16 items from 2015
Ratings for AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” held up pretty well in its second week Sunday, despite tough competition from MTV’s Video Music Awards.
According to Nielsen estimates, Sunday’s episode averaged a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall — down 16% in the demo and 19% in total viewers vs. last week’s premiere, which set all-time ratings records for a cable launch in both adults 18-49 (4.9 rating) and total viewers (10.31 million). The premiere telecast, which aired simultaneously around the world, also set global ratings records for the newly launched AMC Global Networks.
Since the March season finale of Fox’s “Empire” did a whopping 6.9 rating on March 18, the only other ad-supported entertainment series to draw a higher 18-49 same-night rating than last night’s “Fear the Walking Dead” was “The Walking Dead” itself (7.0 and 8.2 for its final two episodes of season five).
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- Rick Kissell
Fear The Walking Dead is just over three weeks away from its premiere, and AMC have begun to kick its marketing campaign into gear. They've released a new 30-second teaser trailer entitled "Lights Out La", which, using time-lapse photography, showcases initial stages of panic, chaos and eventually ruin in Los Angeles as the city succumbs to the spread of the zombie outbreak. Are you looking forward to watching the early days of the zombie apocalypse unfold in this companion series? Sound off with your thoughts below! Fear The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, August 23 at 9 p.m. (Est/Pst) on AMC. »
Nirvana fans will be able to hear a previously unreleased song that Kurt Cobain wrote when the documentary, Montage of Heck, gets a widespread theatrical re-release on August 7th. Filmmaker Brett Morgen mixed in the tune – without re-editing what people saw in the film's HBO broadcast – though he would not say where in the movie it would play in an interview with Billboard. "I don't want to get people out there bootlegging it on their cell phones," he said.
The untitled song comes off a demo cassette, one of over »
The modern TV landscape is packed to the gills with incredible content — and yet, despite all the new shows available to us with the tap of a trackpad, we can’t help obsessing over shows that have long been off the airwaves.
In our new “Throwback Thursday” feature, we’ll be revisiting series that aired their finales months (or years!) ago, along with a photo gallery that will turn your nostalgia up to 11. First up? Sons of Anarchy.
Sure, the gritty FX drama only took its final ride last December, »
ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud wrapped its revival run on Sunday with 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating, steady week-to-week and topping the night in both measures.
Leading out of that, the BattleBots finale (4.6 mil/1.4) and Save My Life: Boston Trauma (3.4 mil/0.9) each dipped a tenth.
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* CBS’ Big Brother (5.9 mil/1.8) drew its largest Sunday audience of the summer while steady week-to-week in the demo.
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* NBC’s double pump of Welcome to Sweden (1.2 mil/0.3, 1.1 mil/0.2) dipped a tenth with its second half-hour. »
FX’s streak has ended. Following lukewarm reviews and lackluster ratings, FX has opted not to proceed with a second season of comedy The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. This marks the first FX live-action original series since the 2011 Lights Out not to get a second season and the first live-action comedy since the 2008 Testees. (The tally does not include the 10-90 comedies Partners and Saint George, which were acquisitions done under a different business… »
At Comic-Con, I recently joined the press room for A&E's The Omen sequel series, Damien, where, along with a handful of journalists, I caught up with writer/executive producer Glen Mazzara and cast members Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, and Scott Wilson, who discussed the upcoming adult Antichrist series.
Glen Mazzara on the tone of the show:
"It is realistic, we're using the original 1976 film as the source not only of the story but of the style of filmmaking. That film was very grounded, it felt like it was taking place in the world and so we're trying to follow that, you know? I think that's what makes the horror play. If you feel that it's real. Once something becomes very involved, very dependent on special effects, I tend to feel not as frightened, to tell you the truth. So we're trying to stay as realistic feeling as possible.
- Derek Anderson
"I imagine you don't remember much... that'll change." Through The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has unleashed a new trailer for Damien, the sequel series to 1976's The Omen.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for Comic-Con interviews with the cast and crew of Damien.
Damien details: "The series stars Bradley James as Damien Thorn (“Merlin,” “Homeland”), along with Oscar® nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon A Time”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”) and Meganlyn Echikunwoke (“House of Lies”).
“Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny. Omid Abtahi portrays Amani Golkar, »
- Derek Anderson
Clear will oversee day-to-day operations at Atomic Monster, where Wan has a first-look deal with New Line. He was a VP for Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass.
Wan said the hire will lead to increased activity at Atomic Monster: “Michael is a savvy decision-maker and a dynamic executive. He and I have a similar taste in films, and I’m looking forward to working with him to jump start our production slate.”
- Dave McNary
Just a few weeks after the upcoming TV series Damien went from Lifetime to A&E, the show's new network home has released the first trailer, giving us our first dark look at Damien Thorn, played by Bradley James (Merlin, Homeland). The series is based on the 1976 classic horror film The Omen, following his life as an adult as he must come to grips with the haunting events of his past. Production is currently under way in Toronto on the 10-episode first season, debuting sometime next year on A&E.
Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has »
"An 18th century explorer sets out on an epic journey to map the forbidden uncharted lands of Transylvania only to discover its dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical forest."
"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe. »
- Derek Anderson
A&E continues to become a small screen horror hub. Not long after the network announced they are moving forward on a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In, A&E has now revealed that they will air The Omen sequel series, Damien. The follow-up show to the 1976 horror film was originally going to air on Lifetime, but the series has moved to its sister network and has also seen an increase from six to ten episodes on its first season order:
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) -- "New York, NY— April 29, 2015 — A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series, “Damien.” The hour-long drama from Fox 21 Television Studios and executive producer Glen Mazzara is a follow-up to the classic horror film, The Omen. Currently in production in Toronto, “Damien” will premiere a 10-episode season on A&E, »
- Derek Anderson
The party has gotta end sometime ... and for the sport of volleyball, it's Lights Out ... so says C. Thomas Howell -- who starred in one of the most famous volleyball movies ever! Howell -- who starred in "Side Out" twenty five years ago -- was leaving Lax when he told us the sport bit the dust in the '90s ... along with Walkmen and pagers. Btw, Howell's "Side Out" co-star Peter Horton went on to »
- TMZ Staff
The hefty three-year pact calls for Leight to develop new projects exclusively for the studio. But the deal also allows Leight to continue as showrunner on “Svu” for the coming 2015-16 season.
Leight has been at the helm of “Svu” for Dick Wolf and Universal Television for the past four seasons. He’s steered the long-running show through the departure of original co-star Christopher Meloni and kept it vital anchor series for the Peacock. Sony TV execs spent a long time wooing the hyphenate, but for Leight the deal was contingent on allowing him to stick with “Svu” for at least one more season.
In addition to being an in-demand showrunner, the New York native is an accomplished playwright. He won the Tony Award in 1999 for »
- Cynthia Littleton
Lights Out star Holt McCallany is set as a lead opposite Natalie Martinez in Warrior, NBC's magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David Digilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance… »
Orange Is the New Black star Pablo Schreiber is in final talks to join John Krasinski in director Michael Bay's Benghazi thriller 13 Hours. The project is based on the true story of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack at a U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. The story is adapted from Mitchell Zuckoff's book Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, which recounts the attack.
Pablo Schreiber is playing one of six members of an elite security team who fought to defend the compound. John Krasinski is playing a lead role as a Navy Seal. U.S. Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens was killed in the attack, along with a foreign service worker, with two contract workers also killed in a second attack at a nearby CIA facility. Paramount acquired the rights to Mitchell Zuckoff's book last February, with Michael Bay »
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