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The networks are going pick up crazy
March 6th, 2010 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: 1 ]


The TV season is still two months from ending, but that isn’t stopping the networks from picking up some of their shows early! The CW is bringing back Smallville for an 10th season! NBC is sticking with all of their Thursday night comedies because 30 Rock, Community and The Office are joining Parks and Recreation with early renewals. Hollywood Insider is reporting that Fox has picked up Fringe for a 3rd season ending the mystery if it will be back in the fall. Finally Showbiz 411 says that Brothers and Sisters will be back in fall, but without Rob Lowe. Personally I wish ABC would have announced that they were bring back V and FlashForward, but at least Fox announced that Fringe is coming back.

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TV’s biggest mistakes
January 22nd, 2010 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: 1 ]


Moving Jay Leno to primetime is TV’s biggest mistake according to Entertainment Weekly, but it isn’t the only one. EW has listed 49 others and I agree with the ones that Dalton Ross told CBS’s Early Show about. I know I gave up watching Felicity when Keri Russell cut off her hair and I wasn’t the only one. I am still pissed that Fox cancelled Family Guy even though they brought it back. Shelly Long and David Caruso were idiots to leave their hits shows for failed movie careers. Event though I had high hopes for Caveman, it was possibly one of the worst shows ever made.
Although I can’t find the full list, five huge TV errors that are not included in that segment are The Sopranos finale, the Seinfeld final episode, The CW not renewing Everwood, CBS cancelling Moonlight and Fox’s reality show Who’s Your Daddy?. What other blunders do you think TV executives have made in the past?

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My Little Pony coming back to TV
November 16th, 2009 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: 1 ]


Hasbro and Discovery are launching a kids channel and looks like My Little Pony will be their first venture together for the network according to The Hollywood Reporter. The two have been looking for which show would win the race and after the huge success of My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure on Disney, the Little Pony that could became the front runner. I wonder if Hilary Duff is going to audition? Sorry I couldn’t resist.
Last week there were rumors that Jem and the Holograms might be coming back, I wonder if Hasbro is considering bringing it back for their new channel too? I really hope so because Jem was truly outrageous!!!

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The PaleyFest08 details announced!
February 4th, 2008 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: 1 ]


The PaleyFest08 schedule is as follows—­please note that events/participants are subject to change:
Elvis ’68 Comeback Special 40th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Priscilla Presley, Steve Binder (Producer/Director), and Bones Howe (Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

Pushing Daisies
Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Kristin Chenoweth (“Olive Snook”), Bruce Cohen (Executive Producer), Bryan Fuller (Creator/ Executive Producer), Dan Jinks (Executive Producer), Swoosie Kurtz (“Lily Charles”), Peter Ocko (CoExecutive Producer), Lee Pace (“Ned”), and Barry Sonnenfeld (Director/ Executive Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

The Comedy World of Judd Apatow and Friends
Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Judd Apatow with special guests, personally selected by Mr. Apatow, from his television and feature film projects.

Chuck
Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Adam Baldwin (“John Casey”), Chris Fedak (Executive Producer), Joshua Gomez (“Morgan Grimes”), Scott Krinsky (“Jeff”), Sarah Lancaster (“Ellie Bartowski”), Mark Christopher Lawrence (“Big Mike”), Zachary Levi (“Chuck Bartowski”), Julie Ling (“Anna”), McG (Executive Producer), Ryan McPartlin (“Captain Awesome”), Vik Sahay (“Lester”), Josh Schwartz (Executive Producer), and Yvonne Strahovski (“Sarah Walker”).

Friday Night Lights
Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Zach Gilford (“Matt Saracen”), Jason Katims (Executive Producer), Jesse Plemons (“Landry Clarke”), Jeffrey Reiner (Executive Producer), and Aimee Teegarden (“Julie Taylor”). Additional panelists to be announced.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion
Thursday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Amber Benson (“Tara Maclay”), Nicolas Brendan (“Xander Harris”), Emma Caulfield (“Anya”), Eliza Dushku (“Faith”), Seth Green (“Oz”), James Marsters (“Spike”), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Dawn Summers”), Joss Whedon (Creator). Additional panelists to be announced.

Dancing with the Stars
Friday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Tom Bergeron (CoHost) and Samantha Harris (CoHost). Additional panelists to be announced.

Gossip Girl
Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Penn Badgley (“Dan Humphrey”), Chace Crawford (“Nate Archibald”), Amy Kaufman (Producer), Bob Levy (Executive Producer), Blake Lively (“Serena van der Woodsen”), Leighton Meester (“Blair Waldorf”), Taylor Momsen (“Jenny Humphrey”), Kelly Rutherford (“Lily van der Woodsen”), Stephanie Savage (Executive Producer), Josh Schwartz (Executive Producer), Matthew Settle (“Rufus Humphrey”), Jessica Szhor (“Vanessa Abrams”), Ed Westwick (“Chuck Bass”), and Cecily von Ziegesar (Author). Additional panelists to be announced.

