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63RD PRIMETIME EMMY NOMINATIONS

The nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards from the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences were presented live this morning by celeb hosts Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). The ceremony took place at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live coast to coast on Sunday, September 18th (8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT) on Fox and will originate from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The awards will be produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jane Lynch.

Nominations by network/channel: HBO – 104, CBS – 50, NBC – 46, PBS – 43, FOX – 42, ABC – 40, AMC – 29, Showtime – 21, Comedy Central – 11, ReelzChannel – 10, Starz – 9, History – 7, FX Networks, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network – 6

Nominations by show: 21 Nominations, Mildred Pierce; 19 Nominations, Mad Men; 18 Nominations, Boardwalk Empire; 17 Nominations, Modern Family; 16 Nominations, Saturday Night Live; 13 Nominations, Game Of Thrones, 30 Rock; 12 Nominations, Glee; 11 Nominations, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Too Big To Fail; 10 Nominations, American Idol, The Kennedys; 9 Nominations, 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Cinema Verite, The Good Wife; 8 Nominations, So You Think You Can Dance; 7 Nominations, The Amazing Race, American Masters, Dancing With The Stars, Gettysburg, The Pillars Of The Earth; 6 Nominations, The Borgias, The Killing, Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece); 5 Nominations, The Big Bang Theory, Dexter, … Read More »

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Terrence Howard To Join ‘Law & Order: LA’

Nellie Andreeva

Terrence Howard is boarding NBC’s upcoming Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles, joining Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll.

Howard will play a new Deputy D.A. who will work alongside Deputy D.A. Morales (Molina). Howard and Molina will be splitting the workload, each appearing roughly in the half of the episodes thus allowing the show to land big feature names and the actors to stay active in movies.

Ulrich and Stoll play Detective Rex Winters and TJ Jaruszalski. Production on LOLA is slated to begin on Aug. 2 for a Sept. 22 premiere.

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TV Ageism: 40-Yr-Olds Now Declared ‘Old’

By | Wednesday July 28, 2010 @ 11:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After separating contestants by race and gender in recent editions of Survivor, it was probably inevitable for the CBS reality series to also play the age card. Indeed, the network this morning announced that the 20 new castaways on Survivor: Nicaragua will be divided into “two tribes of 10: Young vs. Old.” What was surprising for me was the criteria: The “old” tribe features “individuals over the age of 40,” while the “young” tribe is comprised by “individuals 30 years of age and younger.” Given CBS’ demo makeup, 40-year-olds are actually on the young end of the spectrum. Looking for a way to alienate your younger viewers? Just call them “old.”

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UTA Signs ‘L&O’ Veteran Rene Balcer

By | Tuesday July 27, 2010 @ 2:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Rene Balcer, a 20-year veteran of the Law & Order franchise, has signed with UTA, the agency that also represents the franchise creator Dick Wolf. For the past 8-10 years, Balcer was at CAA. Balcer serves as executive producer/showrunner on the latest Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles, which premieres on NBC this fall. Balcer has been with the Law & Order franchise since the beginning. He wrote an episode in the first season of the flagship Law & Order and joined the series in Season 2. He rose to executive producer before leaving in 2001 to executive produce and showrun spinoff L&O: Criminal Intent, which he developed with creator Wolf. Balcer was at L&O:CI for five seasons before returning to the mothership series in March 2007 as executive producer and head writer. He served as showrunner on the long-running drama for the past three seasons, until NBC canceled it in May.

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TCA: Marc Cherry Eyes ‘Desperate’ Exit

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy and TCA coverage:

At the kickoff of the summertime Television Critics Association press tour this morning, Desperate Housewives creator/showrunner Marc Cherry stood in a house on the Wisteria Lane set at Universal Studios and said something he never had before: He could see handing off his 6-year-old baby to someone else to run after the coming 7th season. In fact he thought it was likely, as he’s now penning a pilot for a potential new ABC series that he hopes will be up and running by next June. He wouldn’t elaborate on what the pilot is about, only noting it ”will not be set in suburbia”. “I’ve got a contract that keeps me around ABC for a few more years,” said Cherry, who is under a rich overall deal through the 2011-2012 season. “I hope (Housewives will be around) for a couple of more seasons, and my thing is I always will be executive producer and consultant on the show. It’s my baby. I can’t let go. I have control issues. They can’t totally get rid of me.”

