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2012-13 Fall Broadcast Primetime Grid

2012-13 Fall Broadcast Primetime Grid

With all five English-language broadcast networks reporting, here is how they stack up against each other in the fall. New shows in red.

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Steven Moffat talks Elementary’s take on Sherlock Holmes

Steven Moffat talks Elementary’s take on Sherlock Holmes

Co-creator of the wildly successful (and deservedly so) BBC Sherlock series, Steven Moffat has a few new things to say about CBS’ Elementary…

After CBS responded to the creators of the BBC’s Sherlock turning down their offer to create a US version of the show by getting to work on their own modernised version of Holmes, the risk was initially one of too much overlap between the two supposedly distinct properties. Now, it seems the pendulum’s swung the other way. The problem, according to Steven Moffat, isn’t that Elementary is too similar, but that it’s too different from the original Conan Doyle stories.

Speaking to TheInsider, Moffat explained, “What we did with our Sherlock was just take it from Victorian times into modern day. [Elementary] has got three big changes: it’s Sherlock Holmes in America, it’s Sherlock Holmes updated and it’s Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson. I wonder if he’s Sherlock Holmes in any sense other than he’s called Sherlock Holmes.”

It’s a fair point, especially when you consider that the US already has (or had, seeing as the series is just days away from its finale) a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in the form of House. Moffat continued, “It’s almost like they should have made Watson a woman but kept the show in Victorian times…that would actually be quite interesting.”

Big Brother 2012 house has a "glitz" theme

Big Brother 2012 house has a "glitz" theme

The Big Brother 2012 house has a “glitz” theme to it, it’s been claimed today.

According to the Daily Star, the new house will be “shiny and glam” when the new batch of housemates enter later this month.

Big Brother voice over Marcus Bentley previously teased that the Big Brother 2012 house had been “completely redesigned”.

“I haven’t been up to the studios yet but my mate has told me that the house is particularly amazing this year,” Marcus said. “A complete redesign of the layout not just the decoration.”

The show returns to Channel 5 in June with a ‘normal’ series, followed by a Celebrity version just after in August.

'The Apprentice' beats 'Lewis' series premiere

'The Apprentice' beats 'Lewis' series premiere

The series premiere of Lewis lost out to The Apprentice last night (May 16), according to overnight data.

Lewis managed 5.21m (22.7%) across its two-hour slot (+1: 320k/1.5%) but could not compete with The Apprentice (6.09m/25.2%) from 9pm.

Earlier on BBC One, DIY SOS: The Big Build garnered 4.68m (21.5%) in the 8pm hour.

BBC Two showed Great British Menu (1.94m/10.2%), Antiques Uncovered (1.03m/4.8%) and Felicity Kendal's Indian Shakespeare Quest (772k/3.2%) before Apprentice spin-off You're Fired! won 2.23m (11.3%).

On Channel 4, Secret Eaters averaged 1.68m (7.7%) from 8pm (+1: 219k/0.9%) and 24 Hours in A&E had 2.37m (9.8%) from 9pm (+1: 471k/2.7%). The American version of The Killing continued afterwards with 521k (3%).

NCIS grabbed 1.2m (4.9%) for Channel 5 (+1: 144k/0.8%). Emergency Bikers was watched by 784k (3.6%) from 8pm.

Overall, BBC One secured primetime victory with 22.1% ahead of ITV1's 19.8% (+1: 1.1%). BBC Two and Channel 4 tied for third place with 6.4%, though Channel 4 did gain 1.3% on +1, and Channel 5 ended with 3.8% (+1: 0.2%).

On the multichannels, ITV2's The Only Way Is Essex was enjoyed by 899k (4.8%) from 10pm (+1: 184k/1.8%), with Peter Andre: My Life taking 706k (2.9%) an hour earlier (+1: 178k/1%).

The latest Justified episode entertained 123k (0.5%) on 5USA and Archer took 57k (0.3%) on 5*.

Louis Walsh: 'Ninth X Factor series may be my last'

Louis Walsh: 'Ninth X Factor series may be my last'

Louis Walsh has expressed his surprise at being asked to return for a ninth series of The X Factor UK.

The Irish judge, who was confirmed earlier this month, admitted that he is prepared for the 2012 run to be his last.

The 59-year-old told The Sun: "I can't believe it is my ninth year on X Factor. But I really don't know if I'll make it to ten.

"If I work hard, I'll get the job. If not, Simon will let me go. It's going to be hard work this year, really hard work. Simon will be cracking the whip.

"He makes the best shows but nobody is safe to stay. If I don't make ten years I'll have a lot on next year anyway."

He added of his future plans: "I'm going to manage Shane Filan's solo career after Westlife split up."

The former Boyzone manager recently hit out at BBC rival singing contest The Voice UK, which he described as "dull and boring".

Walsh is the only X Factor panellist to appear in all series of the show since 2004.

Development Update: the 18th of May

Development Update: the 18th of May

1600 PENN (NBC) - Mike Royce ("Men of a Certain Age") has signed on to serve as showrunner on the midseason comedy, which envisions a First Family - including Bill Pullman as the President and Jenna Elfman as the First Lady - as just the average American clan dealing with all the everyday issues. Jason Winer, Jon Lovett and Josh Gad co-created the half-hour, which comes from 20th Century Fox Television. (

- Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman ("Community") have been tapped to oversee the newcomer, about an exuberant, irresponsible dreamer (Nat Faxon) who moves in with his overly responsible little sister (Dakota Johnson) to help raise her five-year-old daughter (Maggie Jones). They'll serve as executive producers alongside Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jake Kasdan and creator Dana Fox. Donovan and Goldman recently inked an overall deal with the show's producer 20th Century Fox Television. (

- Rob Riggle is set to star and produce a potential comedy at the pay channel about "a successful, hard-living boss (Riggle) who lives a dark, self-centered, unhealthy life" during Wall Street's heydays of the 1980s. Adam McKay and Chris Henchy will pen the single-camera half-hour, based on an idea by Riggle, which they'll executive produce alongside Will Ferrell of Gary Sanchez Productions, Mark Wahlberg of Closest to the Hole Productions, Stephen Levinson of Leverage Management and Peter Principato and Paul Young of Principato-Young Entertainment. (

Sarah Lancashire cast in Bill Gallagher's 'The Paradise'

Sarah Lancashire cast in Bill Gallagher's 'The Paradise'

The cast for Bill Gallagher's upcoming BBC One drama series The Paradise has been revealed.

