Global Showbiz Briefs: Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Tops BAFTA TV Craft Award Noms; More

Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels
Jesus of FoxFox International Channels President of Europe and Africa Jesus Perezagua has announced his departure. The exec has been at the company since 2003. He joined as managing director of FIC Spain and Portugal and in 2005 took over the company’s expansion plan in Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece. Perezagua became President of FIC Europe and Africa in 2011. He will step down from the role on April 30 but will continue to consult FIC. The search is on for a successor. Prior to FIC, Perezagua held posts at Iberian Channels and Online for Fox Kids Entertainment Espana and was Managing Director of Bandai Espana, a Japanese toy company specializing in TV marketing concepts. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘The Taste’ Adds Marcus Samuelsson As Season 2 Mentor

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 3:20pm PDT

ABC‘s The Taste has cooked up a new celebrity judge to replace Brian Malarkey, whose contract was not renewed in June. NY-based chef, restaurateur and author Marcus Samuelsson will join… Read More »

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Brian Malarkey Exits ‘The Taste’ As Judge, ABC Seeking Replacement

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 3:59pm PDT

The Taste will be returning with one less judge next season. While Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre are set to come back for another bite, ABC has decided not renew … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Premiere Slips, ‘The Taste’ Finale Hits Low, ‘Smash’ Up, ‘Body of Proof’ & ‘Off Their Rockers’ Hit Series Lows

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT

Like a reality TV bat out of Hell, Gordon Ramsey returned Tuesday for Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen (2.2/6). Taking over Fox’s primetime last night, the two-hour cooking competition premiere saw 20 aspiring restaurateurs putting forth their signatures dishes to Ramsey and, in a new twist this season, a live Las Vegas audience. It also saw the show slip 8% from its Season 10 premiere on June 4. However, last night’s Hell’s Kitchen garnered pretty much the same number of viewers with 5.4 million compared to last year’s 5.5 million, and it was the highest-rated show of the night in the adults 18-49 demographic. Fox won the night overall in the key demo, while CBS topped in total viewers with 11.15 million.

As one reality gastronomy series started up, another ended. After eight episodes, the first season of ABC’s The Taste (1.1/3) crowned a winner with Charlie Sheen’s private chef Khristianne Uy taking the top spot. The one-hour finale of the freshman show, which will see a Dancing With The Stars special in its slot next week, dipped 8% from last week to hit a series low. ABC started off the night with Celebrity Wife Swap (1.6/5), which rose 7% from the big drop-off its March 5 show saw from the previous week’s premiere. Falling 8% from last week, the struggling Body Of Proof (1.2/3) ended primetime for the network as it tied a series low.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Smash’ Crash In Season 2 Debut, ‘The Taste’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:34am PST

There was a bit of Broadway in primetime last night with NBC’s Smash (1.1/3) returning for its second season. However, it was a hard landing for the musical drama: The two-hour premiere was down 71% from its Season 1 debut on February 6, 2012. That premiere got a 3.8/10 among adults 18-49. Granted, the show didn’t have the powerhouse lead-in of The Voice it had last year, nor the Super Bowl promotion, but it cratered to 4.47 million viewers from the 11.4 million who watched last year’s first episode. Hitting a series low, Smash was also down 39% from the 1.8 rating it got for its May 14 season finale.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘New Girl’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Up, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Series Lows, ‘The Taste’ Falls

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 9:19am PST

It was a night of a lot of not-so-new chess pieces put in place on television Tuesday. With ABC and Fox having pulled shows from their schedule last week, last night saw their replacements debut. In its first week as a one-hour, The Taste (1.6/4) had a hard second week. The cooking competition show fell 24% from its two-hour premiere January 22. With Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 pulled from the schedule last week, ABC began the first week of its double shot of Happy Endings on Tuesday. The 9 PM (1.2/3) regular time slot broadcast dipped 8% from Happy Endings’ last original show on January 15. The replacement 9:30 PM (1.3/3) airing of Happy Endings was up from Apt. 23’s 1.1/3 of two weeks ago. Now that Private Practice is no more, ABC ended the night with a special primetime repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.2/3) from January 24 when the show was “hijacked” by Matt Damon. The indefinite pulling of Ben And Kate from Fox’s Tuesday comedy block last week meant that last night began with the first of several back-to-back episodes of Raising Hope. The 8 PM (1.7/5) was even with last week’s show but the 8:30 PM (1.5/4) replacement airing rose 25% from last week’s Ben And Kate in the same time slot. That wasn’t the only rise Fox saw on Tuesday. New Girl (2.5/7) was up 14% from last week and The Mindy Project (1.7/4) saw a rise of 13% from January 22. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Taste’ Debuts Solid, ‘Private Practice’ Ends Down, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Series Lows

