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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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‘Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg Makes Directing Debut On ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 11:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has started production on his feature directorial debut We’ll Never Have Paris. Helberg wrote the script and will star, as well as co-direct with his … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Stephen Hawking Surprises At ‘Big Bang Theory’ Panel

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT

Special guests livened up Friday’s writers panel for CBSEmmy-nominated comedy The Big Bang Theory, which opened with a taped message from Season 6′s guest star Stephen Hawking. “I’m sorry I can’t be there — I got a flat tire,” he joked. “When I’m not playing Words With Friends with Sheldon, I’m thinking about the universe.” Shortly into the panel led by surprise moderator Melissa Rauch, who plays Bernadette on the show, cast member Johnny Galecki stepped up to the fan microphone in full Star Wars Boushh cosplay before joining the panelists onstage. The hourlong chat with showrunner Bill Prady and exec producer/showrunner Steve Molaro, co-executive producers Dave Goetsch, Steve Holland, Eric Kaplan and Jim Reynolds, supervising producer Maria Ferrari, and science consultant Dr. David Saltzberg, mostly kept to fan inquiries and personal geek anecdotes revealing the nerdy leanings of Big Bang Theory‘s creators. Read More »

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Comic-Con: First Look At Official ‘Big Bang Theory’-Themed Confab Bag

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 11:25am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: If you’re heading to Comic-Con next week, no need to pack a superhero cape — you’ll be getting one there. Well, actually it’s more like a comedy cape. CBS/WBTV’s hit … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Steady, Fox Wins Night, ‘Wipeout’ & ‘Motive’ Hit New Lows

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

There wasn’t an NBA Finals game last night like last Thursday, but there was still heat on Hell’s Kitchen (2.0/7). Up against a surprisingly strongly rated NBA Draft over on on ESPN, which ran well past primetime, the Gordon Ramsay series pitted past winners against this season’s final five. In the end no one was eliminated, and the series was even with its June 20 show in adults 18-49 and saw a 4% bump in total viewership to 5.4 million. That’s the best the cooking show has done in viewers this year since the 5.6 million who watched its Season 11 premiere May 23. Following Ramsay was the season finale of Does Someone Have To Go? (0.9/3). The workplace reality show where employees take over their companies and hand out pink slips started off unimpressively on May 23 and pretty much stayed there during its short run. Its season end was even with last week’s show, with a 5% rise in viewership to 2.3 million – less than half its Hell’s Kitchen lead-in. With Hell’s Kitchen the highest-rated show of the night, Fox won Thursday in the demo, with CBS pulling in the most viewers. The latter network’s 8 PM repeat of The Big Bang Theory was the most-watched show of the night with 7.87 million viewers.

CBS, NBC and the CW were all encores last night. Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Big Bang Theory’s Science

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 8:43pm PDT

Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor.

Undergrads from UCLA’s Honors Physics 1B — who take this class because ordinary physics just isn’t difficult enough — were in for a surprise when they took a field trip to Warner Bros. Studios to be part of the live studio audience for CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. The set always features whiteboards marked up with dizzyingly complex equations. And it took awhile for any student to notice that today’s equations were the solutions for the midterm exam they’d taken that day. As Big Bang physicist Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) might say: Bazinga! This visual gag was a lot like the continual pranks of Sheldon and his geeky pals on the show. But the man behind this in-joke was their professor, particle astrophysicist David Saltzberg, who also serves as science adviser on Big Bang.

Related: EMMYS: Comedy Series Overview

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EMMYS: Comedy Series Overview

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 4:38pm PDT

Michael Ausiello is Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.

The gap between Modern Family and the rest of the Emmy comedy field has been so wide that even an imperfect third season landed the ABC family comedy a third consecutive best series win last year. But Modern Family is wrapping another uneven season, and with its ratings slipping and challengers gaining on it, a fourth statuette is far from guaranteed. HBO’s Girls is coming off a Golden Globe win, there’s a growing sentiment that CBS’ Nielsen juggernaut The Big Bang Theory is past due to be recognized, and former best comedy series Emmy winner Arrested Development is back. Will Modern Family’s winning streak come to an end this year? Here’s our assessment of the show’s chances, as well as the rest of the contenders. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Does Someone Have To Go’ Drops In Week 2, Delayed ‘Mike & Molly’ Finale Low

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

If there was any doubt whether American viewers were interested in watching people getting pink slipped, the answer is no. Last night’s second episode of Fox‘s new reality series Does Someone Have To Go drew a … Read More »

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HBO, FX Lead Critics’ Choice TV Awards — But Where Are ‘Mad Men’, ‘Modern Family’?

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

Last year, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association might have helped fuel Homeland‘s surprise Emmy win by awarding its top drama prize to the then-rookie Showtime series. But with today’s announcement of nominees for its 3rd annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards, the group might make more noise with what it spurned than what it honored. HBO and FX lead the network tally with 21 and 19 noms, respectively, and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s American Horror Story each drew six to top all programs. However, a look at the Best Comedy and Best Drama races reveal some surprising omissions. Missing from the BJTA’s comedy series hopefuls are three-time defending Emmy champ Modern Family (supporting actress Sarah Hyland is the show’s lone nominee), along with recently wrapped perennial 30 Rock and, perhaps most glaringly, HBO’s hipster darling Girls. And conspicuously absent from the drama series combatants is four-time Emmy winner Mad Men, which also earned only a single nom, for lead actress Elizabeth Moss.

