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‘Twin Peaks’ Posts Soft Ratings, Drives Record Showtime Streaming Sign Ups
The long-awaited return of “Twin Peaks” may not have been a ratings breakout during its Sunday premiere, but the show will most likely see the lion’s share of its viewership in delayed viewing.
According to Nielsen data, the two-hour premiere averaged 506,000 viewers in its initial airing and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 in live-plus-same day viewing. That is of course a fraction of the 34 million viewers the initial series debut pulled in back in 1990, but that was also before the rise of cable, let alone streaming.
Showtime won’t be sweating those numbers, however. The premium cabler announced that Sunday was the single biggest sign up day for their Showtime streaming service ever. The show also generated 4.7 million total impressions on Twitter, trending both in the United States and worldwide and ranking number one in prime time among all series. In addition, the show has already averaged 1.1 million viewers, when »
- Joe Otterson
Ratings: First Black ‘Bachelorette’ Slips 10 Percent From Prior Season Premiere
ABC won the final Monday of the traditional TV season in the key 18-49 demographic, thanks to the combination of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelorette.” Unfortunately, Rachel Lindsay’s season premiere of the latter slipped 10 percent versus last year in the main demo, and almost 14 percent among total viewers. Both were premiere lows for the reality dating competition. In case you haven’t heard, Rachel is the series first black “Bachelorette” — and it only took 13 seasons. Your turn, “The Bachelor.” NBC topped primetime in total viewers, with Part 1 of “The Voice” finale. Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Predicts »
- Tony Maglio
Amazon Orders ‘Hanna’ Series From NBCUniversal International Studios
David Farr, who wrote the feature film and as well as last year’s “The Night Manager” for the BBC and AMC, will write the new series. The Amazon drama is described as a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama which follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
“From the moment JoAnn Alfano and I saw Hanna it was evident that the film would make an incredible TV series,” said Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios. “Fortunately, David Farr felt there was more Hanna story to tell and wanted to revisit this extraordinary »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss Partners With BBC America for Typhoid Mary Series
BBC America will partner with Moss and Annapurna Television on developing the period drama titled “Fever,” based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant and cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever. She became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she unknowingly spread the disease among several wealthy families in early twentieth century New York.
Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material Phil Morrison, who signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith is currently set to write the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
- Joe Otterson
NBC Cancels ‘Chicago Justice’ After One Season
“Chicago Justice,” the fourth show in the Dick Wolf “Chicago” series, has been canceled after one season and 13 episodes, a source at NBC told TheWrap. Series star Carl Weathers seemed to confirm the news Monday night in response to a tweet praising the show. “Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors,” he tweeted. Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors. #ChicagoJustice #BeLove https://t.co/cleJiBx96f — Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) May 23, 2017 Also Read: NBCU Upfront: Seth Meyers Kills, 'Will & Grace' Rises From the Ashes, »
- Carli Velocci
SundanceTV Releases New Photos of ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’
Four years after the first season, Moss reprises her Golden Globe-winning role as Detective Robin Griffin as she returns to Sydney to piece together her life. She takes on a new case involving an unnamed Asian girl whose body washes up on Bondi Beach. There initially seems to be minimal hope of finding the killer, but upon further investigation, Robin realizes “China Girl” didn’t die alone. Meanwhile, Robin grapples with wanting to find the daughter she gave up at birth and dreading revealing the truth of her conception. Her quest to uncover “China Girl’s” identity brings her closer to secrets of the city and her own heart.
- Rebecca Rubin
Game of Thrones Season 7: The Night King Is Coming in Eerie New Poster
I spy, with my creepy blue eye… Game of Thrones‘ Season 7 poster.
The key art, which HBO released Tuesday, forces viewers to come face-to-face with one of the series’ most dreaded villains: The Night King.
VideosGame of Thrones: Watch the Haunting First Season 7 Teaser Trailer Now
We first saw the White Walkers’ leader in a vision of Bran’s in Season 4. In that season’s finale, we watched him turn Craster’s infant son into a White Walker with just a touch of his finger. He has since appeared in times of great danger and turmoil, such as »
The Long Legacy of Conservative Media’s Assault on Truth: Ailes, Stone, & Bannon (Column)
The death of former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes last week underscored what an epoch we are currently witnessing in modern newsmedia. Ailes’ creation, Fox News, sparked and facilitated a polarization in American media that is unparalleled to this day; Stephen Metcalf, writing in the New Yorker, posited that “Ailes did more to degrade the tone of public life in America than anyone since Joseph McCarthy.” Since his dismissal in July 2016, the network has been embroiled in sexual harassment and racial discrimination lawsuits as well as an ongoing FBI investigation.
