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Could NBC soon be Law-less? The future of Law & Order: Svu, the last remaining Law & Order spinoff, is up in the air as NBC and Wolf Productions continue negotiations about the fate of the series. According to Deadline, financial issues are the holdup in the return of the long-running show. Deadline reports Dick Wolf was asked to take a pay cut, but he's unwilling to do so. Series executive producer and showrunner Warren Leight took to Twitter to respond to the Deadline story. "As these negotiations string us all out, remember that people with agendas leak misinformation through the press. For the record, we are NBC's 3rd highest rated drama(not 4th, Deadline), and last week, NBC's »
That is one of the most intriguing questions heading into the upfronts this year. Of Dick Wolf‘s five Law & Order series, only one — first spinoff Law & Order: Svu – is still on the air. But its renewal is being complicated by financial issues. Now in its 15th season, Law & Order: Svu is the longest-running drama series currently on TV. As a high-end drama at that age, it is inherently expensive, leading to periodic budget reviews. Last year, Svu, along with Wolf’s then-freshman Chicago Fire, received early pickups. This year, Chicago Fire and freshman spinoff Chicago P.D. were among the shows to get early renewals by NBC last month, but Svu wasn’t. (All three are produced by NBC sibling Universal TV, where Wolf is based.) I hear the holdup has to do with a pay cut Wolf had been asked to take in order for Svu to come back, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
David Letterman’s sign-off from CBS’ “Late Show” next year will not only mark the end of an era in latenight, it will bring the curtain down on one of the most unique and lucrative deals ever crafted for a television star.
But Team Letterman took advantage of a moment in time that gave it the utmost leverage. NBC had been so ham-fisted in its handling of “The Tonight Show” transition in 1991 that it alienated Johnny Carson and Letterman, Carson’s hand-picked successor. That made Letterman a red-hot commodity for a rival network that was desperate to break into the latenight business. Surprisingly, for all its Tiffany successes, CBS had never fostered a latenight franchise to rival NBC — or even ABC’s perch with “Nightline. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Alliance for Children’s Rights annual fundraiser benefit kicked off with a bang Monday night as students from the Virgil Middle School’s drumline welcomed guests with a performance.
After the presentations began, there wasn’t a dry eye in the packed Beverly Hilton ballroom, as Alliance clients — both children and adults — took to the stage to tell their stories about how the Alliance changed their lives. Nathen Garson, a 12-year-old with whom the Alliance has worked to formalize an adoption, told how he and his dad, actor Willie Garson (“Sex and the City,” “White Collar”), celebrated his adoption. Instead of going out for hot dogs like he wanted, Nathen’s father took him to a “fancy” restaurant where they could eat steaks and order Shirley Temples with five cherries.
As a “thank you” Nathen presented his dad with the Francis M. Wheat Community Service award. The elder Garson »
- Francesca Bacardi
Christopher Meloni has had the kind of varied, almost schizophrenic, and very vivid acting career in which the first thing you see him in would likely color your perceptions of him for years to come. I first encountered him in the sixth season of “1st & Ten,” a raunchy ‘80s HBO comedy about a pro football team whose cast at various points included Delta Burke, Shannon Tweed, O.J. Simpson and, for a season — as an ex-con quarterback calling himself Johnny Gunn — a young Meloni. (Here’s the opening credits for that season.) As a result of that and a few other sitcom roles immediately after, I thought of him as a comedy guy and was thrown when he would pop up playing intense dramatic roles in the ‘90s on shows like “NYPD Blue,” “Homicide” and, for a long and memorable stretch, “Oz,” HBO’s first original dramatic series, in which Meloni »
- Alan Sepinwall
Though most renewal/cancellation news is typically held until closer to the ad upfront presentations in May, NBC execs just announced that they’ve picked up three series for additional seasons. Stalwart supernatural police drama Grimm is now confirmed to return for a fourth outing next fall. Word of its renewal came with news that Dick Wolf’s procedural drama Chicago Fire and its recent spinoff Chicago P.D. have both been picked up for third and second seasons, respectively.
