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2012 Presidential Election

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CNN cancels John King, USA

CNN has announced that they have canceled the 6PM series John King, USA, hosted by John King. The series will end at the end of June and be replaced, at least temporarily, by an expanded three-hour The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

King will remain at the network as its top compaign correspondent for the remainder of the presidential election, basically the same role he had during the 2008 cycle.

For more details head over to the NY Times’ Media Decoder blog.

ESPN has highest-rated, most-viewed NBA Playoffs ever

The 2012 NBA Playoffs generated record ratings and viewership on ESPN, led by the Eastern Conference Finals, which delivered the network’s highest-rated, most-viewed NBA series ever, according to Nielsen. It averaged a 6.2 US household rating, matching the highest-rated Conference Finals ever on cable, and was up 44 percent compared to ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 Western Conference Finals (4.3). The series averaged 10,144,000 viewers (P2+), up 46 percent from 2011 (6,939,000) and up 43 percent in household impressions from 2011 (4,987,000).

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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7.67M watch Belmont on NBC

NBC’ broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Union Rags, drew 7.67 million viewers, a gain of 12 percent from last year’s race (6.84 million on NBC), and up 62% from the 2010 race (4.74 million on ABC). Saturday’s Belmont was the most-watched in a non-Triple Crown year since 2005 on NBC, less than one percent lower than the 7.71 million that year, according to official national data provided today by The Nielsen Company.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Season five of Mad Men is the most watched season to date; 2.7M watch season finale making it most watched season finale in series history

Last night, AMC concluded season five of “Mad Men,” which resulted in the most watched season to date with an average of 2.6 million viewers increasing 15% over last season’s average. Last night’s finale marks the highest finale in the series history with a 2.0 HH rating and 2.7 million viewers. Among the core demo of Adults 25-54, “Mad Men” delivered 1.4 million viewers marking an increase of +13% versus the season four finale. “Mad Men” is a top 3 original drama series each week among Adults 25-54 on basic cable.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Joy Behar to anchor new primetime show The Joy Behar Show for Current TV beginning in September

Beginning this September, Joy Behar, Emmy(R) award winning talk show host, will make her return to primetime on Current TV’s new hour-long series. “The Joy Behar Show” (working title) will air nightly Monday through Thursday at 6pm and will repeat later the same evening in primetime. The timely and topical series will showcase Behar’s trademark sense of humor and unique brand of conversation and provide her with a platform to discuss the latest headlines, pop culture events and anything else that comes to mind.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Disney XD renews Ultimate Spider-Man for a second season

A second season of Marvel’s #1 animated series “Ultimate Spider-Man,” the launch series of the Marvel Universe programming block, has been ordered by Disney XD, it was announced today by David Levine, Vice President and General Manager, Disney XD Worldwide. The debut series from Marvel Television premiered in April 2012 and to date, has more than doubled its delivery in Total Viewers, Boys 6-14, Boys 6-11 and Boys 2-11. Marvel’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” follows the action packed adventures of New York’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man who joins S.H.I.E.L.D.’s exclusive training program alongside four other teens to learn what it takes to become the ultimate Super Heroes.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Belmont Stakes on NBC up 13% over last year

Overnight ratings for the Belmont Stakes on NBC soared, despite the scratch of Triple Crown-hopeful I’ll Have Another, topping last year’s overnight by 13%, and the 2010 overnight by 74%. Yesterday’s overnight rating is the highest for a non-Triple Crown Belmont since 2005 on NBC.NBC’ broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Union Rags, registered a 5.4 overnight rating and an 13 share for the race portion, up 13 percent from last year’s race (4.8/11 on NBC), and up 74% from the 2010 race (3.1/7 on ABC). Yesterday’s Belmont had the highest overnight for the race in a non-Triple Crown year since 2005 on NBC (6.0/13), according to overnight ratings data provided today by The Nielsen Company.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Thor 2 casting: Josh Dallas won’t reprise role as Fandral, Zachary Levi in talks to take role

Due to his busy schedule, especially his commitment to ABC’s hit fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time”, actor Josh Dallas won’t be reprising his role as Fandral in Thor 2 [via Inside Movies | EW]:

“The timing wasn’t right. I’m bummed about it because I had such a great experience and great time making the first film and was really excited about coming back. Marvel and Disney tried to make it work. But because of my commitment to Once Upon a Time, I was not going to be able to do both. So I’ll have to hand the reins over to someone else. I love Marvel. I wish them all the best. I will certainly be first in line to see it.”

In the meantime, Heat Vision | THR is reporting that Marvel Studios is eying Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) to take on the role. There’s actually a bit of an interesting history with this possible casting, because Levi was originally in talks to play the role in 2010, but had to bow out because of his involvement in the NBC series “Chuck”.

Thor 2 will be directed by Alan Taylor and is scheduled to hit theaters on November 8, 2013.

Lionsgate delaying Dirty Dancing reboot

Lionsgate won’t be releasing the Dirty Dancing reboot in July 2013 as previously expected, opting to postpone the project until at least 2014. According to Deadline, casting is to blame for the delay:

No cast had been announced. However Deadline has learned that Glee’s Lea Michele, Trespass’Liana Liberato and Canadian singer Nikki Yanofsky were screen tested as wereBrothers & Sisters’ Luke Grime, Nashville Star’s Justin Gaston and Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough.

Kenny Ortega is still attached to direct the film. Ortega served as the choreographer on the original film.

Weekend Box Office: Madagascar 3 wins weekend with $60.3M; Prometheus a strong second place with $51.1M + The Hunger Games tops $400M domestic [Update]

Update: Article updated with final box office actuals.

