RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Dramas, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Nashville’ Rise, ‘Modern Family’ & CW Dramas Slip

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Criminal_Minds_Season_9_Episode_20NBC’s Wednesday lineup returned refreshed from a break. Revolution (1.3) was up a tenth from its last original on March 19, Law & Order: SVU (1.7) was up 13%, and Chicago PD (1.6) was up 14%. On the opposite side, the CW dramas were down. Arrow (0.8) fell 11% from last week. After a promising start, new drama The 100 (0.6) posted a second week of double-digit declines, down 14% and falling under 2 million viewers (1.9 million). There was little change at the other networks. Fox’s two-hour American Idol (2.1) matched last Wednesday’s fast national. CBS’ Survivor (2.2) slipped a tenth from last week but still edged Idol in the demo for a fourth consecutive week. Criminal Minds (2.5) was up 14% from its last original two weeks ago and is poised to edge Idol in 18-49 in the 9 PM hour for the first time, while CSI (1.9) was down a tenth. Read More »

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Steve Levitan Inks New Deal With 20th TV, Talks ‘Modern Family’ End Game, Potential Spinoffs & Anne Sweeney’s Career Change

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Steve Levitan Modern Family ContractUPDATED: Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan is staying with his TV family, signing a new four-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the Emmy-winning ABC comedy series where he has been for over a decade. Under the rich pact, Levitan will continue as executive producer/co-showrunner on Modern Family, which he has been co-running alongside fellow co-creator Christopher Lloyd. (Lloyd has no deal for the series beyond this season and is not pursuing an overall or new show deal at the moment.) Additionally, “I will be keeping an eye open for interesting projects to shepherd and will be looking for well-written pilots to direct,” said Levitan, who won a directing Emmy for Modern Family in 2012. Levitan also is contemplating writing a new show, either by himself or with a partner, during the hiatus from Modern Family. “I have a couple that I’ll pursue as soon as I have enough time off to feel bored — if that ever happens.” All that would be welcomed by 20th brass, led by co-chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Steve’s been at this studio almost as long as I have, and he’s still as passionate about the process of making TV as the day I met him,” Walden said. “Of course, he’ll continue to work with Chris on Modern Family, but we intend to take advantage of his talents every way we can, whether it’s directing pilots or supervising writers or creating another hit series of his own.”

20thTVLevitan said he didn’t look elsewhere before re-signing with 2oth TV, where he knows virtually everyone. “They’ve been very kind to me,” Levitan said. “Gary & Dana are the Jay Z & Beyonce of television executives. They are good friends and I feel like I have a home here.” But probably the biggest draw for Levitan, who previously created NBC comedy Just Shoot Me, was the opportunity to stay with Modern Family. “A wise friend once told me, ‘Hollywood is 10,000 people running to the spot where lightning just struck,’ he said. “I was lucky enough to be there when it did — I see no reason to run away from it.” Past experience and regrets also factored into his decision. “I left Just Shoot Me too early and I really didn’t want to make that mistake twice,” he said. “It’s important to me that Modern Family maintains its quality and that it finishes strong, and I want to be part of that.” Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 4:01pm PDT
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ERICSTONESTREETHIGHRESEXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Eric Stonestreet, who after winning two Emmy Awards playing Cam Tucker in ABC’s Modern Family, is looking to branch into features. Stonestreet, who had been at ICM Partners, has already started that process. He has … Read More »

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‘Modern Family’ Executive Producer Dan O’Shannon Inks Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

danoshannonEXCLUSIVE: Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon will be leaving the Emmy-winning comedy series at the end of this season for a three-year overall deal at CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will develop new comedy projects for network and cable. This marks a return to CBS TV Studios for O’Shannon, who was under an overall deal at predecessor Paramount TV more than a decade ago. Back then, he served as executive producer/showunner of the studio’s flagship comedy Frasier having previously spent four seasons as a writer and, later, exec producer on mothership series Cheers. Read More »

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‘Modern Family’ Executive Producer Bill Wrubel Inks Deal With Warner Bros. TV

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 11:11am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bill WrubelEXCLUSIVE: Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel will be leaving the Emmy-winning comedy series at the end of this season for a three-year overall deal at Warner Bros. Television. Under the pact, he will develop new television … Read More »

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‘Modern Family’ Executive Producer Danny Zuker Inks New Overall Deal With 20th TV

