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With Aereo Update, CNET Again Runs Into CBS Policy On Litigants
A couple of weeks back, CBS Corp barred subsidiary tech news site CNET from presenting a Consumer Electronics Show best-in-show award to Dish’s new Hopper With Sling because of Dish’s pending litigation with CBS. Now it turns out that CNET is barred from reviewing any product or service directly implicated in a CBS lawsuit, according to TheVerge.com. CNET called attention to the broader ban in a new report on a significant update to the Barry Diller-backed streaming-tv startup service Aereo — which has been sued by CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The update included a new interface that adds access via Roku and that device’s remote. CBS’ policy against reviewing products or services involved in litigation with the company doesn’t include a ban on reporting news, so CNET tiptoed around “reviewing” the Aereo update while also calling attention to the restriction. The story is as »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
'The Bachelorette' winner Jef Holm is single after split from Katianna Bear
Holm, the 26-year-old entrepreneur who won the heart of Emily Maynard last year, has split from his girlfriend, Katianna Bear. Spotted in Park City, Utah for some Sundance film festival partying, the star of "The Bachelorette" Season 8 confirmed to Wetpaint.com that his rebound relationship was over.
According to reports, the split between Holm and Bear was amicable and that it was simply time to end the relationship. The two started dating after Jef Holm and Emily Maynard ended their post-"Bachelorette" engagement in October 2012. During his "Bachelorette" season, Holm surprised many by winning the heart and hand of single-mom Maynard. One of his competitors, Sean Lowe, is currently starring in his own season of "The Bachelor."
Based on the man's activities at Sundance, there was no heartbreak to worry about. Holm was seen out at nightclubs and gifting suites, »
'Ben and Kate' officially canceled by Fox
Production has shut down on "Ben and Kate." Just days after the comedy was pulled from the Fox winter schedule, 20th Century Fox Television made the decision to officially cancel the show.
The decision ended up being swift and very final for the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged comedy.
Although the show had an 18-episode order from the network, production closed abruptly on Friday (Jan. 25), partway through what would have been the 16th episode. The remaining two episodes of the order will not go into production, and there will be no further filming of the current one.
Earlier in the same week, Fox removed the show from its Tuesday-night time-slot, scheduling extra episodes of "Raising Hope" and "New Girl" in its place through the end of February. "Hell's Kitchen" will take over the slot following that. There is no indication of when the un-aired episodes of "Ben and Kate" might appear. »
ABC orders pilots from David Shore, Sofia Vergara and Kyle Killen
The pilots just keep on coming into the weekend. On Friday (Jan. 25) ABC ordered pilot production to go forward on projects produced by Kyle Killen ("Awake," "Lone Star"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") and David Shore ("House").
Kyle Killen's new drama pilot, "Influence," is a workplace drama centered on two brothers -- one a bipolar, genius psychologist and the other an ex-con -- who head an agency that solves problems using the science of human motivation and manipulation. Killen will both write and executive produce the pilot.
"Killer Women" is based on the Argentine soap series, "Mujeres Asesinas," and will be produced by Vergara, Ben Silverman, Martin Campbell, Luis Balaguer and Hannah Shakespeare (who also wrote the pilot script). The show will focus on Molly Parker, a tough and beautiful woman who happens to be the only female Texas Ranger.
"Doubt" is a legal drama written and produced by David Shore. »
Ratings: Nikita Surges to Season Highs
The CW’s Nikita made the most of this relatively quiet Friday night, surging 25 percent week-to-week to score season highs.
In fact, Nikita‘s total audience of 1.6 million viewers marks its largest haul in almost 14 months (since Dec. 2, 2011). And the spy drama’s 0.5 rating represents its best demo delivery since March 23. Impressive — let’s give Michael a hand!
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For the night, repeats of CBS’ Undercover Boss and ABC’s Shark Tank shared »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
New Spoiler Alert!: Horror Story Season 3 Scoop, Mad Men Spin-Off and Girls' Scary Sex Scene
You know you’re in for a particularly wild episode Spoiler Alert! when the discussion starts with sideburns and nipples, and ends with a statement like “Someone’s gonna end up sleeping with their sister!”
But that isn’t the half of it!
This week, when Matt Mitovich and I welcome to the guest couch Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer from MTV’s Nikki & Sara Live, our topics range from how American Horror Story will top itself in season 3 (an unsexy Adam Levine?) to how Allison Williams managed to keep her tatas covered during Girls’ most awkward sex scene ever. »
- Michael Ausiello
Biggest 'Nikita' in a year
On an otherwise super quiet Friday night in the broadcast ratings, The CW’s Nikita edged higher to post its most-watched episode in more than a year and deliver a season-high rating among adults 18-49.
