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Sherri Shepherd Exiting ‘The View’ — Et Tu, Jenny McCarthy?

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 6:27pm PDT

Sherri Shepherd Exiting ‘The View’ — Et Tu, Jenny McCarthy?A rep for Sherri Shepherd sent us this statement this afternoon:

“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”

Shepherd’s contract was coming up, and the two sides were talking. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, ABC and Shepherd’s camp were “too far apart” on terms of a new deal.

Looks like Jenny McCarthy‘s gone too:

In April, not long before she stepped down as the show’s on-air Den Mom, Barbara Walters — who remains exec producer — said in various interviews that Shepherd “definitely” was coming back next season, as were McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg.

ABC declined to comment.

The View has seen its share of co-host changes. Last month, the day before Walters bow out, all 11 The View  past and present co-hosts assembled to say so-long, including some who’d left under less than happy circumstances – including Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell.

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Ratings Rat Race Update: ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Launch Beat By NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ When Adjusted Ratings Arrive

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT

Ratings Rat Race Update: ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Launch Beat By NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ When Adjusted Ratings ArriveUPDATE: 11:13 AM: ABC’s Adjusted Fast National Ratings are in. Rather than the 1.5/5 demo rating original reported this morning with those unadjusted stats, the unveiling of its ambitious singing competition Rising Star last night scored a demo rating of — 1.5/5.

Instead of the 5 million total viewers original reported, the opening episode logged — 5.1 million viewers. In both, it finished a “strong second” in its time period, to NBC’s America’s Got Talent. ABC noted Rising Star delivered ABC’s biggest summertime numbers to the time period with regular programming since August of ’11.

PREVIOUS: Before the premiere, ABC alerted the media it had special-ordered “true Fast National Ratings” from Nielsen, with time-zone adjusted calculations,  for its new insta-voting singing competition Rising Star and has asked reporters to hold off on using the preliminary Fast Affiliate numbers (“which will be inaccurate”) to make any definitive statements about the ratings. “Hold off” is not an officially recognized practice of The Reporters Who Cover Television. Therefore:

Rising Star clocked a 1.5/5 from 9-11 PM ET (the premiere aired live in East, Central and Mountain time zones),  according to those preliminary Fast Affiliate stats. That would put it down 12% from ABC’s most recent summer talent show debut, Duets (1.7/6 back on May 24, ’12), which did not air live across three time zones.  Rising Star logged 5 million viewers in these early stats.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which aired in head-to-head combat with Rising Star, (2.1/6),  while dropping 19% from its most recent original telecast (2.6/9), ranked as the No. 1 show of the night among broadcasters in the demo and in overall audience (8.0 million) — topping Rising Star by 40% in the demo and 59% in total viewers. Talent scored NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period (excluding sports and the Golden Globe Awards ceremony) since January 6, 2013. In overall audience, AGT bagged NBC’s top slot  — same exclusions — since May 22, 2011

Leading in to Rising Star at 8 PM ET, ABC’s Wipeout (1.0/3) fell 23% from last season’s opener (1.3/4) to hit its lowest premiere rating yet. ABC’s adjusted, more reliable Rising Star stats will be available shortly, and we’ll get them to you.  That said, the Eastern and Central time zones  account for more than 75% of the country’s TV homes and should not be affected by this unveiling being live. The Mountain time zone accounts for about 6% of the country’s TV homes, so whatever under-reporting has occurred would likely be limited to about 6% of the country.

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ABC Boards Lionsgate & Tandem Drama Series Project ‘Sex, Lies And Handwriting’

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 4:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC Boards Lionsgate & Tandem Drama Series Project ‘Sex, Lies And Handwriting’EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate Television and Tandem Communications have set crime drama Sex, Lies And Handwriting at ABC. The project, now in development, is intended as straight-to-series, with a fall production start in Vancouver eyed should ABC move to greenlight the pilot script.

