Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox, Talks New Episodes of 24, NEW GIRL Landing the Post-Super Bowl Slot, and GLEE

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After releasing its new primetime schedule, Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, held a conference call to talk about some of the changes and additions that were made.  Even though a number of new drama series and comedies were announced, most of the attention seems to be focused on the return of 24, likely to return in May as a compressed 12-episode run that, if successful, could become a more regular event on the network.

During the interview, Reilly also talked about how they’re going to approach their comedy block this year, why New Girl gets the post-Super Bowl slot, and where Gleewill be heading in the next two seasons.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Up in Finale, ELEMENTARY Hits Series Low, BIG BANG THEORY Down

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season—and possible series—finale of NBC’s Community hit a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 3.14 million viewers, which is up a tenth from last week’s 1.2 rating.  Though the show is still very much on the bubble for renewal, the latest word is that NBC might actually pick the show up for another season after all.
  • CBS’ Elementary fell to a new series low with a 1.8 rating and 9.15 million viewers, dropping two tenths from last week’s series low 2.0 rating.  Nevertheless, the better-than-it-has-to-be Sherlock Holmes show has already been renewed for a second season.
  • Elsewhere at CBS, The Big Bang Theory dropped three tenths from last week’s 4.9 rating to a 4.6 rating and scored 15.7 million viewers.  Despite the drop, the comedy juggernaut still managed to stand way above anything else on television for the night.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, May 9th, including Hannibal, Glee, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY and PARKS AND REC Rise, HANNIBAL Matches Series Low

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s Community saw a healthy rise from last week’s series low, as last night’s episode hit a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.8 million viewers. That’s up 20% over last week’s 1.0 rating.
  • Also up was the season finale of Parks and Recreation, which hit a 1.5 rating and 2.89 million viewers for a 15% rise over last week’s season low 1.3 rating.  However, the rating was down 12% from last year’s season finale’s 1.7 rating.
  • The swell new NBC drama series Hannibal continues to struggle a tad, as last night’s episode notched a 1.0 rating and 2.51 million viewers, matching last week’s series low.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, May 2nd, including The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: HANNIBAL Drops, BIG BANG THEORY Hits Season Low, COMMUNITY Ties Series Low

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in, and the networks faced a sharp drop in viewership against the NFL Draft.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s fantastic new drama series Hannibal sadly saw another drop in ratings, as last night’s episode hit a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.4 million viewers.  That’s down four tenths from last week’s 1.4 rating.
  • Even though CBS stalwart The Big Bang Theory drew more total viewers than all of NBC’s programming combined (yes, really), the show hit a season low rating of 4.2 for a drop of a full ratings point from its last originals’ 5.2 rating.  Nevertheless, the comedy dominated the night with 14.38 million viewers.
  • Back over at NBC, though, a Jim Rash-penned episode of Community notched a series low 1.0 rating and 2.4 million viewers.  A sad fate for what was by far the best episode of an uneven season.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, April 25th, including Parks and Recreation, Person of Interest, Scandal, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

GLEE Renewed For Fifth and Sixth Seasons

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Glee fans have something new to sing about: Fox has announced it will be renewing its “genre-defying” (or logic-defying, if you prefer) series for two more seasons.  For four years the show has been the only successful scripted musical series on the air, selling oodles of music and capitalizing on the current singing crazy (look no further for proof than the success of American IdolThe Voice and others).  Though some of its original cast have now graduated (but are still regulars) from the show’s high school setting, the series continues to comment, with varying degrees of savvy, on hot-button topics like bullying and gun violence in schools.  Knowing Ryan Murphy, there will be plenty more of that to come.

