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CW Cancels New Reality Series ‘H8R’

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 3:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC Cancels New Comedy ‘Free Agents’

The CW is pulling new reality show H8R off the schedule effective immediately. Starting next week, the network will air repeats of new drama Ringer in H8R‘s Wednesday 8 PM slot. The demise of H8R extends the CW’s dry spell on the unscripted side, where the network has not been able to launch a successful series. (America’s Next Top Model started off on UPN.) The CW will use the slot to get additional sampling for Ringer, which the network’s brass like creatively and are getting behind despite recent ratings decline. This has become a trend this fall as NBC too replaced its recently canceled shows with reruns of freshman series in need of extra sampling: Prime Suspect (in for The Playboy Club) and Whitney (in for Free Agents). After perking up last week with the episode featuring Kim Kardashian, which hit a series high in total viewers and posted 50% gains in the demos, H8R returned to its middling ways last night (1.2 million viewers, 0.4/1 in 18-49), down 21% in total viewers and 33% in 18-49. The series features celebrities who get to confront their biggest haters.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: No Boot Camp Bump For ‘X Factor’ But Fox Still Wins Night

Nellie Andreeva

We’ve yet to see the ratings growth on The X Factor that Simon Cowell keeps promising, but at least the show is maintaining its ratings levels. The first 90-minute edition of the singing series, which entered the boot camp phase of the competition, posted a 3.9/11 in adults 18-49 and 11.5 million total viewers, matching the fast nationals for the two-hour episode last week. (The show tends to go up one or two tenths in the finals.) A special showing at 9:30 PM of Raising Hope (2.3/6), which was down 21% from its regular airing behind New Girl on Tuesday, proved once again that talent competitions and comedies rarely mesh — a red flag for Fox’s new comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter slated in the slot. Fox (3.5/10, 10.2 million) won Wednesday night in 18-49 for a third consecutive week.

ABC’s The Middle (2.7/9) was up a tenth from its fast national last week (flat with the final). In Week 2, new comedy Suburgatory (3.0/8) was down a modest 9% from its premiere and still built onto its lead-in. Modern Family (5.6/14) matched its fast national from last week (the series always goes up a tenth in the finals), but Happy Endings (2.9/7) was down 9% in its second airing behind the hit family comedy. At 10 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Suburgatory’ Opens Well To Seal Comedy Genre’s Comeback

Nellie Andreeva

Comedy’s hot streak this fall continues with another solid opening for a new half-hour show, ABC’s Suburgatory. The comedy starring Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto drew a 3.3/9 among adults 18-49 at 8:30 PM, up 27% from the premiere of Better With You in the slot last fall for ABC’s biggest comedy debut in the half-hour in eight years. It also grew significantly from its lead-in, The Middle (2.6/8), which was down 16% from its season premiere last week. Suburgatory joins Fox’s New Girl, CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and NBC’s Up All Night and Whitney as the latest new comedy this season to open well. That gives every major broadcast network at least one promising new comedy in a single season — something we haven’t seen in ages — sealing the comedy genre’s comeback after a long drought. And comedy is not done for the season, with at least two more buzzworthy new half-hour entries — ABC’s Tim Allen-starrer Last Man Standing and Apartment 23 – showing potential to break out.

In its third week, Up All Night (2.1/6) shed two tenths vs. its time-slot premiere last week. It still performed better than all other NBC series on the night: doomed freshman Free Agents (1.0/3, down 23%), equally endangered sophomore Harry’s Law (1.2/3, flat with its season premiere last week) and Law & Order: SVU (2.0/5, down 17%). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’, ‘Top Model’ Down In Return, ‘Up All Night’ Solid In Preview, ‘Free Agents’ Not So Much

Nellie Andreeva

Pre-fall launches continued last night with the season premiere of CBS veteran Survivor and previews of new NBC comedies Up All Night and Free Agents, while two summer staples, NBC’s America’s Got Talent and CBS’ Big Brother, wrapped their seasons.

Encouraging news for NBC’s new Christina Applegate-starring comedy Up All Night, which opened with a 3.7/10 at 10 PM, following the season finale of Talent (3.5/10 in adults 18-49). It built on its lead-in and ranked as the top program of the night in the demo. Up All Night can use the sampling as it has been tasked with anchoring a new Wednesday 8-9 PM comedy block for NBC starting next week. It is not clear how much help it will get from its companion, the Hank Azaria-starring Free Agents, which faltered in the preview last night, posting a 2.1/6 and dropping almost half of its Up All Night lead-in. Overall, the rookie comedies (average of 2.9/8 in 18-49) performed better than the now-defunct legal drama Outlaw (2.4/7), which NBC previewed behind the Talent finale last September. As for Talent (3.5/10), it was down 10% vs. last year’s finale, but comparing fast nationals-to-fast nationals, it was down 5%. NBC (3.3/9, 12.3 million) won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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TCA: Mike Fleiss Defends ‘H8R’ From Haters

By | Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 6:26pm PDT

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

The critics took out their verbal blades at an afternoon TCA panel hyping the new CW reality show H8R that goes to great lengths to bring “celebrities” together with those who trash talk about them on the Internet. The early episodes will feature the likes of Snooki from Jersey Shore. The biggest names participating in the series so far are Eva Longoria and Leah Remini. Critics peppered exec producers Mike Fleiss and Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and exec producer/host Mario Lopez with questions about who would watch the famous go to great lengths to convert their biggest non-fans into supporters. One questioner wondered whether viewers would eventually see an episode where President Obama comes face to face with a Tea Party member. Read More »

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Reality Producer Mike Fleiss Joins ‘H8R’

By | Wednesday July 13, 2011 @ 11:00am PDT

Mike Fleiss, the creator and executive producer of The Bachelor franchise, is joining the CW’s new series H8R. He will team with creators Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and Jeremy Spiegel, along with host Mario Lopez, as executive producers on the one-hour reality show. It pairs well-known personalities with real people who don’t like them. The point is to win them over. Fleiss’ Next Entertainment will produce in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Harney will co-executive produce. Fleiss’ reality credits include Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? and High School Reunion. The series premieres September 14 and will air Wednesdays at 8 PM.

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CW Announces Fall Premiere Dates

Nellie Andreeva

The CW today was the first broadcast network to announce its fall premiere dates. The network will launch three nights — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — the week before the Sept. 19 official start of the fall season, Friday during premiere week and Monday’s lineup the week after. With the exception of Friday, which pairs sophomore Nikita and veteran Supernatural, all other nights feature a returning series and a newbie. Here is CW’s premiere schedule: Read More »

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CW To Pick Up New Reality Series ‘H8R’ That Pairs Celebrities With Their Haters

By | Monday May 16, 2011 @ 7:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I hear the CW is picking up to series H8R, an one-hour reality project from Warner Horizon, which pairs people with celebrities they absolutely detest. Additionally, I hear that the series pickup deal for the Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring mystery drama RINGER at the CW is now done. The network is expected to unveil both series at its upfront presentation on Thursday.

Mario Lopez hosts H8R, in which celebrities confront their biggest haters and try to convince them that their animosity is misdirected. The CW first ordered a pilot for the project, which featured reality stars Snooki and Kim Kardashian. The pilot has been red-hot at the CW. The network for years has been looking for a new big, loud reality series to join America’s Next Top Model, and I hear the feeling internally is that this might be it. H8R also represents some Time Warner synergy as it comes from a team that works on the Telepictures-produced entertainment newsmagazine Extra. Extra host Lopez is executive producing H8R with Extra senior executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and co-executive producer Jeremy Spiegel. Warner Horizon’s reality division has been on a roll lately. It is also behind NBC’s breakout hit The Voice.

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