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September 9-10, 2019
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
ABC ordered a pilot for The Hypnotist’s Love Story, based on the book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. Heather Graham will star and exec-produce the drama from writer Katie Wech (Jane the Virgin), ABC Studios and Mandeville Television.
 
During our Short Form Video Fest on March 6 at the SVA Theater in NYC, we’ll host thought-provoking panels (on finding the right platforms for premium short-form video and more), share the best video content during our awards program and celebrate winners and runners-up with snacks and libations. Register by 2/20.
 
Circle of Confusion TV Studios is teaming with Amazon Studios to develop Thirteen, a drama based on graphic novel Six. Project comes from Stefan Jaworski (Those Who Kill) and Michael Dinner (Justified).
 
CBS All Access is proceeding with a Star Trek spin-off series starring Star Trek: Discoverys Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play,” said Yeoh. “I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”
 
HGTV picked up six episodes of Unspouse My House, starring “breakup expert” Orlando Soria helping newly single clients overhaul their lonely homes. Series is slated to debut in late 2019.
 
 
NEW AND RETURNING SERIES
 
Biography: The Trump Dynasty premieres on A&E Monday, February 25, and will air over three consecutive nights. Docu-series uses firsthand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage to look at the life and heritage of the 45th President of the United States.
 
Tom Hanks will be Conan OBrien’s first guest when the host returns with his revamped 30-minute show on Tuesday, January 22, at 11p on TBS
 
Vanilla Ice Goes Amish makes its network premiere on Discovery Family Monday, February 25, at 9p, with the pop star/home renovator ditching high-tech power tools to learn the art of handcraftsmanship.
 
History hit Vikings may be coming to a close, but it’s not the last TV viewers will see of Norsemen. Science Channels America’s Lost Vikings, following the trail of Viking explorers in North America, premieres Sunday, February 10, at 10p.
 
Netflixs After Life, a six-parter from Ricky Gervais, premieres Friday, March 8. Series focuses on a man, played by Gervais, who reevaluates his life after the death of his wife.
 
“Being recognized with a Rising Star Award is a huge honor and an even bigger reflection of Bleacher Report. The trust BR has in me to let my crazy mind create and execute in different ways has helped me find my own voice and grow immensely.” Kathaleen Maniatakis – Bleacher Report Join Cynopsis as we celebrate the incredible Rising Star honorees at the TV Award’s luncheon gala February 6 in NYC. Register now.
 
 
COMING UP
 
The NFL confirmed that Maroon 5 will play the Super Bowl halftime show on CBS February 3 along with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. Maroon 5 follows Justin Timberlake, who performed last year, and Lady Gaga in 2017.

WE tv is airing the first live TV event for Growing Up Hip Hop, with series cast members answering viewers’ questions via phone and social media while watching the episode in real time. Why go live? “The audience for WE tv’s Thursday-night originals is highly engaged and Growing Up Hip Hop is among our top-performing series,” net President Mark Juris tells Cynopsis. “This new season provided a great opportunity to leverage the power of our live linear platform for a unique programming event that will boost that engagement even further.” Two-hour interactive special airs Thursday, January 17, at 8p.

 
James McAvoy (Glass) will host NBCs Saturday Night Live for the first time on January 26. Meek Mill will serve as musical guest.
 
Double the fun? TLC special Our Twinsane Wedding documents the wedding between identical twin sisters and identical twin brothers Monday, February 11, at 10p.
 
The Paley Center for Media announced the lineup for PaleyFest 2019, starting with Amazons The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (March 15 at 7:30 p). Next up: Netflixs Grace and Frankie (March 16 at 2p); CBSs An Evening with Stephen Colbert (March 16 at 7p); VH1s RuPauls Drag Race (March 17 at 2p); FOXs 9-1-1 (March 17 at 7p); CWs Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Farewell Seasons (March 20 at 7:30p); NBCs Parks and Recreation 10th Anniversary Reunion (March 21 at 7:30p); AMCs The Walking Dead (March 22 at 7:30p); casts of CBSs Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum P.I. (March 23 at 2p); FXs Pose (March 23 at 7p); CBS All Accesss Star Trek: Discovery and its upcoming reimagining of The Twilight Zone (March 24 at 2p); and NBC’s This Is Us (March 24 at 7p). Events take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
 
Steve Harvey will host NFL Honors Saturday, February 2, in Atlanta. Two-hour awards special recognizing the NFL’s best players, performances and plays airs on CBS at 9p.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Investment in virtual and augmented reality technology is on the decline, reports the LA Times, with funding for VR and AR start-ups dropping 46% in 2018, to $809.9 million, versus 2017. “The hardware needs to come to the point where people en masse will purchase it,” Kobie Fuller, a partner with venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, told the paper.
 
