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08.27.15 Good morning. It’s Thursday August 27, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
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History: Power & Ice at 10p Tonight’s Finale:
Food: Beat Bobby Flay at 9p
A gunman shot and killed two journalists on live TV on Wednesday, then killed himself as he was chased on a Virginia highway. Someone claiming to be the shooter, former television reporter Vester Lee Flanagan, known professionally as Bryce Williams, sent a fax to ABC after the shooting attributing his actions in part to the June Charleston shooting tragedy; he also expressed admiration for the Columbine High School killers. Williams had been fired by the WDBJ7, the station whose reporters he targeted, several years ago.
USA Network postponed Wednesday night’s season finale of Mr. Robot for a week because of the shootings of WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. “Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time,” the network said in a statement.
Univision anchor and journalist Jorge Ramos sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference before the GOP candidate’s rally Tuesday, prompting a security officer to eject Ramos from the event. Trump told Ramos to "Go back to Univision” and “Sit down” during their exchange. Ramos eventually returned. In a statement, Isaac Lee, CEO of FUSION and President of News for Univision said, "We’d love for Mr. Trump to sit down for an in-depth interview with Jorge to talk about the specifics of his proposals.” Ramos, who hosts AMERICA with Jorge Ramos, has previously requested interviews with Trump to no avail.
Former Food Network star Paula Deen is headed to the ballroom. Variety reports that Deen will put on her dancing shoes for season 21 of ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars, along with Backstreet Boys‘ Nick Carter, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, and Bindi Irwin. ABC declined to comment on Deen’s casting.
After a blackout cut off about 14 million people from networks including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcasting are back at the bargaining table, and 129 local stations across 39 states and the District of Columbia were back on Dish last night. Dish filed a complaint with the FCC on Wednesday; FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said he called for an “emergency meeting.”
Nick Jonas will serve as the official Music Curator for the 2016 Miss America Competition. In addition to selecting the music to accompany the swimsuit and evening gown competitions, Jonas will also provide commentary on his selections. Jonas joins previously announced host Chris Harrison and celebrity judges Brett Eldredge, Taya Kyle, Kevin O’Leary, Amy Purdy and Zendaya. The competition airs Sunday, September 13 at 9p on ABC.
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards has added some major star power. Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots will all perform on the live telecast, airing Sunday, August 30 at 9p.
Turner Classic Movies is hosting the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival from April 28 to May 1. The four-day event celebrates iconic films. TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will once again serve as official host, with Ben Mankiewicz introducing various events. Passes for the festival go on sale November 19 and can be purchased at www.tcm.com/festival.
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There’s a new biker drama on the horizon at FX. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is developing a spinoff of his popular drama series, which wrapped in December 2014. Scant details include a focus on the Mayans motorcycle club, and a Northern California motorcycle club scene setting.
From Scandal to the nunnery? Shonda Rhimes‘ Shondaland is developing a drama for ABC that follows a group of Catholic nuns fighting off the closure of their Bronx convent. Rhimes and partner Betsy Beers will exec produce the project with creator Alison Schapker (Lost).
NBC has greenlit Spartan Race, a new reality competition series from the producers of American Ninja Warrior based on the popular obstacle race. Described as the ultimate team competition, the show will feature friends, families and co-workers racing across Spartan courses and battling over mud, water and fire (fun!) for a chance to win a large cash prize.
John Ridley has optioned another project via his production deal with ABC: Kim Reid’s “No Place Safe: A Family Memoir for ABC Signature Studios. Ridley and Michael McDonald will produce the limited series through their companies International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation and Stearns Castle, respectively. Set in 1979 at the time of the Atlanta child murders, the mystery thriller is told through the eyes of a young African-American teenager.
BBC ordered miniseries, Stop! In the Name of Love. The four-part musical drama, which incorporates Motown hits, is written by Tony Jordan (Hustle) and based on a format created by Stop! (London) Ltd.
