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Kevin Reilly On The Future Of ‘House’, ‘Terra Nova’ And ‘Fringe’; No ‘Glee’ Spinoff: TCA

By | Sunday January 8, 2012 @ 12:22pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Launches Animation Unit To Supply Saturday Late-Night Block & Digital Network

With so many Fox series in limbo for next season, the network’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly spent the entire TCA executive session fielding questions about the future of veteran medical drama House, low-rated sci-fi drama Fringe, freshman Terra Nova and musical dramedy Glee, leaving virtually no time for him to brag about the Fox ratings gains this past fall. (He still found a way to mention the network’s 14% year-to-year ratings increase in one of his answers.)

In a nutshell, no decision has been made on House, Terra Nova or Fringe. Things don’t look good for Fringe, though it, along with House, will get satisfying finales if this proves to be the end of the road for them. Glee meanwhile looks very good to return though the plan for a spinoff has been scrapped. And, oh yeah, low-rated freshman animated comedy Allen Gregory has been officially canceled. Here are the details from Reilly, who also addressed the future of American Idol host Ryan Seacrest:

On Glee: “There will be no spinoff. The characters (who are seniors) will be graduating. (Co-creator) Ryan Murphy and the guys have come up with a really cool idea… that I think is going to really give us something cool to dig into next season. … It would be a cool season next year.” Despite the enthusiastic thumbs-up, Reilly declined … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Dominates Sunday

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 10:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sunday’s ratings race is too close to call in the fast nationals, but one thing is certain — NFL football will deliver the nightly win for the network that will come up on top in the finals, CBS or NBC. With a primetime overrun from the monster Patriots-Broncos game featuring the match-up between Tim Tebow and Tom Brady and the season finale of Survivor: South Pacific, CBS has a real shot at upstaging NBC’s Sunday Night Football for a No. 1 finish on Sunday for the first time this season. (In the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals, CBS is running slightly ahead of NBC.) CBS’ football overrun pushed the start of the network’s primetime lineup to 7:33 PM. The Survivor finale logged an approximate 4.0/10, running close to last fall’s closer (4.1/11).

SNF’s Chargers-Ravens game posted an 11.3 overnight rating/18 share. That was down 30% from last week’s game and down 27% from last year’s Week 15 game between the Patriots and Packers. ABC ran series and movie reruns (Santa Clause 3, 1.3/3, down 32% from last year’s telecast). Fox aired animated reruns and a the season/series finale of Allen Gregory (1.5/4), which matched its series low.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Desperate Housewives’ & ‘Pan Am’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With a monster football overrun, Fox’s animated comedies posted double-digit increases last night, while ABC’s dramas posted series lows. Rookie Once Upon A Time (3.1/7) was down 9% from last week, veteran Desperate Housewives (2.6/6) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago, and soon-to-be-grounded freshman Pan Am (1.6/4) was down 11% from its most recent episode three weeks ago. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 22% from last week.

Boosted by the NFL overrun, Fox’s The Simpsons (4.0/10, 9 million) was up a big 54% from last week to match its season high in 18-49 and draw its largest audience in almost a year. The tide lifted all ships, with struggling Allen Gregory (2.4/6) up a whopping 60% from last week; it still was the lowest-rated member of Fox’s animated block. Family Guy (3.5/8) at 9 PM was up 25% from last week and posted its highest teen rating in almost a year. The Cleveland Show (2.5/6) was up 14% from American Dad‘s delivery in the 9:30 PM slot last week and up 47% from Cleveland‘s demo rating last week at 7:30 PM.

CBS’ fast nationals may be skewed by regional NFL overruns. 60 Minutes (1.8/5) was down 51% from last week, when it followed an NFL overrun. The Amazing Race (2.7/6) was down 7%. The Good Wife (1.9/4) was flat with its most recent original two weeks ago, and CSI: Miami (2.2/5) was up … Read More »

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‘Allen Gregory’ To Be Preempted Next Week

By | Friday December 2, 2011 @ 2:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has extended the run of Allen Gregory … sort of. The network will preempt the seventh and final (for now) episode of the low-rated freshman animated series, slated for Sunday, December 11, to air an all-holiday-themed animated block. A Christmas The Cleveland Show episode will run in the 8:30 PM slot that night, while the last installment from Allen Gregory‘s 7-episode order will air in the time period the following Sunday. That’s expected to be the show’s series finale as a renewal is extremely unlikely. Five episodes in, the series is still sliding in the ratings after a lackluster premiere.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Allen Gregory’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Hallmark Hall Of Fame’ Barely Registers On New Net

