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CBS Cancels ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘Friends With Better Lives’, ‘Bad Teacher’, ‘Intelligence’ & ‘Hostages’

Nellie Andreeva

Crazy Ones Cancelled CBSAfter picking up five new drama series and two new comedy series yesterday — plus previously ordered straight-to-series Battle CreekCBS proceeded with cancelling all of its freshman bubble shows. That includes fall comedy The Crazy Ones, which marked the TV return of Robin Williams; drama Hostages, and midseason entries Friends With Better Lives, Bad Teacher and Intelligence. That means that the only freshman CBS series to make it to Season 2 are comedies The Millers and Mom. Meanwhile, the only returning series still on the bubble, veteran The Mentalist, has been renewed.

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CBSThe demise of Intelligence and the long-forgotten Hostages was fully expected as neither made a mark in the Monday 10 PM time slot though there was some argument made about procedural Intelligence. Friends With Better Lives, which had been envisioned as a potential successor to How I Met Your Mother and launched behind the series finaleBAD TEACHER of the long-running CBS comedy, had a shot at a renewal and had supporters at CBS. I hear producer 20th TV may shop it elsewhere. For Bad Teacher, the cancellation comes only three episodes into its run. The comedy, based on the hit movie, exceeded ratings expectations in its debut but dropped off in Episodes 2 and 3. Still, some thought CBS would wait until after the upfronts to make a decision on its future to give it more time. Read More »

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UPDATE: Sochi Olympics’ First Monday Ratings Down From Vancouver 2010, Even With Torino

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 1:50pm PST

SochiOlympicsNBC__131021180345__140123184857__140127203358UPDATE 1:50 PM: The results are in for NBC‘s primetime coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics last night. The tape-delayed 8-11:02 PM broadcast of the first Monday of the Sochi Games averaged a 12.8/20 national household rating and 22.4 million viewers. That’s down 10% from the 14.2/22 ratings for the almost-live coverage from Vancouver on the comparable day in 2010 (on the Presidents Day holiday) and an 11% drop from the 25.2 million viewers.

Based on the first few nights of the Games, a trend seems to be emerging: In the context of comparing the past two Winter Olympics, the gold goes to Vancouver. However, Monday night’s Sochi ratings and viewership were even with the 12.8/20 results NBC saw for the first Monday of Torino and up 6% in viewership with 21.1 million who watched on the same night eight years ago. Still, the 6.4 rating in adults 18-49 and viewership totals last night gave NBC the strongest primetime performance ever by any network against its rivals on a Monday. The network beat the combined totals of CBS, ABC and Fox by 35% in 18-49 and by 27% in viewers.

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TCA: CBS’ ‘Intelligence’ Faces TV Critics After Ratings Plunge

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 11:36am PST

TCA The cast and exec producers of CBS’ new cyber-cop-procedural drama Intelligence got the most dangerous assignment at the TCA Winter TV Press Tour today: wax optimistic about your show to a couple hundred TV critics two days after it did a ratings bellyflop. “Did something happen in the ratings?” creator/EP Michael Seitzman answered brightly when hit with the inevitable ratings question.

TCAIntelligenceCBS is pinning great hope on Intelligence’s ability to regain the ratings ground the network once enjoyed Mondays at 10 with CSI: Miami and, to a lesser degree, Hawaii Five-0. Earlier this season, CBS unintentionally pulled a prince-and-pauper with NBC in the hour, putting the new, NBC-esque, heavily-serialized thriller Hostages in the hour, while NBC slotted its homage to CBS procedurals, The Blacklist, in the hour. NBC won.

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Two weeks ago Intelligence got off to a terrific start in its out-of-timeslot premiere, clocking nearly 17 million viewers nestled between the most-watched scripted series on television, NCIS, and Person Of Interest, to become the most watched new series premiere this season. In adults 18-49, it posted a respectable 2.4 rating. But, this week, moved to its regular Monday night at 10 slot, Intelligence took a nosebleedingly steep plunge from its premiere to pick up where Hostages left off with a 1.1 in the demo. Intelligence’s soft performance was even more disappointing in that it followed solid performances by CBS’ Monday comedy block, and opposite a so-so Blacklist that lacked a Voice lead-in. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Low Regular Slot Debut For ‘Intelligence’, ‘Blacklist’ Returns Down, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Steady, ‘Bachelor’ Slips

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 10:49am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Intelligence-CBS-logo-720x405Can we get Hawaii Five-0 back on Monday? CBS tried a serialized drama, Hostages, and a procedural, Intelligence, in the Monday 10 PM slot this season but can’t seem to get any traction in the hour it once owned with CSI: Miami and did respectable business with Hawaii Five-0. Last night, Intelligence picked up where Hostages left off, premiering in the time period to an underwhelming 1.1 in adults 18-49. That was down an alarming 54% from the preview the series got behind stalwart NCIS last Tuesday and on par with the low rated finale of Hostages last Monday (1.1 at 9 PM and 1.0 at 10 PM). The very soft performance of Intelligence, which stars Lost’s Josh Holloway and CSI‘s Marg Helgenberger, was even more puzzling because it followed a solid performance by CBS’ Monday comedy block and aired against a weakened Blacklist on NBC without a Voice lead-in. Speaking of CBS’ comedies, they all returned up from a month-long hiatus, How I Met Your Mother (3.0), up +11%, 2 Broke Girls (2.7), up +17% , Mike & Molly (2.4), up +9% and Mom (2.1/5) up +11%.

NBC’s The Blacklist (2.5) took an expected drop returning from a big two-part fall finale with no Voice lead-in. The heavily DVR-ed freshman drama was off by 22% from its last original six weeks ago. But it built on its lead-in, an American Ninja Warrior special (1.9) by a healthy 31%, a rare feat for a 10 PM show and an encouraging sign it could stand on its own, without The Voice. It beat soundly its 10 PM competition, Hostages and ABC’s Castle (1.9, up 12% from last week), and its 2.5 has only been topped by two other regular 10 PM dramas this season, ABC’s hot Scandal, which follows Grey’s Anatomy, and the first two episodes of NBC’s Chicago Fire, which followed the highly rated first two weeks of The Voice‘s Tuesday auditions. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: CBS’ ‘Intelligence’ Gets Solid Sampling, ABC’s ‘Killer Women’ DOA

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 9:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

intelligence_holloway_oryCBS‘ new procedural Intelligence fit in well with the network’s existing crime dramas. Nestled between the most watched scripted series on television, NCIS, and Person Of Interest, Intelligence drew 16.6 million viewers to become the most watched new series premiere this season. In adults 18-49, it posted a respectable 2.4 rating. Its lead-in, NCIS, logged its largest Live+same day audience of the season, 20.7 million, and was up a tenth from the 18-49 fast national for its most recent original on December 17. Intelligence actually matched the most recent demo delivery of the Tuesday 9 PM slot regular, NCIS: LA, and edged it in total viewers (16.6 million vs. 15.3 million, though NCIS:LA had to face The Voice finale). The real test for Intelligence will come next week when it moves into its regular Monday 10 PM slot with no NCIS lead-in. At 10 PM, Person Of Interest (2.0, 12.1 million) also returned from hiatus up a tenth from its most recent episode.  CBS won the night in total viewers (16.5m) and A18-49 (2.4).

MARC BLUCAS, ALEX FERNANDEZ, TRICIA HELFER, MICHAEL TRUCCO, MARTA MILANSAfter the dismal 0.7 for the premiere of limited series The Assets on Thursday, ABC hit another setback last night when new drama Killer Women opened with a 0.9 in adults 18-49, down 31% from the underwhelming debut of Lucky 7 in the Tuesday 10 PM slot last fall and tying NBC’s 2013 midseason series Do No Harm as the lowest rated in-season drama series debut on the Big 4. This marks the latest casualty in the Tuesday 10 PM hour for ABC, which has not seen a steady performer there since Body Of Proof, a drama the network cancelled in May and considered reviving before recently scrapping that plan. News was more encouraging from 8-10 PM where Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.1) was up a tenth from the fast national for its most recent original on December 10 (but still tied for a season low), The Goldbergs (1.7) was up 6%, and Trophy Wife (1.2) were flat. All three posted viewership gains.  Read More »

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CBS Moves Up Premiere Of ‘Intelligence’

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS‘ midseason drama Intelligence, originally slated for a post-Olympics launch on February 24, will premiere on January 13 after a preview on January 7 behind an original episode of CBS’ biggest drama series, NCIS. Airing in the Monday 10 PM slot, Intelligence will succeed Hostages, which will finish its 15-episode freshman season on January 6. That makes for a continuous year-round original drama presence in the hour, with Under The Dome segueing to Hostages, which will be immediately followed by Intelligence. Intelligence stars Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. CSI alumna Marg Helgenberger stars as Lillian Strand, the Director of the elite government cyber-security agency who supports Gabriel and oversees the unit’s missions. Meghan Ory plays the third lead in the series, from executive producers Michael Seitzman, Tripp Vinson and Barry Schindel, ABC Television Studios and CBS Television Studios.

