Posts Tagged ‘night’

Mel Gibson on Hollywood, Independent Filmmaking, Sharks, Vikings and Gary Oldman

July 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — Mel Gibson is at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, where he received the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. He also went on stage before an open-air screening of “Mad Max,” attended by more than 3,000 screaming fans. (Watch his cell-phone video clip from the night,... Read more

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CBS Announces Fall Premiere Dates, Including Hourlong ‘Big Bang Theory’ on Monday

June 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS, which has traditionally rolled out just about all of its fall series during premiere week, is mixing things up some this year by stretching out its launches over a six-week period. “The addition of ‘Thursday Night Football’ provides the flexibility to strategically roll out our fall season in multiple waves, maximizing promotional platforms and... Read more

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NBA Finals on ABC Hits 2014 High, Tops Other Nets Combined

June 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Another surprising blowout victory by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 has produced the top preliminary ratings result for the 2014 NBA Finals, with ABC beating its rivals combined on Thursday. NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” remained the top original entertainment series on the night, but fell off opposite the big game, while the net’s... Read more

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‘Parks and Recreation’s’ Matt Murray Signs Overall with Universal TV

June 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Parks and Recreation” co-executive producer Matt Murray has closed a two-year overall deal at Universal Television, Variety has learned. Under the deal, Murray will supervise and develop new projects for the studio. The comedy writer, whose credits include “Community,” “The Cleveland Show” and “Saturday Night Live” will move over to “Parks and Rec” alums Dan... Read more

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Mindy Kaling Defends ‘Mindy Project’ First Season at Fox Panel

June 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The title “Girls Night Out” was a fitting name for the panel that Fox held at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood on Monday, as some of the net’s most prominent female figures turned up to talk their career beginnings, their shows and the challenges that come with working in the industry. Mindy... Read more

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NBC Stays on Top in Primetime as Summer Gets Underway

June 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC, coming off its strongest season in years, is off to a good start this summer too, winning last week in key demos behind the return of “America’s Got Talent,” a solid premiere for drama “The Night Shift” and decent-for-summer numbers for new comedy “Undateable.” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Last Comic Standing” also returned pretty... Read more

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The Next Aaron Spelling? Showrunner Shonda Rhimes Is ABC’s Queen of Prime Time

June 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The pilot of then-unknown hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy was nearly complete in early 2005, but some real heavy lifting remained. Shonda Rhimes, a screenwriter who was taking her first stab at creating a television series, needed to put together synopses of the next eight episodes, telling executives at ABC just where the soapy, hospital-based drama intended to go in the near future. James Parriott, a veteran showrunner who’d been brought in to help steer the ship, offered to take half the workload. They only had a weekend to finish, he remembers, which would’ve been a tall order even for a seasoned TV writer.

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Billboard Music Awards Stomps Good Wife, Amazing Race Finales

May 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The week got off to a good start for ABC: the network's Sunday broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards won out handily over season finales of The Good Wife and The Amazing Race on CBS, both of which were flat in 18-49. The Billboard show hit a 13-year audience high—a rarity in an age of increased fragmentation. Billboard, like Adweek, is owned by affiliates of Guggenheim Partners.

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Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

May 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — The Eurovision Song Contest, which played to a TV audience of more than 120 million Saturday, was won by bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst. Wurst said: “This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are — we are unity and we... Read more

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‘Shark Tank,’ ’20/20′ Power Strong Friday for ABC; ‘Blue Bloods,’ NBC Dramas Rise

May 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Shark Tank” and “20/20,” carried ABC to an easy victory among young adults on Friday, but the night also featured ratings gains for scripted series on CBS and NBC. ABC logged its highest adults 18-49 average on a Friday (1.8 rating/6 share) since November 2012, led by “Shark Tank” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers... Read more

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