07.24.15 Good morning. It’s Friday July 24, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
HGTV: Love It or List It Too at 9p
History: Ancient Aliens at 9p, Missing in Alaska at 10p Tonight’s Finale:
CW: The Messengers at 9p Saturday’s Premieres:
ABC: Boston EMS at 10p
Nat Geo Wild: The Incredible Dr. Pol at 9p
Science: Race to Escape at 10p Saturday’s Finales:
BBC America: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell at 10p
DIY: Building Belushi at 10:30p Sunday’s Premieres:
A&E: Intervention at 10p
Adult Swim: Rick and Morty at 11:30p
Animal Planet: Ice Lake Rebels at 10p
AXS TV: Live from Abbey Road at 8p
E!: I Am Cait at 8p, Stewarts & Hamiltons at 9p
LOGO: Secret Guide to Fabulous at 8:30p
TLC: Who Do You Think You Are at 9p, Answered Prayers at 10p
Travel: Bikinis & Boardwalks at 8p Sunday’s Finales:
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud at 8p, BattleBots at 9p
PBS: The Crimson Field at 10p
Weather Channel: Fat Guys in the Woods at 9
The third season of Starz drama DaVinci’s Demons will be its last. “While ending Leonardo’s journey is bittersweet for me, I’m happy we’re ending the story on a high note," said series creator David Goyer. "Leonardo was famous for his mirror-writing, and there’s a symmetry to the entire series – between the first episode and the final one – that I think the maestro would have appreciated.” Swan song season premieres Saturday, October 24.
ABC is in final negotiations to add Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris (GMA Weekend) as new co-hosts on The View, reports Variety. The pair would join the daytime talk show in the fall for its 19th season. Bure and Faris are seasoned subs on the show.
FX‘s The Comedians is one and one. Showrunner Ben Wexler broke the news on Twitter that the comedy starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad would not return for a second season. “#TheComedians is cancelled at FX. I could not be more proud of the work we all did," posted Wexler.
Syfy and The Asylum greenlit Sharknado 4, expected to make landfall in July 2016. After destroying Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C. and much of the Eastern Seaboard, where will the sharks strike next? And will April Wexler (Tara Reid) live or die? Fans can decide if she makes it to Sharknado 4 by voting #AprilLives OR #AprilDies on Twitter or by visiting http://Sharknado.Syfy.com.
Marc Maron landed his first premium TV comedy special in 20 years. EPIX one-hour comedy event Marc Maron: More Later, filmed this year at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, bows Friday, December 4 at 10p.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is stepping into the ring to help Bounce TV promote Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round via a series of promotional videos. PBC comes to Bounce on Sunday, August 2 at 9p, with the debut of the new monthly series PBC – The Next Round.
The Weather Channel is running a Fat Guys in the Woods marathon beginning Saturday, July 25 at 12p. The broadcast is anchored by the show’s season two finale on Sunday, July 26 at 9p, followed by the premiere of the special Fat Guys in the Woods: XXL Edition, featuring funny clips and never been seen footage from throughout the second season, immediately following at 10p.
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USA Network handed a pilot order to Poor Richard’s Almanack. From Legendary Television Universal Cable Productions, the drama is described as a thriller about a group of heroes who emerge as the new Founding Fathers, after America is pushed to the brink of collapse.
Netflix ordered 20 episodes of Spanish-language Ingobernable (Ungovernable), exploring the life of the first lady of Mexico. Killer Women alum Kate del Castillo will play Irene Urza, the wife of Mexico’s president. Production begins in Mexico in early 2016.
Belief, a television event exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than themselves, premieres Sunday, October 18 at 8p on OWN. The doc airs over seven consecutive nights.
Anthony Anderson returns to Food Network with a new series on Wednesday, August 12 at 10p. Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson explores the country’s best carnival fare from mac and cheese stuffed burgers to bacon-wrapped roasted corn to deep-fried root beer floats.
Esquire Network “Shows Them the Money” when The Agent premieres Tuesday, August 11 at 10p. Ten-part doc follows four top sports agents navigating the cutthroat world of professional football.
TLC one-hour special 3 Bad Dates, 1 Soulmate airs Thursday, August 6 at 10p. Look for April and Rana to take viewers back to their worst dates ever in a search for Prince Charming. (Good luck with that!)
To mark the 10-year anniversary of one of America’s worst natural disasters, The Weather Channel presents Katrina 2065 on Thursday, August 27 at 8p. With the changing climate reshaping the world’s weather, host Sam Champion, alongside Jim Cantore, will take viewers on a scientific journey through scenarios that could take place if Hurricane Katrina hit 50 years from now.
