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It was a bittersweet day for most Golden Globe nominees who received the good news on the 39th day of the writers strike.
TV series writers and actors, who normally celebrate their shows' nominations on the set of their shows, did that on the picket lines or in the solitude of their homes this year as production on most series has been shut down.
"It stinks", Samantha Who? star Christina Applegate said. "We've been off for five weeks now, so I don't know what to do with myself. I miss my crew, and I miss my cast, and I just want it to be over as soon as possible."
Said House nonwriting executive producer Katie Jacobs, who is overseeing postproduction for the hit drama's last filmed episodes: "It's sad and painful. I'm here at work, celebrating with the six people still working on the show."
The producers of the Golden Globes ceremony have not yet received a waiver from the WGA, which puts nominees in a tough spot.
Film and TV actors, directors and scribes took a cautious note Thursday about attending the Jan. 13 show if the strike is still ongoing, generally expressing support for the writers but steering the talk toward their nomination and away from the ceremony.
Striking WGA members all said they will support their guild and boycott the Globes if no waiver is granted -- but would do it with a heavy heart.
"It would break my heart because it celebrates artists, but I wouldn't cross the picket line," said Matthew Weiner, creator of AMC's breakout drama Mad Men. "Not that it would be an easy decision. This is a huge, big deal to me."
That said, Weiner added that the WGA's not granting a waiver "would seem silly to me. An awards show is no place to make a statement. The statement should be made at the bargaining table," he said.
"I've never been to the Golden Globes, but if the writers don't come, I shall have to boycott it, I'm afraid," he said. »
Loser averaged 9.8 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It finished just ahead of a repeat House (9.7 million, 3.5/9) in the hour.
ABC won the 8 p.m. hour thanks to a repeat of the holiday phenom Shrek the Halls (10 million, 3.4/10), though both NBC's Deal or No Deal (11.3 million, 3.1/9) and a repeat NCIS (11.8 million, 2.5/7) surpassed it in viewership.
The 10 p.m. hour was won by Boston Legal (9 million, 2.5/7), ahead of a new Cane (7.8 million, 2.0/6) and a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (6.7 million, 2.4/6).
UPDATED 7:15 p.m. PT Dec. 3, 2007
CBS' strike-affected midseason lineup will include three hours of the first-ever in-season "Big Brother", the return of "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Jericho" and "Power of 10" and the debut of the comedy "The Captain".
Meanwhile, "Law & Order" will rejoin NBC's schedule in January in its longtime Wednesday 10 p.m. slot along with repurposed episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
CBS on Monday became the second network after Fox to announce a comprehensive midseason schedule impacted by the strike.
Starting Jan. 28, "Christine" will move into its original Monday 9:30 p.m. slot, following "Two and a Half Men", while the single-camera "Captain" will be sandwiched between "How I Met Your Mother" and "Men" at 8:30 p.m.
Also benched are two Tuesday dramas: the low-rated freshman "Cane" and the military-themed drama "The Unit", which had struggled at 9 p.m. against Fox's hit "House". They will be replaced by "Big Brother" and "Jericho", which both will premiere Feb. 12.
The Tuesday installment of "Brother" will be joined by a Wednesday edition at 8 p.m., which debuts Feb. 13, and a Sunday one at 8 p.m., which launches Feb. »
NEW YORK -- While its effect on the industry has been profound, the writers strike has only had a slight impact on the November sweep.
Some networks have rejigged parts of their schedule as originals for some key shows dry up, while other programs have been stretched to last as long as they can.
Three weeks into the sweep, only the late-night talk shows have been hit hard. Ratings for NBC's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and CBS' Late Show With David Letterman, among others, are feeling the pinch.
"There hasn't been any impact with the strike (in primetime)," said Brad Adgate, senior vp research at New York-based media agency Horizon Media.
Fox is the only network in the November sweep that has seen an increase in the key adults 18-49 demographic compared with last year. ABC, which leads the pack with a 3.6 rating, is down 18% year-over-year. CBS (3.5) is down 13%. Fox, which is in third place, has a 3.3 rating and is up 18%, while NBC has slipped to fourth place with an average 3.2 rating thanks to some lower-rated Sunday Night Football matchups.
Only Fox has made its long-term strike contingency plans known, built primarily around the return of American Idol and a few new series additions, including "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
"Fox is probably in the best shape because its strength has always been in midseason and having 'American Idol, ' which can easily be extended," said Shari Anne Brill, senior vp at New York-based ad buyer Carat.
But even Fox has a few shows on strike-imposed hiatus, including its biggest non-Idol hit, House, as well as the sitcoms Back to You and 'Til Death.
CBS has been quietly making adjustments to its schedule. »
Dancing with the Stars averaged 23.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was up from last week's 5.2/13 not to mention 21.8 million viewers.
That overshadowed everything else in primetime, including NBC's Chuck ( 8.3 million, 3.1/8), which was slightly up week to week; CBS's How I Met Your Mother (8.5 million, 3.4/9), also up slightly; and CBS's Big Bang Theory (8 million, 3.0/7) was in repeats that stopped the show's recent momentum. Fox's House (7 million, 2.6/7) was in repeats too.
ABC's Samantha Who (15.4 million, 4.8/11) continued to stake its claim, up over last week (13.7 million, 4.3/10). CBS's Two and a Half Men (14.4 million, 5.1 /12) was up slightly and Rules of Engagement (12.2 million, 4.3/10) was even with last week. NBC's Heroes (10.7 million, 5.0/11) was down from last week's 5.2/12 in the demo while Fox's K-Ville (4.7 million, 1.3/3) was down. »
The PGA Awards will be held Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton.
The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award In Episodic Television -- Comedy
The Office, NBC
30 Rock, NBC
Ugly Betty, ABC
The Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television -- Drama
Grey's Anatomy, ABC
The Sopranos, HBO
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television
The Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," Bravo
Planet Earth, Discovery Channel
60 Minutes, CBS
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Live Entertainment/Competition
The Amazing Race, CBS
American Idol, Fox
The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Project Runway, Bravo
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO »
The Dancing With the Stars results show was the top program in viewership for the night with 17.5 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.
But it was crushed in the demo by House (16.9 million, 7.0/17), which was down week-to-week but still dominant in the 9 p.m. hour.
CBS' highlight was NCIS (17.4 million, 3.7/10), which easily won 8 p.m. against Fox's Bones (9.1 million, 3.4/9), not to mention ABC's Cavemen (4.6 million, 1.6/5) and Carpoolers (5.1 million, 1.9/5). Cavemen dropped a tenth of a point from last week's low; Carpoolers stayed even.
NBC's two-hour The Biggest Loser (8.2 million, 3.4/9) hit its highest viewership and tied its highest adults 18-49 rating so far this season.
The CW's Reaper (2.4 million, 1.2/3) was up 20% compared with last week in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49. »
NEW YORK -- The fifth season must be the charm for NCIS, which racked up its second-largest-ever audience Tuesday night.
The CBS crime drama starring Mark Harmon even surpassed Fox's heavy hitter House in viewership though not in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.
Thanks to NCIS (18.3 million, 4.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49), CBS easily won the 8 p.m hour in viewership and adults 18-49 while Fox's Bones (9.6 million, 3.6/9) came in second. Bones had its highest ratings of the season. There wasn't much good news at ABC at 8 p.m., with Cavemen (4.9 million, 1.7/5) and Carpoolers (5.5 million, 1.9/5) sinking to new lows.
House (18.1 million, 7.7/18) on the other hand, is doing just fine. It posted its highest-ever ratings without the help of American Idol and easily won Fox the night in primetime. ABC's Dancing With the Stars results show (16.9 million, 3.8/9) fell to a low so far this season. »
NEW YORK -- After taking a breather from original programming Monday because of a World Series sweep, Fox came roaring back Tuesday to win in the adults 18-49 demographic.
