President Obama Visit Breaks Ratings Records For 'The View'; 6.6 Million Tune In
Yesterday's much-hyped edition of The View with President Barack Obama drew the largest audience ever in the history of the ABC's daytime talk show. The program, which also featured the return of co-host Barbara Walters from heart surgery, was watched by 6.6 million viewers. The View's previous audience record was 6.2 million, logged on the day after the 2008 Presidential Election, which was won by Obama.
"A historic interview leads to historic ratings," said Brian Frons… Read
EMMYS: Writers For Variety/Comedy Series Invited Back To Primetime Emmys …Sort Of
EXCLUSIVE: Writers on TV's late-night comedy shows are still angry at the news that for the first time their category won't be part of the Primetime Emmy telecast. Instead, as part of last year's agreement between the TV Academy and Writers Guild, their category will be presented at the Creative Arts Awards the week before. Now those same scribes have been invited to write pre-taped bits for the shows nominated in the Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Series category. "Kinda… Read
Richard Branson Venture's Virgin Film Has Raunchy Laughs, Lotta Stars
The first film that gets Richard Branson's Virgin Produced film shingle off the tarmac–it was innocuously mentioned as an untitled Peter Farrelly film in the announcement of Branson's joint venture with Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity–has a bigger concentration of first class cabin-caliber actors than any under-$8 million film I can remember. And the cast is still growing. Deadline was first to reveal the Kentucky Fried Movie-style laffer when Kavanaugh replaced Overture… Read
TCA: 'Event' Team Asks For Viewers' Trust
The panel for NBC's The Event often evoked 24 and Lost and understandably so as the new NBC serialized thriller about a government conspiracy is touted as a potential successor to the iconic dramas that bowed out in May. It also has 24 veteran Evan Katz as showrunner. "The show won't be as dark (as 24) but there will be the same intensity, the same roller-coaster ride that provokes visceral response to what you watch.”
Producers fielded a lot of questions about how they… Read
RATINGS RAT RACE: MTV's 'Jersey Shore' Returns Huge
MTV's reality hit Jersey Shore broke series records with its second season premiere last night, which drew 5.3 million viewers and a 5.1 rating in people 12-34. This marks the top cable telecast of the year in 12-34 and MTV's best season premiere rating in more than seven years, since the Season Two launch of The Osbournes. The Season 2 premiere of Jersey Shore was up 292% over its series debut last year in 12-34 and up 280% in viewers. It was also up 10% from the show's… Read
TOLDJA! Disney Names ABC Family's Paul Lee To ABC Entertainment Group President
The Network Builder: Former War Reporter Paul Lee
ABC Family's Paul Lee Taking Over ABC Entertainment Group
Burbank, CA - Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman Disney/ABC Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group today announced today that former ABC Family President Paul Lee has been named President, ABC Entertainment Group, effective immediately.
In his new role with the ABC Entertainment Group, Lee has oversight of all creative and business operations for ABC… Read
TCA: Dick Wolf Confirms Mothership 'Law & Order' Series Is Dead
“I can confirm that (Law & Order) has moved into the history books, the franchise creator Dick Wolf said at the opening of the TCA session for the latest spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles, putting an end to any speculation that the show still may find a new home. He opened the LOLA session with a statement:
“We were extremely disappointed that Law & Order is not coming back for a record 21st season. But that's life. All series start with a death sentence, they just don't… Read
Terrence Howard To Join 'Law & Order: LA'
Terrence Howard is boarding NBC's upcoming Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles, joining Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll.
Howard will play a new Deputy D.A. who will work alongside Deputy D.A. Morales (Molina). Howard and Molina will be splitting the workload, each appearing roughly in the half of the episodes thus allowing the show to land big feature names and the actors to stay active in movies.
Ulrich and Stoll play Detective Rex Winters and TJ… Read
Who Says There Are No Second Acts?
Richard Branson's Virgin Group announced that it launched Virgin Produced, a joint venture with Relativity Media for TV development, packaging and production. What the company didn't say is that it chose as its chief creative officer and overseer of development the most diabolical of the menacing siblings from Malcolm in the Middle. Justin Berfield, who has grown up and transitioned from actor to producer with J2 partner Jason Felts, has taken that post for Branson. Felts… Read
TCA: Early Launch For 2 NBC Series; NBC Brass Talk 'Office', Robert Greenblatt, Piers Morgan
At the top of NBC's executive session, NBC Uni TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin announced that a couple of series will premiere early behind the final episodes of America's Got Talent. The second season of Parenthood will launch on Sept. 14, after the second-to-last episode of Talent. New Friday drama Outlaw will get a sneak preview after the Wednesday finale of Talent.
Additionally, primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad said the network has extended its… Read
Precious Time Left For 'Selma' To Mobilize As Director Lee Daniels Makes 'Butler' Deal
EXCLUSIVE: While Precious director Lee Daniels continues to wait for financing to mobilize on the Civil Rights drama Selma, he has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to rewrite and direct The Butler. The Laura Ziskin-produced drama is based on Eugene Allen. A servant in the White House over 34 years, Allen watched the eight presidents he worked for wrestle with and finally stem the tide of segregation. The film is based on a series of articles written on… Read
TNT Renews 'Closer', 'Rizzoli' & 'Leverage'
No surprise here: freshman Rizzoli & Isles and veteran The Closer have been on fire since getting paired on Monday earlier this month. Leverage also has been a solid performer for the network, showing growth in its new Sunday slot. No word yet on freshman Memphis Beat and Hawthorne. Here is TNT's release.
TNT has ordered new seasons of three of the network's hit series. The Closer, which continues to rank as ad-supported cable's #1 series of all time, will return for… Read