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 9:10am PST

Tuesday saw the two-hour debut of ABC’s competitive blind-taste cooking reality series The Taste (2.2/6) With chef and soon-to-be CNN host Anthony Bourdain, UK cooking guru Nigella Lawson, Lubo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey as judges/mentors, the show pits teams of professional and amateur chefs against one another. Pulling 6.04 million viewers, The Taste was up 5% from Dancing With The Stars’ Season 15 premiere rating on ABC in the same time slot on September 25. After six seasons, Private Practice (1.5/4) came to its end last night on the network. Although up 25% from last week’s show for a season high, the series finale of the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff was down 17% from the 1.8/5 rating it got for its last season ender May 5.

Private Practice wasn’t the only finale on TV last night. NBC’s Parenthood (1.7/5) wrapped up its fourth season, down 11% from its last winter finale on February 28, 2012.

CBS was all repeats Tuesday with NCIS (1.7/5), NCIS: LA (1.7/4) and Vegas (1.1/3). The long-running series were all No. 1 in their respective time slots, with NCIS the most-watched show of the night with 12.73 million viewers. CBS won the night in overall viewers with 10.466 million; ABC won in adults 18-49. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jackie Chan, ‘The Taste’, ‘Inside The Gangsters’ Code’

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 10:36pm PST

Jackie Chan’s ‘Chinese Zodiac’ Grosses $130M In 2 Weeks
In its two weeks of release in China, Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac has grossed $116 million and another $14 million in other parts of Asia. As of January 6, CZ12, as it’s sometimes known, has also taken in $5.75 million in Malaysia, $3.67 in Singapore, $1.55 million in Thailand and $1.35 million in Vietnam, according to Film Business Asia. It has also grossed $1.38 million in Hong Kong, where it faced stiff competition from Hollywood titles including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables. It also has tallied roughly $600,000 in Taiwan since its release December 28. Later this month Chinese Zodiac is expteded to open in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and Russia.

CTV To Sample ‘The Taste’
Canada´s CTV has acquired broadcast rights to the U.S. version of The Taste. The ABC cooking competition show will be hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and premieres in primetime January 22. ABC ordered nine episodes of the show that sees Bourdain and Lawson head a panel juding home cooks and restaurateurs who train in teams with mentors. Red Arrow International has sales on the show that was created by Kinetic Content. Other sales of The Taste include FOX in India, Australia´s Nine Network and M6 in France. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Walking Dead’, Donald Trump, Plus Camerimage, ‘The Taste’

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 1:45am PDT

‘The Walking Dead’s International Premiere Eats Competition
The highest-rated non-sports telecast among adults 18-49 on all of U.S. television this fall was the third season premiere of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead. The international premieres weren’t too shabby either. Fox International Channels completed its weeklong rollout of the first episode of Season 3 with 8.5M viewers, up 20% on the Season 2 debut. The first episode of Season 3 premiered in 122 countries across Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, defeating all cable competition in its time period with total viewers, and in some cases also beating its broadcast competition. Among some of the key markets that outpaced last season’s start are Peru (up 155%); Chile (up 133%) and Australia (up 44%). Across Fox in Latin America, the show was number 1 among all Pay TV channels in the 18-49 demo, delivering double or triple ratings compared to the previous 6 weeks’ primetime channel average. Other strong territories included the UK, Poland and Spain, where the premier outperformed Fox’s primetime average in the market by 712%.

Donald Trump Tries To Stop BBC Airing Doc
Lawyers for Donald Trump reached out to the BBC two days before it was set to air Anthony Baxter’s documentary You’ve Been Trumped about the real estate mogul’s alleged bullying of residents near his golf resort in Scotland. The attorneys were trying to stop Sunday night’s BBC Two broadcast, claiming it was highly defamatory, biased and misleading, according to The Guardian. The Trump organization threatened to complain directly to British regulator Ofcom if the screening went ahead. But the BBC showed the doc anyway to about 1.1M viewers. The letter from Trump’s reps had also asked for a right of reply at the end of the broadcast. Trump International Golf Links exec VP, Sarah Malone, told The Guardian: “We totally denounce the BBC for further abandoning its own editorial integrity by blatantly refusing us a right of reply at the end of the broadcast.” Picking up on the unfolding – and unrelated – turmoil at the BBC, she added, “It just goes to show that recent criticism of the BBC’s lack of sound editorial judgment to be correct.” In reply, the BBC issued a statement: “You’ve Been Trumped is an award-winning Read More »

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