16 items from 2016
James Corden was beyond skeptical about the idea of hosting CBS' The Late Late Show. In an interview with the menswear website Mr. Porter, posted early Thursday, the 37-year-old British star talks about his big career move and relocation from his native England to Los Angeles. Corden took over as the host of The Late Late Show last March, replacing Scottish star Craig Ferguson. Corden's past notable credits at the time included parts on British comedies such as Teachers and Gavin & Stacey. He also hosted the Brit Awards five times, between 2009 and 2014. But it was his performance in the hit Broadway play One Man, Two Guvnors that caught the attention of CBS »
The CBS Television Network's coverage of Super Bowl 50 featuring the Denver Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Feb 7 (6:39-10:22 Pm, Et) was watched by an estimated average of 111.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen (Live + Same Day) Fast National ratings, making it the third-most-watched program in television history. Last night's Super Bowl peaked with an average of 115.5 million viewers from 8:30-9:00 Pm, Et. Last year's Super Bowl Xliv is still the most-watched program in history, with an average of 114.4 million viewers, with Super Bowl Xlvii in second place with 112.2 million viewers.
Streaming coverage of Super Bowl 50 on CBS and NFL digital properties set viewership records in every category, with the game streamed across more platforms than ever. The live stream drew 3.96 million unique viewers across laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones. Viewers consumed more than 402 million total minutes of coverage, »
CBS’ telecast of the Golden Super Bowl from the Golden State on Sunday has fallen short of last year’s record audience for the big game, but has become the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.
Nielsen estimates that an average audience of 111.9 million were watching throughout the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers, peaking with 115.5 million from 8:30-9 p.m. Et for the halftime show. The only telecasts to draw a larger audience were last year’s Super Bowl between New England and Seattle on NBC (114.4 million) and the 2014 matchup between Seattle and Denver on Fox (112.2 million).
The game was also broadcast nationally by Espn Deportes, averaging 472,000 viewers. According to CBS, streaming coverage of the game on CBS and NFL properties averaged 1.4 million viewers, and viewers consumed more than 315 million minutes of coverage across laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones.
- Rick Kissell
Revenge vet Barry Sloane has enlisted in Six, History channel’s eight-episode action drama from Academy Award-nominated Apollo 13 screenwriter William Broyles Jr. and military special ops veteran David Broyles.
Inspired by current events, the series will follow Navy Seal Team Six, “the best of the best,” whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. The project promises to capture “what these SEALs do, their complex personal lives, »
While Corden will be making his debut as host of the Tonys, he's no stranger to Broadway's big night. In 2012, he won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his turn in One Man, Two Guvnors, beating out heavyweights James Earl Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Frank Langella and John Lithgow.
Corden previously performed on Broadway in The History Boys, »
Craig Ferguson's Celebrity Name Game TV show has been renewed for a third season. The syndicated game show's season three renewal was announced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury. The show is hosted by Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
Celebrity Name Game matches celebrities join contestants to identify correct answers before their time expires. Answers include celebrity names; locations; book, TV show and film titles; and more. Past guests include Cox and Arquette, Candace Cameron Bure, Shannen Doherty, and Lisa Kudrow
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Debmar-Mercury Presidents and Founders Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein have signed new long-term deals with parent company Lionsgate. A day earlier, Debmar-Mercury’s “Wendy Williams Show” was renewed for three more years and Craig Ferguson‘s “Celebrity Name Game” was re-upped for a third season. The company’s roster also includes “Family Feud,” a partnership with FremantleMedia North America. Lionsgate acquired the production and distribution company in 2006. Also Read: Fox Orders 'Kicking & Screaming' Reality Series From 'Fear Factor' Producer “Mort and Ira are fantastic partners and we’re proud to extend our alliance with them for many years to come, »
- Tony Maglio
The doctor is back in at NCIS — and he’s about to get his hands dirty.
Jon Cryer — who has twice appeared as Gibbs’ life-saver, Dr. Cyril Taft, on the CBS drama — will return for another Season 13 episode.
