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American Housewife: Season Two Ratings

ABC introduced four new sitcoms in the regular 2016-17 television season and cancelled two of them. Along with Speechless, the top-10 rated American Housewife TV show was one of the lucky two. Can it keep on keeping on? Will American Housewife be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. A single-camera family comedy, American Housewife stars Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Meg Donnelly, Daniel Dimaggio, Julia Butters, Carly Hughes, and Ali Wong. The ABC sitcom centers on Katie Otto (Mixon). As an average wife and mother, she prefers to stand apart from Westport Ct's "perfect" parents and their entitled children. Katie's logic-driven husband, Greg (Bader), supports her efforts as best he can. Together, they try to make sure that their kids, Taylor (Donnelly), Oliver (Dimaggio), and Anna-Kat (Butters) internalize the family's values, so they don't end up carbon copies of their neighbors.
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Ratings: Riverdale Returns Red-Hot, Doubling Its Season 1 Numbers

Ratings: Riverdale Returns Red-Hot, Doubling Its Season 1 Numbers
Jinkies! Or… whatever they exclaim over in Riverdale. Because the CW drama on Wednesday opened Season 2 not just with series highs but double its usual numbers — and on a new night, with no lead-in.

Related2018 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?

All told, Riverdale drew 2.33 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating (per finals), up sharply from its freshman launch out of Supernatural (1.4 mil/0.5) and doubling its Season 1 average and finale (both of which were 1 mil/0.4).

In fact, Archie and the gang delivered the Wednesday lead-off spot’s best numbers since the Nov. 30 episode of Arrow.
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Ratings: Designated Survivor Ties Lows, Modern Family Catches Empire in a First

Ratings: Designated Survivor Ties Lows, Modern Family Catches Empire in a First
Designated Survivor this Wednesday drew 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating as the conspiracy storyline came to a close, slipping 13 percent and two tenths from its Season 2 premiere to match series lows.

RelatedDesignated Survivor Season 2 Review: The West Wing Minus 24 Equals…?

On ABC’s sitcom front, The Goldbergs (5.7 mil/1.6), Modern Family (6.4 mil/1.9) and American Housewife (4.9 mil/1.4) each slipped two tenths from their season openers, while Speechless (4.6 mil/1.3) dipped one tenth.

Of note, Modern Family for the first time ever caught up to Fox’s Empire, tying for the nightly demo win.

Over on CBS, Survivor (8 mil/1.6) and Seal Team
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‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy

‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy
As a zany workplace comedy focused on the production of a live TV show, “Great News” has always been just a few degrees removed from “30 Rock.” Creator Tracy Wigfield came up the ranks through Tina Fey’s classic NBC sitcom, so it’s only fitting that her Fey-produced debut features a few similarities to a show Wigfield produced, wrote, and even cameo-d in. (She also co-stars in “Great News,” as Beth, the rather intense meteorologist).

After a critically approved but less-than-buzzy first season, Wigfield & Co. are leaning into the likeness: Tina Fey has joined the ensemble cast for seven episodes; series lead Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan) is shifting into a mentor-mentee relationship with her new boss (played by Fey); the show is re-focusing on sharper topical storylines, and Chris Parnell, a “30 Rock” favorite as Dr. Leo Spaceman, even drops by for a guest spot in Episode 2.

Read More:‘Speechless’ Review: Season 2 Is a Lean,
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‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy

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‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy
As a zany workplace comedy focused on the production of a live TV show, “Great News” has always been just a few degrees removed from “30 Rock.” Creator Tracy Wigfield came up the ranks through Tina Fey’s classic NBC sitcom, so it’s only fitting that her Fey-produced debut features a few similarities to a show Wigfield produced, wrote, and even cameo-d in. (She also co-stars in “Great News,” as Beth, the rather intense meteorologist).

