Posts Tagged ‘time’

NBCU’s Lifestyle Group Debuts Synchronized Joking With Complementary Comedy Shows

March 30, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Just when you thought reality TV was totally out of ideas—like completely, entirely, woefully out of ideas—Oxygen and Esquire come along with a novel pitch: two shows with the same cast on two different networks, one aimed at men and one aimed at women. This was the NBCU Lifestyle Group's most interesting announcement on Monday, when Bravo, Oxygen and Esquire presented their wares to reporters. Also a show kidnapped from NatGeo, but more on that in a moment. The high points: Living With Funny, on Oxygen, will follow the travails of several comedians trying to get along with their significant others in Los Angeles; Comedians of L.A. will follow those same comedians' careers as they try to move up in the professional world. It's an interesting extension of NBCU's extensive commitment to making everything at the gigantic company work alongside everything else; the Lifestyle group seems to be the part of the operation with the most viewer overlap and the networks usually try to downplay that for fear of appearing to compete with each other—this looks like an attempt to make them work in concert. Both shows (working titles all) are produced by L. Plummer Media, the company behind Oxygen's Preachers franchise. NatGe... uh, sorry, Esquire's Going Deep With David Rees is... back... for a second season, an eight-episode order of new shows for the well-liked comic's science show, which explores the physics of tying shoes, shaking hands, making paper airplanes and so on. The first improbably interesting episodes aired on News Corp/National Geographic joint venture The National Geographic Channel and were pushed hard by that network. It's strange to see, but the company definitely appears to have sold its interest in the show to Esquire, which will air "the original season," as Esquire programming svp Matt Hanna delicately put it during the presentation, as well as the new shows. Oxygen's other bids for greater relevance to young women include Pretty. Strong, an unscripted show about a lingerie football league, Crazy Talk, a Soup-style show about embarrassments on reality TV, and further entries in Plummer's Preachers franchise, this time Preachers of Atlanta, a hat trick with Preachers of Detroit and Preachers of L.A. Nary a mention of the Real Housewives franchise passed the lips of group president Frances Berwick during the presentation; the network is putting its eggs in baskets labeled NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches, Mother Funders (mostly self-explanatory), and Apres Ski, an impressive-looking show about a ski resort.

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Mr. T To Wield Sledgehammer for DIY Home-Renovation Series

March 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mr. T pities the fool who doesn’t know the first thing about home renovation. “You can’t just knock down everything, There might be electrical wiring. There might be a gap open,” he cautioned during a recent phone interview. “You have to take your time. You have to scout things out. If you do the wrong... Read more

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8 Ways Fox Could Keep Empire’s Momentum Going After the Season Finale

March 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox is about to have the happiest and saddest day of its 2014-15 season. No, that day is not today, even though tonight marks the two-hour season finale to its breakout hit, Empire. Instead, that moment will come tomorrow morning, when overnight ratings finally come in and will almost certainly reveal an unbelievable 10th week of growth in total viewers. The audience began at 9.9 million in its January debut and has continued growing to 14.9 million last week. Ratings in the coveted 18-49 demo have also grown from a 3.8 for the first episode to 5.8 last week. Could it crack a 6 tonight?

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Now You Can Put Your Own Photos in Don Draper’s Amazing Carousel Pitch

March 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It is the greatest advertising moment from TV's greatest advertising show, and now you can be a part of it. To help promote Man Men's upcoming final episodes, AMC has launched a Mad Men Carousel app on Facebook. The app pulls random photos from your Facebook galleries and drops them into Don Draper's pitch for the Kodak Carousel from Season 1's finale. It's a truncated version of the original scene, which you can watch below, but it's still a great way of reminding us how potent and touching Mad Men could be at its best. Depending on your results, you might find the video generated by the app to be hilariously off (as when it included the time I ate a hamburger between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts) or tear-jerkingly perfect (as when it showed my daughter's birth as the first slide on my first time using the app). So go give it a shot and see which of your memories get recaptured for the Carousel.

