9/5/2013 by Michael O’Connell | The Hollywood Reporter After a strong network launch on Monday that easily eclipsed previous ratings performances from former channel holder Fox Soccer, FXX delivered its first night of original programming on Wednesday. The comedy-centric cable outlet debuted new seasons of FX imports It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and talker Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell. And while the late-night offering did see sharper dips, the scripted efforts were largely in line with last season’s hauls in the targeted demographics. Always Sunny, kicking off its ninth season, anchored the block at 10 p.m. The comedy averaged 757,000 viewers in its first airing on the new network. It also averaged 648,000 adults 18-49 and 575,000 adults 18-34, retention of 80 and 85 percent, respectively, from last season’s opener. Although down from last fall’s 1-million-strong premiere, its losses were small considering the move — and it actually grew 8 percent in men 18-34 to 396,000. FXX currently airs in 72 million homes, 26 million fewer homes than FX, which accounts for much of the initial audience dip. It’s also a credit to Sunny that this is the first time it has had to go head-to-head with A&E juggernaut and cable’s current demo … Read More
09/04/2013 by Tatiana Siegel | The Hollywood Reporter Paramount Pictures is set to reteam with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark on the high-concept handheld-camera thriller Raindrop. The studio, which recently wrapped production on Pagan and Stark’s $13 million thriller Almanac, nabbed the Raindrop pitch pre-emptively. The project is described as a sci-fi thriller with a teenage protagonist that will employ innovative handheld camera work similar to that seen in the Dean Israelite-helmed Almanac, which also was produced by Platinum Dunes and will be released by Paramount on Feb. 28, 2014. Almanac follows in a string of low-budget handheld-camera films, including the Paranormal Activity franchise, that has become a hallmark of Paramount president Adam Goodman’s tenure. Plot details on Raindrop are being kept under wraps, but insiders say it is being envisioned with a slightly higher budget than that of Almanac. Bay is producing Raindrop via his first-look deal with the studio. Pagan and Stark are repped by WME, manager Trevor Engelson at Underground and attorney Andrew Hurwitz.
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