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Chuck Lorre Scores Rare Four Top 20 Shows

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 4:53pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

lorreChuck Lorre already is the showrunner with most current series, four. Last week, the prolific producer scored a first for a showrunner when all four ranked in the Top 20 among adults 18–49 — something no writing producer had accomplished since the introduction of Nielsen electronic ratings measurement in 1991. Ironically, Lorre’s biggest series, The Big Bang Theory (5.2 Live+Same Day), which ranks as the No. 1 entertainment series among adults 18-49 this season, had its lowest weekly ranking of the season, No. 6, with Super Bowl Sunday programming taking the first five spots. Lorre’s Mike & Molly (2.6) was at No. 11, followed by freshman Mom (2.4) at No. 15 and veteran Two And A Half Men (2.0) at No. 17.

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CBS Adds More Bang To Thursday With Football, But ‘Big Bang’ Likely To Stay Put

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 11:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Probably no network would’ve benefited by a football boost on Thursday more than NBC, which has been struggling mightily on the night. Instead, the NFL’s Thursday primetime games went to the network that regularly wins the night, CBS, with the biggest scripted show on television, comedy The Big Bang Theory. By snatching half of the NFL Thursday package, CBS ensures thabigbangfootballt its Thursday lineup won’t have to face football on another broadcast network. The limited scope of the commitment — eight weeks, half of the length of Sunday Night Football on NBC — and its timing early into the TV season (NFL Network got the late-season games) are expected to have lesser impact on CBS’ Thursday schedule than SNF has on NBC. That means that Big Bang Theory, which has been anchoring CBS’ Thursday lineup since fall 2010, most likely will stay put.

Related: CBS And NFL Network To Offer Thursday Night Games

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712Two of the eight games will air before the beginning of the TV season, so CBS will launch its regular Thursday lineup at the beginning of November this fall. With networks more and more staggering their fall rollouts, that is not that late. (The CW has been employing an October fall rollout for the past couple of seasons.) CBS can use its fall-launch marketing dollars for the rest of the nights and then rely on football to hype its Thursday shows. I hear the promotional opportunity for the Thursday primetime football games was a big draw for CBS brass as they can get more eyeballs for the trailers of their new shows in the two weeks leading to the beginning of the season. Additionally, NFL football gives extra ratings muscle to a night where CBS already has been dominant and where advertisers traditionally love to spend premium dollars heading into the weekend. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Community’ & ‘The Taste’ Low In Season Debuts, ‘The Assets’ Premiere Weak, CBS Lineup Up In Return

By | Friday January 3, 2014 @ 9:21am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-assetsABC just can’t catch a break this season. After its new fall drama Lucky 7 tied NBC’s Ironside for the lowest-rated series debut this season with a 1.2 in adults 18-49, the network’s new limited series The Assets opened with a 0.7 at 10 PM last night. That would be the lowest-rated in-season drama series debut on the Big 4, eclipsing NBC’s Do No Harm (0.9), and is a ratings threshold that normally triggers cancellation, as was the case with Lucky 7. However, maybe in anticipation of calamity, ABC reclassified the eight-part Cold War series to a mini-series in the run-up to the premiere. And in its defense, The Assets does not hail from ABC’s entertainment division but ABC News as it is based on real-live events and didn’t get any marketing. The spy series — which is in the vein of FX’s The Americans but with no sexy Russian operatives — was preceded by the two-hour season premiere of ABC’s The Taste, which only did a bit better, 1.2, down 43% from its 8-10 PM series debut last season on Tuesday. Shockingly (or not), that was still good enough to beat NBC’s Thursday comedy block from 8-10 PM, which included the season premiere of Community.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Repeat Wins Thursday For CBS

By | Friday December 27, 2013 @ 9:37am PST
Nellie Andreeva

highclere_castleCBS’ The Big Bang Theory showed off its incredible ratings strength Thursday with a repeat on a dead night, drawing a 2.6 in adults 18-49 and 11 million total viewers — numbers that would be considered great for any original. With the hit comedy, CBS won the night (1.4, 6.5 million) that featured all reruns with the exception of a two-hour ABC News special on the real places and people that inspired Downton Abbey. It drew a 1.0 in 18-49 following Shark Tank (1.3), which posted its highest-rated repeat of the season. A rebroadcast of NBC’s The Women Of SNL special also drew a 1.3.

