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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Lifetime continues to expand its unscripted slate, greenlighting three new series. Cheerleader Generation marks a return to the cheerleading space the network explored in 2006 in Cheerleader Nation; Marrying Millions examines whether couples are together for love or money; and Temmoraland (wt) follows Temmora Lee, who runs a bootcamp and training school for aspiring singers in Tennessee.
 
Mike Colter (Luke Cage) will star opposite Katja Herbers in CBS drama pilot Evil. Written and produced by The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, project explores the battle between science and religion as a skeptical female clinical psychologist (Herbers) joins a priest-in-training (Colter) and blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences.
 
Nokia partnered with Shaftesbury to produce Futurithmic, a six-part original documentary series that explores the societal changes expected to result form 5G networks, artificial intelligence and automation. Project is hosted by news reporter Michael Hainsworth (Canada’s Business News Network).
 
Roadhouse Attractions acquired pilot The Golden Cage from Page Awards Finalist writer Oskar Nordmark and Darryl Taja’s Epidemic Pictures. Female-driven Wall Street thriller follows the lengths an ex-con will go to to camouflage her past and ensure a top spot for herself in the competitive world of high finance.
 
Fremantle has teamed with The Jim Henson Company and author/TV writer-producer Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Good Omens) to develop a reimagined version of The Storyteller for television. Jim Henson’s original 1987 anthology series was inspired by his daughter Lisa’s university studies in folklore and mythology.
 
Uta Briesewitz (Westworld) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of The Wheel Of Time, the Amazon series based on Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic.
 
HBO is developing Loner, a drama based on the Teddy Wayne novel, according to Deadline. Wayne is attached to write the pilot and co-executive produce. Loner centers on David Federman, an academically gifted yet forgettable member of his NJ high school class, who meets the smart, witty and sophisticated Veronica Morgan Wells at Harvard and becomes determined to win her over.
 
Jee Young Han (Station 19) is set to headline Like Magic, NBC’s workplace comedy from Superstore writers Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu, Forever co-creator Matt Hubbard, Julie Anne Robinson’s CannyLads Productions and Universal TV. It follows Holly (Han), an optimistic and awkward young woman pursuing her dreams in the world of the Magic Palace.
 
Netflix issued a 10-episode order to Medical Police. Series stars Childrens Hospital alums Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel and is from Childrens Hospital EPs Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern and David Wain and co-executive producer Krister Johnson, as well as Warner Horizon Scripted TV.  
 
TV One has begun production on The Bobby DeBarge Story in Atlanta. The original film, slated to premiere in June, explores the tumultuous life of a former lead singer of the 70’s R&B/funk band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the pop group DeBarge. Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up, Greenleaf) is cast in the lead role.
 
The Banana Splits are returning to TV, but in a new genre. A new movie is reimagining the furry kids’ show faves in a meta horror thriller that will air later this year on Syfy. The project follows a boy named Harley, who celebrates his birthday attending a taping of The Banana Splits TV show with his family when things take a deadly turn.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Property Brothers stars Jonathan and Drew Scott have a new project: Property Brothers: Forever Home. Series following the twins as they help turn families’ ordinary houses into their lifelong dream homes premieres Wednesday, May 29 at 9p on HGTV.
 
Bajillionaires, a live-action comedy that follows a group of neighborhood pals as they try to invent an amazing product, bows on Canada’s Family Channel on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 at 10a.
 
Vice Live premieres Monday, February 25 at 9p on Viceland. Two-hour nightly show, hosted by Marie Faustin, Zack Fox, Sandy Honig and Fat Tony, covers the day’s hot topics and trends.
 
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COMING UP
 
Denali Tiller’s documentary Tre Maison Dasan bows on Independent Lens on Monday, April 1 at 10p on PBS, telling the story of three young boys struggling to grow up with a parent in prison.
 
 
CASTING
 
Thomas Howell is set to recur on the second season of AMC’s anthology series The TerrorKelli Berglund (Now Apocalypse) landed a recurring role on Season 4 of TNT’s Animal KingdomAlicia Witt will recur in the upcoming seventh and final season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Netflix assembled A-list voice cast for its new animated series Green Eggs and Ham, slated to debut next fall. The Ellen DeGeneres produced adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic will feature Michael Douglas, Adam DeVine, Diane Keaton, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Morgan, Keegan-Michael Key, Daveed Diggs, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright and Jillian Bell.
 
In other Netflix news, Part 2 of Season 5 of Arrested Development, comprising of eight new episodes, will begin streaming on Friday, March 15.
 
Weather Channel’s Local Now teamed with Thrillist to bring new lifestyle content to the streaming news platform. Through the partnership, Local Now users will gain access to Thrillist’s library of video content that features local hot spots.
 
According to TDG Research, Hulu with Live TV has jumped into the upper echelons of streaming TV services, catching up with DirecTV Now, which ended the final quarter of 2018 with 1.59 million subscribers. AT&T said a net loss of 267,000 subs was due to DirecTV clearing out some 500,000 subscribers who were still on promotional pricing. While Hulu, which is owned by AT&T, Comcast, Disney and Fox, didn’t publicly reveal how many of its subscribers opt to add on live TV service, it did say it added 8 million subscribers in 2018, bringing its total to over 25 million subscribers. Meanwhile, Dish’s Sling TV still has the highest number of subscribers among vMVPDs, ending 2018 with 2.42 million subscribers after adding 47,000 during the fourth quarter.
 
With second party data offering publishers a new revenue stream, data solutions company Lotame is launching the Syndicate online marketplace. Lotame Syndicate has been available for a few years, but the new visual marketplace aims to give buyers more transparency to research and vet some of the sellers of second-party data. Among the global sellers that have opted-in to showcase their data are 180byTwo, AD3+ (Neuron), Advance Local, Connected Interactive, DataXpand, Gulf News, Hexagon, Lonely Planet, MMPWW, Phunware, VerticalScope, Vibrant Media, Viglinks, and Zoopla.
 
 
TECH TALK
 
SoundCloud announced a new tool, SoundCloud Premier distribution, that enables artists to distribute their music to other streaming services, including SoundCloud competitors Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Instagram. Creators using the SoundCloud Premiere distribution feature keep 100% of their rights, 100% of their distribution royalties from third-party services, and pay no distribution fees.
 
 
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MEASUREMENT
 
Nielsen’s Media Pulse found women (18+) spend 6% more time using apps and the web on tablets. Adult women also spend more time using handheld platforms for app/web usage than their male counterparts, and they are more likely to utilize mobile devices for social networking than users overall. As for multicultural consumers Black, Hispanic and Asian American adults each spend more time per day using apps/the web on their smartphones than the general U.S. population. African American in particular are heavier users of smartphones and spend nearly half an hour more per day using them than the total U.S. and more than any other group.  
 
The media world has more data than ever – and more companies boasting solutions for programmers and advertisers to increase revenue, reach niche consumer groups, map the consumer journey and harness omni-channel efficiencies. Cynopsis is excited to launch our 3rd annual Measurement & Data Conference on Tuesday, June 11 in New York City. We’ll help your team cut through the clutter and chart a clear path to success – from now into 2020. View full program here.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Dance Revolution, the entertainment competition show from Quebecor Content and Fair-Play, was acquired by Globomedia in Spain.
 
Distributor All3media nabbed its first format deal with Che Channel and first international format adaptation for Studio Ramsay’s Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back. A new local Russian version is set to launch this month.
 
Red Arrow Studios International secured global distribution rights to Outline Productions Renovate Don’t Relocate.
 
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 RATINGS

Last week, Travel Channel’s Paranormal Caught on Camera became the top series debut in network history among P25-54, with a .55 rating and 429,000 viewers in the demo.
 
TV Time Binge Report: Most Binged TV Shows for the week of February 11
(Show/Share of Streams)
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) 3.29%
One Day at a Time (Netflix) 2.59%
Friends (NBC) 2.57%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 2.02%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.83%
Gossip Girl (The CW) 1.82%
Sex Education (Netflix) 1.81%
Riverdale (The CW) 1.61%
Russian Doll (Netflix) 1.55%
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 1.50%
The weekly Binge Report ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in our TV Time app within a given day.

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top US Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of February 11
Program, Total Actions (millions), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (millions)
E! News (E!) 19.2, 931, 21, 34.7
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 14.1, 140, 101, 174.6
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 4.49, 999, 4, 7.9
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 3.6,72, 50, 33.1
Today Show (NBC) 1.9,761, 2, 13.0
Good Morning America (ABC) 1.8, 938, 2, 12.9
The Walking Dead (AMC) 1.49, 87, 17, 48.9
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.20, 131, 9, 14.3
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 1.18, 111, 11, 18.6
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1.09, 74, 15, 11.9
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
 
Top 10 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of January 28
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.4/3.9/1.5
The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.1/2.5/1.4
Manifest (NBC) 1.0/2.4/1.4
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.7/3.0/1.3
Modern Family (ABC) 1.2/2.3/1.1
The Masked Singer (FOX) 2.6/3.7/1.1
A Million Little Things (ABC) 1.1/2.1/1.0
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/1.9/1.0
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.8/1.7/0.9
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.6/1.4/0.8
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular/original programs only)
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Monday, February 18 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 7.98million
America’s Got Talent: The Champions 10.53, Manifest 5.42
ABC: 6.35 million
The Bachelor 6.48, The Good Doctor 6.21
CBS: 6.12 million
The Neighborhood 6.50, Man with a Plan 5.30, Magnum P.I. 5.93, Bull 6.73
FOX: 4.32 million
The Resident 5.13, The Passage 3.50
CW: 0.05 million
Arrow 0.65, Black Lightning 0.42

Monday A18-49: ABC 1.6/7, NBC 1.5/6, CBS 0.9/4, FOX 0.9/4, CW 0.2/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
John Finley was named Executive Vice President of Development for FOX News and will oversee FOX Nation. He had been Senior Vice President of Development and Production.
 
Whistle hired Alison Meyer as Vice President of Marketing. She was previously Vice President of Marketing and client Services for Refinery 29.
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
TLC confirmed that Sean Millikan, the subject of an episode of its reality series My 600-Lb Life, died on February 17 in Texas. He was 29.
 


This Day in History: 1952 – The film The African Queen was released in the U.S.
 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
ABC: The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Match Game
CBS: Survivor [p], The World’s Best
CW: Riverdale, All American
FOX: Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, The Masked Singer
NBC: Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.
PBS: Nature, NOVA, Secrets of the Dead
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, Betty en NY, El Baron
Univision: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar e Muerte

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