House was the night's top program in adults 18-49 with 17.1 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/17 share in the demo. Dancing (18.6 million) was the night's top show in viewership.
Winning at 8 p.m. was ABC's perennial It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (11.4 million, 3.8/11), which was up from last year's 2.6/9 on a Friday but down slightly from its last Tuesday airing two years ago. CBS' NCIS (16.3 million, 3.3/9) won in viewership.
ABC won the 10 p.m. hour with Boston Legal (11.7 million, 3.1/8) and probably spillover from Dancing. Final ratings will be out later Wednesday, though it was likely to beat CBS' Cane (8.1 million, 2.0/5) and a repeat Law & Order: SVU (8.7 million, 3.0/8). »
A four-and-out World Series carried Fox to a primetime weekly victory, the second straight week for the network.
If the Boston Red Sox's dismantling of the Colorado Rockies didn't spill into a second week to boost Fox's fortunes, it gave Fox a rare early season win. Meanwhile, ABC's "Samantha Who?" rocked for another week as Fox's House topped ABC's Grey's Anatomy as the top-rated drama, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.
On Monday, ABC danced up a storm with Dancing With the Stars (21.4 million, 5.5 rating/13 share), followed by Samantha (13.7 million, 4.5/10), an effective one-two punch for the network that beat CBS for the nightly win. Meanwhile, CBS took 10 p.m. with CSI: Miami (15.7 million, 4.6/12), which came out ahead of ABC's The Bachelor (8.9 million, 3.3/8) as well as NBC's drama Journeyman (6.1 million, 2.4/6).
On Tuesday, a day before the World Series started, Fox got a head start for the eventual primetime victory thanks to House (18.1 million, 7.6/18), which came out ahead of the Dancing (18.1 million, 4.5/11) as well as everything else. ABC's Cavemen (6.2 million, 2.2/6) turned to stone as CBS' NCIS (17.3 million, 3.8/10) won at 8 p.m. NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (12.3 million, 4.7/13) won at 10 p.m., but a special edition of ABC's "20/20" on the Southern California wildfires (10.4 million, 2.7/7) gave ABC its best ratings for the show in months. »
Dr. House is making an unscheduled house call to his native England.
The production schedule on Fox's hit medical drama had to be reshuffled Thursday to accommodate the absence of star Hugh Laurie. The British-born actor told producers of the Universal Media Studios-produced series that he had to go back home to be with his family and boarded a plane to London on Thursday afternoon.
"Hugh had family obligations in England to attend to, but production is continuing in his absence," a UMS spokeswoman said Thursday night. "The producers said that he asked for time off, and they were happy to facilitate it."
A rep for the actor stressed that the trip had been cleared with the producers of the show and that Laurie is expected to be back at work Monday.
It is understood that the sudden departure is not related to salary negotiations. Last year, Laurie joined the ranks of the highest-paid actors on TV with a new deal that paid him more than $300,000 an episode. »
House was the night's top show in key measures with 17.9 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. In viewership at least, it just edged ABC's Dancing (17.8 million, 4.4/11) in the same hour. House was pre-empted last week because of the ALCS, while Dancing was steady week to week.
The CBS drama NCIS (17.1 million, 3.7/10) won at 8 p.m., though it was down from last week's 4.1/12. So too was ABC's Cavemen (6.5 million, 2.2/6), which was down 24% from last week's 2.8/8, and Carpoolers (7.1 million, 2.4/) that was down from last week's 2.7/8. Fox's Bones (8.8 million, 3.1/9) came in second in the demo and had its highest viewership number so far this season.
NBC won at 10 p.m. with "Law & Order: SVU" (12.2 million, 4.7/13), and a "20/20" special on the California wildfires (10.9 million, 2.8/8) came in second while CBS' drama Cane (8 million, 2.0/5) fell again week to week. »
COLOGNE, Germany -- Are "House", "CSI: Miami", "Monk" and "Desperate Housewives" a threat to the German TV industry? That seems to be the opinion of several local politicians who are calling for a quota for homemade series on German primetime.
