I’ll tell you what The Event is not: A second season renewal.
NBC is passing on picking up its sci-fi action-drama for another round.
Though the series about aliens covertly living among us started strongly for the network, it faded gradually in the ratings and, after its winter hiatus, fell below the line. Event averaged 7.4 million viewers and a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating once you add in DVR use, which just wasn’t enough for a costly and serialized show. On the other hand, Chuckjust got a pickup.
Meanwhile, Dick Wolf’s attempt to move his franchise to the City of Angels failed, too: NBC has dropped Law & Order: LosAngeles. The show was hastily reworked midseason but the ratings continued to fall.
Also: India-set comedy Outsourced is getting the ax. The show has been trying to prop up NBC’s 10 p.m. hour on Thursday nights.
Where did the time ago? It seems like just yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting the start of Lone Star; now we can barely remember that two-timing cad. That’s because it’s season finale time – that heartbreaking period when we bid adieu to nine months of scripted heaven to make way for three months of unscripted hell on the broadcast networks. (Don’t worry, Big Brother: We still adore thee).
Fire up your DVR playlists, kids … here are all the broadcast net finales. READ FULL STORY
If it’s the end of March and your (favorite?) show has yet to receive a full season pickup for fall, chances are good the network suits are back in their offices questioning whether it deserves a stay of execution. We’ve singled out some of the higher profile bubble shows and weigh in on whether they’re even worth the trouble. And for more about what shows will survive another day, check out our scorecard.READ FULL STORY
Image Credit: Byron Cohen/FoxAiring mostly against reruns, Fox had a clear path to the winner’s circle on Monday because it aired originals of House and The Chicago Code. The network triumphed in adults 18-49 (2.9 rating/8 share) and total viewers (9.2 million), according to early estimates.
The special episode of House – which featured a musical sequence — attracted 11.1 million eyeballs, the drama’s second largest audience this season. It averaged a 3.8/11. Code earned a 2.1/6 and 7.5 million viewers.
In case you were wondering (and you know you were), CBS’ repeat of Two and a Half Men was the second most-watched show for the night with 10.1 million. It was also the network’s highest-rated comedy for the night with a 2.8/8 in the demo. In contrast, an original of Mad Love posted a 2.4/7 — down 11%, its lowest delivery to date. The rest of CBS’ lineup was in repeats.
And bummer news for the return of The Event. The two-hour episode earned a mere 1.4/4 — down 26% from its last original on Nov. 29 — and 5.2 million viewers. (Like, its ever a surprise when a show goes down after a painful and needless hiatus?). Harry’s Law earned a 1.8/5 and a 9.3 million viewers. NBC, as a result, came in fourth in the demo (1.5/4) and viewers (6.6 million).
NBC has set a return date for The Event, and has tapped an A-list cinematographer to direct one pivotal episode.
EW has exclusively learned The Event is coming back on Monday, March 7, with a two-hour presentation, followed by Harry’s Law. After that, there’s nine more Event episodes to finish out the show’s first season.
Also, Janusz Kaminski — the Oscar-winning cinematographer behind a score of Steven Spielberg classics as Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and War of the Worlds — has been tapped to direct episode 15. READ FULL STORY
Image Credit: Joseph Viles/NBC; Craig Sjodin/ABC/Getty ImagesDon’t worry, fans of NBC’s The Event: The cast and crew have been working hard to make sure you’ll be able to follow the drama once it returns to NBC on Feb. 28. In fact, series star Blair Underwood (President Elias Martinez) told EW exclusively that the show is revamping the way it tells the heavily-serialized story about a strange group of detainees who may (or may not be) from this world. “We had been jumping around a lot and doing flashbacks and that was confusing to people,” he told EW. “So when we come back, that device is done with! We are now telling the story straight through so people can track it and follow it easier.” Great news! READ FULL STORY
NBC has confirmed to EW that Virginia Madsen (Sideways) will join the cast of its freshman series The Event, in a recurring role. The Oscar-nominated actress, who most recently starred in ABC’s Scoundrels, will play attorney Catherine Lewis, the widow of an Alaskan senator who has inherited his position. Deadline broke the casting news earlier this morning, after initially reporting NBC had offered the role to Friday Night Lights‘ star Connie Britton. The Event is currently on hiatus and will return with new episodes on February 28.
Image Credit: Eric McCandless/ABC; Justin Lubin/Fox; Richard Cartwright/CBS; Eric McCandless/ABCWe’ve already seen the death of six new shows (Lone Star, My Generation, The Whole Truth, Undercovers, Outlaw and Running Wilde, though Fox hasn’t officially canceled the latter) as well as the departure of some old ones (So long, Medium! Looks like you’re out the door, too, Life Unexpected!) So it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that HUT levels among CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC (that’s “homes using television”) are down 3 percent this year (from 39.7 million to 38.5 million).
