Posts Tagged ‘network’

History Channel Heads West With New Texas Series, Shot in Classic CinemaScope

January 10, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Following the success of Hatfields & McCoys, History has another Western miniseries premiering on Memorial Day, this time focusing on

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SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Network Code Contract

January 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Members of SAG-AFTRA have ratified a three-years-plus successor deal to its master contract covering non-primetime TV work. The vote in favor of the deal was 96.5% of ballots cast and follows the SAG-AFTRA national board’s recommendation in December that members vote for the deal with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Ballots were mailed to approximately... Read more

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Can Dead People Resurrect A&E’s Ratings?

January 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Things unraveled quickly for A&E in 2014: Its top-rated show, Duck Dynasty, plummeted to a 1.0 18-49 rating in November, and it canceled its second-most popular show, Longmire, which skewed too old for its advertisers. ( Netflix picked it up for Season 4. ) As A&E tries to right the ship in 2015, the network is focusing on its loyal audience for Bates Motel (which averaged 4.1 million viewers each week during Season 2) with its new drama, The Returned. At the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Friday, A&E revealed that The Returned

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is About to Get Yet Another Job Title: Late-Night TV Host

January 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The National Geographic Channel is boldly going where it's never gone before: into late-night TV. Author, astrophysicist, Cosmos host and Cannes presenter Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will host Star Talk, the network's first late-night series, debuting in April. Based on Tyson's popular podcast and radio show, Star Talk "will bridge the intersection between pop culture and science as it brings together celebrities, comedians and scientists to discuss the latest developments in our vast universe," said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Channels. The new program, announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, adds to Tyson's lengthy list of TV credentials, including PBS' Nova, Fox's hit revival of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, a six-part lecture series available on Netflix called The Impossible Universe and many appearances on popular talk shows like The Daily Show.

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Fox News, Fox Business Removed From Dish In Carriage-Rights Spat

December 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not currently available on satellite-broadcaster Dish Network, the result of an impasse in carriage talks between the two companies. Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned... Read more

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As Coke Exits American Idol After 13 Seasons, an Iconic Show’s Future Looks Grim

December 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If American Idol was in rough shape before (which it was), it's looking at an even bleaker future now that Coca-Cola has publicly said it won't be running ads in the reality show's 14th season. Yes, that means no more red-and-white cups in front of the judges on what was once the biggest competition series on television. American Idol returns to Fox on Jan. 7. "After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point," the beverage company told Variety , and the statement's existence in itself is saying something: it's very rare for advertisers to publicly cut ties to a show that hasn't offended somebody. Fox quickly followed up Adweek's request for comment with a statement signed by both companies:"Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end their 13-year American Idol partnership. We look forward to working together on new collaborations in the future." For their part, viewers are more or less boycotting American Idol out of boredom these days; the show's Wednesday ratings were down 31.6 percent among 18-49 year-olds last season. On Thursdays, it was off by more than a third.

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SAG-AFTRA Leaders Approve Network Code Contract

December 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved the tentative agreement reached with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for a successor agreement on the union’s network television code master contract. The board met Monday by video conference in New York and Los Angeles to review the terms of the new agreement and voted to send the contract... Read more

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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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