16 items from 2015
FX has been churning out a lot of original scripted series. Some have been hits while many others have not. Which will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned!
Scripted FX shows listed: American Horror Story, The Americans, Anger Management, Archer, The Bridge, The Comedians, Fargo, Justified, Louie, Married, Partners, Saint George, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Tyrant, and You're the Worst.
Last update: The most recent ratings for Married and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll added.
There's a lot of data that FX execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are a major factor. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.
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The race for the Emmys has officially begun. Voting for the TV Academy’s top honors is now open until June 26 — exclusively online for the first time ever — and ballots for all categories are available for viewing.
Variety perused some of the top categories to check out the inevitable oddities, including series left out of consideration (wherefore art thou, “Cougar Town”?) and key performers guaranteed not to get nominated because they’re not on the ballot (sorry, Max Greenfield).
– It was news when the TV Academy’s new attempt to define half-hours as comedies and hourlong series as dramas resulted in “Orange Is the New Black” moving to drama series contention this year. (Meanwhile “Glee” and “Shameless” stayed in comedy, along with newcomer “Jane the Virgin.”) But somehow hourlongs “Devious Maids” (Lifetime) and “Hart of Dixie” (the CW) wound up in the comedy category too, with no fanfare.
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- Geoff Berkshire
Denise Richards is sharpening her claws and heading prowling to The CW later this summer.
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Mother follows young restauranteur Nate (90210‘s Josh Zuckerman) who returns home from a business trip to discover that his mother Lydia (The L.A. Complex‘s Krista Allen) is dating his best friend/roommate Jimmy (The Vampire Diaries‘ Nathaniel Buzolic).
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Richards will play “notorious cougar” Pepper Spinner, »
Lionsgate has reported earnings of $19.6 million, or 14 cents a share, for its fourth fiscal quarter that ended on March 31 — down 60% from a year ago — in a report that left investors unshaken.
The studio’s fiscal year earnings increased 20% to $181.8 million. Quarterly revenues, on the other hand, dropped 10% to $646.1 million and fiscal year revenues declined 9% to $2.4 billion.
The report was issued Thursday after the market closed but Wall Street appeared to take the news in stride. The stock rose 12 cents to $32.10 a share in after-hours trading.
Lionsgate noted it had 10 wide release films in the fiscal year compared to 13 in the prior year. It anticipates 14 wide release theatrical films in the current fiscal year.
Free cash flow in the quarter jumped 161% to $157.2 million as of March 31. Free cash flow for all of fiscal 2015 was $261.6 million, marking the third straight year in which Lionsgate delivered over $250 million in free cash flow.
- Dave McNary
Actor Nigel Terry has passed away at the age of 69.
He worked extensively at the Royal Court in the '70s in productions such as Edward Bond's The Fool and Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Julius Caesar.
After a hellish few weeks of dimension-jumping and humanity-awakening, The Vampire Diaries slowed things down a bit on Thursday to examine each of the characters’ next steps.
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Is Damon “ready” to start a new human life with Elena? Is becoming a cop, and potentially killing someone, too much for former werewolf Tyler to handle? Should Alaric and Jo leave Mystic Falls for the sake of their new family? And how do you solve a problem like Lily Salvatore?
Let’s start by tackling that first question: No, no he is not. »
Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.
Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer, »
- Gary Susman
Below, you'll find a list of recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Comedy Central, DirecTV, FX, Fxx, Hallmark, and Hulu. To see a series' ratings (if they're available), click the links in the middle column.
Shows include Billy & Billie, Brickleberry, Broad City, Drunk History, Key & Peele, South Park, Triptank, Workaholics, Call Me Fitz, Kingdom, Rake, Rogue, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, The Americans, Anger Management, Archer, Braddock & Jackson, The Bridge, Chozen, Difficult People, Fargo, Justified, Louie, Saint George, Sons Of Anarchy, The Strain, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Legit, Wilfred, Cedar Cove, Chesapeake Shores, The Good Witch, When Calls The Heart, 11/22/63, The Awesomes, Casual, Deadbeat, Difficult People, East Los High, Quick Draw, The Way, The Wrong Mans »
It might not have been a particularly surprising occurrence, but it happened all the same. Over the weekend Furious 7 set the record for an opening weekend in April, earning an estimated $143.6 million at the box office (this also makes it the ninth best opening weekend of all time, just so you know). It takes the April record by a wide margin, as it’s the first April release to open to over $100 million, so that should give you some idea of just how unique this opening is. Previously, last year’s $95 million opening for Captain America: The Winter Solider had the record (and before it, two of the other titles in the Fast and Furious franchise had held the honor), but it now belongs to the latest installment in said Fast and Furious franchise. Now, let me try to break down just why it shattered the record like it did. »
- Joey Magidson
Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnne Heline
Produced by Blackie and Blondie productions, NBC Television
Aired on NBC for 1 season (13 episodes) from Jan 4 – March 15, 2005
Josh Cooke as Nate Solomon
Jennifer Finnegan as Marni Fliss
Darius McCrary as Bowie James
Tammy Lynne Michaels as Tess
Tom Poston as Dying Clown
RonReaco Lee as Todd
Meet Nate and Marni, two complete opposites that have one thing in common: they are both eccentrically unable to find someone that they believe is “The One.” That is, until they mistakenly meet on a blind date that they go on together instead of with the dates they were set up with. After establishing a connection with each other that neither has felt before, they defy logic and reason to date one another even after sharing quirks that would normally send any sane person running for the hills. Now, together they »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Lionsgate has reported earnings above Wall Street forecasts with $98.2 million, or 70 cents a share, for its third fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31, up 11% from the year-ago quarter.