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Actress’ Surgery Stops Production On CBS’ ‘Intelligence’

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 6:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Production on CBS’ midseason drama series Intelligence was shut down yesterday because one of its stars is on medical leave. Meghan Ory has been sidelined since last week when she had an appendectomy. The series had been filming around her for several days, and Ory had hoped to return to work this week, but she was advised by her doctors that she would need more time for recovery. With no more prepped scenes that don’t feature Ory left to film, production on Intelligence is staying dark through tomorrow. Ory is cleared to return to work on Monday, when filming is scheduled to resume. Ory is one of the leads of Intelligence, alongside Josh Holloway, with CSI alumna Marg Helgenberger in a strong supporting role. Created and executive produced by Michael Seitzman, with Barry Schindel as exec producer/showrunner, Intelligence, centers on U.S. Cyber Command unit created around one agent (Holloway) who’s had a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire Global Information Grid. The series, from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, is set to premiere February 24, taking over the Monday 10 PM slot currently occupied by Hostages.

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Barry Schindel Joins New CBS Drama Series ‘Intelligence’ As Exec Producer/Showrunner

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 12:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order alum Barry Schindel has closed a deal to board CBS’ midseason drama series Intelligence as executive producer and showrunner, working closely with the series creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman. Schindel replaces Rene Echevarria who departed last month after joining the project at the pilot stage. Intelligence, from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, is set to premiere February 24, taking over the Monday 10 PM slot from Hostages. It stars Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger and centers on U.S. Cyber Command unit which has been created around one agent (Holloway) who’s had a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire Global Information Grid. CAA-repped Schindel currently consults on another CBS procedural, Unforgettable. The former trial attorney also has worked on CBS’ Numbers and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and on ABC’s Castle. Earlier this year, Schindel teamed with Brett Ratner for Tomorrow, a script-to-series drama project at ABC financed by Reliance’s Georgeville Television.

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Comic-Con: ‘Intelligence’ Preview & Panel Kicks Off Day 1

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 11:23am PDT

Comic-Con formally began today with a little Intelligence. Though it was a bit less than promised. Showrunner Rene Echevarria was scheduled to appear today on the upcoming one-hour drama’s panel at Comic-Con but having departed the CBS show last week he was an obvious no-show this morning. Still creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman was there as were stars Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory and Marg Helgenberger and EP Tripp Vinson for what was one of the opening panels of this year’s San Diego confab. Set to debut in February, Intelligence focuses on a U.S. Cyber Command unit that has been created around one agent Gabriel (Holloway). The agent has a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum and the Internet.

The late starting panel opened with a special effect heavy and action packed preview of the first episode of the series. The show started with Holloway sneaking up on a satellite dish in the Himalayas to mentally tap into data and depictions of a terrorist attack and then being taken captive in a Pakistani military base – which of course he escaped from. It then shifted to Cyber Command where CSI alumni Helgenberger, who was walking around the Con yesterday, was introduced as Cyber Command director Lillian Stand. Once Upon A Time regular Ory plays Riley O’Neil, a Presidential detail Secret Service Agent assigned to protest the Gabriel character. I won’t say anymore except to add that a kidnapping of a top scientist by rogue Chinese operatives and paintball figure prominently in the episode. Echevarria’s name was among the EPs in the opening credits of the preview show. The packed Ballroom 20 loved the preview and they really loved it when former Lost star Holloway walked out for the panel. Read More »

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Showrunner Rene Echevarria Exits ‘Intelligence’

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Rene Echevarria joined CBS’ midseason drama pilot Intelligence as executive producer/showrunner in February to partner with creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman in running the series for ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Now we’ve learned he has left the series. I’ve heard that the spilt, which happened yesterday, was amicable. It’s unclear at this point what the structure will be on the show. Intelligence is set to premiere February 24 on CBS and alternate with new fall drama Hostages in the Monday 10 PM slot. The show is centers at U.S. Cyber Command unit that has been created around one agent (Josh Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine veteran Echevarria served as executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Terra Nova and executive produced MTV”s Teen Wolf. He also co-created USA’s The 4400 and worked on Medium and Castle.

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Ann Cusack Joins ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’, John Billingsley Added To ‘Intelligence’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 12:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ann Cusack (Private Practice) is set to co-star opposite Christina Ricci, Daniel Stern and Miranda Cosgrove in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma, from Wolf Films and Universal TV. It centers on Karen (Ricci), a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly comes out of it to find she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie (Cosgrove). Cusack, repped by Innovative and Framework, plays Karen’s mother who, along with her husband (Stern), has been raising Evie.

John Billingsley (True Blood) has been cast in CBS drama pilot Intelligence, centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focused on a unit that has been created around one agent (Josh Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Billingsley, repped by Stone Manners Salners, plays Dr. William Crispin, a top computer neuroscientist formerly at the U.S. Cyber Command unit.

