07/17/19: Primetime Emmy nominations are here!

 

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Nominations for the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed live online, with multiple nods going to NBC’s This Is Us, Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, Netflix’s When They See Us and HBO’s Veep.
 
HBO led the race with 137 Emmy nominations (29 more than last year), an all-time high for any network. Netflix came in second with 117 nominations (an increase of five from 2018). NBC came in a distant third with 58 nominations (down 20), with Amazon Prime Video in fourth with 47 (up 25). With 32 nominations alone, Game of Thrones set another record, the most for any program in a single season. Seven of the 12 slots in supporting categories landed with Thrones actors. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earned 20; HBO’s Chernobyl, 19.
 
Some surprising omissions: Big Bang Theory’s final season saw no Outstanding Comedy nomination, and none for past winner Jim Parsons. Julia Roberts was ignored for Amazon’s Homecoming. Hulu‘s Catch-22 had George Clooney as an EP and a supporting star and saw nothing. And the breakout hit of last summer, The Masked Singer, was left out of the competition series category.
 
In addition, there was no mention of a host for the ceremony, which will air live on Fox on September 22, with Creative Arts categories set for separate ceremonies on September 14 and 15.
 
Netflix has edited the Season 3 finale of 13 Reasons Why to remove the suicide of a character. “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement. “As we prepare to launch Season 3 later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts … we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from Season 1.” Studies, including one released in April specifically focused on the series, often show that suicide rates spike after portrayals on television.
 
A GoFundMe crowdfunding page has been set up for actress Valerie Harper to raise funds to help pay for her cancer treatments. Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009; in 2013 she developed a rare brain cancer. The Valerie Harper Cancer Support Fund page was set up on July 8, and reps for the actress have verified it is real.
 
Millennials are getting two daily news shows, courtesy of Quibi and NBC News, which is the first producer to pair up with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short form digital service’s daily news strand Daily Essentials. The company will create a morning and evening news show, each six minutes long, seven days a week. Hosts and correspondents will be based in New York’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Netflix is setting sail with its first wildlife documentary series , created from a deal with Blue Planet II creator James Honeyborne, ordering Oceans (working title) from Honeyborne’s Freeborne Media. Each episode will focus on a different ocean. Production is expected to begin later this year.
 
Discovery Networks veteran producers Mark Finkelpearl and Nate Starck have partnered to create Flying Scoop Media and Entertainment LLC, a production studio designed to focus on “premium grit” unscripted fare. Among other programming, they have commissioned the eight-part series Fastest Cars in the Dirty South, which will premiere on Motor Trend later in 2019. Also on tap is Season 2 of Finkelpearl’s Geraldo Rivera’s Murder in the Family for Reelz.
 
Awesome Media & Entertainment, an IP and production company founded by Jeff Norton, has announced the launch of a graphic novel studio aiming to turn stories into films and TV shows. It’s a natural follow-on for the Kew Media-backed U.K.-based company, which launched fiction publishing imprint Awesome Reads in 2018.
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
A new four-part MSNBC documentary series, American Swamp , starring Katy Tur and Jacob Soboroff, has been announced. The two journalists will travel across the U.S. and examine areas of political dysfunction. The series is produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions.
 
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COMING UP
 
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air live following the Democratic debates July 30 and 31. The show also aired live after June’s first Democratic debates for the 2020 election cycle. Comedy Central also said that The Daily Show with Trevor Noah would air live after the July debates.
 
AD NEWS
 
Amazon raised its national and regional TV media spending for its big Prime Day over the past two weeks, spending around $7.9M between June 30 and July 15, with large amounts going to Univision ($1.3 million), NBC ($705,000), ABC ($604,000), TNT ($559,000) and TBS ($440,000). The company’s commercials have aired 3,169 times. Last year, Amazon spent $6.7M with 2,504 airings.
 
DISTRIBUTION
 
Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Jungo TV announced a partnership with LGBTQ TV network Here TV. Jungo TV will distribute Here under the new brand Lushpop, a 24/7 channel that targets upscale female and LGBTQ+ audiences on cable, satellite and OTT. Lushpop is expected to launch later in 2019.
 
CBS said in a press release that while it is negotiating with AT&T U-Verse units ahead of Friday’s deadline, the telecom giant “continues to propose unfair terms well below those agreed to by its competitors and may drop CBS unless we agree to those terms.” Markets that could be affected by a blackout include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Miami and Denver. AT&T responded with its own statement, insisting it is “on the side of customer choice and value.”
 
TECH TALK
 
SSIMWAVE will reveal its optimizing video processing and delivery tool at IBC2019 in Amsterdam this September. The SSIMPLUS VOD Monitor Inspector will deliver analysis of video content that works with SSIMPLUS’ ability to predict and score perceptual video quality of experience by mimicking human vision. The Inspector is designed to help create effective coding and processing workflows for on-demand content and inform technology purchasing and configuration decisions.
 
FreeWheel announced that it is integrating with Centro to help agencies manage digital campaigns for programmatic, direct buying, search and social. The integration will pair Centro’s Basis with FreeWheel’s Strata, a platform used by more than 1,200 agencies for planning, activation, optimization and billing management.
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STREAMING
 
New research from streaming tracker Parks Associates indicates that revenue lost to piracy and password sharing will increase 38 percent to $12.5B over the next five years. In the new report, 360 Deep Dive: Account Sharing and Digital Piracy, about 27 percent of U.S. households have some level of piracy or account sharing. Some 20 percent of broadband households admit to using a piracy app, website or “jailbroken” device. Parks warns that an increased focus on streaming and “aggressively promoted content” on newer platforms may make things worse. “Consumers will hit an upper limit to spending eventually,” said Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst for Parks. After that, he continued, piracy is the next logical step.
 