The Lark Rise for Candleford writer has adapted the classic French novel by Emile Zola after it was commissioned last year.

Sarah Lancashire (Lark Rise To Candleford), David Hayman (Trial And Retribution), Elaine Cassidy (Fingersmith), Matthew McNulty (Misfits), Joanna Vanderham (The Runaway) and Emun Elliott (Game Of Thrones) will star in the drama series.

The Paradise will be relocated to a British setting for the series, and follows the story of a love affair during the opening of the first department store, filmed on location in the North East of England.

Creator Bill Gallagher said: "I like writing long-run ensemble dramas because I can write for actors. Any writer would relish writing for this wonderful cast."

BBC North's Pat Connor added: "The Paradise is the biggest BBC drama to be made in the North East.

"BBC North is proud to support this production which underlines our commitment to making the very best programming here in the North for the entire UK."

Bill Gallagher has also worked on shows including Clocking Off, The Prisoner and Conviction.

Eight hour-long episodes will be screened on BBC One in 2013, with filming scheduled to begin in June.

Ringer axe explained by CW boss: 'It was complicated, serialised show'

Ringer axe explained by CW boss: 'It was complicated, serialised show'

Mark Pedowitz has insisted that he is proud of Ringer's performance on The CW.

The network president was asked about the show's recent cancellation after just one season during The CW's Upfronts.

"I don't think anything went wrong with Ringer. I was happy it's there," TV Line quotes Pedowitz as saying. "The show was well-crafted, well-produced, well-written, but it was a complicated, serialised show."

He went on to reveal what he believes contributed to the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama's decline in ratings following its hiatus in late 2011, adding: "After it finished a run in the fall and came back in January, the audience went somewhere else. And it just could not find the 18-34 demo that we hoped."

Ringer's executive producer Pam Veasey confessed that the inaccessibility and complexity of the show may have been behind the decrease in viewership.

Just last month, Veasey revealed her hopes for a possible second season, promising that new episodes would have fewer flashbacks.

Elijah Wood talks Disney's Tron: Uprising

Elijah Wood talks Disney's Tron: Uprising

Disney’s animated Tron: Uprising will soon be with us, and Elijah Wood has been nattering about what we can expect from the new series

The voice of Beck, a young programme trained by Tron to lead a titular revolt against the villainous Clu and General Tesler inside The Grid, Elijah Wood has been chatting about his role in upcoming Disney animated series Tron: Uprising. Wood is naturally full of praise for the show, which he describes repeatedly as ‘super-cool’ and ‘awesome’, and you know what? We think he may just be right on this one.

The story for Uprising has been squeezed into the (admittedly sizeable) gap between the 1982 Tron and 2010’s Tron: Legacy, and according to Wood, “…a lot of the same writers were involved with continuing the story, or fitting new story into the context of those two films, and this.”

He continues, “When I saw the initial designs and some of the test animation, I was so blown away that it had such a cinematic quality to it. It really didn’t look like any animated series I had seen before.

“A lot of it is computer animation, but all the characters look like two-dimensional cell animation. I love the mix of the two. It’s a really unique look. I also love how angular the characters are. […] The music is awesome. It definitely takes its cues from what Daft Punk did in Legacy.”

Wood described Tron: Uprising as “an animated programme for all ages, but [one] that is a little bit more cinematic than what we’re used to and a little bit darker than we’re used to in this space.” Consider our interest well and truly piqued.

Tron: Uprising airs on Disney XD on the 7th of June, with an episode one preview this Friday the 18th of May. The first trailer is available to see here, if you need any more convincing.

UKTV agrees Channel 4 programming deal

UKTV agrees Channel 4 programming deal

UKTV has signed a "landmark deal" to access more than 350 hours of factual and lifestyle programming from Channel 4, including Time Team, Embarrassing Bodies and Jamie's 30-Minute Meals.

UKTV, the pay-TV broadcaster owned by the BBC and US media giant Scripps Networks, has secured the content for its lifestyle and factual channels, including Home, Good Food and Yesterday.

The 350 hours of popular programming acquired by UKTV includes Embarrassing Bodies and One Born Every Minute for Really; A Place in the Sun: Home or Away and Four in a Bed for Home; Jamie's 30-Minute Meals and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage for Good Food; and Time Team for Yesterday.

"UKTV and Channel 4 are successfully collaborating in a number of areas and as the category leaders in lifestyle and factual channels, this deal will enable UKTV to pull further away from its competitors," said UKTV's chief executive Darren Childs.

"UKTV's content deals with the BBC, Channel 4, and now with investment in its own award-winning commissions, continues to strengthen its channel brands and ensure they are the most sought-after destinations on the digital broadcasting landscape."

Channel 4 - which is headed by ex-UKTV boss David Abraham - said that the deal shows its ability to maximise the value of UK rights for independent production companies.

The agreement brings together content from 16 of the UK's leading indie producers.

"I'm delighted that Channel 4 has agreed this deal with UKTV, which is a great example of how we are working closely with our independent production partners to maximise the value of their UK secondary rights," said Channel 4's chief operating officer Anne Bulford.

