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Survivor was the night's top show in viewership and adults 18-49 with 15.1 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/12 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. It was down 11% from last year, as was the hourlong Survivor: China Reunion (12.2 million, 4.8/12), which was off 12% from a year ago.
NBC averaged about 13.9 million viewers and a 4.3/11 for Sunday Night Football, though the averages of the Washington Redskins-New York Giants game will likely go up when the final data is released Tuesday.
Most of the rest of the schedule was repeats, with the exception of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (11.8 million, 4.2/10) that slugged it out with Survivor and Sunday Night Football. Fox's The Simpsons (10.1 million, 4.8/12) won its half-hour at 8 p.m.
Fox (11.2 million, 4.9/12) won the night in adults 18-49 against ABC (8.4 million, 2.7/7); CBS (13.9 million, 4.3/11); NBC (11.1 million, 4.0/10); and the CW (1.2 million, 0.5/1). »
Television matters. Who and what we see on our screens each week tells us a great deal about who and what is relevant in society, who has power, and who doesn’t. That’s why AfterElton.com pays such close attention to the shows that have gay characters and gay storylines, analyzing what each new character and plot twist says about the acceptance of gay and bisexual men in today’s world.
Television programming as we know it today came into existence approximately seventy years ago. However, it took thirty-five years for the first semi-regularly recurring gay character to appear, on The Corner Bar, an 1972 ABC show that lasted for fifteen episodes and featured Vincent Schiavelli as Peter Panama. Over the next several years, gay characters popped up on other short-lived shows including Hot L Baltimore and The Nancy Walker Show, but it wasn’t until 1977 and Soap that gay »
The AMA telecast averaged 11.8 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates by Nielsen Media Research. Final data won't be released until Tuesday, but it was up by more than 1 million viewers from last year and up a tenth of a rating point in the demo. It was the best total-viewer numbers since 2004's telecast, when it aired on a Tuesday.
The half-hour of the NFL on Fox gave Fox a head start in the adults 18-49 demographic, while CBS won in viewership for the night. NBC probably tied with ABC for second place in the demo with its coverage of Sunday Night Football, though it will be Tuesday before reliable numbers are published. »
The Gotham Group, the leading management firm in animation, is making a major push into television with an ambitious development slate that includes a three-for-one pilot deal at Fox Broadcasting Co.
Under the pact with Fox, Gotham will develop three half-hour animated projects, one of which will be picked up to pilot.
Gotham, which represents more than 300 animation writers, directors, animators and animation studios, has been in business with the network for almost 20 years. Its clients work on such Fox toons as The Simpsons, Family Guy and King of the Hill.
Gotham's founder and CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein said she had been thinking for some time about "broadening the Gotham Group's footprint in network television" by tapping into the company's pool of animation talent.
"With Fox looking for fresh up-and-coming voices in animation and our expertise in the field, we decided that it was the right time to join forces," she said. "We hope to help Fox continue to be the ultimate broadcast destination for animation."
Gotham began pitching show ideas to Fox before the beginning of the writers strike, but the development process has slowed down because of the walkout. »
Fox and NBC made the top of the heap because of the NFL, with Fox getting the benefit of runover from the second Sunday window while NBC had the Indianapolis Colts-San Diego Chargers game as Sunday Night Football. ABC got there with its regular lineup, which also won it among viewers in primetime.
The data comes from preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research, with final data to be released Tuesday. NBC's performance is likely to increase with the revised data.
The top program Sunday was ABC's Desperate Housewives (18.5 million, 7.2 rating/16 share in the adults 18-49 demographic), which was up slightly compared with last week. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (15.1 million, 5.3/13) was up strongly over last week as was "Brothers & Sisters" (12.5 million, 5.0/13).
Also doing well was Fox's The Simpsons (10.6 million, 5.1/13), though it was down from last week. »
Fox is developing a number of new animated series for the 2008-09 season. One of them revolves around a family that is incredibly unlucky called The Pitts. If you were watching Fox four years ago, that may sound a bit familiar.
The Pitts was originally a live-action sitcom and debuted on Fox on March 20, 2003. The series starred Dylan Baker, Kellie Waymire, Lizzy Caplan, and David Henrie as the unluckiest family in the world. The satirical comedy was filled with over-the-top sight gags and, not surprisingly, was created by two writers of The Simpsons -- married team Mike Scully and Julie Thacker-Scully. The series lasted only five episodes before Fox cancelled it and left two additional episodes unaired.
Undaunted by the series' early demise, Scully and Thacker-Scully have never lost faith in the project and kept trying to revive it in pitch sessions. An animated version seemed like a natural and »
Fox is stocking up on dysfunctional animated families for next season.
