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Oct 20, 2014
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NBC Rolls to Big Sunday Win as Viewers Turn Out for Peyton Manning’s Historic Night (TVbytheNumbers)

NBC saw a viewer surge for “Sunday Night Football” as viewers tuned in to see Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning become the all-time leader in NFL touchdown passes thrown.

Citing Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC rolled to an easy win in the broadcast ratings. “Sunday Night Football’s” game between the Broncos and San Francisco 49ers averaged a preliminary 7.0 rating in the demo, up from a 6.0 for last week’s game. The report notes that the numbers are subject to significant adjustments due to the nature of live sports programming.

Fox also got a bump from NFL coverage, as football overrun delivered a 7.4 average rating in 18-49 for the 7 p.m. half-hour, with the postgame show “The OT” pulling a 4.4 at 7:30. Leading out from football, “The Simpsons” had a 3.5 average for the annual “Treehouse of Horror” edition, up two-tenths of a point from a week ago.

Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Family Guy” both had 2.5 averages in the 18-49, with “Brooklyn” rising three-tenths from last week while “Guy” saw a six-tenths improvement from its previous original installment. “Mulaney,” which recently saw its episode order cut, held steady with a 1.1.

ABC and CBS were well off the pace with their non-football programming. ABC was led by “Once Upon a Time” with a 2.7 average in adults 18-49, equaling last week. CBS had three shows hit the 1.4 mark: “Madam Secretary” and “CSI,” which both equaled last week’s marks, and “The Good Wife,” which ticked up one-tenth.

For prime time overall, NBC led the big four with a 5.9 average in 18-49, followed by Fox (3.6 average), ABC (1.6) and CBS (1.4). NBC also tallied a huge win in total viewers with 17.4 million, ahead of CBS (10.8 million), Fox (9.0 million) and ABC (5.8 million).

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Oct 20, 2014
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HBO’s ‘The Comeback’ Comes Back — Here’s the Trailer (HBO)

HBO has released a trailer for the Lisa Kudrow vehicle “The Comeback,” which returns to the pay-cable channel Nov. 9 for a six-episode mini-season. The comedy series is back after nearly 10 years off, having aired its lone season back in 2005.

Here’s the new trailer:

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Oct 20, 2014
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Lawsuit Against Actress Who Refused to Do Nude Scene Gets Green Light (THR)

The production company behind a pay-cable series received court approval for a lawsuit against an actress who refused to do a nude scene on the show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq., reports that True Crime, the company behind the Cinemax show “Femme Fatales,” is countersuing Anne Greene for alleged breach of the “nudity rider” in her contract.

“Greene, whose credits include ‘Saw 3D: The Final Chapter,’ sued first, alleging in a complaint against Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and production company True Crime that she was bullied, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment,” the article reports. “A trial was scheduled to happen this past summer, but then, True Crime filed counterclaims at the last second over its series that premiered on May 13, 2011.”

Characterizing the program as “soft-core porn,” Greene has indicated she would not have taken the job had she known that’s what it was.

“She says she only went ahead with simulated sexual intercourse ‘under duress,’ the result of a $100,000-plus threat for breaching her contract, and that the producers violated multiple union rules and regulations, including the requirement to have a closed set and a requirement to make the performer aware in writing to any script changes involving explicit nudity and depiction of sexual intercourse,” the story reports.

But the company says Greene was sent a preview clip for the show that made it clear that the program is adult-oriented and that the cast members appear partially nude and engage in simulated sex.

“If it wasn’t clear enough, Greene also got ‘casting breakdowns’ for roles said to ‘require partial nudity,’ defined as ‘chest’ and ‘behind,’” according to the production company, the piece adds.

The producer alleges that Greene never expressed a problem with the nature of the material until the last minute, when she balked at simulating oral sex. “The producer says it ‘accommodated Greene’s concern and revised the script’ and didn’t ‘attempt to convince, persuade or coerce Greene to perform any scenes against her will or to which she expressed objection or discomfort,’” the story reports.

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Oct 20, 2014
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Cable Series Pulls In 15 Million Viewers (Deadline)

Even going up against Peyton Manning’s shot at the touchdown record on “Sunday Night Football,” the zombie drama “The Walking Dead” on AMC had a pretty good night Sunday. The show followed its record-breaking premiere with 15.143 million total viewers for the season’s second installment, Deadline.com reports.

The show also had 9.796 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo. Airing at 10 p.m., the zombie show “just avoided a surge on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ as the Broncos’ Peyton Manning threw his 509th touchdown pass to set the NFL’s TD record,” the report notes.

The turnout for “Walking Dead” was down 12% from the season five premiere a week ago, matching the decline from week one to week two in season four. Sunday’s program had a 7.7 average rating in the 18-49 demo, topping “Sunday Night Football’s” preliminary 7.0.

Sunday’s installment of “Dead” ranks as the show’s third-most-watched episode, behind the season five and season four premieres.

