‘Glee’s Final Season To Have New Location, Final Scene About Rachel & Will Schuester

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 12:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

131128143545-glee-group-season-5-story-topAfter departing McKinley High to move to New York fulltime for the latter part of this season, the musical dramedy looked destined to end its run in the Big Apple. That won’t be the case, Glee co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy said in a press call yesterday. “The final season is its own story in its own location; it is not New York-centric at all,” Murphy said, as reported by TVLine. “It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. … We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, there’s a return of [Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester] and [Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester] in a big way.”

Related: Ryan Murphy Confirms How ‘Glee’ Was Supposed To End

The sixth and final season of Fox‘s Glee will consist of 24 episodes, two of them carried over from this season, cut short by the sudden death of star Cory Monteith. The actor’s passing also changed Glee creators’ plans how to end the series, as their original ending featured Lea Michele’s Rachel returning to McKinley High and Monteith’s Finn. The new final scene idea “is about Rachel and Mr. Schue, and it returns them to their origins, their roots, how they felt about each other when they were much younger and everything … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘Mind Games’ Rise, ‘About A Boy’ & ‘The Voice’ Fall, ‘Glee’ Ties Low

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 3:02pm PDT

JAIMIE ALEXANDER, CLARK GREGGUPDATE, 3:02 PM: Looks like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  had an even better Tuesday than preliminary fast nationals first indicated. The superspy agency series drew a 2.1/7 among adults 18-49 in final fast nationals. That’s a rise of a tenth from earlier. The only other change on ABC was newbie Mind Games who slipped a tenth to 0.8/3. Over on NBC,  The Voice  was adjusted up a 3% to 3.5/12, which is still a season low among the key demo for the singing competition. Freshmen comedies About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher both dropped a tenth from their preliminary fast nationals to 2.0/6 and 1.7/5. Chicago Fire also went down a tenth to 1.9/6

PREVIOUS, 9:20 AM: It wasn’t Captain America, Iron Man or Thor, but the bigger Marvel universe reared its superpowered head on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. Asgardian Lady Sif from the Thor pics, played by Jaime Alexander, showed up to work with Coulson and the team against villainess Lorelei, who appeared on Earth last week to get up to no good. These kind of Marvel properties crossovers are what the company has come to excel at on the big screen and, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening soon, has long been many a fanboy’s dream for the freshman ABC TV show. Iit certainly gave S.H.I.E.L.D. a much-needed lift: Last night’s show was up 11% in adults 18-49 from the series low the ratings roller-coastering S.H.I.E.L.D. hit last week.
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‘Glee’s Name In Jeopardy In the UK After Court Ruling

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 7:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

gleeFox and its 20th Century Fox TV studio have suffered a setback in its trademark legal dispute with the owner of a small chain of independent stand-up comedy clubs in the UK. Mark Tughan, whose Comic Enterprises owns four Glee Clubs, registered the trademark in 1999, and in 2011 he filed a lawsuit against Fox over musical dramedy 200px-Glee_Logo_Cut_OutGlee, claiming the name of the show infringes on his trademark, creating a confusion that his venues are somehow associated with the series. Earlier today, a British judge ruled in Tughan’s favor on the infringement and “tarnishment” issues while rejecting his claim of harm being caused to him by the Glee series, which airs in the UK on Sky Broadcasting, partly owned by Fox. While handing a victory to Tughan, the judge expressed an opinion rather than ordering actions such as an injunction banning the series from airing in the UK, something Tughan had sought. Fox will request an appeal, which, if granted, could drag on for as long as a year, during which time Glee would continue to air in the UK.

