Summary: "Andre and Rainbow want to give their kids the best — but they're realizing that childhood is much different these days."What critics said: "While more tired than it's ever felt, is still one of TV's best family comedies, mixing the sort of lighthearted family stories that are the center of this subgenre with more thoughtful and probing explorations of black life in America."ABC: "Splitting Up Together" — WORSTSummary: "From executive producers Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Kapnek ('Suburgatory'), Jeff Kleeman ('Little Big Shots') and Dean Holland ('Parks and Recreation') comes 'Splitting Up Together,' the story of Lena (Jenna Fischer, 'The Office') and Martin (Oliver Hudson, 'Scream Queens'), whose marriage is reignited by their divorce."AMC: "Better Call Saul" — BESTSummary (season four): "In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim — in jeopardy."
During the 2018-2019 TV season, ABC launched seven new series in the fall and four midseason, the company said."This year, we're not trying to jam [viewers] with too many new messages and too many new shows to watch," Karey Burke, who became president of ABC Entertainment last November, said at a press briefing in New York on Tuesday, ahead of Disney's annual upfront pitch to advertisers.Some of them couldn't find or hold audiences.Shows like the comedy "The Kids Are Alright;" the divorce comedy "Splitting Up Together;" the Lauren Cohan-starring dramedy "Whiskey Cavalier;" and "Speechless," centered on a teen with a development disability, were axed after one season.Overall viewership during the first few weeks of the current 2018-2019 fall broadcast season dipped 2% from the year before among the big four broadcasters — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — to an average of 31 million viewers, The Hollywood Reporter wrote in late 2018.In recent years, broadcast networks including ABC started picking up fewer new series.
For the first time ever, ABC united characters from two separate shows for a unique piece of custom content.Creators used Jenna Fischer (from Splitting Up Together) and Katy Mixon (from American Housewife) to let fans see what it would be like if the two found each other in a JCPenney store.It’s the first time characters from two different scripted shows and two different studios collided in custom content.The show’s respective creative teams were part of the year-long process, dreaming up what it would be like if the two characters—both leading moms, but with very different taste in clothing—saw each other at the store.“The amount of work that goes into that creative is really in-depth and detailed,” said Jerry Daniello, svp, entertainment brand solutions, Disney Advertising Sales, “because of the complex and nuances that the average viewer might not realize needs to go into it [due to] the uniqueness of these characters.”This opens up ABC to creating more custom content in which fan favorites appear in advertisements with other ABC characters.
We excluded children's shows, talk shows, and docuseries, and we only selected from networks with multiple scripted shows that had enough reviews to receive a "Fresh" or "Rotten" designation.Here is the worst current TV show on 18 networks, according to critics:Summary: "From executive producers Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory), Jeff Kleeman (Little Big Shots) and Dean Holland (Parks and Recreation) comes Splitting Up Together, the story of Lena (Jenna Fischer, The Office) and Martin (Oliver Hudson, Scream Queens), whose marriage is reignited by their divorce."Summary: "FAM stars Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell in a comedy about a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé and his wonderful family is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister unexpectedly comes to live with her."What critics said: "Fam boasts an almost outrageously good cast, one plugged into the most hollow and familiar of premises and then fed with a broad assortment of reheated multi-generational punchlines."The CW: "Roswell, New Mexico"
Off stage, away from the cameras, Adweek’s Media Visionary is as genuine and thoughtful as the likable persona she’s cultivated during her long, remarkable career as an entertainer, writer, producer, and LGBTQ and animal activist.Following her steady rise as a comedian, DeGeneres headlined HBO stand-up comedy specials, guested on TV shows and, in 1994, landed her eponymous sitcom on ABC.America was a very different place 20-plus years ago than it is now, and some tough years followed for DeGeneres, to put it mildly.She landed a daytime talker, now with a rabid following and in its 16th season, hosted the Emmys and Oscars (and blew up Twitter with her star-studded selfie) and was a judge on American Idol, and along the way scooped up 59 Daytime Emmy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, 20 People’s Choice Awards and the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other accolades.Somehow, DeGeneres finds time to produce several TV shows via her A Very Good Production company, including NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games, Little Big Shots and ABC’s Splitting Up Together.DeGeneres in recent years has made the successful transition to the third screen, using social media as yet another platform to entertain and inspire, but also to tackle controversial issues, from school shootings to MeToo moments, most recently taking to Twitter in support of Christine Blasey Ford during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearings.
ABC had a surprise midseason hit with its revival of Roseanne, which went on to become the No.1 entertainment series on broadcast TV in total viewers and 18-49.Roseanne will return this fall in ABC’s 2018-19 schedule, the network announced this morning.The show will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers.The Tuesday comedy block continues with Black-ish and Splitting Up Together.They lead in to new drama The Rookie, starring Castle’s Nathan Fillion, who returns to the network to play the LAPD’s oldest rookie officer.
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