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‘Modern Family’ Ratings Mystery: Where Is The Syndication Bump On ABC?

By | Tuesday December 24, 2013 @ 9:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Modern FamilyLast week, the latest numbers for Modern Family‘s freshman run in syndication came out. The Emmy winning ABC comedy, which airs on USA and in broadcast syndication, hit new combined highs in all key measures, including households (5.1), Adults 18-34 (3.1) and Adults 18-49 (3.1). Modern Family now ranks as the No.2 program in all of syndication among 18-49 behind The Big Bang Theory (3.4) and is No.1 in 18-34. At the same time, the season to date rankings for all broadcast programs came out, and Modern Family is averaging 5.0 in 18-49 in 18-49 through the first 12 weeks of the season (in most current ratings that include DVR playback). That is not bad, as Modern Family is tied with NBC’s The Blacklist for No.3 in 18-49 behind Sunday Night Football (7.9) and Big Bang (6.8). But vs. the same 12 weeks last season, Modern Family is down 21%. That despite the show’s solid start in syndication. Read More »

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The Quiet Before The Storm: Warner Bros TV Readies Offers To ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Cast, In Talks With CBS For New 3-Year Deal

Nellie Andreeva

For long-running series, time is usually not on the side of the cast when they have Big Bang Theory Contract Negotiationsto negotiate new deals because ratings inevitably erode as shows get older. But that will not be the case with CBSThe Big Bang Theory, which, in Season 7, is still at its peak. Things are quiet and there has been no movement yet on the actors, but I hear producing studio Warner Bros TV will likely go out to the three leads — Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco – after the first of the year. The contracts of the trio, along with original cast members Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are up at the end of this season, as is CBS’ deal for the show with WBTV. I hear the studio and the network have started discussions about a new license fee deal. Like the last one, I hear the renewal will likely be for three seasons, which means the studio and the network would likely try to lock in Galecki, Parsons, Cuoco, Helberg and Nayyar for the same term. (Big Bang‘s other regulars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, recently closed new deals.) Like the last time, in 2010, Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco are expected to go first, followed by Helberg and Nayyar. (The former three are repped by the same law firm, Hansem, Jacobson, Teller, and are expected to negotiate together.)

Related: ’Big Bang’ Stars Score Huge Paydays After Hardball Bargaining

There is no doubt about it — both the license fee and cast deals will be huge. After all, Big Bang Theory is the biggest show on broadcast television. The comedy is running neck and neck with NBC’s Sunday Night Football for the highest-rated program this season adults 25-54, averaging a 8.6 in the most current ratings to SNF’s 8.8. The way Big Bang has separated itself from the pack is staggering. Among adults 18-49, Big Bang averages a 6.8, with the next three series — NBC’s Blacklist (5.0), ABC’s Modern Family (5.0) and NBC’s The Voice (4.9) — almost two rating points behind.

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712In May 2010, a day after CBS announced Big Bang‘s move to Thursday 8 PM from its protected Monday 9:30 PM berth, I wrote a column, Is ‘Big Bang Theory’ The Next ‘Friends’? At the time, I felt the multi-camera comedy about a group of friends held the promise to become as successful as its NBC predecessor in the Thursday 8 PM slot. Big Bang has more than delivered on that promise. It is even more dominant than Friends was in its heyday, positioning itself to contend for the type of blockbuster deals Friends – produced by the same studio, WBTV — landed in its last major renegotiation for Season 9. At the time, WBTV broke a record for the highest license fee scored by a half-hour series when NBC agreed to pay $7 million an episode. Read More »

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TBS Snaps USA’s Yearly Streak With Demo Viewers, But ‘Walking Dead’ Is King Of The Cable Universe In 2013 (GALLERY)

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST

UPDATED: TBS will snap USA’s seven-year winning streak among 18- to 49-year-old viewers for 2013, though TBSlogoUSA will hang on to its title as the most-watched ad-supported basic cable network for an unprecedented eighth year. Nielsen stats say that with days to go in the calendar year, USA also has maintained its lead with viewers 25-54 viewers for the year, and TBS will edge USA to claim its second yearly win with 18- to 34-year-olds.