Glee, created by Murphy, stars Lea MicheleChris ColferMatthew MorrisonCory MonteithJane Lynch and Naya Rivera, and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Thursday TV Ratings: PARKS AND RECREATION and COMMUNITY Up; HANNIBAL Dips

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Two excellent episodes of Parks and Recreation (watch Patton Oswalt’s brilliantly nerdy 8-minute outtake right here) marked an uptick for the NBC comedy, hitting a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.34 million viewers and a 1.7 rating and 3.25 million viewers.  That’s a 13% rise from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • Also up was the Christmas episode of Community, which scored a 1.3 rating and 3.19 million viewers for a rise of 8% over last week’s 1.2 rating.
  • Unfortunately, the fantastic new drama series Hannibal was down 18% from last week’s 1.7 rating, hitting a 1.4 rating and 3.5 million viewers.  Seriously, this show is great.  Give it a shot, folks!
  • Over on Fox, Glee garnered a 2.2 rating and 6.39 million viewers, which is down 8% from last week’s 2.4 rating.
  • Finally, on The CW, The Vampire Diaries hit a 0.9 rating and 2.14 ratings for a 25% drop from its last original episode’s 1.2 rating, and Beauty and the Beast was even with a 0.6 rating and 1.6 million viewers.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY and GLEE Rise, HANNIBAL Holds Steady [Updated]

by     Posted 1 year, 7 days ago

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s puppet episode of Community finally marked a rise in ratings for the NBC sitcom.  The show notched a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.96 million viewers, which is up two tenths from last week’s series low rating of 1.0.
  • A school shooting-centered installment of Glee hit a 2.4 rating and 6.8 million viewers for a significant rise of four tenths from its last original episode’s 2.0 rating.
  • The second episode of NBC’s excellent new drama series Hannibal was even with last week’s premiere rating of 1.6 and scored 4.34 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, April 11th, including the season finale of Go On, Parks and Recreation, and more. [Update: In adjusted ratings numbers, Hannibal actually scored a 1.7 rating and 4.37 million viewers, which is up a tenth from last week.]

Thursday TV Ratings: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and GREY’S ANATOMY Up, COMMUNITY Even with Last Week’s Series Low

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The TV ratings for Thursday’s limited programming are in.  There weren’t too many original episodes due to the start of NCAA’s March Madness.

  • NBC’s Community was even with last week’s performance, tying its series low with a 1.1 rating and 3.02 million viewers, while 1600 Penn earned a 0.9 rating and 2.54 million viewers and a series-low 0.8 rating and 2.29 million viewers with its two new episodes.
  • ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy rose 12% from last week’s series low 2.6 rating, hitting a 2.9 rating and 9.11 million viewers.  Scandal was even with its last original episode’s 2.7 rating and scored 8.57 million viewers.
  • Over at The CW, The Vampire Diaries notched a 1.2 rating and 2.55 million viewers, which is up 9% from last week’s 1.1 rating.  Beauty and the Beast was also up, hitting a 0.7 rating and 1.77 million viewers for a rise of 40% over last week’s 0.5 rating.
  • Finally, Fox’s Glee was even with last week’s 2.0 rating and garnered 5.89 million viewers.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Hits Another Series Low, PARKS AND RECREATION Up, GLEE Drops

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s Community hit another series low last night, scoring a 1.0 rating and 2.61 million viewers.  That’s down half a ratings point from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • On the other hand, another excellent episode of Parks and Recreation saw a rise in viewership with a 1.6 rating and 3.01 million viewers.  That’s up two tenths from the last original episode’s 1.4 rating.
  • Over on Fox, Glee saw a pretty dramatic dip as it scored a 2.0 rating and 5.46 million viewers for a drop of four tenths from last week’s 2.4 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, March 14th, including The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, 1600 Penn, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Suffers Huge Drop for Series Low, ZERO HOUR Premieres with Record Low, SCANDAL Eclipses GREY’S ANATOMY

by     Posted 1 year, 63 days ago

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Thursday night’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • It wouldn’t be Community without drama.  Following last week’s promising numbers for the show’s long-delayed season four premiere, the comedy fell hard last night with a 1.1 rating in the demo and 2.75 million viewers.  That’s down a whopping 42% from last week’s premiere, but it’s also important to note that TV viewing as a whole was down last night in lieu of the Valentine’s Day holiday.
  • The series premiere of ABC’s Zero Hour (read Allison’s recap here) didn’t drum up much interest.  The Anthony Edwards-led mystery adventure drama scored a 1.3 rating and 6.29 million viewers, which is ABC’s lowest rated premiere in the 18-49 demo ever.  On the bright side, it scored the second most-watched series premiere this year behind The Following.
  • ABC’s soap Scandal surpassed lead-in Grey’s Anatomy for the first time ever, scoring a 2.8 rating in the demo versus Grey’s’ 2.7 rating.  The show netted 8.04 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, February 14th, including The Big Bang Theory, Glee, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: 30 ROCK Goes Out on a High Note, DO NO HARM Flatlines in Debut, BIG BANG THEORY Slips

