06.08.15 Good morning. It’s Monday June 8, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Today’s Premieres:
ABC Family: The Fosters at 8p, Becoming Us at 9p
A&E: The First 48: Extreme Kills at 8p
Azteca America: UEPA! Un Escenario Para Amar at 3p
Bravo: The Real Housewives of Orange County at 9p, Odd Mom Out at 10p
MundoFox: La Guerrera at 9p
TNT: Major Crimes at 9p, Murder in the First at 10p Tonight’s Finales:
AMC: TURN: Washington’s Spies at 10p
NBC is replacing medical drama Heartbreaker on its fall schedule with Dick Wolf spinoff Chicago Med, to accommodate the pregnancy of Heartbreaker star Melissa George. Originally set to debut midseason, Chicago Med will step into the Tuesday post-The Voice slot in September. Both shows start production this summer, but Heartbreaker will take a baby break.
OWN is not moving forward with a planned docu-series focused on Jay Williams, the music producer who fathered 34 children by 17 women and appeared on the net’s Iyanla: Fix My Life. “The series aimed to follow Jay as he worked to put his life and fractured relationships in order and to hold him accountable every step of the way,” said OWN. “The intention was to help Jay work to establish new connections with his family, his children and the mothers of his children. Production has ended and the series will not air.” The show had been slated for a September debut.
Lifetime released the first four episodes of its new scripted show, UnReal, on its website. While the show was well reviewed, last week’s premiere averaged a soft 815,000 viewers. UnReal airs Mondays at 10p.
Don’t expect big changes on season two of Fox hit Empire. Co-creator Danny Strong, speaking at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, said, “We’re just going to continue the story, because if we tried to make it bigger and better, we’d make it worse and lamer.” As for big-name guest stars (Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravtiz are among those lined up for next season), “I’m a vocal proponent of not doing all the stunt casting,” said Strong. “It’s not a source of tension, but it’s a source of disagreement.”
ABC Family moved the season 2 premiere of Chasing Life from August 17 to Monday, July 6 at 10p. Drama follows The Fosters at 8p and new docu-series Becoming Us at 9p.
History is doing its part to help flood relief efforts in Texas. The net has teamed up with nonprofit organization Team Rubicon for “Operation Double Trouble”, which has deployed team members to Texas, making a cash donation to support the effort and a public service announcement encouraging contributions. “After spending the last two years working on Texas Rising,” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and GM, “we at History feel a special affinity to the state of Texas.”
In the wake of criticism from the medical community, The Dr. Oz Show hired a medical expert to fill the newly created position of chief of staff of the medical unit that researches scripts and evaluates expert guests. Oz had been attacked as a “quack” by 10 doctors who wanted him ousted from his vice chairman post at Columbia medical school, charges Oz said were spurred by his support for labeling genetically modified foods. The controversy appears to be taking a toll on his show – in the most recent May sweep, The Dr. Oz Show lost 35 percent of its rating, to 1.3, and 42 percent among W25-54, to a .7 average, versus May 2014.
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CMT’s standalone documentary unit, established last year, is humming along. Urban Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of Gilley’s, Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie and Johnny Cash: American Rebel, will premiere throughout the year, while early 2016 brings American Bandit: The Birth of Southern Cool and Chicken People. “CMT has assembled an eclectic mix of award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmakers to develop original documentaries spanning a wide array of subjects that will instantly resonate with our core audience and beyond,” said Jayson Dinsmore, EVP Development and Programming, CMT.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions are teaming with Spike TV and Casey Patterson Entertainment for a special filmed at an overseas military base. Rock the Troops will air on Veteran’s Day 2016.
HBO is developing Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment exec producing. Half-hour comedy project focused on thirtysomethings is based on the novel by David Shafer.
Scott Rosenbaum (Gang Related) has been set as showrunner for USA’s upcoming Queen of the South. Rosenbaum exec produces the Fox 21 Studios-Universal Cable Pods. co-production with M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, who wrote the pilot, David Friendly and Pancho Mansfield.
Brett Mahoney (The Following) inked an overall deal with CBS Television Studios that has him joining new CBS medical drama Code Black as exec producer, with creator/showrunner Michael Seltzman, as well as developing new projects.
