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Ophelia Lovibond To Recur On ‘Elementary’, Gabrielle Walsh On ‘Vampire Diaries’, Sydney Penny On ‘Pretty Little Liars’

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

Ophelia Lovibond To Recur On ‘Elementary’, Gabrielle Walsh On ‘Vampire Diaries’, Sydney Penny On ‘Pretty Little Liars’British actress Ophelia Lovibond is set to make her U.S. television debut as a recurring on Season 3 of CBS’ drama Elementary. Lovibond will play Kitty Winter, Detective Sherlock Holmes’ (Jonny Lee Miller) new apprentice in New York, who immediately becomes rivals with her predecessor, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Kitty’s reasons for undertaking Holmes’ partnership are nebulous, and her new arrangement with Sherlock will have ongoing repercussions for his relationship with Joan. Lovibond most recently appeared on UK comedy series Mr. Sloane, and can next be seen in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy to be released on August 1.
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Hulu Plus Acquires SVOD Rights For ‘Elementary’

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 1:28pm PST

huluplusHulu Plus has acquired subscription video on demand rights for CBS’ Elementary. This is an SVOD component of the exclusive off-network rights deal announced last week by WGN America for the drama series. Under the deal, Hulu Plus has the rights to offer complete past seasons of episodes of Elementary to its subscribers after each season has been broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller star in the modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes. Creator Rob Doherty, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Craig Sweeny executive produce for CBS TV Studios.

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WGN America Nabs Off-Network Rights To CBS Drama ‘Elementary’

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Elementary-London-season-2Tribune’s WGN America continues to aggressively build its programming slate with a second high-profile off-network acquisition. On the heels of its deal with Warner Bros for Person Of Interest, WGN has picked up exclusive off-network cable rights to another CBS procedural drama, sophomore Elementary, from CBS TV Distribution. The deal seals Elementary‘s renewal for next season and probably beyond.  No premiere date has been announced, but Elementary is eyed as a companion to POI, which debuts on WGNA in fall 2015, with Elementary expected to join the cable network’s lineup around that time. No one is commenting but I hear the license fee for Elementary is in line with or a tad higher than that $1.1 million-$1.5 million per episode that POI wgnnewlogocommanded. (Both deals include a carved out broadcast window.) “Elementary is a first-rate drama and terrific addition to the lineup of compelling content that is redefining WGN America,” said WGNA president Matt Cherniss. “It’s a perfect complement to our recent off-network acquisition, Person of Interest.Read More »

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TCA: CBS Showrunners Talk Large Episode Orders, Killing Off Characters, And Their Breakdown Point

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 1:28pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

TCA Not surprisingly, today’s freewheeling TCA panel of showrunners from CBS dramas echoed entertainment president Nina Tassler’s defense of traditional network television at her executive session earlier in the morning. On the panel were Rob Doherty (Elementary); Gary Glasberg (NCIS); Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) and Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman (Person Of Interest). Glasberg said you just can’t argue with the wider-than-cable exposure a network show can bring. “We have 18 million Facebook followers. It’s crazy,” the producer said.

NolanAfter a career mostly in feature film, Nolan said he appreciates the immediacy of TV. Still, he noted that the producers had joked backstage about the pressure of producing 22-24 episodes rather than cable’s usually smaller series orders. “It’s very difficult. The [number of episodes] is probably calibrated not to the length of the season but to the exact point a showrunner will have a nervous breakdown,” Nolan said. He added that the absolute breakdown point would be 25. One of the realities of 22-24 episode orders: A single season eats up a lot of story. The panelists addressed some of the big changes that have recently occurred on their shows. Read More »

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‘Elementary’ At NY PaleyFest: Rhys Ifans Confirmed For Season 2; Other Castings

By | Saturday October 5, 2013 @ 6:07pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) “will absolutely be back” in Season 2 of CBS’ Elementary, creator/producer Robert Doherty confirmed at this evening’s PaleyFest: Made in NY panel. Doherty said the series plans to include “as much as we can get” of the character. “You’ll see him a couple more times in the first 12 (episodes) and four more times in the back 12,” said Doherty, who was joined on the panel by EPs Craig Sweeney and Carl Beverly and cast members Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill. The panel was moderated by TV Guide’s Bruce Fretts. Doherty added that Mycroft will be coming to New York and “circumstances will draw him back into Sherlock and Joan’s orbit”. Producers also confirmed that guest Natalie Dormer (as Irene Adler) will return “around midseason” and that the show hopes to have Sean Pertwee return as Inspector Lestrade but nothing has been confirmed.

