Jul 6, 2015
10:27 am

Ex-‘Top Gear’ Hosts in Talks for New Series (Variety)

With the global hit “Top Gear” rebooting in the wake of the firing of Jeremy Clarkson, Clarkson and his former co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May are working on a new car show that would compete with “Top Gear.”

Variety reports that Netflix and ITV are the front-runners to land the new show, with Hulu also in the running.

The BBC is readying to relaunch “Top Gear” with its new host, Chris Evans. Clarkson was fired earlier this year after a physical altercation with one of the show’s producers, after Clarkson had been a part of the show on and off since 1988.

After Clarkson’s ouster, Hammond and May opted not to remain with the series.

“Netflix is said to have made a sizable offer — said to be for multiple seasons — to land the show,” Variety reports. “The SVOD giant is in the midst of an expansion push in the U.K. and Europe. The international profile of ‘Top Gear’ combined with the strong U.K. interest in the trio’s comeback effort makes it a no-brainer for Netflix. Netflix currently carries past seasons of ‘Top Gear’ going back to 2011.”

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Jul 6, 2015
10:11 am

Streaming Services Take Wraps Off Ambitious Lineup of New Programming This Month (TV Media Insights)

Major streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu have a busy month in the works, with a batch of new series and new seasons making their debut on the streamers.

A roundup of July releases by TV Media Insights notes that Netflix has set July 31 as the debut date for “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an eight-episode series that’s a prequel to the 2001 movie, with heavyweights Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks returning from the film.

Netflix is also unspooling season two of “BoJack Horseman,” due July 17.

“Also arriving on Netfllix: the fourth season of AMC’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ (July 4) and several cable reality series, all premiering on the streaming service on Tuesday, July 14: season one of A&E’s ‘Bad Ink,’ season two of Lifetime’s ‘Preachers’ Daughters’ and A&E’s ‘Storage Wars: Texas,'” the report adds.

Amazon Prime broke out season five of “Downton Abbey” July 1, and plans to run CBS’s “Under the Dome” and “Extant” starting four days after they air on the linear channel, similar to the arrangement las summer.

Amazon also has a batch of HBO programming on the way: season three of “Boardwalk Empire” (July 16), season five of “True Blood” (July 16), the first two seasons of “The Newsroom” (July 23), all of “Entourage” (July 30), and the Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” (July 30).

Hulu rolls out season three of “East Los High” July 15.

Please click on the link near the top of this story for additional shows and release dates.

Here’s a teaser for season two of “BoJack Horseman”:

Jul 6, 2015
9:57 am

USA Victory in Women’s World Cup Delivers a Ratings Record (TVWeek)

Even with the game winding up as a rout, by soccer standards, the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which Team USA cruised to the title with a 5-2 win over Japan, set a ratings record for soccer in the U.S.

Fox announced that its coverage of the game delivered a 15.2/27 metered market rating/share from 7-9 p.m. ET, based on Nielsen data.

“It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network, surpassing the previous mark set for the Women’s World Cup final between the USA and China in 1999 on ABC (13.3 mm rating),” the announcement notes.

The rating was up 77% over the 8.6 delivered by the 2011 USA-Japan Women’s World Cup Final on ESPN.

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Jul 6, 2015
9:51 am

ABC Show Extends Its Streak as Sunday’s Most-Watched Series (TVWeek)

An ABC series is on a roll in Sunday prime time. The network reported that “Celebrity Family Feud” was the day’s most-watched series, marking its third consecutive week with the achievement.

Airing from 8-9 p.m., “Feud” pulled 6.9 million total viewers, with a 1.5 average rating in adults 18-49, the network announced. The program easily topped CBS’s “Big Brother” in the hour, with the CBS show delivering 5.1 million total viewers. Both shows had stiff competition with Fox airing the Women’s World Cup Final.

Leading out from “Feud,” ABC’s “BattleBots” had 4.3 million total viewers and a 1.2 in 18-49, ABC noted.


Jul 6, 2015
9:39 am

E! Renews Series (TVWeek)

With its midseason finale looming, an E! series got word that it will be back for another season.

The cable channel announced that it has picked up the reality show “Botched” for season three. The plastic surgery show’s season two midseason finale is coming up Sunday, July 12.

Season two has reportedly been averaging 1.5 million total viewers, and 863,000 in the 18-49 demo, based on live+3 day figures.

“Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif will continue to transform patients’ lives by attempting to fix their previous surgeries gone wrong,” E! announced. “So far we’ve seen celebrities from Janice Dickinson and the Human Ken Doll, to patients with breast implants in their butt and surgery in Mexico gone wrong. The stories that patients have shared are terrifying, but these two always manage to save the day.”

Said Jeff Olde, EVP, Programming and Development, E!: “Plastic surgery has and continues to be a pop culture obsession. ‘Botched’ not only delivers on the pursuit of perfection phenomenon, but also inspires viewers with heartwarming stories as Dr. Dubrow and Dr. Nassif transform patients’ lives. We are thrilled to bring this series back for a third season and deliver more of what our fans crave.”

Season three is set to air in 2016.


Jul 6, 2015
9:17 am

The Grateful Dead Calls It a Career (TVWeek, NY Times)

The legendary band the Grateful Dead has played its last concert. In the group’s final performance on the Fare Thee Well Tour, at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the Dead reportedly broke its own record for ticket sales for the venue.

Soldier Field announced that sales for Sunday’s final performance hit 71,000, marking the most tickets ever sold for an event at the stadium.

The turnout tops records set on both of the previous days, with sales of 70,764 for Friday’s Grateful Dead show and 70,844 for Saturday’s concert.

The previous record for Soldier Field was 67,936 for a U2 performance in 2009, according to the venue.

The wrapup of the Dead’s touring career hasn’t been a total love fest. The New York Times reports that some fans have been grumbling about the band’s handling of its farewell tour.

The Times quotes Alan Mande, described as a longtime fan of the band, saying: “It’s just a huge, pathetic money grab.”

The Times also notes that the tour has been doing well in online streaming. Citing a press officer, the report notes that 150,000 individual concert streams had been purchased by showtime Saturday.

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Jul 6, 2015
9:07 am

Long-Running Series Sinks to an Unhappy Milestone (Soap Opera Network)

A TV show that has been on the air since the early 1960s is racking up some unwanted milestones these days. The show is the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” with Soap Opera Network reporting that the veteran daytime drama sank to its lowest number ever in women 18-49.

In Nielsen data for the week of June 22-26, 2015, “General Hospital” delivered 436,000 viewers in the demo to record the low mark. The number was down 18,000 from the previous week, when “GH” hit what was then its all-time low.

“General Hospital” has been airing since 1963.

Here’s a glance at the numbers for the soap operas for the week of June 22-26, 2015:

Total Viewers

  1. The Young & the Restless — 4,884,000
  2. The Bold and the Beautiful — 3,742,000
  3. General Hospital — 2,660,000
  4. Days of Our Lives — 2,353,000

Women 18-49

  1. Y&R — 804,000
  2. B&B — 688,000
  3. Days — 473,000
  4. GH — 436,000


  1. Y&R — 3.5/11
  2. B&B — 2.67/9
  3. GH — 2.0/6
  4. Days — 1.75/6

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Jul 6, 2015
8:44 am

Traveling Marvel Theme Park Tour Shuts Down Early (AP)

A $30 million summer tour built around Marvel’s lineup of superheroes is calling it quits. The AP reports that the organizers behind “The Marvel Experience” will shut down the summer tour early.

No reason was revealed for the tour’s sudden shutdown. Ticketholders for the high-tech indoor event will reportedly receive refunds.

“Producers of the show that includes 360-degree projections, holograms and a 4-D motion ride said Sunday its big debut in Philadelphia will be its one and only stop,” the AP reports. “The Chicago, New York and St. Louis legs have been cancelled.”

The tour had an early run with stops in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego before rebooting for its current run.

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Jul 3, 2015
12:47 pm

NBC Cancels Drama Series (Variety)

An NBC drama series that recently wrapped its season has been canceled. Variety reports that NBC pulled the plug on “A.D.: The Bible Continues” after its one-season run.

The report notes that producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey “plan to return to the greatest story ever told on their nascent digital channel.”

“A.D.,” which picked up where the hit 2013 miniseries “The Bible” left off, averaged about 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 based on live-plus-7 Nielsen figures, Variety notes. The show’s 12-episode run on NBC wrapped June 21.

“The numbers were too soft for a renewal on NBC,” Variety notes. “But now that the ‘A.D.’ moniker is established with a devoted cadre of viewers, Burnett and Downey see it as a perfect tentpole for the launch of the OTT channel they have been working on since partnering with MGM to form United Artists Media Group last fall.”

The new channel, which will focus on faith-based content, is expected to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017.

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Jul 3, 2015
12:39 pm

Jon Stewart Unloads on Donald Trump — and Comes Up With a Campaign Slogan for Trump 2016; Here’s the Video (Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart got in his licks about Donald Trump on Thursday’s installment of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” the final episode of the program before it goes on hiatus. During the segment he highlighted one of Trump’s statements as a possible campaign slogan for the Trump presidential bid: “Somebody’s doing the raping.”

Here’s the clip:

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