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robboDate: Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014, 04:36 | Message # 211
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"Barbarella" Lands At Amazon Studios 

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Barbarella, the planned television series based on Jean-Claude Forest"s 1960s sci-fi comic strip, has found a home with Amazon Studios. Deadline reports the search has begun for a showrunner for the Gaumont International Television project, which boasts a pilot script by Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. It"s produced by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives), who had been attached to direct. The comics was famously adapted as a 1968 film starring Jane Fonda as Barbarella, the futuristic space adventurer who travels from planet to planet, where"s she"s frequently seduced by aliens. In the movie, Barbarella is sent by earth to find and stop a fiendish weapons inventor. Barbarella performed poorly in its initial release, but achieved cult status later.
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robboDate: Friday, 24 Jan 2014, 00:13 | Message # 212
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Angela Lansbury Relieved "Murder, She Wrote" Remake Axed
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Angela Lansbury says she"s relieved that a planned remake of her classic whodunit series Murder, She Wrote has been canceled. Lansbury had been critical of NBC"s idea of a reboot starring Octavia Spencer. It was reported this week that NBC was not going ahead with the show. Lansbury said Thursday she thought the remake was a bad idea from the start. "I couldn"t believe that they would even consider doing such a thing," Lansbury told The associated press. "I think it was an awful mistake and it was a terrible disservice" to Spencer, she said. "I have too much admiration for her to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title into a different venue," Lansbury spent 12 years until 1996 playing small-town sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the series.
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robboDate: Friday, 24 Jan 2014, 01:58 | Message # 213
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What Was The Secret Of "60s Cult TV? - The Sad Passing Of Actress Alexandra Bastedo Earlier This Month Saw Many Recalling And Celebrating Her Work On "60s Spy-Fi Series The Champions -
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Danger Man (1960-68) - Founded by legendary television mogul Lew Grade, ITC Entertainment started life in 1954 and one of its earliest television efforts was the spy show Danger Man - retitled Secret Agent for US broadcast. The precursor - and some believe actual prequel - to ITC"s later series The Prisoner, Danger Man starred Patrick McGoohan as international agent John Drake and aired four series throughout the "60s (the first in a half-hour drama format, the following three as more traditional hour-longs).
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The Champions (1968-69 - The aforementioned Alexandra Bastedo starred opposite square-jawed leads Stuart Damon and William Gaunt in this adventure series, which followed three secret agents endowed with special abilities - including enhanced strength and telepathy - by a mysterious civilisation in the Himalayas. Big, broad, colourful fun - The Champions remains a shining example of classic family entertainment.
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robboDate: Friday, 24 Jan 2014, 02:22 | Message # 214
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The Saint (1962-69) Possibly ITC"s best known series, this adaptation of Leslie Charteris"s thriller novels cast Roger Moore as suave Simon Templar - a Robin Hood for the modern age. Running for a total of six series - four in black-and-white, two in colour - The Saint made Moore an international idol and sent him on the path to big-screen stardom as James Bond. A quasi-sequel Return Of The Saint was also co-produced by ITC  in the late "70s, with Ian Ogilvy stepping in for Moore.

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Man In A Suitcase (1967-68) Devised as a replacement for Danger Man, spy thriller Man In A Suitcase starred US lead Richard Bradford as CIA agent turned private eye McGill. At the time, the show was notorious for being ITC"s most violent series to date, though It"s now better remembered for Ron Grainer"s spectacular theme tune - famously co-opted by Chris Evans for his late "90s entertainment series TFI Friday.
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robboDate: Friday, 24 Jan 2014, 02:42 | Message # 215
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Department S (1969-70) Following the exploits of a fictional Interpol department, this ITC outing featured Peter Wyngarde as the flamboyant Jason King - one of the less-cited inspirations for the Austin Powers movies. So popular was the character of King that he was later handed his own eponymous series, which originally aired from 1971 to 1972.

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Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969-70) One of ITC"s more fantasy-fuelled efforts, Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) was an unorthodox "buddy cop" series. Kenneth Cope starred as Marty Hopkirk, a private detective murdered in a hit-and-run who returns to Earth as a ghost to aid his partner - Mike Pratt"s straight-shooting Jeff Randall - in catching the killer. So popular was the Randall And Hopkirk format that the BBC produced its own comedic take in the early "00s, while SyFy also started work on a US remake in 2011.
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robboDate: Friday, 24 Jan 2014, 02:57 | Message # 216
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The Persuaders! (1970-71) The end of an era - The Persuaders! was even billed "the last major entry in the cycle of adventure series that began 11 years earlier with Danger Man in 1960" Roger Moore returned to ITC to play aristocrat and playboy Brett Sinclair, who teams with rough diamond Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) to fight injustice. Featuring glamorous international locations and flashy sports cars, The Persuaders! was every bit as bold and dynamic as its leading men. Are you a fan of ITC Entertainment"s output? Did you know the shows but not their source?
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robboDate: Monday, 27 Jan 2014, 02:18 | Message # 217
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" Dracula " Ratings Rise For Finale, 
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NBC"s Dracula ended on a sucky-yet-improved note Friday Night. The ratings-challenged horror-drama delivered only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.0 adults 18-49 ratings at 10 p.m. That"s actually the best number for the show in at least a month. and Dracula has actually improved its performance for its last couple episodes. The series is considered very on-the-bubble for a return, though NBC does seem committed to figuring out some kind of horror-drama block on Fridays with Grimm serving as the anchor --- the promising second season of Hannibal moves into the evening next month. I absolutely have to admit the finale of Dracula was a very good episode, and it has improved over the last few episodes, so it would be a shame if NBC kicked the show into touch.
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robboDate: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014, 03:08 | Message # 218
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"Black Sails" Hoists Strong Premiere Ratings 

