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04.01.16 Good morning. It’s Friday April 1, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Cinemax: Banshee at 10p
Disney: Walk the Prank at 9:30p
OWN: Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse at 9p and 9:30p
Pivot: Angry Planet at 7p
Syfy: Wyonna Earp at 10p
TLC: What If We Get Married at 9:30p
USA: Motive at 10p
WE tv: Kendra on Top at 9p, Driven to Love at 10p Tonight’s Finales:
Cooking: Dining with Darling at 12:30p
DIY: Texas Flip and Move at 9p Saturday’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: My Cat from Hell at 8p
FYI: He Shed She Shed at 10p
HGTV: House Hunters Renovation at 10p, We Bought the Farm at 11p and 11:30p
ID: Scorned: Love Kills at 10p
OWN: Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10p
Travel: Deadly Possessions at 9p, The Dead Files at 10p Sunday’s Premieres:
DA: Ghost Asylum at 10p
DIY: Desperate Landscapes at 1p
Food: Cutthroat Kitchen at 10p
Nat Geo: The Story of God with Morgan Freeman at 9p
Oxygen: Snapped: Killer Couples at 9p
PBS: Call the Midwife at 8p
TLC: Who Do You Think You Are? at 9p Sunday’s Finales:
AMC: The Walking Dead at 9p
Bravo: The Real Housewives of Potomac at 9:15p
Food: All-Star Academy at 9p
NBC: Hollywood Game Night at 10p
Showtime: Shameless at 9p
Score one for Lee Daniels and the Empire team. On Wednesday night, a judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by Jon Astor-White, who claimed that Empire infringed on a treatment he wrote for a project called King Solomon, about a character “who was educated at Harvard, started a small record label with one female singer and turned that into a billion-dollar business with numerous subsidiaries.” In federal court in California, Judge Percy Anderson shot down the lawsuit, granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss, noting that Astor-White alleged no facts supporting the possibility that the defendants, which also included Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Film Corp., had access to his treatment.
TBS‘s Conan is heading to Asia for the first time for a special extended episode shot on location in South Korea. CONAN in Korea is set to premiere Saturday, April 9 at 11p. Late-night series’ host Conan O’Brien, who spent a week on location, was joined by Korean-American actor and The Walking Dead star Steven Yuen. The duo also teamed up with J.Y. Park to film a K-Pop music video. CONAN in Korea marks O’Brien’s fifth adventure in the past 12 months. Last spring, he made headlines as the first American late-night host to shoot in Cuba in more than 50 years.
Saturday Night Live rolls into April with three back-to-back shows and two first-time hosts. Oscar-winner Russell Crowe presides over NBC’s April 9 telecast, while country artist Margo Price makes her musical guest debut. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) debuts as host on April 2 and will be joined by musical guest Gwen Stefani. Meanwhile, Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns for her third time as host on April 16. She’ll be joined by Nick Jonas as musical guest.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the 37th annual Worldwide Sports Emmy nominations on Thursday. ESPN thumped the competition with 40 noms, followed by Fox Sports 1 with 27. CBS led the broadcast networks with 21 noms, followed by Fox and NBC, which landed 19 each. Longtime CBS announcer Verne Lundquist will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
There’s a new host headed to Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) will be taking over the duties on the CW competition reality show’s upcoming third season. “My oldest daughter and I are huge fans of the show, so I am so excited to be hosting a program our whole family can watch together,” said Hannigan. “I’ve always wanted to play Vegas!”
Pop superstar Ariana Grande and “New Americana” singer/songwriter Halsey are set to perform at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Kendrick Lamar will present the “True Story” award during the telecast. The show, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart airs Sunday, April 10 at 8p.
Turner Classic Movies announced that Burt Reynolds is set to attend the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 to May 1. The actor will participate in a sit-down interview about his life and career, as well as introduce a screening of The Longest Yard.
Women In Film and Franklin Leonard‘s The Black List are launching the Women In Film/The Black List Episodic Lab, a television lab for female writers. The initial lab runs for eight weeks, starting in August, with eight women writers to be selected. The initiative features script development, workshopping sessions and master classes with established writers and industry executives. Participants will have their pilots read by agencies and networks to be announced.
TV One reality series The Next: 15 will close with a two-part reunion airing on Sunday, April 3 and Sunday, April 10 at 7p. Special episodes feature exec producer/host Carlos King and cast.
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Investigation Discovery greenlit production on true crime series Hard Evidence: OJ Is Innocent, offering a new theory and never before seen evidence about a possible new suspect behind the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Executive produced and narrated by Martin Sheen, the six-episode series is slated to premiere in early 2017.
Bob Daly has extended his overall deal with CBS for two more years. The comedy writer/producer vet currently serves as executive producer/showrunner on The Odd Couple and is the co-creator, EP and showrunner of comedy pilot Superior Donuts.
Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, co-hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, bows Sunday, May 8 at 8p, with seven former Food Network Star finalists competing over three episodes for a spot as the 13th finalist in the season twelve premiere of Food Network Star on Sunday, May 22. The show’s season 12 winner will be crowned Sunday, July 31 at 9p.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point ball. Dale Earnhardt’s legendary pink race car. The American flag draped around goalie Jim Craig after the “Miracle on Ice.” Smithsonian Channel debuts Sports Detectives on Sunday, April 24 at 9p. The six-hour docu-series hunts down missing treasures behind some of the most iconic moments in American sports history.
