NBC made to surrender to competitor’s comedy shows.
The new romantic comedy A to Z, which stars Mad Men’s Ben Feldman and ‘How I Met Your Mother’s’ Cristin Milioti and Kate Walsh’s Bad Judge will not continue beyond their initial 13 episodes. Both the shows will be aired on the current Thursday night time slots on the 9 p.m. Bad Judge has three more episodes left to film and A to Z has two more. In total both the shows have 8 shows left to air.
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While A to Z received favorable reviews from critics, it premiered to mediocre numbers in its 9:30 p.m. Thursday time period following its fellow new comedy Bad Judge. Even though A to Z opened to 4.8 million on its October 2nd debut, it has since then been experiencing a drop of ratings week by week. Its most recent episode on October 30th just averaged over 2.5 million and 0.7 rating in adults, which makes it the lowest rated show in its time period.
Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk, Hong Chau and Parvesh Cheena also star in A to Z, which is narrated by the celebrated Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal. Creator Ben Queen executive produces along with Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Bill Callahan and Michael Patrick Jann.
NBC picked up two Gary Sanchez Production comedies, marking their first broadcast show. These two comedies included Bad Judge and Mission Control the space comedy which was cancelled before its premiere.
Bad Judge had a better opening than A to Z with a total of 5.9 million viewers and a rating of 1.2 among adults. The series also held its live-plus-same-day premiere score in the demo, which marked the first fall series to accomplish this task. Other actors starring in Bad Judge include Ryan Hansen, John Ducey, Tone Bell and Miguel Sandoval.
Thursdays have created problems for NBC, which shifted the long running reality series ‘The Biggest Loser’ to lead the evening and slotted new comedies A to Z and Bad Judge in the 9 p.m. hour against tough competition which includes ABC’s ‘Scandal’ and the CBS’s all famous ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Plus NBC also left the outgoing drama ‘Parenthood’ at 10 p.m.
Both these new comedies join ‘Manhattan Love Story’ as this season’s first cancellation. The problem with both these NBC comedies is that there story and characters are somewhat too familiar with. A to Z is a ridiculous romantic comedy where everything is too familiar with.
Andrew played by Ben keeps on pursuing her and Zelda played by Cristin resists him, but he keeps at it and then she sees the light. Andrew is overzealous and Zelda is too self-centered, so are they going to get together or meet by chance in the next episode are not at all exciting.
Bad Judge on the other hand is another extremely familiar comedy show where Kate Walsh is partying judge who upholds the rules in the morning and breaks them at night. We have seen Kate Walsh already in enough roles where she is great at the job but a mess afterwards. If NBC plans on competing for comedy shows that it needs to raise its level for sure.
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