Image (4) lionsgate5__140430145037-275x147.jpg for post 731533Sex, Lies And Handwriting is the first project to come out of the joint venture Lionsgate Television and Tandem Communications, a Studiocanal company, launched last year to co-finance and distribute hourlong dramas using the straight-to-series model Tandem employed for its first drama series, Crossing Lines, as well as its miniseries including The Pillars Of The Earth and its follow-up World Without End. As expected, the partners tweaked Tandem’s existing approach, Image (2) TandemCommunications__120110162059.jpg for post 571195in which the Munich-based company financed its series (mostly though international pre-sales) and completed the projects before taking the finished product to the U.S.. With Sex, Lies And Handwriting, an American network, ABC, is brought in much earlier in the process for more simultaneous sales in the U.S. and Europe and Canada. Other network development partners already on board for the potential series include Bell Media (Canada), TF1 Network (France) and ProSiebenSat.1 (Germany). The series would be produced in Canada by Sea To Sky, the Canadian studio joint venture between Lionsgate and Thunderbird Films. Read More »

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Chris Fedak Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV, Joins New Drama ‘Forever’ As Executive Producer

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 12:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Chris Fedak Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV, Joins New Drama ‘Forever’ As Executive ProducerEXCLUSIVE: More than two years after the end of Chuck, two of the cult spy dramedy’s key auspices are reuniting on a new series. Chuck co-creator/executive producer Chris Fedak is returning to Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the NBC series, with a two-year overall deal. Under the pact, he will join WBTV’s new ABC fall drama Forever, created and executive produced by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller. Fedak will serve as an executive producer on Forever as well as develop new projects. Forever, from WBTV and Lin Pictures, centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner who helps solve crimes while trying to solve his inexplicable immortality. Since the end of Chuck, Fedak has sold several projects, including Midnighters, a drama based on the Alloy sci-fi/fantasy book trilogy, which he co-created with fellow Chuck co-creator/executive producer Josh Schwartz for Fox two seasons ago. He recently set up a high-concept drama at NBC through Legendary TV. Fedak is repped by WME, Fuse Management and Bloom Hergott.

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ABC Drama Pilot ‘Clementine’ Extends Cast Options

By | Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 1:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC-logo-2014__140506025424-575x575EXCLUSIVE: ABC Studios is keeping its ABC drama pilot Clementine alive by extending the options on the cast that were set to expire at the end of the month. Clementine was on the short list of ABC series pickup contenders but missed the cut. It was one of two supernatural/genre drama pilots, along with The Whispers (aka The Visitors), which went to series. Written by Dean Georgaris and directed by Michael Dinner, Clementine centers on habitual criminal Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who digs in to the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. The cast of the project, from the Mark Gordon Co., also includes Mykelti Williamson, David Strathairn, Edwin Hodge, Kevin Alejandro, Kathleen Munroe, Nick Gehlfuss and McKenna Grace. Alejandro was recently tapped for and is currently filming another drama, A&E’s 10-episode straight-to-series The Returned, from Carlton Cuse. Cuse has a strong relationship with ABC Studios where he co-ran Lost for six seasons and is now the co-creator/executive producer of Amazon pilot Point of Honor. While a positive sign, extending cast options does not guarantee a series pickup. Last season, of all pilots that picked up their actors only one, NBC’s Craig Robinson comedy, went to series.

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CEO Calls Out TV Biz After ABC Shutters Live Well

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 8:41am PDT

LiveWellVeria Living is a fellow health and wellness media company like Live Well Network, the ABC Owned Television Stations’ digital platform that ABC said yesterday it would shutter in January after five years. The move made an impression on Veria CEO Eric Sherman, who teed off on the business. “Beyond any implications about local broadcasting or the future of a multicasting distribution model, what’s most noteworthy is the impact on viewers,” he said in a statement released last night. “There surely is no shortage of options for those interested in adult-themed and salacious programming, yet once again the media world is turning its back on those who desire positive, wellness content.” According to Broadcasting & Cable. ABC did not say how many Live Well jobs might be affected; Live Well’s original programming was produced both by ABC stations and outside stations. “Despite Live Well’s tremendous accomplishments in distribution and original programming, we made a strategic decision that our priority must be local content, and we want to maximize our investment in our core local news brands in the digital space,” ABC Owned Stations president Rebecca Campbell and Live Well VP Peggy Allen said in their statement yesterday. B&C reported that some of the network’s programming might be in line for the new FYI channel (formerly Bio) set to launch next month. Stay tuned.

