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Sunday February 10th, 2013

7 Lessons NBC can Learn from other Networks

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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After a fantastic fall that moved it from fourth to first place among the major networks, NBC is hitting yet another rough patch this spring.

The premieres of new shows Deception, 1600 Penn and Do No Harm failed (NBC is pulling the plug on Do No Harm after two episodes), and promising rookies Go On and The New Normal are tumbling without lead-in The Voice. Aside from this, Smash saw its second season premiere down 39 percent from its May season finale, attracting 4.5 million viewers and just a 1.1 adults rating.

On top of it all, NBC’s Up All Night star Christina Applegate is leaving the comedy as it’s in the middle of a major creative overhaul, saying, “It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors.”

We’ve written a lot about NBC’s struggles, but it’s time to look ahead at how it can change for the better. And why not learn from example? Here are lessons NBC would be wise to pick up from its more successful network companions:

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Sunday January 27th, 2013

Why ‘The Good Wife’ Can, And Should, Take A Risk This Season

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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CBS’s The Good Wife is undoubtedly one of the best series on TV, but its fourth season has been a little … off.

Most of this is due to the storyline featuring Kalinda’s (Archie Panjabi) husband, Nick (Marc Warren), which gave us insight into a character that was best left a mystery.

Creators Robert King and Michelle King quickly realized the err of their ways regarding the plot, ending it sooner than later as a result of unfavorable reactions.

“Some characters you actually don’t want to see that much backstory. We’re adjusting,” Robert King said in October. “No matter where we went, this was not a place where the audience wanted to go … We’re not complete dilettantes when it comes to storytelling. When your audience is either a) falling asleep or b) provoked, you kind of want to continue the story you’re telling, but pace it up a bit and finish the story earlier than you thought originally.”

Since the The Good Wife returned Jan. 6 and gotten rid of Nick, it’s improved, but some critics are still taking issue with the drama.

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Thursday January 24th, 2013

Can NBC’s ‘Parks And Recreation’ Survive For Another Season?

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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It may be only January, but it’s time to think about the next TV season.

As the networks begin to order pilots, it’s just another reminder that some of our favorite programs may not make it another year — new shows have to go somewhere, right?

As a result, during the pilot acquisition process, it’s also necessary to look at what series can get cut. Some already have (goodbye, ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), whereas others we won’t know the fates of until later this year.

There are always shows that are “on the bubble,” meaning they could either stay or go based on ratings, and somehow NBC’s Parks and Recreation has consistently been one of them. I’ve been worried lately that the beloved comedy won’t make it to six seasons, especially with NBC’s declared hope to broaden its series, but there are also some promising signs it could.

Here’s a rundown of Parks and Recreation‘s chances of survival:

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Friday January 18th, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘Globes’ Broadcast Dominates, ‘The Killing’ Resurges, ‘Idol’ Ratings Plummet

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 2013 Golden Globes dominated the ratings Sunday, drawing 20 million viewers. There was a 17 percent increase in audience members over last year’s ceremony, and the show was up 28 percent in the 18-49 demo, scoring a 6.4 adult rating.

• AMC’s The Killing, which got the ax this summer, is officially coming back for a third season. The drama will return to AMC along with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, but not everything will be the same: Detectives Linden and Holder (Enos and Kinnaman) will be working on a new case a year after solving the Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay) murder.

• Despite adding judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, the new season of Fox’s American Idol debuted to its smallest premiere audience ever. Although the reality show still drew 17.9 million viewers, that’s a 19 percent drop from the previous season premiere.

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Friday December 21st, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘X Factor’ Shakeups, Lawrence To Host ‘SNL’, ‘Best Funeral Ever’ Delayed

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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TOP STORIES

• Fox’s The X Factor is undergoing more judging shakeups. Although the reality singing competition added Britney Spears and Demi Lovato this season, judge L.A. Reid is departing the series following the finale.

• Dreams do come true! Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Jan. 19.

• In the aftermath of the tragic Newtown, Conn., shooting, TLC wisely delayed the premiere of its one-hour special Best Funeral Ever. Can we rename TLC (The Learning Channel) to NSC (Nothing is Sacred Channel)?

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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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Monday September 17th, 2012

Winners And Losers: ‘Thrones’ Leads The Pack At Creative Arts Emmys

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Emmy week has begun!

This past Saturday, Sept. 15, the Creative Arts Emmys took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and some of TV’s top prizes were handed out. The ceremony, which honors technical and mostly other behind-the-scenes achievements in primetime TV, was held by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — the same organization that will hold the Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, Sept. 23.

The biggest story of the ceremony is that HBO’s Game of Thrones walked away with six statues, the most of the night. The drama was nominated for a total of 11 Emmys, and it will be up for the final two awards, Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, on Sunday.

Game of Thrones‘ haul helped HBO come out on top of all the networks, winning 17 Emmys. CBS came in second, with 13 Emmys, whereas PBS was third with 11 awards. During the five-hour event, more than 70 awards were given out.

Here are some other highlights from the event:

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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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Friday August 24th, 2012

TV REWIND: Kimmel Moves Up, ‘Office’ Shuts Down, Oscar Producers Picked

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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

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Jimmy Kimmel is moving up to the big leagues: Come January 2013, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, which currently airs at 12:35 p.m., will begin airing at 11:35 p.m., head-to-head with NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.

• Two years after Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left, NBC’s The Office will be shutting its doors for good at the end of the upcoming ninth season.

• And the job for producing ABC’s 85th annual Academy Awards show on February 24, 2013 goes to… Chicago exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. (The duo, who have never before worked on an Oscars show, can probably be counted on to bring back the big musical numbers with which the show was long associated.)

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Friday August 17th, 2012

TV REWIND: Olympics Ratings, ‘Closer’ Ends, ‘SNL’ & ‘Good Wife’ Departures

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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

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• The ratings for NBC’s closing ceremony at the London Olympics were up 32 percent over the Beijing Games in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic.

• Following the summer Olympics, gold medalists Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have found futures in TV: Phelps will join Golf Channel’s The Haney Project for its fifth season, and Lochte will make a cameo on The CW’s 90210.

• It has been determined that the most-watched program of the summer was NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

• After seven seasons, TNT’s The Closer attracted 9.1 million viewers for its series finale. It’s the best ratings the series has had all summer.

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