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04.08.16 Good morning. It’s Friday April 8, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Fuse: Fluffy Breaks Even at 10p Tonight’s Finales:
Destination America: Paranormal at 10p
Food: Burgers, Brew & ‘Que at 8:30p
FOX: Sleepy Hollow at 8p
HBO: Animals at 11:30p Saturday’s Premieres:
PBS: Martha Bakes at 9p (Check local listings)
Starz: Outlander at 9p
Velocity: The Lifted Life at 10a Saturday’s Finales:
AHC: What History Forgot at 10p
Reelz: Copycat Killers at 10p Sunday’s Premieres:
AMC: Fear the Walking Dead at 9p
Bravo: Shahs of Sunset at 9p
DIY: Disaster Decks at 10a
Food: Spring Baking Championship at 9p
Lifetime: A Woman Scored at 9p
Great American Country: Minnesota Salvage at 5p
Nick: Other Kingdom at 7p
PBS: Masterpiece: Grantchester at at 9p, Mr. Selfridge at 10p
Showtime: House of Lies at 9p, Dice at 9:30p
Starz: The Girlfriend Experience at 8p Sunday’s Finales:
CNN: Race for the White House at 9p
DIY: Salvage Dawgs at 9p
Hallmark: When Calls the Heart at 9p
HBO: Togetherness at 10:30p
HGTV: Beachfront Bargain Hunt at 8p and 8:30p, Caribbean Life at 9p and 9:30p, Island Life at 10p and 10:30p
Showtime: Billions at 10p
Ben Silverman has landed in the chairman’s seat at Propagate Content, and will serve as co-CEO along with longtime collaborator Howard T. Owens. The company, which is expanding its programming slate to include all genres, received an additional round of investments form A+E Networks and has partnered with Will.i.am and Apple on an unscripted series about app developers. “I have always admired Ben and Howard’s long and lucrative track record of building thriving businesses together,” said A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc.“They are two of Hollywood’s most impressive and prolific producers and we are very much looking forward to our successful partnership as they develop and produce multi-platform content for the global marketplace.” Most recently, Silverman was founder and chairman of Electus, launched in 2009.
TBS late-nighter Conan is heading back to the Big Apple for the first time in six years, for a week of shows from Harlem’s Apollo Theater. The visit, set for October 31-November 3, continues Conan O’Brien‘s travels – he recently journeyed to Korea for a special extended episode airing Saturday, April 9 at 11p and will again be doing a week of shows from Comic-Con International in San Diego this July. Conan airs Monday-Thursday at 11p.
Amazon’s Galaxy Quest revival is on hold. Sam Rockwell, who co-starred in the 1999 sci-fi comedy with Alan Rickman, revealed the news on Chris Hardwick‘s Nerdist podcast. “We were ready to sign up,” said Rockwell. “[Then] Alan Rickman passed away, and Tim Allen wasn’t available – he has [Last Man Standing]- and everybody’s schedule was all weird. It was going to shoot, like, right now. And how do you fill that void of Alan Rickman? That’s a hard void to fill.” Rickman died in January.
Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) is set to host the 2016 Peabody Awards ceremony, celebrating projects in the fields of news, entertainment, documentaries, children’s programming, education, interactive programming, and public service. The show goes on Saturday, May 21, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, televised in a 90-minute special to air on Pivot on Monday, June 6 at 8p.
The constellation of stars scheduled to perform at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards continues to grow. Newly added to the mix are Colombian superstar Juanes, singer, actress and TV host Lucero, urban music singer Yandel, pop singer and La Voz Kids coach Natalia Jimenez, and Marc Anthony. Awards show airs live on Thursday, April 28 at 8p on Telemundo, preceded at 7p by red carpet preshow.