The network is developing three projects: an animated version of its 2003 short-lived live-action comedy The Pitts, from The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully; Relative Insanity, exec produced by Jack Black; and Mothballs, from Drawn Together creators Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser. All three shows hail from 20th Century Fox TV.
Fox has ordered two scripts from Pitts. The studio is casting the project for a table read. If that goes well, Pitts will be ordered straight to series, bypassing the monthslong process of producing a presentation.
The live-action Pitts, about the unluckiest family in the world, aired for four weeks in March 2003 before being canceled by Fox. But creators Scully and his wife, Julie Thacker-Scully, never lost faith in the project and kept bringing it back in pitch meetings.
"It will be a new show to America, because so few people saw it outside of our immediate family," Scully said. "It's show we've always been very fond of."
The idea of making Pitts a cartoon first came up in the writers' room of the original series. »
Evan Almighty, Fast Food Nation, Happy Feet and Miss Potter are the nominees for best feature film in the Environmental Media Association Awards, which honor environmentally friendly television and film programs.
The EMA nominees for TV episodic comedy are NBC's My Name Is Earl, CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine and Fox's The Simpsons, while ABC's Boston Legal, NBC's Law & Order: SVU and CBS' Numbers are nominated in the episodic drama category.
Other nominees include Arctic Tale, Big Ideas for a Small Planet: WEAR, Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life and King Corn for best documentary; Living With Ed, Pimp My Ride, Project Runway and This Old House for reality program; and Bindi the Jungle Girl, Cake and It's a Big, Big World for children's live action.
The EMA awards, set for Oct. 24 at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 on E! »
TV funnyman Jon Stewart is set to return to the Oscars stage to host the 80th Academy Awards in February. The host of America's The Daily Show took charge of the Oscars for the first time when he presented the 78th Academy Awards. Telecast producer Gilbert Cates says, "Jon was a terrific host for the 78th Awards. He is smart, quick, funny, loves movies and is a great guy. What else could one ask for?" Stewart adds, "I'm thrilled to be asked to host the Academy Awards for the second time because, as they say, the third time's a charm!" Stewart, who hosted the Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2002, has another major TV honor to look forward to - an upcoming role in The Simpsons. The 80th Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February 24. »
BERLIN -- German channel ProSieben is putting the long-running animated series The Simpsons into primetime for the first time in the territory.
The move is partly designed to capitalize on the success of 20th Century Fox's feature The Simpsons Movie, which opened at No. 1 last week in Germany, grossing more than 10 million ($13.6 million) in its first weekend. But ProSieben also is desperate for a primetime hit.
Simpsons will move into the primetime slot occupied by sci-fi series The 4400, which has been a ratings flop here. Starting on Monday, and for the next three weeks, ProSieben will air back-to-back Simpsons episodes in primetime.
Simpsons has been a regular feature on ProSieben since the start of the series. But the cartoon sitcom has always been in daytime slots.
ProSieben managing director Andreas Bartl said he hasn't ruled out keeping the yellow-skinned residents of Springfield in primetime but that a final decision has yet to be made.
ProSieben will unveil its new programming schedule Aug. »
CBS got the night started with 60 Minutes (8.3 million, 1.3 rating/5 share in adults 18-49), which was the night's most-viewed show according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. A repeat of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (5.5 million, 1.5/6) was the top show at 7 p.m. in the demo.
The 8 p.m. hour went to Big Brother (6.3 million, 2.4/8), which came out ahead of everything else in the hour, including a repeat Simpsons (4.7 million, 2.2/7) and a repeat American Dad (4.3 million, 2.1/7).
A new episode of Big Brother (6.4 million, 2.4/8) tied with a repeat Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (6.7 million, 2.4/8) for the lead at 8 p.m. in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. An hour of The Simpsons (5.1 million, 2.3/7) came out ahead of the second hour of Dateline, though Dateline NBC averaged 8.4 million viewers at 8 p.m.
But The Simpsons (6.3 million, 3.0/9) prevailed at 9 p.m. in the demo against second place Cold Case (6.4 million, 1.8/5) plus Law & Order (6.6 million, 1.7/5) and ABC's Desperate Housewives (3.6 million, 1.3/4), all repeats. NBC won at 10 p.m. with Law & Order: SVU (6.8 million, 1.9/6) against Shark (5.3 million, 1.3/4) and "Brothers & Sisters" (3 million, 1.0./3).
At 7 p.m., the first hour of Dateline earned a 1.4/5 to win in the demo while 60 Minutes (7.3 million, 1.2/5) won in viewership. »
The film centers on Tru (Najarra Townsend), the straight daughter of a lesbian couple (Alexandra Paul, Cynda Williams) who faces challenges when her family moves from San Francisco to a conservative Southern California suburb. Openly lesbian actress Lynch will play Ms. Maple, one of Tru's teachers and the girlfriend of Tru's favorite teacher (Alec Mapa). Openly gay comedian Vilanch will play Daniel, the adopted father of Tru's love interest (Jake Abel).
Jasmine Guy, Matthew Thompson, Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons) and Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek) round out the cast of writer-director Stewart Wade's comedy-drama. The film is produced by Wade, Antonio Brown and David Avallone. Principal photography began this month and wraps Aug. 2.
Lynch's credits include Best in Show, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Rocker. Vilanch, the subject of documentary Get Bruce, starred on Broadway in Hairspray.
Homer and Marge Simpson have gone mobile for the first time.
Through a collaboration between News Corp.-owned Fox Mobile Entertainment and its acquired mobile entertainment company Jamba, fans of The Simpsons can now purchase ringtones, voicetones, wallpapers and screensavers based on the series just in time for the July 27 release of The Simpsons Movie.
Mobile products based on the series will be offered through a single brand subscription dubbed the Yellow Plan, the first mobile subscription plan built around one brand. The writers and talent of the show are behind the creation of the products devoted to the Simpsons franchise. At $9.99 a month, subscribers can make use of six "credits" to purchase content.
"If you look at the fan site and the blogs, there's such a hunger for 'Simpsons' content, and we thought people wanted a closer connection where you can subscribe and get special exclusive stuff created for you by the creators of 'The Simpsons, ' " Jamba CEO Lucy Hood said. »
The Diana tribute special featured big names in the music business and averaged 8.7 million viewers as well as a 2.1 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. But it was beaten in the demo by a repeat Family Guy (5.1 million, 2.7/8) as well as The Simpsons (4.9 million, 2.4/8), both on Fox.
ABC won in the demo at 7 p.m. with America's Funniest Home Videos (6.3 million, 1/7/6), while CBS got the most viewers with 60 Minutes (7.2 million, 1.2/4). NBC and Fox tied in the demo between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., when the Diana special ran. The 9 p.m. hour went to a repeat of Cold Case (8.4 million, 1.8/5), though Fox prevailed in the demo with Family Guy as well as an episode of The Loop (3 million, 1.6/5). And CBS won at 10 p.m. »
The Simpsons' fictional convenience store Kwik-E-Mart has become a reality thanks to a publicity stunt by 7-Eleven bosses in America. To mark the release of The Simpsons Movie in the U.S. later this month, a dozen 7-Eleven stores have been turned into Kwik-E-Marts for the remainder of July. The more-than-6,000 7-Elevens across America which have not been turned into Kwik-E-Marts will still sell Simpsons-related food and drink, including Buzz Cola and KrustyO's cereal, which have previously only been seen on the long-running animated TV show. The Simpsons Movie is set to be released in the U.S. on July 27. »
The top show in the demo was a repeat of Fox's Family Guy (4.5 million, 2.3/7) at 9 p.m., according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. Family Guy was the only show to break a 2 rating in adults 18-49 all night, while the bottom was tied by the CW at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. with 7th Heaven (1.1 million, 0.4/1) and Supernatural (1.1 million, 0.4/1).
One of the only originals in broadcast TV on Sunday night didn't do much better. ABC's Fast Cars and Superstars (2.1 million, 0.6/2) outrated everything at 7 p.m. including repeats of the CW's Reba (1.8 million, 0.7/3). CBS won the 7 p.m. hour with 60 Minutes (8.3 million, 1.3/5).
"American Dad!" is staying in the Fox animated family for another year. The network has picked up the series for a fourth season with a 22-episode order. Since its 2005 launch, the show has become an integral part of Fox's Sunday animated block alongside stalwarts "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy". "Dad" was created by "Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. The three are executive producing the animated series with David Zuckerman, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz. »
The story follows a woman who, after being dumped by her boyfriend, poses as a psychic to give his new girlfriend a fake reading designed to break them up. When her readings do a lot more than she could have predicted, the woman finds herself caught up in rising stardom and needs to figure out where the answers to her own life questions lie.
O'Brien, who is talk show host Conan O'Brien's sister, has written for The Simpsons and was a producer on Futurama. Featurewise, she wrote Love Sucks, which Sam Weisman is producing and is attached to direct. »
Desperate Housewives (18.4 million, 7.0 rating/17 share in adults 18-49) was the night's top show by far, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. The show finished May down 27% compared to its sweeps average last year.
Only Fox was able to compete with Family Guy (9.1 million, 4.5/11) and, to a lesser extent, American Dad (7.7 million, 3.6/9). Familyi Guy won its half hour in adults 18-34 and placed second in that time period among adults 18-49. Both CBS and NBC programd movies, with CBS' Million Dollar Baby (6.9 million, 1.4/4) and NBC National Treasure (7.9 million, 2.2/6) each running from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
ABC won the hour at 10 p.m. as well with "Brothers & Sisters" (12.7 million, 4.7/12) against the movies.
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