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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘V’ Up On Night Of Declines, ‘Traffic Light’ Tumbles In Week 2

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 9:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s V (1.9/5 in adults 18-49, 5.4 million viewers) was the only program to show week-to-week demo gains last night, an uptick of 6% in 18-49.

Fox’s midseason comedy Traffic Light (1.5/4,3.6 million) suffered the steepest drop, down 21% in the demo from its premiere last week and in Running Wilde ratings territory. Its lead-in, Raising Hope (2.2/6, 5.6 million), was also down sharply, by 19%, from last week for a series low. There was no Justin Bieber bump for Glee (4.2/12, 10.5 million) whose episode featuring a Bieber storyline/songs fell 9% from last week. The musical dramedy was still the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49.

In total viewers, that honor went to CBS’ veteran NCIS (3.7/10, 19.5 million) down 12% from last week in the demo for a season low. NCIS: LA (3.3/9, 16.8 million) was down 6% and The Good Wife (2.0/6, 11.4 million) down 9% to tie its series low. NCIS: LA and The Good Wife still won their slots, narrowly in 18-49 and by a wide margin in total viewers. CBS and Fox finished the night tied in 18-49 (3.0/8), with CBS (15.9 million) dominating the total viewer race.

V (1.9/5, 5.4 million) was the highest-rated ABC show last night, sandwiched between rookies No Ordinary Family (1.5/4, flat with last week, 5 million) and Detroit 1-8-7Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Biggest Loser” Hits High, ‘Running Wilde’ & ‘LUX’ Show Spunk

Nellie Andreeva

It was the Grinch (as played by Sue Sylvester) vs. Charlie Brown in the mostly Christmas-themed 8 PM time slot last night. Fox’s Glee (4.4/13, 11 million), topped the hour and the night in adults 18-49 but slipped a tenth from last week’s fast national demo rating (It was down two tenths from the Live+Same day number as Glee normally rises by a tenth in the finals.)

Heading into the live season finale next Tuesday, The Biggest Loser (3.1/8, 8.2 million, up 7% in the demo) hit a season high in adults 18-49, posting a second week of ratings growth in its new 9-11 PM slot. Its lead-in, the premiere of the Christmassy batch of Minute to Win It (1.9/5) was down 21% from its last cycle premiere.

The Christmas-themed Raising Hope (2.9/8) was up 7% to log its best performance since Week 2. And Running Wilde (1.7/4), which did not get a back order, is putting up quite a fight for survival, up 21% week-to-week after last week posting a 8% gain following another stretch of preemptions.

Ditto for CW’s Life Unexpected. With only a two-hour season finale/series finale left, the drama last night hit season highs in total viewers (1.8 million, up 20% from last week) and all key demos, including 18-34 (1.5/4). Its lead-in, veteran One Tree Hill Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’, ‘Victoria’s Secret’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Post Big Gains

Nellie Andreeva

Airing against an all Christmas special-competition on the Big 3 networks, Fox’s Glee (4.5/12, 11.6 million) bounced back from last week’s season low, up 13% in the demo, and reclaimed its title as the highest-rated program on Tuesday night among adults 18-49. The rising tide lifted all the ships on the network, with freshman comedy Raising Hope (2.7/7) up 8% from last week and Running Wilde (1.4/4), which won’t be getting a back order, up 8% from its last original on Nov. 9. Both Glee and Raising Hope posted all-time highs in teens.

The Christmas special race at 8 PM was won by CBS’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (3.8/11, 12.0 million), which was flat with last year in 18-49, up 13% in total viewers and up 12% in teens. ABC was second with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2.1/6) and Shrek the Halls (2.4/6) but both specials were sharply down from last year, by 25% and 17%, respectively. NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center (1.9/5, 11.3 million) was up a tenth in 18-49 and 30% in total viewers for its largest audience in 7 years.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.9/8, 8.3 million) benefited from the time shift to 9-11 PM, tying its season high in 18-49 posted by the season premiere and hitting a new high in total viewers. ABC’s freshman drama No Ordinary Family (1.9/5) logged a more modest demo … Read More »

