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05.06.16 Good morning. It’s Friday May 6, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Discovery: Alaskan Bush People at 9p
Great American Country: Building Off the Grid at 10p
History: Ancient Aliens at 9p
NatGeo WILD: Animals Gone Wild at 9p
Netflix: Grace & Frankie
Nicktoons: Top Ten Tricks at 9p Tonight’s Finale:
CBS: Blue Bloods at 10p Saturday’s Premieres:
Great American Country: Texas Flip & Move at 9p
HITN-TV: La Italia de Lidia en America at 4p
OWN: Livin’ Lozada at 10p
Oxygen: She Made Me Do It at 9p Saturday’s Finales:
FYI: He Shed, She Shed at 10p
OWN: For Pete’s Sake at 9p Sunday’s Premieres:
CMT: NASCAR: The Rise of American Speed at 9p
Food: Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen at 8p
TLC: Single Dad Seeking… at 10p Sunday’s Finales:
CBS: Madam Secretary at 8p, The Good Wife at 9p, Elementary at 10p
NatGeo: The Story of God With Morgan Freeman at 9p
NBC: Little Big Shots at 8p
Sportsman: Just Junie at 12p
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Ryan Murphy got a straight-to-series order from FX for anthology series Feud, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as nemesis Bette Davis. Not enough starpower? Brad Pitt will serve as an exec producer with Murphy and Dede Gardner; Sarandon and Lange are producing. Each season of the show will center on a different epic battle. Murphy already has anthologies American Horror Story and American Crime Story at the network.
Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick are attached to star in Paramount Television dramedy Bettyville. The story, about a man who relocates to care for his aging mother, is based on the memoir by George Hodgman. “Paramount TV could not be in better hands than those of Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick,” said company president Amy Powell of the pairing, “two incredibly versatile talents who know how to marry drama with comedy.”
Supergirl could be flying over to a new network. According to TheWrap, CBS boss Les Moonves is in talks with Warner Bros. Television over the freshman show. While the net would like it back next season, sources said the roughly $3 million per-episode price CBS pays to broadcast the show isn’t quite justified by the ratings. (Series debuted to 13 million total viewers, but lost half its audience over the season, according to Nielsen.) Moonves could move Supergirl to The CW, which is a joint venture between CBS and Warners. Supergirl would feel at home – CW already has The Flash and other superhero franchises.
Discovery Communications reported 1Q16 results that included a 2 percent increase in revenue, to $1.561 million. “I remain optimistic about our overall operating and financial prospects, the opportunities ahead, and our potential to deliver significant shareholder value,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO, on Thursday. Zaslav did acknowledge that Discovery was “hurt a little more than others by the news networks,” as viewers flocked to the likes of CNN and Fox News for election coverage. The company also is preparing for possible layoffs that would allow it to “operate in a leaner and more directed cost structure and invest in growth initiatives, including digital services and content creation,” according to an SEC filing. A voluntary buyout program is underway.
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Katie Couric is teaming with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as an exec producer on Lifetime original movie, Flint, centered on the drinking water contamination disaster in Flint, MI, from Sony Pictures Television.
Adam Bernstein will serve as exec producer and director on the premiere episode of Spike’s new scripted series, The Mist. Based on the Stephen King novella, the show goes into production this summer and to airs in 2017.
Leftfield Pictures and musician/producer Timbaland, the man behind the music on Empire, are developing scripted hip hop musical, Opera Noir (wt). Based on Timbaland’s upcoming autobiographical and final album of the same title, the special follows a young musician’s rise to the top.
Drew Brown has inked a two-year pact with Sony Pictures TV to develop non-scripted series for network, cable and streaming services under his Fascination Street banner. Sony also has a first-look deal for scripted projects developed by Fascination Street. Brown’s previous series include A&E‘s Barter Kings and Big Smo, Oxygen‘s Funny Girls and Bravo’s Eat Drink Love.
Sonar Entertainment has optioned the rights to Jonathan Eig’s book Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution, to develop into an event series for TV. Denise DiNovi and R.J. Cutler will EP the project with Cutler also slated to direct.
American Ninja Warrior debuts its first all-star weekend special on Sunday, May 29 at 9p on NBC. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila have each selected their own teams to compete in obstacle competitions. Kristine Leahy co-hosts.
Smithsonian Channel celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday with The Queen at 90, airing Sunday, May 15 at 8p. Elizabeth McGovern narrates the two-hour special, which features interviews with international figures including President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and soccer legend David Beckham.
