08/13/19: Robert De Niro, Caitlyn Jenner and more set to roast Alec Baldwin

 

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CW: Mysteries Decoded at 9p
Food Network: Supermarket Stakeout at 10p
HGTV: Roommate Hunters at 11p
Netflix: Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready
Telemundo: El Final del Paraiso at 9p
truTV: Adam Ruins Everything at 10p
Univision: Juntos, El Corazon Nunca Se Equivoca at 9p
VH1: Hip Hop Squares at 8p
 
Tonight’s Finale:
PBS: Family Pictures USA at 9p
 
IN THE NEWS
 
The top 14 U.S. pay-TV providers lost 1.53 million video subscribers in 2Q19, according to Leichtman Research Group, versus a loss of 420,000 subs in the year-ago quarter. Every provider in the report lost subscribers except Sling TV, which added 48,000 and AT&T U-verse, which held even. “With an increased focus on acquiring and retaining profitable subscribers, [satellite] services accounted for more than half of the net pay-TV losses in 2Q 2019, and 63% of the losses over the past year,” said Bruce Leichtman, President and principal analyst for LRG.
 
Comedy Central has a diverse crew lined up for its Alec Baldwin roast. Taking seats on the dais will be Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Debra Messing, Chris Redd, and Jeff Ross. Sean Hayes-hosted Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin premieres Sunday, September 15 at 10p.
 
The Women’s Tennis Association will be recognized with the 2019 Distinguished Company award at the Top Women in Media Awards gala in NYC. “Off the tennis court, gender inclusiveness and female mentorship is just as much a part of our DNA as it is on the court,” says Micky Lawler, WTA President. In Cynsiders, Lawler shares more about how the organization serves women so well.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Michael Hirst (Vikings) has a project in development at short-form video platform Quibi. Charlemagne is a drama based on the life of the Roman emperor.
 
ABC gave a put pilot commitment to Love Me, centered on a multi-generational family in Chicago. Drama comes from Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith (Live Sentence) and Brownstone Productions.
 
Six-part comedy Starstruck, created by and starring Rose Matafeo, has been commissioned by BBC Three and HBO Max. The Avalon Television production will follow twenty-something Rose (Matafeo), a millennial in London, juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star. HBO Max will be the streaming partner for the series in the US.
 
Production company Bright Bay Creative (Car Issues) inked a co-production deal with independent producer Brian Puterman, through which they will develop and produce unscripted and scripted content for television, streaming and digital platforms. Projects in the game, social experiment, lifestyle and crime and investigation spaces are currently in development.
 
Cooking Channel ordered a second helping of Good Eats: Reloaded, reports TheWrap. Series has Alton Brown supplementing episodes from the Good Eats catalogue with new scenes and recipes.
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Netflix’s The Crown returns for season three on November 17. Royal action this go-round spans 1964-1977. Season two of the UK drama launched in December, 2017.
 
EstrellaTV  has signed on regional Mexican recording artist and reality TV star Chiquis to join the ranks of its competition series Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento. New season premieres September 23, and will air Monday through Friday at 8p.
 
COMING UP
 
Fathom Events is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Friends by bringing twelve episodes to over 1000 movie theaters across the US over three nights: September 23, September 28 and October 2. Each night will feature four episodes that have been newly remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative.
 
The Flintstones will launch on MeTV on September 30, 59 years to the day after its premiere on ABC. Back-to-back episodes of the show, the first animated series to air in primetime, will run Monday-Friday at 6p. 
 
NBC set the date for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards: Wednesday, April 29 at 8p. No surprise the net’s getting a jump on things – the 2019 awards won the night with an average 2.1 rating among A18-49 and 8.0 million viewers, according Live+SD Nielsens, NBC’s top-rated in-season Wednesday in the demo, excluding Olympics, since December 7, 2016. 
 
Among the September stunts for HDNet Movies: “5 Rounds With Rocky,” the first five films in the boxing saga on Monday, September 2 and Saturday, September 28, and a Young Guns two-pack on Saturday, September 7, Monday, September 16 and Sunday, September 22.
 
