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R.I.P. Jean Kent

30 November 2013 6:00 PM, PST

British film and television actress Jean Kent has died after suffering a fall, per UK reports. She was 92. Kent made her name in the 1940s and 1950s starring in a number of melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures, including Fanny By Gaslight, Bees In Paradise, Madonna of the Seven Moons, and The Wicked Lady. On another Gainsborough film, 1946′s Caravan, she met actor and future husband Josef Ramart. They starred together again in the 1949 musical comedy Trottie True. Kent moved into television in the 1950s, appearing in shows including Epilogue to Capricorn, Sir Francis Drake, and Thicker Than Water. Notable film roles came opposite Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl and in Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse. »

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R.I.P. Tbn Founder Paul Crouch

30 November 2013 3:20 PM, PST

Televangelist and Trinity Broadcasting Network (Tbn) founder Paul Crouch died today. He was 79. Crouch began his career in faith-based media with a stint at Krsd in Rapid City, South Dakota before managing NBC affiliate Krsd-tv. In 1961 he was appointed head of the Assemblies of God’s Department of Television and Film Production based in Burbank, CA overseeing production of films, audiovisual materials, and children’s teaching aids. After a stint at Khof-tv in San Bernadino, Crouch founded Christian network Tbn with wife Jan in 1973. They bought their first TV station, Southern California’s Klxa-tv, the following year. Tbn now boasts 84 satellite channels and over 18,000 television and cable affiliates globally. The company also spun-off Christian indie film production company Gener8Xion Entertainment, Inc. and hosted the the broadcast world premiere of The Passion of the Christ in 2011. »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

30 November 2013 2:27 PM, PST

A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone? By Nellie Andreeva – Family Guy fans are up in arms this morning over the shocking death of the show’s talking dog Brian, hit by a car in last night’s episode. There is already a petition calling for the dog’s resurrection. While Brian was definitely positively dead and buried by the Griffins in the episode, some fans are suspicious. MSNBC’s Next Headache: What To Do About Martin Bashir By Lisa de Moraes – MSNBC‘s joint announcement today with Alec Baldwin’s camp that they had mutually decided to end Baldwin’s Up Late interview show leaves the cable news network with just one on-air talent headache: Martin Bashir, whose apology for graphic comments he made about Sarah Palin hasn’t ended chatter as to whether he should be punished. Alec Baldwin Won’t Be ‘Up Late’ On MSNBC »

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Ratings Rat Race: Garth Brooks Rules, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Dip, ‘Dracula’ Flat

30 November 2013 9:42 AM, PST

He may have spent most of the last decade in retirement and semi-retirement, but Garth Brooks still has a things or two to show to his younger colleagues. The two-hour  Garth Brooks Live From Las Vegas special dominated primetime last night with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, and a very impressive for the night after Thanksgiving 8.8 million viewers. Brooks doubled the demo rating for Lady Gaga‘s Thanksgiving special with the Muppets and almost tripled her viewership. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. NBC was the only network to air an all original lineup last night with Dateline (1.2, 7.2 million) up a tenth from last week in 18-49 and hitting a season high in total viewers. Grimm (1.3) fell 19% from its most recent episode while Dracula (0.9) held steady at a series low. Fox aired two more Raising Hope originals (0.6), down 25% from last week. Raising Hope feels wasted on Friday. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Deadline Big Media 61: The We All Want To Buy Time Warner Cable Episode

29 November 2013 1:17 PM, PST

Listen to (and share) episode 61 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. Deadline’s financial editor talks with host David Bloom about the latest potential entrant, Cox Communications, in the cable TV consolidation sweepstakes that seem to be just about to take off via Time Warner Cable; the uncertain future of DVR maker TiVo despite a terrific quarter; a surprising shakeup at the top of No. 2 event company Aeg Live; and a whole new game for Take-Two Interactive, which weeks after the billion-dollar debut of Grand Theft Auto V has bought out investor Carl Icahn, sparking analyst concerns that its stock price has peaked. Deadline Big Media 61 (.MP3 version) Deadline Big Media 61 (.M4A version) 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 .MP »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Thanksgiving Ratings Rat Race: Macy’s Parade Hits 11-Year High, Lady Gaga’s Muppets Tie ‘Glee’s Puppets

