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Due to almost an hour’s worth of NFL game overrun on CBS, Once Upon a Time this Sunday was pitted against not only NBC’s Steelers-Chiefs match-up but also an engorged 60 Minutes, yet luckily managed to (mostly) slip the tackle.
The ABC freshman, which on top of all else was coming off a one-week bye, drew 10.7 million total viewers while scoring a 3.4 demo rating. That’s a dip of just 6 percent in total audience, and a forgivable 11 percent drop with the 18-49 crowd.
Interestingly, Once hit series highs in both the Teens (up 18 percent) and Kids 2-11 (surging 31 percent) demos. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The Steelers hung on to beat the Chief, 13-9, last night, in one of the more lackluster Sunday night NFL games of the season. But that wasn't reflected in the impressive ratings for NBC...
60 Minutes/The Amazing Race: 15.4 million
Sunday Night Football: 15.25 million
Once Upon a Time: 10.7 million
The Simpsons: 5.6 million/Allen Gregory: 3.1 million
Sunday Night Football: 18.1 million
Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith: 6.4 million
Family Guy: 5.5 million/American Dad: 4.45 million
Sunday Night Football: 16.4 million
Person of Interest rerun: 6.8 million
Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith: 6.6 million »
- email@example.com (TV Fanatic Staff)
As Americans were wrapping up the four-day Thanksgiving weekend last night, some stayed away from their TVs, leading to depressed ratings for the broadcast networks. (We’ve yet to get numbers for The Walking Dead fall finale on AMC.) ABC may be having second thoughts about picking up the Hallmark Hall Of Fame original movie franchise after it was dropped by CBS at the end of last season. In the franchise’s first ABC outing, the telefilm Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith posted an underwhelming 1.1/2 in 18-49, down a whopping 48% from November Christmas, which aired on CBS on the same night last year. In 18-49, Have A Little Faith was by far the lowest-rated program of the night despite having the night’s highest-rated entertainment program as a lead-in: freshman drama Once Upon A Time, which slipped 11% from its last original two weeks ago to a series low but still robust 3.4/8. At 7 Pm, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fast national ratings for Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
NFL games -- both the scheduled contest on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and an afternoon game that bled nearly an hour into primetime on CBS -- ruled Sunday night's ratings. "Once Upon a Time," meanwhile, declined some from previous episodes (though it still performed pretty well), and ABC's first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith," drew pretty meager ratings.
NBC led the night with 14.2 million viewers and an 8.7 rating/13 share in households, beating out the 13.5 million viewers and 8.2/12 for CBS (numbers for both nets will change in the final nationals when the live NFL telecasts are accounted for). ABC (7.8 million, 4.6/7) finished third overall, while Fox -- which also had an NFL overrun in some markets -- delivered 5.3 million viewers and a 3.0/4.
Thanks to "Sunday Night Football," NBC also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.4 rating. CBS took »
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 27, 2011. The Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise is off to a disappointing start on ABC with a subpar launch for "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith," which couldn't draw viewers -- older or young -- against NBC's Sunday Night Football showdown between the Steelers and Chiefs. Football also helped give CBS a big boost on Sunday. Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.4 rating for the night, tops in the key demographic. CBS was a solid second with a 3.6 rating, beating the 2.4 rating for Fox. ABC trailed with a »
- Daniel Fienberg
On TV this Sunday: Lots and lots of Dead stuff, Supergirl clashes with a sexy Santa, Homeland spies a compelling exposition dump, and more. Here’s our list of programs to keep on your radar.
2:30 pm The Walking Dead marathon (AMC) | Blood, guts and carcasses. Nope, it’s not your Thanksgiving leftovers; just zombies. Catch up on the series’ second season before the mid-season finale airs at 9 pm.