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Fox’s Kevin Reilly And Mike Darnell On ‘American Idol’ & ‘Fringe’ Moves; No Back Orders For ‘Running Wilde’ & ‘Good Guys’

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’ Midseason Schedule

“We have been looking at Thursday for a long time,” Fox’s reality chief Mike Darnell said. “It is a tough nut to crack, and if you want to crack it, you have to make a big move there.” Idol has been the biggest show on television for 8 years, so why make this move now? It was CBS’ surprising decision in May to take another reality juggernaut, Survivor, off Thursdays that set the Idol shift idea in motion, Darnell said. With Idol itself going through a major transition with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler and without Simon Cowell, Fox brass decided to wait and see how the show’s production was going and, happy with what they’d seen so far, they pulled the trigger on the scheduling change. “It felt like the right time to make the move,” Darnell said. “Now we can own Thursday.”

Seeing the door opening at 8 PM on Thursday with Survivor gone was a major but not the only factor for the Idol move, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “At the same time, we’re looking at what’s going on on Tuesday where we are winning the night with Glee, which, after airing after the Super Bowl, will probably end the season as the highest-rated scripted series.” Glee was originally slated to … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Family’ & ‘Parenthood’ Post Double-Digit Drops For Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

Another heavily hyped episode of Fox’s Glee (4.9/14, 11.6 million), this one featuring new recurring guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, was once again the top-rated telecast on Tuesday among adults 18-49, up 9% from the show’s last week fast national result. (Glee always gets adjusted up a tenth in the finals as it did last week.) Raising Hope (2.7/7), which tends to go down in the finals, including a .1 slip last week, was up a tenth from its fast national demo number last Tuesday. A Raising Hope repeat (1.8/5) did almost 40% better than an original Running Wilde did last week in the 9:30 PM slot.

NCIS has been so consistently reliable, you can set your clock by it. Last night it drew a 3.9/11 demo rating, the same as its fast national delivery last week. (The veteran procedural tends to go up a tenth in the finals as it did last Tuesday.) NCIS’ audience, 19.4 million, was also almost identical to last week’s 19.8 million as the drama series once again topped the night in total viewers. It was actually a full night of deja vu ratings performances at CBS, with the network’s other two dramas, NCIS: LA (3.3/9, 15.8 million) and The Good Wife (2.2/6, 11.7 million) also matching their demo results from last week, both season lows.

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‘Running Wilde’ Benched For 2 More Weeks

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s struggling freshman Running Wilde seems to be facing a slow and painful death. The low-rated show, which just came back on Tuesday after two weeks of preemptions, is being benched again for the rest of the November sweep, slated to come back with an original on Nov. 30. In the next two weeks, Fox will air reruns of its other freshman comedy Raising Hope in Running Wilde‘s the Tuesday 9:30 PM slot. Running Wilde, which averaged a 1.3 rating among 18-49 to finish a distant last among all programs on the Big 4 networks on Tuesday, remains the last new fall series whose fate has not been decided though its chances for renewal appear very slim. Fox is already eying a midseason order for the Christian Slater-starring comedy Breaking In as a potential replacement for Running Wilde, whose star/co-creator Will Arnett has been rallying support for the show.

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Fox Eyes Midseason Order For ‘Breaking In’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Last season’s Fox comedy pilot Breaking In may make it to the air after all. I hear the network is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV  to pick up the  project starring Christian Slater to series for midseason. The single-camera workplace comedy set at a digital security firm, is rumored as a possible replacement for underperforming fall comedy Running Wilde, which has not received a back order. Fox’s midseason schedule announced in May has Running Wilde airing after American Idol‘s 90-minute performance show on Tuesday, sharing the 9:30 PM slot with midseason comedy Mixed Signals. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rocky Horror’ ‘Glee’ Rocks, ‘NCIS: LA’ Slips & ‘Loser’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Glee didn’t miss a beat in its return from hiatus. The Rocky Horror-themed episode of the musical dramedy (4.8/13) was up 4% from the fast national result for its last original 2 weeks ago (up 2% from the final as Glee tends to go up a tenth). It also topped the night in adults 18-49 as it has done with every fresh episode this fall. The Halloween-themed episode of comedy Raising Hope (2.6/7) was even with its fast national result for its previous fresh episode 2 weeks ago. It wad followed by another Raising Hope original (2.3/6), which did 64% better than time slot’s regular, Running Wilde, did the last time it aired after a first-run Raising Hope.

