‘Gotham’ Ratings Surge For Fox On Multi-Platform Viewing

by Dominic Patten

The realities of the 21st century television landscape have served a story first set in the late 1930 very very well. A month after its premiere, Fox’s freshman Gotham has hit a total multi-platform audience of 22.2 million, according to the network. Not only is that a pretty impressive number for the WBTV produced world of Batman backstory but it is actually a 168% life over the Live + Same Day audience of 8.3 million that the series got for its 8 PM September 22 debut.

Those Live + SD numbers were Fox’s best fall drama debut in since 2000 and Gotham hit an 18-49 record for Live + 7 lift when those results came in. However, perhaps more telling of how audiences are really watching content nowadays is the fact that 5 million of that 22.2 million audience came from non-linear viewing.

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Hugh Jackman Breezes Through CBS’s Ruthlessly Upbeat All-Star Tony Show

By Jeremy Gerard

About midway through CBS’s live telecast of the 68th Tony Awards on Sunday night, host Hugh Jackman told the audience at Radio City Music Hall that the first show he’d ever been cast in was Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. To prepare, in fact, he’d learned all eight parts to Rock Island,’ the opening number of that signature piece of syncopated Americana, and to prove it, he performed a minute or so, sprecht-singing all eight parts.

The first words are: Cash for the merchandise/Cash for the buttonhooks, which sounds like the beginning of an ode to Broadway, 2014. Then he ushered out LL Cool J and TI, and all three of them rapped “Rock Island,” which sounded a lot like Sesame Street, 1995. It was funny and toothless. Much the same can be said for the most breathlessly upbeat Tony broadcast in memory. Almost nothing memorable happened over the course of just over three hours of good cheer.

Jackman looked somewhat raffish and ragged of beard, as though he was coming from an audition for a revival of Sunday In The Park With George.

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First GOTHAM trailer is out!

By Armando

Fox has released the first trailer for the upcoming Batman prequel tv series “Gotham.” The original trailer just aired tonight during 24: Live Another Day, and this extended version released online.

The trailer shows us a glimpse of McKenzie as Gordon, as well David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne. “I promise you, I will find the man who did this,” says McKenzie’s Gordon as he consoles Bruce amid what seem to be an aftermath of the death of Wayne’s parents.

Although the show takes place before Wayne becomes The Dark Knight, the trailer shows a collage of younger versions of iconic Batman villains such as Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, and Poison Ivy early in their escapades.

Gotham stars Ben McKenzie in the lead role as Detective James Gordon, with Jada Pinkett Smith playing a gangster named Fish Mooney.

Gotham is scheduled to debut on Fox later this year.

Fox’s GOTHAM Casts Four Including THE PENGUIN & ALFRED

By Lucas Siegel

It seems Batman origin stories are all the rage.

The population of Gotham, Fox’s upcoming Batman origin drama, is rising fast after the weekend announcement of Ben McKenzie being cast as the lead role, James Gordon .

THR reports that four more actors have joined the cast, including a police captain, a love interest, a butler, and a villain. Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, and Erin Richards come into Gotham with three out of the four characters being very recognizable names to comic book fans.

Pertwee is the newest person to play Alfred Pennyworth, the butler who also takes care of Bruce Wayne after his parents are killed. Jeremy Irons was also recently cast as Alfred, but for the film version in Man of Steel 2.

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Netflix, DreamWorks Team in Huge Original Content Deal

By Peter Suciu

Netflix may have just lost kid-friendly Nickelodeon content to Amazon Prime Instant Video, but now it’s got a new partnership with DreamWorks to fill that void. The result, apparently, will be more than 300 hours of brand-new programming inspired by characters from DreamWorks franchises including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

Video streaming service Netflix on Monday announced a new, multiyear partnership with DreamWorks Animation whereby it will bring many of the studio’s beloved characters to the TV market via a branded collection of shows.

Marking the largest deal for original first-run content in Netflix’s history, the partnership will include more than 300 hours of new programming and give DreamWorks Animation a way to greatly expand its TV production and distribution. In fact, this will be the first time DreamWorks Animation’s characters will be introduced into the television market in this way.

The new shows will be inspired by characters from DreamWorks Animation’s hit franchises — including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon — as well upcoming feature films. It will also incorporate the vast Classic Media library that DreamWorks acquired in 2012.

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‘The Voice’ admits to voting snafu on the air

By Billy Nilles

Fans of “The Voice” were in for a shock when they tuned in to Wednesday’s (May 8) episode of the NBC singing competition, ready to learn which of their favorite artists were advancing to the Top 12, only to be informed that the show had a glitch with their voting this week.

While it didn’t derail the show, fans who tried to vote online and via text message had trouble casting their votes using the show’s vote-tallying company, Telescope, which also manages voting for FOX’s “American Idol” and “The X Factor.” The network says that the issues would not have altered the outcome of the vote. Host Carson Daly opened the show with the admission, introducing Telescope CEO Jason George. “Tonight we’d like to be completely upfront with you,” Daly said. “We noticed some inconsistencies with this week’s texting and online voting.”

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‘American Idol’ Season 12 Top 10 results: Curtis Finch Jr., Janelle Arthur or Devin Velez, who went home?

By Andrea Reiher

It’s our first finalists results show, “American Idol” fans. Where we all sit through an hour’s worth of filler for a tiny bit of news.

Headlining tonight’s filler are Phillip Phillips and Bon Jovi. It’s weird to have a group we worshiped as a kid performing on an “Idol” results show. Is this what it feels like for an older generation watching The Who perform the Super Bowl halftime?

Oh, and there’s the sing-off tonight for the last spot on the tour. While we don’t care so much about that, we are curious who the sixth man in was last week for each gender.

After a needless recap of last night with Iovine’s opinions interjected, we get some results. Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur and Candice Glover are made to stand, with Candice going to the Top 3. Uh, no kidding.

Now the Top 10 have to perform “The Shine” from “The Croods.” And arms in the air! What would an “Idol” rsults be without an “Up With People” group sing?

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Bear Grylls making competition series for NBC

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Bear Grylls will soon have some company on his in-the-wild adventures.

NBC said Monday that it is making a competition series with Grylls. He is the former star of Discovery’s “Man vs. Wild” series that tested his survival skills in foreboding settings

The NBC series, “Get Out Alive,” is planned for airing next summer. In it, Grylls will guide two teams in adventures. He says competitors will learn survival skills and teamwork but will have to suffer some pain before being rewarded in the end.

Grylls is co-producing the series with Electus, the studio run by former NBC entertainment chief Ben Silverman.

Randy Jackson Out As American Idol Judge (Report)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Has the Dawg left the building?

Randy Jackson will not return as a judge on “American Idol,” but will remain involved with the show and its contestants as a mentor, TMZ reported on Friday.

A source for the website reportedly claimed execs at the reality hit are concerned Randy may not actually be “well-suited for the mentor role,” but feel his presence is necessary in some form as he’s “the glue that helps keep the show together.”

Previously, multiple outlets, including the Associated Press, reported that Nicki Minaj was set to fill one of the vacation judges’ chairs, but TMZ claimed on Friday the deal is close, but still not completed.

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