04/21/16: Lifetime unveils The Fempire; Kelly Ripa goes ghost on Live; History renews Alone again, naturally


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Good morning. It’s Thursday April 21, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Bravo: Million Dollar Listing at 9p
Comedy: Inside Amy Schumer at 10p
Cooking: Cheap Eats at 10p
History: Alone at 9p
TruTV: Comedy Knockout at 10:30p

Tonight’s Finales:
Food: Cooks vs Cons at 9p
History: Vikings at 10p
Velocity: AmeriCarna at 9p
Viceland: That’s Delicious at 10p, Flophouse at 10:30p



SCIENCE CHANNEL Sets Ratings Records for 1Q16 AMONG P25-54 and P18-49 DURING PRIME!


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Lifetime announced multi-platform initiative The Fempire, featuring content for women, by women and about women. Projects include a scripted Selena Gomez drama, inspired by the singer and Justin Bieber ex’s time in Hollywood. The net also inked movie deals with Janet Jackson, Serena Williams and mixed martial artist/actress Ronda Rousey. Jackson will EP the true story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Queenie (wt), the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition, Williams will serve as EP on Sister Dance (wt), a story inspired by the annual dance-off competition she hosts with her sister, Venus, and Rousey signed a three-picture movie deal.

Kelly Ripa was a no-show Wednesday on her morning talk show, Live With Kelly And Michael, the day after her co-host Michael Strahan announced he was decamping for a full-time job on ABC’s Good Morning America. While ABC said Ripa had a “previously scheduled vacation” slated for Friday-Monday, her absence before that offered credence to reports that she was blindsided by Tuesday’s announcement.

The 2016 Beta Research Brand Identity Study revealed its top ranked basic cable and digital basic cable networks and History, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Channel statistically tied for first as a favorite channel among network viewers age 18+. Nets with viewers more likely to buy products advertised included Food Network, OWN, HGTV, and Nickelodeon among basic cable nets, while American Heroes Channel, INSP, Velocity and DIY were among top ranked digital basic networks.

The Weather Channel was named the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend TV News Brand of the Year for the sixth consecutive year. The Index is comprised of three factors: familiarity, quality and consideration.

Singer-songwriter P!nk will make the world television debut of her new single, “Just Like Fire,” at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. The original song will appear in Disney’s upcoming film Alice Through the Looking Glass, which hits theaters May 27. The ceremony airs live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8p on ABC.

Screen icon Faye Dunaway is set to attend the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 to May 1. Dunaway will participate in a sit-down interview about her life and career, as well as introduce a screening of the 1976 film Network, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress.

Fusion is set to serve as the exclusive media partner for the 2016 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, recognizing individuals who are passionate in their dedication to innovative social justice issues. Ceremony takes place in Louisville, KY on Saturday, September 17.


BET Networks announced its 2016 programming schedule for BET and Centric at its upfront presentation on Wednesday. “We have developed a deep and authentic relationship with our audience over the last 36 years, and it is that genuine connection that has allowed BET to expand into a global multiplatform brand. This year, we are committed to reaching far beyond the television screen and continuing to deliver more of the premium content that our audiences have come to expect,” said Debra Lee, chairman and CEO, BET Networks. “With BET being more accessible across more platforms, we are creating a powerful 360 degree experience for our audience to interact with the BET brand like never before.”

New scripted shows include Tales, a 60-minute anthology series weaving hip-hop songs into 3-act narratives, and The Yard, starring Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, which takes viewers inside the unique, culture-filled world of historically Black colleges and universities. On the docu-series front, Music Moguls explores the lives of Birdman, Dame Dash, Jermaine Dupri and Snoop Dogg as each entrepreneur navigates everything from grooming new talent to raising their college-bound children. New Edition: The Movie, a 3-part miniseries about the boy band, and Madiba, an original production that focuses on the story of Nelson Mandela, cap off the net’s movie events.

Empowering new programming on Centric include Queen Bee, a reality competition that discovers entrepreneurs building real-life companies, and Monica Morton, P.I., centered on a real-life investigator and crisis manager.

