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Well the hype for The Arsenio Hall Show didn’t last very long. Talk-show veteran Arsenio Hall just couldn’t hold the interests of his viewers — even after a stellar first week on the air.
Adding more to Hall’s troubles, Neal Kendall who has handled American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Dexter and New Girl – all television gold — stepped down as executive producer of The Arsenio Hall Show, Indie Wire reports.
Could it be that both Arsenio and Neal were clashing when it came to the direction of the show? “A source indicated that Kendall’s exit was spurred in an effort to find a better creative fit for the comedian,” Variety says.
For now, Eric Pankowski — lead writer for the WWE — is stepping in as the interim executive producer.
According to Indie Wire, it’s the dip in ratings for the late-night program that “likely prompted this change.”
“It’s just not funny enough (his opening monologue and the numerous skits inserted throughout each show); and also the interviews haven’t been all-that interesting, and I recommended that he reconsider his writing staff or style, and maybe even the show’s overall format,” the site says.
It seems like Paula Patton’s twerking, A$ap Rocky’s performance, an interview with New Girl‘s Max Greenfield, and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show just wasn’t enough to retain his viewers.
Olivia Pope’s shenanigans debuted at No. 2 right behind The Big Bang Theory and before Grey’s Anatomy – a cushy spot to be in – reeling in 10.5 million viewers, IndieWire announced.
These are the largest figures that Scandal has ever pulled; season one grabbed 7.3 million viewers while season two dipped down to 6.7 million viewers.
It gets better! The ABC drama series was No.1 on social media. On Thursday, the premiere fueled the largest influx of tweets in Scandal history: 712,877 postings about the show on Twitter!
With these stats, some critics — like the writer at Indie Wire — agree that Kerry Washington will remain on screen for a while. “[W]hile I’d posit that the series’ audience comprises heavily of black women, I’m sure there are also quite a few non-black white women (and men) who tune in as well,” the site says. “I won’t be surprised if ABC announces, before the season is over, that Scandal has been renewed for a 4th season, with numbers like this, that only seem to continue to improve.”
Other critics, including an African-American writer at The Washington Post, see Scandal as a twitter sensation—but not award-worthy material. “‘Scandal’ is not brilliant,” the paper says. “It’s a mostly watchable, sometimes painfully acted nighttime soap opera with lots of suspenseful music dubbed over the dramatic bits, and that’s a perfectly acceptable thing for it to be. But Emmy material? Err, folks, are we watching the same thing.”
Whatever. What’s your take on the Season 3 premiere of Scandal?
Queen Latifah has always been a game changer and her new daytime television is no different. For its debut last week, it pulled in ratings so strong that they actually made history. The syndicated talk show debuted with audience figures that made it highest-rated talk show premiere since Dr. Oz bowed in 2009, reports Target Market News.
“The Queen Latifah Show” had a strong 1.7 households rating and a 5 share. “That represented double- and triple-digit increases over the same time period a year ago in a number of major markets. Among women 25-54, the show measured a .9 rating, and averaged an 80 percent increase in the time period from a year ago,” reports Target Market News.
This is Latifah’s second go-round in daytime TV. Her first show ran only from September 1999 to August 2001. This time is already turning out to be more successful.
Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment executive produced, along with Sony Pictures TV and her own Flavor Unit production company.
During its premiere week, Latifah’s new show depended on star power. Among her guests were Will Smith, his daughter Willow Smith, actor John Travolta, Jamie Foxx and Sharon Stone, among others.
The CBS show airs nationally in 56 Nielsen metered markets.
Did you watch?
In a surprising move, NBCUniversal has changed their minds about the location of the Esquire Channel and are moving into to what is currently the Style Network. But what will happen to the shows we like, most notable Tia & Tamera?
The initial plan called for the end of the G4 Network and Esquire, a new men’s channel based on the magazine, would be put in its place. But after much consideration, executives decided that Style would be the best choice in terms of cancellation because it is already in fourth place behind other NBC Universal brands Bravo, E!, and Oxygen. The Hollywood Reporter posted this statement from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group chairman Bonnie Hammer:
“…Our goal has always been delivery of compelling content by means of distinct, complementary brands, each in its clearly defined lane. With Bravo, E! and Oxygen, we offer unique takes on popular culture for an ever-broadening audience, including the all-important female demo. In pursuit of that same demo, Style presents brand overlap within our portfolio. Esquire Network, on the other hand, offers an opportunity to introduce a lifestyle network that speaks to an upscale male audience underserved in the current marketplace.”