USANetwork_logoThat said, neither network can boast a single original prime time series in the Basic Cable Top-10 Ratings Hit Parade — in any of these metrics. AMC’s The Walking Dead and A&E’s Duck Dynasty were the prettiest dresses in the basic-cable shop in 2013. Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty are the No. 1 and No. 2 original primetime series for the year, respectively, in total viewers, 25-54, 18-49, 18-34, and 12-34. Overall, The Walking Dead averaged 16.16 million viewers in 2013, with Duck Dynasty at 13.37 million, followed closely by History’s The Bible at 13.2 million.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Winter Finale Draws 12.1M Viewers

USA will average 2.75 million viewers for the year, followed by Disney Channel‘s 2.49 million, History‘s 2.16 million, TNT‘s 2.13 million, TBS’ 2.07 million, and ESPN‘s 2.05 mil. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s’ Finales Rise, ‘Vampire Diaries’ & ‘Reign’ Flat

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 9:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

KERRY WASHINGTONNot even a ratings monster like NBC’s The Sound Of Music could stop ABC‘s hot drama Scandal, which managed to post a week-to-week increase against the NBC special last Thursday. In its fall finale last night, the soapy thriller (3.2 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers) was up again, by 7% in 18-49 and by 12% in viewers, to post two-month highs in both categories. Scandal again ranked as the second-highest-rated program of the night behind CBS The Big Bang Theory, building on its lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy. The veteran ABC medical drama (2.7, 8.5 million) rebounded from taking a hit against The Sound Of Music last week, up  17% in 18-49 and 20% in total viewers. Vs. last year’s fall finale, Grey’s was down 7% in the 18-49 demo but up 4% in viewers. Grey’s once again was a self-starter, as its lead-in, Once Upon A Time In Wonderlanddrew only a 0.9 and 3.5 million viewers to finish flat week-to-week and tied a series low.

Also closing their fall runs were the CW’s The Vampire Diaries (1.0) and Reign (0.6), which both slipped against the NBC musical last Thursday. Neither quite recovered, both finishing even with their 18-49 ratings from last week, but Reign gained 12% in total viewers (1.86 million) to log its most-watched episode since the premiere.

After the ratings fireworks last week with The Sound Of Music, NBC went back to normal on Thursday with ratings around 1 in 18-49. The Sing-Off (1.4) did the best, despite dropping 22% from its Wednesday telecast. It actually matched the strongest ratings any NBC regular Thursday series has delivered this fall since Week 2 of the season. The Sing-Off also topped Fox’s The X Factor (1.2) for a second straight night and gave a small boost to Sean Saves The World (1.0), which was up a tenth in his return after two weeks off. The Michael J. Fox Show (0.9) and Parenthood (1.2) were flat with their most recent originals. X Factor was down 14% from last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Bests ‘Sound Of Music’ In Demo

Sound Of Music Ratings NBC2ND UPDATE, 3:40PM: No one can deny that Thursday was a good night for NBC’s live The Sound Of Musicbut final numbers are in and a figuratively louder show took the top spot after all. Previously tied with Music at a 4.6 in adults 18-49 in fast nationals, The Big Bang Theory saw a two-tenths rise to 4.8/14 to win the demo. The Sound Of Music remained the most-watched show of the night with 18.6 million viewers. Fox’s The X Factor also saw a rise from 1.3/4 to 1.4/4, and ABC’s Scandal went down a tenth from 3.1/8 to 3.0/8.
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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: The CW Tops NBC From 8-10 PM In 18-49 For First Time

