‘Mad Men’ Debut Jumps With Live+3-Day Viewing

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT

MAD MEN SEASON 7 DEBUT 3The return of Mad Men for the first part of Season 7 on Sunday clocked 3.7 million viewers when Live+3 viewing stats are added in – a 62% jump from the previously reported 2.3 Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Premiere Lowest Since 2008

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 11:28am PDT

MAD MEN SEASON 7 DEBUT 3The end is nigh for Mad Men, and last night the series had its lowest season premiere since 2008′s Season 2. The return of AMC’s acclaimed series for the first part of … Read More »

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AMC’s Revolutionary War Spy Drama ‘Turn’ Unfurls With 2.1 Million Viewers Watching

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:18pm PDT

On a very competitive night that included HBO’s Game of Thrones season opener, CBS’s Academy of Country Music AMC's TurnAwards and, yes, WrestleMania 30 on pay-per-view, AMC‘s new crunchy-gravel drama Turn logged a hefty 2.1 million viewers at 9 PM last night. With the repeat viewing at 10:30 PM, that crowd grew to a cumed 3 million viewers.  Among the premiere telecast’s 2.1 mil were 669,000 demo viewers; with the 10:30 PM repeat factored in, that stat grows to  1.1 million. Even better, the quarterly stats throughout the 90-minute premiere remained consistent, which means viewers did not look at a few minutes of the period piece and respond “Yikes!” Read More »

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‘Mad Men’s’ Season 7 Big Hollywood Premiere Buzz: How Does It All End? Why Can’t The Cast Win At Emmys? And Why Does Matt Weiner Welcome HBO’s ‘True Detective’ To Drama Series Race?

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 12:03pm PDT
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AMC threw a Hollywood premiere Wednesday night to kick off what was termed “the beginning of the end.” mad-men-logo-300x165AMC president Charlie Collier, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner and cast and crew were at the Arclight Theatre for the “Time Zones” episode that begins the first half of Season 7 premiering April 13th. The season marks the final go-round of the landmark four-time Emmy-winning Best Drama Series. The protracted goodbye will be split between seven episodes this spring and the final final episodes in spring 2015.

It was all very bittersweet last night as production actually was just beginning on those even as the premiere was kicking off.  In fact, executive producer Scott Hornbacher, who directed the “Time Zones” episode, was late to this party as he is also directing the first of those backend episodes. AMC's "Mad Men" Season 7 Premiere PartyHe told me later at the Chateau Marmont afterparty  that it’s going to be tough to end it, pointing to several people in the room he described as “family,” people  he saw every day.  That was the general consensus I got from so many cast members and AMC execs who have been with this since Day 1. One exec told me he was 24 when he first saw the pilot script. He’s 35 now. Life goes on. And so does Mad Men – at least to the conclusion for this iconic group of characters. CAA’s Bryan Lourd was seated next to me (he reps Weiner) and told me he wouldn’t have missed this event — even though CAA is having its retreat this weekend at La Costa near San Diego and he had to postpone a run-thru there to 11 PM so he could make it down the 405 freeway after the screening. Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Adds Trio As Season 5 Regulars

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:58am PDT

adam j west walking deadWe don’t know yet if he is a cannibal or not but we do know that we’ll be seeing a lot of Gareth in Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Andrew J, West, who … Read More »

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‘The Walking Dead’ Hits Another Season Finale Record With 15.7M Viewers

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:06am PDT

Walking Dead Season 4 Finale RatingsWith a reunion of sorts and a mouthful of blood and vengeance for Rick Grimes, last night’s The Walking Dead Season 4 finale on AMC drew 15.7 million viewers. That’s up from the 12.4 million who watched the then record-breaking Season 3 finale on April 1 last year and another new finale total viewership record for the blockbuster zombie apocalypse series. Last night’s Walking Dead also pulled in 10.2 million viewers in adults 18-49, a 25% rise from the 8.1 million in the demo who watched the Season 3 finale and a demo finale high. Based on the comic series co-created by executive producer Robert Kirkman, Walking Dead’s Season 4 premiere October 13 last year shattered that Season 3 finale result with staggering series and cable viewership records of 16.1 million viewers, 10.4 million adults 18-49 – those remain the all-time highs for the series. While not matching those numbers in subsequent episodes, Walking Dead did continue to slay almost everything else on TV, leaving major players like The Big Bang Theory and The Voice in the demo dust. With an average of 13.3 million total viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49, the show’s fourth season is up 24% in total viewers and 22% among the demo over Season 3 for its best result ever.

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Hot TV Trailer: AMC’s ‘Halt And Catch Fire’

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 9:16am PDT

Halt-and-Catch-FireSet in the early 1980s, Halt And Catch Fire from AMC Studios dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, Joe (Lee Pace); an engineer, Gordon (Scoot McNairy); and a prodigy, Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), whose innovations … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Talks Bloody Finale, Teases “Action-Heavy” Season 5

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of last night’s Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead.