The first programmes secured through the agreement are scheduled to appear on the relevant UKTV channels from the third quarter of 2012.

UKTV also recently announced plans to invest millions of pounds in original content for comedy channel Gold, including a new series of Yes, Prime Minister.

'Person of Interest' to air on Channel 5 in the UK

'Person of Interest' to air on Channel 5 in the UK

Person of Interest will air on Channel 5 in the UK.

The broadcaster has picked up the rights to the CBS action-drama, which stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson.

The show follows former CIA agent Reese (Caviezel) and enigmatic billionaire Finch (Emerson) as they fight crime in New York with the help of a machine that can predict the future.

Channel 5's head of acquisitions Katie Keenan has described the drama as a "dark mix of cops, corruption and crime".

Person of Interest will debut in the UK in July, having made its US premiere in September last year.

The show's first season concludes tonight (May 17) on CBS, with a second season already commissioned.

The 22-part series was created by Jonathan Nolan - writer on The Dark Knight and Memento - and was executive produced by JJ Abrams.

'Breakout Kings' Canceled After 2 Seasons

'Breakout Kings' Canceled After 2 Seasons

"Breakout Kings" has been given the ax by A&E.

The series, from former "Prison Break" team Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead, has been canceled after two seasons, the second of which wrapped up April 29.

The series revolved around a group of U.S. marshals who enlist prisoners to help them catch escaped convicts, with time taken off of their sentences for each fugitive captured.

Malcolm Goodwin, who played former gang leader Shea Daniels on the series, acknowledged the cancellation on his Twitter account Thursday, writing, "So Breakout Kings is canceled. Thx to all 4 the luv & support over the last 2 seasons! It's been a fun experience! Much luv! On to the next."

Speaking of "the next," Olmstead seems to have that ground covered; he's moving on become showrunner of Dick Wolf's new drama "Chicago Fire," which was recently ordered to series by NBC.

'The Apprentice' Jenna Whittingham: 'I've never watched the show'

'The Apprentice' Jenna Whittingham: 'I've never watched the show'

Ex-Apprentice candidate Jenna Whittingham has revealed that she never watched an episode of the show.

The bridal shop owner from Lancashire, who was fired over her "cheesy" English sparkling wine advert yesterday (May 16), admitted that she only watched "a few clips" of last year's series before applying.

To be honest with you - this sounds really awful - but I haven't really watched every single series," Metro quotes her as saying.

"It was a case of last year when they announced it was going to be the investment that I watched a few clips and put my application in because I genuinely wanted to get an investment."

Speaking to Digital Spy after her firing, Whittingham admitted that she was "shocked" to be singled out by Lord Sugar over colleagues Ricky Martin and Stephen Brady.

"I was quite surprised in the boardroom with Stephen," she said. "In one breath he changes from saying, 'I worked with Jenna on the video' to 'it was Jenna's idea'.

"I was quite shocked in the boardroom. None of them challenged me at all and I never needed to defend myself or fight my corner at all."

The Apprentice continues Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

'Only Fools and Horses' US remake to be 'redeveloped'

'Only Fools and Horses' US remake to be 'redeveloped'

ABC's remake of Only Fools and Horses is likely to be redeveloped.

The network recently revealed its schedule for the 2012-13 season, but the UK comedy revamp was not picked up to series.

However, ABC president Paul Lee is reportedly a fan of the project and is keen to film a second pilot, according to Deadline.

Romeo + Juliet star John Leguizamo was cast as Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in the remake, with stand-up comic Dustin Ybarra playing his brother Rodney.

Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd also starred as the pair's grandfather, while Happy Endings actor BJ Bales played the character of Trigger, who was reinvented as a 'ghetto-talking con man' and Del and Rodney's 'perpetual enemy'.

Original Only Fools and Horses star David Jason has spoken out against ABC's remake, claiming that the show's humour won't "travel across the pond".

"It might work but you've got to change it so much that, in the change, in order to Americanise it, do you lose the whole concept of the piece?" the 72-year-old actor queried.

TV Tonight 18th of May 2012

TV Tonight 18th of May 2012

The daily list in alphabetical order, of all the new episodes airing.

