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Not Dead Yet is airing Wednesday, February 8, 2023 on ABC. The first episode will at 8:30pm and episode 1 & 2 will air starting at 9:30pm, the show's normal time slot. Not Dead Yet is based on the book "Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up" by Alexandra Potter, which was published in 2020.

Gina Rodriguez plays Nell Serrano, a broke, newly single and feeling old, "self-described 40-something year old disaster" as she works to restart the life and career she left behind 5 years ago. Moving back home to Pasadena, California – a world where everyone seems to have a better life than she does (kids, careers, happy marriages, etc.) Nell can only afford to share an apartment with a stranger who monitors how much electricity she uses and pesters her about her recycling habits (which lately include a lot of empty White Claws.) A once successful journalist, Nell put her career on hold to help her fiancé get his restaurant off the ground. Following their break up, she takes the only job she can get – writing obituaries – which at first seems like a step backwards but ultimately may be exactly what she needs to move forward. Nell gains the ability to see ghosts, upending her sense of reality and her beliefs about the afterlife, while learn some valuable life lessons.

Josh Banday plays Dennis, Nell’s old friend, former roommate and now current boss. Dennis used to be a nerd, but now is cool. He hired Nell because she is overqualified, desperate and introduced him to his husband.

Angela Gibbs plays Cricket, Nell’s beautiful, free-spirited friend. Even though recently widowed, Cricket lives in the moment, enjoying the life that is happening right now. Cricket becomes newly single Nell’s plus-one.

Rick Glassman plays Edward. An uptight, smart environmental lawyer, Edward is Nell’s landlord and roommate. A Stanford graduate, he is married and has a son who lives outside of the city. He spends weekends with them, but during the week is a thorn in Nell’s side due to his inflexible house rules and commitment to recycling and the environment. But there is something sweet underneath Edward’s slightly superior exterior and he and Nell will come to realize they’re more alike than they thought.

Hannah Simone plays Sam, who is a colleague of Nell. Sam is the editor of the Life & Style section of the newspaper and a busy working mom. A former wild child, Sam has hit her stride and seems to handle everything thrown her way with ease and an organized “mom purse.” But underneath this exterior, Sam struggles with taking too much on and misses her carefree single days when it was her and Nell against the world. She’s torn between her big work goals and missing the person she was before the kids and the big job. Hopefully, having Nell back will help her find that balance.

Lauren Ash plays Lexi, the daughter of a wealthy newspaper owner and recently appointed editor. Lexi was raised in a rarefied world of boarding schools and private planes and is comedically out of touch with how normal people live. A former almost-Olympian horse jumper, Lexi exudes extreme confidence. But the truth is she’s in way over her head and if the newspaper fails, she’ll never win her father’s approval – something she desperately wants.

Jessica St. Clair

Mary Elizabeth Ellis

Cast of the Dead include:

Martin Mull
Ed Begley Jr.
Mo Collins
Deborah S. Craig
Telma Hopkins
Don Lake
Rhea Perlman
Paula Pell
Tony Plana
Brittany Snow
Julia Sweeney

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The preliminary ratings for Wednesday has the pilot getting a 0.4 in the 18-49 demo and 3.474 million viewers; the 2nd episode in the show's regular 9:30pm ET slot earned a 0.4 in the demo and 2.797 million viewers. The Connors at 8pm earned 0.5 in the demo and 4.068 million viewers and Abbott Elementary at 9pm earned 0.5 in the demo and 3.081 million viewers. The first episode apparently did similar to The Goldbergs which is normally in that slot. So the show held up pretty well with the rest of the ABC comedy lineup. Hopefully it will be able to hold its numbers

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1 hour ago, DanaK said:

SpoilerTV says there are 13 episodes and the finale is on April 26; Futon Critic isn't showing this info yet

That is probably correct since I have episode titles for 13 episodes. Unfortunately they don't appear that they will be airing the episodes in their proper order.

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Seems the main actress did not have an easy birthing experience:

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Gina Rodriguez gave birth this March. While she was pushing through the pain of contractions without an epidural, she felt like her leg was going to "fall off" before hearing a "loud pop."

"It was really surreal. I had no mind-body connection," she told Insider, adding that her leg "wouldn't move" for days after.

She thinks it's "bananas" that there is pressure on mothers to get their old bodies "back" after giving birth, and it's not one of her goals.

"I don't need my body to look the way it did. My body is new and it's strong and it's different. It's life-giving," she said, adding that she often looks in the mirror these days and tells herself, "I love you. Thank you for producing life. Thank you for now being able to stand."