Verizon Media’s documentary film 5B will be released for its initial run on Fios TV on August 20 for an exclusive one-week in-home engagement. The film will follow on-demand everywhere beginning August 27. 
 
We’re searching for the most innovative executives in digital media who excel in digital content, marketing, advertising, social media, and online content to take their place on the Cynopsis Digital “It List.” These are two days left to get your name in the running, so be sure to nominate yourself or a colleague before Thursday!
 
BIG TV Q&A

 

Newsy started life as a digital-first news brand, and has grown into a national news network. CEO Blake Sabatinelli, who will be speaking on the “Winning OTT Strategies” at the Cynopsis Big TV Conference, talks about what works, and what’s ahead, in the fast-evolving OTT space.
 
What prompted Newsy’s move from syndicator of short-form video to major news channel?
Newsy has always been focused on video production, so the choice to take our product to TV was an easy one to make. Once we started to grow our audience on OTT, we realized a market opportunity was opening for an unbiased news offering on traditional cable as the incumbent networks continued to shift toward more opinion-focused programming. We made the jump and it’s been paying off ever since.
 
Newsy straddles the digital and cable worlds. What is the biggest difference between the two ecosystems?
As the line between OTT and traditional cable continues to blur, the similarities between the two worlds are becoming greater than the differences. However, there are still two key areas that separate digital from cable today: the ability to have a direct relationship with the consumer and true addressable advertising. Cable is quickly catching up on the latter thanks to initiatives from Project OAR, among others, but the ability to own the relationship with your viewer is a huge – and incredibly valuable – difference.

How do you predict the soon-to-come proliferation of streaming services will play out?
Consolidation of SVOD services will be inevitable. According to Parks Associates, household spending on OTT video services hasn’t increased in three years. That means winners and losers will be chosen quickly, and that decision will be based on what content the consumer deems the most worthy of their hard-earned money.

 
SOCIAL MEDIA
 
Twitter is testing a new feature that allows users to subscribe to replies to a tweet they want to follow. “You probably have notifications on for your must-follows,” the company tweeted. “Now you can get notifications when there’s a new reply to a Tweet you’re interested in! We’re testing this on iOS and Android now.
 
CASTING
 
Penelope Ann Miller (Riverdale) and Mia Kirschner (The L Word) are set to star in upcoming Lifetime movie The College Admissions Scandal, part of the net’s “Ripped From the Headlines” movie slate…George Newbern (Scandal), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Phil Morris (Mission: Impossible) and Dannah Lockett (The Kenan Show) landed roles in ABC holiday movie Same Time, Next Christmas.
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Discovery commissioned Woodcut Media to produce UK’s British Police: Our Toughest Cases and a second season of The Killer in My Family. Both true crime shows will appear on Discovery’s free-to air channel Quest Red.
 
PODCAST POST
 
Univision Communications and lifestyle brand Popsugar announced the launch of Juntos We Shine, a podcast sponsored by Target that showcases the stories of men and women who are committed to making a difference in their communities. It’s the first time that Popsugar has teamed up with the Spanish-language media company for a podcast.
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RATINGS
 
Paramount Network’s Yellowstone averaged 5.4 million total viewers on August 7 in Live+3 viewing, a new series high. The episode also ranked as the highest-rated telecast among P18-49 (2.3 rating) and P25-54 (3.1 rating) across all of TV for the day, while also topping cable among total viewers, P18-49 and P25-54.
 
The season two premiere of HBO’s Succession delivered 1.2 million multiplatform viewers on Sunday, up 22% from the season one finale and a series high. The 9p airing on HBO along averaged 612,000 viewers.
 
Add 2.3 million viewers for the premiere of BH90210 on Fox in time-shifted viewing, for a Live+3 total to 6.1 million multiplatform viewers. The show also delivered a 2.1/11 rating among A18-49.
 
Fox’s broadcast of the Teen Choice Awards drew 722,000 viewers, down from 1.03 million last year, and an 0.2 rating among A18-49, versus 0.4 last year.
 
TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the Week of August 5
Sintonia (Netflix) – 99.8%
Infinity Train (Cartoon Network) – 99.2%
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) – 98.7%
No Good Nick (Netflix) – 96.4%
GLOW (Netflix) – 93.1%
Preacher (AMC) – 87.2%
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix) – 82.5%
Cable Girls (Netflix) – 80.0%
A Dona do Pedaço (Rede Globo) – 63.6%
Dear White People (Netflix) – 62.4%
 Methodology: Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.
   
Shareablee Top 10 TV Shows for the Week of August 5 
Program, Network, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers 
E! News (E!) 10.3M, 608, 16,895, 36M
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WB/syndicated) 7.8M, 42, 184,858, 185.9M
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 2.7M, 122, 21,824, 20.3M
Today Show (NBC) 1.9M, 717, 2,649, 13.2M
Descendants 3 (Disney Channel) 1.7M, 15, 114,433, 3.1M
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/syndicated) 1.7M, 596, 2,857, 8.4M
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 1.2M, 95, 12,358, 24.6M
Today with Hoda & Jenna (NBC) 1.1M, 462, 2,436, 2.7M
Good Morning America (ABC) 979K, 976, 1,003, 13.3M
grown-ish (Freeform) 848K, 94, 9,023, 1.2M
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, August 9 time period averages
Source: Nielsen, Live+SD
CBS: 3.67 million
Hawaii 5-0 3.61, Magnum P.I. 3.48, Blue Bloods 3.93
NBC: 2.79 million
American Ninja Warrior 2.66, Dateline 3.05
ABC: 2.33 million
WE Day 1.71, What Would You Do? 2.57, 20/20 2.73
FOX: 1.95 million
BH90201 2.00, MasterChef 1.91
TELEMUNDO: 1.05 million
Poquito Tuyo 0.79, Betty en NY 1.39, Preso No. 1 0.98
UNIVISION: 1.04 million
La Reina Soy Yo 1.23, Sin Miedo a la Verdad 0.90, Sin Miedo a la Verdad 1.02
CW: 0.59  million
Masters of Illusion 0.70, The Big Stage 0.58, Hypnotize Me 0.50
 
Friday A18-49 Ratings
NBC 0.5/3, FOX 0.5/3, CBS 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2, ABC 0.4/3, UNI 0.3/2, CW 0.1/1
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Brenda Kelly Grant has returned to ABC as Vice President of Casting. Prior to her return, Grant served as the head of Internal Communications and worked across Operations at Amazon Studios.
 
Complex Networks announced appointments to the executive team: Jonathan Hunt, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Audience Development; Katina Lee, Head of Branded Content; and David Weinstein, Vice President of Production, recently joined the company and will work across Complex, ComplexCon, First We Feast, Pigeons and Planes and Sole Collector.
 
Bright Bay tapped Tony Nguyen to serve as Senior Vice President of Development. Nguyen hails from Complex Networks.
 
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Comcast Advertising hired Joel Armijo as SVP and Chief Financial Officer. He joins from fuboTV.
 

Tommy Lee has joined Digital Media Rights as Chief Financial Officer. Lee was previously Vice President of Global Business Development at SK Telecom.

Debbie Labeaux has joined Rogue Creative Agency as VP, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.

 
AI company GumGum, Inc. that it has named Patrick Gildea to lead as Chief Financial Officer and that it has revamped its organizational and leadership structures. Ben Plomion has been named Chief Growth Officer, Adam Schenkel has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Commercial Development, Travis O’Neil has been upped to Senior Vice President of Operations, and Ken Weiner, GumGum’s Chief Technology Officer, will now oversee Publisher Development in addition to his Engineering and Product team leadership functions.
 


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TUESDAY AUGUST 13

ABC: Bachelor in Paradise, Bless This Mess
CBS:  NCIS, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: Pandora, Mysteries Decoded [p] 
FOX: Spin the Wheel, First Responders Live
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Bring the Funny
PBS: Family Pictures USA, Family Pictures USA [f], Frontline
Telemundo:  Betty en NY, El Final del Paraiso [p], Preso No. 1
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, Juntos, El Corazon Nunca Se Equivoca [p], Sin Miedo a La Verdad [p]
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