Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
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.
After 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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The third-year CBS hit crime drama Person Of Interest introduced its two newest regulars, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, tonight during the second of the Paley Center’s five-night PaleyFest: Made in NY celebration honoring TV shows that shoot in New York. Both actresses had been recurring on the show before getting upped – Acker for two seasons, Shahi for just one. “It was one of those when I first got the job where, if the audience took to me, if the storylines worked, maybe they’d make me a regular,” Shahi said. “So even when I had the job I felt like I was auditioning for the job.” But clearly, the audition went well, as Shahi is now a full-timer in portraying government assassin Samantha Shaw on the series. It worked out nicely for Acker, too, as her character root (a highly intelligent computer hacker and contract killer) received her promotion to regular cast status for the third season. Yet she admitted during the fairly subdued session that getting comfortable in the character’s skin has taken some getting used to since she’s “not a computer person.” She added, “I can barely check my email. So sometimes I’ll get lines and say, ‘What the heck am I talking about here?’” Showrunner Jonathan Nolan was also asked early on what the point was to add regulars to an already successful show. He explained that he and his fellow producers (including J.J. Abrams) simply couldn’t pass up the chance to work with actresses the caliber of Acker and Shahi. “Plus, when you add a few new characters, that actually winds up adding five or six new relationships,” Nolan said. “It gives us that much more of a challenge, which is great fun.”
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The Killing‘s Michelle Forbes has been cast in a recurring role on the Wolf Films/Universal Television NBC series Chicago Fire. She plays Gail McLeod, a high ranking consultant with the State Fire Marshal’s office, … Read More »
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During a standing-room-only panel at Comic-Con, Person Of Interest creator-showrunner Jonathan Nolan confirmed that recurring player Amy Acker has been elevated to series regular … Read More »
CBS today said it is moving its Big Brother eviction show from Tuesdays to Thursdays beginning July 11, meaning the long-running reality series will now be broadcast on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays this summer. The new night is not a coincidence: CBS now owns Thursdays and during the official TV season airs the one-two punch of The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men in the first hour of primetime. Big Brother attracts those same younger-skewing demographics. With Big Brother in the timeslot this summer, CBS can promo the comedies during its reality competition series in the hour. The network today also shifted NCIS: Los Angeles and Person Of Interest to new time periods Tuesday nights this summer, starting July 9. That lines up the latter series, which is also moving to Tuesdays in the fall. Here’s the new schedule: Read More »
Either the use of ’TOLDJA’ is a lovely homage to me (see left) or else someone’s infringing on Deadline’s trademark. Just kidding… The CBS/Warner Bros Television hit show Person Of Interest will be featured on nearly 40,000 limited edition … Read More »
This is a news that has been long time coming: all aired episodes of CBS/Warner Bros.’ drama series Person Of Interest are finally available digitally. The first two seasons of the crime drama are now available via … Read More »
Finch and Reese are about to meet their match. In-demand Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi has been tapped for a recurring role on the sophomore CBS drama Person Of Interest. She will play Shaw, a fearless, sexy and witty operative in a secret paramilitary organization that tracks and eliminates terrorists before they can act. As POI creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan put it, “if James Bond and Sarah Connor had a kid, Shaw would kick its ass.” Shahi will first appear in the February 21 episode titled Relevance, which will be directed Nolan. For now, Shahi has been booked for an arc this season, but I hear she may continue in Season 3 of the drama that has been growing in the ratings, boosted by a Two And A Half Men lead-in. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Joe Mazzello (The Pacific, The Social Network) is set set for multi-episode arcs on the FX drama Justified. Mazzello, repped by UTA and Podwall Entertainment, will play Preacher Billy, a preacher who has saved the lives of drug addicts. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Emerson, best known for playing Ben Linus on Lost, has joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next film. Emerson will shoot while on hiatus from his new series Person Of Interest. He joins Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale … Read More »
SECOND UPDATE: As expected, Big Bang was adjusted up to a 5.3 demo rating in the finals, edging Idol‘s 5.2 from 8-8:30 PM.
UPDATE: In the time-adjusted fast nationals, American Idol went up a tenth to a 5.7 in 18-49 from 8-9 PM and tied The Big Bang Theory’s non-time zone-adjusted 5.2 demo fast-national rating from 8-8:30 PM. But Big Bang too is projected to go up a tenth in the finals to a 5.3, so the standings in the half-hour are expected to remain the same.
PREVIOUS: After ABC’s Modern Family on Wednesday logged its best ratings ever against American Idol, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory did one better last night, besting the Fox reality juggernaut for the first time. Big Bang‘s 100th episode drew a 5.2/14 in 18-49, even with its fast national rating last week. It edged Idol‘s 5.1 demo rating from 8:30 PM. Idol grew to a 6.1 from 8:30-9 PM to top the night with a 5.6/15 in 18-49. But, just like on Wednesday, Idol was down sharply from last year, 28% from its Thursday premiere (20% from the 8-9 PM hour). With Idol as a lead-in, new Fox drama The Finder (2.2/5) was up 29% from its underwhelming premiere last week, but it still held onto a paltry third of the Idol 8:30-9 PM demo rating. Fox (3.9/10, 12.3 million) won the night in 18-49 but not in total viewers, with CBS (3.5/9, 14.0 million) topping that. Read More »
Another pre-holiday night filled with repeats, specials and a burnoff (NBC’s Prime Suspect). CBS, which aired the closest to a regular original lineup, won by a wide margin. Following a The Big Bang Theory repeat (2.8/9, 10.2 million viewers), a … Read More »