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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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Obama To Intro Fox & Nat Geo’s ‘Cosmos’ Debut

By | Saturday March 8, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

CosmosFox and Nat GEO‘s reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic Cosmos series is getting some White House lift-off. President Obama will be introducing the series premiere episode this Sunday, March 9 at 9pm ET/PT. A preview of the series screened at the White House as part of their inaugural White House Film Festival on Friday, February 28. Release is below: Read More »

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Fox Networks Group To Launch ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ In 181 Countries, 220 Channels

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 3:05pm PST

FSeth MacFarlane Cosmos TCAox Networks Group today announced its first ever cross-network global premiere event — for Seth MacFarlane‘s passion project,  Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, on Sunday, March 9, 9-10 PM ET/PT. In addition to premiering on the 10 U.S. networks simulcasting the premiere episode — Fox Broadcasting Company, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life — and on the Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International, as previously announced, Cosmos will premiere on all 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 countries, as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, making this the largest global launch ever for a television series. Rolling out immediately after the U.S. premiere, international markets will begin airing the premiere episode day and date on both Fox-branded and National Geographic Channels, concluding within one week of the domestic premiere event. The additional 12 episodes will air exclusively on National Geographic Channels outside the U.S.

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This first multi-network launch event for Fox Networks Group, along with the series debut on Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International, will make Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey available on 220 channels in 181 countries, with an overall footprint of more than half a billion homes. Read More »

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Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ To Open SXSW; ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Among Premieres

By and | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

sxsw__131015160212-200x183Look’s like something’s really going to be cooking in Austin this spring and we don’t mean BBQ. The SXSW Film Conference and Festival said today that Jon Favreau’s Chef will open the confab this year on March 7. It also announced six additional premieres including Rob Thomas’ crowdfunded big-screen continuation of TV series Veronica Mars, which Amazon Prime made available for streaming today; Fox’s re-launched COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson in person; and the addition of a conversation with filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and an acting workshop with Jeffrey Tambor.

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The full SXSW lineup is scheduled to be revealed January 30, but here are the films unveiled today:

Break Point (World Premiere / SXsports screening)
Director: Jay Karas, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto
Two estranged brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament. The mismatched pair, with some unlikely help from a precocious 11-year-old boy, re-discover their game and their brotherhood.
Cast: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart

Chef (World Premiere)
Director: Jon Favreau, Screenplay & Story: Jon Favreau
When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John

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TV TRAILER: Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Cosmos’

By | Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 9:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a promo for Fox’s Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, the Seth MacFarlane-produced sequel to Carl Sagan’s influential 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which debuted tonight by Fox during Game 3 of the World Series. The science-themed show is hosted by top astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who’s been in the news with his criticism of blockbuster Gravity‘s scientific inaccuracies. The new Cosmos premieres next spring on Fox and the National Geographic Channel.

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Dave Semel To Direct Fox’s ‘Cosmos’ Series, Project Eyes IMAX Film Release

By | Thursday September 1, 2011 @ 2:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Director-producer David Semel has joined Fox’s 13-part docu-series Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, which is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane. Additionally, I hear the project, a sequel to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking 1980 series, will also get a film treatment with an IMAX release. Semel is slated to direct all 13 episodes of the series as well as the related Cosmos feature. He also is expected to serve as an executive producer alongside MacFarlane, Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan and Mitchell Cannold, president of the Ithaca, NY-based Cosmos Studio, which will produce the series for Fox, with a second window on National Geographic. MacFarlane conceived the Cosmos redo with Sagan’s original collaborators – writer/producer Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter, with renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson stepping in for Sagan as new host.

Like the 1980s series, which featured jaw-dropping for its time visual effects that allowed Sagan to walk through space, the new series and its big-screen offshoot also are expected to employ the latest special effects that should play especially well on the IMAX screens. Semel has experience blending narrative and visual effects, having directed the pilots for 2 superhero drama series, NBC’s Heroes and ABC’s No Ordinary Family. Cosmos reunites Semel with Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who ran NBC when Semel directed the pilots for the network series Heroes and Life. WME-repped Semel most recently helmed the pilot for CBS’ high-profile … Read More »

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TCA: Fox Sets Date For ‘X Factor’ Finale, Winner To Get Pepsi Super Bowl Spot

By | Friday August 5, 2011 @ 9:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox today released a detailed broadcast schedule for the first season of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, which launches with a two-night premiere Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. Live performance shows will begin Nov. 2, coinciding with the start of the November sweep, with the two-part finale slated for Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 22. (Unlike American Idol, X Factor will keep its Wednesday-Thursday airing pattern all the way through the finale). Meanwhile, the competition series’ winner, who is already set to get a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music, will also star in a Super Bowl spot for series sponsor, Pepsi. In other Fox TCA announcements, the network confirmed the 13-episode order to a new Cosmos docu-series from Family Guy Seth MacFarlane to air in 2013 and said that Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth will host the American Country Music Awards on Dec. 5.

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Fox Orders 13-Episode Sequel To Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ Docu-Series With Seth MacFarlane Producing For 2013 Launch

By | Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 8:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After recently signing on to reboot one classic TV show, Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones, Seth MacFarlane is taking on another iconic TV series, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Fox has greenlighted Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part docu-series from Family Guy creator MacFarlane and late Sagan’s original collaborators – his widow, writer/producer Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter. Envisioned as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original 13-part program, which was hosted by Sagan, the new Cosmos series will be hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Underscoring MacFarlane’s commercial appeal, Cosmos will air on Fox in primetime, something pretty unprecedented these days for a science documentary series on commercial American television. (The original series aired on PBS.) Fox will air Cosmos: A Personal Voyage in 2013, which is also when the network will launch MacFarlane’s Flintstones reboot. National Geographic Channel, which will co-produce Cosmos, will air a same-night encore of the episodes following their broadcast on Fox. The project is being done outside of MacFarlane’s overall deal with 20th Century fox TV. “Never more than at this moment in the modern era have we needed a profound reminder of the colossally important and exciting role that science, space exploration and the human quest for knowledge must continue to play in our development as a species,” MacFarlane said. “We should be vigorously exploring the solar system by now, and who better to inspire us to get there than Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, Neil deGrasse Tyson and, of course, Carl Sagan.”

A self-professed geek, MacFarlane hit it off with Druyan after the two met at a function some time ago. When she shared with him the idea for a new Cosmos series, MacFarlane immediately sparked to it and set up a meeting with Peter Rice, entertainment chairman of Fox where MacFarlane has 3 series on the air, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad. That happened about a year ago, and after lengthy negotiations, Fox just closed all deals for the project to go forward. In September 2010, MacFarlane and Druyan appeared together on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher where they shared their concern about the growing anti-science sentiment in American society, something Druyan attributed to “the failure of public education,” which has “compartmentalized science to 20-40 boring minutes a week, maybe taught by a gym teacher.” That is a far cry from the way her late husband approached science. “Carl believed that science belongs to all of us,” Druyan said now in reference to the Fox series. “He wanted to convey the thrill of its cosmic perspective to the widest possible audience. I wish I could tell Carl what Seth’s leadership on this new Cosmos has made possible. Besides, I know how much they would have liked each other.” Read More »

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