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Ophelia Lovibond To Recur On ‘Elementary’, Gabrielle Walsh On ‘Vampire Diaries’, Sydney Penny On ‘Pretty Little Liars’

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

Ophelia Lovibond To Recur On ‘Elementary’, Gabrielle Walsh On ‘Vampire Diaries’, Sydney Penny On ‘Pretty Little Liars’British actress Ophelia Lovibond is set to make her U.S. television debut as a recurring on Season 3 of CBS’ drama Elementary. Lovibond will play Kitty Winter, Detective Sherlock Holmes’ (Jonny Lee Miller) new apprentice in New York, who immediately becomes rivals with her predecessor, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Kitty’s reasons for undertaking Holmes’ partnership are nebulous, and her new arrangement with Sherlock will have ongoing repercussions for his relationship with Joan. Lovibond most recently appeared on UK comedy series Mr. Sloane, and can next be seen in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy to be released on August 1.
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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Transformers 4′ Legal Woes, TCA Kicks Off, World Cup Scores With Twitter TV (Video)

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT
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Morning Report, Tuesday July 8

'Transformers 4's Chinese sponsor mulls legal action, Television Critics Association Summer Tour gets underway in LA, World Cup generates record tweets on Twitter TV. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

Related: World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big Margin

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Even After U.S. Departure, World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big Margin

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 7:14pm PDT

Even After U.S. Departure, World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big MarginFIFA’s World Cup telecasts continued to absorb American attention on social media every bit as much as they delivered big TV ratings for the fleet of networks carrying games, and it wasn’t just for the U.S. team’s unexpected run into the so-called “knockout rounds.” Even after that foray ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium (a week after that game, I am not writing “spoiler alert,” dang it), interest and online conversation have continued to be very high.

That said, the Team USA game was a particularly huge conversation piece online, generating nearly 4.7 million posts on Twitter during the game and in the three hours before and after the telecast on four U.S. networks. Those tweets reached an audience of almost 12.4 million viewers, Nielsen calculates.

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BET Awards, World Cup Top Week’s Twitter TV Top 10s

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT

BET Awards, World Cup Top Week’s Twitter TV Top 10sThe BET Awards, the capper to the cable channel’s annual BET Experience that annually overwhelms the L.A. Live entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, grabbed lots of online attention in this week’s Twitter TV ratings, reaching an unduplicated audience of 9.3 million Twitter users with nearly 10.9 million tweets, far and away the biggest Twitter-borne conversation about any non-sports show. On the sports side of Nielsen’s weekly rundown of TV-related Twitter conversations, it was all FIFA World Cup soccer games, led by matches featuring the teams from the United States and Mexico.

Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings attempt to measure the unduplicated audience of Twitter users who saw posts about a given broadcast during its first broadcast or within three hours before or after. In this case, the BET Awards overcame an unpromising early summer Sunday schedule to rock it out online, with a staggering number of tweets about the show. I can’t remember any other program in recent months with that many tweets (we’ve only been writing about this stuff since April or so, so mega events such as the Super Bowl and Oscars likely do much better, but then again, not much else has come close here since Deadline began tracking these numbers). There have been other shows that have reached a large audience, given the large followings of those talking about a show. But this show, from a relatively small basic-cable channel, is definitely an online overachiever.

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Wish We All Could Get California Cash: Fox’s Beach Boys Pic & BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ Among Tax Incentives Winners

Wish We All Could Get California Cash: Fox’s Beach Boys Pic & BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ Among Tax Incentives WinnersJust under a month after the California Film Commission plucked this year’s recipients of the state’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program in a lottery, we learned today who the winners are. Fox’s movie musical revolving around the songs of the Beach Boys and Universal’s Scarface reboot are among the 11 feature films getting a piece of this year’s incentive pie. (See the full list below.) In a rare runaway production reversal, a victory for those who want to bring Hollywood home and a very early renewal, BET’s Being Mary Jane will be relocating from Atlanta to L.A. for its upcoming third season thanks to the Golden State’s tax credits. This is the first news of the high-rated Gabrielle Union-starring show, which just got its official second-season green light back in February, getting a third season. Being Mary Jane joins 12 other basic cable TV series and two TV movies getting money to be made here.

