01/05/16: Sam Champion returns to GMA; Judge rules New Girl no copycat; Meredith Vieira talker canceled



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01.05.16

Good morning. It’s Tuesday January 5, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC: Beyond the Tank at 10p
BET: Zoe Ever After at 10p
Discovery: Killing Fields at 10p
DIY: Building Alaska at 9p
ID: Ice Cold Killers at 9p
Fox: New Girl at 8p
Great American Country: Living Big Sky at 10p
Lifetime: Dance Moms at 9p, Pitch Slapped at 10p
MTV & Teen Wolf: The Shannara Chronicles at 10p
NBC: Hollywood Game Night at 8p
OWN: The Haves and the Have Nots at 9p
PBS: Finding Your Roots at 8p
TLC: The Little Couple at 9p
truTV: 10 Things at 10:30p

Tonight’s Finale:
Showtime: A Season With Notre Dame Football at 10p

IN THE NEWS

Sam Champion, who left Good Morning America in 2013 to join The Weather Channel, will return to GMA the week of January 11 to sub for ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee during her maternity leave. “He has to take full credit for the dip in the jet stream,” said Zee in a phone call to GMA on Monday. Since the cancellation of Champion’s TWC morning show, AMHQ, he has transitioned to more prime time coverage.

The allegation by two writers that Fox comedy New Girl was based on a script they wrote was soundly rejected by a U.S. District Court judge. “No reasonable jury could conclude that there are substantial similarities in the plot, sequence of events, characters, mood, pace, setting, theme or dialogue between Square One and New Girl,” wrote Judge Stephen V. Wilson, granting a summary judgment to Fox and others in a copyright lawsuit. Season five of New Girl premieres tonight.

President Obama will appear on CNN town hall special Guns in America with Anderson Cooper on Thursday, January 7 at 8p. Topic is tightening restrictions on access to guns.

The Meredith Vieira Show will wrap after production of season two, announced NBCUniversal. The syndicated talker started its sophomore run with a .8 household rating, down 50% from its debut. “I am so sorry to see our show come to an end after this season, but I am also incredibly proud of the work our staff has done and forever grateful to our supportive viewers,” said Vieira. The popular host won’t be idle – Vieira will be on hand for NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics.

Fans of Pretty Little Liars can get dolled up for the series’ January 12 winter premiere, on ABC Family’s dime. The net (which officially will be christened Freeform the same day) is offering free blowouts at Drybar, recreating hairstyles based on PLL characters. Tax and tip covered, appointments necessary.

The winner of Travel Channel’s fourth annual sweepstakes, The Trip: 2016, launched yesterday, will be whisked off for a $100,000 Caribbean adventure (deadline for entry: March 25). The net will air a one-hour special focusing on the tropical clime’s culture and cuisine on Tuesday, February 23 at 8p.

Ellen DeGeneres will receive the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian during the CBS broadcast of the show on Wednesday, January 6 at 9p. DeGeneres, also in contention for Favorite Talk Show Host, chose St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as the beneficiary of the annual donation presented by Walgreens.

More news to make DeGeneres do a happy dance: The Ellen DeGeneres Show landed an early renewal, a deal through summer 2020 with 10 NBC-owned stations. The syndie talker had already been picked up through the 2016-17 season.

Even more Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show will move to 3p in May on WNBC New York, KNBC LA, WTVJ Miami and WVIT Hartford, CT, when the NBC owned TV stations launch 4p newscasts. The Steve Harvey Show will air at 2p.

Time Warner Cable added 32,000 pay-TV subscribers in 2015, reporting its best year ever for customer growth. “Ordinarily we wouldn’t announce subscriber results until our earnings release, but given our results, I couldn’t wait to thank the team for its outstanding performance,” said TWC chairman and CEO Rob Marcus. “We’re especially pleased that we were able to add residential video customers for the first time in nine years.”


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PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

Syfy announced the creation of Syfy Labs, dedicated to creating immersive, multi-platform content, including virtual reality, second screen experiences and Internet of Things integrations, as well as partnering with MakerBot to offer printable files of 3D models via MakerBot’s Thingiverse. 3D models will include items related to Syfy’s programming, including ships from Syfy’s new series The Expanse.

Louie creator Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks (Broadcast News), who have voice roles in upcoming feature film The Secret Life of Pets, are co-creating, co-writing and voicing an animated pilot for FX. Project comes from FX Productions and C.K.’s Pig Newton.

COMING UP

Reelz is killing it this winter. Deadly Shootouts, about memorable gunfights, arrives Saturday, January 30, while CopyCat Killers, a true crime series exploring murder cases ripped from movies, launches Saturday, February 27. Returning for more mayhem are Gangsters: America’s Most Evil on Tuesday, January 19, as well as Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… on Saturday, January 30, examining the final hours of Natalie Wood.