ABC’s recently renewed new drama No Ordinary Family (2.0/5) continued to slide, down 9% from last week for a new low. Dancing with the Stars result show, which featured the surprise elimination of The Hills star Audrina Patridge, was down 6% for its lowest result this season. (It is expected to regain some ground in the finals.) ABC’s other newly renewed freshman drama, Detroit 1-8-7 (2.0/6) was  up a tenth from its fast national number last week. The cop drama tends to lose a tenth of a rating point in the finals when the Dancing overrun is taken out.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ Lineup Up

Nellie Andreeva

With the biggest show on the night, Fox’s Glee, airing a rerun, CBS’ veteran 8 PM drama NCIS (4.2/12, 19.1 million viewers) got an 8% boost, which the network carried over to 9 PM where NCIS: Los Angeles (3.9/10, 16 million) was up 11% and 10 PM where The Good Wife (2.6/7, 12.2 million) was up 4%. All 3 dramas won their hours in 18-49 and total viewers and posted CBS’ highest 18-49 Tuesday tally since February. ABC’s new superhero family drama No Ordinary Family (2.2/6) didn’t get a boost from the weakened competition at 8 PM with a Glee repeat but may have found its comfort ratings zone, down just .1 from last week for a new low. At 9 PM, the Dancing with the Stars result show (3.1/8) was down 11% from last week to a season low. Freshman ABC drama Detroit (1.9/5) was up 12% but might have been inflated by a Dancing overrun. NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.5/7) matched its lowest rating of the season, down a fraction from last week. Parenthood was also down .1 at 10 PM to a series low, tying Detroit 187 in the fast nationals. Following Glee (2.0/6) and Raising Hope (1.7/4) repeats, a new Running Wilde (1.2/3) on Fox was down 14%. At CW, One Tree Hill at 8 PM matched season high in women 18-34 (2.0/6).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Dramas Inch Up, ‘No Ordinary Family’ & ‘Running Wilde’ Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Things seem to be settling down on Tuesdays, with most series reaching their ratings comfort zones. After across-the-board declines last Tuesday, last night all but 2 shows stayed very close to their last week’s averages and, in some cases, bounced back. That includes the entire CBS lineup as all of the network’s dramas went up a notch. CBS tied Fox for the the top spot on Tuesday for first time this season, expanding the network’s nightly winning streak this fall from Wednesday-Friday to Tuesday-Friday. (CBS is also breathing down ABC’s neck on Monday, finishing .1 behind this week.) NCIS(3.9/11, 19 million viewers), NCIS:LA (3.5/9, 16.1 million) and The Good Wife (2.6/7, 11.8 million) all went up .1 rating point from last week, with NCIS:LA and The Good Wife winning their hours in 18-49 and NCIS once again drawing the largest audience for the night (and probably for the week, football excluded.) CBS averaged a 3.3/9 in 18-49 and 15.6 million viewers, tying Fox in 18-49 for No.1 and winning outright in total viewers.

The two series, both freshman, that posted double-digit drops last night were ABC drama No Ordinary Family and Fox comedy Running Wilde. In its third week on the air, No Ordinary Family (2.3/6) was down 15%. Vs. last week’s fast nationals, it was down 12%, which is a more accurate comparison since the superhero family drama added … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Leads Slew Of Declining Series But Still Tops Tuesday

Nellie Andreeva

Flat seems to be the new up this fall, with only two series last night, CBS’ The Good Wife and NBC’s Parenthood, able to maintain their ratings from last week while everyone else dropped.

