Week of   « Prev | Next »

1-20 of 153 items   « Prev | Next »


CBS Hires Condoleeza Rice As Contributor

20 January 2013 3:05 PM, PST

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor. Rice appeared today on Face The Nation, where host Bob Shieffer announced her new CBS gig and welcomed her as a panel participant. In a statement, CBS said Rice would “use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad”. The appointment was made by CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and President David Rhodes. In addition to serving as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush, Rice also was part of the team advising Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on general strategy and on foreign policy. Since leaving office, Rice has worked as professor of political economy and political science at Stanford University and is a founding partner of a consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates. Related: Fox News Hires Ex-Presidential Hopeful Dennis Kucinich As Contributor »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

Permalink | Report a problem


NHL Coverage Starts Strong On NBC

20 January 2013 12:37 PM, PST

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and ratings go higher. The much delayed start of the NHL season over protracted negotiations between players and the league scored for NBC. Yesterday’s two-game regional coverage on the network (Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers) posted a 2.0 overnight rating from 3:30-6:15 Pm Et. That was the highest overnight rating for regular-season coverage on any network in more than a decade and the highest overnight for regular-season coverage on NBC since its recent coverage of the league began in 2006, up 67% vs. last year’s 2011-12 regular-season average. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


Katie Couric To Interview On-Camera Manti Te’o And His Parents About Girlfriend Hoax

20 January 2013 11:55 AM, PST

The second “big get” interview in as many weeks has landed outside the broadcast networks’ news divisions, once the go-to place for most figures at the center of a controversy. Katie Couric will conduct the first on-camera interview with Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o and his parents since the tragic story of Te’o's girlfriend was exposed as a fraud. (The athlete did an off-camera interview with Espn on Friday). The interview will air Thursday on Couric’s syndicated talk show. Previews for the chat will air on ABC News platforms, Good Morning America, World News and Nightline. Earlier this week, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on her cable network Own. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


‘SNL’ Ratings On Par In Return To Originals

20 January 2013 10:22 AM, PST

In its first new show in more than a month, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with host Jennifer Lawrence and musical guest The Lumineers, last night drew 4.9/12 in the metered-market households and a 2.8/12 among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. That was roughly on par with SNL‘s last original before the break, the holiday edition with host Martin Short and musical guest Paul McCartney (+Nirvana), which posted a 5.1/12 in households and a 2.8/12 in 18-49 on December 15. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Batmobile’ Auctioned For $4.6 Million

19 January 2013 8:50 PM, PST

The original Batmobile used in the 1966-68 Batman TV series sold tonight at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for $4.6 million including fees. Bidding lasted about 4 minutes and the winning bid was $4.2 million before fees were assessed. The car’s customizer-owner George Barris had put the car up for bids last month. Barris bought the 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept car for $1 from the Ford Motor Co. and was given $15,000 and 15 days to gadgetize the handmade 19-foot two-seater. Some observers had predicted the car would sell for as much as $5 million. And even though $4.6 million is a lot, Barrett-Jackson’s Twitter feed said a Shelby Cobra that once sold for $5.5 million holds the record. (Photo by Barrett-Jackson) »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

Permalink | Report a problem


Sundance: Filmmakers Say Cable TV & Online A Good Place To Land

19 January 2013 5:08 PM, PST

Traditional methods of getting a project made and finding an audience are evolving rapidly toward smaller screens, a panel of directors and producers agreed today at the Sundance Film Festival  “Every time I’ve had a movie I couldn’t get financing for recently, the next question is always ‘could this be a TV series?’ It’s a business model. It’s boring but it’s real,” said Richard Linklater. “It does feel like great quality is going to TV and online… because the studios make tentpoles and not adult dramas,” added Fast Five director Justin Lin, who also co-created the Yomyomf YouTube channel. Linklater and Lin were appearing on the Power of Story: Independence Unleashed panel along with Enlightened co-creator Mike White and director Jane Campion. Linklater is back at Sundance this year to premiere his Before Midnight, the second sequel to 1995’s Before Sunrise. Campion also returns to »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

