Posts Tagged ‘network’

How The Simpsons Saved FXX

November 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When FX Networks CEO John Landgraf sealed the deal last November to secure exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons for his fledgling cable network FXX, he was elated ("It's arguably one of the greatest shows ever made!")—but terrified. "I was really nervous about it. If it hadn't worked, it would have been a financial drain on the company's competitive abilities and resources for the better part of a decade…. There was a lot of sticker shock associated with the price we paid," said Landgraf, who shelled out an estimated $750 million for the long-term deal. Plus, given that The Simpsons was in its 25th season at the time, "there was no way to calculate how many times people had already watched. There was no way to calculate the nostalgia factor for people that might have fallen off the Simpsons train. And, by the way, we chose to put it on a channel that didn't exist, essentially." That would be FXX, the former Fox Soccer network, which relaunched Sept. 2, 2013 as FX's younger, edgier sibling. But early on, even Landgraf seemed unsure of what defined an FX series versus one that aired on FXX. By Nov. 13—almost exactly a year ago—things seemed bleak for FXX's future when the network canceled its late-night talk show, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, which was drawing as few as 10,000 total viewers per night after relocating from FX.

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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 keepcbs.com for the Dish dispute, in a... Read more

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Fast Chat: Lisa Kudrow Talks The Comeback’s Return to HBO

November 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Comeback is coming back! Nine years after canceling Lisa Kudrow’s brilliant comedy, HBO has revived it for a second season , returning Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET. The ahead-of-its-time series followed faded sitcom star Valerie Cherish (Kudrow), who is so desperate to stay famous that she agrees to star in a reality series about her comeback attempt: appearing on a generic new network sitcom called Room and Bored. HBO canceled the show, but its fervent fanbase grew over the years, until the network, along with Comeback creators Michael Patrick King (who also worked on Sex and the City during its heyday) and Kudrow decided it was time to catch up again with Valerie 10 years later. In addition to her Comeback return, Kudrow has pulled off something equally unlikely: simultaneously starring in series for HBO and Showtime, where Web Therapy, based on her digital series about an online therapist, just kicked off Season 4. Its rare that the bitter rivals agree to share talent: after Liev Schreiber signed on to star in Showtime’s drama Ray Donovan, HBO forced him to go unbilled in last year’s Larry David original movie, Clear History, while HBO Sports came close to dropping Schreiber as its longtime narrator. Kudrow talked with Adweek about reviving The Comeback, how her guest-appearance on Scandal last season—playing a Congresswoman with a secret—helped make it happen and what might be next for the show after its eight-episode Season 2: Adweek: You’re now a part of this ongoing HBO/Showtime rivalry. Once Liev Schreiber got Ray Donovan, he couldn’t be credited for his HBO acting work. I just learned that! And he’s the voice for HBO. So how were you able to star on shows for both networks? Both shows are non-exclusive. Web Therapy is licensed as a ready-made. HBO, that’s up in the air. Depending on which guild, [The Comeback] is Season 2, but it could also be [considered] a limited series, miniseries, event series… So I don’t know. But they’re non-exclusive, so I can do both. You’ve said you never allowed yourself to believe that The Comeback could be revived, but were there things you saw over the years that you wished you could have addressed on the show

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Ex-Fox Chairman Lands a Top Job at Turner Running TNT and TBS

November 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Kevin Reilly, the former chairman of Fox, has been out of a job since just after the upfronts in May. Now, he's landed one of the most interesting gigs in cable television—running TNT and TBS. The executive has been named chief content officer.

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Can Kid Chefs Help Fox Salvage What’s Left of the Fall?

November 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox knew that its fall season was going to be awful—it’s now very clear why Kevin Reilly stepped down as Fox entertainment chairman just weeks after May upfronts—but the network can't have known it would be downright cataclysmic. Four out of its five new series have already tanked: the network finally canceled its $50 million reality series Utopia on Sunday after the show pulled a miniscule 0.5 18-49 rating, and newbies Gracepoint and Red Band Society aren’t fairing much better—production on Mulaney is reportedly shut down. So

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Are DirecTV Customers Going to Lose AMC in the Middle of The Walking Dead?