Related: Ryan Murphy Confirms How ‘Glee’ Was Supposed To End
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Slamdance Announces Award Winners

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 9:05pm PST

SlamdanceAs Sundance continues in Park City, the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival wrapped tonight with its awards ceremony. The fest handed its Audience Award for Narrative Feature going to Mark Raso’s Copenhagen and the documentary nod to Kate S. Logan’s Kidnapped For Christ. Slamdance 20 logoThe Jury Awards went to Fernando Frias De La Parra’s Rezeta (Narrative) and Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau’s Elliot (Documentary). And The Spirit Of Slamdance Award went to The Greggs, from directors Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Rob Malone, Kira Pearson, Alex Mechanik, Jessie Levandov, Jonathan Rosenblit. The feature competition films in the Documentary and Narrative Programs are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of less than $1 million. Here is the full list of winners and special mentions:

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20th Annual SAG Awards: ‘American Hustle’ Wins Best Motion Picture Ensemble, Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett Best Actors; ‘Breaking Bad’, Bryan Cranston And ‘Modern Family’ Take Top TV Honors

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SAG Awards 2014UPDATED WITH WINNERS AND BACKSTAGE REACTIONS: American Hustle cemented its status as on Oscar Best Picture frontrunner tonight, taking the top ensemble award at the 20th Annual SAG Awards, which were handed at LA’s Shrine Auditorium. The actor races also gained further clarity with more wins for Matthew McConaughey and his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Jared Leto, and Blue Jasmine‘s Cate Blanchett. 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show(A mild upset came in Supporting Actress, when 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o won over a field that included Golden Globes winner Jennifer Lawrence.) On the TV side, Breaking Bad ended its final season on the air by taking the Best Ensemble Drama Series crown for the first time, with Bryan Cranston winning Best Drama Actor for a second consecutive year. In comedy, Modern Family won its fourth consecutive ensemble award, and Ty Burrell became the first individual winner from the series. There were a few good one liners over the two-hour-plus ceremony (organizers eventually asked winners to pare their speeches to 45 seconds — some did, some didn’t). Among the cracks were Burrell’s 5 Simple Steps to 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ShowSuccess in Acting; Rita Moreno’s F-bomb (caught by the censors) at the beginning of her Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech; and Blanchett brushing off an off-camera clock during her time onstage, saying of McConaughey’s, er, wide-ranging speech just before hers: “Matthew McConaughey just spoke about Neptune, so I think I can have an extra 5 seconds.”

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Actor statuettes up for grabs in 13 categories — five for film and eight for TV. There also are TV and film stunt ensemble categories, with those winners unveiled ahead of the main ceremony simulcast live on TNT and TBS. Final voting by the Screen Actors Guild’s eligible membership — that’s about 100,000 actors — was due yesterday, which gave ballot-casters a chance to soak in the Golden Globe winners last weekend.

Deadline had all the SAG scoops in our live-blog of the ceremony. Jen Yamato and Ross Lincoln were on the ground at the Shrine, and Film Editor Anita Busch, TV Editor Nellie Andreeva and Awards Columnist Pete Hammond provided analysis. Here’s how it went down: Read More »

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Rocket’, ‘Raze’, ‘In Bloom’, ‘Loves Her Gun’, ‘The Great Flood’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 4:45pm PST

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)2014 is kicking into gear with a number of new Specialty titles hitting theaters, though heavy-weight titles in the caliber of August: Osage County and Inside Llewyn Davis, for instance, have yet to make their debuts in the New Year. Kino Lorber will roll out its Tribeca winner The Rocket in limited runs with an explosive story set in Southeast Asia, while IFC Midnight will bow its genre title Raze. Distribution (somewhat) newcomer Big World Pictures will bring Georgia’s foreign-language Oscar entry In Bloom to a pair of New York theaters, while Icarus will open documentary The Great Flood at one downtown Manhattan location. And the director (and a star) of SXSW’s Loves Her Gun will open day and date with a unique DIY strategy for the film’s limited theatrical run beginning this Friday.