29 November 2013 10:07 AM, PST

The Spider-Man baloon may have been clipped by a tree, but the ratings for NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continued their ascent. After hitting a six-year high in the metered markets last year with a 11.5 household rating, NBC’s 9 Am-noon coverage of the parade anchored by bearded Al Roker and Matt Lauer did one better yesterday, climbing 17% to a 13.5, an 11-year high. NBC’s Thanksgiving dominance extended to primetime with the Steelers-Ravens football game, which drew a 11.8 metered market rating, up 3% from last year, and the network is expected to win the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. ABC’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1.6 in 18-49) from 8-9:30 Pm ranked in between the network’s two rebroadcasts of the special last year — 2.2 on Thanksgiving Eve and 1.1 on Thanksgiving. It was followed by  Lady Gaga And The Muppets Holiday Spectacular (0.9), which was down 25% from the Michael Jackson »

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‘Sherlock’ To Return To BBC One On New Year’s Day

29 November 2013 2:47 AM, PST

In a sly publicity stunt in London this morning, the BBC confirmed the UK airdate for the return of hit detective drama Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be back as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson on January 1, 2014 on BBC One; they return to PBS in the States a couple of weeks later on January 19th. The first episode in the new three-part series is titled The Empty Hearse, and this morning just such a vehicle made the rounds of some Sherlock shooting locations in the British capital, sending Twitter wild – and bringing confirmation of the news from the show’s producers. The hearse wasn’t entirely empty, though, since it contained a funereal floral arrangement spelling out the New Year’s return date which sees the series pick up two years after Holmes was last seen plummeting from St Bart’s Hospital in Season 2 finale, The Reichenbach Fall. »


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R.I.P. Jane Kean

29 November 2013 2:45 AM, PST

Jane Kean, who starred in a 1960s revival of The Honeymooners, has died. She was 90. Kean had a diverse career that dated back to Vaudeville and continued through this year. She passed away on Tuesday in Burbank after a fall that led to a hemorrhagic stroke, her niece told The Associated Press. Kean first worked with Honeymooners star Jackie Gleason on the Vaudeville circuit and reunited with him in 1966 when she played Trixie Norton on the CBS revival that ran from 1966-1970. She guested on numerous other TV series including Love, American Style, The Love Boat, Dallas and Growing Pains. Her film credits included 1941 muiscal Sailors On Leave and 1977′s Pete’s Dragon. Kean was also known for her voice work, notably as Belle in Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol, a perennial holiday TV movie. According to the AP, Kean recently performed a one-woman retrospective of her life at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BT Nets NBA Games; Comedy Central Has New Overseas Projects; Salman Khan; BAFTA; More

28 November 2013 11:00 PM, PST

BT Sport Scores NBA Games In Multi-Year Deal Britain’s aggressive BT Sport has closed a multi-year, multi-platform deal with the NBA for up to 200 games a season including regular and playoff action. Although BT has been facing off with rival Sky, which previously had the NBA games under a short-term deal, I understand the News Corp-controlled company did not bid on rights for the coming basketball seasons. BT will broadcast up to seven live games per week in the UK and Ireland starting with the Pacers at the Clippers on December 1st. Sunday games will air in UK primetime. Also included in the partnership will be several magazine shows like NBA Action, NBA Inside Stuff, NBA Tonight and NBA Countdown, while some games will stream live online. Related: Will BSkyB’s Soccer Rights Loss Be A Win For British TV Producers? ‘Medics’ & ‘Operation Slut’ In Development For Comedy Central »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Ratings Rat Race: CBS Sweeps Quiet Thanksgiving Eve

