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Fox Won’t Air President Obama’s Third News Conference

Fox has opted not to run President Obama’s third press conference scheduled for 8:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29th) night.  The network will insteadrun its regularly scheduled programming of Lie to Me at 8:00pm followed by American Idol at 9:00pm.

“Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of […]

ABC And ABC News Announce Summer Specials and Limited Series

ABC and ABC News have announced their summer lineup of specials and limited series.  The press release contains all the details, but some of the stand-outs include the return of Primetime: What Would You Do? as well as three new additions to the ABC News line: ‘Family Secrets’, ‘The Outsiders’, and ‘Crime’.  ABC News has also slated specials Earth 2100, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life as well as a one-hour special on oil, Oil with Charles Gibson and Un-Broke: Everything You Need to Know about Money.

On the network side, ABC has slated the returns of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock and 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and will air limited series Diamonds and Impact.

Full details follow below the fold in the official press release. Continue reading ABC And ABC News Announce Summer Specials and Limited Series

ABC Renews 12 Shows for 2009/2010 Season

ABC has handed out renewals for 12 shows: Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Lost, Ugly Betty, The Bachelor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Dancing With the Stars, Wife Swap and Supernanny.

Other shows that are on the bubble include Samantha Who? and, surprisingly, Scrubs which could return […]

ABC Picks Up Copper

ABC has ordered 13 episodes of the cop drama Copper.  The series is a Canadian co-production from E1 Entertainment, and will also air in Canada on Canwest Global.

The series revolves around five rookie cops.

Source: Variety

ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Returning To Primetime for 10th Anniversary Special

ABC has announced that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will be returning this summer for a 10th anniversary special event, confirming a January report from TV Week (see related article).

Original host Regis Philbin will be back as host of the show, which will return for an 11-night event Sundays through Thursdays at […]

Ugly Betty Returning Early

Ugly Betty is making an earlier than expected return to ABC’s lineup.  ABC has announced that they’re pulling Thursday comedies In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? a week earlier than originally planned.  That means Ugly Betty will return to the schedule on Thursday, April 30th at 8:00pm, not May 7th as originally planned.

The […]

ABC’s Fast Forward, CBS’s NCIS Spinoff Among Pilots Generating Buzz

fastforward-042009The Hollywood Reporter has an article out about the pilots generating early buzz.  Chief among them is ABC’s sci-fi drama Flash Forward from Brannon Braga and David Goyer.  THR notes that the pilot, starring Joseph Fiennes, is a lock for a series order.

Other “hot” pilots over at ABC include Happy Town, Eastwick and Inside the Box, while Limelight, V, and the Dave Hemingson project also “looking good”.  ABC’s also looking at last year’s pilot Captain Cook’s Extraordinary Atlas again after the pilot missed the cut in August.

Other highlights that I took from the article follow after the fold. Continue reading ABC’s Fast Forward, CBS’s NCIS Spinoff Among Pilots Generating Buzz

ABC and CBS Tweak Schedules

ABC is pre-empting Cupid next Tuesday, replacing it with an original episode of The Unusuals, which normally airs on Wednesday’s following Lost.  The move is an attempt by ABC to give the show a bit more exposure (it’ll lead out of a results episode of Dancing With the Stars).

A second original installment will […]

Bryan Fuller on Pushing Daisies + Working on Comic Series

pushingdaisies-041609Bryan Fuller, creator of the canceled ABC series Pushing Daisies, previewed the final three episodes of the series to SCI FI Wire and added that the story may continue in a comic-book series from Marvel.  Here are some excerpts from SCI FI’s Q&A.

Fuller places most of the blame for the demise of the critically acclaimed but low-rated series on the writers strike and its poor time slot:

Fuller: The writers’ strike is the big bully to blame for the plummeting ratings. There was a writers’ strike in 1988, and television shows lost around 30 percent of their audiences. During this one, shows lost 20 percent of their audiences. It was a combination of the writers’ strike and being off the air for 10 months.

The other problem was our timeslot wasn’t good, since we didn’t have a lead-in. When we aired at 9 p.m., we went up by 3 million viewers, which was really dramatic. ABC refused to move us from the 8:00 timeslot, which had worked previously the season before, but after the writers’ strike and the erosion of the audience, it wasn’t sustainable, so we asked them to move us repeatedly. We would have even taken Friday night at 9 p.m., because people don’t watch TV earlier. All the Nielsen ratings indicate people start watching TV at 8:30. That was a big indication, but I certainly don’t think the quality of the show went down. If anything, it got stronger and clearer.

More after the jump. Continue reading Bryan Fuller on Pushing Daisies + Working on Comic Series

Casting Bites (TV): Diane Farr in NBC’s Parenthood, Joanna Garcia in Fox’s Cop House and more

Here are some casting bites from the world of TV pilots:

Diane Farr has joined NBC’s hour-long pilot Parenthood, starring opposite Peter Krause. [THR] Andrea Anders has been cast as the younger female lead on CBS’s comedy pilot Big D, but the role is labeled as a guest spot.  [THR] Joanna Garcia — from […]

Lost Leads in Online Video Streaming

ABC’s Lost accounted for 35.8 million video streams of full-length episodes, clips and other content watched by 1.4 million unique viewers during last month, according to NielsenVideoCensus stats.

Overall, 130 million unique users watched 9.7 billion streams, up nearly 39% from last year and nearly 9% from the month prior.  YouTube was far and […]

ABC Announces Summer Schedule

ABC has officially announced their summer schedule, which in addition to featuring the returns of Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money (all of which will see their remaining episodes burned off on Saturdays), also includes the premiere of three new series: The Goode Family, The Superstars and Dating the Dark.

The summer will also see the return of The Bachelorette, Wipeout, Here Come the Newlyweds and I Survived a Japanese Game Show.  Check out the full press release after the jump. Continue reading ABC Announces Summer Schedule