With more premium programming and platforms than ever, “We have a great story to tell,” says BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra Lee. Find out more – including what movie studios need to learn about African American movie-goers – in the latest Cynsiders here.

At Crackle’s upfront presentation, Sony’s streaming service announced the network’s program, advertising and virtual reality offerings. Crackle General Manager and EVP, Sony Pictures Television digital networks, Eric Berger said, “At Crackle, we believe that creating content and ad experiences that mirror changing consumer habits are instrumental for driving viewer attention. We’re charting a path for television with a sustainable ad model that is a win for the advertiser, the network and most importantly, the consumer.” As a result, an advertising solution for bingeing original series, called “break-free advertising,” was unveiled. Instead of 300 ads over the course of a linear TV series, during a Crackle original with 10 episodes the viewer will only get five ads per episode. The same five advertisers will have a spot in each of the 10 episodes, and those advertisers will be able to tell a story across multiple episodes with only four other advertisers to capture the viewer’s attention.

New scripted drama Startup, starring Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero, is slated to debut this fall. The 10-episode series explores what happens when a brilliant, yet controversial tech idea gets incubated on the wrong side of the tracks. In addition, Snatch, an original drama based on the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name, is in the works. The 10-episode, one-hour drama centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime.

The Art of More kicks off production on its sophomore season in Montreal on May 2. Series stars Dennis Quaid, Chrisitan Cooke and Kate Bosworth took the upfront stage to discuss the show, which premiered last November. The auction house drama returns in Q4 this year for another 10-episode season.


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Televisa has greenlit Scott Shepherd‘s sci-fi thriller The Seventh Day. Set seven years after the Strangers decimated the planet, series follows Joad  who is halfway around the world and one of the few left unharmed when most of humanity is obliterated  on his trek home to Nemo in the hope his wife waits for him.

Homeland EP Chip Johannessen has inked a new, three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV and Fox 21 TV Studios, which produces the Showtime series. It replaces the two-year pact he signed in 2015. Johannessen will stay with the series full time for the next two years.

Showtime and Sky Atlantic have teamed with John Ridley and Idris Elba on Guerrila. Ridley will write, direct and executive produce the six-part limited series. Production starts this summer in London.

Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment have partnered to develop an hour-long horror anthology based on the hit podcast Lore, which explores the true origins of horror characters and myths. Launched in March 2015 by Aaron Mahnke, Lore quickly become one of the country’s fastest-growing podcasts, logging more than 2 million monthly listens.


To usher in its 100th Disney Channel Original Movie, the re-imagined tale of the 1980s film Adventures in Babysitting, starring Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) and Sofia Carson (Descendants), Disney Channel is airing a programming event featuring every DCOM ever made. The four-day marathon of the net’s 51 most popular movies begins Friday, May 27. The movies, which include High School Musical 2, The Cheetah Girls 2 and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, will be seen on Disney Channel, the Disney Channel app and VOD through summer.

Decades Network, the multicast TV net from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations is adding The Dick Cavett Show to it weekday program lineup, beginning Monday, May 2. The talker first joined the network as a special program in February.

Esquire Network is airing a “Treat Yo Self” marathon of Parks and Recreation. Seasons 1 to 7 of the sitcom will air back-to-back beginning Friday, April 22 at 7a to Sunday, April 24.

Tatyana Ali returns to TV One in made-for-television movie Second Sight, premiering Saturday, April 23 at 8p. The movie focuses on a young teacher whose gift of "prophesy" leaves her haunted by premonitions of horrific kidnappings.


TBS has set a premiere date for Wrecked. The ensemble comedy about a group of strangers stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash bows Tuesday, June 14 at 10p with back-to-back episodes.

E! extreme-plastic surgery spinoff, Botched By Nature, premieres Tuesday, August 9 at 9p. Dr. Nassif and Dr. Dubrow go on the road to change the lives of those who have been botched by genetics or a traumatic incident in eight one-hour. Other E! shows making their debut: Famously Single, focused on Hollywood’s most notorious daters, bows Tuesday, June 14 at 10p, while EJ and the City (wt), exploring EJ Johnson’s life after dropping 180 pounds, premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11p, before moving to its regular night on Thursday at 9p, beginning June 23.

