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Your guide to the TCA press tour

8 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Right about now, the lights should be on in the Beverly Hilton ballroom for the very first panel of the summer 2014 Television Critics Association press tour. I'm not due to arrive at tour until sometime tomorrow, but Fienberg and other members of the TCA should be there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the start of the 16-day event (which, for many people, will run straight into the start of Comic-Con). Each time I get ready to go to press tour (give or take that time that I broke my ankle), I like to present some version of the guide to press tour I originally wrote in my Star-Ledger days (with a lot of help from Matt Zoller Seitz). If you've been following my tour coverage all this time, odds are you know a lot of this and can skip down to the bottom for the 10 biggest questions Dan and I have about this current tour, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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CNN Hits Worst 10 Pm Rating In 14 Years

2 June 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Friday night was no fun for either Seth MacFarlane or Jeff Zucker. The former had the beginning of what was a face-plant of a weekend with his Western comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West while the CNN boss suffered his news network’s worst result in the 10 Pm slot in 14 years.  Scratching with an average of just 35,000 viewers among Adults 25-54, CNN dropped hard to a snake belly level not seen since May 9, 2000. Back on that very quiet Tuesday night during the last year of the Bill Clinton’s Presidency, the cable news network had 33,000 viewers among the news demo. The all-time low for CNN in the 10 Pm slot was on June 16, 1999 when it sunk to 32,000 among the 25-54s on a Wednesday night. Related: DeadlineNow: ‘Malefiecent’ Drubs ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ In Box Office Blowout (Video) Unlike its competitors, CNN didn’t »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Jeff Zucker Congratulates Staff on 'Evolving' CNN, 'Sixties' Ratings, V.A. Coverage

30 May 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CNN's 9 p.m. hour, in a sort of limbo post-Piers Morgan, got a shot in the arm on Thursday night. The premiere episode of Playtone (Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman) and Mark Herzog's The Sixties won the news demo, besting Fox News Channel and MSNBC, nearly tripling its average showing in the time slot over the past month. A 10 p.m. encore lost little steam -- the two showings averaged a respective 284,000 and 243,000 viewers -- again topping its two most relevant rivals among adults 25-54. Network president Jeff Zucker took the good news, as well

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- Michael O'Connell

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CNN Dabbles In Time Travel at ‘The Sixties’ Party

28 May 2014 10:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CNN takes its viewers all over the country, even the world. Now it wants to take them back in time.

The Sixties represent one of America’s most complex decades, a time  when youth culture clashed with long-held societal norms and upended deeply held beliefs. A CNN documentary, “The Sixties,” slated to debut Thursday, aims to give history buffs an explanation of the various forces of the time.

As part of its effort to call attention to the docuseries, the Time Warner-owned network held a party Wednesday at New York’s Grand Central Station to mark the debut of the series, which Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, said would air “at 9, and 10 and 11″ — a joking reference to CNN’s tendency to rerun much of its acquired non-fiction series.  The Fab Faux, a Beatles cover band, lit into classics such as “All My Loving” and “A Hard Day’s Night, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Upfronts 2014: Comedy Left Behind as Networks Turn to Drama, Reality

20 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Desperate times call for desperate scheduling. And in the case of network comedy, that means breaking with longstanding traditions in seeking to invigorate a signature TV genre that is struggling mightily to find its place in the DVR age.

The upcoming 2014-15 season was unveiled during last week’s network upfront presentations, coming on the heels of a year where much pre-season buzz surrounded a glut of high-profile comedies and big names — Michael J. Fox! Robin Williams! — gracing TV with their presence. Many critics glommed onto new shows with “Comedy’s back” abandon, enthusing over half-hours like “Enlisted,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “About a Boy.”

While the last two will be back, the pile-up of canceled comedies resembled the carnage in a summer blockbuster. NBC finally got around to pulling the plug on “Community,” and announced a closing run of “Parks and Recreation,” shows whose media footprint always far surpassed their Nielsen resumes. »

- Brian Lowry

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Peabody Awards Salute Tom Brokaw, Storytellers Across the Media Spectrum

19 May 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Thesps from “Scandal,” “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards” and “Orange is 
the New Black” mingled with documentary filmmakers, news producers, Tom Brokaw and Anthony Bourdain Monday at the Peabody Awards, the TV 
industry’s most eclectic annual kudos ceremony.

The 46 winners, the most in org’s 73-year history, were chosen from
 more than 1,100 entries by the 16-member Peabody board and presented at the
 Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Awards are not given in categories; the sole criteria for winning is 
excellence in storytelling.

“I hope somebody warned you,” host Ira Glass, of “This American Life,” told the crowd. “I was going over the 
script yesterday and I was like, (this show) is really long. There’s 
no way around it.”

Veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw received the org’s achievement award
 recognizing his long career in journalism.

“This is a humbling moment for me,” Brokaw said. “If you live long 
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- Addie Morfoot

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Bob Greenblatt Leads NBC Back to No. 1

19 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two minutes before NBC’s May 12 upfront presentation was scheduled to start, Bob Greenblatt ducked into Jimmy Fallon’s dressing room for a quick pre-show hello.

