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Katie Holmes will star in and exec produce an untitled Fox drama pilot from Ilene Chaiken (Empire) and Melissa Scrivner Love (Person of Interest). The Dawson’s Creek alum will play an FBI special agent who must rebuild her life after a career-crushing affair with a general. Project comes from 20th Century Fox Television and 3Arts.
Freeform ordered a pilot for Girls Code (wt), a workplace comedy from exec producer and director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks). From Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Feigco Entertainment, pilot sets up the odd coupe partnership between a self-centered CEO and community-building social entrepreneur.
Netflix gave a 10-episode order for animated series Tuca & Bertie, created by Bojack Horseman supervising producer Lisa Hanawait. Tiffany Hadish (Girls Trip) will exec produce as well as voice the lead character.
New docu-series Love & Hate Crime premieres Sunday, February 25 at 8p on ID. First episode focuses on the case of Josh Vallum, the first person to be sentenced on federal hate crime charges for killing a transgender person.
The Curse of Civil War Gold launches on History Tuesday, March 6 at 10p, with The Curse of Oak Island’s Marty Lagina looking into the mystery of a long-ago stolen fortune.
WGN America’s Code 100 debuts Tuesday, May 29 at 10p. Crime drama stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost) and the late Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) on the hunt for a serial killer.
The Dangerous Book for Boys opens Friday, March 30 on Amazon Prime. Comedy follows a family after the death of their patriarch, who left a handbook behind to help his sons.
Season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet premieres Friday, March 23 on Netflix. Upcoming guest stars include Joel McHale (Community), Maggie Lawson (Psych), Gerald McRaney (This Is Us) and Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings).
Discovery Family marked National Love Your Pet Day yesterday with the announcement that Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Their Own premieres Saturday, April 12 at 12p. The 52-episode animated series is inspired by the net’s 2012 show, Littlest Pet Shop.
Red-hot realtor Ryan Serhant offers tough love for under-performing employees in Bravo’s Sell it Like a Serhant, launching Wednesday, April 11 at 10p.
Omni Media content producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media is rebranding to Blue Ant Digital Studios. “With this rebrand, we are expanding our genres and interests beyond our original hyperfocus on gaming to millennial-driven, compelling content that spans unscripted to scripted, live action to animation, comedy to drama,” said Dan Lubetkin, chief content officer. They’re off to a fast start – Facebook Watch has launched 3 of the studio’s short form series, Grade A Kitchen, Family of Champions and Pixville Nightly, available on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps.
Wikia Inc.’s Fandom landed an investment from TPG-backed media veteran Jon Miller, who will be joining Wikia’s board as Co-Chairman. “We are in a challenging time for digital media but two things are clear: fans are increasingly using digital media to engage their entertainment passions and there is vastly increasing investment in entertainment content creation from an expanded set of companies,” said Miller. “Within this rapidly changing landscape there are going to be winners and losers and I strongly believe Fandom is a winner.” 
Snapchat users can now paste animated GIFs onto their snaps – kinda like the feature Instagram recently added. A partnership with Giphy allows users access to a big GIF database within the Snapchat app.
Netflix acquired animated film White Fang, based on the Jack London classic and featuring a voice cast that includes Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti and Eddie Spears. It’s the streamer’s first deal out of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
If its job listings are any indication, Spotify preparing to get in the hardware game. “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operation organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing,” reads one listing, reported by MusicAlly. Spotify runs on 300 connected products, but doesn’t have its own branded hardware…yet.
The season 2 finale of Facebook Watch scripted comedy Loosely Exactly Nicole airs today.
INSP movie County Line premieres Saturday, May 5 at 8p. Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard) stars as a former sheriff whose best friend, played by Jeff Fahey (Justfied) is gunned down.
Upcoming hosts/musical guests for NBC’s Saturday Night Live include Charles Barkley and Migos (March3), This Is Us’s Sterling K. Brown and James Bay (March 10), and SNL alum Bill Hader with Arcade Fire (March 17).
A new Smithsonian Channel special starring wildlife expert Casey Anderson premieres Wednesday, March 14 at 8p. The Mountain Lion and Me follows Anderson’s year-long journey trailing a predator he first found hunting in his back yard.
Jay Hernandez (Bad Moms) landed the lead in CBS pilot reboot Magnum, P.I. Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace) and Emily Nelson (Code Black) will recur on season 3 of HBO’s True DetectiveChristina Ochoa (Valor) is set for a series regular role on ABC drama pilot A Million Little Things.
Julia Kelly (The Vault) nabbed a series regular role in ABC’s Get Christie Love pilot….Melonie Diaz (The Breaks) will play one of the sisters in CW’s Charmed reboot pilot….Walton Goggins (Justified) secured a lead role on CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential….Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) will play the female lead in ABC action-dramedy pilot Whiskey Cavalier.
Global production house NHNZ has launched short-form division, WiLD Studios. “WiLD Studios celebrates the magnificence of our natural planet, with the mission of strengthening connections between brands, nature and wildlife,” said Carolyn Managh, who is leading the effort. “Whether it’s Antarctica, Mainland China, Siberian Desert or the Amazon, we can make it happen.”
