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Uma Thurman to Replace Mary-Louise Parker in NBC’s ‘The Slap’

November 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Uma Thurman will replace Mary-Louise Parker in the NBC miniseries “The Slap,” a remake of an Australian hit. Thurman was recruited at the last minute because Parker is recovering from pneumonia, according to a report on TV Line.  NBC has ordered eight episodes of the family drama about the fallout when a man slaps another... Read more

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Why It Took So Long for ABC 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 new shows that flop out of the gate. But not this season. It took more than a full month before fall's first cancelation: Manhattan Love Story. ABC killed the (alleged) comedy late Friday, Oct. 24 after four episodes had aired. It's the longest any network has gone into the season before canceling a new show since 2003, when Fox waited until Oct. 28 to axe Luis Guzman's sitcom, Luis, after five episodes. By this 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 Debuts 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.

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Constantine, Rick and Morty and a New Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon at NYCC

October 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Where do people in sexy stormtrooper regalia go to hear an improvised table read by the cast of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty? That's correct, the New York City Comic Con at the Javits Center. Friday saw some honest-to-goodness news break out of the event, namely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a TV series next year as a cartoon on ad-supported Disney XD. Disney put up a preview of the anime-style cartoon as soon

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NBC ‘Today’ to Livestream First Digital-Only Concert with Phillip Phillips

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC’s “Today” morning program will bow its first digital exclusive concert, featuring singer Phillip Phillips, on Tuesday. Carson Daly, host of the show’s social media offshoot, “The Orange Room,” will lead an hour-long special kicking off Tuesday, Sept. 16, beginning at 7:20 a.m. Eastern. The digital coverage, to stream live on Today.com, will feature an acoustic performance from... Read more

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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Developing Guardian Angels Drama for NBC

August 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media banner is shepherding a drama project for NBC and Universal TV about guardian angels. “Unveiled” is a procedural revolving around a group of people who are tasked with intervening to help people in crisis. John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart penned the script and are exec producing with Burnett... Read more

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David Gregory Wasn’t the Real Problem with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’

August 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

To the surprise of no one, Chuck Todd was tapped Thursday to replace David Gregory in the anchor chair at NBC’s struggling “Meet the Press.” Rumors of his demise had been rampant for so long that his removal was a foregone conclusion. Even Gregory’s harshest critics should have some sympathy for the guy. He had... Read more

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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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