16 items from 2007
Arrested Development -- Jason Bateman continues to be asked about the possibility of a Bluth family reunion. He told ReelzChannel that the prospect is still "on the table." Michael Cera said that, though he'd be willing to be a part of an Arrested Development movie, he wasn't aware of any progress or specific plans.
Star Trek -- Rumors have been circulating that George Takei will be making a cameo as an elder Captain Sulu in J.J. Abram's upcoming Trek movie. Nice as that may have been, it's been confirmed that this rumor is false.
In related Star Trek movie news, Leonard Nimoy is scheduled to film his Mr. Spock scenes nest week. A trailer for the upcoming film is expected to start running in theaters with Abrams' Cloverfield movie beginning January 18, 2008.
Moonlight and The Big Bang Theory -- Speaking at the Ubs Global Media & Communications Conference, CBS President Les »
4 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
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. »
28 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The penultimate episode of this season's Dancing (24.7 million, 6.2 rating/15 share in adults 18-49) easily was the night's top show in viewership and the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the highest rating of the season or Dancing, which has helped ABC carry Monday night and launch the new sitcom "Samantha Who?"
With only an hour of Dancing, Samantha (12.6 million, 4.1/9) managed to stand well on its own but ABC suffered a sharp decline with the return of Notes From the Underbelly (8.2 million, 2.9/7), though it was up from last year's season premiere (2.4/7).
21 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
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. »
20 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Roth will be feted at the professional group's 45th Annual Publicists Awards Luncheon, set for Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton.
"Peter Roth has an exceptional record," said Henri Bollinger, the ICG Publicists' awards committee chairman. "Under his leadership, Warner Bros. Television and Warner Horizon Television are producing a combined 31 programs for the 2007-2008 season."
The tally includes 25 broadcast network shows and six for basic cable, Bollinger noted.
Among Warner Bros. Television's new broadcast network programs are one-hour series Pushing Daisies, Chuck, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Gossip Girl, Big Shots and Moonlight, as well as the half-hour comedy The Big Bang Theory.
14 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Leading out of powerhouse Dancing With the Stars, Samantha (14.3 million, 4.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49) was up slightly week-to-week, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Dancing ( 21.8 million, 5.2/13) was up 6% week-to-week between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Dancing was the top show of the night in adults 18-49, just edging out NBC's Heroes (11.1 million, 5.1/12), which had its best performance in four weeks. Two and a Half Men ( 14.2 million, 5.0/11) was up slightly from last week while Rules of Engagement (11.5 million, 4.2/10) was up as well. Fox's K-Ville (4.7 million, 1.6/4) couldn't keep up the momentum from Prison Break ( 7.2 million, 3.1/8) an hour earlier.
7 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Dancing with the Stars was the night's top show in both key measures with 21 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday afternoon by Nielsen Media Research. It was down only slightly from week to week but still ahead of everything else, although CBS's Two and a Half Men (14.1 million, 5.0/11) tied it in rating if not in share.
ABC's freshman Samantha Who (18.3 million, 5.0/11) also tied in the demo although it would take until final ratings are released to see how the shows end up. But in any event, it was a continued strong performance from Samantha Who, which last week scored a 4.5/10 in adults 18-49.
CBS showed improvement earlier in the evening, with How I Met Your Mother (8.9 million, 3.4/9) and Big Bang Theory (9.7 million, 3.8/9) up week-to-week and Two and a Half Men and Rules of Engagement (11 million, 4.0/9) roughly even with last week. »
31 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Previous shows had a tough time keeping crowds after "Dancing", but that wasn't the case with "Samantha" (15.4 million, 4.9/11), according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Samantha" not only retained an impressive amount of the "Dancing" audience but also improved 12% in viewership and 8% in adults 18-49 week to week. "Dancing" (21.6 million, 5.3/14) was about even in viewership but down slightly in adults 18-49.
NBC's "Chuck" (7 million, 2.7/7) and "How I Met Your Mother" (8.5 million, 3.3/9) were down slightly while "The Big Bang Theory" (8.9 million, 3.6/9) was up a tenth of a point, all in the 8 p.m. hour.
CBS' "CSI: Miami" (15.2 million, 4.8/12) was up 9% from last week, ABC's "The Bachelor" (10.6 million, 3.8/10) jumped 15% compared with last week while NBC's sci-fi drama "Journeyman" (5.9 million, 2.4/6) stayed steady. »
30 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Dan Limerick has been upped to senior vp business affairs at Warner Bros. TV.
Limerick serves as WBTV's point person and lead business affairs negotiator for a number of its high-profile producers, including J.J. Abrams and Chuck Lorre, as well as Tom Werner Good's Humor TV. He also serves as the studio's business affairs rep on series Smallville, Two and a Half Men, One Tree Hill, Notes From the Underbelly, The Big Bang Theory and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles. Limerick continues to report to Brett Paul, WBTV's exec vp business affairs, operations and finance.
"Dan made an immediate impact from the day he arrived," Paul said. "He is a quick study and has that wonderful ability to digest complicated issues and articulate them simply, while at all times keeping his eye on the ultimate goal of finding a common ground to make a fair deal."
Limerick joined WBTV in 2002 as director business affairs and was promoted to vp in 2004. »
23 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Moonlight, which centers on an immortal private investigator (Alex O'Loughlin) from Los Angeles, joins CBS freshman drama Cane, which has received an order for four scripts .
