Two Tivos to Paradise 6.13.14: Tonight Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Recity, More
Posted by Al Norton on 06.13.2014
News and thoughts on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show ratings success, casting news for A&E's thriller The Returned, raves for Inside Amy Schumer and Rectify and more!
Hello friends; what's good? A crazy week in all aspects of my life, almost all of it good, highlighted by accompanying the twins K2 class on a field trip to the swan boats in Boston's Public Garden, one of absolute favorite places in the world, and then running into John Oates – yes, of Hall & Oates – going into his hotel.
If you haven't heard, TTTP is now on Twitter – 2tivos2paradise. We had a fun first week, with some famous folks re-Tweeting us, and I am starting to get my Twitter legs under me.
Inside Amy Schumer is the most original – and flat out best – sketch comedy show on TV right now, one that brings a level of emotional honesty to the genre that makes for hysterical and at time exquisitely awkward viewing. At the same time, the show has genuine buzz, so there was no question that Comedy Central was going to try to stay in the Amy Schumer business as long as possible. There's also no question that the big four are lined up to make big offers as soon as her contract with Comedy Central has an out, and I wouldn't be surprised if CBS had her on the short list for The Late Late Show gig; I have no idea if she'd be good at the interviews, I just know she's funny and red hot right now, so they'd be foolish to not bring her in.
The network wasn't done making programming decisions, picking up first seasons of two new comedies…
*Another Period, a reality show spoof following two sisters trying to become famous in 1902. Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome star, write, and executive produce, and the pilot also features Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Tom Lennon, Jason Ritter, Rosa Salazar and Armen Weitzman.
*Idiotsitter, a scripted comedy about a woman who gets a job watching a super-rich brat whose serving house arrest in her Father's mansion. The show began as a webseries for the network.
Turn Around, Look At What You See, In Her Face, The Mirror Of Your Dreams
The stories this week that didn't deserve a full solo item but were too big to get stuck in the notes section...
*How big a hit is Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family? So big that even though season 4 doesn't premiere until tonight, the network gave the show a TWO season renewal today, picking up a 5th (running in 2015) and 6th (to run in 2016) season of the teen drama. The show is top's in the network history in total viewers, the standard 18-49 demos, and every female demo. It's also the # 1 cable series in women 12 - 34 and had the highest number of Tweets per episode of any show on all of television for the 2013-2014 season.
*Congratulations to Game of Thrones, which is averaging 18.4 million viewers per episode this season, topping the 2002 season of The Sopranos (18.2 million) and making it the most watched series in HBO history.
*As expected, Jimmy Fallon taking over The Tonight Show has led to a demo surge, with the show up 34% from last year with the 18-49 crown (and last week's reruns topping the Leno original episodes that ran that same week last year), but it hasn't really hurt the competition, with Jimmy Kimmel Live matching last May and overall having its best year since the 2003 premiere. The Late Show with David Letterman is somewhat down in the demos but up in total viewers.
Late Night with Seth Myers is enjoying having a strong lead-in, up 15% from what Fallon was doing with Leno as a lead-in, and his demos top what Letterman is getting an hour earlier.
*Jeremy Sisto has signed on for one of the leads in A&E's upcoming The Returned, joining Mark Pellegrino and Kevin Alejandro in the cast - a trio of TTTP faves!!! Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Lost) is executive producing the show, an adaptation of a popular French series about the craziness that occurs in a small town when several dead-and-buried people show up alive at their old homes. As we have discussed previously, this genesis of this project actually pre-dates ABC's Resurrection (The Returned is a show in France, which itself was a spin on the 2004 movie They Came Back), whereas Resurrection was an adaptation of a book called The Returned - WOW, this is confusing - which was published in 2013.
*The CW will launch a new Saturday morning block of non-fiction programming this fall, with the five hours (7 - 12) including Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan: Family Edition, Calling Dr. Pol (series about a veterinarian who specializes in farm animals), Rock the Park (a look at America's National Parks), Expedition Wild (follows wildlife expert Casey Anderson in his work), and The Brady Barr Experience (scientist who works to protect amphibious predators around the world).
