Friday, 13 November 2015

Fox Sets Winter 2016 Schedule Marking Huge Changes

In January, Fox will introduce two new comedies; Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life and the long gestating Seth MacFarlane animated comedy 'Bordertown'. Both series will launch as part of Fox's Sunday comedy block, with Cooper Barrett receiving the post-Simpson's slot at 8:30 while 'Bordertown', as predicted, will join MacFarlane's other comedy 'Family Guy'. Cooper Barrett and 'Bordertown' will replace the current 8:30 and 9:30 slot holders 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'The Last Man on Earth'. The former will return to Tuesdays, where it originally began airing in the 2013-14 season. The latter will take a mid-season break before returning to the 9:30 slot once 'Bordertown' finishes it's 13-episode run.

The addition of new series, and the displacement of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' has led to numerous changes to Fox's struggling Tuesday comedy block. Scream Queens will exit after its current, limited run (with a second season still unclear), and New Girl returning to the schedule after a long hiatus and Zoey Deschanel's pregnancy. New Girl will air a string of uninterrupted original episodes. Fox will use their veteran series as 8PM and 9PM anchors to try and boost the disappointing ratings for freshman comedies 'Grandfathered' and 'The Grinder' (both received the back nine after middling ratings).


8-8:30 PM - THE SIMPSONS (Winter Premiere)
9-9:30 PM - FAMILY GUY (Winter Premiere)
9:30-10 PM - BORDERTOWN (Series Premiere)


7:30-8 PM - BOB'S BURGERS (Winter Premiere)
9-9:30 PM - FAMILY GUY

8-8:30 PM - NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)
8:30-9 PM - GRANDFATHERED (Time Slot Premiere)
9-9:30 PM - BROOKLN NINE-NINE (Time Slot Premiere)
9:30-10 PM - THE GRINDER (Time Slot Premiere)

Disney Channel Orders Musical Buddy Comedy 'Bizaardvark' to Series

Disney Channel has given a series order to new comedy series 'Bizaardvark'.

The series, which was previously titled 'Paige & Frankie' when it was ordered to pilot in May - revolves around two 13-year-old best friends, Paige and Frankie, who write funny songs and create music videos for their online channel, titled 'Bizaardvark', which has amassed 10,000 subscribers. The amateur musicians get to work from a creative studio space that they hope will take their videos to the next level. In their cool new environment, and with the help of family and friends, the girls will embark on a series of comedic adventures in their quest to become online stars.

The cast includes newcomers Olivia Rodrigo and Madiso Hu who will star as the titular Paige and Frankie, respectively. The series was created by Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman, recent graduates of Disney Channel's inaugural Storyteller's program, which is designed to develop the next generation of creators and writers for kids, tween and family programming,

'Bizaardvark' returns to familiar territory for Disney Channel, who, since the premiere of High School Musical a decade ago, have found immeasurable success in music-based content. Series such as 'Hannah Montana', which catapulted Miley Cyrus to superstardom, 'Shake It Up', which still holds the record for the largest audience for a series premiere on the network and also brought K.C. Undercover star Zendaya and Bella Thorne into the spotlight. Not to mention 'Austin & Ally', which will conclude in early 2016 after its current fourth season.

Disney Channel is also behind huge made-for-TV musical franchises including the Demi Lovato/Jonas Brothers flick 'Camp Rock', and the most recent 'Teen Beach Movie' franchise. The network also premiered musical-fairy-tale 'Descendants' earlier this year to rave reviews and high ratings.

Production on 'Bizaardvark' begins in early 2016 and is set to
premiere in summer 2016.

UPDATE: Bizaardvark will premiere on June 24 @ 9:45pm after Adventures in Babysitting.

Here's is the first teaser for the show:

Disney Channel Orders "Andiland" Comedy Pilot From 'Lizzie McGuire' Creator Terri Minsky: Picked Up, Now Called "Andi Mack"

UPDATE: Disney Channel has given a series order to "Andi Mack". The show will begin production later this year in Salt Lake City for a 2017 premiere.

Milestone! The first script read-through for the great cast of #AndiMack, a series created by Terri Minsky. #DisneyChannel

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Disney Channel has given a pilot order to an untitled single-camera comedy created by Terri Minsky, who also created one of the channel's first blockbuster original series Lizzie McGuire.

Young newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee has been cast as the pilot's lead. Similarly, Hilary Duff had few acting credits to her name when she was cast as Lizzie McGuire which turned out to be her breakout role.

