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NBC Cancels ‘Crisis’ & ‘Believe’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 12:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

crisis-s1-keyartMore inevitable cancellations at NBC, which formally pulled the plug of underperforming midseason dramas Believe and Crisis. The demise of Believe makes it two NBC cancellations of JJ Abrams believedramas today, as Revolution also was not picked up. Abrams’ Bad Robot also lost Almost Human, cancelled by Fox after one season, leaving the company with only one broadcast series next season, CBS’ Person of Interest. Crisis and Believe had the odds stacked against them with challenging slots on Sunday night. Still, Believe premiered after The Voice for extra sampling. In the end, neither  the supernatural Believe, from Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron, nor hostage drama Crisis could draw enough viewers to earn a renewal.

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NBC’s ‘Believe’ & ‘Crisis’ Pulled For Final Sunday Of May Sweep

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 12:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

believeNot that there was any realistic chance for NBC’s midseason drama series Believe and Crisis, but whatever little hope the shows’ fans may have had for a renewal should be gone now that the network has pulled the two series for a crisis-s1-keyartWomen of SNL special on May 18, the final Sunday of May sweep. In their most recent airings this past Sunday, both dramas drew a 1.0 among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals. NBC has been struggling to kick-start its Sunday lineup post-football as it left with four hours to fill every January.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Believe’ & ‘Cosmos’ Rise, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & CBS Lineup Slip

By | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 9:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

believeThe ABC series that shares a title with the Easter holiday, Resurrection, was off last night, but two other shows dealing with spiritual and cosmic themes, NBC’s Believe and Fox’s Cosmos, got ratings bumps. Coincidentally, both air in Resurrection‘s 9 PM time slot and benefited from the benching of the midseason for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Believe (1.2 in 18-49, up 20% from last week to match a regular-slot high since the premiere) also was helped from a stronger lead-in from Dateline (0.9, up 13%) as NBC moved in to swap underperformed reality series American Dream Builders and the newsmagazine. In its first airing at 7 PM, Dream Builders (0.6) was down 14% from last week’s 8 PM episode to a new low. (NBC was pre-empted for an NBA game in Portland from 7-9 PM, so ratings for Dream Builders and Dateline may undergo adjustments.) At 10 PM Crisis (0.9) retreated 18% after a 10% bump the previous Sunday to a new low. Both midseason dramas have been considered very long shots for renewal. UPDATE: The Portland NBA game went into overtime, spilling beyond 9 PM to also pre-empt Believe and part of Crisis in the market, NBC just said in a note. That could explain the .2 rise for Believe, which will likely be adjusted down in the finals tomorrow.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Cosmos’, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & ‘Dateline’ Fall, ‘Crisis’ Up, ‘Resurrection’ Dips

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 9:23am PDT

There was a lot of competition from cable last night with the return of AMC‘s Mad Men, Showtime’s Californication and Nurse Jackie and Week 2 of the latest season of Game Of Thronesplus Silicon Valley and Veep on HBO. However the networks weren’t letting down their game with a slate of originals from everyone. Still, almost everyone was down in adults 18-49 from last week.

COSMOS APRIL 13Fox started the night with its usual animation block of Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) and American Dad (1.1/4). The two ‘toons were down 11% and 8%, respectively, from their April 6 airings. They were followed by The Simpsons (1.6/5) and Family Guy (2.1/6), which fell 16% and 9% respectively. However, the latter was the highest-rated show on primetime last night. The biggest blow of the night for Fox was for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.2/3). Up against GoT and more, the sixth episode of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted series took a 20% dive from last week in the key demo. That’s a low for the rebooted science show. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Crisis’ Falls Sharply, ‘Believe’ & ‘Resurrection’ Hit Lows, ‘Cosmos’ & ‘American Dream Builders’ Fall

