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Good morning. It’s Thursday, January 15, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
CNBC: American Greed at 10p
Discovery Life: Outrageous Births: Tales From the Crib at 9p, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mother at 10p
Food: Chopped Canada at 9p
ID: Breaking Point at 10p
Sportsman Channel: Amazing America with Sarah Palin at 9p


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DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL ARRIVES TODAY!
New Year. New Name. New Shows.
Kicking off
SIX BRAND NEW SERIES this January, including:
The Mistress Wednesdays 10/9c
50 Ways to Kill Your Mother Thursdays 10/9c
Outrageous Births: Tales from the Crib Fridays 9/8c
Get a sneak peek of what’s coming!
WATCH IT HERE

Contact VP Sales, Nicole Cleary, (212) 548-5250


ABC picked up a comedy reality series inspired by a segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Half-hour hidden-camera prank show Repeat After Me, from DeGeneres’s A Very Good Production and Warner Horizon and hosted by Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), slips into the Tuesday-at-8:30p slot on February 17, after midseason comedy Fresh Off the Boat. One more and it’s a trend - Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle, based on a Jimmy Fallon segment on NBC’s Tonight Show, arrives April 2.

IN THE NEWS

Dr. Evil is heading to HBO. SNL alum Mike Myers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) signed a two-year overall deal with the premium cable net that makes him exclusive to HBO in television. “Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era,” said head of programming Michael Lombardo. “The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting.”

Revenge’s storyline may appear to be reaching a conclusion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the show is coming to an end, offered Paul Lee at TCA. “I really love the show,” said the ABC Entertainment Group president. “They have some great storylines coming up this year. There are ways to reinvent it, too.”

The ABC honcho also touched on the diversity in ABC’s freshman slate, which includes How to Get Away with Murder, black-ish and Cristela. “I really believed from the beginning that the demographic changes in America were just as important to our evolution as the technological changes,” said Lee. “That notion that we were there to reflect America was tremendously important to ABC.”

Speaking of, at a TCA panel for Fresh Off the Boat, Eddie Huang said that despite a piece for Vulture in which he wrote that ABC tried turn his memoir into a “cornstarch sitcom,” he supports the comedy. “I care most about the conversation that’s going to happen because of this show,” Huang told reporters. “This show, to me, is historic. This show has a huge place, culturally, in America.”

The Weather Channel meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore is joining morning show AMHQ’s Sam Champion as co-host, beginning Monday, January 26 from 7a-10a. But he won’t just be staying dry behind a desk. “The minute severe weather threatens, he will be out in the elements providing his insights and expertise,” said Champion. Also joining AMHQ is meteorologist Jennifer Delgado. AMHQ is expanding to the weekends starting Saturday, January 31, with hosts Kait Parker and Reynolds Wolf.

Game of Thrones will make its IMAX debut a week later than scheduled to allow for an expanded roll-out due to “extraordinary consumer response,” said the theater company Wednesday.  The HBO drama will run in about 200 theaters, up from 150, for one week starting Thursday, January 29. Feature will include the final two episodes of season four plus a trailer for season five, launching April 12.

The Telemundo Station Group announced its consumer investigative units have recovered over $1 million across seven markets for cases involving identity theft, fraudulent tax preparers, cell phone rebates and the like in the nine months since Telemundo Responde’s launch. So four new investigative units will debut in 2015, in Chicago (WSNS), Phoenix (KTAZ), Tucson (KHRR) and Puerto Rico (WKAQ).

The Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association re-elected two board members, Lisa Kaye, president and CEO of greenlightjobs, and NJ Pesci, EVP of human resources for Scripps Networks Interactive, and added six new members: Doug Adkins, VP of HR for ESPN; Dave Crossen, SVP of HR for NBC Broadcasting and Advertising Sales; Marisa Famulare, SVP of HR, East Coast, for HBO; Fatimah Garvey, VP of compensation for CBS Corporation, Judith Mills, group VP of HR for Mediacom Communications, and Alisha Penick, VP of talent rewards, engagement and mobility at Turner Broadcasting System.

Smithsonian Channel’s web site, has a new look and feel, with a new video player that allows users to browse related content on the site while a video plays, and a responsive design that optimizes compatibility with mobile and tablet devices.


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Did you enter the Sports Media Awards yet?
(Deadline: January 22, 2015)
Check out some of these “Fan Favorite” categories:
Documentary Special/TV Movie:
Recognizing the quality of a special or TV movie produced specifically about an event that took place in the world of sports.

Fantasy Game: Over 41 million people ages 12 and over in the U.S. and Canada played some type of fantasy sport in 2014. Who gave players the best experience?

Enter Now | Questions? Pete Romas.


PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

ABC Family has started production on Stitchers, filming in LA. The new procedural drama was created and written by Jeffrey A. Schechter (Overruled), who will exec produce with Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.

Comedy Central renewed Broad City for a third season. The show was the number one cable show in its time slot among M18-34 during season one, boasts the net. “It has just been brought to my attention that Broad City is a female-centric show, but we’re going to do more anyway,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming. Season two launched yesterday, January 14 at 10:30p.

COMING UP

 
New net springs to Life: Rebranded from Discovery Fit and Health starting today, Discovery Life Channel launches with the series premieres of title-tells-all Outrageous Births: Tales From the Crib tonight at 9p, and 50 Ways to Kill Your Mother, about a daredevil’s extreme adventures (skydiving, alligator wrestling) with his 70-year-old mom, at 10p. “We’re excited to breathe life into Discovery Life Channel,Jane Latman, GM of DLC, tells Cynopsis. “Our viewers will find a completely refreshed network that embraces all of life’s unplanned moments – unscripted, authentic programming that taps into the emotion, drama and humor of everyday lives. Discovery Life’s programming has something relatable for the voyeur in all of us.”

There are fireworks on the season two premiere of History’s Appalachian Outlaws, when landowner Mike Ross is robbed by poachers and loses thousands of dollars in ginseng. Money grab launches Monday, February 2 at 10p, after the season debut of Swamp People.

Impact Wrestling premieres on Destination America Friday, January 16 at 9p, and Marc Etkind, for one, is a tad excited. “Back breaker! Brain buster! Power slam! Destination America is kicking off Impact Wrestling this week, putting all-American entertainment back into television,” the net’s GM tells Cynopsis, “showcasing athletic entertainers in their fight for the ultimate title.”

VH1’s going big for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, with “The SNL Rewind: 2015-1975” marathon, from Wednesday, January 28-Sunday, February 15. 433 hours of back-to-back eps end with the very first show, hosted by George Carlin on October 11, 1975, at 6:30p, leading into NBC’s three-hour SNL special.

The World Dog Awards airs tonight at 8p on the CW, hosted by George Lopez. What’s with all the animal love? “There are definitely more series, specials and award shows on television involving dogs than ever before,” acknowledges Juma Entertainment president and exec producer of the show, Robert Horowitz, to Cynpsis. “Tonight’s show is a first of its kind as we break new ground awarding dogs and actors for their roles in TV, movies and commercials.”

A special episode of ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos celebrates the show’s 25th anniversary. Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross and Cristela’s Cristela Alonzo will be on hand to help host Tom Bergeron mark the occasion and pick the best clip from the series run.

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars also has a big anniversary ahead. Monday, March 16 at 8p the ballroom competition returns for its 10th anniversary and 20th season.

Will you be ponying up for Amazon Prime to watch Woody Allen’s upcoming TV show? Let us know by voting in the new Cynopsis poll.

The Darren Starr Screening Room is opening for business at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The space is intended for film and television critical studies education, as well as screenings, panels and lectures. State-of-the-art facility comes thanks to a donation from alum Starr (Sex and the City).

Multi-platform video and music net Music Choice will debut The F Word on linear TV channel Music Choice Play Tuesday, January 20 at 9p (check local listings). The first season of the weekly, 30-minute program kicks off with rapper/songwriter Kendrick Lamar.

Score with social media! Cynopsis Sports’ latest webinar, Monetizing and Maximizing Your Sports Content on Social Media on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 will show you the best practices and strategies to turn a mere following into a powerful revenue channel and help your partners and fans alike connect across multiple platforms, from mobile to tablet. For details, go here.

BRANDS AND ADVERTISING

MoffettNathanson Research’s Michael Nathanson reported national U.S. TV advertising was down 1.4 percent in 4Q14, due to “terrible trends, weak scatter volume and pricing, plus lower upfront CPM inflation.” Among the Big Four nets, Fox was down 9 percent (to $971 million), ABC dipped 2 percent (to $895 million), CBS was up .5 percent ($1.2 billion) and NBC, including NBC-owned stations, rose 2 percent ($1.64 billion). Cable nets were down 1.4 percent, but there were bright spots, including AMC Networks, up 15 percent to $236 million, 21st Century Fox, rising 5 percent to $470 million, and Scripps, with a 3 percent boost to $425 million.

Advertising for the Super Bowl will likely surpass the $331 million take in 2014, according to Kantar Media, with NBC reportedly raking in an average $4.5 million per 30-second spot. That’s up from $4.2 million last year.

CASTING

Joining the cast of WGN America’s Salem, which just started production on season two for an April return: Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), Stuart Townsend (Betrayal), Joe Doyle (Raw) and Oliver Bell (The Saint).

