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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM HISTORY and TALOS FILMS
HISTORY and TALOS FILMS thank CYNOPSIS TV AWARDS 2018 for honoring:
 
AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS
Winner: Best Documentary Series
 
America’s War on Drugs is a genuine milestone…an important contribution to recent American history, it’s also the first time U.S. television has ever told the core truth about one of the most important issues of the past 50 years.”  THE INTERCEPT
 
War on Drugs  smartly lays out the shocking hypocrisy of US drug policy ….
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Wednesday, March 7th | 4:45pm – 8pm | SVA Theatre, NYC
 
Hear from Time Inc., Volvo, NBCUniversal, CDW, Crowd Tangle, Limbik, Lyft, Viacom Velocity, eShap TV, PGA, Attn: and more in these thought-provoking panels:
 
The Brands Speak
Building your Blueprint for Revenue Success
Short Form Behind the Scenes
 
 
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
NBC issued a pilot order to Suspicion, a Hitchcockian thriller that explores how far a man will go to save the people he loves. Project is based on the book by Joseph Finder and hails from The Path creator Jessica Goldberg, Universal TV and Keshet Studios.
 
Political podcast Pod Save America has found a new home at HBO. Crooked Media, founded by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, secured a deal with the premium cabler for a series of one-hour specials this fall. “At a time when politics affects to lives of Americans more than every before, Pod Save America has brought fresh and thoughtful voices to the discussion,” said HBO Programming president Casey Bloys.
 
Former WME partner Lisa Harrison inked a first-look deal with FX Productions. The agreement includes her newly launched Long Con Inc and builds on Harrison’s longtime ties with FX and 20th Century Fox Television, where she worked as a comedy scout director of comedy. The first order of business for Harrison will be developing thriller pilot The Body.
 
Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, who starred in The Killing, are teaming up in Hanna, a straight to series drama at Amazon. Project is based on Focus Features’ offbeat 2011 assassin feature.
 
Amazon and Liberty Global ordered The Feed from The Walking Dead executive producer Channing Powell and British producer Studio Lambert. The social media-infused sci-fi drama is a TV adaptation of Nick Clark Windo’s dystopian novel.
 
Apple is developing Little America, a half-hour anthology from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, SMILF EP Lee Eisenberg, Master of None co-creator/EP Alan Yang and Universal Television, reports Deadline, based on true stories from Epic Magazine.
 
Production has begun on The Little Drummer Girl, from The Ink Factory in partnership with BBC One and AMC. The international thriller is shooting across Europe.
 
Skiing? Skating? Bobsled? Which Winter Olympic sport will you be following? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: http://www.cynopsis.com/poll/
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
WE tv serves up a new season of culinary docuseries Hustle & Soul starting Thursday, March 22 at 10p. Chef Lawrence Page is back with big plans to expand the Pink Tea Cup brand.
 
Iyanla: Fix My Life returns to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with all-new episodes on Saturday, March 3 at 9p.
 
Season 2 of Hollywood Darlings premieres Wednesday, April 18 at 8p on Pop TV.
 
Top Gear, with hosts Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid, bows Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 on BBC America.
 
Smithsonian celebrates Women’s History Month with two new series. Epic Warrior Women, featuring iconic female fighters from the Roman Empire to Central Asia and West Africa, debuts Monday, March 19 at 8p. Cleopatra, examining the life of Egypt’s most famous ruler, premieres Monday March 5 at 8p.
 
The Americans returns to FX on Wednesday, March 28 with the first of its final ten episodes.
 
 
COMING UP
 
The Bounce Trumpet Awards, hosted by Larenz Tate (Power) and Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse) and celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, premieres Sunday, February 11 at 9p on Bounce. The Red Carpet Pre-Show airs immediately prior at 8:30p.
 
GSN airs a Valentine’s Day themed Steve Harvey Family Feud marathon on Wednesday, February 14 from 5p to 11p. 
 
CBS daytime is featuring special Valentine’s Day themed programming on Wednesday, February 14. The Price Is Right is inviting newlyweds to come on down and play together as couples at 10a. Let’s Make A Deal celebrates single ladies and men with a Singles Appreciation episode (check local listings), and The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful air romance-centric episodes, too, at 12:30p and 1:30p, respectively.
 
COPS is going for the gold in fencing, wrestling and more. COPS Gold Medal Games marathon begins airing Wednesday, February 14 at 7p on WGN America.
 
 
ADVERTISING
 
A+E Networks has launched SheReports, a free subscription-based newsletter offering insight and analysis into what women want. In an interview with Media Village, Amy Baker, EVP of the Client Insights and Strategy team at A+E, said, “A couple of years ago we saw that there was space out there to be a thought leader and provide marketers with a deeper look at what’s going on with women today. We experimented with the idea over time and launched it in December 2017, in partnership with #SeeHer – the Association of National Advertisers’ campaign to fight bias against women.”
 
