08/28/15: Al Sharpton makes a move at MSNBC; Michelle Pfeiffer signs onto HBO Madoff pic; VH1 expands Love & Hip Hop franchise



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08.28.15

Good morning. It’s Friday August 28, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Finales:
Syfy: Defiance at 8p, Dark Matter at 10p

Saturday’s Finales:
NBC: Hannibal at 10p
Science: Race to Escape at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
AXS TV: The X factor UK at 8p 
ID: On the Case with Paula Zahn at 10p   
Nat Geo: Explorer at 8p                           
Smithsonian Channel: The Missing Evidence at 9p

Sunday’s Finales:
ABC: Save My Life: Boston Trauma at 10p
BET: Sunday Best at 8p                                                          
Discovery: Naked and Afraid XL at 10p      
TLC: Who Do You Think You Are? at 9p
TNT: Falling Skies at 10p

After hosting early-evening program PoliticsNation on MSNBC for four years, Reverend Al Sharpton is moving to a once-a-week show. The shift comes as the cable news network seeks to focus more on breaking-news coverage and less on partisan viewpoint. The last edition of Sharpton’s weekday program airs Friday, September 4, moving to Sundays at 8a on October  4. MSNBC will air breaking news in Sharpton’s former 6p time slot, with a new show in the works for a later date.

IN THE NEWS

Former Vice President Dick Cheney sits down for an interview with Lee Cowan on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, airing August 30 at 9a. Cheney, who discusses how the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed him, life inside the White House and his views on the Obama administration, is promoting his new book, “Exceptional,” co-authored with daughter Liz.

Text the tweens! Justin Bieber is headed to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star will perform “What Do You Mean,” the lead single from his new album in his first return to the VMA stage since 2010. Ceremony airs Sunday, August 30 at 9p. MTV is also producing a live-streaming, 360-degree virtual-reality video experience for the red-carpet pre-show.

Another cable network changed its schedule following Wednesday’s tragic Virginia TV station shooting. Saying “Our thoughts are with the victims,” IFC postponed an episode of satire Documentary Now!, slated to air last night, in which journalists travel to Mexico to track down a drug lord and reporters are killed. "Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon" will now air on September 3 at 10p. USA delayed Tuesday’s finale of Mr. Robot, which included a storyline that had echoes of the horrific real-life event. 

The Television Academy has revealed plans for its “Reigning with Radiance” themed Emmy  party celebrations: The 2015 Creative Arts Ball on Saturday, September 12 and the 67th Emmy Awards Governors Ball on Sunday, September 20. “Our goal for the Governors Ball has always been to offer our guests a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience,” said event producer, Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions. “This year’s Ball, with its unique theme, Swarovski Crystal embellished decor and phenomenal food, beverage, and entertainment, reflects the Academy’s passion for excellence and singular commitment to guest satisfaction.” The 67th Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airs live from LA Sunday, September 20 at 8p on FOX.

Responding to Donald Trump ejecting anchorman Jorge Ramos from a press conference Tuesday, after the anchorman challenged the candidate about immigration without being called on, Univision CEO Randy Falco said Trump’s behavior was "beneath contempt." Ramos, an advocate for Hispanic Americans, was allowed back inside, but the scuffle continued Wednesday, with Trump saying on NBC‘s Today that Ramos acted "like a madman," and Ramos accusing Trump on CNN‘s New Day of fostering hatred. Falco accused Trump of showing "disregard for [Ramos] and for the countless Hispanics whom Jorge seeks to represent."

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

 
VH1 is expanding its Love & Hip Hop franchise with a spinoff featuring Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’s Stevie J and Joseline heading to Hollywood. Untitled half-hour series is slated for a winter 2016 ebut.

Comedy Central hired Baratunde Thurston, author of bestseller “How to Be Black” and former director of digital for the Onion, to lead production of original content for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. “Baratunde brings a very unique set of skills to The Daily Show,” said Comedy Central prez Michele Ganeless. “We’ve been admirers of his comedic work on all platforms for a long time.”

Amazon Studios is developing a series based on the 1999 sci-fi film, Galaxy Quest. The project reunites original director Dean Parisot, co-writer Robert Gordon and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

COMING UP

EPIX ‘s Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest debuts Thursday, September 10 at 10p. The special features the comedian covering everything from the pros and cons of catch phrases to sex, drugs and rock and roll. The net’s Marc Maron: More Later arrives Friday, December 4 at 10p.

With fall TV premieres inching closer, viewers can catch up or get a head start before new seasons launch with TV everywhere. Among the many shows available: Nat Geo‘s Explorer, MTV‘s Awkward and Faking It, VH1‘s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, HBO‘s Doll & Em, Comedy Central‘s South Park, Travel’s Ghost Adventures, History’s Power & Ice, TNT’s Public Morals and Comedy Central’s South Park.