Walking Dead Season 4 FinaleDon’t let anyone tell you that AMC’s The Walking Dead doesn’t pack a hell of a lot more than zombies into the series — as last night’s bloody and emotionally charged Season 4 finale proved. Besides the ever-present undead, the fourth season saw a big change in leadership among Sheriff Rick Grimes and the survivors, the outbreak of a raging influenza virus in their converted prison home, the exile of one major character, the graphic decapitation of another, the death of a major foe, some revealing backstories, and the scattering of the remaining members of the series in search of a new home and new hope. It also saw Walking Dead shattering cable ratings records again, and a couple of times it beat the usually unbeatable Sunday Night Football on NBC and topped that network’s Winter Olympics coverage three weeks in a row in the key adults 18-49 demo. There’s a good chance that when last night’s ratings come in later today, we’ll see another record. Walking Dead executive producer Scott Gimple, who just completed his first full season as showrunner, talked with me about last night’s finale as well as what fans can expect in Season 5 this fall and some changes behind the scenes.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Hosts Private Screening Of AMC’s ‘Turn’

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 11:19pm PDT

President George H.W. Bush, AMC TurnAMC’s new Revolutionary War drama series Turn received a glowing presidential endorsement tonight as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush hosted a private Houston, TX screening of the new show with the cast, executive producers Barry Josephson and Craig Silverstein and several AMC executives including president and general manager Charlie Collier in attendance.  Turn, which debuts on Sunday, April 6 at 9pm ET, follows the story of Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a Long Island farmer who is integral in the creation of a spy ring that assists George Washington during the Revolutionary War. As the former head of the CIA, Bush was elated with Turn, exclaiming to the audience after the screening, “AMC put together a brilliant show, a fantastic cast, there’s one problem however, and that’s waiting till the next episode.” Read More »

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AMC Greenlights First Comedy Pilot, Sets Projects From Chris Carter, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg And Kevin Smith, Adds Dave Erickson To ‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 1:58pm PDT
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amclogo4As part of its upfront, AMC as usual is making a slew of programming announcements. They include an increased focus on comedy development, including a first pilot green light to a half-hour project, We Hate Paul Revere, written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, and several comedy projects in development including one from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) and half-hours toplined/written by John Leguizamo and Wyatt Cenac. On the drama side, AMC’s development slate includes projects from Chris Carter, Amy Lippman and Josh Applebaum, André Nemec, Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and producer Aaron Kaplan.

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Kevin SmithAMC also announced the renewal of Kevin Smith’s unscripted series Comic Book Men for a fourth season.The network is expanding its relationship with Smith to include the development of a late-night project, Hollywood Babble-On, starring Smith and his co-host of their popular podcast, Ralph Garman, to be produced by Wilshire Studios and executive produced by Smith, Ralph Garman and Gary Auerbach. Additionally, AMC is also working with Smith on the development of a docu-series featuring super-collector and Comic Book Men regular Robert Bruce. Produced by Original Media and Smith’s Smodcast Pictures, and exec produced by Dan Laikind, Charlie Corwin, Elyse Seiden and Smith, Bruce and his fellow experts scour the country searching real estate sales, auction houses and flea markets on a quest to find rare items that will feed the needs of his demanding clients and add to Bruce’s own colossal collection.

AMC also has made an overall deal with Dave Erickson (Sons Of Anarchy), who will co-write, along with Robert Kirkman, and serve as an executive producer on the unnamed The Walking Dead companion series. “AMC is introducing more hours of original programming and the most robust, diverse development slate in our network’s history,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. Unwavering is our commitment to the eclectic, quality dramatic series that have come to define our brand and to the unconventional unscripted worlds we love to explore. And today we also happily dive head-first into our first-ever scripted comedy pilot.”  Here is AMC’s full slate, which includes drama, comedy and unscripted projects as well as two books optioned for series: Read More »

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AMC Sets Projects With John Leguizamo & Wyatt Cenac As Part Of Push In Comedy

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 1:00pm PDT
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cenacLeguizamoEXCLUSIVE: After establishing footprint in drama and reality programming, AMC is focusing on expanding into comedy next. The network’s upfront slate, which will be announced later today, is expected to feature a number of half-hour projects, including two starring, written and executive produced by John Leguizamo and former The Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac.

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Drawing inspiration from Leguizamo’s real-life three best friends, the untitled John Leguizamo project follows a group of men in Queens, The Bronx and upper Manhattan wrestling with careers, relationships, family, ambition, and getting older. In addition to starring, Leguizamo is co-writing the script with Sal Stabile (Revenge). The two executive produce with Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew of Silver Lining Entertainment, which reps Leguizamo alongside UTA and Sloane, Offer. Recently seen in Ride Along, Leguizamo is attached to play Pablo Escobar in the Relativity feature and has his 5th HBO special, Ghetto Klown, coming up.
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AMC Sets Directors For ‘Knifeman’ & ‘Galyntine’ Pilots

