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bigcheese
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posted September 27, 2012 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigcheese   Click Here to Email bigcheese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Modern Family was hilarious as usual. Awesome.

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bigcheese
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posted September 27, 2012 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigcheese   Click Here to Email bigcheese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guys With Kids is one of the worst premises and shows I have ever seen. Hopefully it will stay on the air so I have less TV to watch.

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actorboy
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posted September 27, 2012 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for actorboy   Click Here to Email actorboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I actually like Guys With Kids. The cast already has great chemistry. I think it could be one of the best comedies on TV if given time to grow. So far, I haven't been disappointed. Of course, this could also be a symptom of TV being so lackluster in the last few seasons that this show now appears good to me. Who knows?

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ManfredMann
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posted September 27, 2012 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ManfredMann   Click Here to Email ManfredMann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was terribly confused by the show THE NEIGHBORS. I watched it in a complete state of disarray. I’m thinking “Folgleman, ok…decent writer……it’s on ABC….done by ABC studios…it has Jami Gertz….who is always dependable…..Chris Koch directed it, whom I like…. the cast is unusual…the plot is straight out of Screen Gems Television circa 1963…..the message is old fashioned….”

and then it was over… and then ABC announced they moved it (smartly) BEFORE Modern Family as to not waste such a valuable lead-in…..

and then I thought to myself… “how did this get so far as to not only get a pilot shot, but an episode order? I thought networks test and test and test and test… (Did CBS test PARTNERS? after watching it, probably not)”

and then I thought to myself “oh…that’s right…what was that line that William Goldman said…’nobody knows anything’ and even though he was referring to film, we can now include television”

I need to hear from you guys and what the Deadline community thought of this show…

I am deeply concerned this is on the air.

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indiedan
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posted October 11, 2012 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Viewership Drops for Fall TV Season (wsj)
One of the early hits of the fall television season tells a story of a world that suddenly goes dark. That show, NBC's "Revolution," is starting to look a lot like a metaphor for the broader world of TV. Television viewing of both cable and broadcast networks among adults under age 50 fell for the first two weeks of the new fall season, Nielsen data show, a much weaker start than the industry experienced last year. The major broadcast networks lost an average of 15% of their viewers in the 18-49 demographic compared with the first two weeks of last season. In that same group, viewership of ad-supported cable channels dropped 1%, according to Nielsen. The figures show less of a decline among people over 50, indicating that overall television audiences are getting older. Among all adults, the declines at broadcast networks were 11% while cable's overall audience rose 4%. While it is still early days, and the figures don't account for some delayed viewing on digital video recorders or video on demand, the data amount to unhappy news for the TV industry. Viewership tends to be higher in the early part of the TV season, tailing off in the second half after football ends and networks start showing more reruns. The viewing slump suggests traditional television is being hurt by intensifying competition from online video outlets such as Google’s YouTube and Netflix. The networks, meanwhile, stress that many TV watchers are simply watching less live programming and instead recording it with digital video recorders. Nielsen hasn't yet released figures that include viewing delayed by up to three days. But in a report on Thursday, Nomura Securities analyst Michael Nathanson said that historically programs viewed up to three days after air date tend to see audience increases of 3.8 percentage points over standard ratings, which include only same-day viewing. "There is little doubt that early 2012/13 network results have been disappointing," Mr. Nathanson added. Ad buyers said they are watching the ratings drops closely, to see if the declines persist. "It's only two weeks into a 36 weeks season," cautioned Brad Adgate, a senior researcher at Horizon Media. Still, most advertisers are protected from depressed ratings by provisions in their contracts that require networks to provide additional ad time if audience levels don't meet certain guarantees. The early results are promising for at least one network: NBC. Its 18-49 audience is up 11%, hinting at a nascent comeback for the network after years in the prime-time doldrums. NBC has been elevated by "Sunday Night Football," the highest-rated show on television, as well as the third season of its singing competition "The Voice," which has so far outshined its rival on Fox, "The X Factor." "The Voice" has additionally provided a strong launching pad on Monday nights for NBC's new post-apocalyptic drama "Revolution." A few networks are still in the process of introducing their lineups, so the ratings for the weeks of Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 are just the first snapshot. Some big-name cable channels have also experienced sharp declines in the 18-49 demographic, with a 41% decline at MTV and a 27% drop at Comedy Central, both owned by Viacom Inc.

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fred
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posted November 02, 2012 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cartoon Network could soon be losing one of its highest rated shows following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" has been a consistently solid performer ever since it premiered in 2008, but now it will likely be leaving the network at the end of its 2013 season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm make deals to renew "The Clone Wars" on a yearly basis. Thus, the spinoff cartoon is only set to run through the end of the 2012-2013 season. Representatives for both Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network said a decision about where "The Clone Wars" will end up won't be made until closer to the send of season 5 in 2013.
During a conference call Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted that Disney XD would be a great home for a "Star Wars" show, though he didn't specifically cite "The Clone Wars" as the one that could end up there. It will be interesting to see if Disney brings that storyline to a close and starts up its own series animated by Lucasfilm Animation, or if it continues "The Clone Wars" on Disney XD.

