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TCA: CBS’ Nina Tassler Pressed On Diversity Of Network’s Fall Schedule, Supports Reexamining Emmy Rules

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 10:44am PDT
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TCA: CBS’ Nina Tassler Pressed On Diversity Of Network’s Fall Schedule, Supports Reexamining Emmy RulesABC is a tough act to follow at TCA this summer when it comes to diversity. ABC has new comedies about a Mexican family, an Asian family and a Black family and a new drama starring Viola Davis. Next at TCA is CBS, which has a new comedy series about an Irish American clan and dramas starring Tea Leoni, Josh Duhamel and Scott Bakula. Its only minority lead is Maggie Q, who plays the co-lead to Dylan McDermott on drama Stalker. CBS Chairman Nina Tassler faced multiple questions about the lack of diversity on the network’s new series.”We don’t look at fall as the defining mark of giving us our diversity quota,” Tassler said, noting the cast of daytime talk show The Talk, Lucy Liu on Elementary and summer series Extant, headlined by Halle Berry. (She faced criticism even on Extant, with a critic arguing that the entire supporting cast of the sci-fi drama is White, down to Berry’s artificial son.) Tassler also pointed at different elements of diversity, like a gay main character on The McCarthys. Additionally, on the final season of Two And A Half Men, Walden and Alan are going to get married as a gay couple in order to adopt a child because Walden finds it difficult to adopt as a straight single man. Tassler called it a “positive statement”about the fact that gay couples can adopt children. Read More »

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Cara Buono Joins ‘Person Of Interest’ In Major Recurring Role

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 5:14pm PDT

Cara Buono Joins ‘Person Of Interest’ In Major Recurring RoleEmmy nominated Cara Buono (Mad Men) has been tapped for a heavily recurring role on CBS’ Person Of Interest. Her character is described as a femme fatale who’s uniquely qualified to navigate the new world order of Season 4 of the procedural drama, created by Jonathan Nolan and co-produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad cara 3Robot. Buono received an Emmy nod for her Season 4 turn as Dr. Faye Miller on AMC’s Mad Men. Other small screen credits include The Sopranos, Third Watch, and guest spots on Elementary, Castle and The Good Wife. Her film credits include indie The Discoverers, Matt Reeves’ vampire remake Let Me In, Hulk and Beer League. Person Of Interest Season 4 premieres on Tuesday, September 23 at 10 PM.

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Richie Keen To Helm TV Land Pilot ‘Teachers’

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:50pm PDT

Richie Keen To Helm TV Land Pilot ‘Teachers’Richie Keen has been tapped to direct TV Land’s comedy pilot Teachers. Based on the popular web series, Teachers revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online, to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a bitch,” these teachers certainly are changing the world, one student at a time. Keen’s previous directing credits include It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, New Girl, Mixology and Sirens. He’s repped by CAA, Scott Fedro of Lonestar Entertainment, and attorney Adam Kaller.

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Ophelia Lovibond To Recur On ‘Elementary’, Gabrielle Walsh On ‘Vampire Diaries’, Sydney Penny On ‘Pretty Little Liars’

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

Ophelia Lovibond To Recur On ‘Elementary’, Gabrielle Walsh On ‘Vampire Diaries’, Sydney Penny On ‘Pretty Little Liars’British actress Ophelia Lovibond is set to make her U.S. television debut as a recurring on Season 3 of CBS’ drama Elementary. Lovibond will play Kitty Winter, Detective Sherlock Holmes’ (Jonny Lee Miller) new apprentice in New York, who immediately becomes rivals with her predecessor, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Kitty’s reasons for undertaking Holmes’ partnership are nebulous, and her new arrangement with Sherlock will have ongoing repercussions for his relationship with Joan. Lovibond most recently appeared on UK comedy series Mr. Sloane, and can next be seen in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy to be released on August 1.
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Ratings Rat Race: First ‘Big Brother’ Elimination Of Season Tops Holiday-Eve TV

By | Friday July 4, 2014 @ 10:48am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: First ‘Big Brother’ Elimination Of Season Tops Holiday-Eve TVFireworks in Boston, and a hurricane in the Carolinas, created challenges for stat spinners this morning.

