ABC Pulls Promos For New Series ‘Black Box’ Featuring Bryan Singer’s Name Amid Controversy

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 4:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With Hollywood director Bryan Singer at the center of accusations ofblackbox molesting a minor 15 years ago, his name will not be used to promote new ABC drama series Black Box. A small portion of the promos in … Read More »

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Fox Pulls ‘Animation Domination High-Def’ From Late-Night, Steers Initiative To Digital, Primetime

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 4:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

adhdFox‘s Animation Domination High-Def will cease to exist as a late-night block on June 28 after 11 months on the air. The network is keeping alive the initiative, which employs 100 people working on six series in production. It … Read More »

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CW Sets Summer Slate, Premiere Dates

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 12:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The CW logoThe CW has unveiled its summer schedule, which includes originals on all five nights the network programs. That includes the reboot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? which originally launched last summer, now moving to a new night, Mondays. It will be joined by original episodes of Beauty And The Beast, which has been benched for the rest of the season; two new scripted offerings, Canadian comedy Seed and web-to-TV comedy Backpackers; docu-reality series Famous In 12; and two magic series, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and a Masters Of Illusion revival. Here is the CW summer schedule with premiere dates and descriptions of the new series: Read More »

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IDW Entertainment Teams With George Lopez For Animated TV Series Based On ‘Wormwood’ Comics

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 10:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

wormwoodIDW Entertainment, the recently launched division of comic book publisher IDW, has partnered with George Lopez and his Travieso production company to develop Wormwood, an animated television series based on the IDW comics created by artist Ben Templesmith. … Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Orange Is The New Black’

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 7:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Netflix has released its second season trailer for Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy Orange Is The New Black. Featured are returning stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon and Kate Mulgrew, along with new addition Lorraine Toussaint. Season 2 premieres June 6, with all 13 episodes available at once.

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Annapurna Pictures Ventures Into TV With Series About Greta Garbo & Marlene Dietrich

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 3:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

garbodietrichMegan Ellison’s film production and finance company Annapurna Pictures (American Hustle) has set its first major TV project, a series focusing on the intersecting lives of Hollywood icons and rivals Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Written by Angela Robinson … Read More »

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Matt Lopez Inks Overall Deal At Universal TV

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 11:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MATT LOPEZ PHOTO 4.8.14EXCLUSIVE: Feature writer Matt Lopez is formalizing his foray into television with a two-year overall deal at Universal Television. The pact, Lopez’s first overall TV arrangement, stems from One Kick, a drama project he developed … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘About A Boy’ Inch Up, CBS Dramas Slip, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Season Debut Soft

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:30 PM: A ton of adjustments: The Voice, NCIS, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., New Girl, Person Of Interest and The Originals were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 while About A Boy, Growing Up Fisher and Supernatural were adjusted down a tenth.

PREVIOUS: ABC’s scheduling stunt with a Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. block paid off. Airing at 9 PM with last week’s episode as a lead-in, the comic book series last night drew a 2.0 in adults 18-49, up 18% from its fast national last week and up 5% from the final to tie a five-week high. It is currently running behind CBS’ NCIS: LA (2.1) in the hour, but the ABC drama tends to get an upward adjustment in the finals, so it will likely end up in a tie or could even pull ahead.

celebritywifeswapIf you were scratching your head over the pairing of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Celebrity Wife Swap and banishing the family reality show to 10 PM, you were not alone. In its season premiere in the challenging for ABC Wednesday 10 PM slot, the unscripted series managed a 1.0, down a steep 58% from the last season premiere in the far more family-viewing-inducing 8 PM hour to mark the lowest premiere for the Wife Swap franchise. Still, underscoring ABC’s nightly struggles in the hour, that was a seven-week high for the network in the time period. Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Americans’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 9:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

americansFX Networks CEO John Landgraf teased the pending renewal at the company’s upfront presentation last week. The network now has ordered a 13-episode third season halfway through Season 2. “The Americans continues to be one of the best … Read More »

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Pivot Picks Up Sky Series ‘Fortitude’, Sets Development Slate, Revamps ‘TakePart Live’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 9:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

pivotParticipant Media‘s network Pivot today announced the pickup of Sky Atlantic’s 12-episode drama series Fortitude starring Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon. The series became available in the U.S. in December when Starz, which originally had committed to the project, pulled out. Pivot is designed as a younger skewing network than Starz, with its target demo being 18-34. As part of its upfront presentation, Pivot also announced an overhaul of its nightly topical series, TakePart Live. Beginning Monday, May 12, the hour-long late-night program will move to primetime (10 PM) with a new producer, Michael Davies’ Embassy Row, which is behind Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live and AMC’s Talking Dead/Bad. Also undergoing makeover is the hosting team of Jacob Soboroff and Cara Santa Maria, with only Soboroff coming back, joined by Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain and comedian Eddie Huang.

Pivot also unveiled a development slate that includes eleven projects from production companies including IAC’s Electus, Universal Cable Prods., FremantleMedia North America/Pukeko Pictures, Funny or Die, and Eyeworks, and revealed premiere 2014-15 dates, including an August 8 debut for the sophomore season of coming-of-age comedy, Please Like Me, and the comedy Human Resources. “Our second slate demonstrates our significant investment in, and commitment to, groundbreaking content for the thought-leading segment of Generation Y we call ‘Upstanders,’” said Pivot president Evan Shapiro. Here is Pivot’s full slate: Read More »

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FX Pulling Out Of Late-Night For Now; John Landgraf On Strategy & Chelsea Handler