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT

The Good WifeWhile AMC’s The Walking Dead wrapped its fourth season last night, there were no premieres or finales on primetime broadcast TV on Sunday, but there sure was a lot of action. For one thing, CBS‘ primetime was pushed back more than 20 minutes on the East Coast and the Central time zone due to overruns from the NCAA Tournament. That slide means the networks’ ratings are all over the court and likely to see greater-than-usual adjustments when final numbers comes in later today. As it stands right now, 60 Minutes (2.5) started off the night at 7:30 PM, with The Amazing Race (2.0) at 8:30 PM and The Mentalist (1.6) at 10:30 PM. A week after the sudden and shocking death of male lead Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, The Good Wife (1.7)  faced the fallout. As Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick struggled with the loss of her former lover, the show was up from last week’s 1.5 to match its second-best result among adults 18-49 of the season so far and, with 10.39 million watching, hit its second-best total viewership of the cycle. Of course, expect that to change in final numbers. Preliminary ratings have CBS winning the night with a 2.3/6 rating and 11.729 million watching.

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Heather McComb Set To Recur On Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’; Mia Vallet Joins NBC’s ‘Believe’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 3:18pm PDT

Heather McCombHeather McComb has nabbed a recurring role in Season 2 of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. She will play Patricia, a working-class mother who befriends Bunchy Donovan (Dash Mihok). She begins filming today. McComb’s recent TV credits include Shameless, Bones and Rizzoli & Isles, and she next stars in the feature Another Stateside. She is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates and Bohemia Group.

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Mia ValletMia Vallet has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on the NBC drama Believe. She will play Dani, a vulnerable woman with a dark edge. Abandoned by her parents who blamed her for killing her brother, she has been living on the streets for the past few years. Ultimately she becomes the antagonist to Bo (Johnny Sequoyah). Vallet, who starred in the 2012 feature Forelsket, is repped by Innovative Artists and Suskin Management.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Soft Start For ‘Believe’ & ‘Crisis’ As NBC Reintroduces Drama To Sundays, ‘Resurrection’ Slips But Still Solid

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 10:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

If ABC last week was hoping for a little bit of luck crisis-s1-keyartwith new drama Resurrection, which was sandwiched between established Sunday dramas Once Upon A Time and Revenge, NBC was praying for nothing short of a miracle last night, launching two new dramas, Believe and Crisis, with no original lead-in on a night on which it had no recent drama tradition. The last time NBC attempted to premiere a new drama on Sunday was five years ago with the short-lived Kings, with only two brief drama runs (Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Harry’s Law) since then on the night, which NBC has been filling up with reality programming post-football. Following a The Voice repeat (1.4), new drama Believe made its time-slot premiere at 9 PM with a 1.4 in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. At 10 PM, believenew drama Crisis opened to a 1.6 in 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. Neither showed a breakout potential but, given the circumstances, neither tanked either. Believe‘s premiere rating was a little more than a half of what its preview behind Voice did on Monday (2.7), but those samplings rarely boost series debuts unless the pilot wows the audience. For instance, CBS’ midseason drama Intelligence logged a 2.4 in its preview behind NCIS but only a 1.1 in its regular slot debut on Monday. It’s been a rough midseason for new dramas, with no show besides ABC’s Resurrection debuting to more that 1.7 in 18-49. (Crisis and Believe still finished ahead of the premieres of ABC’s three other midseason entries, Mind Games, Killer Women and The Assets.) Crisis also managed to build on its lead-in, a rare feat for a 10 PM drama, and it finished only a tenth off No. 1 in the hour, beating CBS veteran The Mentalist.

Mostly positive news for ABC. Breakout Resurrection (3.0) was down from the its fast national last week (21% from the final) but still delivered a potent number to finish as the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers (10.8 million), more than doubling the rating of its 9 PM drama competitors, Believe and The Good Wife. In my book, the network’s MVP last night was Once Upon A Time (2.3), which not only has provided a strong launching pad for Resurrection but also has found a new momentum with its new witch storyline, matching last week’s midseason premiere fast national rating. On the flip side, Revenge (1.7) at 10 PM slipped 11% from its midseason debut last week, barely edging NBC’s Crisis. ABC still won the night comfortably in adults 18-49 (2.1) though the total viewer crown went to CBS this time. Read More »

