A&E Orders Unscripted ‘Crazy Hearts: Nashville’

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 2:02pm PDT

A&E Network has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Crazy Hearts: Nashville, an unscripted series that will follow the lives of aspiring country music artists and insiders as they balance life, love and their pursuit of stardom in … Read More »

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Fired ‘Storage Wars’ Star Scores A Win Over A&E In Lawsuit

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 10:24am PDT

Dave Hester can move forward with the wrongful termination portion of his wide-ranging lawsuit against A&E and the producers of Storage Wars, a judge ruled today. In a hearing Tuesday in LA Superior Court, Judge Michael Johnson … Read More »

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A&E’s ‘The Glades’ Cancelled After Four Seasons

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There will be no fifth season for A&E‘s veteran drama The Glades despite the series hitting season highs in its most recent season finale. Glades appeared unlikely to continue, and I hear the network made … Read More »

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‘Longmire’ Renewed For Season 3, Series Producer Says; ‘The Glades’ Pickup Unlikely

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 4:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fans’ prayers seem to have been answered. A&E‘s most-watched drama series, Longmire, is getting a third season. “Thanks to the 5 million plus weekly fans (live+7),” Longmire executive producer John Coveny wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “Young and older skewing alike! The call just came: SEASON 3 for is a GO!” A&E and producing studio Warner BrosTV had no comment, though insiders cautioned that the two sides have yet to finalize a deal for a third season. There had been speculation that such a deal could include A&E taking ownership in the show. However, everyone seems to agree that Longmire will return to A&E for a third season. The renewal buzz comes on the heels of big ratings for Longmire‘s second-season finale earlier this week, which posted a season-high 4.4 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 18-49 and 1.5 million adults 25-54. For the season, Longmire averaged 5.4 million viewers (Live+7, most current) and, while older skewing than A&E’s other series, it was up from Season 1 in the key younger demos.

Related: ‘Longmire’ And ‘Glades’ Finales Hit Season Highs Read More »

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Agnes Bruckner To Co-Star In A&E Pilot ‘Occult’

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 3:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Agnes Bruckner, who plays Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic of the former Playboy model, has been cast in another A+E Networks project. Bruckner is set to co-star opposite Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E‘s drama pilot Occult, produced by Transformers helmer Michael Bay and written by veteran genre writer and The X-Files alum James Wong. Occult, which draws parallels to X-Files and Fringe, centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance.

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A&E’s ‘Longmire’ & ‘The Glades’ Rise In Season Debuts

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT

Last Monday saw the season finale of Bates Motel on A&E Network. This week saw the return of The Glades and Longmire, both of which saw viewership growth over their previous season premieres. The Season 4 debut of Glades was watched by 3.3 million viewers Monday at 9 PM. That’s up 6% for the scripted drama over its Season 3 debut on June 3 last year. However, Glades was down in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, getting 904,000 viewers in the 18-49 compared to 1.1 million for Season 3′s debut. In 25-54, Glades Season 4 premiere slid from 1.4 million to 1 million. The second A&E season premiere of the night saw Longmire back for Season 2. The Wyoming-based crime drama bopped up 5% from its freshman-season debut with 4.3 million viewers, rising 12% in both 18-49 and 25-52 over its June 3 series premiere. Read More »

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A&E Cancels ‘Intervention’ Reality Series

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 2:06pm PDT

After 13 seasons, A&E‘s Intervention is coming to an end. The final five episodes of the Emmy-winning series will air beginning Thursday, June 13 at 9 PM, the network announced today. Intervention brings attention to the … Read More »

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A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ Rises In Finale

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 12:18pm PDT

The Season 1 finale of Bates Motel last night on A&E got 2.7 million viewers with 1.5 million among adults 18-49 and 1.4 million among adults 25-54. That’s up 15% in the 18-49 demo from last … Read More »

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A&E Picks Up Boston-Set Docu-Reality Series Produced By Mark Wahlberg

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 11:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A&E has given a six-episode order to an untitled docu-reality series executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, which is set in his native Boston. This marks the first unscripted series for Wahlberg, who is executive producing through his Closest to the Hole Prods along with frequent collaborator Stephen Levinson of Leverage, Bill Thompson of Bill Thompson Prods. and veteran reality producer Stephanie Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Prods as well as Jennifer Colbert who serves as showrunner.

The initial impetus for the project, which was first ordered as a pilot by A&E in November, came from the tough, hard-as-nails female characters in Wahlberg‘s Oscar-nominated feature The Fighter. Wahlberg and Thompson were inspired by the women’s spirit and set out to find a group of those types of Boston girls going through challenging times and tell their story. Read More »

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A&E Orders Reality Series About Stay At Home Dads

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Expanding into comedic family reality series has been a priority for A&E Network. Now the network behind Duck Dynasty has greenlighted new nonfiction series Modern Dads. The project, which has received an order for eight half-hour … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Bates Motel’ In UK; ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ To Close Edinburgh; BBC Worldwide & Foxtel

In a significant first-run deal, Universal Channel has acquired A&E Network‘s Bates Motel for the UK. Handled overseas by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, the series is a contemporary prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock feature Psycho and stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz and Nestor Carbonel. It debuted in the U.S. on March 18 and was renewed for a second run last week. Universal Channel acquired both seasons. Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E. Carlton Cruse, and Kerry Ehrin are exec producers. Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’, A&E’s ‘Longmire’ & ‘The Glades’ Get Premiere Dates