Lifetime series Devious Maids and UnREAL bow with new episodes on Monday, June 6. Devious Maids airs at 9p, followed by UnReal at 10p.
Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC on Sunday, April 3 at 9p with more celebrities embarking on journeys to trace their family trees. The season kicks off with Aisha Tyler, as she dives into her mother’s family history, tracking down the story of a man that had been lost over generations.
At Discovery Communications’ press breakfast on Thursday in NYC, CEO David Zaslav noted, “The basic elements of our business have turned significantly more positive. We’re spending more money on content and our brands.” Primary focus? “Growing audience around the world.” Zaslav explained the company is following ESPN’s road map for sports dominance in Europe, going direct to consumer with its Eurosport app.
But there was plenty to report on U.S. operations. Among the success stories: ID, the number one network for W25-54 in cable, season to date. A new slate of programming for the 2016-17 includes 13 new series and 16 returning true crime shows. “With the explosion of interest in crime programming, Investigation Discovery has been an unstoppable success,” said Henry Schleiff, group president.
Following its highest-rated quarter ever among P25-54/M18-49 and Women 25-54/18-49 in Live+3, Science Channel is bringing back event Punkin Chunkin and looking to repeat success with Search for the Next Mythbusters (the original ran for 15 seasons on Discovery). Upcoming specials include Mission Jupiter (wt), and live broadcasts of events like NASA space launches.
Discovery will launch 20 new series, two of them scripted: mini-series Harley and the Davidsons, and Manifesto, about the hunt for Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Deadliest Catch spinoff Dungeon Cove will follow the lives of fisherman in Oregon, and competition The Wheel puts extreme survival experts to the test. “Discovery had a record-breaking 2015,” said Rich Ross, group president. “We are up among millennials and double digits with women, Hispanic and African American audiences. I believe this current slate of programming will continue to build the brand and attract an even more diverse audience.”
Paranormal programming has proven to be a winner for Destination America, so there’s more on tap – among upcoming new series are Ghost Brothers and Ghosts of Shepherdstown. Ghoul-free programming includes What’s for Sale: With a View, launching Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30p an BBQ competition Smoked on Wednesday, June 1 at 10p.
The shuttering of A+E Networks’ H2 (to make room for Viceland) is an opportunity for American Heroes Channel, now the only cable home for full-time history content, noted Schleiff. New programming will include series Civil War Chronicles and How the World Ends.
Velocity, the little network with the big engine, had its best-yet year, the number one non-sports network last year for M18-49/25-54 in 4Q15 among nets with less than 70 million subscribers. Under the hood for 2016/2017 are new series Speed Is the New Black (wt), Wild Rides Alaska (wt) and RMD Design (wt).
Nancy Daniels, president of TLC and Discovery Life, announced TLC’s first scripted series, eight-episode soapy drama Too Close to Home (wt), from Tyler Perry. “This is a big swing for us, but it’s something we’re excited about,” said Daniels. Nate Berkus lends design star power in Married to Design: Nate & Jeremiah (wt), and OutDaughtered focuses on the family of the only all-female set of quintuplets in the country. This summer, TLC is launching a new brand campaign, “I AM,” celebrating “the differences that make us who we are.”
Animal Planet takes viewers to The Zoo in a new documentary series, and offers two new veterinarian shows, Texas Vets and Penn Vet. Life of Dogs (wt) looks at canines from wild wolves to pampered pets, while programming event Animal Planet Presents will include films like Life After: Chernobyl.
Frances Fisher is heading to CBS‘ Criminal Minds. According to TVLine, she’ll guest star as Antonia Slade, “a crazy UnSub who was put away by Mandy Patinkin’s Jason Gideon 15 years ago.”
Patrick J. Adams (Suits) has nabbed a role as a superhero in D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s first season finale, airing Thursday, May 19 on The CW. The character will return for a few episodes in Season 2.
Evan Handler has been upped to series regular on hip-hop drama The Breaks. He played Jonah "Juggy" Aaron in the original movie that has been ordered to series by VH1 for premiere later this year.
UnReal‘s first season fan-favorite, Faith (Breeda Wool), has landed her own show. Lifetime has launched The Faith Diaries, marking the net’s first scripted digital short series. All 10 episodes of the show are available on Lifetime’s website.
Just in time for the world premiere of Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 in Slovakia, AMC Networks International Central Europe has reached two deals for AMC’s distribution. As of today, Slovakia’s DIGI Slovakia and Slovak Telekom both add AMC to their lineup.
UK-based Woodcut Media has been commissioned by A+E Networks UK to produce Holloway: Women Behind Bars. The special takes an in-depth look at one of Europe’s largest female jails, which is due to close in summer 2016.
In other A+E Networks news, a deal has been struck with Orange TV to expand the distribution of its portfolio of factual entertainment brands. History, Lifetime, Crime+Investigation and H2 are all now available on Orange TV’s newly-launched IPTV service.
