Posts Tagged ‘nbc’

Krysten Ritter to Guest Star in ‘The Blacklist’ Season Premiere

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shortly after it was announced at Comic-Con that “Weeds” alum Mary-Louise Parker will join “The Blacklist” season two in a recurring role, it’s been revealed that “Breaking Bad” actress Krysten Ritter is also adding her name to the list. Ritter will guest star in the Sept. 22 premiere of the NBC drama currently filming in... Read more

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Community Is Getting Its Six Seasons (No Movie Yet)

June 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Well, that was close. Sony's offbeat sitcom Community, canceled at the very last minute by NBC, has been renewed at the very last minute (a few hours before contracts with Sony were set to expire, in fact) by Yahoo Screen . Thirteen episodes of the sitcom will air on Yahoo starting in the fall. At the Digital Content NewFronts this year, companies like Yahoo, YouTube and Crackle were voluble about a commitment to premium content; now Yahoo, at least, will be able to say that, like Netflix, it has a sitcom with huge cult appeal (albeit some very low live viewership ) and, unlike Netflix, it's selling ad inventory against that show. Community essentially lived on goodwill and fandom for five years on NBC; after two consecutive half-season orders (during which time the network inexplicably pitted the geeky comedy against the Death Star of geeky comedies, CBS's unbeatable nerdfest The Big Bang Theory), NBC president Bob Greenblatt finally pulled the plug. Showrunner and creator Dan Harmon was initially blas

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CBS Finishes Upfront With CPM Increases Lower Than Last Year

June 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This upfront season, it's all over but the shouting for CBS, according to a statement released by the organization itself today. “As we near the finish line, we are very confident that CBS has once again achieved the highest pricing and most total dollars in the upfront marketplace," said a spokesperson in a rare official statement by the network. "Agencies and clients continue to value the strength, stability and delivery that we provide as a pure-play broadcaster, and we are very pleased that in addition to C3, C7 is now playing a meaningful part in our negotiations.” It is unusual for CBS to come out and say that it's more or less done with upfront deals—but as it's the first network to cross the finish line, perhaps that's in order. It also serves to put the market on notice—things are probably going to move more quickly this year than last. The cable market just started to movie this week, as well, with budgets registered at several of the major players and momentum building at Turner, among others. Market activity at broadcast nets NBC, ABC and Fox continues apace, meanwhile, though the latter is having trouble with its slate given that the guy who chose it isn't at the company anymore. Overall, budgets are down, say sources on both sides. Network execs are convinced that brands are "hiding the money" and expect a strong scatter market, but buyers aren't so sure. There's far less confidence in the fall TV slate after a dismal hit-to-miss ratio for new product across the networks, and perennials like CBS' crime franchises and The Big Bang Theory (which has to be a significant factor in CPM maintenance this year) are few and far between. CBS' price increases are said to be in the 5 percent range. Sources familiar with NBC's deals said its increases are going as high as 8 percent. The Peacock is said to be seeking "a correctional year" in which the pricing gap between it and its competitors is closing.

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CBS Finishes Upfront With CPM Increases Lower Than Last Year

June 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This upfront season, it's all over but the shouting for CBS, according to a statement released by the organization itself today. “As we near the finish line, we are very confident that CBS has once again achieved the highest pricing and most total dollars in the upfront marketplace," said a spokesperson in a rare official statement by the network. "Agencies and clients continue to value the strength, stability and delivery that we provide as a pure-play broadcaster, and we are very pleased that in addition to C3, C7 is now playing a meaningful part in our negotiations.” It is unusual for CBS to come out and say that it's more or less done with upfront deals—but as it's the first network to cross the finish line, perhaps that's in order. It also serves to put the market on notice—things are probably going to move more quickly this year than last. The cable market just started to movie this week, as well, with budgets registered at several of the major players and momentum building at Turner, among others.

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Community Might Still Get Its 6 Seasons and a Movie on Hulu

May 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Human beings rejoice: the intricate misadventures of Greendale Community College's strangest clique may not be over yet. Community, Dan Harmon's critically beloved and nearly viewer-free

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‘Hannibal’ Season Finale Proves Series Should Have Skipped Third Course (SPOILERS)

May 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Give showrunner Bryan Fuller and company credit for getting this much mileage out of NBC’s “Hannibal” prequel, which — given its relationship with the movies — seemed like a high-wire act from the get-go. Yet watching the second-season finale the prevailing sense was that their contortions to prolong the series have simply made all the... Read more

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A Low Note for American Idol

May 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Is that a fat lady singing? American Idol did manage to beat CBS' venerable reality competition show Survivor on Wednesday night, but not by much: The show scored a 2.6 in the demo with 10.1 million total viewers—down quite a bit from last year's season finale. The day before, the show scored a mere 1.7 million demo viewers and 6.6 million total—little more than half of last season's first finale episode and an all-time total-viewer low. Not good. Part of the problem with Idol is simply that it's aging up—if you were 37 when the show first came on, you're no longer in the demo—but there's also plain old lack of interest with which to contend. The season started with 15.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating in the demo and by Tuesday it was barely moving the needle. And there are new series to contend with—NBC's The Voice, which is only three seasons old and looks like the prettiest girl at the dance standing next to Idol, even with a disappointing 3.3 demo rating on Tuesday. The show is coming back for season 14; Ryan Seacrest will still host, Harry Connick Jr. will return, and Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are both expected to stick around, too. Not for nothing, but exactly one of these people is on the Billboard 100 this week (Urban, at #58). The show has tried to stack the deck with guests, some better than others (Jason Mraz? Really?), and John Legend, who sits at #1 on that chart, appeared during the show's finale, which may have helped it rally to the extent it did, but The Voice has made its mark by employing higher-profile regulars than its competitor. It may either be time to severely recast the Fox show, or to count it out. Malaya Watson & John Legend - All Of Me... by IdolxMuzic

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ABC Dips a Toe into the Programmatic Pool

May 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While it executed all the expected dance moves, screening cut-downs of its fall series before letting late-night prankster Jimmy Kimmel off the leash for his annual Friar’s Club roast of the broadcast biz, ABC on Tuesday afternoon had at least one surprise up its sleeve. Speaking to media buyers and advertisers during the network’s 2014-15 upfront presentation , ABC ad sales president Geri Wang announced that her team plans to begin kicking the tires on programmatic. “We’re creating a private marketplace for our TV customers, allowing you to reserve ABC digital video using your buyer platform,” Wang said.

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NBC Renews ‘Law & Order: SVU’ for 16th Season

May 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC has renewed “Law & Order: SVU” for a 16th season after some behind the scenes wrangling with exec producer Dick Wolf. The last surviving series from the “Law & Order” dynasty had a solid year ratings-wise and there is renewed buzz about Emmy prospects for star Mariska Hargitay. But there were financial considerations that... Read more

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NBC Renews iHeart Radio Music Awards For 2015

May 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After broadcasting its first-ever live iHeart Radio Music Awards, NBC and Clear Channel have renewed the awards show for 2015. Over 5.5 million viewers tuned in for the event, roughly doubling the net’s prior week’s average with series programming. The show aired over 150 iHeart radio stations across the country and included performances by Pharrell, Pitbull,... Read more

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