Cherry’s willingness to step back and let someone else run Housewives represents a change of heart for the hands-on creator/showrunner. Here is what he said back in 2007 after signing a four-year deal to take Housewives through season 7: “I think that, at the end of my deal, and after seven seasons, it will be a good time … Read More »

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NBC Confirms Steve Carell’s ‘Office’ Exit

Nellie Andreeva

Michael Scott’s resignation has been accepted. After a series of statements by The Office star Steve Carell during the past couple of months that he will be leaving the NBC comedy series when his contract is up at the end of next season, the network confirmed his departure yesterday through primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad. ”Not to diminish the departure of Steve, because that will impact the show, but we have tremendous faith in the writers and actors to keep it alive,” she told the AP. Bromstad left open the possibility for Carell to do future guest appearances on The Office.

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Comic-Con: ‘Glee’ Plans Rocky Horror Show

Spoiler Alerts! Spoiler Alerts! Ryan Murphy confirmed at Comic-Con that Glee will have a “Rocky Horror” episode next season. Kurt will get a boyfriend — and Murphy plans for them to be Prom King and King. Another upcoming episode will feature a religious theme with Mercedes singing in church and bringing Kurt along with her. Tina and Mike Chang will be dating when the show returns. Tina will not be dating Artie. And I sincerely hope all this means something to you Gleeks

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CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates

By | Thursday July 22, 2010 @ 10:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS eyeIt will be a big premiere week this year, with CBS becoming the latest network to announce it will premiere the vast majority of its fall lineup during the traditional broadcast premiere week. Of course, for CBS that has been largely the norm as the network has been the one most closely following the traditional rollout pattern over the years. Here are the dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 15
8:00-9:00 PM: SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA (21st Edition Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 20
8:00-8:30 PM: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (6th Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (5th Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM: TWO AND A HALF MEN (8th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM: MIKE & MOLLY (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM: HAWAII FIVE-0 (Series Debut)

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‘Glee’ Co-Creator Ryan Murphy Signs Giant New Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Monday July 19, 2010 @ 10:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan_MurphyEXCLUSIVE: He is behind the hottest show on television. Now Emmy nominated Ryan Murphy has landed one of the biggest deals ever for a TV writer-producer that spans television, music and theater. I hear he is closing a new 4-year $24-million overall deal with Glee producer 20th Century Fox TV for his services on the Fox series and new development through his Ryan Murphy Prods. The sum includes advances against future profits. Additionally, under the pact, Murphy will share profits from Glee’s music business – album sales and downloads – and will also receive a portion of Glee‘s touring and merchandising revenues. Both clauses are retroactive, covering the show’s red-hot freshman season. Also, Murphy has the option to mount a Glee Broadway musical, on which he also would  be a profit participant. All in all, the new deal could potentially earn Murphy as much as $10 million a year over the next 4 years if Glee continues to grow.

In its size, it rivals the the $60 million five-year pact JJ Abrams inked with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros TV in 2006 as that covered both Abrams’ TV and feature services. In scope, it is similar to the mega pact 20th TV has in place with Seth MacFarlane, which also includes multiple auxiliary revenue streams. That deal could hit $100 million over its six-year span. Murphy’s new multi-faceted deal succeeds the 3-year three-company pact Murphy inked in 2007 with News Corp. entities FX, 20th … Read More »

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NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates

By | Thursday July 15, 2010 @ 10:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Boy, there will be some tough choices to make programming your DVR come fall premiere week. NBC today became the latest broadcast network to unveil its fall debut dates, and, like the other nets, it too plans to roll out virtually its entire lineup during the traditional premiere week, which kicks off on Sept. 20.

nbc-logo-rgb-pos2.thumbnailMonday, September 20
8-9 p.m.                       CHUCK
9-10 p.m.                     THE EVENT
10-11 p.m.                   CHASE

Tuesday, September 21
8-10 p.m.                     THE BIGGEST LOSER
10-11 p.m.                   PARENTHOOD

