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Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal News

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal NewsThe same day NBC announced it had picked up The Night Shift for a second season, the hospital drama jumped 25% from last week – from a 1.2 to a 1.5 demo rating– solidifying its 10 PM timeslot dominance. It was the night’s second highest-rated program, behind only its lead-in, America’s Got Talent (2.6/9). The Night Shift ginned up its biggest overall crowd (7.164 million viewers) since its May 27 premiere (7.669 million).

Fueling The Night Shift, America’s Got Talent was even with its most recent original in the time period (a repeat aired in the slot last week), beating its combined competition in the demo, while inching up from same night last year’s 2.4 demo ratings. NBC wound up with a 2.2/8 for the primetime night, and 9.686 million viewers. Next best was CBS tied with ABC, at 0.9/3 for the night. CBS clocked 6.22 million viewers to ABC’s 3.139 mil. CBS relied on repeats of NCIS (1.0/4, 9.967 million viewers), NCIS: LA (0.8/3, 11.927 million ), and Person Of Interest (0.7/2, 4.849 million). ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, meanwhile, shed 10% of last week’s demo rating, for a slimmed down 0.9.3 (3.753 million viewers), after which Celebrity Wife Swap slipped 31% from last week, to a 0.9/3 (3.010 million).
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‘NCIS’, ‘Modern Family’ Most Watched Series In The World & Other Monte-Carlo TV Awards

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 3:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NCIS MAY 13 SEASON FINALEThe U.S. and the rest of the world are in complete agreement this time, with NCIS, the most watched drama series in America, named the most watched drama series in the world for the past year at the 54th Monte-Carlo TV Festival. This is the first time as worldwide No.1 for the veteran drama. It extends CBS procedurals’ staggering dominance in the category, winning eight of the nine years the award has been around with CSI (five times), CSI: Miami (two times) and The Mentalist, with Fox’s medical drama House as the only other US drama to make the cut. Winner on the comedy side was ABC’s Modern Family, succeeding last year’s most popular half-hour, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen was named best comedy actress. Showtime/BBC’s Episodes won best European comedy series, while Norway’s Lilyhammer, which became Netflix’s first original series, won best international comedy series and best comedy actor, Steven Van Zandt. Israel’s Hostages, which was remade by CBS this past season, won best drama series and best drama actress (Ayelet Zurer). Another drama with an U.S. remake, Sweden’s The Bridge, got best European drama and best drama actor (Kim Bodnia).

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Michael Weatherly Closes 2-Year Deal With CBS Studios To Return To ‘NCIS’, Produce New Projects

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 10:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

eatherlyNCIS co-star Michael Weatherly has finalized a new deal with series producer CBS Studios. Under the two-year pact, Weatherly will return to the highly rated CBS drama where he has been since the pilot, playing Anthony DiNozzo. His new agreement also includes an overall development deal for Weatherly’s newly launched production company, Solar Drive Productions. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue playing Very Special Agent Tony DiNozzo on NCIS for seasons 12 and 13,” Weatherly said. “Leslie (Moonves), Nina (Tassler) and David (Stapf) have been incredibly supportive of my growth over the last decade and I couldn’t be more excited about working with them on the production side. My new company, Solar Drive Productions, will have fancy letterhead and nice furniture.” Weatherly joins fellow NCIS cast members Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum and Rocky Carroll who also recently renewed their contracts for two more seasons. The entire cast of the veteran CBS drama series is set to return next fall. Weatherly is repped by Anonymous and McKuin, Frankle, Whitehead.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’, ‘Person Of Interest’ & ‘Glee’ Finales Down, ‘Riot’ Debuts Weak, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finale Even

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 9:41am PDT

NCIS MAY 13 SEASON FINALEIt was wall-to-wall, time slot-to-time slot finales last night in primetime as the 2013-14 season enters into its final days. CBS was the only network to have nothing but finales last night, but its traditionally hard-punching Tuesday lineup’s success has been in part due to seamless flow, so a collective bow for the year made sense. And it did as CBS won the night both in terms of adults 18-49 with a 2.3/7 rating and 14.1 million total viewers. The night was kicked off by NCIS (2.6/9), which wrapped up its 11th season with a tribute to actor Ralph Waite among its usual investigations. Waite, who died February 13 and was best known for his paternal role on The Waltons,  had recurred on the procedural since 2008 as the father to lead Mark Harmon. To that end, NCIS was both the highest-rated show of the night and the most watched with a beefy 16.77 million tuning in. The show also topped The Voice (2.5/9) for the first time among adults 18-49, though with the adjustments the NBC singing show usually sees that could change in final numbers. Looking at NCIS’ numbers, compared with last week, last night’s show was up a more-than-respectable 13%, but compared with its Season 10 finale, the vet was down a hard 24% from that May 14, 2013, broadcast.