Lisa Simpson is a vegetarian, but fans want writers to take her advocacy for animals one step further. A Care2 petition urging The Simpsons writers to make the character vegan has gathered over 20,000 signatures. “I figured the most popular animated TV show in history already has a vegetarian, why not ask for her to be vegan?” says longtime fan Matthew Hanson, who started the campaign. The show’s late co-creator, Sam Simpson, was vegan. David Mirkin, showrunner during the “Lisa the Vegetarian” episode, is also a vegetarian.
Universal Cable Productions is opening its doors to storytellers looking to create the next great television series in its first pitch fest on April 28. “We’re taking a fresh approach as we mine for new talent and incubate ideas,” said Dawn Olmstead, EVP, Development. “It’s a great opportunity to engage with novice storytellers and give them an entry point to bring their projects to life.” Applicants must complete a submission release form and know a UCP employee or have a direct connection to someone who does business with the studio. Selected entries will be contacted for a 10-minute pitch meeting with Olmstead and her team.
LAFF, the broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock, has acquired rights to five series from Carsey-Werner Productions. In multi-year licensing agreements announced on Thursday, the network picked up Roseanne (9 seasons), That ‘70s Show (8 seasons), 3rd Rock from the Sun (6 seasons), Grounded for Life (5 seasons) and Cybill (4 seasons). “With comedy-driven cable networks now focused on producing original series for millennials, LAFF is positioned to become the new leading comedy destination for adults 18-49,” said Jonathan Katz, President and CEO of Katz Broadcasting, LAFF’s parent company.
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It’s an interactive talk show meets a build show meets a live comedy show. Spike is teaming with the producers of Talking Dead to launch a live series starring Adam Carolla. Adam Carolla And Friends Build Stuff Live will feature the television, radio and internet personality taking on building projects with celebrity pals in need of his carpentry expertise. The series, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles and include taped segments illustrating the prep-work that went into each week’s project, debuts in 2017.
Adding to its history of soapy dramas, Freeform has picked up to series Famous in Love, from Pretty Little Liars executive producer I. Marlene King and starring Bella Thorne. Based on the novel by Rebecca Serle, series follows ordinary college student Paige (Thorne) as she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster and discovers the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town.
There’s a spinoff on the horizon for Young & Hungry. Currently in development, the untitled series stars Ashley Tisdale as Logan Rawlings, a lesbian magazine editor.
The network heats up the summer with three new dramas. Set in the late 1980s, Dead of Summer, from Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (Once Upon a Time), focuses on the seemingly idyllic Camp Stillwater. (Bows Tuesday, June 28 at 9p.) Guilt, from Lionsgate TV and Thunderbird Films, is a one-hour soapy drama surrounding the murder of a young girl. (Debuts Monday, June 13 at 9p.) Docuseries Cheer Squad follows two-time World Cheerleading Champions on the long road to defending their title. (Premieres Monday, August 22 at 10p.)
Switched at Birth will end its five-season run in 2017 with a special 90minute series finale. The Peabody Award-winning drama delves into racial tensions at Daphne’s college and celebrates its 100th episode with the return of Gilles Marini.
Freeform make its first venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with new series Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, a superhero love story. The net is also launching original programming in late night with Alice, a half-hour weekly variety-style platform showcasing experimental short-form content.
The network also gave a green light to pilot Issues. Inspired by Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles, the scripted show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine.
There was no shortage of goodwill in the room at Cynopsis’ second annual Social Good Awards Breakfast in New York City on April 7. Campaigns ranging from exposing trafficking in endangered species, to empowering veterans, to preventing bullying were spotlighted, to an appreciative (and packed) house.
Giving back is in the DNA of many of the brands in attendance. “Social good is good in terms of a corporate reputation, but also you live and you work in these communities and you want to make sure you’re supporting the causes your customers care about,” Irma Arizmendi, Jet Blue’s manager of corporate responsibility, told Cynopsis. “It’s not only important for the community, it’s important for us as a group of brands to get together and stand behind anything that would make a difference in America, in the world.”