Permalink | Report a problem


Ratings Rat Race: ABC Comedies Drop, ‘Fringe’ Ends, ‘Nikita’ Steady In Return

19 January 2013 9:25 AM, PST

Fox’s cult sci-fi drama Fringe bowed out last night with decent by Fringe standards  numbers for its series finale. The two-hour closer (1.0/3 in adults 18-49, 3.1 million viewers) was up 25% from last week in 18-49, matching its last season finale in the demo. In total viewers, the final episode was up 3% from last week for a season high and Fringe‘s most watched episode in nearly a year. The only other broadcast network to offer all-originals last night was CBS, which won Friday in 18-49 (1.7/5) and total viewers (10.5 million). Undercover Boss (1.9/6, 9.45 million) at 8 Pm was up a tenth from last week in 18-49, matching its top demo rating of the season and hitting a season high in total viewers. With ABC’s Shark Tank in repeats, Undercover Boss was the top program of the night in 18-49. CSI: NY (1.6/5, 10.6 million) matched its 18-49 season high from last week. Blue Bloods »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


FX’s ‘Anger Management’ Returns Lower, ‘Legit’ Starts Slow, ‘Archer’ Solid

18 January 2013 11:29 PM, PST

Charlie Sheen’s FX comedy Anger Management last night returned for its 90-episode back order, which will run virtually uninterrupted over the next two years. In its premiere, the show drew 1.8 million total viewers and 903,000 adults 18-49 at 9 Pm. A second original at 9:30 Pm averaged 1.6 million viewers and 994,000 adults 18-49. That was way down from Anger Management‘s big series premiere last year (5.5 million, 2.7 million adults 18-49). It was also slightly down (mostly in total viewers) from the show’s first season finale, which drew 2 million viewers and 994,000 adults 18-49. Anger Management boosted the fourth season premiere of animated comedy Archer (1.6 million viewers), which became the series’ second most watched episode ever behind the series premiere. It was Archer‘s top-rated episode in all key demos, including Adults 18-49 (1.28 Million), Men 18-49 (991,000), Adults 18-34 (882,000), and Men 18-34 (712,000). But at 10:30 Pm, comedy Legit managed only 650,000 total viewers and 461,000 adults 18-49 in its debut, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Come Dine With Me’, Murdoch & London Times, BAFTA Awards

18 January 2013 10:49 PM, PST

ITV’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ Format In 36 Territories ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed multiple deals for its hit format Come Dine With Me including Asia’s first local version of the format to air on Indian broadcaster Star India. The network has commissioned 40 30-minute episodes. The Star India deal brings the total number of international territories producing the show to 36. Additionally, ITV Studios Nordic has been recommissioned to produce a 10th series of 60 episodes by Sweden’s TV4 and a second series of 40 episodes by Nelonen in Finland. Meanwhile, ITV Studios Australia has been recommissioned to produce a fourth (6 x 60’) series for Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel to air in 2013. The format has also recently re-launched in Turkey on Fox TV and Belgium on Vier 4.  Originally commissioned by Channel 4 in the UK, the unscripted format follows amateur chefs competing against each other hosting a dinner party for other contestants. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

Permalink | Report a problem


Peter Liguori On “165-Year-Old Startup” Tribune: Video

18 January 2013 9:52 PM, PST

For anyone remotely curious about what the future holds for Tribune under the leadership of newly appointed CEO Peter Liguori, the company’s Ktla broadcast this interview. Liguori’s impressive resume includes stretches at Fox Broadcasting and Discovery Networks. This being Ktla, the focus was on TV with a passing reference to the company’s dozen newspapers which include the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Many observers expect the company to offload the newspapers and concentrate on its broadcast assets. Watch the video after the jump. But beware the infernal autoplay. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

