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10-episode Season 2 will premiere in late 2014
Get ready for more upstairs/downstairs sitcom hijinks, because TBS announced on Thursday (March 6) that it has renewed "Ground Floor" for a second season.
One of last fall's pleasant comedy surprises, "Ground Floor" averaged 1.8 million viewers in Live+7 numbers, including 1.1 million in the 18-49 demo. That's not especially huge, but it still rated among 2013's top 10 basic cable sitcoms in the key demo.
The 10-episode second season will premiere in late 2014, picking up from the first season finale which potentially left our main character Brody (Skylar Astin) having made a pivotal decision in his ongoing struggle to balance work and new love Jennifer (Briga Heelan). Will everything be forever changed? Probably not!
In addition to Astin and Heelan, "Ground Floor," stars John C. McGinley, Rory Scovel, Alexis Knapp, James Earl and Rene Gube. The comedy is produced by Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Jeff Astrof. [Now if only Lawrence could get NBC to give "Undateable" a premiere date.]
Sepinwall and I reviewed "Ground Floor" back in this November podcast.
Aden Young drama will air on Thursdays this summer
One of the best new shows of 2013 has set a summer premiere date for its second season.
SundanceTV announced on Thursday (March 6) that "Rectify" will return on Thursday, June 19 at 9 p.m. This clarifies SundanceTV's TCA press tour announcement from January that was merely "summer 2014" for the 10-episode second season.
'Arrow' hits a series low, while every ABC show other than 'Mixology' rises
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
"American Idol" got a small performance show uptick to narrowly avoid the ignominy of losing to "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" among young viewers, while also leading FOX to slim victories in most key measures on Wednesday night.
Despite leading FOX to wins, "Idol" was neither the top show overall nor among young viewers on Wednesday.
The "Idol" decline-bump, up among young viewers but not overall, was fitting for an up-and-down Wednesday
There were declines for "Survivor," "CSI," "Law & Order: SVU," "Chicago PD," "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People." While "Mixology" was down in its second week for ABC, the declines probably could have been worse, though expect a bigger fall in Finals.
"Mixology" was, in fact, ABC's only dropper as "The Middle," "Suburgatory," "Modern Family" and "Nashville" all rose.
On to the numbers...
It rains and everybody looks at their waterlogged hands for an hour
Pre-credit sequence. The Brains Tribe returns to camp. Spencer is disheartened that his alliance-mate, Garrett, managed to make himself so unappealing that they kept Crazypants J'Tia around over him. "I'm gonna have to resort to all kinds of crazy, creative ideas," Spencer says. "There was a lot of luck, a lot of Kass," admits J'Tia, who knows her tribe is a disaster. "I have no loyalties to Spencer," Tasha warns us, as she solidifies an All-Girl Alliance. "Garrett, he's fun to look at, but you don't want to play with him," Kass explains her swing vote.
LiLo's OWN reality series premieres this weekend
Apparently craving a generous studio audience more than a good script, Lindsay Lohan has landed a guest role on CBS' "2 Broke Girls."
CBS announced on Wednesday (March 5) that Lohan will be appearing on the Monday, April 14 episode of Monday 8:30 comedy.
The Dirty Dozen sing songs that relate to the theme of "Home"
Last Thursday's "American Idol" results weren't entirely shocking. I'd predicted that Kristen O'Connor would be eliminated and, for several reasons, she was. However, it was a minor surprise to see all of the Bottom Three slots go to women, which suggests either a shift in talent from last season, or a shift in voting patterns. It's too early, though, to know if we should start worrying about all of the girls, or just the weaker ones.
Wednesday's theme is "Home," which should be roughly interchangeable from last week's theme, which involved songs that made a personal statement. After all, if your personal statement didn't say anything about where you come from, how personal could it have been?
We'll see how things go after the break!
Dan and Alan talk 'Dusk Till Dawn,' 'Resurrection,' 'True Detective' and more
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
Actually, it's a really Happy Wednesday if you're a Firewall & Iceberg fan, because we posted a video show this morning and now it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
In this installment, we have reviews of "Sirens," "Resurrection" and El Rey's "From Dusk Till Dawn."
We also debated the most recent "How I Met Your Mother" twist and then we went into some "True Detective" depth on the eve of the finale.
"Sirens" (00:01:00 - 00:09:00)
"Resurrection" (00:09:05 - 00:17:10)
"From Dusk Till Dawn" (00:17:15 - 00:31:05)
The "How I Met Your Mother" twist (00:31:30 - 43:00)
"True Detective" pre-finale (00:43:00 - 01:06:40)
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CBS leads Tuesday overall as 'Glee,' 'Mind Games' also go low
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
NBC got decent news with the season's first real week of original comedies in the 9 p.m. hour, as "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" comfortably beat the sitcoms on FOX and ABC, joining with "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" for a comfortable primetime win among young viewers.
CBS, of course, swept primetime overall, though all of its drama procedurals were nearing series lows.
Speaking of series lows ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Trophy Wife" both had miserable nights, but if the network wants a tiny bit of solace, "The Goldbergs" held up decently in the middle of the morass. "Trophy Wife," in turn, sent "Mind Games" to rather impressive lows in its second week.
On the negative side of things, FOX also got miserable numbers for "Glee."
Finally, over on The CW, "Supernatural" was down from last week, tightening the gap with the stable "Originals."
On to the numbers...
'Touch,' 'America's Best Dance Crew' vets join the DC adaptation
"Gotham" -- which WBTV really wants you to know is a Commissioner Gordon origin story and *not* a Batman prequel -- has cast youthful versions of two characters who are going to be really, really, really familiar to comic book, TV and movie fans.
The FOX drama, already ordered to series for the 2014-2015 TV season, has confirmed casting for the roles of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. See, I told you that you'd heard of them.
He's the future man they call Batman!
She's the future woman they call Catwoman!
But for now, they're still just kids.
'How I Met Your Mother' drops and there's no finale bump for 'Almost Human'
Fast National ratings for Monday, March 3, 2014.
Both "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" were down a little from their strong premieres last Monday, but the hits still easily swept their hours and led NBC to primetime wins in all measures.
It was a Monday of mixed returns.
ABC's "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" was off from recent airings and combined with an encore of "Mixology" to send "Castle" to a series low. Also declining on Monday were "How I Met Your Mother" and the season finale of "Almost Human."
However, FOX got a small uptick for "The Following," while The CW's "Star-Crossed" added a few viewers and was steady in the key demo as it appears to have leveled swiftly. And even with "HIMYM" dropping, the night's other three CBS comedies all ticked very slightly up..
On to the numbers...