*Netflix is working on a new version of The Magic School Bus, the Emmy winning animated children's series that ran on PBS in the 1990's. This new series - The Magic School Bus 360 - will be computer animation and done in partnership with Scholastic Media. Like the original, it will be focused on science and technology
*The bloom is clearly off the Duck Dynasty rose, with last night's season six premiere pulling in 4.3 million viewers; that's great by cable reality standards but it's also just about half the audience that watched the season five opened in January. Even more glaring is the difference when compared to the 11.77 million that watched the season three premiere just over a year ago. To be fair, it was still the top demo performer for all of TV on the night, but to lose more than 60% of your audience in 14 months is a sign the end is near.
It's Time To Play The Music, It's Time To Light The Lights The Muppets video of the week…
But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
Ratings Notes From The Last Seven Days…
Game 1 of the NBA Finals won in totals and demos, matching last year's game 1 numbers...Undateable was down 20+% in totals and demos...Last Comic Standing was down double digits...Kitchen Nightmares matched last week...Gang Related was down 20%...Having Game One of the NBA Finals as a lead-in not only helped Jimmy Kimmel Live hit a season high in the demos, it also provided enough of a boost for Kimmel to win the battle of the Jimmys for the first time, topping The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon…The season two premiere of CMT's Party Down South was watched by 1.25 million people, a series high and a 75% increase over the season one average. More important for the show's success, it was up 184% in the 18-34 demos and was the 4th most Tweeted about TV show of the day.
20/20 won the night in the demos, with Dateline taking the total viewers win...Blackbeard was down only 9% in week two...What Would You Do was up, winning 9pm in the demos...NBC's Brian Williams Reporting: Journey To Normandy pulled in just under 6 million viewers, topping 8pm in that measure...
A shot at a Triple Crown winner did wonders for The Belmont Stakes ratings on Saturday, with 21.3 million tuning in for the race itself. The last time there was a possible triple crown winner was 2008, when ABC pulled in 13.1 million viewers (saving you the math - this year was up 57%)…The double overtime thriller between the Kings and the Rangers became the most watched Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final ever, up 60% from last year and 121% from 2012.
Game 2 of the NBA Finals won the night in totals and demos, pretty much matching last year's numbers...The Tony Awards were even with last year's demos and down a hair in total viewers...Miss USA had a strong night, up 20% in viewers and enough in the demos to finish second on the night...Cosmos was down double digits with its series finale... .
MONDAY American Ninja Warrior was down a bit but still won the night in the demos...A recap special of The Bachelorette was down 40% in viewers and 50% in the demos from last week's new episode...Whose Line is it Anyway? hit season highs in total viewers & demos in its new Mondays at 8pm home...MasterChef was down double digits in totals and demos...Mistresses was down 20+% in totals and demos in week two...Major Crimes season premiere was up slightly in total viewers and demos from last season's opener. Murder in the First matched what King & Maxwell's premiere did in that same spot last year (not a great sign considering that show got cancelled after one season)...
Game 3 of the NBA Finals won the night in total viewers and demos...AGT finished second in both measures, down 7% in the demos but up slightly in total viewers...Riot and I Wanna Marry Harry matched last week's (poor) numbers...Famous in 12 was up 20% in viewers…The Night Shift matched last week's demos and was up a smidge in viewers and at this point very likely to get a second season pickup…The season premiere of Pretty Little Liars was down from last year but was the night's top non-sports telecast with women 12-34 & 18-34 for all of television...Chasing Life was down 16% from what Twisted's opener up with following PLL last year but did top The Fosters' premiere and was the top cable series at 9pm with the 18-34 demo...Royal Pains returned down 35% from last season's opener and both its total viewer and demo numbers are down more than 50% from the season two premiere in 2010 (showing a major erosion in the show's audience in the last four years)...
WEDNESDAY Dateline's two hour special about the anniversary of OJ Simpson's bronco chase won the night in totals and demos...Growing Up Fisher finished its run down 25% from its last new episodes (not terrible considering there was NO publicity)...The season finale of The 100 was down a smidge...SYTYCD was down double digits...Motive was the night's biggest loser, down 28% in total viewers and 36% in demos...
All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…In a FANTASTIC bit of casting, Vincent D'Onofrio will play Wilson Fisk - aka Kingpin - in Netflix upcoming Daredevil series…MTV has ordered a 10 episode second season of Faking It, which is really one of the better new comedies of 2014…BBC America is sponsoring a 12 day, 7 city, 5 continent Doctor Who world tour in August that will introduce Peter Capaldi, who will play the 12th Doctor, to the masses....Paula Deen will premiere her own digital network this fall; The Paula Deen Network will be offered on a subscription basis and have long and short form daily programming that will feature appearances by members of Deen's family. Deen's contract with Food Network was not renewed last June, and it was reported in February that she had received a $75 - $100 million investment from the private equity firm Najafi Cos. to help launch/fund her comeback…The Hub Network has picked up the rights to reruns of Blossom and will begin airing them weeknights at 7pm starting in early July, the first time in 15 years the early 90's favorite has been on TV…Disney Junior's latest project is The Lion Guard, a Lion King sequel that will launch as a movie in the fall of 2015 and the become a regular series in the spring of 2016 (the same route they took with Sofia the First). The show focuses on Kion, the second born cub of Simba and Nala, and his elevation to head of The Lion Guard, which protect the Pride Lands…Spike is developing an adaptation of Stephen Fry's bestseller The Chairman into a drama series, with Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, Charmed) as a Gulf War veteran who takes over a billion dollar private equity firm, opening doors into (figurative) worlds he never knew existed, worlds where people will kill to stay in power. The lead character - Christian Gillette - has been featured in four of Fry's novels…Barbara Walters may have retired last month but she's still landing ABC big interviews; she'll have the first sit down conversation with Peter Rodger, Father of "Santa Barbara killer" Elliot Rodger, on an upcoming edition of 20/20… George Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures production company have signed a two year deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop and produce new TV projects (comedy, drama, and also web-series). Smokehouse has Argo, The Monuments Men, August: Osage County, and Memphis Beat (ran for two seasons on TNT) on its resume…Spin, the bestselling - and Hugo Award winning - science fiction novel by Robert Charles Wilson, is being adapted into a mini-series, with Rob Morrow on board as an executive producer. No network is attached yet...
Turns Out Not Where But Who You're With That Really Matters
The best of what's around aka The Best Thing I Watched Over The Last Seven Days…
The best thing I watched this week is a couple of years old, and about something decades old, but I finally caught Jaws: The Inside Story, a documentary about the making of the classic Steven Spielberg thriller. Jaws was already one of my favorite movies and this in-depth look back at how it was put together made it even more so, with a ton of funny and insightful stories about the actors and the filmmaking process.; the stuff about the Richard Dreyfus – Robert Shaw feud alone makes it worth the time investment. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Jaws and/or considers them a fan of movies in general.
People Say I'm Crazy Doing What I'm Doing, Well, They Give Me All Kinds Of Warnings To Save Me From Ruin
What's flashed before my eyes the last seven days…
One of my favorite moments from Sunday's Tony Awards…As if there were any doubt before, Sunday's Game of Thrones demonstrated that when it's comes to the choreography of violence and war, to making its audience feel the energy and chaos of battle and still be able to follow everything that is happening, the show has no peers, both currently and in the history of television…We've been talking a lot about audition rounds of reality shows lately but I'd really like to see a special on how it is they choose folks for Food Network Star; every season there are folks who seem lost on camera, not choking up when the red light goes on but truly clueless, which leaves me wondering how they made it on in the first place…If In Living Color was still on you know they would have a Property Brothers sketch with Damon Wayans and Keenen Ivory Wayans…Sing Your Face Off has become the twins favorite new show and I am surprised more celebrity reality series don't make sure to always have a Disney/Nickelodeon alum in the cast. Sure, the kids aren't the target demo but Mrs. Tivo and I hadn't watched DWTS in years until Zendaya was on (don't get me started on how ROBBED she was!!!) and then the next season Glee's Amber Riley and High School Musical alum Corbin Blue took part, and now the kids are hooked no matter who appears so it's got Season Pass status…Hey Food Network, how about a live Sunday morning show called Hangover Brunch, where a famous person hosts some of their friends to discuss the previous night out from which they are now recovering while they eat (and drink)? What about Nikki Glaser to front the show and Jeff Mauro to handle the heavy culinary lifting? I'd season pass Hangover Brunch in a heartbeat!...Having watched Jaime Pressly in I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Jennifer Falls I now realize that although I was a HUGE fan of My Name