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Director-writer: Kim Mordaunt
Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam, Bunsri yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Keohavong
Distributor: Kino Lorber

Writer/director Kim Mordaunt penned The Rocket over 2009 – ’10. The drama centers on a boy who is thought to bring bad luck to everyone around him and leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a disaster-filled journey, he proves he’s not bad luck by building a giant rocket to enter the year’s most exciting and dangerous event, the Rocket Festival. Mordaunt’s previous documentary effort, Bomb Harvest, looked at the legacy of war in Laos and provided a good amount of background in the form of history as well as the mythology from the Southeast Asian country that formed the backbone of The Rocket. Read More »

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Ryan Murphy Confirms How ‘Glee’ Was Supposed To End

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 4:44pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

gleerachelfinnGlee co-creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed what we had already figured out — that the “happily ever after” for Rachel and Finn that Lea Michele laid out in the Cory Monteith tribute episode is how he planned to end Glee after six seasons. “Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play,” Ryan said in his eulogy at Monteith’s July private memorial service, an excerpt of which was leaquarterbackpublished by Entertainment Weekly. “Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser. The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club. “What are you doing here?” he would ask. “I’m home,” she would reply. Fade out. The end.” That is exactly what Rachel described in her tearful monologue during The Quarterback.”

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TCM Kicks Off In Memoriam Season: Video

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 12:13pm PST

Turner Classic Movies last night premiered its annual In Memoriam video, TCM Remembers,  in advance of the crush of In Memoriams that are unveiled during trophy-show season. Unlike those often controversial televised in memoriam segments – including, most loudly, this year’s Emmycast – TCM’s is not subject to the same time constraints, or politics. That said, it’s already been chided, in comments made by YouTube viewers, for not including Cory Monteith or Paul Walker. This year’s video was shot at The Lyric Fine Arts Theatre in Birmingham, Ala, which was built in 1914 and  is currently undergoing a major restoration, for which a fundraising campaign just reached its $7 million fundraising goal, TCM reports.

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Fall Status Report: Solid New Dramas, Soft Comedies, Where Do Networks Stand, Does Tracking Matter, Will NBC Keep Must See TV

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 7:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Seven weeks into the 2013-14 season, the dust has started to settle, the strongest new shows have been renewed, the biggest duds have been cancelled, and the borderline performers have been getting a mix of both. Some anticipated time slot wars materialized, like the Tuesday 8 PM hour where incumbent NCIS and newcomers Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Originals all have been competitive, and some didn’t, like the hyped Blacklist-Hostages showdown, which turned to be a lopsided match. Which leads us to one of the lessons of this fall, that pre-launch tracking is not that reliable.
Until the very start of the fall season, CBS’ Hostages was tracking on par with NBC’s The Blacklist. But when ratings for premiere night were in, Blacklist more than doubled Hostages‘ demo tally. While boosted by DVR viewing, Hostages never became the breakout hit it was tipped to be.

Related: Fall 2013 Freshman Series: Time Slot Gainers and Slackers

What has mattered in a big way this fall are lead-ins, even with DVR penetration at 48%. NBC’s Blacklist and hot sophomore drama Chicago Fire have been helped tremendously by The Voice. CBS’ new Thursday comedies The Millers and The Crazy Ones owe their well being (and back orders) to The Big Bang Theory. When Big Bang switched to a repeat, the newbies’ fortunes plunged. (list of all new fall shows with their status after the jump)

On the surface, a whopping nine new comedy series have been given back orders on the Big 4 networks (all but ABC’s Super Fun Night and NBC’s Sean Saves The World have received full-season pickups), along with NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show, which had a 22-episode order, vs. three new dramas, including the Season 2 pickup for Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. But the three dramas – Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. — are the freshmen that have shown breakout potential this fall while comedies had another off year. That is not terribly alarming to network brass as some comedy hits have taken time to grow, such as Cheers, Seinfeld and more recently The Office, The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Problem is that we haven’t seen much of that in the past couple of years. Instead, there have been a ton of comedies that started promisingly (like 2 Broke Girls and Suburgatory) and then lost their way or started off soft and never went to another level before the cancellation ae fell on them after 1, 2 or 3 seasons, like ABC’s Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt 23, NBC’s Whitney and Fox’s Ben & Kate.

