‘LA To Vegas’ Star Dylan McDermott On His Shift To Comedy, & His Optimism For A Series Renewal – The Contenders Emmys

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At today’s Contenders panel for Fox‘s zany freshman comedy LA to Vegas, panel moderator Michael Ausiello, editor-in-chief of Deadline’s sister publication TVLine, pointed out the obvious: Comedy is the not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dylan McDermott, who stars in the airborne series as irreverent pilot Captain Dave.
After all, McDermott’s long line of drama credits includes The Practice and American Horror Story, not a lineup of wacky sitcoms. Not…

7 New Midseason TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers, From ‘Black Lightning’ to ‘9-1-1’ (Photos)

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The old adage says “Good things come to those who wait” — but does that apply to television? Well, people seem to like Fox’s “9-1-1” and NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” — so, maybe?

TheWrap has ranked all seven of the new-for-2018 broadcast series by total viewers. We’ve got more on the way.

See a random sample below, and scroll through our gallery for all of the new midseason TV shows.

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Rank: 6
Show: “The Four”
Net: Fox
Total Viewers: 3.749 million

Rank: 4
Show: “Child Support”
Net: ABC
Total Viewers: 4.401 million

Rank: 2
Show: “Ellen’s Game of Games”
Net: NBC
Total Viewers: 7.234 million**

**Time slot premiere received 8.839 million total viewers.

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Dylan McDermott Meets Dermot Mulroney on ‘LA to Vegas’ to End 30 Years of Confusion

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Dylan McDermott. Dermot Mulroney. Yes, we see how those names are similar, but that doesn’t mean the actors who go by them are the same person. However, the confusion surrounding these stars has gone on for decades and escalated to the point there was once a “Saturday Night Live” skit about the misconception.

But that all ends on Tuesday night, when McDermott and Mulroney face off in an episode of the former’s new sitcom “LA to Vegas.” Mulroney’s guest appearance as a rival airline pilot will mark the first time the two have ever shared the screen together. And trust us, no one is more excited than McDermott.

“Dermot Mulroney is coming on,” McDermott, who plays Captain Dave on the Fox series, told TheWrap during the show’s flashy premiere event in Las Vegas back in December. “And that’s 30 years in the making for us. So that’s great. You will see what we do when we finally meet is — it’s great. My rule of thumb is that I have fun. That’s what I do. And this will be fun.”

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This reporter saw a screening of the McDermott/Mulroney showdown at 30,000 ft. during the show’s press event, and can personally vouch for the fact it is definitely worth tuning in for.

McDermott, who won a Golden Globe in 1999 for his role on “The Practice,” is very confident that the series about the crew and regular passengers on a flight from L.A. to Vegas — which had a solid premiere with a 1.1 rating/4 share and 3.8 million viewers on Jan. 2 — is going to give him the freedom to have a blast every week.

“Oh, the Captain is endless,” McDermott said. “Because you think you know, but you don’t know. That’s what I love about him. He’s a mystery, you know what I mean? There are so many skeletons. You could have 10 years of skeletons with Captain Dave.”

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McDermott and Mulroney’s showdown will occur Tuesday night during “LA to Vegas” at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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‘LA To Vegas’ Gets Order For 3 More Episodes From Fox

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Ahead of the second episode of LA To Vegas, Fox has ordered three more episodes of the midseason comedy series, bringing the order total to 15.
LA To Vegas (1.5 adults 18-49 rating in Live+3 +38% vs. Live+same day) got to a promising start last week, ranking as Fox’s highest-rated Tuesday comedy telecast in nearly a year. The seres, starring Dylan McDermott, boosted the time slot and helped the network post its most-watched Tuesday since April 2016 and highest-rated night…

‘LA To Vegas’: Airline Industry A Prime Punching Bag In Fox’s New Comedy – TCA

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Nearing 40 years since Airplane! hit the big screen, the airline industry hasn’t run out of gas for laughs with Fox’s LA to Vegas
“This is my reinvention,” Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott said about making the jump from dark dramas like American Horror Story to the new comedy series executive produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
“I couldn’t do another drama,” said McDermott, “I had to reinvent myself.”

Cracking the…