The story introduces Andi Marcus (Lee) as she's about to celebrate her 13th birthday. she's eager to have a little teenage fun and adventure - just a little - but that might never happen because her strict mother is doing everything in her power to keep Andi from turning out like her older sister, Bex. As a teenager, Bex dropped out of school, left home and now, in her late 20s, still doesn't know what she wants out of life. But when Bex returns home and swears she is ready to get her life together, Andi's life is turned upside down and she's left questioning everything she's ever known.

Production on the pilot will begin in early 2016 in consideration for a series pick-up for 2016-17. Disney Channel, among many other cable outlets like TV Land and TBS which have built their original series slates with multi-camera comedies, will now make a greater push into single-camera shows.

The shift has taken place over the past development year and has led to the network ordering its first single-camera comedy series Stuck in the Middle, since the 2009 Jonas series. Additionally, Disney Channel also has musical buddy comedy Bizaardvark on deck for 2016.

Disney Channel initially found success in single-camera comedy programming during the early days with programs such as Lizzie McGuire, The Famous Jett Jackson and Even Stevens proving to be popular among viewers before That's So Raven ushered a new, multi-camera era for the network which has remained ever since.

The pilot will be executive produced by Minsky and Michelle Manning (Disney Channel's original movies Further Adventures in Babysitting and Teen Beach 2).

Friday, 23 October 2015

Dr. Ken Recieves Pescription for a Full Season at ABC

Just what the doctor ordered! This season's underdog medical family comedy starring Ken Jeong has received a full, 22 episode season order at ABC. The order makes Dr. Ken the first, and so far only, new comedy for the 2015-16 season to receive the coveted back 9 order.

The series flew largely undetected leading up the new season with many critics diagnosing the freshman comedy to be one of the first casualties of the new season. The show is joint project from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studies and has achieved surprisingly stable ratings in it's Friday night death slot. For the past two appointment, the show has held a 1.3 Live+Same Day rating among Adults 18-49, holding on to 100% of it's Last Man Standing lead in.

Dr. Ken has also delivered the strongest follow-up appointment ratings for a post-Last Man Standing show. The show's strong retention has improved the 8:30 slot by 25% year-to-year to rate as ABC's top rated comedy in the time period in three years. On average, Dr. Ken is drawing 6.6 million viewers and 1.5 among adults 18-49. In past seasons to date, ABC has placed a number of different comedies in the post-LMS slot to little success. Malibu Country (2012-13), The Neighbours (2013-14) and Cristela (2014-15) all achieved only one season behind LMS.

ABC also has mid-season single-camera comedy Uncle Buck which was set to air next year in the 8:30 slot. It is unclear whether ABC will stick to their original plans.

Dr. Ken joins freshman dramas Blindspot (NBC) and Quantico (ABC) in receiving a full season order.

Dr. Ken stars Ken Jeong as a doctor with an irreverent bedside manner at an HMO clinic.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Kurupt FM and BBC Three Announce Two More Seasons of People Just Do Nothing

BBC Three and the fictional radio station Kurupt FM have commissioned two further seasons of the critically acclaimed series 'People Just Do Nothing'. The comedy, set in a West London pirate radio station first took over BBC Three's radiowaves in 2012 as part of the Comedy Feed initiative, which aimed to showcase new and emerging comedy talent. Since then, two seasons have aired on BBC iPlayer and BBC Three. The most recent season aired earlier this year.

Fresh Off the Boat Recieves a Full Season Order

ABC has given the back 9 to Fresh Off the Boat, which will now air a full 22 episode season. The critically acclaimed Asian family sitcom has proved to resonate with viewers and has achieved a dedicated fan base.

The show had initially been picked up for a 13 episode second season in May, which is a fairly standard procedure for mid season shows entering their second seasons in the Fall. This procedure is due to many mid-season shows having drastic decreases in viewer levels over the summer, such as ABC's very own Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and NBC's About a Boy. After three weeks of solid ratings, ABC has decided to commit to a years worth of episodes.

In the three weeks since the Fresh Off the Boat returned, the how has averaged a 1.8 rating in adults -49and has showed a noteworthy consistency in ratings figures. 'FOTB' premiered to a 1.9, the following week it fell slightly to a 1.7, then rebounded to a 1.8 all without the aid of a strong lead in. Since the Show's Tuesday berth in February this year, FOTB has been a ratings self starter and continues to anchor Tuesday nights. This past week (Oct 6), FOTB built on the 1.6 it's lead in 'The Muppets' earned and became the highest rated comedy of the night.

