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Sunday February 24th, 2013

The Best Broadcast Pilot Orders of the 2013-2014 Season: NBC and CBS

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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It’s pilot season, which means your favorite out-of-work TV actors, actresses, creators and writers are getting a chance to return to the small screen once more.

Although we have yet to know what new series we’ll see next year, the networks have been busy selecting projects to consider for their schedules. So far, almost 100 scripts have been chosen, and audiences will only get to see a handful actually come to fruition.

Several are duds, but there are a few promising prospects that I hope network executives will keep around for the 2013-2014 season — even if it means they have to cancel old favorites to make room (just keep Parks and Recreation, OK, NBC?).

Check out my choices for the best prospective pilots NBC and CBS have ordered, and come back tomorrow to see my picks for ABC and Fox:

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Monday November 26th, 2012

‘Catfish’ Adaptation Hinting At Success Story Among TV Series Born From Films

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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We here at ScottFeinberg.com recently discussed the phenomena of TV shows becoming movies as well as TV series spinning off into other series, but we have yet to approach TV shows that spawned from movies — until now.

MTV’s new series Catfish: The TV Show, based on the 2010 documentary Catfish, follows people who form romantic relationships solely through online communication as they meet their significant others for the first time.

The most recent ratings for Catfish: The TV Show prove it’s clicking with audiences beyond the big screen: Among Monday night cable programs, the series came in third place, following ESPN’s Monday Night Football and SportsCenter. Specifically, 2.743 million viewers tuned in to last week’s episode, resulting in a 1.7 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

Catfish: The TV Show is only a part of a recent string of shows adapted from film — some resulting in hits, and others becoming huge misses.

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Thursday November 15th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘House of Cards’ Trailer Suggests Shake-Up, ‘Nashville’ Renewed, ‘Girls’ Going For Three

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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TOP STORIES

• The first trailer for Netflix’s original series House of Cards is online. Not to be overly dramatic, but its success could change TV as we know it.

• ABC’s new musical drama Nashville, staring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, received a full season from the alphabet network.

• It looks as though HBO’s Girls will get a third season. The comedy’s second season premieres Jan. 13.

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Friday September 7th, 2012

TV REWIND: ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Battles DNC, Peek Into ‘Abbey,’ Big Cameos For ’30 Rock’

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• The fifth episode of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo tied CNN’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention (including President Bill Clinton‘s speech) Wednesday. Americuhhhh…?

• NBC’s The New Normal has found a new home: After KSL-TV of Salt Lake City, Utah, refused to air the comedy, Ogden, Utah, station KUCW-TV has picked it up and will show it on Saturdays before Saturday Night Live.

• Producer J.J. Abrams (ABC’s Lost) and show runner J.H. Wyman (Fox’s Fringe) have sold a comedy to Fox. The series, which is still untitled, centers on a future that sees Los Angeles police officers work with human-like androids.

• NBC’s The Voice will have a three-night premiere, as opposed to a two-night one, this fall. The change will put the final night of The Voice in competition with Fox’s The X Factor. In other words, it’s the Christina Aguilera vs. Britney Spears debate of 1999 all over again.

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Friday August 31st, 2012

TV REWIND: ‘SHORE’ ENDS, ‘SHERLOCK’ DISS, ‘FAME’ AND ‘COP’ REBOOTS

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• The vacation had to end sometime: MTV announced that the upcoming sixth season of Jersey Shore will be its last.

Saturday Night Live announced its first three hosts and musical guests for the upcoming 38th season. Seth MacFarlane (Ted) will host the premiere of the NBC sketch show alongside rapper Frank Ocean, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) and Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) will host with musical guests Mumford & Sons and Muse, respectively.

The first season finale for HBO’s The Newsroom reached a ratings high Sunday. A total of 2.3 million people tuned in, which is the most viewers the series has had all season.

• FX has renewed the Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management for 90 more episodes. Martin Sheen will also join as a series regular.

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Thursday August 16th, 2012

Another Year, Another Controversy Over Who Will Host the Oscars

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Although the Academy Awards are still more than six months away, we’re about to find out our first winner – in the race for Oscar host. And, from what I can gather, the run-up to this selection has been as bizarre as any real awards season, if not more so.

The current controversy

Last week, Jimmy Fallon, the emcee of NBC’s late-night talk show, was approached to host the 85th Academy Awards, but he passed, telling the Today show, “No, I’m not doing the Oscars. It’s an honor to be asked, but it’s not my year.”

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Monday March 26th, 2012

Robin Williams to be Honored at The Comedy Awards

By Josh Abraham

The Comedy Awards, an annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy, announced today that Robin Williams will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious “Stand-Up Icon” award. This honor is bestowed each year to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to stand-up comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Williams will be honored for the unparalleled scope of his imagination, his repertoire of indelible characters, and his outstanding work as a stand-up comedian. Eddie Murphy was the inaugural recipient and he was presented with the honor by Tracy Morgan during last year’s show.

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Sunday March 11th, 2012

Is Eddie Murphy Career Over?

By Roger Friedman

Suddenly everyone’s writing obits for Eddie Murphy’s career.

So what? “A Thousand Words” got a Zero on Rottentomatoes.com. My friends, Eddie doesn’t care. He’s over it. He’s had bigger failures. He’s loaded. He does what he wants. He walks out of the Oscars. He walks out on the Oscars. He doesn’t do publicity. He’s laughing right now. He is LOADED. Do you get it? “Dreamgirls” was the closest he was going to get to anything. That’s over.

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Saturday January 14th, 2012

Celebrating Paramount’s 100th Anniversary Photo

By Roger Friedman

Dozens and dozens of Paramount Pictures stars from the past gathered on the famous lot today for a once in a lifetime group photograph. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the studio. Stars from The Godfather–like Robert DeNiro, James Caan, and Al Pacino, as well as director Francis Ford Coppola–were joined by famous types like Barbra Streisand, Shirley Maclaine, director Peter Bodganovich, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, plus Martin Scorsese, Gore VerbinskiTom Cruise, and Charlize Theron.

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Sunday December 4th, 2011

“Twilight” Tops, “Muppets” Drop, and Smaller Films (Shame, Descendants, Artist) Take Center Stage

By Scott Mendelson

As is sometimes the case with the post-Thanksgiving weekend, studios did not offer up a single new wide release. While that’s understandable considering the customary huge drops that the holdovers take this weekend, it’s frustrating this year considering the sheer amount of product being released over the last ten days of the year (does Summit really expect The Darkest Hour to strike huge over Christmas weekend?). Anyway, to the surprise of some (including me), a larger-than-expected drop for The Muppets allowed Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part I to top the box office for the third weekend in a row. The fourth film in the saga grossed $16.9 million, for a drop of 60% and a cume of $247 million. While it’s still trailing the respective end-of-third weekend totals of New Moon ($267 million) and Eclipse ($255 million), it had the largest third weekend of the franchise and a slightly smaller drop than New Moon (which tumbled 64% in weekend three for a $15 million weekend).

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