NBC Executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke Talk Hilary Clinton and ROSEMARY’S BABY Miniseries, HANNIBAL, GRIMM, DRACULA, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke took some time to talk about their comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and what’s to come. During this interview, they talked about their upcoming line-up of mini-series – AD: After the Bible, the story of Cleopatra, the life of Hillary Clinton (played by Diane Lane), an updated remake of Rosemary’s Baby, and a new version of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers – the motivations behind moving the production for Revolution from North Carolina to Texas, recognizing that Hannibal really pushes the envelope, why they chose to move Grimm back to Fridays, and just how graphic Dracula will get. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: BREAKING BAD, SPIDER-MAN 2, WALKING DEAD, GAME OF THRONES, REVOLUTION, DRACULA, and More Teased on the Streets of San Diego

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While walking around the Gaslamp district outside Comic-Con this morning, I snapped a ton of pictures of the various movies and TV shows advertising on the sides of buildings and on the street.  While these images barely scratch the surface of what’s about to be unleashed when the Comic-Con doors open at 5pm, for now you can check out some posters for Breaking Bad, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs 2, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and NBC shows like Revolution and Dracula.  Look for a lot more Comic-Con images later today.

Warner Bros. Comic-Con 2013 Bags/Capes Unveiled; Includes GODZILLA, SUPERNATURAL, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and More

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Everyone at Comic-Con gets a swag bag, and it’s ridiculously big.  It’s one of the most visible and ubiquitous objects at the Con, and Warner Bros. has wisely taken ownership of it for years.  The bags are always plastered with advertising for the studio’s TV series and upcoming movies, and this year is no different.  The studio has announced that this year’s bags will feature the shows Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, The Following, Revolution, Supernatural, the Vampire Diaries, Teen Titans Go!, and the classic Batman TV series.  On the movie side, attendees can wear advertising for Godzilla, The LEGO Movie, and 300: Rise of an Empire.  Furthermore, the bags have detachable capes, a feature I can only respond to with this.

Hit the jump to check out images of the TV series bags/capes.  Please note that the bags can be cumbersome, but they also make for good seating on the grass next to Hall H.  The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 – 21st.

THE AVENGERS and BREAKING BAD Lead 39th Annual Saturn Awards

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For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you.  The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover.  For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks.  Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects.  Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film.  Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.  In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.

NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates; PARKS AND RECREATION Gets Hourlong London-Set Opener

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NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall programming, which will kick off on September 23rd.  Briefly:

  • The James Spader-led new crime drama series The Blacklist will premiere on Monday, September 23rd at 10pm, followed by the two-hour season premiere of The Voice.
  • The second season of Chicago Fire kicks off on Tuesday, September 24th at 10pm.
  • Revolution’s second season begins on Wednesday, September 25th in its new timeslot of 8pm.
  • The sixth season of the brilliant comedy series Parks and Recreation will kick off with a special hourlong episode on Thursday, September 26th at 8pm that takes place in London, followed by back-to-back episodes of the new comedy The Michael J. Fox Show at 9pm.
  • The swell tear-inducing drama Parenthood begins its fifth season on Thursday, September 26th in its new 10pm timeslot (aka the “death knell” timeslot).
  • Just in time for Halloween, the third season of Grimm begins on Friday, October 25th at 9pm, followed by the premiere of the new limited series Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers at 10pm.
  • As previously reported, the Dan Harmon-led fifth season of Community will premiere midseason along with season two of Hannibal.

Hit the jump to read the full fall lineup, click here to watch trailers for the network’s new series, and click here to check out the full 2013-14 schedule.

17 Warner Bros. Shows Headed to Comic-Con Including THE BIG BANG THEORY, REVOLUTION, ALMOST HUMAN, BEWARE THE BATMAN, and More

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Warner Bros. is bringing their usual onslaught of TV shows to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  There are the usual suspects The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries, the expected second-year returning programs such as The Following, Arrow, and Revolution, and a bevy of newcomers including Beware the Batman, The Tomorrow People, and Almost Human.  The press release doesn’t say where the programs will land, but my guess is that most will end up in Ballroom 20 (the second largest hall at the San Diego Convention Center) except for The Big Bang Theory, which played in Hall H last year, and the Sunday programming, which is always in Hall H because Ballroom 20 is closed.

Hit the jump for the line-up and more.  The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 -21st.