Two unscripted series coming to Lifetime this year are Fashion Inc., offering aspiring fashion and beauty entrepreneurs the chance to grow their budding ventures, and docu-series Gold Medal Families, premiering this summer, showcasing six Olympic hopefuls and their families.


History ordered a third season of Alone. The survival series, which places ten hardcore survivalists alone in the wilderness, will move from Vancouver Island to South America. The show’s second season premieres tonight.

MTV renewed The Shannara Chronicles, its adaptation of the international best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, for a second season. The show averaged a 0.98 L+3 rating in the net’s core P12-34 demo, ranking as its top-rated new series this year.

Kody and his Sister Wives will be back for a supersized new season on TLC, beginning Sunday, May 8. Marriages, births and relationship struggles will be served up for two hours every week in the new time slot.

FX set summer premiere dates for two series. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, the comedy created by and starring Denis Leary, bows its second season on Thursday, June 30 at 10p. Tyrant, the drama from EP Howard Gordon, is back for its third season on Wednesday, July 6 at 10p.

E! announced return dates for several series. Keeping Up with the Kardashians bows Sunday May 1 at 9p, followed by season four of #RichKids of Beverly Hills at 10p. Botched debuts Tuesday, May 10 at 9p, while WAGS premieres Sunday, June 26 at 10p. Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry returns Sunday, August 7 at 10p.

Mr. Robot, the USA hacker drama, returns for its second season on Wednesday, July 13 at 10p. 


Danish actor Alex Hogh Andersen has landed a series regular role on Vikings. He makes his debut in the History drama’s Season 4 finale, airing tonight. 

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MTV News expanded into new formats with the debut of five podcasts spanning the political, film, pop culture and music landscape. Skillset with Amy Nicholson, No Requests Live, The Stakes, North Mollywood, Speed Dial with Ira & Doreen will be available via iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra are kicking off a new series of seven-day, on-demand courses, Oprah & Deepak’s Guide to Whole Health. The first course, “Seven Days to Restful Sleep,” launched April 20 for $19.99 at www.oprah.com/sleep.

Freebie alert! Smithsonian Earth, the subscription video streaming service from Smithsonian Networks, will celebrate Earth Day 2016 with seven hours of content for free to non-subscribers from April 22-24. The “Celebrate Earth Day Everyday” playlist will include long and short form series from around the globe including Madagascar, the Coco Islands, Kenya, Bonaire, Panama.


Carnival Films, the NBC-Universal owned creator of Downton Abbey,  is producing Jamestown, an eight-part drama centered on the first British settlers embarking on their lives in America. The show was been commissioned by Sky.

Acorn Media Enterprises has partnered with Hillbilly Television and DRG on ITV1 drama The Level. The six-part series follows a reputable cop with a secret that is about to unravel. AME will be the co-producing partner for North America, as well as acquiring the UK DVD and secondary rights. The series will make its U.S. Premiere on Acorn TV later this year.

GRB Entertainment has closed a deal with AB Droits Audiovisuels France for multiple factual titles. AB Droits has picked up automotive titles World Desert Championship, Jet Trucks and West Coast Customs, as well as Wildlife Docs and Suburban Monsters.


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Bravo‘s season six finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hit a season high among viewers, earning 1.6 million P18-49 (up 6 percent versus the previous week’s episode), 1.9 million P25-54 (up 8 percent) and 3.1 million total viewers (up 9 percent). In addition, the season five premiere of Shahs of Sunset earned 1.1 million P18-49, 1.2 million P25-54 and 2 million total viewers.

A&E’s 60 Days In has averaged 2.4 million total viewers and 1.4 million A 18-49 in Live+3. The series has also averaged 1.5 million A 25-54, becoming the #1 new unscripted cable series of 2016 in the demo.

The penultimate episode of Saints & Sinners reached 1.4 million unduplicated viewers, tying it as the second most-watched program in Bounce TV‘s history with two other episodes of the drama series. The 9p telecast became the most-watched program in the net’s history among total viewers, delivering 720,000 Persons 2+ while also posting the highest audience peak of the series to-date with 799,000 total viewers.

