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CBS wins 'Survivor'-less Thursday

19 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Without a Trace popped for CBS Thursday on a night of lessened competition from reruns on NBC. CBS won the night on the strength of a fresh installment of 9 p.m.'s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which brought in 24.6 million viewers and 7.9 rating/22 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, coupled with a solid retention performance from Without a Trace (19.2 million, 6.1/17) against a repeat ER (11.1 million, 4.9/14), according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS took a big drop in the opening hour of primetime in its first Survivor-less Thursday of the season, following Sunday's Survivor: Pearl Islands finale, but all things considered the Price is Right Spectacular special (12.5 million, 3.2/10) did respectable business in the 8 p.m. hour against a rerun of NBC's Friends (13.4 million, 6.1/19) and an original Good Morning, Miami (10.3 million, 4.8/14). The weaker lead-in took a toll on CSI's demo performance, but the original episode of TV's top drama still jumped 11 share points at 9 p.m. against repeats of NBC's Will & Grace (10.3 million, 4.8/14) and Scrubs (9.0 million, 4.4/12). »

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Dis plucks Braff for 'Chicken'

11 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scrubs star Zach Braff -- whose directorial debut, Garden State, recently got picked for the main competition at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival -- has inked to voice the title character in the Walt Disney Co.'s animated Chicken Little for director Mark Dindal (The Emperor's New Groove). Expected to join him as part of the voice talent are Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Amy Sedaris, Don Knotts, Katie Finneran and Garry Marshall, sources said. Braff's casting marks a change in gender of the title character as Chicken Little was originally envisioned to be a female character but now will be male. The story centers on Chicken Little's wildly active imagination and tendency to overreact. He causes an uproar in his town when he pronounces that "the sky is falling down," which winds up getting him shipped off to a special camp where he meets other animals with challenges of their own. Other roles are expected to see Cusack as the ugly duckling, Zahn as a big pig named Runt, Sedaris as Foxy Loxy, Finneran as Foxy's sidekick Goosey Lucy, Knotts as Turkey Mayor and Marshall as Father. Braff is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment. »

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German TV biz bounces back with local fare

11 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- The huge German television market is on the rebound after a year of financial turmoil that literally put it on the mat. The world's No. 2 television market had been floored by the collapse of the advertising and stock markets and by the bankruptcy of the territory's biggest buyer of U.S. films and series. Today, just a year later, the German market is back on its feet, and such American TV series as Scrubs Crossing Jordan and Without a Trace have been picked up for primetime slots in the territory. However, though the German engine is starting to rev up, Hollywood studios are resigned to the fact that there will be no Teutonic windfall. While the smaller, second-tier commercial channels RTL2, VOX, Super RTL, Tele 5 and Kabel 1 still build their schedules largely around U.S. shows, Germany's big five -- commercial stations RTL, ProSieben and Sat.1 and pubwebs ARD and ZDF -- are finding that the real ratings winners are homemade. In fact, local shows are so successful that Germany appears to be on the verge of becoming the first European territory to develop a backend syndication business for its own local programming. »

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Lawrence re-ups with NBC Studios for $12 mil

17 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Writer-producer Bill Lawrence is scrubbing up for a new four-year deal with NBC Studios. The pact for Lawrence, creator/executive producer of NBC's Thursday comedy Scrubs, is valued as high as $12 million over the four years, sources said. The deal will take effect in June after Lawrence's current pact with NBC Studios expires. The peacock's commitment to Lawrence, who also co-created the ABC comedy Spin City, is one of the richer writer pacts to transpire at a time when all of the major studios are reining in their spending on overall development deals. The deal calls for Lawrence to create new series projects for NBC as well as shepherd other writers in developing shows for the network. »

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Reid 'Scrubs' in for arc on NBC comedy

