04/13/15: Jon Bon Jovi producing rock star reality show; review copies of Game of Thrones eps slam the Internet; Participant Media CEO Jim Berk steps down


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Good morning. It’s Monday April 13, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
AHC: Hitler: The Rise and Fall at 10p
AMC: Turn: Washington’s Spies at 9p
Destination America: Buying the Bayou at 9p
FYI: Outback Nation at 10p
History: Rivermen at 10p
ID: Fear Thy Neighbor at 10p
Logo: Cucumber at 10p, Banana at 11p
Science: Impossible Engineering at 8p, Chaos: Caught on Camera at 10p
Travel: Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern at 9p


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Who says you can’t go home? Not Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi, who’s teaming with TWC-Dimension to exec produce If I Wasn’t a Rock Star. Reality series has stars returning to their hometowns to see what their lives would have been like if they hadn’t followed their music dreams. “I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of the country. They are the real rock stars,” said Bon Jovi.


Retiring Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer announced on Sunday’s program that he will be replaced by John Dickerson, CBS News political director. Dickerson has been on the show 83 times, said Schieffer, and “sure has the right bloodlines.” Schieffer, 78 and a 46-year CBS vet, leaves this summer.

The season five premiere of Game of Thrones aired Sunday, but hundreds of thousands of fans got an early peek when four episodes were leaked to piracy sites Saturday night. By Sunday morning, the eps had been downloaded almost 800,000 times, according to piracy tracker Excipio. They appear to be review copies. “Sadly, it seems the leaked copies of the upcoming season Game of Thrones originated from the group approved by HBO to receive them,” said the net. “We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned on Friday, saying, “After more than eight years at Participant it is the right time for someone else to take the helm.” Founder and chairman Jeff Skoll, who is stepping into the CEO role during the hunt for a replacement, credited Berk with helping the company “span film, television and digital, serving a global audience of socially conscious consumers.”

Significant Mother, planted at digital studio CW Seed, is headed to series at the CW. Comedy from Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios stars Josh Zuckerman (90210) as a man whose best friend is dating his mother, played by Krista Allen (What About Brian).

Viewers get an extra dose of CBS’s CSI: Cyber next week. The spinoff airs in the Tuesday-at-10p time slot on April 21, replacing Person of Interest; another Cyber original airs in its regular 10p period the next night.

The week after the season seven opener of River Monsters ranked as the most-watched Animal Planet premiere ever, with 1.9 million P2+ viewers in Live+3, the show was renewed for season eight. Series airs Sundays at 9p.

Bruce? Paul? Madonna? Who would be your dream guest on a Jon Bon Jovi rock star reality show? Let us know at the new Cynopsis poll.


ABC Family greenlit pilots for comedy Gorgeous Morons and supernatural drama Beyond. “Quality comedies and epic adventures are key elements of our programming strategy,” said Karey Burke, EVP, programming and development.

Fox is working on a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for television. Two-hour event is to be directed, exec produced and choreographed by High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega, with big screen Rocky Horror’s producer, Lou Adler, onboard, as well as Gail Berman from The Jackal Group.

Electus International picked up format rights for Lighthearted Entertainment’s Labor Games. TLC will air a sneak preview of the quiz show set in delivery rooms Saturday, May 9.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: April 10-12, 2015
Furious 7 (Universal) $60.6 million, cume revenue $252.5 million
Home (20th Century Fox) $19.0 million, cume revenue $129.6 million
The Longest Ride (20th Century Fox) $13.5 million, opening weekend
Get Hard (Lionsgate) $8.6 million, cume revenue $71.2 million
Cinderella (Disney) $7.2 million, cume revenue $180.8 million
Divergent Series: The Insurgent (Lionsgate) $6.9 million, cume revenue $114.8 million
Woman in Gold (Weinstein Company) $5.9 million, cume revenue $9.3 million
It Follows (Radius-TWC) $2.0 million, cume revenue $11.8 million
Danny Collins (Bleecker Street) 1.6 million, cume revenue $2.5 million
While We’re Young (A24 Films) $1.4 million, revenue $2.4 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


Science Channel celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with three hours of specials on Sunday, April 19. Mission Critical: Hubble airs at 8p, followed by How the Universe Works: Big Bang at 9p and How the Universe Works: Alien Galaxies at 10p.

AMC eight-part special event The Making of the Mob: New York premieres Monday, June 15 at 10p. Spanning over 50 years, series traces the rise of notorious gangsters like Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel from teenagers to murderous mafiosa.

Scarlett Johansson will take her fourth turn as host of Saturday Night Live on May 2, the day after the release of her upcoming film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Johansson last manned the NBC sketch comedy’s stage in 2010.

Destination America’s backwoodsmen are back when Hillbilly Blood returns Saturday, May with back-to-back eps at 9p and 9:30p.

Actor/former Marine R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) tests weapons both modern and historical on Outdoor Channel’s upcoming GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey (“like Top Gear for weapons,” says the net). Half-hour series launches Wednesday, April 15 at 8p.

Sunday’s 2015 TV Land Awards gala, hosted by Terry Crews, featured appearances by Carl Reiner, Judd Apatow and a standing ovation for Betty White. Awards show premieres on TV Saturday, April 18 at 9p, with simulcasts on Nickelodeon and NickMom.

