10-8: Officers on Duty (2003) - News Poster

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TNT giving Zamacona drama a go

As part of its efforts to launch a crime drama series, TNT is close to greenlighting a pilot from writer-producer Jorge Zamacona and Spelling Television. The untitled project focuses on the formation of an elite team to fight urban street crime, which is assembled with cops from different divisions of the LAPD. Zamacona, who wrote the pilot and is executive producing it with Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent, most recently penned the pilot and executive produced the Spelling TV cop drama series for ABC 10-8: Officers on Duty.

Kimmel talker gets ABC pickup

Kimmel talker gets ABC pickup
ABC has picked up its late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live through the 2004-05 season. Meanwhile, the network has cut back the orders for freshman drama 10-8 and midseason comedy The Big House and has ordered four additional half-hours of the hit comedy My Wife and Kids. "This is great news, as I am saving up to buy a new truck," comedian Jimmy Kimmel deadpanned about the third-season pickup of his show. The pickup comes on the heels of the live talk show's respectable performance during its first November sweep when the series posted a ratings growth vs. the May sweep in several key categories, including total viewers (4%), adults 18-49 (14%), men 18-34 and 18-49 (14%).

CBS' 75th anniversary special propels Sun. win

CBS' 75th anniversary special propels Sun. win
Sunday was a good night for old TV favorites as CBS drew quite a crowd for its three-hour 75th anniversary special and the 15th season debut of The Simpsons packed 'em in for Fox. It was slower going for the 9:30 p.m. debut of the new Fox comedy Arrested Development. CBS won the night by a wide margin in total viewers (17.1 million) while Fox led in the adults 18-49 demo (6.0 rating/15 share), according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. A double-dose of Law & Order: Criminal Intent from 9-11 p.m. allowed NBC to run second for the night in adults 18-49 (3.7/9). Coming out of a healthy 13.5 million viewers and 4.9/11 for the 9 p.m. installment, the 10 p.m. Criminal Intent (10.8 million, 4.3/11) rerun even topped a fresh episode of ABC's The Practice (10.4 million, 4.0/11). The better news for ABC was another encouraging showing from freshman 8 p.m. drama 10-8 (9.4 million, 3.1/7) which posted a viewership spike at the half-hour mark even against the Simpsons competition. A football overrun helped Fox get primetime off to a good start, but the 8 p.m. season premiere of Simpsons opened up a huge demo lead on the competition, averaging 15.7 million viewers and 7.2/17 in adults 18-49. The 8:30 p.m. Simpsons rerun was little changed at 15 million viewers, 6.9/16 in 18-49.

ABC's new comedies a riot

ABC's new comedies a riot
In one big swoop, ABC has given full-season pickups to six of its seven new series, including all four comedies. The back-nine orders for Hope & Faith, I'm With Her, It's All Relative and Married to the Kellys mark the second consecutive season in which ABC has picked up all of its freshman comedies. "It's a nice day here," ABC entertainment president Susan Lyne said. "Our comedy department has done just an amazing job building a truly formidable comedy schedule." The network's batting average also has improved on the drama side. ABC has picked up two of its three series --10-8 and Threat Matrix -- versus the quick demise of all three freshman drama series in fall 2002. The remaining new drama, Karen Sisco, has received an order for four additional scripts, and talks are under way between the networks and the show's producer, Universal Network TV, for a potential episode pickup.

ABC gets 18-49 ratings juice Sun. with 'Practice'

ABC gets 18-49 ratings juice Sun. with 'Practice'
The Practice led the charge for ABC on Sunday, leading the network to the nightly win in the adults 18-49 demographic. NBC had the most-watched program of the night with 9 p.m. drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which averaged 14 million viewers and 4.7 rating/12 share in the key demo, but ABC had stamina throughout the night with a respectable showing at 8 p.m. from new cop drama 10-8 (9.1 million, 3.0/8) and Alias (9 million, 3.8/9) at 9 p.m. And at 10 p.m., The Practice popped to 10.8 million viewers and 4.4/11 in 18-49. Despite the benefit of the Criminal Intent lead-in, NBC's new legal drama The Lyon's Den trailed in the 10 p.m. hour with an average of 10 million viewers and 3.4/9 in the demo.

Fox plays hardball, wins Sunday

Fox plays hardball, wins Sunday
The primetime ratings report for Sunday was full of surprises for the Big Three networks. Fox was poised to win the night, the second Sunday of the 2003-04 season, on the strength of a football overrun and its coverage of the crucial National League divisional playoff game that saw the Chicago Cubs advance to the league playoff series against the Florida Marlins. Fox's sports coverage undoubtedly siphoned away viewers from NBC and CBS' new Sunday series (reliable numbers for Fox's live game coverage won't be available until today). But ABC's new 8 p.m. drama 10-8 surprised Nielsen watchers in its second outing by perking up to second place in adults 18-49 in its the hour, behind Fox's baseball but ahead of CBS' Cold Case and NBC's American Dreams, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.

Sunday drivers: NBC, CBS

Sunday drivers: NBC, CBS
NBC and CBS stood tall on an action-packed Sunday of new and returning series premieres. NBC saw its 10 p.m. drama The Lyon's Den get off to a winning start with help from the third-season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 9 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. ABC was competitive in the 10 p.m. hour with The Practice's return to its old time slot, and the WB Network showed some 8-10 p.m. spunk with its two-hour Charmed season premiere. CBS' 8 p.m. drama premiere Cold Case drew a big crowd in total viewers, which gave a lift to its 9-11 p.m. Sunday movie, the Tom Selleck tear-jerker 12 Mile Road. ABC struggled at 8 p.m. with the premiere of cops-on-the-beat drama 10-8 but perked up at 9 p.m. with the third-season bow of Alias.

Luner's number called for ABC's cop drama '10-8'

Luner's number called for ABC's cop drama '10-8'
Jamie Luner has joined the cast of ABC's new drama 10-8 as a regular. Luner will play a police officer in the Spelling TV/Touchstone TV series, an edgy dramedy about Los Angeles Sheriff's Department rookies and their trainers. It stars Danny Nucci and Ernie Hudson. The project reunites Luner with Spelling TV as the actress starred in the Spelling-produced Savannah for the WB Network and Melrose Place for Fox. In 1999, Luner stepped in as the female lead of the NBC crime drama Profiler following the departure of Ally Walker. Luner, who most recently starred in the Sci Fi Channel telefilm Threshold, is repped by Agency for the Performing Arts' Jeff Witjas and manager Martin Berneman.

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