02.05.16 Good morning. It’s Friday February 5, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Food: Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation at 10p
HBO: Vice at 11p, Animals at 11:30p Tonight’s Finale:
ID: Forbidden: Dying for Love at 10p Saturday’s Finale:
FYI: Tiny House World at 9:30p
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) has landed a job as a presenter on the BBC’s Top Gear, announced BBC America. The former Friend will be the car show’s first non-British host in 39 years. A self-described “car nut,” LeBlanc has appeared twice as a guest, and holds the record as the fastest celeb to date around the Top Gear track in its “reasonably priced car.” Piers Morgan cheered the news, tweeting that it is “a brilliant choice [with] huge global recognition.” Jeremy Clarkson, whose contract with Top Gear was not renewed last year after a run-in with a show producer, is set to host a new auto show on Amazon Prime.
Viacom Inc.’s Philippe Dauman was elected executive chairman at Viacom Inc., succeeding 92-year-old Sumner Redstone. The vote comes one day after Les Moonves was elected chairman of CBS Corp., succeeding Redstone.
TV One is introducing a new look and tagline, “REPRESENT,” during tonight’s telecast of the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards. “TV One is evolving our brand because our viewers want programming that represents them not as a monolith, but as unique individuals with diverse interests and lives,” Lori Hall, SVP, marketing, tells Cynopsis. “That’s what we promise to represent. It’s a rebirth of a network with passionate and loyal fans who will invite new viewers to sample our fresh, new voice and offerings.”
It didn’t take long for USA to renew freshman Colony, the sci-fi drama from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal. “Carlton and Ryan have successfully delivered a story that tests the strengths and weaknesses of a society in duress, and the bonds of a family divided,” said Chris McCumber, net president. “Colony’s performance across all platforms has been impressive.” Fourth episode aired Thursday at 10p.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Cox Communications agreed to a new distribution pact ahead of the Super Bowl that will end a blackout. A carriage dispute had resulted in consumers in nine markets losing access to local affiliates.
Movie studio Lionsgate has approached Starz about initiating acquisition talks, said Starz in a regulatory filing on Thursday. There has been speculation about a merger since last year, when investor John Malone acquired a minority stake in Lionsgate via a stock swap with Starz, of which he is the largest shareholder.
Fox News will host its third GOP debate on Thursday, March 3 at 9p, with Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace back to moderate. It will be the 11th Republican presidential primary contest. Donald Trump skipped the last Fox News debate after the net refused to remove Kelly as moderator, but candidate and network appear to have made up.
After ten years of losses, Charter added 11,000 video customers in 2015, the company reported in an earnings call. Good news for those customers: Charter said it will not raise prices in 2016. Charter also said it added 450,000 high-speed Internet customers in 4Q15. “Our biggest growth opportunity is to take video share from other providers,” said Charter president and CEO Tom Rutledge. “We think that in the places where we operate, our video share is about 50 percent. We think we have tremendous upside.”
Miley Cyrus will join the upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice as a key advisor. “When Miley speaks everyone pays attention,” explains Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and late night programming. Season ten, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera, launches Monday, February 29 at 8p.
Fox is launching late night series Party Over Here, from SNL alums Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone of The Lonley Island. Weekly half-hour sketch comedy starring Nicole Byer (Girl Code), Jessica McKenna (Riot) and Alison Rich (Resident Advisors) premieres Saturday, March 12 at 11p.
Added to the eclectic Grammy Awards lineup: Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark, Jr. and Bonnie Raitt will pay tribute to B.B. King; Pitbull takes to the stage with Travis Barker, Robin Thicke and “surprise special guests” and Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry debut with their rock supergroup, The Hollywood Vampires. Show airs live on CBS Monday, February 15 at 8p.
A multi-city Bring It! Live Tour this summer will extend the Lifetime program franchise into communities, where fans can watch series stars perform onstage. Audience participation and a new competition storyline are part of the program.
Sleepless in Toledo? Poker Central launched on Buckeye Cable System yesterday. Shows on the 24/7 channel include live play, strategies and player profiles.
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Production vet Benjamin Ringe (Peacock Productions) has launched B.BOLD Content Studios, to create, produce and distribute quality factual content for broadcast, cable, OTT and digital. “I’ve been developing shows for 20 years – it’s been a lifelong dream for me to do this,” Ringe tells Cynopsis. “International is a big part of my strategy. I’m going back to my roots; my first project is an international travel show.” Series will be out to market in 2Q16.
Science Channel ordered new episodes of Outrageous Acts of Science to premiere in summer 2016. The program, which reveals the science behind Internet stunts, was the net’s most-watched last year, with an average 574,000 total viewers P2+.
