Posts Tagged ‘night’

‘Canceled’ is a Dirty Word This Fall, but Buyers Aren’t Panicking

November 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Each year, a few familiar touchstones mark the passage of fall: trees shedding their leaves, the end of Daylight Saving Time and the ritual cancelation of broadcast's lowest-rated new shows. Yet for the first time in more than 15 years, the networks made it to November without pulling the plug on a single new series. Several freshman shows are rating a paltry 0.6 or 0.7 in adults 18-49, but instead of cancelling them as usual, networks are keeping them on the air and reducing their 13-episode orders. Fox trimmed Minority Report's count to 10, while ABC did the same with Blood and Oil. NBC cut Truth Be Told's order to 10 and took The Player down to 9.

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Why NBC Is Betting Big This Fall on Live TV—and Neil Patrick Harris

September 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Forty years after launching Saturday Night Live, NBC's mantra this fall seems to be Every Night Live. The network, hoping to stay No. 1 this season in adults 18-49, will try to entice audiences with live programming on five different nights: Sunday (Sunday Night Football), Monday (The Voice), Tuesday (The Voice and Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris), Friday (Undateable) and Saturday ( SNL ). "Live is always potentially more exciting, and it happens to dovetail with the challenge we have to compel people to watch shows when we put them on," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. "I think it's more compelling to the audience to come to a show that's live, and it's vital to keep trying to make the shows really appointment viewing" as viewers increasingly watch television on a delayed schedule. While Greenblatt has had great success with live programming in recent years—Sunday Night Football and The Voice routinely top the Nielsens, while 18.6 million viewers tuned in for The Sound of Music Live! in 2013—he's never bet on the format as heavily as he is this fall. The Harris-hosted Best Time Ever, debuting Sept. 15 and based on the British show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, is a live variety/game show offering a mix of practical jokes, celeb appearances, giveaways and much more. "We're holding a lot of cards close to our vest because that's what's going to make it fun to watch live," Harris said

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How to Be Unstoppable: Inside the Creative Mind of Mindy Kaling

July 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Earlier this year, in her well-received Super Bowl ad for Nationwide, Mindy Kaling thought she might be invisible. Hardly. As one of Hollywood's major creative forces, she's never been more prolific. The actress and writer—and cover star of Adweek's Creative 100 —voices the character Disgust in Inside Out, Disney/Pixar's summer blockbuster that is already the year's fourth highest grossing film, raking in $300 million and counting. Her critically acclaimed TV comedy The Mindy Project, which she created, writes and stars in, was snapped up by Hulu in May, shortly after Fox passed on it. It will return for Season 4 in September, right around the Sept. 15 release of her second book, Why Not Me? Besides Nationwide, the alum of NBC's The Office also starred in a high-profile American Express campaign this year that celebrated her status as an "unlikely leading lady." Before diving into production on Season 4, Kaling talked with Adweek about the creative challenges of juggling so many projects and the family tragedy that drives her. Adweek: When Fox didn't pick up The Mindy Project, were you certain you'd find another home? Kaling: I have always been an optimist. I refuse to create things under the assumption of failure. So I thought that the best thing for the story creatively was to end last season on a cliffhanger, and it's a fun way to get people back.

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NBA Basketball Is Coming to Saturday Nights on ABC

July 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC is opening up another night of NBA action, adding Saturday night games for next season. The eight-game slate will tip off Jan. 23, 2016 and run twice a month through the rest of the season, with games starting at 8:30 p.m. ABC is coming off its most-watched NBA Finals since it began airing the NBA in the 2002-03 season, with nearly 20 million viewers watching the Golden State Warriors capture their first title in 40 years, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. Under its current rights deal with the NBA – which expires after next season – ABC was scheduled for 16 games. Instead of airing doubleheaders on Sundays, ABC will now air one on Saturday nights and one on Sunday afternoons. Per usual, ABC's NBA slate begins with its Christmas Day doubleheader. "We expect to establish this series as a big-game destination for NBA fans, along the lines of what we've accomplished in college football with Saturday Night Football on ABC," said ESPN president John Skipper. ABC and ESPN will now combine to televise NBA games four days per week: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

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TLC Cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’

July 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

TLC has canceled one of its most successful reality shows nearly two months after it was revealed one of the stars of the show had molested several underage girls. Josh Duggar, one of 19 children of an Arkansas family documented by TLC since 2008, admitted to molesting five underage girls in 2002 and 2003, including four of his sisters, when he was a teenager. "After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air," TLC said in a statement. The network is partnering with advocacy groups to "raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue." It will also produce a one-hour documentary featuring Jill and Jessa Duggar who were victims of Josh Duggar. The commercial-free documentary will air later this summer. "TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help." Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly in early June saying what happened was "not rape" because Josh's victims "didn't know or understand" what was happening to them. Their responses seemed to downplay the seriousness of the abuse, leaving TLC in a unpredictable position. As the story broke, TLC went ahead airing a 19 Kids and Counting marathon on the night of May 21, but shelved the show the following day.