Related: CBS’ ‘Elementary’ To Film Season 2 Premiere In London
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PaleyFest Moves Into New York

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

The Paley Center for Media, which has held its annual TV festival in Los Angeles for decades, today announced it’s going to throw one in New York too — but only New York-produced programs need apply. The first PaleyFest: Made In NY is set for October 2-6 at the Paley Center in Manhattan and is being thrown in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment. Confirmed panel events include the casts and creators of Orange Is The New Black, Elementary, The Americans, Small Empires With Alexis Ohanian, The Outs, and Boardwalk Empire. None of those programs were on the series featured in this year’s PaleyFest in Beverly Hills, which ran March 1-15. “New York City has truly become a TV town in recent years with more primetime episodic series filming on our streets than ever before,” Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, said in today’s announcement. “Working with the Paley Center to celebrate the Made In NY series that call New York City home is the perfect way to kick off a season of new dramas and comedies and highlight the thousands of New Yorkers who make their living working in the local film and television industry.”

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‘Elementary’ Adds Rhys Ifans As Sherlock’s Brother, ‘Leftovers’ Casts Chris Zylka

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) has been cast in the recurring role of Sherlock Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft Holmes, in the upcoming second season of CBS’ drama series Elementary. He will make his debut in the season premiere, which will be shot on location in London. In the episode, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) is called to London to revisit an old case, where he is forced to face his brother. Although the siblings suffered a drastic falling-out a few years earlier, Mycroft allows Sherlock and Joan (Lucy Liu) to stay in his new home, 221B Baker Street. With Joan in the middle, the brothers are forced to confront their very complicated history. Read More »

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CBS’ ‘Elementary’ To Film Season 2 Premiere In London

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sherlock is going home. CBS‘ drama Elementary will film its second-season premiere episode in London, marking the first time the series has shot on location outside New York. In the Season 2 premiere episode, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is called to London to revisit an old case and, while doing so, is forced to face his past. Meanwhile, Watson (Lucy Liu) learns more about Holmes’ mysterious life and the company he kept before he left for New York. The shoot is “an opportunity to see Sherlock’s old stomping grounds and take a closer look at a life that, until now, we’ve only been able to glimpse through the lens of his recovery”, said creator/exec producer Robert Doherty. “Watson’ll have to keep up with a Sherlock who is both more comfortable in his surroundings and even bolder in testing the limits of those around him.” The two-hour Season 1 finale of Elementary will air Thursday, May 16.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Do No Harm’ Falls Again, ‘Community’ Returns Up, ‘American Idol’ Dips, ‘Scandal’ Hits High

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 8:59am PST

After the worst in-season network debut rating ever last week, NBC’s Do No Harm (0.7/2) did itself more harm by falling 22% from that January 31 debut. To put it in further perspective, viewership of the certainly soon-to-be-cancelled new show fell from the 3.3 million who watched last week to 2.18 million. It wasn’t all bad news on NBC on Thursday, however. With the end of 30 Rock last Thursday, this week saw the long-delayed return of Community (1.8/6) for a fourth season at 8 PM. The comedy bested its previous season opener of September 22, 2011, when it wasn’t facing American Idol, by 6%, and beat its May 17, 2012 Season 3 finale by 38%.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Post-Super Bowl Airing Of ‘Elementary’ Down From ‘The Voice’ Last Year

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 12:08pm PST

Related: Super Bowl XLVII Pulls In 108M Audience, Down From 2012 & 2011

On after Super Bowl XLVII last night, CBS’s Elementary fell far short of the post big game audience The Voice got last year. The freshman drama pulled in 20.8 million viewers, almost half of the 37.6 million that the season two premiere of NBC’s singing competition series garnered after Super Bowl XLVI. That’s the second lowest audience any post-Super Bowl program has gotten since 2003 with ABC’s Alias pulling in 17.4 million in 2003. The 2009 broadcast of The Office after that year’s Super Bowl pulled in 22.9 million, the previous second-lowest viewership in the past decade. Generally, scripted TV doesn’t do as well as unscripted as the Super Bowl post-attraction. In 2010, CBS’s Undercover Boss scored the all time high post-Super Bowl program viewership over the past 10 years with 38.7 million watching. Over the past 15 years, three of the Top Four post-Super Bowl programs have been unscripted. Having said that, in time zone adjusted fast national numbers, Elementary’s audience last night was up 61% over its season average of 12.88 million. Sunday’s show also hit series highs among Adults 18-49 (7.8) as well as Adults 25-54 (8.3) and Adults 18-34 (7.4). Those number made Elementary the highest rated entertainment broadcast of the year among the 18-49 and 18-34 demos and tied with that other CBS show The Big Bang Read More »

