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'Enlisted' creator fights on: 'I love this show too much to give up'


The creator of Fox’s military comedy Enlisted isn’t going down without a fight.

With the final four episodes set to air, creator Kevin Biegel sent the following email to friends attempting to, well, enlist some help to try to keep alive his heartfelt and well-regarded canceled underdog that many felt deserved better.

We post this message with some apprehension because we don’t want to toy with you by raising expectations for a revival. Fox has definitely canceled Enlisted, and axed shows tend to stay down, especially first-year sitcoms. The final four episodes are being “burned off” in network speak, so it’s not like this is a new trial period.

But we also just found out — as hinted in Biegel’s email — that studio Fox 21 is shopping the show to other potential distributors, and on that front, miracles sometimes occasionally do happen, though typically for programs with longer histories (Hulu reportedly is interested in picking up NBC’s Community). Mainly, we wanted to share this with you because we were moved by Biegel’s message of never-surrender love for his series, and his enthusiasm for these final episodes: READ FULL STORY

Remaining 'Enlisted' episodes to air in June

Enlisted was one of the Upfronts’ most-lamented casualties, but Fox is making good on its promise to run four unaired episodes. The network confirms new episodes will premiere Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, starting June 1. Which means you can mourn the show again after the finale on June 22.

But we’ll always have this: READ FULL STORY

'Enlisted': Could it be going out in Mondo Spider-style? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

We’d be hard-pressed to name a cast and crew who’ve fought harder for their freshman show than the tweeting, app-ing, contest-participating gang of Fox’s funny, affecting comedy Enlisted. This week’s episode (Friday at 9 p.m. ET) is a big one: partly because it features the platoon being tricked into becoming test dummies for the Mondo Spider — watch a sneak peek below — and partly because the show’s time slot will be invaded by the hour-long Raising Hope series finale on April 4 and the new season of Kitchen Nightmares starting April 11.

Without airdates for Enlisted‘s remaining episodes (yet), enjoy this one while you can. READ FULL STORY

'Enlisted' sneak peek: Pete confronted by an ex, Derrick obviously thrilled -- EXCLUSIVE

On the Feb. 28 episode of Fox’s Enlisted, Pete (Geoff Stults) runs into the girlfriend he never technically broke up with before he was deployed to Afghanistan, and Jill (Angelique Cabral) must help him through the split. Check out a sneak peek below. Meanwhile, Derrick (Chris Lowell) and Randy (Parker Young) see how much dating game they’ve got without each other as wingmen. Oh, and there’s a performance by Kid ‘n Play. READ FULL STORY

'Enlisted': Geoff Stults talks moving fan reaction and the fun of promoting a new show (cue target practice!)

Live-tweeting episodes, partying with contest winners over Super Bowl weekend, facing off with EW staffers in a Nerf gun challenge (see proof below) — there’s not much Geoff Stults won’t do to promote his well-reviewed Fox comedy Enlisted (Fridays at 9 p.m. ET). “I love this job, and I want it to continue,” he says.Doing whatever it takes it takes to get the word out about a new show comes with it, but it’s made easier when the audience responds. “If people show up, they’re tuning back in because they’re finding all the things that make us excited about the show,” he says.

It’s funny and it’s heartfelt, just like the timely Jan. 31 episode, “Homecoming,” which centers on a highly anticipated football game — the annual Army/Marine flag football game — and an elaborate plan to bring a deployed father (Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh) home to surprise his son (so Chris Lowell’s Derrick looks good in the eyes of the boy and his mother, the soldier’s ex, who Derrick fancies). Meanwhile Pete (Stults), the former All-American, “dusts off the old rocket launcher” to quarterback the Army team. “He’s wearing his old jersey from high school, and you think he’s gonna be amazing, and it turns out to be quite the opposite,” says Stults, who actually played quarterback and wide receiver in a European league. (“I was really good at throwing the ball, I just threw it a lot of times at the wrong people,” he explains. “That’s why they moved me to receiver.”)


'Enlisted': Randy knows how to pull the heartstrings -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

The Friday episode of Fox’s Enlisted, “Homecoming,” looks like it will hit the comedy sweet spot once again. After Derrick (Chris Lowell) promises a woman he likes that he’ll get her son’s soldier father back Stateside, he has to convince Cody (Keith David) to do it. Luckily, Randy (Parker Young) has vision.

Meanwhile, Pete (Geoff Stults) and Jill (Angelique Cabral) will find themselves having to work together again when it’s game time — and by that, we mean time to play flat football against the Marines.

Watch an exclusive clip below. READ FULL STORY

Here's your reminder to watch 'Enlisted' tonight -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

There’s no shortage of critics rooting for Fox’s new military-set workplace comedy Enlisted to succeed — it makes Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List in the issue on stands today — and tonight’s installment is another funny one: Youngest brother Randy (Parker Young) learns he’s not the master marksman he thought he was and middle child Derrick (Chris Lowell) has to coach him. Fans of Toy Story 3 will get a special kick out of the episode. Meanwhile, older brother Pete (Geoff Stults) and his rival (Angelique Cabral) face off in various, increasingly ridiculous challenges to determine who is the better soldier (and wink at fans already shipping them).

Watch a clip below that sets it all in motion.


Fox moves 'Enlisted' premiere to January

The military comedy Enlisted will premiere in January instead of its original Nov. 8 debut, Fox announced Thursday.

In a press release, Fox said the scheduling shift was meant to take advantage of the network’s “winter sports promotional platform.” The show will debut Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 p.m., following new episodes of Bones and Raising Hope.

To replace the original Enlisted slot, Fox will air back-to-back new episodes of Raising Hope starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

Enlisted stars The Finder‘s Geoff Stults, Veronica Mars‘ Chris Lowell, and Suburgatory‘s Parker Young as three brothers working at a Florida military post.

Fox's Fall Schedule Announcement: A snap judgment

How do you fight a flagging American Idol franchise and ratings that dipped 20% last season? Hopefully, by luring your viewers back with some big names. That’s the latest strategy for Fox, which came out of the upfronts on Tuesday with a lineup that included Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Seth MacFarlane, J.J. Abrams, and Kiefer Sutherland, the latter of whom will return for the miniseries 24: Live Another Day. (Midseason picks include the Chris Meloni comedy Surviving Jack, the Terry O’Quinn drama Gang Related, and M. Night Shyamalan’s miniseries Wayward Pines, which will star Matt Dillon, but trailers for those shows are not yet available yet for review.) Still, fame doesn’t always equal quality. For every promising buddy-cop comedy, there’s a not-so-promising sitcom from a certain Oscar host who prides himself on being “edgy.” Sorry, Seth MacFarlane, but the only boobs I saw today were the two guys in your new show.

Imagine The Office, except set in a police precinct. Now imagine Andy Samberg as its resident dimwit, a detective who wiles away the hours playing fire extinguisher roller-chair derby and doing very bad, meep-morp-I-am-a-robot impressions of his humorless boss (Andre Braugher). If you’re not laughing yet — and I was, right from the moment that Samberg rocks out to a terrible preset keyboard demo at the beginning of the trailer  — consider that Brooklyn Nine-Nine was created by Dan Goor and Michael Shur, who mastered the art of the workplace comedy with Parks and Recreation. Judging by the teaser, which also features a cameo from Fred Armisen as a wide-eyed creeper, Brooklyn Nine-Nine could actually be funny. Still not convinced? If you don’t at least smile at Samberg’s very special cop “uniform” (shirt and tie on top, multi-colored Speedo on the bottom), then you either have no heart or no pants.



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