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Bravo ordered late nighter Real Men Watch Bravo, produced by Embassy Row. Andy Cohen, Michael Davies and Jerry O’Connell (Billions) will exec produce the show, starring Bravoholic O’Connell leading a panel of male celebs and tastemakers discussing Bravo moments and pop culture news. Talker is headed for a fall debut.
Paramount Network gave a pilot order to 68 Whiskey (wt) from Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Ron Howard will direct and serve as EP along with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo (Empire) and Roberto Benabin (Weeds), who is also set to write. Zion Rubin, creator of the Israeli production from with the show is adapted, will also exec produce, with Efrat Shmaya Dror and Danna Stern.
Freeform has begun production on comedy pilot Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, written by Josh Thomas (Please Like Me), about a neurotic 25-year-old dealing with the loss of his father and guardianship of his two teenage half-sisters.
The Jim Henson Company is developing a live-action puppet series based on educational children’s brand Slumberkins. “The Slumberkins are the new 100 Acre Woods for an anxious time,” said Halle Stanford, president of television for the Jim Henson Company.
Carnival Films (Downton Abbey) has launched the “Collective,” an initiative to nurture and develop the next wave of TV series creators. In-depth sessions will train writers in response to broadcasters’ needs.
Showtime satire Who Is America? premieres Sunday, July 15 at midnight, and will air close to day-and-date on UK’s Channel 4. Seven-parter from Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) explores diverse individuals. “Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks.
Season three of David Tutera’s CELEBrations returns Friday, August 3 at 10p on WE tv. New clients looking for a little something spectacular include Mario Lopez, Vivica Fox, Ice-T & Coco and Niecy Nash.
HBO porn industry drama The Deuce is back for season two on Sunday, September 9 at 9p. James Franco continues as an EP and star.
JLTV acquired Laughter in Paradise, showcasing “clean, professional, and dare we say, mature,” stand-up comedians. Series launches in fall 2018.
MTV dating competition Are You the One? returns – as Are You the One? Season of Fate – on Wednesday, August 8 at 10p. 22 singles will jet to Hawaii to find their perfect match, and a piece of the $1 million cash prize.
Live seven-minute interactive trivia show Disney Quizney premieres Monday, July 16 on Disney Channel and Disney Now. For ten weeknights, viewers can play along with the show to win cash prizes. We continually look to leverage the most current technology in ways that enable our viewers to have active roles within live linear TV,” said Kimberly Hicks, VP, digital media, Disney Channel. 
MyNetworkTV announced its 2018-19 slate. Two episodes of Law & Order: CI air Mondays, followed by Chicago P.D. on Tuesdays, Dateline on Wednesdays, The Good Wife on Thursdays and CSI: Miami on Fridays.
Sportsman Channel Outdoor Fest takes place July 20-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Event includes exhibits of outdoor lifestyle accessories, speakers, demonstrations and celebrity appearances.
The growing popularity of soccer in the U.S. represents a cultural shift that offers “a great way for brands to authentically connect with younger American consumers,” according to Adriana Waterson, SVP of insights and strategy for Horowitz Research. Three in four (75%) Hispanic Millennials are soccer fans and are more likely to be fans of soccer versus American football (71%), basketball (71%), baseball (68%) and boxing (66%), according to a study from NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises in partnership with Horowitz. Six in ten Hispanic Millennials and 29% of non-Hispanic Millennials agree that soccer will be as popular in the U.S. as American football and baseball in the next five years, and 70% of Hispanics believing that interest in the FIFA World Cup in the U.S. particularly will continue to grow over the next five years. “Findings from our study demonstrate how soccer, brands and audiences are intimately connected not just through live games,” said Lia Silkworth, SVP for insights and consumer development, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, “but digitally and socially, and in personalized settings with friends and family.”
Through the quarter finals, TV advertising for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on U.S. networks has topped $250 million. NBCUni’s nets have scored $152.4 million, led by $143.1 million for Telemundo, while Fox nets have earned $107.7 million, with Fox broadcast landing a $82.6 million chunk of that total.
Doing good could pay off for advertisers eager to reach teens. 69% of 14-to-17-year-olds trust a company more if they know it supports a cause, with 62% more likely to buy its products, according to a study from Fuse. 50% of respondents said they believe a brand’s cause is genuine if it makes a financial contribution, while employees working on an issue convinces 50% of teens the commitment is genuine. Top five issues of concern: Education, jobs/unemployment, prejudice/racism, the environment, and terrorism.