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indiedan
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posted December 03, 2012 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Goldman Sachs shops stake in 'CSI' franchise; Bank's 50% share of three shows could fetch around $500 million (variety)

Goldman Sachs has put its 50% stake in the lucrative "CSI" franchise on the block, and the investment bank is seeking at least $500 million, industry sources say. Goldman hopes to find a buyer for its share of the three series -- "CSI," "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY" -- within the next two weeks, according to sources close to the discussions. However, Goldman Sachs is not any rush to get a deal done and won't let it go at a fire sale price. Goldman Sachs declined to comment. CBS owns the other half of the skeins and controls all domestic and international distribution rights, but the Eye is not expected to be a contender for the Goldman stake. The three shows have been hugely profitable for its partners through domestic syndication deals and international licensing since the original series bowed in 2000. Digital licensing pacts with Netflix, Hulu and other platforms are generating more windfalls. Financial details for the property have been disclosed in recent weeks to prospective suitors. Goldman acquired the interest in the shows through its purchase in 2007 of "CSI" co-producer Alliance Atlantis, which the bank bought in partnership with CanWest Global Communications. In that transaction, Goldman retained the rights to the Alliance Atlantis entertainment library, of which "CSI" is by far the biggest property. Goldman is known to have mulled the sale of its "CSI" assets for some time. The recent growth of international TV opportunities and the appetite for high-end TV content from digital platforms spurred Goldman's decision to act now, although some observers question the valuations of those rights. The "CSI" shows have consistently been among the most-watched U.S. TV exports around the world. And the library is stocked with more than 600 episodes. "CSI: Miami," which ended its 10-season run on CBS earlier this year, racked up 232 episodes. The mothership "CSI" is at 280 episodes and counting, while "CSI: New York" is closing in on 200 episodes. Goldman has somewhat decreased its entertainment profile in recent months. It's currently shopping its stake in a library of Weinstein Co. titles, which the bank took control of in 2010 as part of Weinstein Co.'s restructuring. The hefty sale price that the "CSI" franchise is claiming will no doubt stir some agita for execs at Disney. The first "CSI" series was developed and produced by the Mouse House's Touchstone TV unit through its pact with Jerry Bruckheimer. But Disney famously backed out of the show in the summer of 2000 -- after "CSI" had a series order from CBS but before it went on the air -- out of what proved to be a short-sighted concern about shouldering big deficits for a non-ABC drama series.

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posted January 10, 2013 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TCA: Netflix looks to join TV big leagues; touts original series slate, defies ratings status quo (variety)
"We have the opportunity to make history here," Kevin Spacey's character from "House of Cards" said at the end of the sizzle reel that opened Netflix's inaugural Television Critics Assn. press tour session Wednesday. In bringing a slate of shows to TCA, the netcaster that has done so much to upend the rules of the TV biz is looking to take its place alongside traditional nets as a purveyor of original programming. Indeed, the presence of Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the Pasadena press junket is the most visible sign yet that the subscription giant wants to be seen as a contender alongside the Big Four broadcasters, pay and cable nets. Even if Sarandos is still proud of Netflix's status as a disrupter of the status quo. "We're leading the next great wave of change in the medium of TV," Sarandos told the TCA crowd. "We're not trying to destroy it, but evolve it for the current generation and those to come." His remarks came hours after FX chief John Landgraf questioned how Netflix could ever "determine if something is a hit," since the streaming service doesn't release its viewer data. Sarandos didn't hesitate when asked by Variety to respond to Landgraf's assertion: "Why would we do that?" "I don't know why HBO, Showtime, any of them publish ratings," Sarandos said. "It might be for internal (reasons), or to manage the relationships with cable operators, but we don't have relationships with cable operators to manage. There's no business reason for us to publish ratings other than to create artificial pressure on a show to perform on a short time frame. We don't need to add that to the mix. There's enough pressure in creating television as it is." Netflix will, however, have its own metrics for judging the performance of its original programming, which is slated to launch between February and May. The David Fincher-produced redo of the Brit political thriller miniseries "House of Cards" kicks off Feb. 1. In keeping with Netflix users' predilection for binge-viewing, all 13 episodes of the show's first season will be made available at once. "We're going to measure a show's success on multiple metrics, but one of them will not be timeslot viewing. We'll measure viewership over the life of a license and invest proportionately to the payback in terms of customer love of the show -- retention, new subscribers, brand halo," Sarandos said. "If people watch it at a certain time, it doesn't matter. It's not our business to attract people at certain times so I can sell them Ford trucks. What John Landgraf is talking about is fine, but that's not our business."