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Black Sails plundered 2.6 million viewers its opening weekend. The pirate drama starring Toby Stephens ties Starz" premiere weekend last fall for The White Queen as the network"s biggest launch ever (actually, the Black Sails number edges out The White Queen if you go down far enough after the decimal point). Early reporting of on-demand, online platforms and other sources added some more viewership to Starz" tally and bring the total return to 3.5 million viewers. Overall it"s a pretty impressive take for a drama opening in the most perilous of scheduling waters - the dreaded Saturday night. Hmm not to sure watched the pilot a little bit of head scratching whether to watch future episodes. another show by the maestro composer Bear McCreary.
 
robboDate: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014, 04:22 | Message # 219
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Monday TV Ratings The Blacklist Rises, And The Following Falls To Series Low, Here"s A Brief Look At The Highlights: 
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Fox: Fox"s serial killer series The Following was way down in its second episode of the season, dropping from a 4.4 rating to a 2.0 rating in the demo and 6.02 million viewers. CBS: the drama series Intelligence closed out the evening with a 1.5 rating and 6.77 million viewers, up four tenths from last week"s 1.1 rating. NBC: The Blacklist rose two tenths from last week"s series low 2.3 rating to a 2.5 rating and 9.97 million viewers. The CW: Hart of Dixie was even with last week"s 0.4 rating and scored 1.16 million viewers. Beauty and the Beast was also even with last week"s episode, garnering a 0.3 rating and 910,000 viewers.
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robboDate: Friday, 31 Jan 2014, 02:23 | Message # 220
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"American Horror Story: Coven" Finale Most-Watched Yet
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FX enjoyed supremely good ratings from its American Horror Story: Coven finale. The first airing delivered 4.2 million viewers, a tally that rose to 5.8 million when you include its repeat. That ranks as the most-watched AHS finale yet, topping off the most-watched season yet of the AHS franchise. ( AHS: Coven 10/9/13 thru 1/29/14 Averaged 4 million viewers). ( AHS: Asylum 10/17/12 thru 1/23/13 Averaged 2.5 million viewers). ( AHS: Murder House 10/5 thru 12/21/11 Averaged 2.8 million viewers).
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robboDate: Friday, 31 Jan 2014, 03:18 | Message # 221
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Wednesday TV Ratings: Arrow And Chicago P.D. Rise, Super Fun Night Hits Series Low. Here"s A Brief Rundown 
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NBC"s Revolution tied its season low 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 5.13 million viewers, dropping two tenths from last week. Law & Order: SVU rose a tenth to a 1.9 rating and 7.54 million viewers, and new drama Chicago P.D. ticked up a tenth to a 1.7 rating and 6.88 million viewers. ABC"s Suburgatory dropped three tenths to a series low-tying 1.5 rating and 5.05 million viewers, Super Fun Night dropped four tenths to a series low 1.3 rating and 3.88 million viewers, and Nashville rose one tenth to a 1.5 rating and 5.20 million viewers. Over at The CW, Arrow was up a tenth to a 1.0 rating and scored 2.73 million viewers, while The Tomorrow People ticked up a tenth to a 0.6 rating and 1.64 million viewers.
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chrisdvanneDate: Friday, 31 Jan 2014, 13:08 | Message # 222
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Wednesday TV Ratings: Arrow And Chicago P.D. Rise, Super Fun Night Hits Series Low. Here"s A Brief Rundown


Final ratings: The Tomorrow People, Law And Order: SVU and Arrow were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

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chrisdvanneDate: Friday, 31 Jan 2014, 13:16 | Message # 223
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Great column by Alasdair Stuart at Fox Spirit.

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Summer Glau kills shows. Because Summer Glau is not the show-killer. Summer Glau is not the little death that brings total obliteration. We will face Summer Glau’s body of work. We will permit it to pass over and through our minds. Perhaps even in Arrow. And when Summer Glau has gone past we will turn the inner eye to see her path. Where Summer Glau has gone there will be something. Her work on The Sarah Conner Chronicles in particular will remain.

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robboDate: Saturday, 01 Feb 2014, 01:54 | Message # 224
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# 223  Great column on Summer Glau. she is proving all the critics and doubters wrong, that have been publishing or printing such nonsense about her over a certain time period, she is doing herself justice in the excellent Arrow as Isabel Rochev with considerable ease, and yes her work on The Sarah Connor Chronicles will undoubtedly remain in our hearts forever and beyond.
 
robboDate: Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014, 03:16 | Message # 225
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Weekend Ratings: "Downton," "Sherlock," "Black Sails"
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Weekend update! Not every TV program this weekend involved footballs or puppies: Three fun dramas had big episodes, including a Super Bowl vs. Crawleys face-off. First, PBS" Downton Abbey down-trended in the ratings from last week, but still managed 6.8 million viewers Sunday night. That ranked Downton second among broadcast shows at 9 p.m. vs. none other than the Super Bowl. This marked the third year in a row the show has been #2 in that slot against the big game. Meanwhile PBS" cult fav Sherlock was pretty much the same as last week for its season 3 finale, delivering 3 million viewers. Farewell for another two years? And Saturday night, the pivotal second episode of Starz" Black Sails gave the premium cable network some welcome news - 93 percent of viewers stuck around for the second weekend with the pirate drama delivering 2.3 million viewers. Given that the Super Bowl was keeping 111 million viewers distracted on Sunday, it"s perhaps more telling that the debut airing of Black Sails Ep. 2 on Saturday retained an even higher 99 percent of its audience from last week. Meanwhile, the first episode of Black Sails is now up to 6 million viewers across all of Starz" platforms.
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