Posts Tagged ‘television’

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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USA Network Orders Drama Pilot ‘Evil Men’

November 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

USA Network has announced a pilot pick-up for drama “Evil Men” from CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Prods. Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”) are set to star. Daniel Taplitz (“Breakin’ All the Rules”) will write and exec produce. Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and... Read more

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We Spent the Morning With Adult Swim’s Eric Andre and This Is What Happened

November 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim is now in its third season, and there is absolutely no question: It's over the top. We caught up with the show's host in New York, where he spoke about some of his comedic and punk rock inspirations. Given those, it's not surprising he literally destroys his set prior to every show. "I was influenced by GG Allin," Andre said in an interview with Adweek. "He was my favorite." In the video above, Andre talks about the show's new season, drops a few names of his upcoming guests and takes his sense of humor to the street.

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Why No One Comes Back to See Your Great Second Season

November 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Very few TV series emerge fully-formed. Most shows take at least a season to figure themselves and their characters out, or to course-correct after a rocky beginning. Often by Season 2, a series—like FX's The Bridge or ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—can finally complete its necessary adjustments and become the outstanding show it was always meant to be.

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Canadian Regulators Rescind ‘Netflix Tax’

November 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Canada’s equivalent of the FCC has backed off trying to regulate Netflix by rescinding what has become known as the "Netflix tax," a move which could have significant implications for other U.S. entertainment content providers doing business there. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled that Netflix will not have to pay fees to subsidize Canadian TV productions nor will the company be subject to minimal Canadian content requirements. Canada’s largest cable companies reportedly already provide 30 percent Canadian content, and Netflix features Canadian programs , which has apparently satisfied the CRTC. Netflix has been doing business in Canada since 2010. CRTC Chairman Pierre Blais reportedly told La Presse news site that "Regulating Netflix is the least of our worries." Last week the regulatory agency gave the go-ahead for Canadian television subscribers to be able to change companies without giving thirty days notice. The CRTC has been conducting hearings to determine the extent of regulating U.S. content providers.

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For Gotham’s Ben McKenzie, No Gadget Beats a Good Traffic App Or a Nice Scotch

November 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Former CBS, Leo Burnett Exec to Head National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

November 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Former CBS and Leo Burnett Worldwide exec Bob Mauro has been named president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the New York-based org that administers Emmy awards that fall outside the primetime scope of the West Coast-based Television Academy. Mauro will oversee day-to-day operations of NATAS. He fills a role that has... 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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Ex-Fox Chairman Lands a Top Job at Turner Running TNT and TBS

November 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Kevin Reilly, the former chairman of Fox, has been out of a job since just after the upfronts in May. Now, he's landed one of the most interesting gigs in cable television—running TNT and TBS. The executive has been named chief content officer.

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Here’s a Supercut of the Most Hilarious Matthew McConaughey Lincoln Ad Parodies

October 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to parodies of Matthew McConaughey's earnestly enigmatic Lincoln campaign, something tells me people are just making fun of the guy. At least, he's drawn the attention of several satirists who've turned in their own entertaining versions.

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