With no Britney Spears, Fox’s Glee (4.5/13 in adults 18-49, 11 million viewers overall) suffered the biggest drop (24%) from last week’s record high with one of the show’s most dramatic and poignant episodes. Still, Glee was the highest-rated program of the night in the demo by a wide margin. Glee‘s lead-out, freshman comedy Raising Hope (2.6/7) also was down, by 16%, while Running Wilde (1.8/5) seems to be leveling off, down only a tenth from last week. Fox still won the night in 18-49 with a 3.9/9 but this time it barely edged CBS (3.2/9). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Hits High And ‘No Ordinary Family’ Has Promising Start

Nellie Andreeva

One note on last night before we run the numbers: I found the contrast between 8 PM and 10 PM pretty astonishing. 51.1 million viewers showed up to watch broadcast TV at 8 PM, with all series in the hour drawing decent-to-outstanding numbers. At 10 PM, the total broadcast audience dropped in half, to 26.9 million. In adults 18-49, the decline was even more dramatic, from 16.2 combined rating at 8 PM to a 6.7 at 10 PM when no series came nowhere near a 3 demo rating. Yes, the Wednesday 8 PM hour is becoming a big hour of TV viewing with a lot of solid choices and yes, there is a lot of DVR viewing at 10 PM but still, losing half of the broadcast TV audience from 8-10 PM is a little disconcerting.

No Week 2 slump for Glee. The red-hot sophomore Fox dramedy drew a 5.8 rating/16 share in adults 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall) with its Britney Spears-themed episode last night, up 4% from its season premiere and an all-time high. It also boosted the network’s new half-hour comedy Raising Hope (3.2/9), up 3% from last week’s premiere. The Greg Garcia sitcom is emerging as Fox’s best hope for a new fall series that could have legs, with Lone Star already gone and new comedy Running Wilde stumbling. In its second airing last night behind Hope, Running Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Rocks, Veterans Slip While Newcomers Fail To Impress

Nellie Andreeva

Gleemania continues as the Fox music dramedy returned strong for Season 2. But no Tuesday series really impressed. Fox’s new comedy Raising Hope (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 7.5 million) did the best, followed by fellow Fox half-hour Running Wilde (2.5/7, 5.9 million) and ABC’s cop drama Detroit 1-8-7 (2.4/7, 9.8 million). Here is a rundown network by network.

Thank gawd for Glee. After the disastrous premiere of Lone Star on Monday, the network got some much needed good news this morning as Glee drew a 5.5/16 among 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall in its return for Season 2. That was up 57% from last year’s fall premiere before the official start of the season. It is the series’ 2nd-highest episode ever, off .1 from the spring debut. Glee was by far the highest-rated program of the night in the 18-49 demo. But for Fox, which has been looking to successfully launch a live-action comedy series, the news was not as good at 9 PM with the premiere of its 2 new comedies.

Greg Garcia’s Raising Hope opened with a 3.1/8 at 9 PM. That was the highest-rated premiere for a live-action comedy on Fox since Back to You in the fall of 2007, but it doesn’t mean much as the network has only premiered 2 live-action comedies since: Brothers, which ran on the low-rated Friday night, and Sons of Tucson, which … Read More »

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The New York Television Festival To Premiere ‘Detroit 1-8-7′, ‘Running Wilde’

Nellie Andreeva

The New York Television Festival has announced the primetime lineup for its sixth annual event. Because of its September dates – this year it will take place from Sept. 20-25, overlapping the broadcast network’s premiere week – the festival regularly features premieres of new fall series. This year, the festival will open with the new ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 starring Michael Imperioli and will close with the new Fox comedy from Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett Running Wilde. Also featured at this year’s event are the premiere of IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with David Cross, the US premiere of BBC America’s miniseries “Luther” as well as screenings of NBC’s “Short Cuts” hosted by Greg Giraldo. Previous series premieres at the festival have included ABC’s Modern Family and Pushing Daisies and NBC’s Chuck. The festival, which once again will feature the IFC/MTV independent pilot competition and the Fox comedy script contest, takes place at the SVA Theatre and Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan.

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NBC Develops ‘Precinct’ With Lionsgate & Producers Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci

By | Monday August 23, 2010 @ 12:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lionsgate TV is making a return to broadcast TV ‘s primetime this fall with the new Fox comedy series Running Wilde, which it took over at the pilot stage. Now the company is staying active in network development with another broadcast project, 87th Precinct, which has received a script order at NBC. The drama, a character-based cop show, hails from Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci’s Lionsgate TV-based Olive Prods. State of Mind creator Amy Bloom is writing the script and is executive producing with Buscemi and Tucci.

