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Margot Robbie In ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Talks

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 5:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Margot Robbie Wolf Of Wall StreetEXCLUSIVE: Australian actress Margot Robbie (Pan Am) is in talks to play the female lead in The Wolf Of Wall Street, the Martin Scorsese-directed drama that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Robbie is in talks to play Nadine, the wife of Jordan Belfort, the title character being played by DiCaprio. Read More »

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Will ‘Pan Am’ Take Flight With Amazon?

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 11:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Pan Am AmazonEXCLUSIVE: It’s been three months since ABC aired the last episode of Pan Am and almost two weeks since the network officially canceled the freshman series. But the 1960s drama is not dead, at least not yet. As I hinted in my story from two weeks ago, Pan Am producer Sony Pictures TV has been exploring a play on cable or other platforms. I have now learned that the studio has had conversations with Amazon about potentially picking up the show. (Amazon already carries Pan Am‘s first season.) Like its fellow streaming brethren Hulu and Netflix, Amazon, along with Microsoft’s Xbox, has been looking to enter the original programming space.

DirecTV entered the original series arena by picking up canceled broadcast series — NBC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s Damages. Netflix is doing it too with a new season of Arrested Development. Picking up Pan Am would certainly put Amazon on the map, though it seems at odds with the company’s recently announced plans to focus on comedy and children’s programming produced by its newly launched Amazon Studios. Because it ran on ABC only for a brief time and because Amazon already airs Pan Am‘s produced episodes, the streaming service can embrace the series and brand it as its own. It would also complement Amazon’s upcoming comedy slate with a high-end drama the service likely can’t produce on its own just yet.

Related: ‘Pan Am’ Honored In Europe; What Is Its Future In America? Read More »

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‘Pan Am’ Honored In Europe; What Is Its Future In America?

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 11:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It an ironic twist of fate, on the same day ABC renewed its first batch of series for next season, the network’s long-forgotten freshman Pam Am won the best series category at this year’s Rose d’Or awards, considered Europe’s top television honors. On this side of the pond Pan Am was not among the seven scripted series renewed by ABC today. It is unlikely to be among the second wave of the network’s renewals tomorrow either, though ABC has not officially passed on the series, which started off great but quickly lost traction with viewers.

Unless it has a change of heart, ABC is poised to officially cancel Pan Am, but that may not be the end of the period drama about the iconic U.S. airline. As evident by the Rose d’Or award, it enjoys strong popularity in Europe and has been a big international seller for producer Sony TV, which would love to see it continue. I hear there is a potential cable play eyed for the series if/when it is released by ABC. Unless European broadcasters swoop in and pick it up. If only they could afford it….

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CAA Signs ‘Pan Am’s Margot Robbie

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 7:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

CAA has signed Margot Robbie, who stars in the freshman ABC series Pan Am, created by Jack Orman and exec produced/directed by Tommy Schlamme. Robbie had previously been on the hit Australian series Neighbours. She’s managed by Management 360 and continues to be repped in Australia by Aran Michael Management.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Up In Return, ‘Apprentice’ Down, ‘Simpsons’ 500

By | Monday February 20, 2012 @ 9:41am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The broadcast networks packed a rate typical Sunday night with season premieres and special episodes. CBS (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 10.5 million viewers, won the night sandwiched between the Grammys and the Oscars, which featured the season openers of CBS’ The Amazing Race and NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and the 500th episode of The Simpsons. CBS’ primetime lineup was scrambled by a 22-minute golf overrun. Amazing Race drew an approximate 2.6/7 in 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers, up 4% and 8%, respectively, from last year’s winter premiere.

NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice (2.6/7, 7.4 million) was down 7% from last season’s opener. ABC’s Once Upon A Time (3.0/8) ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49 but was surprisingly flat with last Sunday, when it faced the monster Grammy Awards. Desperate Housewives (2.2/5) bounced back by 22%, while Pan Am (1.2/3) finished its freshman (and probably series) run on a relatively high note, up 71% from last week. Fox’s The Simpsons‘ 500th episode drew a relatively modest 2.6/7 18-49 rating but was up 30% from last week. It boosted Napoleon Dynamite (2.0/5) to a 11% increase. The rookie still was the weakest link in Fox’s 8-10 PM comedy block, with Family Guy posting a 2.7/7, up 8% from last week, and American Dad (2.2/5) up 22%.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Preview Of ‘The Firm’ Flops, ‘Once Upon A Time’ Rises, CBS Wins

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 10:03am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tebow Rules: Steelers-Broncos Is Highest-Rated Wildcard Game In 24 Years

How fortunate that NBC’s TCA presentation was last week and not this week, as the network chief’s opening line “We had a really bad fall” would have to be changed into “We had a really bad fall and beginning of 2012.” Last night’s two-hour preview of the first of NBC’s new midseason series, The Firm, drew a disappointing 1.4/3 in adults 18-49, down a whopping 46% from the two-hour preview of now-defunct The Cape on the very same night last year. This marks NBC’s lowest in-season drama debut ever. The Firm, a sequel to the John Grisham novel and 1993 movie, moves into its regular Thursday 10 PM slot this week.

Great news for ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Despite facing the conclusion of the big Broncos-Steelers playoff game on the East Coast, the freshman fairytale series (3.7/8) was up a big 28% from its last original December 11. It was the highest-rated entertainment program of the night by a mile. Fox’s more male-skewing The Simpsons (2.3/5), also airing against the final minutes of the game, didn’t fare as well. It was down down 23% from its last original December 4. The rest of Fox’s animated lineup also slid: The Cleveland Show (2.1/5) was down 9%, Family Guy (3.0/7) … Read More »

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Free ‘Pan Am’ Episodes Land At ITunes

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 1:30pm PST

ABC’s 1960s drama Pan Am is taking to the web in an effort to keep interest alive in the freshman drama, whose fate for a season renewal has yet to be decided. Show producer Sony Pictures TV is offering up the series’ first nine already-aired episodes, including the pilot, free at the iTunes Music Store beginning today through January 5. Episodes also are being made available via Amazon, Vudu, CinemaNow, Sony Video Unlimited and PlayStation Store. The show is currently on hiatus and returns to ABC with new episodes on January 8. So far, 14 episodes of the 1960s-set series have been ordered — the last added after some back-and-forth negotiations between Sony TV and ABC. The network said it won’t decide whether to bring back the show for Season 2 until May; in March, Pan Am is being replaced on the schedule by midseason dramedy GCB.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Desperate Housewives’ & ‘Pan Am’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With a monster football overrun, Fox’s animated comedies posted double-digit increases last night, while ABC’s dramas posted series lows. Rookie Once Upon A Time (3.1/7) was down 9% from last week, veteran Desperate Housewives (2.6/6) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago, and soon-to-be-grounded freshman Pan Am (1.6/4) was down 11% from its most recent episode three weeks ago. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 22% from last week.

Boosted by the NFL overrun, Fox’s The Simpsons (4.0/10, 9 million) was up a big 54% from last week to match its season high in 18-49 and draw its largest audience in almost a year. The tide lifted all ships, with struggling Allen Gregory (2.4/6) up a whopping 60% from last week; it still was the lowest-rated member of Fox’s animated block. Family Guy (3.5/8) at 9 PM was up 25% from last week and posted its highest teen rating in almost a year. The Cleveland Show (2.5/6) was up 14% from American Dad‘s delivery in the 9:30 PM slot last week and up 47% from Cleveland‘s demo rating last week at 7:30 PM.

