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19 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Dexter, which continues to be Showtime's most-watched original series, drew 1.4 million total viewers to its second-season finale at 9 p.m. Sunday, making it the drama's most-watched episode ever, according to Nielsen Media Research. The tally represents a 14% improvement over the first-season finale, which averaged 1.2 million in December 2006.
A repeat airing at 10 p.m. averaged 382,000 viewers. That's up from the same-night Season 1 repeat (148,000), though that episode aired at midnight.
When factoring in DVR-playback data, Dexter is averaging 2.4 million viewers on a weekly basis through 11 full weeks, outperforming Season 1 (2 million) by 21%.
Although Showtime has not made any announcement, Dexter is expected to be picked up for a third season. »
17 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lending its imprimatur to the tradition of the year-end 10-best list on Sunday, the American Film Institute announced its eighth annual list of the 10 most outstanding motion pictures and TV programs of 2007.
The films earning the AFI's seal of approval are Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Into the Wild, Juno, Knocked Up, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, Ratatouille, The Savages and There Will Be Blood.
The awards are reserved for narrative features with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States, although the films need not be presented in English as was the case with the French-language Diving Bell.
The designated TV programs are Dexter, Everybody Hates Chris, Friday Night Lights, Longford, Mad Men, Pushing Daisies, The Sopranos, Tell Me You Love Me, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty. Dexter and Friday Night Lights also earned a spot on the AFI's 2006 list.
The awards, which will be officially presented at a luncheon on Jan. 11 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, recognize the entire creative ensemble behind each film or TV show.
For the second consecutive year, Hewlett-Packard, which sponsors the awards, has created 20 scholarships, one for each honoree, to the AFI Conservatory. »
The Sopranos, The Office and The Wire are among the TV shows nominated for honors at the 60th Writers Guild Of America (WGA) Awards. The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights and Mad Men will fight it out for Best Dramatic Series. The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, 30 Rock and Flight Of The Conchords all secured nominations for Best Comedy Series. The awards ceremony takes place on February 9 with simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Union bosses insist the current WGA strike won't affect the event.
13 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
HBO led all TV networks in attracting nominations in the 60th anniversary WGA Awards, fetching two noms for dramatic series writing and three for comedy series writing.
The WGA's recent news releases have dealt almost solely with its ongoing strike against some of the same companies figuring in the WGA Awards. The guild had planned to release its TV and radio noms today but released the information late Wednesday without previous notice.
"In order to maximize press coverage for the 2008 Writers Guild Awards as well as not compete with Golden Globes' nominees ... we made the decision to go out a day earlier than previously announced," WGA West spokesman Gregg Mitchell said.
Globe noms were released this morning.
The WGA Awards are set for Feb. 9, with simultaneous ceremonies planned at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre in New York.
A complete list of TV and radio nominees follows:
THE WIRE, Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon, William F. Zorzi; HBO
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, Written by Larry David; HBO
THE OFFICE, Written by Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Farrell, Brent Forrester, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Caroline Williams, Larry Wilmore: NBC
PUSHING DAISIES, Written by Chad Gomez Creasey, Dara Resnik Creasey, Bryan Fuller, Abby Gewanter, Jim Danger Gray, Lisa Joy, Kath Lingenfelter, Rina Mimoun, Jack Monaco, Scott Nimerfro, Peter Ocko; ABC
6 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
"These Showtime programs feature some of the most extremely graphic content anywhere on television -- cable or broadcast," PTC president Tim Winter said. "We felt an urgency to make them know that if they want to put some of the most heinous examples of explicit content from cable on broadcast television, they have to be held accountable."
With the networks running out of original scripted programming because of the writers strike, CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves said during an investor conference Tuesday that the network plans to air edited versions of some Showtime series, including the racy hit serial killer drama Dexter.
No decision has been made yet on which other Showtime shows besides Dexter will make the leap to CBS and a timetable for that.
Winter urged CBS to "reconsider this act of corporate desperation" and threatened to "take action" if the network proceeds with its repurposing plan. »
5 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
STRIKE ZONE: LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES
UPDATED 9:43 p.m. PT Dec. 5, 2007
Related story: CBS repurpose plan irks PTC
As the writers strike enters its second month with no end in sight, repurposing cable series on broadcast networks is becoming a reality.
" 'Dexter' is probably the first one to go on -- with some edits," Moon?ves told reporters at the annual UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York. "It fits with our crime shows".
The edgy, offbeat "Dexter", which has become a critical and ratings success for Showtime, stars Michael C. Hall as a Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer.
CBS, of course, is the leader in the forensic crime drama genre with the "CSI" franchise.
