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'Man Seeking Woman' Renewed for Second Season by FXX
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Mar. 3, 2015

FX once again is demonstrating its signature patience when it comes to new series, handing out a 10-episode second season order to freshman comedy Man Seeking Woman for a 2016 premiere.

Simon Rich’s half-hour series starring Jay Baruchel, from FX Productions and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, has not been a breakout, which is the case for many comedies, including FX/FXX flagship It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

With Sunny as a lead-in, Man Seeking Woman opened with 326,000 total viewers and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 in Live+same day, dropping to 185,000 viewers and a 0.1 in Week 2.

In Live+7 to date, the comedy’s first season is averaging 254,000 Adults 18-34 and 353,000 Adults 18-49 through five episodes. FXX notes that MSW‘s averages are +67% (18-34) and +41% (18-49) higher than the network’s primetime demo averages. Additionally, Man Seeking Woman, the first original series to launch on FXX, garnered strong reviews at its launch.

“Simon Rich has delivered an incredibly smart and original take on the search for love,” FX’s Nick Grad said. “Critics and fans alike have embraced his unique storytelling, Jon Krisel’s stunning visuals and the brilliant performances of Jay Baruchel, Eric André and the rest of the cast that has made Man Seeking Woman one of the best new comedies on television.”

A sweet and absurd look at the surreal life-and-death stakes of dating, Man Seeking Woman stars Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. The cast also includes Eric André, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine. Man Seeking Woman was created by Rich based on his book of short stories, The Last Girlfriend On Earth. Rich serves as showrunner and executive producer along with Jonathan Krisel, Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer.

The next of three remaining episodes from Season 1 of MSW airs tomorrow night.

For the past four years, every live-action FX series has gone to a second season.

http://deadline.com/2015/03/man-seek...xx-1201385135/

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‘Garfunkel & Oates’ Cancelled By IFC After One Season

IFC has opted not to order a second season of comedy series Garfunkel & Oates, which had a 10-episode freshman run last year. The half-hour show featured female comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates), and spotlighted the personal and professional lives of the duo whose career choices – singing satirical and sometimes dirty songs — left them with little in common with their peers, and no one but each other to turn to for support and understanding.

The series was produced by Abominable Pictures and executive produced by Lindhome, Micucci and Jonathan Stern. IFC also recently cancelled The Birthday Boys after two seasons.

http://deadline.com/2015/03/garfunke...on-1201385220/
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Sling TV springs forward with AMC, IFC, EPIX movies and Sundance channels (hands-on)
By David Katzmaier, CNET.com - Mar. 4, 2015

The bad news is Sling TV probably still lacks a few channels you really want. The good news is that it's not done adding new ones.

With plenty of time to spare before the Mad Men premiere April 5, the bundle-busting Internet TV service just added AMC and IFC to its base package, bringing the total up to 16 channels for $20/month.

Also available today is a new $5/month add-on pack called "Hollywood Extra" that includes five movie-centric channels: EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3, EPIX Drive-In and Sundance TV.

AMC and EPIX were announced previously, but the IFC channel (an AMC property) appearing in the base package is a pleasant surprise, especially for people who enjoy tumblrs about people who put birds on things.

Also included in Sling TV's announcement is mention of video-on-demand content "coming soon" for all of those channels (and others in Sling's portfolio). We still don't know to what extent, however, so whether you'll be able to binge watch the entire series of Walking Dead up till the present--and whether that will require watching all the commercials--remain open questions.

Hands-on first impressions

As of press time all of the channels were live on my reviewer account and working fine on Roku 3 and Android. I didn't test the apps on other platforms for these new channels, but judging from past experience they should work as well.

Like most Sling TV channels, AMC, IFC and Sundance TV do not offer pause, rewind or other DVR functions, nor the service's "3 Day Replay" limited video-on-demand feature.

Happily, however, all four EPIX channels are commercial-free and offer pause, rewind and fast-forward up to live time, so you can go to the bathroom without having to wait for a boring exposition bit.

They also have 3-day replay, giving me access to numerous movies. Sure many tend to repeat but there were still plenty of A-list titles like Star Trek: Into Darkness, Nebraska, Hugo, The Guilt Trip and Skyfall.

As I mentioned in the original Sling TV review, browsing via 3-day replay can be a pain since you have to scroll "back in time" until you find the movie or show you want. They do come up in Sling TV's search window, however, so if you know what you're looking for (for example, from browsing the EPIX web site), you can watch the EPIX movies that way.

