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CBS Makes Monday Changes: ‘We Are Men’ Cancelled, ‘Mike & Molly’ Slotted At 9 PM, ‘2 Broke Girls’ Moved To 8:30 PM

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

We Are Men Cancelled CBSCBS is stepping in to try to right the Monday ship, which has been destabilized by lackluster performances from most of the network’s new shows. For starters, flailing freshman We Are Men is being pulled after two airings. The half-hour vacancy will be filled by Mike & Molly, which will rejoin the Monday lineup on November 4, anchoring the second hour at 9 PM with its fourth season. The slot’s current occupant, 2 Broke Girls, will slide to 8:30 PM, replacing Men, as of next Monday, with two repeats of The Big Bang Theory and another program airing at 9 PM until Mike & Molly comes on. For now, there are no changes planned at 10 PM where new drama Hostages has flopped, dropping to a 1.2 Live+Same Day rating in its third airing this week. The network brass want to wait for Live+7 numbers on the heavily serialized drama — it received a 50% Live+3 lift in Premiere Week (that dropped to 40% in Week 2) — before making a decision. Additionally, they want to see if improving the 8-10 PM portion of the Monday lineup would help Hostages in any way. The single-camera We Are Men simply didn’t work. CBS put it behind How I Met Your Mother because of pilot testing that showed Men had a younger … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hostages’ & ’2 Broke Girls’ Hit Lows, CW Lineup Off To Slow Start

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 9:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ serialized new drama Hostages was designed for a limited run. The question is how limited. In its third week, the thriller fell to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from last Monday. That is very low by CBS drama standards. It is the first in-season heavily serialized drama series on CBS in a long time, but Under The Dome did fine over the summer in the same Monday 10 PM, warming it up for Hostages. With two other hot new drama offerings Monday — Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and NBC’s The Blacklist, both already renewed and picked up for a full season, respectively — Hostages is getting rejected by viewers. Given the auspices involved — Jerry Bruckheimer TV and stars Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott — CBS will likely air the entire 15-episode first-season arc. The question is whether it will keep the show on Monday, which needs some propping up. As I noted in my Premiere Week analysis, CBS is vulnerable on Mondays this fall. None of the new shows popped. In its second outing, new comedy We Are Men (1.8) was down 10% from its soft premiere and the second-lowest-rated CBS series behind Hostages. It squandered a large portion of its How I Met Your Mother lead-in (2.9, down 6%) and seems to be hurting its lead-out, 2 Broke Girls (2.2), down 8% to a new series low. Fellow new comedy Mom (2.0) is doing a little better, down 9% but holding onto most of 2 Broke Girls‘ younger viewers.

Besides Hostages‘ 20% plunge, virtually all other series last night saw their ratings shaved off by 10% or less. Fox’s Bones (2.0) was down 6%. Sleepy Hollow (2.7) was off by 10%. NBC’s The Voice (4.5) was down 4%, while Blacklist (3.2) was off by a tenth (3%). It may be adjusted down another tenth because of a minute of Voice overrun. NBC won the night in 18-49 (4.1, 13.3 million) ABC logged a 2.1 for Dancing With The Stars (up 5%) and 2.0 for Castle (down 9%) though the numbers were likely inflated by a local NFL pre-emption.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Soft Start For ‘We Are Men’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ & ‘Blacklist’ Hold

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: New Orleans really supports their team. That and a two-minute runover of The Voice led to a bigger than usual adjustment for The Blacklist, which slipped to a 3.3 in the finals, down 13% from the premiere. The Voice was adjusted up a tenth.

PREVIOUS: New CBS comedy We Are Men picked up where its predecessor Partners left off last fall. In its debut, We Are Men drew a 2.0/5 in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers at 8:30 PM, below the debut of swiftly cancelled Partners (2.4, 6.5 million) last September and CBS’ lowest-rated in-season comedy premiere ever. CBS’ entire lineup was down from premiere Monday. How I Met Your Mother (3.1/9, 7.7 million) was down 16% in 18-49, 2 Broke Girls (2.4/6, 7.6 million) was down 14% to tie its series low. New comedy Mom (2.2/5) was down 12%, while freshman drama Hostages (1.5/4, 6 million) was down 17% in the demo. The hostage drama got a reprieve with a solid DVR gain (+50% in 18-49 Live+3) for its debut, but still, these are not live ratings you want to see for a serialized drama so early into its run.

