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FOX Cancels ‘Utopia’, NBC pulls ‘A to Z’ and ‘Bad Judge’

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The “T.V show ax” just keeps chopping.

FOX has pulled the plug on it’s reality TV show Utopia just a month after reducing the episode count.

Shrinking the episode count didn’t help matters as the series drew in less than a 0.5 rating with barely 1.5 million viewers.

Utopia was a reality series about a group of strangers group together in an isolated camp for a year.

The decision goes into effect immediately. Starting Nov. 7 Masterchef Junior reruns will take it’s place. 

 

NBC cancelled two shows from its schedule earlier this week.

The network announced that it will not produce any more episodes of the two Thursday comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z. It will however,  air all episodes from the initial orders– 13- episodes in total. Five episodes each have aired so far.

Bad Judge has shot 10 episodes to date, while A to Z has shot 11, so they’ll be continuing production until the end of their “season.” Good news for fans, they’ll actually get some closure.

The comedies started off with good ratings, but dropped significantly after facing competition from ABC’s Scandal an other comedies in the same time block.

Recently, Bad Judge scored a 0.9 rating with 4 million views, while A to Z pulled in a 0.7 with 2.6 million. Both fell under the deadly 1.0 rating and didn’t go back up.  I guess they still have time to prove themselves, since NBC is sort of giving them a second-chance.. or at least an extended run. I doubt this will make NBC change it’s mind though. It’s surprising their being this “giving” but I’m assuming it’s because they have nothing better to replace the show with for now. Plus, they’d probably lose more money trying to the pull the plug completely.

Bad Judge centered on a party loving judge. A to Z was a romantic comedy about a couple. Very broad, I know but I feel like the reason these comedies don’t work is because they are so cliche. There is nothing new and exciting about them. Why should I watch a show about some middle-aged woman stuck in her 20’s that can’t get it together? Or another romance comedy, when I deal with my own romantic timeline and also invest in dramas where I can ship my favorites, but the story doesn’t only revolve around their love.

The Blacklist will take over the time slot on February 5th.

UPDATE: Producer Rashida Jones tweeted out that A to Z isn’t officially cancelled. We now have to look up the word cancelled in the dictionary. Oh wait…. The announcement was followed by this statement from NBC.

“[The] show is not officially canceled. For the time being, NBC has decided not to order any more episodes after its original 13-episode order. We always have the option of changing that later on.”

So like I said in my earlier post, it’s a second chance but not really. Let’s be honest, who is going to invest more time in a show that’s hanging on by a string?

Jones even started a petition on Twitter with the hashtag #saveatoz.

So if you love the show, go share your excitement and petition. I’ll be tuning into to Scandal. No hard feeling…

 

The next show to watch out for is Mulaney. If anyone is getting the ax, it’s the FOX show. It has dipped drastically in ratings, hitting a low of 0.7 this week. Seriously though, ratings are plummeting, reviews are bad. It’s only a matter of time.

Other shows I’m concerned about include Jane the Virgin and The 100. Both CW shows aren’t getting the best ratings, which kind of upsets me because I kind of really like Jane the Virgin. We’ll have to wait and see. What shows do you want off the air? Let us know and vote in our poll!

 

Photo Credit: NBC/A to Z


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Many People Prefer to Watch TV with their Dogs Instead of their Family, a New Study Finds

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Many People Prefer to Watch TV with their Dogs Instead of their Family, a New Study Finds

Watching a show without your dog can be “ruff.”

A new report by Rover.com found that as Americans increased their TV and streaming habits amid the pandemic, they have done so with a furry friend by their side. 

Per the report, 57% of dog parents admitted to waiting for their dog to get into the room before watching a show. 

Now, that isn’t entirely surprising because if you are a dog owner, you know dogs are great watching buddies… unless you have a dog like mine who barks at any animal on the screen. That makes things a bit more difficult, but still proves that he’s attentive! 

The report found that 78% of Americans said they watch TV with their dogs very often or always. 

Surprisingly, dogs were ranked #1 when asked who people prefer to chill out and watch TV with, with 40% of parents saying they’d choose their dog over a partner, friends, or even kids. And that’s because a majority of pet parents believe their pups are actively watching or reacting to what’s happening on the screen. (See my point above about my dog barking at animals on the screen!) 

To make the binge-watching experience that much better for their pets, 70% have admitted to accommodating their pup by allowing them on the couch, giving them blankets, and even moving over so the dog is comfortable. 

60% of pet parents even believe their dog has a favorite TV show, which would explain why 80% of dog parents admit to leaving their TV on for dogs when they’re not home. 

The most popular genres? Comedy and action, which makes sense – after a long day of lounging and taking walks, Fido needs a good laugh or to get invested in a dramatic car chase! 

During such uncertain times, there’s definitely comfort in knowing that you always have a TV buddy by your side! 

And let’s be honest… is there anything your dog isn’t doing with you these days?


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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama 'Elite' for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

We’ve got some elite news!

Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!

The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals. 

Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes. 

The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.

It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021. 

The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up. 

Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.

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WATCH: ‘The Handmaids Tale’ Reveals Season 4 Trailer and Premiere Date

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WATCH: 'Handmaids Tale' Reveals Season 4 Trailer and Premiere Date

“We don’t hide. We fight,” Elizabeth Moss’ June states in the new teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Handmaids Tale.

Her statement sets the tone for the new season of the dystopian series.

In the first scene, we see June walking an empty street in normal clothing, a fear departure from the handmaid’s red dress and white bonnet uniform. 

Flashbacks reveal she escaped Gilead with members of the resistance as a war is brewing. 

Hulu’s recently-released trailer also reveals a premiere date, so mark April 28 in your calendars.

Much like previous seasons, the season will return will drop three peisodes at once followed by a weekly rollout. 

Check out the trailer below and get ready: 

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