Unfortunately the "Movies" section still doesn't seem to include any of the EPIX offerings; it's the same hodgepodge of mostly-pay rentals I complained about earlier. A few are free but since there's no "stuff I get for free" filter, finding them is a pain. Better to just switch over to your Netflix or Amazon Prime Video app.

Video quality on the new channels was again softer than my FIOS TV connection and while still "good enough" for most viewers, especially on a small screen, they all seemed a bit worse than ESPN on Sling TV. I watched a few minutes of Skyfall, The Guilt Trip, Scent of a Woman, Dark Blue and School of Rock across the various channelsand all seemed softer than I expected, with quality that veered closer to standard-def DVD than high-def.

That said, the addition of AMC and IFC is the real story here, and makes Sling TV that much more compelling without raising the price. And the Hollywood Pack offers pretty solid bang for your five bucks with its full DVR functionality, commercial-free movie channels and Sundance TV thrown in.

Do the new additions make you more likely to ditch cable TV and/or try Sling TV? Let me know with a comment.

http://www.cnet.com/news/sling-tv-sp...nels-hands-on/
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U.S. Spanish-Language Networks Take Turkish Dramas
By Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter - Mar. 4, 2015

Turkish television drama, which already dominates programming in the Middle East, is slowly making inroads in the U.S.

In a pair of new deals, U.S. Hispanic networks MundoFox Broadcasting and Azteca America have, respectively, acquired broadcast rights to hit Turkish-language series Kurt Seyit and Sura and Kacak. Both deals were with Scandinavian group Eccho Rights, which handles international sales for many high-profile Turkish dramas.

MundoFox will begin airing Kurt Seyit and Sura later this month, while Azteca will premiere Kacak later this spring.

The deals follow in the wake of ABC's pilot order for Runner, a drug cartel drama based on the Turkish series Son, aka The End. CSI: Miami star Adam Rodriguez has been cast to headline Runner alongside Paula Patton.

Kurt Seyit and Sura is an epic period drama set in Russia and Turkey in the early 20th century. Kacak is a crime drama about a cop living under a new identity in a small town whose dark past catches up with him. Both have been ratings hits at home and strong performers in the Middle East region.

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For Bill O’Reilly, steady through it all
'O'Reilly Factor's' ratings are unchanged, despite the hullabaloo
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Mar. 4, 2015

Media buyers and planners must have access to a good crystal ball.

Or they really understand television.

When allegations broke nearly two weeks ago that Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly had lied about his experiences covering the Falkland Islands War, the majority of media people predicted in a Media Life poll that the kerfuffle would not impact his ratings.

They’ve been right.

Though viewership for “The O’Reilly Factor” surged the day after the story broke, when O’Reilly first addressed the scandal, it quickly settled back down, and the host saw virtually no change in his audience during the week ended March 1, the first full week after the allegations surfaced.

“Factor” averaged 2.978 million total viewers that week, according to Nielsen, up a negligible 0.1 percent over the previous week, when the show averaged 2.95 million viewers.

Seventy-one percent of media buyers and planners had predicted ratings for O’Reilly would remain the same in the aftermath of the Mother Jones article that challenged his account of heroic deeds while covering the war in 1982 for CBS.

Nearly a quarter, 23 percent, said they would go up.

That steadiness of viewership speaks to several things, not the least of which is the loyalty of O’Reilly’s viewers, which is part of the reason why FNC probably isn’t worried about the allegations.

O’Reilly’s fans are extremely devoted, and many have gone on social media or in online forums to decry what they see as a witch hunt against the host by Mother Jones.

As one such respondent charged in Media Life’s survey: “Liberal media created this on behalf of Obama administration.”

On the flip side, people who do not like O’Reilly are not likely to tune into his show no matter what, even to see what his response to the allegations was.

Cable news is so partisan these days that there’s very little crossover between the networks’ audiences, and anyone interested in O’Reilly’s response could easily find it online the next day rather than sit through an entire show.

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In cable ratings for the week ended March 1:


Top five networks in primetime (18-49s): AMC, USA, TBS, Discovery Channel, Adult Swim.

Top five networks in primetime (total viewers): AMC, Fox News Channel, USA, Disney Channel, Discovery Channel.

Top five total-day networks (total viewers): Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, USA.

Top five cable news networks in primetime (total viewers): Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, HLN, CNBC, FBN, Al Jazeera America.

Top five cable news programs (total viewers): 1. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Monday, 8 p.m.); 2. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Thursday, 8 p.m.); 3. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.); 4. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.); 5. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Friday, 8 p.m.).

Top movie (total viewers): Hallmark Channel’s “Good Witch” (Saturday, 8 p.m.) 2.91 million.