Related: It’s Time To End Lottery For Calif. Tax Credit Program (Video)

Unlike the years since the credits were first introduced in 2009, the list of initially successful projects was not released almost right away by the state Commission because it wanted to make sure everyone was truly eligible. But now that due diligence has been done and the lucky ones have been privately informed, the Commission has revealed that a total of 26 … Read More »

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World Cup Games Dominate Twitter TV Ratings Too; ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Atop Series Side Again

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 8:18am PDT

World Cup Games Dominate Twitter TV Ratings Too; ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Atop Series Side AgainABC Family‘s summertime guilty pleasure Pretty Little Liars once again topped Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings for series and specials for the week, while on the sports side, it was all World Cup all the time, and by a wide margin, led by the first two games of the U.S. team in first-round play. The Nielsen Twitter TV ratings attempt to measure the total unduplicated audience of people who saw tweets about a given show during its first broadcast and for the three hours before and after that broadcast. Nielsen breaks its ratings into two weekly top 10s (they’ll be releasing dailies this week on the World Cup numbers as interest intensifies heading into the final first-round games), one for sporting events and the other for series and specials.

Twitter TV Sports 20140623On the sports side, with the NHL and NBA finals finished, Major League Baseball barely a third of the way into its long season and no other distractions on the global sports calendar, the rankings were all World Cup games, led by massive social-media audiences for broadcasts of the U.S. team against Ghana (a win) and highly ranked Portugal (a dramatic draw when Portugal scored in the game’s last minute). The matchup between host country Brazil and Mexico, with its massive U.S. fan base, was third. … Read More »

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DeadlineNow: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Slayed By ‘Pretty Little Liars’ In Twitter TV Ratings (Video)

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 5:14pm PDT
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Twitter TV Ratings

ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars' dominated Nielsen's weekly most-tweeted list, topping even HBO's <em>Game Of Thrones</em>. Of course, that's if you don't count the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals and the World Cup. Deadline's David Bloom and Dominic Patten discuss.

Related: ‘Pretty Little Liars” Draws Pretty Little Million Tweets In Nielsen Ratings

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‘Pretty Little Liars” Draws Pretty Little Million Tweets In Nielsen Ratings

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 3:01pm PDT
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ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars' dominated Nielsen's weekly most-tweeted list, topping even HBO's Game Of Thrones. Of course, that's if you don't count the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals and the World Cup. Deadline's David Bloom and Dominic Patten discuss.

Pretty Little Tweeters 06-17-14Pretty Little Liars easily won the week in Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings for series and specials, attracting more than 1 million pretty little tweets about the show during its June 10 broadcast and for the three hours before and after that first airing. For a scripted show on basic cable, that’s pretty darned impressive, fueled by the social-media savvy young audience the show courts. On the sports side, final games for the NBA and NHL and opening games of soccer’s World Cup completely filled that Top 10. That said, the crowns claimed by the ABC Family show and the NBA come with an asterisk this week because of data-collection problems Nielsen had in determining how many people were actually reached by all those tweets. The Twitter TV ratings are designed to capture the total audience size, so the asterisk is a big one in this particular toting of tweeting. Pretty Little Liars did, however, turn out the tweople, ending up 44 percent ahead of No. 2, the reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, and far outstripping Top 10 perennial and this week’s No. 3 Game of Thrones. Even on its season finale with yet another shocker ending, GoT trailed the Little Tweeters roughly 4 to 1. Otherwise, it looks like summer has fully arrived on the social-media side of TV watching, given the modest numbers other shows, most of them regulars on the weekly lists, have been able to attract.

