09.01.15 Good morning. It’s Tuesday September 1, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Create TV: America’s Test Kitchen at 8:30p
Comedy: Drunk History at 10:30p
PBS: In Their Own Words at 9p
Travel: Hotel Impossible at 9p
TV One: The Big Leaf at 11p Tonight’s Finales:
FX: Tyrant at 10p
MTV: Scream at 10p
TLC: Little People Big World at 8p
TNT: Rizzoli & Isles at 9p
President Obama will be Running Wild With Bear Grylls on a special installment of the NBC reality show set to air later this year. Obama will team with survival expert Grylls to observe the effects of climate change in the Alaskan wilderness.
After a tumultuous year at the helm of ABC talker The View, exec producer Bill Wolff is headed for serener pastures. In an email to staff, ABC News president James Goldston said Wolff had “decided to move on to new opportunities,” thanking him for an “upbeat, unwavering and steady hand behind the scenes.” Oprah Winfrey Show alum Candi Carter joins as consulting producer and interim showrunner for season 19, alongside new co-exec producer Brian Teta (Late Show With David Letterman); Wolff will remain through September. Candace Cameron Bure, Michelle Collins and Paula Faris join returning Joy “they pulled me back in” Behar on the panel, with Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symone. Season 18 saw the coming and going of Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
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Universal Cable Productions plans to move forward with projects that were in the works with the late Wes Craven, who died August 30 at age 76 after battling brain cancer. The horror icon, who signed a first-look overall deal with UCB in April, was in the middle of making a big TV push. Projects included The People Under the Stairs for Syfy, Disciples with UCP, We Are All Completely Fine for Syfy and UCP and Sleepers with Federation Entertainment. “Thankfully these projects have benefited greatly from [Craven’s] development and guidance since their inception. They will continue in his honor and spirit,” UCP said in a statement.
Tom Selleck returns as Jesse Stone in Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise, premiering Sunday, October 18 at 9p on Hallmark Channel, with an encore presentation on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Sunday, October 25 at 9p. The latest installment of the detective franchise also features William Devane, Gloria Reuben, Leslie Hope and Luke Perry.
Tim Draper has a $1 million plan to get viewers to watch ABC Family‘s Startup U. The billionaire, who’s one of the cast members of the unscripted series, is dangling a sizable charity donation he hopes will lure viewers to the freshman series. “Tell all your friends to watch Startup U Tuesday at 10:00 on ABC Family. I will give away $1 million to charities, if we get 1 million viewers this week,” Draper wrote on his Facebook page.
Natalia Jimenez has been added to the lineup for the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina presented by Sprint on Saturday, November 7, joining Jennifer Lopez, Don Omar, Marco Antonio Solis, Prince Royce, Wisin, Camila, Becky G, Fonseca, Voz de Mando and Pitbull live in Miami. The event will be re-broadcast on Telemundo on Sunday, November 15.
Disney XD and Maker Studios have launched Disney XD by Maker, an initiative to search for and develop the next generation of creators for DisneyXD.com, the WATCH Disney XD app and original television series pilots for Disney XD cable and satellite channels. “Recognized by our audience as celebrities in their own right, these stars will pave the way for up-and-coming Disney XD by Maker talent, cultivating a creative community that drives inspiration, original storytelling and unique formats that can be shared globally,” said Marc Buhaj, SVP Programming and General Manager, Disney XD.
Wild About Barns is saddling up for the 2015 Equus Film Festival in NYC this fall, and the Ride TV series handed the reins to its fans. Executive producer/creator Pamela Kettle tells Cynopsis, "We asked our viewers to help us select shows for the competition and they responded overwhelmingly for the same five episodes."
Under the Dome won’t see the light next summer – CBS is canceling the drama after three seasons. Finale is September 10.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Netflix bowed out of renewing its agreement with EPIX and Hulu jumped in, closing a multi-year digital SVOD deal that will bring new releases from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount to Hulu beginning October 1. The hits that will be streamed include Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Interstellar and Selma. “Our subscribers have been asking us for more, and more recent, big movies. We listened,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu.
ESPN is launching a midnight edition SportsCenter on Monday, September 7. Scott Van Pelt will anchor the new scores and highlights show, which premieres after the Ohio State-Virginia Tech college football contest.
