“The Tony Danza Show” is returning to NBC’s sked next month, but the Peacock web drama “Sleepwalkers” has been put to bed for good after just two airings, sources said.
The highly touted Fox sci-fi drama “The Visitor” also reportedly got the ax Monday. The 20th Century Fox TV-produced series failed to catch fire in its Friday 8 p.m. timeslot, but it was unclear Monday if the show is being yanked from the Fox sked immediately.
Danza’s freshman sitcom, which was yanked from its Wednesday 8 p.m. lineup last month, will resurface Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 8:30 p.m., bookended at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. by reruns of “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
NBC has been running “Bloopers” specials and sitcom reruns in the Wednesday 8-9 p.m. hour ever since “Danza” was pulled and the web canceled its short-lived Wednesday 8:30 p.m. companion, the sitcom “Built to Last.” In September and October, “Danza” and “Built” served up record-low ratings for NBC, with “Danza” averaging a 5.7 rating and 10 share in households and a 3.1 rating in the key demographic of adults 18-49.
In an upcoming episode, Danza will be aided by one of his old “Taxi” compatriots, actress Carol Kane. Kane will reprise her role from “Taxi” as the squeaky-voiced Simka.
“Sleepwalkers,” produced by NBC Studios and Columbia TriStar TV, never even made it to the REM stage. The reality-bending drama about a neuropyschologist, airing Saturday at 9 p.m., averaged a 5.9/10 in households and a 4.1/12 in adults 18-49 in its Nov. 1 debut. In week two, preliminary Nielsen ratings for Nov. 8 showed “Sleepwalkers” falling to a 4.8/8 in households, off 5 share points from its “Pretender” lead-in.
To fill the gap this Saturday, NBC will air a National Geographic special at 8-9 p.m. and push “Pretender” to 9 p.m. Next week, “Pretender” will stay at 9 p.m., while the 8 p.m. slot will be filled by an episode of the web’s freshman Friday drama, “Players.”
In other network primetime news Monday, actor Peter MacNicol (“Chicago Hope”) has joined the cast of Fox’s new David E. Kelley drama “Ally McBeal.” He will play a comical yet sharp-as-a-tack partner in the law firm where McBeal works.