My Daily Action to Save Enlisted: Trip to Applebee’s

18 04 2014

It took me over a week for me to complete my mission–my promise–to the Applebee’s Twitter account that I would go to Applebee’s (well, last Saturday) to eat there since they were supporting one of my favorite shows, ENLISTED, a show whose fate is being decided soon.

Here is my reasoning. Advertising try to appeal to the 19- to 49-year-old male demographic. That is just sexist. I am a 50-year-old woman who has much more buying power than a 19-year-old college-going or unemployed male possibly even living at home in these economic times. These people are not worldly and do not understand the economics of keeping television shows on the air. Ratings sadly right now drive the price of an ad on a show.

Confessions: I have NEVER eaten at any Applebee’s my entire life. There is no particular reason why. We just don’t eat out a lot and if we do we usually go to a restaurant close to us. I did try on Saturday, April 12th to go to the Applebee’s location in Magnolia. It was no longer there. My time was limited and I was not going to be able to find another location. It was another busy week. I tried on Tuesday to go, but the mobile app kept telling me the closest Applebee’s location to me was in Beaumont? Seriously? Beaumont is 117 miles from me and depending upon traffic conditions a 2 to 3-hour trip. I knew that could not be right. Then I tried from my computer and found one in Conroe, about 20-25 minutes from me.

It was the perfect day to do it. Here we are on Friday, another watching of #Enlisted, as fans try to show Fox they are still out here. They want a season 2 of this show in a better time slot.

We’re finally here!

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Applebee’s at 2952 I-45 N, Conroe, TX

This establishment’s proprietor is Tim Bellmer.

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Tim Bellmer, Proprietor of this Applebee’s

The staff was very courteous. This young lady was intrigued about why I had come.  I told her all about “ENLISTED.”

Wish I would have gotten her name.

Wish I would have gotten her name.

 

The true taste tester in our family is Patrick. He is an 18-year-old with severe autism who is very judgmental, very obsessive-compulsive, about the food that he eats. He has no social filters, so if he spits it out it is because it truly sucks. Here was his reaction to his chicken tenders:

And not only did he like it, when my husband and I sat down to try to eat ours, he wanted some more of ours, too.

Dearest corporate members at Applebee’s: People still do watch commercials and some of us are still compelled to help the shows you are supporting. Please contact the executives at Fox Broadcasting and let them know that you are joining the troops of the show #ENLISTED and would like to advertise on their season 2. Thank you so much.





My Letter to Mr. Reilly of Fox to Save Enlisted

15 04 2014

(This is what I’m mailing to Kevin Reilly of Fox Broadcasting today to save ENLISTED in case you need some inspiration to write YOUR letters)

Dear Mr. Reilly

I do not write letters often to save shows as they are often futile. In the case of “ENLISTED” I feel like I it is worth the effort. I know you (or your decision-makers) felt the show was worth a shot. Shows like “Us and Them” that were shown in the May 2013 upfronts never made it to air. Everyone knows the ENLISTED pilot had problems. The energy that has been put into the show both by the network and the cast has been amazing–hiring a military consultant to get some things corrected that bothered our military viewers, the principal cast going to Boot Camp to experience what our soldiers go through and bonding over it just as a troop does, the phenomenal app that shows exclusive videos, but mostly the cast who week after week engage the fans in live tweeting events that blow my mind. There are individual cast members of other shows who might take one week in a rotational schedule to live tweet but never the sheer numbers we’ve seen the cast and crew of ENLISTED do. It is TROOP SPIRIT. They have done so many interviews. They have done some wonderful things for our military families. Here is the problem: It was put into the Friday death slot. Then it was interrupted by the Olympics. None of these things are your fault. I imagine Friday was the only slot you could give it. But it deserves a second season and a time slot where it can flourish, such as pairing it with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The comedy is similar–it’s smart, it’s unique. It deserves to have a Tuesday comedy slot. If after a season 2 it doesn’t do well, then I can understand if the network decided to cancel it. But it deserves this chance. Every week the scripts have improved.