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Hot TV Teaser: First 2 Minutes Of NBC’s ‘Believe’

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 5:43pm PST

NBC’s high-concept new drama Believe is from J.J. Abrams and Gravity’s Best Director Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón (who co-wrote the pilot and directed it) gets a special preview Monday, March 10 at 10 PM following The Voice before launching in its regular Sunday 9 PM slot March 16. Here’s the first two minutes of the series, which has seen its share of showrunner turnover. The drama centers on a young girl (Johnny Sequoyah) with an extraordinary ability and a man (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. Check it out:

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TCA: NBC’s ‘Believe’ Is No ‘Touch’ – Or ‘Touched By Angel’ – Says JJ Abrams

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 2:12pm PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198The high-ish rate of showrunner churn on NBC‘s high-profile mid-season drama Believe before it has even premiered, is “creativity”  and “a process,” executive producer J.J. Abrams said this afternoon.

The rap on the show is that it has had trouble trying to figure out what it should be. But Abrams, talking to TV critics at Winter TV Press Tour 2014, preferred to think of it as a process by which they found the right fit with the “incredible pilot” directed by Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuaron — and in no way a reflection on the two “great and talented”, and departed, showrunners with whom he said he hopes to work in the future.

Believe JJ AbramsIn December, executive producer/showrunner Dave Erickson departed and was succeeded by co-executive producer/director Jonas Pate, the second episode’s director - a rare case of a director taking the reins of a scripted series. Co-creator/exec producer/original showrunner Mark Friedman left the series in July. Friedman and Cuaron co-wrote the pilot for the high concept project, about the unlikely relationship between Bo, a girl with supernatural powers, and Tate, the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from the nogoodniks who are trying to hunt her down.

Of Pate’s new assignment, Abrams said he’s a big believer “whoever can do it… does it,” adding that they were lucky to find their new showrunner “in the family.”

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Cuaron said he came up with the idea for Believe while directing Oscar-nominated Gravity,  during which “I had a window, waiting for the endless process of visual effects and I wanted to do something” but did not have time to direct another film.” “First of all I wanted to do something in which people were not floating and from then on everything just came together,” he joked. Read More »

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NBC Sets Post- Olympics Premiere Plans; Comedies To Get Previews During Games

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 12:53pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

About A Boy - Season PilotNBC has set its post-Winter Olympics scheduling plans, setting premiere dates for new comedies About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher, dramas Believe and Crisis and unscripted series American Dream Builders. Like it did with the 2012 summer Olympics (Who can forget the interruption in the closing ceremony for Animal Practice), NBC will preview the two comedies during the games. About A Boy, based on the best-selling Nick Hornby novel, will preview on Feb. 21 at 10:30 PM, following NBC’s Olympics coverage, and Growing Up Fisher will be sneaked on Feb. 23 at 10:30 PM, following the Closing Ceremonies. Like it did with Go On and The New Normal in fall 2012, About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher will be paired in a Tuesday 9 PM block following The Voice starting Feb. 25.

High concept new drama Believe, from J.J. Abrams and Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón, who also directed the pilot, will get a special preview Monday, March 10 at 10 PM following The Voice before launching in its regular Sunday 9 PM slot on March 16. It will be part of NBC’s all-new Sunday night that also will include new hostage drama Crisis at 10 PM, beginning on March 16 and the Nate Berkus-hosted reality competition series American Dream Builders, which will premiere on March 23 at 8 PM.

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NBC’s Alfonso Cuaron/J.J. Abrams Series ‘Believe’ Makes Showrunner Change, Goes On Early Hiatus