Zodiak Rights has confirmed additional sales of global scripted hit Versailles. In Russia, Channel One has picked up the series as well as Sony Pictures Television International Networks, which will broadcast it on pay TV channel Sony Entertainment Television in Russia and 15 countries in Eastern Europe. Other sales include Icelandic National Broadcaster RUV and RTP1 in Portugal, while Globosat Brazil and DirecTV pick up rights for Spanish speaking Latin America.
Studio 100 Media will create, supply and schedule a co-branded channel for the Middle East and North Africa region. The new channel “beJunior” will be available exclusively for pay TV subscribers of the beIN Media Group and is targeted at a children and family audience.
They’re high-fiving in Knoxville: All six Scripps Networks Interactive nets achieved year-over-year ratings increased in 1Q16. HGTV had its highest-rated quarter in network history in primetime, total day and weekends. Food Network primetime viewership among A25-54 increased 2 percent, and A25-34 was up 3 percent. Travel ratings among A25-54 were up 5 percent, while DIY had its highest-rated quarter ever among adults 18 and over and A25-54 grew by 6 percent year-over year. Cooking Channel had its highest-rated quarter ever among A/W25-54, and Great American Country had an audience gain of 29 percent among A25-54, for its highest-rated quarter in eight years.
FYI garnered its best quarter ever in key demos including A18-49, A18-34 and W18-49. The network saw increases versus 1Q15 among A18-49 (up 7 percent), W25-54 (up 8 percent) and W18-49 (up 17 percent). In 1Q2016, FYI’s prime median age was two years younger than 1Q15.
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of March 21, 2016
ABC: Nightline, 1.49 million total viewers and 0.34/2 A18-49
NBC: Late Night, 1.56 million total viewers and 0.45/3 A18-49
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.11 million total viewers and 0.29/2 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX led with the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 3.1/10, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’ Survivor topped 8p with 2.0/7, followed by FOX’s Rosewood with 1.4/5. FOX’s Empire catapulted to the lead at 9p with 4.8/15, versus 1.8/6 for CBS’ Criminal Minds. NBC’s Chicago PD topped at 10p with 1.5/5; CBS’ Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders ranked second with 1.3/4.
A18-49: FOX 3.1/10, CBS 1.7/6, NBC 1.3/4, ABC 1.1/4, UNI 0.8/3, CW 0.8/3, TELE 0.7/2, ION 0.2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Rosewood 3.4/6, Empire 7.4/12
Survivor 5.5/9, Criminal Minds 5.7/10, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 4.4/8
Heartbeat 3.2/5, Law & Order: SUV 4.0/7, Chicago P.D. 4.5/8
The Middle [r] 3.5/6, The Goldbergs [r] 3.0/5, Modern Family [r] 3.0/5, blackish [r] 2.5/4, Nashville 2.7/5
Arrow 1.4/2, Supernatural 0.9/2
Sueno de Amor 0.9/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
Quien es Quien 0.6/1, Eva, La Trailera 0.8/1, El Senor de los Cielos 1.2/2
Law & Order 0.7/1, Law & Order 0.6/1, Law & Order 0.7/1
Amy Friedman has been appointed Senior Vice President, Programming and Development for Sprout. Most recently, Friedman served as Senior Advisor for Viacom’s Scratch, and was President of Redhead Consulting, a brand creation and content development company.
Telemundo has named Mara Arakelian Senior Vice President of Talent Management. She joins the network from Bobo Producciones in Mexico, where she held the position of Management Director.
Joe Sciortino has been hired as Vice President and General Manager of KSLA-TV, Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate in Shreveport, LA. He moves to Shreveport from Hattiesburg, MS, where he was Vice President and General Manager at WDAM-TV, a Raycom Media station.
British actor Ronnie Corbett, who shot to fame on The Frost Report in the 1960s but is best known as playing one of The Two Ronnies, has died. He was 85. Corbett’s publicist confirmed that the comedian passed away on Thursday morning “surrounded by his loving family.”
Friday Fun Fact: The longest English word is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It is a lung disease caused by the prolonged inhalation of fine siliceous dust.
This Day in History: 1970 – President Richard Nixon signed legislation banning cigarette ads on TV and radio.Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which was the first US drama series to react to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on air? The West Wing. Kudos to: Mia Gabriel-AMC Networks/NYC; Gloria L. Price-CBS News/NYC; Joe Brucia-NBC Universal/NYC; Art Salisch-Hearst Television/NYC; Jenna Bellamy-Spectrum Reach/Birmingham, AL; Aaron Paquette-Vision Critical/Fort Worth, TX; Jim Katz-Radcliffe Road Pictures/LA, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What lodge was Raymond’s father a member of on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)? (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 APRIL 1, 2016
ABC: Last Man Standing [r], Dr. Ken [r], Shark Tank [r], 20/20 [r]
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals
FOX: Sleepy Hollow, Hell’s Kitchen
NBC: Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon [r], Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose The Week, Jazz [r], Jazz [r]
Telemundo: Quien es quien, Eva la Trailera, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Sueno de Amor, Pasion y Poder, El Hotel de los Secretos
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