LMN and A&E are premiering two documentaries chronicling O.J. Simpson and the criminal and civil trials against him. LMN debuts The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story on Wednesday September 30 at 8p, featuring a never-before-heard audio recording that Simpson  taped prior to the infamous Bronco chase and rare interviews with Robert Kardashian and Kris Kardashian Jenner. A&E bows O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes on Thursday, October 1 at 9p, which offering exclusive access to the plaintiffs’ deposition tapes from the civil trial.

On Labor Day, Antenna TV airs the “Hardest Working Stars of Antenna TV,” a 24-hour marathon of work-themed episodes beginning at 5a on Monday, September 7. Episodes include The Burns and Allen Show, The Patty Duke Show, Mister Ed, All in the Family, Sanford and Son and more.

A block of rarely-seen Western series is being added to getTV‘s lineup. Beginning Saturday, September 12 at 12p, Nichols, starring James Garner and Margot Kidder, debuts with five episodes. The net also presents episodes of Hondo, starring Ralph Taeger and Michael Pate, on September 19, and A Man Called Shenandoah, starring Robert Horton, on September 26.

NEW SERIES

TLC‘s Labor Games bows on Tuesday, September 15 at 8p with two back-to-back episodes. The game show, hosted by comedian/ actress Lisa Arch, features a camera crew surprising parents-to-be in labor, offering them the opportunity to win a nursery full of prizes before the baby is born.

Spike sets out to find America’s next big fitness phenomenon in Sweat Inc., premiering Tuesday, October 20 at 10p. The unscripted competition series is being hosted and judged by Jillian Michaels.

Step It Up, the new Lifetime docu-series starring former Miami Heat Dancer Traci Young-Byron focused on her elite dance company, premieres Friday, September 25, at 10p.

Oxygen Media gives viewers a firsthand look into the personal journey of Rich and DawnChere Wilkerson as they strive to change the perception of faith and belief to a new generation in Rich In Faith. The series premieres Wednesday, December 2 at 10p.

RETURNING SERIES

TBS is doubling down on American Dad!, ordering two more seasons of the animated hit from Twentieth Century Fox Television, ensuring that the Stan Smith clan will have a home on the network through 2018. It marks the second time in less than year that TBS has renewed the series. In November, the network announced a 22-episode order for season 11, which is set to air on TBS and Adult Swim in early 2016.

The battle of the brushes continues at GSN. The network has ordered a 10-episode third season Skin Wars. Hosted by Rebecca Romijn, the body painting competition strives to find the most skillful body painter in America.

The boys of summer are back and reeling in a new school of celebrity fish tanks. Aquarium designers Wayde King and Brett Raymer travel coast to coast to create custom aquatic worlds for the biggest stars in 10 new episodes of Tanked, premiering Friday, September 18 at 10p on Animal Planet. This season’s celeb contingent includes Sherri Shepherd and Nathan Morris  Boyz II Men.

SundanceTV has renewed Behind the Story with The Paley Center for a six-episode, second season.

Sal Basille and Francis Garcia are back for new culinary adventures in season two of Pizza Masters. The series bows Wednesday, September 23 at 9p on Cooking Channel.  

VH1 picked up a second season of K.Michelle: My Life. The show was the #3 new cable reality series among W18-49 this past year. It returns this winter.

Celebrity Name Game is back for a sophomore season on Monday, September 21. Hosted by Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, the syndicated, half-hour series will feature stars including Lisa Kudrow, Candace Cameron Bure, Billy Bush, Shannen Doherty and Mario Lopez.

CASTING

Michelle Pfeiffer has signed on to play Ruth Madoff in HBO‘s Wizard of Lies, marking her first major TV role in decades. She’ll star opposite Robert De Niro, who plays the notorious Wall Street financial expert who swindled some $65 billion from investors in a Ponzi scheme.

Beloved Betty White will guest on FOX‘s Bones as the Jeffersonian’s latest squintern. Series kicks off its eleventh season on Thursday, October 1 at 8p. White’s episode airs in late October.

Shaquille O’Neal will make an appearance in an upcoming episode of ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat. The show makes its sophomore season debut on Tuesday, September 22 at 8:30p.

Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) will guest on Season 3 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The FOX comedy returns Sunday, September 27 at 8:30p.

DISTRIBUTION AND CARRIAGE

Entertainment Studios, Inc. reached an agreement with Verizon FiOS for distribution of its Justice Central.TV, the 24/7 legal and news cable network. “Justice Central.TV represents a successful, and underserved genre,” said Terry Denson, Vice President of Content Strategy and Acquisition. Shows to air include We the People with Gloria Allred, Justice with Judge Mablean and America’s Court with Judge Ross.

CBS Corporation and TEGNA Inc. have struck a deal that renews station affiliation agreements for 10 TEGNA Media markets nationwide. The pact includes TEGNA’s participation in CBS All Access, the Company’s digital subscription, video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service. The addition of all TEGNA CBS-affiliated stations will expand the live linear feed coverage of CBS All Access to 85 percent of U.S. households by year-end.

