News Briefs: Fox and DirecTV Make Nice, Avoid a Blackout


... FX and DirecTV have ended their bitter dispute over a carriage agreement, one that would have seen DirecTV's millions of subscribers lose Fox, FX, NatGeo Wild, Fox Sports, and other Fox properties. The deadline to reach an agreement was tonight, so it comes to no surprise that an agreement was reached today. Whenever content providers and cable/satellite companies have an issue like this, both sides make a lot of noise and mount smear campaigns against each other, but it's all just for show—both sides always know that one can't live without the other. Just like Heidi and Spencer. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox's Bob's Burgers received a huge vote of confidence today when the network served up a "back nine" episode order in anticipation of the Season 2 premiere. The animated comedy, which is actually very funny, returns in 2012. So why the early order? This next news item might have something to do with it. [Fox, via press release]

... Early ratings for Fox's new animated series Allen Gregory are in, and... they are not good. The series debuted in a cushy time slot behind The Simpsons' annual Halloween episode, but lost almost half of the viewers who tuned in to see Springfield's favorite family get spooky. Allen Gregory netted 4.74 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adult demo. On their own, those aren't bad numbers, but considering the hefty uptick before and after Allen Gregory for The Simpsons and Family Guy Fox has to be disappointed. Who could have predicted that people wouldn't want to watch a cartoon featuring an annoying main character with no redeeming qualities? [TV By the Numbers]

... Grimm, however, got off to a great start for NBC. The fairytale procedural, thought by some (including me) to be doomed in its Friday-night timeslot, drew 6.5 million viewers and grabbed a 2.1 rating. Remember, the show was up against Game 7 of the World Series. And compared to the ratings for the Season 5 premiere of Chuck (3.4 million, 1.0 rating), which aired before it, Grimm's numbers are even more impressive. And you know what? The show isn't bad! It's Tim-approved! [EW]

... In other fairytale drama news, Once Upon a Time remained strong in its second outing—to the tune of 11.6 million viewers and a 3.9 rating. Those numbers match its premiere, an unusual feat for a heavily serialized high-concept show like UOAT. [TV By the Numbers]

... Netflix and ABC have extended their licensing deal, ensuring that programs from ABC Television Group, which includes networks ABC, Disney Channel, and ABC Family, will stream on-demand through the video on-demand service. I guess it's time to pour my 401k into Netflix now. What could possibly go wrong? Amazon Prime has also extended its deal with ABC, but no one cool actually uses Amazon Prime. [Reuters]

... Queen Latifah is going to attempt to join the daytime talk show war with a new program scheduled to debut in the fall of 2013. It will likely be syndicated, as no network is currently attached. Does it really take almost two years to develop a show where the hardest part is deciding what color the couch should be? [Deadline Hollywood]


... There will not be any better casting news this season, even if Alison Brie is cast as my wife in The Little TV Writer Who Could: The Tim Surette Story. Burt Reynolds will guest-star on FX's Archer as himself. Superspy Sterling Archer has a bit of an obsession with the mustachioed man, and I cannot imagine what he'll do when he actually meets him. [FX, via press release]

... Chris Coy, who played the telepathic bellhop Barry on True Blood, is staying in the HBO family. Coy has landed a regular role as a reporter on the next season of Treme. [Deadline Hollywood]

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