Because this news was kept on the super hush until this week, there has been no real official word on what will happen to its more popular show. Well, it should be noted that Giuliana & Bill will be moved to E! because of Giuliana’s close relationship with that network. But there’s been no word on Tia & Tamera which is one of the station’s more popular shows. It is assumed that all the remaining shows will either be moved to one of NBCUniversal’s other properties or canceled altogether. One has to wonder if Tia & Tamera knew the station could possibly be getting the boot; they both have so many other things going on that it is possibly this won’t bother them that much.
But for our sake, we hope the Tia & Tamera show will actually be moved to Bravo or even Oxygen so that it will gain a bigger audience share. It isn’t often that we get to see a pretty positive reality show about family that also gets high ratings.
Countless “former” Basketball Wives fans have vowed that they’re done with the franchise. Boycotts have have even erupted as a result of the violence demonstrated on the show during past seasons. However, as much as folks swear they’re through with the controversial reality show, executive producer and cast member, Shaunie O’Neal, says that viewership is telling completely different story.
“As much as people complain, the numbers seem to show that they like it. It is what it is. I’m proud of this season more than any other, and I love that,” she told EBONY.
“I hope it doesn’t affect the numbers, but if it does, I’m still very proud of it. I wouldn’t change it for anything,” she added.
“I am looking forward to this season so much. I’m really proud of the finished product. You’ll see a lot of growth out of us. Don’t expect some Girl Scouts and us to be perfect, but you’ll definitely see that we have grown in our own different ways. I’m really proud of the outcome.”
She also claims that she and her fired co-star Jennifer Williams are on “good terms.”
“I haven’t spoke to Jenn [Williams] in quite some time, and the last time I did, we were on good terms. That decision came from the network itself. It wasn’t a production call, it was a network call. Once it gets to that point, it’s out of my hands.”
Shaunie went on to say that she’s interested in opening the franchise up to other cities.
“I would love to add another city. We have definitely talked about adding another city or maybe even two,” the mom of five revealed.
Have you been tuning in to Basketball Wives? If so, what do you think so far?
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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network will be seeing more of Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor as they’ve ordered 26 additional episodes to air on the network.
The comedy, which Oprah describes as “not just funny…Tyler Perry funny,” has seen over 1 million viewers since its premiere in May and the additional episodes will bump up the total number of episodes from 26 to 52.
The two-episode season finale of Love Thy Neighbor aired last Wednesday and Perry’s other sitcom, For Better or Worse, will take over its timeslot starting on September 18 with two half hour episodes airing consecutively.
Well, would you look at that! It looks like Oprah has finally found her stride and is really cooking with fire now! You can check out the rest of the story, including news on another show renewed, over on Essence.com.
Do you have OWN? If so, what’s your favorite show on the network?
Let’s make one thing clear: I don’t bet against Oprah Winfrey. When the rest of the world took every opportunity to crack a joke about her new network’s struggle ratings, I took the wait and see approach. Ms. Winfrey is a savvy media veteran. It comes as no surprise that she turned OWN right around ahead of schedule. Even after her legendary talk show came to an end, she is still the go-to interviewer for celebrities looking for redemption. Take that Barbara Walters.
Oprah’s Next Chapter has become a hit by leveraging the talk show queen’s notoriety with high-profile guests. Ratings juggernauts for the show include sit-downs with Whitney Houston’s family, Lance Armstrong, and Rihanna. Sunday’s Lindsay Lohan interview was supposed to follow suit. But it didn’t make the cut. Ratings slouched, sagged, and buckled. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The one-hour OWN broadcast averaged 892,000 viewers to the 9 p.m. premiere telecast. The 10 p.m. encore averaged 504,000 viewers.”
Lohan, a tabloid darling who had yet to hold herself accountable for her antics, barely outperformed the average season ratings for Oprah’s Next Chapter. It’s an indicator of a problem that has tripped Oprah up ever since she started doing that “Remembering Your Spirit” segment in the 90s.
