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Topic: Modern Family

How ABC Got Its Groove Back (Only Partly Because of Shonda Rhimes)

Paul Lee on 'smart, emotional television' and plans to 'reinvent reality'

ABC has had little reason to smile over the past dreary decade, as it often has found itself bringing up the rear among viewers ages 18-49. Its sole upfront highlight…

The Not-So-Funny State of TV Comedy

These are grim times for the sitcom, but networks remain optimistic

Over the past dozen years of taping Two and a Half Men on Stage 26 on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif., Jon Cryer had grown to dread the…

Upfront Upheaval: ABC Creates an All-Shonda Rhimes Thursday Block

Hit-maker signs 4-year contract extension with ABC Studios

It’s Shonda Rhimes’ world; everyone else just lives in it. The creator of the ABC franchise drama Grey’s Anatomy and the scorching Beltway caper Scandal is getting her very own night,…

Fox Looks to ‘Sweep’ Its Rivals With 24 Reboot

Live Another Day promises to be May’s biggest event series

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…

C7 Ratings to Free Up Hundreds of Millions in Hidden Revenue

Even incremental lifts will lead to a windfall

While the broadcast networks are pressuring agencies and clients to start writing more deals against a C7 ratings currency, at first blush, it would appear that there’s little cause to…

TiVo: Adherence to C3 Is Sucking Millions Out of TV Ad Market

$87.8 million down the tubes—and that’s just the impact on the top 10 shows

In what may be the most cogent argument for the adoption of the C7 ratings currency, TiVo Research on Monday revealed that broadcasters beholden to the dated C3 metric are…

ABC Re-Ups Paul Lee

Disney gives entertainment chief a vote of confidence

With just a month to go before it pitches its 2014-15 upfront slate, ABC has re-upped entertainment president Paul Lee. The genial Brit has signed a new multiyear deal with the…

Pretty Little Liars Star Shay Mitchell Leads a Double Life

Amateur chef, lifestyle blogger and home décor aficionado

Specs Who Shay Mitchell Age 26 Accomplishments Stars as Emily Fields on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars (Season 4 returns Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m.); blogger Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you…

Room at the Top: A Handful of New Series Break Through

Latest C3 data plots broadcast’s Haves and Have-Nots

It’s getting mighty crowded at the bottom of the broadcast barrel, as nearly two-thirds of the new network series are delivering less than a 2.0 rating in the dollar demo. According…

ABC Gives Full-Season Orders to The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife

In-house comedy gets the nod over Back in the Game

ABC has tightened up its comedy lineup, giving full-season orders to freshman sitcoms The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, ordering an additional four episodes of Super Fun Night and closing the…

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