Big Brother‘s first elimination of its 16th season finished first in overall audience (5.12 million viewers) and, if ratings hold, in the demo (1.6).  (Two nights earlier, the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother clocked a 1.8 demo rating, and 5.61 million viewers — the demo performance being a 22% drop from previous week, maybe because the episode featured a spelling bee, as well as the usual internecine shenanigans.) Last night’s 9 PM episode — in which SPOILER ALERT! Joey Van Pelt became the first BB householder to bite the dust, by unanimous vote — was pre-empted in Boston for that city’s annual July 4th Boston Pops concert (12.6) followed by traditional Boston Post-Pops July 4 Fireworks (15.2), CBS noted, adding that there also may have been pre-emptions in some markets for Hurricane Arthur coverage, which may also have affected other broadcasters. Read More »

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EOne Snaps Up North American Rights To ‘Miss Meadows’

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 11:32am PDT

EOne Snaps Up North American Rights To ‘Miss Meadows’Entertainment One Films has picked up U.S. and Canadian rights to Miss Meadows, written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins. The deal marks the first film acquisition under Barry Meyerowitz who is integrating his Phase 4 Films into eOne.

Katie Holmes stars as a sweet and proper elementary school teacher who’s moonlighting as a gun-toting vigilante. James Badge Dale, Mary Kay Place and Jean Smart co-star. Crazy Heart’s Eric Brenner and Rob Carliner are producing. Pic is slated for a fall theatrical release.
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CBS Fall Dates: One-Hour ‘Big Bang Theory’ Premiere; NFL Thursday Kickoff

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 12:15pm PDT

CBS Fall Dates: One-Hour ‘Big Bang Theory’ Premiere; NFL Thursday KickoffCBS will kick off its new NFL Thursday football franchise September 11 and roll out its Thursday entertainment lineup October 30. It’s part of the net’s “multi-phase rollout” for its new season announced today. In between those two Thursdays: the network’s Sunday slate will unveil the night before the official start of the TV season — traditionally Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, except when it’s NBC’s turn to broadcast the trophy show, including this year, when the ceremony gets bumped to steer clear of NBC’s NFL commitments. Also, Premiere Week will open with a one-hour The Big Bang Theory leading in to the premiere of new series Scorpion on that first Monday of the season. NCIS: Los Angeles will move to its new Monday time period the following week, joining launches of new drama Stalker and returning Criminal Minds during the season’s second week.

“The addition of Thursday Night Football provides the flexibility to strategically roll out our fall season in multiple waves, maximizing promotional platforms and scheduling opportunities to give our new and returning series the best possible launch,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in today’s announcement. Here’s CBS’s primetime rollout schedule: Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Critics Choice TV Awards Logs 1.036 Million Viewers

By | Friday June 20, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: Critics Choice TV Awards Logs 1.036 Million ViewersThe CW’s broadcast of the Critics Choice TV Awards last night clocked a 0.3/1 demo rating. Fox was the night’s highest-rated broadcast network in the demo (1.3/5), thanks in large measure to Hell’s Kitchen (1.8/7, 4.93 million viewers) which posted its best demo results in nearly three months and ranked as the night’s No. 1 show in the age bracket — tied with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory rerun (1.8/7). Big Bang Theory‘s overall audience, however, swamped Hell’s Kitchen’s, with  7.54 million viewers, and CBS took the night in total viewers (5.190 million) with its lineup of comedy repeats and Elementary.