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Sponsors Line Up for BET Awards, ‘the Biggest Entertainment Weekend in Black America’

June 17, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A number of major brands—Coca-Cola, Cricket Wireless, Domino's, Macy's, McDonald's, Nissan, Samsung, State Farm, Verizon and the U.S. Army—are signed on for the 15th anniversary of the BET Awards and the weekend-long BET Experience, or what sales chief Louis Carr calls the "biggest entertainment weekend in black America." The three-day festival of music and comedy takes place June 25-28 at Club Nokia and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and is capped by the awards, airing 8 p.m. ET June 28 on the cable network. "However you cut it, looking at numbers or the social media, there is no other weekend where African Americans engage with this type of scale," Carr says. "The sponsors continue to grow, and we're just super excited about next week. "The preeminent brand in black media," as Carr calls it, even has the country's two biggest wireless companies sponsoring different parts of the weekend. AT&T-owned Cricket Wireless will sponsor a new category called the FANdemonium Award along with the live After Party Post Show, while Verizon will sponsor a red carpet Periscope livestream. "They both live in the same neighborhood, and they've been able to function without any conflicts in the past," Carr says. And if you check out the live stream, you'll notice Nissan's new 2016 Maxima parked front and center. Domino's is sponsoring the countdown clock during the Red and Ready Pre-Show. "When you look at the BET Awards in our 15th year, and look at the success we've had over the years, it really makes advertisers very attractive," Carr said. Coke has been associated with the BET Awards since the beginning. This year the company is sponsoring a user-generated contest. The winner of the #BETInstaStar contest will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the show and present the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award on-air. State Farm will once again sponsor the Humanitarian Award.

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How MasterChef Junior Helped Rescue Fox’s Season

June 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Fox's schedule imploded last fall, the network found itself with an enormous hole to fill: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. where reality misfire Utopia (one of its four freshman flops) had sunk to a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. To stop the bleeding, the network tapped the only fall show left in its arsenal, MasterChef Junior, which had been set for Fridays. "We were anxious, but flattered," said Adeline Ramage Rooney, the show's executive producer, of the high-profile move. "They obviously saw there was an opportunity to take a gamble on it, and it seemed to pay off." Indeed, the series—in which kid chefs between 8 and 13 compete for Gordon Ramsay and other celebrity judges to win a $100,000 prize—was one of Fox's only fall shows to outperform expectations. Its 1.8 debut 18-49 rating more than doubled Utopia's puny numbers—and the show maintained a 1.7 average for both Season 2 and winter's Season 3 (up from Season 1's 1.4 in fall 2013), drawing more viewers than even the regular MasterChef. "The preservation of our Tuesday audience was very important, and MasterChef Junior helped us stabilize the night," said David Madden, president, Fox Entertainment. Gordon Ramsay Matt Hoyle / Fox Ramage Rooney, who also executive produces MasterChef (its sixth season just kicked off), said she and Ramsay were inspired to create MasterChef Junior because "the adult version of MasterChef really seemed to capture a family audience and to get more kids into cooking. There's quite a lack of co-viewing shows that parents and kids can sit down to together." The show's family appeal also is a draw for advertisers.

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How CBS’ Supergirl Trailer Became a Viral Sensation

May 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

George Schweitzer has spent 20 years overseeing the trailers for the new shows CBS unveils at its upfront presentations each May. "It used to be we showed them in Carnegie Hall, and then we put them away for a while," recalled Schweitzer, president of CBS Marketing Group. But as the networks began releasing their upfront trailers online in recent years, he said, "Now, it's shown in Carnegie Hall, and five minutes later, it's going around the world." Yet, not even an upfront vet like Schweitzer was prepared for the astounding global reaction to CBS' trailer for Supergirl, one of fall's most eagerly anticipated new shows, after it debuted at the network's May 13 upfront . His group consulted with The CW's marketing and press teams who offered guidance on launching a superhero project. "We were warned that this thing would go viral quickly," said Schweitzer, and that's just what happened. Within two days, more than 5 million people had viewed the trailer online. A week after its May 13 debut, that number has risen to more than 10 million. The 10 million figure eclipses the total views of all the other CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox upfront trailer combined. "It's unbelievable," said Schweitzer. "That's more than [the audience for] some of our shows." The last time CBS debuted a superhero series, 1990's The Flash, "there was no Internet," said Schweitzer

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Are These David Letterman’s 10 Best Top 10 Lists?

May 19, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As David Letterman prepares to deliver his final Top 10 list on his final show tomorrow night, we take a look back at 10 of his best ever. Letterman's very first list—things that almost rhyme with peas—was presented on NBC's Late Night on Sept. 18, 1985. When it's all said and done, Letterman will have presented 4,605 Top 10 lists on his two late-night programs (1,099 on NBC and 3,596 on CBS). Over the years, 11 different cities have been the fictional "home office" of the list. The first was Milwaukee, Wis.; the current home office is Wahoo, Neb. Drumroll, please: In December 2012, Mick Jagger delivered the top 10 things he's learned after 50 years in Rock 'N' Roll: From December 2009, here's Jim Carey: In 1994, the Beach Boys sang the numbers, while the list celebrated moments from Letterman's first year on CBS: On May 13, 1994, two years after he retired from the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson hand-delivered the Top 10 list as Letterman hosted a week of Late Shows from Los Angeles.

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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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