Hostages‘ rival in the 10 PM slot, NBC’s The Blacklist, held up much better in Week 2. The James Spader showcase (3.6/10, 12.1 million) was down a scant 5% in 18-49 from its solid premiere to again rank as the top scripted program of the night. Its lead-in, The Voice (4.6/13, 14.2 million) was down 10%. The numbers for both shows may have been pumped up by a tenth or so by an NFL pre-emption in New Orleans. NBC comfortably won the night in 18-49 and total viewers with the two top programs in 18-49 and No. 1 and No. 3 in total viewers. Read More »

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‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘We Are Men’, ‘Tomorrow People’ & ‘Orange’ Add Recurring

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 5:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nicholas Gonzalez will recur on new Fox drama Sleepy Hollow as Luke, Abbie’s (Nicole Beharie) ex-boyfriend who works for the Sleepy Hollow Police Department. He is with Pakula/King & Associates and KLWGN.

Bre Blair (Legit) has been cast on new CBS comedy We Are Men, playing Jerry O’Connell’s beautiful and sexy wife who is unapologetically trying to divorce him and take him for everything he has. Blair, repped by SDB Partners and Lisa Disante-Frank, will next be seen opposite Michael Douglas in Last Vegas.

Hunger GamesMeta Golding has been cast in the new CW drama The Tomorrow People, playing a sexy intimidating new partner to series lead Robbie Amell. She is with IFA and A Management.

Stephen O’Reilly and Kimiko Glenn (Holding Patterns) have been cast in the second season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. O’Reilly, managed by Michael Gasparro at TMT Entertainment, will play Christopher, the charming fiancé of Lorna (Yael Stone) who had been discussed throughout season 1, but never appeared on screen. O’Reilly recently completed NYU’s Graduate Studies program and then appeared on Girls. Glenn, repped by Buchwald and Station3 Entertainment, will play Brooke Soso.

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CBS Unveils Key Art For Its New Fall Series

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT

CBS has released a first look of the key art designs for its four new comedy series, The Crazy Ones, The Millers, Mom and We Are Men. Check them out:

The Crazy Ones stars Robin Williams as larger-than-life advertising genius Simon Roberts whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired… if he weren’t the boss. The image features Williams playfully posing with illuminated light bulbs.
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CBS New Series Trailers: ‘The Crazy Ones’, ‘Hostages’, ‘The Millers’, ‘Mom’, ‘We Are Men’

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 10:07am PDT

CBS LogoHere are the full looks advertisers got last week at CBS’ new fall series during the network’s upfront presentation in New York. Still to come is midseason drama Intelligence.

Related: CBS 2013-14 Schedule

The Crazy Ones – Comedy

Hostages – Drama

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Bob Daily Signs Overall Deal WIth CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘We Are Men’ As EP

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 1:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Frasier and Desperate Housewives alum Bob Daily has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will join the studio’s new CBS single-camera comedy series We Are Men as an executive producer. The project, created/executive produced by Rob Greenberg, stars Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell and Chris Smith as four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. (Check out the trailer here.) We Are Men is assembling a very strong group of writer-producers. In addition to Daily, Tad Quill was just signed on as a consulting producer. Daily, repped by WME, most recently executive produced/ran NBC’s Robert Padnick comedy pilot.

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Tad Quill Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios, Joins New CBS Series ‘We Are Men’

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 11:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Tad Quill has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will join the studio’s new CBS single-camera comedy series We Are Men as consulting producer. The project, created/executive produced by Rob Greenberg, stars Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell and Chris Smith as four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. (Check out the trailer here.) The deal expands Quill’s relationship with CBS TV Studios where he created and executive produced a comedy pilot for CBS starring Matthew Broderick this season. Before that, ICM Partners-repped Quill created and executive produced the NBC comedy series Bent and also worked on Samantha Who?, Scrubs and Spin City.

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