He may have spent most of the last decade in retirement and semi-retirement, but Garth Brooks still has a things or two to show to his younger colleagues. The two-hour Garth Brooks Live From Las Vegas special dominated primetime last night with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, and a very impressive for the night after Thanksgiving 8.8 million viewers. Brooks doubled the demo rating for Lady Gaga‘s Thanksgiving special with the Muppets and almost tripled her viewership. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. NBC was the only network to air an all original lineup last night with Dateline (1.2, 7.2 million) up a tenth from last week in 18-49 and hitting a season high in total viewers. Grimm (1.3) fell 19% from its most recent episode while Dracula (0.9) held steady at a series low. Fox aired two more Raising Hope originals (0.6), down 25% from last week. Raising Hope feels wasted on Friday. It was a rock on Tuesday last season and is more deserving than others to be part of the network’s comedy block. The CW‘s Nikita (0.2) matched its rating from last week as it whimpers to the finish line, holding onto half of its lead-in from Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer — a special the CW’s predecessor …
BREAKING: Henry Selick will direct A Tale Dark & Grimm, a live action film based on the popular children’s book by author Adam Gidwitz, who put his own take on some of the Grimm Brothers’ more gruesome stories. Tale follows two unsuspecting children who run away from their own dark fairy tale in search of a better life only to find themselves amidst eight other tales just as fearsome.
Selick helmed the stop motioners A Nightmare Before Christmas, James And The Giant Peach, and Coraline. Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films will finance the development and produce alongside FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. John W. Mann and Jon Gunn adapted the script.
“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book A Tale Dark & Grimm,” said Selick. “It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it. Between the great material and a team that really gets it, I hope to make something really special that lasts.”
Ellen Goldsmith Vein of the Gotham Group and George Davis of Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP represent Selick.
Angel alum Alexis Denisof has booked an arc on another genre show, NBC’s supernatural crime drama Grimm, co-created by Angel co-creator David Greenwalt. He will play Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf, the cunning, smart, funny and ruthless first cousin to Eric Renard (James Frain). Denisof is with Evolution and APA.
Phoebe Strole, member of the original cast of the 2006 musical Spring Awakening, is reuniting with co-star Lea Michele on Michele’s Fox series Glee. Strole, repped by APA and Principal Entertainment NY, will recur as Penny Owen, a sophomore in college who wants to get into nursing school and who becomes Sam’s (Chord Overstreet) new love interest.
EXCLUSIVE: Grimm co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have signed a new overall deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, the writing partners will continue as executive producers on the NBC drama, produced by Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills. Grimm, which Greenwalt and Kouf co-created with Stephen Carpenter, was recently picked up for a third season with an early renewal. Grimm, inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales, has been an unsung hero at NBC. It is the only series from the 2011-12 season, the first overseen by NBC’s current regime, to make it to season 3. A rare success story on Friday, Grimm is the night’s No.1 series in adults 18-49. Its most recent second season (6.9 million viewers, 2.4 in 18-49 in Live+7) was up 14% in 18-49 and 12% in total viewers vs. Season 1. Greenwalt and Kouf exec produce the series with Hayes, Milliner and Norberto Barba.
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NBC has handed the expected early renewals to its stronger drama series: freshmen Revolution and Chicago Fire as well as Parenthood, Grimm and veteran Law & Order: SVU. All have received full-season, 22-episode pickups. Missing from the drama list is recent addition Hannibal, which has dropped in the ratings the past two weeks after a solid start, and fellow midseason drama Deception. I hear NBC has not closed the door completely on Deception though a renewal appears unlikely. “On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new-season lineup,” NBC’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “We’re especially pleased to be renewing Revolution and Chicago Fire — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.” Those announcements will no doubt include reality hit The Voice and veteran comedy Parks And Recreation, which are assured a return for next season. All the other NBC comedies are heavily on the bubble. Things look a little better for The New Normal, which just won a GLAAD Award and comes from top producer Ryan Murphy, with Matthew Perry starrer Go On also in contention. Meanwhile, cult favorite Community‘s future is cloudy, with the future of multi-camera entries Whitney and Guys With Kids also in limbo. NBC might keep one of the multi-cam sitcoms for continuity as it is likely to order at least one, the Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco project, and expanding NBC’s multi-camera footprint appears to be a priority for the network’s brass.
The renewal for Law & Order: SVU comes before the producers have secured the return of star Mariska Hargitay. Today’s announcement gives producer Dick Wolf two series on the NBC schedule next season, L&O: SVU and Chicago Fire. They could be joined by the proposed Chicago Fire spinoff. The renewal brings more good news for Grimm, which recently received a temporary time slot upgrade and The Voice lead-in. Here are details about NBC’s newly renewed dramas:
It’s over for NBC’s new dating series Ready For Love after two low-rated airings, while underrated Friday drama Grimm is getting an upgrade. Beginning April 30, Grimm will move to the Tuesday 10 PM slot, airing behind a two-hour episode of The Voice, and will remain on Tuesday through May 21. Grimm will have a two-hour Voice lead-in for two more weeks, while it is unclear what will air in the Tuesday 9 PM hour on May 14 and May 21. Grimm will be replaced in the Friday 9 PM hour by newsmagazine Dateline, which will be leading into Rock Center. It is unclear when or where (or if) the remaining episodes of Ready For Love will air. The dating reality series executive produced by Eva Longoria was originally slated to air on Sundays this midseason. When Smash crashed and burned in its Season 2 return, NBC opted to launch Ready For Love on Tuesday instead, with the show getting a plum Voice lead-in. But after a slow start, Ready For Love dropped to a 1.3/4 in adults 18-49 in its second airing this week despite a huge Voice lead-in.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, executive producers of NBC‘s supernatural drama Grimm, were asked a backhanded question today at the show’s TCA panel: What would it take to make Grimm “a true breakout hit?”