There has been an increase in the comedy volume put out by the networks in the past couple of years. That, combined with the lack of half-hour breakouts, has led to many but weakened comedy blocks. We have the most two-hour comedy blocks on the Big 4 — five — in a decade. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Comedies Get ‘Voice’ Boost; ‘Scandal’ & ’2.5 Men’ Hit Lows

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 10:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HUT levels rebounded 10% last night from last Thursday’s depressed Halloween averages. (+14% from 8-10 PM). But it was stronger lead-ins that played the key role in the biggest week-to-week ratings gains. The one Thursday freshman series that is waiting to hear on back episodic order, NBC’s Sean Saves The World, got a much needed boost  from an original Voice (2.7) at 8 PM. The 9 PM comedy was up double-digits from last week when it followed an SNL special (1.1). Exactly how much is hard to tell because of an NBC NFL pre-emption in Washington DC. Currently, Sean (1.7) is running 55% ahead of last Thursday. The bump will shrink, possibly to 36% in the finals, but that still provides good sampling for the show, which, along with the rest of NBC’s Thursday comedies, have been dying on the vine with no lead-in support and no breakout performances. The Michael J. Fox Show (1.3) at 9:30 PM didn’t get much of a boost, currently running .2 ahead of last week and will likely be up .1 in the finals. Parenthood (1.5) is up 25%, eyeing a .1 downward correction.

Also coming back to life were CBS’ freshman Thursday comedies, which plunged with a Big Bang Theory repeat on Halloween. With a fresh Big Bang (4.8, down a tenth from its most recent original 2 weeks ago), The Millers (2.7) was up 29% from last … Read More »

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Will ‘Glee’ Benefit From Spinoff Report, Despite Fox Denial?

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 6:44am PST

Fox denied Ryan Murphy had a Glee spinoff in the works for Lea Michele yesterday afternoon – hours after the Radar report had spread like wildfire among Gleeks. Murphy had already announced he would honor the series’ two-season order in the wake of star Cory Monteith’s death, and that next season would be its last. Murphy had also said he had originally envisioned Glee’s series-final scene with Monteith and Lea Michele’s characters – a plan that was dashed when Monteith died of an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose last summer. Before the spinoff report broke out, there had been some speculation Murphy would focus the final season of Glee on Michele’s character moving forward after Finn’s death. Murphy, meanwhile, is at work on his pilot, Open, for HBO, creating a new character in order to add Cheyenne Jackson, as a series regular, playing a handsome meth addict;  filming is set to begin in February.

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TV Academy Leadership To Stay Put As Chair Bruce Rosenblum & Fellow Board Of Governors Officers Run Unopposed

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last Thursday was the deadline for candidates seeking Television Academy‘s Board of Governors Officers positions for the 2014 – 2015 term to file paperwork. The results are in, and the list of officers will remain virtually unchanged, with the Secretary position the only one contested as current Secretary Marcelino Ford has termed out. All other incumbents, led by chairman Bruce Rosenblum, are getting another term as they are running unopposed. The repeat indicates that the board is happy with the TV Academy’s direction under Rosenblum and the cultural change he has installed. As for Rosenblum, as we reported, his motivation to run again was prompted by a desire to finish initiatives he had put in motion. Remaining on his To Do list for the second term are a rebranding of the TV Academy,embracing all forms of content from iconic creative talent to broadband/digital distributors and looking for ways to further engage the membership through increased live as well as digital/live stream events. 

Related: Bruce Rosenblum To Run For Re-Election As TV Academy Chairman; Will Anyone Oppose Him?

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’ Sizzles, ‘Wonderland’ Fizzles, CW Tops NBC & ABC At 8 PM, ‘Reign’ Soft In Debut

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 9:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Is there a hotter show on broadcast TV than Scandal right now? Last night the soapy drama nabbed a 3.3 live rating in adults 18-49, up 6% from last week and its second best demo number ever behind this month’s premiere. Scandal is expected to finish the week as the top rated broadcast drama in 18-49 (Live+same day) — topping seasoned veterans like CBS’ NCIS and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (2.6 last night, down 7% from last week) and hot newcomers like NBC’s The Blacklist, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. — and the second highest rated in all of TV behind AMC’s The Walking Dead. But ABC’s success at 10 PM with Scandal was offset by the shaky performance at 8 PM of new drama Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. The Once spinoff dived 29% from its soft premiere last week to a 1.2.

