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03.13.15 Good morning. It’s Friday March 13, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Discovery: Bering Sea Gold at 10p
Spike TV: Premiere Boxing Champions at 9p Tonight’s Finales:
Cinemax: Banshee at 10p
TBS: King of the Nerds at 9p
WE tv: Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars at 9p Saturday’s Premiere:
Weather Channel: Weekend Recharge at 9a Saturday’s Finale:
DIY: Amish Renegades at 10p Sunday’s Premieres:
E!: Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 9p, The Royals at 10p
Telemundo: La Voz Kids at 8p
Travel: Breaking Borders at 9p Sunday’s Finales:
Bravo: Thicker Than Water at 9p
CMT: Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge at 8p
HBO: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst at 8p
Showtime: Episodes at 10:30p
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Andy Samberg has been tapped to host the 67th Annual Emmys, airing Sunday, September 20 on Fox. It’s the first major TV hosting gig for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star. “Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers!” said Samberg. “Like, in general you should buckle your seat belt in your car. In fact, even if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should buckle your seat belt…. Also if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should strongly consider becoming one this year, because I’m hosting, and it’s gonna be a wild ride.”
CBS renewed Mom, Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls for 2015-2016. Mom, moved from Monday to Thursday, is up 42 percent in viewers (11.89 million) and 16 percent in A18-49 (2.9/9) in its sophomore year; Mike & Molly ranks number one in its time period among viewers (10.35 million) and A25-54 (3.7/9) during season five, and 2 Broke Girls, now in season four, is averaging 9.58 million viewers, up 3 percent versus last year.
Also in renewal mode is truTV, announcing Hack My Life and How to Be a Grown Up will be back for second seasons, and Top Funniest for a third. Barmageddon got an order for more eps, while Six Degrees of Everything grabbed a green light. “TruTV is taking fun, distinctive programming to a whole new level for our target audience of young, connected viewers,” said Chris Linn, head of programming.
Kerry Washington (Scandal) will play Anita Hill and exec produce HBO TV movie Confirmation, about the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, Hollywood Reporter was first to report. Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) will write and exec produce.
Empire exec producer Danny Strong admitted during a conference call he has “no clue” what’s in store for season two of the freshman Fox hit. Snoop Dogg and Patti LaBelle are among the stars lighting up the season one finale, but Strong said before the show aired, “we were getting passed on all over the place” for guest star roles. Now, “It turned into not only lots of ‘yes’es, but incoming calls of people who wanted to be on the show.” As for those ratings, up in viewers (to 14.7 million) nine weeks in a row since launch? “I thought we would grow in White households,” said Strong. “What I didn’t realize is that we would grow in White households but double in African-American households.”
Former U.S. Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, subject of last year’s Fox News special The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden, has been hired as a contributor at the news net. “It’s incredibly rare to have someone in a television contributor role with his leadership experience and expertise at the fighting unit level,” said chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. “His military insight will be a major asset to the network and we are honored to have him.”
SNL alum Norm Macdonald joins season nine of NBC’s Last Comic Standing as judge, joining returning judges Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans. Anthony Jeselnik (Comedy Central Roasts) replaces J.B. Smoove as host of the reality show, premiering this summer.
The FCC posted a 313-page (!) net neutrality order on Thursday, establishing its authority to make the Internet equally available to all content generators. The rules, called “a shining example of American democracy at work” by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, become law 60 days after they appear in the Federal Register. A court challenge is expected.
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LEGACY AWARD – Sean McManus, Chairman - CBS Sports
VISION AWARD – Gary B. Bettman, Commissioner - NHL
NAVIGATOR AWARD - Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision - Deportes Univision Communications Inc.
TLC ordered All That Jazz (wt), following the daily life of trangender teen activist Jazz Jennings. Unscripted series from This Is Just a Test is slated for a summer premiere.
Adventure thriller 12 Monkeys got the green light for a second season on Syfy. With Natalie Chaidez prepping Hunters for the network, Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Nikita), co-exec producers and writers of the pilot, will be stepping up to serve as EP/Showrunners.
USA picked up a pilot from Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters (2 Guns) and the late Henry Bromell (Homeland), who passed away in 2013,for Falling Water. Universal Cable Production pilot was written and co-created by Masters and Bromell; Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will also exec produce and direct the pilot.