28 November 2013 10:22 AM, PST

Television hardly was a priority for Americans on Thanksgiving eve, with usage levels taking a drop. Only two networks offered their regular lineups in originals — CBS and Fox (though all episodes were labeled as “special” so they won’t count towards the series’ season averages). CBS easily swept every hour of primetime with  Survivor (2.2, down 12% from last week),  Criminal Minds (2.4/7, down 14%) and CSI (2.0/6, down 5%). Fox’s X Factor (1.2) matched its low with a regularly scheduled episode posted by the redo show following the voting snafu earlier this month. NBC aired a special about the making of its upcoming Sound Of Music live special (1.0) and an SNL Thanksgiving highlights reel (1.6). The CW aired the 1987 movie Planes,  Trains and Automobiles (0.5), which actually outperformed three of its series in 18-49, Hart Of Dixie, Beauty & The Beast and Nikita. Last night also marked the official end of the November sweep, won in 18-49 by »

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Former ‘X Factor’ Judge Cheryl Cole Settles Legal Dispute With Producers

28 November 2013 5:25 AM, PST

A little over a year ago, erstwhile X Factor judge Cheryl Cole sued producers Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2.3M. The case has now been settled out of court, with producers paying an undisclosed sum to the pop star, the BBC reported today. A spokesperson for Cole tells Deadline, “Cheryl’s dispute with Blue Orbit has been resolved amicably.” Cole was a three-time judge on The X Factor UK before being imported by Simon Cowell to serve as judge for the debut season of the American version in 2011. Amid much drama that summer, however, she was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger before the show went to air. In her suit, Cole claimed she was owed money under a pay or play contract. Cole had been paid $1.8M for Season 1 of the U.S. X Factor, but was seeking money for Season Two. Cole’s teams twice won the X Factor UK »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Official: UK’s ITV Acquires ‘Rising Star’ Singing Competition Series From Keshet

28 November 2013 2:28 AM, PST

ITV and Keshet International have made it official as the British network has acquired hot interactive talent competition format Rising Star. I reported earlier this month that a deal was pending and the partners now say a UK version of the show will be co-produced by ITV Studios and Keshet International UK. The deal adds to ITV’s high-profile competition franchises that include Simon Cowell’s The X Factor UK and Britain’s Got Talent. ITV’s Dancing On Ice is bowing out in 2014 and it’s expected that Rising Star will occupy its slot beginning January 2015. ABC recently landed the format for the U.S. with a 10-episode order for air in summer 2014. The UK acquisition follows other local deals in Hungary (TV2), Italy (Toro), France (M6 Group), Russia (Rossiya1), Germany (Rtl) and the Nordics (Nordisk). Rising Star has been a hot property since its big launch in Israel earlier this fall, »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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ABC Family’s ‘Chasing Life’ Gets Back Order Ahead Of Premiere

27 November 2013 6:41 PM, PST

Exclusive: ABC Family‘s upcoming drama series Chasing Life has not been assigned a premiere date yet, but it just received a back order for seven episodes. The cast was given the good news today, just in time for Thanksgiving. The back order brings the first season of Chasing Life to 20 episodes, which is ABC Family’s standard for a full season. Chasing Life, from Kapital Entertainment, Lionsgate, Televisa and Bv Family Prods, hails from the same pilot batch as ABC Family dramas The Fosters and Twisted. The other two had initial orders for 10 episodes and received back 10 orders after strong early ratings performance last summer. For Chasing Life, whose original order was for 13 episodes, the back order comes ahead of its premiere, slated for next year, representing a strong vote of confidence by the network. An adaptation of the successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican series Terminales, Chasing Life stars Italia Ricci as April, »

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Charter Prepares To Borrow $25B For Time Warner Cable Offer: WSJ

27 November 2013 2:18 PM, PST

Charter Communications could offer $90 in cash for each Time Warner Cable share, and supplement that with its own stock, if it completes the debt offer, The Wall Street Journal reports. The plan is the latest indication that Charter wants to pounce on the No. 2 cable company. Charter’s top shareholder, Liberty Media’s John Malone, is eager to see cable companies consolidate. And TWC is seen as vulnerable due to its unimpressive recent performance — including its loss of 306,000 video subs in Q3 when CBS went dark for 32 days — as well as the plan by long-time CEO Glenn Britt to retire at year end.  The additional debt could strain Charter: It already has $14B in IOUs, equal to five times its cash flow, while TWC has $24B. And a $90 cash offer wouldn’t be sufficient. TWC closed today at  $136.80, +13.2% over the last five days amid the reports that suggest the months »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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BBC America Picks Up Second Season Of ‘Atlantis’