It was an instinctive move for Greenblatt. Producers like to keep a close eye on their stars just before the curtain goes up. As the NBC Entertainment chairman chatted with Fallon, there was a brief “Where’s Bob?” moment backstage for the upfront production team. But on cue at 10:59 a.m., a smiling Greenblatt emerged from the black velvet drapes in the makeshift backstage area at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center to hit his mark with perfect timing.

Greenblatt had good reason to be confident. NBC came to the upfront derby this year with the best ratings growth story of any major network during the 2013-14 season. Fallon has brought new sizzle to latenight, and primetime boasts a stylish new hit in “The Blacklist. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Peabody Awards Underline the Radical Changes in Electronic Media

18 May 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On May 19, Peabody Awards will be handed out to 46 winners, the most in our 73-year history. Awards are not given in categories, for specific performances or production tasks. The sole criterion for winning is excellence in storytelling.

So why the unprecedented number of winners? Is there more excellent content than ever before? The answer is yes. The volume of quality storytelling has increased exponentially in the digital era.

And the Peabody board discovered numerous factors and forces at work in the nearly 1,100 submissions:

 New market conditions: We witnessed numerous new programming entities, many driven by the altered economic landscape for media. Internet subscription channels such as Netflix (winner for “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black”) are examples of how the economics of distribution can change programming decisions and storytelling options. Al Jazeera America (with two wins in its “Fault Lines” series) showed that a strong financial commitment to quality journalism from deep-pocketed, »

- Jeffrey P. Jones

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CBS Pre-Upfronts Breakfast: CEO Les Moonves And Execs Talk Schedules, Trimming Monday Comedy Block & Future Of ‘CSI’

14 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CBS is the only broadcaster that still invites the press to breakfast in order to reveal/pitch its primetime plans for next season. It has become an Upfront Week tradition. CBS also is the network that most closely guards its schedule for maximum drama at the breakfast. Here’s how the pre-upfront event unfolded: 9 Am Et: CBS Corp chief Leslie Moonves: “The only thing I’m gonna say — when did all the late-night guys start being the arbiters, the ones being fed the lines.. certainly not going to have Dave come out and put down other networks. I liked it much better when network execs put down other networks,” he said, noting in particular how much he loved nicking Jeff Zucker when he ran NBC. That said, he gave Jimmy Kimmel’s seventh-inning stretch during ABC’s upfront presentation a thumbs up. Related: CBS 2014 Schedule “This really is the »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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NBC Upfront Scorecard: Peacock’s Swagger Has Olympic Ring to It

12 May 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After several years getting sand kicked in its face, it was understandable that NBC would exult in its 2013-14 results during the network’s upfront presentation Monday, where the atmosphere was buoyed by parent Comcast’s staggering commitment to the Olympics through 2032.

Exulting for nearly an hour before anybody saw one of its new shows might be another matter, but hey, when you’ve waited this long, a little overkill is to be expected.

The overall takeaway: Not only do we have a deep-pocketed parent willing to invest in our business, but if you thought we received a significant Olympic boost in this year’s ratings, well, get used to a whole lot more of that — including the 2015 Super Bowl — in the years ahead.

The network’s other big infusion this season came from “The Blacklist,” a series NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt called “the real deal” — and it had better be, »

- Brian Lowry

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What Will Happen to CNN Now That They’ve Moved On from MH370?

9 May 2014 11:41 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

CNN has come under scathing criticism for its two solid months of near-constant coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 plane. But for the most part, the story has been a ratings boon for the network. In a recent interview with Mashable, CNN president Jeff Zucker defended his operation's dedication to the story, saying, "Clearly, the audience has spoken and said that what CNN did was correct." »

- Matt Wilstein

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The one where 'Friends' ended 10 years ago tonight

6 May 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Today in We Are All Getting Old And There Is Nothing We Can Do About It: 10 years ago tonight, a little show called "Friends" aired its last episode (titled, in that "Friends" style, "The Last One"). Dan and I are going to talk more about the anniversary on today's Firewall & Iceberg video show, but I wanted to bring up a few points for everybody to kick around in the meantime: * "The Last One" marked the end of a long period of dominance for NBC, and a long and humiliating decade to come. NBC would finish the 2003-04 season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, a crown it had held for pretty much all of the Must-See TV era highlighted by "Friends," "ER," "Seinfeld," et al. Though "ER" would stick around for another five seasons, it was "Friends" that was basically keeping the network afloat, because Jeff Zucker was incapable »

- Alan Sepinwall

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CNN Reassigns Up to 50 Employees as Breaking News Gets More Emphasis

1 May 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CNN is making as many as 50 news employees reapply for their positions as it works to bring its digital and on-air newsgathering functions together, according to a person familiar with the situation.

This person said the Time Warner-owned network expects to maintain the same head count after the process is complete. Employees who are affected will be allowed to apply for new, open positions in the days and weeks to come.

TheWrap.com previously reported that CNN management had told certain managers and producers they would have to apply for new jobs, potentially at lower salaries.

Under CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, the news network has been placing more emphasis on live coverage of breaking events as well as documentaries, leaving less room for the creation of pre-taped video packages that had been more of a staple on the network.

