TV news and notes:
– “Duck Dynasty” took another ratings hit with its Season 6 premiere Wednesday (June 11). Although the A&E series was still the night’s No. 1 show on cable, its audience (4.6 million viewers) was as small as it’s been since the fall of 2012. It was down 45 percent from January’s Season 5 debut, which clocked 8.5 million viewers, and 23 percent from the 6 million who watched the fifth-season finale.
– Kathy Griffin has been tapped as the host of the Daytime Emmy Awards on June 22, which are without a TV home and will live-stream via DaytimeEmmys.net. Griffin is unfazed: “I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year,” she says in a statement.”… I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.”
– Emma Roberts’ pilot “Delirium” has found a new home on Hulu. After FOX opted not to pick it up to series in 2013, the adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s book trilogy found a new home on the streaming website. Watch the trailer below. The pilot will be available in the WIGS section of Hulu for streaming for 30 days starting on June 20. [TV Line]
– CBS has announced a pair of special shows surrounding the premiere of “Big Brother 16”
on Wednesday, June 25. The first is the “Big Brother Live Kickoff,”
hosted by former houseguest Jeff Schroeder, starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m.
PT on CBS.com June 25. The second is “Big Brother All-Nighter,” which
will feature Schroeder live-tweeting the first 16 hours of the “Big
Brother” live feeds following the second “Big Brother 16” episode,
airing Thursday, June 26. The feeds turn on at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
that night. Sign up for the live feeds now and don’t miss a minute of action.
– Cameron Crowe is heading to the small screen. The “Almost Famous” writer/director is developing a TV series for Showtime called “Roadies.” The series is being described as an ensemble comedy set on a U.S. rock tour. Crowe wrote and will direct the pilot, while “My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman will serve as showrunner. J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is backing the project. [Nikki Finke]
– Get ready for yet another country-music awards show/concert coming to your TV. FOX says it will air the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards — a TV offshoot of the long-running “American Country Countdown” radio show — on Dec. 15. It’s being billed as a “live concert event” with awards, performances and “special moments.” FOX had aired the similarly titled American Country Awards in December each of the past four years but opted not to continue with it for 2014.
– DirecTV’s newest drama has a new title. The show formerly known as “Navy St.,” set at a mixed martial arts gym in Venice, Calif., will now be called “Kingdom.” The show, starring Frank Grillo (“Warrior”), Matt Lauria (“Parenthood”) and Kiele Sanchez (“The Glades”), premieres Oct. 8 on DirecTV’s Audience Network.
– HBO will head south for its latest installment of “Hard Knocks.” The new season, which kicks off Aug. 5, will go to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons as the team tries to rebound from a 4-12 season in 2013.