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Marisa Ramirez Joins ‘Blue Bloods’ As New Partner For Danny

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 12:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Blue BloodsBlue Bloods has found a new temporary partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg). Marisa Ramirez (Against The Wall) has been cast for a five-episode arc playing Detective Maria Baez, who will be paired with Danny. The recurring gig comes with the possibility for Ramirez to continue as a regular next season. Ramirez’s first episode on Blue Bloods airs this Friday, and word of her casting started getting out as the network began to release images from the episode. Ramirez plays the third temporary partner for Danny this season, following a four-episode stint by Megan Ketch and a three-episode one by Megan Boone. They are filling the void left by the departure of series regular Jennifer Esposito who was put on an indefinite medical leave by Blue Bloods producer CBS TV Studios last fall and is unlikely to return to the show. Ramirez also recurs on ABC’s Body Of Proof this season.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ & ‘The Job’ Fall Week 2, ‘CSI:NY’ Matches Low, ‘Kitchen Nightmare’ Up, ‘Malibu Country’ Down

By | Saturday February 16, 2013 @ 9:38am PST

One week after its second season debut, Fox’s Touch (0.7/2) took a hit last night. The Kiefer Sutherland drama fell 22% from its two-hour February 8 premiere. Touch’s overall viewership headed southward as well, down to 2.52 million from the 3.77 million who watched last week’s debut. Touch wasn’t the only show dealing with the second week straits Friday night. CBS’s new reality show The Job (0.7/2) also took a blow. The Mark Burnett and Michael Davis produced series about seeking your dream job also fell 22% last night. The 8 PM airing of The Job was watched by 3.37 million on Friday night, down from last week’s 4.11 million.
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CBS’ Nina Tassler On Pending ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewal, Jennifer Esposito’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Exit: TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 10:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

No doubt CBS would’ve liked to announce a ninth season renewal for How I Met Your Mother at TCA today but it didn’t as the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV are still haggling over some license fee deal points. (The pacts with creators/showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and the cast, including Jason Segel are done.) Things are very close. “I will be happy to report in a very few days (a renewal),” CBS’ Nina Tassler said. “I’m confident and excited that all will be resolved. Almost everything is completed.” As for where the show will go next season story-wise, “(Bays and Thomas) had two CBSplans in place — if they had to resolve this year and or if they came back next year,” Tassler said after the session. “So we’ll sit down and talk to them in about a month about their plans for next year.” She assured that “this would be the end as designed by Carter and Craig.

Tassler was asked about the network’s reputation of being tough on actors on procedural dramas in light of the recent decision to sideline and eventually drop Jennifer Esposito from Blue Bloods. “Oh, I don’t think we are tougher on our actors,” she said. “We employ them for many, many years. In a situation like this we are sorry to see her go, we tried to resolve it, it didn’t quite work out and we wish her the best.”

Related: CBS’ Nina Tassler: TV Violence Conversation Shouldn’t “Devolve Into Discussion Of One Show Vs. The Other”

CBS gave a rare “shout out” to veteran Rules Of Engagement, which has been used to successfully plug holes on the schedule for most of its run, summoned to do it again this midseason on Mondays where it will replace cancelled Partners. “A show that serves us well, it is the best utility warrior on television.”

Asked whether there is a point where CBS would ask 2 Broke Girls executive producer Michael Patrick King to curb the racy content on the show, Tassler said, “I say to Michael as long as you keep us laughing, and as long as we vet stuff through standards and practices, we’re good. It’s an adult comedy. People enjoy it.”

Tassler spent a long time talking about summer series Under The Dome, a Steven Spielberg-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, which was originally developed for sibling pay cable network Showtime. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Scores With Cotton Bowl; CBS & ABC Originals Slip

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:18am PST

It was a total touchdown for Fox on Friday night. The network took the night with the Cotton Bowl (3.1/9) as Texas A&M soundly beat their former Big 12 rival Oklahoma. 11.207 million viewers, solidly ahead of anything else on TV last night, watched the college football game. While ratings of the live event are approximate and subject to greater change than usual in the final numbers, last night’s 8–10 PM broadcast was up solidly from the 2.5 rating the Cotton Bowl scored on January 6, 2012. Fox won the night in overall viewers and among the adult 18-49 demographic.

Back with original shows after three weeks, ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing (1.4/4) and Malibu Country (1.2/4) were both down from the 1.5 rating they earned on their December 14 airing. A new Shark Tank (1.8/5) followed, watched by 6.338 million last night. The reality show was down a tenth from the 1.9 rating its last original Friday broadcast drew back on November 16. At 10 PM, ABC had 20/20 (1.4/4) devoted to weight loss. Back after two weeks of preemptions, the news magazine show was down from the 1.6 rating it got on December 14. On CBS, there were also dips. Undercover Boss (1.5/5) was down from the 1.6 rating the reality show had on its last original show on December 7. CSI: NY (1.4/4) pulled in 9.176 million on Friday, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Fringe’ Steady

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 10:09am PST

With the exception of a repeat of last week’s SNL Christmas (1.5/5) special, Friday night was light on holiday fare. At 10 PM, CBS‘ police family drama Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was down a tenth from last week but was the most watched show of the night with 11.073 million viewers. CBS also had the second and third most watched shows of the night with 9 PM’s CSI:NY (1.5/5) pulling in 9.975 million and 8 PM’s Undercover Boss (1.6/6) getting 7.939 million. CSI:NY was down from its November 30 1.5/4 rating. Undercover Boss slipped two tenths from last week’s 1.8/6, down 11% week to week. NBC’s Dateline NBC (1.7/5) was up 55% in the 18-49 demographic over last week’s 1.1/3. With 9.663 million watching on average, CBS won Friday night in terms of total viewers while NBC was tops in the 18-49.