Will Social Media App Vine Become the New Basis for Future TV Series?

If you asked millennials if they have watched a vine in the past week, they would most likely respond 'yes'. Vine is a social media platform which allows users to upload 6 second videos. Vine videos have quickly infiltrated pop culture and has become a community for average funny folk to show their humour in fairly complex and story-focussed videos.

One of the most appealing aspect of Vines is the fact that they're so short. After 6 seconds, users scroll to the next vignette. As Vine has become more popular, the stories have become more layered, extravagant and has even resulted in celebrated 'Vine stars' such as Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas.

One of the most popular Vine stars, King Bach recently guessed stared on the third season of FOX's now cancelled medical romantic comedy 'The Mindy Project' and has now been cast in a comedy project set at the same network. King Bach has become Vine's biggest star with 14 million followers and 5.1 billion loops. If ordered to series, King Bach aka Andrew Bachelor will star in the untitled, single camera undercover cop comedy written by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele who recently wrapped production on their critically acclaimed sketch comedy show Key & Peele.

The project is written by Key & Peele writer-producer Alex Rubins and is loosely based on a King Bach Vine. Bachelor will play an undercover cop who grew up on the streets and goes back to his old neighbourhood to take down the bad guys who bullied him when they were kids.

If FOX decides to order the project to series, there may be numerous issues which may arise once the show premieres. While Bachelor has an extremely large fan base which consists of mainly young adults, social media followers rarely translates into viewers. Ariana Grande, one of the most publicised of FOX's horror comedy Scream Queens has 33 million twitter followers while her show premiered to only 5 million viewers. The general public may be more than happy to click a button to 'follow' a celebrity on Twitter or spend just 6 seconds of their time watching your 'loop' on vine, but will they dedicate 22 minutes of their time each week to the same celebrity? Doubtful. Watching a TV show on a weekly basis versus watching a celebrity for 6 seconds are two completely different things which don't appear to share any common ground.

Turning a 6 second video into what is intended to be a long running TV series is a questionable idea. Vine videos are successful because they are short, sweet and funny. Dragging the same jokes and humour into a full TV episode loses the essence of what makes Vine videos so appealing; the ability to convey funny situations in an extremely short amount of time.

That's not to say successful television can be manifested from other mediums. Films are a common source of inspiration for TV programmes. On the other hand, the number of successful TV series based on films are small and almost non-existent. The reason why? When a film makes the transition to the small screen, a large number of the films loveable and distinct features are lost. Such as the film's cast, high budget, plot, director and writer etc. Most recently, MTV's teen drama Teen Wolf based on the 80s Michael J Fox film of the same name has accumulated six seasons so far. MTV also has an adaptation of Wes Craven's Scream which has been renewed for a second season. Contrastingly, the number of failed movie-to-TV adaptations list is much longer. Recent examples included the critically panned FOX drama Minority Report and the quickly cancelled CBS comedy Bad Teacher.

The idea of turning Vines into hit TV series is a novel yet frivolous trend which needs to end before it begins.

The Mission Continues: Quantico Recieves 6-Episode Back Order

ABC's breakout new drama Quantico has made a promising start in the ratings and has now become only the second new fall show to receive an episodic back order. ABC has ordered six more episodes of the FBI themed series starring Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra.

The total number of episodes for the first season is now 19, which is slightly less than the 22 episodes which is considered to be the standard number of episodes for a network television programme. However, ABC considers the 19 episodes to be a full season order as it is looking to accommodate a large slate of new drama series for it's fall and mid-season schedule.

There are currently ongoing conversations regarding whether ABC orders additional episodes at a later date. If Quantico's ratings continue to remain steady, ABC is more likely to order additional episodes.

From it's season premiere to date, Quantico ranks as Sunday's No. 1 broadcast entertainment programme in the coveted Adults 18-49 Neilsen ratings demographic. Quantico has improved ABC's 10 o'clock hour by 46%. Quantico is also a big DVR ratings gainer. With TV playback taken into account, an additional 5.0 million viewers are added into the premiere ratings numbers. This increase leads to a 79% gain in viewers in the Adults 18-49 demographic.