CBS' other freshman series, the comedy The Big Bang Theory, received a full-season pickup last week. »
19 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
ABC and CBS ordered nine additional episodes from each series, bringing the total for both Practice and Bang to 22 episodes.
Additionally, CBS has handed out a back-nine order to drama The Unit, now in its third season.
The ABC Studios-produced Practice, a spinoff of the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy, has emerged as the highest-rated new series this season among adults 18-49.
Practice and Bang join Gossip Girl, which received a full-season pickup last week. »
26 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
NEW YORK -- After a near-summerlong hiatus from the top of the ratings heap, ABC waltzed back to the lead with the return of Dancing With the Stars, while NBC's Heroes came back to win in adults 18-49.
The night's ratings winners were ABC's lineup and NBC's Heroes, but the same couldn't be said for the premieres of Chuck and especially Journeyman. CBS saw several shows drop, including a record low adults 18-49 rating for CSI: Miami, while The Big Bang Theory opened OK, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.
ABC was the only network of the Big Four to show premiere-night increases in both viewership and adults 18-49 for the entire night, thanks to Dancing (21.2 million, 5.8 rating/15 share in adults 18-49) between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dancing was up year-to-year from last fall (20.2 million, 5.7/15) but down compared with the spring (21.8 million, 6.4/16).
Heroes (14.1 million, 6.5/15) won the 9 p.m. hour in viewership and the demo, though it bowed to the last half-hour of Dancing in viewership. Heroes was even in viewership compared with last year's season premiere but was up in adults 18-49 from the premiere's 5.9/14. »
21 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Geeks continue to be a hot commodity at the broadcast networks. On the eve of the hyped premieres of NBC's Chuck and CBS' The Big Bang Theory -- both with nerds at the center -- ABC has picked up Foobar, a one-hour ensemble from filmmaker Alice Wu set at a fictional software company.
The project, which has received a script commitment, hails from Sony Pictures TV and Original Films.
"It's a show about a lot of very smart, highly verbal people who are relationship retards running one of the most admired companies in the world," Wu said.
She knows those people well because she is one of them. Before venturing into filmmaking, Wu worked as a software developer at Microsoft.
After a couple of internships at the software company, Wu started there in 1992 after graduating from Stanford with a master's in computer science.
"There is something very special about coming out of school and starting your adult life in that environment where you live, breathe and do everything together," said Wu, who hopes to translate that coming-of-age feel to her first TV project. »
4 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Gilbert is set to do a multiepisode arc on the Warner Bros. TV-produced "Big Bang", which revolves around Leonard (Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), two socially inept physicists who befriend their new pretty neighbor (Kaley Cuoco).
Gilbert will play a love interest for Leonard. She is a fellow physicist who works with him, and the two attempt to date.
On "Roseanne", Gilbert and Galecki's characters, Darlene Conner and David Healy, had an on-again, off-again relationship until tying the knot in the penultimate season's finale.
Gilbert's role on the long-running ABC sitcom earned her two Emmy nominations.
Gilbert, who gave birth to a girl a month ago, has been recurring on NBC's veteran medical drama "ER," also from WBTV. She is repped by the Gersh Agency and Framework Entertainment. »
NEW YORK -- CBS is rolling the dice on a casino-based musical and several other unconventional series the network unveiled Wednesday, with the intent to shake up the network's stodgy sensibility.
Viva Laughlin, a drama that features gamblers belting out pop tunes, is just one example of how CBS wants to draw outside the chalk lines of a schedule already stocked with crime procedurals, albeit shows comprising the industry's most stable lineup. Other edgy dramas come in the form of Cane, a Scarface-esque epic starring Jimmy Smits, and Moonlight, a Joel Silver production featuring a lovelorn vampire detective.
"Our strong, solid schedule allows us to push the envelope next fall," CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves said at the opening of the network's upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall.
The entire presentation was a relatively slim 75 minutes, with none of the elaborately pretaped skits Madison Avenue has come to expect from CBS.
Some comic relief came from customized video snippets featuring the melodramatic line readings of CSI: Miami star David Caruso. He set up scheduling announcements with howlers like, "Monday's so bright you gotta wear shades," before walking out onstage, joining CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.
Five new series -- four dramas and one comedy -- will join CBS' schedule in the fall, with at least two more slated for midseason.
Like NBC, CBS opted not to open a second comedy night, adding its sole new half-hour series, The Big Bang Theory, to the network's established comedy block at 8:30 p.m. Monday, sandwiched between How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. However, the network is still considering single-camera pilots I'm in Hell and The Captain for midseason.
The most-talked-about CBS program next season might come on the unscripted side: Kid Nation, a new franchise in which 40 children spend 40 days without their parents trying to organize their own society in an abandoned ghost town. The series is being slotted in the 8 p.m. Wednesday slot left open by Jericho, a first-year drama CBS has opted not to bring back.
An even more provocative series is being held over for midseason: Swingtown, a 1970s-era drama originally intended for cable that will depict swinging couples. »
CBS is swinging for the fences on the drama side and staying close to tradition on the comedy side.
On Monday, the network picked up four drama pilots to series: the musical mystery Viva Laughlin, the partner-swapping period drama Swingtown, the vampire crime drama Moonlight and the Latin family drama Cane.
On the returning front, CBS is close to bringing back the freshman comedy Rules of Engagement and the sophomore sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. Christine, which saw its ratings soften when it was moved from 9:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, is rumored to get a 13-episode midseason order.
16 items from 2007
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