LIVE FROM THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION SUMMER PRESS TOUR IN LOS ANGELES
In Today’s Issue
SUMMER PRESS TOUR
-Cable – Day Two
RECENT PRESS TOUR NEWS
-Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-The Chew in Primetime
-Good Afternoon America – Week Three
-Morgan Freeman Returns to Science
-Cable Series Rankings
-TVS Announces TVS Asia
-On the Air This Weekend
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TCA SUMMER PRESS TOUR
Cable – Day Two
The second day of the cable portion of the Summer Press Tour opened with four sessions with GMC (movie Somebody’s Child, reality series The Bulloch Family Ranch, documentary/reality series I Forgive You, and movie Christmas Angel), followed by Starz, which featured Encore drama – The Crimson Petal and the White and returning drama Boss with Kelsey Grammer. Known, of course, for his record 20-season stint as Dr. Frasier Crane (9 of Cheers, 11 on spin-off Frasier), Crane is now virtually unrecognizable as deathly ill Chicago Mayor Tom Kane.
“I can’t tell you how many people come up and tell me, ‘That’s the best thing you’ve ever done!’,” said Grammer about the ratings-challenged Boss. “And there are also people who come up to me and say, ‘When are you coming back to television?’”
In the upcoming second season of Boss, which debuts Friday, Aug. 17, Kane beats back the physical symptoms of his neurological disorder with high doses of medication, but suffers from the psychological manifestations of the disease.
A Hallmark Channel working lunch followed with a variety of upcoming celebrities appearing on the cable network including Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal, who will be featured in Cedar Cove, the cable net’s first regularly scheduled series; Home & Family hosts Paige Davis and Mark Steines, which debuts on October 1; and Patricia Heaton, Marilu Henner, Naomi Judd, Joey Lawrence, Teri Polo, Annie Potts and Patricia Richardson. Marie Osmond, who will be hosting a weekday talk show on Hallmark, appear in a taped message.
Next was a session on reality series Coast Guard Florida on The Weather Channel, while Discovery was the focus in the afternoon, with sessions on Breaking Amish on TLC, The Brokaw Files on Military Channel, Overhaulin’ on Velocity, Married to the Army: Alaska on OWN, Deadly Affairs on Investigation Discovery, Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel’s Curiosity: Plane Crash.
“What I love about Deadly Affairs is the way they are producing the show,” said Deadly Affairs host Susan Lucci. “It has a different look than anything that I have seen. Admittedly, I haven’t seen everything of this genre, but I have watched many shows. While the dramatic reenactment is on location, I’m playing a character as well. It’s not myself. I’m playing a character, which frees things up. And I am also on location, which adds to the storytelling. And the locations and the costume changes and all of that always are organic to the storytelling.”
Coming up on the final day at The Summer Press Tour tomorrow: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will be present at ESPN’s portion.
RECENT PRESS TOUR NEWS
-Ethel and Rory Kennedy Discuss Upcoming HBO Documentary: http://tinyurl.com/d5b2rsr
-Tippi Hedren on Alfred Hitchcock: http://tinyurl.com/cef8opf
-Day One of Cable at The Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/cghg2f3
-Showtime Update: http://tinyurl.com/d5butcd
-The CW at the Summer Press Tour – http://tinyurl.com/ca7yd24
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Arrow: http://tinyurl.com/czo6obz
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Emily Owens, M.D.: http://tinyurl.com/d8plq2z
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Beauty and the Beast: http://tinyurl.com/brd7yk2
-CBS at the Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/c8b6xzq
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Made in Jersey: http://tinyurl.com/c4zkhtd
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Vegas: http://tinyurl.com/bn5gzsc
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Partners: http://tinyurl.com/d9qc3d5
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Elementary: http://tinyurl.com/cyh55mj
-ABC at the Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/bvjrzu9
-ABC Season and Series Premiere Dates: http://tinyurl.com/d472ueb
-NBC Executive Session: http://tinyurl.com/co33xbs
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Revolution: http://tinyurl.com/cd8affo
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – The New Normal: http://tinyurl.com/dx5uo8h
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Go On: http://tinyurl.com/dyglmm2
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Animal Practice: http://tinyurl.com/cacgea7
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Chicago Fire: http://tinyurl.com/d2ouqoq
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Guys With Kids: http://tinyurl.com/cmusyqq
-Suburgatory and The Neighbors to Switch Time Periods: http://tinyurl.com/chm924v
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – The Neighbors: http://tinyurl.com/d7r69wj
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Nashville: http://tinyurl.com/bs9zr3h
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Last Resort: http://tinyurl.com/blzygc2
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Malibu Country: http://tinyurl.com/cy2zp5z
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – 666 Park Avenue: http://tinyurl.com/cpydqt7
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – The Mob Doctor: http://www.tvmediainsights.com/2012/07/the-mob-doctor/
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – Ben and Kate: http://tinyurl.com/buvd9ap-
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – The Mindy Project: http://tinyurl.com/cquspeq
-Downton Abbey Update: http://tinyurl.com/c6bpkl2
-PBS Kicks-Off Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/bm3c98w
-TCA Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/7uqppgx
Metered Market Thursday Ratings
It is All About The London Olympics on NBC
Metered Market Results
CBS 3.2/ 5
ABC 1.9/ 3
Fox 1.1/ 2
CW 0.4/ 1
The London Olympics more than tripled the competition in the overnights last night, with a 22.8 rating/37 share for the primetime portion. It peaked in the 10 p.m. half hour with a 27.2/42.
