Chuck Lorre Family Foundation Commits $1.5M To Support Public School STEM Education

IATSE Members Vote To Ratify Contract, Ending Strike Threat

The membership of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has voted to ratify a new three-year agreement, ending the threat of the first national strike in the union’s history. The contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was ratified despite opposition from many members who felt it did not do enough to address oppressive working conditions on set, including long hours and a lack of timely rest periods.

Overnights: CBS’s Adele Concert Dominates Sunday’s Non-NFL Fare

CBS is singing a happy tune given the turnout for Adele: One Night OnlyPer preliminary numbers, the concert/interview special averaged 9.6 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating — tallies that are likely to swell further once updated numbers trickle in this afternoon.

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HBO Documentary Legend Sheila Nevins: Network Boys ‘Kicked Me Out The Door’

In 2017, the New York Times reported that Sheila Nevins, the “profane, glamorous and gloriously inappropriate” president of HBO Documentary Films, had decided to step down. She told the Times that “I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there.” But five years later, Nevins says that this was a complete lie.

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WXIN’s ‘Indy Now’ A Blueprint For Successful Local Programming

WXIN Indianapolis launched an hour-long lifestyle show in September. In October, it was the No. 1-rated program in its time slot. Good planning, a winning news lead-in, great talent and solid marketing have made Indy Now a winner with local advertisers and viewers while reflecting Nexstar’s corporate vision.

How ‘The Simpsons’ Convinced Disney To Let Goofy And Homer Drink A Beer Together

‘Sesame Street’ Debuts Asian American Muppet

What’s in a name? Well, for Ji-Young, the newest muppet resident of “Sesame Street,” her name is a sign she was meant to live there. “So, in Korean traditionally the two syllables they each mean something different and Ji means, like, smart or wise. And Young means, like, brave or courageous and strong,” Ji-Young explained […]

Antietam Broadband Signs Multi-Year Agreement With Nielsen

Nielsen and Antietam Broadband Inc. have reached a multi-year agreement for local TV measurement in the Washington, D.C., DMA. Antietam Broadband is a telecommunications company offering a  range of digital TV, high-speed internet and digital phone services in Washington County, Md. In this new agreement, Nielsen’s data will support Antietam’s ability to determine the individual […]

NBC Will Air Winter Olympics Coverage, Not A New Or Returning Show, After Super Bowl 56

NBC has decided against airing one of its new or returning entertainment shows in its coveted post-Super Bowl 56 timeslot on Feb. 13. Instead, the network will broadcast coverage of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, which will also be in progress. The network today also sets dates for the This Is Us final season and Law & Order revival premiere.

‘LA Brea’ Renewed By NBC For Season 2

NBC has renewed its new hit drama La Brea for a second season. It is the No. 1 new show this fall in the highly coveted adults 18-49 demographic, and that’s whether or not you include delayed viewing.

Overnights: ‘Sheldon’ And Rising ‘Grey’s’ Lead Non-NFL Fare, ‘SVU’ Dips

CBS’s Young Sheldon and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy led Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo, while NBC’s SVU dipped to season lows. Fox’s Thursday Night Football coverage, with 8.1 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, was up from last week’s fast nationals.

IATSE Ballots Hit Inboxes; Contract Ratification Vote Runs Through Sunday

Heading toward a near midnight Sunday deadline, IATSE members now have their ballots to vote on a new three-year deal with producers. The nearly 60,000 members of the below-the-line union received emails this morning starting around 6 a.m. PT prompting them to login in and digitally cast their vote.

On Disney Plus Day, Netflix Has Become More Valuable Than Disney

Disney and Netflix are very different companies, with very different investor bases, but they’re head-to-head competitors in the streaming wars. And on Friday, Netflix’s market valuation climbed above Disney’s for the first time in about a year — ironically, coming on “Disney Plus Day,” the Mouse House’s company-wide marketing event designed to punch up excitement and subscriber signups for the streamer.

‘Sex and the City’ Sequel ‘And Just Like That’ Gets HBO Max Debut Date, Trailer

The WarnerMedia-owned streamer will debut And Just Like That with two episodes on Dec. 9, picking up 11-plus years after the last time Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Co. were on screens in the second SATC feature film. The remaining eight episodes will roll out weekly.

Now TV Wants Nielsen To Measure Up

After years of complaints, NBCUniversal and its peers are looking for other ways to count viewers, with or without the ratings giant. Next Tuesday, NBCUniversal plans to host a forum to discuss alternative ways to measure its audience. Representatives of major advertising agencies, industry trade groups and companies including Ford Motor, L’Oreal and Pfizer are expected to attend. NBCUniversal is also sifting through proposals from 80 measurement companies, Nielsen among them, to create new methods for quantifying viewers.

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Hallmark Channel 2021 Christmas, Haunukkah & Holiday Movies Schedule

‘Great British Bake Off’ Renewed At UK’s Channel 4 For 3 More Years

Richard Thomas & The CW Revisit ‘The Waltons’ 50 Years Later

Evoca Claims Sinclair Won’t Play Ball On Bally Sports Distribution

Evoca, a live TV service that delivers channels via ATSC 3.0 broadcast technology, says that Sinclair has refused to negotiate on carriage for its Bally Sports regional networks. For about the past year it has been trying to get Bally Sports Arizona so the Phoenix homes that watch over-the-air broadcast TV can watch their local professional sports teams. Bally Sports Arizona carries live games from the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Mercury, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Coyotes.

Talking TV: Nick Cannon Puts His Back Into Promotion

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with new syndie talk show host Nick Cannon, along with WTTG Washington Good Day D.C. anchors Jeannette Reyes and Wisdom Martin, about Cannon’s whistle-stop tour to co-host Fox Owned Stations’ morning shows across the country promoting the show, including stops in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas and San Francisco thus far.

Big Bird Backlash: Vax Lands Muppet In Political Flap

When Big Bird tweeted he had been vaccinated against COVID-19, conservative politicians immediately pushed back, including Ted Cruz who grilled Big Bird for what he called “government propaganda.”

Overnights: Steady ‘CMAs’ Top Night, ‘CSI’ Rises, ‘Fire’ And ‘P.D.’ Eye Low

ABC’s broadcast of the 55th Country Music Association Awards veritably matched last year’s audience low (with 6.6 million total viewers, per prelim numbers) and its demo rating (with a 1.1). The kudoscast thus led Wednesday in both measures.

Cecily Strong Thanks ‘SNL’ Cast After Personal Clown Sketch About Abortion

How Broadcast Stacks Up With Streaming In Total Minutes Viewed

CBS touts its strength in the metric most associated with streamers, so The Hollywood Reporter decided to check the network’s claims.

Jerry Douglas, Actor On ‘The Young And The Restless,’ Dies At 88

‘General Hospital’ Pledges Support For Trans Community After Ingo Rademacher Exit

CBS Says It’s The Most Watched Broadcaster Of 2021-22 TV Season So Far

CBS is touting its viewership for the 2021-22 broadcast season, claiming that its viewers have consumed more that 166 million minutes of CBS programming, more than any other broadcast network. Of the aggregated number, primetime viewing accounts for over 59 billion minutes, CBS says.

CBS Sets Midseason Schedule With Few Changes

Medical drama Good Sam and a new season of Celebrity Big Brother will join a largely stable schedule.

Overnights: ‘The Voice,’ ‘FBI’ Lead Night; ‘Supergirl’ Rises With Series Finale

NBC’s The Voice this Tuesday drew 6.7 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, up sharply from last week’s clip show and leading the night in the demo. Over on CBS, FBI (7M/0.7) drew the night’s largest audience and was up in the demo.