Posts Tagged ‘night’

Cecily Strong’s Full Speech at White House Correspondents Dinner (VIDEO)

April 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong left few stones unturned at the White House Correspondents Dinner. The comedian-actress ripped everyone from President Obama to NBC’s embattled newsman Brian Williams. “What can I say about Brian Williams? Nothing because I work for NBC.” Watch the full speech above

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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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Bookings and Signings: Below-the-Line Agencies Get New Clients, Find Them Jobs

April 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

APA has booked cinematographers Mark Doering-Powell (“Super Fun Night”) on NBC pilot “Not Safe for Work” and Alan Caso (“Hawaii Five-0”) on NBC miniseries “Heroes Reborn”; costume designer Hala Bahmet (“The Purge: Anarchy”) on FX’s “American Crime Story”; and producer Robin Sweet (“Rectify”) on season 2 of AMC’s “Better Call Saul” (pictured). APA signings include... Read more

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3 TV Shows That Have Awesomely Come to Life at SXSW

March 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's not just interactive technologies, film and music at the South by Southwest festival on March 13 through March 21. Several TV brands came to Austin and created experiential activations that let fans delve deeper into their favorite shows, as well as introduced the programs to potential new audiences. Here's a few of our favorites. The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Truck

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4 TV Shows That Have Awesomely Come to Life at SXSW

March 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's not just interactive technologies, film and music at the South by Southwest festival on March 13 through March 21. Several TV brands came to Austin and devised experiential activations that let fans delve deeper into their favorite shows, as well as introduced the programs to potential new audiences. Here's a few of our favorites. The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Truck

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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Voice,’ ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ Finale Top Monday

March 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor” delivered the show’s best score of the season but it wasn’t close to knocking off NBC’s “The Voice” as the top show of the night as the music competition barely missed a beat in its first outing during Daylight Saving Time. Fox, meanwhile, saw its “The Following” — without... Read more

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth’ Stands Out with Solid Sunday Start

March 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

On a busy Sunday that marked the beginning of the networks’ spring lineup rollouts, Fox had the best news as its hourlong premiere of comedy “Last Man on Earth” stood as the night’s top-rated broadcast in young adults. ABC did decently with its two-hour launch of “Secrets and Lies,” but it was a sluggish start... Read more

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Eddie Murphy Rejected Offer to Play Cosby on ‘SNL 40,’ Says Norm Macdonald

February 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Comedian Norm Macdonald took to Twitter Wednesday evening to share a long but fascinating account about the behind-the-scenes drama that preceded “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary extravaganza. Eddie Murphy, who made a brief cameo on the NBC special, was apparently in talks to impersonate Bill Cosby in “Celebrity Jeopardy,” a skit Macdonald wrote and originally created... Read more

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Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Prince Jam at ‘SNL’ Anniversary Special After-Party (Video)

February 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If you thought the fun was over when the show ended at Sunday night’s “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special, it looks like you were wrong. Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Prince, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Murray, Haim and more all jammed at the after-party at the Plaza Hotel. Swift was joined by McCartney while performing “Shake... Read more

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WATCH: ‘SNL’ Brings Back ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ to Jab Bill Cosby, Matthew McConaughey

February 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Saturday Night Live” dusted off its classic “Celebrity Jeopardy” skit for the show’s 40th anniversary special, with Will Ferrell reprising his role as a long-suffering Alex Trebek surrounded by inept stars. The skit brought back “Celebrity Jeopardy” favorites Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond) and Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald), along with Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Tony Bennett... Read more

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