The same could not be said of lead-out NCIS: LA (2.5/7). While the second-most-watched show of Tuesday’s primetime with an audience of 14.77 million, the spinoff ended its fifth season not only with a 14% rise from it May 6 show but even with its Season 4 ender, also on May 14 last year. The finale-to-finale flat news did not continue for Person Of Interest (1.9/6). The tech thriller was up from last week by 12% but down 21% from its May 9, 2013, Season 2 ender. CBS renewed all of the Tuesday shows for another season each March 13 this year — though NCIS: LA is moving to Mondays while new spinoff NCIS: New Orleans takes its Tuesday spot.

Related: CBS 2014 Schedule: Monday Comedy Block Trimmed, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Gets Post-‘NCIS’ Slot, ‘NCIS:LA’ To Monday, ‘CSI’ To Sunday…

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘New Girl’ Finale Falls From Last Year, ‘Mindy Project’ Finale Even, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Voice’, ‘Trophy Wife’, ‘Originals’ & ‘Growing Up Fisher’ Down

new girl may 6 season 3 finaleIt was a night of ends and the beginnings of the end on primetime on Tuesday as the 2013-2014 TV season moves into its final weeks. Fox had two finales back-to-back last night with New Girl (1.2/4) and The Mindy Project (1.3/4) The former took to the high seas to wrap up its third season with a 9% rise from last week. However that good news sours with the comedy also cratering 42% from the 2.1/6 of its Season 2 ender on May 14, 2013. The Mindy Project was a homage to Mindy Project may 6 season finaleMeg Ryan rom-coms of the 1990s as the series ended its second season. The throwback to two decades ago and the show’s pilot paid off as the comedy was up 18% from last week and even with its Season 1 finale last May. Both New Girl and Mindy will be back next year having unsurprisingly been picked up again in early renewals back in March. Kicking off the night for Fox on an evening that saw overall TV usage between 8 – 10 PM was down 8% from April 29, Glee (0.8/3) was even with last week’s broadcast of the Ryan Murphy series.

Backstories and secrets were the core of the penultimate episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.8/6) first season. Virtually a shoe-in for renewal, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Supernatural’ Spinoff Episode Ticks Up; ‘NCIS’, ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘The Originals’, ‘Mindy’ Rise; ‘New Girl’ Low

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 11:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BloodlinesEncouraging sign for the proposed Supernatural spinoff Bloodlines as last night’s planted spinoff episode drew a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, up 11% from last week. The uptick probably was due at least in part to the ratings comeback of Supernatural‘s lead-in, The Originals (0.8, up 33% from last week’s series low), which also started as a planted spinoff episode airing in the last week of April last year. Proving that we should not read too much into the ratings of those spinoff episodes, The Originals-themed Vampire Diaries last year posted a 10% week-to-week ratings drop, yet the project went on to snag a series order and a second-season renewal. The CW pilots are facing very good odds this year, with six of them targeting as many as five slots.

Related: PILOTS 2014: The Latest Buzz

Mindy-Project-600This is new. The Mindy Project (1.1) edged its lead-in, flagship Fox comedy New Girl (1.0), to rank as the network’s highest-rated program of the night. Mindy was up 10% from last week, while New Girl was down 17% to a series low. Also hitting an all-time low was Glee (0.8), down 11%.

Related: Bubble Watch 2014: Where Endangered Broadcast Series Stand

First-year ABC comedy The Goldbergs (1.6 in adults 18-49) cemented its second-season renewal with a nice 14% ratings bump in its return to originals after a two-week break. Actually, the entire ABC freshman Tuesday lineup was up. Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.9), also certain to be renewed, inched up a tenth from its fast national last week. Read More »

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PILOTS 2014: Early Buzz Edition

By | Saturday April 12, 2014 @ 1:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

panic-buttonWith less than a month until the upfronts, we’re kicking off our annual Pilot Buzz series. As usual, the first edition only includes a limited number of projects that have been garnering early attention as many pilots are still filming. So, if a pilot is not mentioned, it probably means it is too early to weigh in or the feedback I’ve received is inconclusive at this time.

