Archive for October, 2013

Sophia Vergara is TV’s top-paid actress for 2nd time

October 21st, 2013

For the second consecutive year, Sophia Vergara of “Modern Family” is TV’s best-paid actress, earning $30 million from June 2012 through June 2013.

Her salary is more than double the runner-up, but then again, the boxumy bombshell  commands an enviable list of endorsement deals — Diet Pepsi, Covergirl, Rooms to Go, plus sundry other Spanish deals, thanks to her international acclaim.


Clearly, she leads the pack and  leaves everyone else in the dust.

The Top 10 actresses, in descending order:

• Sofia Vergara, $30 million.

• Kaley Cuoco, $11 million.

• Mariska Hargitay, $11 million.

• Melissa McCarthy, $10 million.

• Betheny Frankel, $10 million.

• Ellen Pompao, $10 million.

• Tina Fey, $10 million.

• Kerry Washington, $10 million.

• Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, $10 million.

• Colbie Smulders, $9 million.

Interestingly, reality stars earned two slots.

Understandably, sitcom faves dominate, along with some  staples in drama.

But curiously, talk show icons Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres, folks who rightfully should be on the earnings radar, weren’t. Howcum?

Any reactions?

CBS owns Friday, despite dips by 'Five-0,' 'Blue Bloods'

October 19th, 2013


CBS drew the most viewers (9.420 million) and earned a 1.5 rating in the key 18 to 49 demographics Friday night (Oct. 18), according to preliminary overnight Nielsen figures.

The Eye Network’s “Hawaii Five-0,” in the 8 p.m. slot (9 p.m. Mainland), attracted the most viewers (8.89 million) and a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demos, but this was  7 per cent down from last week’s 1.5 rating in the demos.

ABC’s “Shark Tank,” in the same time frame as “Five-0,” logged a 1.9 rating in the demos, with fewer viewers (6.5 million).

And “Blue Bloods,” which follows “Five-0” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) and is part of the network’s ongoing promo pairing, had the most viewers for the night (10.23 million) with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demos. This also was a 7 per cent drop from last week’s 1.4 in 18-49.

The ratings do not include DVR and other delayed viewership, so the final figures likely boost the numbers.

The “Five-0” episode, “A ia la aku (From This Day Forward),"  explored romantic relationships of various stripes. There was a runaway bride and her baffled groom; Kono and her Adam are still on the lam in Hong Kong, fretting over their fate; McGarrett and Catherine begin to test their emotions when she finally moves on to her job to work with her ex-beau, Billy, albeit with McG’s blessing (and she asks him, like he used to ask herwhen she had naval ties, for classified info); Danno and his new love Gabby explore how they can get through life with an ocean between them.

So yes, these situations portend friction and conflict in future episodes.

Devoid of the usual parade of secondary characters like Mama McG and Wo Fat, this fourth show in season four had a straitforward pace with a lone big speeding car scene with the errant bride, leading to a major car plunge down a Tantalus slope, as her ties with her groom unravels.

Best revelation: Danno and Gabby cozying up, snuggling, and (sorta) kissing ... reciting sweet nothings, before she slips to a Mainland job. And him spouting about how much he loves his Hawaii home. Couldn’t help but think that this was a deliberate and smart move — finally putting aside the actor Scott Caan’s missteps of dishing Hawaii earlier with his personal comments that put him in  temporarily in the gutter. Apologies accepted.

While both “Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” couldn’t muster up higher ratings this week, CBS has touted growth for the buddy shows so far this season. (See my earlier blog). From this day forward, maybe the movement will be constantly up, not down.

Even with NBC’s “Grimm” — a likely competitor and threat — finally arriving opposite “Five-0” on Oct. 25.

Shawn Ryan plans a Territorial Hawaii series here for Fox

October 18th, 2013

Screenwriter Shawn Ryan, whose short-lived ABC series, “Last Resort,” was filmed in Hawaii in 2012, will return to the Islands this year to do an untitled Fox TV series set in the pre-Statehood Honolulu of 1957.

shawnRyan, known for the taut drama “The Shield,” is partnering on the script with Davey Holmes, whose key credit is “Shameless.” They earlier teamed on “The Chicago Code.”

The Territorial era drama, preceding Hawaiian statehood in 1959, will be directed by Justin Lin whose credits include “Fast and Furious” and “Better Luck Tomorrow.”