CBS’ fast nationals may be skewed by regional NFL overruns. 60 Minutes (1.8/5) was down 51% from last week, when it followed an NFL overrun. The Amazing Race (2.7/6) was down 7%. The Good Wife (1.9/4) was flat with its most recent original two weeks ago, and CSI: Miami (2.2/5) was up … Read More »

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ABC And Sony TV Agree On One More Episode For ‘Pan Am’

By | Tuesday November 29, 2011 @ 1:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s November 18 order of one additional episode to freshman drama Pan Am stands. Back then, the network opted for a one-episode back order to the 1960s drama, bringing the first-season run of Pan Am to 14 episodes, but producer Sony Pictures TV didn’t accept the offer right away. The negotiations between the sides stretched into the holiday weekend and were still in full force yesterday. To help shore up a full-season order, Sony added Steven Maeda as showrunner a month ago. In the end, the studio took ABC’s original offer and will produce one extra episode. This morning, one of the show’s stars, Karine Vanasse, tweeted that the cast and crew have “received THE call” and that “Pan Am is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas.” As ABC stated back on November 18, it will make final decision on the fate of the show beyond its first season in May. On ABC’s midseason schedule, Pan Am is being replaced by new dramedy GCB on Sundays 10 PM beginning in March.

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ABC’s ‘Body Of Proof’ Gets Order For 3 Eps, ‘Pan Am’ May Get 1 More, ‘Man Up’ Done

By | Friday November 18, 2011 @ 2:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates: ‘GCB’ In Post-’Desperate Housewives’ Slot

2ND UPDATE: I have learned that Sony Pictures TV, which produces Pan Am, is yet to agree to the 1-episode offer from ABC and negotiations between the two sides about the fate of the show continue.

UPDATED: ABC has given drama Body Of Proof an order for 3 additional episodes. Meanwhile, new drama Pan Am will wrap its freshman run with one extra episode, bringing its first-season order to 14 episodes. The period drama remains technically in contention for next season, while new comedy Man Up! will end its run after completing its initial 13-epispde order. Body of Proof, starring Dana Delany, came into its second season with a 13-episode sophomore order and 5 episodes in the can leftover from its freshman midseason run, so the network already had 18 episodes on tap for this season. Last month, ABC picked up 2 extra scripts, which now has been followed by a 3-episode order, bringing the series’ sophomore total to 21 episodes. While not as hot as it was last spring, Body of Proof does a credible job in the Tuesday 10 PM hour. Man Up! joins previously canceled new drama Charlie’s Angels. Meanwhile, freshmen Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Suburgatory and Last Man Standing and sophomore Happy Endings Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Still Strong, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Rises

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s Once Upon A Time continued its impressive freshman run last night, posting a 3.8/9 in adults 18-49. That was up a tenth from the fairytale drama’s fast national the previous week (flat with the national) and the highest demo mark for any non-sports program last night. Even more impressive, Once Upon A Time accomplished that with the lowest-rated Sunday broadcast program as its lead-in, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/4, up 13% from its most recent episode three weeks ago). Desperate Housewives (3.0/7) ended a run of originals on a high note, up 7% from last week, as the dramedy heads into a three-week hiatus. Rookie Pan Am (1.8/4), which is expected to find out its fate this week, posted yet another 1.8 fast national demo rating (it was adjusted down a tenth last Sunday).

NBC once again dominated Sunday’s primetime with Sunday Night Football‘s Patriots-Jets came, which drew a 14.5 overnight rating/23 share, up 2% from last week and from last year’s Week 10 game between the Patriots and Steelers. In another repeat from last Sunday, Fox’s comedies had an NFL overrun as a lead-in, making week-to-week comparisons fair: The Simpsons (3.5/8) was down 5%. Allen Gregory (2.0/5) shed another tenth as the newbie is yet to bottom out. Family Guy, which featured a controversial 9/11 storyline, was up a tenth from the show’s fast national last Sunday (flat with the national). American Dad was down a tenth. Read More »

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‘Pan Am’ Off To Strong Start Internationally