The studio said gains in profits and margins were due to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1,” robust domestic TV series licensing, lower marketing costs, a reduction in the effective tax rate and increased earnings from investments.
Revenues for the studio declined 11% to $751.3 million as declines in motion picture revenue offset gains in TV production revenue. Lionsgate released only two movies (“Mockingjay” and “John Wick”) during the more recent quarter, compared with four in the year-ago quarter (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “A Madea Christmas,” “Ender’s Game and “Escape Plan”).
Analysts had forecast that earnings — which were released after the market closed Thursday — would come in at 65 cents a share. Revenues came in about 3.7% under a consensus estimate of $779 million while Ebitda of $146.8 million »
- Dave McNary
“Perfect High” follows a star high school dancer, Amanda (Thorne), who begins taking prescription painkillers for a knee injury, which turns into dangerous habit of sharing pills with friends, lying and stealing to fund her drug habit. This eventually leads to addiction when she’s tricked into using heroin via pills disguised as cheap painkillers.
Thorne starred in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, and “Blended” with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. She also appears in the upcoming movie “The Duff.”
The TV movie, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Denise Richards and Francia Raisa have new reps as Abrams Artists Agency has inked them both. Richards most recently starred on the ABC Family series Twisted, and her recent TV credits also include Lifetime telepic Fatal Acquittal, Anger Management, 30 Rock, Blue Mountain State and Kickin’ It. She also has appeared in such features as Scary Movie 3, The World Is Not Enough and Wild Things. She continues to be managed by Link.
Raisa was a regular on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager throughout its five-season run and appeared in the telefilms A Snow Globe Christmas and Christmas Bounty. Other TV gigs include The Mindy Project, CSI and In Plain Sight. She next appears in the Lifetime series Un-Real and the features Dirty Lies and Beyond Paradise. She continues to be managed by Untitled.
- The Deadline Team
Denise Richards and Francia Raisa have new reps as Abrams Artists Agency has inked them both. Richards most recently starred on the ABC Family series Twisted, and her recent TV credits also include Lifetime telepic Fatal Acquittal, Anger Management, 30 Rock, Blue Mountain State and Kickin’ It. She also has appeared in such features as Scary Movie 3, The World Is Not Enough and Wild Things. She continues to be managed by Link. Raisa was a regular on ABC Family’s The Secret… »
- The Deadline Team
TV Picks: Tine for a time out?‘Coaching Bad’ Hits Spike TV February 8th!NFL superstar Ray Lewis and renowned anger management specialist Dr. Christian Conte attempt to change the ways of eight wayward coaches. Tune in to the premiere episode of this series February 8th at 10/9c. Watch As Lewis And Anger Management Specialist Dr. Christian Conte Put 9 Coaches Through An Intense Program To Change Their Combative WaysFrom Spike:Good coaches motivate us, inspire us, and teach us the skills to win. However, there is a growing crisis of coaches with uncontrollable anger issues spreading across today’s sports landscape. From Bobby […] »
- April Neale
Forecasting strong performances by Lionsgate’s young adult franchises, Standard and Poor’s has upgraded the studio’s corporate rating to Bb- from B+.
“We believe the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise’s continued success (with the last film scheduled for release on Nov. 20, 2016) and the potential success of the ‘Divergent’ franchise (which has three films scheduled for release March 2015 through 2017) could provide greater predictability for Lionsgate’s profitability and credit profile for the next few years,” analysts Naveen Sarma and Chris Valentine wrote.
The Bb- rating is one level below the top speculative grade of Bb+. The analysts also gave the studio a “stable” outlook in a note published Tuesday.
“The stable outlook reflects our expectations that Lionsgate will broaden its cash flow base by firmly establishing new film franchises, expanding its film library cash flow, and growing its TV production segment profitably — all of which could reduce earnings volatility,” they said. »
- Dave McNary
16 items from 2015
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