Netflix is "doubling down on kids and families" this year as it adds 600 hours of original programming to its platform, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. The company is on track to add 20 original children's programs in 2016 and is sticking to its policy of keeping ratings under wraps, Sarandos added.
Broadcasting & Cable 1/17/16
Showtime's "House of Lies" to shoot Season 5 finale in Cuba
Showtime's "House of Lies" plans to do location shooting in Havana for the final episode of its fifth season. The shoot in Cuba will be the first for a US-scripted series since diplomatic ties between the countries were restored last year. The experience is "sure to be one for the record books, for both our characters and for our cast and crew," said star-executive producer Don Cheadle.
E! Will bring back "The Royals" for a third season
E! will bring back scripted series "The Royals" for a third season consisting of 10 episodes. "The Royals," which marked the network's first push into the scripted genre, is airing its sophomore run. The series also is the subject of a digital after-show, "The Royal Hangover."
Variety 1/5/16 Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" will return for Season 2
Amazon will bring back drama series "The Man in the High Castle" for a second season. The show, which is based on the Philip K. Dick novel about what would have happened if the US hadn't won World War II, debuted in November. The series' pilot scored the video service's biggest audience ever for a trial episode, said Amazon studio head Roy Price.
The Hollywood Reporter 12/18/15
A&E Networks' New Deal with AT&T Includes Viceland Channel
A&E Networks has struck a long-term carriage pact with AT&T for its U-Verse and DIRECTV services. The agreement includes carriage for A&E Networks' Viceland network, which is slated to debut in February in place of H2. Viceland, which is being developed in conjunction with Vice Media, was said to be a sticking point in negotiations.
Reality TV Show Tries to use Journalist Shield Law to Protect Footage
The A&E reality show “Married at First Sight” — which weds strangers — is trying to use a shield law reserved for journalists to quash a subpoena by a Queens woman who went on the cable program then allegedly received death threats from her random groom.
New York Post 11.19.15
Verizon Bets on Original Programming for Millennials with go90
Verizon's free go90 mobile application is aiming to be the first port of call for millennials, and the company iscreating around 50 original series by the end of this year. The company has teamed with Vice for lifestyle news, AwesomenessTV for comedy and the NFL and NBA for sports. "We're taking things that we think are working out there, but also carving out a couple original, exclusive and unique things that make us a little different," Verizon's Brian Angiolet said.
Business Insider 11/17/15 Syndication’s big winner: ‘Family Feud’
“Family Feud,” the quiz show that first debuted in 1976 and has been revived in daytime twice since then, has passed rival game shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” among key demos. “Family Feud” is averaging a 6.0 Nielsen household rating, up 7 percent from last year and within 0.2 of longtime game show leader “Wheel.” It’s 0.1 ahead of “Jeopardy.”
New Milestone: DVR Viewing Tops Live
Two broadcast shows posted higher time-shifted than live numbers. “The Blacklist” and “Quantico” had a higher seven-day-DVR-playback (+7) rating than live-plus-same-day rating (L+SD), according to Nielsen data. And you can expect that number to get bigger as the season goes on.
"Supergirl" makes historic television debut
Supergirl Melissa Benoist (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
CBS' "Supergirl" premiered to the largest audience for a fall television series this year, bringing in 12.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media reports. It was also the largest debut of any comic book series adaptation in this century, scoring triple the number of viewers than DC Comic's "Gotham" on the same night.
AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" for its six-episode first season garnered the best ratings ever for a new cable series. The show, a spinoff of AMC's "The Walking Dead," generated 11.2 million viewers on average, including 7.3 million among the 18-to-49 demographic, based on live-plus-three-days ratings.
Variety 10/9/15 "Fargo," "American Horror Story" break from TV series conventions
FX series "Fargo" and "American Horror Story," along with HBO's "True Detective," are part of a trend of shows that change their casts and storylines each season. "You're looking to duplicate a feeling more than a plot point," said "Fargo" writer-producer Noah Hawley. "That's not the way a [traditional] television series evolves, where you try launching something that's going to run forever."