Moonves didn't specify when "Dexter" would launch on CBS beyond saying it should come "in the near future."
Now in its second season on Showtime, "Dexter" has broken ratings records for the premium cable network. Its Nov. 18 episode ranked as the most-watched in Showtime history.
In addition to "Dexter", CBS also is considering Showtime's racy period drama "The Tudors", which originally was developed for CBS, and the critically praised dark comedy "Weeds", about a marijuana-peddling soccer mom. However, both would need heavy editing to make it to broadcast primetime.
CBS chief research officer David Poltrack said after Moonves' presentation at the conference that it was hard to forecast how well Showtime's programming would do on the broadcast network, particularly because of what would have to be edited. »
27 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
LONDON -- NBC Universal has extended its Polish footprint with the launch of fully localized versions of the Sci Fi and Universal channels to 200,000 digital homes on the year-old digital DTH platform n, part of the ITI group, it was announced Monday.
The channels will air sci-fi, drama, entertainment and blockbuster movies to one of the most crowded television markets in Eastern Europe, debuting such shows as Dexter, Flash Gordon, Brotherhood and Cane as well as movies including Bean, Apollo 13 and Waterworld.
"We're thrilled to be establishing Sci Fi and Universal Channel in a market as significant as Poland," said Roma Khanna, president of NBC Universal global networks and digital initiatives. "These strategic launches underscore our expansion plans and the global popularity of our brands." »
21 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Dexter broke Showtime records Sunday.
The serial killer drama starring Michael C. Hall drew 1.23 million viewers at 9 p.m. and a total of 1.63 million for the 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. runs.
This marks the most-watched episode ever for a Showtime series, with the 1.23 million single-airing haul surpassing the previous record of Soul Food, which drew 1.21 million in 2004.
Sunday night's episode of Dexter also grew an impressive 41% from the previous week.
Dexter's surge also lifted its lead-out series, the sophomore drama Brotherhood, which averaged 651,000 viewers at 10 p.m. and another 110,000 at midnight -- the largest audience ever for the critically praised series and up 47% from the previous week. »
As the writers strike heads into its second week, production is slowing down but casting is going pretty strong. What are the stars of past TV shows up to? Read on...
Sasha Alexander (Dawson's Creek) and Danny Masterson (That 70's Show) have been added to the cast of Jim Carrey's upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Yes Man. Alexander will play "Lucy" while Masterson will play Carrey's best friend. Masterson can next be seen in Gregg Araki's Smiley Face alongside Adam Brody (The O.C.), John Krasinski (The Office), Marion Ross (Happy Days), and the late Roscoe Lee Browne (Soap).
15 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
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 »
9 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Quarantined centers on a downtown Los Angeles apartment building where a deadly strain of rabies breaks out. A reporter and her cameraman are among those trapped inside when the edifice and its residents are quarantined. Dowdle penned the screenplay with his brother Drew.
Production begins today in Los Angeles.
Julio and Carlos Fernandez executive produce.
10 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Elsewhere in cable ratings news, VH1's "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels" reunion special and Nickelodeon's "The Naked Brothers Band" one-hour movie drew almost 4 million viewers apiece, according to Nielsen Media Research.
"Dexter" averaged 889,000 viewers at 9 p.m. Sunday, off 12% from last week's second-season premiere (1 million), which set records as the most-watched season premiere of a Showtime series.
There was good news for the sophomore drama "Brotherhood", which likely was hurt last week by a seven-minute promo that aired after its "Dexter" lead-in. The drama averaged 517,000 viewers at 10 p.m., a 39% jump from last week's 371,000 viewers.
Meanwhile, the "Rock of Love" reunion -- during which it was revealed that Michaels' final choice, Jes, was not his love match -- averaged 3.9 million viewers at 8 p.m. Sunday night. The season finale, which aired Sept. 30, averaged 5.4 million total viewers. »
5 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Robbins wrote and will direct the pilot of the hourlong project, which centers on a family that runs a pharmaceutical company. He also is executive producing with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Daniel Thomas but will not be starring.
In addition to exploring the relationships of the dysfunctional family at the center of the drama, the project will examine the political, scientific and bureaucratic machinery that makes up the pharmaceutical industry.
Effects joins another pilot at Showtime, The United States of Tara. The single-camera comedy, from Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, centers on a mother with multiple-personality syndrome. It was picked up in July.
It's understood that Showtime Networks president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt is looking over other pilot possibilities in addition to the two already ordered.