Related: EMMYS: Why The TV Academy Reversed Its Decision On Merging Longform Categories

Instead, vying for the Critics’ Choice Award for best drama are Homeland, HBO’s Game Of Thrones, PBS’ Downtown Abbey, CBS’ The Good Wife and AMC’s Breaking Bad — all of which also were nominated in the category last year — along with FX’s freshman The Americans. Up for best comedy are Modern Family‘s Wednesday night companion The Middle, landing its first major awards recognition, as well as Big Bang Theory, FX’s Louie, Fox’s New Girl, NBC’s Parks and Recreation and HBO Veep. (No sign of last year’s winner Community, led by new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio.) Netflix’s House Of Cards made an entrance into the awards circles with two acting noms, including one for star Kevin Spacey.

The awards will be handed out June 10 at the Beverly Hilton — not coincidentally during Emmy voting season. Parks and Rec‘s Retta will host. See the complete list of nominees, along with the breakdown of noms by show and network, after the jump: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘American Idol’ Hits All-Time Finale Low, ‘The Office’ Series Finale Up, ‘Scandal’ Finale Surges

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 9:34am PDT

UPDATE, 9:34 AM: Final American Idol finale numbers are in from Nielsen. While the show remains at an all-time low, it did see an expected adjustment upward. The 8-10:07 PM Idol garnered a 3.6 rating with 14.3 million viewers, which is down 44% in ratings from Season 11′s finale and down 33% in viewership. The show was up 24% from its May 8 episode.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:19 AM: Thursday saw a flurry of finales including American Idol (3.4/11) ending its 12th season with an all-time finale low and The Office closing its doors for good. Declaring a winner from the final two female contestants, the more than two-hour live Idol was down 47% in preliminary ratings from the 6.4/18 final numbers of Season 11’s finale on May 23, 2012. It’s the first Idol finale to have less than 20 million viewers. The show, which went nearly eight minutes over the hour and will likely be adjusted up in the final numbers, pulled in 13.61 million viewers from 8-10:07 PM last night. That’s nearly 8 million viewers less than the 21.5 million who watched last year’s season finale. For the first time ever, the Idol finale wasn’t even the highest-rated show of the night — the Season 6 finale of The Big Bang Theory (4.4/16) topped Thursday. Facing off in the 8-8:30 slot, Idol garnered a 2.8 in adults 18-49 against the CBS geek sitcom. Idol was also way down from the 6.0/16 rating and 17.93 million viewers of the Season 12 premiere on January 16. Thursday’s finale was up 28% in adults 18-49 over last week’s show and saw a bounce from the 11.6 million viewers who watched May 9. With 13.608 millon watching, Fox won Thursday in total viewers and adults 18-49. (See complete list of American Idol finale viewership and ratings numbers below)

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TV WEEKLY WARFARE: CBS Tops Demo & Viewers; ABC Rises & Fox Falls Among Adults 18-49

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 5:14pm PDT

“We’re very flattered when he called us ‘smug motherfuckers’, that means we’re winning. We’ll try to be a little bit more gracious but that’s hard for me as you know,” CBS boss Les Moonves said today in response to remarks Jimmy Kimmel made on Tuesday about the network’s No. 1 ranking this season. Moonves’ comments came just hours before CBS’ Carnegie Hall Upfront presentation where there was no shortage of chest thumping on display as the CBS President and CEO and others boasted about the network winning the season this year. Well, the 2012-2013 season is almost over, but Week 33 gave Moonves’ gang a little more that they’ll have to try to be less smug about. The second full week of the May sweep saw CBS once again No.1 in both viewers and among Adults 18-49 for the week of May 6 to May 12 with 9.349 million watching and a 2.0/6 and 2.6 million in the demo. That’s up from the 1.9/6 the network was tied with Fox in the key demo for the previous frame and a rise from the 9.218 million that were watching during the week of April 29 to May 5. Like the previous week, The Big Bang Theory was the top show in the demo with a 4.9. The May 6 airing of NBC’s The Voice was in second place with a 4.1. In terms of viewership, CBS had the top four shows of the frame with NCIS (17.558 million), BBT (16.304 million), NCIS: LA (13.176 million) and Person Of Interest (13.162 million). ABC’s Dancing With The Stars was No. 5 with 13.117 million viewers.

