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‘Do No Harm’ Canceled After Two Airings

8 February 2013 2:44 PM, PST

It is two episodes and out for NBC‘s midseason drama Do No Harm, which has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately. For the next two weeks, NBC will air Law & Order: Svu reruns in the Thursday 10 Pm slot. In terms of NBC’s longer-term options, the network could put Rock Center back in the slot or try another new drama, Hannibal, which is ready to go on the air. Do No Harm posted the lowest ratings ever for an in-season scripted series premiere on a Big 4 network last week with an underwhelming 0.9 18-49 rating. It dropped 22% to a 0.7 last night, effectively sealing its fate. Do No Harm certainly was not helped by its 9:30 Pm lead-in, which dived from a 1.9 for an Office episode last week to a 1.1 last night for new comedy 1600 Penn, which also is on the chopping block for cancellation. For other potential reasons that »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Fox’s Head Of Current Marcy Ross To Exit

8 February 2013 2:35 PM, PST

Exclusive: After a decade at Fox, Evp current programming Marcy Ross is leaving the network. Ross’ three-year contract is up this year and I hear she opted not to renew it and plans to return to content creation. I hear Ross, a well-liked executive, is already pursuing other opportunities but will remain at Fox in a consulting capacity for the transition, likely through the end of the season. Fox wouldn’t comment on the reasons for Ross’ exit but I hear she and top network brass have had differences. Ross was brought to Fox in 2002 by then-entertainment president Gail Berman with whom Ross had previously worked at Sandollar TV where they developed Buffy The Vampire Slayer. After a five-year stint as Svp current programming at Fox, Ross was upped to Evp in 2007. She has led the network team that oversees all new and returning scripted series, including newcomer The Following, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Is The Latest Lawsuit From FilmOn’s Alki David Full Of Hot Aereo?

8 February 2013 2:12 PM, PST

I’m getting a headache trying to keep track of FilmOn‘s Alki David feud with Aereo, and especially the lawsuits over who has the right to use different corporate names. David’s already defending himself in a suit filed by Iac chief Barry Diller, a major Aereo backer, over a web site David created called BarryDriller.com (it now seems to be defunct); major TV networks also sued David’s streaming service called Aereokiller. Here’s the latest: Yesterday he filed suit at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleging that Aereo misappropriated its company name. The story begins in early 2011 when electronics manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works introduced a product called “WinTV-Aero-m” — it’s a tuner that plugs into computer Usb ports so users can watch over-the-air digital TV. FilmOn began to market it about a year ago. And what do you know? This week Hauppauge assigned the trademark for “Aero” to FilmOn. »

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WGA West Re-Ups Executive Director

8 February 2013 2:11 PM, PST

Los Angeles – The Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) has unanimously voted to extend the contract of Executive Director David Young for an additional five years. Young has been in the position since 2006. “David is a proven leader and an invaluable strategic thinker,” said Wgaw President Chris Keyser. “He has helped guide us through challenging times of both technological change and economic turbulence in our industry. He has the full support of the Board of Directors and we feel very fortunate that he will lead us through the next two cycles of contract talks with the AMPTP.” »

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Scott Grimes Joins CBS’ ‘NCIS: La’ Spinoff, Two Cast In AMC’s ‘The Killing’

8 February 2013 1:30 PM, PST

Scott Grimes (ER) has landed a series regular role in the NCIS: La planted spinoff, which will originate as an episode of NCIS: La airing later this season titled “Red”. The project, from NCIS: La executive producer/showrunner Shane Brennan, stars John Corbett and follows a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes. Grimes, repped by Abrams Artists and Adam Levine at Industry, plays Dave, a highly capable agent who has an eye for clues, a nose for lies and is the team’s forensic specialist. Rising British actor Max Fowler (BBC’s May Day) has joined the third season of the AMC’s drama series The Killing as a series regular. Also added to the show as a new regular is Bex Taylor-Klaus, an 18-year-old newcomer from Atlanta. They will join returning stars Mireille Enos »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Chris Cooper To Star In Discovery Channel’s ‘Klondike’ Miniseries

