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TV Guide Network Relaunches as Pop, With Original Shows and No Annoying Scroll

January 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On Wednesday, free of scrolling listings, the TV Guide Network is relaunching as Pop, a network catering to "enthusiastic fandom" in pop culture. Pop is targeting a 35-45 audience that grew up in the late '80s and early '90s, a group that network president Brad Schwartz is calling the "modern grown-up" (Pop has copyrighted the term, which is the network's version of Bravo's "Affluencer" and Syfy's " Igniter ."). Instead of emulating E! or Bravo, Schwartz said the channel is patterning itself more after the pop culture-worshipping sensibilities of Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres. As Pop launches, all of TVGN's license agreements with its distributors remain intact, since the network—which will debut in more than 80 million homes—is still considered a general entertainment channel. "We're putting a different logo on it and a new energy and new programming, but we're still certainly exactly what we're defined to be," says Schwartz (who oversaw the rebranding of Fuse, as well). "We couldn't have turned this thing into a military channel or a sports channel or a kids channel, but what we're doing is exactly what our definitions are." Pop's "great channel position" also hasn't been affected by the rebranding, aside from the "more analog distributors, where TV Guide was still channel 5," who have relocated next to channels like E! Even better, all market agreements for TVGN's much-maligned TV listing scroll—which had been the network's initial reason for existing—finally lapsed six months ago

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Five Shows Premiering This Winter That You Need to See

January 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Another new year, another bumper crop of slots on your DVR waiting to be filled with shows that haven't been canceled or started to smell funny after a few episodes. But where to look? We figured we'd look everywhere, so below, please check out our best bets for the first part of 2015 (yes, we cheated slightly—that new Amazon show premiered last month, but it's on demand and it's really good). Of course, you'd be unwise to count out broadcast entirely—there's a new cop show from no less than Vince Gilligan, and we liked the pilot a lot. And iZombie (which, oddly, still doesn't have a premiere date) is one of the best shows we've seen all season.

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The 10 Most Ridiculous Things TV Network Presidents Said in 2014

December 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

We've spent a lot of time talking about the best that 2014 had to offer, but what about everything that lies on the other end of the year's quality spectrum? The network presidents spent much of 2014 bragging about, and defending, their various programming and scheduling decisions, no matter how foolish some of them turned out. But some of those proclamations were so outrageous that they deserve revisiting. (I wanted to call this the network presidents' "10 Biggest Lies of 2014," but in fairness they actually believed at least some of these things to be true at the time they said them.) And if you think Kevin Reilly, who stepped down as Fox entertainment chairman on May 29, is going to figure prominently on this list ... you would be correct. 10. Gotham isn't going to have a 22-episode season

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CBS’ ‘Home for the Holidays’ Adoption Special to Feature 1st Gay Couple

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS’ 16th annual “Home for the Holidays” special will feature an adoption story involving a gay couple for the first time. “Home for the Holidays” aims to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for more than 400,000 children in foster care. This year’s telecast, set for Dec. 19, will highlight the story of... Read more

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L.A. Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez Spends His Offseason Playing Fantasy Football

November 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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CBS Warns Viewers That It May Go Dark on Dish Network

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS started alerting viewers Friday night that Dish Network could pluck out the Eye in certain markets, in the latest dispute to hit the pay-TV biz. “Attention, Dish customers! You could soon lose CBS,” the broadcaster’s spots said. Over all, there are 12 CBS-owned stations covered under Dish agreement. CBS has relaunched for the Dish dispute, in a... Read more

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Bradley Cooper and Ryan Kavanaugh Producing ‘Limitless’ Pilot for CBS

October 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bradley Cooper and Ryan Kavanaugh are reteaming to develop a TV series for CBS based on the 2011 drama “Limitless.” CBS has given a pilot production commitment to the CBS TV Studios project, which has a raft of heavyweight producers and original feature helmer Neil Burger on tap to direct. Craig Sweeny, an exec producer... Read more

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Why Did It Take So Long to Cancel Manhattan Love Story?

October 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As the fall TV season kicks off, the networks usually have itchy trigger fingers when it comes to killing off their new shows that flop out of the gate. But not this season: it took more than a full month before fall's first cancellation: Manhattan Love Story. ABC pulled the plug on the (alleged) comedy late Friday, Oct. 24, after four episodes had aired. It's the longest the networks have gone into the season without canceling a new show since 2003, when Fox waited until Oct. 28 to axe the Luis Guzman sitcom Luis, which lasted five episodes. By this same point last fall, four shows had already bitten the dust — ABC's Lucky 7, CBS's We Are Men and NBC's Welcome to the Game and Ironside — with a fifth (ABC's Back in the Game) just a week away from joining them. And over the past several years (see The Worst TV Shows of The Century, So Far ), networks usually made their first moves in late September or early October, after just two or three episodes had aired. How DVRs and On-Demand Changed The Rules This season, networks have been emphasizing the need to wait for delayed viewing ratings (live-plus-three and live-plus-seven) as viewers caught up with shows via DVR or VOD. "The growing truth is that picking winners today isn't as simple as looking at the overnight ratings," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said this summer. And unlike last year, when the networks paid that idea lip service but still quickly moved to cancel several low-rated shows, they've actually been practicing what they preach. That's because those delayed viewing bumps can be considerable

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‘Undercover Boss’ Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary on CBS

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

During the Mipcom TV market, All3Media Intl. and Variety feted the success of reality show “Undercover Boss” at a party on the Najade, a boat in Cannes harbor. The show, which is produced by Studio Lambert, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on CBS. There are 20 localized versions of the show around the globe, and... Read more

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Primetime Broadcast Ratings Tumble, Even During Premiere Week

October 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Broadcast networks should start putting up a sign: "Watch for falling ratings." Fragmentation—the process of viewers diffusing across cable channels that cater to specific interests, as opposed to being forced to watch All in the Family en masse because it's the only thing on—has been happening for a long time, and the drop-off from DVR happened several years ago. That means there's no real excuse for the continued bleeding on broadcast TV. But there are a few factors to consider, including A) a big chunk of viewers can't get broadcast without cable subscriptions, and cable subs are falling, and B) content is either targeting people who are aging out of what ad salespeople consider the Dollar Demo (18- to 49-year-olds), or for young people joining the demo who simply don't like it. This is not a "There's Nothing Good on Broadcast" article. There's lots of good material on broadcast, including new stuff such as The Flash, Gracepoint, Stalker, Constantine and Black-ish. But when a show hits, which is not often, it hits softer than it did even last year. It is a "Ratings Are Falling Overall" article, even if individual actors—CBS, to get specific—are seeing bumps over last year's performance. So here are the across-the-board averages in the 18 to 49 demo for Premiere Week: NBC—3.0 vs. a 3.1 in 2013 CBS—2.4 vs. a 2.2 in 2013 ABC—2.2 vs.

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