Over on ABC, Last Man Standing (1.4/5) was down 13% from last week.  The network’s other Friday comedy, Malibu Country (1.4/5) slipped 7% from November 30. The comedies improved the hour 40% for ABC among the 18-49 compared to the same night in 2011. Like last week, ABC’s 9PM had a Shark Tank (1.5/4) repeat. At 10 PM, The Holidays Unplugged 20/20 (1.3/4) was down fourth tenths from last week’s 1.7/5. In its closing 13 episode run, Fox’s Fringe (0.9/3) was flat with its last original show back on November 16, … Read More »

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Jennifer Esposito Tells Fox News That CBS “Illegally” Sidelining Her From ‘Blue Bloods’

By | Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 10:08am PST

Blue Bloods’ Jennifer Esposito blasted CBS TV Studios for putting her on medical leave in an interview today with Fox News Channel. “What happened was ugliness,” the actress told FNC’s Arthel Neville in a segment scheduled to run on FOX Files tonight. CBS TV Studios made their decision after Esposito’s doctor advised the actress, who has been diagnosed with Celiac disease, to reduce her work load. Here’s more of what Esposito had to say about what happened:

Last week I believe I was told I was on suspension, which meant I am still in contract, not being paid, because that’s suspension and they illegally stopped paying. And I am not able to work on any other TV show, on network.  I can do a film or a Broadway or something on cable that doesn’t go in the ten o’clock time slot. So they kept me in my contract without pay and yes it’s completely illegal but they also knew that I didn’t have the money or the means to sue them. I have been in the business for twenty years; there has been so many things of injustice that happens in this business.  It’s what you sign up for; it is what it is. This, though, is something that is not about me, I feel.  This is about a disease that people don’t understand.  And what went on after, it makes me sick.

The Blue Bloods producer said … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Malibu Country’ & ‘Last Man’ Drop In Week 2, ‘Undercover Boss’ Up

By | Saturday November 10, 2012 @ 9:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After giving comedies a warm welcome back to Friday last week, viewers turned a cold shoulder last night. In their second week, Last Man Standing (1.6/5) was down 16% from last Friday’s fast national, while Malibu Country (1.6/5) tumbled 27% from its premiere. The comedies surrendered the top spot in the 8 PM hour among adults 18-49 to CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.0/7) which, after a mediocre season start last week, jumped 33% to finish a close second for the night in the demo behind former time slot rival Shark Tank (2.1/6). With its comedy lead-in dropping big, Shark Tank slipped 9% from last week’s series highs but still led ABC to a nightly win in 18-49. The network topped the 9 PM and the 10 PM hours in the demo with Shark Tank and 20/20 (1.6/5, up a tenth from last week)

Meanwhile, CSI: NY (1.4/4) didn’t take advantage of its much improved Undercover Boss lead-in, down a tenth from last week. Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was up two tenths with the episode marking the exit of Jennifer Esposito’s character (for now). CBS won the night in total viewers.

Grimm (1.7/5) was down a tenth from last week with virtually no lead-in (comedy repeats that tied the CW’s America’s Next Top Model in the 8 PM hour). It still ranked as the highest-rated scripted show on the night. Dateline (1.3/4) was flat.

Top Model (0.6/2) was up 50% from … Read More »

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Hurricane Sandy Delays Jennifer Esposito’s Leave From CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods’

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 5:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jennifer EspositoThis Friday, November 2, CBS was slated to air the episode in which Jennifer Esposito’s character Jackie Curatola is being put on a leave of absence, and the first temporary new partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), played by Megan Ketch, is introduced. However, I hear Hurricane Sandy delayed post-production on the episode of the drama, which is based in New York. As a result, Blue Bloods will air another original on Friday, a standalone episode featuring Danny working protection detail for an infamous photographer who is a witness for Danny’s sister, prosecutor Erin Reagan-Boyle (Bridget Moynahan). Esposito does not appear in the episode (she also was not in the episode that aired last Friday). Esposito’s last episode (for now) has been rescheduled for next Friday. Read More »

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Megan Boone To Do Arc On ‘Blue Bloods’ As Danny’s Partner, Subs For Jennifer Esposito

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 7:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS and CBS TV Studios have recruited another actress to fill the void left by co-star Jennifer Esposito being sidelined with Celiac disease. Law & Order: LA alumna Megan Boone has been tapped to play a new temporary partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg). Her deal is for three episodes with a series option behind it.