5 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tara Reid is venturing into primetime with a multiepisode arc on NBC's Thursday night comedy Scrubs. She will play Jordan Sullivan's (Christa Miller) sister and new love interest for series star Zach Braff, who plays fresh-faced and insecure medical intern J.D. Dorian. Reid will appear in at least four and as many as six episodes of the series, which airs in the plum post-Friends time slot. In addition to Reid, this fall Scrubs also will feature Scott Foley, who is coming back for six episodes after guest-starring in the show's first season. Scrubs, from Touchstone Television and creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence, is returning for its third season Oct. 2. Reid, best known for the American Pie movies and Josie and the Pussycats, is wrapping the thriller Alone in the Dark opposite Christian Slater. She is repped by ICM, Brillstein-Grey's Danny Sussman and attorney Kevin Morris. »

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Dramas fuels CBS to Thurs. win

1 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS snagged another summer Thursday win thanks to some strong legs from dramas CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace. NBC opened solid with repeats of Friends (9.6 million viewers, 4,1 rating/15 share among adults 18-49) and Scrubs (8.4 million, 3.7/12), which led the rating race against CBS' The Amazing Race (8.2 million, 3.0/10), according to early Nielsen estimates. CBS took charge at 9 p.m. with a rerun of CSI mustered time-winning 12.7 million, 4.0/12). The network's dominance continued at 10 p.m. with a repeat of Without a Trace (12.1 million, 3.8/11). For the night, CBS averaged 11.0 million viewers and a 3.6/11 in 18-49, followed by NBC 97.3 million, 3.2/10). Fox (6.0, 2.5/8) was third with highest marks for its 101 Things Removed From the Human Body special (6.9 million, 2.9/9). ABC (5.7 million, 1.7/6) trailed the pack with an encore presentation of its Mary and Rhoda telefilm. »

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Foley returning to 'Scrubs'

29 June 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scott Foley is returning to NBC's comedy Scrubs. Foley, who first appeared on Touchstone TV's hit medical sitcom in its freshman season, is set to reprise his role as a fumbling, insecure patient who developed a crush on his doctor, Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke). He is set to guest star in six episodes this fall, beginning with the show's season premiere. "I can't tell you how lucky we are," Scrubs creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence said. "We were sitting around saying we need to get a Scott Foley type to do this arc on the show, then he actually agreed to do it." Scrubs is returning for a third season this fall in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. slot. Felicity co-star Foley, who most recently starred in the NBC comedy A.U.S.A., is preparing for his role in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of The Violet Hour on Broadway this fall. »

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NBC flashes back with easy Thursday Nielsen win

18 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC had the primetime field to itself on Thursday as CBS' served up a Survivor: Amazon recap special and reruns of dramas CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace. But Fox and ABC were still distant competitors -- the combined nightly average for those two networks didn't even match the showing of second-place CBS, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. At 8 p.m Friends (17.7 million viewers, 8.1 rating/26 share in adults 18-49 demographic) had no trouble beating the first half-hour of CBS' Survivor (14.3 million, 5.1/16). At 8:30 p.m., NBC's Scrubs (14.8 million, 6.9/20) held its demo lead but dipped behind CBS in the total viewers. »

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CBS stomps rivals in Thursday's ratings race

11 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS ruled the primetime roost on Thursday as NBC served up reruns of Friends, Will & Grace and ER. ABC and Fox, meanwhile, were deep in the Nielsen cellar with near record-low ratings for the night, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS won the night by a wide margins with big turnouts for Survivor: Amazon (19.1 million viewers, 7.2 rating/21 share in the adults 18-49 demo), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (26.1 million, 9.7/25) and Without a Trace (17.6 million, 6.2/16), which had no trouble beating NBC's 10 p.m. ER rerun (11.7 million, 5.3/14). NBC sandwiched originals of Scrubs and Good Morning, Miami between its tentpole reruns but all around it was a lackluster night for the peacock, which took second place (11.9 million, 5.5/15) behind CBS (20.9 million, 7.7/21). ABC's 8-10 p.m. block of Whose Line Is It Anyway? episodes (one original followed by three repeats) and 10 p.m. newsmagazine Primetime Live yielded an anemic 5.1 million viewers and 1.8/5 in 18-49 for the night. Fox was even further behind with a nightly average of 4 million viewers and 1.9/5 in the demo generated by back-to-back That '70s Show repeats and 9 p.m. newsmagazine The Pulse (3.6 million, 1.5/4). »

