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Breaking News: ABC discusses the lackluster ratings for DUETS

John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Quddus, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Robin Thicke in DUETS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

While ABC has not made a decision if the reality singing competition DUETS will return for a second season (the ratings haven’t so great), ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says he has been pleased creatively with the show and no decision as been made about a second season next summer. “We haven’t made a decision about it, but the cast was fantastic and we loved the twist of Jennifer Nettles or Kelly Clarkson getting up and singing and not just being judges,” says Lee. “Reality is hard because it’s much more difficult now to find the shock of the …Read On »

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Breaking News: ABC talks about the MODERN FAMILY actor contract negotiations

MODERN FAMILY Season 2 | © 2011 Fox Home Entertainment

With the cast of MODERN FAMILY trying to hash out new, lucrative contracts for the current season – and potentially delaying the fourth season of the show, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee is confident the dispute will be resolved. “I expect the season to start on time,” says Lee at the 2012 ABC Summer Press Tour. “We’re in the middle of negotiations at the moment and we’re hopefully optimistic we’ll be able to resolve it.” Related: MORE NEWS AND INTERVIEWS FROM THE SUMMER TCA’S LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW! Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X Fan …Read On »

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Breaking News: ABC very happy with summer performance of ROOKIE BLUE

Missy Peregrym in ROOKIE BLUE - Season 2 - "In Plain View" | ©2011 ABC/Annabel Reyes

It’s rare for a network to come up with a successful scripted series in the summer, but ABC has managed to groom the series ROOKIE BLUE into a solid hit now that it’s in its third season. ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee, while speaking at today’s 2012 Summer Press Tour, sees the series as an important show, but hasn’t made a decision if it should be programmed during the regular Broadcast season. “ROOKIE BLUE is such a great player for us, and it came out in the summer,” says Lee. “It wasn’t one that was trumpeted. It wasn’t put …Read On »

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News: Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere say NASHVILLE characters in new ABC series are not based on Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift – TCA 2012

Connie Britton in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

The new ABC drama series NASHVILLE, which is set in the world of Nashville music features Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as country music artists – one who has been around for a long time and another climbing up the charts. While at ABC’s Summer 2012 Press Tour, Britton and Panettiere spoke about the similarities their characters may have to artists like Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift, but confirm that the characters of Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes are very different. “I ran into Reba McEntire on a plane and she said, ‘did you hear they said you were playing …Read On »

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News: ABC’s new series NASHVILLE will feature more than just country music – TCA 2012

Robert Wisdom, Charles Esten, Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere, Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson in NASHVILLE - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

While speaking at ABC’s 2012 Summer Press Tour, Callie Khouri spoke about her new drama series NASHVILLE which uses the country music scene as its backdrop. The series stars Connie Britton as an aging country music star who finds the limelight threatened by Hayden Panettiere who is a new up and comer who is clearly not as talent as she is. “It was a the right time and with the great love of music in shows in the last few years, audience are really accepting and hungry for great music,” says Khouri. “It’s not just in the country world. It’s …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Erica Durance and Daniel Gillies on SAVING HOPE, SMALLVILLE and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Erica Durance in SAVING HOPE - Season 1 - "Consenting Adults" | ©2012 NBC/Ken Woroner

In NBC’s new drama SAVING HOPE, which has its season finale tonight at 9 PM ET/PT, 8 PM central, a spirit walks the halls of Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital. Not to fear – it’s not malevolent, nor even technically a ghost. When the hospital’s Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris, played by Michael Shanks of STARGATE SG-1 fame, gets into a car crash on the way to his wedding, he goes into a coma and finds himself able to speak to the spirits of fellow unconscious patients at the hospital. Erica Durance, who portrays Charlie’s fiancée and colleague Dr. Alex Reid, and …Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks about passing on THE MINDY PROJECT and having it land at Fox

Mindy Kaling in THE MINDY PROJECT - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Autumn De Wilde

It’s rare for a series to be created by one network and then set up at another, but that’s what happened with the new comedy series THE MINDY PROJECT from THE OFFICE actor-writer-producer Mindy Kaling. The series almost made the cut on the Peacock Network schedule, but when it was passed on, it was instantly set up at Fox for a fall birth. At NBCUniversal’s Summer 2012 Press Tour, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke addressed the network shift for the series. “We developed THE MINDY PROJECT and loved it at the network,” Salke reveals. “We felt like, knock on wood, …Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC discusses the state of their Thursday night comedies THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, and PARKS AND RECREATION

Amy Poehler in PARKS AND RECREATION - Season 4 - "Win, Lose, Or Draw" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

As NBC begins to transition from its aging comedy series to finding the next big breakout hits, change is inevitable. And even though THE OFFICE, PARKS AND RECREATION, COMMUNITY (now on Fridays) and 30 ROCK are critics darlings, ratings have been on the decline and NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt says they are looking to find broader based shows to fill those holes if and when those series go off the air. “The Thursday night shows are great shows,” says Greenblatt speaking at this week’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour. “They’re award-winning and incredibly sophisticated and clever, and we couldn’t …Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks about SMASH Season 2 and why changes were made

Brian d'Arcy, Frank Houston, Jaime Cepero, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Raza Jaffrey in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Mark Seliger

Despite an uneven first season, NBC renewed SMASH for a second season and brought in new showrunner Josh Safron to get the show focused. At the NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt discussed the changes on the horizon and why they were made. “I’m inordinately proud of SMASH on so many levels,” explains Greenblatt. “The complexity of producing that show every week is just incredible. And as a television producer and as a Broadway producer, which I once was, I am in awe of what we can do on that show every week. It’s a big soap …Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC discusses the addition of Howard Stern to AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, Sharon Osbourne’s cryptic tweet and its ratings decline this season

Nick Cannon, Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Season 7 | ©2012 NBC/Mark Seliger

While AMERICA’S GOT TALENT has proven to be a perennial summer favorite on NBC in the summer, the ratings have not been as strong as they have been in summer’s past and at today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, this decline was discussed. “The show is still number one and likely to end the summer as the number one show this summer,” says Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment President of Alternative and Late Night Programming. “I think that we debate frequently the ratings of all our shows and as we discuss AGT this summer, we look at what we’ve asked of …Read On »

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