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04.07.16 Good morning. It’s Thursday April 7, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Al Jazeera America: The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama’s White House at 10p
CBS: The Odd Couple at 8:30p
Cooking: Carnival Eats at 10p
Nat Geo: Primal Survivor at 10p
Travel: Mysteries at the Museum at 9p Tonight’s Finales:
CMT: Party Down South at 9p
Fox: American Idol at 8p
UP: Bringing Up Bates at 9p
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IN THE NEWS
President Obama will be interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday April 10. It will be the Commander in Chief’s first Fox News Channel chat since 2014.
Ads in TV-G programs generate more attention and purchase intent than commercials in shows with TV-14 and TV-MA ratings, according to a new study commissioned by Scripps Networks Interactive and UP TV. The Family Entertainment Brand Impact Study, conducted by Nielsen, found that ads in family-friendly programming scored 27 percent higher among all viewers, with the lift rising to 51 percent among viewers who said they regularly seek TV-G content. “We’ve always known there’s a powerful connection between our shows and ads, this study helps to explain exactly why,” said Chris Ryan, SVP of ad sales research for Scripps.
FYI will stop serving Kocktails With Khloe after its final season one episode Wednesday, April 20. Viewership for the talker has dropped to 197,000 total viewers and .1 among A18-49 in Live+7. The show will go out with a bang, featuring power couples Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
Investigation Discovery is holding a convention for crime TV fanatics. Held on Saturday, June 11 in NYC, IDCON will be headlined by network talent including Paula Zahn, Joe Kenda, Chris Hansen, Candice DeLong and Tony Harris. “ID recently closed out its best quarter ever in prime among all key demos – and this incredible success is due to the passion of the best superfans out there, our ID Addicts,” Henry Schleiff, Group President, ID, AHC and DA, tells Cynopsis. “We wanted to find a way to both show our appreciation for ID Addicts and to feed their insatiable appetite for all things ID. From there, IDCon was born: a completely free day full of beloved personalities, sneak peeks of upcoming and favorite shows, one-of-a-kind experiential activities and of course a surprise or two – an event true crime fans would simply ‘kill’ to attend.”
Sonia Manzano, who retired as Sesame Street’s Maria last summer after 45 years on the kids’ classic, will receive the Emmy for Lifetime Achievement at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys ceremony May 1 in LA.
Melissa McCarthy will be honored with the “Comedic Genius” award at Sunday’s 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Previous winners were Will Ferrell in 2013 and Kevin Hart – this year’s host, with Dwayne Johnson – in 2015.
TBS ordered season two of The Detour ahead of the show’s official launch on Monday, April 11 at 9p. Created, written and exec produced by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, the series had sneak preview telecasts following the NCAA tournament, and is available to stream. “I’m very excited to be going back to making my favorite show not yet on TV and look forward to making outrageous demands in my rider for the second season,” said Daily Show alum Jones.
Byron Allen issued a statement in response to Comcast’s opposition to the Entertainment Studios/National Association of African-American Owned Media petition to the FCC. Characterizing accusations that it had failed to fulfill its obligation to carry minority-owned channels as “unadulterated bunk,” Comcast noted of ASPiRE and Revolt, “That the networks have attracted investors who are not owned by African Americans does not change the fact that the networks are majority or substantially owned by African Americans.” In his response, Allen said, “Everybody talks about diversity, and everybody complains about the lack of diversity. These lawsuits were filed to provide distribution and real economic inclusion for 100% African American-owned media…. The cable industry spends $70 billion a year licensing cable networks and 100% African American-owned media receives ZERO.This is completely unacceptable.”
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Get him a ticket to IDCON: Uberproducer Dick Wolf and NBC are developing Law & Order: True Crime, starting with an eight-parter based on the Menendez brothers murder case. Calling the scripted limited anthology series a “natural evolution of the Law & Order brand,” Wolf points out, “There is no shortage of compelling real-life criminal cases, and the Menendez trial was more scintillating than most crime fiction.”
The Company’s head of unscripted development, Jason Henry (Fear Factor), has inked a two-year overall deal to develop unscripted TV formats under his Lobster Moon banner. Henry will continue as exec producer on The Company’s West Texas Investors Club.
Cinemax has put in development The Boys, based on the graphic novel by Garth Ennis (Preacher), from Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey, Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Sony Television.