While 88% of CEO’s in consumer and retail businesses think investments to personalize customer experience have delivered the anticipated growth, 48% of the retailers feel the experiences do not meet their expectations, according to “The KPMG Growing Pains U.S. CEO Outlook 2018.” Study is based on a survey of 400 U.S. CEOs.
BET’s three-part Vixen debuts today. Digital doc examines the evolution of hip-hop through the lens of video models.
Toronto-based MaxTV Media joined digital out-of-home marketing association DPAA. “As we grow our ad business it made great sense to join DPAA so we can avail ourselves of their member benefit tools and participate in the fast growth of DOOH advertising,” said Erik Kehat, CEO, MaxTV Media.
Finland’s digital entertainment service Elisa Viihde commissioned a new original series: spy thriller Sphere of Shadows (wt), a ten-parter written by Katri and Kirsti Manninen.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has published standards for binding Ad-IDs to commercials and Entertainment ID Registry codes to programming content, using Kantar Media’s audio watermarking technology. Standards are aimed at mitigating inefficiencies in the cross-platform video distribution and measurement workflow, including legacy processes for matching program and ad names back to the time of airing and the distributor. “This standard has been called the media industry’s equivalent of the Universal Product Code (UPC) code,” said Jane Clarke, CEO and managing director of the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement. “Similar to the standardized ID that improved accuracy and efficiency for the retail consumer packaged-goods industry, Ad-ID and EIDR will enable advertising and content identifiers to remain embedded throughout the media distribution ecosystem.”
Kat Willis (Friday Night Lights) landed a recurring role in TNT drama Tell Me Your Secrets….Grace Song (High Maintenance) will recur in upcoming Showtime comedy Kidding, starring Jim Carrey…..Julie Ann Emery (Preacher) is set to recur on Hulu limited series Catch-22….Andy Devine (Modern Family) boarded the cast of HBO comedy pilot Righteous Gemstones.
Freeform announced casting for two original holiday movies. Francia Raisa, Gavin Stenhouse, Shanica Knowles, Hank Chen and Alison Fernandez join Tyra Banks in Life Size 2, while Dave and Odette Annable, Charles Michael Davis, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Alphonso McAuley are set to star in No Sleep ‘Til Christmas.
TBS space opera Final Space will touch down in San Diego for a Q&A with cast and producers on Friday, July 20. Panel will be followed by an autograph session.
The TEGNA Foundation will award 100 community grants in its first-of-two rounds of annual community grantmaking cycles for 2018. The grants are recommended by TEGNA’s local stations, which identify pressing needs in their local communities; needs are addressed through a combination of grantmaking, storytelling and employee volunteerism.
Jonathan Ross has joined the judging panel of Comedy Central UK’s Roast Battle UK for season two. Its first go-round, the competition series ranked as the net’s highest-rated UK commission ever.
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On Animal Planet during 2Q18, the new season of Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet  averaged 1.4 million Total Viewers P2+ for the quarter; The Zoo averaged 1.3 million P2+. Animal Planet’s June Prime ratings grew +2% over last year among A25-54 and total Prime Time viewership (P2+) was up double digits (+13%), the largest year-over-year Prime viewership growth for the network since March 2017.
Science Channel had its highest rated June ever, with primetime and total day highs in 2Q18 among Adults and Males 25-54 and total viewers P2+.
History’s Evel Live on Sunday night was the #1 cable special of the year with total viewers (3.5 million) and A25-54 (1.6 million), excluding news and sports, according to Nielsen. With 1.2 million A18-49 tuned in during the three-hour event, it was also History’s best premiere special among key demos since Gettysburg in May 2011.
Comedy Central notched its sixth consecutive month of ratings growth among A18-49, with June up +11% in primetime.
The season five premiere of Starz drama Power more than doubled the acquisition and viewership performance from season 4 on the Starz app, driving a 40% increase in On Demand viewing on premiere night. The Starz app saw 110% more new and returning customers sign up over premiere weekend versus the previous period last year.
ABC won Sunday for the 6th straight week with its game show lineup, with .9/4 among A18-49 for Celebrity Family Feud (the night’s most-watched entertainment program/ 6.3 million viewers), The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth.