According to EW.com, the February installment will find Dr. Taft getting involved in a burglary case where weapons and ammunition were stolen from a Naval base.
Laura San Giacomo (Just Shoot Me) will also appear in the episode as Dr. Grace Confalone, Taft’s co-worker and confidant.
Syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game has been renewed for a third season on Tribune and Sinclair stations. The half-hour weekday strip currently airs in more than 93% of the country, including the top 50 U.S. markets, and as of now has been cleared in more than 70% of the U.S. through the 2016-2017 season. Hosted by Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants as they improvise clues to identify as many correct answers as possible in a given… »
The deal takes the FremantleMedia North America/Debmar-Mercury strip through the 2016-17 season on its core local station affiliates. To date it’s been re-upped on stations representing more than 70% of U.S. TV households.
“Name Game” has bucked the odds and delivered decent numbers in a difficult landscape for daytime strips. The quiz show features celebrities competing to answer a rapid-fire series of questions revolving around pop culture. Ferguson won the daytime Emmy for game show host last year.
“We knew from the outset that this format had something special and seeing Craig win the Emmy for season one only reaffirmed our beliefs,” said FremantleMedia North America co-ceo Jennifer Mullin.
- Cynthia Littleton
Craig Ferguson brought Socrates to TCA. Ferguson came to talk about his new late-night show for History, Join Or Die, in which he and a panel debate provocative and timely topics in the provocative actually-listen-to-someone interview style that got Ferguson noticed by many, except not enough CBS execs, when he headlined that network’s The Late Late Show. TV critics wondered how much of this show actually would be about history, given that they’d been told categories… »
Both new series were announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
“Knightfall” is a 10-episode scripted series centered around the Knights Templar warriors of the Crusades, including the infamous Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, burning at the stake. It will premiere in late 2016 and is created by Renner’s producing partner, Don Handfield and Richard Rayner.
Produced by A+E Studios, Handfield and Renner are exec producing via their shingle, The Combine. Other exec producers are Midnight Radio’s Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg. Jana Bennett, Arturo Interian and Russ McCarroll are the executives in charge of production for History.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Whitney Friedlander
The History channel has greenlit eight episodes of Six, a real life-inspired military action drama from Academy Award-nominated Apollo 13 screenwriter William Broyles Jr. and military special ops veteran David Broyles.
Inspired by current events, the series will follow Navy Seal Team Six, “the best of the best,” whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. The project promises to capture “what these SEALs do, their complex personal lives, and the life and death decisions they make. »
Craig Ferguson wants you to Join or Die by Thursday, February 18 at 11/10c.
That’s the day the comedian’s new History series will debut, the cable network announced Wednesday.
Join or Die With Craig Ferguson will find the former Late Late Show host debating with a panel of guests, many of whom also were announced Wednesday.
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History has ordered to series “Six,” a fictionalized military drama inspired by Seal Team Six, the unit that was responsible for the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Written by William Broyles and military special operations veteran David Broyles, “Six” follows a squad of elite U.S. soldiers, Navy Seal Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover an American citizen working with the terrorists. The network has greenlit an eight-episode season. Also Read: Craig Ferguson's 'Join or Die' Gets Series Order at History The series will be executive produced by William and David Broyles, »
- Linda Ge
If it’s January, it’s time for television industry insiders to convene in Pasadena, Calif.
The winter Television Critics Association press tour begins its annual two-week stand at the Langham Huntington Hotel Tuesday afternoon with presentations from Espn and indie cablers Ovation, Outdoor Channel and Up. Streaming, cable and broadcast are all slated for later in the schedule, hoping to make an impact with their dizzying lineup of A-list stars and showrunners.
In the Peak TV era, there’s entirely too much information to process amid a non-stop schedule of panels, interviews and parties. But here’s our best guess at the people we won’t want to miss during the cable portion of the tour this week.
- Variety Staff
16 items from 2016
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