Hallmark Movies Now is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Cox’s Contour platforms. The family-friendly SVOD service can be added for $5.99/month.
 
DoubleVerify, provider of marketing measurement software and analytics, has acquired Leiki, Ltd., a contextual intelligence and content classification platform headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. “Leiki’s data-driven technology platform and advanced content classification expertise dovetail perfectly with DV’s global brand reputation offering – a core competency since our company’s inception over a decade ago,” said Wayne Gattinella, DoubleVerify CEO.
 
Lifetime and Western Governors University are partnering for #SheDidThat, a campaign that celebrates four women who earned master’s degrees from WGU and have gone on to better the world as teachers, nurses, innovators, entrepreneurs and glass-ceiling breakers. From now through March, Lifetime will profile their stories at MyLifetime.com and across Lifetime’s social media channels.
 
Endeavor announced a new streaming video division, Endeavor Streaming. The group, which will include NeuLion, acquired by Endeavor last year, will continue to service the NFL, NBA, UFC and Euroleague while adding new clients including WWE and WWE Network.
 
Fighting Fyre with Fyre: Shortly after Netflix announced that its documentary about 2017’s disastrous Fyre Festival, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Was, would drop Friday, January 18, Hulu released its own film about the festival, Fyre Fraud, with no advance notice. Both projects focus on the festival sold as a luxury event on a private island to attendees who arrived to find tents and sandwiches but no stars.
 
 
SYNDICATION
 
MGM Worldwide Television Distribution is launching two new syndicated strips at NATPE. Personal Injury Court looks at litigants alleging personal harm, while The Drama features a cast offering advice both helpful and humorous to viewers who submit questions via social media. Personal Injury Court hails from David Armour (Paternity Court and Couples Court); Barry Poznick is also an executive producer on the show, produced by 501 East Entertainment and distributed by Orion TV Productions, a subsidiary of MGM. The Drama is produced by MGM Television and distributed by MGM. 
 
Global Content Hub by Zee is taking a range of programs to NATPE, including drama Deceptive Measures, an English remake of Indian hit Pavitra Rishta, and documentary The Life of Earth From Space, featuring CGI views from the International Space Station of Earth’s landscapes.
 
 
ADVERTISING & BRANDS

The average rate for a 30-second ad in the Super Bowl game increased by 96% during the past decade, reaching $5.24 million in 2018, according to Kantar Media analyses. During that same period, average primetime ad rates fell by 12%. In 2018, marketers spent $408 million for in-game messages; add in pre-and post-game and the total investment hits $482 million. The 2017 Super Bowl holds the records for in-game ad spending ($419 million) and total ad spending ($534 million) due to an overtime period.
 
It takes more than cartoons to get kids to eat their veggies, according to a new study from the Journal of Advertising Research. Find out five things you might not have known from a new Journal of Advertising Research study, in Cynsiders.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Albert Haber Television secured exclusive international distribution rights to the Elvis All-Star Tribute, a two-hour special airing on NBC Sunday, February 17, at 9p.
 
Big Brother is coming back to Poland and Finland. Endemol Shine Poland has been commissioned by TVN to produce a new series, slated to debut in spring 2019 on TVN7. The reality show was last on air in Poland 10 years ago.
 
Speaking of, Endemol Shine Group boasts it ranked number one in K7 Media’s Top 100 TravelingTV Formats 2018 list, with 24% of the top 100 formats, as well as four in the top 10 (Deal or No Deal, Minute to Win It, MasterChef and The Money Drop).
 
UKs ITV ordered a series based on novel Belgravia, by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, reports Deadline. Carnival Films is producing.
 
 
CASTING
 
Matthew Rhys (The Americans) landed the lead in prospective HBO limited series Perry MasonNancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) will reprise her role as the voice of Rufus the Naked mole-rat in the Kim Possible Disney Channel movie premiering Friday, February 15, at 8pDeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It) and Jessica Williams (2 Dope Queens) have been cast in an episode of CBS All AccessThe Twilight ZoneOmar Metwally (The Affair), Tracy Ifeachor (Quantico), Hyo Joo Han (W: Two Worlds), Gabrielle Scharnitzky (The Game) and Emilia Schüle (Berlin Station) have boarded USA drama Treadstone.
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
A celebration (and networking opportunity) not to be missed!
 
