Today in show business news: NBC cancels two new shows, CBS orders full seasons of three new shows, and Fox goes all in with one.
NBC announced today that is has canceled two of its low-rated new shows, putting two big holes in its lineup. Gone from Wednesday night will be Ironside, the procedural reboot starring Blair Underwood as a wheelchair-bound detective. And the Mike O'Malley sitcom Welcome to the Family, about two sets of parents getting to know one another after their teenage kids announce an unplanned pregnancy, has been pulled, another sign of doom for NBC's once-respectable Thursday night programming bloc. The network is pretty much in shambles right now, with none of their new shows performing well and older series like Parks & Recreation bringing in diminishing returns. How long until The Voice is just on every night? [Entertainment Weekly]
As has been the case for many years now, things are looking decidedly rosier over at CBS. They just ordered full seasons of three new sitcoms, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, and Mom. Interestingly, all three shows are about wacky parents and their exasperated adult children. None are terribly good, though Mom has shown some glimmers of promise. This isn't really surprising news coming from CBS, which tends to give its new shows at least a full season before canceling anything. (Well, unless you're Made in Jersey.) Congrats, all! [Deadline]
At Fox, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has just gotten a full-season pickup. That'll mean a 22-episode season for the affably low-key show, which stars Andy Samberg as a wise-crackin' cop. The show has performed decently in the ratings, the hope likely being that word-of-mouth will help bring it closer to the level of New Girl as the season goes on. Will it be hurt by the baseball blackout though? We've seen that happen before. Clearly Fox isn't terribly worried. This is good news in a pretty bad-news TV season. [Vulture]
On the big screen, the deeply flawed WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate is tracking terribly at the box office. Current estimates have it not even clearing the $4 million mark in North America this weekend. Even the power of Benedict Cumberbatch mania can't conquer Americans' lack of interest in WikiLeaks or its enigmatic founder Julian Assange. (Whom Benedict plays beautifully in an otherwise dreary film.) And all the bad reviews certainly don't help. Oh well. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Finally, another adult. After two kids were cast in Jurassic Park 4: Isla Nublar Drift, we get word that Josh Brolin is circling a role in the film. Hopefully he'll be playing a Pachycephalosaurus. Couldn't you kind of see that? No? [Deadline]
Haley Joel Osment just booked two movies! They're little indie things, but still! He's working again! Maybe he'll beat the child actor curse. That'd be a nice end to that story. [Deadline]
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