In addition to the aforementioned Smithsonian Channel special, Casey Anderson’s Wild Tracks, a series of 6 episode shorts, launches March 26 on Smithsonian Earth, offering an up close look at wildlife icons starting Monday, March 26.
The IAB just published an Advanced TV/OTT Targeting Primer, including best practices for advertisers. In a blog post introducing the primer, Adam Lowry, director of advanced TV and digital sales with DISH Media Sales and Sling TV, and Doug Fleming, head of Advanced TV at Hulu, wrote, “While marketers are increasingly spending money on advanced TV targeting, there are still a lot of questions regarding the space. As Manny Hernandez, VP Group Director, Programmatic at DigitasLBi, described, ‘Advertisers are trying to understand how close the advanced TV space is to replicating our audience-buying strategies in the rest of the digital ecosystem? Basic questions include, what are the data targeting capabilities and the impact on scale, how should we choose to access the inventory sources, how are we defining success in the space?’” Lowry and Fleming say the Advanced TV Targeting Overview aims to help address those questions and provide additional clarity to the space.
BBC Worldwide inked format deals with Applause Entertainment at BBC Showcase for Indian remakes of HBO’s The Night Of and NBC comedy The Office. “Applause is looking to create premium content for Indian viewers to watch online, delivered on the back of the big digital highways that have been built through telecom and all other platforms that exist,” said Applause chief exec Sameer Nair.
BBC Worldwide also struck deals for Korean versions of Luther (MBC), Mistresses (OCN) and Life on Mars (OCN).
Filming has wrapped on event series Das Boot, coproduced by Bavaria Fiction, Sky Deutchland and Sonar Entertainment. The World War II drama will premiere at the end of 2018 in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.
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Top 11 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of January 29, 2018
Live+SD US AA/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
This Is Us (NBC) 9.3/11.6/+2.3
Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.9/4.6/+1.7
9-1-1 (Fox) 1.6/3.1/+1.5
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.3/3.7/+1.4
Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.3/3.6/+1.3
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/2.1/+1.1
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) 1.0/2.0/+1.0
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.0/2.0/+1/0
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.2/2.2/+1.0
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.2/2.2/+1/0
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of February 12, 2018
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 18234, 119, 153, 157129
E! News (E!) 12087, 790, 15, 32330
Today Show (NBC) 1607, 688, 2, 12590
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 1201, 1249, 1, 14055
Good Morning America (ABC) 1190, 723, 2, 12433
Fox & Friends (Fox News) 910, 433, 2, 3853
The Fosters (Freeform) 814, 98, 8, 4056
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 810, 119, 7, 15680
The Daily Show (Comedy) 673, 50, 13, 16168
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) 635, 25, 25, 15169
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, February 16, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 16.58 million
Winter Olympics 16.58
CBS: 4.02 million
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 4.38, Hawaii Five-0 3.30
ABC: 2.67 million
A Bug’s Life 2.40, 20/20 3.22
FOX: 1.36 million
The X-Files 1.46, The X-Files 1.26
UNIVISION .95  million
El rico y Lazaro1.16, Papa a toda madre 0.96, Caer en Tentacion 0.95
TELEMUNDO 0.81 million
Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion 0.69, Sangre de Mi Tierra 0.79, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote 0.94
CW: .64 million
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .60, Penn and Teller: Fool Us .68
Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC 3.8/12, CBS .8/3, ABC .6/3, UNI .5/2, TELE .4/2, FOX .3/1, CW .2/1
Epix named Nancy Cotton Executive Vice President, Original Programming. Cotton joins Epix from Heyday TV USA, where she was most recently President.
Jupiter Entertainment hired David Young as Chief Financial Officer. Young has 20 years of experience in public accounting, corporate finance and strategic planning.
David Liu has been appointed Senior Finance Director for Turner Asia Pacific’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong, and Joseph Tan was tapped to serve as Finance Director for Turner’s Southeast Asia business. Prior to Turner, Liu was Head of Finance for NBA Asia and India, and Tan was Finance Director of Publicis Communications in Singapore.
LA-based Bruni Media announced that former Saban Entertainment and Fox Family Television Studios President Lance H. Robbins has joined the company as acting President.
Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh has been named President of Sirens Media, while company founders Rebecca Toch Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton become Creative Directors. Sebastian-Dayeh had been SVP of Development at Sirens sib ITV Entertainment.

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ABC: The Goldbergs [r], Speechless [r], Modern Family [r], American Housewife [r], Match Game
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, The Amazing Race [f]
CW: Riverdale [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r]
FOX: The Resident [r], 9-1-1 [r]
NBC: Winter Olympics
PBS: Nature, NOVA [r], Impossible Builds  
Telemundo: Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion, Al Otro Lado del Muro, Enemigo Intimo
Univision: El rico y Lazaro, Papa a toda madre, Caer en Tentacion

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