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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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, … 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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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 … Read More »

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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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Emily Wickersham Joins ‘NCIS’ As Regular

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Emily Wickersham (The Sopranos, The Bridge) has been named a new regular on CBS’ flagship drama NCIS. Wickersham, who will fill the void left by the departure of co-star Cote de Pablo, was originally tapped for a three-episode … Read More »

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UPDATED: CBS’ ‘Hostages’ Audience Now Nearly 16 Mil, Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ At 26.4 Mil, And Other 30-Day Viewing News

UPDATED, 9 AM: Broadcast network Premiere Week numbers for 30-day multi-platform playback on DVR, VOD, online, etc. are out, confirming that overnight Nielsen ratings are now very preliminary reads and the broadcast networks got off to a much better start this season than originally reported. CBS weighed in this morning, reporting that the overall audience for the premiere episode of new Monday drama Hostages initially reported at a disappointing 7.41 million viewers, based on Nielsen fast nationals issued the next morning — now stands 15.54 million strong. That’s a jump of 110% with the 30-day multi-platform playback factored in. Similarly, the opening audience for Chuck Lorre’s new CBS comedy Mom jumped 72%, from 7.99 million viewers, to 13.77 million. And the crowd for the opening night of David E. Kelley’s new Robin Williams comedy The Crazy Ones now stands at nearly 24 million viewers, after growing 52% over the 30 days.

Related: ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘The Millers’ & ‘Mom’ Get Full Season Orders

Fox, which launched new series before Premiere Week, had already reported 30-day multi-platform total audiences for the majority of its premieres delivered lifts of 80% to 108% versus the series’ same-day deliveries. Fox’s premiere of Sleepy Hollow on September 16 soared 108% to 26.4 million viewers across Live, DVR, VOD and streaming on Hulu.com and Fox.com. Brooklyn Nine-Nine climbed 97% to 14.6 million viewers across platforms. Returning New Girl and The Mindy Project snagged lifts of 80%. Fox also noted a 76% increase in viewing of its in-season shows on Hulu than at same point last season (34.3 mil views vs. 19.5 mil).

Related: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Gets Full Season, Post Super Bowl Slot
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Biggest Loser’ Hits Debut Low, New ABC Comedies Down, ‘The Originals’ Up Strong

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

In one of the last premieres of the new season, The Biggest Loser (2.2/7) was back on NBC for Season 15 last night. The trio of trainers picked the 15 contestants for the cycle, including their first … Read More »

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‘NCIS’ Showrunner Gary Glasberg Inks New Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 2:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With NCIS continuing to reign as the most watched scripted show on television and getting ready to spawn a spinoff series, the man behind both, Gary Glasberg, has been signed in a new overall deal … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Tuesday Lineup Tumbles In Week 2, ‘NCIS’ Tops ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 1:50 PM: Agents Of SHIELD rose .2 in the finals, making the drop from last week’s premiere 28%. But Lucky 7 dropped further to a 0.7, down 46%. Adjusted up by a tenth were NCIS (3.5) and NBC’s The Voice (4.5), while Chicago Fire (2.6) slipped .2, just shy of last week’s series high. 

PREVIOUS: NCIS special agent Ziva David trumped the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night as the farewell episode of longtime NCIS cast member Cote de Pablo topped the second episode of ABC’s freshman Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. It was a miserable night all around for ABC with big second-week drops. Agents Of SHIELD (3.1/10 in adults 18-49) was down 33% from last week’s big premiere. That still is a pretty potent number, but that can’t be said about the Week 2 ratings for the rest of ABC’s all-new Tuesday lineup. The Goldbergs (2.2/6) was down 29%, Trophy Wife (1.4/4) was down 39%, and Lucky 7 made a serious claim for the first cancellation of the season title with a 0.8/2 — down 38% from last week’s underwhelming premiere and at a level even cheaper summer series can’t survive at.

BROADCAST PREMIERE WEEK: How Did The Networks Do, What Did We Learn?

It was a good night for NBC, which won the night by topping every half-hour in adults 18-49 and was the only network to avoid the second-week blues with no declines. The Voice (4.4/13) was even with its fast national last week and the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. Chicago Fire (2.8/8) also matched its fast national from last week. There was a minute of Voice overrun, so that could be adjusted down like last week, but the firefighter drama is on track to at least match its premiere week series high of 2.7 if not set a new one. Read More »

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The Big Story Of Premiere Week So Far: NBC

ABC’s gloppiest-named new series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be the hottest launch of the three-day-old broadcast TV season, but The Big Story so far in Premiere Week ?

NBC.

NBC is up with every single one of its series on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights compared to Premiere Week 2012. The network has won seven of nine hours in the demo among broadcasters. In total viewers, it’s won six of the week’s first nine primetime hours and has moved from third place to first — making those Comcast guys look pretty clever for having re-upped NBC programming chief Bob Greenblatt’s contract without waiting for Premiere Week numbers.

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