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Lionsgate Acquires North American, UK Distribution Rights To Nicholas Sparks’ Novel Adaptation ‘The Choice’

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 11:42am PDT
Mike Fleming

sparkyEXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has acquired North American and UK distribution rights to The Choice, an adaptation of the 2007 Nicholas Sparks novel that has a script by Bryan Sipe, with Sparks, Theresa Park and Peter Safran producing. Production begins in the fall. The deal, which began percolating during the Cannes Film Festival market, is similar in construct to the deal that Paramount made for Story Of Your Life, and the $12 million deal The Weinstein Company made on The Lion. This is for less money, but Lionsgate basically has bought a fully developed film. It is the first time that Sparks has gone this route; he usually auctions his new fiction and gets millions in guaranteed fees. He wanted instead to incubate the project before shopping it, and take part as an investor in the film.

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The Choice tells the story of a long love affair that begins when Travis Parker and Gabby Holland first met as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. It spans a decade and traces the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events. Sparks’ The Best Of Me and The Longest Ride are currently in production. This is Lionsgate’s first project with the author, who with Park formed Nicholas Sparks Productions and recently acquired rights to make a movie on the life of Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Returns Lower But Helps CBS Win Night

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 9:11am PDT

Big Brother RatingsCBS’ Big Brother (2.6/8) returned for another summer last night with four vets of the show as this season’s coaches. Hosted by Julie Chen, the 14th season of the reality show was down 7% from last year’s season bow but marked the highest adults 18-49 number for its season premiere since February 2008. It drew 7.09 million viewers to rank as the night’s most-watched show. The network also aired reruns of The Big Bang Theory – at 8 PM (2.3/8) and 8:30 (2.8/9) — and Person Of Interest (1.2/4) and took the night in total viewers and the demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Duets’ Down Again, Premieres For ‘Saving Hope,’ ‘Take Me Out’ & ‘The Choice’

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 9:29am PDT

Thursday was a night of double premieres on Fox. The George Lopez-hosted dating show Take Me Out (1.3/5) started the evening at 8 PM. Rising significantly from its lead-in, the celebrity bachelor dating show The Choice (1.8/5) followed at 9 PM. In the same timeslot over on ABC, the two-hour Duets (1.2/4) was once again down. The third episode of the singing series fell 20% from last week, bring Duets its lowest ratings since its May 24 debut. On NBC, the debut of the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope (0.7/2) at 9 PM pulled in over 3.1 million total viewers.

NBC played repeats of The Office (0.6/2) and Parks and Recreation (0.6/2) at 8 PM and 8:30 PM. The CW had a new episode of Breaking Pointe (0.2/1) followed by a Vampire Diaries (0.2/1) repeat. At 10 PM, ABC had Rookie Blue (1.3/4), which was down a tenth from last week. NBC had Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/2), getting 3.2 million total viewers.

CBS had all repeats Thursday night. The 8 PM The Big Bang Theory (2.1/8) was the biggest draw of the night with over 8.1 million total viewers.  CBS was also the top network among adults 18-49 and, with an audience of 6.924 millions, in total viewers.

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Fox Greenlights Celebrity Dating Game Show ‘The Choice’

By | Wednesday May 2, 2012 @ 5:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The dating reality shows’ hot streak this summer continues with Fox’s The Choice, a six-episode celebrity dating series that feels like a dating version of The Voice or a cross between the NBC singing competition and The Dating Game. Hosted by So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley, the hourlong The Choice features eligible celebrities competing to find a match among a group of sexy singles… they can’t see.
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