Season One of Travels With Darley, which originally aired on local PBS stations, is heading to Create TV. The 24/7 channel featuring lifestyle programming debuts the series on Tuesday May 10 at 9:30a.
Unbeaten rising middleweight contender Alantez Fox squares off against Colombian brawler Milton Nunez in an eight-round attraction on Sunday, May 8 from Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida. The event is headlined by undefeated super welterweight Kanat Islam taking on Colombia’s Juan De Angel in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV and BounceTV.com. Televised coverage begins at 9p.
TV One is honoring moms throughout the month, with “Love My Momma Month of May.” Every Sunday, the network airs programming ranging from classic series featuring favorite “TV Mom Moments,” such as Everybody Hates Chris and The Parkers (airing May 15 at 12p to 4p) to faith-based original films For the Love of Ruth (May 8 at 5p and 11p) and the premiere of its latest original movie, Chasing Waterfalls (May 8 at 7p and 9p).
GSN presents a five-hour Mother’s Day marathon of Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey, on Sunday, May 8 from 6p to 11p. Each of the 10 selected episodes feature questions designed to remind viewers about their moms.
El Rey Network kicks off a Mother’s Day marathon that doesn’t sound very maternal on Saturday, May 7 at 10a, featuring Quentin Tarantino’s two Kill Bill movies and cult classics Enemy Mine and Tank Girl. MTV film critic Amy Nicholson, The Daily Beast reporter Jen Yamato and director/producer Roxanne Benjamin host the weekend event.
VH1, Flavor Unit and Jesse Collins Entertainment team up to help the world celebrate motherhood with Dear Mama, airing Sunday, May 8 at 9p on VH1. The 90-minute special honors Alicia Keys’ mom Terria Joseph, Rita Ora’s mom Vera Sahatçiu, Queen Latifah’s mom Rita Owens, Anthony Anderson’s mom Doris Bowman, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Alessia Cara’s mom Enza Caracciolo.
Hide the wire hangers: IFC is airing a 24-hour marathon of Mommie Dearest starting Sunday, May 8 at 6a. Faye Dunaway stars as screen legend/abusive mom Joan Crawford in the 1981 film.
My Big Fat Fabulous Life premieres Wednesday, June 8 at 9p on TLC. In Season 3, Whitney Thore faces a challenge when hidden secrets are revealed and her family and friends call her actions into question.
Discovery en Espanol launches a third season of Mexicanicos on Monday, May 9 at 10p. Show features creations and restorations by mechanic Martin Vaca. The net also begins production on Season 3 of Texas Trocas this month, a docu-reality that follows a Mexican-American family who began their trucking business over 40 years ago with one big rig, that has grown to be one of the best in the country. Airs later this year.
Real-life couple Anne Heche (Men in Trees) and James Tupper (Revenge, Men In Trees) will star as husband and wife in Canadian post-apocalyptic thriller series Aftermath. Premieres on Syfy in the U.S. and Bell Media’s Space in Canada later this summer.
Eden Brolin landed a recurring role in Freeform drama Beyond. The daughter of Josh Brolin will play Charlie, a young woman with a special gift that gets her into trouble. Series bows in early 2017.
A+E Networks Asia has begun production on Celebrity Car Wars for History Asia. Produced by Active TV, the reality series sees six celebrities from the region face off in driving challenges.
Bell Media has acquired the Gusto brand in Canada and will launch a food-centric channel later this year. The new Gusto will feature homegrown culinary programming as well as first-run food and lifestyle series from around the globe.
Canadian-based global content distribution company 108 Media has launched 108 Madcap, a specialty distribution label. It will encompass films across sci-fi, horror, thriller, and fantasy genres with a focus on quirky storytelling and stimulating visuals. Debuts with 2016 feature film Origin.
House Doctor is returning to FMUK/Channel 5. Boundless Productions, part of FremantleMediaUK, has been commissioned to make 45 episodes of the home makeover show. Worldwide distribution will be handled by FremantleMedia International.
Netflix ordered 10-episode series Dear White People, based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed indie feature. Simien is writing the series adaptation and is set to direct the first episode. Filming begins later this year for a 2017 debut.
Hulu has put in a pilot order for Dawn. Created and executive produced by Hank Steinberg (Without A Trace) and Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan, the project follows a tribe of Neanderthals as they struggle to survive and hold on to their way of life after coming into contact with a family of Homo Sapiens.
According to a Bloomberg report, YouTube is working on a paid subscription service that would offer US customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet. The service, tentatively branded Unplugged, could debut as early as 2017. Google-owned YouTube has discussed its plans with most major US media companies, including Comcast, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox and CBS, however, no content deals have yet to be struck.