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Five years down the road, OTT advertising will grow to $40 billion and could make up half of all TV advertising, according to a new report from Diffusion Group, with ad load increasing from 3.2 minutes per half hour to 5.1 minutes. Meanwhile, ad load on linear will drop from 8 minutes to about 5. The good news for linear: the drop in ad load will be made up for by an increase in sales of native advertising and sponsorships, predicts Diffusion.


GRB Entertainment packed Camp Takota to MIPTV for global distribution. The movie, featuring YouTube stars Grace Helbig (E!’s The Grace Helbig Show), Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart, had a digital release.

Along for the ride to Cannes with Electus International: Nat Geo social experiment The Raft, CW’s Jane the Virgin, Bellator martial arts specials and ITV’s Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.


Canale 5 commissioned Armoza Format game show Still Standing, to be produced by Endemol Shine Italy to air daily during the access news slot starting May 4.

Keshet International sold 15 episodes of new trivia game show Trade Up to Romania’sPrimaTV.

FremantleMedia International landed global distribution rights to CNN documentary series The Seventies. Precursor The Sixties sold into 43 territories worldwide.


Beth Hoyt (Inside Amy Schumer) landed a female lead role opposite Jon Dore in CBS comedy The Half of It. Project from CBS Television Studios focuses on a newly divorced dad.


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The mid-season premiere of AMC’s Mad Men delivered 3.6 million viewers and 1.9 million A25-54 in Live+3 ratings, up 57 percent and 60 percent, respectively, versus Live+SD.

Live+3 delivery for the season two premiere of WGN’s Salem on Sunday, April 5 at 10p ranks as this season’s highest lift across all new and returning premieres on cable among A18-49, up 112 percent to 602,000. Total viewers rose 99 percent, to 1,014,000, ranking as this season’s second highest lift of any new or returning premiere on cable.

E!’s The Royals delivered 1.1 million viewers P18-49 its fourth outing, up 7 percent versus the average and a series high in the demo.

CBS’s The Odd Couple got an 11 percent bounce versus last week, to 2.1/7. Mom matched last week’s 2.0/6.

The season five premiere of Discovery Family’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic on Saturday, April 4 was the series’ top-rated debut ever among K2-11, K6-11 and G6-11, ranking the net second among all of broadcast or cable in its timeslot among G6-11 delivery.

TV One’s Easter specials yielded a combined reach of 3.5 million total viewers in Live+3, reports the net. On Saturday, To Hell and Back delivered .5 (282,000) HH and .44 (131,000) W25-54, while Sunday’s 30th Annual Stellar Awards drew .68 (388,000) HH and .63 (188,000) among W25-54.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: CBS had the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 2.0/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS was tops at 8p with a 2.8/10 average for Big Bang Theory and Odd Couple, followed by 1.1/4 for Fox’s Bones, Univision’s Amores con Trampa and a repeat of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. A fresh Grey’s grabbed 9p with 2.1/7, versus a 1.9 average for CBS’s Mom and a Big Bang rerun. CBS returned to the top at 10p with 1.2/4 for Elementary, chased by NBC’s Dateline, with 1.1/4.

A18-49:CBS 2.0/7, ABC 1.4/5, UNI 1.1/4, NBC .9/3, FOX .9/3, TELE .5/2, CW .3/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, April 9, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.9/10
Big Bang Theory 9.1/16, The Odd Couple 6.1/10, Mom 5.8/10, Big Bang Theory [r] 5.1/8, Elementary 4.5/8
ABC: 3.8/7
Grey’s Anatomy [r] 3.3/6, Grey’s Anatomy 5.1/8, American Crime 3.0/6
NBC: 2.9/5
Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.8/5, The Blacklist [r] 2.5/4, Dateline 3.4/6
FOX: 2.6/4
Bones 3.1/5, Backstrom 2.1/3
Amores con Trampa 1.5/3, Hasta Fin Del Mundo 1.6/3, Que to Perdone Dios 1.4/3
ION: 1.0/2
Blue Bloods .8/1, Blue Bloods 1.1/2, Blue Bloods 1.1/2
Avenida Brasil .7/1, Tierre de Reyes .7/1, Duenos del Paraiso .9/2
CW: .7/1
Flash [r] .6/1, Flash [r] .7/1


Wayne Goldstein was elevated to Senior Vice President of International Research for Sony Pictures Television. Previously, Goldstein was Vice President of New Media Research for SPT.


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Chris Berman, Sportscaster, ESPN
William H. Roedy, Global Health Ambassador & former Chairman/CEO of MTV Networks
Steve Simmons, Chairman, Patriot Media and Communications
JC Sparkman, Retired COO, TCI
Tony Werner, EVP and CTO, Comcast Cable
Eleanor Winter, SVP, NCTA
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Day in History:
1742 – George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” was performed in public for the first time.

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ABC: Dancing With the Stars, Castle [r]
CBS: 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles
CW: The Originals, Jane the Virgin 
FOX: Gotham, The Following
NBC: The Voice, The Night Shift
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, Duenos del Paraiso
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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