DirecTV ordered 10 episodes of Undeniable with Joe Buck, a one-on-one interview show hosted by the sportscaster, reports Variety. It will come from Vince Vaughn’s Wild West and feature in-depth interviews with sports legends Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter, Troy Aikman, Kelly Slater, Jerry Jones, Wayne Gretzky, Jimmy Johnson and others.
FOX commissioned a script for a father-son workplace comedy set in 1970s Las Vegas. Actress/writer Elizabeth Beckwith (Curb Your Enthusiasm) penned the project. The Blacklist’s John Davis and John Fox are serving as executive producers, along with Willie Mercer and Chris Henze.
British TV writing duo Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have partnered with Corona TV’s Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn. Via their new joint venture, LocomoTV, the foursome will create original scripted programming. Several projects are already in development.
Susan Sarandon makes an appearance on Dr. Phil to advocate for Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, 52, who she maintains has been wrongfully convicted of murder. Glossip is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday, September 16. Sarandon is fighting to convince Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to grant a stay of execution. The episode airs Monday, August 31 (check local listings).
The Weather Channel commemorates the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, approaching next week, with futuristic one-hour special, Katrina 2065. Airing Thursday, August 27 at 8p, viewers are taken on a scientific journey through scenarios that could take place if a storm of that multitude hit 50 years from now.
NBA TV premieres its first-ever Shaq Week, featuring programming starring NBA Champion and current TNT and NBA TV analyst Shaquille O’Neal, beginning Monday, August 31 at 9p. Content highlights include some of O’Neal’s top games throughout his career, as selected by the 15-time NBA All-Star, along with Shaqtin’ A Fool and Open Court episodes.
Nature’s Miracle Orphans, a two-part program profiling how animal rescue centers raise and rehabilitate orphaned wildlife to get them on the road to independence, airs Wednesdays, September 23 and 30 at 8p on PBS. After each broadcast, the episode will be available for online streaming at pbs.org/nature.
The casts of ABC Family‘s Stitchers, new series Shadowhunters and all five Pretty Little Liars will appear at New York Comic Con on October 9-10. All three shows will offer footage from the upcoming season.
Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern kicks off its ninth season on Monday, September 28 at 9p. In eight new hour-long episodes, Zimmern showcases foods from around the globe from roasted dormice in Croatia to calf’s head hot dogs in Paris. This season, the show celebrates its 200th episode by heading to Philadelphia.
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Jim Belushi has landed a role in the pilot for FOX’s adaptation of the John Travolta film Urban Cowboy. He’ll play Marshall, the character created by Cooper Huckabee in the 1980 movie.
Veteran NFL offensive tackle Matthew Willig has been cast on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the role of Lash, an Inhuman. The show premieres its third season on Tuesday, September 29 at 9p.
Orion TV has garnered two major station upgrades for Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court. The syndicated courtroom series moves to CBS-owned KBCW in San Francisco and Cox Broadcasting owned and operated FOX affiliate WAXN in Charlotte. Season 3 premieres Monday, September 21.
Discovery Network International commissioned new (and one returning) series to air across Discovery’s factual and lifestyle networks in over 220 countries and territories in 2015 and 2016. They include: survival adventure series Free Ride (wt), Driving Wild (wt), Question Everything (wt), documentaries Sydney Harbour Uncovered (wt) and First Heartbeat and season two of Extraordinary Pregnancies.
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Live With Kelly & Michael is burning it up this summer, finishing first among syndicated talkers for the fourth straight week with a steady 2.6HH rating, up 4 percent versus last year. The show also led the category among W25-54 with a 1.3 demo rating. Dr Phil reruns were a close second in households with 2.4, also up 4 percent.
The three-week metered market test of Ice & Coco (1.0/3), which began August 2, was 43 percent higher than the recently concluded Boris & Nicole trial run (.7/2). Ice & Coco was up 11 percent from its lead-ins. The first week of the T.D. Jakes test run (0.7/2), which began August 17, was down 46 percent from its lead-in and 36 percent below its August 2014 time period average.
TNT‘s summer lineup lit up the ratings charts as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship ranked as basic cable’s Top 3 scripted programs for the week among total viewers. All three programs also scored positions among basic cable’s Top 10 scripted programs with key demos, with The Last Ship scoring a win with A25-54.
Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty (Sunday, 11:30p) ranked as basic cable’s #1 telecast of the day among adults and men 18-24 and 18-34, and ranked #1 in its time slot among adults and men 18-49. The premiere charted double-digit delivery gains between +51% and +75% among all key adults and men.
The third season finale of WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars was the highest-rated episode of the franchise in key categories, delivering over 1.5 million P2+, 1 million A25-54 and nearly 800,000 W25-54. The fourth season premiere of Kendra on Top, immediately following, was the show’s best-ever opener, delivering over 1.1 million P2+, 817,000 A25-54 and 670,000 W25-54.
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 1.7/6 according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s America’s Got Talent took the top spot at 8p with 2.2/8. CBS’ NCIS was second with 1.0/4. At 9p. NBC’s America’s Got Talent continued its stronghold with 2.2/8 at 9p, followed by CBS’ Zoo with 1.1/4. NBC’s Hollywood Game Night and Telemundo’s El Senor de los Cielos tied for first at 10p with 1.1/4. CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans and Univision’s Yo No Creo en Hombres tied for second with 0.8/3.
A18-49: NBC 1.7/6, CBS 1.0/4, UNI 0.9/3, TELE 0.7/3, ABC 0.6/2, ION 0.5/2, FOX 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
America’s Got Talent 6.2/11, Hollywood Game Night 2.6/5
NCIS [r] 5.4/10, Zoo 4.0/7, NCIS: New Orleans [r] 3.8/7
Fresh Off the Boat [r] 1.8/3, black-ish [r] 1.4/2, Extreme Weight Loss 1.7/3
Amores con Trampa 1.2/2, Lo Imperdonable 1.4/2, Yo No Creo en Hombres 1.1/2
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? 1.5/3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 0.9/1, The Last Man on Earth 0.7/1
Avenida Brasil [r] 0.7/1, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.8/1, El Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 0.9/2
The Flash [r] 0.7/1, iZombie [r] 0.4/1
44 Blue Productions announced a trio of promotions. Mark Hamaguchi, formerly Director of Production Management, has been named Vice President of Production Management. Gina Becconsall, previously Director of Post Operations, has been elevated to Vice President of Post Operations. PJ Donnelly, who last served as Director of Post Technical Services, has been tapped as Vice President of Post-Production and Technical Services.
Bob Gold is joining Poker Central as Senior Vice President, Distribution, effective September 14.
He last served as Vice President, Domestic Distribution National Accounts at Discovery Communications.
Irwin Entertainment named Jenny Ramirez Senior Vice President, Development. She had been Director of Development at FremantleMedia.
Tricon Films & Television restructured its distribution arm. Karthiga Ratnasabapathy has been upped to Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Acquisitions. Jon Rutherford, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Business Development, is leaving Tricon at the end of the week for a new position not yet announced.
Brand agency Chandelier has hired Zan Goodman as Design Director of its New York office. Goodman had worked with the agency in a freelance capacity.
Longtime TV executive Howard H. Lipstone died in Los Angeles on August 24 from the effects of a recent stroke. He was 87. Lipstone and his business partner Alan Landsburg, founded Alan Landsburg Productions in 1970.
This Day in History: 2004 – Talk show Ricki Lake ended its syndicated run. Answer to Our Last Trivia: Where did Edith work before she and Archie were married on All in the Family (1971-1979)? Hercules Plumbing Company. Kudos to: Charles Mannino-TE SubCom Eatontown, NJ/David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank CA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA. Today’s Trivia: What fast food place did J.J. Evans work for on Good Times (1974-1979)? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.). Keep Watching & Reading,
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY AUGUST 27, 2015
ABC: Beyond the Tank [r], Mistresses, Rookie Blue
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Mom [r], Big Brother, Under the Dome
CW: Beauty and the Beast, Arrow [r]
FOX: Boom, Bones [r]
NBC: Food Fighters, Dateline NBC
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance, Antiques Road Show [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]
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