Friday, March 1, 2013

NEWS ROUNDUP: DVR Not Helping SMASH, DROP DEAD DIVA Resurrected, Rick Springfield Talks GH

SMASH Getting Only a Little Help From DVR Numbers
The most recent episode fell to 3.3 million total viewers and it barely cleared the 1 million threshold in viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the demographic most important to advertisers. But DVR viewing was crucial to buoying SMASH in its first season. Will that be a help this time around? Probably not.

The latest DVR numbers released by Nielsen, which include the live ratings plus the next seven days of viewership, revealed that the Season 2 premiere of SMASH, on Feb. 5, gained only about 900,000 viewers in the 18-to-49 category. That total signifies an increase of 58 percent for the category, a respectable number, but the show still finished outside the Top 25 broadcast programs in both total viewers and adults 18 to 49.

Lifetime’s DROP DEAD DIVA Gets Resurrected With Fifth Season Order
A month and a half after Lifetime cancelled the dramedy series, the cable network has inked a deal with producer Sony Pictures TV to bring the show back for a fifth season.

Valerie Bertinelli Pays Special Tribute to Bonnie Franklin
Bertinelli said in a statement Friday: "My heart is breaking. Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me."

"The years on One Day at a Time were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat [Harrington Jr.] and Mackenzie [Phillips] we were a family in every way.

"She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself. I will miss her terribly."

In her own statement, Phillips adds, "I am so saddened by the loss of our dear friend. She was just full of light and love. Bonnie will be very much missed by all the people she touched ... We all loved her very much.”

TV Couples Who Dated in Real Life
While lots of couples have played couples in movies, there are also lots of real-life pairs who also fell in love on TV.

NBC Affiliate Replaces THE OFFICE With MATLOCK in Response to Andy Griffith Oscars Snub
Pushing repeats of the outgoing comedy and LAW & ORDER and an original 1600 PENN to Saturday, the Cleveland station's GM tells THR they wanted to give the actor due after he was left out of the "In Memoriam" segment.

There's a Facebook app for that: ABC soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL turns 50 on April 1
ABC Entertainment has announced a Facebook app that lets fans share their memories of the long-running soap opera.

The app is available on the show's Facebook page and lets fans post to Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, and Twitter using #GH50.

Rick Springfield, Son Liam Springthorpe Talk GENERAL HOSPITAL
"I haven't seen a script," Springfield told ACCESS HOLLYWOOD. "I have no idea if I'm, Eli Love or [if] I'm Noah Drake or [if] I'm Rick Springfield. I have no idea what I'm gonna be this time, but I'm open for - 'cause the 50th -- open for whatever you guys want."

He said he does expect to perform at the upcoming Nurse's Ball, the big GH charity event that the character Sabrina Santiago is reviving.

CORONATION STREET actor in court on child sex offenses
The 48-year-old actor has been charged with 19 offenses, comprising six counts of raping a child, six allegations of indecently assaulting a child, and seven counts of sexual activity with a child. :


  1. Sorry to say but as someone whose career vocation is in theater, there is nothing that I find compelling about SMASH.
    The addition even of Jennifer Hudson seems to be too little too late. The writing of the show is uneven at best and at least one of the lead roles (ahem, Katherine McPhee) has been utterly miscast.
    This show represents a bland wan version of what actually goes on behind the scenes in NYC theater. Then again, with all the repetitive revivals and comic book turned musical on Broadway, maybe SMASH is an accurate reflection of the musical theater scene happening on Broadway.