star in Netflix’s We Have a Ghost

If, like myself, you've never actually watched Manifest, here's what the series is all about: When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. But in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years – and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. Manifest had originally been envisioned for a six-season run, so there's obviously plenty of story left to tell. Although I'm not familiar with the series, I definitely know the sting of a favourite show cancelled before its time, so I've got my fingers crossed that Manifest will be brought back from the brink.

Source:
Deadline

Sopranos’ boss paid James Gandolfini $3 million to turn down The Office

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Sopranos’ boss paid James Gandolfini $3 million to turn down The Office
July 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

James Gandolfini as the head of The Office? Yep, it almost happened! A recent episode of the Talking Sopranos podcast revealed that HBO paid the actor $3 million to turn down the role that would’ve served as Steve Carell’s replacement once he left The Office.

During the recent episode, co-hosts Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa, who played Christopher Moltisanti and Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos, revealed that James Gandolfini was paid $3 million by HBO to turn down a role as the new boss on The Office. The story was brought up during a conversation with Ricky Gervais, who created the original UK version of the show. Imperioli said, “You know, they talked about having Gandolfini at one point replace him [Steve Carell], did you know that?” According to the duo, several years after The Sopranos wrapped up its run, NBC needed a big replacement to take Carell’s place on The Office. Schirripa claimed that NBC offered the actor $4 million dollars for one season.

Sounds like it would’ve been a sweet deal for Gandolfini but HBO then stepped in and paid the actor $3 million not to do it. Schirripa said, “Jim was going to do it because he hadn’t worked and it was a number of years removed from when the show ended.” After Gervais jokes by saying, “So they paid him that to keep the legacy of The Sopranos pure?”, Schirripa says, “I guess that and also he had a deal with them. The Night Of, he was developing that.” The Night Of was an HBO crime thriller that wouldn’t debut until 2016, about three years after Gandolfini passed away. The actor died in 2013 at the age of 51 from a massive heart attack while traveling with family in Rome.

The Sopranos wrapped up its prolific run after six seasons in 2007, four years before Carell would depart from his starring role in The Office. Gandolfini could’ve stepped in but the character of Tony Soprano seems completely linked to the legacy of James Gandolfini and if HBO did have a deal with him, I could see the cable network shelling out the necessary money to keep him in their fold. Honestly, what a position for an actor to be in. As fans of The Office know, Andy Bernard, played by Ed Helms, ultimately was named as Michael Scott’s replacement.

Do YOU think James Gandolfini should’ve accepted the role on The Office?

Source:
Talking Sopranos Podcast

Manifest creator seeking to make a 2-hour finale movie to give fans closure

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Manifest creator seeking to make a 2-hour finale movie to give fans closure
July 2, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

I must say, I respect the tenacity of Manifest creator, Jeff Rake. Ever since the series was canceled by NBC after three seasons and then not given a second home at Netflix, despite placing No. 1 since its first two seasons hit the platform, Rake has been working hard to give Manifest fans the conclusion they deserve. Manifest had a six-season plan in place but Rake is looking to pivot from that with a 2-hour movie that will give fans the closure they seek.

According to a report by "Entertainment Weekly", Rake is looking into a 2-hour style finale to properly wrap up the show. While he intended for the show to have six seasons, with the 4th, 5th, and 6th season serving as the climactic half of the series, Rake has ideas to cut back the story and produce a 2-hour ending on a modest budget. He's hopeful he'll be able to find an avenue to stream or broadcast that conclusion as well. Here is what he had to say:

"Twenty days after we've premiered on Netflix, I've kind of moved away from the plan of finding a home for seasons 4, 5, and 6 of Manifest, even though I've always talked about Manifest being a six-season show. Back in the day, I laid out a six-season roadmap for NBC, and I'm halfway through. I had giant cliffhangers in the season 3 finale, so I had every intention to have three more seasons to slow-burn the back half of the story. I'm reading the writing on the wall that we may not find a home for three more seasons of the show, so I moved to plan B: Some platform would bankroll a feature or a movie finale, like we saw with Timeless, Firefly, and Deadwood. I just need a modest budget to tell the story. I am personally sketching out how to consolidate the back half of the series into a much more streamlined, cut-to-the-chase two-hour finale that would distill all of the hanging chads of the series. That's where my head is at. There is a huge appetite for people wanting to know what's that end of the story, what happened to the passengers, what ultimately happened to that airplane."

 

It's commonplace for shows to get abruptly canceled before concluding their intended stories but we have so many more avenues now to give proper closure and I respect Rake for exhausting all of the possibilities to get this done. Manifest fans are loud and proud and I hope he can get this done for them. #SaveManifest campaigns are still going strong on social media and it's clear that there is an audience out there that will watch how this all wraps up.

Manifest focuses on Montego Air Flight 828, which landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight. The crew and passengers are relieved to be safe but in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families, and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds, and some of the returned passengers soon realize they might be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. The series stars Josh Dallas, Jack Messina, Athena Karkanis, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long.

Do YOU think a 2-hour finale movie will be enough to properly wrap up Manifest?

Source:
Entertainment Weekly

Freaks and Geeks: Judd Apatow reveals why he passed on a season 2 at MTV

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Freaks and Geeks: Judd Apatow reveals why he passed on a season 2 at MTV
June 30, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Freaks and Geeks only ran for 12 episodes back in the 1999-2000 season but it's a show that has stayed with me, and many other fans, as one of the best shows to end way too soon. The high school dramedy from Paul Feig and Judd Apatow featured a cast of "look at them before they were famous" faces that include Seth Rogen, James Franco, Busy Phillips, and Linda Cardellini, and it still continues to rank as one of the best of its genre over 20 years after its cancellation. As it turns out, a second season could've been possible at MTV but Apatow reveals that it would've been a weaker version of the show they were trying to produce.

During a chat with "Collider", Apatow talked about how he and Paul Feig received an offer from MTV to produce a second season of Freaks and Geeks when NBC canceled the series. As Apatow further explains, they ultimately declined the offer with Apatow saying, "When the show was canceled, there was an offer from MTV to continue making the show at a much lower budget. And we all decided we didn't want to do a weaker version of the show." It makes sense that Apatow wouldn't want to diminish the quality if MTV couldn't provide the budget necessary to produce the best possible show. I think fans would've quickly identified that the quality had downgraded during the move from NBC to MTV if that was the case.