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Oct 20, 2014
2:37 pm
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ABC-Owned Stations Grab New Daytime Chat Show Featuring High-Profile Host (Variety)

A new entry in the daytime talk game got a big boost when the ABC O&O’s picked up the syndicated show, “The F-A-B,” featuring host Tyra Banks, for fall 2015, Variety reports.

“The deal gives the Disney-distributed strip a home in eight major markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago,” the story reports. “Banks will anchor a roundtable of lifestyle mavens. Banks’ co-hosts are now set: former model turned foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior designer Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTube personality Leah Ashley.”

The name of the show reportedly stands for “Fun and Beautiful.”

Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Station Group said: “Tyra and her panel of lifestyle experts share a chemistry that is energetic and extremely entertaining.”

Clearance for the show has reached 23% of U.S. television households, the report notes.

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Oct 20, 2014
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Lifetime Pulls Plug on Drama Series (Deadline)

Lifetime has canceled an original drama series. The cable channel made the decision Friday to pull the plug on “The Lottery,” Deadline.com reports.

The move comes after the freshman drama, about a dystopian future in which women have stopped having children, earned only 700,000 viewers in Live+Same Day, the story reports. By comparison, the network’s “Devious Maids” is drawing an average of 1.8 million viewers by the same measure.

“Maids” recently earned a third-season renewal.

“The Lottery” debuted with 1.1 million total viewers in July, when it was paired with “Witches of East End.” With its cancellation, Lifetime has just one confirmed returning scripted show at the moment, which is “Devious Maids.”

Lifetime also has two hourlong scripted shows in the works, “UnREAL” and the straight-to-series show “Damien,” which is a sequel to the horror film “The Omen,” the report notes. The network also has a drama pilot for “The Clan of the Cave Bear.”

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Oct 20, 2014
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‘American Idol’ Contestant Dies (Deadline)

A singer, songwriter and model who was a contestant on the Fox competition show “American Idol” has died. Deadline.com reports that Joanne Borgella, who competed during the seventh season of “Idol,” died Saturday after battling endometrial cancer for a year.

On “Idol,” Borgella made it into the top 12 among the season’s female contestants.

The piece notes, “Her run on ‘American Idol’ wasn’t the first brush with reality TV fame for the Long Island, NY, native. Borgella competed on and won the first season of Oxygen’s ‘Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance.’ She went on to sign with Wilhelmina Models and embarked on a modeling career, in addition to appearing on MTV’s ‘Made’ and NUVOtv’s ‘Curvy Girls.’”

In a Facebook post Sunday about Borgella’s death, her family wrote, “Since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world. Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered.”

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Oct 20, 2014
8:21 am
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Poor-Performing Fox Series Has Its Episode Order Cut (LA Times)

Raising questions about whether it might be headed for cancellation, a Fox series received a reduction in its episode order. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that Fox cut the order for the freshman comedy “Mulaney” to 13 episodes, down from 16.

The move comes after lackluster ratings for the show from former “Saturday Night Live” writer John Mulaney. Three episodes of the series have aired to date.

The story adds: “However, insiders say the reduction does not mean the end is near for the show. Thirteen episodes have been completed, and they reduced the order just as production was to start on the 14th installment. The network maintains that is enough episodes for the time being.”

The comedy will continue to air in its current Sunday time slot. The show co-stars Martin Short, Elliott Gould and former “SNL” performer Nasim Pedrad, as well as Mulaney. Its concept, about a stand-up comic and his group of friends, has earned comparisons — often unflattering — to “Seinfeld.”

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Oct 20, 2014
8:11 am
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Mark Cuban Reveals Why He’s Buying Netflix Shares (Bloomberg)

Billionaire Mark Cuban said he’s buying shares of Netflix because he believes that the streaming service will be an acquisition target, reports Bloomberg.

Cuban tweeted on Friday, “I’m buying NFLX stock. At half of YHOO, 10B<Twitter and small pct of major media companies, someone will try to buy them.”

Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks, is buying shares after Netflix shed more than 20% of its value over two days. The stock fell after Netflix reported a third-quarter slowdown in subscriber growth after it raised prices by $1.

Cuban told CNBC that he added 50,000 Netflix shares to his stake, adding that he wasn’t sure of his total holdings.

Netflix has a market value of $21 billion, compared with $30.5 billion for Twitter and $39 billion for Yahoo, the story notes.

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Oct 20, 2014
8:07 am
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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Star Arrested (NY Post)

One of the stars of the hit series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has been arrested. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander Harris on the show, was arrested Friday in Idaho on multiple charges.

Brendon, 43, was charged with malicious injury to property and resisting or obstructing Boise, Idaho, police officers, the story reports. The actor was reportedly in town to attend a comics convention and allegedly became involved in a drunken dispute with hotel staff.

A decorative item was broken, the story notes. Police took Brendon into custody as he reportedly tried to leave the scene.

Brendon has also appeared on “Private Practice” and “Criminal Minds,” among other shows.

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