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Late-Night Programming Vet Nick Bernstein Joins CBS To Oversee ‘Late Late Show’

8 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nick Bernstein, a veteran of TV’s late-night wars, is joining CBS to oversee its revamp of “The Late Late Show.”

Bernstein, who spent a decade at NBC working with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Carson Daly, will serve as vice president of late night programming, West Coast, a newly created position that will serve both CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios.  Bernstein will report to both Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios.

Bernstein recently helped create “The Pete Holmes Show” for TBS and served as its showrunner. He will now turn his gaze to James Corden, the host who will take the reins of the program on March 9. Current host Craig Ferguson is stepping down at the end of the year, and CBS will let guest hosts lead the program, and also run a weeklong series of episodes »

- Brian Steinberg

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Quiet Ratings Start for ‘Hollywood Film Awards’ on CBS

15 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ratings expectations for the first televised “Hollywood Film Awards” on CBS were low, but by any measure the results were lackluster at best.

Nielsen estimates for Friday show that the two-hour telecast from Dick Clark Productions averaged a 0.5 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., and an hourlong post-awards show program fell to a 0.4/1 in the demo and 2.7 million total viewers. For the night, the 0.5 demo rating and 3.7 million viewers overall were less than half what CBS scored the previous Friday with its entertainment lineup (1.2 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers in total).

In fact, the 0.5 average for CBS on Friday is the lowest for any night of original programming on a Big Four network this season.

(The weak primetime showing affected CBS in latenight too, with “Late Show With David Letterman” settling for a 0.3 rating/2 share in the 25 markets measured in adults 18-49 — well behind »

- Rick Kissell

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ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Rises in July, Routs Letterman in Demo

7 August 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon remains the dominant latenight talkshow, but that hasn’t keep ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel from notching some ratings achievements of his own. And both seem to be gaining at the expense of CBS’ David Letterman, who has lost whatever momentum he had after announcing his 2015 retirement.

For the July sweep, despite facing a stronger Fallon, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” posted gains over last year in both adults 18-49 (up 10% to 729,000) and total viewers (up 12% to 2.293 million). This is the third straight year that the ABC show has posted July growth in both categories.

It’s not surprising that Kimmel has gained total viewers vs. last year, as some of the older fans of Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” on NBC have drifted over to either Kimmel or Letterman. But the gains in 18-49 are a good sign that’s he’s connecting with more viewers in his target demo. »

- Rick Kissell

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Sherlock, Fargo, Orange Is the New Black: Emmy nominations in full

10 July 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The list of nominees in the major categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held on August 25, have been unveiled today (July 10).

Carson Daly (Last Call with Carson Daly) and Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) revealed the nominated stars and shows.

Outstanding Comedy Series


Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

The Big Bang Theory


Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham - Girls

Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly

Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie

Taylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black

Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Louis Ck - Louie

Don Cheadle - House of Lies

Ricky Gervais - Derek

Matt LeBlanc - Episodes

William H Macy - Shameless

Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Julie Bowen - Modern Family

Allison Janney - Mom

Kate Mulgrew »

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Lifetime Orders a Christian Siriano Show, Darren Criss Joins “Hollywood Game Night” and “Major Crimes” Hopes for a Kyra Sedgwick Appearance

5 June 2014 4:32 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


TVLine reports that Major Crimes producers hope they can book Kyra Sedgwick and Billy Burke for Philip Stroh‘s trial. The show tried to get Burke to appear for Stroh’s last appearance but he couldn’t fit it in his Revolution filming schedule.

History has announced an impressive cast for its upcoming mini-series Sons of Liberty. It includes Michael Raymond-James (as Paul Revere), Henry Thomas (as John Adams), Ben Barnes (as Sam Adams), Ryan Eggold (as Joseph Warren) and Breaking Bad vet Dean Norris playing Ben Franklin.

Michael Raymond-James

Lifetime has ordered four reality series including Threads, a competition series featuring young fashion designers who will eventually face judge Christian Siriano.

The Bechdel Test was in the spotlight again, thanks to a study asking how well Doctor Who treats its female characters. io9 explains why the Bechdel Test matters and how it’s effective. Even better, it takes »

- Lyle Masaki

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NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Has Best May in Demos Since 2009; Solid Sweep for ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

30 May 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Three months into his run, Jimmy Fallon continues to produce strong numbers for NBC’s “Tonight Show,” which has finished May with its best demo performance in the sweep month in five years.

While “Tonight” surged more than 30% above its year-ago average with Jay Leno as host, it was up “just” a bit in total viewers — but that’s a tradeoff NBC will gladly take.

