The Inn is in, but Kelsey & Patty are dumped
Bateman, who starred in Arrested Development -- the Emmy-award winning comedy that the network dumped unceremoniously because of low ratings -- was behind the camera for The Inn pilot. The show, which is about the haves and have-nots in a fancy, five-star New York City hotel, has a promising cast of funny folks including Niecy Nash (Reno 911!), Jerry O'Connell (who looks like Jason's twin), and the really hilarious Jesse Tyler Ferguson (remember him on The Class -- he was so funny!).
Gallery: Back to You + Til Death
For two major stars like Grammer and Heaton, Back to You is a big-time, major flop. On paper, the idea of putting Frasier with Everybody Loves Raymond's wife -- Emmy winners both! -- must have been can't miss in the pitch meetings. And then, you can hear it, they said, "And we'll put them in a newsroom like Murphy Brown and The Mary Tyler Moore Show." How could it not work?
Well, for starters, it wasn't funny. Writers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd -- Frasier veterans -- just never achieved comedy lift-off with Back to You. The show was truly a case of never living up to the expectations. I don't think bringing it back for another year was going to help, either. Fox, reportedly, had financial issues with the sitcom as well. That's code for Patty and Kelsey were making a bundle on a TV show that was not a Nielsen winner. No ratings, no money from advertisers, no pay-out to the stars. That's TV, folks!
Til Death, on the other hand, was given a third season. The ratings aren't much better than Back to You, but the show isn't as expensive to produce. Also, to be frank, Til Death is getting better. I watched it recently and Brad Garrett seems to finally be comfortable in the leading role. When I first watched the show, Brad was over-the-top, trying too hard. That style works when you're a sidekick; it's annoying when you're the lead. Someone must have clued him in because now the show is very funny.
And now it'll have another year to get even better.