Velocity had its most-watched second quarter and June in its nearly seven-year history among Men 18+ and P18+, with its 23rd consecutive quarter of year-over-year primetime and total day delivery growth in P18+ and Persons.
TVision’s Monthly Attention Index for Primetime Broadcast, Cable, Primetime, First-Run Live +SD Shows in June
Chopped (Food Network) 150.6
Good Bones (HGTV) 148.1
Brother vs. Brother (HGTV) 146.3
Southern Charm (Bravo) 138.2
Flip or Flop (HGTV) 134.6
Match Game (ABC) 136.7
World of Dance (NBC) 130.6
Fordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back (Fox) 127.1
Taken (NBC) 123.4
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 123.2
TVision measures actual eyes on screen attention from an opt-in panel of 7500 people at 2000 U.S. households, second by second with privacy safe facial recognition technology.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of July 2, 2018
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
E! News (E!) 9616, 551, 17, 33740
Today Show (NBC) 1071, 525, 2, 12827
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 999, 557, 2, 14858
Fox & Friends (Fox News) 902, 321, 3, 4083
Undisputed (FS1) 747, 128, 6, 906
Good Morning America (ABC) 726, 608, 1, 12 636
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 644, 513, 1, 7327
The Rachel  Maddow Show (MSNBC) 409, 36, 11, 12285
NBC Nightly News (NBC) 381, 746, .5, 4589
Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) 359, 187, 3, 3784
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) July 6, 2018 time period averages
Source: Nielsen, Live+SD
CBS: 3.81 million
Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition 3.35, Hawaii Five-0 3.60, Blue Bloods 4.49
NBC: 2.94million
American Ninja Warrior 2.75, Dateline 3.13
ABC: 2.83 million
Quantico 2.76, What Would You Do? 2.64, 20/20 3.10
UNIVISION: 1.0 million
Rico y Lazaro .97, Bella y las Bestias .92, Por Amar Sin Ley 1.11
FOX: .91 million
Big3 Basketball .91
TELEMUNDO: .83 million
Mi Familia Perfecta .63, Sin Senos SI Hay .84, Senor de los Cielos 1.01
CW: 1.00 million
Masters of Illusion 1.09, Penn & Teller: Fool Us .96

Friday A18-49:  NBC .6/3, ABC .5/3, TELE .5/3, CBS .4/2,  UNI .4/2, OX .3/1, CW .2/1
Hania Poole has been promoted to Senior Vice President of NCAA Digital and General Manager of Bleacher Report (B/R) Live.  In her expanded role, Poole will continue to oversee all aspects of NCAA Digital and the recently launched B/R Live, Turner’s premium live sports streaming service. 
Catherine Mackin was hired as Managing Director of Acorn Media Enterprises, the UK-based division for Acorn TV. Most recently, Mackin was Director of Programme Acquisitions at UKTV.
Crown Media Family Networks tapped Revella Cook and Margaret Johnson to serve in the newly-created positions of directors of business and legal affairs. Cook joins Crown Media from ABC Television, where she served as attorney, while Johnson comes from Madison Wells Media, where she was counsel for business and legal affairs.
Sarah Nathanson was appointed Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs at Vancouver-based multiplatform entertainment company Thunderbird. Previously, Nathanson was Director, Business & Legal Affairs at DHX Media.
Greg Goldman is exiting Studio Lambert USA. Jack Burgess, SVP, Development and Current in LA, will assume acting responsibility. “I want to thank Greg for the many ways he has driven our business in the US,” said CEO Stephen Lambert. “Greg wants to pursue new challenges and I wish him great success.”

On This Day: 1991 – Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as the first elected President of the Russian Federation.
Answer to the Last Trivia Question:  Which series, axed after two episodes, was the first network cancellation of the 2009-2010 season? The CW’s The Beautiful Life: TBL. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Traci Liner-Endeavor/NYC, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, David Westberg/SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA
Today’s Trivia Question:  What was the last U.S. commercial network series to debut in black and white? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Answer to Yesterday’s Anagram: I Chimed A Lot = ATL Homicide. Kudos to: Mandy Ledbetter-Discovery/NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
Reality Show Anagram:  Dude Ate Trough (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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ABC: The Middle [r], The Middle [r], black-ish [r], black-ish [r], The Last Defense  
CBS:  NCIS [r], Bull [r], NCIS: New Orleans [r]
CW: The 100 [r], The Outpost [p]
FOX: Beat Shazam, Love Connection
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