Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory Streaming Rights

The streaming wars are heating up as a few different media companies prepare to launch their own streaming services over the next year. While Disney+ will be first out of the gate this fall, WarnerMedia’s HBO Max won’t be far behind, and they’re throwing around all sorts of money to ensure they get as many subscriptions as possible.

Right now, negotiations are taking place for HBO Max to pick up the exclusive streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, and they might end up paying as much as $1.5 billion to land all 541 episodes that make up the two shows combined. That’s significantly more than the $425 million that HBO Max already paid for the exclusive streaming rights to Friends, and even more than the $500 million NBC Universal paid for The Office. Why are these two shows so expensive? Read More »

Disappointing TV Series Finales

How many television series finales disappoint? How many television series finales actually surprise their core audiences? Reddit user ChallengeResponse created a graph showing the IMDb user ratings of television series finales relative to their average per episode user rating. Check out the graphs now after the jump.

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Lots to get through in TV news today, so let’s dive right in. After the jump:

  • Aaron Paul is ready for the last stretch of Breaking Bad
  • Taryn Manning will recur on Orange is the New Black
  • Rider Strong hasn’t joined Girl Meets World… yet
  • Angus T. Jones is not leaving Two and a Half Men
  • Donal Logue misses Terriers as much as you do
  • Syfy is launching three new reality shows in early 2013
  • AMC orders dramas from the 1980s and the 1770s
  • The Blues Brothers is inching toward television
  • Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes is coming to NBC
  • Starz considers a Caesar-centric Spartacus spinoff
  • Emily Owens, M.D. will end after 13 episodes
  • Fox sets Mob Doctor‘s end date, moves Touch‘s return
  • FX gives premiere dates to Justified, Archer, and more
  • Comedy Central picks up Key & Peele for Season 3

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This extra-British installment of TV Bits includes updates on across-the-pond favorites Sherlock and Downton Abbey — but not all of it is good news. After the jump:

  • BBC’s Sherlock might not come back until 2014
  • Downton Abbey gets picked up for a fourth season
  • … but Dan Stevens, a.k.a. Matthew Crawley may be out
  • Watch the trailer for BBC America’s Ripper Street
  • HIMYM is getting a special hourlong Christmas episode
  • A Two and a Half Men star urges viewers to stop watching his show
  • The Daily Show is losing correspondent Wyatt Cenac
  • Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel join Girl Meets World
  • Beyonce will direct a documentary about herself for HBO
  • Get your first peek at Patton Oswalt on FX’s Justified
  • HBO’s Girls reveals the first images from Season 2
  • See how BSG: Blood and Chrome made its green screen universe
  • AMC warns FiOS customers that they could lose AMC channels

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Today’s TV Bits starts on a bit of a downer, as Community‘s Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon bicker and Two and a Half Men‘s Lee Arohnson makes some obnoxious comments sure to piss people off. But don’t worry, there’s some sunnier stuff in here too. After the jump:

  • Are Chevy Chase’s days on Community numbered?
  • Two and Half Men co-creator bashes female-centric comedies
  • Starz releases the premiere of Magic City online for free
  • HBO drops a teaser for Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
  • The Daily Show heads to the Democratic National Convention
  • A&E develops an adaptation of Rosario Dawson’s O.C.T.
  • A rundown of broadcast networks’ pilots for the 2012 season

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For TV fans, next week begins one of the most exciting events of the year: PaleyFest. It’s a two-week festival in Los Angeles where the casts and crews of some of TV’s most successful shows hold in-depth discussions and Q&A’s about where their shows have been and are going. This year ,the featured shows are American Horror Story, Community, Once Upon A Time, New Girl, The Office, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Castle, The Vampire Diaries, Revenge, Two and a Half Men, Mad Men and Modern Family.

And though not everyone can be in person to see these events, this year PaleyFest has partnered with Hulu to stream them after the fact. Starting March 15, several (but not all) of the panels will be online for your viewing pleasure. After the jump, find out which will be available as well as which artists are doing this year’s posters. Read More »

POTD: Kagan McLeod’s The Ghosts of Sitcoms Past

Kagan McLeod created this illustration featuring the mant actors and actresses from the past years of multi-camera sitcom history. How many of the 50 characters do you reccognize? Answer key on the National Post.