The Wall Street Journal 10/1/15
AMC will air online companion series for "Walking Dead" franchise
AMC has created a 16-part online series, "Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462," which will launch Sunday on AMC.com and then be shown during ad breaks during the Season 6 debut of "The Walking Dead" on Oct. 11. The webisodes will subsequently air each Sunday on TV and online. "Flight 462" is designed to hold viewers until the 2016 airing of Season 2 of "Fear the Walking Dead," which will feature a shared character.
MSNBC's Shift offers online home for edgier fare
MSNBC's 24-hour streaming news channel, Shift, which launched in December, programs a mix of live contentand original documentaries. "Shift shows feature diverse topics, alternative formats, edgier talent and intelligent dialogue, around the culture and lifestyle topics that matter to our audience," MSNBC.com's Sam Go says in this interview. "There are so many other interesting stories to cover that don't make it to the main broadcast, and we love that there's a home for it on Shift."
The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) 9/21/15
'Fear The Walking Dead' Sets Cable Record
The new "Fear the Walking Dead," which drew the biggest audience for any original series premiere on a cable network, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs. An estimated 10.13 million people watched the premiere Sunday night, the Nielsen company said. The well-reviewed series is set in a different location and different time than AMC's "The Walking Dead."
Associated Press 8/25/15 AMC Networks is building a streaming business one service at a time
AMC Networks is using a "building-block" approach to developing streaming services by focusing on genre-specific offerings such as the horror-themed Shudder and the SundanceNow Doc Club for documentaries, says Seung Bak, CEO of DramaFever, AMC's partner for the services. "This is not about becoming a poor man's Netflix," Bak says. "The level of capital and commitment you need to go against Netflix is just not rational."
Vice debuts channel devoted to women
Vice Media's new channel Broadly will highlight female-focused content, including politics and fashion. The channel will be led by Editor-in-Chief Tracie Egan Morrissey and feature documentaries, video series and profiles. "There isn't a lot of video stuff that's being made for women, by women, about women. It's really important that women have a platform like this so that they can have their stories told and they can tell the stories they want to tell," Morrissey said.
Los Angeles Times 8/3/15
Cate Blanchett to develop, direct female-led TV series
Academy-Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett is moving behind the camera to develop and direct a new series for Australian television. "Stateless" is based on the true story of Cornelia Rau, who "escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in a bizarre labyrinth of psychiatric and legal systems," Screen Australia said.
Group of bars, restaurants challenges DIRECTV's NFL Sunday Ticket
A group of bars and restaurants around the country has filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and DIRECTV's Sunday Ticket, saying that the package's pricing is too high and that the NFL is the only major sport with "an exclusive out-of-market broadcasting arrangement." A bar with 100-patron capacity is charged $2,314 for Sunday Ticket, while establishments such as Las Vegas hotels can pay more than $120,000 a year, the lawsuit states.
Variety 7/14/15 "Scream" series debut shows strength with millennials
MTV's "Scream" series attracted an audience of 6 million viewers, including a 45% jump for Nielsen's Live-Plus-3-Days viewing. About half of the total viewers were in the 12-to-34 demographic. The series scored the best numbers among millennials for any new series this summer.
TheWrap.com 7/6/15 HGTV's "House Hunters" keeps delivering for network
HGTV's long-running "House Hunters" franchise is defying TV conventions by increasing its ratings as it ages. The 16-year-old series in 2015 has increased its audience by 8%. “‘House Hunters' represents everything that people love about HGTV, all wrapped up in one show, which is buying and loving homes," said HGTV President Kathleen Finch.
‘Wall Street Week’ Returns To Television
Wall Street Week, a staple on PBS television for 35 years, is back on TV. The show, originally hosted by Louis Rukeyser, ran from 1970 through 2005 and, at its peak, aired on more than 300 stations with more than 4 million weekly viewers.
TV NewsCheck 6/17/15
Half a Dozen More Advertisers Ditch '19 Kids and Counting'
More than a half a dozen companies, including CVS Pharmacy, Ace Hardware, ConAgra Foods, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Behr Paint, Ricola and Party City have now pulled their advertising from future episodes of the TLC reality show in the wake of star Josh Duggar's admission that he molested several underage girls 12 years ago, including his sisters.