 February 6 | 11:45AM – 2PM | NYC
 
Grab a drink & join the party as tv’s most talented execs compete for the win. TV Awards finalists will be honored, and winners announced, along with our impressive 2019 Rising Stars during an awards event hosted by comedian/hypnotist Chris Jones. Click  here  to view all finalists & honorees.
 
 

RATINGS
 
UPtv saw its best New Year’s Day and best Tuesday ever thanks to a marathon of The Librarian three-part movie series, which reached 2.2 million viewers.
Bringing Up Bates’ season eight premiere on January 3 was the strongest season premiere of the original series since season one, ranking #10 in its time period among ad-supported cable networks, and reaching over 700,000 P2+.
 

CWs The Critics Choice Awards on Sunday was even versus 2018 with an 0.3 rating among A18-49 and rose to 1.51 million in total viewers.

 
Univision’s Mira Quién Baila All Stars on Sunday reached 4.5 million total viewers 2+ and delivered more total viewers 2+ (+9% to 2.0 million), A18-49 (+16% to 802,000) and A18-34 (+3% to 289,000) than last week’s season premiere.  
 
TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the week of January 7
Sex Education (Netflix) – 100%
Friends from College (Netflix) – 96.00%
Convent Mysteries (Rai1) – 93.00%
Future Man (Hulu) – 91.60%
Mob Psycho 100 (Tokyo MX) – 84.00%
Titans (DC Universe) – 81.50%
Manifest (NBC) – 73.00%
The Rookie (ABC) – 68.70%
Young Justice (DC Universe) – 66.20%
New Amsterdam (NBC) – 65.90%
Every week, millions of viewers use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.
 

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of January 7, 2019

Program, Total Actions (millions), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (millions)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 16.8, 105, 160, 172
E! News (E!) 7.6, 750, 10, 11
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 3, 77, 39, 18
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 2.3, 924, 2, 8
Today (NBC) 1.2, 746, 1.6, 13
The Bachelor (ABC) 1.2, 128, 9, 1.5
The Tonight Show (NBC) .84, 109, 7.7, 23.4
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) .82, 54, 15.2, 12.2
The Real (Warner Bros./synd.) .81, 117, 6.9, 2.8
Good Morning America (ABC) .80, 580, 1.4, 12.8
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
 
Tunity Analytics Weekly National Out-of-Home Viewer Rankings for Entertainment Programs for the week of January 7, 2019
Program, OOH Viewers (000)
The Simpsons (FOX) 1449
The Titan Games (NBC) 635
Bobs Burgers (FOX) 493
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 349
Family Guy (FOX) 333
Blue Bloods (CBS)323
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 318
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 259
Americas Got Talent (NBC) 209
Rel (FOX) 202
Source: Tunity Analytics. Viewing estimates are derived from the Tunity mobile app usage. OOH impressions are calculated using the Tunity Analytics proprietary estimation model.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, January 11, time period averages 
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 7.86 million
MacGyver 6.58, Hawaii Five-0 7.96, Blue Bloods 9.05
FOX: 4.60 million
Last Man Standing 6.21, The Cool Kids 4.78, Hell’s Kitchen 2.92
NBC: 3.34 million
The Blacklist 2.77, The Blacklist 3.91, Dateline 3.08
ABC: 3.28 million
Fresh Off the Boat 3.18, Speechless 2.43, 20/20 4.23
UNIVISION: 0.86 million
Jesus 0.86, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 0.86, Amar a Muerte 0.84
CW: 0.84 million
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1.02, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1.05, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.45
TELEMUNDO: 0.80 million
La Sultana 0.88, Falsa Identidad 0.88, Senora Acero 0.64
 
Friday A18-49: Fox 1.0/5, CBS 0.8/4, NBC 0.6/3, ABC 0.6/3, UNI 0.4/2, TELE 0.3/2, CW 0.2/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Edwin Chung joined 20th Century Fox Television as Vice President, Comedy Development. Chung was previously at Legendary TV, where he oversaw series including Lost in Space, Colony and Looming Tower.
 
BSTV Entertainment hired Michael Maniaci as Vice President of Development. Maniaci was formerly VP of Development for Rock Shrimp Productions.
 


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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY JANUARY 15
ABC: The Conners, The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, Splitting Up Together, The Rookie
CBS: NCIS, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: The Flash, Roswell, New Mexico [p]
FOX: Lethal Weapon, The Gifted
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games, This Is Us, New Amsterdam
PBS: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., American Experience [p]
TELEMUNDO: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad, Senora Acero
UNIVISION: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte

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