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‘Elementary’s Rob Doherty On Post-Super Bowl Slot Stress And Purists Still Upset About Lucy Liu As Watson: TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 1:24pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

ElementaryIf Rob Doherty, the creator and showrunner of the freshman CBS hit Elementary, wasn’t already nervous about the fact that his Sherlock Holmes-centered hour has been given the covered post-Super Bowl slot on February 3, he is now. During a TCA session promoting the series touted by the network as the most-watched new show of the season, Doherty called the surprising move “a tremendous honor” while promising to “do our level best to keep the audience in their seats after the game.” But one critic asked Doherty to dig a little deeper into his soul and assess how it really feels to be given a time period that will guarantee the episode draws “more people than anything you’ve ever done in your life — and if it works might result in you being set for life.”

“Well, now I’m stressed,” Doherty quipped. “Yes, I’ve felt all of those things. I mean, I’m stressed-out all the time anyway. It’s hard to go from a 10 to an 11, but I did.” He added that mostly what he feels is “great excitement” more than grave responsibility. “It’s an incredible opportunity to expose the show to people who haven’t checked it out yet, and we took that into consideration when developing the episode.” The production team hasn’t quite wrapped work on the … Read More »

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Winter TCA Press Tour Starts: Schedule

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s January, time for some TV pageantry. I’m not talking about beauty pageant pro Honey Boo Boo’s Sunday return to TV with several specials on TLC, but rather about the semi-annual tradition known as Television Critics Association press tour, which starts today in Pasadena. The two-week affair features broadcast and cable networks touting their upcoming shows. Increasingly, hit series make repeat appearances alongside newbies. This time around, that includes NBC’s Revolution and Grimm, ABC’s Shark Tank, IFC’s Portlandia and CBS’ Elementary (tied to the freshman’s post-Super Bowl episode). For the casts and producers of Revolution and Elementary, this marks the second consecutive TCA press tour after first facing the critics in July. Also returning to TCA after a decade-long break is Arrested Development, which has been revived by Netflix.

Below is a basic schedule for the tour, which kicks off with a packed lineup that includes panels for David E. Kelley’s new TNT drama Monday Mornings, TBS import Cougar Town, A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel executive produced by Carlton Cuse, and Christopher Guest’s new HBO series Family Tree. HBO once again is bringing out the star power for its movies, with Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and David Mamet on tap for Phil Spector and Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh for Behind The Candelabra. Here is the schedule, and check back for Deadline’s TCA coverage:

Friday, January 4 – Cable: Turner, Nat Geo, A&E, HBO, IFC
Saturday, January 5 – Cable: Discovery, Starz, BBC America, Viacom Networks
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Are Broadcast TV Networks Entering A Golden Era?: UBS Confab

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 4:30pm PST

You wouldn’t think so based on the lousy prime time ratings for everybody except NBC so far in the 2012-2013 season. But CBS’ dauntless Chief Research Officer David Poltrack vigorously argued today in his annual industry forecast at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that broadcasters are in great shape. Poltrack projects that advertiser spending for time on the major broadcast networks will fall 2% next year vs 2012. That’s good: It would represent 3% growth if you factor out this year’s boost from the Olympics and the elections. “The economy is finally gaining momentum in the right direction,” Poltrack says. (Zenith Optimedia also predicts a 2% drop for network TV to $16.9B in 2013.) As for the recent ratings, Poltrack says not to worry: The slide is due to what he calls “a chaotic start” with some shows premiering a week early, the presidential debates, and Hurricane Sandy. That’s “not indicative of how the season will progress,” says Poltrack. Read More »

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CBS Expands ‘Elementary’ Order By Two Episodes, Trims ‘Vegas’ By One

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 11:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has tweaked the full-season orders to freshmen Elementary and Vegas as the network is firming up its scheduling needs for the rest of the season. Elementary, the stronger between the two rookies, is getting two extra episodes for a 24-episode season. Elementary just landed the coveted post Super Bowl slot, and one of additional episodes accounts for that. Vegas‘ order has been trimmed from 22 to 21 episodes.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Resort’ And ’2.5 Men’ + Miley Cyrus Up, ‘Elementary’ Down