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 1:16pm PDT

amclogo4AMC Studios has tapped The Book Thief director Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) to helm the pilot for Knifeman, the drama about a charming, arrogant surgeon who robs graves and harvests organs in 18th century London. Rolin Jones (United Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘Mad Men’ Cast Muses About Season 6, Wonders About Season 7 And Bemoans The Inevitable End

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 10:16pm PDT

> on March 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.It was quite clear heading into Friday night’s Mad Men panel at the PaleyFest that the audience would come away knowing more about Star Wars: Episode VII  than Mad Men Season 7. Star Wars wasn’t discussed, but in traditional fashion, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner not only revealed zero clues about the next season of the AMC series, which returns April 13, but he remained largely tight-lipped about his next act when the show concludes in 2015. “I love the audience not knowing how the new season is going to start,” Weiner told Deadline, “We ended [Season 6] in the fall of 1968, and we’ll begin right after that.” One reveal: “A week from today, we start shooting the final seven episodes,” star Jon Hamm during Paleyfest 2014 logothe Q&A, which followed a screening of Season 6 finale “In Care Of.”  In that episode, Hamm’s complex protagonist, ad man Don Draper, suffers a layoff from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and divulges his past to his co-workers and children. “I don’t think any of us have any idea what the tone or look will be,” Hamm said of how the cast remains in the dark about the ultimate finale. Read More »

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AMC Taps Tracey Lentz As VP Unscripted Programming

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 12:22pm PDT

traceylentz1Tracey Lentz joins AMC from 3Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA, where she was VP of development. In her new role as VP unscripted programming, Lentz will focus on developing unscripted series for the network. She will be based in L.A. and report to … Read More »

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Hot TV Teaser: ‘Mad Men’

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 3:43pm PST

The seventh and final season of AMC’s Mad Men premieres April 13, and AMC has dropped a teaser today to whet the appetite. Remember, the seventh-season order has been upped from 13 to 14 episodes — seven to air in spring (“The Beginning”) and the final seven (“The End … Read More »

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AMC Partners With Next Games For ‘The Walking Dead’ Mobile Game

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 7:15am PST

walkingdead1Next Games and AMC today said the Finnish games company is in production of a mobile game based on The Walking Dead. The game’s worldwide launch will coincide with the Season 5 launch of the series that, for a second year, is No. 1-ranked in the demo in the U.S. “We chose to team up with Next Games because of their outstanding creative and technical talent, as well as a willingness to re-imagine the unique and compelling world of The Walking Dead, which has built a significant and passionate global fan community,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. Read More »

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AMC Sci-Fi Pilot ‘Line Of Sight’ Not Moving Forward

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 7:18am PST
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amclogo54__140207213036-275x124EXCLUSIVE: AMC‘s foray into sci-fi is being put on hold. The cable network has passed on drama pilot Line Of Sight, from Brotherhood creator Blake Masters. Co-produced by Fox TV Studios and AMC Studios, it centered on Lewis Bernt … Read More »

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Oscars Thrashes ‘Walking Dead’ In Demo Results

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 11:41am PST

wd march 2The Walking Dead beat the Olympics three Sundays in a row this year among adults 18-49, but it could not thrash the Oscars  in the key demo last night. The 12th episode of Season 4 of AMC’s zombie apocalypse series drew a 6.4 rating with 8.1 million viewers in the demo at 9 PM last night. That’s 46%  less than both the 12 rating and 15.25 million viewers in the demo during the hour opposite the Academy Awards in preliminary fast nationals Sunday. Overall, Walking Dead was watched by 12.6 million viewers, while 40.1 million tuned for the Oscars from 9-10 PM. The 3 1/2-hour Ellen DeGeneres-hosted Academy Awards was watched by 43 million in total. Not that the head-to-head loss to the Oscars was much of a decrease from last week’s Walking Dead results –  the show slipped a mere 3% from its demo rating and viewership last week.

Related: Oscars Viewership Hits 10-Year High

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AMC’s ‘Game of Arms’, BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ Churn Up Network Record Ratings

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 3:20pm PST

Last night’s premiere of AMC’s newest unscripted series Game Of Arms debuted with 1 million Being Mary Jane Renewed BETviewers and 626,000 adults 18-49 at 10 PM,  making it AMC’s highest weeknight unscripted series premiere ever. Game Of Arms, from Undertow Films, looks at the highly competitive world of underground arm wrestling.

Meanwhile, BET has officially ordered a second season of its first original scripted drama series Being Mary Jane, after the finale — two back-to-back hours from 9-11 PM — averaged 2.6 million viewers in the first hour and 3.2 million in the second.

Related: BET Preps Second Season Of ‘Being Mary Jane’, Cancels ‘Reed Between The Lines’

The season finale event became the series’ best performing episode, outperforming its premiere. (In early January, an average of 3.3 million viewers tuned in to check out the unveiling of the Gabrielle Union-starring vehicle, after which an immediate repeat clocked 1.8 million.) During February, the top 5 weeknight cable drama premiere telecasts were dominated by new episodes of the series, and it  finished out its first season as the No. 1 new original scripted series on ad-supported cable for the TV season to date among adults 18-49 and women 18-49. Read More »

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