Need something to read on the way to Miami? Check out Cynopsis’ 2015 NATPE Shopping Guide here.

 

DISTRIBUTION AND CARRIAGE

Entertainment One landed international distribution rights for AMC docu-series, The Making of the Mob: New York. Produced by Stephen David Entertainment, the TV event chronicling the roots of the mafia premieres on AMC this summer.

AWARDS CENTRAL

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. will receive the Chairman’s Award at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards, in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Ceremony airs Friday, February 6 at 9p on TV One.

The Directors Guild of America announced nominees in its TV categories on Wednesday, and Jodie Foster got nods for her work on comedy Orange Is the New Black and drama House of Cards. For a full list of nominees, go here. Winners will be announced February 7 at a dinner hosted by Jane Lynch (Glee).

The first round of presenters for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards include Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater, as well as Kevin Costne, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Rashida Jones, Michael Keaton, Matthew McConaughey, Matt McGorry, Edward Norton and Julia Roberts.

INTERNATIONAL HAPPENINGS

Welcome to the Railworld Japan launches on 8TV Malaysia beginning today. The series is a co-production between Primeworks Studios (Malaysia), 8TV (Malaysia), Nippon TV (Japan) and Sumitomo Corporation (Japan). The travelogue is a Japanese adaptation of the original travel series, Welcome to the Rail World, produced by Primeworks in 2010.


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RATINGS

NBC’s Parks and Recreation returned for its seventh and final season on Tuesday up 15 percent among A18-49 versus its season six Thursday premiere, with 1.5/5. That’s a ratings number matched by week two of ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter, down 21 percent in the demo.

CBS Evening News delivered the net’s largest audience (8.66 million viewers) in the time period since the week ending September 9, 2006, according to Nielsen Live+SD for the week ending January 9, up 8 percent year-to-year, with the largest viewer gain (+610,000) compared to the same week last year among the three network news broadcasts.

Hallmark Channel movie premiere A Novel Romance earned a 2.1 HH rating and 2.2 million viewers on Saturday, making the net the highest-rated in cable among HHs and total viewers in the 9p-11p time period.

The season premiere and same-night encore of TBS’s Cougar Town on January 6 drew a combined audience of 2 million viewers in Live+3 delivery, with 1.2 million A18-49.With all replays and multiplatform viewing included, the first episode of Cougar Town‘s sixth and final season has reached 2.7 million viewers.

The season premiere of HBO’s Girls delivered 680,000 viewers on Sunday, down 39 percent versus last year’s True Detective-led debut. The show drew 390,000 in the A18-49 demo, down 35 percent.

Sunday’s season five premiere of Showtime’s Shameless delivered 1.77 million viewers, up 4 percent from its season four bow. The season four debut of the net’s House of Lies drew 723,000 viewers, down 14 percent from last year.

GSN announced 2014 was its most-watched year ever in cable primetime among total viewers, A18+, W18+, P25-54 and W25-54, and the third consecutive year of growth for the 20-year old net.

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of 1/5/15
FOX:
NFC Playoff Game, 10.4/32
NBC: Golden Globes, 5.8/16
CBS: Big Bang Theory 4.6/15
CBS: 60 Minutes 3.9/10
FOX: Empire 3.8/11
FOX: American Idol (Wed.) 3.2/10
ABC: Modern Family 3.2/9
FOX: American Idol (Thurs.)
CBS: NCIS 2.8/9
CBS: Mom 2.7/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 1/5/15
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
USA
1970/DSNY 1233
TBSC 1914/ADSM* 1159
DSNY 1692/NICK 1158
FX 1564/USA 1149
FOXN 1521/TOON 1124
DISC1477/FOXN 1013
TNT 1468/TNT 877
HGTV 1452/HGTV 806
HIST 1438/ NAN* 756
ADSM 1375/HIST 724
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 1/5/15
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
TBSC
962/ADSM* 646
FX 766/USA 450
USA 759/TBSC 389
ADSM 688/ESPN 380
DISC 628/TOON 350
TNT 545/TNT 343
BRAV 516/NAN* 342
FAM 510/FX 328
ESPN 492/NICK 319
HGTV 485/DISC 284
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 Basic Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 1/5/15
The Real Houswives of Atlanta
(BRAV) 2174
Love and Hip Hop (vh1) 1884
American Horror Story (FX) 1858
Gold Rush (Discovery) 1792
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1634
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1616
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1580
Family Guy (ADSM) 1542
Family Guy (ADSM) 1443
Family Guy (ADSM) 1397
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.?All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
of 116,400,000 homes; Ranked by Delivery (000); Preliminary: Live+SD

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2.2/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS topped 8p with 2.8/9 for NCIS, followed by 1.8/6 for ABC’s Shark Tank. CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles drew 2.3/7 for first at 9p, versus 1.5/4 for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of Carter. CBS maintained the lead at 10p with 1.7/5 for Person of Interest; NBC’s Chicago Fire was second with 1.5/5.

