01/22/18: Ross Kauffman, Fisher Stevens get behind new Discovery doc

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Discovery Channel and Science Channel group chief Rich Ross said at Sundance over the weekend that Oscar-winning filmmakers Fisher Stevens and Ross Kauffman are behind a new documentary for the network, Taken by the Tiger, about the rapidly diminishing population of tigers in the wild.
Pilot season is back. ABC is off and running with an order for an untitled comedy from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios. The project is set in the ‘70s and revolves around a working-class Irish-Catholic family.
Fox is in the game with its first pilot orders of the season. Our People is a comedy from Lee Daniels and Modern Family exec producer Vali Chandrasekaran; Rel is a comedy starring Lil Rel Howery, exec-produced by Jerrod Carmichael; and Mixtape is a musical drama from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran.
Lisa Edelstein is developing an hourlong comedic drama for herself with her former Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce exec producer Carol Barbee and Universal Cable Productions. Based on the book Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas, the project is about a woman who’s diagnosed as a sociopath.
Hallmark Channel is the new home for Holly Robinson Peete’s reality series Meet the Peetes, formerly called For Peete’s Sake when it aired on OWN.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 19-21, 2018
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony) $20.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $316.9 million
12 Strong (Warner Bros.) $16.5 million, opening weekend
Den of Thieves (STX) $15.3 million, opening weekend
The Post (Fox) $12.2 million (week 5), cume revenue $45.2 million
The Greatest Showman (Fox) $11.0 million (week 5), cume revenue $113.5 million
Paddington 2 (Warner Bros.) $8.2 million (week 2), cume revenue $25.0 million
The Commuter (Lionsgate) $6.7 million (week 2), cume revenue $25.7 million
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Buena Vista) $6.6 million (week 6), cume revenue $604.3 million  
Insidious: The Last Key (Universal) $29.3 million (week 3), cume revenue $58.7 million
Forever My Girl (Roadside Attractions) $4.7 million, opening weekend
Source: comScore
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Anna Paquin (True Blood, Roots) guest-hosts WGN America’s Movies For America today (January 22) at 7p, and discusses her new original series Bellevue.
Lori Loughlin hosts Hallmark Channel’s 2018 Countdown to Valentine’s Day Preview Show, a half-hour special airing Saturday, January 27 at 11p that provides peeks at upcoming romance-themed movies My Secret Valentine (Saturday, February 3), Very, Very, Valentine (Saturday, February 10) and Cooking With Love (Sunday, February 11)… Additionally, Hallmark Channel will premiere 2018 American Rescue Dog Show on February 19 at 8p.
Reelz documentary Queen: How They Broke Free will make its US premiere Monday, January 29 at 10:30p. The hour-long special tells the story of the rise of one of the most iconic rock bands from the beginning through the death of singer Freddie Mercury in 1991.
He Lied About Everything debuts on Wednesday, February 14 on Investigation Discovery, uncovering the story of investigative news producer Benita Alexander and world-renowned surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who had big plans before Alexander realizes Macchiarini is not who he claims to be.
Viceland has a trio of new series/seasons premiering this month: Hate Thy Neighbor season 2 bows January 23 at 10p, Slutever debuts January 24 at 10p and The Trixie & Katya Show returns January 24 at 10:30p.
A new season of HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home returns Friday, February 9 at 9p. Series showcases lottery winners who, with help from host David Bromstad, find and buy their first opulent property.
Topical new series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale heads to Netflix on Sunday, February 18. McHale will host and serve as exec producer of the 13-ep series, which will roll out weekly, along with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.
Some of the nation’s most thrilling street races are speeding into Discovery’s Motor Wednesday lineup in new series Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings. A sneak peak airs Tuesday, February 27 at 10p and new eps continue on Wednesday, March 7 at 9p.