    20/20 S34E43: "Season 34, Episode 43"
    60 Minute Makeover S09E37: "Series 9, Episode 37"
    8 out of 10 cats S13E04: "Series 13, Episode 4"
    A League of Their Own (UK) S05E05: "Series 5, Episode 5"
    Acayip Hikayeler S01E06: "Öldür Beni / Kill Me"
    Accel World S01E07: "Restoration"
    Aida (PL) S01E11: "Season 1, Episode 11"
    Alan Carr: Chatty Man S08E04
    Ancient Aliens S04E11: "Secrets of the Pyramids"
    Better Homes and Gardens S14E16: "Series 14, Episode 16"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E78: "Del 78"
    Blockbusters (2012) S01E05: "Series 1, Show 5"
    Cash In The Attic S18E70: "Series 18, Show 70"
    Come Dine With Me S18E88: "Series 18, Come Dine With Me"
    Common Law (2012) S01E02: "Ride-Along"
    Coronation Street S53E101: "Fri May 18, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E100: "Fri May 18, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Dateline NBC S21E48: "FR2135"
    Days of our Lives S47E135: "Ep. #11845"
    De Zonen van Van As S01E09: "Season 1, Episode 9"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E240: "Episode 1920"
    Degrassi S11E45: "In The Cold, Cold Night (2)"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E112: "Series 8, Episode 112"
    Dirty Great Machines S01E04: "Series 1, Episode 4"
    Doctors S14E32: "Legacy"
    EastEnders S28E81: "May 18, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E119: "May 18, 2012"
    Episodes S02E02: "Season 2, Episode 2"
    Escape To The Country S12E59: "Yorkshire Dales"
    Eureka 7 (JP) S02E06: "Light My Fire (Noblesse Oblige)"
    Fairly Legal S02E10: "Shattered"
    Fashion Police S07E20: "Season 7, Episode 20"
    Gardeners' World S45E10: "May 18, 2012"
    General Hospital (US) S50E35: "#12563"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E185: "Season 22, Episode 185"
    Great British Menu S07E30: "The Olympic Feast - 30"
    Grimm S01E22: "Woman in Black"
    Halv åtta hos mig S08E56: "Falun - Hans"
    Have I Got News for You S43E06
    Hollyoaks S18E100: "May 18, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E85: "Episode 5520"
    Homes Under the Hammer S15E17: "Series 15, Show 17"
    Horrible Histories S04E10: "Series 4, Episode 10"
    House Hunters S48E99
    House Hunters International S25E102
    Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country S01E05: "Anger Management"
    Jeopardy! S28E175: "Show #6380"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E256: "Jason Mantzoukas, the Cult"
    King (2011) S02E12: "Aurora O'Donnell"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E273
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E77
    Later... with Jools Holland S40E05
    Lip Service S02E05: "Series 2, Episode 5"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E188
    Maestro at the Opera S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Magic City S01E07: "Who's the Horse and Who's the Rider?"
    Masterchef Australia S04E12: "Friday - Week 2"
    Medaka Box S01E07: "TBA"
    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries S01E13: "King Memses' Curse"
    Neighbours S28E95: "Episode 6405"
    Nikita S02E23: "Homecoming"
    Not Going Out S05E06: "Drunk"
    Piers Morgan's Life Stories S07E06: "Lulu"
    Pointless S06E53: "Series 6, Episode 53"
    Poms in Paradise S02E08: "Series 2, Episode 8"
    Primetime S23E17: "What Would You Do? (17)"
    Real Time With Bill Maher S10E17: "Season 10, Episode 17"
    Sakamichi no Apollon S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Salatut elämät S14E165: "Helena haluaa kaikki Kuulat samaan pussiin"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta S03E19: "Top 10 Mama Dramas"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids S02E12: "Mother Knows Bridesmaids"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids S02E11: "Many Maids & Many Dresses"
    Sengoku Collection S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    Shark Tank S03E15: "Season 3, Episode 15"
    Stand Up for the Week S04E04: "Series 4, Episode 4"
    Supernatural S07E23: "Survival of the Fittest"
    The Block S05E30: "The Block Unlocked"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E41: "Ep. #6325"
    The Chase (2009) S05E74: "Series 5, Episode 74"
    The Dead Files S02E06: "Final Curtain Call - Vancouver, Wa"
    The Dr. Phil Show S10E162: "Robert: The Nearly 800-Pound Man"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E163: "Ellen's 1500th show"
    The Graham Norton Show S11E06: "Will Smith, Gary Barlow, Tom Jones"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E173: "May 18, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E83
    The Project S04E118: "Season 4, Episode 118"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E80: "Season 1, Episode 80"
    The Ricky Gervais Show S03E05: "Karl's Day"
    The Singing Bee S05E05: "Season 5, Episode 5"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E304
    The Ultimate Fighter S15E11: "Season 15, Episode 11"
    The View S15E163
    The Young and the Restless S40E40: "Ep. #9909"
    Thuis S17E190: "Season 17, Episode 190"
    Tron: Uprising S01E01: "Beck’s Beginning"
    True Justice S01E08: "Lethal Justice: Part 2"
    Tyler Perry's House of Payne S07E60: "Batter Up"
    Tyler Perry's House of Payne S07E59: "Payneful Injection"
    Van Der Vorst Ziet Sterren S05E04: "Season 5, Episode 4"
    Very Important People S01E04: "Episode 4"
    Whale Wars: Viking Shores S01E05: "Collision Course"
    Whale Wars: Viking Shores S01E04: "Friends & Enemies"
    Who Do You Think You Are? (US) S03E12: "Paula Deen"
    Would I Lie To You? S06E06
    WWE Friday Night SmackDown! S12E86: "Season 12, Episode 86"

MTV Cancels 'I Just Want My Pants Back'

MTV Cancels 'I Just Want My Pants Back'

MTV has canceled its romantic dramedy series "I Just Want My Pants Back" after one season.

"We're proud to have aired 'I Just Want My Pants Back,' with its impressive creative pedigree and talented group of actors," MTV said in a statement. "Many factors go in to determining renewals, however, and ultimately, we decided not to move forward with an additional season of 'Pants.'"

One likely reason for the cancelation: MTV's cup overfloweth with upcoming series, including "Inbetweeners," Craig Wright's "Underemployed" and "Gonna be Famous" with Zach Stone and Bo Burnham, plus sophomore seasons of "Awkward" and "Teen Wolf" in June.

The ratings for "Pants" started off strong, but dwindled throughout its debut season.

The show, which revolved around a group of twentysomething hipsters in Brooklyn, was produced by Liman and Dave Bartis' Hypnotic production company and Universal Cable Productions.

USA Network Developing Kelsey Grammer Comedy, Dick Wolf Drama

USA Network Developing Kelsey Grammer Comedy, Dick Wolf Drama

USA Network announced its slate of upcoming projects Thursday, including a comedy project from Kelsey Grammer and a drama from Dick Wolf that the network is developing.

Grammer, who's currently starring in the Starz drama series "Boss," will executive-produce "The DiCicco Brothers," about a dot-com entrepreneur whose brash style clashes with the politically correct environment of Silicon Valley. The story comes from Chirs Cannistraci and Ed Cannistraci, while the latter wrote the teleplay. The Universal Cable Productions project will also be executive-produced by Brian Sher and Stella Stolper, with Grammnet Productions.