On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam premieres Tuesday, September 22 at 10p on PBS during Hispanic Heritage Month. The documentary captures the legacy of Latino veterans and their families during the conflict of the Vietnam War.
Miguel Aquino delves into serial killer stories in Azteca America‘s Asesinos Seriales. Spine-chilling special premieres Monday, July 27 at 10p.
Ashley Newbrough (Privileged, Mistresses) stars s in Love Under The Stars, a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film premiering Sunday, August 16 at 9p. Barry Bostwick (Cougar Town), Wes Brown (June in January) and Jaeda Lily Miller (A Cookie Cutter Christmas) co-star.
The fifth season premiere of Showtime‘s Homeland has been set for Sunday, October 4 at 9p, followed by the second season premiere of The Affair at 10p.
Food Network‘s The Great Food Truck Race is back for a sixth season on Sunday, August 23 at 9p. In a return to the show’s roots, the seven teams competing are professional food truck operators from around the country.
The summer premiere of Switched at Birth airs Monday, August 24 at 8p on ABC Family. In the opener, Bay copes with heartbreak, Daphne struggles with speculation, and someone reveals an unexpected pregnancy.
Bradley Whitford will tackle the role of Hubert Humphrey, US Vice President under Lyndon B. Johnson, in HBO film All the Way. The project, which begins production next month, follows LBJ from the JFK assassination through his first year as US president.
Dallas star Josh Henderson landed the male lead role in E!‘s The Arrangement, reports EW. The drama is being billed as a modern-day Cinderella with a Hollywood twist.
Sonya Walger is taking over the role of Zoe in ABC drama The Catch. The Lost alum replaces One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz, who played the role in the pilot.
Days of our Lives vet Blake Berris (ex-Nick) is set to appear on an upcoming episode of ABC Family‘s Pretty Little Liars.
Designer Jeremiah Brent will serve as the new host for season five of the DIY series Home Made Simple, which starts production on August 3. The new season premieres on OWN in January on Saturdays at 9a.
Univision Communications Inc. has partnered with Snapchat. Through the partnership, Snapchat will create unique Live Stories around Univision events, including sports and entertainment. It kicks off with the Gold Cup Final on July 26.
TV One and AT&T U-verse have extended their agreement into 2026. “The extension of TV One’s renewal agreement with AT&T highlights the increasing value of the network, which continues to deliver record-breaking ratings driven by an array of compelling new original series, movies and specials,” said Michelle L. Rice, executive vice president, Content Distribution and Marketing, TV One.
Asia’s leading television and film event, the Asia TV Forum & Market returns December 1 to 4. Hosted at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, the market brings together international industry players from TV and film to buy, sell, finance, distribute and co-produce across platforms. Last year’s edition showcased over 71 speakers and 658 exhibitors.
Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills: 90210) and Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club) bring the funny to Family Channel, starring as seemingly-flawless parents to five children in new original series The Wonderful Wayneys. From Aircraft Pictures and Dolphin Entertainment, the comedy begins filming in Toronto on July 27 and will deliver 26 half-hour episodes to DHX Television for spring 2016.
Pickle and Peanut, an animated buddy-comedy series starring Jon Heder and Johnny Pemberton, premieres Monday, September 7 on Disney XD.
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Media Minute: “2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for many blue-chip sporting events,” Brad Adgate, SVP Research, Horizon Media, tells Cynopsis. “In January, the first-ever College Football Playoff Championship game averaged 33.4 million viewers on ESPN, the first cable show to average over 30 million viewers. The Super Bowl in February set yet another audience record, averaging 114.4 million viewers, peaking at 120.8 million at the end of the game. In April, the NCAA Basketball Championship game averaged 28.3 million viewers, the most since 1997. More recently, in June, The Belmont Stakes averaged 18.6 million viewers, the third highest since 1998, the Stanley Cup Finals averaged 5.5 million viewers the second best since 1994 and the NBA Finals averaged 19.9 million viewers, the most since 1998. Lastly, the Women’s World Cup final in July averaged 26.7 million viewers, making it the most watched soccer game in U.S. history.” Takeaway? While media fragmentation and declining TV usage have wreaked havoc in the audience delivery of many program types, it has had little impact with sports.
History boasts double digit growth for its two new series launches, Alone and Forged in Fire. After five weeks, Alone is up across all key demographics compared to its Live+SD premiere: +42% in A18-49, +40% in A25-54 and +32% in total viewers. Forged in Fire has also gained double digit growth across all key demographics compared to its Live +SD premiere: +74% in A25-54, +73% in A18-49 and +32% in Total Viewers.