A season two of Peace Point Entertainment cooking series Bake with Anna Olson has been commissioned by Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, Scripps Networks Asia Pacific and Shaw Media’s Food Network Canada. Freshman run was originally produced for Food Network Canada.
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Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: May June 5-7, 2015
Spy (Fox) $30.0 million, opening weekend
San Andreas (Warner Bros.) $26.4 million, cume revenue $92.2 million
Insidious Chapter 3 (Focus) $23.0 million, opening weekend
Entourage (Warner Bros.) $10.4 million, cume revenue $17.8 million
Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.) $8.0 million, cume revenue $130.8 million
Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal) $7.7 million, cume revenue $161.0 million
Tomorrowland (Disney) $7.0 million, cume revenue $76.2 million
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney) $6.2 million, cume revenue $438.0 million
Aloha (Sony) $3.3 million, cume revenue $16.3 million
Poltergeist (20th Century Fox) $2.9 million, cume revenue $44.5 million
The premiere of the ninth and final season of A&E’s Beyond Scared Straight airs Thursday, June 25 at 9p.Series finale on Thursday, August 27, will offer a retrospective of infamous teens, explosive moments, one-liners and the most bleeped episode.
CMT is devoting a day to CMT Music Awards-related programming leading up to the big show on Wednesday, June 10 at 8p. Music videos from nominated acts kick off the celebration starting at 6a, followed by a Video of the Year and red carpet specials. Nominees Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line will be featured when their episodes of Inside Fame air at 11a and noon, respectively.
Jim Parsons joins Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton on Thursday, June 18 at 8p on Bravo. The Big Bang Theory Emmy winner “arrived on our stage for one of the most joyful – and hilarious – evenings in the 21-year history of Inside the Actors Studio,” said Lipton.
Serial Thriller, ID’s first original scripted miniseries, continues tonight at 10p, ending tomorrow, June 9 at 10p with detectives on the trail of a murderer facing a deadly battle of wits.
A country star sets out to find steaks that are a cut above the rest in Cooking Channel’s Steak Out With Kix Brooks, launching Tuesday, July 14 at 9p. And meat lover Brooks is up to the challenge. “If there’s one thing I love as much as music,” he said, “it’s a great steak.”
The day before the release of Nate Ruess’ first solo album, Fuse is airing an in-depth interview with the fun. frontman. Nate Ruess: Uncovered premieres Monday, June 15 at 9p.
Shark conservation doc Extinction Soup airs on Fusion today at 9:30p, marking World Ocean’s Day. The film is followed by special Shark Land, a report on the plight of sharks at risk.
GSN pits Trekkies against Star Wars fanboys in a special themed installment of Idiotest. Rivals face off Wednesday, June 10 at 8p.
Confirmation, the HBO movie starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, will start production with Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Erika Christensen (Parenthood) onboard.
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) will play a real-life serial killer in ITV’s Dark Angel, based on the story of murderous Mary Ann Cotton.
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Comcast Corp. scooped up another advanced advertising technology company, Visible World. “This partnership reflects the business and technology trends we are seeing in the television industry today,” said John Schanz, EVP and chief network officer for Comcast Cable. In March 2014, Comcast acquired FreeWheel for $360 million.
While the U.S. ad market is projected to grow 3.1 percent through 2019, according to Pivotal Research Group, television’s five-year average growth rate is estimated at 2.6 percent, fueled in part by “ongoing spending reductions to other media.” As for dollars being siphoned to digital, “We continue to believe that commonly held views around shifting spending from traditional TV to digital media owners are general overblown,” said Brian Weiser, senior research analyst.
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ABC’s telecast of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday delivered 17.8 million total viewers, up 19 percent versus last year and the most-watched Game 1 since ABC started carrying the game in 2003. Among A18-49, the 6.9/35 rating was the second best, since 2004.
Wednesday’s season premiere of HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother delivered a 1.05 P25-54 rating and helped make HGTV the number one cable net among P25-54 and W25-54. With more than 3.8 million total viewers, it was the highest rated episode of the series to date, up 54 percent over the season two premiere.
Discovery boasts its best May ever among P25-54 in L+3, and was up 11 percent year over year to place fourth in ad supported cable in P25-54 for the month. Prime time ratings grew 6 percent among M25-54 and 19 percent aiming W25-54, for the net’s highest female May ratings since 2002.