The untitled project from "Law & Order" producer Wolf, meanwhile, will focus on an insurance investigator who gets divorced and marries a man. Wolf's "Law & Order" partner Peter Jankowski and Wolf Films' Danielle Gelber are also working on the project, which is being produced by Wolf Films for Universal Cable Productions.

USA also picked up the pilot for the reality offering "Bride or Best Man," described as a "bromantic comedy," and is developing the Mark Burnett reality project "Romancing the Globe."

Read the full slate, with show descriptions from USA, below.


THE DICICCO BROTHERS – From comedy icon Kelsey Grammer and writer Ed Cannistraci comes the story of a promising dot-com entrepreneur who moves to the very politically correct culture of Silicon Valley with dreams of making it big.  His dreams may unravel though when his colorful, blunt, and unrefined extended family arrives to “offer their support.”  Story by Ed Cannistraci & Chris Cannistraci and teleplay by Ed Cannistraci ("Pierre Pierre"). Executive produced by Kelsey Grammer (“Medium,” “Girlfriends,” “The Game”), Brian Sher and Stella Stolper, with Grammnet Productions.  From Universal Cable Productions.

REGULARS – A misfit group of customers and employees at a suburban New Jersey bar express their joys, sorrows and observations through karaoke. Executive produced and written by Andrew Leeds & David Lampson.   Executive produced by Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein (BermanBraun).  From Universal Television.

BENCHED – After losing her boyfriend and her high-powered job as an attorney all on one day, Nina finds that the only job available to her is at the Public Defender’s office.   She quickly realizes that the system is more screwed up than her own crazy personal life.   Written by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones.  Executive produced by Mark Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds”) along with the Mark Gordon Company.  From ABC Studios.

THE DICICCO BROTHERS – From comedy icon Kelsey Grammer and writer Ed Cannistraci comes the story of a promising dot-com entrepreneur who moves to the very politically correct culture of Silicon Valley with dreams of making it big.  His dreams may unravel though when his colorful, blunt, and unrefined extended family arrives to “offer their support.”  Story by Ed Cannistraci & Chris Cannistraci and teleplay by Ed Cannistraci ("Pierre Pierre"). Executive produced by Kelsey Grammer (“Medium,” “Girlfriends,” “The Game”), Brian Sher and Stella Stolper, with Grammnet Productions.  From Universal Cable Productions.

START–UP – Matt and Josh don’t want to settle in life, love or in deciding on what job to get out of college. They don’t want to be cogs in some big company’s machine – they want the new American dream…being their own bosses and creating a start-up.    Now all they have to do is land on an idea and hey, what could be so hard about that?    Written by Justin Spitzer, (“The Office”) and executive produced by Peter Traugott (“Samantha Who?,” “Jake In Progress”), comes a comedy about the great lengths this  group of friends will go to dream big and cash out.  From Universal Television.

Previously announced projects:

PAGING DR. FREED – From Michael Feldman (“That’s So Raven”) comes PAGING DR. FREED, a comedy about two gynecologist brothers who inherit their father’s thriving medical practice after he suffers a heart attack during an attempt at “playing” doctor with his young secretary.   Along with taking over the family business, these brothers also must deal with something else their father left behind – their overbearing, neurotic mother.  Trusted and beloved by their patients, these guys are professionals when it comes to women but only from the neck down.    From Fox 21.

SIRENS – The distinct comedic point of view of Denis Leary returns to television with SIRENS. Teaming up with the co-creator of “Wedding Crashers,” Bob Fisher, Leary’s new comedy follows three of Chicago’s best EMTs whose sometimes self-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downright self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations.  They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone unlucky enough to wind up in their ambulance.  From Fox Television Studios.


BANG BANG – – An unlikely partnership is formed when veteran hitman Danny is saved by rival novice hired gun Marco, while executing a target.  This dynamic duo pair up to execute contracts, if they don’t kill each other first.  Based on the French film, “Doom Doom.”  Writer/executive producer is Tim Schlattmann (“Dexter,” “Smallville”).  Executive Produced by Pierce Brosnan & Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime Productions.  From Fox Television Studios.

RARE – “Tour” is San Francisco’s hottest new restaurant – an exciting fusion of world cuisines that’s drawing crowds across all demographics in the Bay Area.  Part of its allure may be the chef, a mysterious ex-special forces captain who’s good with a knife both inside and outside the kitchen.  Even if he tries to resist his old violent life, he will be unlikely to keep it entirely outside his new establishment. Writer/executive producer is Larry Golin (“Cross Bronx”) with Cory Concoff executive producing.  From Fox Television Studios.

MIND FIELDS – At MIT, the pranks (or as they’re known there, “hacks”) are truly legendary.  After one particularly striking graduation hack goes awry, a legendary prankster is dumped by his girlfriend and goes underground for many years, his only public gesture a series of grand romantic stunts he constructs with a lovestruck fellow alumni.  MIND FIELDS explores the fusion of science and creativity as these three geniuses reunite amidst the upstairs and downstairs of New York society. Helmed by writer/producers Lisa Joy (BURN NOTICE, graphic novel “Headache”) and Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” the upcoming “Mockingbird Lane” and “Hannibal”), with executive producers Howie Mandel and Mike Marks.  From Universal Cable Productions.

FALLEN – After an accident, a gruff, macho cop -- known for his "act first, ask questions later" approach -- develops the rare condition of synesthesia and suddenly finds himself seeing "emotions." His partner doesn't quite understand this "touchy-feely" approach to solving crimes, but there's no doubt that this new insight is helping clear cases.  Based on the novel "Fallen" written by T. Jefferson Parker.  Ed Decter & John Strauss (“There’s Something About Mary,” IN PLAIN SIGHT) are adapting for Sony Pictures Television.