On its first telecast in three weeks and moving into its new 8-9 PM time period, ABC’s Black Box returned up in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.8 million) and paced within 1/10th in adults 18-49 (0.7/3 vs. 0.8/2). ABC’s Rookie Blue returned at 9 PM with demo ratings down 17% from last summer’s premiere, but held steady in the demo compared to its September season wrapper. Rookie Blue beat its drama competitor in the hour, Fox’s Gang Related, in the demo (1.0/3 vs. 0.9/3) and total viewers (5.7 million vs. 2.6 million)  The ABC drama also tied for No. 1 in its time period among Adults 25-54 (1.4/3).
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Subrata De Joins ABC News As VP Multi-Platform Newsgathering

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 7:54am PDT

Subrata De Joins ABC News As VP Multi-Platform NewsgatheringABC News has snagged NBC News’s Subrata De to become VP of Multi-Platform Newsgathering.  ABC News President James Goldston announced De’s hire this morning in a memo to staff.  De most recently had been exec producer of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports since January of ’12. Before that, she was producer for NBC News’s Brian Williams.  In her new gig, De will have oversight of ABC News’s domestic, foreign, digital and social media newsgathering; the new post is intended to unify the division’s editorial operation—”expanding cooperation across our broadcast and digital platforms to improve our reporting and to use our resources more effectively,” as Goldston explained. The job is an expansion of the one held by Kate O’Brian, until she departed ABC News last year to become president of Al Jazeera America. Today’s announcement also includes news of expanded roles for David Reiter and Wendy Fisher.

More from Goldston’s memo after the jump:
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UPDATE: ABC’s NBA Finals Game 1 Up From 2013; ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Logs First Demo Win Against Jimmy Fallon

2014 NBA Finals - Game OneUPDATE, 2:29 PM:  Viewership for Game 1 of the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals rematch is up on ABC, according to Nielsen. Thursday’s game averaged 14,846,000 viewers –  up 4% compared to last year’s 14,241,000 viewers. It also averaged a 9.0 U.S. household rating, up 2% from an 8.8 for last year’s Game 1. The 9.0 rating matches the second-highest-rated NBA Finals Game 1 since 2004. ABC reported the game also is up “in every key demo”: men 18-34 (8.0 vs. 7.5), men 18-49 (7.9 vs. 7.4), men 25-54 (7.8 vs.7.6), adults 18-34 (6.0 vs. 5.8), adults 18-49 (6.0 vs. 5.7) and adults 25-54 (6.1 vs. 5.9). Female demos were not included; draw your own conclusion.  The NBA Finals on Twitter was the most-tweeted NBA game of the year with more than 3.2 million tweets and up 18% when compared to Game 1 last season.  Additionally, the game was the most-talked about television program of the day, accounting for 76% of all television conversation on Twitter, according to Nielsen Social.

jimmy-fallon-vs-jimmy-kimmel-650PREVIOUS, 8:20 AM: Thursdays Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC ranked as the night’s No. 1 talk show in late-night, in households (3.1/9) and adults 18-49 (1.5/8), according to early stats, beating an original telecast of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the first time ever in both Nielsen measures (2.6/7 and 1.0/5). It’s also the first time Kimmel’s show has enjoyed an NBA Finals lead-in since Fallon took over Tonight Show. Game 1 of the NBA Finals on ABC delivered a 10.4 overnight rating, peaking with a 12.7 in the final quarter. The game, in which the San Antonia Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 110-95, won the night for the 38th consecutive time, nearly doubling the broadcast competition in overnight ratings. Read More »

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Fox Adds SVP Drama And VP Comedy

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

welch copymiyaresFox is beefing up its drama and comedy teams with the hire of Beth Miyares as SVP Drama Development & Programming, and Conor Welch as VP Comedy Development & Programming. As part of a restructuring implemented in March, the network combined development and current both on the drama and comedy side. Miyares, who has background in both drama development and current programming, will report to Terence Carter, EVP Drama Development & Programming. “Beth is a gifted creative executive with years of experience shaping and growing hits, from both a network and studio perspective, which makes her the perfect fit to round out our drama leadership team,” Carter said. Miyares, who joins fellow SVPs James Oh and Charlie Andrews, comes from CBS Television Studios, where she served as VP Drama Development and oversaw pilot development and production as well as series transition for Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Beauty And The Beast and Reign. This marks her return to Fox, where she previously served as VP Current Programming, working on Fringe, Prison Break, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The O.C. Welch, who will report to Suzanna Makkos, EVP Comedy Development & Programming, most recently was Head of Feature Film for comedy video website Funny or Die. Prior to that, he served as VP Development and Production at Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films. “With a pedigree from Funny or Die … Read More »