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‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Chasing Life’ Slip At ABC Family; ‘Royal Pains’ Just That For USA

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 3:50pm PDT

Pretty Little liarsTuesday’s fifth-season starter of ABC Family‘s Pretty Little Liars premiered with 2.7 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, falling behind its fourth-season kickoff (3.0 million viewers and 1.3 demo rating) and that season’s finale (3.1 million viewers and 1.3 demo rating). But, the network noted, it was Tuesday’s No. 1 ranked scripted series among women 18-34 and 12-34, behind only ABC’s broadcast of the NBA Finals.  The series, which already has been picked up through a seventh season, was Tuesday’s most Tweeted TV telecast, becoming its 4th consecutive premiere to amass more than 1 million tweets.

After Liars, the launch of new series Chasing Life clocked 1.3 million viewers and a 0.5 in the demo. ABCF noted it was cable’s No. 1 telecast in its hour among 18-34 year olds and 12-34 year olds. The network also noted Chasing Life out-delivered the year ago launch of The Fosters, by 14% in women 18-34 and 12-34. But it was Twisted that debuted in the post-PLL time slot a year ago, not The Fosters  — and, compared to Twisted, Chasing Life tumbled 16% in overall audience, and a tick in the demo, though Chasing Life edged out Twisted in adults and  women 18-49, and it was virtually flat in 18-34 demos.

In other Tuesday ratings, USA Network’s Royal Pains returned for Season 6 and logged 2.4 million viewers and a 0.6 demo … Read More »

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ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Gets Two-Year Renewal For Seasons 6 & 7

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT
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Pretty Little Liars Renewed Season 6 Season 7Ahead of Pretty Little Liars‘ fifth-season premiere tonight, ABC Family‘s flagship drama has received the network’s first ever multi-season pickup. The soapy mystery has been renewed for a sixth season, to air in mid-2015, and for a seventh season, to air in mid-2016.

Pretty Little Liars, from Warner Horizon and Alloy Entertainment, is ABC Family’s No. 1 series ever in total viewers (3.8 million) and all target demos: adults 18-34 (1.5 million/2.2 rating), women 18-34 (1.3 million/3.7 rating), adults 18-49 (2.0 million/1.6 rating), women 18-49 (1.7 million/2.7 rating), people 12-34 (2.6 million/2.8 rating) and females 12-34 (2.3 million/4.9 rating). PLL is the top cable series in females 12-34. It also holds the record as the most-tweeted scripted series telecast of all time, it has generated the highest average number of tweets per episode (675,000) of any TV series during the 2013-2014 broadcast season, and has the most Instagram followers of all scripted TV series. “Pretty Little Liars has taken its place in the zeitgeist and reigns supreme in pop culture,” said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim. Read More »

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Lionsgate Acquires Film Rights To Horror Novel ‘The Merciless’ For ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Marlene King To Adapt

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 10:58am PDT

MercilessMarlene King, creator and showrunner of the hit ABC Family teen series Pretty Little Liars, will adapt and executive produce The Merciless, a feature film based on the upcoming Danielle Vega horror novel about good girls gone evil. Lionsgate has acquired rights to the book ahead of its June 12 street date via Razorbill Books. Alloy Entertainment packaged and will produce the film, with Alloy president Les Morgenstein and Alloy Features VP Elysa MarleneKingDutton serving as producers. The deal reteams King and Alloy, which serves as a producer on Pretty Little Liars. The book centers on a new girl at a small-town high school who is taken in by the popular clique, only to have them compel her into joining them in a dangerous exorcism of a punky, rebellious classmate.

“I’ve had a great time collaborating with Les Morgenstein and Alloy on Pretty Little Liars and have enjoyed the thrill of scaring millions of teenagers every week,” said King in a release announcing the acquisition. “I intend to be merciless with the script and hope our audience will need to sleep with their lights on after seeing the movie.”