8 February 2013 12:59 PM, PST

Following in the footsteps of History, which made a splashy entrance into scripted programming with the blockbuster miniseries Hatfields & McCoys starring Kevin Costner, Discovery Channel too has tapped an Oscar winner for its first scripted effort, miniseries Klondike. Chris Cooper will co-star in Klondike, produced by Scott Free Prods., Discovery Entertainment One and Nomadic Pictures. Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike, the mini tells the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike. Cooper will play Father Judge, who has come to Klondike to atone for his violent past on a mission to save souls. Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) is the primary writer and will serve as Executive Producer, along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker; as well as John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne; Mike Frislev »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Christina Applegate Departing ‘Up All Night’

8 February 2013 12:28 PM, PST

Exclusive Updated: NBC‘s plan to revamp single-camera sophomore comedy Up All Night as a multi-camera sitcom has suffered a major blow. I’ve learned that series star Christina Applegate is leaving the Lorne Michaels-produced project, which is still being re-conceptualized and is yet to film any of the five episodes in front of a live audience that had been planned. “It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors,” Applegate said. “Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family.  I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always.” NBC would not comment. Some sources say the network is still looking to proceed with the series »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Impact Artist Opens Film & TV Division

8 February 2013 11:16 AM, PST

Exclusive: Impact Artist Management has hung up a new shingle in the movie and television business. Led by Ed Gerrard and Peter Himberger, the veteran music management company today announced the formation of Impact Artist Productions to produce films and TV series. “After music supervising for many years and working closely with some of the industry’s most revered directors, making the transition to producing both film and television is a natural progression for Impact. We are also thrilled to launch our production division with several projects that highlight arts and culture,” said Gerrard in a statement Friday. “We are excited to take our successful experience in the music industry and parlay that into our passion for film. We are pleased to now have our own banner under which to do that,” added Himberger. As well as working with the likes of Dr. John, Gipsy Kings, Cassandra Wilson, and Teddy Pendergrass, »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta’s ‘Leftovers’ Gets Pilot Order At HBO

8 February 2013 11:14 AM, PST

Damon Lindelof’s first series project since Lost, drama The Leftovers based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 book, has received a pilot order at HBO where it had been in development since last summer. The project, which the two co-wrote together, marked the first foray into cable for the Lost executive producer/co-showrunner and the first project under the rich three-year overall deal he signed with Warner Bros. TV last spring. The Leftovers, produced by Wbtv, takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same. Lindelof and Perrotta executive produce with Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. Lindelof serves as the showrunner. HBO acquired rights to The Leftovers for series development with Perrotta attached as writer/executive producer and Yerza and Berger as executive producers »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Update: New York Suspends Film Shoots For Saturday As East Coast Storm Looms

8 February 2013 10:35 AM, PST

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor. 2Nd Writethru Update, 10:25 Am: The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment confirmed the cancellation of all film permits scheduled for Saturday due to two major storms set to converge over the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. Since Hurricane Sandy, shooting permits in parts of Brooklyn, Staten Island and Lower Manhattan have been granted on a case-by-case basis to accommodate the city’s recovery efforts, though the majority of Manhattan remained unaffected. The latest cancellation affects all shoots throughout the city’s five boroughs. Related: Eastern Blizzard Could “Devastate” Box Office The blizzard is expected to hit New England the hardest, with CNN reporting the storm could reach Boston by 5 Pm and deliver 24-36 inches of snow. The network said that all cars and trucks other than emergency vehicles must be off Massachusetts’ roads by 4 Pm. More than 3,000 flights routed through »

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Showtime Gives Pilot Order To ‘Affair’

8 February 2013 9:54 AM, PST

I’ve learned that Showtime has handed a pilot order to The Affair, a provocative relationship drama written/executive produced by playwright Sarah Treem (In Treatment) and executive produced by In Treatment creator Hagai Levi. Mark Mylod (Shameless) is attached to direct and exec produce the pilot, which dissects an affair and its effect on the two marriages it disrupts, with the story told separately from the male and female perspective. Based on an original concept by Treem and Levi, Affair centers on Noah, a married father of four, who becomes involved with Allison, a married woman mourning the loss of her child, after a chance meeting at the beach. Showtime recently greenlighted Paul Attanasio’s pilot Vatican, directed by Ridley Scott, and gave a straight-to-series order to John Logan/Sam MendesPenny Dreadful. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Jeremy Piven Period Drama ‘Mr Selfridge’ Gets Second-Season Order From UK’s ITV