Paul Feig, in a subsequent interview, offered up his own reasoning regarding the duo's decision to turn down MTV's proposition. Feig revealed that his mother had died two days before the series was canceled and he wasn't in the right mindset to focus on MTV's proposal for a second season. Feig does back Apatow's thoughts about the limited budget, which he feels would've significantly affected the quality of the show's production. Feig went on to say, "I mean, you say it looked like a movie, that's really how we treated it. So, we were ready to drop at the end of those 18 episodes."

Freaks and Geeks followed a gifted high schooler named Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) who befriends a gang of slacker "freaks", and her younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley), as he and his geek friends navigate high school. In addition to those already mentioned, the cast included Jason Segel, Martin Starr, and Samm Levine. The series also has frequent guest stars that have since gone on to have great careers such as Rashida Jones, Lizzy Caplan, Ben Foster, Shia LaBeouf, David Koechner, Jason Schwartzman, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan, and Leslie Mann. Even though Freaks and Geeks was beloved by critics and had a very loyal fanbase, the show only drew 6.77 million viewers and ranked #93 during its only season. These numbers would make the show a huge hit now but back in 1999-2000, live ratings still reigned supreme and these numbers just didn't cut it on NBC at the time. 

There was also a strained relationship between the creative duo and Garth Ancier, who was the newly-instated president of NBC that arrived after the network had already greenlit Freaks and Geeks. During the time of production, Feig days that Ancier did not truly understand the narrative objectives of the series, which had a goal to present a multifaceted and authentic portrayal of adolescence. The network wanted the writers to show that high school was "cool" while the creative team tried to explain that the show was centered on the awkwardness of growing up. These clashes resulted in unpredictable scheduling, subpar advertising, and inserting the show into weak time slots, which also affected the ratings.

In the years since its cancellation, the show continues to be a cult classic and its one and only season is still highly regarded as one of the best of its kind. It would've been nice for the series to continue but if it would've diminished the quality, I'm happy to have one solid season of superb television. If you're trying to revisit Freaks and Geeks, NBC only aired 12 of the series' episodes before its cancellation but 18 were completed and they can all be found on Hulu!

Would YOU have liked a second season of Freaks and Geeks on MTV?

Source:
Collider

Good Girls canceled after four seasons at NBC

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Good Girls canceled after four seasons at NBC
June 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

NBC has completed their goal to piss off hardcore fanbases of their on-the bubble shows. After canceling Debris, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, and Manifest, the network has canceled their fan-favorite crime dramedy, Good Girls, after four seasons. The show will end after the network airs its five remaining episodes between now and July.

There was hope that NBC and the studio could find a way to return for one more season to close out its story but they couldn't get the financials to work. The show is actually a huge draw on Netflix, where its previous seasons are housed but the other bad news for fans is that it won't be shopped elsewhere. It's the end of the road.

Good Girls was fully owned by NBCUniversal and was a lackluster Live+Same Day linear performer but it was the network's number two show on digital platforms and they had a lucrative co-production/international distribution deal with Netflix, which was signed at the pilot stage. Despite having that deal and the Peacock streaming service also as an option, NBC is said to be looking at live ratings when making renewal decisions. This is especially silly because live ratings are a dying breed on all networks and it's all about digital. Good Girls shares in common with Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Manifest that all three were strong digital performers with the potential to do well on streaming but all were canceled to the dismay of fans.

Good Girls stars Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman as three suburban moms who get tired of trying to make ends meet and decide it's time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local grocery store. However, when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn't take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think. The series also stars Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Isaiah Stannard, and Matthew Lillard.

Are YOU sad to see Good Girls end?
 

Source:
Hollywood Reporter

Manifest: Creator Jeff Rake wants to give fans closure despite cancellation

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Manifest: Creator Jeff Rake wants to give fans closure despite cancellation
June 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Fans of Manifest are still reeling from NBC's decision to cancel the missing plan drama after three seasons and their feelings were toyed with once again when Netflix appeared likely to revive the series only to have those hopes dashed last week. Netflix opting to not pick up the series meant that fans of the show were left with numerous unanswered questions about Flight 928 but creator Jeff Rake is determined to provide some closure for his "Manifesters" despite the cancellation.

Rake took to Twitter over the weekend and said, "Manifesters! Your support is awe-inspiring. we're trying to find a way to conclude the series. Could take a week, a month, a year. But we're not giving up. You deserve an en end to the story. Keep the conversation alive. If it works out, it's because of YOU." You can check out Rake's Twitter post below!

Manifesters!

Your support is awe-inspiring. We’re trying to find a way to conclude the series. Could take a week, a month, a year. But we’re not giving up. You deserve an end to the story.

Keep the conversation alive. If it works out, it’s because of YOU. ??????#SaveManifest

— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 27, 2021

NBC's decision to cancel Manifest is still baffling. The series had a strong showing on Netflix, where it had been in the No.1 slot before its cancellation. This made Netflix seem like the likely new home for the show, much like what happened with Lucifer once Fox canceled that fan-favorite series, giving it three more seasons in the process. Salt was added to the wound when Netflix passed on saving Manifest and, to be perfectly honest with you, fans are still waiting to hear an explanation as to why Netflix turned their back on the show. All we know is that there were long talks but the decision was made to not bring the series to the platform. Manifest had a six-season plan and seemed perfect for streaming. This has to make all of this all the more frustrating for the fans and creator Jeff Rake.

Manifest was one of four shows that were on the bubble at NBC. Debris, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, and Good Girls were also in this group and they were also canceled. The latter two of the bunch, Playlist and Good Girls, also had a strong digital presence despite soft linear ratings and seemed likely to head to streaming but, once again, this did not come to fruition. All of the cancellations have sparked various campaigns to save them, but it's looking like the end of the road for all of them, despite the fans' best efforts. 

Manifest focuses on Montego Air Flight 828, which landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight. The crew and passengers are relieved to be safe but in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families, and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds, and some of the returned passengers soon realize they might be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. The series stars Josh Dallas, Jack Messina, Athena Karkanis, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long.

How do YOU think creator Jeff Rake will provide closure for fans of Manifest?

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Twitter

Manifest tops streaming chart as efforts continue to move series to Netflix

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Manifest tops streaming chart as efforts continue to move series to Netflix
June 18, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Fans of Manifest are still reeling from NBC's decision to cancel the series after three seasons. Given the fact that the creators of the show had a six-season plan for the missing plane drama, that means the show ends its run with unanswered questions and many mysteries unsolved. That's bound to be frustrating for any fan but there seems to be some hope on the horizon and that hope could come in the form of Netflix.

