TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12
In today’s roundup, Nickelodeon has ordered a 12th season of “SpongeBob SqaurePants,” The History Channel has commissioned a one-hour Watergate special, Investigation Discovery is airing a documentary special about Bill Cosby’s downfall, and production has begun on Cartoon Network’s “DC Super Hero Girls.”
Nickeloden has ordered Season 12 of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the number-one animated series across all TV with kids. The 26-episode pick up will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward, and is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year. Season 11 debuts later this summer. Nickelodeon has also greenlit a third SpongeBob film for release in 2019 as well. “Spongebob Squarepants” is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg.
- Erin Nyren
‘Twin Peaks’ Posts Soft Ratings, Drives Record Showtime Streaming Sign Ups
The long-awaited return of “Twin Peaks” may not have been a ratings breakout during its Sunday premiere, but the show will most likely see the lion’s share of its viewership in delayed viewing.
According to Nielsen data, the two-hour premiere averaged 506,000 viewers in its initial airing and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 in live-plus-same day viewing. That is of course a fraction of the 34 million viewers the initial series debut pulled in back in 1990, but that was also before the rise of cable, let alone streaming.
Showtime won’t be sweating those numbers, however. The premium cabler announced that Sunday was the single biggest sign up day for their Showtime streaming service ever. The show also generated 4.7 million total impressions on Twitter, trending both in the United States and worldwide and ranking number one in prime time among all series. In addition, the show has already averaged 1.1 million viewers, when »
- Joe Otterson
Ratings: First Black ‘Bachelorette’ Slips 10 Percent From Prior Season Premiere
ABC won the final Monday of the traditional TV season in the key 18-49 demographic, thanks to the combination of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelorette.” Unfortunately, Rachel Lindsay’s season premiere of the latter slipped 10 percent versus last year in the main demo, and almost 14 percent among total viewers. Both were premiere lows for the reality dating competition. In case you haven’t heard, Rachel is the series first black “Bachelorette” — and it only took 13 seasons. Your turn, “The Bachelor.” NBC topped primetime in total viewers, with Part 1 of “The Voice” finale. Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Predicts »
- Tony Maglio
Amazon Orders ‘Hanna’ Series From NBCUniversal International Studios
David Farr, who wrote the feature film and as well as last year’s “The Night Manager” for the BBC and AMC, will write the new series. The Amazon drama is described as a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama which follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
“From the moment JoAnn Alfano and I saw Hanna it was evident that the film would make an incredible TV series,” said Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios. “Fortunately, David Farr felt there was more Hanna story to tell and wanted to revisit this extraordinary »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss Partners With BBC America for Typhoid Mary Series
BBC America will partner with Moss and Annapurna Television on developing the period drama titled “Fever,” based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant and cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever. She became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she unknowingly spread the disease among several wealthy families in early twentieth century New York.
Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material Phil Morrison, who signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith is currently set to write the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
- Joe Otterson
NBC Cancels ‘Chicago Justice’ After One Season
“Chicago Justice,” the fourth show in the Dick Wolf “Chicago” series, has been canceled after one season and 13 episodes, a source at NBC told TheWrap. Series star Carl Weathers seemed to confirm the news Monday night in response to a tweet praising the show. “Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors,” he tweeted. Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors. #ChicagoJustice #BeLove https://t.co/cleJiBx96f — Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) May 23, 2017 Also Read: NBCU Upfront: Seth Meyers Kills, 'Will & Grace' Rises From the Ashes, »
- Carli Velocci
Why You Should Consider Watching the Show 12 Monkeys
In 1995, a sci-fi movie called 12 Monkeys managed to earn $168 million on a $29.5 million budget. Furthermore, it met with a positive response from the critics, so much so that it managed to collect a number of prestigious awards and accolades. As a result, it is no exaggeration to say that 12 Monkeys was both a commercial and a critical success, which explains why there are people interested in tapping into its potential in the present. In brief, 12 Monkeys is a sci-fi TV show based on the sci-fi movie of the same name. It can be described
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- Nat Berman
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