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro leaves his batter behind to take a cross-country trek with his wife and kids on Food Network’s Buddy’s Family Vacation. RV road trip commences Friday, May 27 at 8p.
Nat Geo WILD celebrates Earth Day on Friday, April 22 with short films from this year’s “Wild to Inspire” competition, starting at 6:30p, followed by Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge at 9p.
FX will air a marathon of The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on Saturday, April 9 at 2p, starting with a commercial-free broadcast of the first episode. The critically acclaimed limited series wrapped its first run on Tuesday.
AXS TV is re-airing Dan Rather’s interview with Merle Haggard on Friday, April 8 at 11:30a, Saturday, April 9 at 9a and Sunday, April 10 at 8a. The Big Interview episode originally aired in September 2013. The country music legend died Wednesday, on his 79th birthday.
Nickelodeon renewed School of Rock for a second season. Musical comedy series based on the 2003 movie airs Saturdays at 8:30p.
Season two of Ovation’s Raiders of the Lost Art bows Wednesday, May 11 at 10p. Series explores the world’s greatest art crimes and mysteries.
Boundless is back for season three Tuesday, April 12 at 10p on Esquire. Newcomers Rory Bosio and Hunter McIntyre join Simon Donato and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock going to extremes across three continents.
OWN docu-series Livin’ Lozada, the net’s highest-rated freshman series among W18-49, returns Saturday, May 7 at 10p. It’s a season of mother/daughter drama, with a visit from medium John Edward.
Brad Garrett won’t be playing it for laughs when he guests on the two-part season finale of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU on Wednesday, May 18 and May 25 at 9p. The Everybody Loves Raymond star will play a corrections officer with a history of violence and corruption.
The Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold is set as the male lead in a possible extension of the NBC spy drama. Planted spinoff, with Famke Janssen, will air Thursday, May 12.
Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210), Dan Payne (All Yours) and Corbin Bernsen (LA Law) star in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries drama Karen Kingsbury’s A Time To Dance, premiering on Sunday, May 15 at 9p.
Trevor Donovan (Texas Rising) landed the role of country star Eddy Arnold in upcoming CMT scripted drama Million Dollar Quartet (wt).
Lili Simmons (True Detective) is onboard HBO drama Westworld in a recurring role.
Verizon signed an agreement to acquire a 24.5 percent stake in multi-platform media company AwesomenessTV. Dreamworks Animation will have 51 percent ownership of outstanding shares, and Hearst 24.5 percent. Brian Robbins, AwesomenessTV founder and CEO, and Brett Bouttier, AwesomenessTV’s president, will still hold the reins. Part of the deal: Verizon and AwesomenessTV will create a premium short-form video service, to launch as part of the go90 offering. “In addition to delivering compelling scripted and non-scripted series with high production values, AwesomenessTV has demonstrated an ability to zero in on programming that Gen Z and millennials want to watch,” said Marni Walden, EVP and president of Product & New Business Innovation, Verizon. “The content AwesomenessTV has produced for go90 has exceeded all our expectations…. That’s why we want to be in the AwesomenessTV business.” Added Robbins, “Our goal is to be the media company of the future, where content and distribution go hand in hand – we are now one giant step closer to that future.”
Comedy streaming channel Seeso premieres Flowers on Thursday, May 5. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh) star in the dysfunctional family (is there any other kind?) comedy/drama.
Netflix ordered seasons two and three of tween series Project Mc2, focused on girls who use their science smarts to save the world. The streaming service also announced that along with the White House Council on Women & Girls and the U.S. Dept. of Education, it is partnering on a program to encourage girls to study science, math, art, engineering and technology.
Following up on results from its CultureFirst report on U.S. Latinos, NBCUniversal Hispanic Group announced social-first movement “Movimiento.” The initiative launches with “Movimiento Musica,” a social video series with multi-platform extensions dedicated to aligning emerging artists and their content with brands. Samsung will power the social-hub, highlighting The Panacea Project, the first featured artist of the platform. Series aimed at “Generation M” (millennial, mobile, multicultural) debuts at the end of April. “Movimiento Musica builds on the insights of CultureFirst by tapping into the power of musical discovery as a key cultural connector for Hispanics and millennials,” said Mike Rosen, EVP of Advertising Sales, News and Hispanic Groups, NBCUniversal.
Keshet International has sold BBC One UK drama The A Word to Swedish public service broadcaster SVT. The deal follows an agreement with U.S. series partner SundanceTV, which will begin airing the show this summer.