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 2:05 PM: The CW’s The Vampire Diaries (1.3 in 18-49) held onto its fast national rating, and Reign (0.7) was down 0.2 due to an NFL pre-emption, but the network still averaged 1.0 in adults 18-49 for the night — beating NBC head-to-head from 8-10 PM on Thursday for the first time with regularly scheduled programming. NBC averaged 1.0 from 8-11 PM but 0.9 from 8-10 PM. Adjusted down were both Fox series — The X Factor (1.5, up .2 from last week) and Glee (1.4, flat) — while Big Bang went up a tenth. With the Latin Grammy Awards, Univision drew 4.6 million total viewers, 2.4 million of them adults 18-49, to finish No. 3 for the night behind CBS and ABC.

PREVIOUS, 10 AM: Is there a more lopsided time slot on TV than Thursdays 8 PM? CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (5.2 in adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week’s fast national) beat the other four shows in the half-hour combined by 11%. And that is with Fox and the CW getting a boost from NFL pre-emptions and before Big Bang gets its customary .1 Live+same day bump. CBS’ freshman comedies also got a week-to-week boost last night, 8% for The Millers (2.8) and 5% for The Crazy Ones (2.2), along with drama Elementary (1.8, up 13%), while Two And A Half Men (2.1) was flat. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CW Now A Force On Thursday As ABC, NBC & Fox Struggle At 8

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last week, the CW’s The Vampire Diaries for the first time topped an original The X Factor in adults 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.2), also finishing way ahead of ABC’s Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9) in the hour. Last night, the CW (1.3) topped both ABC (0.9) and NBC (1.2) in the 8 PM hour for the second time this fall and is currently running a tenth behind Fox (1.4) a deficit it could erase by the end of the day if it is adjusted up in the finals like it did last week. With ABC’s Wonderland a non-starter, NBC’s Thursday comedy block in a state of collapse and Fox’s The X Factor getting there with its big ratings erosion this season — all while the CW’s Vampire Diaries is going strong — the 8 PM hour has a new dynamic this season. There is still the CBS dominance, fueled by The Big Bang Theory, plus what now is a four-way race for second place in adults 18-49 among ABC, NBC, Fox and yes, the CW. (Univision also factors in that race on the Spanish-language side). Vampire Diaries, which has benefited from the series’ recent exposure on Netflix the way Breaking Bad grew stronger on AMC after viewers discovered it on the streaming service, is holding up well against the biggest comedy series on television much like the WB’s Gilmore Girls did against Friends years ago. Read More »

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UPDATED: CBS’ ‘Hostages’ Audience Now Nearly 16 Mil, Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ At 26.4 Mil, And Other 30-Day Viewing News

UPDATED, 9 AM: Broadcast network Premiere Week numbers for 30-day multi-platform playback on DVR, VOD, online, etc. are out, confirming that overnight Nielsen ratings are now very preliminary reads and the broadcast networks got off to a much better start this season than originally reported. CBS weighed in this morning, reporting that the overall audience for the premiere episode of new Monday drama Hostages initially reported at a disappointing 7.41 million viewers, based on Nielsen fast nationals issued the next morning — now stands 15.54 million strong. That’s a jump of 110% with the 30-day multi-platform playback factored in. Similarly, the opening audience for Chuck Lorre’s new CBS comedy Mom jumped 72%, from 7.99 million viewers, to 13.77 million. And the crowd for the opening night of David E. Kelley’s new Robin Williams comedy The Crazy Ones now stands at nearly 24 million viewers, after growing 52% over the 30 days.

Related: ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘The Millers’ & ‘Mom’ Get Full Season Orders

Fox, which launched new series before Premiere Week, had already reported 30-day multi-platform total audiences for the majority of its premieres delivered lifts of 80% to 108% versus the series’ same-day deliveries. Fox’s premiere of Sleepy Hollow on September 16 soared 108% to 26.4 million viewers across Live, DVR, VOD and streaming on Hulu.com and Fox.com. Brooklyn Nine-Nine climbed 97% to 14.6 million viewers across platforms. Returning New Girl and The Mindy Project snagged lifts of 80%. Fox also noted a 76% increase in viewing of its in-season shows on Hulu than at same point last season (34.3 mil views vs. 19.5 mil).