Snapchat is serious about clamping down on leaks. Following the early release of info on features like its “Stories Everywhere” feature, a memo to Snapchat employees said, “We have a zero-tolerance policy for those who leak Snap Inc. confidential information….If you leak Snap Inc. information, you will lose your job and we will pursue any and all legal remedies against you. And that’s just the start.” The memo was (irony alert) leaked to Cheddar.
Facebook is aiming to fill feeds with higher-quality news by surveying users to ascertain their trust in publishers. “Publications that do not score as highly trusted by the community may see a decrease” in their ranking, said Adam Mosseri, head of News Feed, in a blog post.
A full 40% of Facebook users report using the company’s Watch video platform, per a new Morgan Stanley survey. Among users on Facebook 3 or more hours a day, 60% said they use Watch on a weekly basis. “We are encouraged (and admittedly surprised) by this early Watch traction as it speaks to [Facebook’s] ability to drive adoption of new products,” said the report.
Amazon is increasing the price of a Prime subscription from $10.99/month to $12.99. Annual subs will remain $99. For new customers the price hike is in effect now; current customers will see the bump after February 18.
Warner Bros. and Turner are teaming to launch their movie streaming service FilmStruck internationally, beginning this month in the UK. The service, overseen by Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks, currently is available in the US for $6.99/month.
David Spade scored a book deal to release through Audible the audio-only comedy project A Polaroid Guy In a Snapchat World.
Steve Harvey’s daytime series Steve got a second season renewal in national syndication. The series already been sold in 90 percent of the US on NBC-owned stations and station groups including Sinclair and Hearst.
Paul Bettany reportedly is Netflix’s top heir apparent to play Prince Philip for season 3 of The Crown. He would replace Matt Smith, who played the role in the first two seasons.

Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) is in as a series regular opposite Jack Huston in season 2 of AT&T Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes.
Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, House) snagged a recurring role opposite Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin on new Netflix comedy series The Kominsky Method.
Be our guest: Drew Carey will step into a guest spot on CBS drama NCIS, playing retired Marine Sergeant John Ross in the episode “Handle with Care” that’s scheduled to air in early March… Shannon Kook (The Conjuring) has been cast as a guest star in the season 5 finale of the CW’s The 100, with an option for a potential season 6.
For the first time this year, the GLAAD Media Awards will honor LGBTQ-inclusive content in the Kids & Family Programming category. Disney Channel’s Andi Mack and Doc McStuffins; Amazon’s Danger & Eggs; Nickelodeon’s The Loud House and Cartoon Networks’ Steven Universe were nominated in this category.
Star Wars Rebels returns to Disney XD on Monday, February 19 with new back-to-back eps premiering every Monday night until the 90-minute series finale Monday, March 5  at 8:30p.
Netflix original series DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! returns for a new six-episode season this week.
Entertainment One is in production on a third season of its preschool animated superhero series PJ Masks. First episodes from season 2 premiered in the US on Disney Junior.
Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab released a 360-degree video for The Loud House to coincide with the series’ third season premiere on Friday (January 19).
The newly launched Fable Studio showcased its VR adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book The Wolves in the Walls at Sundance. The film puts the viewer in the role of the imaginary friend of the protagonist, an 8-year-old girl who hears noises in her house and thinks it’s wolves. Director Pete Billington said the project builds on work that Oculus Story Studio did on the Emmy-winning project Henry.
Sony Pictures Television launched a new non-scripted UK production company called Human to create international content based around Sony Pictures Entertainment’s IP. The new shingle is fronted by Alan Brown, formerly of Twofour and NBCUniversal.
Endemol Shine and Viacom’s Channel 5 reportedly still in talks about the future of long-running reality series Big Brother despite reports it’s on the chopping block.
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Smithsonian Channel’s The Coronation, which premiered Sunday, January 14, was the highest-rated program (HH and P2+ viewers) in the channel’s history. The program celebrates the 65th anniversary of the historic ceremony as Queen Elizabeth II speaks about the event for the first time.
Last Sunday night’s episode of Universo’s Larrymania ranked as the series’ highest episode in the show’s six seasons, among A18-49, according to Nielsen, averaging 164,000 A18-49, and 122,000 A18-34.
