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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ Steady

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ SteadyHe’s back, not that he ever really went away. Fox’s favorite multitasker Gordon Ramsay returned with a new season of Hotel Hell (1.5/5) last night. Which of course meant that Fox was all Ramsay on Monday with the second-cycle debut of the reality series following his own MasterChef (2.1/7). Hotel Hell was a big hit for the network when it launched two years ago, if for no other reason than it was comfortingly reminiscent of Ramsay’s now-shuttered Kitchen Nightmares. The then-new Hotel Hell saw the often acerbic chef going into establishments in need of serious help and delivering it in his distinct fashion. Monday saw Ramsay in Las Cruces, NM, working on desert retreat that really isn’t working. The show was debut down a hard 21% from its August 13, 2012 Season 1 premiere. But don’t shed a tear for Gordon: Lead-in MasterChef shot up 17% among adults 18-49 from last week’s dip to hit a season high. It was also easily the top-rated show of the night, which helped Fox winthe night in the demo with 1.8/6 rating and among total viewers with 4.93 million.

All of the Big 4 and the CW aired originals last night. Once again CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.5/6). Like Hotel Hell, the 10 PM Steven Spielberg-produced drama also fell 21% from its July 14 show to hit a series low. Last week, Dome rose double digits from the previous series low of its July 7 episode. Read More »

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Brian Hallisay Joins ABC’s ‘Revenge’

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Brian Hallisay Joins ABC’s ‘Revenge’The Client List alum Brian Hallisay has been cast in the upcoming fourth season of ABC drama Revenge. He is set for a heavily recurring role with an option to become a regular in the second part of the season. Hallisay will play Ben, a local cop and a new friend of Jack (Nick Wechsler) who is fun-loving and easygoing and drawn to Jack’s world and especially to the people in it. Word is that Ben is eyed as a potential new love interest for Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp). Hallisay, who recently wrapped Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, has been on ABC and ABC Studios’ radar; he has been recurring on this season of their summer drama series Mistresses. He is with Management 360, the Kohner Agency and Jeff Bernstein.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’24: Live Another Day’ Finale & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise, ‘Whose Line’ Down, ‘Bachelorette’ Steady

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 9:10am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ’24: Live Another Day’ Finale & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise, ‘Whose Line’ Down, ‘Bachelorette’ SteadyJack was back, to paraphrase Fox’s hashtag for 24: Live Another Day (1.7/5), and now Jack is gone, again. The finale of the 12-episode limited event series that saw the return to action for Kiefer Sutherland’s super-agent Jack Bauer after four years in both real time and TV time was up 21% among Adults 18-49 from its July 7 show. While no one expected the dramatic 1-hour ender (SPOILER ALERT LINK) to hit the 2.8/8 rating that the two-hour Season 8 finale of 24 pulled on May 24, 2010, last night’s show was down 34% from the 2.6 rating that the reboot event series got for its heavily promoted 2-hour May 5 debut. In context, it shouldn’t be overlooked that the end of 24 the series was at a time when network viewership in general was about 27% higher than it is nowadays. With 6.5 million watching, 24:LAD was up 8% over last week to hit its best viewership since its premiere, which 8.1 million tuned in for. Leading-in to the 9 PM 24:LAD, MasterChef (1.8/6) simmered a bit from last week and was down 5%. Overall, Fox took the top spot among the Big 4 with a 1.7/6 rating and 5.97 million viewers.

under the dome july 14 2Like last week, CBS’ only new show of Monday’s primetime was Under The Dome (1.9/6). A mysterious burning red rain came down on Chrester’s Mill on last night’s show but ratingswise, the third episode … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ Steady

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ SteadyIt was that usual summer mixed bag of repeats and original programming last night across almost all of the Big 4. CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.7/5) — but it was not a clear view by any stretch. The second show of the second season was the most-watched show of the night with 7.71 million viewers, but the summer drama based on the Stephen King tale took a hard 19% dive from last week’s season premiere among adults 18-49. It was also down 1.68 million viewers from last week and hit a series lows in  the key demo.