“First of all, I thought it was a true breakout hit,” Greenwalt replied. “By God if we’re not a true breakout hit, we’ll become one soon.” The second part of the question was whether the producers are satisfied with the show’s 9 p.m. Friday time slot since there is a perceived TV industry curse that Friday night shows are doomed to fail.
Greenwalt said he “loves the time slot, it’s the old X-Files time slot” and said fans are managing to find the show. Added Kouf: “I don’t believe in curses so much. If they don’t watch it Friday night, they seem to watch it next Saturday.”
The group was also asked how the show manages to stand out in the glut of supernatural TV fare, and how it plans to distinguish itself going forward. Said Greenwalt: “It’s a hybrid police procedural but has this whole ‘otherworld’ going on that givers us the ability to explain, in this odd and bizarre way, crime.” He added that in upcoming episodes the supernatural otherworld will “go to a macro level” and be tapped to …
Premiere Week Live+7 Ratings: ‘Revolution’ And ‘Modern Family’ Post Biggest Absolute Gains, ‘Grimm’ No.1 In Percentage Increase
Amidst talk that this is the season when the impact of shifted viewing will reach critical mass, the Live+7 adults 18-49 ratings for Premiere Week came in, giving a substantial lift to a lot of scripted series. Topping the list are ABC’s Modern Family (7.8 L+7 rating in adults 18-49, up 42% from Live+ Same Day) and NBC’s Revolution (5.7, up 68%), which logged the biggest absolute gain, a 2.3 rating in 18-49. The dramatic increase for Revolution is especially significant as DVR gains skew heavily toward returning series, which people already have on their season passes. Revolution‘s bump was up from 44% for its series premiere as the futuristic drama’s second episode almost matched its big series debut (5.9) in Live+7. There were no changes in the standings for the Top 3 programs of Premiere Week from Live+Same Day to Live+7, as Sunday Night Football (9.0, no gain), Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory (6.9, up 38%) remained 1-2-3. But Grey’s Anatomy (5.9, up 34%) jumped a spot from No. 5 to No.4 and Revolution leapfrogged eight spots, from tied for 13th place in Live+SD to No.5 in Live+7. The two dramas pushed NBC’s The Voice down two slots as reality series tend to add fewer viewers in DVR viewing. (See charts below)
In terms of percentage gain, no program came near NBC’s Grimm, which almost doubled its Live+SD rating, up 81% to a 2.9 in 18-49 to finish as the No. 1 program on Friday night by a mile and tie such established series as CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.
The Live+7 ratings report delivered encouraging news for two freshman dramas that opened below expectations, ABC’s Last Resort and 666 Park Ave., which logged a respectable 3.2 18-49 rating each after a Live+7 gain of 45% and 52%, respectively. 666 Park Ave. posted the second largest percentage gain among all freshman series behind Revolution, while Last Resort was tied for third with CBS’ Elementary. The Sherlock Holmes drama sealed its Back 9 order with a 45% Live+7 lift to a 4.5 rating in 18-49 to rank second in 18-49 among all new series behind only Revolution. ABC’s comedy The Neighbors (3.8), which premiered behind Modern Family, was next, followed by CBS’ Vegas and NBC’s Go On (tied at 3.4). At the bottom of the list are Fox’s hanging-by-the-thread Mob Doctor (1.7, 31% gain) and CBS’ cancelled Made In Jersey (1.3).
CBS’ Made In Jersey logged the lowest-rated new series premiere so far this fall among adults 18-49. The legal drama opened with a 1.1/4 at 9 PM last night. It tied the final season premiere of Fox’s Fringe (1.1/4) as the lowest-rated originals on Friday. Made In Jersey was down 39% from last fall’s season premiere of CSI: NY in the time slot and down 21% from the series debut of the now-defunct A Gifted Man in the 8 PM hour. Made In Jersey also was down from its lead-in, CSI: NY (1.3/5), which posted its lowest-premiere ever, down 28% from its season debut last September in the 9 PM berth. Anchor Blue Bloods (1.5/5) also had its lowest-rated premiere ever, down 25% from last year. Overall, CBS won premiere Friday in viewers and adults 18-49 for a sixth straight year. But it was the only major network with all-originals last night, and in 18-49 it finished tied for No.1 with ABC, which aired a Last Resort repeat. In total viewers, CBS was a cut above the competition, dominating every hour of primetime: CSI: NY (9 million), Made In Jersey (7.7 million) and Blue Bloods (11.1 million).
NBC’s Grimm has promoted Claire Coffee to series regular. She has been recurring on the dark fantasy crime drama since the pilot playing Adalind, the Hexenbiest nemesis of police detective/Grimm Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli). Coffee, repped by Domain and Perennial Entertainment, also recurred on TNT’s Franklin & Bash and stars in the upcoming indies Holly’s Holiday.
FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the feature film rights to the popular children’s book A Tale Dark & Grimm by author Adam Gidwitz. FilmNation will partner with Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films to finance the development and produce alongside FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Jon Gunn (Mercy Streets, My Date with Drew) and John W. Mann (Mercy Streets) are confirmed to adapt the screenplay.
Currently in development, the live action feature film will be based on Gidwitz’s original frightening and witty stories. Inspired by some of Grimm’s more gruesome tales, the story follows the adventures of two unsuspecting children who hold the key to breaking out of the dark ages.