 
CASTING
 
Felicity Huffman (Transamerica, Desperate Housewives) is joining the sophomore season of EPIX dark comedy Get Shorty as a recurring guest star…. Cody Fern (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) is boarding the cast of Netflix’s House of Cards as a series regular… Melissa O’Neil (Dark Matter) nabbed a female lead in ABC’s straight-to-series The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion…. Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Anupam Kher (The Big Sick) landed series regular roles in NBC’s hospital drama pilot, Bellevue .… Sophia Bush (Chicago P.D.) will guest star on ABC upcoming comedy, Alex, Inc.
 
 
KID STUFF
 
Discovery Family animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic returns for its eighth season on Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a.
 
Lupus Films and HarperCollins Children’s Books are producing an animated special based on the British kid’s book The Tiger That Came To Tea. No broadcaster has been announced.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Snapchat introduced a new tool that lets users create custom face lenses and new text caption styles for snaps (think puppy ears and the vomiting rainbow). The lenses, similar to Snapchat’s custom geofilters, start at $9.99.
 
Sundance Now debuts This Close exclusively in the U.S. on Wednesday, February 14. Created, written and starring deaf actors Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, the dramedy centers on the relationship of best friends.
 
Kevin Hart is set to guest on the premiere of Netflix’s The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Sunday, February 18. The episode also features appearances by Alison Brie, Mike Colter, Paul Reiser, Jodie Sweetin and Jim Rash.
 
Acorn TV debuts second seasons of two international dramas in March. Delicious returns on Monday, March 5, followed by Striking Out on Friday, March 16.
 
The CW’s supernatural romance pilot, Cupid’s Match, launches on its digital network CW Seed on Wednesday, February 14.
 
TEGNA is expanding its HeartThreads digital series to include positive stories from the 2018 Winter Olympics. HeartThreads Gold went live on Thursday at https://www.facebook.com/HeartThreadsVideos and TEGNA-owned stations’ digital and on-air platforms.
 
Documentary special One Shot, following professional choreographer Will “WilldaBeast” Adams on a journey to find the next underground dance star, debuts on YouTube Red on Thursday, February 15.
 
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RATINGS
 
Lifetime’s The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar and special Bio Presents: Simone Biles: American Gold reached over 8.2 million viewers since their premieres, according to Nielsen. The Simone Biles Story was the net’s top performing movie in 2018 among W25-54 (706,000) and garnered 2.2 million Total Viewers in Live+3 for its February 3 premiere.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, February 7, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 6.74 million
The Blacklist 6.35, Law & Order: SVU 6.65, Chicago PD 7.22
CBS: 6.13 million
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 7.25, The Amazing Race 5.01
FOX: 5.17 million
The X-Files 3.74, 9-1-1 6.59
ABC: 2.83 million
Inside Out 3.10, Match Game 2.56
UNI: 1.14 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.26, Papa a Toda Madre 1.19, Caer en Tentacion 0.98
CW: 0.98 million
Riverdale 1.29, Dynasty 0.66
TELE: 0.83 million
Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion 0.73, Sangre de mi Tierra 0.84, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote 0.92
 
Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: CBS 1.3/5, FOX 1.3/5, NBC 1.1/4, ABC 0.9/3, UNI 0.6/2, TELE 0.3/2, CW 0.3/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Tom Hill, former Vice President of TV Land and Creative Director of Nick at Nite, was named Creative Director of Cozi TV.
 
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios hired Joshua Ross as Executive Director of Sports.TV. He last served as Executive Director, Digital at The Tennis Channel.
 
Tiffany Mocher was promoted to Chief People Officer at dataxu. She had been Senior Vice President.
 
Breakthrough Entertainment appointed Pilar Segura as Head of Production. She was previously partner and Vice President, Production at Screenlife Productions.
 
Ellenann B. Yelverton was named Vice President, General Counsel for Raycom Media. She joined the company in 2007 to oversee
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Producer and Hollywood executive Jill Messick, who was once Rose McGowan’s manager, died February 7. She was 50. In a statement, Messick’s family said that she had taken her own life and was “collateral damage” in the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
 

Friday Fun Fact: Dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
 
This Day in History: 1964 – The Beatles made their first live appearance on American TV on The Ed Sullivan Show.
 
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: For which of Darrin’s clients did Esmerelda babysit and perform magic on his son on Bewitched? Mr. Norton. Kudos to: Samantha Salvatore-WNET/NYC; Steven Wishnoff-Borgasmord Productions/Los Angeles, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, CA; Jeremy Cyril-Just Ducky/Toronto, ON.
 
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the law firm Angel Investigations moved to in the final season of Angel (1999-2004)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
 
Answer to Miniseries Anagram: Oh Brats Born Fed = Band of Brothers. Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Network/Stamford, CT; Michelle LeTarte-Seven Sisters Entertainment, Inc./Los Angeles, CA.
 
Switcheroo: John Logan (two characters, one actor) (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)

 

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9
ABC: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: A Charlie Brown Valentine, Child Support [f], 20/20
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Bull
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin
FOX: Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?
NBC: 2018 Winter Olympics
PBS: Washington Week, MeToo Now What?, The America Epic Sessions
Telemundo: Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion, Sangre de mi Tierra, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote
Univision: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Caer en Tentacion

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