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Fox’s ‘Rake’ Moves To Saturday For Finale

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 11:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox‘s low-rated midseason series Rake will end its run sooner than expected rake march 14and on a different night. The drama, which originally aired on Thursday, was bumped to Fridays where it was to air its final two episodes this and next week. Instead, Rake‘s last two episodes will run back-to-back this Saturday, April 5. On Friday, April 4, Fox will air a repeat of the last season finale of Kitchen Nightmares leading to the hourlong series finale of Raising Hope. Kitchen Nightmares‘ new season, which continues a storyline from the last cycle as it is set at the same restaurant, will debut as planned next Friday, but with a two-hour episode instead of one hour behind Rake. In fact, the Gordon Ramsay series is slated to air two-hour segments through May 2.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ‘Rake’ Hits New Low, ‘Whose Line’ Down, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Basketball

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 10:37am PDT

Hannibal - Season 2It was a primetime of blood, basketball and some serious shaking out on the West Coast last night. The latter was the 5.1 earthquake that rocked southern Californian just after 9 PM PT on Friday. In terms of TV, that led to all the networks in the LA-area preempting regular programming with news coverage of the quake for the rest of the night. It also means that there will more than likely be greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers on Monday. Having said that, it was a very tasty night for Hannibal (1.1/3). With a return appearance by Eddie Izzard, some cutting and a hanging of a sort, the often blood soaked NBC thriller series leaped up 22% among adults 18-49 over its March 21 show. That’s the best Hannibal has done in the key demo since its February 28 Season 2 debut. In terms of viewers, with 3.6 million watching, Hannibal rose 36% over last week to hit its biggest audience since the 4.4 million who tuned in for its second show on April 11, 2013. Of course, Hannibal probably got a bit of a helping hand viewershipwise from its 2-hour Dateline (1.4/5) lead-in. While even with last week’s show among the 18-49 demo, the NBC news mag series hit its highest Friday audience since March 25, 2011 with 8.0 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Whose Line’ Returns Down, Tops ‘Rake’, ‘Dixie’ Inches Up

By | Saturday March 22, 2014 @ 10:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Whose-Line-Is-It-AnywayThe CW’s new Friday lineup premiered last night, anchored by summer breakout Whose Line Is Is Anyway at 8 PM. The improv comedy opened its second cycle with a 0.6 in adults 18-49 and 1.91 million viewers. That was down sharply from the 1.1 for the show’s summer debut but that opener was boosted by curiosity as it marked the comedy’s return after a six-year hiatus. Last night’s Whose Line edged the summer finale (0.5). It also topped in the demo the second Friday airing of Fox’s Rake (0.5, flat with last week, 1.92 million) at 8 PM. Whose Line’s viewership was the largest for a regularly scheduled CW programming in the hour in almost three years, since the May 2011 season finale of former Friday dweller Supernatural. At 9 PM, Hart of Dixie (0.4, 1.23 million) rose by a tenth in 18-49 in its new home vs. its last airing on Monday and by 19% in total viewers. It tied Fox in the hour in 18-49, facing an Enlisted rerun (0.4) and new Raising Hope (0.4). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rake’ Tanks In New Slot, ‘Hannibal’ Rises, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Up Over Last Year, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

rake march 14When Fox moved newbie Enlisted on Friday nights in January, the show saw a big jump upwards. The same could not be said for fellow freshman Rake (0.5/2) last night on its move to Fridays. The debut of the Greg Kinnear–starring drama in its new slot last night saw the faltering show hit a new low – down 37% from its last original on Thursday March 6. How much longer Rake will last now is really a matter of how low Fox is willing to let the show go. With a falling Rake as its lead-in instead of a Bones repeat, Enlisted (0.6/2) took a hit last night. The comedy was down 14% from its March 7 show. At least Raising Hope escaped unscathed. That comedy was even with last week’s 0.5/2 rating.

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Fox’s ‘Rake’ Moves To Fridays, Thursday’s ‘American Idol’ Shifts To 9 PM, Paired With ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

rakefoxFox‘s new drama Rake has faced the inevitable after the new series low of 0.8 in adults 18-49 last Thursday. The network is moving the underperforming series to Fridays beginning next week. Season 12 of Gordon Ramsay’s utility player Hell’s Kitchen, which had not been scheduled, will run on Thursday at 8 PM, leading into the American Idol results show, which will move to 9 PM. The new Fox Thursday lineup will also debut next week, with Rake airing on Thursday one last time this week. On Fridays, Rake will replace another Ramsay series, Kitchen Nightmares, which has been slated to air in the 8 PM hour. It now has been put on the bench for later. Rake will be followed by Enlisted and Raising Hope. Once the Idol results show shrinks to half-hour on March 27, it will be followed by new comedy Surviving Jack starring Chris Meloni as previously scheduled.

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Greg Kinnear starrer Rake, based on the popular Australian series, never connected with viewers. It got off to a soft start, logging a 1.7 in its Jan. 23 debut and wasn’t helped by the fact that it had to face three weeks of Olympics coverage two weeks into its run.

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Ratings Rat Race: Strong Return For ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Scandal’; ‘American Idol’, ‘Rake’ Hit New Lows; Tweaked CBS Lineup Debuts

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 9:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

tony-goldwyn-scandal-recap-abcThis is the much-needed good ratings news ABC had been desperately waiting for after the string of disastrous premieres for The Assets, Killer Women, Mind Games and most recently Mixology. It came courtesy of Shonda Rhimes, who’s become the network’s single most important producer. Both Rhimes dramas, Grey’s Anatomy (3.0) and Scandal (3.3), returned up from their two-and-a-half-month-long hiatuses, bringing a sigh of relief to ABC brass who took on a risky experiment by doing cable-style split seasons with a long break for all of their top serialized dramas this season. Grey’s Anatomy was up 11% from its last original on December 12, Scandal was up a tenth. That’s with virtually no lead-in as ABC aired a low-rated Oscar special at 8 PM (1.0).

Fox’s American Idol (2.3 in 18-49) was down a tenth from last week to hit an all-time demo low for a second consecutive Thursday. It ticked up in total viewers, from 9.2 million to 9.8 million. Rake (0.8) tumbled 20% from last week to a new series low en route to cancellation.

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CBS introduced its tweaked Thursday comedy lineup, with Two And A Half Men and The Crazy Ones switching time periods. Read More »

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Netflix To Stream Original Australian Version Of ‘Rake’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 7:28pm PST

Rake AustraliaAs Fox’s incarnation of Rake continues to struggle in the ratings, the Aussie series on which it’s based is coming to America. Netflix has inked a deal to stream the first two seasons of Rake, which stars Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene, the flawed but netflix_logo2likable defense attorney whose clients range from bigamists to cannibals to serial killers. (Greg Kinnear stars as Keegan Deane on the Yank iteration.) The original series will bow March 1 on the streaming service. Essential Media & Entertainment and Blow By Blow Productions produce the Aussie and American versions of Rake. Season 3, which bowed last week Down Under, will run stateside on DirecTV’s Audience Network starting in April.

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The Challenges Of Dramas With Antihero Lead On Broadcast TV

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 7:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

RAKE copy“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” goes Leo Tolstoy’s famous opening line from Anna Karenina. The same applies for successful and unsuccessful shows: For those that work, the reason is always the same — all elements magically came rakefoxtogether. For those that don’t, there is a usually a host of factors for each individual demise. But there have been a slew of ill-fated broadcast dramas recently that shared one thing — an unlikable antihero at the center. Two of the biggest flops of the past few years, Fox’s Lone Star and NBC’s Do No Harm and The Playboy Club, had that in common. That also applies to Fox’s newest drama entry Rake, which has been doing poorly, opening low and sliding to a 1.1 in its third airing last Thursday, despite solid reviews and a likable star in Greg Kinnear.

shieldThe Shield‘s Vic Mackey and The Sopranos’ Tony Soprano ushered in the era of the antihero, which has dominated cable ever since with such series as Showtime’s Dexter, Shameless and now Ray Donovan, AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and FX’s Rescue Me and Sons Of Anarchy. Most have been commercial and critical successes. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Rake’ Drops In Week 2, CBS Comedies Down In Return From Break

By | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 9:28am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CThere is no way of sugarcoating this — Fox’s Rake is in big trouble. After an underwhelming 1.7 18-49 rating for its premiere last week, the drama starring Greg Kinnear dropped an alarming 24% to a 1.3 in its second outing last night, matching the average of Fox’s last drama misfire, fall 2012′s Mob Doctor, before it was cancelled. And that was despite a solid lead-in from American Idol (3.1), which weathered The Big Bang storm relatively well, down 6% from last week.