Netflix’s Love, from Judd Apatow, lands Friday, February 19. In the comedy, a “nice guy” (Paul Rust) and “wild child” (Gillian Jacobs) “navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, love and other things they were hoping to avoid.”

John Oliver revealed in an online video about New Year’s resolutions (“The key thing about resolutions is not how to keep them, but how to revise them once you’ve failed”) that HBO’s Last Week Tonight will return for season three Sunday, February 14.

Sony Movie Channel offers a double dose of Bruce Willis tonight, starting at 8:15p with Blind Date and continuing with Hudson Hawk.

getTV’s Monday Night Variety Block continues January 11 with bluegrass group The Dillards appearing on The Judy Garland Show, along with Baseball Hall of Famer Leo Durocher, at 8p. Episodes of The Jim Nabors Show and The Merv Griffin Show follow, at 9p and 10p.

Renowned press agent Dick Guttman, guest programmer for TCM in January, chose Bonnie and Clyde as the offering for Monday, January 11 at 10:30p. Guttman called the 1967 film a “seminal” moment in his career.

Disney: Behind the Parks leaves theme parks behind to explore the wonderful worlds of Disney cruises, resorts and tours. One-hour special airs tomorrow, January 6 at 10p on Destination America.

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ADVERTISING AND BRANDS

Turner is introducing new unit Turner Ignite unit at CES this week. Led by EVPs Dan Riess, head of content partnerships and Michael Strober, head of client strategy & ad innovation, Ignite will focus on content and data solutions. “While other companies separate their data and content teams, we believe it’s vital to bring them together,” said ad sales president Donna Speciale, “allowing advertisers to re-imagine the possibilities of advertising in one conversation.” In addition to updates to previously announced solutions, Turner will share the expansion of Turner Native Plus from digital and social platforms to brand storytelling on television.

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 AWARDS UPDATES

Television nominees for the American Cinema Editors’ ACE Eddie Awards include episodes of half-hour shows Inside Amy Schumer, Silicon Valley and Veep, and hour-long Better Call Saul, Fargo, The Good Wife, Mad Men (commercial TV) and Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards and The Knick (non-commercial). Nods for non-scripted went to Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Deadliest Catch and Whale Wars.

CASTING

Time warp: Victoria Justice (Victorious) and Ryan McCartan (Heathers the Musical) will star opposite Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) in the Fox remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, slated to premiere in the fall.

Lily Collins (The Blind Side) landed the female lead opposite Matt Bomer in Amazon drama pilot The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel.

GLOBAL GOINGS-ON

The premiere of War and Peace, from BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point, drew 6.3 million viewers and a 25 share across the pond. Six-parter based on the Leo Tolstoy classic launches Stateside on Lifetime, A&E and History on Monday, January 18.

Confucius Was a Foodie has been sold to Nat Geo People in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Documentary series features celebrity chef Christine Cushing exploring what happens to Chinese cuisine and culture when it is transplanted to North America.

DISTRIBUTION & CARRIAGE

After a carriage deal stand-off that had the National Cable Television Cooperative warning that many subscribers in the 740 cable companies it represents could lose AMC Networks, the groups reached a multi-year deal. Without offering details, EVP of programming Judy Meyka said NCTC appreciates “AMC Networks’ willingness to take the time to understand our members’ unique challenges and concerns, and their creativity to construct an agreement that addresses the concerns of many of our members.” NCTC agreed to carry all six AMC Networks nets: AMC, IFC, We TV, SundanceTV, BBC America and BBC World News.

Vubiquity inked a three-year deal with MVPD company Frontier Communications to provide all the Electronic Sell Through films and television series for Frontier’s pending acquisition of 1.2 million Verizon FiOS customers in California, Texas and Florida. The service will be built into Frontier’s VOD platform.


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RATINGS

Investigation Discovery was number one in 4Q15 for Total Day delivery among W25-54 in all of ad-supported cable, closing out 2015 as the number three network in the demo. ID celebrated its best year ever in Prime delivery among P2+, HH, P25-54, W25-54, M25-54, P18-49 and W18-49, and its best year ever in Total Day Delivery among P2+, HH and W25-54.“We’re thrilled that in just six short years, ID has climbed to the #1 ranking for women, beating out many other established and fully distributed networks,” Henry Schleiff, Group President, ID, AHC and Destination America tells Cynopsis. “In a tough year for linear television viewing across the board, mark ID as Exhibit #1 - proving the case that viewers can’t get enough of the true crime genre – and the one network that consistently delivers it 24/7 throughout the year!”

HGTV was number eight among cable nets in 2015 in primetime viewers A25-54, the net’s highest yearly ranking ever, with 8 percent growth over 2014. On average, more than 9.4 million viewers A25-54 tuned in to HGTV primetime each week and, on average, viewers spent 85 minutes per week watching HGTV programs, the highest time spent viewing in the network’s history.HGTV also wrapped 2015 as the number one cable network among upscale W25-54 for the ninth consecutive year.

