‘Big Bang,’ CBS Top Thursday Primetime

Variety

Led by “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS brought home a victory in the Thursday primetime ratings, in both overall viewers and those 18-49, despite losing the demo from 9-11 p.m. to ABC.

NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” returned from its brief hiatus with two new episodes, registering typical overnight numbers (according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen) and finishing third in its timeslot.

“Big Bang” (5.1 rating/16 share in 18-49, 18.0 million viewers overall) dominated at 8 p.m., with “The Millers” (2.7/8, 11.3 million) losing the better part of half the lead-in audience but still finishing ahead of Fox’s “The X-Factor” (1.4/4, 5.3 million).

“The Vampire Diaries” on the CW (1.3/4, 2.7 million) came in third in the hour among 18-49 viewers, ahead of the Peacock’s “Parks” (1.2/4, 3.3 million) and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (0.9/3, 3.7 million). “Vampire” also beat “Parks,” “Wonderland” and “X-Factor” in 18-34.

ABC rallied…

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Soaps Dish: All My Children, SOAPnet Scrubbed

TVLine

All My Children CancelledIn news that may only surprise those who still believe in the Pennsylvania Ocean, the online reincarnation of All My Children won’t live to see another day.

Word of AMC‘s (second) passing began spreading over the weekend, when veteran cast member Debbi Morgan (who plays Angie) tweeted the news that the show was “officially done” and cancelled.

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On Monday morning, our friends at Soaps In Depth confirmed the news (citing well-placed sources), and then another AMC fave, Cady McClain, shared via Facebook, “[We] were very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won’t be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation.”

AMC‘s sister sudser and partner in online rebirth, One Life to Live, itself went on indefinite production hiatus more than two months ago, reportedly due to complications endured…

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NBC’s ‘Voice,’ ‘Blacklist’ Rise Monday, While ABC, CBS Lineups Slide

Variety

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates released late Tuesday, Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” rose to a 2.6/7 in 18-49 and CBS’ “Mike & Molly” edged up to a 2.3/6. There were no other 18-49 changes, including the CW shows.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” led the way in cable with its Miami-Tampa Bay matchup (3.9/12 in 18-49, 10.96m). VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop 4” was the No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49 (1.8/5).

 

“The Voice” and “The Blacklist” were on the rise Monday, lifting NBC to a dominant demo victory over its rivals. Fox hung tough in second, but ABC and CBS were on the low side and fell further behind.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC was the top-rated broadcaster in 18-49 in all six half-hours Monday with “The Voice” (3.8 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) and “The Blacklist” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers…

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TVGN Unveils Original Series Development Slate

Variety

CBS and Lionsgate are continuing to pour more resources into TVGN, which unveiled a slate of seven original skeins in various stages of development.

Unscripted projects are mostly game and competition-oriented and revolving around pop culture. One is unabashedly a corporate tie-in, “Watch,” which promises to take viewers behind the scenes of CBS’ house magazine.

“We have commissioned a slate of original projects that capture compelling and exciting stories of Hollywood, fandom and obsession,” said Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for TVGN.

“Rock the Boat” chronicles the pandemonium that ensues when fans take a weeklong cruise with favorite bands. New Kids on the Block is lined up for the first segment, though the series has yet to be ordered. Donnie Wahlberg, an alumnus of the band and star of CBS’ drama “Blue Bloods,” is an exec producer, with Jarrett Creative Group producing.

“Celebrity Celebrity,” from Avalon TV, is a…

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Angela Lansbury: New ‘Murder She Wrote’ is ‘a Mistake’

Variety

Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new series “Murder, She Wrote.”

The network recently announced plans to reboot the show with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as its star. Spencer acknowledged her new TV project on Twitter last month.

Lansbury, who will accept an honorary Academy Award later this week, said “Murder, She Wrote” was her “greatest doorway to the world.”

“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”

Lansbury had three Oscar nominations and four Tony Awards when she joined the CBS drama, which aired from 1984 to 1996, earning her 12 consecutive Emmy nominations and international acclaim.

She’s sensitive about the show’s reinvention.

“I…

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