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 5:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

believeNBC‘s high profile midseason drama series Believe, co-created and executive produced by Gravity director/co-writer Alfonso Cuaron and exec produced by J.J. Abrams, is undergoing a behind the scenes change. Executive producer/showrunner Dave Erickson is expected to depart. He will be succeeded by co-executive producer/director Jonas Pate who has been named executive producer/showrunner, a rare case of a director, not a writer taking the reins of a scripted serie. He directed the important second episode of the series that follows the pilot helmed by Cuaron. Pate joins executive producers Cuaron, Abrams, Bryan Burk as well as Hans Tobeason who will now serve as on-set producer in New York where the series films. This marks the second showrunner change on Believe. Co-creator/executive producer and original showrunner Mark Friedman left the series in July. To accommodate the showrunner transition, Believe is going on a holiday hiatus a week earlier that the previously scheduled Dec. 20 start. The extra week will be used to work on scripts. The series will resume production on Jan. 6 as originally scheduled. NBC has not slated Believe yet but had been looking to launch it after the Winter Olympics, using the sports event to promote the series and benefiting from the strong awards attention Cuaron is enjoying with Gravity. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Justin Bieber’s Believe’

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST

“When you reach a certain point in your life, there are people out there waiting to see you fall.” Justin Bieber is ready for the haters in Believe, the pop star’s second official feature-length docu which also features mentor Usher and manager Scooter Braun. G.I. Joe 2 director Jon M. Chu is back after helming the $99M Bieber hit Never Say Never for Paramount in 2011. Of course, in those few short years the teen idol has added some tarnish to his once squeaky-clean image. Will his “Beliebers” again spend their allowance cash so freely on tickets? Believe hits theaters on Christmas through Open Road Films:

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‘The Last Ship’ Casts A Regular, ‘Believe’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘Gang Related’ Add Recurring

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 5:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Recent Yale graduate Marissa Neitling has landed her first regular role on the TNT’s upcoming drama series The Last Ship. Executive produced by Michael Bay, it’s about the crew of a lone naval destroyer after a global pandemic who must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Neitling, repped by KMR and Wishlab, will be playing a member of the crew, a highly trained officer in the Combat Information Center — the intelligence and weapons hub of the ship.

Rome and Luck alumna Kerry Condon is joining another upcoming drama series, NBC’s Believe, from Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams. It centers on Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a girl with special powers. Condon will play Zoe Boyle, who has worked at Roman Skouras’ (Kyle MacLachlan) side for years. She considers herself the “mother” of the unique group of people Skouras has collected in his top-secret organization, Orchestra, and her heart aches for the one member that got away — Bo. Condon, repped by ICM Partners, Framework and Curtis Brown, recently guest starred on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Abrams’ other NBC drama series, Revolution, also is adding a recurring, Mat Vairo (Switched At Birth), who will play the sexy, charming, a little cocky and a lot dangerous Connor. He is repped by … Read More »

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Stella Maeve Joins ‘Chicago PD’; Nick Tarabay Cast In ‘Believe’; ‘Gang Related’ & ‘Twisted’ Also Add Recurring

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Stella Maeve has been cast in a recurring role on NBC’s midseason drama Chicago PD, a spinoff from the network’s Chicago Fire. On the cop drama, from Wolf Films and Universal TV, Maeve will play Nadia, a pretty 18-year-old escort who is addicted to heroin and goes through a very difficult withdrawal. Maeve, repped by Principato-Young and Abrams Artists, recently co-starred in CBS series Golden Boy, CW pilot Norfolk and indie Dark Summer.

Spartacus and Crash alum Nick Tarabay has booked a recurring role on the new NBC Alfonso Cuaron drama Believe, about Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a girl with special powers. Tarabay, repped by Domain and manager Brian Medavoy, will play Niko Zepeda, a dangerous, intimidating CIA Black Ops who is a constant looming threat as he hunts Bo and her protector Tate (Jake McLaughlin). Read More »

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Justin Bieber Pic ‘Believe’ To Open On Christmas Day

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 10:43am PDT

Open Road Films has set a December 25 release date for Believe, the concert documentary directed by Justin Bieber: Never Say Never helmer Jon M. Chu. Footage from the pic, from SB Films and Dolphin Films, screened for select buyers in Toronto via global sales rep IM Global after Chu shot the movie under the radar. It features new interviews with the pop star, concert footage and behind-the-scenes access. As part of the promotional push, a new Bieber song will be released each Monday leading up to the movie’s release. Never Say Never made $99 million worldwide after Paramount released it in February 2011.