While there has yet to be a major break out comedy this season, or a break out 'Empire' sized new drama series, Quantico has been a successful project for ABC thus far. Quantico joins NBC's drama series Blindspot which received the full back 9 episodic order. Other series currently likely to receive back orders are CBS' new drama Limitless and FOX's Rosewood.

UPDATE: Quantico has been renewed for a second season

Scream Queens Shows Why Social Media Does Not Result in Viewers

Fox premiered its new horror comedy Scream Queens at the start of the fall season with a deluxe two-hour premiere. While Scream Queens was arguably the most promoted and anticipated new series, its premiere ratings do not represent its hype.

Scream Queens premiered with a 1.7 18-49 Neilsen rating which is quite disappointing to say the least. Scream Queens managed to draw 4 million U.S. viewers for its premiere. Considering the extensive promotional campaign, the star power of creator Ryan Murphy, who also producers the extremely popular anthology series American Horror Story and the formerly popular teen drama Glee, and most importantly, the young, well known cast including the likes of Ariana Grande, Keke Palmer and Nick Jonas, the low premiere ratings for Scream Queens is quite surprising.

Fox’s musical drama Empire, which has a main cast of mostly new comers and premiered during mid-season, scored a 3.8 rating. The premiere rating for Scream Queens further suggests how difficult it is to convert social media buzz into actual viewers.

Scream Queens, which skews a younger audience, generated the most social media buzz before its launch in comparison to any other new fall season show. Scream Queens also had very high awareness among the general public however, as the ratings suggests, the general public had a very low intent to view the show.

The official Twitter account for Scream Queens has 245,000 followers while the official YouTube channel has 147,000 subscribers. During the series premiere on September 22, Scream Queens was the most social TV program with 415,000 tweets.

Scream Queens is not completely down and out. The series shows signs of becoming a cult series with a relatively low but loyal audience. Scream Queens will most likely have to rely on delayed and multi-platform viewing, such as online streaming and DVR data to make up for the lacklustre number of viewers.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Bob's Burgers renewed for two more seasons

FOX has ordered a second helping of its cult comedy by giving a seventh and eighth season order to its beloved animated series "Bob's Burgers."

The show, currently in its sixth season, will continue to air through at least an eighth year in 2017-18.

"Six seasons in, the Belchers have become one of America’s most beloved TV families, and we are so happy to keep them in the fold for another two seasons,” FOX Entertainment chief David Madden says in a statement. “'Bob's Burgers' is hilarious, warm, smart, inventive -- critics love it, and so do fans. [EPs] Loren [Bouchard], Jim [Dauterive] and the brilliant voice cast continue to surprise us in the best ways."
Bob's Burgers won the 2014 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Animated Program and was nominated for two 2015 Emmy Awards, including its fourth nomination for Outstanding Animated Program and its first nomination for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (John Roberts). 
The critically acclaimed series will celebrate its 100th episode later this season. 
Despite low ratings (1.3 season premiere), pre-emotions due to NFL games, the 7.30 Sunday death slot and the mid-season Seth Macfarlane comedy Bordertown on the bench, the renewal suggests Fox supports the series.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Fried and Top Coppers, BBC Three's Ambitious New Comedies

At the end of summer, BBC Three, the youth centred network which is set to close by next year, premiered two new ambitious comedy series.

Top Coppers premiered on August 19 2015 on BBC Three and follows the adventures of cops John Mahogany (Steen Raskopoulos) and Mitch Rust (John Kearns) as they attempt to rid the fictional world of Justice City from its deranged criminal underworld.
The universe and its characters are derived from the conventions of American and British cop shows of the 70s and 80s, from Starsky & Hutch to The Professionals, but is set in no specific time or country.
The home of the show is Justice City Police Department, again, inspired by cop shows of the 70s and 80s; the Station Floor, Chief's office, Interrogation Room, Helga's Lab, The Locker Room, The Car, Mayor Brady's office, Prison Cell.
The series was created by Cèin McGIllicuddy and Andy Kinnear. While the series is stylistically attractive and the sets used are profound when compared to other BBC sitcoms, the show's humour often falls flat. 

