Posts Tagged ‘networks’

Ice-T and Coco Are Getting a Daytime Talk Show

April 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Actor Ice-T and wife Coco Austin are bringing their act to daytime TV. Ice & Coco will get a three-week test run this summer on several FOX-owned stations. Telepictures, which is producing the show, says the couple "brings a fresh perspective to the daily talk show format with their unique interview style and enthusiasm for joining in the conversation." "It's a fun show with our own style of hip, married humor and honesty," the couple said in a release. Ice and Coco may be best known for their reality show "Ice Loves Coco," which ran for three seasons on E! "We see this as another attempt to do something different—big personalities, new to the day part," said Frank Cicha, svp of programming for FOX Television Stations. "Ice-T helped change popular culture. We're trying to do the same thing for daytime." Ice & Coco premieres Monday, Aug. 3, in New York and Los Angeles, with more stations and timeslots expected to be announced soon.

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How ABC Got Its Groove Back (Only Partly Because of Shonda Rhimes)

April 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC has had little reason to smile over the past dreary decade, as it often has found itself bringing up the rear among viewers ages 18-49. Its sole upfront highlight is usually Jimmy Kimmel's annual skewering of the network and its perpetual ratings woes. But this season, things are finally starting to look up for ABC. The network has pulled itself out of the 18-49 ratings basement it occupied for the past three seasons (it's now in third place, just ahead of Fox), and it's the only broadcast network up season to date in the 18-49 demographic (to a 2.2, from last year's 2.1). Thanks to its mighty, all-Shonda Rhimes TGIT block, Thursdays are at a five-year high in the demo. And its fortified Wednesday comedy block (featuring The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Black-ish) is at a three-year high. While the network canceled the Manhattan Love Story this season, it has also had several freshman hits, including How to Get Away With Murder (already renewed for next year), Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, which is doubling the ratings ABC got in the time slot last fall. As the upfronts approach, ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee talked about how the network has reinvented itself—and why its recent success is only partially due to Queen Shonda. Thank God It's Thursday Lee's most successful play this season was handing over his Thursday night lineup to Rhimes: Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, both of which she created, and How to Get Away with Murder, which she executive produces. Most critically, he branded the night TGIT (Thank God It's Thursday), an ode to the TGIF Friday night comedy block that was a ratings hit in the '90s. "We took a brand that my boss Bob Iger invented [in 1989], TGIF, and we burnished it. It was very sweet to take a dormant brand and reinvent it on Thursday as something that was just as fresh today as that was then," said Lee. But as successful as TGIT has been, Lee isn't sure he can replicate it on another night. "A brand has to match the shows that are there.

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Will the Game of Thrones Premiere Be Spoiled by Periscope Pirating?

April 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Game of Thrones fans are counting down the days until April 12, when HBO's fantasy drama returns for its fifth season. To tune in, they'll flip to HBO on TV, watch HBO Go on their laptops or tablets, or fire up the just-launched standalone service HBO Now. Then, there are the not-so-legal options. Game of Thrones

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A Filmmaker Gets an Opportunity of a Lifetime

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In 2005, Wieden + Kennedy provided a fresh start for Sarah Gertrude Shapiro after she literally fled her reality TV job on The Bachelor —and Hollywood. A decade later, the agency has changed her life yet again: helping her co-create her own Lifetime series about, yes, a Bachelor-like show. "It's very much outside the purview of any advertising agency to be able

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What Do 13 of the Strongest Women on TV Have in Common? They’re All Tatiana Maslany

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A few short years ago, Tatiana Maslany was an up-and-coming actress with improv comedy chops, some TV and small movie roles under her belt and a profile little known outside her native Canada. Those days are definitely behind her. Now she's regularly mobbed at fan gatherings like San Diego's Comic-Con and revered by TV critics for her work on BBC America's much-lauded, sci-fi-tinged thriller Orphan Black . In it, the 29-year-old juggles multiple roles—a dizzying number of sister clones,

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The Beeb Creates Buzz With Splashy Thrillers

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sarah Barnett hasn't been genetically engineered, like all those clones in Orphan Black, for the job at hand. It just seems that way. Barnett's new gig—she's a few months into her tenure as president and general manager of the buzzed-about cable channel BBC America—brings her back to the place where she began her stateside career a decade ago, so she intimately knows the lay of the land. It also keeps her in the AMC Networks fold, where she methodically built SundanceTV from the quirky home of indie flicks into an ad-supported, original-content player with scripted series like Rectify, Top of the Lake and Carlos. Now that AMC has taken an operating stake in BBC America, the U.K.-born-and-bred Barnett will be running point on the new relationship. She'll also be guiding the channel, which recently logged its highest-rated year in prime time and total viewers, into the ever-competitive upfront presentations to advertisers and beyond, where she says she'll continue to take "the big swings" that helped put the "Beeb" on the map in the U.S.

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Producer Howard T. Owens Launches Banner with A+E Networks’ Investment

March 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Former National Geographic TV president Howard T. Owens has launched a content production venture with financial backing from A+E Networks. Owens (pictured left) has tapped former A&E Network g.m. David McKillop (right) as a partner and chief creative officer of Los Angeles-based Propagate Content. A+E is an investor in Propagate, but it will operate autonomously... Read more

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Mulder and Scully Are Returning for The X-Files Miniseries

March 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back! Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have agreed to reprise their iconic roles for an upcoming six-episode reboot of The X-Files on Fox. "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," series creator and executive producer Chris Carter said in a release on the show's newly updated website ,

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These Shows Have Global Appeal

March 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Jane the Virgin, the CW hit, owes its success to many—not the least of which is its star (and Adweek cover girl) Gina Rodriguez, who took home a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy this past January for her leading role on the dramedy. But it all started with the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, on which Jane the Virgin is based. From All in the Family to American Idol, American TV has a long history of series based on hits in other countries. Here, some other current TV and streaming series with offshore origins. Love Lust or Run

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Web TV Players Turn Up the Heat on Cable Providers

March 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Just over two months ago, Dish unveiled Sling TV at the Consumer Electronics Show. It was a big deal: the service offers premium cable channels like AMC, Adult Swim and the 400 lb. gorilla of cable networks, ESPN, and at $30 a month, live. Its slogan? "Take back TV." Monday, news that Apple is planning a similar creation leaked to The Wall Street Journal—indeed, the service is set to include every broadcaster except NBC (and thus none of NBC's sister networks, either) and several cable channels, and to run between $30 and $40 a month. A few days earlier, Sony announced that its own TV service, revealed at last year's CES, was literally ready for primetime—it, too, will have broadcast networks (only ABC was still holding out) and several cable players involved, including Viacom, which owns all-important Nickelodeon. Sony's similar Vue service went live today

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