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NBC Poised To Win 2013-14 Demo For First Time In 10 Years

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 12:49pm PDT

NBC will win the 2013-14 NBC20TV season in the demo for the first time in a decade with a 13% ratings spike – the biggest year-to-year gain for any Big 4 network in nine years. Even without its 18 nights of Sochi Olympics coverage, NBC boasts it delivers the season’s biggest demo audience, topping Super Bowl-boosted Fox. NBC’s gains blanket the entire week, including double-digit year-to-year demo gains on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

The network’s most talked about improvement: its 39% gain at 10 PM Mondays with The Blacklist originals – Blacklist being the season’s No. 1 new series and No. 2 drama, and NBC’s Monday being the top-rated regular schedule on any broadcast network in the demo, with an average 4.3 rating for regular programming.
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UPFRONTS 2014: The Overachievers

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 4:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

overachieversIt wasn’t easy but we survived another pilot season. Congratulations to all writers, producers and agents who celebrated the pickup of a new series this week. Here is Deadline’s annual honor roll of those who excelled at the upfronts and a list of pods and independent producers with multiple broadcast series on the schedule:

dcHow about DC‘s superhero effort this upfront? Warner Bros. TV made a big push with its sibling comic book banner this season, resulting in four pilots, all of them picked up to series: Gotham at Fox, The Flash and iZombie on the CW and Constantine on NBC.

Related: CW 2014 Fall Schedule

AmblinTVIt’s been a great year for Amblin TV. The company, which last summer received a straight-to-series order for drama Extant on CBS, added three more series over the past week, dramas Red Band Society at Fox, Whispers at ABC and Public Morals at TNT. That brings the independent company’s tally to eight series, including Under the Dome at CBS, The Americans at FX, Falling Skies at TNT and Halo at xBox/Showtime.

Related: CBS 2014 Schedule

keshetIsrael’s Keshet saw drama Allegiance and comedy Your Family Or Mine get pickups at NBC and TBS, respectively, while limited series Dig was presented at USA’s upfront. (The company also has dramas Tyrant and Homeland and unscripted series Rising Star, Boom and Deal with It.) 3 Arts received straight-to-series orders for comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mr. Robinson at NBC and Mulaney at Fox, has Cabot College in talks for a six-episode order at Fox (as well as returning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks And Recreation, both from Mike Schur, The Mindy Project).

Related: NBC 2014 Schedule

kaplan__130220013414-150x150berlantiThere are several producers and production companies that landed two new series orders this week. Warner Bros. TV-based Greg Berlanti executive produces the CW’s The Flash, which he also co-wrote, and NBC’s Mysteries Of Laura. (He also has Arrow at the CW). Independent producer Aaron Kaplan received orders for Mysteries Of Laura at NBC and Secrets & Lies at ABC. (He also has cable series Chasing Life and Instant Mom). Sony TV-based Jamie Tarses is behind new NBC comedy Marry Me and TBS’ Your Family Or Mine (along with TNT’s Franklin & Bash). ferrell-mckay-cp-getty-71523538Will Ferrell and Adam McKay‘s Uni TV-based Gary Sanchez landed its first broadcast series times two, with pickups for comedies Bad Judge and Mission Control at NBC (company also has Drunk History at Comedy Central). Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly have midseason series The Odd Couple on CBS and The Club on ABC (as well as Elementary, Unforgettable, Justified, Hindsight and Masters Of Sex). Marty Adelstein, with Becky Clements, is shepherding new ABC comedy Cristela and NBC drama Aquarius starring David Duchovny. (He also has Last Man Standing, with Clements, and Teen Wolf.) Jake Kasdan executive produces ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and Fox’s Weird Loners (as well as Fox’s New Girl).  Tim Kring has two event series, NBC’s Heroes: Reborn and USA’s Dig. Vince Gilligan has Battle Creek on CBS as well as Better Call Saul on AMC, while Rob Thomas has iZombie for CW and a Veronica Mars Web spinoff for CW digital. rashidajonesRashida Jones has two new series, one as a producer, NBC’s A to Z, and one as an actress, TBS’ Angie Tribeca, where she plays the lead. In a rare feat, Laurie Metcalf is a regular on two comedy series, CBS’ The McCarthys and HBO’s Getting On. Electus has new series introduced this week, Jane The Virgin on the CW and the unscripted DVF Project on E! (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, while their Cabot College is in talks for a Fox order.)

