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The return of “The X-Files” and the reboot of “Rush Hour” stirred strong buzz among the nearly 2,000 international television buyers who converged in Los Angeles this week for the annual L.A. Screenings program market.
Buyers made the rounds of studio screenings and parties throughout the week to get a first look at series that have been picked up by broadcast networks for the 2015-16 season, as well as new cable and digital productions.
For most buyers, the screenings are the first step in dealmaking negotiations that are finalized later. But some put their money on the table right away. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Last season, CBS tried to establish new shows but almost all of them were cancelled due to low ratings. No new dramas survived and only two sitcoms did. Which shows will be cancelled or renewed this time? We'll have wait and see.
CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Battle Creek, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest, Scorpion, Stalker, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's »
NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Fox’s Empire placed No. 1 and No. 2 for the 2014-15 TV season, with average ratings of 7.3 and 7.1 in the coveted 18-49 demo, respectively.
As reported this week, NBC won the season in the demo, while CBS remains the most watched net.
RelatedRatings: NBC Wins 2014-15 TV Season; CBS Is Still Most Watched Network
In the demo, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory — averaging a 6.5 rating this season, including any available Live+7 DVR playback data — easily led the comedy pack, while ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder (5.0) and Scandal (4.5) placed a distant second and »
Jennifer Love Hewitt is keeping busy while pregnant! The 36-year-old TV actress took some time out of her busy schedule to shoot an ad for Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Stretch Mark products in L.A. Wednesday. For the shoot, Hewitt bared her baby bump. The campaign comes just after it was revealed that Hewitt will not be returning for Criminal Minds' 11th season. Hewitt joined the series last year, and the series' 10th season finale aired May 6. In the season finale, the team rescued Kate's (Hewitt) kidnapped daughter and her friend. Showrunner Erica Messer recently explained Hewitt's exit to Entertainment Weekly, saying, "I didn't know she was pregnant until really the end of »
Jennifer Love Hewitt is loving life as a mama-to-be! The "Criminal Minds" star put her baby bump on display during a photo shoot for Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, showing off her curves in a white crop top and maxi skirt. "After the success I had using Palmer’s through my first pregnancy, I knew I wanted to support the brand by baring my pregnant belly to celebrate the beauty of expectant mothers," the actress said. "These are products that I believe in and actually use – they help moms to embrace the natural glow of pregnancy and I find it so empowering to be able to show my pregnancy off in this way." The 36-year-old star recently opened up about the positives of pregnancy in Parents magazine. "Pregnancy is magical. I’m grateful," she told the mag. "It’s not lost on me what a gift it is to be able to get pregnant. »
- tooFab Staff
Hey, baby! Jennifer Love Hewitt may be just around the corner from her due date, but that's not stopping her from modeling her gorgeously bloomed baby bump. On Wednesday, May 20, in L.A., the Criminal Minds actress, 36, confidently posed for Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula in a three-quarter-sleeve crop top and a low-slung skirt, which boldly showcased her full baby bump. Meanwhile, her natural beauty choices—loose waves, rosy cheeks, and frosted lips—enhanced her radiant second-time mom-to-be glow. "After the success I had using Palmer's through my first pregnancy, I [...] »
The following story contains spoilers about Wednesday’s Law & Order: Svu finale, so hit the nearest exit if the episode is still sitting on your DVR.
When Law & Order: Svu kicks off Season 17 this fall, it will be down an officer.
RelatedMay Sweeps Scorecard 2015: Weddings, Deaths, Breakups, Sex, Resurrections, Firings and More!
In Wednesday’s finale, a near-death experience prompted Det. Nick Amaro to make a major life change: he informed Olivia that he was leaving the NYPD and relocating to the West Coast to be near his family. And the decision will stick, as TVLine has confirmed that his portrayer, »
NBC and CBS were the season’s ratings winners in key demo categories, and Fox had the hottest new show in years, but the best story of the 2014-15 television season just might have belonged to ABC.
The Alphabet emerged as the only major network to draw a larger young-adult audience this season than last, thanks in large part to a strong rookie class that included hits “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Black-ish” as well as other solid newcomers like “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Secrets and Lies.” “The Goldbergs” blossomed in in its second year, while veterans like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Modern Family” and “Shark Tank” also continued to produce.
CBS introduced new drama hit “Scorpion” and renewed four other first-year shows, while Fox launched megahit “Empire” and solid newcomer “Gotham” and the CW discovered its biggest hit to date, “The Flash.” NBC, on the other hand, »
- Rick Kissell
Damon Dayoub, who was set to play the male lead, opposite Mireille Enos, is being recast, Variety has learned. The actor is set for a long recurring arc in crime procedural “Stitchers,” premiering this June on ABC Family.
The “One Tree Hill” alum announced the news Monday night via WhoSay, posting, “Looks like they need a different type for Zoe, so I’ll be replaced, but please still watch! It really is such a good show and I’m so proud of my friends’ work!”
Thank you all for your support re:#TheCatch! Looks like they need a different type for Zoe, so I’ll be replaced, but please still watch! It really is Such a good show and I’m so proud of my friends’ work! @ABC »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The networks introduced new TV shows for the Fall at this year's upfronts, while other TV shows have been having their season finales. Thus, renewals and cancellations are being announced for next season. Here are the series that will be back for the 2015-2016 season - plus the shows that are not so lucky (you can also see everything that's been canceled here). What's Been Renewed ABC How to Get Away With Murder: Shonda Rhimes's drama has been renewed after one killer season. Secrets and Lies: The freshman drama series will be back for a second season. Fresh Off the Boat: The comedy will return for a second season. American Crime: The midseason drama is going to be back. Galavant: The show will return for a second season. Marvel's Agent Carter: A second season is on the way. Nashville: The soapy drama is returning for a fourth season. »
Upfront season is all about the search for primetime’s Next Big Thing. But for a studio, the win doesn’t come until a series is renewed for season two and beyond.
For all the upheaval in TV, the 2014-15 season generally proved fertile for Big Four broadcast nets. The renewal rate of scripted series introduced during the September-May frame is higher than it has been since at least 2009-10 for all but NBC, according to research by Variety Insight.
ABC renewed seven of its 11 new series for a second round in 2015-16, compared to three of 14 from the 2013-14 season. CBS picked up five of its eight freshman shows, compared to two out of eight from the class of 2013-14. Fox renewed three out of eight, an improvement over two of eight from last year. NBC so far has renewed one out of a total of 10 scripted series introduced during the past season, »
- Cynthia Littleton
This week's "upfront" presentations, where the TV networks touted their 2015-16 slates to advertisers, told us a lot about what we''ll be seeing this fall -- and in the next couple of years, for that matter. What went unmentioned, of course, is what we won't be seeing.
It's not just shows that have been canceled, including some that have been on the air since forever. It's also some seemingly indispensable performers and even entire genres of TV fare that are disappearing. Here are some of the things you'll be missing on broadcast TV in the near future.
"American Idol" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Yeah, we still have one more season of "Idol"' which Fox is pretending is a victory lap instead of a last-gasp cash grab. Is anyone going to be sorry to see it go? Is anyone still entertained by the witticisms of Ryan Seacrest, the sparkling repartee among the judges, »
- Gary Susman
While audiences have been calling for female directors to be given more opportunities to direct franchise films made by giant names such as DC and Marvel, Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems have quietly stolen that thunder by tapping Anna Foerster to helm Underworld: Next Generation. The fifth instalment in this female-led action franchise will be the first in the series to be directed by a woman.
The franchise is characterised as an action-horror film series, and centres on a female lead named Selene (Kate Beckinsale). When she is first introduced in 2003’s Underworld, she is a vampire working to kill Lycans, because she believes they murdered her family. Over the course of the following three films – the second of which (2009’s Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans) is a prequel – a larger battle is revealed, in which vampires and Lycans are at war, until both species are eventually hunted by humans »
- Sarah Myles
The Death Dealer is coming back to the big screen. It's been confirmed that Kate Beckinsale will once again play Selene in the fifth Underworld film, which has a director attached and another familiar face from the franchise lined up to return, as well.
According to THR, Beckinsale has officially signed on to play Selene in the Underworld sequel, confirming what writer/director Len Wiseman (2003's Underworld, 2006's Underworld: Evolution) teased at New York Comic Con in October, when he revealed that an Underworld sequel starring Beckisale's Selene was in development.