TVLine’s Guide to Fall Finale and Winter Return Dates
8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Racers shift into high gear when they take a thrilling test drive, and results are far »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
8:00 Once Upon a Time (new) 9:00 Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith (new) 8:00 Amazing Race 19 (new) 9:00 Person of Interest (repeat) 10:00 Person of Interest (repeat) 8:00 The Simpsons (new) 8:30 Allen Gregory (new) 9:00 Family Guy (new) 9:30 American Dad (new) 8:15 Sunday Night Football: Steelers at Chiefs More shows to watch when you read more »
The resilient Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise premieres its first installment of the season on Sunday (November 27) night, but after years as destination viewing on CBS, Hallmark is moving to ABC for "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith." The movie also marks a change of pace for leading man Bradley Whitford, who has to set aside the ace sarcastic delivery that he's brought to "The West Wing" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "The Good Guys," to play the mostly-earnest small screen proxy for Albom, who also served as writer and executive producer. Based on Albom's »
- Daniel Fienberg
"I enjoyed it a lot," the Emmy and Tony winner tells Zap2it of his two years-plus on the drama. "I learned a lot, and I really appreciated the opportunity to connect with a viewing audience of that size regularly. That's something television gives you that I'd never had the opportunity for, so I'm really grateful for that."
Dr. Ray Langston, Fishburne's "CSI" alter ego, left on a dark note after killing the tormentor who had kidnapped Langston's ex-wife. "It was great, it was great," Fishburne says of that exit, which yielded an opening for Ted Danson to join the CBS show this season. "I don't think that was the way it was intended, but it just kind of worked out that way."
A big-screen staple of such movies as "Boyz N the Hood, »
Kevin Smith, whose latest movie, Red State, is set to be unlike anything he’s ever done before, has announced that his next film will be released in two parts, and they will be titled Hit Somebody: Home and Hit Somebody: Away, The Playlist report.
He also adds that the two-parter, which he’s said could be his final film, will be a PG-13 rating for Home and an R for Away, roughly the equivalent of our 12A and 18. Brilliant!
How you can have such different ratings might confuse many people, but when you take into account the basic premise of the two parts, things become a little clearer. The film follows the rise of hockey played Buddy McCracken (to be played by Nicholas Braun), with the first part seeing him as a young star and the second part seeing him go pro. I might not know a lot about hockey, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Director Kevin Smith made a stop in Montreal last night on his Red Provinces Tour to promote his upcoming horror movie Red State. During the Q&A portion, the filmmaker revealed his upcoming hockey drama Hit Somebody will be split into two movies.
Hit Somebody is based on a Warren Zevon song, which was written by Mitch Albom and tells the tale of Buddy, a Canadian who dreams of becoming a pro hockey player even though he lacks stick-handling skills. It seems Kevin Smith also kicked around the idea of turning Hit Somebody into a TV series, because the story was getting too big for one movie, before he decided to make it a two-part feature. The split will reportedly happen when Buddy becomes a pro hockey player, with the first movie centering on his childhood days in Canada.
When Kevin Smith had his dog and pony show at the Sundance Film Festival this year (I think he also played some movie), the writer and director announced that his next feature, Hit Somebody, would also be his last. And while this may end up being true, it’s not going to be the final film will see from him in the traditional sense.
As HourCommunity (via /Film) reports, Smith recently told the attendees at a Montreal screening of Red State that Hit Somebody will actually be two movies — the first of these follows the main character, Buddy, through his childhood, and the second chronicles his time in the NHL. Based on the Warren Zevon song that was written by Mitch Albom, Smith felt that the script wouldn’t fit into one film; there was the possibility of turning it into an HBO series, but he’s sticking with a film, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Filed under: Movie News, Coming Soon
Because hockey movies have never gotten the epic treatment they deserve, Kevin Smith has confirmed via Twitter that his final effort as a writer/director, 'Hit Somebody,' is going to be split into two movies. After realizing that his script was getting too big to fit into one sitting and debating whether or not he should turn it into a mini-series of sorts on HBO, Smith has finally settled on the double bill for his follow-up to 'Red State.'