The first two seasons of the series debuted on Netflix last Thursday and quickly climbed to the No.1 spot in the U.S., which it has held for a week now. That strong showing has made it a prime candidate to get a resurrection of sorts on the streamer. According to "Deadline", conversations between lead Manifest studio Warner Bros. TV and Netflix are ongoing as the streamer is evaluating the viability and financials of a possible pickup. There have been just a couple of canceled broadcast series that have been rescued by Netflix and the most notable example is Lucifer, which became a hit as a Netflix original following its cancellation by Fox after three seasons.

What's looking encouraging for fans is that Lucifer is also produced by WBTV, giving the studio and Netflix a working template for how to successfully move a three-year-old broadcast drama to the platform. Lucifer is now headed into its sixth and final season and arguably became more popular once it made the move to Netflix.

NBC canceled Manifest less than 24 hours after the options on the cast were to expire on stars Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long. Talks with the actors about two-week option extensions were paused while conversations with Netflix carry on. The cast showed their support for the series by joining the #SaveManifest Twitter campaign that was started by the fans and supported by creator Jeff Rake. The entire cast is also willing to continue on the show if it were to move to Netflix.

Do YOU think Manifest will get a last-minute save from Netflix?
 

Source:
Deadline

Jane Levy says NBC favors “crime & guns” after Zoey’s cancellation

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Jane Levy says NBC favors “crime & guns” after Zoey’s cancellation
June 16, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The cancellation of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist hit its fanbase hard but it looks like it has hit its star, Jane Levy, even harder. Levy is talking about NBC's decision to cancel the series & she's being pretty blunt about her feelings in regards to the network.

Levy was speaking with "Vanity Fair" following the news & she said NBC's decision to cancel the show was the "wrong move" and she suggested that a show "about love" is much needed in a "crime and guns" heavy TV line-up. Here is what Levy said in full:

"I'm sorry, but I have to say this: I look at the new NBC lineup, and it's like, 'Okay, we could watch a lot of shows about crime and guns. Our show is about love. It's a real shame to take that off the air. I feel like it's the wrong move."

Like most of us, Levy thought the show was heading to the Peacock streaming service because, despite having soft linear ratings, the show was a strong digital performer. In regards to what she and the cast thought Levy said "When we finished shooting season two, I put all my stuff in storage in Canada {where the show films}. I was like, 'Of course we're coming back'…Last Friday it seemed like it was a green light. And then Monday morning it was a red light."

Last year a season two renewal seemed unlikely but NBC, Lionsgate TV, & Universal TV worked out a business framework to make a renewal feasible. During that time, the show was also a solid digital performer, which led to the show getting a second season. The big question for its passionate fanbase since the news that the show won't be returning for a third season is why did Peacock pass this up? The show seems perfect for streaming and already has a strong digital footprint. I can only speculate, but I think the licensing fee for the songs could be the culprit because I imagine they're not cheap.

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist followed Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a whip-smart computer coder forging her way through San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts, and desires of the people around her, through popular songs. The series also stars Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, and Skylar Astin.

Lionsgate Television is currently shopping the show to other platforms and showrunner Austin Winsberg tweeted last Wednesday that he refuses "to believe the show is dead." He told his followers to tweet #savezoeysplaylist to get the word out that the fans want the show to continue.

Do YOU agree with Jane Levy's opinion about NBC canceling Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist?
 

Source:
Vanity Fair

Manifest canceled at NBC after three seasons

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Manifest canceled at NBC after three seasons
June 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

NBC seems to be in the habit of pissing off the hardcore fanbases of their shows. Fresh off canceling Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist after two seasons, the network has decided to not renew their missing plane drama series Manifest for a fourth season. The decision came down Monday night, just hours before the options on the cast were to expire Tuesday and amid a strong showing of Manifest on Netflix where it has been No.1 in the U.S. for the past three days.

The decision to cancel Manifest is going to frustrate the series' fans because this show had a six-season plan which means the show ends without closing out all of the mysteries that have been set up over its three-season run. The show was the highest-rated in the linear ratings of all of NBC's four bubble shows which also include Debris, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, & Good Girls. All but Good Girls have been canceled as that series is still awaiting news of its fate. The now series finale of Manifest drew a series low 0.4 in the 18-49 demo and a viewership low of 2.6 million viewers.

WBTV is expected to look for a new home for the show since its story hasn't been completed. Netflix, where Manifest debuted last Thursday, could be a possibility since it's already performing so well there but there have been no formal conversations since the news just broke. #SaveManifest campaigns are already beginning to pop up on social media so fans are clearly not ready for this show to go quietly into the night.

Manifest focuses on Montego Air Flight 828, which landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight. The crew and passengers are relieved to be safe but in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families, and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds, and some of the returned passengers soon realize they might be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. The series stars Josh Dallas, Jack Messina, Athena Karkanis, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long.

Are YOU sad to see Manifest go?
 

Source:
Variety

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist cancelled after two seasons

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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist cancelled after two seasons
June 9, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

After two seasons on the bubble, NBC has officially cancelled Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. The musical dramedy series starred Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a programmer living in San Francisco who is suddenly able to hear the innermost wants, thoughts, and desires of the people around her through popular songs.

RELATED: Debris canceled after only one season at NBC

Although Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist may not have been been a ratings juggernaut for NBC, the series does have a devoted fanbase, and while there was talk of the series moving to the Peacock streaming service for a third season, that wound up falling through. Lionsgate Television, who co-produces the series, hasn't given up and are looking to shop the series to other outlets. "In a world where finding loyal and passionate audiences is never easy, we believe there must be a home for this great, award-winning show with a passionate and dedicated following," the Lionsgate spokesperson said. In addition to Jane Levy, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist also starred Alex Newell, Skylar Astin, John Clarence Stewart, Mary Steenburgen, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar, Lauren Graham, and Harvey Guillén.

Any Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist fans out there sad to see the series get the axe?

Source:
Variety

Debris canceled after only one season at NBC

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Debris canceled after only one season at NBC
May 30, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Even though NBC has firmed up their fall schedule for the upcoming season, they still need to make renewal choices for their on-the bubble shows. One of them was their freshman series Debris and they have now decided that it's one and done for the show. The series will not be back for a second season.

Even though the network liked the series & it received decent reviews, the decision to end the show all came down to numbers. Debris didn't get off to a great start and it simply never found its footing in the ratings. The series is averaging a 0.7 demo rating in adults 18-49 & just under 5 million viewers per episode in the Nielsen Live+7 numbers. The show just aired its now series finale on May 24, 2021, which concluded its 13-episode run.

