November 9, 2013

THE SKED: Good News for “Sean Saves the World” and Seth MacFarlane


It’s entirely possible that SEAN SAVES THE WORLD will never again hit the 1.4 rating it had last night (at least not unless NBC gives it The Voice as a lead-in again), so the network seized the opportunity of a less-horrible rating to announce a reduced back-order of 5 additional episodes.  As with the 4 episodes that ABC gave Super Fun Night, this is far from a ringing endorsement, and it’s hard to believe at this point that NBC really thinks Sean‘s ratings are headed up.  It’s more likely that with only 2 midseason sitcoms in its pocket (About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher), NBC didn’t have much alternative to pair with the equally ill-fated Michael J. Fox Show.

Meanwhile, FOX addressed its Sunday night animation issue (The Cleveland Show and American Dad both on the way out, Cleveland permanently and Dad to TBS) by giving a 13-episode order to yet another Seth MacFarlane show for next fall, this one called BORDERTOWN and actually created by Family Guy veteran Mark Hentemann.  It’s about a Border Patrol agent who lives next door to a Mexican immigrant on the US/Mexico border, so think of it as the cartoon version of The Bridge, and get ready for every conceivable Latino joke known to man.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."