‘The McCarthys’ Debuts Low, ‘Elementary’ Down In Return, ‘A To Z’ Hits Dreaded 0.7 Rating
UPDATE PM: As could be expected following the underwhelming numbers this morning, NBC just moved in to cut the runs of both A to Z and Bad Teacher to their original 13-episode orders, effectively canceling the freshman series which will remain in their Thursday slots.
The final ratings brought some Halloween horror to CBS' first post-football Thursday, with major downward adjustments for The McCarthys, Elementary, Mom and Two and a Half Men.
The McCarthys slipped two… Read
R.I.P. Emmy-Winning Music Director Ian Fraser
The 11-time Emmy winner, Television Academy Peer Group Governor and music director for the 1995 Henry Mancini/Leslie Bricusse Broadway adaptation of Victor/Victoria died at home Friday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.
“It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of Ian Fraser, after a courageous battle with cancer,” Television Academy chairman and chief exec officer Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement released by the… Read
‘Agent X’ Drama Starring Sharon Stone Picked Up To Series By TNT
TNT has never had as much pickup activity as it has in the past two months with no programming topper. The network just gave a 10-episode series order to action drama Agent X starring Sharon Stone for a premiere in the second half of 2015.
The action-drama co-starring Jeff Hephner and Gerald McRaney was part of TNT's previous pilot cycle, along with Public Morals, Proof and Guilt By Association. In early May, the network picked up Public Morals and Proof to series, passed… Read
‘POTUS’ Drama About U.S. President Corrupted By Power Set At Fox With Howard Gordon Producing
Amidst a tumultuous second term for President Barack Obama who is facing an uphill battle at the midterm elections next week, comes POTUS, a drama project in development at Fox from Homeland and 24 executive producer Howard Gordon.
Described as a topical and high-intensity drama and part wish-fulfillment/part cautionary tale, POTUS follows an American President frustrated with politics as usual, who decides to play by his own rules. It tells the story of a man with good… Read
‘Bad Judge’ & ‘A to Z’ Cancelled By NBC, Will Finish Original 13-Episode Orders
Following another set of underwhelming numbers last night, NBC has pulled the plug on Thursday freshman comedies Bad Judge and A To Z. They are not being pulled from the schedule — both will stay in the 9 PM and 9:30 Thursday slots. Both also will complete their 13-episode original orders. Legal comedy Bad Judge starring Kate Walsh has shot 10 episodes, romantic comedy A To Z has finished 11 episodes to date.
Neither comedy got traction on what has been a very… Read
Halloween Horror: Pete Hammond’s Top Three Fright Classics (Video)
Saw is getting a major theatrical re-release in light of its 10th anniversary and the fact that today is Halloween. It is one of the few pure horror titles, after last week's Ouija and Annabelle a couple of weeks ago, that is out there in theaters for the holiday. It seems Hollywood has really let horror fans down this year. Where's all the new stuff , the potential new classics. I'm disappointed, studios. This should be your bread and butter this time of year. And… Read
John Carpenter Q&A: Why ‘Halloween’ Didn’t Need Sequels & What Scares The Master Of Horror
John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978's Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter's four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings… Read
Cable One Says It’s Doing Just Fine After Dropping Viacom Channels
This could be disquieting for Viacom, even though Cable One — owned by Graham Holdings Co. — is small fry in the cable playground. Cable One made noise in April when it stopped carrying 15 Viacom channels saying that they had become too expensive with programming that's too easy to find online. Here's one consequence: It ended Q3 with 476,233 video subs - down 15.1% from the same period last year — according to GHC's earnings report out today.
But Cable One doesn't seem… Read
NBC Assessing ‘Space Race’ After Virgin Galactic Crash Kills One Pilot, Seriously Injures Another
NBC says it's “gathering information on the situatuon” after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed today in the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The fatal accident occurred one year after NBC announced it had bought the space travel reality series Burnett had been pitching with British mogul Richard Branson. titled Space Race, in which everyday people would compete for a trip into space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The… Read
OSCARS: 134 Pics Vie For Best Feature Documentary
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of 134 film vying for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in February. A number of the nonfic hopefuls have yet to get their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Those that don't will be cut from the contention. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Oscar noms will be revealed January 15, and ABC will broadcast Hollywood's Big Night… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders Set To Kick Off Awards Season Saturday
Awards season officially begins in earnest on Saturday with the sold out all-day event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline. This fourth annual showcase for the major Oscar hopefuls is expected, as usual, to draw large numbers of Academy members, as well as those from key guilds such as the SAG Nominating Committee, WGA, DGA and PGA, along with other invited industry notables.
Contenders features a record 12 studios and distributors this year. Due to increasing demand it… Read
‘Midnight Rider': New Photos Show Crew On Train Tracks Before Sarah Jones Death
Never-before-seen photos show the last known images of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones on the Georgia set where she lost her life in February. In one, Jones (in green) is seen slating a shot with actor William Hurt lying in the hospital bed that later was laid across train tracks and struck, leaving Jones dead and several others injured. Another shows the crew with equipment on the south end of the Doctortown train trestle moments after a train has passed… Read