Netflix has ordered five originals from India with Blumhouse and Chernin Entertainment on board to produce. Bombay Begums, Mai, Betaal, Messy and Masaba Masaba are set to launch over the next 12 months.
 
AMC’s vampire series NOS4A2 , based on the novel by Joe Hill, will come to Shudder beginning August 8 with the first episode of the season. Each subsequent episode will be added every Thursday.
 
CollegeHumor will premiere Gods of Food, a mockumentary culinary service in August. The six-episode season will roast fine diners and dining alike and was created and written by CollegeHumor cast member and head writer Rekha Shankar, who will also EP.
 
Sketch and improv group Astronomy Club has scored its own sketch series at Netflix. The half-hour series has been given a six-episode order and will be produced by black-ish EP Kenya Barris under his Khalabo Ink Society banner. The series will be similar to the group’s Comedy Central digital series but will also feature segments that put different characters in the spotlight, for instance, shows within the show.
 
PODCAST POSTS
 
Southern California Public Radio is launching LAist Studios , a podcast development and production studio, and is bringing ex-NBC executive Angela Bromstand on to advise and oversee its development slate. The company will produce factional and fiction narrative shows inspired by SoCal and stories anchored by the station’s journalism.
 
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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is getting a face-lift. Its London headquarters at 195 Piccadilly is undergoing a $30M plan to expand the building’s capacity and add a floor focused on learning and new talent programs. Until the expansion is complete, 194 Piccadilly will be BAFTA’s temporary home.
 
David Foster, who has 16 Grammy Awards , will be the featured subject in the documentary David Foster: Off the Record. The film is now in post-production from Canada’s Bell Media Studios and Melbar Entertainment and will be shown in theaters after a fall festival run; after that, CTV and Crave will stream it in Canada.
 
PHILANTHROPY
 
Former Desperate Housewives actress Marcia Cross will be honored by the Farrah Fawcett Foundation at the biennial Tex-Mex Fiesta on September 6 at the Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts, in Beverly Hills. Since its first benefit dinner, in 2015, the Foundation has raised more than $1M for cancer research.
 
CASTING
 
Jade Albany (American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story) is set to star in Netflix’s Japanese drama The Naked Director. She’s the first non-Asian cast in a major series role for a Netflix original in the region.
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RATINGS
 
TV Time’s Binge Report for the Week of July 8, 2019
  Stranger Things (Netflix) – 14.53%
Lucifer (Netflix) – 3.01%
Friends (NBC) – 2.24%
Glee (FOX) – 2.21%
Dark (Netflix) – 1.68%
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – 1.57%
The 100 (The CW) – 1.30%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) – 1.27%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 1.22%
Riverdale (The CW) – 1.15%
 
*Methodology – The weekly Binge Report ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the TV Time app within a given day.
 
ABC’s The Bachelorette led the ratings for Monday, with a bump in numbers from last Monday’s broadcast. It also reached new heights for 18-49 adults and total viewers. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior held steady, as did FOX’s Beat Shazam and So You Think You Can Dance. Love Island on CBS was up from last Friday night but down from the numbers it pulled last week, and the network’s The Code did not benefit from its lead-in.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, July 8, 2019, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
ABC: 5.30 million
The Bachelorette 6.41, Grand Hotel 3.79
NBC: 4.26 million
American Ninja Warrior 4.49, Dateline 3.79
CBS: 2.90 million
Love Island 2.11, The Code 3.18, Bull 3.42
FOX: 2.24 million
Beat Shazam 2.34, So You Think You Can Dance 1.96
CW: 1.00 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.20, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 0.94, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 0.86
TELE: 1.00 million
Un Poquito Tuyo .6, Betty En NY 1.1, La Reina Del Sur 1.3
Univision: .73 million
La Reina Soy Yo .8, Rosa de Guadalupe .7, Por Amar Sin Ley .7
 
Monday A18-49 Rating
ABC 1.3/7, NBC 0.8/4, FOX 0.6/3, TELE 0.5/3, CBS 0.4/2, UNI 0.3/2, CW 0.3/1
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
HGTV has tapped Karen Bronzo as VP, marketing . The change in title expands her responsibilities to include oversight of brand strategy and development of on-air/off-channel creative for the network. Bronzo moved to HGTV in 2013 as VP of ad sales marketing.
 
Element Pictures has hired Jonny Richards as head of TV development. Richards, who is a former Channel 4 drama-commissioning executive, will oversee The Favourite producers’ expansion into small-screen drama for the U.S., U.K. and international markets.
 
Ann Dolan has been appointed General Manager for FOX Affiliates WPGX-TV (Panama City, FL) and WDFX-TV (Dothan, Alabama), Lockwood Broadcast Group announced. She was most recently general sales manager at WRLH FOX in Richmond, Virginia.
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Mona Malden, Broadway actress and widow of Karl Malden, has died. She was 102. Malden passed on Saturday at her home in Los Angeles, where she had lived for the past 60 years. Malden appeared in the 1943 Broadway comedy I’ll Take the High Road and worked as an extra at Fox before marrying Karl in 1943 and giving up her career to raise their children.
 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
ABC: Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, Match Game
CBS: Love Island, Big Brother, S.W.A.T.
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Jane the Virgin
FOX: MasterChef, First Responders Live
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games, SongLand, The InBetween
PBS: A Year in Space, 8 Days: To the Moon and Back, POV Shorts
Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuyo, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, La Rosa de Guadelupe, Por Amar Sin Ley
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