In the series, when wreckage from a destroyed alien aircraft scatters across the Western Hemisphere, it soon becomes apparent the pieces are messing with the laws of physics, changing lives in ways we can't comprehend. Two agents (Jonathan Tucker, Riann Steele) from different continents, and different mindsets, are tasked to work together to recover the debris, whose mysteries humankind isn't quite ready for. The series also stars Norbert Leo Butz and Scroobius Pip.

NBC still has to make decisions on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Good Girls, and Manifest. If you're a fan of these shows, it could honestly go either way. There are things working in their favor and against them so it will come down to NBC paying close attention to digital viewing as well as linear ratings.

Are YOU sad to see Debris go?
 

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Deadline

The Office – The UnPopular Opinion

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The Office – The UnPopular Opinion
May 28, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

Each decade, there is at least one definitive sitcom. For the 2000s, it was NBC's The Office. Adapted from Ricky Gervais' short but brilliant BBC original, the American take on The Office excelled at cringe-worthy and awkward moments that eventually transformed into heartfelt moments and beloved characters. Running for nine seasons, The Office has been one of the most popular shows on Netflix before transitioning to Peacock. A fan of the series during its original run, I took the last several weeks to rewatch the series from beginning to end. Like many beloved pop culture artifacts that I have given a second run, The Office does not hold up well for the vast majority of it's 201 episodes.

The Office ushered in the faux-documentary format for sitcoms that became the template for years on series like Parks and Recreation and Modern Family. While neither of those shows ever acknowledged the filmmakers as part of the story, the device allowed for different methods of breaking the fourth wall on The Office and provided a voice for every character from main to supporting to guest stars. In the first, six-episode season of The Office, critics were not nearly as won over by the show as they would be in subsequent seasons, but fans already were invested in Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Rainn Wilson long before they found success on the big screen. That uneven freshman run of the series gave way for the second and third years of the show which finally found their stride by telling bizarre and somewhat surreal comedy stories wrapped in half-hour chapters. It was when NBC tried super-sizing the show and milking it that things took a turn.

Like any television series, not all episodes are created equal. With network series airing an average of two dozen episodes a season, some entries feel like filler. During the 2005-2007 run of The Office, the writing staff that included Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, and more delivered their best efforts before stories began to repeat and jokes grew stale. By season four, the series already jumped the shark by finally coupling Jim and Pam, a decision that took investment away from the audience and forced other couples to try and take their place. The chemistry between Fischer and Krasinski was apparently not enough as The Office soon became weekly doses of Dwight pranks and that's what she said references. After five seasons and 100 episodes, The Office was in a rut from which it would never recover.

What made The Office work so well in the first seasons was the satirical skewering of the modern workplace. From HR violations to office romances and stereotypes of colleagues we have all endured, the early years of The Office took the crass in stride with a genuine sense of positivity that was absent in Ricky Gervais' more blunt series. Steve Carell's Michael Scott was a jerk but one with good intentions. When the second and third seasons began to focus more on Angela, Toby, Oscar, Kevin, Creed, Meredith, and the other employees at Dunder-Mifflin, the talented ensemble shined. When it became a formula of Jim staring, Dwight being weird, Michael doing impressions, inappropriate topics covered at meetings, and a nice tidy ending, the show began to feel stale.

Long before Carell's departure in the seventh season, the series suffered from too many characters and too many wacky and over-the-top plotlines. When Ed Helms began to factor in more as Andy Bernard and his romance with Ellie Kemper's Erin tried to replicate the Jim and Pam dynamic, the series was grasping for original ideas. At one point, the series attempted to create a backdoor pilot for a spin-off focused on Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute that never came to pass. The final two seasons of the series limped along and retread storylines from earlier seasons and even tried to tease a rift between Jim and Pam that never came to fruition. It was a neutered season full of poor character decisions that suffered from John Krasinski and Ed Helms being absent for movie work. The only redeeming episode is the series finale that showed why this series worked in the first place. 

When The Office first aired in a traditional network manner that peppered reruns between hour-long entries and stunt episodes, it was a different series to digest compared to the binge-watching method we have today. Watching five or more episodes in a row is an easy feat thanks to streaming and physical media, but it also inherently shows just how repetitive this series really was. The Office can be viewed, like The Simpsons, as standalone episodes with funny moments perfect for YouTube compilations, but viewing the entirety of a season in succession illuminates just how often these twenty-two-minute narratives relied on thin variations of the same joke over and over and over again.

The Office, viewed in hindsight and binged, is a very two-dimensional series for the majority of its run. Of the 201 episodes that comprise the series, no more than a quarter of them are of a quality that would be worthy of the recognition heaped on the show. I respect The Office for what it did for network comedy, especially in pulling away from the multi-camera studio network format, but being an important entry in television history is far different than being one of the best series of all time. Parks and Recreation, which was born of the same creative team and style as The Office, is a far more consistent and funny series that didn't mine the same material for laughs nearly as much as this series. I wish I had not rewatched the entire series and ruined my fond memories of The Office and had stuck to the clips all over YouTube as they deliver far more laughs than each full-length episode.

But hey, that's just my UnPopular Opinion. Tell us your take on The Office in the comments below.

 

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 8 sets August premiere date

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 8 sets August premiere date
May 20, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Do you know what Terry loves more than yogurt? An official premiere date for the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

It's been confirmed that the eighth and final season of NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine will launch with back-to-back episodes beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 12. The last hurrah for Brooklyn's finest will consist of 10 episodes, giving the cast a finite amount of time to send everyone off on a high note.

Back in June of last year, Terry Crews revealed that scripts for the first four episodes of the final season were being scrapped in the wake of civil unrest across the globe following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others. "Dan Goor had four episodes all ready to go, and they just threw them in the trash. We have to start over. Right now we don't know which direction it's going to go in," Crews said at the time. Two weeks later, Andy Samberg confirmed that changes were being made to the show that would reflect the ongoing protests happening in and around the New York City area specifically.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Joel McKinnon Miller, and Dirk Blocker. NBC recently announced that the final season would debut the week after the Tokyo Olympic Games, whose closing ceremony is set for August 8.

I hope that Brooklyn Nine-Nine finds a way to pack the final 10 episodes of the season with special guests. After all, I can't imagine the series coming to a close without characters like Adrian Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas), Doug Judy (Craig Robinson), and, of course, Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), making a special appearance.