The Hollywood Reporter 5/28/15 AMC will launch sci-fi series "Humans" on June 28
AMC has set a June 28 debut for original science-fiction series "Humans." The eight-part series, which comes from the producers of "Broadchurch" and "Utopia," is based on Swedish drama "Real Humans," which is about the blurred lines between humans and machines.
PlayStation signs its original "Powers" series for Season 2
PlayStation's single streaming series "Powers" has been renewed for next year, and Sony is hinting at more original programming soon. "We believe original content will continue to be a key pillar as we broaden the value proposition for PlayStation Plus," said John Koller, vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America.
The Verge 5/6/15
Hulu lands "Seinfeld" rights, Cablevision distribution deal
Hulu has secured the subscription video on demand rights to "Seinfeld," in a deal reportedly worth almost $180 million, or nearly $1 million per episode. In related news, Cablevision will be the first pay-TV operator to serve as a distributor for Hulu. Cablevision customers will be able to access full seasons of shows from FX, TNT, Adult Swim and other networks, along with current seasons of some series and library content.
Spike's "Lip Sync Battle" hits all the right notes
Spike TV's new series "Lip Sync Battle" is a breakout success, garnering the network's biggest audience for a series launch and leading to almost 100 million online views. The show's popularity reflects its broad demographic appeal; the inclusion of top celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; its many spontaneous moments; and the ease with which it translates to digital platforms, writes Josef Adalian.
Vulture 4/16/15 Hallmark, With Ratings Up, Will Continue Original Programming Push
Hallmark Channel, which saw its prime-time ratings rise 17% in the first quarter, plans more than 40 original movies and four new series for the coming season. The network plans "to lean into" Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and other holidays that tie into the Hallmark Cards brand, said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks.
Multichannel News 4/13/15
NBC's Next Live Musical Will Be 'The Wiz'
"The Wiz" is coming to TV and back to Broadway with productions from NBC and Cirque du Soleil. NBC said Monday it will air a Dec. 3 live production of the hit 1970s stage reinvention of "The Wizard of Oz." Its partner on the TV version will be Cirque du Soleil's new stage theatrical division, which will then present "The Wiz" on Broadway for the 2016-17 season.
The Associated Press 3/30/15
Star Little Leaguer Mo'ne Davis will be subject of Disney Channel film
Disney Channel has begun to develop a TV movie about Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher who gained fame during last summer's Little League World Series. "Throw Like Mo" will be produced by Debra Martin Chase and written by Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson, with ESPNw and Davis acting as consultants.
Shockingly Progressive Twist on The Bold and the Beautiful
Wednesday's episode of The Bold and the Beautiful was a whopper, revealing that Maya (played by Karla Mosley) is actually... Myron. A man. The reveal came when Maya was having a confrontation with her sister Nicole, as Nicole discovered that Maya had transitioned from a man to a woman at an early age.
TV Guide 3/18/15 Facebook, not TV, will be platform for 2 new MSNBC shows
MSNBC, in partnership with NowThis, has developed two shows for Facebook. Morning show "Sound Off" will spotlight one breaking news item, and "FacePalm" will look at a controversial news topic from the day.
FXX comedy "Man Seeking Woman" will be back for Season 2 FXX comedy series "Man Seeking Woman" has been renewed for a sophomore run of 10 episodes. The show is the first comedy series created solely for FXX. Broadcasting & Cable3/3/15 The greater significance of ‘Empire’
Fox's new show is setting all sorts of ratings records. It's also historical in another way: It's broadcast's first successful drama with a largely African-American cast. And it’s the first No. 1 drama in 21 years to see ratings gains from its second to its third week.
Target becomes first brand to sponsor NBC's online-only series
NBC's Web-only short series "Saturday Night Line" about people waiting for tickets to "Saturday Night Live" has secured Target as a sponsor. Target is the first brand to sign on for the Web series with pre-roll ads and in-series mentions. NBC plans to produce more Web series if it can find advertisers for them.
The Wall Street Journal 11/14/14
The ‘Millers’ Gets Cancelled By CBS
CBS has canceled sophomore Will Arnett comedy The Millers. The show will shoot one more episode before shutting down production. And CBS will air the episode on Monday, but has not made the decision on its remaining episodes. They will likely be pulled from the schedule.