ABC_logo_2007Shonda Rhimes. Viola Davis. Need we say more? ABC’s sexy suspense legal thriller How To Get Away With Murder, executive produced by Rhimes and starring Davis, is packing some heat early on. Secret & Lies starring Ryan Phillippe also is getting encouraging early response. It also has a seven-figure penalty and is directed by Charles McDougall, whose strong pilot record includes Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife and most recently, Resurrection last season. Then there is Marvel’s stealth Agent Carter project. Last year, the company went into Fort Knox mode on its Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, which was kept under lock and key. They took that a notch further this year with carterAgent Carter. Because there is a prototype — the project is inspired by a one shot, which was featured on the Blu-ray release of Iron Man 3word has been that it would forgo a pilot and go straight to series. The script was finished more than three months ago (“the script is great,” ABC’s Paul Lee said back in January), the option on one-shot’s star Hayley Atwell came up and was extended, but the green light never came. Now there is talk that a pickup for Agent Carter may come along with a renewal for Marvel’s freshman Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with the new series possibly serving as a bridge between the fall and spring portions of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Also getting various level of early traction at ABC is mystery Sea of Fire and several dark horses, alien drama The Whispers (aka The Visitors), medical drama The Warriors and mystery Clementine. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘Voice’ Adjusted Up, ‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘About A Boy’ Down

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 2:22pm PDT

BRETT DALTON, CHLOE BENNET, CLARK GREGGUPDATE, 2:22 PM: The final numbers are in and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen a rise of two tenths for a second week in a row. While still down from last week’s 2.0/6, last night’s 1.9/6 is not the series low for ABC’s superspy agency drama as preliminary numbers indicated this morning. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s all-time low was a 1.8 on March 4. NBC’ also saw adjustments in its lineup with The Voice up a tenth to 2.9/9 to tie a low for a regularly scheduled show, and About A Boy and Chicago Fire down a tenth each for the latter to hit a season low.

Related: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Smashes April Opening Record

PREVIOUS, 9:05 AM: After tease after tease this season, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.7/6) last night finally plunged full force into the greater Marvel Universe with a crossover to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even with the heavily promoted crossover, plus betrayals and revelations galore, the superspy agency series didn’t see the blockbuster results of the just-released superhero pic.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’ Slips, ‘Mindy Project’ Craters, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘The Voice’ Down

NCIS APRIL 1Looks like the next NCIS (2.3/8) spinoff has gotten off to a slightly unsteady start. After seeing a small rise last week, Tuesday’s second episode of the “Crescent City” two-parter with Scott Bakula dipped 8% from its March 25 episode. On a night that didn’t give big jumps to anyone, that’s a season low for the long-running procedural. The setting up of a Big Easy-based version of NCIS was again the night’s most-watched show, with 16.84 million tuning in, though down a slight 2% from last week. A little bit ahead of its lead-in in the adults 18-49 demo, NCIS: LA (2.4/7) remained even with it March 25 airing. Coming off a big gain last week, Person Of Interest (1.9/6) dipped 5% last night from its previous episode. With all that, CBS took the night in the demo (2.2/7) and in total viewers with 14.49 million.

On Fox’s Glee (0.9/3) it was all New York, New York with the former McKinley High gang starting to strut their stuff in the city that never sleeps. It was a move that didn’t seem to garner much goodwill among the demo: The 102nd episode of the series fell 18% from last week to tie a series low. If Glee’s fall stung, the cratering of The Mindy Project hurt worse. Back for the first time in two months, a double dose of the comedy at 9 PM and 9:30 each drew a 1.0/3 result in 18-49 – that’s a 33% free-fall from the series’ last 9:30 PM original January 31. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Finale & ‘Person Of Interest’ Up, ‘Mind Games’, ‘About A Boy’ & ‘Growing Up Fisher’ Tie Lows, ‘NCIS’ & ‘NCIS:LA’ Steady

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

BROOKLYN NINE NINE SEASON 1 FINALEIt was a night of partial endings and new beginnings on primetime on Tuesday. The ending was the season finale of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.3/4). The recently renewed Golden Globe winning Andy Samberg-led comedy wrapped up its freshman cycle with a solid 18% rise over last week’s series low. Fox started the night steady with Glee’s 101st episode even with last week’s 1.1/3, but saw also renewed New Girl (1.2/4) down 7% from its last original on March 11 to tie a series low.