Unfortunately, the weakest links tend to be the two starting characters, John and Mitch who are neither appealing, relatable or funny. They are the usual slackers who somehow manage to muster the effort to complete their job of tackling crime and arresting criminals by the end of the episode all while avoiding being fired. 
In fact, in the first episode, the cop duo manage to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage in the only funny moment in the show in which they chase a ice cream truck which eventually explodes.
Just like any other cop spoof comedy, the chief has to be an angry black man. In some cases, like in the superior Brooklyn Nine-Nine which stars Andre Braugher, the chief in Top Coppers is played by Donovan Blackwood who manages to convey as surprisingly convincing American accent.
While Top Coppers has amazing cinematography, sets and production in comparison to other British sitcoms, especially BBC Three shows, Top Coppers fails to arrest any jokes or truly funny moments. 
Fried is the second sitcom BBC Three premiered at the end of summer. This Croyden set show is based in a fried chicken shop called Seriously Fried Chicken and follows the working and personal lives of it's eccentric employees. 
The six episode series comes after a successful 2014 pilot episode which aired on BBC iPlayer and later on BBC Three as part of the Comedy Feeds initiative. The series was created by brothers Henry and Jack Williams. 
The series stars Katy Wix as insecure boss Mary, Simon Greenall as shady second in command Derek, chicken mascot Ed played by Imran Yusef. Some Girls alum Mandeep Dhillon plays easily agitated new employee Anal, a possible love interest for the young and awkward Joe played by William Melling. Rounding out the cast is the assertive Jamaican employee Shontal played by Llewlla Gideon. 
The first episode centred on manager Marg going undercover as a new Spanish male employee to weed out the staff meme et who made complaints about her to head office.
While the writing in the first episode of the series is creative, charming and results in several moments throughout, some characters seem one dimensional and borderline annoying. It's fantastic seeing a Jamaican character in a British sitcom, especially one set in an urban London area like Croyden although, Shantal is mostly seen shouting or yelling at someone or something. 
The most annoying aspect of the show is the character Ed who's only redeeming quality is the fact he spends most of the episode in a chicken costume with shifts covered. The Ed character is our comic relief character we have seen several times before. The socially awkward guy who believes he is far more popular and sexually promiscuous than he actually is. The writing doesn't allow Ed to be original, likeable or relatable in any way. 
The original pilot which aired in 2014 seemed to set up the show as a coming of age story for Joe and his budding relationship with Anal, who also starts working in the pilot episode. Despite this being another used story line, it would have given Joe something significant to do during the premiere episode and made Anal more than just the frustrated newcomer who manages to work a night shift by herself.
The episode's highlights are whenever the naïve and eager to please boss Mary is on-screen with Derek, a meek deputy boss who is clearly frustrated by Mary's job position. Their weird relationship which consists of a combination of a feud/best friendship is a welcomed silver lining of originality and humour. The more conflict between both characters, the funnier Fried will become. 
Both Fried and Top Coppers are ambitious sitcoms which aim to refresh the British comedy landscape by aiming for youth viewers. While Top Coppers is mostly disappointing, Fried has the potential to become a hilarious weekly must see if BBC Three decides to keep it around after their move to online programming! 

Monday, 14 September 2015

NBC Renews The Carmichael Show, Cancels Mr Robinson

NBC has given a second season renewal to freshman summer comedy The Carmichael Show while opting to cancel Mr Robinson. 

The decision comes after both series aired two episodes from a six episode order on Wednesday nights leading out of America's Got Talent. While both series had fairly similar ratings, NBC opted to renew The Carmichael Show due to it's more positive reception in comparison to the negative reviews Mr Robinson received. 

This marks the second consecutive season where NBC renews a summer show. Last season, NBC renewed freshman drama The Night Shift and comedy Undatable, which is the only returning drama on NBC's fall schedule. 

The Carmichael Show received positive reviews from critics and drew comparisons to All in the Family due to the socially conscious discussions on the show such as race, politics and religion.

According to NBC, The 9 PM edition of The Carmichael Show (1.1 rating in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers in Live+Same Day) was the most-watched summer comedy on the Big 4 networks in eight years and tied for the No. 1 summer comedy over that span in adults 18-49. 
While The Carmichael Show showed a week 2 increase in ratings, Mr Robinson showed a decline after a promising debut.

