A Million Little ThingsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 1/18/19 at 2:14PM EST
A Million Little Things hits a high in its new post-Grey's Anatomy timeslot
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The freshman drama attracted 5.25 million total viewers in its Thursday debut. ALSO: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's second NBC episode tumbles 25%.
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
ABC sets midseason schedule, moves A Million Little Things to the post-Grey's Anatomy timeslot
ABC is expressing confidence in freshman drama A Million Little Things, which will air after Grey's Anatomy from January through March -- when Station 19 reclaims its post-Grey's timeslot. ABC also announced that American Idol will return on Sunday, March 3, while Match Game takes over A Million Little Things' Wednesday timeslot.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 7:07PM EDT
A Million Little Things gets a full-season pickup
ABC has ordered four more episodes, bringing the Season 1 total to 17 episodes. A Million Little Things has aired five episodes, with an audience 3.6 million viewers.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
ABC orders three additional scripts for Splitting Up Together and three freshman series
A Million Little Things, The Rookie and The Kids Are Alright have each been given a vote of confidence with their additional script orders.
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 1:43PM EDT
A Million Little Things debuts low, while Single Parents retains much of Modern Family's audience
About 5.1 million tuned in to the ABC tearjerker drama A Million Little Things, while ABC comedy Single Parents delivered 4.9 million viewers.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
ABC's A Million Little Things really wants to be This Is Us for men
"A Million Little Things could’ve been conceived by an algorithm programmed to synthesize popular TV shows," says Judy Berman. "Like This Is Us, it’s an ensemble drama designed to elicit gasps and tears. Like 13 Reasons Why, it takes place in the aftermath of a suicide. And, as with something a computer would write, many of its plot points feel hackneyed and implausible all at once." Still, A Million Little Things does offer reason to hope in episodes beyond its pilot. "It’s the rare show about men that bothers to flesh out their wives, girlfriends and kids, and its cast of seasoned TV actors lends broad characters dimension," she says. "Stories that take male friendship seriously are few and far between these days—and now that the word masculinity so often comes paired with the word toxic, this gentler form of male identity seems ripe for exploration."
- A Million Little Things at once romanticizes and minimizes suicide -- in the service of a slog of a story about irritating and unspecial characters
- It's a story well-acted and well-told, with a cast folding together like fingers in a glove
- A Million Little Lies begins to tackle an issue rarely seen in primetime: male loneliness
- It's a derivative "Thirtysomething Reasons Why" with the dangerous conflating of death as a catalyst for personal improvement
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Three new network shows are vying to capture This Is Us' weep-worthy success
Source: The Daily Beast
ABC's A Million Little Things and NBC's Manifest and New Amsterdam are all blatantly ripping a page from the This Is Us tear-jerker playbook. "There is a fine line between emotional storytelling and trauma porn, and, at least in their first episodes, these three dramas wobble precariously as they negotiate that line," says Kevin Fallon. "This Is Us works because of how purposeful and methodically it uses story to manipulate emotion, because of the audience’s desire to be coerced into that emotion, and, most importantly, because of how fully realized the characters are, so that each twist and tragic moment rings of a familiar truth. Any dismissal of This Is Us as a pandering tearjerker ignores the fact that this is something very hard to pull off, let alone do as well as the series manages. It’s so hard to do that even This Is Us’ creator, Dan Fogelman, recently failed in spectacular fashion in attempting to recreate its formula and magic. (Film critics agree: Steer very clear of Life Itself.)"
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The This Is Us effect: Jim Carrey's Kidding is among new batch of shows dealing with loss and grief
This Is Us surprised many by becoming a massive hit with its in-depth exploration of death and grief. Its success seems to have inspired a trend this fall of shows that also feature characters struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, including ABC's A Million Little Things, Hulu's The First, Facebook Watch's Sorry for Your Loss and Showtime's Kidding. “There’s a catharsis we all feel to watch a character go through things," says Sorry for Your Loss showrunner Lizzy Weiss. "We want to cry sometimes — we want that to feel human and to feel normal — and to cry with her over her loss, you’re of course crying over your loss." A Million Little Things creator DJ Nash adds: “I think when you lose somebody too soon, their death can be a catalyst to make you start living. While the show starts with the loss of a friend, it’s very much about how it will influence his friends. … We’re going to watch how their lives are different because of this sort of last gift they got from their friend, this gift of life is ‘precious.'” Kidding creator Dave Holstein, who wrote the Showtime series with Jim Carrey in mind, says: “Grief and death are interesting topics, but they’re really hard to write 100 episodes (about), so what struck me was not to write a show about grief and death specifically but this interesting line I think you can draw between grief and loss, and identity crisis.”
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Grace Park joins ABC's A Million Little Things
The Hawaii Five-O alum is replacing Anne Son, who played the role of Katherine in the pilot about a group of friends who bond under unexpected circumstances.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Here are the most-watched and least-watched upfront trailers
NBC's Manifest and New Amsterdam trailers have had 6.5 million and just over 5 million views respectively on YouTube. On the flip side, CBS' The Neighborhood, FBI and God Friended Me have had just under 60,000 YouTube views.
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Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Watch ABC's new show trailers
Source: Entertainment Weekly
ABC has released trailers for fall shows The Rookie, A Million Little Things, Single Parents, The Kids Are Alright, as well as midseason shows Whiskey Cavalier, The Fix and Grand Hotel.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
ABC picks up drama series A Million Little Things
The drama follows a group of friends in Boston who bond after one of them dies unexpectedly. It stars Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, David Giuntoli, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa and James Roday.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Psych alum James Roday to star in ABC's A Million Little Things pilot
Roday will play a character on The Big Chill-like drama who is "known for his deflective humor, a habit of sleeping with everyone, and complete control over his emotions."
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Valor star Christina Ochoa joins ABC's A Million Little Things pilot
Valor is tied with Dynasty as The CW's lowest-rated show, but Ochoa's ABC casting is contingent on Valor's cancelation.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Weeds alum Romany Malco cast on ABC's A Million Little Things
He'll play a depressed but very successful commercial director on The Big Chill-like drama pilot. ALSO: Salem alum Janet Montgomery to star in NBC's Bellevue hospital drama pilot.