Over on Fox, things were truly cooking. First course was MasterChef (1.9/7). The never subdued Gordon Ramsay series was even with last week and the top-rated show of the night in the demo. Next up was the penultimate episode of 24: Live Another Day (1.5/5). Full of the international intrigue, competing factions and betrayal we’ve come to expect from this limited event series, the latest 24 bopped up 7% from its June 30 show. Fox was tops Monday in both the demo (1.7/6)  and total viewers (5.850 million). Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Comes Back Down, But Still Tops

Ratings Rat Race: CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Comes Back Down, But Still TopsThe second-season debut of CBS’ Under The Dome was the top program Monday night in total viewers (9.39 million) and in the demo (2.2 rating) – beating its nearest competitor in overall audience (ABC’s The Bachelorette) by more than 3 million viewers, and, Fox’s MasterChef by 19% in the demo. CBS boasted it’s the summer’s most-watched and highest-rated scripted program to date.

But, Under The Dome fell 33% from last summer’s debut in the demo, and 21% from last summer’s finale –  landing just one tenth from its series low of 2.1/6. CBS counters that Under The Dome’s premiere season was one of the most time-shifted program across all platforms, adding nearly 4 million viewers across the first season’s 13 episodes.
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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Rules With ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Ratings Rat Race: NBC Rules With ‘American Ninja Warrior’NBC was No. 1 for the night in the demo among broadcaster, thanks to American Ninja Warrior, which climbed 13% week to week (1.8 compared to 1.6 rating) and 17% in total viewers (5.5 million vs. 4.7 mil). The 5.453 million in total viewers is a season high for a regular Ninja and best since a special USA vs. Japan telecast on January 13 (5.537 million). In its second hour, Ninja finished ahead of CBS’ Under The Dome recap (0.8/3, 4.34 million viewers), which finished last in its time slot, and ABC’s Mistresses original episode (1.0/3, 3.66 million). NBC noted its Detroit affiliate pre-empted NBC programming for a fireworks special that could impact these prelim stats, particularly in this 10 PM hour.

With MasterChef (1.7/6, 4.93 million) and 24: Live Another Day (1.4/4, 5.72 million), Fox was the night’s most-watched network, also leading among viewers 18-34 and key male demos.

ABC was the second-most-watched network of the night, winning most female demos. At 8 PM, a two-hour broadcast of The Bachelorette was the night’s most watched TV program (5.9 million, 1.5/5) for its fourth consecutive two-hour telecast.

CBS slumbered, on a bed of reruns and Under The Dome recap.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘MasterChef’ Whips Up Monday Win For Fox

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 9:55am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: ‘MasterChef’ Whips Up Monday Win For FoxFox finished first among broadcasters Monday night in both the demo (1.6/5) and total viewers (5.38 million), as well as teens and all adult male demos. Fueling that win: MasterChef (1.8/6, 5.09 million viewers) — the night’s biggest demo broadcast performer  –  and 24: Live Another Day (1.5/4, 5.66 million viewers). It was Fox’s fourth consecutive Monday demo win. MasterChef climbed 20% from last week’s fast nationals in the demo (1.5/5), while 24:LAD slid a tenth, week to week.

ABC slid in second for the night (1.4/4, 5.2 million viewers), with 8-10 PM’s The Bachelorette finishing first in primetime among total viewers (6.1 million) for a third consecutive two-hour telecast and topping all broadcasters with adults 18-34. The Bachelorette improved on its year-ago telecast by 11% in viewers (5.5 million), and was the night’s No. 1-ranked broadcast show for the night in all key female demos and among adults 18-34. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ Rises, Hillary Clinton Interview Soft

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ABC’s Monday lineup took a ratings hit with Diane Sawyer’s Hillary Clinton interview, DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONdropping from 1.5 in 18-49 last week to 1.0 last night. To make room for the interview, the network subbed the two-hour The Bachelorette original with an hourlong Bachelorette recap special (0.9), leading to the Sayer-Clinton chat, which drew a 1.0 in the demo, finishing last in the 9 PM hour among the Big 4 networks. It did better in total viewers with 6.1 million, finishing in second. Clinton also pushed down 10 PM ABC drama Mistresses (0.9), which slipped 25% from last Monday’s season premiere. The most recent ABC News primetime interview special, Barbara Walters’ sit-down with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Staviano, drew a 1.7 in 18-49 and 7 million viewers with a better lead-in but no promotion. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s Returning ‘Mistresses’ Shows Up Flat In Demo But Sports Viewer Bump

ROCHELLE AYTES, ALYSSA MILANO, YUNJIN KIM, JES MACALLANABC’s sudsy Mistresses returned last night at 10 PM to tie CBS’ 48 Hours (1.2/4). Its second-season opener was its most-watched telecast yet, rising 2% (100,000 viewers over its first-season launch, 4.5 million vs. 4.4 million) while holding even in the demo. (ABC noted that during the show’s first season, Mistresses jumped 50% from its initially reported Live+Same Day number to its final Live+7 adults 18-49 rating, making it the second-biggest gainer for any summer broadcast series in 2013, behind only the network’s Rookie Blue.)

