05/18/15: Bob Dylan takes Letterman stage for penultimate episode; Twin Peaks is back, and bigger; Stephanopoulos bows out of GOP debate amid Clinton charitable donation brouhaha



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Good morning. It’s Monday May 18, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC: The Bachelorette at 9p
Bounce: Off the Chain: Rudy Rush at 10p
Discovery: Street Outlaws at 9p
HGTV: House Hunters Off the Grid at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
CBS: 2 Broke Girls at 8p, Mike & Molly at 8:30p, Stalker at 9p, NCIS: Los Angeles at 10p
FOX: The Following at 8p
Nat Geo: The Big Picture With Kal Penn at 8p, Street Genius at 8:30p
NBC: The Night Shift at 10p




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The times they are a changin’: Bob Dylan will perform on CBS’s Late Show tomorrow, May 19, David Letterman’s penultimate night as host. Dylan’s last performance on Late Show took place in 1993.


The Twin Peaks revival is back on at Showtime, and “even bigger than we expected,” said net president David Nevins. Creator David Lynch, who pulled out of the limited event series in early April over financial issues, will direct the whole shebang, which will include more than the originally-announced nine hours. “Totally worth the extra brewing time,” said Nevins. Cult fave Peaks aired in 1990-91.

ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos apologized for not disclosing charitable contributions he made to the Clinton Foundation during the time he was reporting on the nonprofit, and said he will not moderate ABC News’ GOP primary debate as a result. “I made charitable donations to the Foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply,” Stephanopoulos said. “I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation.” Calling it an “honest mistake,” ABC News said they stand behind Stephanopoulos.

Jude Law will play the title role inThe Young Pope, a co-production between HBO, SkyandCanal +. Production of the eight-part series about Pius XIII shoots this summer in Italy, the U.S., Africa and Puerto Rico.

UP TV is partnering with the American Black Film Festival on an initiative designed to generate new original scripted and unscripted series content for multicultural audiences."UP Flips the Script to Series: Remixing the Development Pipeline” replaces the five-year run of the "UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition," which generated five feature-length films for the network.

What was the most memorable moment from last week’s Upfronts? Weigh in at the new Cynopsis poll.

The Mindy Project, canceled by Fox after three seasons, has landed at Hulu with a 26-episode order for season four. Despite soft ratings during its Fox run, the Universal Television comedy performed well with multiplatform views, particularly on Hulu.

Portia de Rossi was upped to series regular on ABC’s Scandal. (If you saw the season four finale, you’ll know why.) Tweeted the actress, “Thank you @ScandalABC I can’t wait to start season 5!!”.


Discovery Networks International commissioned documentary Aftershock: Disaster in Nepal, about the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes. Produced by ITN Productions, the special will air on Discovery channels beginning May 24 in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.


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Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: May 15-17, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal) $70.4 million, opening weekend
Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.) $44.4 million, opening weekend
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney) $38.8 million, cume revenue $372.0 million
Hot Pursuit (Warner Bros.) $5.8 million, cume revenue $23.5 million
Furious 7 (Universal) $3.6 million, cume revenue $343/8 million
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Sony) $3.6 million, cume revenue $62.9 million
The Age of Adeline (Lionsgate) $3.2 million, cume revenue $37.1 million
Home (20th Century Fox) $2.6 million, cume revnue $165.6 million
Ex Machina (A24 Films) $2.1 million, cume revenie $19.6 million
Far From the Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight) $1.3 million, cume revenue $2.6 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


OWN’s highest-rated series, The Haves and the Have Nots, is back Tuesday, June 30 at 9p with a funeral and a fire. The drama’s return follows the premiere of the new season of another Tyler Perry show, comedy Love Thy Neighbor, back Friday, June 26 at 9p and 9:30p.

Season three of Sundance TV’s Rectify launches Thursday, July 9 at 10p. All 16 episodes from past seasons will be available during “Binge on the Fourth of July: The Rectify DVR Marathon” beginning Saturday, July 4 at 2p.