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Thursday evenings TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The splendid series finale of 30 Rock notched the show’s largest audience in two years and highest ratings since March of 2012, with a 1.9 rating and 4.8 million viewers.  That’s up half a ratings point from last week’s 1.4 rating.  Blimpies!
  • NBC’s new series Do No Harm, on the other hand, was a rather massive failure, as the show’s 0.9 rating and 3.13 million viewers scored the lowest-rated in-season premiere of any Big 4 network scripted program ever.  Makin’ history, folks.
  • Coming off a couple of insane series highs, The Big Bang Theory finally came back down to earth with a 5.3 rating and 17.51 million viewers versus its last original episode’s 6.4 rating.  Alas, the show was still the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, January 31st, including Two and a Half Men, The Vampire Diaries, The Office, Elementary, and more.

Executive Producer Dante Di Loreto Talks GLEE, the Valentine’s Day Episode, and Graduating Characters

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Glee, the musical comedy about a group of ambitious and talented kids who escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club that helps them find strength in their own voice, returns with new episodes on January 24th.  As part of the TCA Press Tour, the press was invited out to the set to talk about what fans can expect from the rest of Season 4 and the direction things might take, in the future.

During the interview, executive producer Dante Di Loreto talked about what’s in store for Valentine’s Day, that more of the characters will be graduating by the end of this season and will continue to go off to different places, figuring out how best to balance and share screen time with so many characters, and how they’d love to do another concert tour, if they could find the time.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Chris Colfer Talks STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, Does He See Himself More as a Writer or an Actor, GLEE, and More

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Struck by Lightning, a film deeply indebted to the written word, advocates not so much for the quality of writing but for the action itself.  Writing in the film becomes an act of catharsis for its characters, regardless of literary talent. Chris Colfer (best known as Kurt on Glee) stars as Carson Philips, a know-it-all wannabe high school journalist.  To get into the college of his dreams (North Western) and to boost his resume, Philips blackmails his classmates into contributing articles for his newfound literary magazine.  The film is a passion project for Colfer, beginning life as a one-man high school play (Colfer played every single role), now transitioning into a fairly good film and to top it off – becoming it’s own tie-in novel (which is the second novel the New York Times Bestselling Colfer’s written).  It’s fitting that a film so in love with the power of writing covers such a gamut of literary fields.

In the following interview with Chris Colfer, he discusses the first thing he ever wrote, how he approaches writing a novel versus a film and what’s next for him on Glee. For the full interview, hit the jump.

FOX Exec Kevin Reilly Talks Dual Storylines on GLEE, Pairing BONES and THE FOLLOWING, and More; Says IN LIVING COLOR Reboot Is Dead

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up.  During this interview, he talked about the impact that recent violent events will have on his decision-making process, as they go into pilot season, the status of the In Living Color reboot, how he feels the dual stories are going on Glee, why they’re pairing up Bones with The Following on Monday nights, and that they definitely plan to continue developing genre shows, after the end of Fringe.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Chris Colfer Talks STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, Chances of Adapting His Book THE LAND OF STORIES Into a Movie, and GLEE

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The indie dramedy Struck by Lightning, written by Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt Hummel on the Fox series Glee) and directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved!), tells the story of high school senior Carson Phillips (Colfer), who masterminds a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school, that he carries out with his best friend, Malerie (Rebel Wilson).  With a mother (Allison Janney) who’s falling apart and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney) who suddenly shows back up in his life, Carson’s path to greatness seems like it’s getting further and further out of reach.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to Chris Colfer, in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable interview, about deciding to write a movie script at the age of 16, having always been a very driven person when it comes to his career, that the finished product is pretty close to the structure of his original script, how nervous he was about finding a director, and getting to explore the character deeper in the companion novel, Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal.  He also talked about his writing process, what being a best-selling author means to him, that he’s currently writing the sequel to his children’s fantasy The Land of Stories, what’s most surprised him about his journey on Glee, and whether he could ever see himself directing.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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