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Pop TV ordered a pilot for Arranged, from Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), writer/producer Sono Patel and CBS Television Studios. Comedy centers on two best friends who enter a marriage of convenience.
 
HBO is prepping a documentary about the life of Senator John McCain, produced and directed by Peter Kunhardt (Jim: The James Foley Story) and his sons, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt. “Through the years, John has rightly earned the reputation as an American hero,” said Peter Kunhardt. “In the final chapter of his life, he is reminding this generation of what government can and should look like.”
 
Netflix gave a straight-to-series order to vampire drama V-Wars, adapted from the novel. Vampire DiariesIan Somerhalder will star, but this time will not be among the undead.
 
The Wrong Mans, based on the 2013 UK series created by and starring Late Late Show host James Corden and Matthew Baynton, landed a pilot production commitment from Showtime. The U.S. version will star Ben Schwartz (House of Lies). Corden will exec produce through his Fulwell 73 Productions along with Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson, and Baynton, writer Ian Maxtone-Graham and the series’ original director, Jim Field Smith.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Futurama’s Hypnotoad stages a Syfy invasion on Friday, April 20, interrupting Futurama episodes “selected for maximum trip-enhancing effect” from 8p-2a.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Carol Burnett will be joined by “experts” from 4 to 8 years old on Netflix’s A Little Help. The tots will weigh in on the dilemmas of everyday adults as well as celebs. All 12 episodes drop Friday, May 12.
 
The Four: Battle for Stardom is back for season 2 on Fox Thursday, June 7. Fergie returns as host, with judges Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor. Season one of the singing competition was Fox’s highest-rated new unscripted series in almost four years among A18-49 and total viewers.
 
A new Velocity series exploring the world of Japanese Domestic Market cars debuts tonight at 9p. JDM Legends follows a restorer and his team in Salt Lake City as they work on the likes of a 1972 Datsun 24-Z and a 1966 Bluebird race car.  
 
Hulu renewed Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, America for a second season. Travelogue series is produced by Funny or Die.
 
Social Fabric, with designer Kyle Ng, returns to Fuse on Tuesday, May 1 at 10p. This season Ng explores camo, hip hop jewelry-preneurs and more
 
Netflix is bringing back satire Dear White People for a second season on Friday, May 4.
 
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Apparently all you have to do to get many users of ad blockers to turn them off is ask nicely, according data from Google’s Ad Choices initiative, launched in June in beta. Participating publishers are able to address users of ad blocking software and make a customized case for funding journalism. (Or install a gated paywall, or block access to the site.) “Millions of ad blocking users every month are now choosing to see ads on publisher websites, or ‘whitelisting’ that site, after seeing a Funding Choices message,” wrote Google product manager Varun Chirravuri in a blog post, adding that in the last month over 4.5 million visitors who were asked to allow ads said yes, creating over 90 million additional paying page views for those sites.
 
Streaming service Pantaya, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group, is launching a series of comedy specials, Laugh Factory en Espanol. “Laugh Factory en Espanol will bring Latino audiences comedy that reflects their lifestyle and culture and maybe even reminds them of home,” Jaime Davila, president of Campanario Entertainment, tells Cynopsis. “These specials further drive Campanario’s mission of highlighting Latinx people both in front of and behind the camera.” Spanish-language comedy premieres beginning Saturday, April 21. Two new episodes will debut per month for three months.
 
UK-based audio streamer Mixcloud landed a $11.5 million investment from media investment company WndrCo, which counts Jeffrey Katzenberg among its founders. Mixcloud says it will use the infusion to expand the company globally and diversity its platform.
 
Comedy Central greenlit two Snapchat-themed short-form digital series: Unfilitered, offering a male perspective on manufactured social media personas, and a localized version of Bad Snappers for the Middle East.
 
UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Bas Rutten (Kevin Can Wait) have signed to be announcers, advisors and ambassadors for new OTT pro sports startup Karate Combat. Its first live event, which will feature Bas announcing, will stream from Miami on April 26.  
 
Chinese messaging service Sina Weibo (think Twitter) changed course on gay-themed content. After blocking it on Friday as part of a three-month “content clearance” campaign, Weibo reacted to backlash over the weekend by saying it would not prohibit gay topics. “This time, the cleanup of anime and games won’t target gay content,” said Weibo on Monday. “It is mainly to clean up content related to pornography, violence and gore. Thank you for your discussions and suggestions.”
 
SVOD services Quark and XiveTV are now available on Xfinity on Demand on Comcast’s X1 platform, announced Zone-tv. Quark and XiveTV cost $4.99/month.
 
Users of entertainment focused streaming service Philo now have access to TVE apps and websites for all participating networks included in their subscription (all but OWN, coming soon). Apple TV and Amazon Fire are arriving this summer.
 