27 November 2013 11:46 AM, PST

BBC America has picked up the second season of British fantasy-adventure series Atlantis. The BBC, which originally commissioned the show inspired by Greek mythology, has already renewed it for a second season. For BBC America, which came aboard as co-producer on Atlantis in July, the pickup comes on the heels of the show’s November 23 premiere, which delivered the network’s highest-rated series premiere ever for Supernatural Saturday with 838,000 total viewers. Atlantis is an Urban Myth Films production for BBC Cymru Wales. The series follows the adventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms) who battle against some of the most famous names of Greek legend, often in unexpected guises. »

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Melissa Ponzio To Recur On NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire; Kevin Ryan Joins ‘Crossbones’

27 November 2013 11:29 AM, PST

Melissa Ponzio has booked a recurring role on NBC’s firefighter drama Chicago Fire.  She will play Donna, a love interest to Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker).  Ponzio, repped by Domain and Kass Management, recently recurred on The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf. Copper alum Kevin Ryan is set to recur on another NBC hourlong series, the upcoming Crossbones.  On the pirate drama, he will play Finnegan, a heavily-tattooed, hard and solemn pirate with a scar across one eye, who becomes involved with Blackbeard (John Malkovich). Ryan is with Mosaic, Resolution and attorney David Matlof. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Rudolph’ Tops ‘The Voice’ & ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Dancing’ Finale Down

27 November 2013 10:20 AM, PST

A 49-year-old animated movie went against some of the most expensive shows on television last night and won. CBS’ rebroadcast of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (3.0, up 3% from last year) was the highest-rated program last night in adults 18-49, the demo category it itself is leading this year, topping NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rudolph drew 11.4 million viewers, up 13% and the second-largest audience last night behind ABC’s Dancing With The Stars finale (14.6 million, 2.4 in 18-49), helping CBS win Tuesday in 18-49 and total viewers.  The Dancing closer was down 20%  from last fall’s All-Star edition and 11% from the most recent spring cycle to rank as the aging franchise’s lowest-rated fall finale ever. While it was trounced by Rudolph in head-to-head competition at 8 Pm, S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.5, 9.3 million) still ticked up a tenth in the demo not facing CBS’ juggernaut »

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‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Snares $10.2 Million At Global Box Office

27 November 2013 9:04 AM, PST

The 50th anniversary special Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor grossed $10.2 million worldwide from Saturday through Monday, BBC Worldwide said today. The episode was No. 1 in the U.S. on Monday, bringing in $4.7 million at more than 650 sites, selling 320,000 tickets. That made it the second biggest film of the day after The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In the U.S., the 75-minute special had an estimated  $7,155 per-location average, according to BBC WorldwideThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which played in 4,163 U.S. locations, posted a $2,623 per-location average. The anniversary episode is also being screened in Australia, the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. »

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Deadline Advisory: Site Maintenance

27 November 2013 5:00 AM, PST

Update: We’re back in business. Did you miss us? Previous: We are doing some upgrades to our back-end systems and will not be able to post stories for a small window of time this morning. That also means your comments won’t make it on the site during that stretch. We’ll be back soon but in the meantime nobody do anything newsworthy Ok? Have a coffee or something. Thanks for your patience. »

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TiVo CEO: Cable Operators Want To Distribute Netflix

26 November 2013 7:04 PM, PST

When many studios license shows to Netflix they stipulate that the content can’t be distributed in the U.S. through a pay TV operator’s set top box — but that should change, TiVo CEO Tom Rogers told analysts today. Netflix “has clearly risen to the level of a must-have” for consumers who want streamed video. And once Netflix can negotiate changes in its contracts “increasingly we’re hearing operators wanting to include Netflix in their distribution” after years of considering it a threat. It would benefit TiVo if he’s right: Its DVRs can integrate broadband video with conventional cable channels. In September, UK cable operator Virgin Media said that it would include a Netflix app on the TiVo boxes it offers to some of its subscribers – blurring the distinction between the online service and premium channels like HBO. Rogers naturally wants more U.S. cable operators to let TiVo handle their advanced services. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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