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EMMYS: Hammond On Miniseries Contenders And Lingering Controversies

Pete Hammond

Awardsline logo_use this oneMiniseries are coming of age again, at least according to the Television Academy, whose Board of Governors voted this year to once again give it a category of its own. This has been done from time to time depending on the health and general welfare of the miniseries format. For example, in 2011, the TV Academy felt longform television was dying on the vine and that there was just not enough entries to meet its “Rule of 14” (the minimum number of possible contenders needed to trigger a category). The networks were downsizing the form and, outside of the BBC and HBO, there wasn’t a whole lot of interest. But now, minis are exploding again and a new golden age seems to be on the horizon.

With minis roaring back on their own—they are still combined with movies in the acting, writing and directing categories—what will the landscape look like when nominees are announced July 10?

Not a Shoo-In
True DetectiveGoing into the competition, many pundits thought it was all wrapped up. HBO—which has had a streak of miniseries winners with John Adams, The Pacific, Band of Brothers and Angels in America—looked as though it had another slam dunk with its eight-part True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It won near-unanimous raves and appeared unbeatable, particularly since, with the mini/movie split, it would not be competing with … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Elementary’ & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finales Fall, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Hits Finale Viewership High, ‘American Idol’ Up Again

ELLEN POMPEO, SANDRA OHChaucer said that “there is an end to everything, good things as well.” So the Middle Ages poet was right of the 2013-2014 television season and of Sandra Oh‘s stint on Grey’s Anatomy (2.5/8) after 10 seasons. There were explosions, both emotional and literally, and there was fallout as well as dancing as Dr. Cristina Yang left Seattle Grace Hospital. Ratingswise it was a bit of a flat line for ABC and the Shonda Rhimes-created show, with Grey’s staying even with last week’s show. While Grey’s overall season bopped up 5% among adults 18-49 from Season 9 to garner the series’ best demo result in three years, last night’s finale was down double digits from the previous finale on May 16, 2013. With a repeat as a lead-in, the end of Season 10 saw a 19% drop from the Season 9 ender to hit a season-finale low. But with that said, if precedent is any indication, Grey’s could see an adjustment upward in the final numbers later today. Lead-out Black Box (1.1/4) saw its fourth-week numbers dip 8% from its May 8 results; granted, it was postponed in the San Diego market for news coverage of the fires there but that’s also the third week in a row the newbie show has gone down.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Debuts Soft, ‘Revenge’ Finale Down, ’60 Minutes’ Up, ‘Cosmos’ Falls

COLIN O'DONOGHUE, JENNIFER MORRISONThe Big 4 are starting their upfronts in NYC today but the 2013-2014 TV season is still going through its final paces with finales and specials. It was ABC who held the finale cards among the networks last night. With a chilly blockbuster surprise at the very very end of Once Upon A Time (2.2/7), the fairy tale drama wrapped its third season. The two-hour finale bopped up 5% from last week to match its best result among adults 18-49 since April 6. The last episode of the season was basically steady with its previous finale, with just a 4% slip from that one-hour broadcast on May 12, 2013. Once Upon A Time also has a tendency to rise a tenth in the final EMILY VANCAMPnumbers, so expect an adjustment later. No spoilers except to say it was a scorched Earth policy of a night and some new beginnings on Revenge (1.5/4) as the high-end soap also ended its third cycle. The one-hour finale rose 15% in the key demo from its May 4 episode and series low tie. However, compared with its two-hour Season 2 finale on May 12, 2013, Revenge took an 11% downward turn. ABC started the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/6), which saw a 6% dip from last week. Add it all up and ABC won the night for the third Sunday in a row in the demo with a 1.8/6 rating.

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NBC Sets Dates For ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Mini

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 4:55pm PDT

200px-logonbc-2__130325215616The four-hour miniseries will premiere over two nights next month. NBC airs Rosemary’s Baby, its adaptation of Ira Levin’s 1967 best-seller, from 9-11 PM May 11 and May 15. It revolves around a young married couple (Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams) who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born. Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet also star in the mini from Lionsgate Television. Here’s a little teaser:

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Carole Bouquet, Christina Cole Join NBC’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries

By | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

carolebouquet1christinacole2Carole Bouquet and Christina Cole have signed on to NBC‘s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams), moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. Bouquet has been cast as Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary, and Cole will play Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend. Jason Isaacs also has been cast in the mini, directed by Agnieska Holland and produced by Lionsgate TV. Bouquet is repped by Agence Adequat in France; Cole is with ICM Partners and Conway van Gelder Grant.

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Patrick J. Adams & Jason Isaacs To Star In NBC’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 12:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

patrickjadamsEXCLUSIVE: Suits star Patrick J. Adams is set as the male lead opposite Zoe Saldana in NBC’s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Jason Isaacs also has joined the mini, directed by Agnieska Holland. It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse (Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Adams), moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their isaacsmysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. Isaacs will play warlock/coven-leader Roman Castevet, a role played by Sidney Blackmer in Roman Polanski’s 1968 feature adaptation, in which Guy was played by John Cassavetes. This marks a nice NBCUniversal crossover, with Adams — one of the hottest stars of USA Network where Suits is a flagship series — taking on a lead of an NBC project. It also marks Issacs’ return to NBC where he toplined drama Awake. (He also worked with NBC topper Bob Greenblatt on Showtime’s Brotherhood.)  Filming on Rosemary’s Baby, produced by Lionsgate TV, is slated to begin shortly in Paris. Adams is with Andy Corren Management, UTA and attorney Lev Ginsburg; Isaacs with Gersh, Independent Talent Group and Silver Lining.

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Zoe Saldana To Topline NBC Miniseries ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 2:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

saldanaAvatar and Star Trek star Zoe Saldana has been tapped as the lead in NBC’s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. The mini centers on Rosemary (Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. Mia Farrow played the role in Roman Polanski’s 1968 feature adaptation. “Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses, and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel,” said NBC’s head of longform Quinn Taylor. “With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event miniseries is off to a great start.” Holland is directing the mini from a script by Scott Abbott. Production is set to begin shortly in Paris. ICM Partners-repped Saldana recently appeared in the Christian Bale drama Out Of The Furnace, and her upcoming projects include Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Blood Ties. Rosemary’s Baby is the first miniseries greenlighted by NBC as part of its renewed push in the longform arena. It was followed shortly by an order for The Bible sequel A.D.

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NBC Greenlights ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries With Agnieszka Holland Directing

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 10:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

rosemarysbaby1Four months after NBC signaled a push in the longform arena with a development slate of several miniseries and event series, the network has greenlighted the first project from that slate, four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby,  an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), has come on board to direct the mini, written by Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story). Casting begins immediately, with filming set to begin in January in Paris. Lionsgate Television is producing, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin agneszkahollandand David Stern serving as executive producers. “Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be,” said Quinn Taylor, NBC’s EVP, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, who has been shepherding NBC’s longform strategy since joining the network from ABC in June. Added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, “As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, Rosemary’s Baby represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us. The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel.”

Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes … Read More »

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