Tentative Writers Deal Will be For 3 Years

The Writers Guild of America says the tentative deal reached early Tuesday will cover its television and film writers for three years if ratified by its members.

The guild released a one-sentence statement confirming the deal and its length. There were no details on the terms of the agreement, or how it addressed compensation and health care issues that had been the major sticking points of this contract’s negotiations.

The deal’s announcement came more than 90 minutes after the previous contract expired. Pickets could have started Tuesday morning, immediately sending late night talk shows into reruns and eventually impacting scripted series and feature films in development.

The previous writers’ strike occurred nearly 10 years ago and gradually took a wider toll on Hollywood TV and movie production and the California economy.  (AP)

Golden Globes Audience Grew by 1.5 Million Over Last year

The Nielsen company says Sunday’s Golden Globes show enjoyed a bump in its audience over last year’s.

The awards broadcast, aired on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting, was seen by 20 million viewers. That’s a boost of 1.5 million over the 18.5 million viewers who watched in January 2016. It represents an 8 percent surge year-to-year.

Last year’s show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, dropped 800,000 viewers from 2015, although that Globes telecast faced tough competition from the final 15 minutes of an NFL game on Fox.

The 2014 telecast, co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, drew 20.9 million viewers to score as the most-watched Globes-fest in a decade. (AP)

‘Breaking Bad’ Leads Twitter TV popularity

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AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is the champion of a new television metric: more second-screen activity on Twitter than any other TV series.

The Nielsen company, for the first time this season, is measuring how many people are reading Twitter messages about particular TV programs the night they are on the air.

Nielsen said Monday the drug-dealing drama starring Bryan Cranston had an average of 6 million people seeing tweets for each episode. The show was boosted by its finale last September, where the number shot up to 9.1 million.

Another AMC series, “The Walking Dead,” came in second with 5.17 million.

For individual events, the Super Bowl and the Oscars led the way — just as each year both events generally have the most viewers. (AP)

‘SNL’ to Air Prime-Time Election Spoofs This Fall

NBC will air two “Saturday Night Live” prime-time election specials, and it’s leaving the door open to cult-favorite comedy “Community” to return after next season’s abbreviated run.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced Tuesday that the “SNL” specials will air Sept. 20 and 27.

He says “Community,” which hovered near cancellation before being renewed for 13 weeks, could live beyond next season if it proves itself in its new Friday slot.

Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association conference that he would love nothing more than for “Community” to continue.

He also says he was proud that NBC was in third-place last season among adults 18 to 49. It’s the network’s best performance in eight years. (AP)

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Announced

Primetime Emmy nominations are out and “Mad Men” and “American Horror Story” are leading the pack.

“Mad Men” received 17 Emmy nominations Thursday and a chance to set a record as the most-honored drama series in TV history. Stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss are up for lead acting honors.

The miniseries “American Horror Story” received a matching 17 awards, including an acting nod for star Connie Britton.

Other leading nominees include drama series “Downton Abbey” and two miniseries, “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”

Also nominated for best drama series are “Homeland,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones.”

Emmy voters gave a thumbs-up to some breakout comedies with women at their center — which are in fashion after the box office success of “Bridesmaids.” A best-comedy nod went to the HBO series “Girls,” along with acting, writing and directing nominations for Lena Dunham.

A best-comedy-actress nomination went to Zooey Deschanel of “New Girl.” Her competitors include Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly,” who won last year.

Academy voters paid tribute to the late Kathryn Joosten. She received a supporting actress bid for her role in “Desperate Housewives.” Joosten died in June of lung cancer.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 23rd on ABC.

Jimmy Kimmel will host.

To see the entire nominations list, go to http://www.emmys.com/ (AP)

CBS Claims Victory in Round 1 of New TV Season

The Nielsen Co. says CBS averaged 12 million viewers last week, some 2 million more than runner-up ABC.

The season premiere of “Two and a Half Men” didn’t hurt CBS’ cause. Nearly 29 million viewers tuned in to see Ashton Kutcher arrive as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on the veteran sitcom. It was the most-watched show of the week.    

But CBS logged another 10 shows in the Top 20. These include the premiere of “2 Broke Girls,” and also the most-watched new dramas — “Unforgettable” and “Person of Interest.”

Fox’s much-anticipated singing competition, “The X Factor,” ranked 19th and 20th.

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.97 million viewers (5.4 rating, 11 share). ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.27 million (5.0 rating, 10 share) and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.82 million viewers (4.0 rating, 8 share).

A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1% of the nation’s estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 19-25. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

   1. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 28.74 million.

   2. NFL Football:PittsburghatIndianapolis, NBC, 20.36 million.

   3. “NCIS,” CBS, 19.96 million.

   4. “2 Broke Girls,” CBS, 19.37 million.

   5. “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC, 19.03 million.

   6. “NCIS:Los Angeles,” CBS, 16.71 million.

   7. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 15.98 million.

   8. “The Big Bang Theory”-Special, CBS, 14.94 million.

   9. “Dancing with the Stars”-Results, ABC, 14.79 million.

   10. “Modern Family,” ABC, 14.54 million.

   11. “Modern Family”-Special, ABC, 14.52 million.

   12. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.30 million.

   13. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 14.14 million.

   14. “Unforgettable,” CBS, 14.09 million.

   15. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 13.56 million.

   16. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 13.33 million.

   17. “Castle,” ABC, 13.28 million.

   18. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 12.74 million.

   19. “The X Factor” (Thursday), Fox, 12.52 million.

   20. “The X Factor” (Wednesday), Fox, 12.49 million.

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 ABC is owned by The Walt DisneyCo.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is a unit of News Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Nielsen permits use of only the top 20 on websites.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.

Best Celebrity Stories Ever Told

Last weekend E! aired a special on ‘Best Celebrity Stories Ever Told.’

Here is the list:

10. OJ Simpson

9. Angelina Jolie

8. Chris Farley

7. Michael J. Fox

6. Mackenzie Phillips

5. Kardashian family

4. JFK, Jr.

3. Britney Spears

2. Anna Nicole Smith

1. Brady Bunch

While this is an interesting list, there seems to be some very big notables missing – like Michael Jackson – child star, shunned and made fun of adult, and then killed by his own doctor (allegedly). Come on!

Or how about Norma Jean Baker, Judy Garland, Robert Blake, Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Walt Disney or Robert Redford?

Each of these people has made enormous impacts on the entertainment industry in their own right.

Some people that made the top 10 are important; I’m not doubting that, it’s just some people are a little more deserving in my opinion.

And I firmly believe that if this list was aired in another decade, the Kardashians would not be on it. In case you didn’t know, Ryan Seacrest Productions produces ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ and where does he work? Seems more like a conflict of interest to me.

My other big gripe? The Brady Bunch! #1?! I don’t know who should be #1, but it shouldn’t be them! Maybe #4 or #5…..

I don’t know what the criteria was, but it just seems a little ‘off’ to me.

What do you think?