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Comic-Con: ‘24’s Kiefer Sutherland Praises Evolution Of TV; “Still Talking” About Movie, Producer Says

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 11:09am PDT

Comic-Con: ‘24’s Kiefer Sutherland Praises Evolution Of TV; “Still Talking” About Movie, Producer SaysWhen we last saw Kiefer Sutherland’s super-agent Jack Bauer on the July 14th finale of Fox’s 24: Live Another Day he was about to fly off into a very uncertain Moscow-based future. Today at Comic-Con, the actor said that “we went thorough so many ideas for that ending” and “on some level we copped out because on some level it is hard to end it.” Sutherland added that “we talked about that maybe for the DVD, we’ll have Jack take out a hand grenade and blow the Russian helicopter up — we’d never had that kind of freedom before. “ Sutherland was joined today by 24 executive producer/director Jon Cassar, who moderated the panel.

comic-con-logoIntended as a launch for the September 30th Blu-ray and DVD release of the limited event series, the panel today started with a five-minute video retrospective of all eight seasons of 24 and 24: LAD – needless to say, Bauer kicked a lot of ass, a lot of stuff blew up and the packed Ballroom 20 loved it, erupting in a roar when it was over. The response was similar for Cassar’s later answer to an audience member’s question about a 24 movie: “We’re still talking about it.” Read More »

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Comic-Con 2014: What You Can’t Afford To Miss

Comic-Con 2014: What You Can’t Afford To MissComic-Con 2014 officially opens today and tens of thousands are descending on San Diego to pick up their passes and prepare for four days of special screenings, studio and network panels, and previews. Having already hit the ground running, Deadline is here with Mike Fleming Jr leading our film coverage along with Jen, while Dominic and Anthony D’Alessandro handle the TV side. (Dominic will also be moderating FX’s Archer panel this year.)

Comic-Con 2014 Announces Full ScheduleOf course, veteran heavyweights like HBO’s Game Of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead will be packing the mammoth Hall H on the TV side. HBO’s True Blood, a longtime fave in its final season, is set to make its Comic-Con bow Saturday in Ballroom 20, as is Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, which just wrapped its first season and has its panel this evening. Repping the big screen side, studios are putting their tentpole wares out there with presentations by Marvel and Warner Bros with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and Mad Max: Fury Road among others.

Below we spotlight a few special events on the schedule that you don’t want to miss. (For the full TV and film lineups, go here and here.) Read More »

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Michelle Fairley Joins ABC’s ‘Resurrection’

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT
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Michelle Fairley Joins ABC’s ‘Resurrection’SPOILER ALERT: This story contains references to story elements and events in Season 3 of Game of Thrones

Michelle Fairley is coming back from the dead. No, this is not a surprise plot twist on HBO’s blockbuster Game of Thrones, where Fairley’s Catelyn Stark faced a spectacular demise. The Northern Irish actress is joining ABC’s drama Resurrection for a season-long story arc. She will play Margaret Langston, the formidable matriarch of the Langston clan, mother of Henry and Fred (Kurtwood Smith, Matt Craven). Dead for more than three decades, she will reappear in Arcadia as one of the returned. Read More »

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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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‘24: Live Another Day’ Considered Killing Off Jack Bauer For Finale Says EP

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 7:01pm PDT

‘24: Live Another Day’ Considered Killing Off Jack Bauer For Finale Says EPSPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s 24: Live Another Day finale.

Amidst a near-war with China, a sword-induced beheading, a time shift and the loss of a longtime character, tonight’s finale on Fox of 24: Live Another Day could have seen the final curtain come down on Kiefer Sutherland’s anti-terrorism agent, says the series’ former showrunner. “We certainly tried out a lot of different endings and we rearranged the furniture every which way in the room,” reveals LAD EP Howard Gordon of the limited-event series and Jack Bauer’s fate. “So we knew what it looked like for other characters to have met with different ends and we tried them all on, up to and including Jack himself. This has always been a show that is really about the days and the life of this man and no day is probably as intense as a person’s last day. So killing Jack was something that was intriguing to us all but it had to be done just right. And that didn’t present itself to us,” the EP adds.

Related: Photo Gallery: The Best Of ‘24’ & Jack Bauer

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAYWhat ultimately did present itself for the one-hour finale was the death of Audrey Boudreau, a character on the show since its fourth season in 2005 played by Kim Raver. “This was a really challenging decision to make and a difficult one to make because she was a such a … 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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Comic-Con Update: ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘American Horror Story’ To Make Debuts, 20th TV & FX Panels Announced

Comic-Con Update: ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘American Horror Story’ To Make Debuts, 20th TV & FX Panels AnnouncedThe cast of American Horror Story is finally coming to Comic-Con after three seasons on the air.  The FX show has skipped the fanboy confab in previous summers partly due to its production schedule, however, the Coven and Freak Show cast will be heading to San Diego including Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, new addition Michael Chiklis and exec producer Tim Minear.  The panel, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 from 7-8 PM in Room 6DE will provide a look back at Coven as well as exclusive secrets from the set of the upcoming Freak Show.