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RATINGS
 
ABC’s 10p James Comey interview on Sunday delivered 9.8 million viewers and a 1.7/6 among A18-49, ABC’s top news program telecast in 3 years in total viewers and in nearly 2 ½ years (since Caitlyn Jenner) in the demo. Comey lead-in was American Idol, hitting a series low 1.3 rating and 6.3 million viewers opposite CBS’s Academy of Country Music Awards, but up 152% in viewers and 86% among A18-49 versus the same time last year.
 
EstrellaTV is up 12% in the Prime daypart during 1Q18 among A18-49 as compared to same period last year and +26% versus same period in 2016, according to Nielsen.
 
Top 13 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of March 26, 2018
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
Roseanne (ABC) 5.2/8.1/+2.9
Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.5/4.2/+1.7
The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.7/3.3/+1.6
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.8/3.2/+1.4
Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/2.6/+1.2
Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.0/3.2/+1.2
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/2.1/+1.1
Will & Grace (NBC) 9/1.9/+1.0
Scandal (ABC) .8/1.7/+.9
S.W.A.T. (CBS .8/1.7/+.9
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.1/2.0/+.9
Empire (Fox) 2.0/2.9/+.9
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.0/1.9/+.9
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).
 
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of April 9, 2018
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
E! News (E!) 10894, 722, 15, 32870
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2984, 71, 42, 31909
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 2245, 142, 16, 4551
TMZ (Warner Bros. synd.) 1616, 1286, 1, 14332
American Idol (ABC) 1607, 284, 6, 16241
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1352, 92, 15, 11168
Supernatural (CW) 995, 30, 33, 22396
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 914, 143, 6, 16009
The Flash (CW) 831, 39, 21, 11643
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW) 735, 57, 13, 2730
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, April 6, 2018 time period averages
Source: Nielsen, Live+SD
CBS: 7.37 million
MacGyver 6.38, Hawaii Five-0 7.48, Blue Bloods 8.25
NBC: 3.81 million
Taken 3.01, Dateline 4.21
FOX: 2.89 million
MasterChef Junior 2.89
ABC: 1.96 million
Once Upon a Time 2.18, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.82, 20/20 1.89
UNIVISION: .96 million
Rico y Lazaro .97, Papa a Toda Madre .92, Por Amar Sin Ley .99
CW: .62 million
Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day .84, Jane the Virgin .57
TELEMUNDO: .76
Mi Familia Perfecta .60, Al Otro Lado del Muro .75, Enemigo Intimo .94
 
Friday A18-49: CBS .8/4, FOX .7.3, NBC .5/2, ABC .4/2, UNI .4/2, TELE .4/2, CW .2/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Digital media company LiveXLive appointed Michael Zemetra as Chief Financial Officer. Zemetra most recently served as the divisional chief financial officer for the business cloud division of j2 Global. “I’m excited to take on this new role at LiveXLive during an incredible time of growth in digital media,” Zemetra tells Cynopsis, “and look forward to helping our company scale as we continue to achieve significant benchmarks.” Said CEO Robert Ellin, “We are confident that Michael will be an important leader to help guide LiveXLive as we continue to grow our business verticals across music, entertainment and digital medias.”
 
Vishnu Athreya was upped to Senior Vice President, Programming at Cartoon Network. Athreya adds series development for Boomerang to his purview.
 

Management and production company The Cartel appointed former President of Brownstone Entertainment and Fascination Street Drew Brown as Head of Television. Brown will be based in the company’s LA office.

 

IN MEMORIAM

Harry Anderson , known for playing Judge Harry T. Stone on Night Court and later Dave Barry on Dave’s World, was found dead yesterday morning at his home in Asheville NC. His big break came as Harry “The Hat” Gittes on Cheers, in later years he returned to his first love, magic. Harry Anderson was 65.


On This Day:
1861 – Virginia seceded from the Union.
 
Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: Jennifer Garner starred in what TV drama spin-off? Party of Five spin-off Time of Your Life (1999-2000). Kudos to: Tim Dempsey-Fox Networks Group/NYC, Andrew Goldman-Ownzones Media Network/NYC, Paul Schur-Animal Planet/NYC, Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC, Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank
 
Today’s Trivia Question: Which comedy spin-off series included a character revealed in season 2 to have Asberger syndrome?  (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
 
Answer to Friday’s Anagram: An Indulgent Scot = Consenting Adult. Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL
 
Emmy Winning Series Anagram: Rarest Honeydew (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY APRIL 17
ABC: Roseanne, Alex, Inc., black-ish, Splitting Up Together, For the People
CBS:  NICS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: The Flash, Black Lighting [f]
FOX: Lethal Weapon, LA to Vegas, New Girl  
NBC:  The Voice, Rise, Chicago Med
PBS: Civilizations [p], American Experience, Frontline
TELEMUNDO: Mi Familia Perfecta, Al Otro Lado del Muro, Enemigo Intimo
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Por Amar Sin Ley

 

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