I would like to point out that this past week I helped engage the fans to promote the advertisers of the show. Fans had a healthy discussion with Applebees and Charmin people. Charmin is not yet a sponsor but after the response they got from the “Parade Duty” episode, if they were given a season 2, they might consider it. Many people on Twitter have already promised to switch to Charmin and they haven’t even signed on to advertise yet. People have said they will go to Taco Bell this week. Others have said they will go eat at Applebees (because they hosted on the Fox.com viewings). Fox commissioned a study about the power of Twitter on advertising.

The network is ahead of the curve by not just looking at the standardized numbers of the antiquated Nielsen’s system. With “The Following” for example, Fox looked at viewing across all platform media. People rarely have time to watch things live anymore. Binge-watching is becoming more common. I don’t understand appeal of the demographic of an 18-year-old male who in this job market likely is living at home with his parents, unemployed, with zero buying potential. I am a 50-year-old, white woman, born in Brooklyn, NY and now living in Texas who has tremendous buying power and understands the economics of television broadcasting. Perhaps that 18-year-old was married already 30 years ago, but that just isn’t the reality of our modern times. Taking the cues from Bart Smith who suggested to Maureen Ryan that instead of us buying useless tokens to flood your offices (like fans of Jericho did with CBS by flooding the office with peanuts) fans make a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project, I did and you should be receiving that confirmation letter soon.

ENLISTED is a show the entire family can watch (and there are not many shows out there where people can). It is about love of country. In a world where people are brainwashed into thinking they need to be rich to be successful, the show sends a message that you can have a job that is less glamorous but your job is important in the big picture and you can do that job with love and joy. Not only is it about family (whether you are related by blood or together by other forces), but it also is about supporting each other. It is about choosing happiness in whatever job you have to do, even Doody Duty. Women adore strong female leads and Angelique Cabral does a wonderful job as Staff Sgt. Perez.

X-Files had an initial cult following, an audience that grew and benefitted the network in many ways. ENLISTED seems to also have a cult following for now, but with a better time-slot I see it growing.

Decision time is upon you with the upfronts coming in May. Please take our pleas into consideration. Thank you for your time reading this letter and have an amazing day.

Respectfully submitted,

Hilda Bowen
AKA @PBMOM on Twitter
AKA Call Sign Ninja Mom

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To readers of this blog:  If you need addresses or ideas to help save this ENLISTED, please see my previous post.  Click here.





Save Enlisted

11 04 2014

1379556_224068451090943_1320552361_nTroops! Rally! Our beloved show is definitely in trouble. I really don’t understand the ratings game. As a 50-year-old woman I have a TON more buying power than a 25-year-old unemployed young man. While the industry is definitely trying to change from the old Nielsen model, it isn’t going fast enough to catch up to the quality shows we want to keep around.

When ENLISTED was shown at upfronts in May of 2013, it got feedback from a critical audience. To the network’s credit, they didn’t just scrap the show after the pilot. They decided to regroup and fix it. The premiere originally moved to November was now moved to January. Some of the principal cast members attended boot camp at Fort Bliss. They made fun of themselves. They invited the audience at the premiere in January to spot their mistakes. They engaged the military audience and made each script better. They brought on a military consultant to help them get basic things accurate so they did not alienate the military audience. They created an awesome app with literally hundreds of videos you cannot see anywhere else.

But ENLISTED faced an uphill battle. It was given the Friday death slot where shows go to die. ENLISTED also faced more hurdles. They showed some shows out of order. In the episode “Homecoming”, Derrick had the girl and a few weeks later he was trying to get the girl. Then the Olympics happened and the show was not shown for several a few weeks. How you are supposed to build a fan base without a consistent show I will never know. Fox found this out after the first season of “24.” There were too many interruptions of the show which is why the following year they went to a January premiere date.

