The CW President Mark Pedowitz Talks THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season 6, THE ORIGINALS Season 2, SUPERNATURAL Spin-off Possibilities, and More

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the-cw-mark-pedowitz-sliceWhile at The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, President Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about why he decided to let go of the Supernatural spin-off, Tribes, and that he’s still hoping to expand the franchise, at some point, how Jane the Virgin came to the network, what made them decide to bring back Beauty and the Beast and where it’s headed in Season 3, why Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People ultimately didn’t get renewed, what made The 100 a success, and where things are headed on The Vampire Diaries Season 6 and The Originals Season 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Drops Out of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with Emma Watson

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It’s been years since we’ve heard a solid update on Guillermo del Toro’s live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptationHarry Potter star Emma Watson attached herself as the lead back in 2012, and del Toro continued to develop the project as he tackled Pacific Rim.  Today we have serious movement on the Warner Bros. pic, but unfortunately it’s not exactly good news.  The ever-busy del Toro has now withdrawn himself from the project as director, opting instead to simply produce the pic.  Hit the jump for more.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Live-Action Film to be Directed by Bill Condon for Disney

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About two months ago we asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Bill Condon would be directing a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast for Disney.  Well, now that the studio’s Maleficent picture is nearing $200 million worldwide in its first week of release, they’re apparently anxious to move onto the next project.  New reports confirm Condon will indeed head up the Beauty and the Beast live-action treatment, scripted by Evan Spiliotopoulos.  If the new version is anything close to its animated forebear (which earned $375 million and a Best Picture Oscar nomination), then Disney is in for another payday.  Hit the jump for more.

The CW Orders THE FLASH, IZOMBIE, and JANE THE VIRGIN to Series; Cancels THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, CARRIE DIARIES, and STAR-CROSSED

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The CW has announced some orders, renewals, and cancelations for the upcoming 2014-15 season.  Briefly:

  • The high-profile DC Comics pilot The Flash has unsurprisingly been ordered to series along with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas’ med-student-turned-zombie drama iZombie, the sci-fi series The Messengers, and the telenovela adaptation Jane the Virgin.
  • To make room for the new shows, The CW has canceled The Carrie Diaries and freshman drama series The Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed.  The Sex and the City prequel show lasted two seasons.
  • On the renewal side, Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast, and The 100 were all picked up for an additional season.
  • The network decided not to move forward with the Supernatural spinoff Supernatural: Bloodlines.

Hit the jump to read descriptions for the new CW series that will be debuting next season.

Rumor: Could Bill Condon Direct Disney’s Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?

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Though it’s taken a few years to come to fruition, Disney’s billion-dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland kicked off a new trend for the studio in 2010.  It has slowly been working on live-action adaptations of some of the studio’s classic animated films, and we’ll see the next one this May in the form of Maleficent, which tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s point of view.  After that, we have Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella set for release in March 2015, Jon Favreau is directing a live-action take on The Jungle Book for release in October 2015, and there is also a redo of Beauty and the Beast in the works.

While Disney set a writer on Beauty and the Beast early last year, we haven’t heard much more about the project in the interim.  However, if a new report is to be believed, the studio may have found a director in Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn helmer Bill Condon.  More after the jump.

Monday TV Ratings: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Drops, THE FOLLOWING Hits Another Series Low, and BELIEVE Premieres Soft

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TV ratings for Monday, March 10th, are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The series premiere of NBC’s new drama Believe, with a pilot directed by Alfonso Cuaron, garnered a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 10.7 million viewers.  This marks the lowest-rated Monday drama debut in the post-The Voice timeslot.
  • CBS’s How I Met Your Mother suffered a ratings drop of half a point with a 2.7 rating and 7.7 million viewers.  Mike & Molly hit a series low 1.8 rating and scored 7.67 million viewers for a drop of four tenths, and Intelligence ticked up a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 6.53 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Bones scored a 1.7 rating and 6.51 million viewers for a dip of one tenth, while The Following hit yet another series low with a 1.5 rating and 4.88 million viewers.  That’s down one tenth from last week’s episode.
  • The CW’s Star-Crossed dropped one tenth to a 0.3 rating and 1.04 million viewers, while Beauty and the Beast dipped one tenth to a series low 0.2 rating and 810,000 viewers.

