Full Series Rankings For The 2009-10 Broadcast Season

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 11:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve been doing complete season listings of all broadcast series ranked by adults 18-49 rating and total viewer average for years, and a lot of people in the TV industry have told me they find them very helpful. So here they are: the series rankers for the 2009-10 season in adults 18-49 and total viewers (scroll down for that). A few fun facts from the lists: The highest-rated new series this past season: CBS’ Undercover Boss. The highest-rated new scripted series: Fox’s Glee (in 18-49) and CBS’ NCIS: LA (in total viewers). The highest-rated series to get canceled: Fox’s 24. The lowest-rated scripted series to get renewed on the Big 4 networks: CBS’ Medium (in 18-49) and NBC’s Parks & Recreation (in total viewers).

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‘Ghost Whisperer’ To End After Deal With ABC To Pick Up The Show Fell Through

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 6:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After some encouraging early signs out of ABC following CBS’ cancellation of Ghost Whisperer last week, I hear the financial aspect of ABC picking up the veteran drama starring Jennifer Love Hewitt ultimately could not be worked out. (The show is owned 50/50 by ABC Studios and CBS Studios.) Ghost WhispererRead More »

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Marvel Taps ‘No Heroics’ Creator For ‘Runaways’ Duty

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 6:27pm PDT
Mike Fleming

720037runaways7_001_superEXCLUSIVE: Several surprise hires in the Marvel universe today. First, Fox taps James McAvoy to play the young Professor Xavier in the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class. Now, Marvel Studios has picked a writer to draft Runaways, the live action film … Read More »

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Alex Graves In Talks To Direct ‘Terra Nova’

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 6:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ALEXGR~1Alex Graves is in early negotiations to direct the pilot episode for Fox’s midseason series Terra Nova, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. The direct-to-series project, which was well received at the network’s upfront presentation, features a … Read More »

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Platinum Dunes Steers ‘Turtles’ Relaunch

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 5:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

turtlesEXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon have brought Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form on to produce Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the live-action film that reboots the film series launched by New Line in 1990. Bay, … Read More »

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2ND UPDATE: Behind Ken Starr Indictment

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE WRITE-THRU 1:30 PM: The indictment of financial advisor and accountant Kenneth Starr has the potential to be every bit as serious as the one that gripped Hollywood when Cassanda Group’s Dana Giacchetto fell from grace after defrauding some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the 1990s.

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Brian Koppelman & David Levien Ink TV Deal

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

kopplemanEXCLUSIVE: Feature writer/ producer/ directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien are making a push in television with a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox TV, the duo’s first formal TV deal. Koppelman and Levien, whose latest feature Solitary Man opened last … Read More »

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‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Moved Up By Disney

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 4:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sorcerers Apprentice BannerDisney has slightly shuffled its summer release schedule, moving the Nic Cage-starrer The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Wednesday July 14. It had been set for Friday, July 16. The Jon Turteltaub-directed film also stars Jay Baruchel, Monica Bellucci … Read More »

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WME Signs ‘Nowhere Boy’ Director Sam Taylor-Wood

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 3:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

samtaylorwoodWME has signed Sam Taylor-Wood, the British photographer/conceptual artist who made her feature directing debut on Nowhere Boy, the BAFTA-nominated film about the childhood of Beatles frontman John Lennon. The  Weinstein Co will release the film October 8 in the U.S. … Read More »

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SyFy In Reality Expansion With New Series

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

syfylogoNew York, New York – May 27, 2010 – Marking a major expansion of its reality programming, Syfy today announced it is

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Final 2009-10 Season Network Rankings

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 2:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Full Series Rankings For The 2009-10 Broadcast Season

The final stats on the 2009-10 broadcast TV season, which ended last night, are in. No surprises at the top. Fox won in the key adults 18-49 demographic for a record sixth straight year; CBS was No.1 in total viewers for the … Read More »

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UPDATE: Did Uma Thurman, Jim Wiatt And Bunny Mellon Help Flush Accused Investment Advisor Ken Starr?

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 2:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATED WRITE-THRU: The indictment of financial advisor and accountant Kenneth Starr has the potential to be every bit as serious as the one that gripped Hollywood when Cassanda Group’s Dana Giacchetto fell from grace after defrauding some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the 1990s.

Starr was arrested … Read More »

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WME Signs Justin Long

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 12:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

justin-long1EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Justin Long, the actor who was in play since leaving UTA last week.

Long continues to be managed by Principato-Young. He’ll next be seen onscreen starring with Drew Barrymore in the Warner Bros/New Line pic Going the Distance, … Read More »

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Village Roadshow Pictures Gets More Money To Finance Films

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 11:49am PDT
Mike Fleming


LOS ANGELES, CA., MAY 27, 2010—Village Roadshow Pictures Group (“VRPG”) today closed a $1 billion film finance credit facility to finance its current and future slate of motion pictures. JPMorgan Chase and Rabobank

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Bruce Willis Digging ‘The Tomb’ At Summit Entertainment

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 11:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

bruce-willisSummit Entertainment is in early talks with Bruce Willis to star in the prison escape drama The Tomb, with Antoine Fuqua circling to direct. Willis is in talks to play Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security.  After analyzing … Read More »

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‘Off The Map’ Creator Jenna Bans Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 10:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

image001EXCLUSIVE: Off The Map creator Jenna Bans has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, Bans will serve as head writer on Off The Map, which she is executive producing with Shonda Rhimes … Read More »

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‘Alice’ Hits $1 Billion Mark As Disney And Other Studios Tap Public Domain Tales

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 10:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

alice-in-wonderland-2010-20090721105733595_640wDisney has come through the rabbit hole and pronounced that the Tim Burton-directed 3D conversion Alice in Wonderland surpassed the $1 billion mark in global box office. For non-sequels, that puts the picture behind only Titanic and Avatar.

Given that happy ending, … Read More »

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MRC, Universal Make 20 Pic, Five-Year Pact

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 9:56am PDT
Mike Fleming

key_art_mrc_studiosEXCLUSIVE: Media Rights Capital and Universal Pictures closed a deal that will put up to 20 MRC-generated films through the studio distribution pipeline over a five-year period. The pact begins in 2011.

While MRC partners Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu have done … Read More »

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Maura Tierney In Talks For ABC’s ‘Truth’

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 9:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

El Capitan TheatreFormer ER star Maura Tierney is in negotiations for the lead in ABC’s new legal drama The Whole Truth, a role left vacant after the recent departure of Joely Richardson. Tierney, who had to pull out of … Read More »

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