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https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/gina-rodriguez-opens-recovering-surreal-193641416.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9kdWNrZHVja2dvLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAADZ0rK5rOWnJEz5ciUPKmfaELx9G_gjc19rWWrwe9JEjooOU9AX1QIG5RiQTjgOC7DiiFTMRpHom_lCKbcGlrG475WaZFe4UlR3IsFfWFur-lfYDbToVqX6Om6nE_EfKq5mwIiEPbgve7R6waqXViAUYvyICtcAxecTe8ayaKPeG

 

 

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‘Not Dead Yet’: Brad Garrett Joins Season 2 Of ABC Comedy As New Series Regular

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Brad Garrett will play Duncan Rhodes, the owner/publisher of the SoCal Independent newspaper, among many other successful businesses. He is also the father of Nell’s boss Lexi. Duncan is a total master of the universe. He has exuberant confidence and charisma and at the same time is completely out of touch with how normal people live – but he doesn’t know that. He thinks everyone is probably considering space travel for their next vacation. No one is comfortable telling him he’s out of touch, or that he’s not a great father, until he meets Nell.

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9 hours ago, Johannah said:

I hope not.  It's a sitcom, not an afternoon special - or a Hallmark movie.

Well, there have been multiple emotionally hard-hitting scenes in the series:

  1. When Edward tells Nell not to be with Philip
  2. When Nell realizes she doesn't feel anything
  3. When Nell tells Edward not to hide who he is from his date
  4. And the big one, when Nell Tells Sam about Her Miscarriage

Like hello? Have we watched the same show? This one is not like one of those zany surface level shows which only goes for the jokes, it also has a heart. It's like "Mom" in that way and those scenes usually have an even bigger impact because we have grown to like the characters in the comedic scenes.

 

 

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ABC upfronts are next Tuesday, so we'll know for sure by then, but ...

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The only two shows still awaiting word at ABC are the single-cam comedy “Not Dead Yet,” starring Gina Rodriguez, and the multi-cam “The Conners.” According to sources, “Not Dead Yet” will likely be done after its sophomore season, with the show failing to break out in the ratings. (Should “Not Dead Yet” become just “Dead,” then ABC will at least still be in business with Rodriguez via the new gamer “Lucky 13,” which she hosts.)

https://variety.com/2024/tv/news/conners-walker-lopez-cancellations-renewals-2024-1235990485/

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And it's official.

 

‘Not Dead Yet’ Canceled After 2 Seasons At ABC

 

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After two seasons, ABC has canceled the Gina Rodriguez-led and executive-produced comedy series Not Dead Yet.

Written by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, Not Dead Yet centers on newly single and feeling-old Nell Stevens (Rodriguez), a self-described disaster who works to restart the life and career she left behind 10 years ago. A once-successful journalist, Nell put her career on hold to help her fiancé get his restaurant off the ground. Following their breakup, she takes the only job she can get – writing obituaries – which at first seems like a step backward but ultimately might be exactly what she needs to move forward.

Hannah Simone, Lauren Ash, Rick Glassman, Joshua Banday, Angela E. Gibbs, Jesse Garcia and Brad Garrett also star.

When the show premiered in early 2023, it was ABC’s most-watched comedy debut in more than 4 years. However, the ratings didn’t stick in Season 2. Deadline’s Editor-in-Chief of TV Nellie Andreeva wrote of the show last month, “The single-camera Not Dead Yet is heavily on the bubble. Its ratings have been soft, making for some bleak prospects, though the series starring Gina Rodriguez is said to have its supporters internally and could potentially find a spot next season based on ABC’s scheduling needs.”

ABC comedies that will continue include Abbott Elementary and The Conners, the latter of which will conclude following a shorter, 6-episode Season 7.

This is the second ABC show starring a Latina lead that will not return for a new season following the cancelation of the Jaina Lee Ortiz-starrer Station 19. However, the network did renew the Ramon Rodriguez-led series Will Trent for a third season. Alongside NBC’s Lopez vs. Lopez from George Lopez, Mayan Lopez and Debby Wolfe—which was renewed for a third season this week—Will Trent is only the second Latino-led project on network TV.

 

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It had its issues, especially with the lessening of the ghosts this season, but I liked it and will miss it

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I can't say I'm surprised it was canceled. Season 1 was SO much better than Season 2. The addition of Lexi's dad as a main character was the show's death knell, IMO. Lexi was already an annoying character and her negative characteristics were multiplied when her father became involved. The show lost its charm and also any semblance of sharp wit. The humor seemed contrived, not natural.

I honestly don't know what the writers were thinking. They let a good concept slip away.

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4 hours ago, ProudMary said:

I can't say I'm surprised it was canceled. Season 1 was SO much better than Season 2. The addition of Lexi's dad as a main character was the show's death knell, IMO. Lexi was already an annoying character and her negative characteristics were multiplied when her father became involved. The show lost its charm and also any semblance of sharp wit. The humor seemed contrived, not natural.

I honestly don't know what the writers were thinking. They let a good concept slip away.

The least shocking headline of the day. I haven't even finished S2 because I've lost interest. S1 was such a cute,  hilarious and unique series compared to every other sitcom on today. TPTB ruined the series after only two seasons. I actually shipped Nell & Edward.  I don't care about Edward & Lexi. I don't care about Lexi in general. The actress is good, but the character is trash. 

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11 hours ago, Kip Hackman said:

Kinda saw this coming, so me and the wife decided to check out "Jane the Virgin", which we're enjoying. So, a silver lining. 

Keep watching. The last season is by far the best.

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