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Broadcasters Are Going Movie-Crazy During Pilot Season

March 10, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Pilot season this year boasts five nonclassic movies being refurbished as contenders for primetime placement on broadcast this season (not counting script deals for Big, Marley & Me, The Money Pit and The Illusionist), so we asked the same question you're probably asking: why the rush to pay homage to a collection of cinematic treasures with a mean score on Metacritic of 51 out of 100? We got some interesting answers. "When a company already owns the rights to existing IP, they would almost always rather recreate/rehash that than gamble on original content," explained Jeremy Fox, writer and former head of development at Annapurna Pictures. A TV producer concurs: "The new landscape of Netflix and summer series and direct-to-series orders makes the usual pilot gambles less appetizing. When people would complain about the budgets, I used to say, 'You're supposed to be losing millions of dollars so that you get a hit!' I think there's less profligate spending now." Below, check out some of this season's film-to-TV transitions.

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Here’s the Guy From Adult Swim Who Trawls Vimeo for Your Art School Thesis

March 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Dave Hughes is not a household name. He is, however, a beloved figure if you're really into strange art video and electronic music, largely because of his insane Adult Swim show, Off the Air. The show is 15 minutes long, airs at 4 a.m. and has no conventional narrative structure—no A and B plots, no quirky supporting characters, no rules, just a theme that gives the show its title—Colors, Nightmares, Hair (see below). It's also beloved by a certain kind of ad creative, largely because of Hughes' eclectic, dead-on taste and his penchant for looking in every nook and cranny for the artists whose work he collages into Off the Air's various episodes, some of who are ad guys. Hughes, who runs his own agency/production company,

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After Conquering Reality TV, Kim Kardashian Is Taking the Mobile World By Storm

March 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Kim Kardashian West first grabbed our attention in October 2007 with the premiere of E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Who could have guessed where that basic-cable reality show moment would lead? Since then, Kim, 34, has entered that rare pantheon of mononymous celebrities. Like Madonna and Oprah, Pel

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‘Fifty Shades’ Star Jamie Dornan on the Time He Drunk Auditioned for ‘Rock of Ages’

February 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jamie Dornan is now a bonafide box office star, thanks to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but the 32-year-old actor spent a stretch of his 20s in Los Angeles trying to make it as an actor. During a two-hour interview with Variety in January, he talked about some of his early experiences, his worst audition ever... Read more

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Jon Cryer on Two and a Half Men’s ‘Absolutely Crazy’ Series Finale

February 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When he landed the role of Alan Harper on CBS' Two and a Half Men in 2003, Jon Cryer says he had "an unusual sense of confidence" that the show would break his streak of four failed TV series. It did a lot more than that, of course. After 12 hit seasons, Two and a Half Men closes shop on Feb. 19, going down in history as television's longest-running multicamera comedy. Shortly after shooting the final episode, the actor spoke with Adweek about the shrouded-in-secrecy, "absolutely crazy" final episode, the Charlie Sheen chapter and how Ashton Kutcher stepped in and revitalized the show, and what's up next. Adweek: What was filming the finale like? Cryer: It was very emotional for everybody. The writers had a huge challenge because they had to basically end two shows and somehow weave them together. And they seized upon a very meta concept and really ran with it. So it's unlike any show we ever did before—and frankly, unlike any series finale I've seen. The title of the final episode, "Of Course He's Dead," seems to tease the return of Charlie Sheen. Does he come back

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How to Score a Media Gig

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Know thyself, said the ancient Greeks. Cheri Eisen, Fusion's head of human resources, thinks that advice is on the nose, even though Socrates and Plato weren't talking about wading into 2015's ultracompetitive job market. Eisen has a number of tips for job seekers ahead of Feb. 11's Mediabistro Job Fair in New York. Among her recommendations: Never pick up a call while in an interview and do tidy that Facebook page (no beer bongs, please). Fusion, a partnership between Disney/ABC and Univision, will participate in the sold-out event alongside media giants like AOL, CBS, Cond

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