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04.24.15 Good morning. It’s Friday April 24, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Flipping Ships at 10p
Nat Geo WILD: The Truth About Cats at 10p
PBS: America’s Ballroom Challenge at 9p Tonight’s Finale:
TLC: Bride by Design at 10p Saturday’s Premieres:
Cooking: The Real Girl’s Kitchen at 1p
Hallmark: When Calls the Heart at 8p
Travel: The Dead Files at 10p Saturday’s Finale:
ID: Deadly Sins at 9p Sunday’s Premieres:
CNN: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown at 9p
Food: Spring Baking Championship at 9p
History: The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man at 10p
POP: Queens of Drama at 10p
Showtime: Happyish at 9:30p
Smithsonian Channel: Boomtowners at 9p Sunday’s Finales:
History: Ax Men at 9p
UniMas: La Esquina del Diablo at 10p
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Fox’s Wayward Pines is officially premiering Thursday, May 14 at 9p simultaneously across 126 countries, but it’ll reach a lot of viewers before then – legally. The first episode became available free on demand at midnight last night on Fox on Demand, Fox.com, Fox Now and Hulu and participating pay-TV providers. The psychological thriller is based on Blake Crouch’s bestsellers.
NBCUniversal has joined Disney/ESPN and 21st Century Fox in rejecting Verizon FiOS’s contention that it can offer skinny bundles, consisting of a basic package supplemented by two genre packages for $54.99/month, under its existing network deals. “Verizon’s announced ‘Custom TV’ package does not comply with our existing agreement,” said NBCU. Disney informed Verizon it won’t run ads for the Custom TV service, a stand Verizon labeled “anti-competitive.”
One day after the companies met with government officials over Comcast’s planned takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast decided to walk away from the deal, reported Bloomberg on Thursday. Regulators feared the $45.2 billion merger wasn’t in the best interest of consumers.
Ready for primetime: As the countdown continues to David Letterman’s last night as Late Show host on May 20, CBS will honor his 33-year career with a retrospective of interviews, top ten lists and stupid pet tricks in David Letterman: A Life on Television. Ray Romano, whose career got a big boost from a 1995 stand-up appearance on Late Show, will host the 90-minute special, airing Monday, May 4 at 9:30p.
Don’t mess with Dr. Oz. The cardiothoracic surgeon/talk show host struck back at a small group of doctors at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University who requested that his faculty position be revoked, for promoting “quack treatments and cures in the interest of financial gain.” In an opinion piece in Time, Oz wrote, “I started my show to give TV audiences advice on how to find a good life, not practice medicine on air…I don’t expect all my colleagues to understand this marriage between conventional medicine and the broader definition of wellness that the show pursues.” But he said that while he respects the criticism of colleagues, among his attackers are a doctor found guilty of medical fraud and several linked to the tobacco industry.
Nickelodeon acquired a library of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen content, including four series, seven TV movies and two music video specials starring the actress/fashion designer twins. The first title, So Little Time, debuts Monday, April 27 at 7:30p, with eps airing every weekday.
Among the winners of the 74th Annual Peabody Awards announced Thursday were HBO’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and The Newburgh Sting, Nat Geo/Fox’s COSMOS: A Space Odyssey, Frontline documentary United States of Secrets, Independent Lens film Brakeless, Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. For a full list of winners, go here.
Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink are developing crime series Mr. Postman, by writer/director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows). “David is a true artist with incredible vision that I believe will be a game changer in storytelling both in television and film,” said Dawn Olmstead, EVP, development at UCP.
Starz announced production us underway in New Zealand for Ash vs Evil Dead, follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell is back as the chainsaw-handed monster hunter. Ten-episode first season, exec produced by Campbell, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, is slated for a fall premiere.
Fox 21 Television Studios optioned non-fiction book The Residence, about life at the White House over several administrations. Developed as a cable drama, the series will be exec produced by Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti (Trigger Street), with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly attached as a co-exec producer.
A-listers are lining up for Red Nose Day, a live, three-hour event to raise money for children living in poverty. Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Smith, John Legend, Bill and Melinda Gates and Sean Combs are among those set to appear in the NBC fundraiser, making its first appearance in the U.S. on Thursday, May 21 at 8p after having raised over $1 billion overseas.
Exclusive: May is “Movie Music Month” at Sony Movie Channel, featuring classic documentaries, biopics and concert films. What’s the deal with the music theme? “Many of our viewers grew up idolizing the classic heroes of rock n’roll,” Jeff Meier, SMC’s senior vice president of programming, tells Cynopsis. “Our 3rd Annual Music Movie Month has grown to the point where we areoffering premieres of critically acclaimed rock docs, Searching for Sugar Man and Paul Williams: Still Alive.” Sugar Man kicks things off Sunday, May 3 at 7p; the net will also feature a music-themed two-pack every Tuesday.
Destination America marks Mother’s Day, May 10 with an “I Want My Mommy” stunt from 1-11p. Five back-to-back When Ghosts Attack episodes start things off, followed by five encore eps of Ghost Asylum leading into a new installment at 10p, focused on Louisville’s Waverly Sanitorium.
Summer isn’t just about Sharknado for Syfy. The net announced a slate that includes two new scripted series, Dark Matters about the crew of a derelict spaceship, bowing Friday, June 12 at 10p, and Killjoys, focused on interplanetary bounty hunters premiering Friday, June 19 at 9p. Game show Geeks Who Drink arrives Thursday, July 16 at 11:30p. Not that Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, will premiere Wednesday, July 22, without a splash – the flick will be the centerpiece of Sharknado Week, running July 18-July 25.
El Rey will air a From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series marathon on Cinco de Mayo, starting at dusk (6p) and ending at dawn (4a). Season two of the series is currently in production in Austin, for a summer return.