ABC News special Journey to the Oscars follows the stories of notable nominees including comeback “kid” Sylvester Stallone, breakout star Brie Larson and one-time soap actor Bryan Cranston, using a cinematic, doc-style approach. Anchored by Robin Roberts, show airs Sunday, February 21 at 10p.
The Orchard acquired North American distribution rights to documentary Life, Animated from A&E Indie Films. The film, about an autistic boy who found a pathway to language through Disney animation, won the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award in the U.S. competition.
The premiere of Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge Part 2 has been moved up from December to Sunday, March 20 at 9p on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, following an encore of part 1 at 7p. The change was due to “the exceptional viewer engagement,” according to Crown Media Family Networks. The Bridge aired in December as part of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas.” The shift is good news to viewers like this one, who posted on the movie’s Facebook page: “I love the movie! But… why did they make us wait for one year for part 2?”
Donnie Dark: A NAACP Image Awards Special airs at 7p on TV One, with live performances and interviews with music greats. It’s the first of a quarterly series of Donnie After Dark specials slated for the net. Live red carpet show follows at 8p, ahead of the awards at 9p. Born Again Virgin sneak peek caps off the night at 11:30p.
In a new twist on real-life crime stories, NOVA: Iceman Reborn chronicles the attempt to unravel the mystery around mummified Otzi, murdered over 5000 years ago. Film premieres Wednesday, February 17 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).
Fuse is celebrating Black History Month with features on emerging African American artists, starting Saturday, February 6 at 12p. Among those interviewed are LaQuan Smith (fashion designer), Roble Ali (chef), Keli Goff, (writer/on-air personality), Jo Jo Rodriguez (make-up artist), Dorian Missick (actor/DJ), Khail Bryant (actress/dancer) and Toyin Odutola (visual artist).
CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 will feature four songs from Coldpay’s latest album on Friday, February 12 at 9p. “As we started writing the Valentine’s Day episode, that album basically became our soundtrack and we knew we wanted to use their music to illustrate what was happening with our Ohana,” said Peter Lenkov, exec producer.“These songs were just a perfect fit.”
Spike TV’s Caraoke Showdown features Craig Robinson (The Office) as a driver picking up unsuspecting contestants in a karaoke-inspire game show. Spike is partnering with Howie Mandel’s Alevy Procuctions for the show, which will premiere as a half-hour special later in 2016.
Freeform’s “Valentine’s Day with Your BAE” event starts Saturday, February 13 at 5:30p with You Again, and ends Sunday February 14 with Monster-in-Law.
E! has New York’s Fashion Week covered, with nightly reports, a themed episode of Fashion Police with guest co-host Kris Jenner, as well as updates and short form content online.
NBCUniversal’s inaugural Marketing Innovation Award goes to Kohl’s, for engaging fan experiences across multiple platforms in unique ways. “Every day, consumers see marketing messages everywhere they look. It’s our job to help brands break through the clutter and develop meaningful ways to connect with consumers,” said John Harrobin, CMO, advertising sales, NBCU. “[Kohl’s] capitalized on the power of our industry-leading portfolio and talent to extend their brand’s reach. This award is meant to shine a light on these types of deeper partnerships and initiatives that embrace a truly cross-platform approach.” Right back atcha, said Kohl’s EVP of marketing Will Steiff: “Our unique, cross-channel integrations with NBC have driven deeper engagement and unique experiences for consumers through disruptive, custom-branded content that is inspiring to viewers and Kohl’s customers.”
Tony Shaloub (Monk) landed the lead role in CBS’s BrainDead, as a hard-drinking Republican senator. Comic-thriller is slated to air in summer 2016.
Jason Patric (Narc) will star in the second season of Fox summer thriller Wayward Pines. M. Night Shyamalan exec produces the series based on the Blake Crouch best-sellers.
Seal has been cast as Pontius Pilate in live Fox musical The Passion, airing Palm Sunday, March 20. Tyler Perry narrates.
Jane Levy (Suburgatory) nabbed the lead in the pilot for CBS relationship comedy My Time/Your Time, from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Jean Smart (Fargo) are onboard FX Networks’ pilot Legion. Co-production with Marvel Television begins production in March.
“Weird Al” Yankovic will voice the title role in Disney XD’s Milo Murphy’s Law. Voice cast for the animated series also includes Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams and Sarah Chalke, among others.
New season three episodes of Love It or List It Vancouver are back on Canada’s W Network starting Monday, February 8 at 10p. Production of season four of the series from Big Coat Productions is in underway.
Real estate reality shows get a renovation with Seeso’s Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, launching on the streaming comedy channel Thursday, March 17. The semi-scripted spoof is set in a cutthroat luxury L.A. real estate firm.
Complementing its YouTube videos (who knew?), the Library of Congress announced the online publication of Tap Dance in America, a database by Hampshire College professor Constance Valis Hill. A reception celebrating the release takes place February 12 in NYC.