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 13, 2015
NBC: Late Night, 1.48 million viewers and .558/0.4 A18-49
ABC: Nightline, 1.31 million total viewers and .411/0.3 A18-49
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.20 million total viewers and 0.358/0.3 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Sunday Morning News Shows July 19, 2015
ABC: This Week 2.90 million total viewers; 0.7 and 879,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation 2.55 million total viewers; 0.4 and 494,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.53 million total viewers; 0.6 and 690,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.73 million total viewers; 0.3 and 397,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday: 1.29 million total viewers; 0.3 and 412,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 13, 2015
ABC: GMA 4.40 million total viewers; 1.3/12 and 1.50 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.17 million total viewers; 1.3/12 and 1.60 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.21 million total viewers; 0.8/7 and .957 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC led for the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 1.4/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p CBS’ Big Brother topped with 1.8/7, followed by FOX’s MasterChef with 1.5/6. NBC’s Last Comic Standing took over the lead at 9p with 1.7/6; FOX’s Home Free followed with 0.9/3. NBC’s Last Comic Standing held onto #1 at 10p with 1.5/5.;Telemundo’s Senor de Los Cielos was #2 with 1.2/4.
A18-49: NBC 1.4/6, FOX 1.2/5, CBS 1.1/4, ABC 0.8/3, TELE 0.7/3, UNI 0.6/3, CW 0.2/1, ION 0.2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
America’s Got Talent 3.7/7, Last Coming Standing 3.8/7
Big Brother 3.6/7, Extant 2.9/5, Criminal Minds [r] 3.4/6
MasterChef 2.8/5, Home Free 1.9/3
Black-ish [r] 2.0/4, Black-ish [r] 1.8/3, Black-ish [r] 2.0/4, Black-ish [r] 2.1/4, Modern Family [r] 1.9/3, Modern Family [r] 1.9/4
Amores Con Trampa 1.1/2, Lo Imperdonable 1.2/2, Yo No Creo en Hombres 0.9/2
Avenida Brasil 0.6/1, Tierra de Reyes 0.9/2, Senor de Los Cielos 1.3/2
Arrow 0.6/1, Supernatural 0.5/1
Ghost Whisperer 0.5/1, Ghost Whisperer 0.5/1, Ghost Whisperer 0.5/1
A&E Network elevated Gabriel Marano to the post of Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming, where he will oversee the network’s growing scripted programming team and the development and current of all original scripted content. Marano had beeen Vice President of Drama Programming.
True Entertainment and Original Media co-presidents and CEOs Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh expanded their production and creative teams at Original Media. Brenda Hurley has been named COO of both Original Media and True Entertainment. Nikki Borrelli transitions to SVP, production & operations, Original Media, from True Entertainment where she served as VP of production. Todd Hurvitz joins Original Media as SVP, current programming. Lisa Bloch has been hired as VP of current programming, Original Media.
Philippe Maigret has been appointed President, Scripted Programming, ITV Studios America. Maigret launched Endemol Studios in 2011.
Claude Johnson has been named Vice President, Development & Communications at WNET. He was previously Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development for Cornell University.
Factory Media, Europe’s largest lifestyle sports and culture content business, has appointed Bo Stehmeier as director of rights and distribution. He last served as the international documentary producer and distributor’s managing director of distribution at Off The Fence.
Friday Fun Fact: American paper money is not made out of paper. Currency paper consists of fibers that are 75% cotton and 25% linen. This Day in History: 2005 – Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour de France. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of Mrs. Garrett’s gourmet food shop on Facts of Life? Edna’s Edibles. Kudos to: David Woolfson-Screenvision/NYC, Chris McLoughlin-NBC/NYC, Jim Kelly-Lee Hecht Harrison/Melville, NY, BJ Smith-EPIX/NYC, Kevin Schmidt-NCC Media/Chicago, IL, Julie Houston-Tom Scott Communication Shop/Boise, ID, Dan Harrison-Fox Broadcasting/LA, Peter Steckelman-The Tennis Channel/Santa Monica, CA, Paul Blutter-Hollywood Depot Rentals/Burbank, CA, Anne Vega-Uber Content/LA.
Today’s Trivia: What star did Joey get cast as a butt double for on Friends? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY JULY 24, 2015
ABC: Shark Tank [r], What Would You Do [r], 20/20 [r]
CBS: Elementary [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Masters of Illusion, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r], The Messengers [f]
FOX: Home Free [r], Knock Knock Live [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose: The Week, Great Performances
Telemundo: Avenida Brazil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senora de Acero
Univision: Amores Con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]
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