By | Friday November 11, 2011 @ 8:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Next week will be crucial for ABC’s new drama Pan Am. The network is expected to decide whether to pick up additional episodes from the 1960s airline soap/spy drama (ABC gave the Sony Pictures TV-produced show an order for five scripts last week), and Pan Am will have its highest-profile overseas debut on BBC2. So far, the period drama is off to a solid start internationally, performing stronger abroad than it has in the U.S. Pan Am, which has been sold in 107 countries by SPT, has launched in six. Ratings for five of them — Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Spain — have come in, and in all but one, Pan Am was the most-watched new U.S. drama premiere this fall. (In Spain, it was second to Person Of Interest.) In Sweden, Pan Am ranked as the country’s No. 1 foreign series premiere ever. In Norway, it was the second-highest-rated debut for a foreign series behind Prison Break. Now if only the Pan Am producers could slip Nielsen boxes to those Scandinavian families…

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL Football Tops The Night, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & ‘Simpsons’ Tied

Nellie Andreeva

The veteran and the rookie led the entertainment pack last night as Fox’s The Simpsons, the longest-running primetime scripted series on air, tied newcomer Once Upon A Time as the highest-rated non-sports program with a 3.7/9 in adults 18-49. For ABC’s Once Upon A Time, this is a modest 5% dip from last week; The Simpsons too was down slightly from last week’s Treehouse of Horror (8%). But The Simpsons had a 10 times bigger lead-in from the NFL game overrun vs. a Once Upon A Time repeat (1.1/3) for the ABC fairytale series, which also hit a series high in adults 18-34. Once Upon A Time‘s lead-out, veteran dramedy Desperate Housewives (2.8/6), was down 10% from last week, while freshman drama Pan Am continues to be stuck at a 1.8/4. The order was reversed at Fox, where the rookie was following the veteran. In its second week behind The Simpsons, new animated comedy Allen Gregory (2.1/5) was down 13% from its soft premiere to rank as the lowest-rated Fox series last night. Family Guy (3.0/7) was down 6%, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), down 7% from its last original seven weeks ago. Read More »

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‘Pan Am’ For Dummies

By | Friday November 4, 2011 @ 1:07am PDT

By the end of this video our tipster said “was created by a high-ranking writer at Pan Am … it’s pretty obvious who the ABC exec is” — your late-night Deadline editor was laughing out loud. Really.

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ABC Gives Full-Season Orders To ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Happy Endings’; 5 Scripts For ‘Pan Am’

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 3:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC just gave full-season orders to three more series: freshmen Once Upon A Time and Last Man Standing and sophomore Happy Endings, which previously received a pickup of six additional scripts. Additionally, struggling new drama Pan Am is staying alive with an order for five additional scripts. The back-nine order for Once Upon A Time comes after only two airings as the fairytale-themed series quickly established itself as the breakout new drama series this season. Once Upon A Time and the Tim Allen-starring Last Man Standing join previously picked up Suburgatory and Revenge to bring the number of ABC freshman shows given a full season to four, more than any other network so far this season. For Happy Endings, the episodic order comes after solid showings the last two weeks, including hitting a series high. As for ABC’s other sophomore series with a 13-episode order, drama Body Of Proof, there are five episodes in the can leftover from last season, so the network already has 18 episodes on tap for this season. (Though, at least for now, it doesn’t look like the extra two scripts ordered last month will be converted into episodes.) The script order for Pan Am buys the network some time as it’s awaiting to see new showrunner Steve Maeda’s vision for the series.