Animal Planet’s North Woods Law on Sunday, January 14 at 9p delivered its strongest rated episode of the series since April 2017 among A25-54.
Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: December 25, 2017 Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN 6218/ESPN 2351
HALL 2445/HALL 1339
USA 1655/FOXN 1201
TNT 1625/ICK 1052
FOXN 1608/ID 920
HGTV 1245/*ADSM 849
TBSC 1225/USA 842
ID 1213/HGTV 817
HIST 1206/TT 796
DISC 1155/TOON 792
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+7. 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 Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of December 25, 2017
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN 2159/ESPN 863
USA 672/*ADSM 499
TBSC 542/*NAN 335
ADSM 532/USA 327
FRFM 531/TBSC 312
TVT 518/ID 310
HALL 491/NICK 308
FX 436/FRFM 307
DISC 397/HALL 301
AEN 387/TNT 299
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+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top-Rated Cable Shows among A18-49 for the week of December 25, 2017 (000)
Oakland/Philadelphia (ESPN) 4491
Wisconsin/Miami (ESPN) 4039
Wisconsin/Miami (ESPN) 3833
2017 Cotton Bowl Classic (ESPN) 3345
Washington/Penn State (ESPN) 3288
College Football Studio (ESPN) 3200
College Football Studio (ESPN) 2994
College Bowl Sustainer (ESPN) 2634
College Football Studio (ESPN) 2617
College Football Studio (ESPN) 2527
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+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, January 18, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 9.33 million
Big Bang Theory 14.69, Young Sheldon 13.24, Mom 9.26, Life in Pieces 6.79, SWAT 5.99
ABC: 5.71 million
Grey’s Anatony 8.18, Scandal 5.17, How To Get Away With Murder 3.77
NBC: 4.18 million
Superstore 3.71, The Good Place 3.08, Will & Grace 4.49, Great News 2.51, Chicago Fire 5.65
FOX: 3.47 million
The Four 3.47
CW: 1.65 million
Supernatural 1.87, Arrow 1.42
Univision: 1.10 million
Rico Y Lazaro 1.15, Papa a Toda Madre 1.25, Caer en Tentatacion 905,000
Telemundo: 878,000
Jose Jose 939,000, Sangre di Mia Tierra 792,000, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote 910,000
Thursday A18-49: CBS 1.7/7, FOX 1.2/4, NBC 1.0/4, ABC 1.5/6, CW .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .5/2
Univision Communications Inc. promoted Michael S. Mueller to SVP of business development. Since joining UCI, Mueller has served as VP of business development for Univision Local Media. Before UCI, he held various roles at Conde Nast and Hachette Filipacchi Media.
Helen Jackson, the BBC Worldwide content chief, is exiting as the company merges with BBC Studios. Jackson, who’s been with BC Worldwide for 31 years, was responsible for acquiring stakes in British production companies Expectation Entertainment and Lookout Point, among others.
All Def Media hired Brooke Goldstein as co-president and COO, and promoted Chris Blackwell to co-president and chief digital officer. Scott Weintrob also was promoted, to executive creative director. Goldstein most recently was head of sales at ESP Properties, North America. The appointments are the first since company co-founder Russell Simmons exited amid sexual assault allegations.
Creative & digital agency We Are Royale hired Eric Zapakin as head of production. Zapakin joins Royale from Imaginary Forces, where he was a senior producer.
Research firm MarketCast hired Lee Doyle as EVP, global client strategy, and Jenny Matkovich as marketing director.
Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, died at age 59 after a long struggle with ALS. Smith also was the first openly gay man to star in his own HBO Comedy half-hour special, in1994.
Dorothy Malone, film and TV actress who starred as matriarch Constance MacKenzie in the ‘60s series Peyton Place, has died at age 92 of natural causes. Her other TV credits include ABC’s The Greatest Show on Earth, several Peyton Place TV movies and 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man.

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PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens, Ribbon of Sand
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