Related: Fox 2014 Schedule

Shonda RhimesKevinWilliamsonSeveral prolific writer-producers have expanded their portfolios. Shonda Rhimes has added How To Get Away With Murder to create a rare Shonda lineup on ABC, with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Murder on Thursday next fall. Kevin Williamson has new CBS drama Stalker, which he created, joining his other series, The Following on Fox and The Vampire Diaries on the CW. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Elementary’ & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finales Fall, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Hits Finale Viewership High, ‘American Idol’ Up Again

ELLEN POMPEO, SANDRA OHChaucer said that “there is an end to everything, good things as well.” So the Middle Ages poet was right of the 2013-2014 television season and of Sandra Oh‘s stint on Grey’s Anatomy (2.5/8) after 10 seasons. There were explosions, both emotional and literally, and there was fallout as well as dancing as Dr. Cristina Yang left Seattle Grace Hospital. Ratingswise it was a bit of a flat line for ABC and the Shonda Rhimes-created show, with Grey’s staying even with last week’s show. While Grey’s overall season bopped up 5% among adults 18-49 from Season 9 to garner the series’ best demo result in three years, last night’s finale was down double digits from the previous finale on May 16, 2013. With a repeat as a lead-in, the end of Season 10 saw a 19% drop from the Season 9 ender to hit a season-finale low. But with that said, if precedent is any indication, Grey’s could see an adjustment upward in the final numbers later today. Lead-out Black Box (1.1/4) saw its fourth-week numbers dip 8% from its May 8 results; granted, it was postponed in the San Diego market for news coverage of the fires there but that’s also the third week in a row the newbie show has gone down.

Related: Paul Lee Defends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Move To 8 PM Next Season

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CBS 2014 Schedule: Monday Comedy Block Trimmed, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Gets Post-‘NCIS’ Slot, ‘NCIS: LA’ To Monday, ‘CSI’ To Sunday, ‘The Amazing Race’ To Friday

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With only two new comedy series vs. six new dramas, CBS gave indications it may be retreating in comedy. It happened not on Thurscbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101day, where CBS expanded its comedy block to two hours last season, but on Monday, where the network’s traditional two-hour comedy block has been a 28-year-old tradition. A lot of veterans are on the move, including NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI and The Amazing Race. Here is the schedule, followed by analysis and descriptions of the new series:

CBS FALL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8 PM – The Big Bang Theory/2 Broke Girls
8:30 PM – Mom
9 PM – SCORPION
10 PM – NCIS: Los Angeles

TUESDAY
8 PM – NCIS
9 PM – NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
10 PM – Person Of Interest

WEDNESDAY
8 PM – Survivor
9 PM – Criminal Minds
10 PM – STALKER

THURSDAY
8-11 PM ET – NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Sept 11-Oct 23)
Beginning Oct 30:
8 PM – The Big Bang Theory
8:30 PM – The Millers
9 PM – Two And A Half Men
9:30 PM – THE MCCARTHYS
10 PM – Elementary

FRIDAY
8 PM – The Amazing Race
9 PM – Hawaii Five-0
10 PM – Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8 PM – Crimetime Saturday
9:00 PM – Crimetime Saturday
10 PM – 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7 PM – 60 Minutes
8 PM – MADAM SECRETARY
9 PM – The Good Wife
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CBS Pre-Upfront Breakfast: Les Moonves & Co. Talk About ‘HIMYD’ Non-Order, Monday Comedy Block Downsize & Future Of ‘CSI’

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:00am PDT

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522CBS is the only broadcaster that still invites the press to breakfast in order to reveal/pitch its primetime plans for next season. It has become an Upfront Week tradition. CBS also is the network that most closely guards its schedule for maximum drama at the breakfast. Here’s how it went:

9 AM ET: CBS Corp chief Leslie Moonves: “The only thing I’m gonna say — when did all the late-night guys start being the arbiters, the ones being fed the lines.. certainly not going to have TCA Summer Press Tour 2013Dave come out and put down other networks. I liked it much better when network execs put down other networks,” he said, noting in particular how much he loved nicking Jeff Zucker when Zucker ran NBC. That said, Les give Jimmy Kimmel’s seventh-inning stretch during ABC’s upfront presentation a thumbs up.