Earlier in the night, ABC’s The Bachelorette predictably rose sharply from its Sunday special – 21% in the demo and 30% in viewers. Bachelorette was up by 14% in total viewers over its year-ago telecast, and held even in the demo.

NBC’s 9-11 PM American Ninja Warrior spiked 19% week-to-week, from a 1.6 to a 1.9/6, to rank No. 1 for the night; among the shows it edged out were Fox’s 24: Live Another Day (1.8/6). Read More »

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Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And CableTV setHere’s a rundown of shows that will hit the airwaves (and Netflix) for the first time between now and the start of the 2014-15 TV season, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus. We will update when new dates are announced:

May 26:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC, Season 6 premiere)
MasterChef (Fox, Season 5 premiere)
BBQ Pit Wars (Destination America, new series sneak peek; time slot premiere May 31)
Rock My RV With Bret Michaels (Travel, series premiere)

May 27:
America’s Got Talent (NBC, Season 9 premiere)
The Night Shift (NBC, series premiere)
Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, Season 4 premiere)
The Wil Wheaton Project (Syfy, series premiere)
Heroes Of Cosplay (Syfy, Season 1B premiere)
Alien Encounters (Science, Season 3 premiere)
Boundless (Esquire, Season 2 premiere)
The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, Season 2B premiere)
Little Women: LA (Lifetime, series premiere)

May 28
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Season 11 premiere)
Rogue (Audience [DirecTV], Season 2 premiere)

May 29:
Our America With Lisa Ling (OWN, Season 5 premiere)
Undateable (NBC, series premiere; back-to-back episodes)
The Sixties (CNN, limited series premiere)

May 30:
Crossbones (NBC, series premiere)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE tv, series premiere)
Mystery Millionaire (WE tv, series premiere)
No Limits (Animal Planet, series premiere)
Derek (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)

May 31:
Bet On Your Baby (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
Sing Your Face Off (ABC, series premiere)

June 1:
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, series premiere)
Enlisted (Fox, unaired episodes premiere)
Food Network Star (Food Network, Season 10 premiere)
Mountain Men (History, Season 3 premiere)
Return To Amish (TLC, series premiere)
Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery, series premiere)
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Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

TV setHere’s a rundown of shows that will hit the airwaves (and Netflix) for the first time between now and the start of the 2014-15 TV season, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus. We will update when new dates are announced:

May 26:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC, Season 6 premiere)
MasterChef (Fox, Season 5 premiere)
BBQ Pit Wars (Destination America, new series sneak peek; time slot premiere May 31)
Rock My RV With Bret Michaels (Travel, series premiere)

May 27:
America’s Got Talent (NBC, Season 9 premiere)
The Night Shift (NBC, series premiere)
Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, Season 4 premiere)
The Wil Wheaton Project (Syfy, series premiere)
Heroes Of Cosplay (Syfy, Season 1B premiere)
Alien Encounters (Science, Season 3 premiere)
Boundless (Esquire, Season 2 premiere)
The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, Season 2B premiere)
Little Women: LA (Lifetime, series premiere)

May 28
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Season 11 premiere)
Rogue (Audience [DirecTV], Season 2 premiere)

May 29:
Our America With Lisa Ling (OWN, Season 5 premiere)
Undateable (NBC, series premiere; back-to-back episodes)
The Sixties (CNN, limited series premiere)

May 30:
Crossbones (NBC, series premiere)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE tv, series premiere)
Mystery Millionaire (WE tv, series premiere)
No Limits (Animal Planet, series premiere)
Derek (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)

May 31:
Bet On Your Baby (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
Sing Your Face Off (ABC, series premiere)

June 1:
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, series premiere)
Enlisted (Fox, unaired episodes premiere)
Food Network Star (Food Network, Season 10 premiere)
Mountain Men (History, Season 3 premiere)
Return To Amish (TLC, series premiere)
Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery, series premiere)
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Comic Standing’ OK In Return, ‘Gang Related’ Premiere Soft