The cast and crew have worked tirelessly to promote the show. They have done interview after interview. I do not ever remember a show where most of the cast and crew are live tweeting week after week. And every week it is trending, even when there is no live show and the fans are watching the show on Fox.com. Fox even did a study on the effect of Twitter on advertising potential. Partial information from that press release:

1. The majority of those who are exposed to TV-related tweets not only have taken immediate action around a given show, but are also highly likely to watch a show they’ve never watched before, or resume watching a show that they’d previously stopped watching, as a result of a TV-related tweet.

2. TV show viewers who recall seeing tweets mentioning a show’s brand partners are much more likely to view that brand as appealing and pay more attention to that brand’s on-air ads than the general Twitter TV audience.

Specifically, FOX, Twitter and the ARF found that the majority of those who recall seeing TV-related tweets have searched for a show (76%), have taken action on Twitter (78%) – such as click on the show’s hashtag, follow a talent handle or retweet TV-related tweets – or have taken action to watch TV show content (77%). In regards to watching TV show content, 42% have made a plan to watch the show later, 38% have watched episodes online and 33% have changed the channel to watch the show. In fact, viewers who live-tweet with the linear broadcast are more likely to take action to discover content than those that don’t live-tweet.

Tweets that mention brands also generate significant action: 54% of those who recall seeing such tweets have taken action by tweeting, searching for the brand online, or considering to try the brand mentioned. This jumps to 58% when measuring actions taken by the live-TV-tweeting audience.

“This groundbreaking research has allowed us, for the very first time, to understand and quantify the very real value of the enormous volume of tweets generated by our shows and our brand partners every week,” said Judit Nagy, FOX’s Vice President of Analytics. “The level of engagement, activity and perceptual impact we’re seeing from these results far exceeds what we’d expected, and that’s really good news for networks and brands alike.”

Maureen Ryan (@moryan) did a story in the Huffington Post about why the show should be saved. She invited people to send her ideas. Bart Smith offered up a wonderful suggestion: Why don’t we donate to the Wounded Warriors Project in honor of ENLISTED? So Maureen did. She put in honor of ENLISTED and her father who served in the military, and sent the receipt to Fox. I did as well. My father-in-law served in the Navy in World War 2 and my father served in the Navy during the Korean War. I have many cousins who served in the Army and Air Force. I decided to make a donation as well. Here is the link to The Wounded Warriors Project and the screen shot of how I filled out the “in honor of” just like Maureen did.

EnlistedDonation

 

I still have the March 28th episode of ENLISTED on my DVR (Paint Cart 5000 vs the Mondo Spider). I made a list of all the companies who bought an ad that aired during this show. And I’m listing the email address or link to where you can leave a comment for them. There were multiple wireless companies. I’m certainly not going to switch my company, but my company is among those who supported the show. I’ll write to them. Here is a sample: Dear _____. I want to thank you for supporting the Fox Broadcasting show “ENLISTED.” I am a __-year-old male/female. ENLISTED is a wonderful comedy. It is a show that can be watched by the entire family. For me it symbolizes ____________________. (And if you feel like you are going to support the advertising because of this you might say something like this for example: “I have always shopped at Home Depot because it is closer to my home. Because you are supporting ENLISTED, I will drive a little further and shop at Lowe’s to thank you for that support.” Sincerely,

Here is the list of advertisers for that episode:
AT&T
208 S. Akard St.
Dallas TX 75202
http://www.att.com/contactus/

Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.
Attn: Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 869077
Plano, TX 75086-9077
http://www.drpepper.com/contactus/

Esurance
650 Davis St
San Francisco, CA 94111
http://www.esurance.com/contact

Ford Motor Company
Customer Relationship Center
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126
http://www.ford.com/help/contact/

Lowe’s Customer Care
P.O. Box 1111
North Wilkesboro, NC 28656
http://www.lowes.com/cd_Contact+Us_347544179_

NET10 Wireless
9700 N.W. 112th Ave
Miami, FL 33178
http://www.net10.com/contact.jsp?nextPage=contact.jsp&task=contact

Nissan Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 685003
Franklin, TN 37068-5003

http://www.nissanusa.com/apps/contactus?next=footer.contact.link

Sleep Comfort Corporation
Media Relations
9800 59th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55442
(Their email contact us link is not working properly)

Sprint
6480 Sprint Pkwy
Overland Park, KS 66251
(Their contact us form isn’t really clear which one to use).