Wednesday, September 22
8-9 p.m.                       UNDERCOVERS
9-10 p.m.                     LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
10-11 p.m.                   LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES

Thursday, September 23
8-8:30 p.m.                COMMUNITY
8:30-9 p.m.                30 ROCK
9-9:30 p.m.                THE OFFICE
9:30-10 p.m.             OUTSOURCED
10-11 p.m.                   THE APPRENTICE

Friday, September 24
8-9 p.m.                       SCHOOL PRIDE
9-10 p.m.                     DATELINE
10-11 p.m.                   OUTLAW

Saturday, September 25
8-9 p.m.                       LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (Repeat)
9-10 p.m.                     CHASE  (Repeat)
10-11 p.m.                   LAW & ORDER: SVU (Repeat)

Thursday, September 9
8-11:30 p.m.               NFL KICKOFF – Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints

Sunday, September 12 (regular day and time)
7-8:15 p.m.                  FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:15-11:30 p.m.  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

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Tina Fey Channels Steve Carell On Emmys

Nellie Andreeva

Tina Fey was a good sport about her NBC comedy 30 Rock surrendering the spotlight to new kids Glee and Modern Family this year, issuing two funny statements on two of her nominations for 30 Rock (she also shares a writing nom with Kay Cannon):

- on 30 Rock‘s best series nom: ”This is great news. We’re grateful and excited.  Especially since today is the fifth anniversary of the day NBC forgot to cancel us.”

- On her best comedy series nomination: ”This is great and exciting news.  Also, this seems like an appropriate time for me to announce to NBC that I will not be renewing my contract… with my gym,” Fey said, echoing Steve Carell’s recent statements that he plans to leave The Office when his contract expires at the end of next season.

30 Rock still did pretty well with 15 nominations, including best comedy series, writing, directing as well as acting noms in all categories except for best supporting actor.

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62nd Primetime Emmy Nominees

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The nominees for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning at Los Angeles’ Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

HBO’s The Pacific received the most nominations with 24, Fox’s Glee 19, AMC’s Mad Men 17, NBC’s 30 Rock and HBO’s Made For TV movies Temple Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack 15, ABC’s Modern Family 14, NBC’s Saturday Night Live 12, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars 9, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie 8, CBS’ Two And A Half Men 6, CBS’ Big Bang Theory 5, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and NBC’s The Office 4.

Overall in nominations, HBO led with 101, ABC with 63 received the most nominations of any broadcast network, followed by CBS 57, NBC 48, FOX 47, and PBS 32. AMC had 26, Showtime 23, Discovery Channel 14, Lifetime 11, FX Networks 9, Comedy Central 8, Cartoon Network 7, Bravo and History and Syfy 6, Disney Channel 5, USA and DirecTV 4, TNT 3, Nickelodeon and Animal Planet and Sundance Channel and IFC and A&E 2, BET and Travel Channel and TCM and NGC and EPIXHD 1. As for studios, 20th TV 49, Lionsgate received 26, Warner Bros TV 23.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
62nd Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO • HBO Entertainment

Glee • FOX • A Ryan Murphy TV Production in association with 20th Century Fox TV

Modern Family • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Lionsgate Television, Jackson Group Entertainment, Madison Grain Elevator, Inc. & Delong Lumber; A Caryn Mandabach Production

The Office • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association with Universal Media Studios

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media Studio

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Dexter • Showtime • Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions

The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Productions

Lost • ABC • Grass Skirts Productions, LLC in association with ABC Network and Studios

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Blood • HBO • Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment Read More »

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‘Hot In Cleveland’ Renewed For Season 2

Nellie Andreeva

TV LAND 'HOT IN CLEVELAND'TV Land has picked up Hot in Cleveland for a second season some 3 episodes into the breakout sitcom’s freshman run. The cable network has ordered 20 new episodes, which will begin production in the fall with a launch tentatively scheduled for January 2011. Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will return as regulars on the show, created/showrun by Suzanne Martin and executive produced by Martin and Hazy Mills Prods.’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. “We are so excited that Hot in Cleveland was embraced by viewers in such a big way,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “We absolutely love the show and can’t wait to see what hilarious new experiences these characters will encounter in the next 20 episodes.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Ratings Drop Across The Board Tuesday With ABC Hardest Hit