The Wrap 11/14/14 AMC's "The Walking Dead" gets big boost from time-shifting
AMC's "The Walking Dead," already the most-watched series on TV, received a major boost for its fifth season launch in the live-plus-three-days ratings. The series saw its overall audience grow by 29% to 22.37 million and its 18-to-49 number rise by nearly one-third to 14.5 million, compared to its initial rating.
The Hollywood Reporter/The Live Feed blog 10/17/14
"NCIS" continues to deliver ratings for CBS
CBS' long-running drama series "NCIS" may not generate much award-season or social media buzz, but it is on track to continue its five-year run as TV's most-watched drama series. The series, which has just started its 12th season, has become "an almost indestructible franchise" for CBS, Cecilia Kang writes.
The Washington Post 9/24/14
"Walking Dead" companion gets pilot order
AMC has given the go-ahead for a pilot for a zombie-themed series from the creative team behind its mega-hit "The Walking Dead." The new series, which will feature a different setting and characters than "The Walking Dead" but exist in the same zombie-ravaged world, is slated to begin production by the end of 2014.
USA Today 9/6/14
"Daredevil" series brings Marvel universe to Netflix
Marvel Studios Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada is preparing for the 2015 debut of the "Daredevil" series on Netflix. He says the planned 13-episode run makes the series more like "a very large movie," and "makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier." The binge-viewing potential will also be considered. "Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV," Quesada said.
The Hollywood Reporter/The Live Feed blog 5/12/14 Ratings high for "Game of Thrones" gives lift to other HBO series
HBO's "Game of Thrones" on Sunday hit a new ratings high, garnering nearly 7.2 million viewers on average for its live TV airing and 8.6 million viewers for the evening. The series' average gross viewership for each episode this season is up 24% to 17.8 million, compared to the same time last season. "Thrones" also helped boost the ratings for the rest of HBO's Sunday night lineup, including "Veep," "Silicon Valley" and "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver."
Bounce TV’s “One Love” Reaches Nearly 1.1 M
Bounce TV’s newest original series One Love reached nearly 1.1 million persons across its series premiere week runs to become the most-watched original in Bounce TV’s history. According to Bounce TV, since first beginning to receive Nielsen ratings one year ago this month, the network has increased primetime viewership by 39% in households, 27% in adults 18-49 and 28% in adults 25-54.
TV NewsCheck 4/22/14
HBO has biggest series hit in years in "Game of Thrones" HBO's "Game of Thrones" has become its most successful series since "The Sopranos" went off the air in 2007. Sunday's fourth-season debut attracted 6.6 million viewers on average for its 9 p.m. airing, a series high. The premium network's online application, HBO Go, went down for about two hours because of interest in the premiere; the service suffered a similar crash during last month's "True Detective" season-ender.
The New York Times 4/7/14
Travel Channel announces 10 series orders Travel Channel on Wednesday revealed that it has ordered 10 series that will debut during 2014, including "Booze Traveler," "Tours By Unger" and "Expedition Unknown." The network is also working on "One Day on Earth," and hour-long special that captures sights and sounds from across the globe in a single day. "Our mission is to provide our viewers with transformative programming that provides a gateway and personal portal to experience the world," said Travel President Shannon O'Neill.
BBC America's "Mud, Sweat and Gears" will give viewers another car fix
BBC America has agreed to air a new hour long unscripted series that will feature two British car journalists leading teams that will attempt to rebuild and improve regular vehicles in 24 hours to get them ready for performing stunts. "Mud, Sweat and Gears," which starts production in March, will be paired with BBC America's popular "Top Gear" show on Monday nights.
A+E will launch female-targeted FYI network in July FYI, A+E Networks' reboot of its Bio channel, will debut on July 7. FYI will offer programming that is meant to act as an "inspiration engine" for its target audience of affluent women in their early 40s, according to Jana Bennett, the network's president. Food will be a major focus, with shows such as "The Epic Meal Show," which is inspired by a YouTube series, and "The Feed," a comedic road show. Other series will explore fashion, style and design.