Permalink | Report a problem


CBS Orders Pilots From Will Gluck, Frank Marshall And Two From Greg Garcia

18 January 2013 6:35 PM, PST

CBS seems determined to get a comedy from My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia on the air next season, handing out pilot orders to both of his scripts, one single- and one multi-camera. They were among four CBS pilots ordered tonight as the network kept its odd pilot season tradition of greenlighting a slew of pilots after hours on a Friday night. The other two pickups went to the Will Gluck-produced comedy The McCarthys, from writer Brian Gallivan; and The Ordained, a drama from a novice TV writer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, which is produced by Frank Marshall. These mark the first pilot orders for Garcia and Marshall in the first development cycles under their deals at CBS TV Studios, while The McCarthys hails from Sony TV where Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment is based. Garcia’s single-camera pilot Super Clyde centers on a meek, unassuming »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


USA’s ‘Suits’ Strong In Winter Premiere

18 January 2013 4:45 PM, PST

USA’s Suits is solidifying its status as the network’s next flagship series as it continues to build in the ratings, especially in the young demographics. While cable series normally perform worse in the winter against increased in-season competition than in the summer, Suits returned last night higher than its summer debut. The winter opener last night drew 3.6 million viewers, up 3% from the summer premiere, 1.6 million adults 18-49, up 11%, and 835,000 adults 18-34, up 34%. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


R.I.P. Robert F. Chew

18 January 2013 4:43 PM, PST

Actor Robert F. Chew, best known for the character Proposition Joe he played on HBO’s The Wire, has died. Chew died Thursday at his home in Baltimore of apparent heart failure during his sleep. He was 52. Chew broke into TV with a role in Homicide: Life On The Street and appeared in the miniseries The Corner and the TV movie Something The Lord Made. He also taught and mentored young actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players, and he maintained his relationship with the troupe after his career took off with David Simon’s HBO series. He introduced new talent from the group to casting directors and coached young actors who played students in the Baltimore City School system in Season 4 of The Wire. Chew continued to teach in the Arena Players Youth Theatre after The Wire ended production in 2007. ”Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

Permalink | Report a problem


Time Warner Cable Bans Some Gun Ads

18 January 2013 4:42 PM, PST

Time Warner Cable said in a statement that it would “no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people”, Multichannel News reports. “We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace”. Time Warner Cable’s move comes just weeks after the tragic Connecticut elementary school shooting and days after President Barack Obama announced a plan to combat gun violence. Obama’s plan includes universal background checks for all gun purchasers and a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association said in a statement Wednesday that it supported the President’s proposals. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

Permalink | Report a problem


Two Injured On The Set Of ABC’s ‘Castle’, Stuntman Hospitalized In Serious Condition

18 January 2013 2:52 PM, PST

Update: I’ve learned more details about the accident on the set of Castle last night. According to talent manager William Blaylock, the actress injured in the accident is Karen David. “Karen was the actress in the scene with the stuntman,” he said. “They fell from a moving van when a door would not shut. Karen was in the emergency room for hours being treated. She has been released but is in serious pain and has to wear a neck brace.” The stuntman, who sustained head injury, is still hospitalized in serious condition. Previous: I’ve learned that there was an accident on the set of ABC‘s crime dramedy Castle last night. It happened during the filming of the show on the Paramount lot. A male crew member and a guest actress were injured and taken to the hospital. The woman has since been released, but sources say the stuntman, »


- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 19

18 January 2013 2:28 PM, PST

Listen to episode 19 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. This week Deadline Executive Editor Lieberman and host David Bloom discuss the potential impact on Hollywood as a result of the President’s efforts to reduce gun violence; the news coming out of former corporate siblings Viacom and CBS; and expansion plans by online TV service, Aereo. Deadline Big Media Episode 19 (MP3 format) Deadline Big Media Episode 19 (MP4a format) The M4A version of this podcast is designed to run on any device using Apple’s iTunes software, and includes enhanced graphics and links to stories and other resources. The MP3 version of this podcast is designed to play on virtually any device capable of playing digital audio. For those using non-iTunes software to listen to the podcast who want to automatically receive the “Deadline Big Media” podcasts in their non-iTunes “podcatcher” software, you can subscribe at http://www. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