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Meghan Ory To Star In CBS’ ‘Intelligence’, Robert Buckley Cast In ‘Holding Patterns’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Once Upon A Time‘s Meghan Ory has been cast as the female lead opposite Josh Holloway in CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence, which co-stars Marg Helgenberger. Also joining the pilot, created/executive produced by Michael Seitzman, exec produced by Rene Echevarria and Tripp Vinson and directed/exec produced by David Semel, is P.J. Byrne. For Ory, who is a regular on Once, Intelligence is in first position. Both Once and Intelligence are produced by ABC Studios, which allowed the flexibility. After recurring heavily on Season 1 of Once, Ory was promoted to regular in part because of interest for pilots she received last season. Her character Ruby has not been as prominently featured in this season’s storylines as it was last season. Intelligence is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent (Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Ory, repped by Gersh and Canada’s Pacific Artists, will play Riley O’Neil, an ex Secret Service taking on the challenge of protecting the nation’s top intelligence asset. Read More »

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‘CSI’s Marg Helgenberger Returns To CBS As Star Of Pilot ‘Intelligence’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Marg Helgenberger CBS Pilot IntelligenceA year after she bid farewell to CBS’ long-running crime drama CSI after 12 seasons, Marg Helgenberger is back at the network with a starring role in crime drama pilot Intelligence. Also cast in the pilot, created/executive produced by Michael Seitzman, exec produced by Rene Echevarria and directed/exec produced by David Semel, is James Martinez (Breaking Bad). The two join Josh Holloway.  Intelligence, from ABC Studios and CBS Studios, is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Helgenberger, repped by ICM Partners, Sanders Armstrong Caserta and Fred Toczek, will play Cybercom director Lillian. Martinez plays Gonzo Sanchez, a scrappy federal investigator.

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Rene Echevarria Joins CBS Drama Pilot ‘Intelligence’ As Exec Producer/Showrunner

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 9:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rene Echevarria has joined CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence as executive producer/showrunner. He will be partnering with creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman in running the series for ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, Intelligence, which stars Josh Holloway, is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Star Trek veteran Echevarria, repped by WME, served as executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Terra Nova. He also co-created USA’s The 4400 and worked on Medium and Castle. Read More »

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Sung Kang Cast In Fox Pilot ‘Gang Related’, Michael Rady In CBS Pilot ‘Intelligence’

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Fast and the Furious franchise’s Sung Kang is reuniting with the franchise’s writer Chris Morgan, this time in TV. Kang has been cast in the Fox drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th TV and Imagine TV. Written by Morgan and directed by Allen Hughes, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department who rises through its ranks but must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the SFPD’s Gang Task Force. Kang will play Tae Kim, an Asian gang specialist on loan from the FBI who refuses to celebrate Ryan’s achievements because he considers Ryan’s tactics dangerous and wasteful. Morgan and showrunner Scott Rosenbaum exec produce the pilot with Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Kang, repped by WME and Management 360, has starred in Fast & The Furious movies since the 2006 Tokyo Drift and next reprises his role as Han in the upcoming sixth installment, also penned by Morgan. He was recently seen in Bullet To The Head. Read More »

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Josh Holloway To Star In CBS Drama Pilot ‘Intelligence’

By | Monday February 11, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Lost alum Josh Holloway is set as the lead in Intelligence, CBSdrama pilot from writer Michael Seitzman, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, Intelligence is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Holloway will play Gabriel Black, a former Navy SEAL and dedicated intelligence officer. The premise of Intelligence, which has a procedural element, is reminiscent of CBS’ Person Of Interest, which coincidentally stars another Lost alum, Michael Emerson. David Semel is directing the pilot and executive producing with Seitzman and Tripp Vinson.

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CBS Orders Drama Pilots From ‘Homeland’ Trio & Michael Seitzman, Officially Picks Up David E. Kelley/Robin Williams Comedy

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has given pilot orders to two more dramas, Anatomy Of Violence, from the Homeland trio of executive producers Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary, and Intelligence, from writer Michael Seitzman. The network also has made official the pilot order to David E. Kelley’s comedy pilot Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams.

As one of the highest wattage comedy packages this season, the David E. Kelley-written workplace comedy starring Robin Williams has had an informal pilot order ever since the project landed at CBS in August. It has already hired a director, Jason Winer, and has been actively casting the other parts. Now that order has been formalized by CBS. 20th Century Fox TV, where Kelley was based for 22 years before moving to Warner Bros. TV in 2008, is producing.

Even without the big commitment, giving the project a production order was a no brainer. Let’s face it, you can’t judge a Robin Williams-starring vehicle without seeing it as he rarely sticks to the script. His improvisations on his previous TV series, Mork & Mindy, were so hard to contain, Garry Marshall added a fourth camera to the three-camera format for him, thus ushering in the multi-camera comedy setup that is used til this day. Williams will go with one for … Read More »

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