“Tonight’s” prime competitor, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” had a pretty good month too, retaining most of its year-ago demo audience — despite the stronger young-adult competition from Fallon — while gaining in total viewers. Kimmel, in fact, drew its largest-ever overall audience for a May sweep.

Looking at the live plus same-day Nielsen estimates for the April 24-May 21 sweep, “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 1.14 rating in adults 18-49, up 34% from last year’s 0.85 rating with Leno. It was followed by ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel »

- Rick Kissell

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'Pitch Perfect 2' Adds YouTube Sensation Flula Borg

29 May 2014 7:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With the Pitch Perfect stars all set to return for the sequel Pitch Perfect 2, another cast member has been added in German YouTube sensation Flula Borg.

The DJ/musician/comedian/host/actor is reportedly playing a member of a rival a cappella team that the Barden Bellas square off against. He joins a cast that includes returning Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin and Anna Camp, alongside new additions Hailee Steinfeld and Katey Sagal.

Elizabeth Banks, who also reprises her role as Gail from Pitch Perfect, is making her directorial debut on the sequel, working from a script by Kay Cannon. Gold Circle's Paul Brooks is producing alongside Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.

Flula Borg's channel has more than 45 million views and 350,000 subscribers, which includes prank videos, beatboxing, original songs and a series called "Auto Tune," where he gets celebrities and »

- MovieWeb

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Both Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Shows’ Submitted for Emmy Noms

12 March 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Since Jay Leno’s passing of the “Tonight Show” torch to new host Jimmy Fallon came during the middle of the season, both version of the NBC show are eligible for an Emmy Award. The same also applies to “Late Night,” which Seth Meyers took over from Fallon.

Hedging its bets, Variety sister site Deadline reports that NBC is submitting both “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” for consideration — as well “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” “Last Call With Carson Daly” and “Saturday Night Live.”

The Peacock faced a similar situation during the 2009-2010 season when both “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” and Leno’s incarnation were submitted. O’Brien ended up nabbing the nom.

Leno’s “Tonight Show” has received 10 noms for best music, comedy or variety series but only scored the Emmy once, in 1995. The show has not been »

- Andrea Seikaly

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Emmys: ‘Tonight Show’ With Hosts Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon Both Submitted For Consideration

12 March 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With NBC’s The Tonight Show making a transition from host Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon midway through the season, both versions are eligible for Primetime Emmys. The same goes for Late Night and its incarnations hosted by Fallon and Seth Meyers. I’ve learned that both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are being submitted by NBC along with Late Night With Seth Meyers, Last Call With Carson Daly and the network’s venerable late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. NBC was in a similar situation during the 2009-2010 season when both The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, which aired through January, and Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which succeeded it, were submitted (O’Brien landed a nomination). Given the fact that Fallon just moved into Tonight Show and is looking to establish himself as host, it makes sense for »


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Aaron Paul Wants to Appear in “Breaking Bad” Prequel, Checking In To “Bates Motel” and “Duck Dynasty”‘s Shrinking Ratings

3 March 2014 4:31 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


The ratings for Duck Dynasty are down 40% from a year ago, but it can’t be blamed on Phil Robertson‘s homophobic and racist comments. Ratings were sliding before Robertson’s infamous GQ profile. Now I’m looking back at that interview and wondering if those comments were an attempt to drum up some publicity.

Aaron Paul says he’s in talks to join the cast of Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. I have to admit, I’m intrigued at the idea of fleshing out Jesse’s “Capt’n Cook” days.

Matthew Perry‘s Odd Couple reboot has found its second cast member, reuniting Perry with his Go On co-star Sarah Baker. She’ll play the assistant to Perry’s Oscar.

TVLand loves its cast reunions, so it’s not a big surprise that Ethan Suplee has been added to the cast of upcoming comedy Jennifer Falls, joining »

- Lyle Masaki

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'Today's' Carson Daly isn't 'terribly bummed to be missing' Winter Olympics

29 January 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

On Tuesday (Jan. 28), NBC listed its "Today" regulars soon to travel to Russia for the Xxii Winter Olympics, but Carson Daly wasn't among them.

He has a good reason not to be going: As the host and an executive producer of "The Voice," he'll be immersed in taping segments with returning judges Shakira and Usher for the singing contest's sixth season that starts Monday, Feb. 24, the night after coverage of the Games ends.

Still, Daly tells Zap2it, "I think anybody would be lying if they didn't say they had some concerns" about security in Sochi. "We lead our ['Today'] broadcast every day with some sort of story about a concern of a threat. My family's glad I'm not going, and of all the Olympics, I can't say I'm terribly bummed to be missing this one in particular."

Daly notes the 2016 Games will be in Rio, "and that sounds a little bit better, »


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