FedEx is another company with a long history of giving back. “FedEx cares and has always cared,” said Steve Pacheco, director of advertising & sponsorship marketing. “Anywhere you see the FedEx brand, chances are you’ll see activation of our community and social responsibility message.”
It’s not just about doling out dollars, emphasizes Meredith Hahn, VP, corporate social responsibility at American Express. “We realize just making grants is not going to capitalize on the power of our employees to bring their voice and their energy to causes, as well as our customers, many whom are very interested in causes. We really wrap our arms around how we can find easy ways for them to get involved.”
There’s no denying the feel-good factor. “We’re an ad agency, and there’s not a lot of ad agencies in these kinds of awards,” Kevin Meagher, copywriter Deutsch, told Cynopsis. “But we’ve done work for WATERisLIFE for quite a while and it makes us feel good knowing we’re doing something better for the earth.”
“Disney is driven by storytelling and technology – and we know that kids introduced to computer science today will become the innovators and storytellers of tomorrow,” said James Pitaro, chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We are honored to have partnered with Code.org to introduce millions of students to coding, which is becoming one of the most important languages of their generation.”
But sometimes, doing something for the greater good actually helps the bottom line. Notes Pete Borum, CEO of Reelio, “When a brand mixes their call to action with something that is cause related, they may get a two and a half times lift. It really does have a lot of impact on business metrics to integrate a message with a cause-related call to action.”
At the end of the day, “We’re all striving to do good work, and anytime we can do good in television, it’s a great thing,” said Erich Archer, executive director, Cape Ann Television. “It’s a very powerful medium.”
Proud to salute those in the industry doing such a stellar job raising awareness and inspiring action, Cynopsis got into the act with a contribution to Red Nose Day.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of cult classic, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?, Lifetime and Sony Pictures Television have teamed with James Franco to remake the classic TV movie, premiering Saturday, June 18 at 8p. The retelling stars Franco and reunites Tori Spelling (True Tori) and Ivan Sergei (Jack and Jill) from the original.
Classic film fan alert! A newly-restored version of the 1937 Cary Grant comedy When You’re In Love airs Friday, May 6 at 8p on getTV. It’s the first time the restored version will air on broadcast television.
The organic cooking adventures continue when Outdoor Channel‘s Alaska’s Wild Gourmet airs its second episode on Saturday, April 9 at 7p. The new series follows the hard-working Ewing family as they manage a bustling, remote catering business, creating five-star gourmet meals made straight from the wild Alaskan outdoors.
Tatyana Ali (Zoe Ever After) returns to TV One in new made-for-television movie, Second Sight. Premiering Saturday, April 23 at 8p, the film stars Ali as Clara Randall, whose gift of “prophesy” leaves her haunted by premonitions of horrific kidnappings.
Car Hunters bows Tuesday April 26 at 10p on History. Each episode follows a new buyer, aided by a friend or family member, as they check out three vehicles and hit the open for a test drive and then decide which ride they will cruise home in.
Cooking Channel‘s Cake Hunters premieres Wednesday, May 25 at 10p. From weddings to family reunions, the search for the perfect cake is on as three cake designers present party hosts with original over-the-top options for their affair.
Fox has given second season orders to Lucifer and Rosewood. The two dramas join horror comedy anthology Scream Queens as the first freshman Fox series to be renewed.
The sixth season of Martha Stewart’s teaching show, Martha Bakes, premieres Saturday, April 9 on PBS (check local listings). Filmed at Stewart’s farm in Bedford, NY, this season features 39 students enrolled in culinary schools across America. “Every season is meant to inspire and educate, and the sixth season has even more of my favorite recipes and techniques,” says Stewart. And that’s a good thing.
History’s Top Gear returns Tuesday, April 26 at 9p, featuring exotic supercars, extreme stunts and over-the-top challenges.
Great American Country is living it up in the great outdoors with Season 2 of Going RV. Returning Wednesday, May 4, at 9p, the series features families who decide to ditch ordinary daily life for an adventure on the open road.
