With radically altered prime-time lineups at ABC and Fox, football on Thursday at CBS, and an NBC slate without its Thursday comedy block, the season is shaping up to be anything but the same old story. The only network that didn’t really change much was The CW, which is sticking with its costumes-and-cheekbones formula.
“Time is a flat circle. Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” —Rustin Cohle
In the midst of putting the finishing touches on his network’s fall prime-time schedule, Kevin Reilly is in full-on survivalist mode. The Fox entertainment chairman is stocking up on new dramas and comedies like a man filling the larder of a fallout shelter, nearly doubling down on the five freshman series he ordered this time a year ago.
The series premiere of the Fox serial-killer drama The Following put up strong numbers on Monday night, beating its time slot predecessor by a whopping 113 percent.
Despite the lift from time-shifted viewing, network television appears to be on the ropes, losing nearly 10 percent of its demo deliveries in the second quarter of 2012.
NBC has doubled down on its franchise musical-competition series and scripted comedy, planning fall and spring cycles of The Voice and sprinkling sitcoms across four nights.
NBCUniversal has appointed a new general manager to helm G4. The network announced that Adam Stotsky took the network's reins Thursday as the channel's previous gm, Neal Tiles, stepped down from the post.
BET's newfound focus on scripted programming this year seems to be paying modest dividends. The network's prime-time viewership rose 6 percent to 821,000 year over year, according to Nielsen. However, the network's average total day audience remained flat for the year, at 509,000 viewers (up from 506,000 in 2010).
Since taking over as president of U.S. operations at CNN last September, Ken Jautz has been struggling to jazz-up what had become a snoozing network—at least by the clamorous standards of the cable news universe—with high-profile hires like Erin Burnett, poached from CNBC in April to fill a 7 o’clock slot.
For years, Jeff Zucker was everyone’s favorite piñata, and no one enjoyed smacking the former NBC Universal chairman around quite like CBS boss Les Moonves. The former wunderkind got his bell rung whenever he’d announce that the broadcast model was irreparably broken, a compulsion that escalated Moonves’ Schadenfreude to dizzying heights.