None of the renewals are particularly surprising given the success that NBC has found with all three. On Friday nights, Grimm has overcome its terrible timeslot to become a highly reliable performer for the network. Right now, it’s having the best luck of any show that night in the key adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.5 rating, and the 8.1 million total viewers it’s currently drawing is up from last year. »
- Isaac Feldberg
After an early renewal for The Blacklist in December, NBC has officially renewed four more scripted series. NBC executive Robert Greenblatt all but promised Parks and Recreation would get a seventh season back in January. But there was no official announcement until tonight's press release matter-of-factly mentioned Parks as "previously picked up." Grimm is a reliable performer as the top scripted broadcast series on Friday nights, so NBC will bring it back for a fourth season. The network renewed Chicago Fire for a third season and spinoff Chicago P.D. for a second season. Read the press release after the break. Universal City, Calif — March 19, 2014 — NBC has announced it is renewing dramas “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Grimm” for the 2014-15 season. The network previously picked up “The Blacklist” (season 2) “Parks and Recreation” (season 7), “The Voice” (season 7), “Celebrity Apprentice” (season 14) and “The Biggest Loser” (season 16). NBC is winning the »
- Brendan Bettinger
NBC is really liking the Windy City. Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire and Chicago Pd, the recently-launched spinoff, were both picked up for next season the network announced on Wednesday. Also renewed for the 2014-15 season? Grimm, which was picked up for a fourth season. "It's official!! #ChicagoPD will be back for Season 2," Chicago Pd star Sophia Bush tweeted. "Thank you all so much for watching and loving this show that we love to make for you!! #GetYourCPDon" The Chicago renewals come hot on the heels of the news that The Mentalist's Amanda Righetti is heading to both shows in a major role, with sources exclusively telling us they are hearing rumblings of another »
NBC handed out a trio of early renewals on Wednesday (March 19), firming up its drama lineup for the 2014-15 season.
The Peacock announced it has ordered a second season of freshman entry "Chicago P.D.," a third season of its sister series "Chicago Fire" and a fourth season of Friday night spookfest "Grimm."
The trio join the previously picked-up freshman drama "The Blacklist," as well as reality stalwarts "The Voice" and "Celebrity Apprentice." The announcement also confirmed NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt's assertion at the winter TCA press tour in January that "Parks and Recreation" would have a seventh season, making the fan-favorite comedy's renewal official.
Noticeably absent from the list? "Chicago" franchise producer Dick Wolf's other series, the long-running "Law & Order: Svu."
Which early renewal has you most excited? »
Welcome to an exciting installment of Adventures in Network Press Releases, where a simple email about the renewal of "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D." and "Grimm" instead turns into a stealth renewal announcement for "Parks and Recreation" and "Celebrity Apprentice." Earlier this evening, NBC sent out a press release with a simple and clear headline about the first three shows being renewed. Makes sense. The two "Chicago" shows have done relatively well after, respectively, "The Voice" and "Law & Order: Svu," and NBC likes being in the Dick Wolf business, and "Grimm" has been a stable Friday performer for a few years now. Then came the strange part, as the release mentioned previous renewals for "The Blacklist," "The Voice," "Parks and Recreation," "Celebrity Apprentice" and "The Biggest Loser." The problem was that only the first two had actually been previously announced as renewed for next season. Back at press tour, Fienberg »
- Alan Sepinwall
There’s no word yet on whether “Law & Order: Svu” will return for a 16th season, but Dick Wolf’s two newest entries for NBC — “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Pd” — have been renewed for next season along with “Grimm,” the network announced Wednesday.
NBC, which has bolstered its drama standing over the last couple of years, previously picked up hot rookie “The Blacklist” for a second season. It had also given the go-ahead to comedy “Parks and Recreation” for a seventh season as well as reality staples “The Voice” (season 7) and “Celebrity Apprentice” (season 14).
In addition to “Law & Order: Svu,” which has provided a solid lead-in for “Chicago Pd” on Wednesdays this winter, other NBC dramas awaiting word on their fate for next season include “Revolution,” “Hannibal” and “Dracula.”
