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Comic-Con Roundup: Syfy’s ‘Sharknado 2′, ‘Dominion’; CBS’ ‘Scorpion’ On The Schedule

Comic-Con Roundup: Syfy’s ‘Sharknado 2′, ‘Dominion’; CBS’ ‘Scorpion’ On The Schedule

Sharknado 2: The Second One will be chomping its way through the San Diego Convention Center as part of Syfy‘s presence at Comic-Con.  While the panel on Thursday, July 24 will occur days before its July 30 premiere, there isn’t any announcement about a screening for the cult TV movie, a treat that TCA reporters are getting prior to Comic-Con.  Also missing from the Syfy Comic-Con sked, but not from their TCA sked: The TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel film 12 Monkeys.  None the less, a slew of Sharknado stars will be present in Room 6BCF from 7:15-8:15 PM including  Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Vivica A. Fox (Skye), Kari Wuhrer (Ellen Shepard Brody), Judah Friedlander (Bryan) and director Anthony C. Ferrante. Read More »

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Jonathan Keltz Upped To Regular On CW’s ‘Reign’; Kris Kristofferson In ‘Texas Rising’

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 1:56pm PDT

Jonathan KeltzJonathan Keltz has been promoted to regular for Season 2 of the CW period drama Reign. Keltz recurred throughout the first season as Leith, the kitchen love interest to lady-in-waiting Greer. Keltz, repped by Stone Manners Salners, Wright Entertainment, and Characters Talent Agency, most recently appeared on Necessary Roughness and had a series of arcs as Ari Gold’s whipping-boy assistant on Entourage. His film credits include Prom and 21 & Over.
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Ratings Rat Race: ‘American Idol’ Hits New Low, ‘Reign’ Rises, ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s’ Up

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 9:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

scandalRemember when Thursday was the biggest night on television with the top networks drawing 18-49 ratings in the double digits? That was all a distant memory last night. With CBS’ regular lineup led by The Big Bang Theory benched for NCAA basketball, the highest-rated broadcast network Thursday night was ABC with a 2.0 average in 18-49. Only two series — ABC dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.4, up 0.1 from last week) and Scandal (2.9, +0.2) — crossed the 2.0 demo rating threshold.

Among those that didn’t was Fox’s American Idol (1.9), its first time ever below 2.0. The singing competition continued its downward spiral, off 14% from last Thursday and this Wednesday’s series low to a new series low. Its lead-in, Hell’s Kitchen (1.7), was down 11% in its second week. Read More »

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CW Gives Early Renewals To ‘Arrow’, ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Reign’ & ‘The Originals’

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-cwAs it has done in the past couple of years, the CW has given early renewals to its strongest series. The list includes flagship dramas The Vampire Diaries and Arrow, formidable veteran Supernatural and freshmen The Originals and Reign. Left off are the proverbial bubble shows whose renewals chances are estimated to be 50-50 at best. Apres Moi, le DélugeThat includes Beauty & the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and The Tomorrow People. Their odds will improve or get worse depending on the performance of the CW’s upcoming midseason series The 100, which is getting strong buzz and is being touted as a potential long-term player for the network, as well as alien romance Star-Crossed.

After an inauspicious launch behind mothership series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals has flourished in the Tuesday 8 PM slot despite gloom and doom predictions about its face-off with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Its potent pairing with Supernatural has doubled the CW’s Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers Blast Radius(3.2 million vs. 1.7 million). With the new lead-in, Supernatural has found another gear, posting double-digit increases year-to-year in total viewers and all key demos, and recently logging its most watched episodes since … Read More »

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TCA: CW’s Mark Pedowitz Touts Pilot Model Success, “Bullish” On ‘Reign’ & ‘Flash’

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 3:52pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

TCA Like Nina Tassler, who runs sibling network CBS, the CW President Mark Pedowitz too plans to stick with the traditional pilots season despite Fox’s decision to abandon the model, announced by chairman Kevin Reilly on Monday. “We do not do that many pilots,” he noted. Indeed, the biggest complaint about pilot season has been the pressure to cast and produce so many pilots in so little time, chasing the same talent. The CW makes about eight pilots, about a third of the number most of the Big 4 networks, and the network doesn’t go for the same actors as its shows cw11feature younger characters mostly cast with up-and-coming actors. Pedowitz also talked up the CW’s high pilot-to-series ratio, which is closer to a cable network than a broadcaster. In moving away from pilot season, Reilly said he was hoping to improve the network’s batting average, with fewer pilots and most of them going to series. In the CW’s two development seasons under Pedowitz, the network made eight pilots each year, with four of them going to series in 2012 and five in 2013, a very high percentage for a broadcaster. “For us it’s a very efficient system, and you learn things that you would never have seen otherwise,” Pedowitz said. “We are perfectly happy with the traditional system but wish Kevin well.”

CBS’ Nina Tassler: “Pilot Season Is Not Perfect But Works For Us”
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CW Gives Full-Season Orders To Freshman Series ‘The Originals’, ‘The Tomorrow People’ & ‘Reign’

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last month, the CW gave all of its new fall series orders for additional scripts at the same time. And now the network is keeping its freshman class intact, giving all three series, dramas The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign, full-season orders. The Originals has been one of the success stories this fall. The Vampire Diaries spinoff, which opened so-so after the mothership series, has thrived in the Tuesday 8 PM slot, averaging 0.9 among adults 18-49 and over 2 million viewers in Live+same day. Despite being the only one of the newbies to air without an established lead-in, it is the highest rated of the bunch. The other two, The Tomorrow People and Reign, both have been very stable, logging a 0.6 18-49 rating for the past few weeks, Reign even maintaining the rating when its lead-in, TVD, plummeted because of a New York pre-emption. The CW’s new shows also have been strong DVR and digital performers. The network’s digital streaming of full episodes is up 50% season to date versus last season, and The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign see 84% more digital viewing than The CW’s new series last fall. The soapy Reign and similarly female skewing sophomore The Carrie Diaries have been getting particularly strong traction in digital viewing.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’ Holds Steady For First No. 1 As CBS Comedies Hit Lows

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 9:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Scandal Ratings VictoryIt was a quiet start to the November sweep with shows slipping last night along with the Halloween-depressed HUT levels (down 8% from 8-11 PM and 10% from 8-10 PM). That makes Scandal‘s (2.9 in adults 18-49) week-to-week hold all the more impressive. And with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (2.5) a repeat, Scandal ranked as the No. 1 program on Thursday night for the first time. ABC’s annual It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown special (2.2) doubled Once Upon A Time In Wonderland‘s rating in the 8 PM hour last week but was down 19% from last year. Grey’s Anatomy (2.6) slipped 7% but ABC still won the night in adults 18-49, the network’s first time topping the opening night of the November sweep in 6 years. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Under The Dome Syndrome For NBC, ‘Reign’ Slips In Week 2

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 9:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It feels like NBC’s Thursday night has developed its own electromagnetic field affecting every program that enters it so it cannot go above a 1.3 in adults 18-49. That was the high-water mark logged by Parks And Recreation and Parenthood last week, and it was the case again last night. The network didn’t see any significant improvement after pulling Welcome To The Family last week. The Voice repeat in the 8 PM hour matched Parks And Recreation‘s 1.3 from last week (though did better than Welcome To The Family‘s 0.9). Sean Saves The World, The Michael J. Fox Show and Parenthood matched their deliveries from last week — 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3, respectively — as NBC’s lineup appears isolated from the rest of the world and impervious to competition.

And competition did change last night, with Fox airing Game 2 of the World Series, which continues to run ahead of last year’s Series with a better matchup. The Boston-St. Louis face-off drew a 3.4 in preliminary non-time-zone adjusted ratings, up 17% vs. Game 2 last fall. Baseball ratings will go up in the finals, giving Fox a nightly demo win. Read More »

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The CW’s ‘The Originals’, ‘The Tomorrow People’, ‘Reign’ Get Orders For More Scripts

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The CW has ordered three additional scripts of each of its three new fall series — dramas The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign. The script pickups come after two airings of The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, one of The Tomorrow People and a week ahead of Reign‘s premiere next Thursday. (It was pushed because of tonight’s Cory Monteith episode of Glee.) They also come as the writers of the three series are completing work on the original 13-episode orders. The script orders follow solid showings from The Originals, which premiered to a solid 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.9 million total viewers in its regular Tuesday 8 PM slot this week after a launch behind TVD, and from The Tomorrow People, which logged a 0.9 and 2.7 million viewers in its debut last night (adjusted up in the finals), matching its lead-in, the Arrow second season premiere. Read More »

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2013-2014 Broadcast Season: The One Thing Each Network Must Pull Off To Claim Success

The most CBS-ish new series of the 2013-14 TV season got off to a strong start last night, while the most NBC-like new series floundered. Nothing new there. Lucky for NBC, it aired the CBS-ish one — the new procedural crime drama The Blacklist, starring James Spader. Unfortunately for CBS, it aired the NBC-like, highly serialized event series that bellyflopped in same time slot as The Blacklist — the Toni Collette-Dylan McDermott starrer Hostages.

Related: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Blacklist’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hostages’ OK

Good news for both networks: Blacklist was the One Big Thing NBC needed to accomplish this season, but Hostages does not hold the same position for CBS.

Related: 2013-14 Broadcast Season Preview: Challenges The Networks Face

Once upon a time, long before DVRs, Netflix and original scripted cable programing, broadcast network execs eagerly anticipated the start of their new TV season to see which of the many, many new series they’d thrown against the wall would stick. These days, each network has one key new series it needs to work — really work, not “Vegas is the No. 1 new drama” work — to call a season successful.

ABC, for instance, needs to launch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. If it clicks, nothing else matters. Super Fun Night? It can bomb — which is good because ABC has already decided to premiere the show with its second episode and that’s never a good sign. And Lucky 7 may be the series that demonstrates America will not watch a show about how winning the lottery messes you up — because that is their financial strategy. Weeks before S.H.I.E.L.D.’s scheduled unveiling, The Reporters Who Cover Television were already squealing with delight after being treated to its super-secret screening at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, though there have been disturbing reports of subsequent scripts coming in so not-good that Joss Whedon had to take a break from the 85 other projects he’s working on to step in and do last-minute rewrites.

NBC, meanwhile, needs a 10 PM drama that isn’t flukey, isn’t serializes and doesn’t start to come apart at the seams in the second half of the season, like Revolution did last season. No matter how much you read about NBC badly needing to re-establish itself in comedy on Thursday nights (it’s over, get over it), Monday at 10 is NBC’s Must Fix TV. A Blacklist hit gives NBC the bright shiny 10 o’clock light with which to dazzle affiliate station execs grousing about the lousy lead-ins they’ve been getting for their late local news. The Blacklist needs to look as good ratings-wise, five or six weeks from now, as it did last night. Read More »

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CW Unveils Key Art For Its New Fall Series

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

The CW has revealed the key art designs for its three new fall series The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign. Check them out: Vampire Diaries‘ spinoff The Originals centers on Vampire‘s original family members Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) as they find a new home in New Orleans, a city now run by Klaus’s former protégée Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). The key art features Morgan (back center), Gillies (back right), Holt (back left) and Davis (front seated). Read More »

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‘Bates Motel’, ‘Reign’ Add Recurring Players

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Meet Norman’s new romantic interest. Paloma Kwiatkowski has booked a recurring role on the second season of A&E‘s Bates Motel. She will play Cody Brennan, a small town party girl who befriends Norman (Freddie Highmore) and bonds with him, showing him how having fun and “acting out” can sublimate pain – at least for awhile. Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse at Comic Con alluded that a romance was on the horizon for Norman. In her feature debut, Kwiatkowski, repped by manager Darren Goldberg, agent Carrie Wheeler and attorney Neil Meyer, plays Thalia in the upcoming Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Sea Of Monsters. She recently wrapped the lead role in the indie Sitting On The Edge With Marlene.

Manolo Cardona has been tapped for a recurring role on the new CW drama Reign, about the teen years of Mary Queen Of Scots (Adelaide Kane) in the French court. Cardona will play Tomas, the dashing Prince of Portugal. He’s playful and seemingly grounded though he may have a sinister, sadistic, and completely amoral soul. Cardona, repped by D2 Management, just wrapped an arc on USA’s Covert Affairs as Arthur’s (Peter Gallagher) son Teo Braga.

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TCA: CW’s First Crunchy-Gravel Drama ‘Reign’ Flirts With History

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT

Times being what they are CW execs went into their half-day at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 braced for some scorched-earth questioning about the teenage-girl-masturbating-in-castle-hall scene of the network’s first crunchy-gravel drama Reign, which purports to be a drama series about the teen years of Mary Stuart (aka Mary Queen of Scots). Imagine their surprise when, instead, they found themselves being grilled with questions about the show’s historical inaccuracies. Reign is enormously important to CW this fall; the network will use its biggest hit, The Vampire Diaries to launch Reign on Thursday nights because VD is CW’s most viewed series among young women. Bodice-ripper Reign takes enormous liberties with the 16th century history of Mary Queen of Scots. As told by CW, Mary arrives in France to marry the French king’s hot son, Prince Francis. In the real world, Francis was a sickly young teen who died after less than two years on the throne. The CW’s Francis, however, is a hunky guy who has a “history” with a lady of the court which, of course, was hardly worth mentioning back in those days but looms large, plot-development-wise, in 2013. Adding to the fun, Mary is also attracted to Francis’ “roguish” illegitimate half-brother, Bash — who never existed, notes the actor playing him, Torrance Coombs.

“In each episode we’ll educate people on what element of history helps our story,” exec producer Laurie McCarthy explained this morning when one of the early what-the-heck history questions came in. “There is a certain amount of latitude,” she acknowledged. “It’s TV so, you know, we can take creative license with it,” chimed in star Adelaide Kane, adding, “It’s entertainment – it’s not the History Channel.” And how cute is she that she thinks History Channel still is about history? Read More »

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CW New Series Official Trailers: ‘The 100′, ‘The Originals’, ‘Reign’, ‘Tomorrow People’

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 7:06pm PDT

The CW sent out the official trailer for its new drama Star-Crossed last week, now it has followed suit for its four other new shows set for the fall and midseason. All of the new trailers are different from the clips and featurettes the network issued during upfronts week.

Related: 2013-14 The CW Schedule

The 100 — Midseason Drama

The Originals — Drama

Reign – Drama

Tomorrow People – Drama

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Writer Doris Egan Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘Reign’ As Co-EP

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Doris Egan (House) has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, she will join the studio’s high-profile new CW drama Reign as co-executive producer. Created by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta, Reign, a soapy reimagining of the teenage years of Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) in the French Court, is one of the buzziest new CW series and landed the coveted post-Vampire Diaries slot on the fall schedule. On Reign, Egan will work with McCarthy as SenGupta departed the project last week. Egan, repped by WME and Rain Management Group, was co-executive producer of House for six years. She most recently was co-exec producer on Starz’s upcoming pirate drama Black Sails, from producer Michael Bay, and also developed/co-wrote a Frankenstein series with Laeta Kalogridis at the premium net.

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‘Reign’ Co-Creator Stephanie SenGupta Exits

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 10:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There is a change at the helm of the CW‘s high-profile new drama series Reign. Co-creator/executive producer/co-showrunner Stephanie SenGupta has departed, leaving co-creator/executive producer Laurie McCarthy as the sole showrunner. The move is not completely unexpected as there had been chatter that the two didn’t quite see eye to eye. SenGupta, who I hear originally came up with the idea for Reign many years ago, is moving on to focus on creating a new show on her own. The CBS TV Studios-produced Reign, a soapy reimagining of the teenage years of Mary Queen of Scots in the French Court, is one of the buzziest new CW series and landed the coveted post-Vampire Diaries slot on the fall schedule. SenGupta most recently served as co-executive producer on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, also produced by CBS Studios. She came out of the Law & Order camp, having worked on both the mothership series and on spinoff Criminal Intent.
Related: CW New Series First Looks: Video

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UPDATE: CW’s ‘The Tomorrow People’, ‘The 100′, ‘Reign’ & ‘Oxygen’ Ordered To Series

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 2:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Reign and Oxygen from CBS TV Studios also just got picked up, bringing the total number of new CW series for next season for five, including The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. The only remaining question is whether The Selection, which never found its footing, is dead. (UPDATE: It is. Click here for more.)

PREVIOUS: The CW also entered the pickup fray with series orders to drama pilots The Tomorrow People and The 100. Both have been frontrunners, coming from Warner Bros TV. The Tomorrow People is executive produced by Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti, meaning that Plec will have three series on the CW next season, The Vampire Diaries, spinoff The Originals and The Tomorrow People. Berlanti will have two, The Tomorrow People and Arrow.

‘The Selection’ Dead At The CW
CW’s ‘Carrie Diaries’ & ‘Nikita’ Renewed

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Torrance Coombs To Co-Star In CW Pilot ‘Reign’, Thomas McDonell Joins ‘The 100′, Lane Garrison Cast In ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Mini

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 8:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Torrance Coombs (The Tudors) has landing a lead role in the CW’s drama pilot Reign, from CBS TV Studios. It chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and with her best friends as ladies-in-waiting. Coombs, repped by D2 Management and King Talent on Vancouver, will play Sebastian, Francis’ resourceful illegitimate half brother, a favorite son of King Henry II and his most favored mistress, Diane de Poitiers. He offers Mary some sage advice. Read More »

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Anna Popplewell To Co-Star On CW’s ‘Reign’, Cliff Curtis On Fox’s ‘Gang Related’

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Anna PopplewellThe Chronicles Of Narnia star Anna Popplewell has been cast in a lead role opposite Adelaide Kane in the CW’s drama pilot Reign, from CBS TV Studios. It chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and with her best friends as ladies-in-waiting. Brit Popplewell, repped by ICM Partners, Luber Roklin and UK’s United, plays Mary’s friend/lady-in-waiting Lola. She recently starred in Web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Read More »

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