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Feb 8, 2016
10:46 am
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NBC Renews Drama Series (THR)

An NBC drama series that recently premiered will be back for a second season. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network renewed “Shades of Blue,” the cop show starring Jennifer Lopez.

“The pickup comes after some aggressive time-shifting for the cop drama, which has been a welcome change for the network’s long-troubled 10 p.m. Thursday time slot that ‘Shades of Blue’ currently occupies,” THR reports. “Live-plus-3 returns for the first three episodes have the series averaging a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers. Its latest live-plus-7 rating has it jumping a whopping 95 percent in the key demo.”

In announcing the renewal, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said: “We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest-working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today. We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
10:44 am
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Early Ratings for Super Bowl Rank It Among the Highest of All Time (Media Life, TVWeek)

The early numbers for Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, broadcast by CBS, rank the game at near-record levels, Media Life Magazine reports.

The game, in which the Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in what many observers believe will be legendary quarterback Peyton Manning’s final NFL game, averaged a 49.0 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets, according to figures released this morning by CBS.

“That was behind only last year’s contest on NBC, which posted a 49.7 metered-market household rating. Overnight records go back to 1976,” Media Life notes.

Super Bowl 50 delivered a 73 share, indicating that almost three-quarters of households watching TV were tuned in to the game.

Viewership totals will be in later today, and it remains up for grabs whether Sunday’s game will beat the record of 114.4 million for last year’s game.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
10:25 am
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Big Turnout for ABC’s Presidential Debate (Variety)

ABC drew its largest non-sports audience on a Saturday in more than 14 years for its debate among Republican presidential contenders. Variety reports that the debate, which featured the return of Donald Trump after he boycotted the recent Fox News Channel debate, delivered 13.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen estimates.

That’s up from 11.09 million for the Jan. 14 debate on Fox Business Network and 12.47 million for the Jan. 28 Fox News Channel debate, when Trump held his own rival event. Saturday’s GOP debate had the largest audience of any political event for either party so far in 2016, the report notes.

“The ABC Republican debate special delivered the network’s largest audience on a Saturday since September 2001. In January 2012, a GOP debate on the Alphabet drew 6.27 million viewers,” Variety notes.

Even so, Saturday’s debate didn’t approach the numbers from last fall, when the Trump phenomenon was just gaining momentum. Early in the debate season, FNC’s GOP debate pulled 24 million viewers, and a subsequent Republican debate on CNN topped 23 million.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
7:24 am
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CBS Pulls Plug on Drama Series (TVWeek)

CBS picked a high-profile venue to announce the end of an acclaimed drama series. The network broke the news via a promo airing during the Super Bowl that “The Good Wife” is ending its run after seven seasons.

The show and its star Julianna Margulies have been fixtures at the Emmy Awards since 2010, chalking up 39 nominations and bringing home five trophies, including two Lead Actress wins for Margulies. Actresses Archie Panjabi, Martha Plimpton and Carrie Preston have all won Emmys for guest and supporting roles on the series.

CBS’s Super Bowl promo for the show put to rest rumors that have been swirling around the fate of “The Good Wife” for some time, fueled by the announcement earlier in season seven that creators Robert and Michelle King would be leaving the show.

The promo announced that the remaining nine episodes will wrap the show’s final season. The last nine episodes begin airing next Sunday, Feb. 14, with the series finale due to air May 8.

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Feb 8, 2016
7:11 am
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Influential Musician Dead at 74 — Known for a String of Quirky Songs Going Back to the Late Sixties (TVWeek, Rolling Stone, YouTube)

The influential singer, guitarist, songwriter and frontman of the musical group behind songs such as “I Scare Myself” and “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” has died. Rolling Stone reports that Dan Hicks, whose group “Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks” was a fixture of the counterculture music scene since 1969, died Saturday after battling cancer for two years. He was 74.

Hicks was a part of the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene in the mid-1960s as the drummer for the Charlatans before he formed the Hot Licks in 1967. The group had a soft country-rock sound, but the quirky tunes penned by Hicks resulted in the Hot Licks’ often being pigeonholed as a novelty band.

