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Source: Nielsen data, L+SD, April 2015 vs all prior months since 2002 in Sales Prime 6p-1a; P25-54 (180K) & P2+ (434K)
05.07.15 Good morning. It’s Thursday May 7, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
History: Lost in Transmission at 10p
Nat Geo: Dead End Express at 10p Tonight’s Finales:
CBS: Big Bang Theory at 8p
CMT: Party Down South at 9p
DIY: Income Property at 9p
HGTV: Rehab Addict at 9p
ID: Most Infamous at 9p, Did He Do It? at 10p
SundanceTV: The Red Road at 10p
truTV: Impractical Jokers at 10p
USA: Dig at 10p
WE tv: Mary Mary at 10p
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SCIENCE had its MOST WATCHED April EVER
for Total Viewers P2+ and P18-34!! Catch ALL NEW Episodes of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
And ALL NEW Episodes of Outrageous Acts of Psych
FX’s Justified scored the most Critics Choice Television Awards nominations for a regular series, with five, a number matched by HBO limited series Olive Kitteredge. Tied with four nominations each: FX’s The Americans, HBO’s Bessie, CBS’s The Good Wife, Amazon’s Transparent and PBS’s Wolf Hall. HBO grabbed the most nods overall, with 27, followed by FX’s 16. A&E airs the awards show live on Sunday, May 31 at 8p.
In the wake of a $15 million lawsuit alleging discriminatory practices and the exits of three top executives, Al Jazeera Media Network replaced CEO Ehab Alshihabi with Al Anstey yesterday. Anstey, who started his career with CBS News, joined Al Jazeera in 2005.
Former President Bill Clinton will appear at Univision’s NYC Upfront presentation on May 12, for a Q&A in front of advertisers. Theme of the morning: “This Way Forward.”
Debbie Allen, who has acted and directed on Grey’s Anatomy in the past, will serve as exec producer/director for the ABC medical drama’s upcoming season twelve, reports Deadline. Allen has also directed Shondaland’s Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, as well as the season finale of Fox hit Empire.
Latin music star Alejandro Sanz will take a judge’s seat for Univision’s upcoming La Banda. Music reality competition developed by Univision, Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment and Saban Brands is slated for a September premiere.
Female-focused Lifetime announced the launch of Broad Focus on Tuesday, an initiative designed to provide women with more opportunities to write, develop, produce and direct for the net. “There is a large, untapped well of female talent out there and we want to remain first in line to that source of creativity,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks. Broad Focus will be showcased on-air through sponsored short-form content about women filmmakers, as well as with short films directed by women in partnership with marketers.
TNT adjusted its summer sked, moving Public Morals to Tuesday, August 25 at 10p, and pushing the season two premiere of Legends, which originally filled that slot, to fall.
Bob Bain (Teen Choice Awards, Miss America Pageant) will exec produce the 2015 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, his first year on the job. Spike Jones Jr. had been at the helm for 20 years.
WE tv got so many selfie submissions of viewers with their furry friends for the net’s #WatchingWE on-air initiative, now they’re asking viewers to upload photos to Instagram tagged with #WELovePets. The overall promotion is part of WE tv’s “All In” rebrand.
The 5th annual PromaxBDA Station Summit hits Vegas June 23-26. Among the highlights: the local broadcast marketing industry celebrates their finest at the PromaxBDALocal Awards and Just Cause Awards on June 25, at a ceremony hosted by Jonathan Kite (2 Broke Girls).
The Federal Aviation Administration is turning to CNN, along with two other companies, for input on how to expand commercial drone use. “Government has some the best and brightest minds in aviation, but we can’t operate in a vacuum,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This is a big job, and we’ll get to our goal of safe, widespread UAS integration more quickly by leveraging the resources and expertise of the industry.”