ITV acquired Talpa Media B.V. (The Voice, Utopia, Dating in the Dark) for $530 million in cash; hitting profit growth targets could boost the price tag to $1.17 billion. Former Talpa owner John de Mol will remain onboard, working with ITV Studios managing director Kevin Lygo.
Short-run series 48 Hours: Cold Case will offer new reporting on long-unsolved cases starting Saturday, March 14 at 10p. “There’s a long history of cases being solved, reopened or overturned because of the reporting of our team on 48 Hours,” said senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky. “We believe that our original reporting on these unsolved cases may lead to someone in the audience coming forward with new information that could lead to closure for the families involved.”
Nat Geo WILD planted Secret Garden on Sundays, part of the net’s Destination WILD nights. Series focuses on unnoticed animals, thrust in the spotlight via high definition footage and time-lapse photography, starting March 22 at 10p.
Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) will host season two of truTV’s Fake Off, joined by returning judge Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee) and new judges, choreographer/director Laurieann Gibson (Making the Band) and creative director/choreographer Beau Casper Smart (So You Think You Can Dance). YouTube star Meghan Camarena (aka Straburry17) will serve in the new role of backstage correspondent for the season, launching this spring.
Anthony Archer-Willis returns – “with a smile on his face and a gin in his hand” – for a new season of Pool Master. Backyards become masterpieces starting Friday, April 3 at 10p on Animal Planet.
El Rey packs some heat with its “Sun’s Out, Guns Out” spring break event: 20 straight hours of Miami Vice. Sonny and Rico-athon begins Sunday, March 15 at 6a.
OWN hitmaker Tyler Perry (For Better or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor, The Haves and the Have Nots, If Loving You Is Wrong) even turns a party into a network event. One-hour Too Darn Hot Party takes viewers into Perry’s home, where guests include Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Holiday, Stevie Wonder and the casts of Tyler’s OWN shows. “Full of surprises” special airs Tuesday, March 17 at 10p.
American Heroes Channel’s FBI Takedowns launches with the story of Cheryl Hart and her young son, snatched and held at gunpoint as the FBI plots to lure the kidnapper into a sniper’s crosshairs. Series premieres Wednesday, March 18 at 10p.
Esquire four-parter The Runner-Up bows Tuesday, April 7 at 10p, documenting the Congressional run of American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken. Simon Chinn (Man On Wire) and Jonathan Chinn (30 Days) produced.
Digging for the truth about Discovery’s Gold Rush? A week after the season finale, miners reveal what didn’t make it on the air in Gold Rush Revelations, tonight at 9p. And in a show first, one key crew member decides to quit.
The Weather Channel’s Weekend Recharge, debuting tomorrow at 9a after AMHQ Weekend, “is a time for our audience to escape the hustle and bustle of the week,” Nora Zimmett, SVP of live programming, tells Cynopsis. “The anchors will encourage viewers to unplug by putting down their phones, computers and tablets in order to recharge by being with their family – not by plugging into an outlet. It’s all about quality time with their family and community while enjoying and learning about the weather."
The debut date of Discovery Life’s New Girls on the Block shifted from April 2 to Saturday, April 11 at 10p. Docu-series follows a group of female friends in the transgender community.
The story of a couple’s high-risk pregnancy that started on Lifetime’s Little Women: LA, continues on Little Women: Terra’s Little Family. Ten-episode docu-series, shot near real time, premieres Wednesday, April 8 at 9p.
Soap opera leading ladies band together to develop a new series in Queens of Drama, debuting on Pop Sunday, April 26 at 10p immediately following the Daytime Emmys. Show settles into its regular Wednesdays-at-8p berth April 29.
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) landed the female lead in CBS drama pilot Limitless, based on the 2011 film.
Kristen Hager (Being Human) will star opposite Terry O’Quinn (Lost) in ABC drama pilot The Adversaries.
James Liao is rejoining Unforgettable, moving from CBS to A&E for season four. Series stars Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh are already onboard.
Telco has three summer specials on offer: Fishing show Hawaii Marlin Challenge: 2015, Hollywood News: Summer Movie Preview and educational Bud Billiken Back to School Parade.
A packed room at NYC’s Lambs Club got the scoop on what’s ahead for Participant Media’s Pivot.
Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt returns Friday, June 12 at 10p. “Season one of Hit Record On TV was one of the most exciting and rewarding creative experiences of my life,” said Gordon-Levitt. “Collaborating with such a diverse range of artists around the world not only provides for a show with a multitude of perspectives, it also results in a show that’s incredibly entertaining. I can’t wait for people to see what we have in store for season two!”