Spoiler alert: The pregnancy odyssey of UP’s Erin and Chad Paine ended with the arrival of their first child on May 14. The long journey to the joyful moment is chronicled in the new season of Bringing Up Bates, launching Thursday, June 4 at 9p.

Jack Black and Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect 2) join the off-the-cuff pop culture conversation on E!’s The Grace Helbig Show Sunday, May 31 at 11p. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stops by June 7.

A stop on Martina McBride’s concert tour is featured on AXS TV Sunday, May 31 at 8p – complete with three-piece background vocal section and four-piece horn section.

A pre-Memorial Day Idiotest pits Marines against Marine wives on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:30p.


Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton will return for season two of ABC anthology series American Crime, for a sophomore run described by ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee as “a completely different scenario and a completely different crime.”

Kathy Najimy has joined the cast of Unforgettable, transplanted from CBS to A&E for season four, as a series regular. MTV VJ La La Anthony and E.J. Bonilla (Guiding Light) are also signed up.

Tim Guinee (Homeland), theater vet Reg Masters (You Can’t Take it With You) and Tzi Ma (24) have joined the cast of AMC’s western period drama Hell on Wheels, returning this summer.

Alan Van Sprang (Reign) will recur as a guest star on ABC Family’s upcoming Shadowhunter as villainous Valentine, while Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) plays a high warlock.

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BabyFirst has launched on the AT&T U-verse Paquete Espanol package, Channel 3063. The net is already is seen in English on U-verse, channel 310. “With every third baby born in the U.S. being Latino, there is an increasing recognition among programming distributors that this community is hungry for age-appropriate content for their kids,” said Sharon Rechter, EVP business development and distribution, BabyFirst.


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On average during the May sweep, ABC was up 27 percent on Thursday among A18-49 (to 1.9) and led the night during the month for the first time since May 2009. The net boasts it was the only broadcaster up on the night May to May. 

Up against the season finales of ABC’s Scandal and NBC’s The Blacklist, the premiere of Fox limited series Wayward Pines delivered 1.0/3 among A18-49 on Thursday, holding its Bones lead-in number.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 1.8/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy won 8p with 2.2/8, versus a 1.9/7 average for a Big Bang Theory repeat and fresh Odd Couple. ABC kept the lead at 9p with 2.3/8 for Scandal, followed by a 1.9/6 average for a pair of Big Bang reruns. CBS’s Elementary was tops at 10p with 1.2/4 for Elementary, followed by 1.1/4 for Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos and Univision’s Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No.

A18-49:ABC 1.8/6, CBS 1.7/6, UNI 1.2/4, FOX 1.1/4, UNI 1.1/4, NBC 1.0/3, TELE .7/3, CW .5/2, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, May 14, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.0/9
Big Bang Theory [r] 6.1/11, The Odd Couple 5.2/9, Big Bang Theory [r] 5.1/9, Big Bang Theory [r] 5.0/8, Elementary 4.4/8
ABC: 4.9/8
Grey’s Anatomy 5.7/10, Scandal 5.7/10, American Crime 2.9.5
NBC: 3.6/6
Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.6/5, The Blacklist 4.7/8, Dateline 3.4/6
FOX: 2.7/5
Bones 3.0/5, Wayward Pines 2.4/4
Amores con Trampa 1.4/2, Hasta Fin Del Mundo 1.8/3, Que to Perdone Dios 1.5/3
ION: 1.0/2
Blue Bloods .8/2, Blue Bloods 1.0/2, Blue Bloods 1.1/2
Avenida Brasil .7/1, Tierra del Reyes .7/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.2/2
CW: .8/1
Vampire Diaries 1.0/2, Reign .6/1


Composer Robert Drasnin died May 13. He was 87. Drasnin, whose TV credits include Lost in Space, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Police Story, was the director of music for CBS from 1977-1991.



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ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelorette [p]
CBS: 2 Broke Girls [f], Mike & Molly [f], Stalker [f], NCIS: Los Angeles [f]
CW: Celeste and Jesse Forever [r]
FOX: The Following
NBC: The Voice, The Night Shift [
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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