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 8:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

fxlogo1__130919165223-200x110__131105211930At FX‘s upfront presentation last spring, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell was a central piece as the late-night show was envisioned as a potential cornerstone for the new comedy-centric network FXX. But, facing stiff competition from broadcast and cable, the Chris Rock-produced show didn’t transition well to the new network after its solid original run on FX, leading to its cancellation. That followed the demise of FX’s other late-night effort, Brand X With Russell Brand. John Landgraf 2014 mugAt FX’s upfront presentation last week, there was no mention of late-night. Instead, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said announced that FX and FXX will be doubling their primetime original output from 11 to 20 series during the next year. That involves the relocation of resources to primetime as the network is retreating from late-night, at least for the foreseeable future. “There is less interest in late-night, and that is in part driven by the excellence in the arena,” Landgraf said last week, noting the success with young viewers of such cable hosts as Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and the recent shifts on the broadcast networks, including NBC’s highly rated new tandem of Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, along with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, soon to be joined by Colbert on CBS. “The late-night race is very competitive to get into,” Landgraf said. “You have to be willing to stay there as a very long investment.” Read More »

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TV Land Gives Cast-Contingent Pilot Order To Comedy About Con Man Pretending To Be Gay Pastor

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 3:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

vaneEXCLUSIVE: On the heels of picking up single-camera pilots Jennifer Falls and Younger to series, TV Land is adding another single-camera project to its pilot slate. The cable network has given a cast-contingent pilot order to Impastor, from veteran … Read More »

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‘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 Read More »

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‘True Detective’ Now Most Watched HBO Freshman Series Ever

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 11:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

true-detectiveWith delayed viewers factored in, the gross audience for HBO‘s buzzy new drama series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughy and Woody Harrelson has risen to 11.9 million viewers per episode, making it the most-watched first-year series in HBO’s history. True Read More »

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ABC President Paul Lee Signs New Contract

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

paulleeABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee has finalized a new multi-year deal to remain at the helm of the broadcast network and its sibling ABC Studios. With ABC News president Ben Sherwood recently tapped to succeed Anne Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘2 Broke Girls’ Steady In Transition To 8 PM With Lindsay Lohan, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ & ‘Mom’ Down

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

lohangirlsCBS Monday kicked off the post-How I Met Your Mother era last night with Lindsay Lohan, who started things at 8 PM with a guest appearance on 2 Broke Girls. The new 8 PM anchor drew a 2.2 … Read More »

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More National Geographic Shakeup: David Lyle Exits, Courteney Monroe Upped To CEO, David Hill Named Chairman

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 7:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

hillmonroeGary E. Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, and Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, today completed the sweeping changes at the top of the National Geographic Channels that started yesterday with the announcement that the channels’ president Howard Owens will be leaving in June. “Today, the worst kept secret is over — I am taking my leave as CEO of National Geographic Channels,” David Lyle, who had served as National Geographic Channels CEO since 2011, wrote in an internal memo (read it in full below the post.). “I am exhilarated but somewhat saddened also.” Lyle will be replaced by a marketing executive, Courteney Monroe, who has served as Chief Marketing Officer for National Geographic Channels’ domestic networks since 2012 and is now beingnatgeo upped to CEO. She will report to the Board of Directors of the National Geographic Channels. Additionally, David Hill, Senior EVP of 21st Century Fox and a member of the National Geographic Channels Board of Directors, will now add the title of Chairman of National Geographic Channels U.S. His role is described as “providing counsel to the executive and programming leadership team.” Coming from marketing, Monroe has no production experience. Hill, who had an oversight of NGC prior to Lyle’s 2011 hire, will remain a member of the NGC Board and also continue to oversee production of American Idol.

The moves continue to expand the domain of Hill, who is one of Rupert Murdoch’s trusted lieutenants. In 2012, the long-time chairman and CEO of Fox Sports was elevated to senior EVP for News Corp. Then last summer, following the departure of Fox alternative chief Mike Darnell, he was put in charge of the network’s The X Factor and American Idol. Since then, X Factor has been cancelled while American Idol is finishing up its lowest-rated season. Meanwhile, the National Geographic Channels have done very well under Lyle and Owens. “I’m exhilarated that NGC and NG WILD are in rude health with EBITDAs (profits) at all-time highs, and with programming featuring the most watched specials, series and year in the channels’ history,” Lyle wrote in his memo. That makes the executive housecleaning puzzling. It follows speculation about a discord between Hill and NGC’s leadership team of Lyle and Owens who turned the network around in the past three years. When Hill gave up direct oversight of NGC in 2011, the move was explained with a clash of cultures between him and the team at National Geographic.
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Director Michael Fresco Re-Ups Deal With ABC Studios

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC Studios and ABC have inked a third consecutive deal with director-producer Michael Fresco for him to direct and executive produce a pilot next year. Fresco just completed ABC/ABC Studios’ Jeff Lowell pilot and previously has helmed the pilots for Fox’s Raising Hope and ABC’s Better Read More »

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‘The Insider’ Exec Producer Brad Bessey To Also Oversee ‘Entertainment Tonight’; ‘ET’ EP DJ Petroro Out

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 2:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Brad Bessey Photo ShootBrad Bessey, executive producer of CBS TV Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider, also is taking the reins of the mothership series, adding executive producer duties for ET. ET‘s current executive producer DJ Petroro, who had been groomed to take over from long-time ET and The Insider executive producer Linda Bell Blue, is departing. Bell Blue is transitioning into a new role as president of ET Studios in May. Also as part of the reshuffling, Monique Chenault joins The Insider as co-executive producer. Linda Fuller continues with ET as an Executive Producer. “After more than 15 years in the ET-Insider family, Brad knows ET inside and out and is the perfect person to continue to grow the brand and keep the show on top,” Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of creative affairs for CBS TV Distribution said.

Related: DJ Petroro and Linda Fuller Take the Reins of Entertainment Tonight

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