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RATINGS: Dexter, Devious Maids, Breaking Bad, and Primetime Emmys Score Big Numbers!

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Sunday night was an awesome night for television programmers who offered up the finale of Showtime’s beloved twisted series, Dexter starring Michael C. Hall, Lifetime gave us the season finale of Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, and AMC continued its huge race to the finish line with stellar ratings for the second to last episode of Breaking Bad!  And to top that all off, the three hour plus airing of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmys on CBS were the highest rated in over 8 years!

So let’s start with Dexter, the series finale drew 2.8 million for it’s initial airing, and 3.3 million viewers in repeat viewings later in the evening.  That is the largest audience for any episode of a Showtime series!   The show’s eighth season was also the highest-rated season ever, with a weekly average of 6.4 million viewers across platforms.  While fans of the show have mixed review about how the series ended, it certainly went out on a ratings high!

Over at Lifetime’s Devious Maids, Nielsen estimates that Sunday’s season finale  averaged about 3 million viewers, up 19% from last week’s 2.52 million and a big 50% higher than the 2 million who watched the series premiere in late June.  The second season is expected to air summer of 2014!

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The newly crowned Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series, Breaking Bad broke its own record for its second to last episode before its series finale next Sunday. The AMC cable series brought in 6.6 million viewers, up about 3% from last week’s “Ozymandias” episode, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  It also got a slight boost in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, pulling in 4.3 million people. That’s an increase of about 6% from the previous week’s installment, which was declared by many to be the best episode in the series’ history.

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Finally, the 65th Annual Daytime Emmys, which also got mostly negative reviews, scored big in the ratings! Sunday’s CBS telecast  jumped 33 percent from last year’s audience, with final returns at 17.6 million viewers.  That means, the Emmys reached its highest viewership since 2005.   CBS estimates a whopping 40 million tuned into the broadcast at one point or another.

So what did you watch on Sunday night? Breaking Bad, Devious Maids, Dexter, or the Primetime Emmys? Or, did you watch all of them at one point?  What did you think of the season finale of Devious Maids and the series finale of Dexter?  Comment below!

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I can find out who won on the Emmys, easily..
so, no need to suffer through them.

I watched ”Breaking Bad!!!

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none of them.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

So will you be tuning-in to this former GL tradition now being brought to you virtually? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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