8 February 2013 9:39 AM, PST

At a PBS TCA panel last month, Mr Selfridge creator Andrew Davies said that while no decision had been made on a second season, he’d already written the first episodes and was “very confident” of a renewal. He had reason to be. ITV today commissioned 10 more hourlong episodes of the period drama that stars Jeremy Piven as entrepreneur and department store revolutionary Harry Selfridge. Shooting starts in April in Greater London and Kent for a 2014 airdate that will coincide with the centenary of World War I. The first season kicks off on PBS next month. Since launching on ITV in January, the show has a consolidated average audience of 8.5M and drew 9.4M to its peak episode. The second season will be set in 1914, just ahead of the Great War, and will add new castmembers. Also, joining Davies as lead writers will be Kate Brooke (Case Sensitive, Making Of »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Do No Harm’ Falls Again, ‘Community’ Returns Up, ‘American Idol’ Dips, ‘Scandal’ Hits High

8 February 2013 8:59 AM, PST

After the worst in-season network debut rating ever last week, NBC’s Do No Harm (0.7/2) did itself more harm by falling 22% from that January 31 debut. To put it in further perspective, viewership of the certainly soon-to-be-cancelled new show fell from the 3.3 million who watched last week to 2.18 million. It wasn’t all bad news on NBC on Thursday, however. With the end of 30 Rock last Thursday, this week saw the long-delayed return of Community (1.8/6) for a fourth season at 8 Pm. The comedy bested its previous season opener of September 22, 2011, when it wasn’t facing American Idol, by 6%, and beat its May 17, 2012 Season 3 finale by 38%. Related: Post Mortem: What Led To ‘Do No Harm’s’ Historic Ratings Flop Meanwhile, it was Part 2 of Hollywood Week on American Idol (4.1/12) last night. With 14.15 million viewers, harsh words reminiscent of Simon Cowell from judge Nicki Minaj, and some harsh contestant cuts, the singing »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Endemol North America Promotes Quartet

8 February 2013 8:52 AM, PST

Endemol North America has promoted four executives: Caroline Baumgard to Evp Development, Rob Smith to Evp Programming; Rob Day to Evp Production, and Ron Milkes to Evp Operations, Strategy and Corporate Development. The four will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report to David Goldberg, Chairman and CEO, Endemol North America. Baumgard will continue to spearhead all non-scripted development; Smith will continue to oversee all of Endemol USA’s on-air series. Baumgard and Smith, who joined Endemol USA in 2002, have helped build Endemol USA’s slate of reality series with shows like Deal Or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Wipeout. Day, who has worked with Endemol since 2003, will continue to oversee unscripted and consult on scripted programming. Endemol has been making strides in scripted programming with its first scripted series, AMC’s Hell On Wheels, followed by ABC series Red Widow and AMC’s Low Winter Sun, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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IFC’s ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Renewed For Second Season

8 February 2013 8:32 AM, PST

IFC has picked up a second season of original series Comedy Bang! Bang!, hosted by comedian-writer and podcast host Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis). The network has ordered 20 episodes, double the first season’s order, to air in 10-episode arcs on IFC. The first 10 episodes will debut in third-quarter 2013, with the remaining 10 slated to air in fourth quarter. Production is currently underway in Los Angeles. Comedy Bang! Bang! riffs on the late-night talk show format with improv elements and Reggie Watts (Conan) as music cohort. Season 1 featured a rotating lineup of known comedians and actors including Amy Poehler and Galifianakis. “Comedy Bang! Bang! perfectly embodies the type of sharp, smart comedy space IFC inhabits,” said Debbie DeMontreux, IFC’s Svp Original Programming. Comedy Bang! Bang! is produced by Abso Lutely Prods; Aukerman and Dave Kneebone serve as executive producers. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Actress Rachel Fox Makes The Case For Trading Stocks On Technicals: Video