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Deadline

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon renewed for five years at NBC

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon renewed for five years at NBC
May 20, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon isn't going anywhere anytime soon. NBC has handed the late-night talk show a five-year renewal at the network. The news arrives after Jimmy Fallon extended his contract back in November after his previous contract ran through the end of 2021.

Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming, highlighted the importance of Jimmy Fallon to the network by pointing to the fact that he has six projects that are set to debut across the company this year including That's My Jam, The Kids Tonight Show, and Clash of the Cover Bands. Like most hosts navigating late-night TV, Fallon had to put on the show during the pandemic, which proved to be difficult but it's something that Fallon and his crew persevered through. 

NBC notes that The Tonight Show has seen gains in the late-night ratings since the arrival of Joe Biden as President of the United States. The series struggled a bit to compete against CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Donald Trump's presidency but The Tonight Show has gradually been picking up viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo since January. 

Jimmy Fallon began hosting The Tonight Show in February of 2014, taking over from Jay Leno. Fallon followed in the footsteps of Conan O'Brien, Johnny Carson, Jack Paar, and Steve Allen to earn a spot in the covered late-night chair. According to "Variety", the long-term renewal was completed some time ago and Fallon's position fronting the show was never in jeopardy. The renewal came as The Tonight Show saw a shuffle in showrunners last November. Longtime staffer Jamie Granet-Bederman took over from Gavin Purcell and it was a sign that the show wanted to stick with having things run in-house instead of bringing in outside producers.

Are YOU happy that Jimmy Fallon is sticking around as host of The Tonight Show?

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine final season premiere set for post-Olympics debut

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine final season premiere set for post-Olympics debut
May 14, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Hot damn! The well-meaning goofballs of the 99th Precinct are going to the Olympics! Sharpen your swords, and string your bows the beasts have gone away.

It's been announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will launch its final season after the Summer Olympics in the "desired" post-games slot. “It will launch in August, coming out of the Summer Olympics, which is a coveted slot," said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming. "We can think of nothing more deserving than giving it to the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is a beloved show and we wanted to give it a slot where it had access to the biggest possible audience.”

“We’re still working out the details but it’s safe to assume some of the episodes will be double run,” said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming. This being the case, NBC admits that they'll reschedule the premiere if the Tokyo Games are canceled due to the pandemic.

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Originally, the rewatchable AF (as Frasier) police comedy ran for five seasons on Fox before it was canceled but then rescued by NBC for a sixth season. Season seven then arrived to rave reviews when it aired in spring 2020. Production on the eighth season is already underway, with cast members frequently posting videos and pics from behind-the-scenes along the way.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which revolves around a group of hapless yet kindhearted cops patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, New York stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller.

Smorf!

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Clueless reboot: Peacock passes after 9 months of development

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Clueless reboot: Peacock passes after 9 months of development
May 14, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

I must be buggin’ out right now because I’ve just learned that Peacock is shutting down the development of its CLUELESS TV series reboot. The surprise project based on the 1995 cult film had been in the works for nine months before being grounded, but not all hope is lost. According to sources, Clueless remains a valuable property for producers CBS Studios, who plan to redevelop the reboot and try again.

Peacock’s take on the fetch film starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and the late Brittany Murphy had been on the table for almost a year before the script, written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey, had become a thing at Peacock. The streamer took ownership of the reboot in August, with plans to promote the show as a nostalgic trip for fans of the original film. The now-defunct Clueless reboot was described as a “baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?”

As it happens, Rover and Berwick, who oversee NBC and other studios, passed on the series after reviewing several scripts. When asked to comment about the cancellation of plans to develop the project, NBC had no comment.

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Ugh… as if! Was the canceled Clueless project, in actuality, a Monet? You know, something that from far away is OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess? I suppose we’ll never know, though it’s nice to know that there’s still hope as the concept gets reworked. 

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Law & Order: For The Defense: Dick Wolf spinoff gets series order at NBC

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Law & Order: For The Defense: Dick Wolf spinoff gets series order at NBC
May 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

There is no stopping the Law & Order franchise. NBC has handed out a series order to a new spinoff called Law & Order: For The Defense, coming to us from series creator Dick Wolf and CSI's Carol Mendelsohn.

Law & Order: For The Defense will take us inside a criminal defense firm and put the layers under the microscope. The criminal justice system will also be explored and every week a contemporary morality tale will be delivered via the procedural series. Dick Wolf had this to say about the new series in the Law & Order universe:

"This new show is exciting for me personally. We spent the last 30 years on shows that played offense. Now it will be great to play defense, and being able to do it with Carol is an honor and an opportunity for both of us to do television that hasn’t been done before."

Mendelsohn will serve as showrunner on the series and she is executive producing alongside Dick Wolf, Arthur Forney, Julie Weitz, and Peter Jankowski. The deal for the spinoff exists under an overall deal that Wolf and Mendelsohn have with NBC to produce new content. Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Programming, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming, expressed her excitement on the new project and continuing to work with Wolf and forming a new working relationship with Mendelsohn via the following statement:

"We can’t wait to bring audiences the latest chapter of Law & Order, which will explore a different angle of the criminal justice system. We’re excited about Dick Wolf’s perpetually thought-provoking approach as well his collaboration with Carol Mendelsohn, who we have been eager to do a series with for a long time."

The Law and Order universe, as we know it today, began in 1990 with the original series, Law & Order. The show ran for 20 seasons and eventually led to the creation of the first spinoff, Law & Order: SVU, starring Marika Hargitay. SVU is still running today and continues to be a reliable player for the network in its current 22nd season. To date, Law & Order: SVU is the longest-running live-action series in the history of television.

Other Law & Order spinoffs included Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Law & Order: LA, and Law & Order: True Crime. NBC struck gold again with the franchise as the offshoot of SVU, Law & Order: Organized Crime has proven to be a hit already with fans. The show, which was also given a straight-to-series order before launch, stars Chris Meloni, who began his original Law & Order tenure on SVU. Its premiere on April 1, 2021, made it the top series debut from any network in 2 and half years (excluding NFL lead-ins). Also, if we're getting technical, Dick Wolf's Chicago shows (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med) also exist in this universe of this is a TV world that is essentially the equivalent of the MCU.

Will YOU be watching Law & Order: For The Defense?

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Deadline

Night Court revival series gets pilot order from NBC

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Night Court revival series gets pilot order from NBC
May 3, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

All rise! It was announced late last year that a Night Court revival was in development and the project has taken another leap forward as NBC has given a pilot order for the new series.

The Night Court revival got off the ground thanks to The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch, who was a big fan of the original series. Rauch was originally only slated to serve as as an executive producer, but it was recently announced that she had decided to star in the new Night Court series as well. John Larroquette is slated to return as Dan Fielding and will be starring alongside Rauch. The new series will revolve around "unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone (Rauch), the daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette)." In a statement, Melissa Raunch said:

My intention was purely to be behind the camera on this project, but my plans quickly changed after falling in love with the incredible script from the brilliant mind of Dan Rubin I couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with Dan, the immense talent that is John Larroquette, and the two powerhouse institutions of comedy that are NBC and Warner Bros. to bring Night Court back to television.

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The original series spanned nine seasons from 1984 to 1992, but I must admit that I've never really watched the show, with the exception of tracking down the episodes Brent Spiner was in during my younger years as I simply had to consume anything that the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation was in.

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Young Rock & Kenan earn second seasons at NBC

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Young Rock & Kenan earn second seasons at NBC
April 30, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

NBC is doubling down on its relationship with Dwayne Johnson and Kenan Thompson. It has just been announced that the network has renewed Johnson's Young Rock and Thompson's Kenan for season two. This marks the second and third renewal for a comedy series on the network after they handed Mr. Mayor a second season last month. Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, had this to say about the renewals:

"It has been a true joy to watch Dwayne Johnson and Kenan Thompson on NBC every week and see families connect with their relatable, entertaining and heartwarming stories. We’re thrilled to renew both of these shows for another season and can’t wait to see more from Dwayne, Kenan and the incredibly talented casts and producing teams behind each of them."

Young Rock has performed steadily since making its premiere back in February. NBC states that Young Rock is the number two new comedy of the season in the coveted 18-49 demographic and the pilot episode has been seen by 13.4 million viewers across various platforms. Speaking of other platforms, the network also pointed out that Young Rock is its top comedy debut across digital platforms on record through 60 days with 3.6 million digital views. The bottom line here is, NBC knows it's good to stay in business with Dwayne Johnson.

Young Rock focuses on the different chapter's in Johson's life as he's growing up. From his early days growing up in a strong and resilient family, to being surrounded by the wild characters of his professional wrestling family, to playing football at the University of Miami, Young Rock explores the crazy rollercoaster that has shaped Dwayne into the man he is today and the larger-than-life characters he's met along the way. Johnson appears on the series as himself and the show also stars Joseph Lee Anderson, Stacey Leilua, Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, Uli Latukefu, Ana Tuisila, Fasitua Amosa, and John Tui.

The other renewed comedy from this block, Kenan, has also been a solid performer for NBC. The network says that the show, which also premiered in February, ranks as its number four digital comedy launch to-date and the first episode has been watched by 7.4 million viewers across various platforms. Kenan Thompson is a mainstay at NBC as he still fully appears as a regular on Saturday Night Live so this is another example of staying in business with the right people.

Kenan is a single-camera comedy that follows a widowed dad, played by Thompson, who's juggling a high-profile job as the host of an Atlanta morning show and raising his two girls. Kenan is trying to move on but his father-in-law Rick (Don Johnson), brother Gary (Chris Redd), and co-workers all have strong opinions on how Kenan should live his life. The series also stars Kimrie Lewis, Dani and Dannah Lane.

Have YOU been watching Young Rock and Kenan? Happy to see them return?

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Deadline

Freaks and Geeks headed to Hulu with its original soundtrack

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Freaks and Geeks headed to Hulu with its original soundtrack
January 20, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Freaks and Geeks only ran for 12 episodes back in the 1999-2000 season but it's a show that has stayed with me, and many other fans, as one of the best shows to end way too soon. The high school dramedy from Paul Feig and Judd Apatow featured a cast of "look at them before they were famous" faces that include Seth Rogen, James Franco, Busy Phillips, and Linda Cardellini, and it still continues to rank as one of the best of its genre over 20 years after its cancellation. Thankfully, because what's old is new again, Freaks and Geeks is heading to Hulu next week where all 18 of its episodes will air, complete with its original soundtrack.

Freaks and Geeks will begin streaming on Hulu on January 25, 2021, and we'll be able to relive its signature soundtrack as well which featured the likes of Styx, Joan Jett, Van Halen, Rush, The Who, and Billy Joel, to name a few. NBC only aired 12 of the series' episodes before its cancellation but 18 were completed and they will be housed in their entirety on the streamer. 

Freaks and Geeks followed a gifted high schooler named Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) who befriends a gang of slacker "freaks", and her younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley), as he and his geek friends navigate high school. In addition to those already mentioned, the cast included Jason Segel, Martin Starr, and Samm Levine. The series also has frequent guest stars that have since gone on to have great careers such as Rashida Jones, Lizzy Caplan, Ben Foster, Shia LaBeouf, David Koechner, Jason Schwartzman, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan, and Leslie Mann. Even though Freaks and Geeks was beloved by critics and had a very loyal fanbase, the show only drew 6.77 million viewers and ranked #93 during its only season. These numbers would make the show a huge hit now but back in 1999-2000, live ratings still reigned supreme and these numbers just didn't cut it on NBC at the time.

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The Office surged on Netflix before ending its run on the streamer

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The Office surged on Netflix before ending its run on the streamer
January 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Fans of The Office began mourning the loss of the series on Netflix when it was announced that it would be leaving the streamer on December 31, 2020, to head to the Peacock streaming service. The hit workplace comedy has been one of the most popular titles on Netflix so I'm pretty sure they were mourning that loss as well but at least they got the most of it before the show made its exit. It has been announced that The Office saw a surge in views throughout the month of December as fans got their last binge in before it left the platform.

Nielsen, which reported the latest U.S. streaming numbers, shows that The Office gained serious momentum in its final days on Netflix. The show finished No.1 for the period of December 7 10 the 13, with more than 1.2 billion minutes of streaming. This marked the seventh No.1 finish for the show since Nielsen initiated the streaming chart last summer. 

The news that The Office would be joining Peacock's library in 2021 broke some time ago but Netflix made the official announcement with their reveal of the comings and goings on the service for the month of December. NBCUniversal acquired the rights for the next five years by paying Producers Universal Television $100 million per year. This means that beginning on January 1, 2021, Peacock would be the only streaming service to contain all nine seasons of the series domestically. NBC previously licensed The Office's exclusive streaming rights to Netflix but with the launch of their own service, it became clear that The Office would depart Netflix and head to Peacock.

