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Comedy Central canceled The Sarah Silverman Program after the show’s third season and following a Twitter campaign that tried to encourage executives to keep the show. Last year, the show was close to cancelation when Sarah Silverman and two executive producers said they would depart the show when the network asked for a 20% decrease in the show’s budget. A co-financing agreement was settled with Logo to ultimately make a 10-episode third season happen.
In other Comedy Central news, the new multi-camera comedy Big Lake, distributed in the US by Debmar-Mercury with Lionsgate representing the international distribution rights, will debut on the network during third quarter 2010. Comedy Central ordered 10 episodes with an option to up the order by an additional 90 episodes if the initial run proves successful. Big Lake, produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy of Gary Sanchez Productions, is about a young guy (Chris Gethard) who won’t let anything stand in the way of his big plans even if he loses his job and has to move back in with his parents. Together with his two buddies, an ex-con (Horatio Sanz) and a burned-out high school teacher (Chris Parnell), the trio plan many well-intentioned schemes to save their hometown of Big Lake that end up going awry. Debmar-Mercury also holds the rights to take the comedy into domestic syndication beginning fall 2012.
PBS will air the new Ken Burns documentary The Tenth Inning on September 28-29 at 8p each night. In addition to Burns, the two-part, four-hour documentary was also written and directed by Lynn Novick and is produced by David McMahon, Novick and Burns. The documentary picks up where Burns’ successful 1994 series Baseball left off relating the story of American baseball from the early 1990s to the present day. The original nine-part docu-series Baseball was viewed by more than 43 million people, making it the most-watched program in PBS history. The Tenth Inning is produced by Florentine Films and WETA/Washington, D.C. with Keith David as narrator.
Chiller, the newer cable network from NBC Universal specializing in scary entertainment content, is adding the reality series Fear Factor to its schedule beginning July 24 at 8p. Fear Factor, with 139 total hours, will open with back-to-back episodes and will air every Saturday night. NBC originally carried Fear Factor from 2001-2006.
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Comcast Corporation and ESPN made a deal so that ESPN 3D will be made available to Comcast’s Digital Cable subscribers. ESPN 3D will launch on June 11 and Comcast is the first cable affiliate to agree to distribute the new network.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Just days before its upfront presentation next Monday, FOX handed series orders to four pilots: the dramas Ridealong and Lone Star (previously titled Midland), as well as the comedies Keep Hope Alive and Traffic Light. All four series projects are produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Additionally, though not official, it is likely FOX is renewing Lie to Me from 20th Century Fox TV and Human Target from Warner Bros. TV for new seasons. Ridealong is a cop drama set in Chicago from executive producers Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman Nash starring Jennifer Beals, Hason Clark, Matt Lauria and Delroy Lindo. Lone Star is a drama about a family oil business from writer Kyle Killen and executive producers Chris Keyser, Amy Lippman, Kerry Kohansky, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. Mark Deklin, Jon Voight, David Keith and Adrianne Palicki headline Lone Star. Keep Hope Alive is a comedy about a guy who has a one-night stand with a woman who ends up on death row and she gives birth to his child. Greg Garcia and director Michael Fresco are executive producers. Martha Plimpton is among the stars. Traffic Light is based on an Israeli series about three friends and their relationships. Bob Fisher penned the pilot; executive producers include Adir Miller, Avi Nir, Ran Telem and Elad Koperman.
FX gave a nod to a new comedy/live-action pilot titled Wilfred, based on the Australian series of the same name adapted for FX by David Zuckerman. Jason Gann, co-creator and star of the Australian version, has agreed to star in the pilot. Zuckerman wrote the adapted pilot script and will executive produce along with Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park and Joe Connor and Ken Conner of Renegade, producers of the Australian Wilfred version. Gann will also serve as co-executive producer.