Wonderland was topped in the 8 PM hour by the CW’s The Vampire Diaries (1.3), which also finished ahead of the NBC comedies in the hour. TVD posted big week-to-week gains for its best numbers of the season, +30% in 18-49 and +33% in total viewers (2.8 million). But, like with ABC, it was a good news/bad news situation for the CW last night, with another newcomer performing sub par. The heavily … Read More »

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Ryan Murphy Confirms Plan To End ‘Glee’ Next Season, Talks Final Season Storyline Change Following Cory Monteith Death

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 7:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Was the “happily ever after” for Rachel and Finn that Lea Michele laid out in the Cory Monteith tribute episode last week how Glee was supposed to end? With Rachel making it on Broadway (and maybe doing a Woody Allen movie) before returning to Ohio and walking into McKinley High where Finn was a teacher to tell him she was home. Talking to reporters at an FX event at the Paley Center last night, Ryan Murphy confirmed that the current two-year pickup of the musical dramedy is indeed designed to be its last, with the next and final sixth season originally built around Rachel and Finn’s story, according to TV Line. “I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was — (Finn) was in it. I knew what the last line was — (Rachel) said it to him.” Monteith’s untimely death has changed all that. Murphy said he has a idea about a new ending that would be “kind of in (Cory’s) honor)”, which he is getting ready to pitch to Fox. Glee started its fifth season low before ratings rebounded with the episode dedicated to Monteith.

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NBC Ties All-Time Thursday Low, Finishes Seventh In Primetime Last Night

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC TV Ratings LowNo upward adjustment in the finals for NBC, which logged an abysmal 1.1 primetime rating among adults 18-49 last night. That tied the network’s worst in-season Thursday average ever with all-original scripted programming. (The previous time NBC delivered a 1.1 Thursday 18-49 rating was on May 17, 2012 with three episodes of Community, 30 Rock and Awake.) NBC finished as No. 7(!) in primetime last night behind CBS, the NFL Network, ABC, Fox, Univision and TBS.

Related: Open Letter To Kathy Bates: Congrats On Skewing-Up NBC

NBC was facing an uphill battle on Thursdays this fall with longtime anchor The Office gone and two returning series — marginal ratings performers Parks And Recreation and Parenthood — bookending a lineup of all-new comedies Welcome To The Family, Sean Saves The World and The Michael J. Fox Show. The wheels came off very quickly, with three series — Parks And Recreation, Parenthood and Michael J. Fox — posting a 1.2 18-49 rating last night, and Sean Saves The World and Welcome To The Family only managing a 1.0 and 0.8, respectively, in their second week on the air. All but Parks & Rec logged week-to-week drops of 20% or more. NBC has no immediate plans to shake up its Thursday lineup or pull the weakest performer, Welcome To The Family (Welcome back, Community?). And … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Rises With Cory Monteith Tribute, ‘Once Upon A Time In Wonderland’ Soft In Debut, NBC Fades

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 8:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s Glee episode, an emotional send-off of tragic star Cory Monteith‘s character Finn, drew a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49, 2.9 in 18-34 and 7.4 million viewers. That was up +75% from last week in 18-49, up 81% in 18-34 and up 68% in total viewers. Written by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, “The Quarterback” was the series’ highest-rated episode in 18-49 and 18-34 in more than a year. In 18-49, it tied ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in the 9 PM hour. At 8 PM, The X Factor (1.9) was down a tenth.

Related: Ryan Murphy Exclusive On Cory Monteith Memorial Episode

The Wonderland rabbit hole was no match for the black hole the ABC 8 PM slot has become, swallowing a slew of newcomers over the past few years. In its debut, spinoff Once Upon a Time In Wonderland (1.7 in 18-49) couldn’t conjure the magic of the original series, down 23% from the premiere of new defunct Last Resort in the Thursday 8 PM hour last fall and just above the opener of fellow casualty My Generation in fall 2010 (1.6). Grey’s Anatomy (2.8) was down 7% from its fast national last week. Scandal (3.1) was down 14% from its record-setting season premiere last week and again the top-rated Thursday drama.