It will be interesting to see if The Office causes Peacock to see a major boom once the first week numbers come in from its arrival on the service. NBC's streaming service recently reported 22 million subscribers combined between their various free and paid tiers. . Working in their favor is that people can watch The Office for free on Peacock so that will be even more incentive to check it out. The streaming service also offers extended versions of The Office episodes, something that was not done on Netflix.

Have YOU made the move to Peacock to follow The Office?

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Deadline

Superstore: Workplace comedy to end after current sixth season

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Superstore: Workplace comedy to end after current sixth season
December 4, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Superstore is ready to close up shop. It has been announced that the NBC comedy will conclude with season six.

This means that its current season will be its last hurrah after an impressive run of 113 episodes. The workplace comedy begins airing new episodes in 2021. Lisa Katz, president of scripted content at NBC, had this to say about the show ending:

"Superstore has always been a signature NBC series that has never failed to make us laugh while also thoughtfully examining important issues people care deeply about. This has been an amazing group of writers, producers, actors and crew to work with and we are incredibly grateful for all their contributions. This show will forever hold its place among the top workplace comedies for which we have a cherished history."

News of Superstore ending comes on the heels of the departure of lead actress America Ferrera. She had been slated to exit the show at the end of last season, but after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production in March, she agreed to return for the first two episodes of this season to close out her character's story.

Superstore follows a group of employees working at "Cloud 9". store number 1217, a fictional big-box store in St. Louis. Missouri. In addition to Ferrera, the cast also includes Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, and Kaliko Kauahi. The series will return with a final run of 11 more episodes beginning Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 8:30 PM. The series finale will air sometime in the spring of 2021.

Are YOU sad to see Superstore go?
 

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Deadline

Saturday Night Live: Dave Chappelle post-election day episode a ratings hit

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Saturday Night Live: Dave Chappelle post-election day episode a ratings hit
November 11, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Four years ago, Dave Chappelle took the Saturday Night Live stage as host days after Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. It was Chappelle's first time hosting and over the weekend the variety sketch show brought him back to recreate some of that magic for this year's post-election day episode and it resulted in a huge win for NBC.

Saturday Night Live really had great timing on its side because the episode aired after a big news day that saw Joe Biden being declared as the winner of the election over Donald Trump. All eyes were bound to be on what SNL was going to do and the numbers clearly reflect that fact. The episode, which also featured the Foo Fighters as the night's musical guest, averaged a 2.62 rating in Live+Same Day adult 18-49 rating and 9.064 viewers overall, according to official national ratings from Nielsen. This is the highest SNL 18-49 rating in three-and-a-half years, since May 13, 2017 (with host Melissa McCarthy & musical guest Haim, 2.74) and the most-watched SNL telecast since then, behind the  December 21, 2019 show hosted by Eddie Murphy with musical guest Lizzo (9.981 million viewers).

The SNL episode also crushed other benchmarks including being television’s highest-rated entertainment telecast in the 18-49 demo since ABC’s Academy Awards on February 9, 2020 (5.33 in 18-49). In total viewers, this is television’s most-watched entertainment program since the season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent on May 26, 2020 (9.877 million viewers). The post-election day episode was also television’s highest-rated comedy telecast in the 18-49 demo since the Big Bang Theory series finale on May 16, 2019 (3.23).

For comparison's sake, the 2016 post-election day episode drew 8.691 million viewers and a 3.15 18-49 demo rating. This year's episode was up 4% in total viewers but off a bit in the coveted 18-49 demo. Despite the slight demo drop, SNL and NBC have to be thrilled by the results, especially since the network television climate has been pretty flat in the wake of the global pandemic. This shows if there is something that people really want to watch, they will watch it.

Did YOU check out the post-election day episode of Saturday Night Live?

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Adrianne Palicki reflects on failed Wonder Woman pilot

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Adrianne Palicki reflects on failed Wonder Woman pilot
October 20, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

The year is 2011, and in just a few short years, Zack Snyder will cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. But for one brief moment, Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) was the Amazonian Goddess. The actress signed on to play Wonder Woman in a pilot for a potential NBC series, and although the show had some major creative power behind it, the network ultimately passed.

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While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Adrianne Palicki looked back on her experience playing Wonder Woman, which was something of a dream come true. At a young age, Palicki fell in love with characters like Wonder Woman and Supergirl because she admired her older brother, who wrote comic-books. “Anything he did, I wanted to do,” Palicki said. “Of course, I gravitated toward these beautiful, strong women, wanting to be one eventually as this awkward child.” The Wonder Woman series originated from David E. Kelly (Big Little Lies) and would have offered up a new take on the superhero. The world would know Wonder Woman both as the Los Angeles-based superhero but also as her alter ego Diana Themyscira, “the leader of a large corporation that merchandises the Wonder Woman brand to fund her vigilante hustle.” But Wonder Woman would have had a third identity, this one a closely guarded secret, as Diana Prince, a “meek, bespectacled woman who owns a cat and enjoys romance movies.” Although it was a challenge, Palicki said that getting to play three takes on the same character was a lot of fun.

It was fun for me to get to play three different characters ultimately. I loved that David E. Kelley is really great at writing really strong women, and I found he did that beautifully in all of the different personas. What they all still had [in common] was this beautiful vulnerability of isolation.

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In addition to Adrianne Palicki, the Wonder Woman pilot also starred Cary Elwes as her business partner Henry, Tracie Thomas as her personal assistant Etta, Justin Bruening as her ex-boyfriend Steve Trevor, Elizabeth Hurley as Veronica Cale, her arch-nemesis, as well as future WONDER WOMAN 1984 star Pedro Pascal as her liaison to the LAPD. At the end of the day, NBC passed on the pilot. “It was devastating when it didn’t go. It was so big,” Palicki said. “I feel like maybe if it had been [made] one or two more years [later], it would’ve been a shoo-in.” Although Palicki ultimately wouldn’t get to be seen as Wonder Woman, she was thrilled when Gal Gadot took the role on the big-screen. “It’s so great to see this character come to life because it is important for young girls. She changed my life,” said Palicki.

Wonder Woman will next be seen in WONDER WOMAN 1984, which is still slated to hit theaters on December 25, 2020. Beyond that, Gal Gadot will also be back for Zack Snyder‘s director’s cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE that will launch on HBO Max in 2021.