Viewers punished CBS for playing hide-and-seek with them on Thursday — bringing the lineup back from winter hiatus on January 9 only to send it immediately back to two weeks of repeats. The network’s entire comedy block last night was down double digits from their last originals on January 9. In its first airing against American Idol this season, Big Bang (5.1) was down 9%. The Millers (2.8) was down 15%. The Crazy Ones (1.9) and Two And A Half Man (1.9) were both down 21% to tie series lows. At 10 PM, Elementary (2.0) held down the fort, even with its last original. CBS still won the night in 18-49 (2.6) and total viewers (11.3 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rake’ Soft In Debut, ‘Michael J. Fox’ & ‘Sean’ Status Quo In Swap

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 9:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

RakeFox’s streak of solid drama series premieres, The Following, Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human, came to an end last night when midseason series Rake opened with a 1.7 in adults 18-49. That wasn’t as bad as some other drama debuts this season, like Lucky 7, Ironside, Betrayal and Hostages, but came in below expectations, delivering Fox’s lowest non-Friday premiere rating for a new series — comedy or drama — since  Mob Doctor (1.5) in fall 2012. Fox still won the night with help from American Idol (3.3), down 13% from last Thursday.

Following last week’s disastrous 0.6 rating for The Michael J. Fox Show, NBC tried switching it with Sean Saves The World to the same net result. Airing at 9 PM, following Community (1.1, even with last week) and Parks & Recreation (1.2, even), Michael J. Fox inched up a tenth to a 0.7, but Sean Saves The World at 9:30 PM slipped by the same amount to a 0.7. Parenthood (1.3) was up a tenth. ABC’s The Taste (1.1) rebounded from the series low 0.9 rating last week, up 22%. Shark Tank rerun (1.1) aired at 10 PM. CBS aired all repeats. The CW’s The Vampire Diaries returned from a long hiatus with its 100th episode, which drew 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2 in adults 18-49, up 9% in the demo from its most recent original on December 12. … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Rake’s EP Peter Tolan Wonders Why Lena Dunham Is Always Naked On ‘Girls’

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 12:29pm PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Peter Tolan came to the TCA Winter TV Press Tour to talk about Fox’s new Rake, based on the successful Australian series about a charming, self-destructive lawyer with no self-edit button, on which Tolan’s joining series creator Peter Duncan as executive producer. One critic reminded Tolan he’s best known at press tour for his profanity-laced screeds against broadcast TV, and wondered what he was doing at one now. “I’m glad you asked me that question “ he said, explaining he’s TCADeadline__140109155905so annoyed by a note he got from the Fox publicity department about coming to the tour today as to what he could, and could not, talk about in the presence of TV critics. “I was so upset I wrote about it in my journal.” Out came the journal:

Sept 16: First Day of Shooting, Greg showed up drunk and with hooker named Tammy on his arm, claiming she is part of his “process”… demanded we give Tammy producer credit, so now she’s a fucking co-EP. Read More »

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Fox Announces Premiere Dates For ‘The Following’, ‘Rake’ & ‘American Idol’

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 12:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has set return dates for sophomore drama The Following and American Idol and a premiere date for new drama Rake. Season 13 of American Idol will have a two-night launch January 15-16. Sleepy Hollow will wrap its freshman season on January 20 at 8 PM, leading to the second-season debut of Following, which will succeed Sleepy Hollow, returning to its Monday 9 PM slot. New legal drama Rake will kick off on Sunday, January 19, following the NFC Championship Game, before moving into its Thursday 9 PM berth on January 23. New comedy Enlisted will debut on Friday, January 10. The network also confirmed that new comedy Surviving Jack will air behind Idol on Thursdays for eight episodes in spring (no premiere date set yet) when Idol‘s result show is cut to 30 minutes for the first time, and noted that fellow midseason comedy Us & Them also will have a spring debut. The new season of Fox’s Saturday late-night Animation Domination High-Def block will launch January 11 with Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Golan The Insatiable. Here are Fox’s midseason premiere date:

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC One Preps ‘Gangsta Granny’; Pathé Boards ‘Suffragette’ With Carey Mulligan; More

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 10:10pm PDT

BBC One’s ‘Gangsta Granny’ Rounds Out Cast
Julia McKenzie, Joanna Lumley, Rob Brydon and Miranda Hart will star in Gangsta Granny, BBC One’s 60-minute adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel. The comedy-drama tells the story of young Ben (Reece Buttery), who is bored while staying with his dull grandma (McKenzie). Then one day, Grandma tells Ben a story that she was once an international jewel thief, and together they go on a wild adventure. Directed by Matt Lipsey, Gangsta Granny will be produced by Jo Sargent and executive produced by Mark Freeland. It begins filming Sunday for broadcast at Christmastime Read More »

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Sam Catlin Re-Ups At Sony Pictures TV WIth 2-Year Overall Deal

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT

Sam Catlin Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TelevisionThe Breaking Bad veteran will continue to develop original projects for the studio and will serve as co-EP on Fox’s upcoming midseason drama Rake. Sam Catlin shared a pair of Emmy noms for AMC’s Breaking Bad as Outstanding Drama Series in 2010 and 2012 and won the WGA Award last year. His credits also include Canterbury’s Law, Kidnapped and the comedy feature The Great New Wonderful. Catlin, who also signed a 2-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television in August 2011, is represented by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.