is Earl, I clearly didn't give their writers and directors enough credit because she was amazing on the show - deserving the Emmy she won - and very much not amazing on just about everything since. Jennifer Falls isn't terrible - anything that puts Missi Pyle on my TV screen AND lets her play a real person instead of the standard odd/cold caricature she usually gets cast as does has value - but it's also not very good, either…The discovery of the murder victims on Monday's Major Crimes' season premiere was one of the best sequences of its kind I have ever seen on TV, with the horror of the crime being fully conveyed to the audience without a drop of blood or an ounce of flesh being shown. Kudos to the writers, director, and cast for so beautifully breaking our hearts…Two weeks in and I am ready to call Halt and Catch Fire one of the best new drama series of 2014. I am fully invested in the characters and love the business aspects of the storyline as well. It also seems to get the 80's just right in terms of fashion and style HIGHLY recommended if you haven't watched yet (only two episodes in so it will be easy to catch up)… Fully acknowledging that this might be me being picky, I wasn't so crazy about the multiple shots of the US Flag and then the MasterChef flag waving next to it on last night's episode. It just wasn't necessary and seemed like the show trying to elevate itself to a level that wasn't appropriate. And not to sound like a broken record, but I still feel like I don't know most of these people the way I have in previous seasons. If only I could think of what was different this year...
TV Pick Of The Week Rectify was one of the best new shows of 2013, an incredibly well written, well-acted look at the ramifications on a small town when a young man on death row is freed on a technicality. One of the things that makes the show so good is it's never really been made clear if the lead character committed the crime or not, but what is clear is the impact being on death row has had on both him and his family. Sundance is showing a marathon of season one on Sunday morning at 9:30am before next Thursday's season two premiere.
Don't miss the season two premiere of Rectify, Thursday at 9pm on Sundance.
Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Other noteworthy programming from the coming week…
*A Sing Your Face Off (ABC) champion will be crowned Saturday at 8pm. FYI, I could see this show getting a second season, one that doesn't double up the episodes so it can run longer than three weeks.
*Game of Thrones brings its current season to a close this Sunday at 9pm.
*The Fosters is back for season two on Monday at 9pm (preceded by Switched at Birth's return)…
*Louie brings its amazing fourth season to a close this Monday at 10pm.
*Rizzoli & Isles (9pm) and Perception (10pm) are back to on Tuesday to get TNT's summer season into full swing.
*Fargo – aka one of the best drama series of 2014 – brings its run to a close this Tuesday at 10pm.
*When it comes to Baby Daddy, which airs its season three finale this Wednesday at 8:30pm, I am 100% Team Danny.
*Season two of Syfy's Defiance premieres Thursday at 8pm, followed by the 90 minute series premiere of Dominion at 10pm…
*Rookie Blue, one of the most successful shows not in mainstream pop culture, begins a new season this Thursday at 9pm on ABC.
Two Tivos To Paradise @Midnight, About A Boy, American Idol, America's Best Cook, Antiques Roadshow, Beat Bobby Flay, Archer, Arrow, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, Bakery Boss, Bitten, The Blacklist, Boardwalk Empire, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Counting Cars, The Crazy Ones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dancing with the Stars, The Deadliest Catch, Face Off, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Fargo, Flipping Out, Food Court Wars, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Fosters, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Mine, Glee, Graceland, Great Food Truck Race, Grey's Anatomy, Haunted Collector, Haunted Highway, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii Five-0, House of Lies, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Inside Amy Schumer, Iron Chef America, Justified, Key & Peele, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Seth Myers, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, The League, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, MasterChef, MasterChef: Junior, Masters of Sex, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Murder in the First, Nashville, New Girl, Next Iron Chef, The Originals, Outside the Lines, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Penny Dreadful, Project Runway, Project Runway All-Stars, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off, Ray Donovan, Real Time With Bill Maher, Rectify, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Supernatural, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Top Chef, Top Chef: Masters, Tosh.0, True Detective, Undateable, Under the Gunn, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Worst Cooks In America,
People Love You When They Know You're Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.
We'll be back in 7 days with all the latest TV news.
Sources for this week's column include Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hollywood Reporter (plus the web sites for those publications) as well as Aintit.cool.com, TVline.com & Deadline.com.