Taco Bell
1 Glen Bell Way
Irvine, CA 92618
http://www.tacobell.com/portal/site/tacobell/account/template.CONTACT_US

Verizon
1095 Avenue of the Americas
Floor 7
New York City, New York 10036
(Their contact us form is not really the place to send thanks).

Walmart
702 SW 8th St
Bentonville, AR 72716
http://corporate.walmart.com/contact-us/

 

You can also write letters. PLEASE KEEP THEM RESPECTFUL AND POSITIVE.  A network executive is much more likely to listen to something you have to say versus one where you tell them why you will never watch their network again if they don’t renew the show. Send them to:
Kevin Reilly
Fox Broadcasting
10201 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Or email them: askfox@fox.com

As well, I was thinking about taking a page from Save Farscape campaign where people made a commercial and said, “I am Farscape” and they had their age. On Twitter tonight (or in the comments below), list your age and sex and if you want the part of the country you live. Use the hashtag #IAmENLISTED

 

Now get to work troops!

 





Value of Social Media on TV Viewing

27 03 2014

FOX, TWITTER AND THE ADVERTISING RESEARCH FOUNDATION
FIND MORE THAN 90% OF THOSE WHO SEE TV SHOW-RELATED TWEETS
HAVE TAKEN IMMEDIATE ACTION TO WATCH, SEARCH FOR OR SHARE CONTENT

Groundbreaking Industry Study Examines Value of the Earned TV Twitter Audience
for Media Companies and Brands

Study Also Finds TV Show Viewers Exposed to Brand Tweets Are More Likely to
Pay Attention to The Brand’s On-Air Advertising

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), Twitter and the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) today announced new research exploring the value of the earned audience that media companies and brands gain from TV and brand-related tweets. Using Twitter’s capability to survey users on Twitter.com and the Twitter mobile app via homepage recruitment, the study, “Discovering the Value of Earned Audience – How Twitter Expressions Activate Consumers,” uncovered that:

1. The majority of those who are exposed to TV-related tweets not only have taken immediate action around a given show, but are also highly likely to watch a show they’ve never watched before, or resume watching a show that they’d previously stopped watching, as a result of a TV-related tweet.

2. TV show viewers who recall seeing tweets mentioning a show’s brand partners are much more likely to view that brand as appealing and pay more attention to that brand’s on-air ads than the general Twitter TV audience.

Specifically, FOX, Twitter and the ARF found that the majority of those who recall seeing TV-related tweets have searched for a show (76%), have taken action on Twitter (78%) – such as click on the show’s hashtag, follow a talent handle or retweet TV-related tweets – or have taken action to watch TV show content (77%). In regards to watching TV show content, 42% have made a plan to watch the show later, 38% have watched episodes online and 33% have changed the channel to watch the show. In fact, viewers who live-tweet with the linear broadcast are more likely to take action to discover content than those that don’t live-tweet.

Tweets that mention brands also generate significant action: 54% of those who recall seeing such tweets have taken action by tweeting, searching for the brand online, or considering to try the brand mentioned. This jumps to 58% when measuring actions taken by the live-TV-tweeting audience.

“This groundbreaking research has allowed us, for the very first time, to understand and quantify the very real value of the enormous volume of tweets generated by our shows and our brand partners every week,” said Judit Nagy, FOX’s Vice President of Analytics. “The level of engagement, activity and perceptual impact we’re seeing from these results far exceeds what we’d expected, and that’s really good news for networks and brands alike.”

“We know that Twitter is a complement to TV for audiences, and we’ve seen that running Twitter media alongside TV media drives greater TV ad effectiveness. This new research helps us better understand the role earned media plays in driving cross-channel effectiveness. It’s great to see more evidence that Twitter is driving results for brands and TV networks,” said Jeffrey Graham, Global Director of Advertising Research, Twitter.

