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CW Fall Dates: Premieres Begin October 2 After IHeartRadio Music Fest

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 11:23am PDT

CW Fall Dates: Premieres Begin October 2 After IHeartRadio Music FestCW Network will roll out its fall 2014 launch in October with new series The Flash and Jane The Virgin. For a third year, CW will kick off its new season with an exclusive telecast of the IHeartRadio Music Festival,  airing over two nights — Monday, September 29 and Tuesday, September 30 at 10 PM ET. On Thursday, October 2, CW’s touting as its bloody, sexy drama night with the season starters of The Vampire Diaries and Reign. The Originals  returns to wreak havoc on a new night, Monday, October 6, followed by a retrospective of the past nine seasons of Supernatural.

flash1The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the Fastest Man Alive, premieres Tuesday, October 7, followed by the return of the Winchester brothers in the 10th season premiere of Supernatural.  The next night, the third season starter of Arrow launches, and a special encore of The Flash series premiere. New comedy Jane The Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez, premieres Monday, October 13, and The 100  rounds things out when returns Wednesday, October 22. The 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, cycle 21 premieres Friday, August 22, and Whose Line is It Anyway? episodes will continue from summer, sliding to Fridays on October 3.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Elementary’ & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finales Fall, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Hits Finale Viewership High, ‘American Idol’ Up Again

ELLEN POMPEO, SANDRA OHChaucer said that “there is an end to everything, good things as well.” So the Middle Ages poet was right of the 2013-2014 television season and of Sandra Oh‘s stint on Grey’s Anatomy (2.5/8) after 10 seasons. There were explosions, both emotional and literally, and there was fallout as well as dancing as Dr. Cristina Yang left Seattle Grace Hospital. Ratingswise it was a bit of a flat line for ABC and the Shonda Rhimes-created show, with Grey’s staying even with last week’s show. While Grey’s overall season bopped up 5% among adults 18-49 from Season 9 to garner the series’ best demo result in three years, last night’s finale was down double digits from the previous finale on May 16, 2013. With a repeat as a lead-in, the end of Season 10 saw a 19% drop from the Season 9 ender to hit a season-finale low. But with that said, if precedent is any indication, Grey’s could see an adjustment upward in the final numbers later today. Lead-out Black Box (1.1/4) saw its fourth-week numbers dip 8% from its May 8 results; granted, it was postponed in the San Diego market for news coverage of the fires there but that’s also the third week in a row the newbie show has gone down.

Related: Paul Lee Defends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Move To 8 PM Next Season

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Alloy Hires Elysa Koplovitz Dutton To Run Feature Film Division

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 8:29am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Alloy Entertainment has hired Elysa Koplovitz Dutton to be VP and run its feature film division based in Los Angeles. She reports to Leslie Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment, which is now part of the Warner Bros Television Group. Dutton was most recently exec producer on the indie comedy Ass Backwards, to be released November 8, and before that had a producing deal at HBO and was a VP Production at Fox. She’s a Brown graduate who created that school’s first series, Sob Story, which got syndicated to campuses across the country. Her work on such films as Idiocracy, Beavis And Butt-head Do America and Election will come in handy, as Alloy’s demo is young.

Alloy made its name hatching fiction that has been turned into film and TV properties that include The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. “Elysa understands the Alloy brand and shares our philosophy when it comes to developing great entertainment,” Morgenstein said. “We’re eager to aggressively expand our feature business, and her experience will be vital to our success.” Read More »

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev Exits Agency

Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev has dropped Innovative Artists as her agency. The signature CW series was renewed for next season early on, and Dobrev also has been cast in The Perks of Being A Wallflower, the film based on Stephen Chbosky’s novel.

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Finds New Villain Klaus

By | Friday February 18, 2011 @ 10:00am PST
Mike Fleming

The CW drama Vampire Diaries has been building all season to the introduction of the villain Klaus,  the original vampire. Joseph Morgan has now been signed to play him. Morgan, who’ll next be seen in the Henry Cavill-starrer Immortals, played supporting roles in the Peter Weir-directed Master and Commander, and Oliver Stone’s Alexander. He plays the title character in ABC’s upcoming miniseries Ben Hur. He was set for the show after more than 100 actors read for the role all over the world. Morgan’s deal was made by WME, Richard Koenigsberg Management and London-based Curtis Brown Group.

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Kevin Williamson Joins CW’s ‘Secret Circle’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Companion Show On Hold

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: First the bad news: Kevin Williamson’s potential companion series to Vampire Diaries is not happening, at least for now. The Vampire Diaries co-creator Williamson has notified the CW that his busy schedule on Diaries, which he is executive producing with fellow co-creator Julie Plec, has not allowed him to focus on fleshing out and writing the new project, about a group of people who investigate paranormal happenings.

Now the great news. Williamson has come on board another CW drama project, Secret Circle, which is based on a three-book series from The Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith. It centers on a California teen who moves to her mom’s hometown of New Salem and discovers that she is a witch. To complete the reunion, the project hails from Alloy Entertainment and WBTV, the companies behind Diaries. It was first set at the CW in October with Angel alums Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain as executive producers and Andrew Miller as writer/exec producer. Williamson is now working on the script and serving as an executive producer on the project, which, with its auspices, has emerged as a strong contender for a pilot pickup. Just like with the potential Diaries companion, on which there was talk about Plec joining Williamson, while not currently attached to Secret Circle, Plec could come on board in the future.