Currently known as Underworld 5, the next entry to the series that started in 2003 will be directed by Anna Foerster (Starz's Outlander, Criminal Minds) from a screenplay by Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter). In addition to her experience behind the camera on TV shows, Foerster has worked in the visual effects department on films such as Independence Day and Pitch Black, »
- Derek Anderson
Hey, "Elementary" peeps. It is with great happiness that we can officially tell you guys that CBS gave your favorite show the new season 4 green light! TV Line dropped the great news back on May 11th, 2015, so it's been known for a few days now. This means that new spoilers, photos, videos, castings and more are definitely on the way in the future weeks and months, so be on the lookout for all of that. We expect the new season 4 to debut in either September or October 2015 provided it's given a full season. You just never know these days. We'll certainly let you know the official premiere date as soon as CBS announces it. In addition to that wonderful news, CBS also gave its other popular shows new season renewals. They are: Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0, CSI: Cyber, The Odd Couple, NCIS, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, »
- Andre Braddox
A few days after Fox announced that next season would be the last for “American Idol,” the long-running music competition wrapped its 14th season with its lowest-rated finale to date — losing out to the night’s top three shows, “Modern Family,” “Survivor” and “Black-ish.”
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Idol” averaged a 1.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise in the nationals since they don’t include the final six minutes of the program. Once one of the highest-rated telecasts of the season, this year’s “Idol” finale was down sharply from last year’s conclusion (2.6/9 in 18-49 and 10.53 million viewers overall). “Idol” was the night’s third most-watched program overall, with the net’s nightly average ranking No. 1.
Among the programs that topped “Idol” was CBS’ own reality veteran, “Survivor” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers »
- Rick Kissell
Below, you'll find a list of CBS' recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings, click the links in the middle column (where applicable).
Shows include 2 Broke Girls, Angel From Hell, Battle Creek, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, Extant, The Good Wife, Life In Pieces, Limitless, Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, The Mentalist, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest, Reckless, Rush Hour, Scorpion, Supergirl, Stalker, Survivor, Two And A Half Men, Under The Dome, Undercover Boss, Unforgettable, Zoo »
It’s already time to start looking at what’s hitting in fall, and as the network upfronts wrap up, we can try to figure out what to watch, what to DVR, and what to avoid.
New shows abound, but the schedule has some new efforts looking to grab attention as well.
First we’ll run through the schedule, and on following pages we’ll take a closer look at each network’s new show, with trailers for those that have them available.
Monday photo- Bruce Macaulay 8:00-8:308:30-9:009:00-9:309:30-10:0010:00-10:3010:30-11:00 ABCDancing with the StarsCastle CBSThe Big Bang TheoryLife in PiecesScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles FOXGothamMinority ReportLocal NBCThe VoiceBlindspot
Monday kicks off with Dancing, The Voice, and Gotham. You pretty well know where you are there. We aren’t into new things, and you either want to watch “talent” or gritty comic action, »
- Marc Eastman
Get ready for some new primetime addictions. CBS's Fall schedule includes several fresh comedies and dramas, and it's time to check them out! Jane Lynch has a new series, Bradley Cooper's 2011 movie Limitless is getting the TV treatment (he's even going to pop up on it!), and there's finally a peek at Supergirl. We don't yet have a look at Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders or a trailer for Rush Hour, but stay tuned. They're both midseason shows, so those will come later. Once you've seen all the trailers, take a look at the new shows from NBC, Fox, and ABC! »
The term “stick to your knitting” is something of a double-edged sword for CBS — reflecting the network’s enviable stability, but also evoking images of the heavy granny constituency that watches “Blue Bloods,” when media buyers have a vampiric thirst for youth. Given that, the one major flyer the network is taking — ordering “Supergirl,” a series that would be a more natural fit for its younger sibling the CW — becomes the linchpin of its hopes for fall, along with the launch of Stephen Colbert’s turn in the “Late Show” chair.
Those were, frankly, the most exciting moments in an upfront presentation touting a lineup otherwise immersed in spinoffs. To its credit, CBS knows how to put on a show, and after a “Big Bang Theory”-inspired gag with sales chief Jo Ann Ross, Colbert came on to plug his arrival, engaging in a bit of extended shtick with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. »
- Brian Lowry
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