KIDS CORNER

In honor of National Preparedness Month, PBS Kids premieres two new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Arthur that focus on storm-preparedness on Tuesday, September 8. The Arthur episode features special guest Idina Menzel. Check local listings.

GLOBAL GOINGS-ON

FremantleMedia has acquired Italian television and film production company Wildside, which is producing TV drama The Young Pope, starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton.

Ericsson has extended its playout services contract with UK commercial TV network ITV until 2024, including channels ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITV HD, CITV and their regional variants. The pact also includes new channels ITV Encore and ITVBe.

Discovery Networks International plans to air the documentary Sherpa in more than 200 countries and territories around the world in 2016.  From director Jennifer Peedom, the film looks at how Mount Everest’s Sherpa community united to reclaim the mountain following the deadly avalanche that struck on April 18, 2014, killing 16 of their members.

POP in the U.K. will debut Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge on Monday, August 31 at 7:30a. It marks the latest step in the growing global footprint of the Power Rangers television series.
 


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RATINGS

The debut of Bounce TV‘s In The Cut has become the network’s number one series premiere in A18-49 to date, while also posting strong numbers and increases across the board.  The show’s Tuesday, August 25 telecast delivered 172,000 A18-49, which more than doubled (+102%) the time period average and edged out the net’s premiere of Off The Chain: Rodney Perry as the previous number one premiere in the demo.

Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 17, 2015
NBC: Late Night, 1.51 million total viewers and 0.47/3 A18-49
ABC: Nightline, 1.37 million total viewers and 0.40/2 A18-49
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.10 million total viewers and 0.32/2 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 17, 2015
ABC: GMA 4.72 million total viewers; 1.3/12 and 1.59 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.19 million total viewers; 1.3/12 and 1.57 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.27 million total viewers; 0.8/7 and .957 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Sunday Morning News Shows August 23, 2015
CBS: Face the Nation 3.50 million total viewers; 0.7 and 793,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 3.23 million total viewers; 0.8 and 959,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 3.19 million total viewers; 0.8 and 941,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2  2.17 million total viewers; 0.4 and 512,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday: 1.45 million total viewers; 0.3 and 433,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS and NBC tied for the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 1.2/5 and 1.2/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’ Big Brother topped 8p with 2.1/8, followed by 1.6/6 for NBC’s America’s Got Talent. ABC’s Modern Family and Blackish and a double dose of NBC’s Carmichael tied at 9p with an average 1.0.4. It was a tie at the top at 10p, too: NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos both scored 1.1/4.

A18-49: CBS 1.2/5, NBC 1.2/4, FOX 1.1/3, ABC .8/3, UNI .7/3, TELE .7/3, CW .4/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.7/7
Big Brother 3.9/7, Extant 3.2/6, Criminal Minds [r] 4.0/7
NBC: 3.6/7
America’s Got Talent 5.3/10, Carmichael 3.0/5, Carmichael 2.6/4, Last Coming Standing 2.8/5
FOX: 2.4/4
MasterChef 2.8/5, Home Free 1.9/3
ABC: 2.1/4
The Middle [r] 2.5/5, The Goldbergs [r] 2.1/4, Modern Family [r] 2.5/4, Black-ish [r] 2.0/4, Celebrity Wife Swap 1.9/4
UNIVISION: 1.2/2
Amores Con Trampa 1.1/2, Lo Imperdonable 1.3/2, Yo No Creo en Hombres 1.1/2
TELE: 1.0/2
Avenida Brasil 0.7/1, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.9/2, El Senor de Los Cielos [r] 1.3/2
CW: 0.7/1
America’s Next Top Model 1.0/2, A Wicked Offer .5/1
ION: 0.5/1
Ghost Whisperer 0.5/1, Ghost Whisperer 0.6/1, Ghost Whisperer 0.5/1

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Open Road Films named Lynn Stepanian Executive Vice President of Television. Stepanian last served as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Scheduling at ABC Family Network.

Hulu hired Philip Matthys to head business affairs for original series. Matthys previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Business Affairs at NBCUniversal for the USA Network, Syfy Channel, and Universal Cable Productions business units.



Friday Fun Fact:
When dynamite was first produced, one of its ingredients was peanuts.

This Day in History: 1988 – Estelle Getty, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Sophia on The Golden Girls seven consecutive years, won her one and only Emmy award.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What fast food place did J.J. Evans work for on Good Times (1974-1979)? The Chicken Shack. Kudos to: James Ryan, A+E Networks/NY, Rev. Mark Wajda-Catholic Community of St Paul/Leesburg, FL, Peter S. Alexander-Kinetic Content/LA,Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.

 Today’s Trivia: What was Laura’s horse’s name on Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY AUGUST 28, 2015


ABC: Shark Tank [r], What Would You Do [r], 20/20 [r]
CBS: NFL Football
CW: Masters of Illusion, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r]
FOX: MasterChef [r], Gotham [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent [r], Dateline NBC [r]
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose  The Week, Great Performances, Vicious
Telemundo: Avenida Brazil, 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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