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jb-smoove-lcsIf a rerun of The Big Bang Theory is the top program of the night by a landslide, it must be summer. CBS’ comedy juggernaut (2.2 among adults 18-49 for a repeat) ruled the first night after the official end of the 2013-14 broadcast season, which featured two premieres and a finale. After a four-year break, NBC’s Last Comic Standing returned last night, drawing a 1.7 in 18-49 for its eighth season premiere. That was down 15% from the show’s last season debut in June 2010, but a lot has changed in four years, so that number is pretty solid. It tied the iHeart Radio Music Awards as the top rating NBC has seen on Thursday in months. It outperformed significantly NBC’s recent in-season unscripted premiere, American Dream Builders, and built on its lead-in, Hollywood Game Night (1.1), by 55%.

101_gangrelated_mobile_carousel-carousel-360x282Last Comic also almost doubled the rating for the other premiere last night, Fox dark drama Gang Related (0.9), originally picked up for midseason 2014. Despite a solid lead-in from Kitchen Nightmares (1.5, down 12% from last week), Gang Related‘s performance was more in line with a low-cost import (NBC’s Crossing Lines and Saving Hope opened with a 0.7 last summer) than a Hollywood-made original drama (CBS’ Under The Dome premiered with a 3.2 in 18-49 last summer, ABC’s Mistresses with a 1.2). The Gang Related debut was even … Read More »

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Gary Dourdan Books Roles In ‘Being Mary Jane’ & ‘Glee’; Sammi Hanratty Set To Recur on ‘Salem’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 9:14pm PDT

Gary DourdanGary Dourdan has been cast in a recurring role on BET’s Being Mary Jane and a guest starring gig on Fox’s Glee. On Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor, he’ll play Sheldon Armstrong, a smoothly charming and casually handsome retired civil trial attorney who made a fortune suing corrupt corporations. He’s coming out of retirement to pursue his charitable outreach. He’s famous for never having given an interview in his life — but when Mary Jane (Union) sets out to interview him, he is quite taken with her and just might change his mind. On Glee, Dourdan plays D’Shon, Mercedes’ (Amber Riley) record producer. Dourdan, whose credits include CSI and Mistresses, is repped by Prestige Talent Agency and managed by ATA.

Sammi HanrattySammi Hanratty has booked a recurring role on WGN America’s Salem. She’ll play Dottie, a leader among her peers whom Mercy (Elise Eberle) knows a little from school. She’s a confident young girl who brings her classmates over to talk with Mercy. She’s in awe of Mercy’s power and wants her to put it to particular use. Repped by Paradigm and Zero Gravity Management, Hanratty’s credits include Chosen, The Unit and Pushing Daisies.

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ABC Unveils Summer Premiere Dates

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

ABC_logo_2007ABC‘s summer schedule includes the series premiere of its just-announced spinoff Bachelor In Paradise, which will debut with a two-hour episode Monday, August 4 at 8 PM. It will follow the newest cycle of another Bachelor spinoff, The Bachelorette, which bows Monday, May 19 at 9:30 PM before it moves to its regular time period Monday from 8-10 PM. They join new series The Quest, to bow Thursday, June 19 at 8 PM; Rising Star, the interactive competition show set for Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM; and new drama The Astronaut Wives Club on Thursday, July 24 at PM. ABC will air five original scripted series this summer, the most in a long time if not ever. That includes The Astronaut Wives Club, fellow freshman Black Box, which debuts in late April, as well as returning summer series Mistresses and Canadian imports Motive and Rookie Blue. Among the notable dates: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night will air each night after the NBA Finals beginning with Game 1 on June 5. Here’s the network’s full schedule:

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Penelope Ann Miller Joins ABC’s ‘American Crime’, Chris Butler In NBC’s ‘Lifesaver’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 5:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

millerPenelope Ann Miller, coming off a stint on ABC’s Mistresses, has been cast in the network’s drama pilot American Crime. Written and exec produced by John Ridley, fresh off winning an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, it centers on the racially charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. Miller, managed by APA and Untitled, will play Eve, the emotionally shattered mother of the killed man’s badly beaten wife who is on life support.

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Chris Butler - Headshot  - Much Ado - 10-15-10King & Maxwell alum Chris Butler has booked NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and TBD Entertainment. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Cgristian Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Butler, repped by SDB Partners and Pine River Entertainment, plays Campbell Carter, the entitled/selfish childhood friend and neighbor of Dr. Parmenter. He has been recurring on The Good Wife.

