‘Lone Star’ Standout To ‘Criminal Minds’

By | Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 2:49pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: In her first gig since the swift cancellation of the praised Fox drama Lone Star, Adrianne Palicki has signed on to guest-star in an episode of Criminal Minds that pays homage to Oliver Stone’s seminal criminal satire Natural Born Killers. Read More »

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Fox Weathering Rough Fall TV Season

Nellie Andreeva

After years of languishing in last place in the fall before coming to life in January with the return of American Idol and 24 to win the season, Fox turned the lights on in a big way last fall. There was the introduction of Glee, solid performances from its returning shows led by House, and an ALCS championship and World Series won by the Yankees. But this fall, the network has returned to its old struggling ways, leading the broadcast networks with the steepest ratings declines for the first 4 weeks of the season, down 12% in adults 18-49 and 8% in total viewers. It’s been a rough fall for Fox from the start, with the shockingly low-rated premiere of the now-defunct new drama Lone Star on the very first night of the season. Fox was at a disadvantage going into the season as it was saddled with the less watched NLCS championship this year as part of its arrangement with TBS, in which the two finals alternate between the two networks. And then on Friday, the Rangers beat the Yankees to become ALCS champions and make it to the World Series for the first time — a great feat for the Texas team but a big blow to Fox as Yankees-less World Series generally draw significantly lower ratings than those with the MLB’s marquee franchise in them. Also, the NLCS final on Fox failed to go to 7 games this year, with the deciding 6th game falling on the least watched night of television, Saturday. (Fox still did respectable business last night with a 3.0 rating in 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers.) Read More »

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LIVE+7 TV RATINGS: ‘Grey’s’ Tops Premiere Week; ’90210,’ ‘Gossip’ & ‘Fringe’ Gain Big

Nellie Andreeva

Live+7 and C3 ratings for premiere week were released today, with most series posting double-digit increases when 7 days of DVR viewing was added to their original premiere week tally. In Live+Same day premiere week rating, no series cracked the 6 rating among adults 18-49. In Live+7, 4 series did that: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (6.8 rating, +25.9%), which surpassed Fox’s Glee (6.6, +17.9%) was the highest-rated program of premiere week among adults 18-49. ABC’s Modern Family (6.4, +25.5%) and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (6.00, +22.4%) followed. On a percentage basis, CW’s 90210 (1.3) was the biggest gainer, up 44.4%, followed by Fox’s Fringe (3.1), up 40.9% and CW’s Gossip Girl (1.4), up 40%. Overall, returning series gained more than freshmen as viewers went primarily for old favorites when programming their DVRs. Read More »

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New Project At Fox For ‘Lone Star’ Director

By | Monday October 4, 2010 @ 11:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The (500) Days of Summer helmer has his hands full as director of the Spider-Man feature reboot for Sony, which is in the thick of casting. Now, shortly after canceling his new drama Lone Star, Fox is jumping back in business with Marc Webb who directed the much-lauded pilot for the short-lived Southwest soap. The network has picked up Battleground, a single-camera comedy executive produced by Webb. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Human Target’ Moves To Wednesdays

Nellie Andreeva

In the fallout of the Lone Star cancellation, Fox’s drama Human Target will move from Fridays to Wednesdays, taking over the slot originally given to Lie To Me. Lie to Me was to premiere on Nov. 10 and run in the Wednesday 8 PM slot, leading into an one-hour Hell’s Read More »

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It’s Official: Fox Cancels ‘Lone Star’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: We have the first cancellation of the 2010-2011 season. No big surprise here – Fox today pulled the plug on the critically praised new soap Lone Star after 2 low-rated airings. Starting next Monday, Lone Star will be replaced … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing’ Wins, ‘Event’ Drops, No Miracle Bounce For ‘Lone Star’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED WITH FINAL NUMBERS: Here we are in the oh-so-important week 2 of the season. On the first night, it was great news for ABC, pretty good news for CBS, and not so good news for NBC and Fox.