8 February 2013 8:25 AM, PST

Put away your copy of Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor. Why not plan for your retirement by taking stock advice from 16-year-old Desperate Housewives actress Rachel Fox? She was on CNBC today promoting her day-trading obsession (she’s said to have had a 30.4% return last year) and her Fox on Stocks website. “It’s such an awesome concept…I usually go on technicals,” she says. Instead of betting on companies like Apple — it’s “always swayed by someone’s opinion,” she says — Fox prefers Chinese social media company Sohu.com and Anadarko Petroleum. “I just had a great short sell the other day on Tiffany.” 

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Pilot Season: The Year Of Dracula

8 February 2013 8:15 AM, PST

With young vampires taking big bites out of movie box office and TV ratings in the Twilight franchise, HBO’s True Blood and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, the granddaddy of them all bloodsuckers, Count Dracula, is making a big comeback. TV history buffs may correct me but, while the legend of Dracula has been mined endlessly on the big screen going back to Bela Lugosi, I cannot think of a single live-action American series about Dracula (NBC’s super-short-lived 1979 series Cliffhangers featured a Curse Of Dracula segment, and the syndicated Dracula: The Series was Canadian). Next fall we may have three. First off is NBC’s straight-to-series drama Dracula, in pre-production for a possible fall launch. Set in 1890s London, it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the Count and also features his archenemy, Abraham Van Helsing. At the time NBC’s Dracula was announced last summer, Starz said it is developing Vlad Dracula, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Date For 2014 SAG Awards Set

8 February 2013 7:05 AM, PST

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring acting performances of calendar year 2013 in film and TV, has been set for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. That it the earliest the SAG Awards have taken place. After starting off as a late February/early March awards show, the SAG Awards have been held on the last Sunday of January since 2006 with the exception of the 2010 event, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 23. TNT and TBS, which just renewed the SAG Awards for three more years, will once again simulcast the 2014 show live, marking the 17th consecutive year the SAG Awards have been telecast on TNT and the ninth year on TBS. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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AOL Q4 Revenues Beat Expectations As They Grow For The First TIme In 8 Years

8 February 2013 4:30 AM, PST

Shares are up about 7% in pre-market trading after AOL reported a milestone that investors have been waiting to see: Its revenues have finally picked up as gains from ad sales outpaced the declines from its ancient (in Internet terms) Web subscription business. The company says that in Q4 it generated $35.4M in net income, +55.3% vs the period last year, on revenues of $599.5M, +3.9%. The top line number is well ahead of the Street’s expectation for $573.7M. Earnings at 41 cents a share matched the consensus forecast. AOL says that global ad sales were up 13% while subscription revenues fell 10%. The company had 2.8M domestic Internet subscribers at year end, -15%. Revenues at the Brand Group — which includes some of AOL’s most popular Web destinations including the Huffington Post, Moviefone, and its Patch local news sites — were up 4% to $213.2M, but increasing expenses resulted in a 34% decline in cash flow to $8.8M. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

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Global Showbiz Briefs: London Fest Dates, ‘The Audience’ Grows & More

8 February 2013 1:54 AM, PST

London Film Fest Dates Set The British Film Institute has set the dates for this year’s London Film Festival. The 57th go-around will take place from October 9-20 this year, head of exhibition and festival director Clare Stewart announced. Last year’s festival saw banner local and international premieres for the likes of Frankenweenie, Great Expectations, Argo, Amour, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook. The festival is currently accepting submissions for 2013. - Joe Utichi ITV Licenses Additional Deals For ‘The Audience’ ITV Studios and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have signed new deals for The Audience, created by indie The Garden originally for Channel 4 in the UK. ITV Studios Nordic will produce 8 x 45-minute episodes for Viasat’s TV 3 in Norway, while ITV Studios Global Entertainment has secured a deal in Hungary, where Paprika Latino will produce 6 hourlong episodes for Viasat 3. Itvs Ge represents the format internationally for The Garden. »

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