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TCA: ‘Running Wilde’ Team Talks ‘Arrested Development’ Comparisons, Pilot Changes

Nellie Andreeva

If you wondered how long it took before first Arrested Development-related question at the Running Wilde panel came in, it was a couple of minutes. The comparisons are inevitable: new Fox comedy series Running Wilde was created by Arrested alums Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett and Jim Vallely and stars Arnett, with another Arrested actor, David Cross, recently joining the cast in a recasting.

“We very much loved Arrested Development, we miss it and that’s why we still want to make the movie, Hurwitz said, adding after the session that the script for the movie is halfway done. “But this is a different project, and it has a different set of rules to it.”

Addressing the fact that, with Wilde, he is looking to do a romantic comedy with wider appeal than the off-beat Arrested, Hurwitz confessed that “I have a fear of success…. a hope of it being cancelled,” but later added that he is “glad to be trying to make a show that attracts larger audience.”

Added Arnett, “We’re out of our comfort zone and we’re figuring it out.” Arnett, one of the current kings of dead-pan humor, was overshadowed on the panel by recent cast addition Peter Serafinowicz, who is sometime referred to “the British Will Arnett.” (Serafinowicz was recently upped to a regular after guest starring in the pilot.) One example: He followed Hurwitz’s praise of Fox’s support for the project with this take on the network: “It’s come such a long wasy since the days they just did documentaries about … Read More »

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David Cross vs. The Volcano: The Peculiar Story Behind The ‘Wilde’/'Arrested’ Reunion

Nellie Andreeva

davidcrossdaly_andrewBy now you may have already heard that David Cross is joining Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett’s new comedy series Running Wilde, bringing in another piece to the Arrested Development reunion that’s forming on the upcoming Fox half-hour series. But the story behind Cross’ casting is just as intriguing as it involves two actors, one second-position casting and one pesky Icelandic volcano.

Volcanic_eruptionCross was the original choice to play Andy, the radical environmentalist fiancé of Arnett’s love interest Emmy (Keri Russell). But just as filming on the Lionsgate TV-produced pilot was underway in April, Cross got stuck in the UK when the country’s airspace was closed as air travel in Northern Europe was severely disrupted by the eruption of Iceland’s now-infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. With Cross certain to miss the shoot, actor Andrew Daly was approached to step in and do the role in the pilot. Daly had just wrapped another comedy pilot, NBC’s The Paul Reiser Show, where he was a regular, so for him Running Wilde would’ve been in second position at best.
Here is how Daly describes the events in a post on aspecialthing.com:

So Mitch Hurwitz & Will Arnett asked if I would

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AFTRA Tops SAG In Primetime Next Season

Nellie Andreeva

SAG_logoAFTRA_LOGO_SLOGOOf the 38 new broadcast scripted series next season, only one, Fox’s comedy Running Wilde, chose to go with SAG in what has become a watershed moment in the primetime dynamic between AFTRA and SAG, with AFTRA overtaking SAG as the top actors union. For the first time, AFTRA will represent more scripted series on the broadcast networks next season than the field’s long-time dominant player SAG. There will be 45 AFTRA series on the air next season vs. 38 SAG shows. That is a big swing from last year when 48 series were under SAG and 26 under AFTRA. It is the result of a second consecutive freshman class on the broadcast networks dominated by AFTRA-represented shows.

Of the 38 new comedy and drama series picked up for next season at the 5 broadcast nets, 34 are under AFTRA jurisdiction and 4 are under SAG. Last year, there were 24 new series, 18 represented by AFTRA and 6 by SAG. But it’s important to note the SAG affiliation for the majority of new series repped by the union was not by choice but automatic because they were based on existing properties or spinoffs of existing SAG-represented series. Last year, that included all 6 SAG series: the remakes V and Eastwick on ABC, spinoffs NCIS: LA on CBS and The Cleveland Show on Fox and ABC’s comedy The Middle and Fox’s Glee, originally developed during previous cycles. (Glee was the result of off-cycle development.) This year, the list of SAG-represented new series include spinoffs Law & Order: Los Angeles on NBC and the untitled Criminal Minds spinoff on CBS, the Nikita remake on the CW as well as one brand new series, Running Wilde.

