It was no surprise that NBC gave This Is Us a full-season pickup on Tuesday—after all, the series had the highest-rated 18-49 debut of any new series last week: a 2.8 rating, which soared to a 4.2 in live-plus-3 numbers.
For his cover story in this week's issue of Adweek, Kiefer Sutherland talked about his new ABC drama, Designated Survivor (debuting tonight), the future of Jack Bauer and why he's sticking with broadcast television.
In May, media buyers and advertisers filing into ABC's upfront presentation at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York were eager to see what the network's new entertainment president Channing Dungey had in store her first time on stage. Instead, it was ABC's other new president who stole the show.
Many of fall TV's biggest stars have one thing in common: They appeared in commercials early (and sometimes, not-so-early) in their career as they tried to break into Hollywood.
The annual broadcast upfronts week has wrapped, as the networks spent four days wooing buyers with their new schedules, lots of impressive-sounding stats (some figures were more accurate than others) and, most importantly, open bars and buffets.
Jack Bauer’s return to prime time was met with a reception that hovered somewhere between a bang and a whimper.
A week of May sweeps has been burned off and yet the broadcast networks have yet to air a single tent pole event. But while it’s been business as usual at the Big Four, a flurry of high-profile miniseries, limited-run serials and Very Special Episodes are set to air in the coming weeks.
In 1956, intrepid reporter Hal Boyle of the Associated Press asked drinkers everywhere for a small favor: show a little love for the barkeep. “If you have sent flowers to your mother and tossed a box of kennel krunch to the dog,” Boyle wrote, “show your appreciation to the guy who has given you some of the best beers of his life—your favorite bartender.”
Kiefer Sutherland gives a fun performance, reviving his Jack Bauer persona from 24, as he bakes cupcakes in this 90-second spot punctuated by car chases, explosions, the actor's trademark intense gravelly line delivery and … butter-cream frosting.