ICYMI: Stephen Glover Signs Overall Deal with FX, Ghosted Gets An Extended Season, and more
Last week’s Comedy After Dark shared that Ghosted received an additional six episodes. The new Fox series will now have a season of 16 episodes. You can read more about this in last week’s Comedy After Dark.
Johnny Galecki will be returning to the Roseanne revival which is set to return to television in 2018. The news was confirmed by executive producer Whitney Cummings.
Stephen Glover has signed with FX Productions for an overall deal. He is writer and producer of the hit show Atlanta, which stars and is created by his brother, Donald Glover. Glover is set to write and produce the Deadpool animated series for FX. He has already won awards for his outstanding work on the Atlanta, including two WGA Awards and he has an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
Season 2 of Atlanta is set for a 2018 premiere date on FX.
Make sure to check last week’s Comedy After Dark to see what else you may have missed.
Hot Topic: Series Lows for The Big Bang Theory and Danny Masterson Exits The Ranch Amid Rape Allegations
According to the Neilson overnight data, The Big Band Theory is hitting series lows in the key demo. The show, airing at 8 p.m. on Thursday nights on CB, has averaged a 2.4 rating in adults ages 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers. Nonetheless, this is still the top-rated and most-watched show on Thursday nights.
Other shows on CBS, gained no help with Young Sheldon(2.1, 12.1 million), Mom(1.4, 8.7 million), Life in Pieces(1.1, 6.6 million), and SWAT(1.0, 6.6 million) all taking a fall in the demos, but the latter three were up in total viewership.
Danny Masterson has exited the production of the Netflix comedy, The Ranch, after rape accusations arose from four women. Danny Masterson has been written out of the show. The allegations against Masterson are under current investigation, amid the news, by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department.
In a statement made by Masterson, he denied the claims made against him by calling them “outrageous allegations”. He blamed the current climate of Hollywood on these claims coming into the light again.
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch.’ From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” Masterson said in a statement. “Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”
According to the Huffington Post, a woman told a Netflix executive, Andy Yeatman, that the company does not believe Masterson’s accusers. At the time, he did not know that he was speaking to one of the accusers.
The Ranch will premiere episodes on Netflix on Dec. 15, with more episodes releasing in 2018. Danny Masterson will not appear in any episodes after the first release. There has been no news on whether Masterson will still be credited as executive producer of the series.
Guess Who: Jennie Garth To Guest Star on The Mick
According to Variety, Jennie Garth has been cast in a guest role on Fox’s The Mick.
Garth is the well-known lead character, Kelly Taylor, of Beverly Hills 90210, which aired in 1990 and lasted for ten seasons. She had since then been in the WB series What I Like About You and the CW’s 90210, where she reprised her original role.
Garth will play a pretentious, new-age parent who just happens to also be named Jennie Garth. She will appear on the episode that will air on Jan. 2.
The Mick airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Fox. With a recent increase of 20 episodes to its second season, The Mick stars Kaitlin Olson as Mickey, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Thomas Barbusca, and Jack Stanton as niece and nephews. It is executive produced by The Chernin Brothers, Olsen, Nicolas Frenkel, Oly Obst, and Scott Marder.
Interviews: A Major Development From Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Rosa and The Middle Cast Reflects
Brooklyn Nine-Nine just aired its 99th episode, perfectly titled, 99. Although this brought the show back to its core, Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) came out as bisexual to Charles (Joe Lo Truglio), giving her some character development that was kind of major. Rosa has had less character development than the others so this storyline is important.
“That idea was definitely generated by the real-life fact that [Beatriz] came out recently as bisexual,” series executive producer Dan Goor tells Variety.
Beatriz welcomed the chance to get to tell the story of a bisexual character. It is still rare to see these stories told without the burden of a stereotype hanging in the way. Her excitement to portray a bi character came from her own experiences with not having the representation onscreen when she was growing up.
Goor and Beatriz wanted Rosa to have a coming out story that was reflective of not just gay people because the reactions are not all the same. It was important to Beatriz that Rosa be confident in her bisexuality so that the character got a true portrayal.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on Fox
The cast of The Middle took a look back at some of their favorite moments on the familial sitcom. Peter Roth, the president of Warner Bros. Television Group, recalls an encounter he had with a fan of the show.
Roth recalls. “And that is the essence of what ‘The Middle’ is all about. Just an honest, real, flawed, dysfunctional, loving family like we all aspire to have.”
Here’s what one cast member had to say about a memorable moment.
“War of the Hecks”
Season 5, Episode 11
“I love whenever I get to have a storyline with Charlie, and this one was a big one where we’re in an all-out prank war. I still think about it when I’m feeling sentimental about my time on the show or even my relationship with my real life brothers.”
— Eden Sher
See what other cast members had to say at Variety.
Coming Soon: NBC’s Good Girls Promo Trailer Is Here!
A new trailer for NBC’s upcoming comedy series Good Girls has been released. Good Girls, starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Mae Whitman (Parenthood), and Retta (Parks and Recreation), will center around three moms who are having some money issues. They decide to rob a supermarket and things do not end up going as planned. The show will also star Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly), Manny Montana (Power), Lidya Jewett (Hidden Figures), Izzy Stannard, and Matthew Lillard. Good Girls is executive produced by Jemma Bans (Shondaland alum), Jeannine Renshaw and Dean Parisot, who also directed the pilot.
“When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But 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.”
Good Girls premieres Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at 10/9c on NBC. Watch the trailer below!
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