Over 40 Pictures from Mondo’s Disney Gallery Show “Nothing’s Impossible” Featuring Work by Martin Ansin, Tom Whalen, and Aaron Horkey

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Mondo’s Disney gallery show Nothing’s Impossible was another hit.  People camped out for days in the freezing weather, and the line reached over 300 people by the time the gallery opened.  Artists such as Martin Ansin, Tom Whalen, Aaron Horkey, and Jason Edmiston had killer pieces for this show which tackled hit Disney properties such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.  Check out over 40 photos after the jump.

Monday TV Ratings: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and THE BLACKLIST Dip; THE FOLLOWING Rises

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Monday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Briefly:

  • NBC’s The Blacklist dipped 13% from last week’s 3.1 rating to a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 11.07 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, a rather shocking episode of How I Met Your Mother dropped 8% to a 3.3 rating and scored 9.11 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, 2 Broke Girls rose 4% to a 2.6 rating and 8.43 million viewers, Mike and Molly was up 5% to a 2.2 rating and 8.88 million viewers, Mom ticked up 5% to a 2.0 rating and 8.38 million viewers, and Intelligence was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and scored 5.27 million viewers.
  • Fox’s season finale of Almost Human was down 6% to a 1.5 rating and 5.65 million viewers, while The Following rose 6% to a 1.7 rating and 5.14 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Castle garnered a series low 1.6 rating and scored 8.14 million viewers.
  • The CW’s Star-Crossed was up 33% to a 0.4 rating and 1.19 million viewers, while Beauty and the Beast was even with a 0.3 rating and 879,000 viewers.

Monday TV Ratings: THE FOLLOWING and CASTLE Match Series Lows; STAR CROSSED Improves on DIXIE Numbers

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Monday evening’s TV ratings are in as we head into the final week of Winter Olympics coverage.  Briefly:

  • NBC’s Monday night coverage of the Winter Olympics hit a 5.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 23.46 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Almost Human was even with last week’s 1.6 rating and garnered 5.28 million viewers, while The Following tied last week’s series low 1.7 rating and pulled in 5.14 million viewers.  Read Allison’s recap here.
  • ABC’s Castle also matched its series low with a 1.7 rating and 7.78 million viewers, down 19% from its most recent episode’s 2.1 rating.
  • The new CBS drama Intelligence continues to struggle, as last night’s episode earned a 1.2 rating and 5.72 million viewers for a drop of 8% from last week.
  • The CW series premiere of Star Crossed notched a 0.4 rating in the demo and 1.24 million viewers, which is up 25% from Hart of Dixie’s performance in the same time period last week but down 50% from the premiere of The Tomorrow PeopleBeauty and the Beast was even with last week’s 0.3 rating and scored 766,000 viewers.

Monday TV Ratings: ALMOST HUMAN and THE FOLLOWING Hit Series Lows Opposite Olympics Coverage

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Monday evening’s TV ratings are in, though keep in mind that the Winter Olympics are taking a big chunk out of everything not on NBC.

  • Night five of NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics notched a 6.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 22.16 million viewers.
  • Fox’s two Monday offerings both hit series lows, with Almost Human dropping four tenths to a 1.5 rating and 5.37 million viewers and The Following dipping two tenths to a 1.7 rating and 4.72 million viewers.  Read Allison’s recap of The Following here.
  • Over on CBS, new drama series Intelligence was down two tenths from last week’s 1.5 rating to a 1.3 rating and scored 6.91 million viewers.
  • The CW also took a dive, with Hart of Dixie dropping one tenth to a series low 0.3 rating and 1.03 million viewers and Beauty and the Beast down one tenth to a series low-tying 0.3 rating and 770,000 viewers.

