‘Constantine’ Ratings Rise, ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Shark Tank’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ Even; ABC Wins Night In Demo
There were no Hollywood Film Awards or other disruptions to the Big 4 primetime schedule last night. Which meant everything clocked back into its regular Friday pattern with ABC (1.6/5) winning the night among adults 18-49 while CBS took the viewership top spot (9.19 million) on the final Friday of the November sweep.
The surprise of the night was actually over on NBC with sometimes flailing freshman Constantine (1.1/4). After taking a big dive last week on a night of… Read
Bill Cosby Defends Silence Amid Sex Scandal: “People Shouldn’t Answer To Innuendos”
Sex scandal or no sex scandal, Florida loves Bill Cosby. Despite snowballing allegations of rape that prompted Netflix to delay the comedian's Thanksgiving Day special and NBC to drop his family comedy pilot, the comedian received two standing ovations at the beginning and end of his Melbourne, Florida set as well as screams of encouragement from a packed house, CNN reports.
Addressing reports of the assertions by several women that they had been drugged and sexually… Read
SVP Alternative Among Several Eliminated Positions At CW As Part Of TW Layoffs
The sweeping Time Warner layoffs have reached the CW. The network's SVP alternative programming Kristen Connolly Vadas is exiting the network as her position is being eliminated, one of several being cut at the network. I hear none of the others are in programming. I hear the cuts are part of the ongoing layoffs at Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment, which co-owns the CW with CBS.
Vadas was one of two alternative executives at the CW, leading the network's… Read
Nora Arnezeder To Co-Star In ‘Zoo’; Christian Campbell Joins ‘True Detective’
French actress Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) is set to co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS' new summer drama series Zoo. Based on the novel by James Patterson, Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. It centers on Jackson Oz (Wolk), a renegade American zoologist running safaris in the wilds of Africa who is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic. Arnezeder will play Chloe Tousignant, a French… Read
‘CNN Original’ Roger Strauss Retires; Directed Tiananmen Square Live Coverage
The man who directed CNN's live coverage of the Tiananmen Square protest, including the heart-stopping footage off the guy who singlehandedly stopped a column of tanks, called it a career today. Roger Strauss was one of the few remaining “CNN Originals,” folks who have been at the cable news network since its 1980 launch. He started directing in 1982 and ran the control room for more than 19,000 live shows. “This is someone who has truly had a front-row seat to history —… Read
Paul Dano To Co-Star In Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot ‘Codes Of Conduct’
12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen has recruited the film's co-star Paul Dano for his HBO drama pilot Codes Of Conduct. Dano will co-star opposite Devon Terrell in the project -- a provocative exploration of a young black man's experience entering New York high society.
Co-written by McQueen and World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, Codes Of Conduct, centers on Beverly Snow (Terrell), a young man from Queens as talented as he is ambiguous. His… Read
‘Jump Start’ Comic Strip To Be Adapted As Family Comedy For Fox
Black-ish's The Johnsons may be joined by another Black family in primetime next season. Fox is developing Jump Start, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong's long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm In The Middle), the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, follows a Philadelphia cop who finds it harder to “serve and protect” at home than on the streets. Armstrong, Orenstein and Kaplan… Read
Resolution’s Cynthia Booth & Emma Lewis Join Don Buchwald & Associates
Veteran agent Cynthia Booth and manager-turned-agent Emma Lewis have joined Don Buchwald and Associates in Los Angeles. Both come from now-shuttered Resolution.
Booth, most recently head of the TV/talent division at Resolution, began her career at CAA and subsequently worked at Writers and Artists.
Lewis began at ICM working for Leigh Brillstein. She segued to Brillstein Entertainment and spent time on both the talent and literary sides before being brought in as an agent… Read
Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Moves From NBC To Netflix With 2-Season Pickup
Netflix has stepped in to pick up cancelled series before — The Killing, Arrested Development and most recently Longmire. Now the streaming service is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series starring Ellie Kemper had at NBC. The 13-episode first season will debut on Netflix in March, around the same time it should've premiered on… Read
SAG Pension & Health Plan Whistleblower Craig Simmons Wasn’t First To Ring Alarms
EXCLUSIVE: Fully two years before whistleblower Craig Simmons alerted the U.S. Department of Labor to alleged malfeasance at the $3 billion SAG Pension & Health Plans, fellow employee Gary Mathis made virtually identical allegations to the federal agency, Deadline has learned.
Mathis and Simmons both filed claims and wrongful-termination suits, with decidedly different outcomes. Mathis' claims were rejected by an arbitrator, but Simmons' claims went public, with coverage… Read
Latin Grammy Ratings: Preempted By Obama Speech, Univision Broadcast Steady With 2013
The 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards may have started a little late with Univision covering President Barack Obama's immigration speech live, but the show didn't suffer at all in the ratings. On a Thursday of fall finales and other strong competition, 4.8 million viewers watched the 3-hour live show from Las Vegas last night. That's a 4% rise from last year's 4.6 million total viewership
With performances by Pitbull, Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, among… Read
‘Queen Latifah Show’ Cancelled After Two Seasons
Sony Pictures TV has cancelled its syndicated talker The Queen Latifah Show after two seasons. It will continue airing originals until the end of March. Said SPT: “We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of. Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show." Latifah just posted this note to herself and her staff on her Facebook page: