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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
LEADING SEISMIC CHANGE
CTHRA’s HR Symposium
October 1-2, 2018 in Philadelphia
Brace yourself for a high-impact learning and networking experience! Four industry CHROS, Dr. Lois Frankel and several dynamic speakers will share practical knowledge related to design thinking, digital HR, unconscious bias, change management and more. With 275 attendees, the HR Symposium is the industry’s largest gathering of HR professionals. Register at www.CTHRASymposium.com .
 

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Viceland greenlit American Junkie, a 10-episode docu-reality series about the country’s opioid crisis. The project, a spinoff of indie feature documentary American Relapse from filmmaker Pat McGee and Jenny Daly’s T Group Productions, is set to premiere on Tuesday, September 12 at 10p.
 
FOX announced orders for three new series at its TCA panel yesterday. Mental Samurai, hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, is being described as the first-ever obstacle course for the mind. From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and Arthur Smith’s A. Smith & Co. Productions, it’s slated to premiere during the 2018-2019 season.
 
The network is also moving forward with celebrity singing competition The Masked Singer, based on the hit South Korean format. Nick Cannon will host, with the  show also featuring Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. A January 2019 is slated.

Last but not least, FOX is proceeding with a high-stakes show titled Spin the Wheel. Co-created and executive produced by Justin Timberlake and hosted by Dax Shepard, competition offers contestants a chance to win over $20 million per episode.
 
Nickelodeon is developing Meet the Voxels (wt), an original virtual and augmented reality series from Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab.
 
Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married?, Baggage Claim) and Michelle Buteau (Broad City, Key & Peele) are set as two of the leads in Paramount Network’s First Wives Club. The dramedy series is based on the 1996 film from Paramount Pictures and hails from Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and Paramount Television.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Bravo Media’s Married to Medicine returns Sunday, September 2 at 8p
 
A&E Network tells the stories and explores the triumphs of families raising adolescents with Tourette Syndrome in six-part docuseries Raising Tourette’s. Premieres Wednesday, August 15 at 10p, following the season premiere of Born This Way at 8p.
 
Lackluster Southern homes get a complete overall from house flippers Ken and Anita Corsini in the sophomore season of Flip or Flop Atlanta, bowing Thursday, September 13 at 9p on HGTV.
 
TLC gets a little bit country with new series Little Life on the Prairie. Show follows a little couple’s pregnancy journey while they adjust to country life and running a farm. Debuts Monday, August 20 at 10p.
 
 
COMING UP
 
NOVA joins the Department of Defense and an international expedition team in NOVA LAST B-24, premiering Wednesday, November 7 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).
 
Disney Channel new original movie, Freaky Friday, starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Heidi Blickenstaff, debuts Friday, August 10 at 8p.
 
 
DISTRIBUTION
 
Television Dominicana reached a multi-year deal with Dominican Professional Baseball Winter League to air games on the network. Beginning October, viewers will have access to up to seven games per week. The 2018-2019 regular season will run through December with playoffs starting in January.
 
 
CASTING
 
Michael Kelly (House of Cards) landed a series regular role on Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan… Julia Ormand will star in BBC One drama Gold DiggerDonald Faison (Ray Donovan) and Eric Nelsen (A Walk Among the Tombstones) landed key series regular roles in USA Network’s crime thriller pilot EraseKaitlin Olson (The Mick) is returning to FOX as the co-star opposite Leah Remini in an untitled comedy pilot.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
Comcast and Amazon have reached an agreement to launch Prime Video on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform. It’s the first time Amazon Prime Video content would be integrated on an MVPD platform in the US. The plan is similar to Netflix and YouTube’s integrations on X1, giving the #1 U.S. cable distributor more digital options than its competitors.
 
Apple has become the first publicly private-sector company in history to reach $1 trillion in market valuation. The company’s share price jumped earlier in the week, following a record June earnings report fueled by IPhone sales and growth in other parts of the company. On Thursday, Apple’s shares were trading at $206.81.
 
Smithsonian Channel officially launched its 4K On Demand Model with DirecTV. The channel was the first linear US network to offer a 4K On Demand model to MVPDs in 2017, and has already launched 4K content with Layer3 TV/T-Mobile, Altice USA and DISH network.
 
Crunchyroll premiered its first documentary, featuring Green Bay Packers defensive end Michael Daniels Jr., on Thursday, August 2. He Was Anime focuses on the impact anime has had on Daniels’ life, childhood and career. “For our first documentary project, we couldn’t have asked for a better subject than Pro Bowler Mike Daniels. On top of his fame, Mike embodies the joy and appreciation within the anime community and illustrates what a positive impact anime can have on its fans,” Jennifer Corbett, Head of Audience Development and Brand, Crunchyroll, tells Cynopsis. “You could never exhaust the endless hours of anime on Crunchyroll, but I believe there is an opportunity to present more high-quality content about the anime fans love. No other players in our space are doing this in the way that Crunchyroll can. We hope stories like He Was Anime delight fans and intrigue new viewers to see what the hype is all about!”
 
CuriosityStream announced a new, sponsored-supported “showcase” service designed for free universal consumer OTT access and distribution partner use as global subscribers near the one million mark. CuriosityStream SHOWCASE is available globally. Sprint is the first of six category-exclusive brands on the re-launched platform, which will also include five other exclusive sponsors before the year’s end in categories like automotive, insurance, banking, pharmaceuticals and aerospace.
 
Kin added new talent and programming to its “neighborhood” network, comprised of interconnected family-friendly channels across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram TV and Amazon. The lifestyle entertainment company signed Jordin Sparks (American Idol) and The Bachelorette’s JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers and unveiled plans for Vanessa Lachey’s debut series, Beauty School Knockout.  
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Spelthorne Community Television is producing Outrageously Funny for Viacom’s Channel 5 in the UK. The six-part show will feature Britain’s most boundary-pushing comedians (because, Sacha).
 
NBC Universal International Formats secured a deal with Fuji TV to remake Suits in Japan. It’s the second adaptation for the USA Network legal drama, which also sold the format to KBS in South Korea. The Japanese version is being produced by Fuji TV with Kyodo Television and will debut in October.
 
DHX Brands inked nine new consumer products licensees for its Teletubbies brand in South Korea, following the recent launch of the new Teletubbies series on the country’s leading public broadcaster KBS and on streaming services Naver TV and Naver Junior.
 
All3Media International builds on the success of The Broken Mysteries in Europe with German broadcaster DAS ERSTE picking up the hit detective drama from South Pacific Pictures.
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
CALLING DIGITAL’S TOP INNOVATORS
 
We’re searching for the most innovative executives in digital media who excel in digital content, marketing, advertising, social media to take their place on Cynopsis Digital’s “It List.” These are the people who shake up the status quo and are shaping digital media’s future. Honorees will be announced in early September and the awards event will take place on Friday, November 9th at ThreeSixty in Manhattan. Questions? Contact Cathy Pearson at 203.899.8470.
 
 

RATINGS
 
Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County delivered 1.3MM P18-49 (up 3% versus the prior week’s episode) and 2.4MM Total Viewers (up 1%). In addition, Below Deck Mediterranean was the third-highest episode of the series to date among P18-49 garnering 12.MM P18-49 (up 13% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.4MM P25-54 (up15%) and 2.3MM Total Viewers (up 9%)
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, August 1, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 3.76 million
Big Brother 5.57, SEAL Team 2.70, Criminal Minds 3.01
NBC: 3.72 million
World of Dance 5.26, Reverie 2.18
FOX: 2.90 million
MasterChef 3.48, Gordon Ramsey’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back 2.31
ABC: 2.36 million
The Goldbergs 2.96, The Goldbergs 2.37, Modern Family 2.32, American Housewife 2.02, Shark Tank 2.14
TELE: 1.00 million
Exation 0.65, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.07, El Senor de los Cielos 1.27
UNI: 0.89 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.07, La Bella y Las Bestias 0.90, El Piloto 3 0.70
CW: 0.85 million
Burden of Proof 0.83, The Originals 0.87
 
Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: NBC 0.9/5, CBS 0.8/4, FOX 0.8/4, ABC 0.6/3, TELE 0.7/3, UNI 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Kevin Wildes joined ABC’s Good Morning America as Executive Producer of GMA Day. He was previously Vice President of Original Content at ESPN.
 
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
 
Unveiling our newest endeavor, a new online hub centered on the business of esports: cynopsisesports.com . The destination will serve as a comprehensive source and research tool for anyone in the esports and media community looking to stay one step ahead of this rapidly growing, billion dollar industry.
 
 

Friday Fun Fact: A report by the Mayo Clinic found that chewing gum can burn 11 calories per hour.
 
This Day in History: 2004 – The Statue of Liberty was reopened for tourists for the first time since the September 11 attacks.
 
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Spinoff AfterMASH (1983-1985) continued the stories of which three M*A*S*H characters? Colonel Potter, Klinger and Father Mulcahy. Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC; Andrew Goldman-Ozones Media Network/NYC; Gary Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Laurie Ulster-TrekMovie.com/NYC; Tom Galloway-Raycom Media/Montgomery, AL; John Kukla-KDFW FOX 4/Dallas, TX; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Kristin Staskowski-Spectrum Reach/Birmingham, AL; Dale Warshaw-KMSB-KTTU/Tucson, AZ; Greg Stewart/Los Angeles, CA; David Westburg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA; John Ferlazzo/London, England
 
Today’s Drama Trivia Question: Who guest-starred as a Neil Diamond impersonator on 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-20010)? (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.)
 
Answer to Our Last Anagram: Weds Sick Dish = Swedish Dicks. Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA.
 
Today’s Anagram: Regrets Hip Show (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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JOB OPENING: FREE-LANCE EDITOR (PART-TIME)/CharmTV/Baltimore: CharmTV is seeking a free-lance Editor to work on editing projects and produced content. Candidates should have experience with Final Cut X and Adobe After Effects. Resumes and portfolios should be sent to charmtv@baltimorecity.gov (8/9)
 
JOB OPENING: ANIMATION GRAPHIC DESIGNER (PART-TIME)/CharmTV/Baltimore: CharmTV is seeking a free-lance Animation Graphic Designer for opens and on-screen graphics. Candidates should have experience with Motion and Adobe After Effects. Resumes and portfolios should be sent to charmtv@baltimorecity.gov (8/8)
 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY AUGUST 3
ABC: Quantico [f], What Would You Do?, 20/20
CBS: TKO: Total Knockout, Whistleblower, Bluebloods
CW: Masters of Illusion, Masters of Illusion, Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX: The Resident, The Orville
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Breaking Big, The Great British Baking Show, Brandi Carlile in Concert – A Bluegrass Underground Special
Telemundo: Exation Estados Unidos, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: El rico y Lazaro, La Bella y Las Bestias, La Piloto
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