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ANALYSIS: Lessons Of Premiere Week

Nellie Andreeva

Broadcast networks’ premiere week wrapped last night. It was the most competitive start of the season in recent memory, with the vast majority of new and returning series – some 60 shows – launching over the past seven days. After … Read More »

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‘Lone Star’ Creator Rallies Support: ‘We’re Going To Have To Pull Off A Minor Miracle’

Nellie Andreeva

Ahead of next week’s second airing of new Fox drama series Lone Star, which got a temporary reprieve after its disastrous premiere ratings on Monday, the show’s young creator Kyle Killen this morning wrote this emotional plea for support on his blog.

You’re Invited To Our Stunning

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‘Lone Star’ Not Canceled By Fox… Yet

By | Wednesday September 22, 2010 @ 1:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Despite its disastrous premiere this week, the new Fox drama series Lone Star will air its second episode next Monday at 9 PM as planned. So don’t believe that Internet chatter to the contrary. That said, I hear the network is going to be looking very closely at … Read More »

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ANALYSIS: The Demise Of ‘Lone Star’ And The Longevity Of Veterans ‘Dancing’ & ‘Men’

By | Tuesday September 21, 2010 @ 3:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was hyped more than a heavyweight championship match, and the broadcast networks’ first ratings face-off last night didn’t disappoint. There was no clear winner but there was a big flop, Fox’s new drama Lone Star, and, as we … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Solid Start For ‘Event,’ ‘Hawaii’, ‘Mike & Molly’ But ‘Lone Star’ Flops

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2PM: The Final Live+Same Day ratings just came in. Veterans Dancing with the Stars (5.1/13 among adults 18-49 in the finals), Two and a Half Men (4.9/12) and House (4.2/11) as well as rookie Hawaii Five-0 (3.9/11) all gained .1 from this morning’s fast nationals, while The Event (3.6/9), … Read More »

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TCA: Fox ‘Lone Star’ Deep In Heart Of Texas

What’s up with TV and Texas this season? This fall’s crop of new TV series includes NBC’s Chase shooting in Dallas, and ABC’s My Generation, shooting in Austin. At today’s TCA, Fox presented the new drama Lone Star — which, with that title, couldn’t really be set anywhere else. The show’s lead character (played by relative newcomer James Wolk) has two wives and two lives in two different locations, Houston and Midland. It will actually be shot in Dallas, the setting for another Fox series introduced earlier this year, The Good Guys. (Executive producer Peter Horton, who plans to direct some episodes, he joked of his involvement: “I thought it was going to be shot in San Francisco.”)

Lone Star creator/executive producer (and native Texan) Kyle Killen explained that when he pitched the series, ”I sold it as Dallas without the cheese.

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Former 20th TV Drama Topper Moran Joins ABC Studios As New Head Of Drama

Nellie Andreeva

PatrickMoranEXCLUSIVE: Former 20th Century Fox TV SVP drama Patrick Moran has been tapped as new head of drama at ABC Studios. He will replace Josh Barry, who is stepping down from his post after a year. Barry, a 10-year ABC/ABC Studios … Read More »

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Fox Unveils Fall Premiere Dates, Reruns To Succeed ‘Wanda Sykes’ On Saturday

Nellie Andreeva

foxlogo.thumbnailUPDATED: Fox is going with a very traditional fall rollout, premiering almost all of its series during the official premiere week. (The network used to be more adventurous in the past with early launches but, with shortened post-season baseball coverage, it has now reverted to more conservative premiere plans.) One interesting element in the Fox premiere dates announcement – the network is giving up, at least for now, original programming in late-night on Saturday for the first time in 16 years, opting for reruns of new series Lone Star and Running Wilde instead. Fox began programming the 11 PM-12:30AM block on Saturday nights in 1989 and has always aired originals in it except for the 1994-95 season when it repurposed HBO’s Tales From the Crypt before launching MadTV in the fall of 1995. Most recently, The Wanda Sykes Show aired Saturday nights in late night last season, before being cancelled in May. It replaced long-time staple MadTV. The reruns may be a temporary place holder while Fox looks for new original(s) to air against NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Saturday, September 11

8:00-8:30 PM: COPS (Season Premiere, 800th Episode)
8:30-9:00 PM: COPS (Encore Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 PM: HOUSE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM: LONE STAR (Series Premiere)

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