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David Letterman Announces His Retirement During Late Show Taping

April 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, because David Letterman is hanging it up after his contract expires at the end of next year. The 33-year late night veteran and host of CBS’ flagship Late Show with David Letterman broke the news to his studio audience during the taping of Thursday night’s show. Letterman in October extended his contract with CBS for a single year, committing to the show through 2015. At the time , Letterman joked that he needed the extra year to ensure that his final bridge was burned behind him.“[CBS Corp. CEO] Les [Moonves] and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” Letterman cracked. The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal . In a nicely odd twist, news of Letterman’s announcement was tweeted out by former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who is a guest on tonight’s show.

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Josh Elliott Leaves Good Morning America

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

For the second time in the span of four months, ABC’s Good Morning America is weathering a defection in its ranks, as co-anchor Josh Elliott has left the show for a job at NBC Sports. Effective Monday, March 31, ABC News correspondent Amy Robach will assume Elliott’s GMA post, joining Robin Roberts,

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Solid Sampling for NBC’s Believe

March 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a night dominated by ABC’s Bachelor postmortem, a special preview of NBC’s new Sunday drama series Believe drew a fair amount of sampling. According to Nielsen fast national data, the 10 p.m. airing of Believe delivered 10.7 million viewers and a 2.7 in the adults 18-49 demo, marking a 4 percent increase versus the spring premiere of Revolution a year ago. Believe was flat when compared to the most recent installment of the regular time slot occupant, The Blacklist , which scared up 11 million viewers and a 2.7 in the dollar demo on March 3. Believe retained 73 percent of the lead-in supplied by The Voice, which tied a season low with a 3.7 rating. Half-hour retention was strong, as the 10:30 p.m.-11 p.m. segment averaged a 3.7, or 95 percent of the 3.9 Believe drew in the front half. Upon shifting to its regular Sunday 9 p.m. slot on March 16, Believe will lead into another new midseason effort, the Gillian Anderson-Dermot Mulroney thriller Crisis .

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Jimmy Fallon Invades Your Living Room in Time Warner Cable’s Latest Ad

March 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Late-night talk-show hosts already commandeer your living room in the wee hours. Now they're expanding their purview. Following Jimmy Kimmel's bit before Sunday's Oscars in which he pretended to climb through the camera into a couple's living room to berate them, today we have this new Time Warner Cable ad starring Jimmy Fallon—in which the Tonight Show host shows up (with his whole band) in a guy's home just as he's eating breakfast. The point: Now you can watch NBC shows anytime as part of TWC's on-demand services. Fallon is already everywhere these days; it only makes sense that he should be there anytime as well. He even popped up briefly in Ogilvy New York's previous ad for TWC—the minute-long extravaganza, also posted below, hosted by Diddy.

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NBC Orders Cop Drama Starring Jennifer Lopez to Series

February 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC has handed a 13-episode order to “Shades of Blue,” a drama starring and exec produced by Jennifer Lopez. “Blue” is billed as a complex cop series that centers on Harlee McCord — played by Lopez — a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Harlee has become... Read more

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The Walking Dead Takes Another Bite Out of the Olympics

February 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

AMC’s The Walking Dead once again took a ragged bite out of the Winter Olympics, topping the 9-10 p.m. EST segment of NBC’s Sunday night coverage by more than 20 percent. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the Feb. 16 installment of Robert Kirkman’s dystopian drama averaged 13.3 million total viewers and a 6.8 in the dollar demo, easily beating NBC’s analogous Olympics program (5.6). This marks the second time Atlanta’s shambling corpses bested the world’s top athletes ; last week, the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead scared up a whopping 8.2 rating, edging NBC’s demo performance by seven-tenths of a ratings point. While Sunday night’s installment of Dead was down 17 percent week-to-week, the telecast improved 21 percent versus its year-ago mark. As it so happens, both episodes went head-to-head with the NBA All-Star Game on TNT. The Walking Dead once again dominated the NBA’s annual mid-season exhibition, beating the game’s 9-10 p.m. segment by 5.8 million total viewers, or 77 percent. Through the first 10 episodes of Season 4, Dead is averaging 13.3 million viewers and a 6.8 in the 18-49 demo. By comparison, the second highest-rated scripted show on TV, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory , is averaging a 5.3 in the demo. Barring a full-on zombie apocalypse, AMC plans to run the season finale of Dead on March 30.

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TV Review: ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

February 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jimmy Fallon has clearly come a long way since his bathed-in-sweat premiere hosting “Late Night,” which bore a minor resemblance to Albert Brooks in “Broadcast News.” Yet watching the boyish-looking comic make his debut on “The Tonight Show” Monday, the prevailing sense is NBC’s eagerness to promote him – and elbow Jay Leno toward the... Read more

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Joan Rivers Returns To ‘Tonight Show’ After Decades-Long Ban

February 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With a new host behind the desk, Joan Rivers has returned to “Tonight.” After an exile of nearly 30 years, Joan Rivers appeared on NBC’s “Tonight Show” Monday night, The turn on the ‘Tonight’ stage marks the first time the veteran comedienne has surfaced on the program since Johnny Carson banned her after she left... Read more

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Winter Olympics: NBC Exec Defends Reporter’s Questioning in Bode Miller Interview

February 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amid mounting criticism, NBC Olympics exec producer Jim Bell defended the conduct of NBC reporter Christin Cooper during her interview Sunday with bronze-medal skiing winner Bode Miller. Cooper’s exchange with Miller has turned controversial as she repeatedly questioned the skiing star about his reaction to winning in light of the death of his brother last... Read more

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NBC to Promote New Comedies After Final Night of Olympics, Closing Ceremony

February 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC is putting an end to all the post-Olympics monkey business. Two years after making viewers go ape by interrupting the closing ceremony of the London Games with a preview of the simian sitcom Animal Practice , the broadcaster is taking a much more cautious approach in Sochi. The plan for next Sunday’s prime-time broadcast is to air two hours of edited curtain-closing footage, followed by the commercial-free premiere of Growing Up Fisher . The single-camera effort stars J.K. Simmons as an irascible blind attorney and is of a piece with NBC’s move toward broad family comedies. While Fisher is certain to draw a healthy amount of sampling—at the very least, the closing ceremony should provide a lead-in of some 20 million viewers—if recent trends are any indication, the artificial buzz generated by a postevent premiere will be ephemeral at best. (After bowing out of a blockbuster 49ers-Saints game on Nov. 17 , Fox’s Almost Human the very next night plummeted more than 25 percent in the 18-49 demo.) On Saturday, immediately after the final night of competition, NBC will roll out its other new midseason comedy, About a Boy . Originally developed for Fox in 2003, Boy stars David Walton and Minnie Driver. Both shows will have their time slot premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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