C. Thomas Howell is heading to TNT drama Animal Kingdom. According to The Wrap, Howell will recur asPaul Belmont, a Navy lieutenant commander at Camp Pendleton, and the father of Josh’s girlfriend, Nicky (Molly Gordon).
Armoza Format‘s studio game show The Bubble has been acquired by Pesci Combattenti, marking the first time the Italian production company has taken an international format. The show isolates contestants for a week, before bringing them to the studio and presenting them with the week’s current affairs.
Sky 1 is set to launch Spelling Star, a talent show that will uncover the nation’s best young speller. The eight-part series, produced by Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine Group, features 20 children age nine to 13 going word to word in the ultimate spelling showdown.
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With its 8-10p comedy block returning to originals against Fox’s Wednesday American Idol finale and Empire, ABC earned second place on the night in A18-49 (1.5/5). Despite going head to head with Empire at 9p, Modern Family tied the penultimate telecast of Idol as Wednesday’s #2 TV show in A18-49 (2.2/7). From 8-9p against Idol, ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs were within spitting distance of CBS stalwart Survivor in the hour among A18-49 (1.7/6 vs. 1.9/7).
The season seven premiere of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell on April 2 clawed in 1.1 million total viewers P2+ and was the series’ highest rated premiere in Persons 25-54 since May 2013 in L+3. The episode was also the highest rated and most watched episode among M25-54 since April 2013 and among W25-54 since May 2014. Animal Planet broke into the Top 5 ad-supported cable nets in the 8p (#4) among W25-54.
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of March 28, 2016
NBC: Late Night, 1.50 million total viewers and 0.41/3 A18-49
ABC: Nightline, 1.42 million total viewers and 0.33/2 A18-49
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.21 million total viewers and 0.29/2 A18-49
Source: Nielsen NTI
Sunday Morning News Shows April 3, 2016
CBS: Face the Nation 3.99 million total viewers; 0.8 and 939,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 3.70 million total viewers; 0.9 and 1,104,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 3.11 million total viewers; 0.8 and 925,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 2.58 million total viewers; 0.5 and 543,000 A25-54
FOX: News Sunday 1.64 million total viewers; 0.4 and 512,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen NTI
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of March 28, 2016
ABC: GMA 4.75 million total viewers; 1.3/11 and 1.60 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.60 million total viewers; 1.5/12 and 1.75 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.68 million total viewers; 0.9/8 and 1.08 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen NTI
BBC Worldwide North America has named Sergei Kuharsky as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Kuharsky was previously at Scripps Networks Interactive, where he served as General Manager for Food Network.
The SIM Group has upped two senior executives. Chris Parker will serve as Chief Business Development Officer, and Bill DeRonde will act as President of Post Production.
Tobin Kirk has joined entertainment brand consultancy and marketing innovations agency Troika as Managing Executive Producer. He had been an executive producer and producer at Blind Inc.
Friday Fun Fact: Butter was the first food product allowed by law to have artificial food coloring. It is white in its natural state.
This Day in History: 1947 – The first Tony Awards were presented for theatrical achievement.Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On which comedy did Alicia Silverstone, David Schwimmer, Robin Thicke and Juliette Lewis guest, pre-fame? The Wonder Years (1988-1993). Kudos to: Staci Gonzalez-441 Productions/NYC; Brian Linville-Red Arrow Industries/Knoxville, TN; Lindsay Garber-Splash Entertainment/Woodland Hills, CA; Renee Kurland-The Walt Disney Co./Burbank, CA; Elissa Guzzardo-Lopez Negrete/Burbank, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What was Maryann’s ex-husband’s profession on Cybill (1995-1998)?(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 8, 2016
ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20 [r]
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals
FOX: Sleepy Hollow [f], 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]
Telemundo: Quien es Quien?, Eva la Trailera, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Un Camino Hacia del Destino, Pasion y Poder, El Hotel de los Secretos
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