Episode 108Also announced today is Showtime’s plan for Penny Dreadful, which wrapped its first season June 27. It will make its Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 24th with a 6-7 PM panel session in Ballroom 20, combined with signings and merchandise and a tie-in with the confab that will put Showtime and Penny Dreadful branding on more than 150,000 lanyards worn by attendees. Featured panelists include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway and creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. Aisha Tyler will moderate.

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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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Canadian Kiefer Sutherland Voices U.S. World Cup Team’s Intro But Supports England (Video)

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 4:42pm PDT

Canadian Kiefer Sutherland Voices U.S. World Cup Team’s Intro But Supports England (Video)OK so a Canadian who plays perhaps the top American anti-terrorist operative ever narrated the flag waving intro video for the U.S. team that played on ESPN today before the World Cup game against Ghana. What makes Great White North-raised Kiefer Sutherland’s presence in the patriotic presentation all the richer is that tonight on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, Sutherland’s Jack Bauer finds himself at London’s Wembley Stadium, one of the pantheons of soccer – a game that Americans are still warming up to professionally. Oh yeah and the British-born Kiefer’s said publicly that he’s backing England in the World Cup this year. Check out the video from today here: 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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EMMYS: ‘True Detective’, ‘Fargo’ & Other Hopefuls Continue TV’s Rich Legacy (Analysis)

Awardsline logo_use this onetrue dYou may have heard that we are living in a glorious age of television, one where the biggest movie stars leap unceremoniously from the cineplex to the now-nontoxic small screen. An era of event programming and limited series, where stories of anti-heroes and the underbelly of the American Dream are being revealed simultaneously on broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming services. Television suddenly has become prestigious.

You may have heard all this, but that doesn’t make it true.

Point Foundation Point Honors New York 2014“It’s not like TV has suddenly become amazing and great — it’s always been amazing and great,” declares Under The Dome executive producer Neal Baer. He should know, having earned his stripes for almost 30 years on network shows such as Law & Order: SVU and ER. Baer has seen TV’s long arc bend back many times. “There was crap, but I could start listing path-breaking television series that thought about racism and drug abuse,” he says.

What’s new today is that TV is a creation of quantity as much as quality, with many more outlets and platforms to grab high-value consumers’ attention with content that up until just a decade ago would have made its home solely in the movies. We have traditional TV trying to recoup some of the luster it lost to non-advertiser-supported programming, but either way, the economics and creativity sit squarely in the small screen’s favor. One need only look at anthologies such as HBO’s True Detective or limited event series like Fox’s 24: Live Another Day or CBS’ Under The Dome to see that the torch is being carried on. 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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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘X-Men’ Box Office, Media Pays, ‘24: Live Another Day’ Debut’s DVR Boost (Video)

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 11:07am PDT

We’re into Day 2 of our DeadlineNow video news service, in which Deadline’s journalists offer instant analysis and commentary on the news as it happens. Check back throughout the day for more reports.

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Morning Report: Tuesday, May 27

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past Wipes Up At Weekend Box Office, CBS' Les Moonves, Disney's Bob Iger Among Highest-Paid CEOS In 2013, '24: Live Another Day' Debut Gets DVR Bump In Live+7. Dominic Patten reports.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ & ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Down In Return

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
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MasterChef-5-26-14Jack Bauer…a ninja warrior? Fox’s 24: Live Another Day took on a new 9 PM competitor last night, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, with the two shows tying to top a typically slow Memorial Day. Every original was down last night, including the two season premieres, Ninja Warrior from 9-10 PM (1.5 in adults 18-49, down 12% from last summer’s debut on July 1) and Fox’s MasterChef from 8-9 PM (1.4). The Gordon Ramsay cooking competition was down 33% from the 8-9 PM premiere episode last year when MasterChef launched on the final Wednesday of the season with two back-t0-back episodes. Fox originally had the reality series again returning just before the end of the season last Monday but pushed the premiere by a week to give 24: Live Another Day another week of Bones lead-in. Vs. the season finale of Bones last week, MasterChef was down 13%. 24 (1.5) was down 12% to a new low. Fox still won the night in 18-49. Also hitting series lows were the two other originals last night, ABC’s The Bachelorette (1.4, down 30% from last week’s season premiere) and CBS’ Friends With Better Lives (1.4, down 13%). The CW continues to be a movie network early in the summer, with a thematic entry last night, Memorial Day (0.3).