“We’re extremely proud of The Carmichael Show, and Jerrod’s voice and point of view is a breath of fresh air in a comedy series,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “This show made a big impact with viewers and critics because it’s funny and relatable but also because it’s fearless about discussing issues that are significant in the world today.”
nbclogo__130422182418-150x150Both The Carmichael Show and Mr Robinson took the long road to development. The Carmichael Show was given a pilot presentation order in 2014 but was ultimately not ordered to series. Due to the strength of the pilot, NBC bosses ordered an additional pilot last summer before scoring a full series order earlier this year.
The Carmichael Show is based on Jerrod Carmichael's stand-up and follows his relationship with his girlfriend and family. Jerrod Carmichael also serves as a co-creator and producer on the show.
Mr. Robinson which started The Office alum Craig Robinson was originally ordered to pilot in 2013. Greg Daniels served as executive producer. A year after the original pilot order, NBC ordered the show to series with Mark Cullen and Rob Cullen as the new creative team.
Here are the official descriptions of both shows: 
the series also starred Ben Koldyke as Jimmy Hooper, Brandon T. Jackson as Ben RobinsonSpencer Grammer as Ashleigh FellowsAmandla Stenberg as Halle Foster, Peri Gilpin as Principal Eileen Taylor[
Mr Robinson stars Craig Robinsonas a middle school music teacher and part-time musician. the series also starred Ben Koldyke as Jimmy Hooper, Brandon T. Jackson as Ben Robinson, Spencer Grammer as Ashleigh Fellows, Amandla Stenberg as Halle Foster, Peri Gilpin as Principal Eileen Taylor
Inspired by Jerrod Carmichael’s relationship with his say-anything contrarian father, his therapist-in-training girlfriend, his ever-hustling brother and his mother who is always, always, always right with Jesus,The Carmichael Showstars Carmichael, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West and Lil Rel Howery. The series, from 20th TV and Universal TV, is exec produced by Carmichael, Nick Stoller, Ravi Nandan and Sanchez-Witzel.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

E4 to Broadcast Rush Hour TV Series and Containment

The hub for all the latest US TV shows E4  has closed a deal with Warner Bros. which are set to air the two new dramas in 2016. Containment from The CW and Rush Hour from CBS.

Containment opens as an epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, To combat the outbreak, a large city wide quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. 

The drama is produced by Warner Bros Television and stars David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence and Trevor St. John. The Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec penned the script and will executive produce alongside director David Nutter.

The series is set to premiere as a mid-season replacement on The CW in 2016.

The series version of Rush Hour is Based on the feature film of the same name, which follows a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner.
The drama is produced by Warner Bros Television and stars Justin Hires, Jon Foo, Aimee Garcia and Wendie Malick. Bill Lawrence & Blake McCormick penned the script and will executive produce alongside Arthur Sarkissian, Brett Ratner and Jeff Ingold.
Containment and Rush Hour will join a huge slate of first-run acquired US series on E4, the youth skewing sister network of Channel 4. These original US series include The Big Bang Theory, Nashville, 2 Broke Girls, Baby Daddy, Melissa & Joey, New Girl, The Mindy Project, The 100, Supernatural, Jane The Virgin and Fox’s hit music drama Empire, which is returning to the channel for a second season this Autumn.
UPDATE: The Rush Hour TV series will premiere on E4 on Tuesday 19th March 2016!

Comedy Central UK Acquire UK Broadcast Rights to Bob's Burgers

Bob's Burgers fans rejoice! After being dropped by original UK broadcaster E4 three years ago, the cult animated comedy will be making it's return to UK 

Comedy Central UK has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the UK rights to the third season of Bob’s Burgers. Broadcast first reported the news.

Bobs BurgersBob’s Burgers follows a third-generation restaurateur as he runs his own burger joint with the help of his wife and their three kids. The animated series features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.
The first two seasons previously aired on E4 but the show was ultimately dropped due to poor ratings.
Comedy Central UK’s deal with Fox also gives the channel the rights to complete series of Malcolm In The Middle
Bob's Burgers is the latest sitcom to be acquired by Comedy Central UK. Te British network just announced that Friends would be airing reruns on the channel until at least 2019.
The broadcaster also made it clear their intentions to acquire an addition US comedy following the conclusion of Two and a Half Men earlier this year. However, it is unclear whether this new sitcom will be from the 2015-16 season or a classic sitcom. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Second Chance | Review (Fox)

Second Chance  (Formerly Known as The Frankenstein Code and Lookinglass)
The pilot was written by Rand Ravich (Life, Crisis, The Astronaut’s Wife). Based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Co-produced by Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24, X-Files, Buffy, Angel) & Hugh Fitzpatrick (Tyrant). Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Six Feet Under, Dexter, True Blood, Elementary). For FOX, 20th Century FOX Television & Teakwood Lane Prods.


Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead by rich, genius twins Mary and Otto Goodwin. Now younger, healthier and ten times stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose, the family he never took care of and this job he loved so much but couldn’t do the right way…

Although a new television drama based on the iconic character Frankenstein may initially sound interesting, judging by the trailer for the pilot episode, Lookinglass  does appear to be as thrilling or eccentric as one would believe. The pilot is essentially another cop/police procedural show with a twist – this time, Ray Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky) plays an unlikely, tortured hero who helps the cops solve crimes. Plus, I’m pretty sure every possible crime has already been investigated by the likes of CSI and NCIS, and judging by the Frankenstein, the resurrection gimmick is not enough to make the show interesting in the long run.

The pilot focuses on how Pritchard was a deadbeat father and cop who was killed by burglars and then given a second chance at life. The only interesting aspect of the show may be the scientists (who neither of which are called Frankenstein) reveal their hidden motives and the lengths they’ll go to find a cure for the female scientist’ disease.

UPDATE: as if the show couldn’t become even less interesting, FOX announced the show would change its title from The Frakenstein Code to Lookinglass.

UPDATE: The show now goes by the name Second Chance.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

FOX's Lucifer Was Sent from the Depths of Hell


Lucifer Logo

Written & produced by Tom Kapinos (Californication, Dawson). Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth & Mark Dringenberg. Co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cold Case, Without a trace…), Jonathan Littman (CSI, CSI Miami, Cold Case, Hostages) & KristieAnne Reed (CSI Cyber, Chase, Miami Medical). Directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4, Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii 5-0). For FOX, Warner Bros. Television, DC Comics, Jerry Bruckheimer Television & Aggresive Mediocrity.

Description: a bored and unhappy Lucifer Morningstar, the Lord of Hell, has resigned his throne and abandoned his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he has opened an exclusive nightclub called Lux. When an ex-lover of his turned pop star is shot dead in front of him, he decides to investigate on his own but police officer Chloe Dancer keeps on standing in his way and getting on his nerves. They have no choice but to reluctantly collaborate, something they might find quite tasty after a while. Lucifer now gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals…

With Tom Ellis (Miranda, Rush, The Fades), Lauren German (Hawaii 5-0, Chicago Fire), Nicholas Gonzales (The OC, Resurrection Blvd., Melrose Place 2009), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus, The Librarians, Single Ladies), D.B. Woodside (Suits, 24, Buffy, Single Ladies), Rachael Harris (Very Bad Trip, Suits)…

Gregory’s Thoughts

During development season, Lucifer was one of the few projects which I was intrigued by. I am not a major fan of DC comics (which serves as the source material for Lucifer) and am only familiar with the major characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc. therefore, hearing about a comic book interpretation of Lucifer (aka the devil himself) was something I had never seen nor heard before. However, in February, FOX revealed a slight change to the premise of the show. Rather than Lucifer running his own lounge bar like he does in the comics, Lucifer would now be helping the police department solve crimes in his spare time “for fun”. Lucifer instantly went from an exciting project to another police procedural with a devilish twist.
On the other hand, the trailer appears to show a more sexy, fun and thrilling aspect of the tired cop show model, Tom Kapinos’ dark and twisted brand of humour which used to the individual quality of FOX for both its dramas (House) and comedies (Family Guy)

I should have predicted Lucifer would have an English accent. Americans seem to love British villains. Maybe our accent makes dry humour and dark comedy all the funnier. Tom Ellis is a young, handsome lead whom I’m sure many females – and males – will be instantly attracted to, alongside his British accent. Lucifer’s supernatural powers of locking eyes with others to reveal their deepest desires make the character even more attractive, and will also be a useful tool when investigating criminals.

Lucifer is a very fun pilot filled with witty one liner’s, funky rock music and an ensemble of devilish characters with lots of room for development. It’s a shame the show will not place heavy focus on the mythological aspects of hell and the otherworldly origins of Lucifer, but the show still manages to bring a unique interpretation of the standard cop show.
Edit: 26 January 2016, following a brand new episode of The X Files, Lucifer premiered to a solid 2.4 rating in 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers, tying Rosewood as Fox's highest-rated series launch this season. Lucifer more than doubled the premiere of Minority Report.

UPDATE: Lucifer has been renewed for a second season!