~ RATINGS ~
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 4/26-4/30/10 ranked by HH Rtg
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 4/26-4/30/10 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX was the clear winner Tuesday night by delivering a 5.8/15 with the A18-49 demo, according to final national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX’s American Idol was out in front with a 6.8/18 while CBS’ NCIS placed second at 3.9/11. FOX maintained its winning streak with Glee at 4.8/12 in the 9p hour with ABC’s Lost ranking #2 at 4.1/10. NBC had the best ratings results during 10p at 2.6/7 though CBS’ The Good Wife was not far behind at 2.4/7.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 (May Sweep Day 13) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 9.5/15 NCIS 10.5/16, NCIS: Los Angeles 9.8/15, The Good Wife 8.3/14
FOX: 8.7/14 American Idol 10.7/17, Glee 6.8/10
ABC: 6.0/10 Dancing with the Stars Results Show 8.1/13, Lost 6.3/10, V 3.6/6
NBC: 4.7/8 The Biggest Loser 5.1/8, Parenthood 3.9/7
UNIV: 2.0/3 Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe 2.4/4, Tiempo Final 1.2/2
CW: 0.7/1 90210 0.9/1, Life Unexpected [r] 0.5/1
ION: 0.7/1 Criminal Minds 0.5/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
TELE: 0.7/1 El Clon 0.6/1, Perro Amor 0.5/1, Donde Esta Elisa 0.8/1
A18-49: FOX 5.8/15, CBS 3.2/9, NBC 3.1/8, ABC 3.0/8, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 0.5/1, TELE 0.5/1, ION 0.4/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. appointed Deborah K. Bradley in the position of SVP/Program Acquisitions. Deborah will work on behalf of the various domestic Turner Entertainment Networks including TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), truTV and Peachtree TV in addition to being involved with studio acquisitions and licensing for Turner’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM) which encompasses Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. Deborah will also consult with these networks on program planning as it pertains to network strategy. Deborah will re-locate to Atlanta and will report jointly to Linda Yaccarino, EVP/COO, Turner Entertainment Ad Sales/Marketing and Acquisitions and to Stu Snyder, President/COO, AYAKM.
The Hub hired Mark J. Kern as SVP/Corporate Communications and John P. Roberts as SVP/Digital Content and Cross-Platform Entertainment. Both will report directly to Margaret Loesch, President/CEO of The Hub, the new children’s television network set to launch October 10.
Sue Rasmussen joined Fuse, the national music television network from Madison Square Garden as VP/Direct Response Advertising Sales. Sue will be in charge of all direct response business for Fuse including the daily response and paid programming operations. She will work in tandem with the SVP/Ad Sales in addition to the pricing and planning department. Sue will report to Jason Miller, SVP/National Ad Sales, Fuse. Prior to this new position, Sue founded her own consulting company, Media Cooperative, LLC.
Spanish Broadcasting System Inc named Jose R. Perez as VP/Programming and Camilo Bernal to Manager/Affiliate Relations for Mega TV. Jose previously was SVP/Entertainment and Programming Development with Univision Network. Camilo most recently managed the Sales and Business Development for Worldvibe Entertainment Group.
Ted Lai advanced to the newly-created job of SVP/Television Distribution (China and Korea) and Business Development (Asia) with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Ted will oversee the daily activities for Warner’s branded VOD services, both advertiser-supported and subscription-based, in specific countries in the Asia Pacific region. Ted will also work with HBO Asia on the distribution of WarnerTV Asia, the new linear channel launching this year in the Pan-Asian region. In his branded services capacity, Ted reports to Malcolm Dudley-Smith, EVP/Business Management, Warner Bros. International Branded Services. Furthermore, Ted will continue to manage the distribution of Warner Bros. Entertainment programming to free and pay TV outlets via all platforms throughout China and Korea. In this sector, Ted continues to report to Jim Brehm, SVP/Sales, Canada, Latin America and Asia, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
This day in History: 1880 – Thomas Edison tested his experimental electric railway in Menlo Park.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: What former TV anchorman made headlines by attending not one, but two Grateful Dead concerts? WALTER CRONKITE Kudos to: Lewis Cosby/Knoxville; Scott Wagstaff-Showtime/NY; Paco Correa-HBO/NY; Greg West-WATC/Atlanta; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Jim Hall-truemedia/Columbia; Les Stipp-GSD&M/Chicago; Dan Haberer-Creo Ent/Playa del Rey; Paul Blutter-General American Group/Northridge; Don Surath-KPIX/San Francisco; Graham Clegg/Toronto
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