08.31.15 Good morning. It’s Monday August 31, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Azteca America: La Isla at 8p
E!: Fashion Police at 8p
FYI: Big Kitchens at 10p
MTV: Awkward. at 9p, Todrick at 10p, Girl Code Live at 10:30p
PBS: Big Blue Live at 8p Tonight’s Finale:
ABC: The Whispers at 10p
VH1 cancelled Hindsight after one season, despite having renewed the series in March. “In this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audience possible for our series,” said the net. “As a result, we’re no longer moving forward with the show.” The season one finale drew 249,000 viewers, down from 367,000 for the show’s premiere.
Another one bites the dust: USA canceled freshman medical drama Complications. The net’s other summer series, Mr. Robot, was renewed before its season premiere.
Former Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza slid into Curt Schilling’s Sunday Night Baseball analyst slot on ESPN this weekend. On Tuesday, Schilling was suspended until September 6 for a tweet comparing Muslims and Nazis. Mendoza made ESPN history on August 24 as the first female MLB analyst for the net’s Monday Night Baseball.
Digital adoption is widespread, acknowledges Nielsen’s “Home Entertainment Consumer Trends” report, but only 12 percent of TV show and movie viewers have gone digital-only. Another nugget: respondents reported going to the theater less and watching fewer movies, in favor of subscription streaming and watching content for free. Data was collected March 21-March 30.
Fox midseason drama The Frankenstein Code has had another name change. The drama about a man brought back to life by scientists, first dubbed Frankenstein, is now called Lookinglass. Series is written by Rand Ravich (Crisis) and exec produced by Howard Gordon and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot.
Branded content agency Ingenuity has launched with plans to address the “new American mainstream.” International businessman and former Telstra Communications CEO Sol Trujillo teamed with Latinpointe founders David and Sarah Chavez for the venture, which will feature a series of “people-connected” platforms, including motivational speakers’ tours and awards programs spotlighting Latinos. David Chavez tells Cynopsis he is “excited to join forces with Sol in designing and bringing to life experiential platforms and content that matters to millions of people.”
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Stone Village is at work on Cuba, a drama to be filmed on location in Havana and environs that focuses on the family of a real estate mogul. The series was created by Scott Steindorff (Las Vegas).
NBC gave a put pilot commitment to The Trail, a half-hour doc-style comedy written and exec produced by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller. Procedural spoof follows the arrest and trial of a man accused of murdering his wife.
Victoria Justice (Eye Candy) has signed a deal with Fox and Twentieth Century Fox Television calling for the network and studio to develop projects for the actress, who will also guest on existing series. “She has an incredibly relevant fan base and major social media presence,” said Sharon Klein, EVP of casting for Twentieth, “making this a truly exciting partnership with unlimited options.”
Legal drama The Jury is in development at ABC. The project from Sony Pictures Television is being written by VJ Boyd (Justified) and Mark Bianculli, and exec produced by Carol Mendelsohn (CSI).
An anthology comedy series from Lynn Shelton (Humpday), Megan Griffiths (Your Sister’s Sister) and True Blood exec producer Gregg Fienberg is in development at HBO, reports The Wrap. Family Drama would follow a different family in Seattle every season.
ABC bought a dramedy written and exec produced by Liz Heldens (Deception) based on a ballet-themed British reality series featuring plus-sized dancers. Project comes from TriStar Television.
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Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: August 28-30, 2015
Straight Outta Compton (Universal) $13.2 million, cume revenue $134.1 million
War Room (TriStar) $11.0 million, opening weekend
Mission: Impossible – Rogue (Paramount) $8.3 million, cume revenue $170.4 million
No Escape (Weinstein) $8.3 million, cume revenue $10.3 million
Sinister 2 (Focus) $4.7 million, cume revenue $18.5 million
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Bros.) $4.4 million, cume revenue $34.1 million
Hitman: Agent 47 (20th Century Fox) $3.9 million, cume revenue $15.3 million
The Gift (STX Entertainment) $3.1 million, cume revenue $36.0 million
Jurassic World (Universal) $3.1 million, cume revenue $643.1 million
Ant-Man (Buena Vista) $3.1 million, cume revenue $169.2 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation
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Grace Helbig (The Grace Helbig Show) and fellow influencer Tyler Oakley will host multi-platform event The Streamy Awards, honoring the best in YouTube, online video and creators. For those who choose to partake linearly, show airs live on VH1 Thursday, September 17 at 10p.
Add Jimmy Fallon to the season 13 premiere week guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Tonight Show host joins Caitlyn Jenner, Hillary Clinton and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on the roster. Premiere date: Tuesday, September 8.
Dancing With the Stars winner/host Brooke Burke-Charvet is back as co-host for the 2016 Miss America Competition, airing Sunday, September 13 at 9p. Burke-Charvet, who last took to the pageant stage in 2013, joins returning host Chris Harrison (The Bachelor).
With the kids back in class, AHC will present a “School Yourself” marathon of America: Fact Vs. Fiction. Stunt begins Tuesday, September 8 at 8p.
Stock up on mixers – season two of Booze Traveler launches Monday, September 28 at 10p on Travel. Destinations this 16-ep season include Finland, Guatemala, Hawaii, Hungary, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sicily, Tanzania and Texas.
What happened to the $20 million in gold Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled with at the end of the Civil War? That’s the question new Discovery series Rebel Gold seeks to answer starting Tuesday, September 15 at 10p. Produced by ITV Studios America.
