Catch up with the best of Deadline’s Top TV stories you may have missed this week:
BROADCAST PREMIERE WEEK: How Did The Networks Do, What Did We Learn?
By Nellie Andreeva — The broadcast premiere week started off with fireworks as several breakout hits emerged Monday and Tuesday — The Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow — and some veteran series returned up year-to-year. But the euphoria subsided as the days went on and the week ended on a whimper, with a weak series launch (ABC’s Betrayal) and across-the-board ratings losses for everyone on Sunday.
Kevin James To Topline 10/90 Comedy Series For Lionsgate & Debmar-Mercury
By Nellie Andreeva — The King of Queens star Kevin James is returning to his sitcom roots. I’ve learned that as part of the overall film and TV deal James just signed with Lionsgate, he will star in and executive produce a multi-camera comedy under the 10/90 model crafted by the Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury.
Golden Age Of TV Still Directed By White Guys
By Lisa De Moraes — This Golden Age of Television we keep hearing about is — just like the un-Golden Age before it — directed almost entirely by white guys, according to the Directors Guild of America‘s latest study about director diversity in episodic TV.
Broadcasters Ambushed By Hysteria Around ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale
By Lisa De Moraes — It may be too much to say last night was the night cable overtook broadcast TV for good — as some media have claimed – but it sure felt that way today. It’s not like broadcasters have never competed on Sunday against numbers like the 10.3 million Breaking Bad attracted in its series finale, but they definitely did not anticipate the media hysteria over the Breaking Bad wrapup.
Walter White’s Odyssey Completed In ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale
By Mike Fleming Jr. — The unfinished business of the hapless chemistry teacher Walter White, who becomes the ruthless meth magnate Heisenberg, get wrapped up tonight. And there are some stunning surprises thrown in on the score-settling tour.
‘The Butler’ Effect? ABC Eyes Limited Series About James Madison’s Slave Servant
By Nellie Andreeva — Following the success of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, ABC has put in development a limited series about another famous black White House servant. A Slave In The White House, from filmmakers Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson (LUV) and Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso’s One-Two Punch Prods, is a 12-hour limited series based on the true story of Paul Jennings, a Virginia-born slave who served as personal valet to President James Madison while at the same working behind the scenes as a subversive anti-slavery activist.
Strap In For ‘SNL’ Rebuilding Year
By Lisa De Moraes — In last night’s season opener of Saturday Night Live, the running joke was that we will all have to suffer through a rebuilding year after the exit of stalwart cast members. Host Tina Fey said as much in her upfront monologue, and then trotted out the six newcomers for freshman hazing in the form of a humiliating song and dance number.
Keshet & Dick Clark Prods. Launch Reality TV Production Company, Will Adapt Hot ‘Rising Star’ Format For U.S.
By Nellie Andreeva — Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of leading Israeli media company Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods., have formed Keshet DCP, a joint venture focused on developing, financing and delivering unscripted programs to English- and Spanish-speaking U.S. audiences and beyond.
NBC Digital Layoffs Underway After Restructuring
By Lisa De Moraes — NBC Digital began laying off employees this morning. According to insiders, about 4 out of a staff of 100-ish got the axe. NBC declined to comment.