HBO Renews Comedy Series ‘Veep’ And ‘Girls’ For Second Season

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 12:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Girls HBO RenewedHBO has given early second-season pickups to new comedy series Veep and Girls after two and three airings, respectively. Both have received 10-episode orders. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer Veep drew 1.4 million viewers in its debut to Girls‘ 872,000, … Read More »

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‘NCIS’ Co-Star David McCallum Signs New Two-Year Deal, Will Return Next Season

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 12:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David McCallum NCISEXCLUSIVE: NCIS co-star David McCallum has closed a new two-year deal with series producer CBS TV Studios to continue on the long-running CBS procedural. McCallum is one of four original cast members whose contracts are up … Read More »

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Conde Nast Entertainment Group Names Sahar Elhabashi Executive VP & COO

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 11:31am PDT

Sahar Elhabashi Conde NastEXCLUSIVE: Condé Nast Entertainment Group president Dawn Ostroff said today that CNEG has named Sahar Elhabashi EVP and Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, she will report to Ostroff. This addition of … Read More »

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John Legend To Replace Lionel Richie On ABC’s New Music Reality Series ‘Duets’

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

John Legend DuetsJohn Legend has joined the quartet of star mentors on ABC’s upcoming music reality series Duets. He replaces Lionel Richie, who was originally tapped for the gig but has pulled out citing scheduling conflicts. Duets will feature … Read More »

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Bounce TV To Launch First Original Series ‘Family Time’ On June 18

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 11:11am PDT

Bounce TV, the over-the-air broadcast network targeting black audiences, said it will launch its first original series June 18 — nine months after the station’s launch. The sitcom Family Time stars Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell and centers on … Read More »

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Universal Pictures Hits 100 Today

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 10:45am PDT

Universal 100th AnniversaryUniversal Pictures

Birthday wishes are in order for Universal Pictures, which as widely noted is celebrating its centennial all year long. But today is the actual official day: On April 30, 1912, Universal Film Manufacturing Company was incorporated in New York. Company founder Carl Laemmle said he got the name for the studio after noticing “Universal Pipe Fittings” written on a passing delivery wagon. Above are a couple of vintage ads pulled together by Deadline’s Pete Hammond showing how Universal celebrated birthdays more than half a century ago. The studio today also sent out today 100 facts about its history, which makes for a good read. (See the full list after the jump.) So what historical moment is your favorite — or which one do you think they missed?

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Viacom Agrees To Sell Ads And Create Content For Social Network Site WhoSay

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 10:32am PDT

NEW YORK, April 30, 2012  – Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) and WhoSay Inc., the leading personal media management platform for high-profile film, television, music, and sports personalities, today announced that Viacom Advertising Sales will serve as the exclusive sales force for WhoSay, selling inventory for the site. With a network of more than 1,000 members, WhoSay will also work with Viacom brands to create original content and marketing integrations connected to on-air programming, online destinations, live events, and more.

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Teri Hatcher Joins ABC Family Series ‘Jane By Design’ As Recurring

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher has booked the first acting gig after the end of the ABC dramedy. Hatcher is staying within the ABC family with a recurring role on ABC Family’s Jane By Design. Hatcher will be playing the lead character Jane’s (Erica Dasher) long-lost mother for four episodes, the first of which will air on June 19. Hatcher also will make her directorial debut by directing an episode of Jane By Design, which returns to originals on June 5.\ Jane By Design follows Jane Quimby (Dasher), a quirky teen with an eclectic chic fashion sense, who lands a job at a hip fashion house when they mistake her for an adult, working for demanding, but talented creative director Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell). Hatcher is the latest Desperate housewife to line up a new gig. Read More »

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Warner Bros Buys Sci-Fi Dinosaur Pitch

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT

Warner Bros Dinosaur MovieEXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has purchased a sci-fi action pitch about a rapidly evolving species of dinosaurs who attack modern Los Angeles. John Clisham, a longtime employee at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and who recently worked on … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Family Guy’ Rises, ‘The Amazing Race’ & ‘NYC 22′ Drop

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 10:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The first Sunday of the May sweep was a quiet one, with most series staying within a tenth of a demo rating of their most recent originals. ABC’s Once Upon A Time (2.9/8 in adults 18-49) was even with its fast national from last week, down a tenth from the final, to rank as the No.1 program of the night among adults 18-49. Desperate Housewives (2.5/6) was down a tenth from its last new episode four weeks ago as the veteran dramedy returns for its final four episodes. GCB (1.9/5) was up 27% from its last original, which followed the low-rated Titanic mini-series and flat with its last outing after a new Desperate Housewives. ABC won the night in 18-49. Read More »

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Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ $185.1M Overseas: Continues Breaking Box Office Records