More significantly, the network is in hot water with its viewership, too. After years of reigning as the #1 cable news source, in the last few weeks it lost ground to competitors CNN and MSNBC. And last week, for the first time ever, MSNBC took the top slot. MSNBC is not a perfect analogue to Fox News — MSNBC flirts with moderation, while »
- Sonia Saraiya
Donald Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget Would Ax Nea & Public Broadcasting
President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget released today would cut federal spending by $4.5 trillion over the next 10 years and do so by drastically slashing or eliminating social programs like Medicaid and food stamps, student aid and Planned Parenthood. It also proposes scrapping the National Endowment for the Arts and eventually the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps fund PBS and National Public Radio. The plan for Fy 2018, which begins… »
The Scariest Scenes in TV History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: What is the scariest moment or scene on TV?
Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire
Though there are moments within “Penny Dreadful” (the seance) and “The X-Files” (“Home”) that left me spooked, the title for scariest TV scene has to go to the only show to give me nightmares — actual, legitimate nightmares. After watching the first two episodes of “Hannibal,” I woke up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat and haunted by a bright red room with blood running down the walls — twice! Two weeks in a row, “Hannibal” ruined my peaceful slumber, and I had to stop watching the show live (and during the night entirely). Each week, »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’: Remembering the News Parody Show That Helped Launch Some of Best Comedies on TV
H. Jon Benjamin is one of the most prolific voice actors working in TV today. As the central character on “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” his growly baritone is as recognizable as it is an instant shot of personality for any character he voices. (Plus, how many actors can claim that their involvement in two shows led to a crossover scene that also doubles as a tribute to David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”?)
Six years ago, Benjamin added to his string of title characters, this time playing a fictional version of himself on the criminally short-lived Comedy Central show “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” Part sketch show, part investigative news team parody, it helped give birth to a wave of comedian-led metashows that yielded some of the best comedies of the decade. It took the “Daily Show” correspondent model familiar to many of the network’s viewers and »
- Steve Greene
‘Lore’: Cathal Pendred Set As A Lead In Amazon Horror Anthology Series
Former Ufc fighter-turned-actor Cathal Pendred is set for a lead role in Amazon's adaptation of the horror podcast Lore, which recounts true stories of frightening and paranormal occurrences. Pendred will play Michael Cleary, a real-life character from Irish folklore in the horror anthology series. A cooper who makes barrels for a local creamery, Michael is married to the younger Bridget. When Bridget starts making more money than he does, and starts questioning his… »
Elisabeth Moss to Play 'Typhoid Mary' in BBC America Miniseries Fever
Elisabeth Moss‘ new role is positively infectious.
The Handmaid’s Tale star will play Irish immigrant Mary Mallon, infamously known as “Typhoid Mary,” in a new BBC America miniseries entitled Fever, our sister site Variety is reporting. Moss will executive produce, along with director Phil Morrison (Enlightened) and Mad Men writer Robin Veith, who will pen the adaptation.
RelatedTVLine’s Performer of the Week: The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss
Based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel, Fever tells the story of Mallon, the family cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in 1900s New York. »
Man At Arms Teaches us How to Craft Wonder Woman’s Shield in Real Life
Wonder Woman has a number of awesome “accessories” in her weapons repertoire. While she’s most famously known for her Golden Lasso or “Lasso of Truth,” when you look at her costume there are plenty of other pieces to note. One is her metallic headband. The other is her arm ring. She’s also got those awesome “collar” thingies. But perhaps that most dominant piece in her arsenal is her shield. It is symbolic of freedom as well as rife with text written in her ancient language. And let’s not forget this shield can block some pretty deadly stuff. What if we
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- Nat Berman
Overseas Buyers Flock to L.A. Screenings to Sample Studios’ Offerings
The 2017 broadcast upfront season will be remembered as the year international licensing deals tipped the scales on the fate of numerous series renewals.
Several dramas that were on the bubble from a purely ratings-based standpoint got a new lease on life in part because they rake in licensing money from overseas TV outlets. NBC’s “Blindspot,” “Taken” and “Timeless” were spared the ax at home because they’ve clicked overseas. The same goes for ABC’s “Quantico,” CBS’ “Elementary” and “Hawaii Five-0,” and Fox’s “Gotham” and “Lucifer.”
The growing importance of international revenue to the overall profitability of scripted series has only heightened the profile of the annual L.A. Screenings market. Dozens of TV buyers from around the world are converging on Los Angeles this week for a whirlwind of screenings and sales pitches on studio lots. The focus of the L.A. Screenings is still largely on the broadcast network TV shows that were »
- Cynthia Littleton and Stewart Clarke
Fall 2017-18 Network TV Schedule
Now that we know which shows survived the upfronts, here are the most interesting match-ups on the Fall 2017-18 TV schedule.
ABC will look to launch freshman drama “The Good Doctor” with Freddie Highmore at 10 p.m. on the back of perennial viewership powerhouse “Dancing with the Stars,” putting it up against NBC’s new military drama “The Brave.” Meanwhile, CBS is pairing “The Big Bang Theory” with sitcom “9Jkl” and “Me, Myself and I” with the sophomore season of “Kevin Can Wait.” Fox will move “Lucifer” to Mondays at 8 as the lead-in to the new Marvel series “The Gifted.” The CW will debut its own military drama, “Valor,” at 9 after “Supergirl” in the timeslot previously occupied by “Jane the Virgin.”
ABC is shifting a few of their comedies, moving “Black-ish” to Tuesdays ahead of the new comedy “The Mayor” from “Hamilton’s” Daveed Diggs, which will then lead in to the new one-hour dramedy “The Gospel »
- Daniel Doperalski
L.A. Screenings: What Seven Major Studios Have on Tap
Here’s what seven major studios have on tap during the annual TV market.
CBS Studios Intl.
Big bets are being placed on military dramas “Seal Team,” starring David Boreanaz, and “Valor,” featuring a fresh-faced cast. Summer series “Salvation” also has a military angle (albeit crossed with sci-fi), while both Jeremy Piven’s “Wisdom of the Crowd” and Alan Cumming’s “Instinct” mix crime solving and modern technology. The studio is light on laughs this year, with just one solo-produced comedy: “9Jkl,” based on the life of creator and star Mark Feuerstein.
Disney Media Distribution
Not just one but four new Marvel series will be on display, including the much anticipated “Inhumans” and the youth-skewing “Cloak & Dagger,” “New Warriors” and “Runaways.” And although it’s not based on a comic book, “Grey’s Anatomy” officially becomes a franchise, launching a new as-yet-untitled spinoff. Shonda Rhimes also makes her case with legal drama “For the People,” while »
- Geoff Berkshire
‘Young Sheldon’: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff Trailer Tops 22 Million Views, CBS Says
CBS' trailer for the new fall comedy series Young Sheldon has been racking up views since its debut at the network’s Upfront presentation in New York City on May 17. The trailer for The Big Bang Theory spinoff has been viewed more than 22 million times on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube combined, the network says. The anticipated new comedy follows 9-year-old genius Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) growing up in East Texas with his parents, older brother and twin sister, and… »
‘American Gods’ VFX Gurus On Producing 3,000 Shots In 18 Months
If you ask visual effects designer Kevin Tod Haug and visual effects supervisor David Stump—who also works in a related craft, as a visual effects cinematographer—visual effects in TV tend to be serviceable, at best, due to the simple economics and complex logistics of television production. But as the collaborators will tell you, American Gods is far from your average television series. Featuring more than 3,000 VFX shots put together over the course of 18 months, the… »
Prison Break Sneak Peek: Linc Reveals to Michael Some Secrets of His Own
Thus far in Fox’s Prison Break revival, we’ve gotten up to speed on how Michael spent his seven years as a “dead” man. But what was his big brother Lincoln up to that whole time?
RelatedPrison Break ‘Definitely’ Could Continue On, Says Fox Boss
After all, a few TVLine commenters have wondered aloud, “Where is Sofia?” (as in the girlfriend Linc had at the end of the original series, played by Danay Garcia). And there’s also the matter of the hoodlum who was dogging Lincoln in the revival’s premiere.
In the above sneak peek from »
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