The Hollywood Reporter/The Live Feed blog 2/26/14 MTV2 will take a swing at Major League Baseball-branded series Major League Baseball hopes to cultivate a stronger fan base among the 12-to-34 set via a weekly show that will air on MTV2 during baseball season. Produced at MLB's Fan Cave production facility in New York, the show will look at players' private lives and feature musicians and actors as guests. "Tonally, the show is focused on everything that happens off the field," said Paul Ricci, MTV2's senior vice president and head of development.
China Cracks Down On 'American Idol'-Style Shows
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the "American Idol" kind of talent shows now need approval from the body that oversees broadcasting, which will license one such program per channel each quarter for prime-time viewing.
Associated Press 10/22/13
How Survivor has returned with its most interactive season yet
Throughout the Survivor Blood vs. Water season – a version of the show that will pit former Survivor cast members against their families – fans will be able to use the CBS App for iOS to watch full episodes and the after show.
Lost Remote.com 9/23/13
AMC signs licensing deal for "Breaking Bad" spinoff AMC has signed a licensing deal with Sony Pictures Television that will allow a "Breaking Bad" spinoff series to move forward. The hour-long series is expected to center around Saul Goodman, a lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk, with a working title of "Better Call Saul."
The Long Goodbye: NBC Sets Premium Rates for Super-Sized Office Finale
Along with giving fans some bonus time with the Dunder-Mifflin gang, the super-sized episode allows NBC to sell another four to five minutes of commercial inventory. With expectations of a big turnout for next week's show, NBC has commanded unit costs as high as $400,000 per 30-second spot.
Ad Week 5/7/13 CTD Locks Up Judge Judy Through 2017 Judge Judy Sheindlin has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue presiding over her top-rated show, Judge Judy, through 2017. Judge Judy, now in its 17th season, averages more than 9 million daily viewers, more than any other show in daytime television.
TV NewsCheck 4/8/13
AMC's zombies are striking fear in hearts of rival networks
AMC is rewriting the rules of TV with the incredible success of "The Walking Dead," which is handily beating its cable -- and broadcast -- rivals in the key 18-to-49 demographic. The zombie-themed show, originally sold to NBC before landing at AMC, owes its success in part to the cable network making it widely accessible through on-demand, Netflix and iTunes, writes David Carr. The New York Times 3/3/13
NBC's new drama "Do No Harm" has been pulled from the network's schedule after two episodes The series got off to a very poor start in the ratings with its Jan. 31 premiere, drawing a 0.9 rating/3 share in the key 18-49 demo -- the lowest rating for an in-season scripted premiere in the history of the four networks. The show dropped another 22 percent to a 0.7/2 with its second episode Thursday.
The Wrap 2.8.13
The time-traveling Doctor Who is about to take a different kind of trip.
As part of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, BBC America announced it will co-produce An Adventure in Space and Time, a dramatic look at the creation of the popular series in 1963. Doctor Who veterans Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner will serve as executive producers, with Gatiss writing the script.
USA Today 1.29.13
Will Syfy's $100 million TV-gaming combo pay off?Syfy is spending a reported $100 million on an ambitious project to create "Defiance," a TV series and related massively multiplayer online video game developed in partnership with Trion Worlds. "People talk about transmedia and cross-platform," said Syfy President Dave Howe. "This is the real deal because it was conceived that way from the ground up. No one's ever done anything like this. We refer to it as the holy grail of convergence."
"Walking Dead" ratings, ad prices reach level of broadcast hits
AMC's "The Walking Dead" reportedly is asking for up to $375,000 for ad buys in the scatter market, reflecting the growth of its audience to levels almost as big as ABC's hit sitcom "Modern Family." "The Walking Dead" also performs well among 18-49 viewers and men 18-34, with its reach "really only second to football at this point," said Brian Hughes, senior vice president and audience analysis practice lead at Magna Global.
Advertising Age 10/25/12 AMC Networks will be back on DISH as part of $700M settlement
AMC Networks and sibling Cablevision Systems, as part of a lawsuit settlement, will receive $700 million from DISH Network, and AMC's channels will return to the DISH lineup. The agreement resolves a 2008 breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against DISH by VOOM, a former Cablevision unit. In June, DISH removed AMC's programming from its service, claiming it cost too much. AMC's flagship network was back on DISH on Sunday, while the Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC will resume on Nov. 1.