A18-49:CBS 2.2/7, FOX 1.5/4, ABC 1.4/4, UNI 1.4/4, NBC 1.3/4, ION .7/2, TELE .7/2, CW .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, January 13, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 9.5/16
NCIS 12.1/19, NCIS: New Orleans 10.1/16, Person of Interest 6.3/11
ABC: 3.6/6
Shark Tank 4.6/7, Marvel’s Agent Carter 2.1/5, Forever 3.2/6
NBC: 2.7/4
Parks and Recreation 2.4/4, Parks and Recreation 2.0/3, Marry Me 1.5/2, About a Boy 1.9/3, Chicago Fire 4.3/8
FOX 2.3/4
MasterChef Junior 2.8/5, New Girl 1.8/3, Mindy Project 1.6/2
UNIVISION: 1.9/3
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 2.0/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.9/3, Malquerida 1.7/3
ION: 1.2/2
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2
Telemundo: .9/1
Los Miserables .8/1, Tierra de Reyes .8/1, Duenos del Paraiso 1.2/2
CW: .9/1
Flash [r] 1.0/2, Arrow [r] .7/1

Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 1.6/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS was first at 8p with a 2.0/6 average for Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly, versus 1.8/5 for ABC’s The Bachelor. The Bachelor and NBC’s The Apprentice tied 9p with 1.8/5, but ABC had the top spot to itself at 10p with 1.3/4 for Castle; Telemundo was second with 1.2/4 for Senora Acero.

A18-49:ABC 1.6/4, CBS 1.4/4, NBC 1.4/4, UNI 1.3/4, TELE .8/2, FOX .7/2, ION .4/1, CW .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, January 12, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 4.5/7
Big Bang Theory [r] 6.3/10, Mike & Molly 5.6/8, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 4.2/6, Scorpion [r] 2.5/6
ABC: 4.5/7
The Bachelor 4.5/7
NBC: 3.4/5
The Apprentice 3.8/6, State of Affairs 2.5/4
UNIVISION: 1.7/3
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 1.8/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.8/3, Malquerida 1.5/3
FOX 1.6/2
Empire [r] 1.9/3, Sleepy Hollow [r]1.2/2
ION: 1.0/1
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .8/1
TELEMUNDO: 1.0/1
Los Miserables .8/1, Tierra de Reyes .7/1, Senora Acero 1.4/2
CW: .8/1
Jane the Virgin [r] .8/1, Jane the Virgin [r] .8/1

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Stacey Altman has been named Vice President, Development for Embassy Row. Previously, Altman was Vice President, Development & Production for Ish Entertainment.

KBS appointed Guy Hayward as Global CEO. Most recently, Hayward served as Global Development Director at BETC Worldwide.

Brenda Freeman is joining National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD as Chief Marketing Officer. Freeman’s most recent post was as Global Head of Television Marketing for Dreamworks Animation.

Eastern announced the hire of Simon McKeown as Senior Vice President, Development, the promotions of Jillian Brand and Gregg Lieberman to Vice President, Development and the promotion of Lisa LeeKing to Vice President, Casting.

Discovery Communications appointed Jean-Thierry Augustin in the newly-created position of President, Sports Strategy & Development at Discovery Networks International, and Peter Hutton as Eurosport’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Midas Exchange tapped Sarah Brasfield Gomez to serve as Managing Partner/Group Director, reporting to Chief Investment Officer Tom Dempsey.Previously, Gomez was an Account Executive at ION Television.

The Midas Exchange tapped Sarah Brasfield Gomez to serve as Managing Partner/Group Director, Buying & Operation. Previously, Gomez was Account Executive at ION Television.



This Day in History:
1929 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which short-lived spinoff series starred a Waltons alum and a future Oscar winner? Living Dolls (1989), starring Michael Learned, Halle Berry and Leah Remini, sprung from Who’s the Boss? (1984-1992). Kudos to: Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.

Today’s Trivia: Which actor had roles as a doctor in a sitcom and a drama series that had (almost) the same name? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).
 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY JANUARY 15, 2015


ABC:  The Taste, How to Get Away with Murder [r]
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Mom, Two and a Half Men, The McCarthys, Elementary
CW: The World Dog Awards
Fox:
American Idol
NBC: The Biggest Loser, Bad Judge, A to Z, Parenthood
PBS: The This Old House Hour, The Queen’s Garden [r]. Antiques Road Show [r]
Telemundo: Los Miserables, Tierra de Reyes, Duenos del Paraiso
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, La Malquerida

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