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig is overseeing Merciless for the studio along with EVP Production & Development Gillian Bohrer and Director of Development Jina Jones. The deal was negotiated by Morgenstein on behalf of Alloy with Robert Melnik, Lionsgate’s EVP Business … Read More »

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spring Finale Tuesday’s Top TV Show With Females 12-34 And Most Tweeted Show Of 2014 To Date

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 3:16pm PDT

The spring finale of ABC Family‘s Pretty-Little-Liars__140228040725-275x264Pretty Little Liars became the most tweeted telecast of 2014 and the No. 4 most tweeted series telecast in TV history, with nearly 1.5 million tweets by nearly 411,000 unique contributors, peaking at a max rate of 37,000 tweets per minute. For comparison sake, the recent season debut of AMC’s The Walking Dead logged 1.24 million tweets. Pretty Little Liars now accounts for the six most tweeted TV series telecasts on record –  nine original episodes accrued more than 1 million tweets, including its summer 2013 season finale, which remains the most tweeted telecast in TV history.

Nielsen TV ratings-wise, the 8 PM spring finale was cable’s No. 1 ranked telecast in the hour with 12-34-year-old females, and, with an average overall crowd of 3.1 million viewers, just missed a season high in 2+.

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ABC Family Sets Summer Premiere Dates

TORI SPELLING, JENNIE GARTHABC Family announced the summer premieres of three new original series. Three nights of original programming will include new drama Chasing Life and comedies Young & Hungry, starring Emily Osment, and Mystery Girls, starring and executive produced by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. Pretty Little Liars, Switched At Birth and The Fosters also return in June with new episodes.

abcfamily1Chasing Life premieres Tuesday, June 10 at 9 PM ET/PT.  The new one-hour drama follows April (Italia Ricci), an aspiring journalist who tries to balance her career with her family. Young & Hungry, executive produced by Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8 PM ET/PT. Two worlds collide when Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi ( Osment), a feisty young food blogger, looking to be his personal chef. Mystery Girls premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8:30 ET/PT. The comedy follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: 3 Warner Bros TV Series Headed To Asia; Italian Exhibitors Blast TV Airing Of ‘The Great Beauty’; More

‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘Gossip Girl’, ‘ER’ Getting Local Versions In Asia
Pretty Little LiarsWarner Bros Television Group series Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and ER have been commissioned and optioned as local versions in the Philippines, Thailand and India, respectively. In the Philippines, ABC Development Corporation is in production on Pretty Little Liars with the 22-episode adaptation to air on TV5 in April. The show ranks as the No. 1 original series of all time on ABC Family, where its 5th season will air this summer. In Thailand, Kantana Public Company Limited is producing an 18-episode local adaptation of Gossip Girl. In India, ER is under option with Gold Television Network. This follows the announcement last month that a Colombian version of the show was going forward. Read More »

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Winter Debut Most Tweeted Season Premiere In TV History; Ratings So-So

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 2:28pm PST

UPDATED: The winter debut of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars is the most-tweeted Pretty-Little-liars-pretty-little-liars-tv-show-15826047-1440-900season premiere in TV history. Tuesday’s debut generated more than 1.3 million tweets by nearly 700,000 contributors, peaking at a rate of 30,000 tweets per minute. The series now accounts for the Top 5 most-tweeted TV series telecasts on record, with eight episodes amassing more than 1 million tweets

Pretty Little Liars ranked as Tuesday’s No. 1 telecast among women 18-34 (900,000), viewers 12-34 (2.1 million) and 12-34 females (1.8 million). It also was the No. 1 cable telecast in primetime in the 18-34 demo. An average of 3.2 million total viewers tuned in to join the search for the person who wanted to kill clique boss Alison, making it  the No. 2 original cable telecast in overall audience (3.2 million) — just 100,000 viewers behind BET’s unveiling of Being Mary Jane (3.3 million).

Related: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Season Finale Sets Ratings, Social Records

Back in August, Pretty Little Liars clocked its biggest summer-finale crowd in viewers 12-34, 18-34, and 18-49, as well as total viewers (3.3 million). In the finale episode, the Liars got a riddle from “A” that sends them to Ravenswood, where one of them disappeared during a magic show, and a shocking discovery proved everything they thought they knew about “A” and the “A-Team” might be wrong and that the Liars may have just started World War A. You had to be there.