"A quota for German series could preserve our TV production industry," Erwin Ruddel, a media spokesman for the conservative CDU told German tabloid Bild Zeitung in a story published Wednesday. "The Germany industry shouldn't get a raw deal."
A quota to keep U.S. series out might seem extreme, but things are starting to look dire for German TV producers. Five years ago, German series dominated primetime. The low-budget hospital drama "Nikola" on commercial channel RTL outperformed "ER" in the ratings by a factor of two or three.
Then came "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives". Then came "CSI". Then came "House". The recent renaissance in U.S. series has driven German shows off the schedule. Across the main commercial networks, there is only one German-made series in primetime: RTL's long-running Autobahn cops show "Alarm for Cobra 11".
While German commercial broadcasters are still producing plenty of shows, they now tend to be low-budget reality or local-language knockoffs of international formats such as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and "American Idol".
German parliamentarian and former TV journalist Reinhard Grindel of the CDU is pushing German channels to introduce a voluntary quota of homemade series. »
The ABC sitcom dropped 25% in the adults 18-49 demographic and shed 2.2 million viewers compared to its premiere, according to Nielsen Media Research. Cavemen (7 million, 2.6/8) came in third place in the demo behind NCIS (16.4 million, 3.4/10) and Bones (8.5 million, 3.2/9). The Cavemen troubles stalled Carpoolers (7.3 million, 2.8/8), which built on its lead-in but was still down 20% in the demo compared to last Tuesday's premiere. NCIS was down 5% compared to last week while Bones was up 7%.
Meanwhile, House (18 million, 7.4/18) had no trouble holding on to the lead in viewership and the demo, increasing at the half hour and coming out ahead of last week in both measures. It also beat ABC's powerhouse Dancing with the Stars (16.4 million, 4.1/10), which was down slightly in the demo week-to-week. The Unit (11 million, 3.0/7) stayed even, and The Biggest Loser (6.5 million, 2.7/7) increased steadily between 8:30 p.m. »
CANNES -- The Hollywood heavyweights are hoping that foreign TV program buyers get as pumped up about Pushing Daisies, Big Shots and Cane as they did in the past several years about such global winners as Grey's Anatomy, Prison Break, Heroes and House.
If the program buyers fork out the kind of cash that's been paid in the past five years for American series, then the six major Hollywood studios can breathe a little easier, sensing that their revenue from foreign TV, both free over-the-air and pay, will remain robust.
At any rate, that overall haul is on target in 2007 to top out slightly above $6.5 billion. (The exchange rate with the euro, pound and yen doesn't hurt either.) Whether the eye-popping pricing for U.S. series holds up is the crucial question as some 12,000 TV execs trek to the French Riviera for the annual sales bazaar that runs through Friday.
"The demand for our content continues to be strong and in many places around the world our shows continue to be placed in primetime or other high priority slots," said Armando Nunez, president of CBS Paramount International Television.
"We're convinced that the quality of our shows has never been better so I think MIPCOM is likely to be an upbeat affair for us," one top American seller said.
During the five-day event, thousands of TV shows from around the world are bought, sold, swapped, packaged, funded, formatted or fashioned from scratch at 500-odd exhibitor booths in the convention hall or at the bars and restaurants lining the resort town. »
House was easily the night's top program in viewership and adults 18-49, bringing in 17.3 million viewers and a 7.1 rating/17 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates by Nielsen Media Research. House dismissed the results show for Dancing with the Stars (15.7 million, 4.3/10) as well as other competition. House was down week to week but it was still ahead of its pace last year.
Meanwhile, ABC's controversial Cavemen debuted with 9 million viewers and a 3.3/10 in the demo. It tied the older-skewing NCIS (15.5 million, 3.3/10) in adults 18-49. Cavemen> came out ahead in adults 18-34 as well as men 18-34 and men 18-49. In the second half hour NCIS surpassed the debut of Carpoolers (9 million, 3.4/9), which built slightly on Cavemen. Fox's Bones (7.8 million, 2.9/8) was down week-to-week. NCIS was up over last week (13.9 million, 3.2/9), no doubt because of the move of Dancing from 8 p.m. »
NEW YORK -- House overpowered primetime Tuesday, handing Fox a win for the night despite another of ABC's Dancing With the Stars and NBC's Law & Order: SVU. CBS' new drama Cane came in second place at 10 p.m. against "SVU" despite heavy promotion.
