Betty, Don and Roger each chart a selfish course
Hannah's plan backfires and Marnie tries to win back Charlie
Jaime has a plan, Theon hunts for the Stark Boys and Jon Snow gets led astray
Peacock focuses on early part of the week rather than home of its '80s & '90s triumphs
For more than 20 years, NBC owned Thursday nights. No matter what else was ailing the Peacock, the network could count on an orderly transfer of power from "The Cosby Show" to "Cheers," from "Seinfeld" to "Friends," from "L.A. Law" to "ER."
Now, Thursdays are just one more problem in an ever-mounting pile of them, with the network consistently coming in fourth on a night it used to dominate, and many weeks finishing in a dead heat with Univision — which may explain why the night is an afterthought in the fall schedule that NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt announced on Sunday afternoon.
Primetime soap broke various rules, turned into huge phenomenon
What did everybody think of the new USA cop drama?
I posted my review of USA's "Common Law" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the new USA cop drama? Did the couples counseling gimmick freshen up all the old cliches, or just make them seem even sillier? Did you like the chemistry between Michael Ealy and Warren Kole? How did you feel they compared to some of the other USA duos and trios? Any "Tell Me You Love Me" fans who were happy to see Sonya Walger on the other side of a therapy session? "Rescue Me" fans glad to see Jack McGee, period?
And, most importantly, will you watch again? Have at it.
We'll get another year in Pawnee with Leslie Knope and friends
NBC has renewed "Parks and Recreation" for a fifth season.
As of now, the order is only for 13 episodes -- which is the same amount that "30 Rock" (definitively entering its final season) and "Community" (long-term future up in the air) got yesterday -- but I'm hearing that "Parks" will be on NBC's fall schedule, which means there's still very much a chance that the show could get a back 9 order, continue, etc.
UPDATE: Scratch all that above. The order is now for the full 22 episodes. Among other things, that'll get the show (which NBC owns) up to 90 episodes total.
Though the renewal came a day later than several of NBC's other decisions, I hadn't worried too much about the future of "Parks" being in doubt. NBC owns the show, and as modest as the numbers have been, it's done better than several other shows, and it's a known quantity in terms of what its floor is. NBC has ordered a lot of new comedies, but it's entirely possible those shows will do worse than Leslie Knope, Ron Effing Swanson and friends.
So rejoice, people of Pawnee. All is right with the world once again.
UPDATE: According to several published reports, NBC has also renewed "Up All Night." So a very good day in the Poehler/Arnett household.
Andy plots his return, Robert plots his exit and Dwight plots against Angela
A review of "The Office" season finale coming up just as soon as the coconut is pretty subtle...
Elizabeth Banks comes back, Liz and Criss fight, and Jenna runs from her roots
A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just a soon as Siri brings Jessica Tandy back to life...
Ya heard about Pawnee's number one anchorman?
The town of Pawnee on "Parks and Recreation" is often compared to Springfield on "The Simpsons" in the way that it's given the show such a deep bench of ancillary characters while also creating a recognizable community for our characters to live and work in.
Springfield has a busy but clueless news media, and so does Pawnee, where the man behind the anchor desk is Perderick L. "Perd" Hapley, marvelously played by Jay Jackson. Personality-wise, Perd probably owes more to Dr. Hibberd than to Kent Brockman; where Kent Kent is a relic from the days when news anchors were expected to be the Voice From the Mountaintop, Perd is an idiot getting by on an amiable personality and a propensity to laugh (even if he doesn't always understand your humor, he can recognize the cadence of a joke), and he's also changed his hairstyle over the years.
NBC's online team has put together another of its "Parks and Rec" character mash-up videos — which is exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours — this time highlighting the cheerful inaninty of Perd. SPOILER WARNING: The clip reel contains a few scenes from last night's season finale, so if you haven't seen it yet, don't watch.