Redbox Says Weak Film Slate Weighed On Q3 Earnings
With its kiosk DVD rental business in the doldrums, Redbox parent Outerwall reported uninspiring results for Q3 - as it promised better times ahead due in part to belt-tightening and share repurchases. The company, formerly known as Coinstar, generated $17.9M in net income, down 78.4%, on revenues of $552.9M, -5.7%. Analysts expected the top line to hit $562.2M. Earnings were complicated by several one-time events. The share price rose less than 1% in post market… Read
‘The McCarthys’ Review: Dominic Patten On CBS’ Seen-It-Before Comedy
It was a long, twisting road getting The McCarthys on the air, but just maybe they should have taken more time. As my video reviews says, the CBS sitcom of a sports-obsessed Irish-American family in Boston feels like something you've seen before, a lot.
Created by Boston native and Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, The McCarthys stars Tyler Ritter as the openly gay son given the chance to work as assistant to his basketball coach father, despite the protests of his… Read
‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ Renewed By NBC Stations
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution's The Meredith Vieira Show has become the first freshman syndicated talk show to get picked up for Season 2 as its launch group, the NBC Owned Television Stations, has renewed it. As was the case with Katie Couric's Katie and The Queen Latifah Show, the renewal was pretty much a formality as the high-profile talkers had been sold in mostly two-year deals.
Meredith is a member of a solid freshman class of syndication entries… Read
FX Developing Sci-Fi Comedy From ‘Super Fun Night’ Trio
FX has put in development Daedalus 6, a science fiction comedy set in the distant future written by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (1600 Penn). The two are executive producing with Michael Showalter, with whom they worked together on ABC's Super Fun Night, and Jonathan Stern of Abominable Pictures. Hernandez and Samit are currently writing Warner Brothers' Gilligan's Island movie reboot with 1600 Penn star Josh Gad. Showalter just wrapped his Red Crown feature Hello My Name… Read
World Series Game 7 Ratings Surge, ‘Stalker’ Down, ‘Black-ish’ & ‘The 100′ Up – UPDATE
UPDATE, 2:34 PM: The final score for the final game of the 2014 World Series is in - and it's a nice number off the bat. Going to a somewhat rare Game 7, the otherwise struggling fall classic saw the San Francisco Giants win over the Kansas City Royals go up to 6.6/20 rating among adults 18-49. That's a rocket launch 88% rise over the 3.5 demo result that Game 6 got on October 28. It's also a 15% jump from the fast nationals of earlier today.
Viewershipwise, the 2014… Read
Ellen DeGeneres Launches Ellentube Online-Video App, Website
Ellen DeGeneres is taking her selfies to a new level, announcing on her show the launch of ellentube, a site and iOS app that pull together video related to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and from fans. Ellentube will be the first product of a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros TV Group called Ellen Digital Ventures.
DeGeneres, long a social-media powerhouse, broke Twitter records when she hosted the Oscars in March. In a pre-arranged bit of brilliant product… Read
Zoe Lister-Jones Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
20th Century Fox TV is holding on to Friends With Better Lives co-star Zoe Lister-Jones in a major way. The studio has signed the indie movie actress-screenwriter in a deal that includes a substantial talent hold with a premium script commitment for her and her writing/producing partner Daryl Wein to develop a project for Lister-Jones to star and Wein to direct.
Lister-Jones played one of the six leads on the CBS comedy FWBL, which was produced by 20th TV. The studio has… Read
A Hollywood Horror Story Unfolds In ‘Starry Eyes': Trailer
Newcomer Alexandra Essoe is audaciously animalistic as a fame-hungry actress who makes a deal with the devil — a Hollywood producer, naturally — in Starry Eyes, the stylish dark thriller from writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. After Deadline posted the first Starry Eyes teaser ahead of its SXSW Midnighters premiere, Kolsch and Widmyer snagged distribution with MPI. Since then, the film has racked up raves from genre and festival press and hits iTunes, VOD… Read
King Kong Tale ‘Skull Island’ Gets Rewrite From ‘Flight’ Scribe John Gatins
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures has set Flight scribe John Gatins to do the next draft of Skull Island, the King Kong origin pic that Tom Hiddleston will star in and Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct. The project was the big surprise in Legendary's action-packed presentation at Comic-Con. The script was penned by Max Borenstein, who got it far enough for Universal to date it for November 4, 2016, release before he went on to write the next installment of Godzilla for… Read
‘Meet The Press’ Ratings: Falls Back To No. 3 Among Sunday Beltway Shows
NBC's Meet The Press fell back to No. 3 in the Sunday Beltway show race the week of October 26, after moving up to No. 2 for a week, drawing 2,351,000 total viewers, and 508,000 news demo viewers. CBS's Face The Nation finished first on both fronts (308,000 viewers, 818,000 news demo viewers), while ABC's This Week ranked second (2.474 million viewers, 701,000 demo viewers). Fox News Sunday finished fourth (970,000 viewers and 393,000 news demo viewers).
It was a tough… Read
‘The Divide’ Cancelled By WE TV After One Season
The Divide, which marked WE TV's first original scripted series, will not be coming back for a second season. "We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as WE tv's first scripted series," the network said in a statement. The Divide, created by LaGravenese and Goldwyn, was originally developed and piloted by WE TV sibling AMC before it was… Read
Late Night Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Repeats Beat Dave Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel In Week Of October 20
NBC's Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (3.237 million viewers, 0.89/4 demo rating) repeats won the late-night ratings the week of October 20-24, versus rebroadcasts of CBS' Late Show With David Letterman (2.699 million, 0.59/3) and a week of four originals and one encore for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.795 million, 0.65/3). The Fallon encores topped Letterman and Kimmel for the week in adults, men and women 18-34 and 25-54, as well.
Later in late night, NBC's Late Night With… Read