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E!’s viewership growth in January included increases of 35 percent among total viewers (632,000) and 29 percent among A18-49 (356,000) in primetime. The net ranked among the top 20 cable entertainment networks for the month with A18-49.
January was FYI’s best month ever among A18-49, fueled by premieres of Married at First Sight, Kocktails with Khloe, Tiny House Hunting, Tiny House World and Zombie House Flipping. The net reports gains versus January 2015 among A18-49 (up 24 percent), W25-54 (up 20 percent) and W18-49 (up 39 percent), along with a 9 percent jump in A25-54.
Thank you, Barrett Jackson Live: Velocity earned its best week ever for the week of January 25 in Total Day delivery among all key demos and ranked in the Top 20 networks for Men in all of cable. The auto auction secured 6.11M real-time L+SD viewers across the combined telecasts.
The premiere of ID’s Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty? drew over 1.5 million viewers P2+, 1.25 million HHs and 645,000 P18-49. The net ranked number seven in the January 30 at 9p timeslot, and number 11 for the delivery of total viewers in all of ad-supported cable.
The season three finale of History’s The Curse of Oak Island hit a series best 3.4 million total viewers and 1.6 million among A25-54. Island is the net’s number one nonfiction series across all key demos.
CBS This Morning topped 4 million viewers in a week for the first time in 20 years. The morning show closed January with a 16 percent increase among viewers (to 4.02 million) and 20 percent (1.2 rating) versus January 2015, according to Nielsen.
Broadcast Morning Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 25, 2016
ABC: GMA 5.4 million total viewers; 1.5/12 and 1.79 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.88 million total viewers and 1.6/12 and 1.81 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 4.02 million total viewers and 1.0/8 and 1.19 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 25, 2016
NBC: Tonight, 3.267 million total viewers and .88/4 A18-49
CBS: Late Show, 2.472 million total viewers and .52/3 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2.105 million total viewers and .49/2A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX averaged the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 1.9/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox topped 8p with 2.3/8 for American Idol, followed by 1.6/5 for CBS’s 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly. NBC took the lead at 9p with 1.8/6 for Law and Order: SVU, versus 1.5/5 for Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen. NBC was still in first at 10p with 1.7/6 for Chicago PD; CBS’s Code Black was second with 1.2/4.
A18-49: FOX 1.9/6, NBC 1.5/5, CBS 1.3/4, ABC 1.1/4, CW .8/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .6/2, ION .3/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Mysteries of Laura 4.4/7, Law & Order: SUV 4.7/8, Chicago PD 4.6/9
American Idol 5.5/9, Hell’s Kitchen 2.8/5
2 Broke Girls 4.0/7, Mike & Molly 4.2/7, Criminal Minds [r] 3.6/6, Code Black 4.5/8
Madoff Part 1 4.7/8, American Crime 2.6/5
Arrow 1.6/3, Supernatural 1.2/2
Antes Muerta que Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
Celia 1.0/2, Eva, La Trailera .8/1, Querida Centauro .9/2
Law & Order .7/1, Law & Order.7/1, Law & Order .6/1
Tom Christie has been elevated to Chief Operating Officer, Showtime Networks, leading sales, affiliate marketing, network operations and new business development teams as well as the Showtime streaming service product group. Christie has served the company for over 25 years.
Christine Merrifield has joined Turner as Senior Vice President, Ad Sales Strategy and Monetization. Previously, Merrifield was President of Investment and Activation at MediaVest Worldwide.
Vibrant TV appointed Jessica Hoyt as Vice President of Program Acquisitions. Hoyt will continue to serve as Director of Advertising Sales for the network’s corporate parent, Zephyr Media Group.
Voice artist Joe Alaskey died February 3 after battling cancer. He was 63. Alaskey voiced many Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats.
Friday Fun Fact: It is illegal to mispronounce Arkansas while in that state. This Day in History: 1881 – Phoenix, Arizona was incorporated. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which show’s hero was a jazz saxophonist who got hit by lightning? Nightman (1997). Kudos to: Jerry A. Kapner-Kapner Group/Montclair, NJ, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NYC, Will Allmendinger-Clear Channel Outdoor/Chicago, Matt Willence-ITN Networks/NYC, Eric Litt-Antenna TV/Chicago, David Garber-Splash Entertainment/Woodland Hills, CA, Bill Graff-Kismet Media Group, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank. Today’s Trivia Question: Which show centered on a scientist who fought evil by shape-shifting into animals? (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 – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2016
ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss, Super Bowl’s Greatest Halftime Shows
CW: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals
FOX: Sleepy Hollow, Second Chance
NBC: Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon, Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose The Week, Live From Lincoln Center
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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