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- Brian Steinberg

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‘Crossfire’s Back!

1 May 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Just when you thought that what CNN‘s Missing Malaysian Airliner story really needed to liven things up was a fluid ounce of weed killer scientifically administered to some of the talking heads, the network abruptly brought back Crossfire this evening, as if to signal to the country that its long cable-news nightmare was over. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-wi, and Rep. Karen Bass, D-ca, joined co-hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones, who beamed at the camera as if their producer had brought them good news from a distant land. Crossfire had been off the air since March 11, when CNN latched on to the story of the passenger plane that mysteriously vanished somewhere en route to Beijing, and hung on for dear life as ratings soared — well, compared to CNN’s earlier ratings anyway. And, though there had been some speculation CNN chief Jeff Zucker would use the missing plane saga »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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CNN Cuts, Reassigns 50 Employees Across News, Digital Divisions

1 May 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CNN cut or reduced 50 positions across multiple divisions on Thursday, changing roles and reducing positions and salaries across the board, a CNN executive told TheWrap. “There is essentially no head count change,” a network executive wrote in an email. “Fifty positions have been impacted. Roles will changed.” CNN President Jeff Zucker met with newsroom reporters on Thursday to tell them the bad news, an insider told TheWrap. The cuts mainly affect news producers and managers, some of whom will be invited to reapply for new or “updated” positions at lower salaries. The insider said Zucker's plan is to reduce packaged. »

- L.A. Ross and Sharon Waxman

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CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ Finale Hits Viewer Low

25 April 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Looks like a deep-dish double whammy today for CNN’s Chicagoland. First the 8-part docu series produced by Robert Redford‘s Sundance Productions got caught in a media hailstorm for being too chummy with one of its main subjects, Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Now the ratings are in for last night’s finale, and it ain’t pretty. Featuring an appearance from Windy City native Michelle Obama, the cable news series from filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin drew 325,000 total viewers — a series low — and 132,000 adults 25-54 in its 10 Pm slot. Those numbers are well behind the 1.22 million total viewers and 244,000 in the demo that Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity drew in the time slot and behind the 648,000 total viewers and 202,000 25-54s that MSNBC’s Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell pulled in. Related: Media Shocked – Shocked! – To Learn CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ Cajoled/Coordinated With Mayor Emanuel’s Office Matching Chicagoland’s April 10 performance, »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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CNN's Kate Bolduan Expecting First Child

11 April 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CNN's Kate Bolduan is expecting her first child. The New Day anchor is due in October, a CNN rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Bolduan married Carlyle Group managing director Michael Gershenson in 2010. Analysis: Jeff Zucker's CNN Scorecard “Words cannot describe how excited we are about starting our family,” Bolduan told People, which first reported the news of her pregnancy. “This has already been an incredible year for us, moving to New York and launching New Day. Now we’re beginning the best chapter yet.” The morning show host told People that she will be happy to welcome another

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- Hilary Lewis

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CNN's Jeff Zucker on Shift in 9 p.m. Strategy: Talk Shows Don't ‘Thrive Any Longer’

10 April 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker revealed on Thursday that it is bailing on its 9 p.m. talk show tradition because the network believes the format is no longer attractive to audiences. “We believe that genre is no longer viable. There are just too many outlets with not enough big gets for a pure talk show to thrive any longer,”Zucker said at CNN's first upfront presentation to advertisers. “And just because CNN has always done a talk show at 9, it doesn't mean that's what we should be doing there going forward.” Also read: CNN's New Lineup Includes ‘CNN Tonight’ at 10 p. »

- Greg Gilman

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CNN's Jeff Zucker: Larry King/Piers Morgan-Style Interview Shows 'No Longer Viable'

10 April 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced several new original unscripted series fronted by familiar faces including Mike Rowe and John Walsh that will air in the 9 p.m. slot occupied for years by Larry King and then Piers Morgan. In doing so, he is officially abandoning the interview show, a staple on CNN since King debuted in 1985.  "We believe that genre is no longer viable. There are just too many outlets with not enough big gets for a pure talk show to thrive any longer," Zucker told advertisers gathered at Chelsea's Skylight Modern

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- Marisa Guthrie

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CNN Gives Former Fox Star John Walsh New Home To Continue Hunting Most Wanted, Replaces Piers Morgan With Anthony Bourdain And Morgan Spurlock, Delves Into ‘Jesus Code’

10 April 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Two weeks after Piers Morgan signed off CNN with another blast at the NRA, network chief Jeff Zucker announced he would fill Morgan’s timeslot with Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, among others, and that he has given former Fox star John Walsh a CNN platform from which to hunt down most-wanted. CNN also unveiled plans to tap into the current fervor for religious programming with The Jesus Code — a forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible. At its upfront presentation to advertisers today in New York, CNN also detailed plans to bring back Dirty JobsMike Rowe to series TV in Somebody’s Gotta Do It, and Lisa Ling (Our America With Lisa Ling) will also join CNN with an original series. The Hunt With John Walsh, like Walsh’s long-running Fox series America’s Most Wanted, is the ultimate in interactive TV. Billed as a documentary-style, non-fiction program »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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