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L.A.’s Finest: Gabrielle Union & Jessica Alba Bad Boys spinoff canceled

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L.A.’s Finest: Gabrielle Union & Jessica Alba Bad Boys spinoff canceled
October 15, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

In a bit of a surprising move, Spectrum has decided to cancel L.A.’s Finest after two seasons. The decision comes a little over a month after the show’s second season launched on the platform.

An offshoot from the BAD BOYS movie franchise, the series was headlined by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba & it had quite the road to finally getting on the air. The show began as a pilot order on NBC a couple of years ago but the network ultimately passed, not due to quality because they loved the pilot, but because of how pricey the show would be, especially since they didn’t own it. After it did not go to series, studio Sony Pictures TV found a new home for it at Spectrum as the service’s first original series. It had a strong launch which earned it a second-season renewal. Season 2 was originally scheduled to premiere on June 8, 2020, but was pushed to September amid the George Floyd protests against police brutality. All 13 episodes were released at once on September 9, 2020. Season one of L.A.’s Finest is currently airing on Fox, which acquired the series for its fall schedule that was impacted by the pandemic-related production shutdown. It got off to a solid ratings start though the numbers have slipped since its premiere on the network.

The BAD BOYS spinoff followed Syd Burnett (Union), who was last seen in Bad Boys II taking down a drug cartel and has since left her complicated past to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd was forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle was masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy became a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.

Were YOU watching L.A.’s Finest? Sad to see it go?
 

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Variety

Bryan Fuller says NBC wanted John Cusack or Hugh Grant to play Hannibal

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Bryan Fuller says NBC wanted John Cusack or Hugh Grant to play Hannibal
July 31, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

Bryan Fuller's Hannibal quickly became one of my favourite shows of all-time, and a large part of what made the show so successful among fans was the excellent casting. Hugh Dancy starred as FBI special investigator Will Graham alongside Mads Mikkelson as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Although Mikkelson obviously wasn't the first person to play Dr. Lecter, it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the role in the series, but if NBC had had their way, we may very well have received a very different Hannibal.

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Series creator Bryan Fuller recently spoke with Collider about the long battle he had with NBC over who should take on the role of Hannibal; Fuller wanted Mads Mikkelsen from the very start, but the network wanted someone more American and more mainstream to play the character.

There was a casting kerfuffle on who to cast for Hannibal Lecter, and there was a difference of opinion on what a traditional television network would want as a leading man and what we would want as an actor playing Hannibal Lecter to personify playing that character. I think the network wanted somebody that was much more poppy, much more mainstream, much more American I think in some ways. That was just them thinking about, ‘Okay how do we get the biggest audience for our television show? We have to cast John Cusack as Hannibal Lecter and everybody will tune in because won’t that be surprising?’ I was like, ‘Well go ahead, make an offer.’

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Despite NBC's resistance to cast Mads Mikkelsen, Fuller kept bringing him up after the network tried and failed to get actors such as John Cusack and Hugh Grant to take on the role. "It was an interesting dance because I’d say, ‘Mads Mikkelsen!’ and they’d say, ‘No, how about Hugh Grant?’" Fuller said, "and I’d say, ‘Great, make an offer, he’s gonna say no,’ then they’d make an offer and he’d say no, and I’d be like, ‘What about Mads Mikkelsen?’ and they’d be like, ‘Well what about John Cusack?’ and I’d say, ‘Great, make an offer, he’s gonna say no’ and they’d make an offer and he’d say no, I’d say, ‘What about Mads Mikkelsen?’ That carousel went around for three or four months after we had cast Hugh [Dancy], it was going on for a while. Finally I just said, ‘Mads is the guy, that’s the guy I see in the role and I have to write it and I have to champion it and I have to understand it,’ and Jennifer Salke at NBC bless her heart was like, ‘Okay, that’s your guy. I believe you and trust you and I’m excited about your vision for the show.'" At the end of the day, Fuller said that Mikkelsen's casting wound up being the best thing for the series (apart from how brilliantly he played the role) as the marketing department backed off and they were allowed to do things that they wouldn't have been able to do otherwise if NBC had to push Hannibal as a mainstream vehicle for a bigger star.

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Collider

Saturday Night Live eyeing return to studio production

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Saturday Night Live eyeing return to studio production
July 21, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

NBC and Lorne Michaels are plotting a return to studio production for SNL, which aired a couple of episodes during the COVID-19 pandemic from cast members' homes.

Michaels and the network are making plans to bring the show back to NBC's Manhattan studios for the popular variety series' 46th season. Although their intention is to broadcast the show as we know it, the decision will come down to how the nation is grappling with the pandemic as well as the safety of the SNL cast and crew. As of now, SNL does not have a premiere date for its 46th season.

One strategy being considered is to have the program made in a "controlled" environment, meaning a live audience is most like not in the cards. Thankfully, NBC already has some kind of a template in place since NBC's Tonight Show, which Michaels also oversees, started taping new episodes last week from the network's studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The broadcasts are said to only feature host Jimmy Fallon, a socially-distanced Roots band, and a handful of cameramen all wearing masks and working from a smaller facility. Guests, such as Charlize Theron, appeared on the show via videoconferencing. The Tonight Show is also going without an audience for the time being.

This is going to be an interesting time for SNL. This is a show that really thrives on the live-audience response but the at-home episodes mostly worked despite that limitation. Another reason SNL wants to be up and running for the fall is the run-up to the presidential election. SNL thrives with material that pokes fun at the election and the network knows it could be a ratings bonanza, even if the show will be presented a bit differently. 

Do YOU think SNL will get back to studio production for the fall? Will the show feel different without a live audience?

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Variety

Manifest flies to a season 3 renewal at NBC

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Manifest flies to a season 3 renewal at NBC
June 16, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

The mystery of the missing plane will continue at NBC. It has been announced that the network has renewed their mystery drama series, Manifest, for a third season.

According to "Deadline", Manifest was a lock for renewal if NBC and Warner Bros Television worked out a deal to make it happen. It appears that the decision did come down to the wire as the final financial details were ironed out between the network and producing studio. 

Manifest, starring Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur and Matt Long, follows Montego Air Flight 828 which landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight. What the crew and passengers come to realize is that in the span of those few hours, the world aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.

Manifest has been a relatively consistent ratings player for the network. The season 2 finale drew solid numbers, earning a 0.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.58 million viewers, with the series averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers in live plus seven, according to Nielsen. As is the case with many of NBC’s recent renewals, Manifest is a strong digital and delayed viewing player which is a direction the network is looking towards as they weigh new levels of success.

Have YOU been watching Manifest? Excited for a third season?

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Deadline