Damages
Monday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Noah Bean (“David Connor”), Rose Byrne (“Ellen Parsons”), Glenn Close (“Patty Hewes”), Ted Danson (“Arthur Frobisher”), Tate Donovan (“Tom Shayes”), Anastasia Griffith (“Katie Connor”), Željko Ivanek (“Ray Fiske”), Glenn Kessler (CoCreator/Executive Producer/Writer), Todd A. Kessler (CoCreator/Executive Producer/Writer), and Daniel Zelman (CoCreator/Executive Producer/Writer).

Dirty Sexy Money
Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Greg Berlanti (Executive Producer) and Craig Wright (Executive Producer) with the cast and the creative team of Dirty Sexy Money.

PaleyFest08 Series Premiere: Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union
Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Troy Miller (Executive Producer/Director), Gail Parent (Executive Producer), Tracey Ullman (Creator), and Bruce Wagner (Executive Producer).

Mad Men
Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.
In Person: Matthew Weiner (Creator/Executive Producer) and the cast of Mad Men.

TICKETS
PaleyFest08 Premium ticket packages will go on presale Monday, February 4 through Wednesday, February 6, 2008. Individual tickets will go on sale to Paley Center Members on Thursday, February 7, 2008. Individual tickets will become available to the general public beginning the following Sunday, February 10, 2008. For Paley Center Members, ticket prices are $50 and $35 per event. For the general public, tickets are $60 and $45 per event.
PaleyFest08 Premium ticket packages presale window from Monday, February 4 at 9:00 a.m. PT through Wednesday, February 6 at 5:00 p.m. PT via TicketWeb at www.ticketweb.com or call TicketWeb toll-free at (866) 468-3399 (service charges apply)

I can’t believe that Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t doing PaleyFest08, what a b!tch!
Seriously if you are in LA during the time one the shows you watch is doing the festival I highly recommend that you go because they are really fun and interesting! I can’t tell you all the interesting facts I learned from going to the PaleyFest nights in the past!

UPDATE: Sarah Michelle Gellar is confirmed for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion!!!

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The Paley Festival orchestrates a Buffy reunion!!!
January 24th, 2008 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: 3 ]

The Paley Fest which brought together casts and staffs of shows like the Golden Girls for amazing one-night reunions is bringing the cast and staff of Buffy together again Once More with Feeling in March. This year's festival will also have the casts and staff from Gossip Girl, Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Mad Men, Dancing with the Stars, Dirty Sexy Money and a night with Judd Apatow! Plus they are moving to a great new location the Cinerama Dome!!!
I have been going to at least one show each year and they are seriously one my favorite nights of the year! You learn about the show from the people who work on them and you really get a feel for the show and you get behind-the-scene gossip!
Tickets go on sale February 4th for members of the MTR and it is worth joining as thank you to them for putting on the Paley Festival!  
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Studio 60 is a DVR darling!
December 29th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

 

The initial ratings for NBC’s "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" often don’t look that great. A week later, though, they generally look somewhat better. The first-year series from "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin is the most "time-shifted" series on television this season, according to ratings provider Nielsen. That means a greater percentage of its viewers record the show and watch it later than anything else on the broadcast networks. At the beginning of 2006, Nielsen started tracking two different ratings systems as a way to measure the impact of digital video recorders. "Live plus same-day" ratings — the ones reported on Zap2it every morning — measure the number of people who watch a given show as it airs or within the next few hours. In "Studio 60’s" case, that number hovered around 8 million people for much of the fall. Nielsen also tracks "live plus seven" ratings, which includes people who watch a recorded copy of a show within the next week. "Studio 60" adds nearly 11 percent to its total audience in those ratings; including reruns, its average is closer to 9 million viewers for the season. All but one of the top 10 time-shifted shows air on NBC or The CW, suggesting that people may not be breaking their habit of watching higher-rated networks (CBS, ABC) live but are sampling other shows thanks to their DVRs. "Studio 60’s" lead-in, "Heroes," already draws a big same-day audience, but it’s second in the time-shifted ratings as well, adding 9.1 percent more viewers in the following week. The rest of the top 10 are "Gilmore Girls," which adds 7.9 percent more viewers; "America’s Next Top Model," 7.7 percent; "30 Rock," 7.5 percent; "Friday Night Lights," 7.5 percent; "The Nine," 6.7 percent; "Supernatural," 6.7 percent; and "Kidnapped," "One Tree Hill" and "Smallville," all at 6.6 percent.

Zap2It 

I am one of those people who watches almost everything on DVR. There are just a handful of shows I watch live and even that is rare. Do you still watch live TV?