Top sporting event (total viewers): TNT’s “NBA Basketball: Golden State/Cleveland” (Thursday, 8:14 p.m.) 2.64 million.

Show on the rise: History’s “American Pickers,” Wednesday, 9 p.m. The reality show averaged 2.97 million total viewers, up 11 percent from 2.68 million the previous week.

Show on the decline: TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” Tuesday, 9 p.m. The drama tumbled 20 percent week-to-week among total viewers, from 3.58 million to 2.86 million.


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Latest ‘CSI’ spinoff sends crew into cyberspace
By Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe - Mar. 3, 2015

If viewers are immediately gripped with a desire to change all their online passwords after the first episode of “CSI: Cyber,” then the latest iteration of the show will have succeeded.

Premiering Wednesday night at 10, the show takes its zoomed-in lab approach into cyberspace, focusing on a special team of FBI agents that roots out Internet bad guys. But instead of sifting through DNA, fingerprints, and autopsies, the white hats investigate IP addresses, social media, and the “dark web” to make their arrests.

Change of venue notwithstanding, “CSI: Cyber” falls squarely in line with its predecessors and is a perfectly adequate diversion in the way that crime procedurals can be. It scares us with the idea of “it can happen to you” and then reassures us with a righteous collar in under 60 minutes.

The cast is the same basic group of types typical of these shows.

Newly-minted Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette heads up the team as agent Avery Ryan, a former psychologist. She tells us in the voice-over that precedes the obligatory Who theme song — in this case, “I Can See for Miles” — that just like us she posted on social media and checked her bank account balance online. Unlike most of us she also kept the confidential files of her practice on her computer, was hacked, and as a result one of her patients was murdered. The subsequent investigation brought her to the FBI where she is teamed with quirky, cerebral boss Simon Sifter (Peter MacNicol, doing that thing he does), the dashing and square-jawed Elijah Mundo (James Van Der Beek, up a new creek), snarky tech nerd Daniel Krumits (Charley Koontz, familiar to “Community” fans as “Fat Neil”), and newbie Brody Nelson (Shad Moss, a.k.a. rapper Bow Wow), who was headed to prison for being a black hat hacker but was spared by Ryan, who has him use his expertise for the white hats.

Everybody gets the requisite handful of personality traits and backstory black clouds to help shade their characters; for instance, Mundo loves video games and is coping with a recent divorce and the pain of shared custody of his daughter. Everybody has to spout technical dialogue and exposition in something resembling natural conversation, to varying degrees of success. Everybody gets to make one of the occasional jokes that are thrown in to lighten the mood as they investigate baby abductions by means of hacked monitors or a roller coaster crash by means of hacked computer. And there are lots of flashy graphics projected onto the screen to enliven scenes that basically amount to the characters typing.

Incidentally, although the show is set in Washington, D.C., Boston figures prominently in a couple of the early episodes — one concerning a subway train and another a serial killer abusing an Uber-like app to target victims — and there’s something oddly enjoyable about seeing the city portrayed without a single inch of snow on the streets, practically traffic-free, and with a fully operational, albeit hacked, mass transit system.

Essentially, if you’ve enjoyed the basic “CSI” formula up to this point, “CSI: Cyber” should not disappoint, and maybe you can change your passwords while you’re watching.

CSI: CYBER
Network: CBS
Show date: Wednesday, 10 p.m.


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NBC working on Net subscription comedy service
By Mike Snider, USA Today - Mar. 3, 2015

Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon could be part of a new comedy-centric Net video service NBCUniversal is planning to launch.

The network is working on a comedy-focused subscription video on-demand service expected to be available later this year, said Lauren Skowronski, vice president of corporate communications.

NBC would not elaborate on what content might be offered on the service. But SNL and other current series, as well as original content are being considered, people familiar with the project told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the project.

NBCUniversal is considering several other potential Web TV services including horror, family and faith-based content, the Journal said.

NBC's move would target the growing cord-cutting and cord-never movement. About 14% of adult broadband users do not use a legacy pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011, the Diffusion Group has found.

And it would cater to those who watch video on the go, too. Nearly 126 million Americans watch video on a smartphone at least once a month, up about 25% in 2013, Nielsen says.

These trends have led the major networks to begin the embrace of streaming and on-demand online content delivery. In October, CBS launched its CBS All Access service ($5.99 monthly), with next-day access of current series on mobile apps and full current seasons of 15 prime-time shows such as NCIS.

And each network, NBC included, delivers some live, linear broadcasts online or mobile.

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