After a critically approved but less-than-buzzy first season, Wigfield & Co. are leaning into the likeness: Tina Fey has joined the ensemble cast for seven episodes; series lead Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan) is shifting into a mentor-mentee relationship with her new boss (played by Fey); the show is re-focusing on sharper topical storylines, and Chris Parnell, a “30 Rock” favorite as Dr. Leo Spaceman, even drops by for a guest spot in Episode 2.

Read More:‘Speechless’ Review: Season 2 Is a Lean,
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No Cynicism Allowed: ABC Banks on Family Comedies With Multigenerational Appeal

No Cynicism Allowed: ABC Banks on Family Comedies With Multigenerational Appeal
ABC is going against the prevailing winds in TV and making a big bet on family values.

The network is banking on the strength of its comedy roster this fall by expanding its Tuesday sitcom block from one to two hours. The clutch of family-centric laffers that will air from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday represent the most well-defined comedy brand among the Big Four networks at present.

For sure, there’s been a years-long drought of big breakthrough comedy hits across the broadcast nets. But ABC has steadily built a bench of half-hours that are consistent, if not spectacular, performers for the network. ABC was home to six of the top 10 broadcast TV sitcoms last season, including two freshman entries: “Modern Family,” “The Goldbergs,” “Blackish,” “Speechless,” “The Middle” and “American Housewife.”

“We have comedies that are all very unique and specific in their point of view and the families they describe and yet they
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TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, Carrie Coon Among Big Winners

TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, Carrie Coon Among Big Winners
Praise be! Critics are enamored with The Handmaid’s Tale.

Hulu’s breakout hit walked away with two trophies at Saturday’s 2017 Television Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills, including Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama. Meanwhile, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama went to Carrie Coon, who made history by winning for two performances, as both police chief Gloria Burgle on Fargo and Nora Durst on the dearly departed The Leftovers.

Related Emmy Nominations: SNL, Westworld, Feud and Stranger Things Lead Pack, Freshman Hit This Is Us Scores 11 Nods

FX’s Atlanta also took home a pair of awards,
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TCA Award Winners: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Atlanta,’ Carrie Coon Take Top Honors

TCA Award Winners: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Atlanta,’ Carrie Coon Take Top Honors
The winners of the 2017 TCA Awards were announced tonight in Los Angeles, Calif., and freshmen shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This Is Us,” and “Atlanta” took top honors, while TCA history was made in the individual achievement in drama category by winner Carrie Coon.

Hulu’s dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” won both the dramatic achievement trophy as well as the top “Program of the Year” honor, while NBC’s family drama “This Is Us” took the prize for new program. On the comedy side, FX’s “Atlanta” took both the comedic achievement trophy and individual achievement in comedy for its star (and creator) Donald Glover.

Coon took home the top honor in dramatic acting, making TCA history for winning for dual performances this year (“The Leftovers” and “Fargo”). It is also worth noting that the Television Critics Assn., whose 220-plus members vote to choose these winners, does not separate male and female actors into
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Atypical Review: This Autism Comedy Warms the Heart, Minus the Schmaltz

Atypical Review: This Autism Comedy Warms the Heart, Minus the Schmaltz
“Heartwarming” is a tricky word to use in a TV review: It brings to mind those insufferably corny, 7th Heaven-type shows where the family has a big group hug at the end of each episode. (Yuck.) But Netflix’s whimsical new family comedy Atypical — debuting Friday, Aug. 11 — manages to sidestep those landmines and deliver something that truly warms the heart, with a cast full of sweet-natured characters, a bracing dose of melancholy and a terrific lead performance from Keir Gilchrist.

Gilchrist’s character Sam is an autistic teen on the high-functioning end of the spectrum, and we learn about his
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TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, This Is Us Lead Nominations

TCA Awards: The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, This Is Us Lead Nominations
The Television Critics Association has announced its nominees for the 33rd annual TCA Awards, and FX’s Atlanta, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and NBC’s This Is Us amassed the most nods, with four apiece.

RelatedTVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Sterling K. Brown Reflects on This Is Us Phenomenon

Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, Stranger Things, The Good Place and The Crown followed with three nominations each.

Network-by-network, HBO came out on top with 12 total nods, followed closely by FX (11) and Netflix (10). Among broadcasters, NBC fared best with seven total nominations. (Any show airing the majority
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2017 TV Critics Association Award Nominations Honor ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This Is Us’

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2017 TV Critics Association Award Nominations Honor ‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This Is Us’
According to the Television Critics Association, it was a big year for women, people of color, dystopias and the afterlife. At least, that’s what can be gleaned from the nominees for the 2017 TCA Award nominees, announced this morning.

In terms of total nominees, FX’s “Atlanta,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and NBC’s “This Is Us” led the pack with four each. Following, with three nominations each, were HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” FX’s “Feud: Bette And Joan,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” and NBC’s “The Good Place.”

Notably, the Individual Achievement in Drama and Comedy nominees, which don’t specify gender, were dominated by women in a variety of key roles, and the only men recognized were men of color, including Sterling K. Brown, Aziz Ansari, and Donald Glover. (That’s right, MTV, the Television Critics Association has been doing gender-neutral awards for quite some time — so slow your roll.
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‘Atlanta,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations

‘Atlanta,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations
Atlanta,” “This Is Us,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” each netted four nominations for the 2017 Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards, the media organization announced Monday.

The TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2016-2017 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories, including news and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy.

For the second consecutive year, HBO is in the lead with 12 nominations; FX has 11; Netflix has 10; NBC has seven; Hulu has four; ABC and PBS have three; Amazon, Disney and Showtime each have two; and A&E, AMC, BBC America, CBS, CNN, Espn, and TBS finish with one.

“This was truly a landmark season for diversity in television, and the TCA nominations reflect this. Our members have chosen a variety of series that celebrate and represent a wide spectrum of performances,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. “With so many great programs—both new and returning—it was a real challenge for our
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Faces the Future and 4 More Things to Watch This Weekend, May 19-21

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Faces the Future and 4 More Things to Watch This Weekend, May 19-21
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.

The Weekend of May 19-21 What Happened Last Night?!

(Why is this man sulking? Find out what happened with last night’s TV picks.)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Season 3, Netflix

Synopsis: As Ben Travers put it in his season review: Through six episodes, Season 3 has shown far less reliance on the past and an invigorating interest in the future. It’s not that Kimmy’s time underground got stale so much as her rapid development into adulthood would inevitably require more time to be spent in the present. We’ve covered a lot of her arrested development, and now it’s time to see what kind of story an adult Kimmy has to tell. So far, it’s a damn good one.
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Faces the Future and 4 More Things to Watch This Weekend, May 19-21

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Faces the Future and 4 More Things to Watch This Weekend, May 19-21
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.

The Weekend of May 19-21 What Happened Last Night?!

(Why is this man sulking? Find out what happened with last night’s TV picks.)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Season 3, Netflix

Synopsis: As Ben Travers put it in his season review: Through six episodes, Season 3 has shown far less reliance on the past and an invigorating interest in the future. It’s not that Kimmy’s time underground got stale so much as her rapid development into adulthood would inevitably require more time to be spent in the present. We’ve covered a lot of her arrested development, and now it’s time to see what kind of story an adult Kimmy has to tell. So far, it’s a damn good one.
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FBI Magician Drama ‘Deception,’ Divorce Comedy ‘Splitting Up Together’ Ordered to Series at ABC

FBI Magician Drama ‘Deception,’ Divorce Comedy ‘Splitting Up Together’ Ordered to Series at ABC
ABC has given series orders to drama “Deception” and single-camera comedy “Splitting Up Together.”

Deception” follows Las Vegas magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who begins working as a “consulting illusionist” for the FBI when his career is ruined by scandal. He will use his talents in sleight of hand, illusion, and deception to help the government solve crimes that defy explanation.