WE COUNTED YOUR KNIVES – An Army medic returns home and becomes a pharmaceutical sales rep in the hopes of finding the elusive American dream.  Along the way he helps those who cannot afford medical services while pushing the drugs his company sells.  Writer is playwright Michael Batistick ("Ponies").  Produced by Doug Liman, David Bartis (executive producers of COVERT AFFAIRS and SUITS) and Gene Klein and Lindsay Sloane of Hypnotic for Universal Cable Productions.

UNTITLED DICK WOLF PROJECT – An insurance investigator who works at a traditional firm takes an untraditional turn – he gets divorced and marries a trophy wife, who happens to be a man.  Project is from Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski (creator of “Law & Order,” LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) and Danielle Gelber of Wolf Films.  Produced by Wolf Films for Universal Cable Productions.


BRIDE OR BEST MAN (working title) – A "bromantic comedy" with a twist, this series highlights a trip down the aisle that goes completely wrong when the Groom and his Best Man are left in charge of planning the ‘big day.’   Shed Media produces.

ROMANCING THE GLOBE – A new spin on the relationship format, this series takes participants on a globe-trotting search for love that leads to the potential of ultimate betrayal.  Executive produced by acclaimed executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media.

Previously announced projects:

THE CHOIR – Series follows accomplished UK choirmaster Gareth Malone as he embraces various American communities and assembles a choir made up of the most unexpected mix of individuals.  Malone believes in the transformative power of music and uses choirs as a way to bring people together, raise morale, and restore a sense of pride in community.  The journey is both comedic and emotional with each episode culminating in an orchestrated choir performance.  Malone began his career leading choirs for the London Symphony Orchestra and since then, has gone on to win an International Emmy and numerous BAFTAs as well as recently having an album top the UK pop charts.  Shed Media produces.

THE MOMENT – Each week the show’s host, Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner, will give someone a second chance to pursue the career they’ve always wanted. From race car driving to orchestra conducting to deep sea diving, everyday people will leave behind the comforts of home and leap into a whirlwind of training under the expert guidance of world-class mentors who will help them prepare for the audition of a lifetime.  If they succeed, they will either accept the job that will change their lives forever - or return to their loved ones, realizing that they've been living the dream all along.  Warner has had an equally triumphant personal story, famously going from bagging groceries to being named Super Bowl MVP in just 18 months.  Justin Hochberg and Charlie Ebersol of The Hochberg Ebersol Company (THE Company) produce.

Gareth Malone's 'The Choir' heading to USA network

Gareth Malone's 'The Choir' heading to USA network

Gareth Malone's The Choir is to be made for American television by the cable network USA.

The BAFTA Award-winning UK series, which last year produced the chart-topping Military Wives, assembles singers from different backgrounds to train together before they give an orchestrated performance.

The project, which has aired on BBC Two since 2006, was shown on BBC America in the summer of 2010.

In other reality show commissions unveiled today, the USA network has ordered a pilot for "bromantic comedy" Bride or Best Man, which sees the groom and the best man plan their wedding.

Meanwhile, Romancing the Globe offers participants the chance to scour the world for love, and The Moment gives people the option of a second chance in their dream job.

USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel said in a joint statement: "As we move into the world of reality programming, we're staying true to our brand DNA by focusing on real life characters that are every bit as fascinating, inspirational and entertaining as our scripted ones.

"These unscripted series let us welcome characters of all types, which will continue to broaden our appeal to audiences."

Dannii Minogue 'rejects final X Factor judging offer'

Dannii Minogue 'rejects final X Factor judging offer'

Dannii Minogue has rejected X Factor producers' final offer to return to the show, it has been claimed.

The singer - who has previously served as a judge on the show - declined an offer believed to be in the region of £1 million yesterday (Thursday, May 17) and it has been alleged that she was seeking a fee of up to £5 million.

"We really wanted Dannii, but it has been a slow and drawn-out process and we don't have any time to lose," a source told The Mirror.

"We need to find someone as soon as possible, and so we decided Dannii had enough time and was offered enough money so we walked away from the deal."

The first auditions in front of the judges are due to take place on Wednesday, May 23 in Liverpool, with The Sun reporting that guest panellists will fill in until a permanent judge is hired.

Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow will both return to The X Factor panel, and former N-Dubz member Tulisa Contostavlos is also expected to return.

Minogue left The X Factor in 2010 and had recently been linked with a return to the ITV1 reality show following Kelly Rowland's departure.

She recently spoke of a reluctance to disrupt her young son Ethan's "little routine" in a magazine interview.

Big Brother 10 contestant Sophia Brown dies, aged 30

Big Brother 10 contestant Sophia Brown dies, aged 30

Big Brother 10's Sophia Brown has reportedly died at the age of 30.

The news emerged after a number of her fellow 2009 housemates left tributes on social networking sites.

Lisa Elizabeth Wallace posted on Facebook: "Would like to offer my condolences to Sophia brown from bb10s family and friends in their very sad loss. Sophia was a ray of sunshine. I am so glad to of had the pleasure of spending time with her in the bb house.

"Sophia, you were an angel on earth, who always could make me laugh. I know that God would have made you an angel in heaven too. You're expressions and wit will always be something that I will remember forever. The laughs we had I will treasure always. RIP angel. x x x x x never forgotten x x x"

Karly Ashworth wrote on Twitter: "#RIP to Sophia Brown who was also on my series of Big Brother. Such sad news. My thoughts are with her family and friends. X"

Sophie Reade said: "Devastated to hear the news about sophia, such an amazing lady and a pleasure to known her. Cant believe it #RIP"

Victor Ebuwa, who took part in Big Brother 5, commented: "R.I.P. Sophia Brown (Big Brother 10) I only met you a few times but i could tell u were a lovely & wonderful person. You will be missed....."