Season two of docu-series Human Resources begins in summer 2015, continuing its relationship with Recycle Across America. And new programs Angry Planet and Secret Lives of Americans debut Friday, April 17 at 10p, and Friday, June 12 at 10:30p, respectively.
A new documentary programming block kicks off Wednesday, May 6 with Gardeners of Eden at 9p, exec produced by actor and philanthropist Kristin Davis (Sex and the City). And getting the green light: Untitled Brian Knappenberger Project, telling stories of people who defend human rights. In development are investigative food series with Alex Gibney and Mark Bittman, and a project with comedian Wyatt Cenac offering his take on topical issues.
“We have an exciting line-up that continues Pivot’s focus on entertainment that inspires,” said Kent Rees, GM.“Pivot has distinguished itself as a network with compelling and award-winning content across a wide range of genres that keep audiences tuning in while encouraging them to take action on the issues that move them.”
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Discovery’s Gold Rush delivered a season finale best in total viewers P2+ (6.39 million) and P25-54 (3.4) in Live+3. The docu-series ranks as the number six unscripted cable series with women for 2015 and has been the top program in all of television Friday among Men every week this year.
Saturday’s The Incredible Dr. Pol was the highest-rated telecast in Nat Geo WILD history, with .95 among P25-54 and 1.38 million total viewers in Live+3. Season finale airs Saturday, March 14.
Hallmark boasts the second week of Good Witch averaged 2.5 million total viewers and a 2.4HH rating, according to Live+3 data, making it the most-watched and highest-rated network among HHs and W25-54 Saturday at 8p.
Sunday Morning News Shows March 8, 2015
CBS: Face the Nation 3.18 million total viewers; .6 and 754,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.85 million total viewers; .7 and 896,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.76 million total viewers; .96 and 740,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.79 million total viewers; .4 and 466,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.13 million total viewers; .3 and 404,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Broadcast Morning Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of March 2, 2015)
ABC: Good Morning America 5.99 million total viewers; 1.8/13 and 2.18 million A25-54
NBC: Today 5.36 million total viewers; 1.7/13 and 2.05 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.63 million total viewers; 1.0/7 and 1.14 million A25-54
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 4.1/13, according to Nielsen. Fox topped 8p with 2.4/8 for American Idol, followed by 2.2/4 for CBS’s Survivor. Fox’s Empire ruled 9p with 5.8/17, versus 2.1/6 for CBS’s Criminal Minds. CBS was first at 10p with 1.7/6 for CSI: Cyber; Univision took second with Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No.
A18-49: FOX 4.1/13, CBS 2.0/6, ABC 1.1/4, UNI 1.1/4, NBC .8/3, TELE .7/2, CW .4/1, ION .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: March 11, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
American Idol 5.9/10, Empire 9.1/15
Survivor 5.4/9, Criminal Minds 6.4/11, CSI: Cyber 6.1/11
Mysteries of Laura [r] 3.3/6, Law and Order: SVU [r] 2.5/4, Chicago PD [r] 3.2/6
The Goldbergs [r] 3.0/5, The Goldbergs [r] 2.8/5, Modern Family [r] 3.3/5, black-ish [r] 3.0/5, American Crime [r] 1.8/3
Mi Corazon Es Tuyo 1.8/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.6/3, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.5/3
Arrow [r] .8/1, The Hundred .9/2
Los Miserables .8/1, Tierra de Reyes .7/1, Duenos del Paraiso .9/2
Cold Case .6/1, Cold Case .4/1, Cold Case .5/1
Turner International India appointed Rohit Bhandari as Senior Director and Network Head for its English entertainment portfolio that includes HBO and WB in South Asia. Bhandari previously led the media and entertainment vertical at Sahara India Capsac Limited.
44 Blue Productions promoted Sarah Poage to the position of Executive Vice President, from SVP. David Hale, formerly VP of Programming, has been elevated to Senior Vice President.
Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS Entertainment. Smith-Anoa’i was appointed Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications in 2009.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2015
ABC: Last Man Standing, Cristela, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Hart of Dixie, TV’s Hottest Commercials Countdown [r]
FOX: World’s Funniest Fails, Glee
NBC: Grimm [r], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over, A Great Performances Special [r]
Telemundo: Los Miserables, Tierra de Reyes, Duenos del Paraiso
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No
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