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 9:29am PDT

‘Avengers’ Pre-Sales Bigger Than Previous Marvel Films Combined

BREAKING…  MONDAY 7TH UPDATE: Still more countries are reporting grosses, and the superhero super-blockbuster opened #1 in every foreign market. It doesn’t come out in the U.S. until May 4th but already it’s scooping up 60+% of all pre-sold movie tickets online and more than all the previous Marvel films combined. Overseas, Disney is reporting $185.1M box office in the film’s first 5 days of release in 39 territories. Marvel‘s The Avengers from Disney now is playing in approximately 70% of its foreign run. Latin and South America dominated with the highest opening weekend of all time in major markets like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Central America, Peru, and Boliva. As well as the Asian makets which had the highest opening weekends in Hong King, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines. Big ticket nations like Russia, China and Japan are still to open, and upcoming May Day is a huge holiday. The pic is already grossing ahead of Alice In Wonderland, Pirates Of the Caribbean 4, Iron Man 2, and The Dark Knight. The Avengers scoored the biggest opening days in New Zealand, Taiwan, Iceland and Malaysia. Cumes for key territories include: UK $25.5M, Australia $19.8M, Mexico $16.9M, France $13.9M, Korea $13.0M, Brazil $11.3M, Italy $11.0M, Germany $8.1M, Taiwan $7.5M, Spain $6.9M, Philippines $6.6M, and Hong Kong $4.7M.
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Saint Aire Picks Up ‘The Noticer’

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 9:11am PDT

Saint Aire Productions has acquired the worldwide film rights to Andy Andrews’ The Noticer, the company announced today. The bestselling 2009 novel, by the author of The Traveler’s Gift, mixes fiction, allegory, and inspiration to tell the tale of … Read More »

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Power Outage Closes CAA Offices

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 8:40am PDT

CAA ClosedIf you’ve got any meetings over at CAA today, you might want to reschedule. The offices over at 2000 Avenue of the Stars are closed due to “an electrical problem in the building,” Deadline has learned. … Read More »

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Jennifer Caserta Named IFC President & GM

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 8:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jennifer Caserta IFCAs expected, AMC Networks has promoted Jennifer Caserta to IFC president and general manager. She succeeds IFC TV and Sundance Channel president Evan Shapiro, who recently left the company to become president of Participant Television. AMC Networks … Read More »

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Will Fears About The Health Of The Economy Dampen Upfront Ad Sales?

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 6:34am PDT

They could, Barclays Equity Research analyst Anthony DiClemente says in a report this morning. He still predicts that sales in television’s pre-season marketplace will rise — by 4.3% to $9.49B for the Big Four broadcast networks, and by 6.3% … Read More »

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Political TV Ad Spending Picking Up After A Slow Start: Analyst

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 5:55am PDT

The conventional wisdom holds that the 2012 campaign will set records for TV spending. But that’s not how things have gone so far, says Wells Fargo Securities analyst Marci Rivicker — who follows political ads closer than just about anybody on Wall Street. Campaigns have spent $275.5M on TV ads through April 15; nearly 66% went directly to broadcast stations while the rest went to national TV and cable. But spending and fundraising through February was 20% below the average in presidential year campaigns from 2000 through 2008. The large number of GOP presidential debates “dampened the need for advertising,” Ryvicker says, adding that there wasn’t “a clear path to the Republican nomination.” But spending in March was 12% over the average for the month in the previous cycles. That leaves Ryvicker unsure of whether 2012 political TV spending will come in ahead or behind her forecast of $2.7B. Modeled on the last presidential election year in 2008, it would fall short at $2.3B. But based on 2010, the total would hit $2.9B. It’s probably Read More »

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E! Picks Up Nigel Lythgoe & Kevin Jonas Reality Series, Whitney Cummings Talk Show, Unveils New Logo, Tagline & Branding

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: E!, which is holding its upfront presentation today, has picked up Opening Act, a new talent competition headlined by American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, R&B singer Mary J. … Read More »

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Microsoft Invests $300M In Barnes & Noble Subsidiary For The Nook E-Reader

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 4:39am PDT

Barnes & Noble shares are up more than 70% in pre-market trading following the announcement. The computer software giant will own 17.6% of the Nook subsidiary, valuing it at $1.7B, and provide a Nook application in its new Windows 8 … Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘The Good Wife’ Employs Cable Strategy In Campaign

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 4:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Once again this year CBS’ The Good Wife is the only real broadcast contender for a best drama series Emmy nomination. It was the only broadcast series in the category last year and the only best drama series nominee producing 22 episodes a season in both of its years of eligibility to date, 2010 and 2011. (There was only one other broadcast drama, ABC’s Lost, which landed a nom in 2010 for its 16-episode final season. The final season of DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights, which earned a nom last year, consisted of 13 episodes despite the show’s broadcast origins as an NBC series.) Facing cable competitors who make 10-13 episodes a year, The Good Wife is taking a page from the cable playbook in its Emmy campaign this year, trying to put as many episodes in the hands of voters as possible. The legal drama’s Emmy mailer contains seven episodes, far more than the average 2-4 episodes sent by most shows. A cable series, Showtime’s Huff, was the first to send out an entire season of episodes to TV Academy members in 2005. The strategy has been subsequently adopted by other cable shows but broadcast drama and comedy series have largely stuck to the decade-old tradition of only making a handful of episodes available to voters. Read More »

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