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Showrunner Mark Friedman Exits NBC’s J.J. Abrams Drama ‘Believe’

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 11:04pm PDT

The co-creator and showrunner on NBC’s new high-concept drama has left the show. Sources tell Deadline that Mark Friedman (The Forgotten, Home Of The Brave) made the decision to exit Believe, from Warner Bros Television and Bad Robot Productions, on his own accord and that the parting was agreeable. Believe’s other co-creator Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children Of Men), who directed and co-wrote the pilot, will remain as executive producer alongside J.J. Abrams. The Friedman move recalls a similar situation 18 months ago in which the co-creator/executive producer/showrunner of another Bad Robot midseason drama, Alcatraz, exited ahead of that series’ launch. Elizabeth Sarnoff, who had quietly been elevated to EP two months earlier, left that Fox drama — citing the usual “creative differences”. Abrams later said of Sarnoff, “She didn’t feel like she was the right person to run the show.”

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New Drama Series Hire Producing Directors

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As the newly picked-up broadcast series are gearing up for production, they’ve brought in producing directors. Here are some notable hires on new drama series. Jace Alexander will be co-executive producer/director on hot NBC drama The Blacklist. He is with ICM Partners and Fineman Entertainment. Ghost Whisperer creator John Gray will serve in the same capacity on CBS’ Reckless, while Ken Olin will be producing director on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Other producing director appointments: Dan Lerner (Lucky 7), Tim Busfield (Mind Games), Sam Hill (Almost Human), Jonas Pate (Believe), Deran Sarafian (Star-Crossed) and Nelson McCormick (Gang Related).

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NBC New Series Pickups: Sean Hayes, DJ Nash, ‘Crisis’, ‘About A Boy’, ‘Believe’

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 10:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE: Joining the group of newly picked up NBC series is DJ Nash comedy The Family Guide. This is it for NBC’s first batch of new series pickups. Waiting word are several top contenders, including Sony’s drama Blacklist and comedy Welcome To The Family.

Related: ‘Whitney’ & ’1600 Penn’ Cancelled, ‘Parks & Rec’ Renewed

UPDATE, 10:15 AM: Also picked up are the Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco comedy, titled Sean Saves The World, and J.J. Abrams’ drama Believe. That means two series each on NBC next season for Hayes/Hazy Mills and Abrams/Bad Robot, who also executive produce the recently renewed Grimm and Revolution, respectively.

PREVIOUS, 10:13 AM: After cleaning up house yesterday, passing on seven pilots, NBC just started handing out their new series orders. Rand Ravich’s drama Crisis and Jason Katims’ comedy About A Boy were among the first to get the happy call. Like Hayes and Abrams, Katims too will be pulling double duty on NBC next season as his Parenthood also has been renewed. About A Boy stars the little boy from 1600 Penn, so in case anyone was wondering, that series is dead. NBC, of course also has the Michael J. Fox comedy series with a 22-episode order. I’ll keep updating with pickup information as it comes in.

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NBC Pilots ‘Holding Patterns’, ‘Believe’ & Rand Ravich Project Add To Casts

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 9:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kate Lang Johnson (Fired Up) is set as a lead opposite Chyler Leigh and Humphrey Ker in NBC’s comedy pilot Holding Patterns, from writer Justin Spitzer, TBD Prods and Universal TV. It is an ensemble multi-camera comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash, caused by Leah (Leigh) ruining Griffin’s (Ker) proposal dinner. Johnson, repped by Innovative and McKeon/Myones, plays Sabrina, Griffin’s perfect fiancée, a beautiful doctor.

Arian Moayed has been cast as a regular in Believe, NBC’s drama pilot from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. The project, written by Cuarón and Mark Friedman, is about the unlikely relationship between Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a girl in possession of great powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and Tate (Jake McLaughlin), the man sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down. Moayed, repped by Gersh and Kipperman Management, will play Corey, the right-hand man to hit woman Moore (Sienna Guillory). He was nominated for a Tony for Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo and just finished a two-episode arc on The Following. Read More »

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