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Jack Huston, Rose Leslie Among Cast For ITV’s ‘The Great Fire’ Miniseries

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 2:34am PST

rose lesliejack hustonITV has set the roster for its upcoming four-part miniseries that follows the lives and loves of both historical and fictional characters in 1666 London as The Great Fire rages. Broadchurch‘s Andrew Buchan, Rose Leslie (Utopia, Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs, andrew buchanWelcome To The Punch) have each taken on key roles in the production from Fleming and Mistresses‘ Ecosse Films. Inspired by the real events of 1666 when nearly half of London was destroyed in less than a week, the drama is written by Tom Bradby, political editor of ITN and author of Shadow Dancer. The story unfolds over four consecutive days as the fire takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames amid a threat to the monarchy. Buchan will play humble baker Thomas Farriner in whose shop the fire began on September 2, 1666. Leslie plays his sister-in-law with whom he has a complex relationship. Huston is the playboy King Charles great fireII and Mays is Samuel Pepys, a close confidante. Per ITV, pyrotechnics and special effects, as opposed to CGI, will create the fire sequences as London burns. Also in the cast are … Read More »

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Justin Hartley & Ben Lawson Join ‘Damaged Goods’; ‘Agatha’ Adds Christian Keyes

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 7:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

HARTLEYJustin Hartley is set as a lead in Lauren Iungerich’s ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. It revolves around two damaged men (Hartley, Steve Talley) and two damaged women who explore the minutiae of love and relationships. Hartley’s smart and egoistic Tim is hit hard when his girlfriend and law firm colleague gets the promotion he expected to get. Childish and unable to applaud her accomplishments or be with a woman who outranks him, the relationship seems all but over — unless she resigns. He is repped by Innovative. Also cast as a regular in the pilot is Ben Lawson, who will play Michael, a smart, funny, good-natured, dermatologist.

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keyesChristian Keyes (Beauty And The Beast) has booked a regular role in ABC drama pilot Agatha from ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Co. It’s a character-driven procedural about Agatha, a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. Keyes, repped by Resolution and manager  Jerome Martin, plays tattooed bad boy Zane. Agatha knows he’s trouble — she did time to protect him — but just can’t seem to stay away. And the feeling is definitely mutual. He recurs on BET’s Let’s Stay Together and ABC’s Mistresses.

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‘Ripper Street’ Revived: Amazon Orders 3rd Season To Stream Ahead Of Broadcast

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 2:45am PST

ripper streetAmazon has come to the rescue of British period drama Ripper Street. The online giant is today launching its Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK and with that has announced a commission for a 3rd season of the BBC crime series. It’s also acquired UK subscription streaming rights to the previous seasons. The Victorian era show, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, was cancelled by the BBC in December after a 2nd season ratings drop. The news elicited an outpouring of lament from fans and it was soon rumored that Amazon’s streaming service LoveFilm might pick up the slack. Amazon recently said it was folding LoveFilm into its Prime service in Britain with the new-look platform bowing today, along with the news that new episodes of Ripper Street will be made available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video members before screening on BBC One a few months later. Read More »

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James Burrows & Gail Mancuso To Direct Comedy Pilots, SJ Clarkson To Helm ‘Dig’

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 11:09am PST
Nellie Andreeva

burrowsThe always-in-demand multi-camera comedy director James Burrows has signed on to helm CBS’ high-profile pilot More Time With Family, starring Tom Papa and Alyson Hannigan, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and written/exec produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, the 20th TV-produced project centers on Tom (Papa), a husband and father making a career change to spend more time with his family. This marks a reunion for Burrows and CBS/20th TV after he helmed the pilot for the upcoming comedy Friends with Better Lives last season. When Friends joins CBS’ lineup next month, replacing How I Met Your Mother, Burrows will have directed the pilots of 6 of CBS’ 7 multi-camera comedy series on the air, Friends, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and The Millers.

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gailmancusoAnother veteran comedy director, Gail Mancuso, coming off an Emmy win for Modern Family, is set to direct the pilot of another extended family comedy, TBS’ multi-camera Your Family Or Mine, from veteran comedy showrunner Greg Malins, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, based on Keshet’s hit Israeli comedy series, centers on Oliver and Kelli who are living proof of the adage “When you marry someone, you don’t just marry them, you marry their whole family.” It is a family comedy with an unusual structure — each episode focuses on a different side of the family: one week featuring the couple dealing with Kelli’s family, the next spent with Oliver’s.

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