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EMMYS: ‘Devious Maids’ Second Life After Its Death At ABC; Creator Marc Cherry Q&A

By | Saturday June 7, 2014 @ 3:47pm PDT

Awardsline logo_use this oneOnce a broadcast network rejects a TV pilot it has shot, it’s not common that the show will go on to live a second life on another network.  Such was the fate of Marc Cherry‘s Devious Maids, the second series he developed with ABC following his Sunday cornerstone Desperate Housewives.  It seemed like a surefire programming choice for the alphabet network’s fall 2012 season.  But in June 2012, network executives’ minds changed. Here Cherry recounts the resuscitation of Devious Maids on Lifetime, how the show became a flagship for Latino actresses and the longevity of dramedies, such as his previous hit Desperate Housewives, at the Emmys.      

Marc CherryDEADLINE: How did Devious Maids  come together? What sparked your interest in adapting the Mexican soap opera Ellas son…la Alegria del Hogar?
MARC CHERRY: I got a call from my agent that this consortium of producers known as Oasis Entertainment. They buy different formats from countries around the world. They had this show about maids from Mexico and they brought it to me thinking I could do the American version. I took a look at it. They showed me a five minute sizzle reel to catch me up to speed on the show, and it looked a lot like Desperate Housewives, so I actually passed because I already did this show.  A few days went by and I kept thinking about the show and it brought back a lot of Devious Maids memories when I was working in Bel-Air as Dixie Carter’s personal assistant.  I would go to her home every day, Monday-Friday, and I was 25, so I had just moved to Hollywood. And it was interesting, because it was the first time in my life, having grown up upper middle class in Orange County, that I was the help, for lack of a better phrase. There were a lot of people working in her home – there were two housekeepers, a cook, a chauffeur, a yoga instructor – actually a comically, crazy household that deserves its own sitcom.  It was an entertaining place to be. I love Hal Holbrook and Dixie, they were dear to me. It started a full circle thing in my head, and many years have past, and now I have people who work in my home. I’ve seen these issues from both sides, there’s nothing quite like working in someone’s home because you are exposed to the most intimate parts of their life. It’s not a workplace like an office building, college or police station. It’s something more intimate and delicate. I thought, ‘I have a perspective on this.’ Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Crossbones’ Steady In Week 2, ‘What Would You Do’ Rises, ’20/20′ Up, ABC Wins Night

By | Saturday June 7, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT

brian williams dday specialThere was a break from the NBA Finals and the NHL Stanley Cup Final on Friday but there was still action on the seas on TV last night, in more ways than one.  The only network with a full schedule of originals, NBC started its Friday primetime with Brian Williams Reporting: Journey To Normandy (0.9/4). Including an interview with President Obama, the anchor’s heartfelt hour-long tribute to the heroes of D-Day on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the liberation of Europe from the Nazis drew an audience of 5.8 million. The special was followed by a 1-hour and 1-minute Dateline (1.3/5), which was even with last week’s 8 – 10 PM episode.

CrossbonesThe second week of Crossbones (0.9/3) saw a 9% slip for the pirate drama from last week’s debut. Holding on to almost of its premiere’s draw among Adults 18-49, the Blackbeard re-telling got a total audience of 3.84 million last night, down 21% from the 4.91 million who tuned in for its May 30 debut. Because of Major League Baseball preemptions on NBC in San Francisco and Philadelphia, expect some changes when the final numbers come in.

Overall NBC came second for the night in the key demo with a 1.0/4 while ABC took the top spot with a 1.3/5 rating. ABC won or tied for No. 1 every time slot last night. The … Read More »

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Co-Creator Christopher Lloyd Returns To ‘Modern Family’ After Closing New 20th Deal

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 10:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

lloydchristopherEXCLUSIVE: ABC‘s Emmy-winning comedy series Modern Family will continue with both of its dads in place. After difficult negotiations, the show’s co-creator/executive producer/co-showrunner Christopher Lloyd, who had been without a contract since the end of last season, closed a complex new overall deal late last night with Modern Family producer 20th Century Fox TV. The series’ writers had been working on the upcoming sixth season since last Tuesday without Lloyd, who stayed home while his deal was being negotiated. He is returning to work today, joining fellow comodern-5-creator/exec producer/co-showrunner Steve Levitan. “Chris is an incredibly gifted writer who — along with Steve — has created not just a hit series but one that is already considered a classic,” 20th CEO and Chairman Gary Newman told Deadline. “It’s a testament to their dedication and commitment that six seasons in, both he and Steve are still running the series and the quality of the episodes remains at an all-time high. On a personal note, my relationship with Chris goes back a long time, and I have great respect and admiration for him. I couldn’t be happier that he is staying ‘in the family’ — both literally and figuratively.”

