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'3 Lbs.' dropped by CBS

29 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A second new CBS drama found an early demise in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot this fall. After the dismissal of Smith, CBS has canceled 3 Lbs. after three low-rated airings. The medical drama starring Stanley Tucci most recently drew 8 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share among adults 18-49. »

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ABC steps to Tues. victory with 'Dancing'

17 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dancing With the Stars and ABC came up big Tuesday, waltzing their way to the nightly win on the penultimate night of competition between Mario Lopez and Emmitt Smith. Meanwhile, CBS had a slow start with medical drama 3 Lbs. in the 10 p.m. hour.

More than 26.8 million people tuned in to the penultimate episode of Dancing from 8-9:30 p.m. and scored a 7.5 rating and 20 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. ABC's new William Shatner-hosted game show, Show Me the Money (12.4 million, 3.8/10), debuted in the 9:30-11 p.m. slot.

Dancing, which had its hourlong finale Wednesday, was far and away the top show on television Tuesday, but CBS put up respectable numbers for NCIS (15.8 million, 4.1/11) from 8-9 p.m. That was not the case for NBC's Friday Night Lights (5.5 million, 2.3/6) or Fox's Standoff (4.6 million, 2.0/5).

The 9 p.m. hour was dominated by the final 30 minutes of fancy footwork on Dancing, but Fox had a strong second place in the demo with House (14.5 million, 6.2/15). »

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ABC steps to Tues. victory with 'Dancing'

15 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dancing With the Stars and ABC came up big Tuesday, waltzing their way to the nightly win on the penultimate night of competition between Mario Lopez and Emmitt Smith. Meanwhile, CBS had a slow start with medical drama 3 Lbs. in the 10 p.m. hour.

More than 26.8 million people tuned in to the penultimate episode of Dancing from 8-9:30 p.m. and scored a 7.5 rating and 20 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. »

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Brain waves spreading as '3 lbs' tips int'l scales

3 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A global brain trust is in the works at CBS Paramount International Television as the drama 3 Lbs, starring Stanley Tucci as a grouchy neurosurgeon, notches up a plethora of worldwide sales to major broadcasters, including the BBC.

The medical drama has not yet debuted on CBS but the buzz that the pilot created during May's Los Angeles Screenings has sparked sales of the series to Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Turkey, Greece, the Netherlands, Australia, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia, among other territories.

3 Lbs (the weight of the average human brain) began life as a pilot for the 2005-06 season that wasn't picked up. The series was then recast and reshot for 2006 season. The pilot became a focal point at the L.A. Screenings -- a pivotal international TV market -- with executive producer Peter Ocko on hand at Paramount Studios to introduce the series to international buyers and talk about the future direction of the show.

"International television buyers are savvy and sophisticated, so the process goes beyond just seeing a great pilot, and that's the reason that we bring the creative talent, including the executive producers, to the L.A. Screenings ... so they can talk to our clients about their vision for the future of the show past what the (buyers) have seen in the pilot," CBS Paramount International Television president Armando Nunez said in an interview Thursday.

Added Ocko: "The brain seems to export well, but I didn't reverse engineer the creative process with international sales in mind. Having said that, I'm a big fan of BBC America and its dramas and I'm sure that some of that seeped in during the creative process."

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CBS, NBC call for backup

12 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS and NBC are bringing in the midseason reinforcements for Tuesday and Wednesday nights with newcomer 3 Lbs. and returning drama Medium, respectively. NBC also is throwing its cards down in the wee hours with plans for an hourlong poker series set to air Monday-Saturday at 2:05 a.m. CBS has slated 3 Lbs. to premiere Nov. 14 in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot previously occupied by Smith, which was canceled last week after three airings (HR 10/9). 3 Lbs., from CBS Paramount Network TV, revolves around the relationship between a rising star brain surgeon (Mark Feuerstein), and the brilliant but unpredictable surgeon he works under (Stanley Tucci). NBC will bring the Emmy-winning drama Medium, starring Patricia Arquette, back to its primetime lineup in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot recently vacated by low-rated serial drama Kidnapped, which has relocated to Saturday. Medium, also from CBS Paramount Network TV, is expected to move into the Wednesday berth by mid November. NBC declined comment. »

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'3 Lbs.' could weigh in early as 'Smith' struggles on CBS

9 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS is looking to bring the midseason drama 3 Lbs. earlier than expected, sources said. The network has ordered four additional scripts of the medical drama starring Stanley Tucci and is considering launching the series next month. The move comes amid a soft start for CBS' freshman series, especially the drama Smith, which was pulled off the schedule Friday after three airings. 3 Lbs., from creator Peter Ocko and CBS Paramount Network TV, centers on the relationship between a rising-star brain surgeon (Mark Feuerstein) and the brilliant but unpredictable surgeon (Tucci) he works under. The show already is in production on its midseason order. CBS is said to be very pleased with the episodes produced so far but is waiting to see more cuts before making a final decision about a November launch. »

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Channel 4 buys Warners, Disney fall series

15 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Channel 4 acquisitions chief Jeff Ford has swooped on a slew of sought-after Los Angeles Screenings' offerings from Warner Bros. and Disney, including the hotly anticipated Aaron Sorkin/Thomas Schlamme comedy-drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and ABC primetime romantic comedy Ugly Betty. Under a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution that also includes rights to upcoming seasons of E.R, Without a Trace and Smallville, Channel 4 has acquired reunion drama The Class, created by Friends co-creator David Crane. The deal with Disney's Buena Vista International Television also sees Channel 4 acquiring Calista Flockhart family drama Brothers & Sisters in addition to Betty, which is based on the hugely successful Columbian telenovela Betty Le Fea. In recent weeks, British buyers have been busily negotiating pickups from this year's L.A. Screenings. The BBC has acquired Fremantle-distributed Falcon Beach as well as 3 lbs. from CBS Paramount, while Sky has purchased Lionsgate's Lovespring International and Hidden Palms. »

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BBC picks up CBS drama '3 Lbs.'

11 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The BBC has picked up the new CBS drama 3 Lbs. starring Stanley Tucci. Though no dollar numbers were disclosed, media reports in London estimated the price at more than $500,000 an episode for the series which features Tucci playing a brilliant but unpredictable brain surgeon. Last month, CBS ordered 13 episodes from the hour drama, whose title refers to the weight of an average human brain, for a midseason launch. A spokeswoman for CBS Paramount International Television in Los Angeles confirmed Friday that the show is going to the BBC, but would not discuss dollar amounts. It is understood that a number of other U.K. broadcasters had bid on the show. This represents the first major US acquisition for the BBC since the British government's stipulation in its charter renewal last year that the pubcaster should avoid bidding wars with other broadcasters for foreign program imports. »

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