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Key West will get the first free Gay TV station next year!
November 28th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

WGAY-TV, America’s first free-to-air terrestrial TV station aimed at LGBT audiences, will launch in Key West, Florida at midnight on January 1, 2007. The station plans to expand nationally on cable, and will be carried on cable in Key West from launch. "Our goal is to offer a variety of free programming both online and through local cable affiliates that will appeal to the diverse gay and lesbian population," said Jason Sherwood, the station’s co-founder and general manager. The channel will be available in Key West on UHF channel 41.

Digital Spy 

You can check out the station at WGAY.tv.

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And they thought SpongeBob SquarePants was dead…
November 14th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

The premiere of the newest "SpongeBob SquarePants" episode went swimmingly for Nickelodeon on Friday, Nov. 10. The episode titled "The Best Day Ever," averaging 6.7 million total viewers, followed by network premiere of "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," drawing more than 7 million, gave the network its most-watched, highest-rated day ever. "The Best Day Ever" did well with kids 2-11 (4.0 million) and 6-11 (2.6 million), while the film drew 4.4 million and 2.9 million, in those demos respectively. The one-two punch capped a 24-hour marathon of "SpongeBob" that began Thursday, Nov. 9 featuring the Top 100 cartoon picks, selected by fans online by viewing clips. The site received almost 5 million streams and 3.2 million votes. All told, Friday averaged a total of 4.4 million total viewers, averaging 2.5 million kids 2-11 (a network high) and 1.5 million kids 6-11.

Zap2It 

Good for the little show that still can!

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TBS greenlights a Bill Engvall pilot
November 1st, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

TBS has ordered a pilot for a family comedy starring comedian Bill Engvall. It has been a quick turnaround for the untitled project, written by Engvall and veteran TV comedy writer Michael Leeson, which was picked up as a script about two months ago. Engvall, one of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour comedians, will play the father at the center of the sitcom. "It’s very clever and witty but not mean-spirited," said Michael Wright, TNT and TBS’ senior vp original programming. "Bill is such a likable and engaging guy, and Michael really understands family comedy and has a terrific and fresh approach to it."

Reuters 

Out of all the Blue Collar comedians he is my favorite!

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How are the new fall shows doing so far?
October 10th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

Fall 2006 Prime Time Update:
New Series Scorecard:

Three weeks into the 2006-07 season, here is an update on the new prime time entries (with original time periods in parentheses):

ABC


-The Knights of Prosperity (Tues. 9 p.m.): On hold; will be replaced by benched sitcom Big Day in November.
-Help Me Help You (Tues. 9:30 p.m.): Declining by about 50 percent from lead-in Dancing With the Stars.
-The Nine (Wed. 10 p.m.): Disappointing opening performance.
-Ugly Betty (Thurs. 8 p.m.): The new hit of the season based on two episodes.
-Six Degrees (Thurs. 10 p.m.): Losing more than one-half the audience of lead-in Grey’s Anatomy, with significant tune-out at 10:30 p.m.
-Men in Trees (Fri. 9 p.m.): Fading fast.
-Brothers & Sisters (Sun. 10 p.m.): Losing about one-third of its Desperate Housewives lead-in.

CBS


-The Class (Mon. 8 p.m.): Flipped time periods with How I Met Your Mother; now airing Monday at 8:30 p.m. Weak initial start in new time period.
-Smith (Tues. 10 p.m.): Canceled.
-Jericho (Wed. 8 p.m.): Surprisingly potent after three telecasts.
-Shark (Thurs. 10 p.m.): Losing about one-third of its CSI lead-in.

NBC

-Heroes (Mon. 9 p.m.): Renewed for the full season.
-Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Mon. 10 p.m.): Losing steam every week.
-Friday Night Lights (Wed. 8 p.m.): The lights were dark in week one.
-30 Rock (Wed. 8 p.m.): Debuting tomorrow.
-20 Good Years (Wed. 8:30 p.m.): Debuting tomorrow.
-Kidnapped (Wed. 10 p.m.): Closing down production and burning off the remaining episodes Saturday at 8 p.m.

Fox

-Vanished (Mon. 9 p.m.): Shifting to Friday at 8 p.m. in place of Nanny 911.
-Standoff (Tues. 8 p.m.): Flipping time periods with lead-out House as planned.
-Justice (Wed. 9 p.m.): Moving to Monday at 9 p.m. in place of Vanished.
-’Til Death (Thurs. 8 p.m.): Waiting for the axe to swing.
-Happy Hour (Thurs. 8:30 p.m.): Canceled (or, to quote Fox. "on hiatus")

CW


-Runaway (Mon. 9 p.m.): Moving to Sunday at 9 p.m. out of the relocated 7th Heaven after two DOA telecasts.
-The Game (Sun. 8:30 p.m.): Moved from Sunday at 8:30 p.m. to Monday at 9:30 p.m. also after two telecasts.

Marc Berman 

This guy is so good when it comes to analyzing how shows are doing! Seriously if you are into ratings like me you should subscribe to his newsletter! 

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