‘Schitt’s Creek’ Rerun To Air On Comedy Central

Hollywood Unions, Studios Agree On Rules To Restart Production

The deal includes mandatory and comprehensive use of personal protective gear and testing of cast and crew members, and a dedicated coronavirus supervisor to oversee it all. It requires the use of a “zone system” that strictly limits interactions between people on sets based on their job’s requirements.

‘Tommy’s Garage’ Signs With KZBZ

KZBZ Amarillo, Texas (DMA 132) just cleared Tommy’s Garage, the conservative comedy show. “This is our 10th market,” Tom Adkins, the show’s host and executive producer, noted. “We are expanding deeper into America. We have a 2.9 year-to-date Comscore average at WLFI West Lafayette, Ind., and a 3.3 at WCBI Columbus, Ohio.” So why is […]

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Ellen DeGeneres Makes On-Air Apology

The Ellen DeGeneres Show started its 18th season in Los Angeles with the host on stage for the first time in months after taping from DeGeneres’s home during quarantine. There wasn’t a studio audience but a virtual one, with faces beamed in on monitors put in the audience seats. She addressed allegations of a toxic work environment, apologizing for things “that never should have happened.”

OVERNIGHTS

Virtual Emmys Eye New Audience Low

TV’s biggest night is looking at its smallest audience. Per Nielsen fast nationals (and pending possible adjustment in finals), ABC’s broadcast of the 2020 Emmys on Sunday night averaged 5.1 million total viewers, down double digits from last year’s all-time audience low — which is not unexpected, given multiple on- and off-screen obstacles.

NBCU Quietly Looking To Replace TV Exec

NBCUniversal is quietly looking to replace top reality TV executive Meredith Ahr who was accused of cultivating a toxic workplace in a bombshell report in late July.

Fox Poised To Spend $2B To Keep Sun. NFL

Fox Corp. is willing to spend as much as $2 billion a year to maintain its rights to National Football League games on Sunday, a huge increase from its current contract, according to people familiar with the matter. Negotiations with the league are heating up because current broadcast rights begin expiring at the end of next year.

Emmy’s Historic Diversity: Majority Of Acting Winners Are Black

The 2020 Emmy Awards saw a noticeable uptick in the number of nonwhite acting winners, with Watchmen star Regina King’s fourth Emmy win and a surprise nod for Euphoria star Zendaya leading the way. Out of the 19 performer categories — including the guest, short form and voice-over categories from last week’s Creative Arts Emmys — 10 went to Black actors.

ViacomCBS’ Noggin Subscription Service Launches On Amazon in Europe

A Sweep For ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession’ Tops Emmys

Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV’s little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including Frasier and Modern Family failed to achieve. Its seven awards included best comedy series and trophies for its stars, including Catherine O’Hara and father-son Eugene and Daniel Levy. Succession, an HBO family power struggle over a media empire, was honored as best drama series and star Jeremy Strong won the drama actor trophy for his role as a potential heir to the throne.

President Harding’s Family Battles Over Exhuming His Body With Reality Crew

NFL, NBA Take Nielsen Ratings Hit

Post- and end-of-the-season action for TV sports franchises has seen sharply lower overall viewership as a result of sports competition caused by disruptions in scheduling due to COVID-19, as well as lower persons using television (PUT) data. MoffettNathanson Research says the returning NBA and NHL have been impacted by lower PUT data in August and September versus the April and May periods — the former period being one that traditionally sees lower PUT data.

America Ferrera’s ‘Superstore’ Return Extended

America Ferrera isn’t punching out of Superstore as soon as we thought. Ferrera — whose previously announced departure from NBC’s No. 1 comedy was delayed due to COVID-19 — has signed on to appear in not one, but two Season 6 episodes. As a result, the sitcom’s milestone 100th episode will now double as Ferrera’s swan song.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Big Brother’ Leads Thursday Primetime

CBS’s Big Brother was the top-rated show in primetime Thursday, scoring a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic to go along with 4.14 million viewers. It teamed with fellow reality mate Love Island (0.5, 2.03 million) to help the network finish No. 1 in the key demo overall in early Nielsen numbers. ABC was tops in viewers behind the second night of two Holey Moley specials (0.5, 2.50 million).

Warner Bros. Execs Address ‘Unacceptable Behavior’ At ‘Ellen,’ ‘TMZ’

“I am both concerned and disappointed by public reports regarding patterns of unacceptable behavior that have been raised in recent weeks,” WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar told staff in an email on Thursday. In another memo, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff said she had also “empowered, and will hold accountable, the Studios and Networks HR and Legal teams to act on any issues that are brought to them. These groups are a safe harbor where you can register any concerns.”

CBS Sunday Night Movies To Resume In October

ScreamClueless and Star Trek Beyond are among the CBS Sunday Night Movies on tap for the network’s second wave of the revived franchise. In turn, Big Brother‘s nomination ceremonies will be on the move.

NeNe Leakes To Leave ‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’

Creative Arts Emmys: Night 4 Winners

Night 4 of the Creative Arts Emmys was headlined by Quibi winning prizes at TV’s top awards. The short-form content producer went home with two statuettes on Thursday night, both of which went to actors from the series #FreeRayshawn. Maya Rudolph won her first Emmy for voicing Connie the Hormone Monstress on Netflix’s Big Mouth. She could potentially pick up another come Sunday, as she is nominated for both Saturday Night Live and The Good Place in the guest actress in a comedy category.

Emmys, Live And Virtual: ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong?’

Come for the awards, stay for the suspense of the first big Hollywood ceremony to attempt a live — but socially distanced — broadcast amid the coronavirus pandemic. “What could possibly go wrong?” Ian Stewart said drolly as he and fellow executive producer Reginald Hudlin detailed their efforts to celebrate TV’s best without a theater audience or red-carpet glamour and with daunting technical challenges.

ABC Sets November Dates For Some Shows

Having previously released an early fall schedule that is chockablock with reality-TV and game shows — and then some mid-fall sitcom premiere dates — ABC now has lifted the curtain on its later fall plan, which launches new seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, A Million Little Things and other returning dramas.

‘NCIS’ Spurs CBS To Another Full-Year Season Viewer Win

CBS has topped primetime, daytime and latenight TV viewership for a second 52-week season in a row. While in a virtual dead-heat with NBC for overall total reach, the ViacomCBS-owned network averaged 6.32 million viewers in the highly valued 8-11 p.m. period for the 2019-20 full-year season, says Nielsen.

‘Lucifer’ Tops Nielsen’s Weekly Streaming Rankings

The Tom Ellis show has rocketed its way to the top of Nielsen’s weekly top 10 shows on streaming list for the week of Aug. 17, removing The Umbrella Academy from top spot for the first time. Season 5 of Lucifer premiered that week, hence its hellishly strong performance.

Q&A

Betty White On Her 70 Years In TV

At 98, Betty White has many gifts, including her unique perspective on the evolution of television. The Los Angeles native starred in her first experimental TV broadcast in Hollywood a few months before NBC pulled off its broadcasting feat at the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Queens.

OWN Expands Unscripted Block

Daytime TV’s Dark Side

Long before Ellen DeGeneres’ show came under fire, culture problems were rife at several shows produced by Telepictures: “What you had at ‘Ellen’ are showrunners who came from notoriously toxic environments.”

‘Melrose Place’ Actress Headed Back To Prison For 2010 Crash

A former “Melrose Place” actress who has already served a prison sentence for a fatal 2010 drunken driving crash in New Jersey is headed back behind bars after a judge agreed with prosecutors Thursday that her initial sentence was too lenient. Saying Amy Locane still refuses to fully acknowledge her culpability in the crash that […]

Entertainment Studios Ups Patricia Wilson To EVP Of JusticeCentral.TV

Entertainment Studios today elevated Patricia Wilson to executive vice president of its television network, JusticeCentral.TV. Wilson joined Entertainment Studios in 2010 when its first court series, America’s Court with Judge Ross, launched in syndication. In her new position, Wilson will also remain executive producer and showrunner for all five of the Entertainment Studios/Allen Media Group court series currently in production: America’s Court with Judge […]

‘Two Sentence Horror Stories’ Renewed For Season 3 By The CW

OVERNIGHTS

‘ACM Awards’ Drop But Still Dominate Wed.

The CBS broadcast of the virtual, pandemic-delayed Academy of Country Music Awards averaged 6.6 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, down about 33% from last year (when it aired in-season, in April) but still dominating Wednesday in both measures.

Erin Brockovich-Inspired Series ‘Rebel’ Starring Katey Sagal Picked Up To Series At ABC