The television world was very busy yesterday with the announcement of the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, but it also was pretty packed in primetime last night as well. After a quiet Thursday last week because of the July 4th holiday, all of the Big 4 were playing originals last night. With just Big Brother (2.0/7) on, CBS was the lightest of all the networks originals-wise. Having said that, the second elimination of the voyeuristic reality show’s 16th season proved the heavyweight of the night. The 1-hour BB was the top show of the night among Adults 18-49 and the second-most-watched show of Thursday’s primetime with 6.15 million viewers after the 7.86 million who tuned in for a Big Bang Theory (1.7/9) encore. However, the real news is the demo leap that Big Brother made out of last week’s holiday airing – the show was up 25% over its slumped July 3 broadcast, which was a series low. It was also up 11% from its June 26 show among the 18-49s. All of which meant, with the BBT and The Millers (1.3/5) encores and a repeat of the debut of the new Halle Berry sci-fi thriller series Extant (0.7/2), that CBS took the night both in the 18-49 demo with a 1.4 rating and in total viewers with 5.61 million watching.
NBC has picked up 12-episode series single-camera comedy Working The Engels, starring SCTV alumna Andrea Martin. NBC will co-produce the series with Core Media/Noreen Halpern’s Halfire-CORE Entertainment, which has a 3-for-1 drama series deal at NBC, and Canada’s Shaw Media. American networks have teamed with Canadian broadcasters on comedy projects before — most recently last season when ABC partnered with Shaw to co-produce a half-hour by Bob Martin — but this is the first time such a collaboration has gone to series. Working The Engles, created and written by Katie Ford and Jane Ford, centers on a family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem — daughter Jenna is the only one who is qualified to practice law. Martin will play Ceil, the overly confident family matriarch. Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), Azura Skye (American Horror Story) and Benjamin Arthur (Less Than Kind) co-star. Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall and Halpern serve as executive producers. Halpern also exec produced ABC/Shaw’s Bob Martin project and,, in her former role as head of eOne’s scripted series she worked with Shaw on op drama Rookie Blue, which airs on ABC.
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Still Life’ Scores Sales Ahead Of Venice Premiere; ‘Rising Star’ Ready To Hit Stage At Mipcom; More
‘Still Life’ Scores Early Sales Ahead Of Venice Bow
Still Life, the Uberto Pasolini film that’s premiering in Venice’s Horizons section, has closed some early sales for Beta Cinema. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) star in the movie about a UK council worker whose job is to notify the next of kin when someone dies. After his department is downsized, his final case takes him on a liberating journey. Produced by Red Wave/Embargo Films in association with Cinecittà Studios, Exponential Media, Beta Cinema and Rai Cinema, the movie is being released in Italy by Bim. It has also sold to Wild Bunch for Benelux, and Palace Films for Australia/New Zealand. It debuts September 3 in Venice.
Keshet International To Kick Off ‘Rising Star’ Sales At Mipcom
Keshet International is set to unleash format sales of Rising Star at October’s Mipcom. The live singing competition sets out to find the music world’s next big star. The season is broadcast live in its entirety, beginning with the first audition. Alongside four celebrity judges, home viewers serve as the fifth judge, voting in real time via the show’s second-screen app. Keshet Broadcasting and Tedy Productions created the format, which will launch in Israel as Hacochav Haba this fall on Keshet Channel 2.