FCC chair Tom Wheeler’s talk of regulators and the cable industry finding common ground on the open Internet mostly fell on deaf ears yesterday at INTX. “I know this industry does not support the recent open Internet order,” Wheeler said. “But I also believe that we can note where we agree … Maintaining, improving and protecting broadband transmission is the right thing to do. America depends on it.” Well, not so fast… “I’m baffled by the chairman’s remarks. I’ll say it because he doesn’t regulate my business,” said Michael Fries, president/CEO of Liberty Global. “There’s a presumption of guilt and punishment of the success this industry has achieved that I’ve never witnessed before. It’s terrible regulation, I’ll say what these guys are probably thinking… We’re happy to be abroad, let’s put it that way.” These guys, BTW, refer to Cablevision CEO James Dolan, Cox president Pat Esser, Time Warner Cable chief Rob Marcus and Charter president/CEO Tom Rutledge, who joined Fries on stage. Not one disagreed with his assessment.
Tough words from Liberty Global’s Michael Fries. Do you agree with his description of Internet regulation? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll.
In today’s fragmented viewing landscape, it’s vital to be a content owner. This according to John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, who said at INTX that because FX owns the majority of programming on its three networks, the company is benefiting from OTT consumption that’s happening in the after-market. “We benefit from preserving the first window for our cable partners. If we were in the business of renting programming instead of owning it, that would be a licensing business. I don’t think we could make the numbers work,” he said.
Quote of the day: TVE growth is all about big live events, said Greg Weinstein, VP, audience development, at Univision, adding, “If we TVE marketers were retailers, events would be our black Friday.”
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EW’s "Top 10 Shows" of 2013 and 2014, returns to Pivot TV for a third season this fall.
Through Australian comedian Josh Thomas’s unique approach for addressing the issue of
mental health, the show provides a catalyst for changing the conversation
around this very important issue.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a series order! Supergirl, from Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, was picked up by CBS. Superhero drama stars Melissa Benoist (Glee).
UK’s Icon Films, in association with the Natural History Film Unit Botswana, will produce a follow up to their Africa’s Giant Killers doc for the BBC and Animal Planet US. The Return of the Giant Killers; Africa’s Lion Kings will be part of the BBC’s Natural World strand.
WE tv and Pilgrim Studios are teaming to develop docu-series Love and Opera (wt), following a group of young opera singers in NYC. “Opera is one of the few – if not the last – places unexplored by unscripted TV,” said Marc Juris, WE tv president.
Comedy Central ordered 10 eps of animated Legends of Chamberlain Heights. Mixing comedy and social commentary, the series is focuses on high school freshmen inspired by sports producers Quinn Hawking (ESPN) and Josiah Johnson (NFL Network), who will voice characters.
TNT grabbed Robbers, starring and exec produced by country singer/actor Tim McGraw. Drama project comes from Sony Pictures Television, Timberman/Bevelry and Michael Dinner.
Dan Sterling (The Office) inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television that includes serving as exec producer and showrunner for freshman Fox comedy Last Man on Earth. He joins creator and star Will Forte, Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, “in an England where magic once existed and is about to return,” BBC America miniseries Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell launches Saturday, June 13 at 10p. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and Bertie Carvel (Matilda) star in the seven-parter from Cuba Pictures Limited in association with Feel Films.
Filet mignon slathered in fried oysters, anyone? Food Network stars, along with actress Valerie Bertinelli and comedian David Alan Grier, share food secrets in Guilty Pleasures starting Monday, May 25 at 10p.
Epic America, a two-hour special premiering on Destination America tonight at 8p, takes viewers on “a great American road trip.” Where to? “The network embarks on a larger-than-life exploration of America’s most iconic, inspiring landscapes in vivid detail like never before,” Marc Etkind, GM, tells Cynopsis, “from the Mississippi River and the Appalachian Mountains to Yellowstone and the Everglades.”
Disney Channel original movie Teen Beach 2 premieres Friday, June 26 at 8p, ahead of the series premiere of live-action series Best Friends Whenever. The original Beach flick was the second highest-rated movie ever for the net, with 13.5 million viewers.