November 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ah, November: The Christmas decorations are going up, flights home are getting expensive, and networks are going to war with cable providers. It's always an uphill battle with satellite and terrestrial system operators given how terribly they rate in customer service in the first place, so DirecTV is trying to ease into things by informing viewers that they're in danger of losing The Walking Dead in the middle of the season. The satellite operator picked a novel way to do this: by running ads during The Walking Dead on Sunday evening. This went over great with viewers, obviously: If @DIRECTV takes off @AMC_TV then I'm canceling my contract with them!!! Wtf, they can't take off my fav show! I need the walking dead! — America Garcia ⚽ (@americarbd) November 3, 2014 It probably won't help matters for DirecTV, either, that Walking Dead is now outdoing Sunday Night Football in Live+SD (same day) demo viewers, this time for a second week running. On Sunday night, it pulled in

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Joel McHale Extends ‘The Soup’ Hosting Gig Through 2016

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Actor and comedian Joel McHale will continue to offer his take on pop culture, extending his agreement to host E!’s “The Soup” through 2016. McHale’s Free Period Prods. will also continue its production development deal with E!, which gives the network first-look rights to ideas for non-scripted series. “Whether he is entertaining the audience with the... Read more

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After #TGIT and #WCW, 12 New TV Hashtag Campaigns We’d Like to See

October 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Thank God it's branded! For the first time since NBC's Must-See TV Thursday night lineup and ABC's TGIF comedies ruled the airwaves in the '90s, broadcast networks are once again successfully branding entire nights of programming. ABC revived the trend in July, aggressively using #TGIT (Thank God It's Thursday) to tout its all-Shonda-Rhimes-produced Thursday fall lineup: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. The night has been a massive success for the network, with all three shows ranking among the top 20 among adults ages 18 to 49 for the first four weeks of the season. NBC entered the fray a month later with "Woman Crush Wednesdays" (#WomanCrushWednesdays, or #WCW for short), inspired by the popular Wednesday hashtag in which Twitter and Instagram users post names and pictures of females they love. The network's campaign, featuring the female stars of Wednesday night dramas The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order: SVU, and Chicago P.D., seemed a bit awkward—Debra Messing, Mariska Hargitay and Sophia Bush enjoying a "girls' night out" at a gun range. But it was effective. The lineup is NBC's most successful Wednesday night block in years. While #WomanCrushWednesdays seemed to be NBC's attempt to follow in ABC's footsteps, an NBC rep tells Adweek that the campaign was not created in response to #TGIT. Instead, the idea simply arose from the fact that the network had three Wednesday shows with strong female leads. Even if that's the case, networks can't resist cloning anything that's a hit on television, whether that's shows or campaigns. Given the success of both #TGIT and #WCW, they're all likely brainstorming hashtag-friendly campaigns in an effort to brand as many other nights of TV as possible. Here are 12 branding TV campaigns, many of them a spin on other popular hashtags, that we'd like to see: 1. #PTSD (Post-Traumatic Sports Delay), CBS Sundays This has caused The Good Wife fans to tear out their hair and hurl their remotes for years now. The CBS Sunday night lineup is supposed to go like this: 60 Minutes at 7 p.m. ET, Madam Secretary at 8 p.m., The Good Wife at 9 p.m., CSI at 10 p.m. But thanks to weekly NFL overruns in the fall and those of spring sports events like the Masters Tournament, the actual start times are always a mystery, and are never the same two Sundays in a row. Will the shows start 13 minutes late

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USA Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for Season 3, Sets Holiday Special

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

USA Network loves the Chrisley clan. The cabler has given a third-season renewal to “Chrisley Knows Best,” the comedy-reality series following a larger-than-life father, Todd Chrisley, a wealthy businessman who heads sprawling family of five children and two grandchildren in Atlanta. The series opened its second season last week to strong ratings rivaling USA’s original... Read more

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CW Veteran John Maatta Joins Entertainment Arm of Greenberg Traurig

October 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

John Maatta, the longest-serving employee of the WB Network and the CW, is segueing to a post with the entertainment and media practice at Greenberg Traurig. Maatta, a well-liked and respected biz exec, will focus on legal matters related to entertainment development, production, new media, VOD, employment, co-production and financing agreements and issues involving TV... Read more

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