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ABC’s ‘Pan Am’ Adds Veteran Showrunner Steven Maeda In Anticipation Of Back Order

By | Monday October 24, 2011 @ 1:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sony Pictures TV is adding some top-level behind-the-scenes reinforcement to freshman drama Pan Am in anticipation of a back order from ABC. Veteran writer-producer Steven Maeda will be joining the 1960s-set series as showrunner, working alongside creator/executive producer Jack Orman and director/executive producer Tommy Schlamme. ABC is yet to make a decision on Pan Am, but word is that the rookie has strong internal support at the network, which has several promotional events for the series slated for the coming weeks. Despite its modest ratings — 1.8 in adults 18-49 last night — the drama has leveled off, gets a big bump from DVR viewing and has become popular with advertisers who consider it a premium buy. ABC is expected to wait to hear Maeda’s input on the potential back nine episodes before making a call. Earlier this year, UTA-repped Maeda signed a premium two-script deal with ABC Studios. He previously served as executive producer/showrunner on the CBS series Miami Medical and executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Lie To Me and also did stints on ABC’s Lost and Fox’s The X-Files.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Start For ‘Once Upon A Time’, World Series Tops Football

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Launching in the Sunday 8 PM slot once occupied by The Wonderful World Of Disney, ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time got off to a great start last night, pulling in a 3.9 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers against NFL football on NBC and the World Series on Fox. This is ABC’s highest-rated new series premiere this fall and the season’s No. 1 drama debut in 18-49 on any network. Once Upon A Time more than doubled last week’s delivery of its predecessor in the time slot, reality veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5). It also more than doubled its lead-in last night, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4), which was flat with last week. The big opening for Once Upon A Time helped veteran Desperate Housewives (3.0/7) post a 11% week-to-week increase for its best demo number this season since the premiere. The halo effect didn’t stretch to 10 PM, where freshman Pan Am (1.8/5) was even with last week. The period drama is yet to get word on a back order as ABC wanted to see how the show performs with Once Upon A Time in the lineup. The result is inconclusive, but more on the disappointing side. Still, I hear ABC brass continues to support the 1960s series and did another promo photo shoot for it this past weekend. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘X Factor’ Makes Sunday Appearance, ‘Pan Am’ Sheds Another Tenth

Nellie Andreeva

After a couple of weeks of declines, ABC’s Sunday lineup stabilized, though probably not at levels the network would’ve liked. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5) was down a tenth; Desperate Housewives was flat with its most recent fast national, which tied a series low (down a tenth from the final); and Pan Am (1.8/4) was down a tenth. While the 5% week-to-week drop for Pan Am was a vast improvement over last week’s 27% tumble, the rookie has to reverse its downward course if it hopes to stick around for a while.

Fox’s The X Factor (3.3/8) was down 8% from its fast national rating on Thursday. There were  mitigating factors: The series aired out of pattern and the network had 24 hours to promote it after the ALCS baseball playoff series wrapped on Saturday in six games, allowing the network to slide in X Factor on Sunday, which had been left open for a potential seventh game. There was also the deciding baseball playoff Game 6 on TBS. On the flip side, X Factor last night had a stronger-than-normal lead-in from the afternoon football game overrun. Still, X Factor was the highest-rated entertainment program of the night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Pan Am’ Drops 27%, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Ties Series Low

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: There is no final-season bump for ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Last night’s episode of the veteran dramedy (2.7/6 in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers ) was down 10% in the demo from last week. It matched the series low in 18-49 and hit a new one in total viewers. Pan Am (1.9/5, 6.4 million) tumbled 27% in 18-49 from last week, becoming the latest new drama this season to drop to dangerously low ratings levels. The other ABC shows also slipped but not as much: America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 7%, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.0/5) was down 5%.

Last night’s Sunday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons, which saw the Packers extend their winning streak, drew a 14.0 overnight rating/22 share. That was up 20% from last year’s Week 5 game between the Eagles and 49ers to mark the highest Week 5 overnight rating in the six-year history of SNF. NBC easily won Sunday in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

CBS’ lineup slid once again due to NFL overrun, with 60 Minutes kicking the night off at 8:36 PM on the East Coast. Ratings for the network’s shows are approximate but The Amazing Race (2.7/7) appears to be slightly down from last week (3.0/7), while The Good Wife (2.2/5) kept steady. Game 2 of ALCS on Fox was rained out, so the network stayed out of contention with … Read More »

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