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

zukerIn addition to Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh, whose overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the ABC comedy series, was just extended, 20th … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch 60: The Guild Awards Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 60In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond gives host David Bloom his take on the unprecedented tie in this weekend’s Producers Guild Awards for their version of the Best Picture nod, spotlights the actors positioning themselves as Oscar favorites after the SAG Awards, and talks about why Julia Roberts said this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were like a Fellini film. ete and David also talk TV, as the weekend’s awards shows also made time for the best television programs of the year, doling out the guild love to Breaking Bad and Modern Family. Finally, Pete previews this week’s notable film debuts, led by the subtle faith-based drama Gimme Shelter, featuring a career-shifting performance by Vanessa Hudgens as part of a terrific cast; and Cannes Film Festival award winner Like Father, Like Son, a Japanese import so nifty that Steven Spielberg bought the remake rights, even though Pete says the Japanese Oscar selection committee had “a big miss” not choosing it for the Foreign-Language Film race.

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‘Modern Family’s Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Ink Overall Deal With 20th TV

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

walshcorriganModern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh have closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning comedy series. Under … Read More »

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25th Annual PGA Awards: First-Ever Tie For Best Motion Picture — ‘Gravity’ And ‘12 Years A Slave’; ‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Modern Family’ Take Top TV Awards; Winners List

pga67UPDATED WITH WINNERS AND BACKSTAGE REACTIONS: The Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton ended with a stunner: The first tie for the top film prize in the PGAs’ 25-year history. Gravity and 12 Years A Slave shared the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. The award for Gravity catapults the Warner Bros picture squarely into the Best Picture Oscar race, whereas up until now, it seems that 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle were the front-runners. Deadline’s Pete Hammond will post an analysis of the awards later tonight.

On the TV side, AMC’s now-wrapped Breaking Bad won The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama, and ABC’s Modern Family took the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, for a fourth consecutive year. The wins mirror last night’s SAG Awards and the Emmys. Breaking Bad also won the Golden Globe last week, but rookie Brooklyn Nine-Nine took the comedy prize.

PGA Awards GravityIf it weren’t for Jeff Robinov, former president of Warner Bros Motion Picture Group, Gravity would not have gotten made. The picture that stars Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock and George Clooney got shoved aside by Universal after Angelina Jolie dropped out. Enter Robinov, who took the project under his wing and was its behind-the-scenes champion. Read More »

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SAG Awards TV: ‘Breaking Bad’ Has Great Last Hurrah, ‘Modern Family’ Extends Streak

Nellie Andreeva

breakingbadFor those who missed the Primetime Emmy Awards in September, there was a repeat at the SAG Awards tonight, with Modern Family winning the top comedy prize for a fourth straight time and Breaking Bad topping the drama field for the first time. “What a way to go out in style,” Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston exclaimed when accepting the best drama ensemble trophy for the show’s final season. That going out in style included a sweep for the acclaimed AMC drama, which won both categories it was nominated in — best drama series ensemble and best actor in a drama series for Cranston, his second consecutive win. It was also the second consecutive year that three time Emmy winner Cranston left the Shrine Auditorium with two SAG trophies — last year he won best actor for Breaking Bad and shared best feature ensemble for Argo.

Related: 20th Annual SAG Awards – Live Blog

burrellBest comedy ensemble victor Modern Family also was a double winner tonight, with Ty Burrell earning the first individual SAG Award for the show. He ended Alec Baldwin’s incredible streak of seven consecutive wins for actor in a comedy series. Because of a SAG Awards rule quirk, 30 Rock qualified for the SAG Awards for an eighth year, even through the comedy ran for seven seasons. The Emmy-winning NBC comedy landed three nominations — for best comedy ensemble, Baldwin, and last year’s comedy actress winner Tina Fey — but for the first time in its history left without a single statuette. Burrell’s win means that three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, on his third consecutive SAG Award nomination, is yet to get a win as is the ensemble of his show, three-time nominee The Big Bang Theory.

freyfusCan you blame Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “forgetting” what awards show she was at while accepting her best comedy actress SAG Award for HBO’s Veep? She has been a fixture on the awards circuit for the past two years and is the two-time reigning Emmy champion. And let us all just agree that while Maggie Smith is playing the deliciously cantankerous elder Lady Grantham on Downton Abbey, she automatically gets at least one major acting award a year. In 2011 and 2012 it was an Emmy, last year it was a Golden Globe, now she won her first individual SAG Award (she also shared in the show’s best drama ensemble trophy last year.)  Read More »