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Fox’s ‘24: Live Another Day’ Debut Gets Big DVR Boost In Live+7

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 6:44am PDT

24 Live Another Day May 5 debutBack when Fox’s 24 first hit the scene in 2001, the DVR was barely a burgeoning technology for consumers and a very rarely used acronym. Today DVRs are one of the major factors in TV viewing and a big boost to the 24: Live Another Day limited event series. With the Live+7 numbers in for the May 5 premiere of the 12-episode run, Jack Bauer truly is back, to paraphrase Fox’s social media tagline. The 2-hour debut of 24: LAD rose 42% from its Live+Same Day result of 2.6/8 to a 3.7/11 among Adults 18-49. Telling of the power of digital afterlife and changing viewing patterns nowadays, that’s much better that the January 17, 2010 Season 8 premiere of 24 did in Live+7. That premiere saw an 18% rise to 4.6/11 from its Live+SD 3.9/10 result. Compared to other Fox drama debuts’ Live+7 results, 24:LAD‘s demo rise is almost perfectly between those of Sleepy Hollow and The Following. The former’s September 16, 2013 premiere went up 59% to 5.1/12 while the latter’s January 21, 2013 Season 1 opener which saw a 27% gain to 5.6/15. Now in its fourth week, 24: LAD wraps up its run on July 14.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘24: Live Another Day’ Falls, ‘Star-Crossed’ Finale Surges, ‘Blacklist’ & ‘Castle’ Finales Steady

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 9:02am PDT

24 LAD MAY 12Event programming was the mantra during Fox’s upfronts presentation yesterday as it was on-air too. The second week of the event series 24: Live Another Day (2.0/6) saw Jack Bauer bring his unique brand of anti-terrorism to the streets of London. It also saw a double-digit drop from last week’s two-hour debut as it fell 23% among adults 18-49 from that May 5 premiere. Unlike last week, when Bauer was by himself on Fox’s primetime, the new 24 was preceded last night by Bones (1.6/5), which bopped up 7% from its last original April 21.

Coming off last week sharp drop, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (2.2/6) had a surprising elimination and a 16% uptick in the key demo. The real jump up for ABC was with the Season 6 finale of Monday veteran Castle (2.0/6). The returning crime drama grew 25% over last week’s show low. Additionally, Castle pretty much held its ground compared with its Season 5 finale on May 13, 2013, with just a 5% slip.

Related: ABC Renews ‘Dancing With The Stars’ For Season 19

The only original on the CW last night was also a finale with the now cancelled Star-Crossed (0.4/1) leaping up 33% from last week.
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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘24: Live Another Day’ Debuts Solid

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 10:22am PDT

24 Live Another Day RatingsUPDATE, 10:22 PM: Turns out Jack is back even a little bit more. Time zone adjusted ratings are in via Nielsen and the 24: Live Another Day premiere rose up to a 2.6 among Adults 18-49. Perhaps more importantly for Fox, that’s a 94% retention from the show’s Season 8 finale 2.8 result back on May 24, 2010. In terms of viewership, the time zone adjusteds also inched up the 2-hour return of Jack Bauer to 8.1 million. 

PREVIOUS, 8:08 AM: After weeks of Fox promotion and #JackIsBack on social media, the event series 24: Live Another Day (2.5/8) premiered last night. Bringing back anti-terrorism super-agent Jack Bauer after four years in both real time and TV time, the Kiefer Sutherland-starring series bounced right back into the game. The two-hour debut dipped just 10% from the 2.8/8 rating that the two-hour Season 8 finale of 24 pulled on May 24, 2010. In a time when network viewership across the board was about 27% higher than today, that Monday show drew 9 million viewers. Last night’s 24: Live Another Day had 7.98 million viewers from 8-10 PM. It’s worth noting that a 2.8 rating and 9.1 million viewers is also the Season 8 average for the last cycle of 24. This latest version of the world-saving adventures of Jack, Chloe O’Brien and the gang runs for 12 episodes with a July 14 finale.

Related: Photo Gallery: The Best Of ‘24’ & Jack Bauer

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‘24: Live Another Day’ – A Look Back At The Best Of ‘24’ & Jack Bauer

By and | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 1:36pm PDT

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Almost 4 years after 24‘s eighth season ended, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is back. Tonight’s 2-hour debut of the limited event 24: Live Another Day sees 4 years having passed in Bauer’s life and the world-saving anti-terrorism agent now over in the UK, just as the President is there to negotiate a major treaty. Do the math and await the mayhem. In the meantime, check out our look at some of the highlights of the Emmy-winning series. Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘24: Live Another Day’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 10:38am PDT

The first full-length trailer for Fox‘s limited series 24: Live Another Day has finally dropped after a teaser last month. It premieres May 5.

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