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Cancelled NBC Reality Series ‘Ready For Love’ To Finish Its Run Online & On VOD

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 6:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Despite NBC‘s decision last week to pull low-rated new show Ready For Love from the schedule, the dating reality series will continue to run as scheduled, just not on the broadcast network. Instead of pushing the unaired episodes to summer, NBC is putting them on, VOD, Electronic Sell-Through (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, etc.) and Hulu. In all, three episodes of the serialized/competition show aired on NBC for the past three Tuesdays. Starting next Tuesday, April 30, a new episode will be made available until the finale on June 4. Keeping a weekly release is unusual for streaming of TV series, which is normally done through so-called binge viewing. But while that is reserved mostly for scripted series, Ready For Love‘s airing pattern will adhere to the one viewers are accustomed to for unscripted series.

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NBC Pulls ‘Ready For Love’, Moves ‘Grimm’ To Tuesdays

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

GrimmIt’s over for NBC’s new dating series Ready For Love after two low-rated airings, while underrated Friday drama Grimm is getting an upgrade. Beginning April 30, Grimm will move to the Tuesday 10 PM slot, airing behind a two-hour episode of The Voice, and will remain on Tuesday through May 21. Grimm will have a two-hour Voice lead-in for two more weeks, while it is unclear what will air in the Tuesday 9 PM hour on May 14 and May 21. Grimm will be replaced in the Friday 9 PM hour by newsmagazine Dateline, which will be leading into Rock Center. It is unclear when or where (or if) the remaining episodes of Ready For Love will air. The dating reality series executive produced by Eva Longoria was originally slated to air on Sundays this midseason. When Smash crashed and burned in its Season 2 return, NBC opted to launch Ready For Love on Tuesday instead, with the show getting a plum Voice lead-in. But after a slow start, Ready For Love dropped to a 1.3/4 in adults 18-49 in its second airing this week despite a huge Voice lead-in.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Ready For Love’ & ‘Splash’ Drop, ‘Voice’ & ‘Dancing’ Inch Up

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Launching a successful reality series is proving even more difficult for the broadcast networks than finding scripted hits. Their latest efforts, NBC’s Ready For Love and ABC’s Splash, appear headed to the list of recent broadcast unscripted disappointments. After an unimpressive debut last week, NBC’s new dating series Ready For Love fell 13% in its second airing last night to 1.3/4 in adults 18-49. The series executive produced by Eva Longoria was recently upgraded to one of NBC’s best time slots, following the Tuesday edition of The Voice, but it doesn’t seem to be getting traction, keeping only a small fraction of The Voice audience. Last night, the hot singing competition logged 4.5/14 in 18-49, up 7% from last week’s fast nationals (2% from the finals) to match its Tuesday season high. Despite Ready For Love‘s sub-par delivery, NBC won the night in 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Ready For Love’ Debuts Soft, ‘NCIS’, ‘Splash’ & ‘DWTS’ Hit Lows, ‘The Voice’ Slips, ‘Golden Boy’ Up

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT

It was the last night of blind auditions on The Voice (4.2/13) on Wednesday. With one spot left on each of the judges’ teams, the one-hour show saw a Fleetwood Mac cover, an unsuccessful effort by the lead singer of LA’s own Venice and Shakira showing some of her own moves. Although blind auditions tend to be some of the most popular weeks of The Voice season after season, last night the show slipped 7% from the final numbers of its April 2 show. Comparing fast nationals to fast nations, the show was down a tenth from last week. Typically, like American Idol, The Voice sees an adjustment up in final numbers.

With a minute of Voice overrun, next up for NBC was the two-hour premiere of Ready For Love (1.6/4). With lots of promotion in The Voice and the singing show as a lead-in, the Eva Longoria-produced matchmaker series took the spots occupied last week by the season finale of The New Normal and the now-moved Go On and Smash. Hosted by Apprentice first season winner Bill Rancic and E! News’ Giuliana Rancic, the show saw a brief cameo introduction by Longoria before moving on to the first of its three male bachelors, the women who want to be theirs and the trio of professional matchmakers. While Ready For Love delivered the best 18-49 rating in the period for NBC since January 15 — with the exception of President Obama’s State of the Union address — it was no great shakes. The series was flat with the Season 1 debut of Fashion Star in the same slot onMarch 13, 2012. It was also the struggling network’s lowest-rated unscripted premiere in almost a year. Ready For Love did less than Take It All did when that latter debuted on December 10, 2012 with a 2.2/5, and less than Stars Earn Stripes’ 1.7/5 on August 13, 2012. NBC won the night among Adults 18-49 but CBS took the viewership top spot with 12.834 million watching.

