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‘Anderson’ Exec Producer Jim Murphy Exits

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 1:08pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Anderson executive producer Jim Murphy is stepping down, completing the behind-the-scenes changing of the guard at Anderson Cooper’s syndicated daytime talk show. Murphy’s departure leaves rising star Terence Noonan as the only executive producer alongside Cooper at the helm of the Telepictures-produced freshman talker, which has already been renewed for a second season. Noonan joined Anderson from Dr. Oz at the beginning of October and was quickly upped to executive producer alongside the show’s original executive producers Lisa Morin, Murphy and Cooper. Morin left at the beginning of December, followed by today’s exit of Murphy. “I’m grateful for Jim’s help and his hard work launching the show,” Cooper said in a memo to the staff. “He’s a good friend and will always be a friend of our show. We have a terrific team in place led by our executive producer, Terence Noonan, and I’m really excited about the momentum we’ve built and the future of the show.”

For the week ending January 15th (the most recent ratings we have), Anderson posted a 25% jump to a series high 1.5 household rating, the largest household rating increase of any new show. It also scored 20% or better increases in every key female demo, including 29% among women 25-54 to a 0.9. Murphy, who came from Good Morning America, is said to be looking to to return to news. “This has been an amazing experience being involved in the creation of this great … Read More »

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Syndication’s “Wild” Day: How Next Fall’s Lineup Fell Into Place Within A Few Hours

Nellie Andreeva

Who said syndication was boring? In one day this week, the usually sleepy industry offered more action that a Michael Bay movie. Wednesday started off with several shows: newbies Jeff Probst, from CBS TV Distribution, Twentieth’s Ricki Lake, Warner Bros’ Bethenny Frankel as well as Warner Bros’ rookie Anderson, vying for a slot on the NBC stations. It ended with Jeff Probst getting the NBC stations, Anderson being renewed on the Fox stations and Ricki Lake landing a key Tribune station that secures its launch. “I don’t remember it being so wild,” one veteran syndication executive said about the Wednesday flurry of activity. “It was like the Wild Wild West — everyone had their guns out and we were shooting at each other.”

After a marathon of presentations by all hopefuls, including the NBC-produced Jenny McCarthy talk-show pilot, it came down to Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake for the spot on the NBC stations. Things were so close, I hear the winner was picked by a vote. The moment the decision to go with Jeff Probst was made yesterday, “the scurrying started, and the other dominoes started to fall,” according to an industry insider. Ricki Lake needed to secure a station in the top TV market, New York City, to keep its hopes of a nationwide launch alive. Meanwhile, Tribune’s New York station WPIX had trouble integrating Anderson Cooper’s new talk show into its lineup of conflict talkers: NBCU’s Maury, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos, and Tribune’s own Bill Cunningham. So WPIX went for Ricki Lake, Anderson moved to Fox’s New York station, and the Fox station group quickly renewed the show for a second season. Read More »

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‘Anderson’ Talker Renewed For Season 2

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 5:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Two months into it freshman run, Anderson Cooper’s daily syndicated talk show has been renewed for a second season. The show’s core station group, Fox TV Stations, has renewed the Telepictures-produced show on its stations in Los Angeles (KTTV-TV), Chicago (WFLD-TV) and Boston (WFXT-TV), and has picked up the series for its stations in New York (WNYW-TV), Minneapolis (KMSP-TV) and Tampa (WTVT-TV). This represents an upgrade for Anderson, which currently airs on Tribune’s WPIX in New York. LIN’s incumbent stations also have renewed the show, which also has been cleared in Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix and Jacksonville. “The show is off to a good start and has the opportunity to grow organically into something unique,” said Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin. While not a breakout hit, Anderson is doing decently in the ratings, averaging a 1.4. The series is distributed by Warner Bros Domestic TV Distribution.

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Warner Bros Generating Big TV Profits As Cable Nets And Online Services Join Fray

With basic cable networks buying more original series, and digital companies such as Netflix starting to license reruns, “there’s never been a better time to be in the television content and distribution business,” Warner Bros Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum told the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference. His operation still depends on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC for most of its profits — even though they typically favor the shows they produce. WB’s been the top TV supplier for 20 of the last 25 years by being everyone’s second choice. “If you get enough at-bats, it adds up,” Rosenblum said. WB has 27 primetime shows on broadcast TV this fall including 11 newcomers. The exec is especially enthusiastic about Two And a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen. “CBS is very, very excited about it,” he says. Rosenblum says he isn’t worried yet that sales of older shows in continuing series to online streaming services will lure viewers away from new episodes on network TV, although “it’s something we’re watching.” But he says the digital companies have an opportunity to stand out if they purchase reruns of cable network series — networks don’t like to buy these from each other — and serialized dramas that often don’t appeal to TV stations. Read More »

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It Wasn’t Tennis: ‘Anderson’ Doesn’t Get Second-Day Bump, ‘Dr. Phil’ Debuts No. 1

Nellie Andreeva

When new syndicated talk show Anderson debuted with a so-so 1.1 household rating on Monday, the producers called the rating atypical, claiming it was depressed because the show had to face the U.S. Open men’s tennis final in major markets, including New York. But on Day 2, Anderson Cooper’s talk show didn’t get a bump, drawing the same 1.1 household. It had a small uptick in the women 25-54 demo, from a 0.6 to a 0.7 rating. Meanwhile, the premiere of veteran talker Dr. Phil, which was pushed to Tuesday due to U.S. Open-related pre-emptions on the CBS stations, posted a 4.6 household rating for its exclusive interview with the parents of Casey Anthony. It was Dr. Phil‘s highest-rated season premiere in 7 years, up 92% from last season’s opener. Dr. Phil led the syndicated talk show pack yesterday, including Regis & Kelly (2.7/10), Dr. Oz (2.5/7), Ellen (2.3/6) and Maury (1.6/5).

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‘Anderson’ Starts Slow, Impacted By Tennis

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 11:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Telepictures’ new syndicated talk show Anderson had a rough start yesterday, drawing a 1.1 household rating, 0.6 in women 25-54. However, the talker starring Anderson Cooper faced CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open men’s tennis final in several major markets, including New York, San Francisco, and Boston. Facing massive pre-emptions on the CBS stations for tennis coverage, veteran talk show Dr. Phil moved its season premiere featuring Casey Anthony’s parents from yesterday to today.

Live With Regis & Kelly and Ellen led the talk-show ratings yesterday with Regis & Kelly (2.9 HH, 1.4 W25-54) topping the chart in households and Ellen (2.6 HH, 1.5 W25-54) in the female demo. Ellen averaged a 4.1/11 HH rating/share in the eight markets where it replaced Oprah, holding onto the Oprah time-period share. Dr. Oz, which succeeded Oprah in most markets, 80+, was up double digits from last fall’s premiere. In the top market where it replaced Oprah, LA, the show drew a 4.1 HH rating, 1.3 in W25-54. Here are the syndicated talk show ratings for yesterday: Read More »

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