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‘Modern Family’ Heading To Australia

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 12:07pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC‘s Emmy-winning comedy will film its next vacation episode in Australia. Written by Danny Zuker and Elaine Ko and directed by Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan, the episode will feature the show’s entire cast sans Jay and Gloria’s baby boy. The show will film in Sydney, in … Read More »

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‘Gravity’, ‘12 Years A Slave’ Top Final Draft’s Screenwriters Choice Awards

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 8:21pm PST

gravity-movie-review-sandra-bullock-shiop (1)Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron’s space odyssey took Best Original Screenplay and the John Ridley-penned historical drama got the Adapted Screenplay nod in awards presented tonight by scripting software company. The wins come days after Gravity and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Games Up On ESPN, Down On ABC

By | Thursday December 26, 2013 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Miami Heat v Los Angeles LakersThe NBA‘s five-game Christmas Day marathon on ABC and ESPN was a mixed bag this year, with strong results on ESPN and soft numbers on ABC. The tripleheader on ESPN posted an all-time high for a second consecutive year: It averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, up 10% from 2012. ESPN’s coverage started slower, with the Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets game at 12 PM logging a 2.3 rating, down 15% from last year’s Boston Celtics-Nets matchup.espn But it picked up speed later in the day with the primetime doubleheader averaging a 2.3 rating — up 21% from last year and the highest-rated NBA Christmas Day primetime doubleheader ever. It was led by the Houston Rockets-San Antonio Spurs game, which scored a 2.4  rating at 8 PM, an all-time best for an NBA Christmas Day primetime game and up 41% from last Christmas’ 8 PM game between the Rockets and Chicago Bulls. The 10:30 face-off between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors (2.3) was up 15% from last year’s Denver Nuggets-Clippers game.

When the NBA TV schedule was set in the summer, nobody could’ve predicted that both Christmas Day games on ABC would be missing two of the league’s biggest stars. With the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sidelined with injuries, ratings for ABC’s coverage — which featured the same four teams as last year — took a tumble. The early afternoon game, Oklahoma City’s lopsided victory over the Knicks, posted a 3.7, down 37% from last year’s Lakers-Knicks matchup. The second game, in which the Heat defeated the Bryant-less Lakers, drew a 4.9 rating, down 18% from last year’s Thunder-Miami Heat matchup. It was the lowest rated early game in four years, since 2009, and the lowest rated second game in six, since 2007. Read More »

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‘Modern Family’ Ratings Mystery: Where Is The Syndication Bump On ABC?

By | Tuesday December 24, 2013 @ 9:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Modern FamilyLast week, the latest numbers for Modern Family‘s freshman run in syndication came out. The Emmy winning ABC comedy, which airs on USA and in broadcast syndication, hit new combined highs in all key measures, including households (5.1), Adults 18-34 (3.1) and Adults 18-49 (3.1). Modern Family now ranks as the No.2 program in all of syndication among 18-49 behind The Big Bang Theory (3.4) and is No.1 in 18-34. At the same time, the season to date rankings for all broadcast programs came out, and Modern Family is averaging 5.0 in 18-49 in 18-49 through the first 12 weeks of the season (in most current ratings that include DVR playback). That is not bad, as Modern Family is tied with NBC’s The Blacklist for No.3 in 18-49 behind Sunday Night Football (7.9) and Big Bang (6.8). But vs. the same 12 weeks last season, Modern Family is down 21%. That despite the show’s solid start in syndication. Read More »

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USA Greenlights Reality Family Comedy

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 5:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

TBS successfully paired a reality series, game show King Of The Nerds, with its prized off-network comedy The Big Bang Theory. USA Network is looking to do the same with its marquee off-network comedy, Modern Family. The cable network has given an … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sing-Off’ Slides, ‘Arrow’ Dips, ‘X Factor’ Steady, ‘Modern Family’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 9:02am PST

The Sing-OffBack for its second show of the week amid its current abbreviated run, The Sing-Off (1.8/5) had a standoff with The X Factor (1.4/4) last night. The NBC series hit the higher note, but the two-hour a cappella show still slid 25% from Monday’s airing to hit a winter telecast low. Heading toward next week’s Season 3 finale, last night’s live X Factor on Fox remained even with its December 4 episode as the final four acts showed their wares with three songs each in anticipation of an elimination tonight.