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Kevin Williamson Developing Potential ‘Vampire Diaries’ Companion Series

By | Monday November 29, 2010 @ 6:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Vampire Diaries co-creator/ executive producer Kevin Williamson is working on a new supernatural drama project, envisioned as a potential companion for the CW’s flagship vampire drama. The untitled project, which is in early stages of development at Warner Bros. TV for the CW, focuses on a group of people who investigate paranormal happenings. I hear that that Williamson’s fellow Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec is in talks to come onboard and co-write the project with him. Since there is no deal with the network and no script yet, it is not clear if the paranormal drama would make it for this upcoming pilot season. (And no, the characters from the new show won’t find their way into an episode of Vampire Diaries.) This marks the first development project under the overall deal Williamson recently signed with Warner Bros. TV.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins With Sluggish World Series, NBC Comedies Up

Nellie Andreeva

If it was up to TV executives, the Yankees would sail through to the World Series every year, with the rest of the teams squabbling for the other spot. This year’s World Series between the Giants and the Rangers on Fox continues to pace well behind last year’s, which featured the storied New York baseball franchise, but in line with the one in 2008 that didn’t feature them. Last night’s Game 2 (4.0 in adults 18-49, 14.1 million) was down 31% from last year’s Game 2 between the Yankees and the Phillies but matched the demo rating of the 2008 Game 2 between the Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays and was up 10% in total viewers. Fox won the night in 18-49 and total viewers, ending CBS’ five-week streak.

With a Halloween theme and stronger lead-in, NBC’s Thursday comedies rebounded from last week’s drops with double-digit rating increases. Starting things off was the Scared Shrekless half-hour special (2.5/8, 8.2 million), which improved significantly (by 32%) on Community‘s performance in the 8 PM time slot last week. It also did better than the other kids-friendly Halloween special in the time slot, ABC’s It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (2.1/6, 6.6 million in its first half-hour). At 8:30 PM, Community (2.4/7) was up 26% from its 8 PM telecast last week for a season high. The Office (3.9/10) was up 15%, and Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: All-Time ‘CSI’ Low

Nellie Andreeva

The generational transition on Thursday continues. The 3 series that had been the anchors on the night for years, CBS’ CSI, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and NBC’s The Office, all hit lows last night. No great reason for concern for Grey’s (4.5/12) and The Office (3.4/9) just yet as they led their networks’ lineup by a wide margin and finished No.1 and No.3 for the night overall. But CSI (2.7/7) was the lowest-rated program on CBS last night, which featured ratings declines on the CBS and NBC and gains on Fox and CW. Since male-skewing shows were hit harder than the female-skewing ones, the baseball playoffs probably played a role, and some of the declines will probably be offset in DVR viewing. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’30 Rock’ Keeps Steady In Sea Of Double-Digit Declines

Nellie Andreeva

It’s a new time slot and much smaller lead-in, but that has had little effect on NBC’s 30 Rock. While it never became a broad hit, the Emmy-winning comedy held steady behind The Office, and now it’s doing the same at 8:30 PM. Last night, it kept its entire 18-49 audience from premiere week while almost every series posted double-digit declines. The worst drops came for the three freshmen, My Generation (31%), Outsourced (22%) and $#*! (20%).

30 Rock (2.6/8) finished tied for second place at 8:30. Its lead-in, Community (1.9/6) was down 14% from last week’s season premiere featuring Betty White. In its second week in the Thursday 8 PM slot last year it did a 2.0. The Office (3.7/10) was down 16%, Outsourced (2.8/7) down 22%. It’s retention was 76% vs. 74% for Community in the same slot for the same week last year. The Apprentice (1.4/4) was the only show besides 30 Rock that didn’t slide week-to-week. Like 30 Rock, it also matched last week’s performance but that still is at an all-time low for the show, and The Apprentice finished dead last in the 10 PM slot.

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.3/14) was down 12% from its Thursday premiere last week, followed by rookie $#*! My Dad Says (3.2/10), which held onto a so-so 70% of the Big Bang demo lead. (In total viewers, retention was 80%, which … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang’ Nabs First Thursday Win, ‘The Apprentice’ Debut Tanks

Nellie Andreeva

Big Bang Theory is putting the Thursday competition on notice. In a warm-up round leading to the comedy’s official move to the Thursday 8 PM slot next week, CBS aired a 2-hour marathon of Big Bang repeats from 8-10 PM. Each of of the 4 episodes dominated its half-hour by a wide margin, both in adults 18-49 and total viewers (the comedy peaked at 2.6/8 in the demo and 8.3 million viewers between 9-10 PM). Big Bang‘s competition included repeats of ABC’s reality series Wipeout, which came the closest at 8 PM with a 2.0/7, 6.5 million, and of NBC’s flagship comedy The Office (1.2/4 from 8-9 PM). Most impressively, it also included the first hour of the season premiere of NBC’s The Apprentice, which dived in its return to Thursdays. For its two-hour debut, the competition starring Donald Trump averaged a 1.5/5 in 18-49 and 4.67 million viewers – the franchise’s lowest-rated opener ever. It was down 53% from last season’s celebrity edition premiere in March and, at 10 PM, it was down 44% from the Thursday premiere of The Jay Leno Show the same week last year.

In week 2, CW’s Vampire Diaries (3 million viewers) and new entry Nikita (3.4 million) showed modest declines, 10% and 6% in total viewers, respectively. However, the series faced lighter competition than last week when NBC had the monster NFL kick-off game. The real test comes next week when the Big 4 will be all in originals. CBS easily won the night … Read More »

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