In addition, the synergy between TV media and Twitter is so strong that there is a marked difference among the Twitter-engaged audience in receptivity to ads running in the shows they love to tweet about. For example, with a popular program like “American Idol,” the study found that Twitter-engaged “Idol” viewers demonstrated a 16% higher level of favorability after seeing tweets that included mentions of the brand and up to 14% higher intent to purchase that brand’s products versus the total Twitter TV audience. Additionally, the study found that after seeing a brand’s on-air advertisement, a viewer is more likely to remember seeing a tweet from that brand (48%), and 52% of viewers either visit the brand’s website, search for promotions online, consider trying the brand or search for the brand online.

Gayle Fuguitt, CEO and President of the ARF, commented on the significance of this research. “This leading edge research reflects the ARF’s commitment to showcasing cross-platform measurement that truly reflects the way consumers consume media today. The ARF is dedicated to creating dialogue and inspiring insights that will drive the growth of America’s fastest growing companies and technologies. We are very pleased to share this important research in more detail with the 2,500 industry colleagues attending our Re:Think 2014 conference.”

The study, fielded by research consultancy db5 on behalf of FOX and Twitter, looked at 12,577 people recruited on Twitter.com and the Twitter mobile app over a two-week period. Participants were surveyed within 24 hours of primetime Twitter activity (next day beginning around noon local time), ensuring a random, yet robust sample of individuals engaging on the Twitter platform during a time of day with high TV usage. The research blended behavioral data as well as self-reported media exposure to help FOX, Twitter and the ARF segment the data by viewer types, as well as gauge tweet recall and each individual’s subsequent behavior both on Twitter and off. In addition, the survey observed Twitter exposure and engagement across major brands, including three who were FOX partners.

Additional findings include:

· Twitter-Engaged TV Viewers Tweet 24/7: While the majority (72%) of TV tweeters do so when they watch the live broadcast, 60% also said they tweet about TV shows when they are NOT watching them; and 58% tweet about TV shows while they watch on time-shifted platforms like OnDemand, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon.

· Actors/Talent Are Most Preferred Source: The majority of the Twitter audience exposed to TV Tweets prefer (Top 2 Box) to see tweets from Actor/Cast (40%); Friends/Family (26%); and official show handles (18%).

· TV Tweets Drive More on Twitter, Other Social Platforms: 78% take immediate action after seeing a TV Tweet, 41% click on the show’s hashtag to find out more information; 39% retweet a show tweet; and 35% follow an actor/judge/talent on Twitter. In addition, 60% took immediate action on other social platforms.

About The Advertising Research Foundation
Founded in 1936 by the Association of National Advertisers and the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the ARF is dedicated to aggregating, creating and distributing research-based knowledge that will help members make better business decisions. ARF members include more than 400 advertisers, advertising agencies, associations, research firms and media-tech companies. The ARF is the only organization that brings all members of the industry to the same table for strategic collaboration. The ARF celebrates more than 75 years as the industry’s authoritative source of advertising knowledge. The ARF is located at 432 Park Ave. South, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10016 and on the Web at www.thearf.org

About Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including AMERICAN IDOL, THE FOLLOWING, NEW GIRL, GLEE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, THE SIMPSONS and SLEEPY HOLLOW. The network ranked No. 1 in the key adult demographic for eight of the past 10 seasons and continues to dominate all network competition in the more targeted Adults 18-34 and Teen demographics. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week as well as late-night entertainment programming, major sports and Sunday morning news. Follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV and “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com.

About Twitter
Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. By developing a fundamentally new way for people to create, distribute and discover content, we have democratized content creation and distribution, enabling any voice to echo around the world instantly and unfiltered. The service can be accessed at Twitter.com, via the Twitter mobile application and via text message. Available in more than 35 languages, Twitter has more than 240 million monthly active users. For more information, visit discover.twitter.com or follow @twitter.

About db5
db5, founded in 2009, is a research consultancy specializing in quantitative research for brands and their creative partners. db5 is different from any other research agency in three important ways: Talent, Technology, Tenacity.