AFTRA had had limited presence on the broadcast networks’ scripted series, mostly courtesy of Sony TV, which has long been closely associated with the smaller actors union, producing all of its series under AFTRA. But the mass switch from SAG to AFTRA among all major TV studios began during last year’s pilot season. It was fueled by fears of a potential SAG strike and was helped by the studios’ transition from film to digital video (If a series is filmed on 35 mm, it can only be covered by SAG; if it’s shot on digital video, it can be represented by SAG or AFTRA). In 2009, broadcast pilots went to to 90%-plus AFTRA affiliation from 90%-plus SAG pilot representation the year before. This year, with no labor stoppage on the horizon, SAG was expected to regain pilot ground, especially with a more moderate leadership in place. In fact, new SAG president Ken Howard listed retention of coverage of network pilots as a top priority when he ran for office in the fall. But the TV studios overwhelmingly stuck with AFTRA, which dominated pilot season for a second straight year with more than 90% representation. Why? Studio insiders tell me AFTRA continues to be considered the safer, more stable alternative.

SAG still represents most returning series (34 vs. 11 for AFTRA) but two years of overwhelmingly more new series under AFTRA have undercut SAG’s dominance even in that area. While the larger actors union continues to represent the vast majority of returning series at ABC, Fox and CBS, at NBC and the the CW, the unions have almost equal representation: 57%-43% in SAG’s favor. “If AFTRA and SAG don’t merge, AFTRA will be the dominant player in primetime within a couple of years,” one industry insider told me.

The drumbeat has been growing louder for a merger between SAG and AFTRA, which tried to unite unsuccessfully in 1998 and 2003. The dramatic representation shift in primetime may serve as a catalyst for that. I hear actors who work in both film and television are becoming increasingly frustrated that they have to be represented by one union when they do a feature and another when doing a series. The same is true for TV actors who appear on both SAG and AFTRA series. By dividing their earnings between the two unions, some of them don’t qualify for health insurance through neither of SAG nor AFTRA, even though their total yearly income would’ve easily push them over the threshold at either union.

The SAG/AFTRA relations seem to be thawing: The two unions recently approved a joint bargaining agreement and have been holding joint Wages & Working Conditions meetings in preparation for negotiation of the AFTRA Exhibit A and SAG TV/Theatrical contract that expires on June 30, 2011. That date comes right after the next development cycle for the broadcast networks, which no doubt will make for an eventful pilot season next year.

Following are lists of new and returning broadcast series by actors union affiliation: Read More »

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Fox Unveils Fall Premiere Dates, Reruns To Succeed ‘Wanda Sykes’ On Saturday

Nellie Andreeva

foxlogo.thumbnailUPDATED: Fox is going with a very traditional fall rollout, premiering almost all of its series during the official premiere week. (The network used to be more adventurous in the past with early launches but, with shortened post-season baseball coverage, it has now reverted to more conservative premiere plans.) One interesting element in the Fox premiere dates announcement – the network is giving up, at least for now, original programming in late-night on Saturday for the first time in 16 years, opting for reruns of new series Lone Star and Running Wilde instead. Fox began programming the 11 PM-12:30AM block on Saturday nights in 1989 and has always aired originals in it except for the 1994-95 season when it repurposed HBO’s Tales From the Crypt before launching MadTV in the fall of 1995. Most recently, The Wanda Sykes Show aired Saturday nights in late night last season, before being cancelled in May. It replaced long-time staple MadTV. The reruns may be a temporary place holder while Fox looks for new original(s) to air against NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Saturday, September 11

8:00-8:30 PM: COPS (Season Premiere, 800th Episode)
8:30-9:00 PM: COPS (Encore Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 PM: HOUSE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM: LONE STAR (Series Premiere)

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