Based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name (which was written by Mitch Albom), 'Hit Somebody' is the story of a Canadian kid named Buddy McCracken who grows up with dreams of playing in the NHL even though the only thing he's good at on the ice is getting into fights. Sure sounds a lot like 'Slap »
- Aiden Redmond
Hallmark Hall of Fame, the longtime TV movie franchise that ran on CBS for 16 years before it was dropped by the network in May, has landed a deal ABC beginning with the upcoming season. Under terms of the multiyear agreement announced today, ABC will premiere the movies exclusively, with encore broadcasts coming a week later on Hallmark Channel. The first movie under the deal will be Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith, starring Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Whitford and Martin Landau and directed by Jon Avnet. It will air before Christmas. The Hallmark franchise has been with ABC once before, as well as with NBC and most recently CBS. "We’re delighted our movies will premiere exclusively on ABC starting with our 61st television season,” Hallmark Hall of Fame president Brad Moore said. "Since our very first talks with ABC last year, we’ve looked forward to this announcement. Our »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
I don't want it to consume my entire review, but since I've been ranting about it for nearly a year at this point, I'm absolutely comfortable with allowing it to consume my entire intro: If you want to make a serious drama about counselors and kids at a summer camp, ending with a triumphant and straight-faced victory at their annual color wars competition? That's fine. It just doesn't matter. It just doesn't matter. But don't call your project "Meatballs." If you have a Mitch Albom-style tear-jerker you want to do focusing on a wealthy, obnoxious businessman who returns to »
- Daniel Fienberg
TNT and TBS, which staged their Upfront presentation today in New York, are making bold moves to bolster their remarkably strong foundations in original programming. The networks are developing extensive new lineups of scripted and unscripted series and making a new push into half-hour comedy in partnership with some of the top talents in the industry, from award-winning actors to acclaimed producers, writers and best-selling authors.
This year marks the beginning of production of the final season of the blockbuster hit The Closer, starring Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick. TNT confirmed today that it has ordered a 10-episode season of Major Crimes, a series set in the Los Angeles Police Department that promises to become television's next great crime drama. The seventh and final season of The Closer will include 15 episodes in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading into the launch of Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica). McDonnell has been »
The Closer will officially get a spinoff — Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell as Brenda Johnson’s nemesis, Capt. Raydor — as TNT’s breakthrough hit comes to an end with its seventh season next summer, Turner networks announced at its (problem-plagued) upfront presentation to advertisers Wednesday morning in New York. The cable group also unveiled sneak peeks at some of its upcoming new shows: TBS’ The Wedding Band, a promising comedy about just that starring Brian Austin Green, Lost’s Harold Perrineau (he gets to be funny!) and The Office’s always-hilarious Melora Hardin; TNT’s big-budget, Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies, »
- Jennifer Armstrong
It looks like Andy Richter will be stepping from behind the podium on Conan to another podium (I am guessing) for a new game show on TBS entitled Pyramid. The show is reportedly a modern-day take on the iconic game show that began asThe $10,000 Pyramid.
I really enjoye watching Men of A Certain Age, and highly recommend it. The new shows don't really catch my interest yet, aside from Pyramid. Check out the full lineup below and share your thoughts on what shows you are most interested in seeing.
TNT scripted series in development
Untitled Kip Koenig/John Wells Productions Project – Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, this drama follows a family of cops who uncover the mystical and often crime-ridden world of a small town where things aren’t as they appear. The project comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, Kip Koenig (Grey’s Anatomy) and John Wells Productions (Southland, »
Following months of speculation, TNT formally announced on Wednesday morning its plan to follow The Closer‘s upcoming seventh and final season with a spin-off series titled Major Crimes. Touted by the cabler as “television’s next great crime drama,” Major Crimes will star Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica), reprising her recurring Closer role of Captain Raydor.
The Closer‘s final cycle will consist of 21 total episodes — 15 airing this year plus six for summer 2012 — and feed directly into the 10-episode freshman season of Major Crimes, which like its predecessor will be set in the Los Angeles Police Department. The Closer creator »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Kevin Smith and hockey go together like, well, Kevin Smith and New Jersey. The filmmaker is a huge fan of the sport and works it into his films whenever he can, such as in the first Clerks and in Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Once Smith has finished promoting and showing off his latest film, Red State, he'll write and direct one more movie before retiring and it's fitting that his final film will be a hockey movie. It's called Hit Somebody and is based on the song of the same name by Warren Zevon and Mitch Albom. It'll star Nicholas Braun as Buddy McCracken , a tough hockey player who just wants to score one goal in a game. Other hockey players will be played by Braun's Red State co-stars Kyle Gallner  and Michael Angarano  while his coach, Blue Jay Jennings, will - most likely - be played by John Goodman. »
- Germain Lussier
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