According to online websites, the Fox project deals with a “small-time Hawaiian hustler” who seeks vengeance on “the most powerful man on the island” for his brother’s murder.

Neither timetable nor cast has been announced.

Ryan, whose TV version of “Beverly Hills Cop” for CBS did not make the cut for network programming, evidently enjoyed his Hawaiian stay during the filming of 13 episodes of “Last Resort,” an underappreciated drama featuring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman.

Sony Pictures TV, where Ryan’s production company, MiddKidd Productions, is based, will produce, with Ryan, Lin and Holmes sharing co-executive producer duties with MiddKidd’s Marney Hocyman and Daniel Woodrow of Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment.

Since “Resort” was canceled, he is primed for another primetime show and the Hawaiian backdrop, with a historical curve, could have nostalgia as a selling point. Hawaii became a major visitor destination after Statehood and the eventual arrival of the Jack Lord “Hawaii Five-0,” which boosted Hawaii as a major paradise and  tourist destination.

Ryan remains a prolific TV artist, with a current miniseries, “Mad Dogs,” at FX, and a mining town drama lurking at HBO.

If the series flies, it would be the second drama lensed in Hawaii. CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” is in the midst of filming its fourth season here.

Ashton Kutcher tops the list of TV’s top-paid actors

October 18th, 2013

For the first time, Ashton Kutcher is TV’s top-paid actor, earning $24 million from June 2012 to June 2013, according to Forbes Magazine.

Kutcher replaced the self-destructing  Charlie Sheen on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” earning top bucks in the process,  but he’s also a top tech investor, collects residuals from “That ’70s Show” and pulls a nice salary for those Nikon Coolpix commercials.


Here’s the Top 10 best-paid TV actors, in descending order for the same period; you probably know their affiliations/shows:

• Ashton Kutcher, $24 million.

• Jon Cryer, $21 million.

• Ray Romano, $16 million.

• Neil Patrick Harris, $15 million.

• Mark Harmon, $15 million.

• Patrick Dempsey, $13 million.

• Tim Allen, $11 million.

• Angus T. Jones, $11 million.

• Michael C. Hall, $10 million.

• Charlie Sheen, $10 million.

Interestingly, Sheen still commands a huge salary, despite his fall from grace.

Curiously, all three principals of  “Two and a Half Men” made the Top 10, though Jones is on his way out after online postings of disparaging things about the show this year; he’s being replaced by a new character, a long-lost daughter of the Sheen's.

Amazingly, everybody still loves Raymond — that is, Romano — despite the cancellation of his “Men of a Certain Age” cable show.

Neil Patrick Harris, of CBS' “How I Met Your Mother;” Mark Harmon, of the top-rated CBS procedural, “NCIS;” and Patrick  Dempsey, of ABC's popular “Grey’s Anatomy” medical drama, holds up over time — in ratings and in paychecks.

And considering the popularity of “The Big Bang Theory,” where is the lead geek, Jim Parsons?

Any observations?

Friday viewership up, CBS says of its 'Five-0'-'Blue Bloods' pairing

October 17th, 2013

This just out:

CBS is posting across-the-board Friday growth led by the 9 to 11 p.m. combo of procedurals (8 to 10 p.m. in Hawaii) of Island-filmed “Hawaii Five-0” and New York-based “Blue Bloods.”

According to Neilsen TV ratings for the first three weeks of the back-to-back shows, there’s evident boost in the numbers:

• “Hawaii Five-0” is up 27 per cent, compared to last year, with 10.54 million vs. 8.28 million viewers for its new time slot, with a 64 pct boost in the coveted adults 18 to 49 demos — 1.8 rating, compared to 1.1. There’s an uptick, too, of 653 pct in adults 25 to 54, a 2.6 rating from 1.6. The network reports a 14 pct growth in total Friday viewers, compared to its Monday average last week, winning its time slot now.

• “Blue Bloods,” which follows “Five-0,” also is posting year-to-year increases of 8 pct in viewership (12.40 million now, from 11.44 million last year) and 13 pct up in adults 18 to 49, with 1.8 rating vs. 1.6. In adults 25 to 54, “Blue Boods” is posting a 2.6 rating compared to a 2.4 a year ago.

The overall gains on Friday, which includes “Undercover Boss” earlier in the evening, reflects a 9 pct growth (10.39 million, from 9.57 million) in viewership, 21 pct growth in adults 18 to 49 (1.7 rating now, from 1.4) and 25 pct growth in adults 25 to 54fiveoblood

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