Monday TV Ratings: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Sees Big Rise, REVOLUTION Drops, CASTLE Ticks Up

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Monday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a look at the original scripted programming for the night:

  • The mother of all reveals occurred on last night’s season finale of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and the episode notched a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.37 million viewers.  That’s up nearly a full ratings point from last week’s season low 2.6 rating.
  • Elsewhere at CBS, 2 Broke Girls hit a 2.9 rating and 8.93 million viewers for a rise of two tenths from last week’s 2.7 rating, Mike & Molly scored a 2.4 rating and 8.32 million viewers for a rise of one tenth from last week’s 2.3 rating, and Hawaii Five-0 was down a tenth from last week with a 1.8 rating and 7.68 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Revolution dropped a tenth from last week’s 2.0 rating to a 1.9 rating and garnered 5.72 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Castle notched a 2.2 rating and 11.26 million viewers, which is up two tenths from last week’s 2.0 rating.
  • Finally, the series finale of The CW’s 90210 was even with last week’s 0.3 rating and scored 620,000 viewers.

NBC Unveils 2013-14 Schedule; Revamps Thursday Nights, Moves REVOLUTION to Wednesdays, Delays COMMUNITY Return

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NBC has announced its schedule for the 2013-14 season, and as expected Thursday has been entirely retooled.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Thursday nights will kick off with Parks and Recreation, followed by new comedies Welcome to The Family, Sean Saves the World, and The Michael J. Fox show.  Parenthood will air in the slightly jinxed 10pm slot.
  • The drama series Revolution has been moved to Wednesday nights at 8pm, Chicago Fire will now air Tuesday at 10pm, and Grimm has been moved back to Friday nights at 9pm.
  • The limited series Dracula will air on Friday nights in the fall, and will be replaced by the pirate drama Crossbones in midseason.
  • The season five premiere of Community has been delayed to an unspecified date and time—surprise, surprise.
  • In order to take advantage of the Winter Olympics ratings boost, new dramas Believe, Crisis, and the aforementioned Crossbones will premiere midseason.
  • Renewal decisions have yet to be made regarding Hannibal and Celebrity Apprentice, but are expected in the next few weeks.
  • As previously reported, Go On, Up All Night, 1600 Penn, Whitney, and Guys with Kids have been cancelled.

Hit the jump to check out the full schedule along with the first trailer for the James Spader-led new drama series The Blacklist.  Check back here on Collider tomorrow to watch trailers for all of NBC’s new shows.

Monday TV Ratings: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Hits Season Low; REVOLUTION Rises

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Monday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a look at the night’s original scripted programming:

  • NBC’s Revolution was up three tenths from last week’s series low 1.8 rating, scoring a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and notching 6.35 million total viewers.
  • CBS stalwart How I Met Your Mother, on the other hand, garnered a season low with a 2.6 rating and 6.94 million viewers.  That’s a drop of one tenth from last week’s 2.7 rating.
  • As for the other CBS sitcoms, Rules of Engagement was even with last week’s 2.1 rating and hit 6.65 million viewers, 2 Broke Girls was flat with last week’s 2.6 rating and scored 7.88 million viewers, and Mike & Molly notched a 2.2 rating and 7.09 million viewers, down two tenths from last week’s 2.4 rating.
  • The CBS drama series Hawaii Five-0 earned a 1.9 rating and 7.82 million viewers, rising two tenths from last week’s series low 1.7 rating.
  • Finally, ABC’s Castle notched a 1.9 rating for a series low and 10.82 million viewers.  That’s down a tenth from last week’s 2.0 rating, which was also a series low.

Monday TV Ratings: THE FOLLOWING and BONES Finales Up, REVOLUTION Ties Series Low

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

  • The season finale of Fox’s The Following (which was quite meta in its predictability) hit a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.77 million viewers.  That’s up 8% from last week’s 2.4 rating.  The show has already been renewed for a second season.
  • Also having its season finale on Fox was Bones, which scored a 2.1 rating and 7.11 million viewers for a rise of one tenth from last week’s 2.0 rating and 11% from last year’s season finale rating of 1.9.
  • NBC’s Revolution, however, tied its series low with a 2.0 rating and 5.81 million viewers.  That’s even with last week’s performance.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Monday, April 29th, including Castle, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, and more.