Big Brother announcer Marcus Bentley added: "Such very sad news about BB 10 housemate Sophia Brown - god bless Sophia xx"

Though her cause of death is currently unknown, the 4ft 11in reality show contestant suffered from Lupus - a disease affecting the immune system - since she was a young child.

London-born Brown - who worked as a bank assistant - was evicted from the Big Brother house on the ninth day following a heated row with Saffia Corden.

Shortly before entering the Big Brother house, Brown said that scoring an A* in GCSE English was the proudest achievement in her life.

CW Plans New Way of Measuring Viewers, Choose-Your-Own Adventure-Style Online Programming

CW Plans New Way of Measuring Viewers, Choose-Your-Own Adventure-Style Online Programming

The CW has complained for years that Nielsen ratings don't adequately gauge its young audience, and now the network is doing something about it -- by developing its own measurement system.

At its upfront presentation to advertisers Thursday, CW also detailed plans for a new digital studio called CWD, which will be an online source of game shows, comedies, animation and personality-driven shows. One of its features will allow viewers to choose the outcome of a situation, choose-your-own adventure style. Viewers might decide whether a character kisses someone or storms out of the room, for example.

Also read: CW Redeveloping 'Hunger Games'-Like 'The Selection'; 'Deadman' Not Dead

Talking to reporters after the upfront presentation, CW president Mark Pedowitz was secretive about details of the new measurement system, which will measure online views as well as how many people watch TV shows in real time.

He said the CW, which was born five years ago from a union of Warner Bros.' WB and CBS's UPN networks, was not working with any other networks on the system. The network targets viewers 18 to 34, a younger audience than the 18-to-49-year-olds sought by the four biggest broadcasters.

Asked it he hoped the new system would become an industry standard, Pedowitz said, "I think everybody has to make their own choice. I have no idea. ... We may just be a very different network from everyone else."

As its ratings slipped this season, the CW noted that its audience is as comfortable with computer and tablet screens as television ones, and watches much of its programming online. It says that at any time 7 percent of its viewers watch shows on its website,

It has also made streaming deals with Netflix and Hulu that have added to the network's financial stability and made it less reliant on ratings. The Netflix deal alone is expected to earn the CW up to $1 billion, providing a fresh revenue source beyond advertising.

Here are the projects planned for CWD, as described by the CW:

*   “Gallery Girl,” a digital animated comedy series showcasing a savvy, cool and acerbic gallerina who gleefully takes down the celebrities who are brave enough to enter her SoHo art gallery.  Armed with her deep knowledge of art and an equally deep reserve of sarcastic attitude towards her patrons, Gallery Girl is fearless towards whomever enters her wake. Executive produced by Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein of Stun Creative, an LA-based advertising agency/production company whose previous digital credits include The Single Life (DBG/Dentyne Ice), Jen & Barb Mom Life (Specific Media), The Writers Room (Crackle/Sony) and Obamourage (Atom).

*   “Fandemonium,” a combination of a traditional game show and a competition show, where The CW’s 50 million Facebook fans can compete for the title of The CW’s #1 fan, using social media platforms including Pinterest, GetGlue and Klout.

*   Untitled Justine Ezarik Project, starring YouTube sensation Justine Ezarik (“iJustine”), who dispenses advice on her vlog to her followers that she can’t quite seem to get right for herself. Executive Producers are The Tannenbaum Co., Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, The Collective and Richie Keen.

*   “Stupid Hype" is a live-action series created by and starring “Hart of Dixie” star Wilson Bethel. Earlier this year Bethel wrote and produced Rachel "Thug Lite" Bilson’s online rap debut, “Call Me Doctor,” which went viral almost instantly after posting on Funny or Die. “Stupid Hype,” chronicles the (mis)adventures of a former breakdancer turned rising rap star in 1990. The series will feature original music from Bethel and his super-producer brother Charlie Bethel, aka Chuck Wild, and will be directed by Dugan O’Neal, twisted creative guru behind “Call Me Doctor.”

The CW's 2012-13 Lineup: The Complete List

The CW's 2012-13 Lineup: The Complete List

The CW announced its 2012-13 schedule Thursday. For some analysis, click here. For the schedule and show descriptions, read on.



8:00-9:00 PM            90210 (New Night)

9:00-10:00 PM         GOSSIP GIRL (New Time)
                                 (THE CARRIE DIARIES premieres January, 2013)


8:00-9:00 PM            HART OF DIXIE (New Night)

9:00-10:00 PM          EMILY OWENS, M.D. (New Series)


8:00-9:00 PM            ARROW (New Series)

9:00-10:00 PM          SUPERNATURAL (New Night)


8:00-9:00 PM            THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

9:00-10:00 PM          BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (New Series)


8:00-9:00 PM            AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (New Night)

9:00-10:00 PM          NIKITA (New Time)

CW Redeveloping 'Hunger Games'-Like 'Selection'; 'Deadman' Not Dead

CW Redeveloping 'Hunger Games'-Like 'Selection'; 'Deadman' Not Dead

The CW is redeveloping "The Selection," a "Hunger Games"-like series that it passed on for the 2012-13 season -- and the network continues to develop a series about the D.C. comics hero Deadman, network president Mark Pedowitz said Thursday.

Pedowitz spoke to reporters after the network unveiled its 2012-13 lineup to advertisers, including another drama based on a D.C. comics hero, the gritty "Arrow." He said he planned to meet with the producers of "The Selection," based on the book by Kiera Cass, to discuss it. He said it was too soon to say whether the show will be recast. "Friday Night Lights" star Aimee Teegarden had been cast in the lead.

Like "The Hunger Games," is about a young girl in a futuristic, war-torn nation who is chosen by lottery to compete for fame and fortune against a backdrop of hunger and carnage. Unlike the "Hunger Games"' Katniss Everdeen, the girl at the center of "The Selection" is competing for the affections of a prince, not killing other teenagers.

"Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke, who also created NBC's upcoming "Revolution," is developing the Deadman series.

Ratings: ABC Hits Lows; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

Ratings: ABC Hits Lows; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

The season finale for CBS' 'Criminal Minds' enjoyed a considerable boost Wednesday night, while ABC suffered a series of lows and Fox took a decisive if predictable win with "American Idol," according to preliminary numbers.

Fox easily took first place in ratings and total viewers with an average 4.8 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 17.3 million total viewers. The network ran "American Idol" from 8 to 10, which rose 7 percent from last week's episode.

CBS took second place in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.7/8 in the demo and 10.4 million total viewers. The network ran repeats with the exception of the "Criminal Minds" season finale at 9, which grew 21 percent in the demo for a 3.5/10 and drew 13.5 million total viewers.

ABC came in third in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.3/6 in the demo and 6.6 million total viewers. The network saw declines across the board, save for "The Middle" at 8, which nonetheless tied for a series low in the demo with a 1.9/6, and took 6.5 million total viewers.

The "Suburgatory" finale at 8:30 dropped 14 percent in the demo from last week for a 1.8/6 -- its lowest demo performance to date -- and received 5.4 million total viewers. "Modern Family" at 9 dipped 11 percent in the demo to a season low of 3.9/11, and drew 9.3 million total viewers.

"Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" at 9:30 was also down, dropping 13 percent in the demo to tie a low of 2.3/6, with 4.8 million total viewers. "Revenge" at 10 dropped 9 percent in the demo for its lowest showing to date, a 2.0/5, and received 6.8 million total viewers.

Univision took fourth place in ratings and fifth in total viewers with an average 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.8 million. "Una Familia Con Suerte" at 8 drew a 1.5/5 in the demo and 3.6 million total viewers, while "Abismo de Pasion" the following hour posted a 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.7 million total viewers. "La Que No Podia Amar" at 10 received a 1.6/4 in the demo and 4 million total viewers.

NBC came in fifth in the demo and fourth in total viewers with an average 1.3/4 and 4.5 million. "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" at 8 posted a 1.4/5 in the demo and 5.1 million total viewers, while a second episode at 8:30 drew a 1.5/5 and 5.4 million total viewers. Following a "Law & Order: SVU" repeat at 9, an original airing of the series drew a 1.7/5 and 5.5 million total viewers.

Fox's 2012-13 Lineup: The Complete List

Fox's 2012-13 Lineup: The Complete List

Fox has released it's full 2012-13 schedule.


8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES   

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE MOB DOCTOR (new)

THE FOLLOWING (new) joins in midseason.   


8:00-8:30 PM                          RAISING HOPE

8:30-9:00 PM                          BEN AND KATE (new)

9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (new)

THE GOODWIN GAMES (new) joins in midseason.


8:00-10:00 PM                        THE X FACTOR (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)                 


8:00-9:00 PM                          THE X FACTOR Results (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)

9:00-10:00 PM                        GLEE                  


8:00-9:00 PM                          TOUCH

9:00-10:00 PM                        FRINGE (fall)

HELL’S KITCHEN returns in midseason. 


7:00-10:30 PM                        FOX SPORTS SATURDAY (fall)

COPS returns in midseason.

ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (new) will join late-prime in 2013.


7:00-7:30 PM                          NFL Game (fall) / ANIMATION DOMINATION (encores)

7:30-8:00 PM                          THE OT (fall) / THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM                          BOB’S BURGERS

9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN DAD

Exclusive: Ryan Murphy Tells Us Who’s Staying on Glee

Exclusive: Ryan Murphy Tells Us Who’s Staying on Glee

Who's graduating up and out of Glee? To hear the Internet tell it, nearly everyone.

Jane Lynch said she got emotional filming her last scene with Dianna Agron, whose character Quinn is Yale-bound, because "it was like saying goodbye" to the actress. Amber Riley tweeted that she had just closed a chapter in her life, "the only thing I've known for three years. I'm going to miss the whole Glee family ... " Meanwhile, Mark Salling's Puck wants to clean pools in California and Naya Rivera's Santana looks headed for Kentucky on a cheerleading scholarship — and yet, we already know the show will take place in New York and Lima, Ohio.

Are all McKinley seniors not named Rachel, Kurt, or Finn off the show? Series boss Ryan Murphy says absolutely not.

"A lot of people have been writing Dianna's off the show, Amber's off the show — they're not off the show," Murphy told Vulture. "I think Amber was talking about that bittersweet feeling of, 'I'll never be in the choir room with that exact group of people.' At least that's what she told me ... When I read that [tweet,] I said, 'I think people will misconstrue that.' She's excited about where her character is going. They all are. I wanted to do the right thing by all of them."

"We had a meeting, and you know we've become like a family, and I said to them, 'Anybody who wants to stay on the show will stay on the show,'" he said. To be clear, that includes McKinley staff played by Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, and Jayma Mays. "They're all coming back," Murphy continued. "Anyone who is a regular is coming back. Everyone said yes."

At the same time, Murphy isn't specifying how long "coming back" means for certain characters. "It doesn't mean everyone will be doing 22 episodes, but everyone wants to stay in our family and our world,'" he said. "I wanted to make sure those actors know that if they want to have a home, they have a home. If they want to explore new and different things while also having a home, that is also an option."

Tuesday's season finale will probably explain how some of these characters will stay in the picture after getting their diplomas, and Murphy says the cast has been very into what he's revealed so far. "When I told them all what the next season was, I think they all liked it because they all get to grow and be back to struggling. 'Where is my place in the world?' ... For the most part, I've had really good talks with all the actors, and what I want to do they have loved. Cory Monteith was like, 'I love that Finn gets to do that. That's awesome.'"