Last week CBS was all encores except for Survivor (2.5/8), but last night it was a full slate of originals. The 13th and penultimate episode of the Mark Burnett-produced reality show’s 27th season slipped 4% from its December 4 episode. The rest of the night was not so kind to CBS: The return of Criminal Minds (2.4/7) and CSI (1.8/5) saw both series down 14% from their last originals three weeks ago. Still, with 11.02 million viewers, Criminal Minds was the most watched show Wednesday, helping CBS finish first for the night in adults 18-49 (2.2/6) and viewers (10.260 million). Read More »

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AFI Awards 2013: ‘Orange Is The New Black’, ‘Masters Of Sex’, ‘House Of Cards’ Among Top 10 TV Programs, ‘Homeland’ & ‘Modern Family’ Out

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The-logo-for-this-years-AFI-Awards_event_mainThere are no hard rules for AFI‘s list of Top 10 programs of the year as the film institute tends to mix critical darlings with crowd pleasers, series, miniseries and TV movies. (Cable ratings juggernauts The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Asylum made the AFI Awards list last year, along with the HBO movie Game Change). No longform entries on this year’s list, which features one major surprise — the omission of ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family, KERRY WASHINGTONwhich had been among AFI’s  Top 10 programs each of the past four years. Also MIA this season is Showtime’s drama Homeland, which made the cut the last two years. This is the most drama-heavy AFI list I can remember, with only one half-hour series, HBO’s Veep. (Netflix’s hourlong Orange Is The New Black was nominated as a comedy by the WGA but is competing as a drama for the Golden Globes and the Emmys.)

Related: AFI’s Top 10 Films: Good News For Majors

The guilty pleasure on the roster is ABC’s hot sophomore drama Scandal, landing its first major best series awards recognition.  The rest of the series have been in top awards consideration and received WGA noms last week, with the exception Game Of Thrones, which was not in the running due to a submission error. Returning from last year are Game Of Thrones, Emmy winner Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Here is the full list: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Modern Family’ Falls To Season Low, ‘X-Factor’ & ‘Arrow’ Up, NBC Wins Night With Holiday Specials

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 8:59am PST

Mariah Carey Performs During NBC's Pre-Tape Christmas Tree LightingBack after last Wednesday’s quiet pre-Thanksgiving telecasts and November sweep end, TV was back in almost full force last night. NBC ditched its regular schedule to go full holiday with Christmas In Rockefeller … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Dominates, ‘Nashville’ Inches Up, ‘Revolution’ Wraps

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 9:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Wednesday lineup continues to assert its dominance. The network doesn’t have the top program of the night in 18-49 — that would be ABC’s Modern Family — but is solid throughout primetime, winning every hour in 18-49 and total viewers. Survivor (2.4) last night was even with its fast national last Wednesday, while Criminal Minds (2.8) and CSI (2.1) posted gains for a second straight week. Criminal Minds was up a tenth in 18-49 and drew its largest audience of the season (12.3 million), while CSI was up 11% and also hit a viewership season high (11 million).

If ABC needed a validation for its decision this week to try another comedy behind Modern Family in midseason, it got it last night. The slot’s current dweller, Super Fun Night (1.9) was down 10% from last week’s fast national to log the freshman’s lowest rating behind an original Modern Family. (Last week, the show was adjusted down a tenth in the final, which may happen again because of a minute of Modern Family overrun.) Modern Family itself (3.3) was down 13% from last week to its lowest fall result since its first season. The Emmy-winning comedy is showing vulnerability this fall, not helped by new 8:30 PM entry Back In The Game (1.6, down 11% from last week to a series low). The network is shaking things up in midseason, bringing Suburgatory back in the 8:30 PM slot where it performed best. 8 PM anchor The Middle (2.2) was down 8% to tie a season low. A lot has been said about the behind-the-scenes struggles on Nashville, with the network pushing for a soap, and the producers trying for a more realistic portrayal of the country music industry. Nashville has been aggressively ramping up its soapy quotient in Season 2, and it seems to pay off in the ratings as the drama (1.6) inched up a tenth for a second consecutive week to equal a 7-week high 18-49 rating and draw its largest week in 5 weeks (5.6 million).

Related: ABC Midseason: ‘Mixology’ In Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot, ‘Revenge’ Slides To 10 PM Read More »

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