The new beginning was on NCIS (2.5/8) as last night’s show saw the first of a two-parter with Scott Bakula to set up ncis march 25the New Orleans-based spin-off of the procedural. The result was a small 4% rise from NCIS’ March 18 show. Still the series was the most watched show of the night with 17.28 million tuning in. NCIS’ current spin-off NCIS: LA (2.4/7) was the second most watched show of the night with an audience of 15.48 million and also a 4% bop upward among adults 18-49. The real winner of the night for CBS was Person Of Interest (2.0/6) which had an 18% rise over last week’s show to hit its best result among the key demo since February 4. Overall, CBS won the night both among the 18-49s (2.3/7) and total viewers (15 million). Read More »

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Malcolm Barrett, Jonathan Slavin In ‘Mission Control’; Paige Turco In ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

barrett1slavinUPDATE: It’s Better Off Ted reunion on NBC‘s comedy pilot Mission Control. Ted standouts Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin have been cast as another duo of scientists in the Universal TV-produced comedy from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell in the tone of Anchorman. David Hornsby wrote and exec produces the pilot, a workplace ensemble slavinbarrettset in 1962 that examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Barrett, repped by Gersh and Management 360, will play Arthur, an engineer on the woman’s crew. He most recently was seen in the 2014 Sundance movie Dear White People. Slavin, co-managed by Coronel Group and Berwick & Kovacik, plays the weirdo genius on the crew.

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Paige Turco has been set as a recurring opposite Scottpaigeturco1 Bakula in CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff, Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon, the spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. Turco, repped by Gersh and One Entertainment, plays Linda, the wife of NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula). Turco is a regular on the forthcoming CW series The 100 and also … Read More »

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Lucas Black Joins CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fast & FuriousLucas Black is setAFI Associates & Sony Pictures Classics' Premiere Of "Get Low" - Arrivals to co-star opposite Scott Bakula and Zoe McLellan in CBS NCIS planted spinoff. Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon, the spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. It centers on NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula). Black will play NCIS Special Agent Lasalle, who relocated to New Orleans as a kid and is a no-nonsense federal agent who believes in doing what’s right no matter what, and a man who works hard and plays harder. In addition to Bakula and McLellan, Black joins previously cast CCH Pounder in the spinoff, which will air as a two-part NCIS episode in the spring. Black, repped by ICM Partners, is reprising his role from The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift of Sean Boswell in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7,  whose production has been put on hold following the tragic death of star Paul Walker.

Related: Scott Bakula To Topline CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

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John Ducey Joins NBC Pilot ‘Bad Judge’, CCH Pounder In CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 6:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

duceyJohn Ducey (Jonas) has been cast in Bad Judge, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot starring and executive produced by Kate Walsh. The project, from writer Chad Kultgen and producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Anne Heche, centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Ducey, repped by Pakula/King & Assoc., will play Tom, a dapper DA and a shameless brown-noser who wants to be judge and would climb over Rebecca’s (Walsh) dead body to advance his own career.

ccpounderThe Shield alumna CCH Pounder has joined Scott Bakula and Zoe McLellan in CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff. Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and Harmon, the spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. It centers on NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula). Pounder, who has been recurring on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, will play Dr. Wade, the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner who us as eccentric as she is smart and also is intuitive and incredibly connected to Louisiana.

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Scott Bakula To Topline CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Scott BakulaScott Bakula is set to lead the cast of CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff set in New Orleans. Like the mothership series starring Mark Harmon, the spinoff too is built around a central character, NCIS Special Agent Pride, played by Bakula. Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and Harmon, spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. It centers on NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula), who embodies New Orleans. He’s driven by the need to do what’s right and does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor. The planted spinoff will air as a two-part NCIS episode this spring. Quantum Leap and Men Of A Certain Age alum Bakula was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO Films’ Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra and currently recurs on the new HBO comedy Looking. Bakula, repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content, has completed India-set musical Basmati Blues opposite Brie Larson and Elsa And Fred opposite Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine.

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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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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s ‘Killer Women’ Drops To O.7 Rating In Week 2

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 9:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

How many periods can ABC fill with Shark Tank repeats? Following the network’s move on Friday to killer2pull low-rated limited series The Assets and replace it with reruns of the hit reality series, it has another strong candidate in Killer Women. Following its underwhelming debut with a 0.9 18-49 rating last week, the procedural drama dropped 22% to an instant-cancellation 0.7 rating that spelled the demise of the series’ predecessor in the Tuesday 10 PM slot, Lucky 7. Things were more encouraging for ABC early on, with Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.2) and The Goldbergs (1.8) both posting second consecutive 0.1 bumps. Trophy Wife (1.1) was flat.

