Publicists Guild Awards Winners Announced

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 4:19pm PST

The campaign teams from Warner Bros’ Gravity and FX’s American Horror Story: Coven came away with the respective Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Award for Motion 72251_icglogoPictures and Television at today’s 51st annual ICG Publicists Awards. Michael Singer received the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award. Other winners announced at the Beverly Hilton luncheon ceremony were Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz (American Press Award), former HFPA President Philip Berk (International Media Award). Peter Fountain (Excellence in Still Photography, Motion Pictures) and Michael Yarish (Excellence in Still Photography).Publicists Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger were presented with the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by the Divergent duo of Shailene Woodley and Theo James, and Shonda Rhimes received the Television Showmanship Award from her Scandal actor Tony Goldwyn. Jerry Lewis also was on hand to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award. A complete list of winners follows. Read More »

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Wraps As Ratings Juggernaut

kathybatesDear Kathy Bates,

Me again – writing to make sure you’re aware that last night, the season finale of your FX miniseries American Horror Story: Coven attracted nearly 6 million viewers counting its premiere run and encores –  and that nearly 4 million of them were 18-49-year-olds.  Hope you’re also aware it’s the most watched AHS finale ever — 85% better than the AHS: Asylum finale in overall audience and 72% in the demo –  and that, overall, Coven is the most watched in the AHS franchise.

Related: Open Letter To Kathy Bates: Congrats On Skewing-Up NBC

Maybe more important to you. The full season ranks among the Top-20 shows on TV in delivery of 18-49 year olds, and among the Top 5 in cable.

The first run of the season finale episode delivered more than 4 million viewers — nearly 3 million of whom fell into that key age bracket. Of course, I’m sure you know initial numbers don’t tell the whole story, since your show is one of the more heavily DVR’d. And, through 10 weeks on a Live+7 basis, American Horror Story: Coven has averaged more than 7  million overall viewers and more than 5 million demo viewers, to rank as the No. 3 scripted drama in basic cable, behind only The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Read More »

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‘Veronica Mars’ Reunion To Open PaleyFest 2014

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 10:04am PST

The-Paley-Center-for-media-logoThe Paley Center for Media’s 31st annual TV confab is set for March 13-28 and is moving across town from the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. PaleyFest 2014 will kick … Read More »

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Open Letter To Kathy Bates: Congrats On Skewing-Up NBC

Dear Kathy Bates,

Remember how NBC cancelled your Harry’s Law drama series in spring 2012, at the end of its second season, even though it was then the network’s most-watched drama series — because NBC suits felt its audience skewed too old and Warner Bros, not NBCU, owned the show? If memory serves me, you were asked about this at Summer TV Press Tour 2013, and you observed,  “I think they treated us like shit. They kicked us to the curb. They disrespected us; they disrespected our 7-11 million viewers. I think they’re getting what they deserve this year, Thank you.”

I’m writing to make sure you are aware that, last night, in the premiere of your new FX mini-series, American Horror Story: Coven you attracted 3.9 million 18-49-year-olds, at the same time NBC aired an episode of a new drama series — one it DOES own and which it presumes will do better than you could at attracting 18-49-year-old viewers. That new drama — ironically, a remake of the late 60′s NBC cop drama Ironside — attracted an average of 1.4 million viewers in the 18-49-year-old age bracket. That is less than half of your young-viewer audience. Ironside did come very close to matching your 3.87 million demo viewers – but it was the 3.64 million viewers Ironside attracted in the 50+ demo.  That is a demo in which NBC places little value, as you learned on Harry’s Law.

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‘American Horror Story’ Scares Up Record Ratings On FX

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 12:07pm PDT

American Horror Story: Coven, aka Season 3 of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s gleefully grisly FX anthology, opened with record-breaking crowds last night. About 5.54 million — and 3.87% of the country’s 18-49-year-olds –   tuned in to watch Kathy Bates give Jessica Lange a run for her scenery-chewing money as early 19th century New Orleans grand dame Madame LaLaurie who, when not leading society, kills time peeling the skin off the faces of her slaves, or turning them into minotaurs. It’s the most-watched telecast ever in the American Horror Story franchise — and, when Live+7 stats come around, stands a good chance of becoming the most-watched program in FX history. We feel compelled to note here that AHS: Coven got beat in its timeslot by — you know it’s coming — Duck Dynasty. The improbable A&E docu-soap hit clocked 7.4 million viewers — 4.02 million of them aged 18-49.

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‘American Horror Story’ Adds Danny Huston

Danny Huston is joining the cast of FX‘s American Horror Story. Showrunner Ryan Murphy made the announcement Sunday via Twitter: “Jessica Lange’s got a sexy (and dangerous) BF this year: Read More »

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ & ‘Horizon’ Add To Casts

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 7:02pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Alexander Dreymon has landed a major recurring role on the upcoming American Horror Story: Coven. On the witch-themed, New Orleans-set installment of the FX horror franchise, Dreymon will play the handsome young man … Read More »

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Gets Premiere Date

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 1:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

American Horror Story: Coven, the third installment in the horror franchise, will debut during October in the run-up to Halloween, as did its predecessors. Coven, starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, will debut October 9, … Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Ryan Murphy

Ryan MurphyFor two years running, Ryan Murphy’s miniseries American Horror Story has earned more Emmy nominations than any other show. This year American Horror Story: Asylum has 17 noms including the marquee movie/miniseries category. But the real question is whether those noms will turn into more wins this time around. To date, the genre show has taken home only two statuettes: one for leading lady Jessica Lange and one below-the-line for makeup. Murphy has made no secret of the fact he covets his own Emmy for AHS and spoke to Deadline’s AwardsLine editor Christy Grosz:

Deadline: Do you think this is your year to win for the series?
Ryan Murphy: I never would think about, “Oh, are we going to win? Do we deserve to win?” I like that people who have worked so hard on the show have, for the most part, been nominated. That thrills me to no end. It’s a very ambitious show in its scope, in its breadth. It’s 13 hours worth of material. From start to end, it takes almost 18 months to cook it up, to work it, to write it, to shoot it. It’s a really large endeavor and thankfully Fox Studios has given me the time and financial resources to do that. Last year, in particular, it was more than a horror show to me. What we really tried to make it be was a social commentary. It really was a look at the mental-health industry in the 1950s and 1960s and how it eventually was shut down and how that in itself was a great “American Horror”. Every year we take that phrase and try to make it specific. I thought it really came together in a great way. So should we win? I never know about those things. I’m just glad we were acknowledged. I think our competition is incredible. All of those nominees are certainly deserving. You never know. It’s really just a crapshoot at the end of the day, but I was really happy we were in there in such a big way two years in a row. When the show started I think a lot of people didn’t think it was going to fly or have legs. There’s a lot of supposition and stereotyping when it comes to the horror genre, so anything we can do to knock down some walls and make way for other people is great thing.

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TCA: Kathy Bates Blasts NBC Over ‘Harry’s Law’ Cancellation: “Treated Us Like S**t”

Kathy Bates spat on NBC today. Coming to Summer TV Press Tour 2013 to talk, cryptically, about her role in the latest iteration of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series American Horror Story: Coven, she … Read More »

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