Outside of Wipeout on ABC and Big Brother on CBS, which competed against each other in the 9 p.m. hour, everything else was a repeat. CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of The Big Bang Theory (#2: 4.1/ 7) and Two and a Half Men (#2: 3.3/ 6) from 8-9 p.m., followed by Big Brother (#2: 3.6/ 6) and a repeat of Person of Interest (#2: 2.4/ 4) from 9-11 p.m. Once Big Brother concludes for the season, Person of Interest will move back to Thursday at 9 p.m. into new drama Elementary.
ABC opened with a repeat of Wipeout (#3: 2.2/ 4 at 8 p.m.), followed by the original installment of Wipeout (#3: 2.3/ 4) and an encore telecast of Canadian drama Rookie Blue (#3: 1.3/ 2) from 9-11 p.m.
Elsewhere, two repeat of Raising Hope on Fox (#4: avg. 1.1/ 2 from 8-9 p.m.) led into an encore of relocated Glee (#4: 1.0/ 2 at 9 p.m.), which faces heavy competition next fall. And The CW aired repeats of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.5/ 1) and Canadian drama The L.A. Complex (#5: 0.3/ 1).
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
The Chew in Primetime
It is not a permanent move. But ABC is hoping to ignite interest in daytime food-themed chatfest The Chew (and its fall line-up) with a one-hour primetime special on Sunday, September 2 at 7 p.m. ET. Featured will be a host of stars of upcoming ABC series including Andre Braugher (Last Resort), Jami Gertz (The Neighbors), Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Reba (Malibu Country) and Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn of 666 Park Avenue. Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz host.
Check out our odds of survival for the new ABC series as follows:
-Last Resort: http://tinyurl.com/blzygc2
-Malibu Country: http://tinyurl.com/cy2zp5z
-The Neighbors: http://tinyurl.com/d7r69wj
-666 Park Avenue: http://tinyurl.com/cpydqt7
Good Afternoon America – Week Three
The news remained grim for week three of last-place ABC daytime entry Good Afternoon America, which dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience. It will be interesting to see what happens when veteran General Hospital steps into the 2 p.m. ET hour this fall. Elsewhere, The View on ABC is down but still tops; second-place The Talk on CBS was close to year-ago levels; and third-place The Chew on ABC is no All My Children.
For a closer look, here are the results for the quartet (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses):
The View (ABC): 3.14 million (-15), The Talk (CBS): 2.20 (- 1), The Chew (ABC); 2.12 (-18 from All My Children), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 1.70 (-39 from One Life to Live)
The View (ABC): 716,000 (-25), The Talk (CBS): 594,000 (- 9), The Chew (ABC): 471,000 (-32), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 404,000 (-50)
The View (ABC): 556,000 (-23), The Talk (CBS): 442,000 (-15), The Chew (ABC); 356,000 (-32), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 293,000 (-57)
The View (ABC): 200,000 (-12), The Talk (ABC): 132,000 (-10), The Chew (ABC): 129,000 (-17), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 106,000 (-50)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Morgan Freeman Returns to Science
Science has renewed Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman for a second season, with an order for 10 new episodes to debut in summer 2013. Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman is produced by Revelations Entertainment with Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger serving as executive producer.
Cable Series Rankings
What follows are the 20 most-watched series for Wednesday, August 1:
Dallas (TNT): 3.24 million, Royal Pains (USA): 2.96, The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel) and Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel): 2.48 each, Shake It Up (Disney Channel): 2.38, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.19, Ninjago (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m.): 2.08, NCIS (USA, 8 p.m.): 2.04, Gravily Falls (Disney Channel, 9 p.m.): 1.97, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.93, Victorious (Nick at Nite, 8:30 p.m.): 1.84, Victorious (Nick at Nite, 8 p.m.): 1.70, Cajun Pawn Stars (History, 9 p.m.) and Storage Wars (A&E, 9:30 p.m.): 1.67 each, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 1.65, Operation Repo (TruTV, 9:30 p.m.): 1.65, Storage Wars (A&E, 9 p.m.): 1.59, Cajun Pawn Stars (History, 9:30 p.m.): 1.57, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.56
TVS Announces TVS Asia
Distributor The Television Syndication Company (TVS) has opened a new rep office in Singapore called TVS Asia to service Asian clients with its programming library. A joint initiative with content provider Sunrise Entertainment Pte Ltd, an affiliate of TVS for the past decade, Sunrise will manage the new entity under the guidance of TVS. For more information, contact Cassie Yde at email@example.com.
Friday, August 3, 2012
8:00 p.m. Shark Tank (R)
9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do? (R)
9:30 p.m. 20/20
8:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Olympic Summer Games
8:00 p.m. House (R)
9:00 p.m. Bones (R)
8:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
9:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
Saturday, August 4, 2012
8:00 p.m. Movie: Norbit (R)
10:00 p.m. Castle (R)
8:00 p.m. NYC 22
9:00 p.m. NYC 22
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Olympic Summer Games
8:00 p.m. UFC on Fox
Sunday, August 5, 2012
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
8:00 p.m. Secret Millionaire
9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (two hours)
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes (R)
8:00 p.m. Big Brother
9:00 p.m. TBD
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Olympic Summer Games
7:00 p.m. American Dad (R)
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
8:30 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Army Wives (Lifetime): 10 p.m. ET (100th episode)
-Flip Men (Spike TV): 10 p.m. ET
As a reminder: The daily Trivia Challenge will return on Monday, August 6. Have a great weekend.
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