House averaged 18.1 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/19 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the highest-rated premiere in adults 18-49 for any network so far this season as well as the highest ratings ever for House without help from American Idol.
House was up 7% compared with last year in adults 18-49 but down from last year's 19.1 million viewer premiere when it debuted early.
The second consecutive 90-minute episode of Dancing (18.3 million, 4.7/13) gave ABC a win in all three half-hours in both viewership and the demo. But CBS was able to pull out a strong second place in viewership with NCIS (13.7 million, 3.1/9), while House had a lock on adults 18-49 in the last half-hour of Dancing. Dancing, however, fell compared with Monday's 90-minute premiere. »
Here's something crazy: It's going to be difficult for Sunday's 59th Primetime Emmy Awards to top last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy extravaganza that found Kathy Griffin managing to use Christ's name in vain during an acceptance speech and Elaine Stritch declaring, "I'm a recovering alcoholic, a riddled diabetic and I've got laryngitis -- but I just won an Emmy!"
Indeed, Tony Soprano has nothing on Griffin, whose outstanding reality series triumph for her Bravo series My Life on the D-List inspired her to utter remarks that are being censored from Saturday night's taped telecast on E! even though a Saturday Night Live parody tune titled "Dick in a Box" earned its own Emmy the same night.
By contrast, decorum is expected to carry the night Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium -- along with 15-time nominee The Sopranos. It would, to be sure, prove a monumental upset were the iconic HBO mob hour somehow to be denied the statuette for outstanding drama series in its much-hyped swan song campaign.
However, if these confounding awards have taught us anything, it's that the Emmys are rarely anyone's rubber stamp. Were a long shot to derail the Sopranos coronation, it would prove on a par with Michael Chiklis' shocking victory in 2002 as lead drama series actor for FX's The Shield. This, despite the fact a victory would make Sopranos the first drama in 30 years -- since PBS' Upstairs, Downstairs in 1977 -- to win in the category in its final season.
The race looks to be significantly more wide open for top comedy series, where there is no true heavy favorite and a case can be made for each of the five nominees. »
The Primetime Emmy Award nominees for outstanding programs are set to be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Producers Peer Group at a special inaugural nominee celebration Sunday.
The party will be hosted by Henry Winkler, with a special musical performance by Jude. In addition, all nominees will receive their official Emmy nominations certificate during a special ceremony.
Emmy-nominated producers from the following programs are set to attend: The Office, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, House, Broken Trail, The Starter Wife, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Inside the Twin Towers, The Ron Clark Story, "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," Real Time With Bill Maher, "The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner," "Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed," "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," A Tribute to James Taylor and Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired, among others.
The event is set to take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at One Sunset in West Hollywood. »
Both Power (9.7 million viewers, 2.8 rating/9 share among adults 18-49) at 8 p.m. and Brother (8.2 million, 3.2/9) at 9 p.m. won their time slots, matching the unscripted series' best deliveries this summer.
CBS also finished first at 10 p.m. with a rerun of NCIS (7.7 million, 2.0/6).
Only three other programs Tuesday night cracked a 2 rating in the 18-49 demo: Fox's House repeat (7.9 million, 2.5/7) at 9 p.m., ABC's Just for Laughs (7.1 million, 2.1/7) at 8 p.m. and an encore airing of NBC's two-hour special "Saturday Night Live: The First Five Years" (5.9 million, 2.1/6)
For the night, CBS (8.5 million, 2.7/8) was followed by Fox (6.6 million, 2.0/6), NBC (5.8 million, 2.0/6) and ABC (5.8 million, 1.8/5).
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