In the early days, OWN was criticized for sacrificing entertainment for enlightenment. Audiences want to be better people, but it takes more than inspiration to keep them glued to a television for 30 minutes or more. OWN found success when its leader was able to bring the drama without sacrificing her moral standards (i.e. her Tyler Perry collaboration, The Haves and Have Nots). Her interviewing style needs a similar balance.
The highlights of the Lindsay Lohan interview read like press release. The most titillating thing we learned: Lohan used coke 10 to 15 times. A change from her previous claim of three or five. Shocking, I know.
In true Lady O fashion, Oprah already knows the answer to her problems. Though I’m not sure she realizes it just yet. She says of her interviewing style: “I do the same thing with all important interviews. I did this the other day with Lindsay Lohan. Before I sit down with them I have a little private moment…and I say tell me what you want to get out of this interview. Because I am the facilitator… It’s their business to reveal whatever they want to reveal. “
No wonder celebrities want to come to Oprah’s couch (or invite her to theirs). Establishing that type of trust with a subject makes them feel safe.
Oprah sees her job as one of service: she’s there to help her interviewee accomplish what they want. That’s different from a Wendy Williams, whose directive is to get the dirt. Or a Piers Morgan, a supposed journalist, whose job is to get to the truth. It’s a great strategy for a talk show host who depends on celebrity guests for their livelihood. But it doesn’t always work if you’re trying to give your audience a raw, real look at celebrity lives. Someone like Lindsay Lohan, who has something she wants to hide, isn’t going to be forthcoming.
In a media landscape where everyone’s image is manicured and finessed by an army of publicists, no one wants to tune in to see the image a star wants to present. Reality – not the kind that Vh1 and the like sells, but the real, truth of the matter – is more valued than ever before. But Oprah seems to be too polite to serve it up.
That’s not to say Oprah needs to drop her standards, but at least try not to act like you’re on the guest’s payroll. At least get your $2 milion worth out of their visit.
Here’s hoping the producers of Lohan’s reality show on OWN aren’t taking cues from her publicist as well. If they are, Ms. Winfrey may have another flop on her hands.
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).
We love Oprah. Lord knows we do. The single most powerful black women on the planet created a network, not a show, a NETWORK.
But is her latest venture to include more black-audience programming something we should applaud?
In January 2011, OWN rolled out the red carpet to a host of original scripted and unscripted shows. It featured “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” “Master Class”(later renamed “Life Class”), “Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind,” “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star,” “Gayle King Live!” and “Why Not?” with Shania Twain. If none of the names sound familiar it’s for good reason. Many of the shows tanked and were never renewed.
Only a few shows emerged from the rubble of the disappointing first year at OWN. But a few shows aren’t enough to make a network survive. In 2012, Oprah struck ratings gold with long-time estranged friend Iyanla Vanzant. “Fix My Life” became a hit as Iyanla dug deep into the personal lives of celebrities and everyday people. “Raising Whitley” and “Life with Latoya,” both featuring black women as the lead, joined “Fix My Life” as the network’s highest rated shows.
Erik Logan, president of OWN, believes popular shows that feature a black woman at the center are pulling the network out of the sinking pit propelling the once-struggling cable station to the No. 1 viewing choice for African-American women on Saturday nights.
This year brought in two new series by Tyler Perry. One show, “The Haves and Have Nots,” debuted in May and brought in the highest rated series premiere in network history. Season-to-date, the series has averaged about 1.6 million viewers according to Huffington Post.
The highest rated week in the network’s history was in June. The network ranked number 2 overall for African-American women viewers age 25-54. This is only a few short weeks after the Tyler Perry shows took to the air. Now OWN is back on top. Ratings are up and the network as a whole is benefiting.
It seems that after two years of trying to find their niche, OWN found it with a black audience.
However, should the targeted demographic rejoice or recoil? With a black woman leading the way as CEO, is this just an incredible opportunity to cater to this demographic? Or is this perhaps a story we’ve seen before. Networks cater to the black audience and then ditch the programming once other shows catch on?
We’ve seen our black culture used to market everything from cars to Happy Meals. Is it any surprise that TV networks also seek out our culture and attention? Why should OWN be any different?
It comes down to who is driving the bus. OWN’s CEO is arguably the most iconic and powerful black business woman on the planet. Oprah is in a unique position to not create just ONE show but to design and create a series of shows, 24 hours a day. She’s in the position to truly create programming that benefits an audience that looks like her. Shouldn’t we be excited?