Destination America earned its highest-rated May ever in both Prime and Total Day among all key demos including HH, P2+, P/M/W25-54, P18-49 and M/W18-49 for Prime and among HH, P2+, P/W25-54 and P/M/W18-49 for Total Day.Premieres of Impact Wrestling, Ghost Asylum and BBQ Pitmasters helped lead the net to its best May Ever in Total Day among P/W25-54, P/W18-49 and P2+ average delivery. Year over year, the net is up 7 percent in Prime P25-54 delivery and 8 percent in Total Day P25-54 delivery.
Bob Schieffer’s final Face the Nation broadcast as anchor on Sunday, May 31 was watched by nearly 4 million viewers, the program’s best audience delivery since January.
The Sunday, May 31 telecast of Disney’s K.C. Undercover, part of the series’ “DoubleCrossed” programming event, was its second best ever in total viewers (3.4 million), behind only its series launch in January, and was its number 3 telecast to date across Kids 2-11 (1.6 million/4.2 rating), Kids 6-11 (1.4 million/5.9 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.5 million/6.2 rating).
Broadcast Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of May 25, 2015)
NBC: Tonight Show 3.1 million total viewers; .87/4 A18-49
CBS The Mentalist 2.37 million total viewers; .49/2 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy KimmelLive2.08 million total viewers; .51/2 A18-49
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and A18-49 Live+SD
Thursday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 5.6/20, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with NBA finals coverage. A 1.6/7 average for Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night and NBA Countdown scored 1.6/7, followed by 1.4/5 for CBS’s Big Bang Theory/Odd Couple combo. The Cleveland/Golden State matchup earned 5.8/21 to win 9p, versus 1.1/4 for Fox’s Wayward Pines. BB-ball commanded 10p with 7.0/24; Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos was second with 1.0/3.
A18-49:ABC 5.6/20, FOX 1.1/4, CBS 1.0/4, NBC .8/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .6/2, ION .3/1, CW .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, June 4, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 2.5/5, NBA Countdown 3.6/7, NBA Finals 10.6/20
Big Bang Theory [r] 4.8/9, The Odd Couple [r] 3.8/7, Mom [r] 3.9/7, Mike & Molly [r] 3.7/6, Elementary [r] 3.1/6
Dateline 4.4/8, Aquarius 2.7/5, Hannibal 1.8/3
Bones 3.3/6, Wayward Pines 2.6/5
Amores con Trampa 1.3/2, Imperdonable 1.3/2, Que to Perdone Dios 1.3/2
Blue Bloods 1.1/2, Blue Bloods 1.4/2, Blue Bloods 1.4/3
Avenida Brasil .6/1, Tierra del Reyes .7/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.2/2
iZombie [r] .5/1, Vampire Diaries [r] .3/0
Agency INNOCEAN USA tapped Tim Blett, former CEO and Founder of marketing services agency eMaxx Partners and President-Partner at Doner, to join the agency as Executive Vice President, Managing Director.
Muse Entertainment USA hired Lydia Storie as Vice President of Development, Meghan Mathes as Director of Development and upped Scott Clayton to Manager of Development. Storie was previously Director of Development at Additional Dialogue, while Mathes was most recently Manager of Development at Evolution Entertainment.
Ronnie Ycong was promoted to Senior Vice President, Exhibitor Relations and Operations at Spotlight Cinema Networks. Ycong had been Vice President, Exhibitor Relations.
Street performer Anthony Riley, a contestant on the most recent season of The Voice, was found dead of apparent suicide on June 5. He was 28. A fan favorite, Riley left the show after he won his first battle round to enter rehab for substance abuse.
This Day in History: 1867 – Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: When Becky first met Jesse on Full House (1987-995), who did he remind her of? Her brother. Kudos to: Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Linda Grillo-Viacom/NYC, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Amy Wu-DeviantArt/NYC, Josclyn Remar-Horizon Media/NYC
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY JUNE 8, 2015
ABC: The Bachelorette, The Whispers
CBS: 2 Broke Girls [r], Mike & Molly [r], Scorpion [r], NCIS: Los Angeles [r]
CW: The Originals [r], Jane the Virgin [r]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, The Island
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here.
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