Related: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Gets Full Season, Post Super Bowl Slot
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‘Modern Family’ Syndication Launch Best-Rated With Women In More Than Decade

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 1:53pm PDT

Modern Family debuted at No. 1 with women among all syndication premieres in more than a decade, distributor Twentieth Television noted today, citing Nielsen’s newly-released stats. The ABC comedy, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, debuted at No. 2 in households among all syndication premieres over the same period, with a 4.1 household rating — behind only The Big Bang Theory‘s fall of 2011 syndication launch (4.5). The numbers reflect the comedy’s launch both in broadcast and cable syndication. Here’s the announcement: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Sets Premiere Record, ‘The Crazy Ones’ Opens Strong, Tops ‘Michael J. Fox Show’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: The finals Live+same day are in, and the 8:30 PM episode of The Big Bang Theory went up to 20.44 million viewers, an all-time high for the series. Its demo numbers also were adjusted up, to a 6.1 in 18-49 (for the 8:30-9 PM half hour).

PREVIOUS: It may have lost out on the best comedy Emmy on Sunday, but last night The Big Bang Theory proved it is the biggest entertainment show on broadcast television and, in Season 7, shows no signs of slowing down. The hourlong season premiere of the comedy juggernaut was its biggest ever, drawing a 5.6 rating in adults 18-49 — up 17% from its 18-49 fast national last year when the opener was a half-hour — and 18.3 million viewers. CBS doubled up on its flagship comedy to boost newbie The Crazy Ones, and it worked. The series starring Robin Williams drew a 4.0 in 18-49 and 15.6 million viewers to rank as the most watched series premiere so far this season and deliver CBS’ best 18-49 rating in the half-hour in almost four years (11/12/09, CSI). The Crazy Ones also handily won the hyped Robin Williams vs. Michael J. Fox face-off (4.0 vs. 2.1, 18/3 million vs. 7.2 million). CBS achieved its goal of expanding its Thursday comedy block to two hours with one caveat: veteran Two And A Half Men (2.9, 11.5 million) performed below par, down 17% from last season’s debut as the show established its new dynamic last night by introducing Charlie Harper’s long-lost daughter. The 11th season premiere was the lowest rated ever for the comedy, though it maybe a bit early to sound the cancellation alarm as familiar shows, especially comedies, tend to draw back viewers once the sampling of new shows is over. At 10 PM, Elementary‘s trip to London for the second season premiere resulted in a 2.1 18-49 rating, down a big 32% from the series premiere last year, which faced Scandal instead of Grey’s Anatomy.

Related: Chuck Lorre’s ‘Big Bang’ Emmy Speech Read More »

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Chuck Lorre’s ‘Big Bang’ Emmy Speech

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 7:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Coming off its highest-rated and arguably its strongest season creatively, The Big Bang Theory, which nabbed the Critics Choice TV Award in June, was a prime contender for the best series Emmy on Sunday. It wasn’t to be, with Modern Family repeating as a winner for a fourth time, but you can’t blame co-creator/exec producer Chuck Lorre for going prepared (or maybe he jotted down a few notes just in case after dark horse winner Merritt Wever’s train-wreck onstage appearance). At the end of Big Bang‘s seventh season premiere last night, Lorre posted “The Emmy Speech That Stayed In My Pocket.” It includes reminders to breathe and not cry and lists the people he didn’t want to forget thanking — the TV Academy, the fans, CBS‘ Leslie Moonves and Nina Tassler, Warner Bros’ Peter Roth and PR team Tammy Golihew and Susan Kesser, the cast, the crew, the writing staff including new showrunner Steve Molaro, and guest star Bob Newhart, who won his first Emmy this year for his guest role on Big Bang. The show itself wasn’t meant to score its first Emmy on Sunday (it brought home another award for star Jim Parsons). But there is time. Many hit multi-camera comedies had to wait a long time for their first best series Emmy. Everybody Loves Raymond was first recognized after Season 7, Friends after Season 8. So Lorre may want to … Read More »