The New York Times/Media Decoder blog 10/21/12FX sends viewers to insane asylum for "American Horror Story"
The four were chosen after taking traditional inkblot psychological tests through an interactive website. The group was taken to an abandoned asylum in upstate New York for the filming. "We put them through a battery of 'experiments' and 'tests,' with the ultimate goal being for them to escape the asylum with their sanity. They all escaped. Whether they have their sanity, we don't know yet," said GMR Marketing's Thomas Taylor.
Advertising Age 10.16.12
"SpongeBob SquarePants" audience sinking
With "SpongeBob SquarePants" broadcasts making up as much as 40% of Nickelodeon's airtime last year, a 29% first-quarter slide in the aquatic character's viewership among the 2-11 audience weighs on the entire network. Nickelodeon, however, notes that the 13-year-old show still wins 2 million viewers on Saturday mornings and "remains the number one rated animated series in all of kids' television."
The Wall Street Journal 5.2.12
Time Warner Cable unveils plans for Health on Demand Time Warner Cable has teamed up with Cooking Light magazine and Gaiam TV to launch a Health on Demand channel. The content will include food shows as well as yoga, Pilates and fitness instruction. Patient education clips from local health care organizations also will be offered. CEDMagazine.com 4.30.12
Mixed-martial-arts fighters get reality show on Spike TV Mixed-martial-arts experts from Chicago's Bellator Fighting Championships will be the stars of a new reality show on Spike TV. The show, set to air next year, is being developed by "The Amazing Race" co-creator Bertram van Munster. "Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series," said van Munster. TVMediaInsights.com 4.3.12
The "All-American Muslim" series won't be back
A TLC network reality television show about Muslim families living in the Detroit area is ending after one season.
"All-American Muslim" attracted attention when a conservative Christian group called for an advertiser boycott. At least two companies announced they were pulling ads. TLC says the protest caused a backlash in which new advertisers signed on.
Associated Press 3.8.12
Quiet Series Celebrates a Milestone Few Others Reach
Still, it can be a struggle to get a quietly successful show noticed by the wider television world, which may explain why CBS has turned episode No. 200 of “NCIS” into a cause for celebration. “The fact that we hit this number at the same time that we’re No. 1 with viewers is extraordinary, and there isn’t a single person here who takes it for granted,” said Gary Glasberg, the executive producer and show runner who oversees each episode.
NY Times 2.6.12
"American Idol" is beginning to hit some off-notes in ratings Fox powerhouse "American Idol" is beginning to lose some of its ratings luster amid growing competition from similar programs as it enters its 11th season. A decline in ratings was expected, but the more than 20% decrease for the season so far is worse than predicted. "Idol," however, remains a hit by most measures and is still serving as a launch pad for hit musicians, according to this article. Los Angeles Times 2/1/12
'The X Factor' Opens Up Voting to Twitter
In a first-ever move for television, Fox's new singing competition "The X Factor" is opening up its voting process to Twitter. Immediately following the live performance show on Nov. 2, fans will be able to register their votes by visiting the show's Twitter page and following @TheXFactorUSA.com. Viewers can then vote via private Direct Message. (Tweets themselves will not count as votes.)
The Wrap.com 10.26.11
QVC's viewers are still in the mood to shop
Liberty Interactive's QVC home-shopping channel has shown its resilience during the downturn by posting steady revenue growth and adding a significant online shopping presence to complement its TV-based offerings. QVC is also positioned to withstand cord-cutting among some younger viewers, since its main audience is women between the ages of 35 and 64. The Wall Street Journal 10/27/11
Christie vetoes $420,000 tax credit for 'Jersey Shore'
Message to Snooki, the Situation, and friends: You can fist-pump in da club all night long, but not on New Jersey's dime.Gov. Christie on Monday vetoed a $420,000 TV-production tax credit for Jersey Shore, MTV's hit reality series about eight hard-drinking housemates based in Seaside Heights.
FX spreads "Sons of Anarchy" brand with mobile app
FX is expanding the brand of its "Sons of Anarchy" show to mobile devices with the introduction of a mobile application. The app, which will provide a wealth of back-story information about the show, will be available through iTunes and be compatible with a number of Apple products such as iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.
