The CW is pulling the plug on its latest attempt to launch scripted comedies. Online-to-TV transplant Backpackers and Canadian import Seed are coming off the schedule immediately. Next Monday, the CW’s lineup was already pre-empted for the Young Hollywood Awards. For the two following Mondays, the network will air Arrow repeats behind an original and encore of Whose Line Is It Anyway? On August 18, the 21st cycle premiere of America’s Next Top Model will air in the hour, where the veteran reality series will spend six weeks before moving to its regular Friday 9 PM time slot. (Its lead-in will be Whose Line original and repeat on August 18 and magic series Masters Of Illusion and Whose Line rerun starting the following Monday.) Top Model originally was slated to return on August 22 it its Friday 9 PM berth. It now will be double-pumped for the first six weeks, with repeats airing on Fridays.
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The CW made it official: It’s ordered the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Casting is currently underway for the cycle, which will again feature men and women contestants. Dates for the start of production and premiere will be announced at a later date. From the announcement: Read More »
As the clock counts down on The Million Second Quiz (0.8/3) so seemingly do the ratings. Five nights in, the live one-hour Ryan Seacrest multi-platform game show hit a new low on Friday. On a night with no X-Factor, no Big Brother, no new So You Think You Can Dance or any other competition, MSQ was down from Thursday’s previous low of 1.1/4. In fact, a repeat of Undercover Boss (0.9/3) actually won the time slot over MSQ last night. With questions like who admitted they had an affair with Jay Leno when she was 25 and who is the new PM of Norway (not the same person BTW), the show also fell in viewers from September 12’s 4.2 million to 4 million last night. Heading towards its September 19 conclusion, The Million Second Quiz continues tonight but is off on Sunday for NFL Football – because nothing gets between NBC and its football.
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A two-hour Dateline (1.4/4) at 9 PM was up 17% over last week to hit its best result among adults 18-49 since May 31. With that and a 1.2/4, NBC was No. 1 for the night among the key demo. The network was also tops and in viewers with 5.79 million watching. ABC came second among the demo with a 0.9/3 while CBS was No. 2 in … Read More »
Premiere week on the CW starts October 7, two weeks behind the official broadcast premiere week. As it did last year, the network is holding back its fall launch to avoid the onslaught of series and season debuts. The bulk of the network’s lineup will start the week of October 7. The big exception is the Tuesday duo of The Originals and Supernatural. The network is giving them an extra week because of The Originals’ tall order of going against ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, which is being supported by a monster promo campaign. (ABC is yet to officially announce its fall premiere dates but the network traditionally rolls out its schedule during premiere week.) For an extra boost, the CW wants to use The Vampire Diaries season premiere on October 10 to promote the October 15 debut of spinoff The Originals. Last to get on the air is the second season of The Carrie Diaries, which will bow October 25, joining the conclusion of the summer cycle of America’s Next Top Model on Fridays. Here are the CW’s fall premiere dates: Read More »
America’s Next Top Model is coming back for its 20th cycle on August 2, the CW announced today. With men as competitors for the very first time on the Tyra Banks hosted veteran reality series, the latest version of Top Model will debut with a two-hour episode at 8 PM on the Friday evening. The series is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company. Banks, Ken Mok and Laura Fuest Silva are the executive producers. Top Model was created by Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris.
UPDATE, 12:45 PM: The CW officially announced the Cycle 20 renewal of America’s Next Top Model for summer, which will feature a twist — for the first time, male models will be added to the group of contestants competing for the title. The change comes on the heels of veteran game show Price Is Right‘s recent decision to introduce male models.
EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: The CW‘s America’s Next Top Model will mark its 20th cycle in the summer. I hear the network has given the veteran reality series an order for another season. It will air next summer, which is where the series first launched in 2003 on the CW predecessor UPN. The unscripted series has since aired in-season, with fall and spring cycles. Read More »
America’s Next Top Model is cleaning house heading into its 19th cycle next fall. Leaving the veteran CW reality series are longtime co-stars Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander. Top Model executive producer/star Tyra Banks confirmed the exits on Twitter. “Fierce & love 2 my Nigel, Jay & Miss J,” she wrote. “ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us.”
The departures come on the heels of historically low ratings for the current cycle of Top Model dubbed British Invasion. Its season premiere dived 45% in adults 18-49 from the previous cycle to log the franchise’s lowest-rated opener ever. According to the New York Post, the trio’s contracts are not being renewed. Photo shoot director Manuel and runaway coach Alexander have been with the show since the first season, photographer/judge Barker since the second. Manuel also has been Banks’ long-time personal make-up artist. Barker addressed his departure in a blog post Thursday night. “Many of you have come to know me over the past eight years on the show, during which we have shared numerous amazing adventures,” he wrote. “It has been an exciting chapter in my life.”
The CW has set return dates for its original series, which will go on hiatus next month. The network will roll out its lineup on January 5 with the Thursday duo of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. The final 13-episode season of One Tree Hill will launch on January 11 and will run on Wednesdays in tandem with new reality series Remodeled, which will serve as a bridge between the two cycles of America’s Next Top Model. Because Remodeled‘s order is shorter than that of OTH, the final episodes of OTH are expected to air with Top Model, whose midseason premiere date will be announced early next year. Here is a list of the CW’s midseason premiere dates: Read More »