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Late Night Shows Weekly Ratings week of April 25, 2016
NBC: Late Night, 1.39 million total viewers and 0.39/3 A18-49
ABC: Nightline, 1.46 million total viewers and 0.32/2 A18-49
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.24 million total viewers and 0.31/2 A18-49
Source: Nielsen NTI
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of April 25, 2016
ABC: GMA 4.96 million total viewers; 1.4/11 and 1.67 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.70 million total viewers; 1.5/12 and 1.81 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.83 million total viewers; 1.0/8 and 1.14 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen NTI
Sunday Morning News Shows May 1, 2016
CBS: Face the Nation 3.62 million total viewers; 0.7 and 848,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 3.53 million total viewers; 0.9 and 1,053,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 3.28 million total viewers; 0.8 and 924,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 2.45 million total viewers; 0.5 and 567,000 A25-54
FOX: News Sunday 1.61 million total viewers; 0.4 and 482,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen NTI
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of February 29, 2016)
NBC: Nightly News 8.92 million total viewers; 1.8/7 2.18 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 8.92 million total viewers; 1.8/7 2.12 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.35 million total viewers; 1.4/6 and 1.70 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX had the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.4/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, CBS’ Survivor topped with 2.1/8, followed by ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs which averaged 1.8/7. FOX’s Empire took over the lead at 9p with 3.6/12; ABC’s Modern Family and black-ish took second with an average 1.9/7. At 10p, NBC’s Chicago P.D. was #1 with 1.3/4; CBS’ Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders nipped at its heels with 1.2/4.
A18-49: FOX 2.4/9, CBS 1.7/6, ABC 1.6/6, NBC 1.1/4, CW 0.7/3, UNI 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2, ION 0.2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Survivor 5.6/10, Criminal Minds 5.5/9, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 4.4/8
Rosewood 2.9/5, Empire 5.8/10
The Middle 4.4/8, The Goldbergs 4.1/7, Modern Family 4.6/8, blackish 3.5/6, Nashville 2.7/5
Heartbeat 2.8/5, Law & Order: SVU 3.5/6, Chicago P.D. 4.2/8
Arrow 1.3/2, Supernatural 1. 0/2
Un Camino Hacia el Destino 1.0/2, Yago 0.9/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
Law & Order 0.8/1, Law & Order 0.6/1, Law & Order 0.6/1
Eva La Trailera 0.8/1 La Esclava Blanca 0.7/1, El Senor del los Cielos 1.0/2
MTV made several appointments. Jacqueline Parkes, longtime Chief Marketing Officer of Major League Baseball and the first female CMO in professional sports, has been named Executive Vice President of Marketing and Creative. Eli Lehrer, who last served as Senior Vice President and Head of Non-Fiction Programming at Lifetime, will oversee MTV2 as Executive Vice President. Kristin Frank, formerly Executive Vice President of Connected Content for MTV and VH1, will take on a new role as Executive Vice President of Strategy, Revenue & Operations. Erik Flannigan, previously Executive Vice President at Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group, joins MTV in the newly created roll of Executive Vice President of Music/Events Strategy and Development.
Chip Smith has been appointed Executive Vice President Public Affairs at Rupert Murdoch’s 21 Century Fox empire. Smith was a co-founder and CEO of The Glover Park Group.
Elizabeth Boykewich has been upped to Senior Vice President, Casting and Talent, at Freeform. She joined joined then ABC Family in 2005 to lead the casting department.
Calandria Meadows has been named to the newly-created position of Vice President, Social Media and Digital Content for Bounce TV, Grit, Escape and LAFF. Meadows was previously at Turner, where she led social program development for TNT, TBS and TCM.
Tigress Productions has made changes to its leadership team. Sarah Swingler previously Executive Producer with sister company, Dragonfly, steps in as Managing Director. Catherine Welton, formerly Executive Producer at RDF West, has been appointed Creative Director.
Veteran producer Lorraine Richard joins Montreal TV production company Zone3 to create AD LIB +. Richard will serve as President.
Friday Fun Fact: The only king in a deck of playing cards without a moustache is the King of Hearts.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY MAY 06, 2016
ABC: Beyond the Tank, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods [f]
CW: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals
FOX: Think Like A Man
NBC: Adele Live in New York City, Dateline
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, Charlie Rose: The Week, Jazz [r]
Telemundo: Eva la Trailera, La Esclava Blanca, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Un Camino Hacio el Destino, Yago, El Hotel de los Secretos
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