Los Angeles Times/Show Tracker blog 11/1/10
Upcoming Current TV show puts viewers in charge Will Wright, best known for creating The Sims and SimCity video games, is behind the Web technology for Current TV's new series "Bar Karma," which will allow viewers to suggest and vote on story ideas for each episode. The show will start in early 2011. NYTimes.com/Arts Beat blog 10/7/10
Study finds more gay characters on TV
The 15th annual "Where We Are on TV" report released Wednesday found that 3.9 percent of actors appearing regularly on prime-time network drama and comedy series in the 2010-11 season will portray gay, lesbian or bisexual characters.
Associated Press 9.29.10 MTV campaign introduces the world to "Jersey Shore"
MTV has launched an international ad campaign for its "Jersey Shore" reality show. The campaign is meant to stoke excitement as the U.S. show is rolled out into other countries now and to third-party syndicators in April.
The New York Times 3/22/10
N.J. Judge Won't Block 'Jersey Shore' DVD Release
A New Jersey man who says he was beaten during an episode of MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" has lost its bid to stop the release of a video depicting it. Stephen Izzo Jr. says a show cast member punched him outside a Seaside Heights nightclub. The judge says producers obscured the Bayville resident's face. Associated Press 2.23.10
ABC cancels 'Ugly Betty'
The decision was increasingly anticipated given the show's meager ratings. ABC shifted "Betty" from Thursdays, where it struggled to provide an adequate lead-in for "Grey's Anatomy," to Fridays last fall, where it performed poorly, then tried recently moving the show to Wednesdays after the network's comedy block.
Broadcasting & Cable 1.27.10
CBS to Turn Dying Wishes Into Reality TV
Each week we will get to see a different terminally ill person being given their dream TV audition -- which, sadly, will be their last TV audition.
Washington Post 10.21.08
Strike-shortened TV series struggling
Five new series cut short by last winter's writers' strike are struggling to win back viewers this fall. NBC's Chuck and Life, along with ABC's Wednesday lineup of Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money, returned last week with numbers well below last fall's premieres.
USA Today 10.8.08
'Sons of Anarchy' to go for another spin
FX has picked up "Sons of Anarchy" for a second season. While first-run episodes of the drama are performing modestly, FX cited the series' cumulative viewership numbers in announcing the pickup. On a weekly five-telecast cume basis, "Sons" is averaging 3.5 million adults 18-49, and the fourth week of the show delivered 1% more viewers in the demo than its premiere week.
Fox picks up 'Fringe' for full season
Fox has picked up a full-season order of J.J. Abrams' sci-fi thriller "Fringe." Season-to-date, "Fringe" has averaged a 4.2 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million total viewers and ranks as the top freshman series in the adult demo. TV Newsday 10.2.08
"Tin Man" no clunker for Sci Fi "Tin Man," the Sci Fi Channel's re-imagining of "The Wizard of Oz," averaged 5.3 million total viewers over its three-night run. The show drew well from all ages: 2.9 million adults 25 to 54 tuned in and 2.7 million 18- to 49-year-olds watched. Mediaweek 12/6/07
"Pushing Daisies" alive and well in the ratingsABC's "Pushing Daisies," already a critical favorite, scored the best debut ratings of any network scripted series in the Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot since the premiere of "Lost," three years ago. In rating news for the same night, the second episode of NBC's "Bionic Woman" at 9 p.m. lost 30% of its premiere week audience and ceded the 18-to-49 demographic to ABC's "Private Practice." Washington Post 10/5/07
USA takes top honors for third-quarter ratings Despite not placing a single show in the top 20 programs in the third quarter, USA Network bested all other ad-supported cable networks in the quarter with an average prime-time delivery of 2.65 million viewers. The NBC Universal-owned channel also prevailed in the 18-to-34, 18-to-49 and 25-to-54 demographics, according to
Nielsen Media Research. Mediaweek 10/2/07 TBS picks up early "Earl" episodes In its growing strategy to acquire off-network series before the shows hit the syndication market, TBS has acquired exclusive rights to "My Name Is Earl." TBS is expected to debut the show next April, and "Earl" will likely enter syndication in 2009. Variety 9/23/07 Geico's cavemen headed to small screen A popular series of Geico ads features a group of somewhat neurotic cavemen whose self-esteem is threatened by the insurer's claim that signing up is so simple, "even a caveman can do it." Now, the Geico cavemen could move from the commercial breaks to center stage, if a pilot featuring the characters that is being developed by Geico creative shop, the Martin Agency, is picked up by ABC in the fall. The Wall Street Journal 3/5/07 Sprint, The CW bring Smallville spinoff to mobile
Sprint and The CW unveiled an animated Smallville spinoff that will appear exclusively on Sprint mobile phones until late February. Sprint TV viewers will have access to a new short-form episode each Thursday for six weeks. Mediaweek 1/07/07
ABC soap opera to feature transgender character ABC's "All My Children" will introduce a character this week that paves new ground for television. Jeffrey Carlson will play Zarf, a "flamboyant rock star," who is transitioning from male to female.
