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‘Freaks & Geeks’/'Undeclared’ Reunion Highlights PaleyFest2011 Schedule

By | Thursday February 17, 2011 @ 11:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Paley Center for Media announced the full schedule for this year’s William S. Paley TV Festival, which will take place March 4-17. The highlight is a Freaks & Geeks/Undeclared reunion moderated by Judd Apatow that will feature alums from the two cult series. Hot shows/perennial fan favorites The Walking Dead, True Blood, Glee, Supernatural and American Idol will hold panels. In an intriguing pairing, David E. Kelley is slated to moderate the panel for USA’s White Collar. Here is the schedule: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: So-So Start For ‘Chicago Code’, ‘Harry’s Law’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

First, the good news. In its premiere last night, midseason Fox drama The Chicago Code (2.4/6 in 18-49, 9.4 million) did far better than the network’s other new drama this season, Lone Star, did in its debut in the same Monday 9 PM slot during premiere week (1.3/3, 4.1 million). But, with the most watched telecast of all time, Sunday night’s Super Bowl on Fox, as a promotional platform, Chicago Code should’ve done better, especially with its lead-in, House (4.3/12, 12.3) getting a post-Super Bowl bump. The medical drama was up 16% in the demo from its last original 2 weeks ago and hit season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. Chicago Code‘s retention in total viewers was OK, 76%, but in 18-49, it was 56%. Still, with House climbing and Chicago Code replacing the softly-rated Lie to Me, Fox posted its highest-rated Monday night this season.

CBS’ lineup was on par with its last originals on Jan. 17, with most series down a tenth. Two and a Half Men (4.4/11, 15.1 million) was the top program of the the night in 18-49 and total viewers with the first of 2 unaired episodes of the show, which is on hiatus while star Charlie Sheen is undergoing treatment. How I Met Your Mother (3.8/11, 10.1 million) was down 5%, Rules of Engagement (3.2/8, 9.5 million) was down 3%, Mike & MollyRead More »

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Wonder Woman Returning To TV As Series Written And Produced By David E. Kelley

Nellie Andreeva

This has to be the highest-profile effort to bring Wonder Woman to television: One of TV’s best-known creators, The Practice‘s David E. Kelley, has come on board to write and produce a new series project about the female superhero. The project, from Warner Bros Television where Kelley is based, and Warner Bros’ DC Entertainment, will be taken out to the networks shortly. Kelley, who has created several female centered shows like Ally McBeal, has wanted to tackle a contemporary take on the World War II-era Amazon. He recently met with the DC team who also have been looking for ways to launch a new Wonder Woman TV franchise.

The comic book Wonder Woman character has evolved significantly since she first appeared in a 1941 issue of All Star Comics and recently underwent a controversial makeover. Details on Kelley’s TV series are being kept under wraps, and it is not clear if the new Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince will be the old familiar Wonder Woman or the redesigned reboot announced with great fanfare this year by DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee that looks like she’s ready for Goth Day at the Galleria. (DC Comics Has Ruined Wonder Woman!) Or whether she’ll keep her signature powers and weapons, including her Lasso of Truth, her … Read More »

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