The series hails from writer Chris Fedak, and executive producers Berlatni, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter and David Nutter, who is attached to direct the pilot. Renowned magician and puzzle creator David Kwong will serve as co-producer. Warner Bros. Television is producing, along with Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House.

Splitting Up Together,” based on a series from Denmark, tells the story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. They still live in the same house, alternating weeks, with one living upstairs and doing the parenting while the other lives downstairs in the guest
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ABC Orders Deception, Splitting Up Together to Series

ABC Orders Deception, Splitting Up Together to Series
ABC has waved its magic wand and added a pair of new series to its primetime lineup.

The network has ordered magician drama Deception and divorce sitcom Splitting Up Together to series, TVLine has learned.

Deception stars Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) as a disgraced magician who puts his skills of deception and illusion to work as an FBI consultant, helping the feds catch the world’s most elusive criminals. Chuck executive producer Chris Fedak is the creator/Ep, and Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Martin Gero (Blindspot) are onboard as EPs as well.

RelatedABC Orders Five Shows to Series,
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ABC Renews ‘Designated Survivor,’ ‘Agents of Shield’ and ‘American Housewife’

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ABC Renews ‘Designated Survivor,’ ‘Agents of Shield’ and ‘American Housewife’
ABC has renewed “Designated Survivor” for Season 2, “Agents of Shield” for Season 5 and “American Housewife” for a second season for the 2017-2018 season, Variety has learned.

Kiefer Sutherland stars in “Designated Survivor” as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the Us Capitol during the State of the Union. Kirkman now finds himself thrust into a role he never wanted. He must struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.

In addition to Sutherland, the series also stars Natasha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Lamonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q. David Guggenheim is the creator and executive producer. Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Jon Harmon Feldman, Nick Pepper. Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood, and
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‘Imaginary Mary,’ ‘Real O’Neals’ Canceled at ABC

‘Imaginary Mary,’ ‘Real O’Neals’ Canceled at ABC
Imaginary Mary” and “The Real O’Neals” have both been canceled at ABC after one and two seasons respecitvely, Variety has learned.

Imaginary Mary” starred Jenna Elfman as a woman in her 30s whose childhood imaginary friend — voiced by Rachel Dratch — suddenly reenters her life when she finds herself getting into a serious relationship with a father of three. It also starred Stephen Schneider, Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, and Erica Tremblay.

The series’ prospects were dim from the start, with ABC trimming its episode order from 13 to 9 before it even premiered. Its ratings also failed to live up to other ABC comedies. Its debut on March 29 after a new episode of “The Goldbergs” drew a 1.4 rating and 5.4 million viewers, well below the 2.0 achieved by fellow freshman series “Speechless” during its fall premiere in the timeslot. The following week, “Imaginary Mary” dropped over 30 percent in both key measures to a 0.9 rating and 3.5 million viewers. None
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Upfronts 2017: From More ‘Big Bang Theory’ to Another ‘X-Files,’ What the Networks Have in Store

Upfronts 2017: From More ‘Big Bang Theory’ to Another ‘X-Files,’ What the Networks Have in Store
Heading into upfronts, it’s harder than ever to differentiate TV’s winners from its losers. By the old metric of success — Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings — the most watched Big Four broadcaster and the least are separated by less than half a ratings point. Even the delayed-viewing and multiplatform metrics against which advertising is now sold fail to tell a full story. The studios that produce television make significant money from subscription-video services that stream series after their broadcast window, as well as from the international rights to those shows. Thus ownership now plays an enormous role in programming decisions — and makes the story of a show’s success or failure more complex than anything a linear viewing measurement alone could tell. But the choices made before the unveiling of fall schedules next week remain consequential. The fates of networks — and of the executives who run them — will rise and fall on their outcomes. Variety
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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big
Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”

While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening.
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