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Fox Picks Up Dramas ‘Rake’, ‘Gang Related’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ And ‘Almost Human’

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox just made its new drama series pickups, ordering four shows — Rake starring Greg Kinnear, Gang Related starring Ramon Rodriguez, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci’s Sleepy Hollow, and Almost Human, from the Fringe duo of J.H. Wyman and J.J. After last season’s experiment with Mob Doctor, Fox went unapologetically male with its new hours, all toplined by male actors — Kinnear (Rake), Rodriguez (Gang Related), Brit Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), — who is poised to be one of the breakout stars next season — and Karl Urban and Michael Ealy (Almost Human). I hear Rake is eyed for a midseason launch in the mold of another starring Fox drama vehicle, this season’s The Following. The drama pickups assure continuous presence on Fox for Abrams, Wyman, Kurtzman and Orci. Fringe, which Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci created and Wyman ran, finished its run on the network earlier this season. Studio-wise, Fox spread the wealth, picking up two projects from its sister studio and one each from Warner Bros. and Sony. Two of the pilots were directed by big-name feature helmers, Sam Raimi (Rake) and Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow). Fox’s other hourlong pilots, Delirium, starring Emma Roberts; Boomerang, starring Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia; and The List, starring Michael Pena, are dead. The network’s comedy pickups are expected shortly. Here are descriptions of Fox’s new drama series along with first-glimpse photos:


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‘Rake’ Australian Producer Essential Media Opens U.S. Office Run By Simonne Overend

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 9:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sydney-based Essential Media and Entertainment, producer of the Australian TV series Rake and executive producer of the Fox adaptation, is opening a Los Angeles office which will be headed by Simonne Overend, who has been named VP of Drama Development. Overend will be working closely with Essential CEO Chris Hilton and Head of Drama Ian Collie to build a full drama slate for the US market. The Sony TV/Fedora Entertainment-produced Rake starring Greg Kinnear appears a lock for a series pickup at Fox, which is expected to start making series orders later today or tomorrow. Read More »

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Tara Summers Joins Fox’s ‘Rake’, Michael McGrady To Recur On ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tara Summers (Boston Legal) rounds out the regular cast of Fox‘s hourlong pilot Rake, about criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Greg Kinnear), brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter. Summers, repped by Resolution and Framework Entertainment, plays Leanne Zander, Keegan’s extremely put-upon but no-nonsense assistant. She recently recurred on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy and TNT’s Monday Mornings.

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Sam Raimi To Direct Fox Pilot ‘Rake’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi, one of the hottest feature directors at the moment coming off helming blockbuster Oz The Great And Powerful, has signed on to direct Fox hourlong pilot Rake starring Greg Kinnear. This is a major coup for the network and Rake producer Sony Pictures TV, which started talks with the director weeks before Oz opened to a gigantic $80 million at the domestic box office, with its worldwide tally nearing $300 million after 10 days. Rake, which is slated to go into production in a few days, marks Raimi’s first pilot directing gig. In addition to directing, Raimi will serve as an executive producer on the pilot alongside original series creator Peter Duncan, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Richard Roxburgh and Ian Collie. Kinnear is co-executive producing. Based on the Australian comedic drama, Rake follows the chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear), brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter. Rake extends Raimi’s relationship with Sony, where he spearheaded the Spider-Man franchise on the feature side, directing the 2002 blockbuster and its two sequels. In TV, Raimi executive produces Starz’s flagship drama Spartacus. He is with CAA.

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Ramon Rodriguez To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Gang Related’, John Ortiz Joins ‘Rake’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen) has been tapped as the lead in the Fox drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Written by feature scribe Chris Morgan and directed by Allen Hughes, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department who rises through its ranks but must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the SFPD’s Gang Task Force. Morgan and showrunner Scott Rosenbaum exec produce the pilot with Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. I hear Rodriguez has been the top choice for the role since the project’s inception and was originally approached by the studio in December, long before Gang Related got a green light. He came on board after the pilot’s schedule could be synched up with that of the DreamWorks movie Need For Speed, in which Rodriguez stars. Additionally, Rodriguez, repped by UTA and The Collective, has  been writing his own screenplay with Rosie Perez, Only For My Son, which Rodriguez also plans to direct and produce with her. Rodriguez’s series credits include HBO’s The Wire and ABC’s Charlie’s Angels. Read More »

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