Science Channel had its most watched year ever in Prime Time in Total Viewers P2+, Persons 25-54 and Persons 18-49 in L+3, and set viewership records for the year in Total Day. Ratings winners included Direct From Pluto: The First Encounter  with 815,000 viewers P2+, ranking #13 among all telecasts in network history.

Fyi posted year-over-year growth across all key demographics for 2015, logging double digit jumps among W18-49 (+26%) and W25-54 (+25%) versus 2014. The network also gained 6% among A18-49 and 4% in both total viewers and A25-54.

For the 2015 NFL regular season, The NFL on CBS averaged 19.1 million viewers, up 2% over last year’s 18.7 million viewers and the highest number of average viewers for the regular season for the AFC television package in 29 years.

New Fox comedies Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and Bordertown debuted Sunday to 1.2 and 1.1 among A18-49, respectively, opposite NBC powerhouse Sunday Night Football. The premiere of season two of ABC’s Galavant tied a season low .9 in the demo.

Velocity grew 9% among Persons 2+, 10% among Men 18+, and 14% among Households in Primetime ratings in 2015. In 4Q15, the net’s Primetime had a 16% boost in M25-54, 14% in M18-49, 20% in M18+, and +23% in Households, with Primetime ratings for December also up double-digits in key demos. “In just four years Velocity has established itself as one of the top television destinations for men. The network continues to be one of the fastest-growing in cable due to the compelling, high quality content we offer every day for our passionate audience,” Robert Scanlon, GM of Velocity and Automotive Content, tells Cynopsis. “We’re looking to build on that success in 2016.”

The CNN Films premiere on Sunday of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine was seen by over 1.15 million viewers at 9p, winning the time period among cable news nets with 455,000 viewers among A25-54.

CBS’s The Talk edged past ABC daytime chatfest rival The View for its first fourth quarter win in viewers (2.6 million versus 2.57 million) and W25-54 (1.0/6 versus .9/6).

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of December 21, 2015
ABC: GMA 4.93 million total viewers; 1.5/13 and 1.77 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.41 million total viewers; 1.4/12 and 1.69 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.36 million total viewers; 0.9/8 and 1.05 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Sunday Morning News Shows  December 27, 2015
CBS: Face the Nation 3.85 million total viewers; .8 and 943,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 3.47 million total viewers; .9 and 1.06 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 3.31 million total viewers; .7 and 855,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 2.23million total viewers; .5 and 554,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.53 million total viewers; .5 and 538,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of December28, 2015
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC)
12/31, 3546, 529
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 12/28,
1788, 175
Keeping UP With the Kardashians (E!) 1/3, 1510, 43
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (PBS) 1/3, 1442, 47
The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) 12/29,
1186, 55
Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (FOX) 12/31,
1079, 106
New  Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (CNN) 12/31,
1047, 53
Love & Hip Hop (VH1) 12/28,
1021, 139
WWE Smackdown! (Syfy) 12/31,
796, 39
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo) 1/3, 526, 55
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of December 28, 2015
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.)
2804, 27, 104, 97297
NBC Nightly News (NBC)
1117, 281, 4, 2531
Good Morning America (ABC)
1095, 610, 2, 8228
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.)
1072, 886, 1, 10252
Today Show (NBC)
947, 379, 2, 9125
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC)
909, 719, 1, 319
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.)
641, 372, 2, 4917
The 700 Club (CBN/synd.)
573, 98, 6, 1625
Steve Harvey TV (NBCU/synd.)
530, 69, 8, 8952
Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!) 496, 60, 8, 8897
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.
 

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Nicholas Lehman was named Chief Strategy Officer for Tegna (formerly Gannett Co.). Previously, Lehman was President of Digital for NBCUniversal.

IN MEMORIAM

Broadcaster Stanley Siegel died January 2 of complications from pneumonia. He was 79. The irreverent Siegel, who was host of RLTV’s Stanley on the Go, had also hosted shows including WABC’s The Stanley Siegel Show, cable talk show America Talks Back and KUSI-TV’s Stanley Tonight.



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1970 – All My Children premiered on ABC.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which TV character’s New Year’s Resolution was to do a cartwheel? Creed in The Office (2005-2013). Kudos to: Matthew Sharp Fera-McGarry Bowen/Chicago, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Generate/Beverly Hills, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Tim Rank-Blueprint314/St. Louis, MO, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Kerry McCue-ABC/NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo.

Today’s Trivia: Which popular high school character was elected both Prom Princess and Fiesta Queen? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY JANUARY 5, 2016


ABC: Fresh Off the Boat [r], The Muppets [r], Shark Tank, Beyond the Tank
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Limitless
CW: The Flash [r], iZombie [r]
Fox: New Girl [
p], Grandfathered, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Grinder
NBC: Hollywood Game Night [
p], Chicago Fire, Chicago Med
PBS: Finding Your Roots [
p], Frontline [r]
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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