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 7:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Lifetime‘s soapy mystery dramedy Devious Maids, executive produced by Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, will premiere on  Sunday, June 23, at 10 PM.  The project, originally developed and piloted by ABC last season, stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five maids with ambition and dreams who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, where  murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of some of the wealthiest and most powerful families. Read More »

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A&E Renews ‘Bates Motel’ For Season 2

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT

Just a few weeks after its March 18 debut, Bates Motel was been picked up for a second season, A&E announced today. Production on Season 2 is set to start later this year on the Psycho prequel of a sorts, with 10 new episodes to air in 2014. Read the release from A&E here:

NEW YORK – April 8, 2013 – A&E Network has picked up a second season of the acclaimed drama series, “Bates Motel” starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore from executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, it was announced today by Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel. The premiere of “Bates Motel” garnered 4.5 million total viewers and 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 18-49, based on Live+7 viewership, making it the most-watched original drama debut in the key demos in the network’s history.

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A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ Holds In Week 2

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 10:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

No second-week slump for A&E‘s Bates Motel. Against increased broadcast competition with the return of NBC’s Revolution, the Psycho prequel series drew 1.6 million adults 18-49 last night, even with its premiere last week. In … Read More »

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A&E’s ‘Storage Wars’ & ‘American Hoggers’ To Return In April

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 8:24am PDT

A&E announced today that Storage Wars and American Hoggers will be back next month for new seasons. Storage Wars, the abandoned locker bidding series, returns for a fourth season with back-to-back episodes April 16 at 9 PM and 9:30 PM. A big hit for A&E, Storage Wars was the network’s top show last year among adults 18-49 and the third-most-popular non-fiction show on cable adults 25-54. Its Season 3 averaged 4.2 million total viewers. American Hoggers is also back April 16 with dual episodes. Returning for a third season of hog hunter Jerry Campbell and his Texas family, the series will air back-to-back new shows at 10 PM and 10:30 PM.

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‘Bates Motel’ Premiere Ratings Hit A&E Drama High

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 11:02am PDT

Guess a lot of people are checking in to A&E Network’s Bates Motel. The premiere of the Psycho prequel series last night pulled in 3 million viewers for its 10 PM debut. Bates Motel garnered 1.599 … Read More »

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Branding Blitz: Is SXSW The Next Comic-Con For Studios?

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 10:39am PDT

Every studio with something to push books pricey space a year or more in advance at Comic-Con, which last year packed 130,000 fans into a downtown San Diego papered with promotional branding. But this year’s SXSW saw a sign of things to come as film and television brands took that strategy to Austin, targeting the festival’s estimated 64,000 registered attendees. Universal, Warner Bros Television, A&E Network, Showtime, and Syfy jumped ahead of the pack with marketing blitzes sure to multiply by next year as other entertainment brands set their sights on the plugged-in, social media-active demographic of influencers that pour into the annual multimedia festival. This year’s edition wraps this weekend.

SXSW 2013 WinnersGrowth here has accelerated rapidly in the past three years in terms of attendance and prestige, thanks to distribution deals and buzz-building debuts in the film festival portion and the hot tech conference on the Interactive side. But thanks to its unique overlap of Film and Interactive components, SXSW this year attracted the attention of studio marketers with no films in the program. All of the major companies I spoke with made their first-ever trips to SXSW in 2013 and reps tell me they’d return next year if they had the right property to promote.
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Josh Lucas & Lynn Collins To Topline A&E Pilot ‘Occult’, Lifting Cast-Contingency

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a lengthy casting process, Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins have been set as the leads of A&E‘s drama pilot Occult, produced by Transformers helmer Michael Bay and written by veteran genre writer, The X-Files alum James Wong. With Lucas and Collins on board, the project, originally picked up in September as cast-contingent, is going into production. Occult, which draws parallels to X-Files and Fringe, centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with Noa Blair (Collins), an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force. Wong executive produces with Bay and his partners at Platinum Dunes Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. The pilot was laid off at ABC Studios, marking the studio’s first collaboration with A&E. Read More »

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Season 3 Premiere Sets A&E Ratings Records With 8.6M Viewers, Edges ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Idol’ For Top Demo Spot

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 1:55pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: A&E‘s Duck Dynasty is becoming a Jersey Shore-size ratings monster. The reality series’ Season 3 premiere not only set all-time records for A&E, it also edged broadcast juggernauts Modern Family and American Idol to rank as the No.1 telecast on all of television last night among adults 18-49. In a photo finish, Duck Dynasty‘s 10 PM telecast posted 4.995 million adults 18-49 in Live+same day, followed by Modern Family (4.987 million) and American Idol (4.945 million). A&E was the No.1 TV network in the 10 hour last night among 18-49 and 25-54, also beating its broadcast competition.

PREVIOUS NOON: The back-to-back Season 3 premiere episodes of A&E Network‘s hit reality series Duck Dynasty were the most-watched telecast of all-time at the network in total viewers and all key demos. Last night’s 10 PM episode drew 8.6 million total viewers, 5 million adults 18-49 and 5 million adults 25-54. For the hour, the episodes averaged 8.6 million total viewers, 5 million adults 18-49 and 4.9 million adults 25-54. Overall, the premiere was up by 132% in total viewers, 127% in 18-49 and 117% in 25-54  compared with the Season 2 bow. Read More »

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