Ghost Brothers‘ was the #1 series premiere in Destination America history in several key ratings and delivery demos, including P2+ (.41, 599,000), HH (.84, 471,000), W25-54 (.65, 191,000) and P25-54 (0.59, 339,000). In total, for Live+3, the premiere episode on Friday, April 15 at 10p attracted 1 million unique viewers P2+.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 1.7/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s NCIS led at 8p with 1.9/7, followed by NBC’s The Voice with 1.8/7. CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans and NBC’s Chicago Med tied for the top spot at 9p with 1.6/5. NBC’s Chicago Fire finished the night at number one with 1.7/6; CBS’ Limitless was second with 1.1/4.

A18-49: NBC 1.7/6, CBS 1.5/5, CW 0.9/3,  FOX 0.8/3, ABC 0.8/3, UNI 0.8/3, TELE 0.6/2, ION 0.4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 6.9/12
NCIS 9.2/16, NCIS: New Orleans 7.7/13, Limitless 3.7/7
NBC: 5.5/9
The Voice 6.1/11, Chicago Med 5.2/8, Chicago Fire 5.3/9
ABC: 1.8/3
Fresh Off the Boat [r] 2.0/4, The Real O’Neals 2.0/3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 1.8/3, Beyond the Tank 1.4/2
CW: 1.5/3
The Flash 1.9/3, Containment 1.1/2
Un Camino Hacia el Destino 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.4/2, El Hotel de los Secretos 1.2/2
FOX 1.1/2 ?
New Girl 1.3/2, New Girl 1.1/2, Brooklyn Nine Nine 1.2/2, The Grinder 0.9/2
Telemundo: 0.8/1?
Eva La Trailera 0.7/1,  La Esclava Blanca 0.7/1, El Senor de los Cielos 1.1/2
ION: 0.8/1
Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/2


Vice Media named Sarah Broderick as Chief Financial Officer. Broderick last served as Chief Accounting Officer/Global Controller at WME/IMG

Keshet International has appointed Frank Scheuermann as Head of Development and Production for Latin America. He joins the company from Sony’s Colombian production company, Teleset, where he most recently served as Head of Light Entertainment. 

Reena Ninan has joined CBS News as a Correspondent based in New York City. She had been co-anchor of ABC NewsWorld News Now and America This Morning.

Rob Shaftel has launched Hit+Run, a New York based full-service production company. Shaftel will Executive Produce all series and has appointed Noah Korn as Senior Director of Development. Shaftel most recently served as Senior Vice President of Development at ITV Studios America.

Genius Brands International, Inc. has appointed Rebecca Hershinger as Chief Financial Officer. She was formerly Vice President of Finance for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Reason2Be has tapped former Campfire President, Jeremiah Rosen, as Partner and Managing Director.


British comedian and writer Victoria Wood died April 20 after a battle with cancer. She was 62. Wood is best known for her 1980s series Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV.

This Day in History:
1982 – The final episode of WKRP in Cincinnati aired on CBS.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: The star of which procedural (who now stars on a reality show) sang her show’s theme song? Holly Robinson Peete (For Peete’s Sake) sang the21 Jump Street (1987-1991). Kudos to: Selena Jackson/NYC; Claire Hambrick-A+E Networks/NYC; Allison Wright-Viacom Media Networks/Detroit, MI; Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas, TX; Melissa Friedman/Los Angeles, CA; Andrea Fuller-Sony Pictures Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question: TV theme song week: What show’s theme song peaked at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

New! Switcheroo (the first name of one TV character and the last name of another, played by the same actor): Vivian Devereaux (Email trivia@cynopsis.com; first three respondents with the correct answer and three chosen at random  who aren’t in trivia – will be posted along with the answer on www.Cynopsis.com.)

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ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Catch
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, The Odd Couple, Mom 2 Broke Girls, Rush Hour
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100
FOX: Bones, American Grit
NBC: Strong, The Blacklist, Game of Silence
PBS: This Old House Hour, Masterpiece Mystery! [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Eva la Trailera, La Esclava Blanca, El Senor de los Cielos
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