MeTV is airing the series finale of M*A*SH on Sunday, May 3 as part of a three-hour special, including the uncut 2½ hour show, and interviews with cast and creators. The broadcast caps a week of special M*A*S*H episodes beginning Monday, April 27.
Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson will be dodging the slime as host of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2015, live on July 16.
Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) and Lauren Holly (NCIS) will star in Hallmark Channel movie A Country Wedding, premiering in June as part of the net’s June Weddings programming event. Production is underway in Vancouver.
Eriq La Salle (ER) has been cast in a lead role in season three of CBS summer series Under the Dome. He will also direct an episode, as he did last season.
Franz Drameh (UK’s Parents of the Band) has been cast in the CW’s Arrow/Flash spinoff, as a former high school athlete-turned-auto mechanic.
The Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau went for the funny to create a video warning advertisers and agencies about the extent of click fraud, featuring a man’s shocking realization that “he is just one of millions of bots operating out of server farms, generating at least 30 million fraudulent online views per day.” Fake newscast is here.
FYI’s first birthday isn’t until July, but the newcomer has elbowed its way into the cable fray with shows like Married at First Sight and Tiny House Nation. What’s the pitch the network is giving advertisers this season? “In just several months’ time, FYI has buzz-y hits and our brand is one of the most upscale/non-sports networks in the cable business,” Gena McCarthy, SVP of programming and development, tells Cynopsis. “In just a year we have 117 national advertisers, andwe are activating cross platform partnerships with clients spanning a variety of product categories. We are attracting top brands by creating our own programming trends, by taking smart and creative risks in core genres.”
Over breakfast at NYC’s Core Club, Arts net Ovation announced eight new specials and series for 2015, airing in a new time slot on Sundays, and four projects in development.
New original shows include comedic documentary Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live!, premiering May 17; three-parter The Da Vinci List, profiling artists, debuting June 7; cuisine and culture show Southern Uncovered With the Lee Bros., coming June 14; On the Record With Mick Rock, with the photographer as host, arriving August 2; Art Breakers, focused on the world of art collecting, coming October 4; two-hour event Young Marvels, following child artists, premiering November 14, and travel show American Canvas, launching in 4Q15.
In development: Street Art Revival; The Gavel, a series about auctions; Art Therapy, and One Man’s Trash.
Suddenlink and The Weather Company struck a multi-year distribution agreement for The Weather Channel and Weatherscan linear services. The deal will also give Suddenlink TV Everywhere rights through subscriber authentication on multiple devices.
Italian children’s channel K2 licensed the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V from Cattleya S.r.l., announced 4K Media, to premiere in late spring or early summer.
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The season three debut of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer delivered an average 1 million viewers, with 745,000 among A18-49, up from 818,000 viewers and 609,000 for the season two finale.
Between Jimmy Kimmel Live and Nightline, ABC saw week-to-week boosts in total viewers of 23 percent and 38 percent among A18-49, a 5-week high in the demo the week of April 13. CBS’s Late Show was tops in total viewers with a week of originals, versus repeats for demo winner Tonight Show and three originals on Kimmel.
Sunday Morning News Shows April 19, 2015
CBS: Face the Nation 3.19 million total viewers; .8 and 898,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.69 million total viewers; .7 and 808,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.62 million total viewers; .7 and 830,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 2.16 million total viewers; .4 and 498,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.27 million total viewers; .3 and 351,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Broadcast Morning Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of April 13, 2015)
ABC: Good Morning America 5.297 million total viewers; 1.6/13 and 1.893 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.740 million total viewers; 1.6/13 and 1.859 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.530 million total viewers; .9/7 and 1.025 million A25-54
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Late Night Talk Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of April 13, 2015)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman 2.95 million total viewers; .53/3 A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2.75 million viewers, .79/4 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.55 million total viewers; .63/3 A18-49
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and A18-49 Live+SD
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 2.0/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS was first at 8p with 2.4/8 for Survivor, followed by a 2.0/7 average for ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs. ABC took the lead at 9p with a 2.6/8 average for Modern Family and black-ish, versus 2.0/6 for CBS’s Criminal Minds. CBS was back on top at 10p with 1.5/5 for CSI: Cyber; Univision’s Senor de los Cielos was close behind with 1.4/5.
A18-49: ABC 2.0/6, ABC 1.9/6, FOX 1.5/5, UNI 1.0/4, NBC .9/3, CW .8/3, TELE .8/3, ION .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: April 22, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Survivor 5.9/10, Criminal Minds 6.2/10, CSI: Cyber 5.3/9
American Idol 4.7/8
The Middle 4.9/9, The Goldbergs 4.3/7, Modern Family 5.4/9, black-ish 4.1/7, Nashville 3.7/6
Mysteries of Laura 4.2/7, Law and Order: SVU [r] 2.7/4, Chicago PD [r] 2.8/5
Amores con Trampa 1.4/2, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.6/3, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.4/2
Arrow 1.8/3, Supernatural 1.1/2
Avenida Brasil .7/1, Tierra de Reyes .8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.4/3
Ghost Whisperer .7/1, Ghost Whisperer .6/1, Ghost Whisperer .6/1
In a restructuring at Fox Sports, Jamie Horowitz has been named President of Fox Sports National Networks, taking charge of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 effective mid-May. The former ESPN exec had a brief run at NBC’s Today that ended in November. John Entz was promoted to President of Production, and David Nathonson to Head of Business Operations.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2015
ABC: Shark Tank, Bruce Jenner: The Interview
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Cedric’s Barber Battle, Whose Line Is it Anyway?, The Messengers
FOX: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
NBC: Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, America’s Ballroom Challenge [p], VOCES on PBS [p]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No
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