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.