Sep 27, 2016
4:19 pm

Cable Drama to Wrap After One Last Season (TVWeek)

Plans to wrap up a cable drama series were revealed today, with the show to air its final season in summer 2017. FX announced its plans for a fourth and final season of “The Strain,” which is currently airing its third season.

Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, announced the news today.

Said Grad: “We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of ‘The Strain.’ Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which they are crafting the fourth season’s dramatic conclusion.”

Added Cuse: “It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first. Our original plan was for the series to last three years. Once we began telling that story it expanded to be more. After finishing the writing on season three, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season. We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climatic season four. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”

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Sep 27, 2016
4:07 pm

Ryan Lochte Protesters Charged in ‘DWTS’ Stage Rush (AP)

Prosecutors have filed charges against two men who rushed the stage during a “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in a protest against Olympian Ryan Lochte.

“The Los Angeles city attorney’s office says Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi were charged Monday with interfering with a performance and leaving a spectator area and entering a stage, both misdemeanors,” the AP reports. “The 59-year-old Sotoodeh and 25-year-old Soroudi were arrested Sept. 12 during a taping of the ABC ballroom dancing competition.”

The report notes that Satoodeh told ABC News the protesters wanted to “get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and, under Brazilian law, a criminal.”

Each man faces a possible $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Arraignment is set for Oct. 4.

Sep 27, 2016
3:44 pm

New Numbers Push Last Night’s Debate to a Viewership Record — How Did the Cable Nets Stack Up? (The Hill, CNN)

New viewership data on last night’s presidential debate reveals that the cable news networks saw a strong turnout, with Fox News Channel leading the pack as the debate set a record for overall viewing.

The Hill cites early Nielsen figures indicating FNC averaged 11.4 million total viewers along with 3.5 million in the key news demo of viewers 25-54. CNN trailed in total viewers with 9.8 million, but topped Fox News in the demo with 4.43 million.

MSNBC averaged 4.895 million total viewers.

Updated figures are in for the broadcast networks, where the total for CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox combined swelled to 45.8 million total viewers, up from 42.4 million reported in early data.

The updated figures show NBC leading all broadcast networks with 16.9 million total viewers, followed by ABC with 12.6 million, CBS with 11.3 million and Fox with 5.1 million.

The overall viewer total of 45.8 million for the broadcast networks tops the 39.8 million who turned out for the first debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

Citing Nielsen data, CNN reports that the viewer total for the 11 TV channels that carried the debate live was 81.4 million, setting a record for the 60-year history of televised debates. The latest total does not include PBS — which averaged 3 million — or C-SPAN, which is not rated.

The Nielsen total tallies only traditional TV outlets viewed at home, with CNN noting that “many millions also watched the debate via live streams on the Web.”

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Sep 27, 2016
3:09 pm

NBC Series Gets Full-Season Order After Scoring Fall’s Top Series Premiere (Variety)

A breakout series airing on NBC has had its order expanded for its freshman season. Variety reports that the network expanded the order for “This Is Us” to 18 episodes, adding five episodes to the initial pickup.

The report says the drama was “one of the big winners of the 2016-2017 premiere week. According to Nielsen’s ‘Live +5’ estimates, the ensemble series scored a 4.5 rating and 14.3 million viewers in the Adults 18-49 demo, becoming this fall’s top new series debut.”

The series stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown.


Sep 27, 2016
12:19 pm

Why One of the New Fall Broadcast Shows Is ‘Already in Trouble’ (TVbytheNumbers, TVWeek)

At least one of the fall dramas premiering last week on the broadcast networks is “already in trouble,” according to an analysis by TVbytheNumbers.

The website says that while ABC’s premiere week had its bright spots, the new series “Notorious” was not one of them. Created by Josh Berman and Allie Hagan, “Notorious” stars Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjato.

“The non-Shondaland entry in the network’s Thursday lineup this fall had a very rough start, losing more than half its lead-in audience and possibly inflicting some collateral damage on ‘How to Get Away With Murder,'” the story reports. TVbytheNumbers notes that the show delivered a 1.1 average rating in the key 18-49 demo. It reportedly averaged 5.39 million total viewers.

The story adds: “In short, it’s a bad start. And one that ABC is unlikely to tolerate for very long. It’s only a week in, but we may have a candidate for Dead Show Walking status.”

The report also notes: “Most of ABC’s new shows started pretty well, which gives the network some hope in the face of declines for its returning shows.”


