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You’re probably incredibly confused right now with my lead-in image. Don’t worry, it will all make sense by the time you get to the end…
“Time Shifting” is when a viewer watches a television program after its original air time. It’s the proverbial thorn in the side of advertisers. If people are not exposed to the advertising planted in the commercial spots when a TV show is aired, the ads don’t work (because people skip them when watching the show later). Then the money that pays for TV series doesn’t come in, and our favorite shows get canceled.
In other words, right now - it’s a bad thing.
Nielsen has embraced the fact that we no longer watch television programs when they are initially broadcast, and it tracks these kinds of parameters. The following statistics deal with time-shifted viewings that take place within 7 days »
- Bruce Simmons
In My Name Is Bruce, Bruce Campbell plays a cult movie icon who just happens to share his name, face, and résumé. But let's get one thing straight: Campbell, who also directed, didn't make the film as an ego-stroking tribute to his own sheer awesomeness. "This movie is not an ode to myself, as some have asserted," he says, chuckling, "because if it was, what a lousy self-image I must have." The alternate-universe Campbell lives in a ramshackle trailer, drinks cheap whiskey from his dog's bowl, and ekes out a living appearing in low-budget trash like Cave Alien 2. But when a teenage fanboy (Taylor Sharpe) recruits him to save the small town of Gold Lick, Ore., from a vengeful god of war, the actor must step up and prove himself a hero.This off-kilter idea was pitched to Campbell by Dark Horse Entertainment president and producer Mike Richardson (Hellboy, 30 Days »
- Sarah Kuhn
As more and more people time shift their viewing habits, watching hit and cult shows at times of their choosing, Nielsen Co. has released their year end top 10 list of shows that gained the most audience as a result of DVR viewing using live + 7 day numbers. There’s little surprise that the Sf genre dominated the list which included Heroes, Lost, and Fringe in addition to popular fare such as Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, and The Mentalist.
Similarly, over in the UK, the BBC marks the first anniversary of the launch of its iPlayer catch-up TV service. According to the Guardian, Doctor Who was the show that had the most use followed by Top Gear. Genre series Merlin, coming to the Us via NBC in 2009, ranked fifth. »
- Robert Greenberger
"Battlestar Galactica" may struggle to find viewers for its Friday night episodes, but it doesn't mean they're not there. A new survey from The Nielsen Co., parent of ratings powerhouse Nielsen Media Research, says "Battlestar Galactica" has by far the largest increase in viewership from those recording episodes and watching it later than any other program on cable (or networks). The audience for "Battlestar Galactica" jumps a whopping 53 percent when viewers who DVR and watch the show within seven days after its initial broadcast are counted, and its competition is not even close. "Burn Notice" on USA tries, but its increase is just 37 percent followed by "Heroes" on NBC, "90210" on The CW and "Sanctuary" on SciFi Channel, which jump 35 percent when timeshifters are counted. »
I’ve had a screener of Bruce Campbell’s new movie, My Name Is Bruce, sitting here for a bit, and I really, really hope to get around to watching it and reviewing it soon. In the meantime, here’s a few words from Campbell about the movie, snipped from the Burn Notice phone press conference I participated in at the beginning of this past summer: Campbell: I have an actual movie called My Name Is Bruce coming out this fall. Q: You directed that one, right? Campbell: Yes, I’m even in it, too, in more than a cameo. Q: Oh cool. How do you like directing? Campbell: I have to prove to the world that I can memorize more than seven lines of dialogue at a time. Q: Can you give us a little preview of that and how you like directing? Campbell: Well it was very difficult »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I posted an item yesterday about Patrick Fischler's upcoming guest role in Season 5 of "Lost." Here's some excellent news -- he won't just be in one Season 5 episode of the ABC drama, as a recent IGN.com story about the show indicated. He'll be in at least two episodes and possibly more, according to a "Lost" source. Fischler's character is named Phil. Fischler, who had a memorable guest turn as comic Jimmy Barrett on "Mad Men," is one of TV's hardest working character actors; he's been on everything from "Burn Notice" to "The Middleman" this year, in addition to »
Some of our best TV shows may be dead and gone but the actors who played the great characters are still around. They're popping up in feature films as well as TV shows like Medium, Burn Notice, Valentine, Grey's Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives.