Studio 100 Media inked a new deal with Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT for more than 100 half hours of programming, including CGI highlights such as Heidi, the adventure series Tashi and the revival of an Australian icon The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill.
Vice Media announced it will offer TV channel Viceland in France via Canal Plus, available to Canalsat customers across all platforms starting this fall. UK launch is slated for September.
Electus International signed a deal with Modern Times Group to bring series to the Baltics region, including Dating Naked, World’s Funniest Videos: Top 10 Countdown, Bet On Your Baby and Online Dating Rituals of the American Male to Latvia, Get Out Alive to Lithuania and World’s Funniest Videos: Top 10 Countdown and Almost Genius to Estonia.
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The third season of DIY’s Texas Flip N Move wrapped its highest rated season to date, attracting more than 3.7 million total viewers and growing ratings 92 percent over the prior two seasons. The finale on Friday averaged nearly 196,000 impressions among viewers P25-54, up a whopping 156 percent from year ago levels in the Friday at 9p timeslot, the highest-rated telecast for the series.
And the winners on Wisconsin primary night were…Fox News, with 3 million viewers from 8p-11p, and CNN, news demo leader with 650,000. CNN delivered 1.9 million total viewers and MSNBC drew 1.5 million. Among A25-54, Fox News collected 601,000 viewers and MSNBC 378,000.
Up against the Wisconsin primary, the finale of FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story drew 3.27 million viewers and 1.7 million among A18-49, its best audience since episode 3, but down from the premiere’s 5.11 million Live+SD/2.0-in-the-demo haul.
ABC newcomer The Real O’Neals was even week to week on Tuesday in total viewers (3.7 million) and A18-49 (1.0/4), with its best lead retention out of Fresh Off the Boat (88 percent/91 percent), which tied a series low 1.1.
Tuesday’s American Idol special on Tuesday averaged a 1.4 rating among A18-49 for Fox, versus .7 for the net’s comedies in the space last week.
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS had the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 1.6/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s NCIS topped 8p with 2.0/7, versus 1.4/5 for NBC’s The Voice repeat and Fox’s American Idol special. CBS kept the lead at 9p with 1.7/6 for NCIS: New Orleans, followed by 1.5/5 for NBC’s Chicago Med. NBC rose to the top at 10p with 1.5/5 for Chicago Fire; CBS placed second with 1.1/4 for Limitless.
A18-49: CBS 1.6/5, NBC 1.5/5, FOX 1.3/4, ABC .8/3, CW .4/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NCIS 9.6/16, NCIS: New Orleans 7.6/12, Limitless 3.9/7
The Voice [r] 4.3/7, Chicago Med 4.7/8, Chicago Fire 5.0/9
American Idol: American Dream 3.7/6, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.7/3
Fresh Off the Boat 2.7/5, The Real O’Neals 2.3/4, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 1.8/3, Beyond the Tank 1.3/2
Camino Hacia Destino 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds .9/2
The Flash [r] .8/1, iZombie .7/1
Quien es Quien .6/1, Eva la Trailera .7/1, Senor de lo Cielos 1.1/2
Ipsos appointed Joe Marshall as President of Ipsos Marketing Quantitative in the U.S. Previously, Marshall was head of IMQ in the UK.
This Day in History: 1933 – After years of Prohibition, beer was sold again in 19 of 48 states. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: ?The protagonists of which two detective series teamed to find the murderer of the son of one of the men? Cannon’s (1971-1976) Frank Cannon crossed over to Barnaby Jones (1973-1980).? Kudos to: Joe Leydon-Cowboys & Indians Magazine/Houston, James Ryan-A+E Networks/NYC, Ken Horowitz-AMC Networks/NYC, Ed Goode-Connelly Partners/Boston, Perry Ewell-Perry Ewell Copywriting/LA.
Today’s Trivia Question: On which comedy did Alicia Silverstone, David Schwimmer, Robin Thicke and Juliette Lewis guest? (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 – THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2016
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Catch
CBS: Big Bang Theory, The Odd Couple [p], Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Rush Hour
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100
Fox: American Idol [f]
NBC: Little Big Shots [r], The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU [r]
PBS: The This Old House Hour, Masterpiece Mystery! [r], Antiques Road Show [r]
Telemundo: Quien es Quien, Eva la Trailera, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Un Camino Hacia el Destino, Pasion y poder, El Hotel de los Secretos
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