CNBC’s Dishonesty: The Truth About Lies premieres Thursday, May 28 at 10p. Documentary offers first-person accounts – cheating wife, insider trader, disgraced NBA ref – of people whose lying cost them dearly.
Prepare for battle when Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars premieres Thursday, May 28 at 10p, with competitors from previous seasons ready to grill. A sneak preview airs Memorial Day, May 25 at 9p.
Music Choice will feature exclusive content promoting the 2015 Billboard Music Awards across Music Choice Play, Video On Demand, Music Channels and digital properties now through the live broadcast of the awards Sunday, May 17 at 8p on ABC.
After tonight’s season three finale of CMT’s Party Down South, find out what the crew really thought about their time in Biloxi in Party Down South: Talk of Shame. After-show airs at 10p.
Emily Barclay (Light Between Oceans) joins the season three cast of Pivot’s Please Like Me, in production now in Melbourne for season three.
Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Thomas Q. Jones (Being Mary Jane) and Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness) will star in TV One original movie Runaway Island, written by 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner Christopher Brandt. Premiere is slated for Saturday, July 25 at 8p.
Katherine McNamara (New Year’s Eve) landed the female lead in ABC Family saga Shadowhunters. McNamara will also be seen this summer in the net’s The Fosters.
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Armoza Formats’ I Can Do That! has been commissioned by the Philippines’ ABS-CBN. The show will be produced in-house.
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Monday’s live telecast of Undateable on NBC earned a 1.3/4 rating among A18-49, up 8 percent versus last week. The season four finale of CBS’ Person of Interest scored 1.1/4 among A18-49, down 21 percent week to week and a series low.
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC rated 1.6/6 among A18-49 viewers to top Tuesday and CBS scored 1.6/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice and CBS’s NCIS tied for first at 8p with 2.0/7. CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans was first at 9p with 1.6/5, versus 1.5/5 for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. NBC grabbed the lead at 10p with 1.6/5 for Chicago Fire; Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos was second with 1.3/4.
A18-49: NBC 1.6/6, CBS 1.6/5, ABC 1.3/4, UNI 1.1/4, FOX 1.0/4, CW 1.0/3, TELE .7/2, ION .4/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NCIS 9.2/16, NCIS: New Orleans 8.5/14, Person of Interest 5.2/9
Dancing With the Stars Results 6.7/12, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 2.7/4, Forever 2.7/5
The Voice 5.7/10, Undateable 2.7/5, Chicago Fire 4.3/8
The Flash 2.2/4, iZombie 1.0/2
Hell’s Kitchen 2.1/4, New Girl 1.4/2, Weird Loners1.0/2
Amores con Trampa 1.4/2, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.8/3, Que te Perdone Dios… Yo No 1.3/2
Avenida Brasil 0.7/1, Tierra de Reyes .7/1, El Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/1
WGN named Tim Russell to the newly created position of Vice President, Brand Partnerships, and promoted David Diederich to Vice President, Ad Sales and Brand Partnerships, Western Region. Previously, Russell served as Senior Managing Director/Head of Sales for Meredith Video Studios. Diederich joined the WGN ad sales team in 2004.
This Day in History: 1977 – Seattle Slew, eventual winner of the Triple Crown, won the Kentucky Derby. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of Marshall’s mother on How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)? Judy. Kudos to: Michael Ritz-Bucstar Consulting/NYC, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Jenna Bellamy-Spectrum Reach/Birmingham, AL, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Sonia Mehta-Mediamorph/NYC, Cynthia New-Charter Media/Cape Girardeau, MO. Today’s Trivia Question: Which cop show character drove a turquoise 1963 Ford Thunderbird? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY MAY 7, 2015
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, American Crime
CBS: Big Bang Theory [f], The Odd Couple, The Odd Couple, Big Bang Theory [r], Elementary
CW: Vampire Diaries, Reign
PBS: This Old House Hour, Wolf Hall Masterpiece [r], Caring for Mom and Dad
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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