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U.K. series 'Utopia' wins Best Drama at International Emmys

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It looks like David Fincher will have even more to live up to when he steps behind the camera for Utopia.

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Which new fall show will be canceled first?

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No network or producer wants their show to be the first voted off the broadcast prime-time island. Sure most new series attempts fail, but being the very first to get booted in the fall season is a special kind of shame; it usually means that critic and viewer rejection was swift and overwhelming.

Figuring out which will get axed first can be tricky. It’s not just about which has the lowest ratings, or is the least liked by critics or viewers, but other factors: How many episodes have aired? How strong is the competition? How did that time slot perform for the network last season? Does the network have another show that will perform better that’s ready to fill the space?

My thoughts: ABC’s Selfie has received the bulk of the social-media rage. (It must drive the producers bonkers that their comedy is slammed by people who loathe social media addicts—when the show is trying to mock social-media addicts. While Tuesday’s premiere rating was lousy, Selfie‘s lead-out, Manhattan Love Story, did even worse). Fox’s Red Band Society has almost no pulse, but it seems unlikely the network would let a Steven Spielberg-produced drama get axed first. Plus, Fox’s sick kids are doing better than Utopia—which is my bet for first canceled show (or, at minimum, first demoted show). Fox announced Utopia as a year-long social experiment. But it’s killing its two time slots on the schedule, plus providing a poor lead-in for the network’s Tuesday comedy block. At the very least, I bet this show is going to move off Tuesdays (update: called it!). We could also have ripe prime candidates for first axed show later this week when NBC rolls out Bad Judge and A to Z into the Thursday Night Football/Shondaland buzzmill.

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Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Tuesday's perfect night of TV

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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Tuesday night game plan:

8 p.m.
Watch: Utopia (Fox): 15 strangers are challenged to create the perfect society and in a twist to the “utopic” element of the show, contestants will start start voting each other off this week.

DVR: The Flash (The CW): One of the hotly anticipated superhero series this fall, The Flash exists in the same universe as CW’s Arrow and follows comic book favorite Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin). Premieres Oct. 7.

9 p.m.
Watch: Marry Me (NBC): Casey Wilson and Ken Marino make a fine couple in this new comedy, which is loosely based on Wilson’s real-life romance with the show’s creator, David Caspe. Premieres Oct. 14.

9:30 p.m.
Watch: The Mindy Project (Fox): We’ve already seen Danny (Chris Messina) do a sexy striptease for Mindy (Mindy Kaling) on the season premiere, so get excited to see where that relationship goes from there.

DVR: NCIS: New Orleans (CBS): The NCIS franchise has become a verifiable conglomeration with all these spin-off in cities all over the country. This time, NCIS heads to New Orleans with Scott Bakula at the helm as Special Agent Dwayne Pride.

10 p.m.
Watch: Sons of Anarchy (FX): This will be the last season we’ll see our beloved NorCal biker bros and it is crucial to see how Jax (Charlie Hunnam) deals with the consequences of his destructive path of vengeance after Tara’s (Maggie Siff) death.

DVR: Forever (ABC): Forever joins a long line of “deductive genius” dramas, and this show is no exception to the trend. The show stars Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Henry Morgan, a New York City medical examiner who’s been knocking around life for over 200 years due to his immortality.

David Fincher to direct the entire first season of HBO's 'Utopia'

David Fincher will direct the entire first season of Utopia, the HBO series he is producing with Gone Girl‘s author Gillian Flynn. The duo announced their plans to adapt the British TV conspiracy series in February, with Fincher directing Flynn’s scripts, but it wasn’t clear just how much Fincher would be behind the camera. (For Netflix’s House of Cards, the other major show Fincher produces, he directed only the first two episodes of season one.)

But Fincher told the Guardian that he intended to helm the entire first season. “I like the world of it,” he said. “I like the characters—I love Dennis’s [Kelly, creator of the U.K. show] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist [because] I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.” READ FULL STORY

'Utopia' ratings drop again: How long will it last?

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The fall season hasn’t even officially started, and already one heavily-hyped show is looking like a bomb: Fox’s Utopia continued its ratings slide during its Friday night premiere. The reality experiment fell to 2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.

Here is the Utopia trend so far: 2.0 demo rating for its Sunday NFL-fueled debut, down to 0.9 for its regular Tuesday time slot premiere, and now 0.7 for its Friday opener. (Utopia will regularly air twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays.)

Since new shows typically drop in the ratings for each of their first three epiosdes (at least), and since each of Utopia‘s time slots has been subsequently weaker, one would have expected each of these episodes to go down. Yet Sunday’s opening number was a disappointment—and the extant of that Tuesday drop was alarming. So now even a little erosion on Friday, expected or no, results in numbers that are deep into the cancellation red zone. Utopia was beaten, for instance, by a repeat of ABC’s Last Man Standing (4.5 million, 0.9).

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Fox's new fall shows: A snap judgment

When Ryan Seacrest kicks off the upfronts by welcoming Pitbull to the stage with his entourage of booty-dancers, you know that Fox isn’t catering to your mom. (Unless your mom is one of Pitbull’s booty-dancers, in which case, lucky you!) So it’s no surprise that Kevin Reilly, Fox’s chairman of entertainment, followed Pitbull’s performance with the announcement that Fox is branding itself as “America’s Next Generation Network,” focusing on a youthful audience. That might also explain why Andy Samberg was there, making some decent quips for the benefit of his fellow Next Generation Americans — and a few self-aware advertisers, too. (“Who’s ready to laugh? Who’s ready to pretend that we weren’t all forced here by the invisible hand of capitalism?”) When he wasn’t dreaming up joke shows that sounded real (X-Men Origins Days of Future Past Collectors Cups — the Show), he was doing a pretty good job introducing real shows with jokes. “Is this the best lineup of shows that Fox has ever assembled?” he asked. “I’m not gonna lie to you. Moving on!” And, yet, a few projects looked promising, even for very old viewers  — like, say, anyone over 22. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars' showrunner leaving for 'Utopia'

When season 18 of Dancing With the Stars wraps on May 20, executive producer/showrunner Conrad Green will take his final bow.

EW has confirmed that Green, who was been with Dancing since its launch, is leaving to work on Fox’s Utopia, a new project from Big Brother creator John del Mol. Utopia will take 15 people and put them in an undeveloped location to build their own civilization. They will have an entire year to do so, amidst eliminations and other reality show shenanigans.

Big Brother‘s Jon Kroll will also join Utopia as an executive producer.

Deadline first reported the news.

 

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