HBO Orders ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 3
NEW YORK — HBO has renewed its prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire for
a third season.
“Following a triumphant first season, I was eager to see what Terry Winter,
Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue
to surpass our highest expectations,” Michael Lombardo, president of
HBO programming, said in a release about the third-season pickup. “The response
from the media and our viewers has been extremely gratifying.”
Boardwalk led all programming at the recent Primetime Emmy Awards with
eight wins, though it lost out on outstanding drama series to AMC’s Mad Men.
Its second season bowed on Sept. 25 to 2.9 million viewers at 9 p.m., down 8%
from its season one average of 3.2 million viewers.
Syfy Wants Third Go-Round of ‘Haven’
NEW YORK — Syfy has renewed its supernatural drama Haven for a 13-episode
third season for 2012.
In its second season, the series has averaged 2.55 million total viewers, up
4% from its freshman run, and 995,000 watchers in the 18-to-49 age group, up
Haven is based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid and stars Emily
Rose as Audrey Parker, a cop in a small Maine town that discovers its supernatural
BET’s ‘Reed Between the Lines’ Starts Strong
NEW YORK — BET’s newest sitcom, Reed Between the Lines, was a hit with viewers,
drawing 3.3 million viewers in its 10 p.m. premiere on Oct. 12.
The series, starring Malcolm Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross, also drew
another 2.9 million viewers for a 10:30 p.m. new episode airing, according to
The series benefi ted from a potent lead-in, the BET Hip Hop Awards, which
drew a franchise high 4.1 million viewers, according to BET.
The BET Hip Hop Awards telecast featured performances from Big Sean,
Lupe Fiasco, Heavy D and Rick Ross.
Tennis Books ‘Wimbledon Primetime’ Into 2023
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — Tennis Channel’s on-air talent and executives can reserve
their summer trips to a certain London suburb well into the next decade.
The programmer and the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club agreed to
a multi-year extension of Wimbledon Primetime that will see the nightly program
expand its reach.
The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, will enable Tennis to
televise the best tennis, encore matches, original features and other coverage
from in and around Wimbledon Village and the tennis world’s grass Grand Slam
The 12-year contract renewal, which keeps the network on the coverage
grounds for all four of the sport’s Slams, follows Tennis’s deal with the All England
Club that expired with the 2011 fortnight.
DirecTV Readies 3D Bull Riding
LOS ANGELES — On Oct. 30, DirecTV will deliver what it says is the first-ever 3D
broadcast of professional bull riding.
That is the last day of the PBR World Championship.
“Watching a 1,500-pound bull do a full body-roll while a rider holds on
couldn’t be a more perfect example of why everyone should have a 3D TV in
their home,” Chris Long, senior vice president of DirecTV Entertainment, said
in a release about the broadcast.
The broadcast will be available on DirecTV’s 24/7 3D channel, n3D (channel