Nikita had 1.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the demo, up a tenth of a point from last week. (Hey, we didn’t say the ratings were really good — it’s Nikita! — but this is still the modest drama’s biggest numbers in a quite a while). Nikita had its most-seen hour since December 2011, and highest-rated episode since last March.
Otherwise, not much happened. All »
- James Hibberd
TVLine's Performers of the Week: Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski and Sarah Paulson
A new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining stars
The Show | The Office (NBC)
The Episode | “Customer Loyalty”
The Airdate | Jan. 24, 2013
Related: TVLine’s 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Getting Axed? What’s Coming Back? What’s on the Bubble?
The Performance | Over the past eight-and-a-half seasons, we’ve witnessed just about every big-deal moment in the joint lives of Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly. On Thursday, we were privy to a major fight between the two – and thanks to the talents of Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, it damn near did us in. »
- Kimberly Roots
R.I.P. Leslie Frankenheimer
Emmy-winning set decorator Leslie Frankenheimer has died. Also the wife of entertainment attorney John Frankenhemer, she died January 22 after a long battle against leukemia, according to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her age was not disclosed. During her more than 30 year career, Frankenheimer won 4 Emmys — for the ABC series Max Headroom in 1987, CBS’ Buddy Faro in 1999, the TNT movie James Dean in 2002 and the HBO series Carnivàle in 2004. She was also nominated in 2002 for the NBC series Emeril. Frankenheimer joined the TV Academy in 1995 and began serving on its Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group Exec Committee in 2002. She was elected governor of her peer group in 2011 and was recently re-elected to a second two-year term. Frankenheimer’s numerous other TV credits included Scarecrow And Mrs. King, L.A. Law, SeaQuest 2032, Star Trek: Voyager, Come on, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story, Karen Sisco, The Closer, Kitchen Confidential, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
TV ratings: CBS repeats win the night, while 'Kitchen Nightmares' grows
Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 26, 2013.
Most Friday-night shows were in repeats this week, but that didn't stop CBS from taking a win over its rivals. Even new fare on Fox and The CW couldn't compete with their rival's rerun domination.
Even with this win, however, ratings were down almost across the board on the networks. Without original programming (other than news programming), CBS, NBC and ABC all lost numbers from the week before. The CW did get a slight uptick during the 9pm hour, when slightly more viewers tuned in for a "Carrie Diaries" repeat than had watched a "Beauty and the Beast" rerun a week earlier.
Fox had the lone real gain of the night, thanks to a new "Kitchen Nightmares" facing off against pretty much nothing. The show posted a 0.5 million gain in ratings over the series finale of "Fringe" the week before.
CBS won the night »
Ratings Rat Race: ‘Nikita’ Hits Season Highs
Against very little competition on the Big 4 networks (only Kitchen Nightmares, Dateline and 20/20 were in originals), the CW’s Nikita posted a modest gain. The spy drama (1.6 million viewers, up 23% from last week) drew its largest audience in more than a year, since 12/2/2011. Nikita also hit season highs in 18-49 (0.5/2, up a tenth from last week, best since 3/23/12) and in 18-34 (0.5/2, best since last season’s finale on 5/18/12). Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.3/4) was up 18% from its most recent original on Dec. 14. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox’s ‘Following’ Gets DVR Boost In Live+3
Fox considered DVR play so important for new midseason drama The Following, it ran “Set Your DVR!’ ads for the show as part of the launch campaign, the first time anyone had done that. Many viewers did put the Kevin Bacon serial killer drama on their DVRs, and in Live +3, The Following’s Monday premiere rose to a 4.3/10 among adults 18-49, up +34% from its L+Sd rating (3.2). The Following remains the second-highest rated drama debut of the season behind NBC’s Revolution (5.4/15 in Live+3, 33% gain vs. L+Sd), just ahead of CBS’ Elementary (4.2/12). It also edged Fox’s cancelled 2011-12 dramas Terra Nova (4.1 in the L+3) and Alcatraz (4.0). »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Ana Nogueira Cast In NBC’s Michael J. Fox Comedy Series
Exclusive: Ana Nogueira rounds out the regular cast of Michael J. Fox’s NBC series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and producer-director Will Gluck, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local NY station, Mike decides to go back to work after Parkinson’s forced him to take time off. Nogueira will play Kay, Mike’s very young, very sweet, hard-working but very emotional segment producer. Nogueira, repped by Innovative and Gartner/Green, co-starred in the Fox comedy pilot El Jefe last season. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Oprah Interviews Cissy Houston On Monday (Set To Break Ratings Records Again?)
Oprah Winfrey's interview with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina and other members of her family, just weeks after Whitney's death, still holds the record for the biggest ratings getter on Own. So what to do for an encore? How about an interview with her mother Cissy? And that's what Oprah will be doing exclusively on an episode of her show Oprah's Next Chapter, which will be broadcast on Monday Jan. 28th 10Pm (9Pm Central). It's all part of Cissy's promotional tour for her new book, Remembering Whitney, which HarperCollins will be publishing next month. The book, which has already been called "honest and heartbreaking," reportedly does not put all the blame for what happened on Bobby Brown, espeically regarding Whitney's drug problem, but she does blame him for "the way he treated her" and that he "was no help at all." Here's a video clip for the show: »
Second Season Of David Fincher's 'House Of Cards' Will Begin Production In The Spring
Do you have plans next weekend? Well, you might want to cancel them. In case you forgot, on February 1st, Netflix is dropping the David Fincher-produced and directed (well, the first two episodes anyway) political drama series "House Of Cards" in its entirely. That's right, every episode will be available. If there's a better way to beat the winter cold than with a marathon of that show, we don't know what it is. But morever, it appears that Netflix is in for the long haul on this one. A recent press release regarding the upcoming projects of executive producer, showrunner, writer and co-creator Beau Willimon revealed quite simply: "The drama’s second season is due to begin production in spring 2013." The news is surprising at first, but less so when you stop and think about it. With Netflix looking to become a content provider to rival the likes of cable networks such as HBO, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
McG To Direct Pilot For Modern 'Romeo And Juliet'-Esque Show 'Venice'
Ah, McG. Just mention of the name alone is enough to get the vitriol pumping through the veins of Internet movie nerds. The early dislike for the director hasn’t dissipated in recent years after first disappointing the fanboys of one movie franchise with “Terminator Salvation” (although personally we’d have loved to see his much darker ending make the final cut) then returning last year and squandering a fantastic cast (Pine! Hardy! Witherspoon!) on the way to delivering a woefully inept comedy with “This Means War.” Next up for the director on the big screen is the Luc Besson-produced thriller “Three Days to Kill” (currently set to star Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen), but it also looks like he has plans for a project on the small screen. “Venice” has been given a pilot by ABC, which McG will direct and produce via his »
- Joe Cunningham
What to Watch This Weekend: Good Wife's Great Crisis, Mentalist Sees Red, SAG Awards and More
On TV this weekend: Syfy’s Snowman ain’t no Frosty, Adam Levine is Live and kickin’, the Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrate TV and film’s best, a Good Wife‘s great dilemma and The Mentalist finds his nemesis’ handiwork in an old case. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, January 26
8 pm Victorious (Nickelodeon) | Tori thinks her biggest fear, while performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a televised game, is forgetting the lyrics. She soon learns she’s very wrong.
- Kimberly Roots
Obama And Clinton On ’60 Minutes’: Video
President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down together for an interview that will air Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes. It was their first joint interview and the president’s first sit-down with anyone other than First Lady Michelle Obama. The interview follows Clinton’s grilling in Congress earlier this week over the administration’s responsibility for security failures in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The clip below from the 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft was broadcast during tonight’s CBS Evening News: »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Skyfall’ China B.O., Alberto Sciamma’s ‘Bite’ & More
‘Skyfall’ On Track To Beat ‘Quantum’s China Cume In 7 Days As of Thursday night, Skyfall’s 4-day cume in China was $17.9M, handily breaking the coveted 100M yuan mark. The film opened Monday and is playing on 8,079 screens in the country’s widest release ever. Sony says the 23rd James Bond film that has already broken the $1B mark internationally, is on track to outgross the last Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, in its first seven days in China. The movie’s release on Monday, at $5.1M, was almost three times that of Quantum. It came out amid reports of some tweaks by the local censors and calls by film industry insiders for reforms to the movie review system. Shi Chuan, a professor at Shanghai University’s school of film & TV arts and technology, proposed laws be put in place for censors to follow and said, “Movie regulators should respect the producers’ original ideas, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
SAG Awards’ ‘Actors Stories’ Remain Enduring Show Tradition
Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor. And the winner was: Angela Lansbury. When the Screen Actors Guild Awards first came on the scene in 1995, Lansbury was nominated for her role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. She lost to Kathy Baker of Picket Fences. But even though she did not go home with the Actor statuette, Lansbury’s introductory speech at the ceremony was such a hit that it launched a tradition that has become a highlight of the annual SAG Awards: the Actors Stories—unofficially known as the “I Am An Actor” speeches. Lansbury gave the audience some background information on the new awards, but she also added a personal touch via a list of some of her more memorable roles: “I’ve been Elizabeth Taylor’s sister, Spencer Tracy’s mistress, Elvis’ mother, and a singing teapot”. She added: “Tonight is dedicated to the art and craft »
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