NBC, the first broadcast network to announce its fall schedule at the upfronts, today became the first to unveil its fall premiere dates exactly two weeks after its upfront presentation. This has got to be a record for the earliest premiere dates announcement in recent years. No major surprises, with veteran The Biggest Loser as the sole entertainment program to launch before the official start of the broadcast season. NBC will roll out the bulk of its fall schedule during the official premiere week of September 22. However, Biggest Loser and The Voice’s Tuesday edition will air in two-hour broadcasts for the first few weeks, pushing the debut of NBC’s hourlong Tuesday and Thursday comedy blocks to October. NBC also is keeping its tradition of launching the Friday genre block just before Halloween. As announced at the upfronts, new drama State Of Affairs is slated to replace The Blacklist on Mondays on November 17 as Blacklist prepares for a potential move to Thursdays following its big showcase after the Super Bowl.
NBC FALL 2014 PREMIERE DATES
(all times ET)
THURSDAY, SEPT. 4
8-11 PM – SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Green Bay at Seattle)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 7
7-8:20 PM – FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:20-11:30 PM – SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Indianapolis at Denver)
THURSDAY, SEPT. 11
8-10 AM – THE BIGGEST LOSER
MONDAY, SEPT. 22
8-10 PM – THE VOICE
10-11 PM – THE BLACKLIST
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Netflix Execs Headed Back To France For More Expansion Talks
Last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the company was eyeing “substantial” European expansion in 2014. His comments came a little more than a month after execs from the streaming service met with staff of French President François Hollande to discuss an entry into France. According to local media reports, Netflix execs now are due to return to France to meet with industry folk within the next week. Pascal Rogard, head of authors’ rights group the SACD, told Le Figaro that the situation is coming into focus with a possible launch later this year. Netflix is available in 41 countries including France’s neighbors to the north such as the UK, the Netherlands and the Nordic region. A French launch has been rumored over the years, but moving into the fiercely protected territory is ornery in part due to a complex film-windows chronology that prohibits movies from appearing on monthly SVOD services until three years after a theatrical release. There is no such protection for TV series, but Netflix’s House Of Cards already airs on local pay-TV leader Canal Plus, which would see the service’s arrival as competition. In a conversation with analysts, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos was asked last week whether the service would be out of certain markets with its key originals because it had already sold them to local providers. “It depends,” he said. “There’s multiple windows, and we’ll continue to have those negotiations as we get closer to those launches.” It’s expected that should Netflix enter France, it would have to adhere to obligations to invest in local content. Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti told Le Journal du Dimanche this weekend, “Netflix should be an additional player, not a stowaway.” It’s also believed that Netflix is eyeing a move into Germany. With regard to expansion, MoffettNathanson Research’s Michael Nathanson said last week that “it remains difficult to figure out the ultimate size and value of Netflix’s international opportunity” due to the company’s “undisclosed new market entries, minimal transparency and continual reinvestment.” Read More »
After a 21-year run on NBC‘s Days of Our Lives, actress Alison Sweeney is departing the soap, she announced on Ellen. She’s played the role of Samantha “Sami” Brady (at times Sami Brady Reed, Walker, Roberts, DiMera and Hernandez) since joining the show in 1993 at age 16 and played the scheming character from teenager to adult. During her two decades on the soap Sweeney won five Soap Opera Digest awards and a Daytime Emmy for the role, becoming one of Days‘ best-loved villains. In 2007 Sweeney also took over as host on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. ‘I’m celebrating my 21st year, and I decided it’s going to be my last year on the show,” she told Ellen DeGeneres, saying she hopes for Sami to have a “twisted Breaking Bad ending.”
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
NBC’s The Biggest Loser takes on childhood obesity when the show returns this month. And at today’s TCA panel, the show’s trainers told TV journalists that no child would be subjected to an on-camera weigh-in. Nor will the younger set have to compete to stay on the show. “You are never going to see our kids on our scale, “ said trainer Bob Harper. In working with children, he said, “What we do will be the exact opposite of what we do with our adults.” Panelist Joanna Dolgoff, a pediatrician and child obesity expert, confirmed after the panel that the kids will still be weighed off-camera as part of a “healthy eating” program. Adult contestants will still have public weigh-ins and have to compete to stay in the running, said Dolgoff.
Trainers Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince, appearing on the panel with Dolgoff, host Alison Sweeney and executive producers Eden Gaha and Dave Broome, took a hard line on adult participation. When asked if routine fainting and vomiting suggests the trainers might be pushing their weight-loss hopefuls too far, Michaels replied with a blunt “no.”
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NBC’s The Biggest Loser is bringing something old and something new for its upcoming 14th season. Jillian Michaels, who left the show after Season 11 last year, will be back as a trainer for the upcoming season, which will deal with childhood obesity by featuring kid participants (ages 13-17) for the first time in addition to adult contestants. Michaels will join returning trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Season 14, which kicks off in January, will also feature special celebrity guest stars. For the first time since its launch, The Biggest Loser was not on NBC’s fall schedule. The network brass in May said they wanted to give the long-running series time to reboot in the face of declining ratings. That includes the return of one of the show’s most recognizable stars, Michaels, whose replacement, Anna Kournikova, lasted one season. Read More »
The daytime savings time continues to hammer 8-10 PM shows. Last night TV usage was down 6.5% from 8-10 PM, with the biggest decline, 11%, from 8-8:30 PM. Airing in that half hour, Fox’s Raising Hope (1.8/6) was down 14% from last week. At 8:30 PM, I Hate My Teenage Daughter (1.3/4) was down 19%. The losses carried over to New Girl (2.7/7), down 10%, and Breaking In (1.5/4), down 12% from its ho-hum second-season premiere last week.
ABC put a Last Man Standing rerun (1.3/4) in the most affected by the clock change 8-8:30 PM time period. At 8:30 PM, the special “Scrubs episode” of Cougar Town (1.4/4), featuring actors from Bill Lawrence’s previous series, was down 7%, while The River (1.3/4) fell 13%. Both posted series lows. At 10 PM, Body Of Proof (1.4/4) was steady, matchig its most recent original.
Also flat was NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.0/9 from 8-9:30 PM). It was followed by the debut of Fashion Star, which managed a so-so 1.6/4, below the recent outings of dramedy Parenthood, which it replaced. With CBS in repeats, that was still good enough for a No.1 finish at 10 PM. NBC also had a rare No.1 finish for the night in 18-49, tied with Fox and CBS, which aired repeats. Both of CW’s dramas, 90210 and Ringer, fell a tenth of a rating point.
ABC’s new series Work It didn’t set the world on fire in its premiere last night, but it didn’t crash and burn either. The cross-dressing comedy opened with a 2.0/5 among adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers. That was down 17% in 18-49 from the premiere in the time slot of the now defunct Man Up!, but in terms of retaining the Last Man Standing lead-in, Work It! did actually a little better than Man Up! with 83% vs. 80%. Of course, matching the performance of a swiftly canceled series is not that reassuring. Last Man Standing (2.4/6) was up 9% in 18-49 from the series low it posted with its most recent original three weeks ago. In its regular slot premiere, Celebrity Wife Swap (2.2/5) was down 8% from its preview behind The Bachelor on Monday, while Body Of Proof (1.5/4) tied the series low rating it posted with its last original four weeks ago. Read More »