Feb 9, 2016
7:52 am

Comedy Series Canceled (THR)

CBS pulled the plug on a comedy series and is shuffling its prime-time lineup to fill the slot. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network has canceled “Angel From Hell.”

The rookie sitcom, which stars Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson, was pulled after airing five episodes. CBS will fill the Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot with “2 Broke Girls” starting Feb. 18, with a “Big Bang Theory” repeat to plug into the slot this week.

“Angel From Hell” delivered a 1.6 average rating in the key 18-49 demo for its opener, along with 8.13 million total viewers, but its numbers slipped in subsequent weeks. The show hit a low with its most recent episode, pulling 6.34 million viewers for the Feb. 4 broadcast.

It is unknown whether remaining episodes of “Angel From Hell” that have been produced will make it to air.

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“Angel From Hell”

Feb 8, 2016
2:51 pm

Super Bowl Viewer Totals: Broadcast Is TV’s Third-Most-Watched Program of All Time (Variety)

After overnight figures had Sunday’s Super Bowl in second place all time behind last year’s game on NBC, updated figures place the CBS broadcast as the third-most-watched TV program ever.

Variety reports that the 24-10 upset win by the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers delivered an average of 111.9 total viewers. That places the broadcast third behind last year’s Super Bowl on NBC between New England and Seattle, with 114.4 million, and the 2014 Super Bowl on Fox between Seattle and Denver, with 112.2 million.

Sunday’s audience peaked at 115.5 million from 8:30-9 p.m. ET, during the halftime show, the report notes.

Variety adds: “The game was also broadcast nationally by ESPN Deportes, averaging 472,000 viewers. According to CBS, streaming coverage of the game on CBS and NFL properties averaged 1.4 million viewers, and viewers consumed more than 315 million minutes of coverage across laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones.”

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Feb 8, 2016
2:44 pm

The Five Best Super Bowl Commercials From Sunday’s Game, According to USA Today’s Annual Ad Meter Poll (USA Today)

Here are the five best Super Bowl Commercials, according to USA Today’s annual Ad Meter poll.

Says USA Today in a separate article, “For 28 consecutive years, USA TODAY’s Ad Meter has stood as one of the nation’s most closely watched gauges of advertising success. This year, nearly 20,000 preregistered panelists from across the country weighed in.”

To see the ranking of all the the other Super Bowl ads — including the ads themselves (beyond the top 5, which you can see below) please click here.

The most popular commercial, as ranked by the Ad Meter, is this one from Hyundai, titled “First Date.” [It scored 6.91 on USA Today’s Ad Meter]:

In second place is this commercial from Heinz, called “Weiner Stampede” [6.64 on the Ad Meter]:

The third most popular Super Bowl commercial was Doritos’ “Ultrasound” [6.61 on the Ad Meter]:

Next, in slot number four, is another Doritos commercial, called “Doritos Dogs” [6.49 on the Ad Meter]:

Rounding up the top five, in fifth place, is another spot from Hyundai, this one titled “Ryanville” [6.27 on the Ad Meter]:

Feb 8, 2016
2:41 pm

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 …

Feb 8, 2016
2:37 pm

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.”

Feb 8, 2016
2:31 pm

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:

Feb 8, 2016
2:29 pm

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
2:27 pm

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 …

Feb 8, 2016
2:21 pm

WGA-West Event Is Beyond Words (TVWeek)

You know it’s going to be an entertaining evening when a “fight” breaks out among acclaimed screenwriters of some of the most honored films this awards season.

That’s what happened at the Writers Guild of America West’s Beyond Words Feb. 4 event, which spotlights the writers of original and adapted screenplays who are up for WGA Awards. Most of them, not surprisingly, are also nominated for Oscars.

Please click here to read a full report on the event, from TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin.

Feb 8, 2016
2:09 pm

ABC Orders New Game Show (TVWeek, ABC)

ABC has given a series order to a new weekly half-hour comedic game show. The program, “Big Fan,” comes from Jimmy Kimmel and Banijay Studios North America, and will be hosted by Andy Richter.

The show is based on the “Who Knows…?” segment from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which has gone viral in part because of a segment pitting Katy Perry against one of her biggest fans. (See the clip below.)

“Each episode of the half-hour, studio-based game show will feature one celebrity and three of his or her biggest super fans,” the network says in its announcement. “The super fans will go head-to-head to see who knows more about the episode’s featured celebrity. The succeeding super fan will move on to the final round in an ultimate showdown, celebrity vs. super fan, to see who knows most about the celebrity. If the super fan wins, their prize is a priceless experience with the celebrity they admire most.”

Kimmel commented: “This show is a lot of fun. Andy Richter is a great host, and I can’t think of a better way to terrify celebrities.”

Here’s the clip of Katy Perry vs. her superfan, from “Jimmy Kimmel Live”:

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