We're keeping tabs on talented TV show veterans like Julie Benz (Hi Honey, I'm Home!, Dexter), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), Billy Connolly (Head of the Class), Judd Nelson (Suddenly Susan), Lauren Hutton (Falcon Crest), Glenne Headly (Monk), Gary Cole (The West Wing, Family Affair), David Duchovny (The X-Files), Tracy Pollan (Family Ties), Joshua Malina (Big Shots), Kevin McKidd (Journeyman), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Amanda Seyfried (Veronica Mars), Leslea Fisher (Surface), Todd Grinnell (Four Kings), J.D. Walsh (Dharma & Greg), Vince Vieluf (Love, Inc.), Laura Allen (Dirt), Dean Cain (Clubhouse), James Tupper (Men in Trees), and Allison Hossack (Falcon Beach).
To start, Julie Benz (Hi Honey, »
Update Nov. 19: There's more news on Fischler's "Lost" appearance here. Patrick Fischler, who had a memorable role as comic Jimmy Barrett in Season 2 of "Mad Men," will be part of "Lost's" fifth season. Eric Goldman of IGN posted a lengthy report on a recent appearance by "Lost" executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse at a screenwriting conference (don't worry, there are no spoilers in Eric's story). Some general highlights about the upcoming season from that event: Fischler (pictured at right on "Mad Men"; he was also great on "The Middleman" and "Burn Notice" this year) will appear »
"Lost" returns Jan. 21 with a 2-hour season premiere (a 1-hour recap precedes the episode). Here's the Season 5 teaser that ABC has released: I’m not usually a fan of January, but this year, the wintriest of months is shaping up to be quite eventful, TV-wise. Check out what’s happening once we all shake off our post-Christmas lethargy: “24” finally returns Jan. 11 “Battlestar Galactica” returns with its final batch of episodes Jan. 16. “Flight of the Conchords” returns Jan. 18. “Lost” returns Jan. 21. “Burn Notice” returns Jan. 22. “Damages” also returns some time during January (for a bunch »
By Aaron Hillis
In his half-century on this crazy orb, Bruce Campbell -- beloved deadpan star of the "Evil Dead" trilogy, "Bubba Ho-Tep" and USA Network's current hit series "Burn Notice" -- has also been a director and a two-time New York Times best-selling author, but that's not how he's typically described. "I get all kinds of weird titles," says the man himself. "Cult fave. Horror icon. Genre legend. I get them all."
For his second directorial feature, a horror-comedy and love letter to his fans called "My Name is Bruce," Campbell sends up his own persona as a vulgar, womanizing, alcoholic, washed-up dunderhead of an actor named Bruce Campbell, naturally. Confused for one of the two-fisted characters he plays, Bruce is kidnapped by a teenage fanboy in hopes that he'll rid a small town of a resurrected Chinese warlord, with inevitably ludicrous results and multiple Ted Raimi cameos. Campbell »
- Aaron Hillis
We all acknowledge that Hollywood is as much a state of mind as a place on the map. Now, with various states passing film-production incentive measures and independent moviemakers dwelling in all corners of the country, that sentiment has never seemed truer. Understandably, as The New York Times recently noted, there are critics of these programs — increasingly vocal, especially in light of the world's current economic mess. Yet other voices continue to support the basic idea of spreading the tinsel among various towns. In light of today's production climate, Back Stage recently investigated the health (or lack thereof) of five important moviemaking markets around the country.New Mexico: Dawn at the Oasis Casting director Jo Edna Boldin began making forays into New Mexico when the state implemented an attractive film-incentives package — including a 25 percent tax rebate and a loan program offering up to $15 million per project. About three years ago, »
- Mark Dundas Wood
NBC is developing an hourlong drama based on the "do-over" novel "Pretty Little Mistakes," with "Friday Night Lights" showrunner Jason Katims supervising the project from the writing team of Bruce Marshall Romans and Kiersten Van Horne.
"Mistakes," from Universal Media Studios, is based on the novel by Heather McElhatton that lets readers decide which path the female protagonist will take at the end of each chapter. It starts out with a high school graduation, after which the reader makes one of two possible choices -- college or travel -- ultimately leading to 150 possible endings.
The project, which has received a script commitment from NBC, will reflect the readers'-choice sensilbity of the book, but producers are still in the formative stages of working out the logistics.
Katims is attached as an executive producer and will supervise development of the script. Fuse Entertainment's Mikkel Bondensen and Kristen Campo (USA's "Burn Notice") are »
- By Kimberly Nordyke
A director/star vehicle in which the director/star plays himself might be viewed as a vanity project—but anyone who knows Bruce Campbell is unlikely to expect that from My Name Is Bruce. Aimed squarely at the loyal fan base that loves the knowingly vainglorious attitude Campbell brings to both his genre roles and his convention appearances, the movie is a slight but frequently amusing self-deconstruction that, with a 90-minute wink, presents the least flattering portrait of the actor possible.