Related: ABC Renews ‘Modern Family’

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Crossbones’ Debuts OK, ‘What Would You Do?’ Down

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 10:09am PDT

crossbones 2Last Friday the only original drama on television was the Season 2 finale of NBC’s Hannibal. Last night, the only original drama on television was also on NBC and it was the debut of Crossbones (1.1/4). Originally intended to premiere midseason and be paired with Grimm, the lush action-adventure pirate series from Luther creator Neil Cross and toplined by John Malkovich was plunked over to the summer in February and Hannibal’s second season got the spot. Now it is Crossbones’ time to have Fridays at 10PM, though on the surface the once 10, now 9-episode show’s comparisons to Hannibal are apparent. For one, both are bloody and beautiful to look at, though the Bryan Fuller-created show is more textured in both regards. From a numbers POV, the Blackbeard re-telling debuted with exactly the same ratings as the Season 2 premiere of Hannibal did back on February 28 in the 10 PM slot. In fact, last night’s result was the best NBC has done in the slot since the debut of Hannibal’s latest cycle and saw a 38% rise from Hannibal’s S2 ender last week. It was also better than Fox’s recent debut of Gang Related on May 22. Crossbones’ start was however down from the now cancelled Dracula which opened in the same slot on NBC on October 25 last year with a 1.8 rating among Adults 18-49.

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‘Rising Star’ Producers On How Interactive Talent Show Will Tackle U.S.’ 4 Time Zones

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 10:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rising-Star-Key-Imagelogo-1Ever since ABC snapped up hot Israeli format Rising Star in November, the network has faced the challenge of adjusting the interactive talent competition — which incorporates live voting by viewers via an app — to the U.S.’ multiple time zones. With three weeks to go before Rising Star‘s June 22 premiere with Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris as experts, Josh Groban as host and a surprise performance, ABC, production company Keshet DCP and executive producers Ken Warwick and Nicolle Yaron have settled on changes to the format that allow viewers in across the U.S. to vote in real time. In an interview this morning, former American Idol exec producer Warwick and Yaron (The Voice) explained how it will work.

Related: Kesha & Ludacris Join Brad Paisley As Judges On ABC’s ‘Rising Star’, Josh Groban To Host

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Future Of Co-Creator Christopher Lloyd On ‘Modern Family’ In Limbo

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 1:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

"Modern Family" Wedding ExtravaganzaWriters convened yesterday to begin work on the sixth season of ABC‘s Emmy-winning comedy series Modern Family. Leading the charge was co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan, while fellow co-creator/executive producer Christopher Lloyd was a no-show. The reason — while Levitan in March closed a rich new overall deal with Modern Family producer 20th Century Fox TV, Lloyd has no deal for the show after his most recent pact expired at the end of Season 5. Talks between Lloyd’s reps and 20th TV for a new deal did not start until after Lloyd returned from a break following the late-March wrap of Season 5. He originally had been approached by the studio at the same time as Levitan but deferred deal conversations until after he was done with the season. I hear he considered a straight show deal for Modern Family without a development component but talks eventually focused on extending his overall deal with the studio. However, when the two sides finally met face-to-face before the upfronts, they were very far apart. About a month later, there has been some progress but not significant enough, leading to Lloyd’s absence from the show. He also was out today, with conversations between his camp and 20th TV ongoing and insiders cautiously optimistic. Interestingly, Lloyd showed up at the Modern Family Emmy event last week, held by 20th TV (see photo).

Related: ABC Renews ‘Modern Family’

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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: ‘Hannibal’ Finale Up, ‘What Would You Do?’ Debuts Even

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 9:37am PDT

hannibal s 2 finale 2With the 2013-2014 season officially over and the summer shows not yet out in force, the TV tumbleweeds were rolling across primetime last night. On an encore dominated Friday, the lone original drama on last night was the Season 2 finale of Hannibal (1.0/3) on NBC at 10 PM. As bloody and visually beautiful as you would expect from the Bryan Fuller-created show based on author Thomas Harris’ infamous characters, Hannibal was up 11% from last week’s show. However, finale-to-finale, last night’s Season 2 closer had an even better night as it rose 19% from the 0.8/2 that the recently renewed series’ Season 1 ender garnered on June 20 last year. While also packed with repeats, that Thursday night saw the gory psychological thriller competing with Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, where the Miami Heat sealed the deal to take home their second straight title. With all that said, in what has been an unpredictable season for Hannibal, last night’s finale slipped 9% from Hannibal’s Season 2 opener and Friday night debut on February 28 this year.

