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NBC Developing Event Series About The Beatles From ‘The Tudors’ Team

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 4:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Beatles NBC SeriesEXCLUSIVE: The team that brought to the small screen the story of King Henry VIII is taking on another English royalty, this time in the world of rock & roll. I have learned that NBC is in early stages of development of an eight-episode event series about the Beatles that would tell the story of the greatest band of all time. The series will be written by The Tudors creator/executive producer silvermanhirstweinbergMichael Hirst who will executive produce with Tudors executive producers Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg. The project reunites the trio with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, who greenlighted The Tudors while he ran Showtime. The Beatles limited series is part of NBC’s push in event programming area that includes live productions like The Sound Of Music, miniseries like Rosemary’s Baby, and limited series like the 12-part Bible follow-up A.D.

nbclogoThere have been very few attempts to tell the story of the Liverpool quartet — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — on screen. The 2009 feature Nowhere Boy chronicled Lennon’s early years. The Fifth Beatle, a movie about the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, had been in the works with Peyton Reed attached to direct. Read More »

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Solid Start For Showtime’s Sunday Series

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s series were off to a good start last night. Leading the way was new racy drama Shameless, a remake of the acclaimed British series, which drew 982,000 at 10 PM (1.3 million overall for the 2 runs) to rank as the most watched Showtime drama series premiere in 7 years, since  Dead Like Me (1.11 million). It topped the debuts of The L Word (2004) – 936,000; The Tudors (2007) – 869,000; Dexter (2006) – 603,000.

Californication (848,000) at 9 PM delivered the dark comedy series’ best series premiere, topping the Season 3 premiere’s 821,000 which had the benefit of a Dexter lead-in. For the two airings combined, Californication averaged 1.12 million viewers.

At 9:30 PM, the showbiz-centric new comedy series starring Matt LeBlanc Episodes garnered 768,000 viewers (902,000 total), retaining 91% of its Californication audience. The premiere numbers are expected to get a boost from the pay cable network’s free cable and satellite previews this past weekend. The above numbers only factor in subscribers.

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BBC America Acquires ‘The Tudors’

By | Tuesday December 14, 2010 @ 11:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a series that will probably need more editing than The Sopranos on A&E. BBC America has acquired the basic cable rights to Showtime’s racy costume drama The Tudors. BBC America has picked up all 4 seasons of the show from CBS Television Distribution. The Tudors on BBC America will kick off with an all-day marathon of Season 1 and 2 episodes on January 16, with subsequent episodes running every Tuesday at 10 PM.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Dips In Week 2 & ‘Treme’ Ends Season 1

Nellie Andreeva

hbo_smallOn the heels of True Blood‘s renewal yesterday for Season 4, HBO released ratings for the Sunday second episode of the vampire drama’s current third season. True Blood drew 4.3 million viewers, down modest 14% from the heavily promoted and highly-rated season premiere the week before. The combined audience for the 9PM and 11PM showings of the episode was 5.6 million viewers. Meanwhile, freshman drama Treme quietly wrapped its first season on Sunday (it has already been picked up for a second season). The New Orleans-based series held only to a fraction of the True Blood audience at 10PM, averaging 931,000 viewers (1.4 million when the midnight rerun is added.) But again, with Treme, which was renewed right after the premiere, ratings were never a factor in the pickup decision. ”This is too good of a show and too important of a show not to invest in a second season,” HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo said at the time.

UPDATE: Over at Showtime, the series finale of The Tudors on Sunday drew 682,000 and 900,000 total for the two airings. That was 68% up from the last year’s Season 3 finale. Meanwhile, the debut of The L Word unscripted offshoot The Real L Word, which followed The Tudors finale, averaged a combined 487,000 viewers for its two telecasts.

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