CBS’ lineup kept steady. NCIS (3.0) was even with last week, NCIS: LA (2.4) matched its last original (as well as the preview of new drama Intelligence in the slot last Tuesday), and Person Of Interest (2.0) too was flat with last week. CBS won the night in 18-49 (2.5) and total viewers (15.9 million). Read More »

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Cote De Pablo Joins Chilean Miner Movie ‘The 33′ In First Post-’NCIS’ Gig

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 11:04am PST

Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Presents The 22nd Annual Hall Of Fame Induction GalaEXCLUSIVE: In what will be her first acting role since leaving network TV’s most-watched series NCIS, Cote De Pablo has been cast in The 33, the feature film based on the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners after being trapped 69 days in the Copiapo gold and copper mine more than half an mile below the earth’s surface. Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro are among those already aboard the ensemble cast of the pic, which is now in production in Chile and Colombia with Patricia Riggen directing. The script is from Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club) and Michael Thomas.

Chilean_Miners_RescueDe Pablo, who was born in Chile and whose mother still lives there, will play a wife of one of the trapped miners, who became international stars following their dramatic rescue that played out live worldwide. Her scenes will be shot in Chile’s Atacama Desert near where the actual event, and the subsequent rescue efforts took place. She is repped by Paradigm and Management 360. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Finale Down From Last Year, ‘POI’ Slips In Return

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 9:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Voice - Season 4NBC and CBS were the only game in town Tuesday and split the nightly crown, with NBC taking adults 18-49 (3.3) and CBS total viewers (15.6 million). NBC aired the live finale of The Voice (3.9/11 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers) from 9-11 PM. It  jumped 26% from last Tuesday in 18-49 but was down 20% from last fall’s finale. For the season, The Voice averaged a 3.9 in 18-49, slightly down from the last two cycles (4.3 last fall, 4.1 in spring) and the lowest cycle ever. Still, the NBC singing competition remains a cut above any other broadcast reality series. Leading into The Voice, The Biggest Loser (2.0) was up a tenth from last week. CBS’ NCIS (2.8) matched its 18-49 fast national from last week as did NCIS: LA (2.4). NCIS  once again was the most-watched program of the night with 19.4 million viewers. Person Of Interest (1.9) was down 14% from its last original three weeks ago to tie a series low. The only other original on the broadcast networks last night was the season finale of ABC News’ What Would You Do? (0.7) at 10 PM. With a repeat lead-in, it dropped 22% from last week and was down 56% from last fall’s finale when the program aired on Friday.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Keeper Of Lost Causes’ Tops Danish Box Office; ‘Victor Young Perez’ Wins Bout For U.S.; More

‘Keeper Of Lost Causes’ Is No. 1 In Denmark
Now in release for seven weeks, The Keeper Of Lost Causes keeps on climbing. The Danish film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard has become the No. 1 film of the year in Denmark with approximately $10M at the box office. It overtook Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Denmark’s Oscar entry, to land the top spot this week. This is a strong year for Danish movies with The Hunt having previously held the No. 1 position since January, and with local heist comedy All For Two and family film My African Adventure also outperforming Hollywood fare on the 2013 chart. Lost Causes is the first installment in Zentropa’s Department Q franchise that’s based on the best-sellling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It was penned by A Royal Affair‘s Nikolaj Arcel and focuses on chief detective Carl Mørck, who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons) and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) star. TrustNordisk has sold the film around the world, and has U.S. buyers circling.

‘Victor Young Perez’ Sells To U.S.
Picture Tree International has sold U.S. rights on boxing movie Victor Young Perez to Florida-based Synkronized. The film will be released theatrically by Synkronized’s distribution partner, Millennium. It’s based on the true story of the French-Arab boxer who was deported to Auschwitz in 1943 and forced to fight for the entertainment of the Nazis. Brahim Asloum stars in Jacques Ouaniche’s movie that opened in France on Wednesday. It has also sold in Latin America, South Korea, CIS and the Baltics. Picture Tree also closed deals on Mary Queen Of Scots with Australia’s Curious Film taking Oz and New Zealand rights, and Caravella DDC/Carmen Group taking the CIS countries. The film screened at AFI Fest earlier this month. Negotiations are underway on a U.S. deal. Read More »

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