Permalink | Report a problem


Disney’s Bob Iger Collects $40.2M Compensation For 2012, A 20.3% Raise

18 January 2013 2:12 PM, PST

The company says in its proxy filed at the SEC this evening that in meetings with shareholders “there was broad agreement with the Compensation Committee’s assessment that Mr. Iger’s performance as chief executive officer has been excellent.” Disney shares appreciated 76% in the fiscal year that ended September 30, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 30%. The company also says that in the previous three years Bob Iger‘s compensation was “near or below the median compensation awarded to his peers.” Directors responded by raising all components of Iger’s compensation compensation for the fiscal year that ended in September: It amounted to $2.5M in salary, $9.5M in stock awards, $7.8M in option awards, $$16.5M in non-equity incentives, $3.1M change in pension value, and $800,700 for other compensation. The “other” category includes $574,331 for security and $190,439 for personal air travel. The company says it requires Iger to use the corporate jet for »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

Permalink | Report a problem


Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks’ Third World War II Miniseries Secures Source Material

18 January 2013 1:57 PM, PST

HBO‘s long-in-the-works World War II miniseries project from Band Of Brothers and The Pacific producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, has acquired the rights to Donald L. Miller’s book Masters Of The Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany, which may be joined by other source material. The project has been in development for months and was announced by HBO programming president Michael Lombardo last October at an event in France. The Band Of Brothers and Pacific follow-up portrays a cross section of officers and enlisted men who served in the Eighth Air Force and fought in the air war against Germany. Based in England, the men of the “Mighty Eighth” faced unprecedented physical, psychological and moral challenges. Hanks, Spielberg and Gary Goetzman executive produce for Playtone and Amblin Television. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


Nickelodeon Picks Up Comedy ‘The Haunted Hathaways’ To Series With 20-Episode Order

18 January 2013 1:16 PM, PST

Exclusive: Nickelodeon has handed a 20-episode order to The Haunted Hathaways, a half-hour project from veteran comedy writer-producer Robert Peacock. Created by Peacock, The Haunted Hathaways features an unconventional blended family and can be described as The Brady Bunch with a supernatural twist. It centers on a mom (Ginifer King) and her daughters (Amber Montana, Breanna Yde) who move to New Orleans and discover that their new house is already occupied by a dad (Chico Benymon) and his sons (Curtis Harris, Lil’ P-Nut)… who happen to be ghosts. Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin, creators of the 2011 Nick series Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, have come on board as showrunners. The Haunted Hathaways was originally picked up to pilot in August. It joins another recently picked up Nickelodeon series, Dan Schneider’s Sam & Cat, starring iCarly‘s Jennette McCurdy and VictoriousAriana Grande reprising their roles. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

Permalink | Report a problem


Starz Has A Strong Opening On Wall Street, But Analysts Wonder What Happens Now?

18 January 2013 1:06 PM, PST

Shares appreciated 9% to $15.69 in the first week after Liberty Media spun Starz off as an independent company. But its debut was also greeted by analyst reports that raised concerns about its prospects. Barclays Equity Research’s Chris Merwin initiated coverage today with an “equal weight” rating, and $15 price target. He fears that the premium pay TV network company won’t find a buyer or partner soon, and could soon see its profit margins shrink. Outlays for original programming will rise: Starz could have as much as 60 hours of originals in 2014, up from 38 hours this year — potentially raising next year’s production costs by 20% to $241M — the analyst says. In addition, execs soon will have to start negotiating to extend Starz’ movie carriage deal with Sony, which expires at the end of 2016. That could be costly. Starz needs Sony more than ever now that Disney has said it will move its »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

Permalink | Report a problem


1-20 of 153 items   « Prev | Next »



IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners