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02.02.16 Good morning. It’s Tuesday February 2, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
FX: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story at 10p
TLC: Rattled at 10p
Velocity: Unique Rides at 9p Tonight’s Finales:
History: The Curse of Oak Island at 9p
ID: Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda at 10p
Syfy: The Expanse at 10p
Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly has been added to the post-Super Bowl live broadcast of CBS’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Sunday, February 7. The target of Donald Trump tweets joins guests Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Will Ferrell and comedy duo Key & Peele.
The Late Late Show with James Corden has a special post-Super Bowl show, too. Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine guest, with Elton John joining Corden for Carpool Karaoke and a tailgate party taking place outside the studio. Plus “surprises.” CBS broadcast airs at (approximately) 11:35p.
Dick Wolf signed a new overall deal with NBCUniversal that extends his relationship with NBC through 2020 – but it won’t end there if NBC can help it. Robert Greenblatt made no secret of his appreciation for the iconic producer’s contribution. “Dick Wolf is a without a doubt one of the greatest producers in the history of dramatic television,” said the NBC Entertainment chairman. “The Law & Order legacy would have been enough to set him apart from all the rest, but the Chicago franchise now kicks him into the stratosphere.He has been a defining voice of NBC for over a generation, and he is most welcome at this company forever.” The net also renewed Law & Order: SVU, and picked up season two of Chicago P.D.
It’s official: comScore’s acquisition of Rentrak is complete. “This merger brings together two great entrepreneurial companies that invented their respective fields and their respective trusted currencies,” said Serge Matta, CEO of comScore. “Both have been driven to create innovative technology platforms that use massive data scale to measure increasingly fragmented consumer behavior.” In the U.S., ComScore will measurebehavior on more than 260 million desktop screens, 160 million mobile phone screens, 95 million tablet screens, 40 million television screens and 120 million video-on-demand screens. The deal was announced in September.
Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson will again host CBS’s GOP presidential debate, on Saturday, February 13 at 9p, this time joined by panelists Major Garrett, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, and the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel. The net is also offering extensive coverage before, during and after the event via CBSN, including a stream of the debate with Google Trends data and a curated Twitter stream.
A letter from Fox Networks chairman and CEO Peter Rice alerted staff that as part of a reorganization, some employees would be offered “generous benefit packages” if they voluntarily resigned, effective in May. Rice pointed out that while the company is basking in the success right now of Grease: Live, The X-Files, the NFC Championship and its partnership with National Geographic, “This is the right thing to do for our business because although technology is rapidly changing our world, the global hunger for our brands and content will continue unabated and making the right decisions now will provide our company with many exciting opportunities for continued growth and success.”
The NFL is expanding Thursday Night Football in 2016 and 2017, continuing its partnership with CBS while adding NBC as a partner. Each net will broadcast five Thursday Night games, for total of ten, up from eight last year. Games will be simulcast on NFL Network. The NFL is also “in active discussions” with potential partners for OTT streaming rights.
Bravo ordered season 14 of Top Chef. Makes sense, however you slice it: the cooking competition is averaging 1.8 million total viewers and 1.2 million among P25-54, up 5 percent and 6 percent versus last season, per Nielsen.
ESPN is hoping to score with a morning show. SportsCenter: AM launches Monday, February 8 at 7a, the day after the Super Bowl. Hosts Jay Harris, Kevin Negandhi and Jaymee Sire will offer a (perkier?) take on sports tailored to early birds.
Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead the nominees for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards with five nods each. Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town landed four apiece. Show will be broadcast live (if you’re not on PT) from Vegas Sunday, April 3 at 8p on CBS.
Learn how to leverage social media platforms like Wishbone and Whisper, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, for maximum impact during our latest webinar, New Social Media Strategies to Reach the Young Demos on March 1. For more information and to register, go here.
El Rey greenlit Lucha Libre wrestling series Lucha Underground for a third season, to premiere in early 2017. Sophomore run of the original series, produced by MGM in association with FactoryMade Ventures and AG Studios, airs Wednesdays at 8p.
Seven in ten people ages 18 to 35 responded negatively to the possibility of Donald Trump landing in the White House, with 54 percent saying they’d want to flee the country if it came to pass, according to a poll by Fusion network. And one third of those 54 percent were Republicans. Details are here.
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Conde Nast Entertainment announced new division CNE Studios, to produce unscripted series developed by CNE. Al Edgington (The Amazing Race) heads the effort. “With the explosive demand for television programming, CNE Studios is the natural progression of taking our success in developing and selling unscripted series to the next level,” said CNE president Dawn Ostroff.
Spike TV, Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions are teaming to develop scripted series Pendergast. Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) exec produces, with John McLaughlin (Black Swan) writer and exec producer. Drama centers on an eccentric FBI agent in NYC.
Drama Training Day, based on the 2001 feature film, landed a pilot order from CBS. Project comes from the movie’s Antoine Fuqua, writer Will Beall, Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
Brian Flanagan (Long Island Medium) and Vidiots founders Michael and Anthony Amoia are aiming for cable, digital and mobile space with the launch of Switchblade Entertainment. The full-service production house will develop and produce non-scripted television, documentaries, and sports content.
Thunderbird acquired Armoza Formats police drama Street Justice for development and adaptation in the U.S. and Canada. The series has aired for three seasons on Israel’s Channel 10.
Arrow Media has been commissioned to produce a second season of See No Evil for ID in the U.S. and Bell Media’s Canal D in Canada. “With so much of our lives spent tethered to screens of one kind or another, See No Evil serves as a poignant reminder that technology has the potential to capture crucial evidence, and deliver justice when a heinous crime has been committed,” said Kevin Bennett, EVP and GM of ID, where it launches its sophomore run Tuesday, February 23 at 10p.
History documents the search for sunken treasure in eight-parter Billion Dollar Wreck, premiering Monday, February 8 at 10p. Series from Original Productions in association with Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes Productions follows the hunt for “unsinkable” cruise liner RMS Republic, which hit the bottom of the Atlantic in 1909.
Tonight’s Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials not only counts down the best ads, but features a reunion of the stars of arguably the most iconic Big Game spot ever. Observes the Coca Cola kid to “Mean” Joe Greene 36 years later, “Somehow I look older than you now.” Juma Entertainment special airs on CBS at 8p.
Bold-faced names expected at the 47th NAACP Awards include Will Smith, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, Kerry Washington, Ice Cube and Shonda Rhimes, among many others. Anthony Anderson hosts the show, airing Friday, February 5 at 9p on TV One.
Characters from Sid and Marty Krofft’s 1969 cult fave H.R. Pufnstuf return to kids’ TV in the Kroffts’ latest pre-school series, Mutt & Stuff. Live-action series launches Monday, February 15 on Nickelodeon.
DirecTV and Momentum Pictures will premiere Lance Armstrong biopic The Program on DirecTV Cinema this month. The film, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, was directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen).
Alonzo Bodden’s second stand-up comedy special, Historically Incorrect, premieres on Showtime Friday, February 19 at 9p. Bodden, who won season three of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, hosted America’s Worst Driver on Travel Channel.
GSN celebrates Valentine’s Day with a five-hour marathon of romance-themed episodes of Family Feud on Sunday, February 14 from 6p-11p. Steve Harvey hosts.
Most networks tout their swelling production schedule. National Geographic Global Networks is fired up to produce fewer shows. Come again? CEO Courteney Monroe outlined her vision at Realscreen on Monday in DC. In short, the company is thinking big, eschewing “tonnage” and embracing premium content. “The word premium is new to our vocabulary and we’re going to get there by producing fewer but more distinctive programming. High-quality, bigger budget, really creatively ambitious programming in partnership with A-list creative talent,” said Monroe. “Our strategy over the past few years was defined by volume. We’re inverting that a bit. We are focusing on quality over quantity, but we have no preconceived notions about the hours we are planning to produce.” Monroe pointed to upcoming Morgan Freeman-shepherded Story of God, which premieres April 3, and series Mars (from Imagine Entertainment and Radical Media), and planet earth probeOne Strange Rock as content that define the network’s current vision. Nat Geo is also returning to feature documentaries including an upcoming Jane Goodall doc helmed by Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) that will feature contents of 200 canisters of never-seen Goodall film Morgen uncovered.
Just say Yes: Producers and networks in the nonscripted realm need to stop using the word derivative, and start thinking of imitation as the sincerest form of flattery. “If viewers like it, why not make a clone if it? HGTV is Househunters sliced a bunch of different ways,” Scripps’ Kathleen Finch said during Realscreen panel The New Normal. “When you’ve figured out who your audience is, super-serving them that content is a winning game, especially because the repeat business has gotten so much softer.” Echoed SallyAnn Salsano, president of 495 Productions, “We have to stop saying the word derivative. Start saying sweet spot.” It’s important to assess all the angles, noted Brent Montgomery, CEO of ITV America. “When we break a brand, we want to monetize that brand. But when we get a call and someone says it’s a derivate from a buyer, that’s a negative.”