Related: CBS 2014 Schedule

“This really is the best era in the history of television — right now… a great time to be in the television business….We love the fact so many of the Silicon Valley companies are getting into production — not so easy!” Les says.

“We are going to have 90 hours of original programming in the summer. The September to May doesn’t quite work the way it used to.” Moonves says CBS’ summer series Under The Dome was the most-watched new drama of the television season, beating NBC’s The Blacklist. As part of that strategy, CBS is officially retiring the term “midseason,” chairman Nina Tassler says. Read More »

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CBS Buzz: New Blood On Thursday? Who’s Off To Midseason? What’s Up With ‘HIMYD’?

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 10:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522So far both NBC and Fox are introducing new drama series on Thursday next season, Allegiance and limited series Gracepoint, respectively. CBS, which as usual is keeping things extremely close to the vest, may join the party with new drama series Scorpion, which is rumored to possibly head to Thursday. It is unclear if that would mean a move for current Thursday 10 PM dweller Elementary or there could be a return to a two-hour drama block on the night.

Said to be for midseason is Matthew Perry’s Odd Couple reboot, due to Thursday’s pre-emption for NFL football in the fall. Also likely launching in midseason: new CSI spinoff CSI: Cyber.

Meanwhile, time is running out for a decision on How Met Your Dad. I hear CBS has until this Wednesday to pick up the project or the rights revert back to producer 20th Century Fox TV, which plans to take it elsewhere. There had been little communication between the two sides in the last few days, following CBS’ decision not to pick up HIMYD with its first batch of new series on Friday. The network also just cancelled 20th’s Friends With Better Lives and The Crazy Ones.

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Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Fall Schedule 2014Animation domination no more. Fox is abandoning its all-animated Sunday comedy block and reverting to a mix of live-action and animated comedies on the night, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and newbie Mulaney joining The Simpsons and Family Guy. Meanwhile, for the first time since its launch, Glee is not on in the fall schedule for its final season. Here is Fox’s fall schedule, followed by analysis and description of the network’s new series.

FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Two And A Half Men’ Finale Falls, Last ‘Surviving Jack’ Up, ‘American Comedy Awards’ Debuts Weak, ‘Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Down

surviving jack finale 2With the NFL Draft providing significant competition, for the Big 4 on Thursday it was a primetime with a couple of endings — one permanent. After just more than a month on the air, Fox put Surviving Jack (1.2/3) out of its ratings misery yesterday as one of a group of comedy cancellations. and its short run wrapped with a 20% jump up from last week’s rating in adults 18-49.  Maybe news of the cancellation got Jack some juice as did the 7% rise American Idol (1.6/5) saw last night with its live half-hour result show as the lead-in. Fox’s night started off with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.5/5), which dipped 6% from its May 1 show.

Related: ESPN’s NFL Draft Scores Record Ratings

two-and-a-half-menTwo And A Half Men (2.1/6) finished its 11th season last night with a wedding and the usual sitcom shenanigans that accompany such a TV event. The Chuck Lorre series was even with its May 1 show but took a steep divorce of 40% from last year’s season ender on May 9, 2013. Maybe that was a result of the NFL Draft, but CBS had downs and dips almost all night starting with The Big Bang Theory (3.7/13). Despite being the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night (14.17 million), the other Lorre series fell 18% to hit a season low in preliminary numbers. Two And A Half Men’s lead-out The Millers (2.0/6) was even with its May 1 show and hence tied a series low. Freshman Bad Teacher (1.3/4) slipped 7% from last week while Elementary (1.5/4) stumbled 6% to tie a series low. Like last Thursday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 (2.0/6 rating) and total viewers (8.78 million.) That’s a slight 9% drop from May 1. Read More »

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