“Chicago Fire” ranks No. 1 in its Tuesday 10 p.m. slot in adults 18-49, averaging a 3.1 rating/8 share and 10.6 million viewers overall »
- Rick Kissell
NBC has given early renewals to “Chicago Fire,” its spinoff “Chicago Pd” and “Grimm.” These series join previously renewed shows “The Blacklist,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Voice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” “Chicago Fire” currently ranks No. 1 in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot among the broadcast networks this season in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49. It's averaging a 3.1 rating/9 share in that demo and 10.6 million viewers. Also read: ‘Grimm's’ Reggie Lee Addresses Fears Around Sgt. Wu's Big Episode: ‘I'm Not Leaving’ the Show Executive produced by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Danielle Gelber, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Peter Jankowski, Joe Chappelle, “Chicago Fire” is currently. »
- Jethro Nededog
NBC has given early renewals for next season to three more dramas: Chicago Fire, its spinoff Chicago P.D., and Grimm. All hail from Universal TV. They join hot freshman The Blacklist, which already was picked up for a second season. Also set to return next season are veteran comedy Parks And Recreation (Season 7), flagship reality series The Voice (Cycle 7), and Celebrity Apprentice (Cycle 14), which skipped a season. Related: 2014 NBC Pilots The renewal of Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire for a third season and Chicago P.D. for a second opens the door to further expanding the franchise with a long-rumored Chicago-set medical drama though that likely won’t happen for next season. Last year, NBC picked up all of Wolf’s series at the same time. This time, Law & Order: Svu is not part of the package as the veteran usually gets a renewal close to the upfronts. But with the Chicago franchise blossoming, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Mentalist star Amanda Righetti is taking a trip to Chicago. I can exclusively reveal that the actress will be guest starring as a pediatrician on upcoming crossover episodes of Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. A source tells me there's even been some chatter about a Righetti heading up an ensemble cast for another series, Chicago M.D., about a Windy City hospital. While another source says there are no plans for a doctors-based show, we can't help but think it's a great idea. Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. have been mega-successes for NBC and series creator Dick Wolf, so why not expand the franchise? Chicago Fire is currently in its second season. The all-hottie cast includes Lady Gaga's »
CBS’ “Survivor” and “CSI,” two shows that have been on the air since 2000, won their hours in key demos Wednesday, a night on which ABC’s “Modern Family” remained the top demo draw overall but its leadout “Mixology” fumbled away more than half of that young-adult audience.
CBS and Fox were in a virtual for the night’s leadership in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Survivor” opened the night for CBS with a timeslot-leading 2.5 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall, up slightly from last week despite the start of Daylight Saving Time. CBS aired basketball in some markets in the 8 o’clock hour, so its numbers could be adjusted in the nationals, but if it holds, this would mark the reality adventure series’ first-ever head-to-head victory over Fox’s “American Idol” in both categories.
“Criminal Minds” followed at 9 p. »
- Rick Kissell
After so many duds this season, you start to root for a new ABC show to open. Upcoming drama Resurrection now remains the network’s last and only hope after back-to-back disappointments from the launches of drama Mind Games and comedy Mixology this week. Last night’s debut of Mixology (1.8 in adults 18-49) ranked as ABC’s lowest-rated comedy premiere this season and the third lowest overall for a Monday-Thursday comedy, only behind NBC’s now defunct Welcome To The Family (1.1) and Sean Saves The World (1.4). And that’s with one of the best comedy lead-ins on television, Modern Family, marking the lowest-rated debut following ABC’s flagship comedy. Yes, Modern Family is not the ratings powerhouse it used to be, with last night’s episode (3.1) down 11% from the last original to a season low but still, Mixology‘s premiere rating was down a big 38% from the short-lived How To Live With Your Parents »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
On the heels of NBC extending the freshman season of Dick Wolf’s freshman crime drama Chicago Pd last week, TNT is doing the same with the second season of Wolf’s real-life crime series Cold Justice. TNT has picked up six more episodes of the breakout docu-reality series, from Wolf Films and Magical Elves, to air this summer. In its current second season, Cold Justice is averaging 1.8 million viewers in Live + 3, up 25% vs. Season 1 in adults 18-49 and +12% in 25-54. Wolf, Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer exec produce the series, which follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they dig into unsolved cold murder cases. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Four episodes of Chicago Pd have aired so far, averaging a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.8 million total viewers. It's currently the network's fourth-highest-rated scripted series. Chicago Fire is number two.
Chicago Pd follows the men and women who work at the Chicago Police Department's District 21. The cast includes Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Jesse Lee Soffer, Sophia Bush, Patrick Flueger, Laroyce Hawkins, Elias Koteas, Marina Squerciati, and Archie Kao.
What do you think? Do you like this Chicago Fire spin-off series? »
It's somewhat rare for midseason dramas to get an expanded episode order, but when Dick Wolf is involved, standard rules don't apply. NBC announced on Friday (January 31) that "Chicago P.D." has been picked up for two additional spring episodes, bringing its total order to 15 episodes. Through its first four weeks on the schedule, "Chicago P.D." is averaging 6.8 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 in Live + Same Day ratings. Considering how quickly "Ironside" tanked, it's no surprise that NBC is boasting that "Chicago P.D." has given the network its best Wednesday 10 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC is banking on more Chicago P.D. The Chicago Fire spinoff, which has averaged 6.8 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, has gotten two additional episodes tacked on to its rookie-season order, bringing the episode total to 15. Photos: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows Chicago P.D., from executive producer Dick Wolf, centers on uniformed police patrol and the intelligence unit that pursues the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses. The series stars Jason Beghe, whose character was introduced on Chicago Fire last season, Sophia Bush,
- Philiana Ng
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