The main difference between scripted and unscripted? “It runs a lot slower, and it’s a writer’s medium. In scripted you’re only as good as your writer,” said Jimmy Fox, EVP of Objective Productions USA, who’s at work on The Arrangement, about a Hollywood contract marriage, E!’s second scripted series. “E! said after The Royals they wanted to do stuff that was soapy, with a Hollywood backdrop and they wouldn’t mind something darker,” he said… Best pitching advice from Leslie Greif, CEO of Thinkfactory (think, Hatfields and McCoys): “Listen to what all the network execs want, give them what they want with your own unique point of view, and understand the network executives want a hit, too. Go make that executive a hero.”
Loud TV (Tiny House Nation), part of Leftfield Entertainment and ITV America, and Canada-based Frantic Films (Still Standing) forged a strategic partnership to develop and produce programming for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The deal was signed at Realscreen.
Media General renewed Hollywood Live Today for a second season, after Fox Television Stations gave the thumbs up. “The show is energetic and relevant, and fits well with our lineup,” said Stephen Brown, EVP of programming and development for Fox Television Stations. Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) was named a new co-host on the news, gossip and lifestyle show from Media General’s BiteSize TV.
Eclipse Television announced a 2016 syndication package of five one-hour Incredible Dog Challenge specials, with air windows between April and September
IMAX and Discovery Communications formed a global distribution and marketing partnership that provides Discovery Channel with 18 months of exclusive paid global television rights for up to 10 IMAX documentary films following their theatrical release. It’s IMAX’s first television distribution agreement for original content.
Sony Pictures Television channel getTV inked a deal with Media General for both over-the-air and local carriage in 20 new markets. With the agreement, getTV has local deals in place in 87 markets.
Independent content studio The WorkShop reached an exclusive deal with Reelz for one-hour program The Real Story: Invincible, about “real life Rocky Balboa” Vince Papale.
Discovery Networks International renewed Too Ugly for Love? for a third season. Season two on TLC UK premiered January 13 up triple digits over the 52-week channel average. Dating series follows people who are hiding medical secrets from potential suitors.
Zig Zag Productions and Japan’s Yoshimoto Kogyo are re-teaming to co-produce new game show format PrankStars. The companies also collaborated on Time Out for KTV and slow motion format Split/Second for Nickelodeon.
A+E Networks has launched H2 HD with MENA region pay-TV net OSN. Viewers in the Middle East will also have access to a localized feed for History.
Pernel Media landed a commission from RMC Decouverte to adapt Wheeler Dealers for the French market.
All3media International announced a renewal of its first-look deal with Swan Films that includes the launch of Grayson Perry: All Man, and one-hour special The Kinky Sex Survey.
Electus grabbed global distribution rights to documentary A Murder in the Park. The film was acquired by Sundance Selects and IFC for the U.S. and released theatrically by IFC last year.
Glynn Turman (The Wire) will guest star in new OWN original series Queen Sugar, as a patriarch and proud father running a failing farm. Drama is based on the novel by Natalie Baszile.
Days after Netflix announced three new original kids series comes word that Amazon has inked a deal with Mattel. Amazon will produce four live-action specials based on the company’s American Girl doll franchise, with an option for a TV series. First special is slated to debut later this year.
Will Ferrell joins host Jerry Seinfeld for the season seven finale of Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Topics range from Ferrell’s SNL audition to cats to sewage on Wednesday, February 3 at 11:30p.
Sketch comedy Netflix Presents: The Characters, featuring eight comedians writing and starring in their own episode, bows Friday, March 11 on the streaming service.
BET Digital is ready for Black History Month with new original content. Among the offerings: web series Send Me, debuting Thursday, February 4 at 2p on BET.com and the BET NOW app; New Black History, honoring history in the making from the last 30 years; Prelude, focused on musicians on the verge of breaking, and 29 People You Don’t Know That You Should, profiling millennials doing outstanding work.
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Sunday’s Grease: Live on Fox delivered 12.18 million viewers and a 4.3/13 rating among A18-49, according to Nielsen fast nationals, the best numbers for the net since the September season premiere of Empire, and improving on the rating for NBC’s The Wiz Live! in December by 26 percent. Digitally speaking, there were 1,396,368 tweets mentioning the show, reports Amobee, with sentiment for the #GreaseLive hashtag 34 percent positive, 55 percent neutral and just 11 percent negative.
The premiere of WGN’s Outsiders was the most-watched original series in network history. The 9p telecast rose 66 percent, to 1.75 million total viewers, and 85 percent among A25-54, to 818,000, over same day viewing. Including encores during its premiere week, Outsiders drew 5.5 million total viewers.
Freeform’s Shadowhunters added over one million viewers in Live+3 ratings to hit 2.0 million, and rose from 572,000 to 1.2 million among A18-49.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of January 25, 2016
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 11140, 127, 88, 100944
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 4600, 257, 18, 21820
Teen Wolf (MTV) 2750, 201, 14, 9153
Grease: Live (FOX) 2667, 565, 5, 7732
Good Morning America (ABC) 2549, 641, 4, 8496
Today Show (NBC) 1538, 499, 3, 9329
The X-Files (FOX) 1295, 325, 4, 2038
TMZ(Warner Bros. Synd.) 1054, 978, 1, 10432
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 920, 278, 3, 1308
NBC Nightly News) 680, 346, 2, 2653
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.
TV Playback Rank, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day rating and the final Live + 7 Day rating for the week of January 11, 2016
Program, Live+SD A18-49 US AA%, Live +7 US AA%
Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.8, 5.9
Modern Family (ABC) 2.7, 4.6
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.6, 3.0
Criminal Minds (CBS) 2.0, 3.3
Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.3, 2.6
Black-ish (ABC) 1.9, 3.0
Law and Order: SVU (NBC) 2.0, 3.1
Elementary (CBS) 1.1, 2.1
Chicago PD (NBC) 2.0, 3.0
The Goldbergs (ABC) 2.0, 2.9
Source: The Nielsen Company. Based on original telecasts only.
Friday A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the most A18-49 viewers Friday with 1.3/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox’s MasterChef Junior and CBS’s Undercover Boss shared the top spot at 8p with 1.3/5. ABC’s Shark Tank surfaced to win 9p with 1.7/6, followed by 1.0/4 for CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. NBC led at 10p with 1.4/5 for Dateline, versus 1.04 or both ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’s Blue Bloods.
A18-49: ABC 1.3/5, CBS 1.1/4, NBC 1.0/4, FOX 1.0/4, UNI .7/3, TELE .6/2, CW .4/2, ION .4/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, January 29, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Undercover Boss 4.6/8, Hawaii Five-0 [r] 4.1/7, Blue Bloods [r] 4.9/9
Last Man Standing 4.3/8, Dr. Ken 3.2/6, Shark Tank 4.2/7, 20/20 3.6/7
Undateable 1.8/3, Grimm 2.5/4, Dateline 3.3/6
MasterChef Junior 2.9/5, Second Chance 1.4/3
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .8/2
Celia .9/2, Eva la Trailera .8/1, Querida Centauro .9/2
Vampire Diaries .8/1, Originals .6/1
Nancy Silverstone has been appointed 108 Media Corp’s Head of Acquisitions and Content Strategy. Previously, Silverstone was Vice President of Program Acquisitions at Starz Network.
Maggie Zeltner and Robert Wimbish have joined Scripps Networks Interactive as directors of programming for HGTV and DIY Network. Zeltner has produced and directed numerous cable series, including What Not to Wear and The Dr. Oz Show, while Wimbish joined Scripps Networks in 2005 as a member of its Business Affairs team.
Noel Siegel is joining Bray Entertainment in the newly-created position of Head of Production and Development. Siegel had been Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Nat Geo.
DIGA named Tiffany Trigg as Senior Vice President of Unscripted Development and Current Programming. Trigg was most recently showrunner and director for Find My First Love, set to premiere on FYI.
Acclaimed English actor Frank Finlay died January 30 from heart failure. He was 89. In addition to stage and film roles, Finlay’s television appearances included Casanova, A Christmas Carol and Merlin.
Richard Perin, President and CEO of MG Perin died suddenly on January 16. He was 75. Perin spent his entire career in the television industry as a producer and distributor.
This Day in History: 1536 – Buenos Aires was founded. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which alien used his powers to fight evil shape-shifter Yago? Bennu of the Golden Light, on 1982’s The Phoenix. Kudos to: James Ryan-A+E Networks/NYC, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, David Garber-Linzack Productions/Chatsworth, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA. Today’s Trivia Question Short-lived Superhero Theme Week:Which superhero’s nemeses included Torchy Thomson and Aerobicide? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.). Keep Watching & Reading,
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2016
ABC: Fresh Off the Boat, The Muppets, Marvel’s Agent Carter, What Would You Do?
CBS: Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
CW: The Flash, iZombie
FOX: New Girl, Grandfathered, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Grinder
NBC: Hollywood Game Night, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire
PBS: Finding Your Roots, American Experience
Telemundo: Celia, Eva la Trailera, La Querida del Centauro
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, El Hotel de los Secretos
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