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 9:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Miley Cyrus may become one of the most sought-after comedy actresses this coming pilot season after delivering another set of big ratings for CBS’ Two And A Half Men. With Cyrus back, the veteran sitcom (4.0/11) was up 11% from last week to match its season high posted by Cyrus’ first episode on the show last month. Men‘s lead-in The Big Bang Theory (5.0/15) was down a tenth from last week while matching an all-time high in total viewers (16.54 million). Person Of Interest (2.9/7) was flat in 18-49 while hitting a season high in total viewers (14.7 million). But Elementary (2.2/6), which just snagged the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, was down 8% from last week to tie its lowest rating to date. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

After Nashville inched up in the ratings on Wednesday, another freshman ABC series waiting word on a back order posted ratings gains last nigh: Last Resort (1.4/4) was up 8% from two weeks ago. (ABC’s Thursday lineup was pre-empted for the CMAs last week.) Both series had been rumored to receive episodic orders, and the ratings upticks may have validated that. Grey’s Anatomy (3.2/8) also was up, by 7%, while Scandal (2.0/5) was flat. Read More »

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CBS’ ‘Elementary’ Lands Post-Super Bowl Slot

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 12:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Elementary Super Bowl CBSCBS has picked freshman drama Elementary to follow the network’s broadcast of the Super Bowl on February 3. The networks occasionally opt to launch new series behind the Super Bowl, like Fox did with American Dad (in tandem with The Simpsons) in 2005, and CBS premiered Undercover Boss the last time it had the Super Bowl in 2010. But for the most part, the rule of thumb has been to put a young show on an upswing behind the big game to help it get to the next level. Recent examples include CBS’ Criminal Minds, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Fox’s Glee and NBC’s The Voice. (Overall, reality series have fared better than scripted following American TV’s highest-rated yearly telecast.) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CMAs, ‘X Factor’ Hit Lows; ‘Elementary’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Up

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 9:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Uh-oh. In a heated bidding war last year, ABC ponied up big to keep the Country Music Association Awards with a new 10-year deal. In the first year of that deal, the 46th Annual CMA Awards last night drew a 3.8/10 in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers, down 21% and 17%, respectively, from last year to mark the awards show’s lowest-rated telecast ever in both 18-49 and total viewers. The CMAs still logged a nightly victory for ABC in both categories.

Like last year, the CMAs faced Fox’s The X Factor (they clashed on Wednesday, CMAs long-time night, last fall). Both were shadows of their 2011 selves when the CMAs drew a 4.8 demo rating and X Factor posted a 3.7. Last night, X Factor managed a 2.3/6, even with last week’s re-cut Tuesday special that spilled out of the network’s primetime. But it was a series low for a regularly scheduled episode of the singing competition as the transition to live shows and the introduction of hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez have failed to provide a boost. Read More »

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CBS Freshman Series ‘Elementary’ And ‘Vegas’ Get Full-Season Orders

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 11:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has given back-nine orders to freshman drama Elementary and Vegas, bringing their freshman seasons to a full-season 22 episodes each.

Elementary‘s pickup was a no-brainer as the Sherlock Holmes reboot has been the the No. 2 new series of the season among adults 18-49 (behind NBC’s Revolution) and total viewers (behind Vegas). In the most current ratings (two weeks of Live+7 and two of Live+Same Day), Elementary has averaged 14.3 million viewers and a 3.5/10 in 18-49, improving its Thursday 10 PM time period by 17% in 18-49. In total viewers, it is even with The Mentalist‘s performance last fall. As expected, Vegas has been older-skewing given its subject matter and star Dennis Quaid, but it ranks as the most-watched new series this fall. In most current ratings, it averages 14.9 million viewers and 2.7/8 in 18-49. It has improved the year-ago time period by 8% in viewers, but it is down 7% in 18-49 from Unforgettable‘s delivery in the Tuesday 10 PM hour last fall. “Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. ”Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger.”

CBS’ third new fall drama, Made In Jersey, has Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’30 Rock’ Debuts Down, ‘Parks & Recreation’ Up, ‘Elementary’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Last Resort’ Slip, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Wins Night

By | Friday October 5, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT

There was only one season premiere on television on Thursday and its ratings were way down. Falling 28% from last season’s January premiere, NBC’s 30 Rock (1.3/4) returned for its seventh and final season last night. That’s the lowest season premiere ever for the Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin show. Emphasizing the point, Thursday’s 30 Rock was also down 7% from its May finale and 24% from last fall’s September 22 season premiere of Community in the Thursday 8 PM slot. Two new series that debuted last week also saw slippage last night. ABC’s Last Resort (1.8/6) was down 18% from last week’s already modest premiere. With the second episode of its debut season, Elementary (2.6/7) slipped last night too. CBS’ Sherlock Holmes modernization was down 16% from last Thursday. Read More »

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