NBC Renews REVOLUTION, GRIMM, PARENTHOOD, CHICAGO FIRE, and LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT

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NBC has renewed five drama series for next season, all for 22 episodes each.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Revolution – The genre-oriented drama from executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk has been one of the most successful new series on network TV this season, so a renewal seemed likely.
  • Grimm – This one flies under the radar, but Grimm is actually one of the most consistent performers on NBC.  The supernatural series will return for a third season this fall.
  • Parenthood – One of the best-reviewed dramas on television has been a bubble show essentially since its series premiere, but Jason Katims’ ensemble family drama showed much improvement ratings-wise this year.  The series will return for a fifth season this fall.
  • Chicago Fire – The procedural from Law & Order head honcho Dick Wolf got off to a rough start, but quickly became one of the better-performing dramas on the network.  The series will return for a second season this fall.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – The long-running spinoff series has been renewed for a 15th season despite disappointing ratings.

Hit the jump for more, including the status of NBC comedies like Parks and Recreation and Community.

Monday TV Ratings: THE FOLLOWING and CASTLE Rise, REVOLUTION Even

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

  • The penultimate episode of season one of Fox’s The Following saw an uptick in viewership, hitting a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.97 million viewers.  That’s a rise of three tenths from last week’s series low 2.1 rating.
  • Also on Fox, Bones was even with last week’s 1.9 rating and garnered 6.87 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, Castle earned a 2.2 rating and 11.71 million viewers, making it the most watched scripted program of the night.
  • NBC’s Revolution notched a 2.2 rating and 6.24 million viewers, which is even with its last original episode’s performance.
  • The CBS comedy Rules of Engagement hit a series low 1.5 rating and 4.96 million viewers, which is down six tenths from last week’s 2.1 rating.
  • Finally, over at The CW, 90210 scored a 0.3 rating and 590,000 viewers.  That’s up a tenth from last week’s 0.2 rating.

Monday TV Ratings: REVOLUTION and THE CARRIE DIARIES Up, THE FOLLOWING Matches Series Low

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The TV ratings for Monday’s limited original programming are in:

  • Preliminary numbers have CBS’ broadcast of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship between Louisville and Michigan earning a 7.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 20.71 million viewers, which is down a tad from last year’s 7.7 rating for the Kentucky/Kansas game.
  • Over on NBC, a new episode of Revolution hit a 2.3 rating and 6.32 million viewers, which is up a tenth from last week’s series low 2.2 rating.
  • Fox’s The Following was even with last week’s series low, earning a 2.2 rating and 6.21 million viewers.
  • The CW’s The Carrie Diaries garnered a 0.4 rating and 1.07 million viewers, which is up a tenth from last week’s 0.3 rating.

David Lyons and Zak Orth Talk REVOLUTION, What’s Coming Next, Returning Characters, Getting Aaron in on the Action and Who’s Invovled in the Blackout

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After an extended hiatus, the NBC drama series Revolution is back with more action, heightened emotion and even higher stakes.  At its heart, the story is about a family (both blood and otherwise) struggling to stay together in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones and even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever, or so they thought.  Having harnessed the power of the pendant, militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) sets out to obliterate the Rebels, and if they don’t do something fast, they won’t stand a chance.  From executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jon Favreau, the show also stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Daniella Alonso and Tim Guinee.

While at WonderCon, co-stars David Lyons (“Sebastian Monroe”) and Zak Orth (“Aaron Pittman”) spoke at a roundtable about the return of Aaron’s wife, the selfish behavior that’s ahead for Monroe, whether Monroe is truly irredeemable, what it’s been like to have Aaron get in on some of the action, that neither of them get told the big story reveals ahead of time, Aaron’s possible involvement with the blackout, and what’s to come with Monroe’s backstory.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Tracy Spiridakos Talks REVOLUTION, the New Side to Her Character, Charlie’s Loyalties, Fun Between Takes, and More

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revolution-tracy-spiridakos-sliceAfter an extended hiatus, the NBC drama series Revolution is back with more action, heightened emotion and even higher stakes. At its heart, the story is about a family (both blood and otherwise) struggling to stay together in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones and even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever, or so they thought. Having harnessed the power of the pendant, militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) sets out to obliterate the Rebels, and if they don’t do something fast, they won’t stand a chance. From executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jon Favreau, the show also stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Daniella Alonso and Tim Guinee.

While at WonderCon, actress Tracy Spiridakos spoke at a roundtable about exploring a new side to her character, how the mother-daughter dynamic will change, if Charlie feels more loyal to Miles or her mother, how she and Elizabeth Mitchell like to have fun with people during takes, and her own personal level of tech addiction.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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