Monday TV Ratings: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and ALMOST HUMAN Drop; THE FOLLOWING Hits Series Low

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TV ratings for Monday, February 3rd, are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother (which was back to being frustratingly dull after last week’s excellent installment) dropped 13% to a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 9.26 million viewers.  Elsewhere on CBS, 2 Broke Girls was even with a 3.0 rating and 9.2 million viewers, Mike & Molly was flat with a 2.6 rating and 10.18 million viewers, Mom dipped 4% to a 2.3 rating and 9 million viewers, and Intelligence was even with a 1.5 rating and 7.5 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Almost Human dropped 10% to a 1.8 rating and 6.35 million viewers and The Following was down 5% to a series low 1.9 rating and 5.8 million viewers.  Read Allison’s recap of The Following here.
  • ABC’s Castle ticked up 5%, garnering a 2.1 rating and 9.92 million viewers.
  • Finally, The CW’s Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast were both even with a 0.4 rating and 1.15 million viewers and a 0.3 rating and 881,000 viewers, respectively.

Monday TV Ratings: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Hits Season High, THE BLACKLIST Rises, and THE FOLLOWING Falls to Series Low

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

  • The 200th episode of How I Met Your Mother scored a season high 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.67 million viewers, rising seven tenths from last week’s 3.1 rating.
  • Over on NBC, The Blacklist ticked up two tenths from last week’s series low to a 2.5 rating and scored 9.97 million viewers.
  • The second episode of The Following’s sophomore season notched a series low 2.0 rating and scored 6.02 million viewers, plummeting from last week’s 4.4 rating season premiere—though that number was inflated a bit by a football lead-in.  Read Allison’s recap of last night’s episode here.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Monday, January 27th, including Beauty and the Beast, 2 Broke Girls, Intelligence, and more.

The CW President Mark Pedowitz Talks VERONICA MARS Spinoff Series, Deciding to Turn THE FLASH into a Full Pilot, SUPERNATURAL’s Longevity, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for The CW, Network President Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as series that are in possible contention for the future.  During the interview, he talked about the upcoming Veronica Mars digital spin-off series for CW Seed, the possibility of Beauty and the Beast and Reign getting another season, how much life is left in Supernatural, why they decided to make a full pilot for The Flash, instead of a back-door pilot, whether Fox’s potential Batman origin series Gotham could affect the chances of an Amazon series ever making it on the air, and the status of the Wizard of Oz project.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Monday TV Ratings: THE BLACKLIST Hits Season Low, INTELLIGENCE Plummets, and SLEEPY HOLLOW Returns Steady

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Monday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Briefly:

  • Without The Voice as its lead-in, The Blacklist returned to a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.11 million viewers, which is its lowest rating and smallest audience ever and down seven tenths from its last episode’s 3.2 rating.
  • The new drama series Intelligence dropped massively from its series premiere 2.4 rating to a paltry 1.1 rating and 6.11 million viewers (read Allison’s recap here).  Elsewhere on CBS, an excruciatingly unfunny How I Met Your Mother hit a 3.0 rating and 8.57 million viewers for a rise of three tenths, 2 Broke Girls rose four tenths to a 2.7 rating and 8.93 million viewers, Mike & Molly hit a 2.4 rating and 9.74 million viewers for a two tenths rise, and Mom was up two tenths to a 2.1 rating and 8.46 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Almost Human garnered a 2.0 rating and 6.77 million viewers for a rise of two tenths and Sleepy Hollow returned to a 2.2 rating and 6.39 million viewers, matching its last episode’s performance.
  • ABC’s Castle hit a 1.9 rating and 8.95million viewers, up two tenths from last week’s season low, while The CW’s Hart of Dixie ticked up a tenth to a 0.5 rating and 1.3 million viewers and Beauty and the Beast was even with a 0.3 rating and 800,000 viewers.

The CW Sets Mid-Season Schedule for ARROW, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and More, with New Series Premiere Dates, Including STAR-CROSSED and THE 100

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Arrow closed out the first half of its second season run on The CW last night (read the episode recap here), and the newly released mid-season schedule reveals the Hooded Hero will return mid-March.  In addition to scheduling other mid-season premiers for such series as Beauty and the Beast, The Tomorrow People, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Hart of Dixie, the network will also premiere some new series.  One new series, Star-Crossed, will premiere mid-February, while another, The 100, will debut in mid-March.

Hit the jump for the full mid-season schedule.

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