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NBC’s ‘Smash’ To Move To Saturday, ‘Go On’ To Thursday, ‘Ready For Love’ To Tuesday

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 3:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC just made several scheduling changes, with low-rated Smash moving to Saturdays, and Go On getting a tryout on Thursday following the last episodes of the The Office. There is still some good news for loyal Smash fans — NBC is committed to airing all 17 episodes of the series’ second (and certain to be final) season. New reality series Ready For Love is getting a major upgrade. The two-hour show was originally slated to premiere on March 31 and air from 8-10 PM on Sundays, leading into The Apprentice. The dating series executive produced by Eva Longoria, which NBC brass have very high hopes for, is now getting the plum Tuesday 9-11 berth behind The Voice as of April 9. It will take over NBC’s Tuesday comedy block of Go On and The New Normal and drama Smash, which will all still get two airings on Tuesday with The Voice as 8 PM anchor. With Ready For Love relocating, NBC will air reruns of the Monday and Tuesday episodes of The Voice on Sunday, followed by Celebrity Apprentice, which will expand to two hours beginning April 14. We started the season with a three-way comedy face-off in the Tuesday 9 PM hour as Fox, ABC and NBC all scheduled single-camera half-hours in the slot. As of next month, only Fox will air comedies in the hour. Starting next week, Fox also is scaling back its comedy presence on the night from two to one hour (9-10 PM) but I hear the network brass remains committed to keeping comedies on Tuesday next season. Here are all the NBC changes:


  • Will now air Tuesdays, beginning April 9 (9-11 p.m. ET) following “The Voice.”


  • Beginning April 14 (9-11 p.m ET) will be expanded to two hours through the end of May.

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NBC’s ‘Ready For Love’ Signs IATSE Pact

By | Saturday June 30, 2012 @ 9:52pm PDT

NBC’s Ready For Love matchmaking show is now under IATSE contract after coming to terms to avoid a threatened work stoppage, according to the union’s Facebook page. The union said producer Ticking Time Productions has signed an agreement providing for health and pension benefits retroactive to hiring dates for roughly 100 crew members who will also have “enhanced turnaround and weekend turnaround provisions.” According to the show’s website, it’s produced by Renegade 83, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal Television. Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Jason Ehrlich (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette), Greg Goldman (Secret Millionaire, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!), David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe (both of Blind Date, The 5th Wheel) serve as executive producers on Ready For Love.

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NBC Signs Quartet Of Reality Producers In Overall Deals

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has signed overall deals with five established producers: Jason Ehrlich (ABC’s The Bachelor), David A. Hurwitz (NBC’s Fear Factor), Alex Katz (NBC’s The Biggest Loser) and Lee Metzger (NBC’s The Voice). They join America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel and his Alvey Production Company (Mobbed), Tom Shelly (NBC’s Love In The Wild), former NBC reality head-turned-producer Craig Plestis (NBC’s Minute To Win It) and Jason Raff (NBC’s America’s Got Talent), NBC Reality Showswho also have development pacts with the network. “We have stacked the deck and look forward to continuing to work with all of these incredibly talented individuals,” said Paul Telegdy, President, NBC’s president of Alternative and Late Night Programming. Ehrlich, co-executive producer for numerous seasons of The Bachelor as well as The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad, will be an executive producer alongside Katz and Eva Longoria on NBC’s upcoming relationship show Ready For Love. Hurwitz, who recently served as executive producer on NBC’s Fear Factor reboot, is executive producing with Mark Burnett and Dick Wolf NBC’s upcoming reality series Stars Earn Stripes.

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NBC Orders Matchmaking Reality Series Produced By Eva Longoria And Hosted By Giuliana & Bill Rancic

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 5:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Eva LongoriaRelationship shows’ hot streak at the broadcast networks continue. The latest entry in the genre is NBC’s Ready for Love, executive produced by Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and hosted by Giuliana and Bill Rancic, which the network has greenlighted for a launch next winter. The series, from Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Renegade 83 and Universal Television, will feature three successful and handsome men, handpicked by Longoria, who are committed to finding the right woman. They will try to accomplish that with the help of three matchmakers. Prospective female candidates can apply using the new Facebook app, which also will be used to showcase the bachelors, with Facebook employed extensively during the entire run of the series. “The show’s innovative format that uses online profiles and proven matchmakers will provide a better chance for our suitors to realize connections that will last long beyond the season finale,” NBC’s head of alternative programming Paul Telegdy said. Read More »

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