1. Employs and partners with only the most extraordinary talent from the worlds of Brand Marketing, Advertising, Technology and Traditional Research Practice.
2. Integrates cutting edge technology into traditional research methodologies.
3. Is tenacious; if a better way exists db5 finds it; if not, db5 creates it.

db5′s only goal is to help its clients succeed by providing them a more profound understanding of its audience. db5 clients include automotive, consumer and IT brands, like AT&T, McDonald’s, Audi, Vice, Time Warner Cable, Beats, Joint Juice, Twitter, UPS, Facebook, Yahoo!, Hyundai and Toyota. For more information, please visit www.dogsbollocks5.com

 

(Source:  Press Release)





Fox Summer and Spring Programming News

27 03 2014

FOX ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SPRING AND SUMMER PREMIERE DATES

GORDON RAMSAY’S “KITCHEN NIGHTMARES” RETURNS FRIDAY, APRIL 11;

NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES “RIOT” SLIDES INTO TUESDAY, MAY 13;

SEASON FIVE OF “MASTERCHEF” LAUNCHES MONDAY, MAY 19

NEW ACTION-DRAMA “GANG RELATED” TO PREMIERE THURSDAY, MAY 22

NEW DATING SERIES “I WANNA MARRY ‘HARRY’” ROMANCES TUESDAY, MAY 27;

SEASON 11 OF “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” DEBUTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 28

RAMSAY CHECKS INTO “HOTEL HELL” MONDAY, JULY 21

FOX is announcing additional spring and summer premiere dates for 2014. FOX spices up summer with new seasons of Gordon Ramsay’s KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, MASTERCHEF and HOTEL HELL; the debuts of event series 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY and new drama GANG RELATED; the premieres of dating show I WANNA MARRY “HARRY” and new unscripted series RIOT; and the Season 11 premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

THE MINDY PROJECT returns for its Spring Premiere with two nights of all-new one-hour events airing at special times Tuesday, April 1 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, April 8 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). The comedy then moves into its regular time period Tuesday, April 15 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), following an all-new episode of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT).

In an epic KITCHEN NIGHTMARES Season Six Premiere, Friday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, the fan-favorite series catches up with the most talked-about restaurant in KITCHEN NIGHTMARES history: Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, AZ. Find out what has happened with Amy and Samy in the past year since the original episode aired, and the media firestorm ensued. In this special edition of the show, Chef Gordon Ramsay will reveal never-before-seen footage and take the audience through the highlights of the public’s reactions.

Slide into Tuesdays with the premiere of RIOT (formerly titled SLIDE SHOW) on May 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the Season Finale of GLEE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). From executive producer Steve Carell and Shine America, and hosted by Australian comedian and talk show host Rove McManus, the series features the nation’s funniest celebrities and comedians facing unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges, often while navigating the show’s trademark one-of-a-kind set, tilted at a 22 degree angle.

MASTERCHEF returns for an exciting fifth season on Monday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). MASTERCHEF gives talented home cooks from all walks of life the chance to showcase their skills, knowledge and passion in front of the show’s esteemed judges: Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.

Gritty new action-drama GANG RELATED will have its series premiere on Thursday, May 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following an all-new installment of HELL’S KITCHEN (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The series follows RYAN LOPEZ (Ramon Rodriguez, “Battle Los Angeles,” “The Wire”), a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force – led by SAM CHAPEL (Emmy Award winner Terry O’Quinn, “Lost”) – who teams up with longtime Task Force member CASSIUS GREEN (RZA, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Californication”) to take on the city’s most dangerous gangs, including one that he swore an allegiance to as a boy. Encores of GANG RELATED will air Fridays, beginning May 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Reality meets romance, with a little twist, in the surprising dating show I WANNA MARRY “HARRY,” premiering Tuesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Summer love is in the air, as an average English “bloke” is given the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover before meeting 12 single American women searching for Prince Charming. Will he be able to convince them he’s regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him? Join “Harry” as he courts each of the ladies, taking them on romantic dates worthy of a princess and trying to make some version of their fairytales come true.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE soars into its 11th season with a two-hour premiere event showcasing America’s most talented dancers during the audition rounds, beginning Wednesday, May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted by Cat Deeley, and featuring resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, the new season of the Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series once again will include awe-inspiring performances, as well as nail-biting eliminations, as the contestants compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.