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New ABC Drama ‘The Whispers’ Leaves Los Angeles For Vancouver As California Still Grapples With Runaway Production

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 11:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BRIANNA BROWN, KYLIE ROGERS, BARRY SLOANE, LILY RABE, KYLE HARRISON BREITKOPF, MILO VENTIMIGLIAThe cast of one newly picked broadcast series wasn’t exactly jumping for joy during upfront week. That’s when the actors from the ABC alien drama The Whispers, which stars Milo Ventimiglia, Lily Rabe and Barry Sloane, found out that the series would be moving to Vancouver after filming the pilot in Los Angeles. I hear several members of the cast were not happy, and conversations are still ongoing with the series’ producer, ABC Studios. In the end, all actors will likely move or risk being sued for breach of contract. While I hear it wasn’t spelled out to the cast going into the pilot that the project will definitely move if picked up, there is nothing in the actors’ contracts that guarantees that the show would shoot in Los Angeles. Actually, I hear there is language that indicates that the show could move once ordered to series.

Related: Where Hollywood’s Union Jobs Are Going: Call These States The Runaway 3

califtaxcreditStill, such uprooting is never pleasant and illustrates the toll runaway production takes on everyone. There are a lot of advantages to filming in Los Angeles — an abundance of production facilities and experienced crews, closeness to the project’s writers and executives, access to a pool of guest actors and directors as well as great climate and locations. The Whispers picked LA for the pilot mainly because it offered the variety of landscapes it needed, including desert. One thing Los Angeles does not offer is tax breaks, and that alone is pushing drama series production away from California.
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‘Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night’ Back For Seventh Year

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

JimmyKimmelFor the seventh consecutive year, in conjunction with the NBA Finals, ABC will air primetime  editions of Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night. These specials will air every night of the NBA Finals beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, June 5.

Broadcasts will feature basketball editions of Kimmel’s signature comedy bits Mean Tweets and Lie Witness News. Guests for these shows include Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Tracy Morgan, Mila Kunis, Martin Lawrence, Snoop Dogg, Psy, Ice Cube and more.

Previous JKL: Game Night guests include President Barack Obama, Adam Sandler, David Beckham, Liv Tyler, Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Ashton Kutcher, Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock, Danny DeVito and Denzel Washington. Previous JKL: Game Night  specials have premiered comedy pieces featuring Mike Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade.

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Warner Bros. TV Slapped Over Similarity Of New ABC Series ‘Forever’ To Best-Selling Novel Of The Same Name

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 6:00pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEEXCLUSIVE: The show about an immortal living in NYC hasn’t even hit the air yet, but ABC’s drama Forever already is getting some potential legal pushback. Today RadicalMedia sent a pointed Forever-ABC-TV-Series-logo-key-art-320x180letter to producer Warner Bros TV claiming that the supernatural procedural unveiled last week at the upfronts “sounds rather similar” to the best-selling 2003 novel Forever by Pete Hamill about an immortal living in the Big Apple. “This claim is baseless,” said a WBTV spokesperson today in response.

FOREVER NOVEL COVERThe co-producers of docu Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, on the other hand, note that the titles are the same, the location is the same and that both the character in the novel and in the upcoming TV show from writer/EP Matt Miller, EPs Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson are “seeking an answer concerning his immortality.” No legal action is in the cards yet, and even if it was, titles are not protected by copyright. However, Forever the novel rights holders RadicalMedia at least want a name change for the series set to debut on Tuesdays this fall. Read More »

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NBC Poised To Win 2013-14 Demo For First Time In 10 Years

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 12:49pm PDT

NBC will win the 2013-14 NBC20TV season in the demo for the first time in a decade with a 13% ratings spike – the biggest year-to-year gain for any Big 4 network in nine years. Even without its 18 nights of Sochi Olympics coverage, NBC boasts it delivers the season’s biggest demo audience, topping Super Bowl-boosted Fox. NBC’s gains blanket the entire week, including double-digit year-to-year demo gains on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

The network’s most talked about improvement: its 39% gain at 10 PM Mondays with The Blacklist originals – Blacklist being the season’s No. 1 new series and No. 2 drama, and NBC’s Monday being the top-rated regular schedule on any broadcast network in the demo, with an average 4.3 rating for regular programming.
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