The box office generated strong business this weekend, with both Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the Ridley Scott sci-fi action prequel Prometheus carving out their own respective strong showings. Prometheus had a stronger opening day — $21.466M vs. $20.651M — but ‘Madagascar 3′ led the weekend with $60.317M from 4,258 theaters ($14,166 per theater average). The R-rated Prometheus followed in second place with $51.050M from 3,396 theaters ($15,032 PTA). Here’s the daily breakdown:

  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
    • Friday: $20.651M (#2)
    • Saturday: $22.569M (#1 / +9.3%)
    • Sunday: $17.098M (#1 / -24.2%)
  • Prometheus
    • Friday: $21.466M (#1)
    • Saturday: $16.021M (#2 / -25.4%)
    • Sunday: $13.563M (#2 / -15.3%)

Prometheus now holds two “Alien” franchise records: highest opening day (previously 2004′s “Alien Vs. Predator” with $16.443M) and highest opening weekend (also previously “Alien vs. Predator” with $38.291M). Prometheus had another strong showing overseas, adding an estimated $39.2M from 50 markets (an expansion from last week’s 35 markets) and bringing its foreign haul to an impressive $91.5M after 10 days and bringing the $120-130M-budgeted blockbuster to $142.55M worldwide. Expect 20th Century Fox to greenlight a sequel sooner rather than later.

‘Madagascar 3′ , meanwhile, managed to top the opening weekend of 2005’s “Madagascar” ($47.225M) and came considerably closer to topping 2008’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” ($63.107M) than most anyone expected it to. The $145M-budgeted animated sequel did even better overseas, where it opened to $75.5M from 28 markets — which didn’t include Europe where it hasn’t opened yet — with Russia its strongest at $16.4M. Other top markets included Brazil ($11.0M), China ($10.4M) and Mexico ($6.6M) for $135.817M worldwide.

Rounding out the top five this weekend were Snow White and the Huntsman in third place with $23.059M (-59.0% / $98.538M cume), MIB 3 in fourth place with $13.896M (-50.5% / $135.901M cume) and Marvel’s The Avengers in fifth place with $11.250M (-45.1% / $572.301M cume). The Avengers continues on its now likely trek $600M domestically. It added an equally strong estimated $7.8M from foreign markets for $1.397B worldwide ($572.301M domestic / $824.4M foreign).

And in other news, The Hunger Games added $1.072M (-31.6% / $400.273M) in its 12th week of release bringing the film across the $400M mark after 80 days of release. The Hunger Games passed the $400M mark Sunday, its 80th day of release, making it only the 14th film to reach that milestone (and the 11th fastest overall).

Other international highlights:

  • MIB 3 added $38.3M to bring its overseas total to a new franchise-best $352.1M — besting “Men in Black” ($338.7M) which held the previous mark. The film’s worldwide gross is now 2nd best in the franchise at $488.001M (ahead of the $441.819M from “Men in Black II”, but still below the $589.391M achieved by the original “Men in Black”).
  • Snow White and the Huntsman added $24.6M in its second weekend for new totals of $83.5M overseas and $182.038M worldwide.

Source: Box Office Mojo (2)

Prometheus opens to impressive 1st place $21.4M Friday (includes $3.6M from Thursday midnights) + Madagascar 3 strong 2nd place with $20.45M

The Ridley Scott “Alien” prequel Prometheus opened to a very strong $3.56 million from Thursday midnight showings (at 1,368 theaters). That’s a very impressive number, eclipsing both MIB 3 ($1.55M) and last weekend’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” ($1.38M) by more than twofold. Including the Thursday midnights, Prometheus opened Friday to an impressive first place estimated $21.4M from 3,396 theaters. That could lead to an opening weekend of $55M or more.

Prometheus already holds the highest opening day for a movie in the “Alien” franchise (previously 2004’s “Alien Vs. Predator” with $16.443M) and will become the new record-holder for highest opening weekend (also previously “Alien vs. Predator” with $38.291M). Even before Friday, Prometheus‘ early start overseas had already netted the estimated $120-130M-budgeted project more than $51M in box office.

In other news, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted also attracted strong audiences Friday to the tune of an estimated $20.45M from 4,258 theaters.  That’s a bigger opening than 2005’s “Madagascar” ($13.948M) and 2008’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” ($17.555M). Because it’s a family movie, ‘Madagascar 3′ is expected to beat out Prometheus for first place this weekend with at least a $55-60M opening.

Keep in mind that “Madagascar” jumped 28% on its first Saturday en route to a $47.225M opening weekend, while ‘Madagascar 2′ jumped a huge 57% on its first Saturday en route to a franchise-best $63.107M. This third film is expected to track closer to the performance of the first film given the comparable release pattern (late May for the first and June for this one, versus a November release for the second film). For that reason, ‘Madagascar 3′ could almost certainly top $60M.

Rounding out the top five on Friday were Snow White and the Huntsman in third place with an estimated $7.5M ($82.979M cume), MIB 3 in fourth place with an estimated $4.2M ($126.205M cume) and Marvel’s The Avengers in fifth place with an estimated $3.256M ($564.307M cume). The Avengers continues to hold on for a chance at reaching $600M domestically (it’ll be at ~$572-573M by the close of Sunday).

Sources: Box Office Mojo & Deadline

 

Damon Lindelof hired to rewrite World War Z

In the midst of several planned reshoots and a delayed June 21, 2013 release date, Heat Vision | THR is reporting that “Lost” co-creator and “Prometheus” writer Damon Lindelof has been hired by Paramount Pictures to rewrite the studio’s big screen adaptation of the 2006 Max Brooks novel World War Z.

Directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt (who is also a producer), reshoots are expected to begin this September or October. The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters this December 21.