The star system might be waning in Hollywood, but not when those stars take to the Broadway stage. The Mike Nichols-directed revival of the Harold Pinter play Betrayal, which stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, just set a new Broadway box office record for a play when it grossed $1.44 million for the week ending December 19. That surpassed the mark formerly held by the Tom Hanks-starrer Lucky Guy, which earlier this year took in $1.412 million for the week ending April 21. First performed at London’s National Theatre in 1978, Betrayal ends its limited run this Sunday, January 5. Weisz and Craig play a married couple whose happiness is threatened when her long affair with her publisher husband’s lit agent best friend (Spall) is exposed.
Mike Nichols’ ‘Betrayal’ Revival With Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Sets Broadway Weekly Gross Record
The broadcast premiere week started off with fireworks as several breakout hits emerged Monday and Tuesday — The Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow — and some veteran series returned up year-to-year. But the euphoria subsided as the days went on and the week ended on a whimper, with a weak series launch (ABC’s Betrayal) and across-the-board ratings losses for everyone on Sunday. Here is a look at the four broadcast networks’ performance and a few Premiere Week takeaways:
Strong showing on Monday-Wednesday plus Sunday Night Football was enough for NBC to repeat as the No. 1 network during premiere week in adults 18-49 with its best premiere week rating in five years, 3.1, and the only net to post year-to-year increases in both 18-49 (up 7%) and total viewers (9.7 million, up 19%). What’s more, NBC widened its margin of victory from last year to 35%, the largest for any network in 16 years. And the bump came solely from the entertainment side as premiere week’s SNF was actually down 16% year-to-year (but still the top program of the week by a wide margin). With the exception of Revolution, NBC’s Monday-Wednesday returning shows were all up, led by The Voice. And NBC launched a solid new drama in The Blacklist, which posted the best 18-49 rating for a regular 10 PM drama (3.8) in the past year and the biggest viewer Live+3 increase ever, gaining 4.4 million persons in the first 3 days of DVR viewing. NBC’s problem spot once again is Thursday night where only one series, newbie The Michael J. Fox Show, broke the 2 demo rating threshold.
One swallow may not make a spring but one big hit can make a good fall. Look at ABC, which finished second in premiere week among adults 18-49 (2.3, up 5%), up from No. 4 last September, despite disappointing launches for Lucky 7 (1.3) and Betrayal (1.5), the lowest-rated series premieres so far this season with numbers that immediately open the cancellation door. But the network put all of its eggs in the Marvel basket and scored big with Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. which opened with a 4.7 18-49 rating, the top-rated new series and the biggest drama premiere in almost four years. The show also became a shining example of the new paradigm by almost doubling its live TV audience via repeat airing, DVR and online viewing in the first several days as more networks, led by Fox, are pushing multi-platform viewing stats. But there is a lot of reason for concern in the ABC executive suite as most of the network’s returning shows came back down, including flagships Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, and besides the S.H.I.E.L.D.-boosted The Goldbergs, the rest of the network’s new comedies, Trophy Wife and Back In The Game, had tepid debuts, and the upcoming Super Fun Night is already raising a red flag with the decision to scrap the pilot episode. In total viewers, ABC (8 million) was down 4%.
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At today’s TCA, Hannah Ware, who plays Sara in ABC’s new drama Betrayal, said she could not speculate on what might have happened to her character in her other recent TV drama, the canceled Starz series Boss, because that show might have a new life “in some film format.”
On the panel for Betrayal, Ware said in response to a question that she believes Boss had the creative juice to last for a third year. She added that a “bad time slot” contributed to Boss’s demise after two seasons. But when pressed about how her character’s story might have evolved, she said she couldn’t reveal that because of the tentative film plans.
But she quickly added “I don’t know” when asked for specifics, and did not confirm whether she’d been asked to reprise her Boss role of Emma Kane in a film.
Earlier in the session, the panelists — executive producers David Zabel and Lisa Zwerling, cast members Ware, Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell and Henry Thomas — spent their time defending a story line that involves an affair between two married characters (Ware’s Hanna and Townsend’s Jack). “If you embark on an affair and both of you are married it’s never going to be easy,” said Ware, apparently without irony.
Real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in her Broadway debut will join Rafe Spall to star in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, to be directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Scott Rudin. Performances are set to begin October 1 at the Barrymore Theatre, with opening night November 3. The plan is to run the drama, which originally appeared in 1978 at London’s National Theatre, for 14 weeks through January 5, 2014. In the play, Emma (Weisz) is married to Robert (Craig), a publisher, but she has long had an affair with Jerry (Spall), a literary agent and Robert’s best friend. As time is regained, the full complexity of their relationships comes to light.
UPDATED: Stuart Townsend (XIII: The Series) will play the male lead opposite Hannah Ware in ABC‘s drama pilot Betrayal. Written by David Zabel and directed by Patty Jenkins, Betrayal centers on Sara (Ware), a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack (Townsend), a charming, quick-witted lawyer for a powerful family that raised him when his parents died in an accident. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband (Chris Johnson), the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved. Further complicating things is the fact that Jack is married to his boss’ daughter (Wendy Moniz).
Bess Armstrong (House Of Lies) has been cast in ABC‘s drama pilot Reckless. Written by Chris Black and directed by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Patrick Fugit) a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Armstrong, repped by David Shapira & Assoc. and Shelter Entertainment, will play Sarah’s mother.
Matthew Lillard will co-star opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Lillard, repped by Paradigm, plays Victor’s best friend Elliott, an off-beat, off-books former cop who helps Victor acquire information and things, legally and otherwise.
James Cromwell (American Horror Story) will co-star opposite Hannah Ware in ABC‘s drama pilot Betrayal. Written by David Zabel based on a Dutch series and directed by Patty Jenkins, Betrayal centers on Sara (Ware), a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family. Cromwell plays Terence Karsten, the head of the powerful Chicago family.
EXCLUSIVE: Boss‘ Hannah Ware has been cast as the lead in ABC‘s drama pilot Betrayal. Written by David Zabel based on a Dutch series and directed by Patty Jenkins, Betrayal centers on Sara (Ware), a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family. Zabel is executive producing Betrayal with Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya. ABC Studios is producing. Ware is with WME and Liebman Entertainment.
Criminal Minds alumna Paget Brewster will co-star opposite Rob Corddry and Mason Cook in Spy, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the UK series. Spy centers on Tim (Corddry), a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Cook), who also happens to be his complete opposite, who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Brewster, repped by UTA, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Joel McKuin, will play Erica, the mother of Marcus and Tim’s ex-wife — a cold neurotic person who has long been seeing therapists. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden wrote the U.S. version, produced by ABC Studios and Hat Trick.
Former E.T. star Henry Thomas has been cast in another ABC pilot drama Betrayal. Written by David Zabel based on a Dutch series and directed by Patty Jenkins, it centers on Sara, a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family. Thomas plays the slightly brain-damaged son of that family’s patriarch whose life was saved by Jack. Zabel is executive producing Betrayal with Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya. ABC Studios is producing.
EXCLUSIVE: Monster director Patty Jenkins, who helmed the pilot for AMC’s mystery drama The Killing, is back on pilot directing duty with ABC‘s drama Betrayal. Written by David Zabel, Betrayal is a serialized drama based on the 2011 Dutch series Overspel. It centers on a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved. Zabel is executive producing Betrayal with Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya. ABC Studios is producing.
In addition to the Killing pilot, which earned her a DGA Award and an Emmy nomination, Jenkins directed the AMC’s pivotal second season finale, which resolved the two-season-long murder mystery and served as a series finale until the network recently resurrected the previously cancelled series for a third season. Jenkins also directed a segment of the star-studded Lifetime breast cancer film Five.