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‘Big Bang’ Co-Stars Mayim Bialik & Melissa Rauch Get Major Salary Bumps As Show Faces License Fee & More Cast Negotiations

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mayim Bialik Melissa Rauch Big Bang TheoryEXCLUSIVE: The newest additions to the cast of CBS‘ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory have scored nice salary bumps. I’ve learned that Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch — regulars on Big Bang since fall 2010 having started off as guest starring-turned-recurring players on the popular comedy — have both renegotiated their current salaries, which have been in the $20,000-$30,000 range per episode. No one is commenting but I hear the duo will be making about double that, in the neighborhood of $60,000, this coming season, with their pay steadily increasing every year to reach close to $100,000 an episode by the end of their contracts. As a result of the renegotiation, I hear Bialik and Rauch, who play Sheldon and Howard’s brainy better halves Amy and Bernadette, respectively, also have added a year to their current deals.

The Bialik/Rauch deal is the first in what is going to be a big season behind-the-scenes at Big Bang, which, six years into its run, is firing on all cylinders creatively and commercially. Over the next eight months, Big Bang faces license fee negotiations as the series is currently renewed by CBS through this season, as well as contract negotiations with the entire original cast, whose deals also are all up at the end of this season. With the series doing so well and eying a potential strong showing at the Emmys this weekend, none of these is going to be easy. Like the salary renegotiations in 2010, leads Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco are expected to negotiate in one group and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar in another. Observers expect Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco, currently at $350,000 an episode, to land north of $500,000 when it’s all said and done. Read More »

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Emmy Comedy Contenders

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 4:14pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV host Melana Scantlin about the likely winners in key comedy segments in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys, including whether defending champ Modern Family can stave off The Big Bang Theory and other contenders for its fourth straight win as Best Comedy Series.

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EMMYS: Comedy Series Overview

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

With every passing year, it becomes tougher for a winning show like ABC’s Modern Family to take home the biggest Emmy prize. Family is trying to win its fourth consecutive series statuette, something that NBC’s 30 Rock couldn’t manage after winning three in a row from 2007-09. Standing in the show’s way this time is a formidable quintet headed by FX’s Louie as well as 30 Rock, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (trying to win for the first time in its third nomination) and a pair of one-word HBO longshots: Veep and Girls. It’s noteworthy that the show that could perhaps have given Family the most trouble, the Netflix reboot of Arrested Development, failed even to land a nomination. However, cable series earned three of the six category slots.

Related: EMMYS: Drama Series Overview

THE BIG BANG THEORY

This season was chock-full of special moments, including one in which Sheldon (Jim Parsons) spanks Amy (Mayim Bialik) and another featuring a guest appearance by Bob Newhart. Upsets happen, and you just never know. It’s tough for a show to win for the first time in its sixth season. Too tough, in this case. It’s tougher still for a series from the stable of creator Chuck Lorre, who gets less respect than he should as one of television’s most successful producers. Read More »

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TCA: CBS Adds Extra ‘Big Bang Theory’ To Bolster Robin Williams Comedy For Battle With Michael J Fox

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 7:45am PDT

CBS has changed slightly its Premiere Week plans and will launch its Thursday with two back-to-back original episodes of The Big Bang Theory, from 8-9 PM on September 26, in an effort to drive the biggest possible audience into the premiere of Robin Williams/David E. Kelley comedy The Crazy Ones at 9 PM that night. CBS’ move is bad news for NBC’s new The Michael J. Fox Show, which is debuting at 9 on the first Thursday of the season opposite The Crazy Ones. CBS announced this morning at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 that, to accommodate the extra Big Bang Theory episode, it will push the premiere of  the net’s new Thursday 8:30 PM comedy, the Will Arnett-starrer from Greg Garcia The Millers, by one week; it will unveil in Thursday, October 3 in its regular timeslot. CBS was the first broadcast network to announce its 2013-14 TV season premiere plans back in mid-June, with virtually all of its programs rolling out during the traditional Premiere Week, as is the network’s habit.

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