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CBS wins viewer race Thursday, NBC takes demos

5 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS had a strong Thursday night showing from Survivor: The Amazon and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, putting the eye network over the top in the total viewer column for the night. But big turnouts for Friends and ER gave NBC the victory in the adults 18-49 demo. Meanwhile, ABC's 10 p.m. newsmagazine Primetime Live delivered its second highest-numbers of the season on the strength of Diane Sawyer's interview with Lisa Marie Presley, though it was still kept to third place behind ER and CBS' Without a Trace. From 8-10 p.m., however, ABC pulled cable-level numbers with back-to-back episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway? (4.9 million, 1.8/5) and a rerun of last week's Bachelor: Where Are They Now (5.6 million, 2.3/6) reunion special at 9 p.m. Fox also was barely on the radar with a rerun of Married By America (3.4 million, 1.4/4) and newsmagazine The Pulse (3.8 million, 1.6/4). NBC and CBS had their usual see-saw duel in the opening hour of primetime with Friends (20.5 million viewers, 9.7 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demo, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media research. CBS' Survivor (20.2 million, 7.4/20) ran a close second and then pulled ahead of NBC's Scrubs (15.5 million, 7.6/20) at 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., CSI (25.9 million, 9.2/23) had a strong showing while NBC's comedies, Will & Grace (15.1 million, 7.7/19) and Good Morning, Miami (11.7 million, 5.7/14), had an off night. NBC pulled back into the lead at 10 p.m. with ER (19.1 million, 8.9/24). For the night, NBC averaged 16.8 million and 8.1/21 in 18-49. CBS weighed in with 19.9 million viewers and 7.2/18 in the demo. »

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Weitz sibs 'Cracking' over Fox pilot

31 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz have come aboard Fox's Molly Shannon-starring comedy pilot Cracking Up as directors and executive producers. Meanwhile, Adam Bernstein has been tapped to direct CBS' comedy pilot Rubbing Charlie. Cracking Up, from 20th TV and Brad Grey TV, centers on a psychology grad student (Nicolas D'Agosto) who moves into the guest house of a nutty Beverly Hills couple (Shannon, Christopher McDonald). Jay Roach was initially attached to the project as an executive producer/director but later departed because of a scheduling conflict. The Weitz brothers are joining Cracking Up executive producers Mike White, who also wrote the pilot, and Brad Grey. Cracking Up marks the first pilot directing stint for the Weitz brothers, who executive produced the WB Network's comedy Off Centre. Best known as producers of the American Pie movies, the two were nominated for an Oscar this year for their adaptation with Peter Hedges of Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy. Rubbing Charlie, from Big Ticket TV and writer Tom Palmer, is a single-camera comedy starring Scott Wolf as a doctor who spends his time trying to help others but remains uncertain of what he wants out of his own life. Bernstein's single-camera comedy directing credits include NBC's Scrubs, Leap of Faith and Ed. »

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BVITV inks Euro program pacts

26 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Tom Toumazis, senior vp and managing director of Buena Vista International Television, unveiled a slew of package deals Tuesday with broadcasters in Slovenia, Switzerland and Finland totaling almost 750 hours of programming. The deals include feature films, TV movies and series as well as content from the Fox Kids Europe catalog that has been folded into BVITV's slate. Top-rated Slovenian commercial broadcaster Pop TV has picked up about 250 hours of BVITV titles, with highlights including Gone in 60 Seconds, Armageddon, Alias and Scrubs. »

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