Sep 27, 2016
11:49 am

A 4-Year-Old Tweet Roars Back to Life, Becomes Debate Night’s Most Retweeted Message (LA Times)

Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was, as expected, the most tweeted-about debate in history, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing Twitter itself.

“Millions of people tweeted on the debate, with the top topics focused on the economy, foreign affairs, energy and environment, terrorism and guns,” The Times reports. “According to Twitter, the tweet that was retweeted the most during the debate was a 2012 missive from Trump saying China created the concept of global warming to steal American manufacturing.”

The tweet from Trump, dated Nov. 6, 2012, reads in full: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

The Times notes: “When Clinton accused Trump of calling climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese, he responded, ‘I did not say that.’ But Trump’s tweet was still online, and the retweets began to spike.”


Sep 27, 2016
11:17 am

NPR Offers Annotated, Fact-Checked Version of Last Night’s Presidential Debate (NPR)

NPR has published a detailed analysis of last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with fact-checking and notes by a team of NPR staffers. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Trump went hard after the NAFTA trade agreement, which was approved during the Bill Clinton administration. Said Trump: “NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere but certainly ever signed in this country.”

Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax added this note to Trump’s comment: “Most studies show NAFTA had a relatively small impact on the economy. ‘NAFTA did not cause the huge job losses feared by the critics or the large economic gains predicted by supporters. The net overall effect of NAFTA on the U.S. economy appears to have been relatively modest,’ according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.”

  • Clinton commented that “violent crime is one half of what it was in 1991; property crime is down 40 percent. We just don’t want to see it creep back up.”

NPR White House Correspondent Scot Horsley added a note saying, in part: “Newly released FBI data report that violent crime increased by nearly 4 percent between 2014 and 2015, with murders rising by nearly 11 percent, but crime researchers said homicides and other violence still remain at low rates compared with a crime wave from 20 years ago. About seven cities are largely responsible for the increase in murders last year, but that pattern has not held steady into 2016, when homicides in some places, including Baltimore and Washington, have dropped.”

Click here to read the full annotated transcript posted by NPR.


Sep 27, 2016
10:01 am

New Syndie Show Scores ‘Most Impressive Talk Debut in Three Years’ (TVNewsCheck)

A new syndicated daytime show is off to a strong start, with TVNewsCheck reporting that NBCUniversal’s “Harry,” starring Harry Connick Jr., delivered a 1.4 average in households for its premiere week.

“‘Harry,’ the season’s only nationally cleared newcomer, scored the most impressive talk debut in three years with ratings 40% higher than ‘The Real’s’ first week in 2014. And compared to the already established talkers, ‘Harry’ tied the long-running ‘Maury’ at a 1.4,” the story reports.

That’s still nowhere near what the top veteran shows delivered during the fall premiere week. “Dr. Phil” started its 15th season with a 3.8 average for the week ending Sept. 18, up 41% from the previous week and up 23% from premiere week a year ago, the story reports. Results are based on Nielsen live-plus-same-day figures.

“Dr. Phil” held a big lead over the No. 2 talk show, “Live with Kelly,” which averaged a 2.5.

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Sep 27, 2016
8:51 am

Katy Perry ‘Votes Naked’ — and Gets Arrested; We Think It’s a PSA to Get Out the Vote — See for Yourself (Funny or Die)

In a video posted today, singer Katy Perry talks about the Constitution allowing people to roll out of bed and vote in whatever they’re wearing — but she appears to take it too far by deciding to vote naked.

The video appears to be a PSA to get out the vote.

Here’s the clip, posted by Funny or Die …

Sep 27, 2016
8:44 am

Wedding Couple Gets a ‘Big’ Surprise When Tom Hanks Crashes Their Nuptials, Photobombs Their Wedding Pics (Huffington Post, Instagram)

Newlyweds Elisabeth and Ryan got more than they bargained for at their wedding in New York’s Central Park when Tom Hanks happened along and became a part of the celebration. Wedding photographer Meg Miller captured the whole thing in photos and now it’s making the rounds on social media after Miller put up some of the pics on Instagram, as you can see below.

The Huffington Post reports that Hanks happened to be in the area — apparently he was out jogging — and took the opportunity to introduce himself. The report quotes Miller saying Hanks “took off his hat, just leaned right into the group and said, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Hanks.'”

Hanks then kissed the bride — on the hand — offered congratulations, shook people’s hands and posed for a batch of wedding photos.

The report adds: “After taking a selfie with the couple, which he posted on his own Instagram, Hanks just ‘sort of took off running,’ Miller said. ‘Had he just run past us we would have never known it was him.'”


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