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NBC exec says there's no time to nurture TV shows anymore. Is she right?

Back in 1991, 9.7 percent of television households watched George Costanza embarrass himself via answering machine on Feb. 13, when the fourth episode of Seinfeld’s second season aired. By today’s standards, that number — and the 13 million viewers that came with it — would make Seinfeld the most-watched show on TV. Even Sunday Night Football, last season’s biggest eyeball-grabber, earned a rating of just 8.2 — two full points above the season’s second place show, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.

But before the days of DVRs, increased cable competition, and the vast wilds of the Internet, a 9.7 rating wasn’t so impressive — especially coming after weeks of dwindling viewership. NBC would have been within its rights to can the show then and there. Instead, the network chose to hold onto Seinfeld — after putting it on a two-month hiatus.

The rest, of course, is history. Barring a few dips here and there, Seinfeld returned stronger than ever, racking up ratings as well as Emmy nominations. By season 5, it was the third-most watched show on television; by season 6 it was number one.

The Seinfeld story should be a comfort to any showrunner with a beloved but under-watched program. Unfortunately, according to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, it’s a trajectory that’s just not possible anymore. “With deteriorating ratings the tolerance for a show that’s struggling is just shorter than it’s ever been,” she told TV critics at TCA over the weekend. “So it’s frustrating for all of us that you can’t take the time to nurture a show and grow the audience as much as you might want to.”
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Stars of canceled NBC shows join Neil Patrick Harris on Tony stage for number -- VIDEO

If NBC cancels your TV show, you know you’ll always have a home on the Tony Awards stage.

Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty, and Laura Benanti — who starred in NBC’s now-defunct  The New Normal, Smash, and Go On respectively — appeared with Neil Patrick Harris at the ceremony to perform their ode to working in television. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

'Go On': Does it deserve a second season?

Go On concluded its first season Thursday night with a solid episode that brought a lot of closure to the story of Ryan King (Matthew Perry), the radio sportscaster whose journey through grief we’ve been following all season.

The episode was everything a fan of the show could have wanted — a funny but poignant half-hour that found Ryan’s oddball support group banding around him as he struggled to make an important step on the ladder of healing.  Specifically, Ryan had to decide how to spread his wife’s ashes, and when he finally did, it prompted his fellow support group members to take equally big steps. In the end, Ryan was able to find enough peace to sleep through the middle of the night — something he hadn’t been able to do since the night his wife died in car accident. It was sweet.
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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Tony: 

“I’ve seen Mary Poppins over 500 times. Not by choice, it’s a compulsion known as supercalifragilisticexpialidocia.”

 Mr. K (Brett Gelman) explaining why he’d be a good babysitter on Go On

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Tuesday Feb. 26 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Smash recap: Mama, I’m a big girl now
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I'll be there for you: Mini-'Friends' reunions we can't get enough of

After hearing the latest news that the Bings are back, we couldn’t help but imagine what Ms. Chanandler Bong and his wife are up to now. Although we like to think that they are busy raising two very competitive and witty children, and that Joey is in fact living in an apartment above their garage (and teaching their children the art of “How you doin'”), we don’t actually know.

So while our Friends-loving hearts still wait for a real reunion (fingers crossed), we currently get through the day by reliving the handful of mini-reunions we’ve enjoyed over the years. Here’s a look back at the many times that we’ve sat at home and remembered the days of Joey’s sandwiches, Ross’ divorces and, of course, smelly cat: READ FULL STORY

Matthew Perry pulls an Angus T. Jones: 'Don't watch 'Go On' ' -- VIDEO

It’s been over 48 hours, so naturally it’s parody time for that already-infamous Angus T. Jones “Don’t Watch Two and a Half Menvideo.

And while a spoof was inevitable, it didn’t seem like Matthew Perry was the likeliest of jokers after Rainn Wilson. But Perry claimed he saw the Jones video, read the Bible in an hour, and then had a few revelations he wanted to share.

In the new Funny or Die video,  the actor begs you not to watch his show Go On. The fairly self-deprecating take — with plenty of Studio 60 jokes — is pretty amusing. Watch the whole thing to discover why Perry is so comfortable giving away his Go On money, but never his Friends money.

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'Revolution'? 'Mindy'? 'Nashville'? What's your favorite new TV show this season? POLL

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One month ago, Homeland and Modern Family were named Best Drama and Best Comedy at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Their crowning ushered in the 2012 fall TV season, an exciting new beginning filled with surprising triumphs and unsurprising failures. (Made in Jersey and Animal Practice, we hardly knew ye!)

It’s too early to tell whether any of the networks’ shiny new shows will dethrone Homeland or ModFam at next year’s Emmys. Still, we’ve seen enough of them to know which ones are live-watch musts, which deserve a spot on the DVR… and which should follow CBS’s legal drama and NBC’s monkey comedy to an early grave.

For now, though, let’s keep things positive. Which of the following new shows is your favorite one of all? Vote in the poll below — and explain yourself in the comments.

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Matthew Perry tests out his baseball skills with first pitch at Dodgers game

Fans of Friends may remember that Chandler Bing was not talented in the realms of athleticism or hand-eye coordination, but his real-life alter ego got a chance to show a national audience on Wednesday that he has some skill for America’s pastime. To promote his new show Go On, Matthew Perry threw the honorary first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers game last night.

On the upcoming NBC show, which premieres next week, Perry plays a sports radio host who begrudgingly joins a “life transitions” therapy group following the death of his wife. It’s a fish-out-of-water tale for a man accustomed to the male-dominated world of sports journalism where no one talks with each other about their feelings.

At the Dodgers game (which the San Diego Padres won 4-3), Perry didn’t appear to be completely satisfied with his pitch – which was straight down the middle but came up a bit short – as he walked off the pitcher’s mound shaking his head. READ FULL STORY

Matthew Perry's 'Go On': Deja vu on NBC?

There’s something familiar about Go On, a new sitcom NBC previewed after tonight’s Olympics coverage — and I’m not talking about star Matthew Perry’s latest variation on Chandler Bing.

The show centers on Perry as Ryan King, a slick sportscaster who’s just suffered a devastating loss. Though Ryan wants nothing more than to bury his feelings and get on with his life, his bro-y boss (John Cho) insists that Ryan get help before returning to work full-time. Ryan is resistant — “Therapy? It’s not in my blood. I go see a shrink, my dad will roll around in his grave. At least, I think he’s dead. We don’t talk about that kind of thing” — but eventually relents. He joins an ethnically and generationally diverse therapy group that meets in a dingy classroom — an assembly that also includes an uptight, shiny-haired Tracy Flick type, a middle-aged, motherly nurturer, an older gent, and an antisocial weirdo with a wide-eyed stare.

See what I’m getting at? From its premise to its characters to its very set, Go On contains more than a whiff of NBC’s Community — which seems odd from a business perspective, given that show’s notoriously low ratings.  READ FULL STORY

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