The issue perhaps comes down to timing. When the network first premiered, there was ample opportunity to make this network that appealed to a black audience. However, the original programming suggested that OWN hoped their target demographic from the Oprah Winfrey Show (middle aged, white women) would carry over and keep them afloat as a network. Yet, when the dust settled, the black audience proved to be the ones supporting shows and boosting popularity.
It wasn’t until the shows that were catered to a black audience gained popularity that the partnership with Tyler Perry emerged which of course resulted in more programming that would be popular with a black audience. Now the ratings and profits are rising and we as an audience are left to wonder about the intentions. Perhaps this is all a strategic plan to bring more programming for black audiences to the airways, or maybe it’s just another network realizing it can ignore our demographic until the ratings-game proves that it needs us.
Do you believe OWN has good intentions by focusing on and adding new black-audience programming? Or are do you believe this is another scheme to use the black audience for profit gain?
Dee Rene is the writer and creator of Laugh.Cry.Cuss. (relaunching August 1, 2013), a faith based blog that finds valuable lessons in pop culture and every day life. She is based in NYC. You can follow her or the blog or on twitter @deerene_lcc @laughcrycuss.
Although the OWN network got off to a bit of a rocky start, thankfully, things appear to be turning around for the Oprah Winfrey owned network. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the newly introduced Tyler Perry series, The Haves and the Have Nots, attracted an audience of 1.87 million during its premiere episode, making it the fourth most watched telecast in OWN history. What’s even better is that it appears that this number will only continue to grow.
The most recent episode of the drama, which focuses on the interesting dynamic of a rich and powerful family that “becomes intimately involved with the families of their hired help, creating a web of controversy,” drew in 2 million viewers, making it the network’s second most-watched telecast. Recognizing the show’s growing success, OWN recently ordered 16 more episodes. The current episodes will run until September 3rd and the newly ordered episodes with debut in 2014.
The success of The Haves and the Have Nots is pretty ironic, especially considering how hard people tried to protest against it. Some even went as far as to sign a circulating web petition, urging Oprah to take both of Tyler’s new shows off the air. THTHN star Tika Sumpter recently addressed those critics, inviting them to change the channel if they’re not crazy about the show.
“You have the right to turn the channel. There are a lot of people who turn the channel on, who have made him this successful, so there is an audience. When we start making judgments on what’s lowbrow to some people, then you’re making accusations that this group of people doesn’t know what’s really good. I don’t think that’s fair…Don’t condemn a bunch of people who actually go to these movies for what they like,” the 33-year-old beauty told The Grio.
What are your thoughts about The Haves and the Have Nots?
If there is one thing we all know about Sean “Diddy” Combs it is that he is a hustler. His upcoming network could take him to yet another level.
Revolt TV is scheduled to hit 25 million homes with cable television in October. Set mostly around music programming, Revolt will show previously aired music documentaries and concerts as well half hour, live shows set in one studio in California. It also plans to have a very heavy social media presence (which has actually already started).
But don’t think the always confident Diddy is expecting to blow long-time entertainment channels like BET, MTV and VH1 out of the water. According to EURweb, Diddy recently addressed his “non-strategy” at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills on Friday:
“I’m not going to be out there being flashy about it. I’m not going to be over-promoting it. I’m not over-promising anything. I’m just really going to be building credibility; my credibility will be my currency.”
He even reached out to Oprah to get some advice on what he should and shouldn’t do. That would make sense because Oprah’s channel, OWN, has only recently started seeing higher numbers after a terrible two year start in ratings.
While he likens himself to Steve Jobs as a visionary for the station the way Jobs was to Apple, don’t think Diddy is going to totally stay out of the spotlight. One original show that’s ready to go is Making The Brand, which follows Diddy day-to-day as he builds Revolt and gets it ready for launch. As he explained it:
“You’ll see me having meltdowns, and you see me being out of my element and being in this element where I’m not just a free-spirited entrepreneur, and I have to be accountable to the business and build a high-level corporate team, which is different for me.
You know, I’ve got to admit that I’m pretty anxious to see what Revolt can bring to television. We don’t have many stations left that are dedicated to music programming anymore and it’d be great to see at least one who can bring that back.
Will you give Revolt TV a chance if it is available through your cable company in October?