TLC’s The Boy With the Giant Hands, tonight at 9p, focuses on an eight-year-old with a rare medical condition, offered hope through surgery. The one-hour special follows Eight-Limbed Baby, about a child with a half-formed, parasitic twin, at 8p.
And Dylan McKay thought he had problems. On Up movie Welcome Home, premiering Sunday, September 13 at 7p, Luke Perry plays a best-selling author with a bad case of writer’s block, who returns from a vacation to find a homeless mother and her two kids squatting in his house.
Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife) landed the male lead in CBS pilot Doubt, opposite Katherine Heigl. It’s the second try for the project, which originally starred Teddy Sears and KaDee Strickland.
Bryana Salaz, a contestant on season 7 of The Voice, has joined the cast of Fox drama pilot Urban Cowboy as a series regular.
Christina Applegate landed a guest spot on Fox freshman The Grinder, as a former flame of Rob Lowe’s. Comedy premieres Tuesday, September 29 at 8:30p.
Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor) joins upcoming NBC variety show Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris. Harris tweeted the news Friday. Series launches Tuesday, September 15 at 10p.
Who should play Donald Trump in the inevitable TV movie? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll.
A new campaign for Xerox makes business solutions sound easier to swallow. With the tagline “Work can work better,” the spots mock tech talk because, according to the company, “The world of business is abuzz with solutions like the IOT (internet of things), big data and the cloud. Yet, the reality is that despite increased investments, productivity is declining and business outcomes have never been harder to achieve. The next frontier of enterprise transformation and global progress is improving the work itself.” First ad was served during the U.S. Open on Sunday.
Outdoor Channel inked a new, long-term carriage deal with DISH Network.
The sixth season of Downton Abbey premieres Sunday, September 20 across the pond. The ITV drama’s final run is set in 1925. Check out the teaser here.
UK’s Channel 4 ordered four-part National Treasure, about a public figure accused of sexual misconduct. The ripped-from-the-headlines story from BAFTA winner Jack Thorne traces the unraveling life of comedian accused of a rape from the 1970s.
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Naked and Afraid XL hit a series high 2.33 Live+3 rating among A25-54 on Sunday, August 23, despite big competition from AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. The Discovery docu-series continues to pace as the top new unscripted series on all of cable among P/M 24-54, P/M 18-49 and, M18-34 and P2+.
Speaking of Fear the Walking Dead, Live+3 numbers added 3.2 million viewers to the spin-off’s premiere, including 2.2 million among A18-49. That’s a 32 percent boost in viewers, to 13.3 million, and a 36 percent lift in the demo, to 8.5 million.
Last Saturday’s premiere of Starz’ Blunt Talk delivered 601,000 viewers in Live+3, a number that jumps to 1.5 million across its opening weekend airings. The season two launch of Survivor’s Remorse that night scored 463,000 Live+3 viewers and 1.3 million across plays, up 87 percent versus last year.
Thursday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 1.4/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s Big Bang Theory and Mom averaged 1.3/5 to win 8p, followed by .9/4 for NBC’s Food Fighters and Univision’s Amores con Trampa. CBS stayed on top at 9p with 2.1/7 for Big Brother, followed .9/3 for Uni’s Imperdonable. Dateline grabbed the lead at 10p with 1.2/4; Telemundo was second with 1.1/4 for Senor de los Cielos.
A18-49:CBS 1.4/5, NBC 1.0/4, UNI .7/3, ABC .7/3, TELE .7/3, FOX .6/2, CW .3/1, ION .3/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, August 27, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Big Bang Theory [r] 4.8/9, Mom [r] 3.8/7, Big Brother 3.8/7, Under the Dome 3.0/6
Food Fighters 2.4/5, Dateline Mystery 3.9/7
Beyond the Tank [r] 2.3/4, Mistresses 2.3/4, Rookie Blue 2.4/5
Boom 1.3/2, Bones [r] 1.6/3
Amores con Trampa 1.1/2, Lo Impernodable 1.3/2, Yo No Creo en Hombres 1.1/2
Blue Bloods 1.1/2, Blue Bloods 1.2/2, Blue Bloods 1.1/2
Avenida Brasil .7/1, Bajo el Mismo .9/2, Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
Beauty and the Beast .6/1, Arrow [r] .6/1
Shout! Factory promoted David McIntosh to Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Digital distribution; Melissa Boag to Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment; Jordan Fields to Vice President of Acquisitions, and Tom Chen to Vice President of Publicity.
David Gardner was named Senior Vice President The Lippin Group. Previously, Gardner had been Senior Publicist at UP and ASPiRE.
This Day in History: 1954 – Hurricane Carol caused death and millions of dollars of destruction in the northeastern U.S. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was Laura’s horse’s name on Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)? Bunny. Kudos to: Chris McLoughlin-NBC/NYC, Larry Smith-Scripps Networks Interactive/Knoxville, TN, Gloria L. Price/CBS News, Lara Schuler-Chasing Light Entertainment/NYC, Paul Blutter-Hollywood Production Rentals/Burbank, Jessica Nimoy-Nimoy Consulting Services/LA, Marty Wadsworth-Directors Guild/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY AUGUST 31, 2015
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, The Whispers [f]
CBS: 2 Broke Girls [r], The Odd Couple [r], Scorpion [r], NCIS: Los Angeles [r]
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Life Is it Anyway?, Significant Mother
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Running Wild With Bear Grylls
PBSBig Blue Live [p], Antiques Roadshow [r], POV
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable, Yo No Creo en los Hombre
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