In a move that has stirred controversy, Esposito was put on medical leave recently after her doctor advised her to reduce her work load from full- to part-time, a request the studio said it could not accommodate given the demands of the role. CBS left the door for Esposito to return but in the interim, it is bringing in actresses to play revolving partners for Danny, starting with Megan Ketch, who is filming four episodes. She will be followed by Boone. Coincidentally, Esposito was among several actresses tried out as temporary partners for Danny in guest arcs at the beginning of Season 1 before she got the gig full-time. Boone’s option also allows her to become a regular should a need arise. UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito took to Twitter to react to Boone’s casting. “There it is. CBS got rid of the only minority cast member so they can have an ALL WHITE CAST like CSI,” she wrote.

Also on Twitter, Esposito last weekend called the move to sideline her “shameful behavior.” She has expressed her desire to return to … Read More »

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UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito On Leave From ‘Blue Bloods’, Calls CBS’ Sidelining Her “Shameful Behavior”, Guest Stars To Fill

By | Saturday October 20, 2012 @ 6:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: On Twitter, Jennifer Esposito disputed CBS TV Studios’ account of why she is going on a leave, slamming them for sidelining her and callling it ”absolutely shameful behavior”.

“CBS PUT me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you needed a reduced schedule due to Celiac,” she wrote. “CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off my doc said I could return to work but CBS implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It’s been almost two months without bringing me back to work + keeping Me from working anywhere else!… Absolutely shameful behavior.”

PREVIOUS… EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Curatola is leaving the force, at least for now. Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito, who plays Detective Danny Reagan’s (Donnie Wahlberg) partner, is departing the CBS drama series for the foreseeable future. “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement. “As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence.” The studio would not comment on Esposito’s reasons to ask for the significant workload reduction, but the actress has been public … Read More »

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CAA Signs Blue Bloods’ Sami Gayle

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 10:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

CAA has signed Sami Gayle, the young actress who is a regular on CBS’ Blue Bloods series, and who recently appeared in the Tony Kaye-directed Detachment and next will be in Stolen opposite Nicolas Cage and Malin Akerman, and the Ari Folman-directed The Congress opposite Robin Wright and Paul Giamatti. Gayle has also appeared on the  USA series Royal Pains. Gayle got her start off-Broadway starring opposite Patti LuPone in Gypsy. She’s managed by David Guillod and Jeff Morrone at Intellectual Artist Management.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Finder’ Low In Friday Debut, ‘Fringe’ Down

By | Saturday April 7, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Did this seal the fate of The Finder? In its Friday debut last night, the Bones spinoff pulled in a 1.1/4 among adults 18-49 at 8 PM, down 52% from its most recent airing on Thursday behind American Idol. At 9 PM Fringe (1.0/3) dropped 20% after an encouraging 33% jump last week. (That is a two-tenth drop for Fringe, while its lead-in went down a tenth with the switch from Kitchen Nightmares to The Finder.)

CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers, with Undercover Boss (1.8/7, 7.8 million) once again ranking as the top program of the night in the demo and Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 10.8 million) in total viewers. Boss was flat and Blue Bloods up a tenth in 18-49 from last week. Sandwiched between them was CSI: NY (1.6/5, 8.9 million), also flat with last week. ABC’s Shark Tank continues to hold its own, drawing a 1.3/5 with a repeat for a second place at 8 PM against originals on the other Big 4 networks. Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.6/5) was up a tenth from last week, while 20/20 (1.5/5) tumbled 29% from last week’s highly-rated lotto frenzy episode. ABC finished second for the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Following a flat Who Do You Think You Are? (0.8/3), NBC’s Grimm (1.3/4) was up a tenth from last week. Dateline (1.1/3) was down a tenth. The CW aired repeats while Univision logged another No.3 … Read More »

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CBS Renews ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mike & Molly’, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Good Wife’, ‘Hawaii’, ‘CSI’, ‘Mentalist’, ‘Bloods’

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 11:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS Blue BloodsUPDATE 11:15AM: In one fell swoop, CBS has renewed 15 series for next season. The list includes two comedies, breakout hit 2 Broke Girls and sophomore Mike & Molly and nine dramas, freshman Person of Interest, which has been on a ratings upswing, sophomores Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods, the critically praised (though modestly rated) The Good Wife and veteran procedurals NCIS, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, CSI and The Mentalist. They join comedies How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, which are in the middle of multi-year pickups. The only glaring omission is veteran comedy Two And A Half Men, with CBS noting that it is in “preliminary discussions” with Warner Bros. TV about future seasons. The main issue is the fact that WBTV is yet to secure a new deal with star Ashton Kutcher, which would pave the way to a renewal.

On the unscripted side, CBS has renewed veteran The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, which has done great in its new Friday time slot. They join previously renewed Survivor. And rounding out the group of returning series are venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes and Saturday staple 48 Hour Mystery. With the previously picked up shows, CBS now has a total of 18 series — scripted reality and newsmahazines — set to return next season. “This large-scale renewal is testimony to the strength, stability and success of a deep and diverse roster of … Read More »

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