Actress and author Danica McKellar has been added to the judge panel of the 2016 Miss America Competition. The pageant airs Sunday, September 13 on ABC.
Fun of Your Business is back by popular demand! What’s the one program that everyone seems to love but you just can’t get into? Let us know at FOYB.Cynopsis@gmail.com, and your answer might be featured in the newsletter. Please include your name, title and company.
Oxygen Media‘s Pretty. Strong. debuts Tuesday, October 6 at 10p. The docu-series features women of the Legends Football League, following reigning champions the Chicago Bliss.
TNT launches Agent X with a two-hour episode Sunday, November 8 at 9p. The
action-drama stars Jeff Hephner (Interstellar), Sharon Stone (Casino) and Gerald McRaney (House of Cards).
Comedians Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman battle it out on We Have Issues, bowing Friday, September 18 at 10:30p on E! Each week, the duo will welcome a guest comedian to the show as they debate the week’s biggest pop culture news.
TV Land comedies The Jim Gaffigan Show and Impastor have both been renewed for second seasons. "We’re really proud of these shows that represent the new TV Land,” said Keith Cox, EVP of Development and Original Programming. “They have quality writing and great casts, and we’re excited to move on to season two for both.”
TLC has begun production on a new season of The Willis Family. Viewers will get a deeper look into the Tennessee clan’s life off the tour bus, from birthday celebrations and kids learning to drive to life at home in Nashville.
Discovery is back in Tanana, Alaska with the season premiere of Yukon Men on Tuesday, September 15 at 9p. Residents find themselves at odds over a trap line, but also pull together to battle a pack of wolves and rescue a stranded villager cut off by the sudden breakup of the icy Yukon River.
Travel Channel explorer Josh Gates returns for the sophomore season of Expedition Unknown on Wednesday, October 7 at 9p, for a run that includes excavating ruins in search of the real Robin Hood and sailing the high seas investigating Christopher Columbus.
TNT announced premiere dates for three returning series: The Librarians debuts Sunday, November 1 at 8p; Major Crimes bows Monday, November 2 at 9p and Legends is back Monday, November 2, at 10p.
ABC’s The Muppets has nabbed another big guest star. The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth will play himself in the new fall comedy, reports EW. Series premieres Tuesday, September 22 at 8p.
Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer announced he’ll be competing on Dancing With the Stars while On Air with Ryan Seacrest. ABC show bows Monday, September 14 at 8p.
Stand-up comedian Jon Rudnitsky joins the Saturday Night Live ensemble for its 41st season, premiering October 3 at 11:30p on NBC.
Turner Classic Movies unveiled a new brand campaign with the tagline, “Let’s Movie,” launching today on-air, online at TCM.com, and on the Watch TCM mobile apps. “With so many networks and streaming services focusing on original series, we’ve really seen TCM become the last standing, great movie-lover destination” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM. “We’re on a mission to share and celebrate the entire spectrum of film history with an engaged and growing community, and the goal of this campaign is to attract an even broader audience of movie fans to the network than ever before.”
Alfred Haber Television, Inc. unveiled sales for series Dead Again and You Can’t Lick Your Elbow. Dead Again’s sales include A&E (United Kingdom), NBC Universal (Germany), Planete Thalassa (France) and Foxtel (Australia). You Can’t Lick Your Elbow sold to Discovery (CEEMEA), Rogers (Canada), Discovery (Latin America), NGC Network (India), and BEC World (Thailand).
Nippon Television Network Corporation is heading to MIPCOM with new drama series Death Note, entertainment series MATSUKO-ROID, and reality/game show The Kindergarten.
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Tara Sorensen: Head of Kids Programming – Amazon Studios
Rob Sorcher: Chief Content Officer – Cartoon Network
Adam Bonnett: EVP Original Programming – Disney Channels Worldwide
Russell Hicks: President of Content Development & Production – Nickelodeon
Fox Business Network scored its first win in the A25-54 demo post-Imus in the 6-9a hour on Friday. FBN’s Mornings with Maria delivered 25,000 total viewers among A25-54, squeaking by 24,000 for CNBC’s Squawk Box. FBN recently changed its lineup to incorporate pre-market business news.
Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards was the most-tweeted non-sports program since Nielsen started measuring Twitter TV activity in 2011, with 21.4 million tweets, versus 12.6 million tweets last year. (Most-tweeted minute: Kanye West announcing he’d be running for U.S. President in 2020.) But the Miley Cyrus-hosted event’s delivered 9.8 million viewers across 10 networks – MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, CMT, Logo, BET, Centric, Comedy Central and TV Land – down 500,000 versus last year. Bright spot: in target demo A18-34, it was the top-rated awards show on cable this year.SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of August 24, 2015
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 6596, 62, 106, 80854
Teen Wolf (MTV) 3147, 186, 17, 7982
Today Show (NBC) 1439, 517, 3, 8482
Good Morning America (ABC) 892, 550, 2, 7717
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd) 608, 457, 1, 4480
Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1) 543, 58, 9, 4098
Steve Harvey TV (NBC Universal/synd) 524, 135, 4, 7530
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 462, 163, 3, 1306
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 445, 342, 1, 3774
The Kelly File (Fox News) 435, 88, 5, 2694
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.
NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of August 24, 2015
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
2015 MTV Video Music Awards (MTV) 8/30, 11,823, 21,356
WWE Monday Night Raw (USA Network) 8/24, 2958, 283
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 8/30, 1555, 80
Teen Wolf (MTV) 8/24, 1485, 360
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) 8/24, 1446, 41
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1) 8/24, 1353, 301
Big Brother (CBS) 8/27, 1018, 98
America’s Got Talent (NBC), 8/25, 911, 37
Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Houston Texans (HBO) 8/25, 826, 10
Big Brother (CBS) 8/26, 711, 33
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks. Friday A18-49 Analysis: ABC and NBC tied for the top spot for the most A18-49 viewers Friday with 0.9/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, ABC’s Shark Tank was #1 with 0.8/4, followed by NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Univison’s Amores con Trampa, both with 0.7/4. ABC’s What Would You Do? took over the top spot at 9p with 1.0/4; NBC’s America’s Got Talent ranked second with 0.9/4. Telemundo’s El Senor de los Cielos scored the highest numbers of the night at 10p with 1.3/5, followed by ABC’s 20/20 with 0.9/4 and NBC’s Dateline with 0.9/3. A18-49: ABC 0.9/4, NBC 0.9/4, TELE 0.8/3, UNI 0.7/3, CBS 0.5/2, FOX 0.4/2, CW 0.2/1, ION 0.2/1 Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, July 24, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Elementary [r] 2.2/5, Hawaii Five-0 [r] 3.3/6, Blue Bloods [r] 3.7/7
America’s Got Talent [r] 2.4/5, Dateline NBC 3.2/6
Shark Tank [r] 2.7/6, What Would You Do? 2.5/5, 20/20 2.6/5
Amores con Trampa 1.1/2, Lo Imperdonable [r] 1.1/2, Yo No Creo en los Hombres 0.9/2
Home Free 1.1/2, Knock Knock Live 0.8/2
Avenida Brasil 0.6/1, Tierra de Reyes 1.0/2, Senor de los Cielos 1.5/3
Masters of Illusion [r] 0.8/2, Who’s Line Is It Anyway [r] 0.6/1, The Messengers 0.5/1
Law & Order 0.7/1, Law & Order 0.6/1, Law & Order 0.6/1
MGM Television has appointed Lindsay Sloane as Executive Vice President of Production and Development. Sloane will focus on generating new projects. Sloane was previously at TriStar.
This Day in History: 1905 – Alberta and Saskatchewan became the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which game show was originally called Shoppers Bazaar? Wheel of Fortune. Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Media/NYC, Alan Asarch-Business Wire/NYC, Lewis Cosby/Knoxvillle, TN, Asher Levine-OMG/NYC, Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas, TX Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, Jeff Mirkin-The Game Plane/Hollywood, CA. Today’s Trivia: What ad agency did Ann Romano work for on One Day at a Time (1975-1984)? (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 – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
ABC: Fresh Off the Boat [r], Fresh Off the Boat [r], Fresh Off the Boat [r], Fresh Off the Boat [r], Extreme Weight Loss
CBS: NCIS [r], Zoo, NCIS: New Orleans [r]
CW: The Flash [r], iZombie [r]
FOX: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, Knock Knock Live
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Brooklyn Nine-Nine [r], The Last Man on Earth [r]
PBS: Big Blue Live [r], In Their Own Words [p], Frontline [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil [r], Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]
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