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‘Veronica Mars’ Reunion To Open PaleyFest 2014

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 10:04am PST

The-Paley-Center-for-media-logoThe Paley Center for Media’s 31st annual TV confab is set for March 13-28 and is moving across town from the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. PaleyFest 2014 will kick off its schedule with Veronica Mars, a panel reuniting the cast of the former UPN/CW series starring Kristen Bell. The date is no coincidence: the much-buzzed about, Kickstarter-elevated Veronica Mars movie from Warner Bros is being released the next day. Also on the panel docket is ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, and the fest will close like last year with the latest incarnation of FX’s American Horror Story. The full lineup will be unveiled January 8.

Related: ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Kickstarter Closes Out At $5.7M

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Alloy Hires Elysa Koplovitz Dutton To Run Feature Film Division

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 8:29am PST
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EXCLUSIVE: Alloy Entertainment has hired Elysa Koplovitz Dutton to be VP and run its feature film division based in Los Angeles. She reports to Leslie Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment, which is now part of the Warner Bros Television Group. Dutton was most recently exec producer on the indie comedy Ass Backwards, to be released November 8, and before that had a producing deal at HBO and was a VP Production at Fox. She’s a Brown graduate who created that school’s first series, Sob Story, which got syndicated to campuses across the country. Her work on such films as Idiocracy, Beavis And Butt-head Do America and Election will come in handy, as Alloy’s demo is young.

Alloy made its name hatching fiction that has been turned into film and TV properties that include The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. “Elysa understands the Alloy brand and shares our philosophy when it comes to developing great entertainment,” Morgenstein said. “We’re eager to aggressively expand our feature business, and her experience will be vital to our success.” Read More »

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween Special Up To Give ‘Ravenswood’ Strong Debut

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 3:42pm PDT

There was a lot of treat with the trick for ABC Family last night. The cable channel hit its best Tuesday ever among adults 18-34 (1.8 rating) and W18-34 (31 rating) and W18-49 (2.0 rating) with the third Pretty Little Liars Halloween special and the debut of spinoff Ravenswood. In fact, even before the debut, ABC Family already was showing confidence in the series with the order of 3 more Ravenswood scripts to the 6 it already has. Coming off a PLL marathon Tuesday, the 8 PM special was not only up 14% to 3.18 million total viewers from last year’s 2.8 million and up 25% among adults 18-34 but, with a 1.4 rating, also had the second biggest draw of the night on cable after FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. Tuesday’s PLL special was also the second best telecast among adults 18-34 that ABC Family has ever had after the series’ March 19, 2012 show and the No. 3 best result it has ever had among the 18-49s behind that PLL Season 2B finale and the series’ January 3, 2011 show. While it dropped off from its lead-in to 2.1 million viewers, newbie Ravenswood debuted at 9:02 PM Tuesday to emerge as ABC Family’s best debut of the year and the channel’s top debut result among W18-34 with a 2.3 rating. Pretty Little Liars returns for the second half of Season 4 on January 7.

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ABC Family Picks Return Dates For ‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘Twisted’, ‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘The Fosters’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 12:11pm PDT

ABC Family unveiled debut dates for returning series Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, Switched At Birth, and The Fosters, in the second week of January. Social hit Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday, January 7 at 8 PM ET (yes, the special Halloween episode still premieres tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 22, at 8 PM) . The series surged to its best season on record in Summer 2013, passing the 4 million viewer mark for the first time ever, thanks in part to ranking as the No. 1 cable series for the third consecutive summer among females 12-34 — and, not coincidentally, according to SocialGuide, enjoyed the “most social” TV series episode in television history with the series’ summer finale, breaking records with more than 1.9 million tweets. Led by that August 27 finale, Pretty Little Liars accounts for the Top 4 “most social” TV episodes of all time, and 6 of the Top 8 overall. Twisted will return with all-new episodes on Tuesday, January 7, at 9 PM; the third season of Peabody Award-winning Switched At Birth begins Monday, January 13 at 8 PM, with RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Max Adler (Glee), Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne), and Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) guest starring, and recurring throughout the season. The Fosters will return with all-new episodes on Monday, January 13, 9 PM. ABC Family recently announced a second season pick-up for the series, which, according to Nielsen … Read More »

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