9 items from 2014
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
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).
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
William H Macy - Shameless
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
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.
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
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
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 »
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.”
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
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 »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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.
- Lyle Masaki
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, »
9 items from 2014
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