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The Dark Knight and Lost Lead Saturn Nominations March 11, 2009 6:06 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Awards, News, Television.
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lostdarknight-031109ABC’s Lost led the way at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films’ 35th annual Saturn Awards nominations.  The ABC series received 11 total nominations including best network TV series, TV actor (Matthew Fox) and TV actress (Evangeline Lilly).

NBC’s Heroes followed with the second most nominations, grabbing six (including best network TV series) and SCI FI’s Battlestar Galactica and Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles each with four nominations.

In the film category, it was WB’s The Dark Knight leading the field, also with 11 nominations, including for bBest Adventure/Thriller Film, actor (Christian Bale), actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and supporting actor (Aaaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger).

A complete list of nominees can be found here. The awards will be presented June 25.

You can view a complete list of nominees at SaturnAwards.org.

Heroes May Be Returning, But It’s Still in Trouble March 8, 2009 10:36 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.
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heroes_ratingschartssmall-030809Although NBC promises the show is coming back for another season (see previous story), and insists that even season four won’t be its last, it’s time to face facts: Heroes is in deep trouble.  Based just on season averages, over the course of three seasons the show has shed 5.78M viewers (-42%) and 2.3 A18-49 rating points (-38%).

But the bigger issue here is the more recent slide in viewers which has resulted in continued week-to-week series lows and an overall low viewership standing.  Much more after the jump, including a full look at the ratings charts teased above. (more…)

Heroes Likely Returning for a Fourth Season March 5, 2009 10:59 pm

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heroes-121708NBC entertainment president Angela Bomstad tells THR that Heroes is not “on the bubble”, despite series low ratings, and will be renewed for a fourth season of 18-20 episodes.

That would be a smaller full-season order than usual for network television (usually 22-26 episodes).

Despite the low ratings — which I’ll address in an upcoming post (by the end of the weekend) — the show has one thing still going for it: international appeal.  Bromstad said that she experienced the drama’s global popularity first-hand in her previous NBC post, heading the network’s international efforts:

“Every single place you go has heard about ‘Heroes’ — whether you’re in China or Japan or Russia,” she said. “And to me, that is global content.”

Despite Bromstad’s confidence that the show will be renewed, nothing is official until it’s official, but apparently NBC is not deterred by the current ratings.  The THR article also notes that the network has privately discussed setting a series end date for Heroes, but if such a move were to be made, they wouldn’t want next season to be the conclusion.