HOTEL HELL opens its doors for a second season on Monday, July 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Gordon Ramsay is back and hitting the road to fix some of America’s most horrendous hotels, troubled inns and struggling resorts, many of which are on the brink of closure. Ramsay will travel to locations including Applegate, OR; Las Cruces, NM; Longview, WA; Murphys, CA; Pipestone, MN; Starkville, MS; West Dover, VT; and Woodbury, CT.

As previously announced, new comedy series SURVIVING JACK, starring Emmy Award nominee Chris Meloni (“True Blood,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), premieres tomorrow, Thursday, March 27 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Also, as announced, the iconic pulse-pounding clock resets when 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY premieres with a special two-hour television event Monday, May 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and makes its time period premiere the following week on Monday, May 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Set and shot in London, the suspenseful event series once again will follow the exploits of heroic agent JACK BAUER (Kiefer Sutherland), as he attempts to thwart an unthinkable terrorist attack that could change the world forever. An encore of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY’s two-hour Series Premiere event will air Friday, May 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Beginning the following week, Friday, May 16, encores of the highly anticipated event series will air at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.

FOX finales include: RAISING HOPE (one-hour series finale Friday, April 4; 9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), THE FOLLOWING (Monday, April 28; 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), NEW GIRL (Tuesday, May 6; 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), THE MINDY PROJECT (Tuesday, May 6; 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), BONES (Monday, May 12; 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), GLEE (Tuesday, May 13; 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), SURVIVING JACK (Thursday, May 15; 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), BOB’S BURGERS (Sunday, May 18; 7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT), AMERICAN DAD (Sunday, May 18; 7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), THE SIMPSONS (Sunday, May 18; 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (Sunday, May 18; 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), AMERICAN IDOL XIII (two-night Season Finale Tuesday, May 20; 8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed and Wednesday, May 21; 8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY (Sunday, June 8; 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Additional finale dates, summer premiere dates and schedule information to be announced.

RECAP – FOX 2014 ADDITIONAL PREMIERE DATES

(All times ET/PT, except as noted)

Thursday, March 27:

9:30-10:00 PM SURVIVING JACK (Series Premiere)

Tuesday, April 1:

9:00-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (One-Hour Spring Premiere)

Friday, April 11:

9:00-10:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere)

Monday, May 5:

8:00-10:00 PM 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY (Two-Hour Series Premiere)

Monday, May 12:

9:00-10:00 PM 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, May 13:

9:00-10:00 PM RIOT (Series Premiere)

Monday, May 19:

8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF (Season Premiere)

Thursday, May 22:

9:00-10:00 PM GANG RELATED (Series Premiere)

Saturday, May 24:

7:00-10:00 PM ET Live FOX SPORTS SATURDAY: BASEBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Tuesday, May 27:

8:00-9:00 PM I WANNA MARRY “HARRY” (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, May 28:

8:00-10:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)

Monday, July 21:

9:00-10:00 PM HOTEL HELL (Season Premiere)

 

(Source: Press Release)





Fox Shows Returning Next Year

7 03 2014

FOX COMEDIES “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE,” “THE MINDY PROJECT” AND “NEW GIRL,” ALONG WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER “THE FOLLOWING,”

RENEWED FOR 2014-2015 SEASON

All-New THE FOLLOWING Airs Monday, March 10;

All-New Episodes of NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Air Tuesday, March 11;

One-Hour Spring Premiere of THE MINDY PROJECT Airs Tuesday, April 1

FOX has picked up Golden Globe Award winner BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, along with critically acclaimed comedies THE MINDY PROJECT and NEW GIRL, for the 2014-15 season. Psychological thriller THE FOLLOWING also was renewed, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, and Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” said Reilly and Earley. “All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our FOX fans for another season.”