Nellie Andreeva

As Americans were wrapping up the four-day Thanksgiving weekend last night, some stayed away from their TVs, leading to depressed ratings for the broadcast networks. (We’ve yet to get numbers for The Walking Dead fall finale on AMC.) ABC may be having second thoughts about picking up the Hallmark Hall Of Fame original movie franchise after it was dropped by CBS at the end of last season. In the franchise’s first ABC outing, the telefilm Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith posted an underwhelming 1.1/2 in 18-49, down a whopping 48% from November Christmas, which aired on CBS on the same night last year. In 18-49, Have A Little Faith was by far the lowest-rated program of the night despite having the night’s highest-rated entertainment program as a lead-in: freshman drama Once Upon A Time, which slipped 11% from its last original two weeks ago to a series low but still robust 3.4/8. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/4) was up 6%.

Following an NFL overrun, Fox’s The Cleveland Show (1.9/5) was up 6% from its 7:30 PM time slot premiere last Sunday. The Simpsons (2.6/6) was down a tenth, while rookie Allen Gregory (1.5/3) accelerated its ratings descent, down 15% to a new series low. How long before Fox swaps Allen Gregory and Cleveland? At 9 PM, Family Guy (2.8/6) was down 13%, and American Dad (2.2/5) was down 8%. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Still Strong, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Rises

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s Once Upon A Time continued its impressive freshman run last night, posting a 3.8/9 in adults 18-49. That was up a tenth from the fairytale drama’s fast national the previous week (flat with the national) and the highest demo mark for any non-sports program last night. Even more impressive, Once Upon A Time accomplished that with the lowest-rated Sunday broadcast program as its lead-in, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/4, up 13% from its most recent episode three weeks ago). Desperate Housewives (3.0/7) ended a run of originals on a high note, up 7% from last week, as the dramedy heads into a three-week hiatus. Rookie Pan Am (1.8/4), which is expected to find out its fate this week, posted yet another 1.8 fast national demo rating (it was adjusted down a tenth last Sunday).

NBC once again dominated Sunday’s primetime with Sunday Night Football‘s Patriots-Jets came, which drew a 14.5 overnight rating/23 share, up 2% from last week and from last year’s Week 10 game between the Patriots and Steelers. In another repeat from last Sunday, Fox’s comedies had an NFL overrun as a lead-in, making week-to-week comparisons fair: The Simpsons (3.5/8) was down 5%. Allen Gregory (2.0/5) shed another tenth as the newbie is yet to bottom out. Family Guy, which featured a controversial 9/11 storyline, was up a tenth from the show’s fast national last Sunday (flat with the national). American Dad was down a tenth. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL Football Tops The Night, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & ‘Simpsons’ Tied

Nellie Andreeva

The veteran and the rookie led the entertainment pack last night as Fox’s The Simpsons, the longest-running primetime scripted series on air, tied newcomer Once Upon A Time as the highest-rated non-sports program with a 3.7/9 in adults 18-49. For ABC’s Once Upon A Time, this is a modest 5% dip from last week; The Simpsons too was down slightly from last week’s Treehouse of Horror (8%). But The Simpsons had a 10 times bigger lead-in from the NFL game overrun vs. a Once Upon A Time repeat (1.1/3) for the ABC fairytale series, which also hit a series high in adults 18-34. Once Upon A Time‘s lead-out, veteran dramedy Desperate Housewives (2.8/6), was down 10% from last week, while freshman drama Pan Am continues to be stuck at a 1.8/4. The order was reversed at Fox, where the rookie was following the veteran. In its second week behind The Simpsons, new animated comedy Allen Gregory (2.1/5) was down 13% from its soft premiere to rank as the lowest-rated Fox series last night. Family Guy (3.0/7) was down 6%, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), down 7% from its last original seven weeks ago. Read More »

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COMIC-CON: TV Series Will Be Out In Force

Deadline Comic-Con TV Contributor Gary Hodges reports:

While a studio presence for movies is shaping up to be a little thin at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (save for notable exceptions like the Cowboys and Aliens premiere and a rumored Steven Spielberg pop-in), the television side of things doesn’t seem bad at all. In fact, it already is looking pretty meaty, promising to keep small-screen aficionados (and this Deadline writer) hustling if they want to see every panel the convention has to offer. The announcements are still rolling in and the official schedule is probably still a couple weeks away, but here are a few of the juicier tidbits about what to expect at the July 21-24 event that we’ve heard so far.