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posted February 28, 2013 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Netflix CEO: 1 season for 'Arrested,' many for 'House of Cards' for HBO-modeled Netflix (kagan)
From original programming to licensed content, Netflix Inc. wants to be the HBO of the over-the-top space, a goal that underlies its content strategy. That was the word from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings during a Feb. 25 analyst conference. The executive said his company will continue to build an original programming library and compete with rivals for licensed content. "We'll end up like HBO, Showtime, EPIX, Starz, [with] really different content," he said. "Of course, we want to be the HBO of that space, right? Let [competitors such as Amazon.com Inc. and Hulu LLC] be the smaller networks. … If they have amazing content, then they'll be successful also. It's not a situation where there's only going to be one firm." Speaking more specifically about Netflix's original programming, Hastings said the company hopes "House of Cards," its first original series will become an "important franchise" spanning multiple seasons. Earlier content such as "Lilyhammer" and "Borgia" ran exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. but were European co-productions that aired on TV in certain other markets. The executive compared the series to the "Harry Potter" series of books and said Netflix hopes to keep building momentum for "House of Cards" along a "Harry Potter"-like trajectory. He said Netflix will do "Book 2" of "House of Cards," though he did not clarify whether that meant the second season will enter production in 2014 or become available on Netflix that year. He did say, however, that the company already has deals in place for a second season "if the franchise really works in the way that we want." He did not say if "House of Cards" is tracking that way so far, but he did say that it has been the "most-watched [content] we've ever had," even if it is still a "relatively modest part of the total viewing." He noted that even high-profile, highly popular content such as Walt Disney Co. movies have historically represented only a small portion of overall Netflix viewing hours, given the scale of the Netflix catalog. By contrast, Hastings said Netflix's revival of cult comedy series "Arrested Development" will be a "nonrepeatable" "one-off" when it comes to the service later this year. He said in general, Netflix will pursue original programming more along the lines of "House of Cards" rather than the ostensibly single-seasoned "Arrested Development" revival. Hastings teased "Hemlock Grove," the next original series set to bow on Netflix by promising that viewers will be "grossed out" by the effects in the show. Elsewhere on the call, Hastings said Netflix considers itself still "on probation" from the disgruntled customer reaction to the company's July 2011 price hike and that it "learned a lot of lessons from that year, and we hope to never repeat that again going forward." He also said Netflix will continue to expand in Europe, where it operates in the Nordics and the U.K. and Ireland, but he did not name any specific countries the company is eyeing. (transcript available upon request)

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‘The Good Wife’ Off-Network Rights Sell To Amazon, Hulu, Hallmark Channel, Broadcast Syndication For Nearly $2M An Episode (deadline)

In an arrangement that reflects the changing off-network options for serialized dramas, CBS’ The Good Wife has been sold in a complex multi-window deal that involves two streaming partners, Amazon and Hulu; a basic cable network, Hallmark Channel; and broadcast syndication, for what I hear is a combined license fee of nearly $2 million per episode. “This is an off-network model for a unique serialized show in today’s television ecosystem,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corp. Under the deal, the first three seasons of The Good Wife will become available on Amazon Prime tomorrow, with the current Season 4 coming later this year. Hulu Plus will roll out previous seasons of the show in September 2013, while Hallmark Channel will begin airing The Good Wife in January 2014. A weekend broadcast syndication run is scheduled to begin in September 2014, with the series sold in 85% of the country. Under the deal, the first three seasons of The Good Wife will become available on Amazon Prime tomorrow, with the current Season 4 coming later this year. Hulu Plus will roll out previous seasons of the show in September 2013, while Hallmark Channel will begin airing The Good Wife in January 2014. A weekend broadcast syndication run is scheduled to begin in September 2014, with the series sold in 85% of the country. With the Amazon Prime SVOD deal kicking in tomorrow, CBS brass are hoping for an immediate effect. The rationale is that binge-viewing customers are so accustomed to such platforms, as evidenced by Breaking Bad on Netflix, it would send new viewers to The Good Wife‘s original telecasts on CBS the way it happened with Breaking Bad on AMC, which has been sizzling since the series’ previous seasons became available for streaming. Unfortunately, there won’t be much time to test the effect of the off-network run on the CBS airings this season as the legal drama is the first CBS series slated to wrap its season on April 28. But the critically praised series is a prestige piece for the network, and, since it is also owned by CBS and now has an off-network income stream coming in, it is fully expected to return next fall.

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posted June 16, 2013 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
George Lucas still hasn't won an Oscar after four nominations, but on Sunday, the "Star Wars" creator won his first Emmy.

Cartoon Network's animated series, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," won outstanding special class animated program during the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on HLN from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Also read: 'Sesame Street,' 'Ellen' Lead Winners of Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which already won six Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, took home top honors in the daytime talk category, winning the Emmy for outstanding daytime talk show, entertainment.

Overall, CBS ruled the night with a total of eight wins, including two Emmys in one category when Scott Clifton of "The Bold and the Beautiful" and Billy Miller of "The Young and the Restless" tied for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

NBC only took home one Daytime Emmy during the broadcast, but it was a big one. "Days of Our Lives" was named outstanding drama series.

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