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE was picked up for a second season. THE MINDY PROJECT received a third season order, and NEW GIRL was renewed for a fourth season. THE FOLLOWING was picked up for its third season.

As previously announced, SLEEPY HOLLOW was picked up for a second season, GLEE was renewed for its sixth season and BONES was picked up for its tenth. Additional pickups to be announced.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE stars Golden Globe Award winner Andy Samberg as a talented, but carefree, detective and Andre Braugher as his new precinct captain with a lot to prove. The Season One finale of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airs Tuesday, March 25 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Fremulon. Created and written by Dan Goor (“Parks and Recreation”) and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”), the series is executive-produced by Goor, Schur and David Miner (“30 Rock”). “Like” BROOKLYN NINE-NINE on Facebook at facebook.com/BrooklynNineNine. Follow the series on Twitter @Brooklyn99FOX and join the discussion using #brooklyn99.

Created and written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), THE MINDY PROJECT stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. The special one-hour Spring Premiere, featuring back-to-back episodes of THE MINDY PROJECT, airs Tuesday, April 1 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) and then returns to its normal timeslot on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT. THE MINDY PROJECT is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television. The series is created and written by Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”), Matt Warburton (THE SIMPSONS), Michael Spiller (“Modern Family”) and Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”) are executive producers. “Like” THE MINDY PROJECT on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/TheMindyProject. Follow the series on Twitter @MindyProjectFOX and join the discussion at #themindyproject.

Airing Tuesdays (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), NEW GIRL stars Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Zooey Deschanel as a smart and spirited woman navigating her way through the highs and lows of modern friendship and romance, alongside her male roommates (Jake Johnson, Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Damon Wayans, Jr.) and her beautiful best friend (Hannah Simone). Created by Liz Meriwether (“No Strings Attached”), NEW GIRL is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Meriwether, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are executive producers. “Like” NEW GIRL on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NewGirlonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @NewGirlOnFOX and join the discussion at #newgirl.

Edge-of-your-seat thriller THE FOLLOWING, from Kevin Williamson (“Vampire Diaries,” “Scream” franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award winner Kevin Bacon (“X-Men: First Class,” “Frost/Nixon”) and James Purefoy (“Rome”), follows a deadly cat-and-mouse chase between a former FBI agent (Bacon) and a devious and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy). THE FOLLOWING airs Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega (“Dexter,” “The Vampire Diaries”) serves as an executive producer and director on the series. “Like” THE FOLLOWING on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheFollowing. Follow the series on Twitter @TheFollowingFOX and join the discussion at #thefollowing.

(Via press release)





American Idol Season 13 Top 12 Results Show

6 03 2014

Seventy million votes came in last night. You know I think Jennifer Lopez can wear just about anything but that thing she was wearing tonight did not fit right. Phillip Phillips returns to the Idol stage tonight. Randy Jackson is going to introduce us to Kodaline from Ireland.

At the postshow dinner, the contestants talk about when is it okay to be sharp and when it isn’t because they are confused. I can understand that they are getting mixed messages.

Emily, Sam, Jessica and Ben are in the first group to hear the results. Emily is in the bottom 3. The rest are safe.

Phillip Phillips sang “Raging Fire” and as he did I was thinking something is really wrong with the Idol sound.  His intonation (smile Harry) was all over the place.

Majesty, Dexter, Jena, and Alex are up next. Dexter, Majesty and Alex are safe. Jena is in the bottom 3. That just is not right. None of them deserved that spot.

Kodaline played next. They have an interesting sound.

Last to learn their fate are Malaya, MK, CJ, and Caleb. Caleb is safe (OF COURSE HE IS). CJ is also safe. MK and Malaya were in the bottom three last week. One is safe and the other is in the bottom three again. Malaya is safe and MK is not.

The person leaving us tonight is:    EMILY PIRIZ

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MK, you need to really bring it next week. We want you to succeed. And (no surprise) the save is not used.








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