20th Century Fox has announced that it will be promoting at least 13 shows this year with panels, from the familiar (Bones, Family Guy, The Simpsons and Glee, all with their respective casts) to a handful of new offerings. Probably the one garnering the most interest is Terra Nova, the sci-fi drama that boasts Spielberg as an executive producer and a ballsy commitment from Fox, which has already ordered 13 episodes (said to cost about $4 million apiece). The show should find a receptive audience at the convention, as it tells the story of how Earth in the year 2149 is apparently so bad, time-traveling to 85 million years ago to be chased and eaten by expensive CGI dinosaurs is considered an improvement. Another new Fox offering that’s interesting and destined to be fodder for the talking heads is Allen Gregory, an animated series about the titular precocious 7-year-old boy (voiced by Judd Apatow-darling Jonah Hill) and his gay dads. There’s also an animated Napoleon Dynamite series on the way, with the film’s original cast returning to do the voice work, and Awake, a sci-fi drama about a detective (Jason Isaacs) who, after a car accident, finds he can occupy two parallel realities: one where his wife died in the crash, and a second where it was his son who perished. No word yet on which reality has Fox canceling every other new series because they poured all their money into Terra Nova’s gaping prehistoric mouth.

Warner Bros will also be there in force, with a 3,000-square-foot booth on the show floor and 16 shows in their lineup. Most of the shows are old standbys; then again, most are also beloved by the average convention-goer. The Big Bang Theory cast is always welcomed with enthusiasm, making their scheduled appearance a no-brainer. Likewise Chuck, Fringe, Nikita, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and curiously apostrophe-free Childrens Hospital all will have no problem finding happy, receptive attendees to fill seats for a chance to glimpse their favorite star in the flesh. As for new fare, the enigmatic drama Alcatraz opens present-day with 302 people — wardens and prisoners — suddenly reappearing in the infamous prison, 50 years after their mysterious disappearance. It also stars Lost alumnus Jorge Garcia as a “hippie geek” Alcatraz expert, a challenging-sounding role that I hope he’s up for. Person of Interest is a sci-fi series about a computer program that predicts future crime victims (sounding a bit like Minority Report, but minus the precognitive crack babies who sit in a bathtub all day) and the former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) who is tasked with trying to solve the crimes. Lastly, WB will roll out The Secret Circle, a young-adult fantasy-horror-romance series based on the book of the same name. In the series, teenaged Cassie (played by Britt Robertson) discovers she comes from a family of witches. Oh, and love; she also discovers love. Read More »

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‘SNL’ Alum Will Forte Books TV, Film Gigs

Nellie Andreeva

Will Forte has booked his first full-time TV gig since leaving Saturday Night Live last summer, joining Fox’s upcoming animated series Allen Gregory as a regular voice cast member. On the show, about an accomplished 7-year-old boy embarking on elementary school, Forte will voice characters alongside co-creator/executive producer Jonah Hill and French Stewart. Forte has had a frequent presence on Fox’s animated comedy block. He has voiced recurring characters on American Dad! and The Cleveland Show and was a regular on Sit Down Shut Up.

On the feature side, Forte has signed on to star in Run and Jump. The indie, from Samson Films (Once), was written by Ailbhe Keogan and Steph Green, with Green directing. It was developed by the Irish Film Board and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, with Tamara Anghie producing. Maxine Peake, Brian F. O’Byrne and Sharon Horgan have also been cast in the movie, which will be filmed on location in Ireland in May.

Additionally, Forte recently boarded Tim And Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, which just landed financing from Mark Cuban’s 2929 Prods. Forte, repped by UTA and Mosaic, last year headlined his first movie, MacGruber, an extension of his SNL skits.

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David Goodman To Run ‘Allen Gregory’

By | Tuesday December 7, 2010 @ 11:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Family Guy executive producer David Goodman has joined the new Fox animated comedy series Allen Gregory as executive producer/ showrunner. The 20th TV/Chernin Entertainment project hails from co-creators Jonah Hill, Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. Goodman, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, will work alongside Paul and Mogel in running day-to-day operations on the show, which last month received a 7-episode order.  Allen Gregory‘s title character is the world’s most celebrated seven-year-old who embarks on the greatest challenge of his life: attending elementary school with regular kids. Executive producing the series are Hill, Mogel, Paul, Goodman, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. UTA-repped Goodman did a stint as a co-executive producer on Fox’s Family Guy during the show’s original incarnation and has served as an executive producer on the hit animated comedy since its 2005 return.

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Fox Orders ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Toon Series

Nellie Andreeva

Fox has picked up two animated series eyed for next season, Napoleon Dynamite, an adaptation of the hit 2004 movie, and Allen Gregory, co-written and executive produced by Jonah Hill. Both series are produced by 20th Century Fox TV; Allen Gregory is a co-production with studio-based Chernin Entertainment. The order to Napoleon Dynamite is for 6 episodes, while Allen Gregory has been picked up for 7 episodes. Both projects originated as presentations. Read More »

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