The Bruce onscreen is an alcoholic has-been who lives in a trailer, insults his co-workers on cheesy sci-fi flicks (other than those females he considers attractive enough to mack on) and doesn’t treat his fans any better. Played by anyone but Campbell, he’d probably be insufferable.
Instead, the actor creates a very funny alter ego and, as My Name’s director (working from a script by Mark Verheiden), brings a light, »
The USA Network has sent a green light to yet another series, this time titled White Collar as it lifts cast contingency for the show. The series, which stars Matthew Bomer of Chuck and Tru Calling and Tim DeKay of Tell Me You Love Me and Carnivale, will also feature director Bronwen Hughes of Burn Notice, Breaking Bad and Forces of Nature. White Collar is created by Jeff Eastin, who also serves as executive producer for the upcoming Fox Television Studios endeavor.
"USA is ramping up its production slate by adding a third pilot to its roster with White Collar," Jackie de Crinis, USA's executive vice president, original programming said in an official statement. "The unique dynamic of Matthew Bomer and Tim DeKay adds two memorable characters to the roster that defines the USA brand."
Okay. Deep breath. Today I am just going to go all-out fangirl, unabashedly, unashamedly. Next week you can ask me to discuss the Bechdel rule or the future of the term "mumblecore." But on Sunday, My Name is Bruce comes to Austin as part of a tour around the country, with its filmmaker-star Bruce Campbell in attendance, and my goofy inner fan is taking the upper hand over the professional film critic.
I realize that My Name is Bruce is unlikely to be one of the great films of the century, or even as fun as Army of Darkness. I'm fine with that. Look, I paid to see Man with the Screaming Brain in a theater (also with Campbell in attendance). I don't care. All of you who would go see anything touched by Joss Whedon, even if he remade an Oscar-Meyer Wiener commercial, can have your sweet revenge on me now. »
- Jette Kernion
Bronwen Hughes (USA's "Burn Notice") is set to direct "Collar," which is from Fox TV Studios and creator/exec producer Jeff Eastin. The project centers on a brilliant con artist (Bomer) who against his will partners with the head of the FBI's white-collar crime unit (DeKay).
USA executive vp original programming Jackie de Crinis praised the two stars.
"They have incredible range in terms of comedy and drama, which is something we always look for in actors," she said.
DeKay most recently was a series regular on the HBO series "Tell Me You Love Me" and "Carnivale."
- By Kimberly Nordyke
The cable channel has renewed both series, giving "Burn" a third-season pickup and "Psych" a Season 4 green light. Each has received a 16-episode order.
In announcing the pickup, USA cited each show's performance in the key adults 18-49 demo over the summer. "Burn" averaged 2.8 million viewers in the demo, while "Psych" pulled in a 2.2 million average.
"Burn," from Fox TV Studios and Fuse Entertainment, stars Jeffrey Donovan as a burned spy operative who finds himself stuck in the tropical paradise of Miami. Matt Nix created the show and exec produces with Mikkel Bondesen and Jeff Freilich.
"Psych," from Universal Cable Prods. and Tagline Pictures, stars James Roday as a police consultant who solves crimes with acute powers of observation. Steve Franks, Kelly Kulchak, Chris Henze and Mel Damski exec produce.
"We're really lucky to have a broad palate of success with two »
- By Kimberly Nordyke
Additionally, Ilsa Berg has joined FtvS as director programming with a focus on digital content.
Loze has been overseeing "Notice" since the pilot, developed USA Network's upcoming pilot "White Collar" and has shepherded drama series "Mental," now shooting in Bogota, Colombia.
Marano originally developed "Notice" with Madden and also has spearheaded FtvS' digital slate, which includes more than a dozen projects. Berg, who comes from Sony Pictures TV International Distribution's mobile team, will help Marano expand the studio's digital foothold. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
We continue our Fall TV Preview with a look at the best shows that Thursday night has to offer... Burn Notice (USA) Airs Thursdays 10/9c, Premieres September 11th The second season of "Burn Notice" is already in full swing. Jeffrey Donovan plays a likable, compelling character named Michael Westen. Westen was »
- FSR Staff
If there is anything I need in my life, it is most certainly not a free venue for watching more television shows that I've avoided getting hooked on over the past few years. Of course, my addiction to Hulu has not helped -- everything from "Burn Notice" to "Life" to »
- Neil Miller
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