Does that mean there weren’t enough good shows to watch on the Big Four this fall? Glee, Modern Family and The Good Wife fans would probably disagree, but it’s never good when so many freshman series tank before the holidays. Here’s how all the shows ranked in total viewers from Sept. 20 to Nov. 28:
1. NCIS (CBS) 21.3 million
2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 21.2 million
3. NFL Sunday (NBC) 20.2 million
4. Dancing with the Stars results (ABC) 18.5 million
5. NCIS: LA (CBS) 17.4 million
6. The Mentalist (CBS) 17.3 million
7. Criminal Minds (CBS) 16.2 million
8. CSI (CBS) 15.9 million
9. Two and A Half Men (CBS) 15.5 million
10. NFL Sunday pre-kickoff (NBC) 15.2 million
11. TheBig Bang Theory (CBS) 15 million
12. Modern Family (ABC) 14.7 million
13. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 14.6 million
14. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 14 million
15. 60 Minutes (CBS) 13.9 million
16. The Good Wife (CBS) 13.7 million
17. Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS) 13.3 million
18. Blue Bloods (CBS) 13.25 million
19. Desperate Housewives (ABC) 13.22 million
20. Castle (ABC) 13 million READ FULL STORY
With Dancing With the Stars getting ready to celebrate its 200th episode, we thought it the perfect time to look back on 11 seasons of ballroom bliss and bedlam. On the latest edition of InsideTV podcast, DWTS expert Annie Barrett shares her selections for the best and worst hoofers to ever shake their groove thang on the dance floor. Who is the best of the best? Who is the worst of the worst? And who was neither good nor bad enough to merit our attention at all? Answers await in the podcast below! Also on tap for this special Halloween edition: Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and star Andrew Lincoln stop by to talk about the best way to kill a zombie, Michael Slezak and I discuss the latest developments involving urine onSurvivor: Nicaragua, Michael Ausiello weighs in on the shaky future of NBC’s The Event, and Clark Collis shows up to flaunt his fancy English accent. You can download all the insanity straight to your mp3 player, or click on the player to enjoy all the podcast magic on your screen right here, right now. And if you have a question for the TV Insiders, you can tweet it to @InsideTVPodcast.
BEWARE! Zombies are everywhere this Halloween! At least on TV they are. On Sunday, IFC will air the entire run of Dead Set — which, in the most genius plot device of all-time, centers on a zombie outbreak outside the Big Brother house. (Finally!) That same night, AMC will debut the first episode of The Walking Dead, the Frank Darabont-directed adaptation of the popular comic book. Zombie aficionado (zombionado?) Clark Collis joins the InsideTV (Michael Slezak, Annie Barrett, Michael Ausiello, and yours truly) to rip, tear, and sink our teeth into both shows. Exactly how scary — and gory — are they? We’ll tell you on our latest podcast. Not only that, but Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and star Andrew Lincoln pop by to give us their unique, blood-splattered perspective. (Kirkman also gives his pick for the best zombie movie ever — and the choice may surprise you.) But that’s not all we have up our spooky sleeves. We’re also offering our picks for the best Halloween TV episodes ever, discussing the future (or lack of it) for The Event, breaking down Survivor etiquette when it comes to peeing in a pool, and sharing Annie’s picks for the best and worst Dancing With the Stars hoofers ever. You can download all the insanity straight to your mp3 player, or click on the player below to enjoy all the podcast magic on your screen right here, right now. And if you have a question for the InsideTV, you can tweet it to @InsideTVPodcast. Listen now…if you dare!
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Question: Rumor around the Glee circuit is that Quinn and Rachel lock lips in episode 6. Any truth to that? —Joan Ausiello: Sorry, no. If it’s any consolation, it looks like the frenemies get fairly close to first base in the new GQ. Speaking of Glee, I can now confirm that the show is planning a Christmas episode. I don’t have any other details at the moment. I do, however, have a suggestion for Ryan Murphy: Please give us (read: me) an It’s a Wonderful Life homage with Sue at the center. I, er, we don’t ask for much.
Question: Glee scoop, please! —Jeffrey Ausiello: Someone’s about to get expelled!
Question: One Tree Hill. You’re a stingy Smurf when it comes to scoop on this gem of a show. —La-roo Ausiello: Sources close to the National Weather Center confirm that Mother Nature is doing me a solid and sending a major hurricane Hill‘s way before season’s end. READ FULL STORY
Image Credit: Everett Collection; Art Streiber/CBS; Mike Yarish/AMC* NBC’s The Event — which has been giving off some serious 24 vibes in recent weeks — has tapped one of that show’s stars for a potentially recurring gig. Actress Necar Zadegan, who recurred as the wife of IRK President Omar Hassan during the show’s eighth and final season, will play a mysterious character named Isabelle. It’s probably worth noting that former 24 boss Evan Katz is now an exec producer on The Event. It’s all starting to make sense, right?
* ABC Family has opted not to move forward with Strut, a cast-contingent pilot about a Las Vegas showgirl-turned-drill team instructor. Rumor has it producers were wooing Jenna Elfman for the title role, but Dharma wasn’t interested.
* Tennis legend Jimmy Connors will play himself in an episode of Matthew Perry’s upcoming ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine. Perry’s character Ben challenges his longtime idol to a tennis match—all in the name of charity.
* Mad Men‘s season finale is this Sunday and I have a bad feeling a major character will attempt suicide. Who? Listen to the latest edition of the TV Insiders Podcast (below) and find out! READ FULL STORY