Related: Les Moonves Tells Advertisers That Media Would Be “Barren” Without Broadcast TV

Among viewers DWTS may have fallen from the No. 3 spot of the previous frame but ABC itself had a strong rise up to No. 2 last week. As CBS shifted into the top spots again this season, ABC wasn’t far behind in the key demo with a 1.9/6 and 2.4 million viewers in the adult 18-49 demo. That’s up solidly from the 1.6/5 of Week 32 and the first time that the network has been second this season since the week of March 25 to March 31. As ABC moved up, The Voice-beholding NBC, which ran three airings of the competition series last week, slipped into third with a 1.8/6 and 2.3 million in the demo. That result was almost the same as the frame before. Fox, on the other hand, took a fall from being tied for first place among adults 18-49 in Week 32 to fourth place with a 1.7/5 and 2.2 million among the 18-49s in Week 33. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Hits All-Time Low, ‘Scandal’ Rises, ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Two & A Half Men’ & ‘Office’ Hit Series Lows

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT

The first night of the May sweep had the NFL draft on ESPN and NFL Network and an almost full schedule of originals on the broadcast networks. Like previous years when pitted against the draft, which got a 4.6/8 on ESPN in metered markets, that led to a lot of lows for shows across the networks. Having said that, Thursday was particularly rough for American Idol (2.7/9), which hit an all-time low for any regularly scheduled Idol in the Fox series’ 12 seasons. In a much-teased surprise, no one went home on the one-hour results show but there were a lot fewer people watching: Idol was down 7% in adults 18-49 and viewership from last week’s fast nationals, and down 10% from April 18’s final numbers. The previous all-time low was a 2.8 rating March 28. Also on Fox last night, Glee (1.8/5) took a downward turn as well, falling 14% from its April 18 episode.

Back with a primetime full of originals for the first time in three weeks, CBS saw some of its biggest shows hit new lows. The Big Bang Theory (4.2/14) was down 19% from its last new show April 4, though it was the night’s most-watched show with 14.38 million viewers. Two And A Half Men (2.8/8) took a far steeper dive, off 28% from its last original three weeks ago to hit a series low. Person Of Interest (2.4/7) fell 11% from its April 4 episode to tie a series low, while freshman Elementary (2.0/6) dipped 5% to also hit a season low. Still, CBS won the night in total viewers and the demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Repeat Beats ‘Idol’ Head-To-Head In Viewers For 1st Time, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Down

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT

Last night’s American Idol (2.9/9) dipped 6% from last week’s fast nationals in the adults 18-49 demographic and was down 9% from last week’s final numbers. That left the Fox singing competition bested in total viewers for the first time ever by a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (3.0/10) on CBS. In the 8-8:30 PM slot, Big Bang pulled in 11.19 million viewers to Idol’s 11.03 million. Over the entire 8-9 PM hour, Idol garnered 11.9 million viewers who watched the live results show, which kicked off with a Donna Summer medley and included performances from alumni Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken, some inevitable bickering between judge Nicki Minaj with mentor Jimmy Iovine, and eventually one more contestant cut loose to get to the final four. With a two-minute overrun, Idol likely will see ratings rise in the final nationals later today.

Like last week, Fox had a new Glee (2.2/6) following Idol at 9 PM. Last week’s controversial school-shooting episode still lingered as the characters absorbed the incident, and the show dipped 8% from that April 11 episode. With a night full of repeats, CBS edged ahead of Fox to win Thursday in total viewers (9.248 million vs. 9.144 million), while Fox topped the night in the demo. Read More »

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TV Weekly Warfare: Fox Tops Ratings In Demo, CBS Wins Viewership

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 4:13pm PDT

Looks like American Idol and a dash of Gordon Ramsay still have ratings firepower. Even with the traditionally downward turn brought on by Daylight Savings, the combo of Idol’s live performances and the Season 11 premiere of Hell’s Kitchen kept Fox in the top spot among the networks in the key adults 18-49 demographic for the week of March 11. Fox garnered a 1.9/6 in the demo for the 25th week of the 2012-2013 season, and with March 13’s Idol coming in at #2, Fox had eight shows in last week’s Top 20. However, that rating was down from the 2.3/7 the network scored the week before and it barely squeezed out a win for the network. CBS and ABC were close behind, tied for second with a 1.7/5 two-tenths of a ratings point behind. (The tie was not the first such result this season — CBS and NBC tied for first in Week 10 with a 2.6 rating.)

Related: NBC Drops To Third In Season Network Ratings; Fox Moves Up & Wins Week
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Video Pirates Offer Pay TV Shows Within Three Hours: Analyst

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT

There’s so much current programming that’s available for free from online pirates that it “could put the whole [pay TV] ecosystem at risk,” Macquarie Equities Research’s Tim Nollen warns today. His report follows what he says was a “quick and dirty Google search” to see what he could find. To his surprise “practically everything that’s popular on TV can be found instantly” from torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and cyberlockers listed in Letmewatchthis.com. For example, he found episodes of FX’s Justified, TNT’s Dallas, AMC’s The Walking Dead, History’s Vikings, and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory less than three hours after they aired. He also was surprised by how slick some of these sites have become. “In terms of usability, it’s difficult to tell the difference between iTunes or Netflix and the smoothest-looking illegitimate sites.” About 70% of U.S. homes have broadband service, giving them the ability to download an hourlong show in about 42 seconds — and lots of people already use that power to watch shows for free. Pirate Bay is more popular among U.S. Internet users than sites from The Washington Post, Best Buy, and dating service Match.com. Read More »

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