NBC’s Thursday lineup is flat-lining with an average 1.1 rating. Parks And Recreation (1.2) was down a tenth from its fast national last week (flat with the final) for the best retention on the network by a mile. Its 1.2 actually was the highest rating of the night on NBC, tied by The Michael J. Fox Show (down a big 29%) and Parenthood (down 20%). In their second week, Welcome To The Family (0.8) and Sean Saves The World (1.0) tumbled from their underwhelming premieres, down 27% and 29%, respectively. Read More »

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The CW’s ‘The Originals’, ‘The Tomorrow People’, ‘Reign’ Get Orders For More Scripts

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The CW has ordered three additional scripts of each of its three new fall series — dramas The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign. The script pickups come after two airings of The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, one of The Tomorrow People and a week ahead of Reign‘s premiere next Thursday. (It was pushed because of tonight’s Cory Monteith episode of Glee.) They also come as the writers of the three series are completing work on the original 13-episode orders. The script orders follow solid showings from The Originals, which premiered to a solid 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.9 million total viewers in its regular Tuesday 8 PM slot this week after a launch behind TVD, and from The Tomorrow People, which logged a 0.9 and 2.7 million viewers in its debut last night (adjusted up in the finals), matching its lead-in, the Arrow second season premiere. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Glee’ Pays Tribute To Cory Monteith Tonight

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 7:18am PDT

The episode’s three-hankie music covers have been released, media polls have been created so you can vote which made you cry hardest, the creator has spoken of weeping cast members shooting excruciatingly emotional scenes, the tabloids have written about the mysterious exclusion from the episode of the actress who played his original love interest – it’s time for Fox to air the Cory Monteith tribute episode of Glee tonight and see how America reacts.

Fox and the show creators had decided, shortly after Monteith’s death, to air a couple of original episodes first, followed by a Monteith tribute episode this week, which got the episode away from the crush of new-show premieres and returning show debuts. Among Fox competitors this week, talk seemed to be split between those who think this episode will pack a wallop, and those who expressed surprise the episode hasn’t generated more buzz and wonder if Fox waited too long to deal on-air with the actor’s death.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’ Returns To Record Highs, ‘The Millers’ Premiere OK, New NBC Comedies, ‘The Originals’ Soft

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 10:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a note to producers disheartened by the soft opening of their new series — it can still become a hit. You just need to have a showrunner like Shonda Rhimes behind it. Rhimes’ ABC drama Scandal continues to grow, opening its third season with series highs in adults 18-49 (3.6) and total viewers (10.5 million). In 18-49, that was up a whopping 71% from last fall’s Season 2 debut, which in turn was up 5% from the show’s inauspicious midseason debut (2.0). (Can anyone on TV do cliffhangers better than Rhimes?) Scandal also built on its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in by its largest margins ever, 12% in viewers and 20% in 18-49. Grey’s (3.0) was down 12% from last week’s season premiere.

CBS used juggernaut The Big Bang Theory to launch a second new comedy this fall. The Millers (3.3/10) did OK but fell short of The Crazy Ones‘ debut last week (3.9) and Two And A Half Men‘s season premiere in the 8:30 PM slot last fall (3.5). The Crazy Ones opener had a bigger lead-in from a second Big Bang original at 8:30 PM (6.1), while last night’s Big Bang (5.0) was down 9% from last week’s 8 PM episode. Following The Millers, Crazy Ones (2.9) dropped 26% from its premiere. Two And A Half Men (2.4) was down 17% for a series low, while Elementary (2.0) was down 5%. Still, CBS edged ABC for the top spot in 18-49 (2.9 vs. 2.8), winning comfortably in total viewers (11.7 million). Read More »

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