Showtime is gaining buzz in the drama arena with shows like Dexter. The series, starring Michael C. Hall, broke a record for the network with its second-season bow Sunday, averaging more than 1 million viewers -- a first for a Showtime season premiere. »
3 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
More than 1 million total viewers tuned in to the drama series -- which stars Michael C. Hall as a likable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer -- at 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research.
That marks the first time on record that the season premiere of a Showtime series has broken the million-viewer mark for a single run (Nielsen didn't begin reporting Showtime ratings separate from Showtime Plex until 2004).
That figure also represents a 67% increase over the Oct. 1, 2006, series premiere (603,000 viewers) and is nearly on par with the first-season finale in December (1.1 million), which aired at 10 p.m. This season, "Dexter" has moved to 9 p.m., where it airs opposite shows including ABC's "Desperate Housewives".
Showtime has been putting a lot of promotional muscle behind "Dexter" ahead of its second-season bow -- including turning the water red in fountains nationwide. »
1 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On the Warner Bros. TV-produced Chuck, Lee will play Harry Tang, an Internet store employee.
Lee, who co-stars on Showtime's Dexter as wisecracking forensic expert Vince Masuka, is repped by Stone Manners and McGowan Management. »
The U.S. Television Critics Association has named fantasy superhero drama Heroes its TV program of the year. Other winners at an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday were American football drama Friday Night Lights - which scooped the Outstanding New Show prize and the U.S. version of the The Office, which won Best Comedy. The full list of winners is as follows: Program Of The Year: Heroes; Outstanding New Program: Friday Night Lights; Outstanding Achievement In Drama: The Sopranos; Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: The Office; Outstanding Achievement In News & Information: Planet Earth; Outstanding Achievement In Children's Programming: Kyle XY; Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Mini-Series & Specials: Planet Earth; Individual Achievement In Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Individual Achievement In Drama: Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Heritage Award: The Sopranos; Career Achievement: Mary Tyler Moore. »
Another NBC rookie, "Friday Night Lights", took home outstanding new program, while "The Office" grabbed outstanding achievement in comedy for the second consecutive year. Alec Baldwin won the peacock's fourth trophy for individual achievement in comedy.
"The Sopranos" also had a strong showing at the TCA Awards, which was held by the Television Critics Assn. at the Beverly Hilton. The HBO series was awarded outstanding achievement in drama and the Heritage Awards, which salutes long-running programs with "a lasting cultural or social impact."
Another multiple winner was Discovery Networks' "Planet Earth", which nabbed outstanding achievement in news and information and outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials.
An online leak about the Primetime Emmy Award finalists in the comedy and drama series categories raised questions Monday about the security and future of the Emmy voting process.
When TheEnvelope.com posted the list of the top 10 finalists in each category during the weekend, citing multiple judges who were screening the series as sources, it also shed light into this year's voting process.
According to the site, the drama finalists are ABC's Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy and Lost; NBC's Friday Night Lights and Heroes; Fox's House and 24; Showtime's Dexter; and HBO's Rome and The Sopranos. The comedy finalists, according to the site, are ABC's Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty; NBC's My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs and 30 Rock; CBS' Two and a Half Men; HBO's Entourage and Extras; and Showtime's Weeds.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which oversees the Primetime Emmy Awards, declined comment on the accuracy of the lists.
It is unclear whether ATAS is planning to launch an investigation into the sources of the leak. But in a statement, the academy pointed out that all Emmy judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. »
Dexter, which returns for a second season Sept. 30, centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a likable Miami police forensics expert who is also a serial killer. In four episodes, Williams will play the mother of Dexter's girlfriend, Rita Bennett (Julie Benz), and she is not fooled by his boyish charm.
"Nip/Tuck's" upcoming fifth season centers on Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) as they try to rebuild their plastic surgery practice, McNamara/Troy, in Los Angeles. In at least three episodes, model-turned-actress Hutton will play a Hollywood publicist who will bring her star client to McNamara/Troy to get work done. »
Murray will portray Lila, an artist and former addict who becomes a close ally and friend to Dexter (Michael C. Hall), a likable Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer of criminals. Lila is described as wild, unconventional, smart and daring and someone who plays by her own rules.
Murray will appear in 10 of the 12 episodes in Dexter's second season.
For Dexter's upcoming season, the series will be partnered with fellow drama Brotherhood. Dexter, the network's top-rated drama series, will air at 9 p.m. Sundays, serving as a lead-in to Brotherhood at 10 p.m.
The scheduling is part of a new Showtime strategy to build on the past year's momentum by using its top-rated series as lead-ins. Similarly, the network's top-rated comedy series, Weeds, will serve as a lead-in to the new comedy Californication, starring David Duchovny, when it returns for its third season Aug. »
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