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Original episodes of "Simpsons" coming to mobile phones Original "mobisodes" of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "The Simpsons" will soon be available on mobile phones, according to News Corp. President Peter Chernin. Chernin told the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference the company would produce the content and "market the hell out of it." Multichannel News 9/14/06 BabyFirstTV draws criticism, fans BabyFirstTV, a commercial-free satellite channel that features three-minute segments aimed at infants, has generated mixed reactions since its launch on Mother's Day. Some experts are "appalled," some parents are pleased and some babies are "mesmerized." Chicago Tribune /San Francisco Chronicle 9/14/06
"Survivor" tribes to split along racial lines Reality program "Survivor" plans to divide participants into teams based on race in the upcoming season. Series producer Mark Burnett conceded that the decision to split contestants into warring "tribes" of blacks, Asian-Americans, Hispanics and whites will be controversial.
ESPN will air Little League games with five-second delay after tike utters F-word
Cabler ESPN, despite not being subject to government indecency regulations, is opting to show the remaining games of the Little League World Series with a five-second delay. The move follows an incident in which a player for the Staten Island team used the F-word during a primetime game, and it was heard on the air.
Broadcasting & Cable 8/22/06
Under terms of the most recent "West Wing" license fee agreement, Peacock (NBC) shelled out about $6 million per episode. That price will go down to about $3 million, according to insiders. Under the last deal, license fee for the show was pegged in part to ratings; if that's true under the new pactpact, per-seg fee could increase if ratings go up next season. In any event, given the extra syndiesyndie coincoin another season of "West Wing" will generate for WBTV and Wells, the studio and producer won't be losing money on the deal. Overhead for the show will also likely go down substantially if, as expected, many of the show's veteran thesps shift to recurring status. Variety, March 2005
A&E pays $2.5 million apiece for "Sopranos" episodes
HBO's megahit "The Sopranos" is coming to ad-supported cable -- and fetching a record sum. A&E Network will pay $2.5 million apiece for about 78 episodes of the story about a New Jersey crime boss's family and his business problems. The deal is a windfall for Time Warner's HBO unit and could bring a younger audience to A&E.
Variety, February 2005
Twentieth Television will produce one-minute original "mobisodes" of the serial dramas "Love and Hate" and "The Sunset Hotel" (26 mobisodes of each series, for a total of 52) designed specifically for "V CAST," the new 3G multimedia wireless service from Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone's 3G Live!.
Media Post Communications 1.25.05
* TV dramas attract the older crowd and grown-ups watch far more TV (32 hours/week) than young folks (12-17) do (20-22 hours/week). Viewers 50 and older watch the most of all; 42 hours a week. The most sought-after age group for advertisers-because of its disposable income and free-spending ways has always been 18 to 49 year olds. But in certain product categories – movies, soda, and cosmetics, to name a few –teens are highly prized.
David Hiltbrand, Phila. Inquirer, 3.16.03 * Predicting series’ success is as much art as science. Networks don’t really care where a show finishes in the weekly lineup. They do consider how it compares with previous occupants of its real estate, how it does against its time-slot competition, how well it holds viewers from the show that precedes it, whether people tune out as the show progresses, and whether there’s anything better (or cheaper) on the shelf with which to replace it.