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Feb 8, 2016
2:51 pm
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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
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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.

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Feb 8, 2016
2:27 pm
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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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Feb 8, 2016
1:27 pm
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NBCUniversal Fills New Executive Post (TVWeek)

NBCUniversal today announced a key executive appointment, filling the newly created post of Executive Vice President, Network Partnerships. The company appointed Josh Feldman to the position.

Feldman will report to John Harrobin, Chief Marketing Officer of NBCUniversal’s Advertising Sales division.

“Feldman will lead the Network Partnerships group, whose goal is to drive revenue across the entire portfolio through strategic sponsorship opportunities,” the company said in its announcement. “He will be responsible for partnering with the leadership of each NBCUniversal network across every platform to execute client-focused marketing efforts. Feldman will work closely with the Client Partnerships team to develop custom marketing solutions that deliver data-driven insights for each campaign.”

Said Harrobin: “Josh’s impressive career in entertainment media sales and client relations is exactly what we need as we strengthen our efforts to serve our advertisers better. Josh has a proven track record of consistently delivering some of the most creative ways for marketers to reach consumers, particularly millennials, in meaningful ways. We’re excited to have him on board.”

Feldman was previously Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager of Turner Emerging Consumer Ad Sales for Turner Broadcasting, overseeing client relationships for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV.

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Feb 8, 2016
12:57 pm
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DGA Awards: One Cable Channel’s Big Night (TVWeek, Multichannel News)

One cable channel had a big night at the Directors Guild of America Awards, which were handed out Saturday, and it’s a channel that has had big awards nights in the past: HBO.

Multichannel News reports that HBO scored a “clean sweep of the top television categories” at the awards ceremony.

Claiming top awards were David Nutter, who won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series for “Game of Thrones”; Chris Addison, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series for “Veep”; and Dee Rees, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Movie for Television and Miniseries for “Bessie” — all of which are HBO programs.

TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin filed a full report on the DGA ceremony, which you can read by clicking here — and you can click through to see a full list of DGA winners.

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Feb 8, 2016
11:44 am
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Viacom-Owned Cable Channel Has a New Name (Multichannel News)

One of Viacom’s cable channels has been renamed. Network executives announced last week that the company is renaming Palladia, which will now be known as MTV Live, Multichannel News reports.

“The network, which initially launched as MTV’s MHD:Music High Definition in 2006 before being re-branded to Palladia two years later, will feature a new logo and an increased focus on live concert music programming, according to MTV,” the article reports.

The relaunch will feature a week of concert programming and music documentaries, including performances by Pink and Radiohead and the documentaries “Jay-Z: Made in America” and “David Bowie: Five Years.”

The rebranding follows December’s announcement that VH1 Soul was becoming BET Soul. Along with the MTV, BET and VH1 channel groups, Viacom owns Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, Nickelodeon, TV Land and other channels.

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Feb 8, 2016
10:49 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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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
10:11 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
9:19 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
8:44 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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