Nellie Andreeva

Ratings were in downfall last night, and nowhere was this more evident than with ABC’s new reality series Downfall (1.4/4), which  was down 26% from its soft premiere last week and lost almost half of its Wipeout lead-in. Wipeout (2.6/9) was also down, 16%, from its season premiere last week, as was ABC News Primetime: MindGames (1.0/3) at 10PM, down 23% from its last week’s debut last. Also slipping week-to-week was the night’s top program, NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.8/9). The hourlong show at 9PM was down 18% from last week’s two-hour telecst for a season low. On the plus side, NBC’s new summer series Losing It With Jillian (1.3/5) was up 8% from its all-time low last week. And a repeat of the network’s Last Comic Standing (1.7/5) dominated the 10PM hour over MindGames and a repeat of CBS’ The Good Wife (1.0/3). Fox won the night in the 18-49 demo with a two-hour Hell’s Kitchen (2.7/9), which was down 7% from last week. CBS (7.9 million viewers) was No.1 in total viewers with an all-rerun lineup.

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Steve Carell Hasn’t Changed His Mind… (Still Planning To Leave ‘The Office’ Next Year)

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s The Office without Steve Carell is now a reality. First, he let it slip while promoting Date Night that he was considering an exit when his contract expires at the end of the upcoming 7th season. Now Carell confirmed his plans to reporters while promoting his next feature Despicable Me. No big surprise here, and NBC brass already said at the upfronts that they are making plans for the show in the event of Carell’s departure.

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‘CSI’ Showrunners Carol Mendelsohn & Ann Donahue Sign New Deals With CBS Studios

By | Monday June 28, 2010 @ 2:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ann Donahue Press Photo.jpgCSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONCSI mavens Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue are staying at the helm of CBS’ veteran crime drama franchise. Each has inked a new four-year eight-figure overall deal with CSI producer CBS TV Studios. Medelsohn will continue to executive produce and showrun the mothership CSI series, which anchors the CBS Thursday schedule at 9PM. She also is executive producing the new CBS/CBS Studios drama The Defenders. Donahue will continue to executive produce and run CSI: Miami, which moves to Sundays 10PM this fall. The new pacts succeed Mendelsohn and Donahue’s previous four-year eight-figure deals with CBS Studios, which expired in mid-June. Both have been under overall pacts at the studio since 2001. “Every studio dreams of having producers with this kind of passion and leadership on the set and in the writer’s room,” CBS TV Studios president David Stapf said. “It was very important to us that Carol and Ann remain not only part of CSI, but the CBS family too.”

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ABC Family Orders More ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC Family has picked up 12 additional episodes of Pretty Little Liars, three weeks into the newcomer’s promising freshman run. That brings the show’s total first season order to 22 episodes. Pretty Little Liars launched as ABC Family’s No. 1 series debut ever in several key demos, including adults 18-34 (837,000), viewers 12-34 (1.7 million) and teens (904,000). Additionally, the show has been growing, posting its most-watched episode yet last week in Total Viewers (2.7 million) and delivering series highs in the 18-49, 18-34 and 12-34 demos. Based on the Harper Teen novels by Sara Shepard and produced by Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon, the hourlong series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Holly Marie Combs, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Bianca Lawson, Laura Leighton, Chad Lowe, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse. I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and Leslie Morgenstein executive produce.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Promising Start For ABC Drama ‘Rookie Blue’

Nellie Andreeva

rookie-blueIn the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. After a slew of new dramas opening in the 1.3-1.5 rating range among adults 18-49 this summer, ABC’s Canadian import Rookie Blue last night emerged as the most promising new off-season scripted prospect with a 2.0 rating/6 share in 18-49 and a solid 7.3 million viewers overall for its premiere. Read More »

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HBO Renews ‘True Blood’ For Season 4

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 11:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO just picked up its flagship drama True Blood for a 12-episode fourth season two episodes into Season 3. Ratings for last night’s second episode are not available yet but the season premiere averaged 5.1 million viewers, a 38% increase from the season 2 opener. Read More »

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