Various Hot Licks lineups survived well into the 21st century, with the classic period including a string of successful 1970s albums released either under the Hot Licks banner or as Dan Hicks solo albums, notably “Where’s the Money” (1971), “Striking It Rich” (1972), “Last Train to Hicksville” (1973) and “It Happened One Bite” (1978).

Here’s a taste of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks from 1972, featuring what many consider the classic Hot Licks lineup of Sid Page on violin, John Girton on guitar and Jaime Leopold on bass along with Lickettes Maryann Price and Naomi Eisenberg …

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Feb 8, 2016
6:19 am
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Halftime Controversy: Prominent Politician Slams the Super Bowl Show (NY Daily News)

Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show generated its share of controversy, with one incident in particular drawing fire. Rudy Giuliani, appearing today on Fox News, bashed the “Black Power” salute by Beyonce, the New York Daily News reports.

Giuliani is quoted saying: “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.”

The former New York City mayor adds: “What we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”

Beyonce’s performance featured a troupe of dancers in Black Panther-style berets. “Fist in air, the bandolier-wrapped Beyonce gave the Black Power symbol in front of a corps of dancers all donning black berets, [a] symbol of the militant political movement that formed 50 years ago this October,” the article notes. “It’s the same gesture, fist high and proud, that Olympic athletes raised in the 1968 games, setting off a firestorm of controversy.”

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Feb 8, 2016
6:11 am
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This Is Easily the Most Talked-About Commercial of Super Bowl 50 (Huffington Post, TVWeek, YouTube)

The one commercial airing during Super Bowl 50 that appears to have captured the cultural zeitgeist, according to many observers, is Mountain Dew’s “Puppymonkeybaby.”

The Huffington Post calls the spot “one of the most disturbing commercials of Super Bowl 50.” The ad introduces a hybrid creature combining, as the title implies, a puppy, a monkey and a baby.

In addition to the 30-second spot, the soft drink company spotlighted the creature in a series of tweets released throughout the Super Bowl. (Click on the link above to see some examples.)

Here’s the commercial …

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Feb 8, 2016
6:07 am
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Media Consulting Firm Names New President (TVWeek)

A media management consulting and executive search firm known for its work with CNN, A+E Networks and other major clients has appointed a new president. Sucherman Group today announced the promotion of Jamie Waldron to the post.

Erik Sorenson, CEO of Sucherman Group, and Stuart Sucherman, Founder and Chairman, made the announcement.

Waldron, based in the company’s Los Angeles office, oversees the company’s executive search practice. He will continue to report to Sorenson.

Said Sorenson: “Jamie has been a big boost to our business. He has added clients, grown revenues and improved the search product we deliver.”

Sucherman added: “Jamie has emerged as a real partner to Erik and me, embracing and promoting our values throughout everything he does. He has deep roots in the Hollywood community and we’re thrilled that he’s managing our business there.”

Sorenson also announced the promotion of Rich Tackenberg to Managing Director, Executive Search. Tackenberg will report to Waldron and assist him in managing the recruiting and placement process at Sucherman Group.

Sucherman Group notes in its announcement that it is the leading boutique consulting and executive search firm for the media and entertainment space. In addition to CNN and A+E networks, its consulting clients include Univision Digital, Fusion, Turner Broadcasting, Showtime and Viacom.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
6:01 am
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‘Lip Sync Battle’ Teases Superstar’s Surprise Appearance — Here’s the Clip (Spike, YouTube)

A teaser clip posted today to promote Thursday’s “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike reveals that superstar pop singer Christina Aguilera makes a surprise appearance during Hayden Panettiere’s tribute “Lady Marmalade.”

Here’s the clip …

TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
5:57 am
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Here’s the Commercial That Viewers Voted the Worst of Super Bowl 50 in USA Today’s Ad Meter Survey (USA Today)

In addition to ranking the best Super Bowl 50 commercials, USA Today’s Ad Meter survey also ranked the worst, and the worst of them all, with a score of 3.22 (vs. a 6.91 for the highest-rated commercial, Hyundai’s “First Date”), is Valeant’s “Jublia.”

Here’s the spot:

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