“The X Factor” has bolstered its judging ranks with two female musicians, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/kelly-rowland-paulina-rubio-confirmed-as-new-x-factor-judges/
Is there a link between the set of scandals and sorta scandals hitting the Obama Administration right now and what’s happening with the ratings for MSNBC, the progressive-aligned all-news channel that is seeing its numbers hit a seven-year low?
Deadline’s Dominic Patten takes a look at the situation and lays out the story here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/obama-msnbc-fox-news-scandals/
What do you think? Is there a tie between the troubles affecting Obama and MSNBC?
FIlm executives aren’t the only ones opting for safe-bet spinoffs from existing franchises, Deadline’s TV Editor Nellie Andreeva says.
Nearly every spinoff pilot was picked up, including “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” which heads to Alice’s little make-believe burg with some very high-end production values (we have the trailer among Nellie’s rundowns last week of all the studios’ upfront presentations).
Read Nellie’s take here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/upfronts-2013-tv-spinoffs-almost-perfect-year/
Is it too much of more of the same, or are you okay with these sorts of spinoff projects on television?
“Mike and Molly” creator Mark Roberts has departed the show (I blame the hat), to be replaced by another show stalwart, Deadline reports. Read more here about the change and what it might mean for the sitcom:
Listen to my latest “Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman” podcast with Deadline’s ever-so-wise executive editor.
We talk about this week’s advertising upfronts, including the CBS victory lap and whether an auto ad spending blitz will finance this year’s pricey programming; Daniel Loeb’s (and possibly Les Moonves’) plans for Sony; and National CineMedia’s whiz-bang new technologies to give exhibitors and studios more bang for their in-theater ad bucks.
Listen to all that auditory goodness right here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/deadline-big-media-with-david-lieberman-episode-35/
ABC rolled out trailers for 11 of their new shows today at their advertising upfronts presentation, and Deadline has them all here:
Check out the trailers. “Betrayal” is sleek and handsomely done, though it seems like it’d be better as a short-run series or even a movie, a sensation I had with a couple of the other shows as well.
The spinoff “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” has a lot of possibilities. It looks like they’ve done a good job taking a general idea and applying it in an engaging new way with the Alice in Wonderland myth.
Malin Ackerman, Bradley Whitfield and Marcia Gay Harden definitely are looking promising in “Trophy Wife.”
Rebel Wilson, unsurprisingly, has some good moments in the otherwise very broad “Super Fun Night.” I’d say the same about Jimmy Caan and his co-stas in the Bad News Bear-ish “Back in the Game.”
I also liked the metaphysical premise of “Resurrection,” and it has a terrific cast (the photo is from that trailer)
Check ‘em out. Which ones do you like?
Fox, like NBC, rolled out trailers for a bunch of their new shows today as they made their pitches to advertisers as part of the upfronts.
I have to say the trailer for “Almost Human,” the new sci-fi show from J.J. Abrams, looks pretty terrific, and has remarkable production values for its visual effects. Check it out here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/fox-trailers-new-series-2013/
What do you think of “Almost Human?” How about the other trailers we have on tap there? Anything catching your eye? I was intrigued by “Sleepy Hollow,” liked SOME things about “Us & Them” and thought “Rake” might be pretty decent over time.
The others, hmm, not so much, even with excellent casts. Not sure what happened, but maybe they’ll survive long enough to be okay.
May we present Alexander Grayson. You may know him better as Dracula.
We have links to the “Dracula” trailer NBC unveiled, along with those of new shows such as “The Michael J. Fox Show,” here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/nbcs-new-show-trailers-dracula-ironside-michael-j-fox-sean-saves-the-world-welcome-to-the-family/
Check ‘em out. See anything you like?
This countdown will take a while longer than 24 hours, but at least fans of the Fox action-drama “24” will have something to look forward to: Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that “marathon negotiations” with Kiefer Sutherland have cleared the way for the show’s return as a limited-run series.
Nellie also has a ton of other news from the Fox presentation to advertisers this morning, including “American Idol” judge revamps and much more.
So, who’s excited about the return of “24”?
In Hollywoodland, this is a Very Big Deal, and Deadline’s indefatigable founder and editor-in-chief Nikki Finke had it first: the hugely successful head of Warner Bros. TV, Bruce Rosenblum (pictured) is out, and won’t be replaced as part of a shakeup of the unit that provides half the profits of the entire studio.
Rosenblum lost out recently in the derby to take over the studio to digital chief Kevin Tsujihara, and his departure in some ways can hardly be seen as a surprise, given that this is frequently what happens to the executive who loses out in such contests. Nikki has all the juicy behind-the-scenes details here: