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10.08.15 Good morning. It’s Thursday October 8, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
CW: The Vampire Diaries at 8p, The Originals at 9p
MTV: Middle of the Night Show at 11p
Syfy: Haven at 10p
truTV: Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street at 10:30p Tonight’s Finale:
DIY: Income Property at 10p
“Rumors of the death of pay TV are greatly exaggerated,” according to a new report from Forrester Research which found that only 6 percent of the population are cord-cutters. The not-so-good news: by 2025, half of 18-31 year-olds will have either cut their TV package or never had one. Survey of 35,000 Americans 18+ took place in April.
Fox ordered two more servings of Emmy-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers. “Six seasons in, the Belchers have become one of America’s most beloved TV families, and we are so happy to keep them in the fold for another two seasons,” said David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
Not so fast, responded Media General to the New York Post’s report that it is dropping its plan to acquire Meredith for $2.4 billion, a withdrawal that would come after shareholder objections to the merger and an unsolicited $4.1 billion offer from competitor Nexstar Broadcasting Group. In a statement on Wednesday, Media General said its “board of directors continues to recommend the Meredith transaction as it is undertaking its review of the Nexstar proposal.”
Donald who? NBC’s Tonight Show added hot ticket politician John Boehner to tonight’s lineup, the House Speaker’s first late night visit since his surprise announcement that he’s retiring October 30. Jimmy Fallon has already hosted sit-downs with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina and Gov. Chris Christie.
He really likes her. Ahead of last night’s premiere of FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel, creator Ryan Murphy tweeted an invite for one cast member to return. “Lady Gaga is so brilliant in AHS season 5 that yesterday I officially asked her to join Season 6. Say yes @ladygaga!” posted Murphy. The “Bad Romance” singer plays The Countess Elizabeth.
Jennifer Lopez has been tapped to host and perform at the 2015 American Music Awards airing Sunday, November 22 at 8p on ABC. Nominees will be announced on Good Morning America Tuesday, October 13.
NBC Owned Television Stations announced that former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts will take the reins at NBC’s1st Look starting next year. Roberts will make her debut as host Saturday, January 9, 2016 following Saturday Night Live with a special “Awards Season Kickoff” show. Current host Audrina Patridge will continue in her role through the fall 2015 season.
The Hollywood Radio and Television Society will host The State of the Industry Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton on October 15. Panelists include NBCUniversal’s Frances Berwick, ABC’s Paul Lee, Showtime’s David Nevins, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Lionsgate Television Group’s Sandra Stern.
TV Guide has been sold to NTVB Media, publisher of Channel Guide and TV Weekly. OpenGate had purchased the magazine for $1 in 2008 from tech company Macrovision; the sale price this time around was “much more than a dollar,” said NTVB Media chief Andy DeAngelis. The deal does not include web site TVGuide.com, which remains with CBS Interactive.
"A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising." Mark Zuckerberg said it, and data backs it up – but how do you find the crucial opinion shapers who can connect target audiences to your brand? The October 29 Cynopsis webinar, The New Influencer Marketing, will show low-cost ways to identify, reach – and nurture – the power players who will share your content and encourage action. More info is here.
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Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment has a family comedy project at ABC focused on a Latino chef who runs a cafe. Writer Bobby Bowman will exec produce with Longoria and Ben Spector; studio is Universal Television.
ABC is developing a family comedy from Dark Toy Entertainment’s Todd Holland. Written by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock), The Homefront focuses on a retired Green Beret who encounters difficulty adjusting to the suburbs.
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Christina Aguilera will return as coach for season ten of NBC’s The Voice, launching in February. She’ll join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, currently on duty for season nine, with Gwen Stefani in the fourth chair.
First guest on season two of Nat Geo’s Startalk Hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson: President Bill Clinton. “It’s okay if you can’t break down and draw the chemistry signs; it’s okay if you can’t do the math equations,” said Clinton. “You need to … be able to have a feeling for what science, and the technology that supports it, can do to open horizons.”Episode airs Sunday, October 25 at 11p.
A&E is bringing The Frankenstein Chronicles to the U.S. Period crime drama produced by Rainmark Films stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones).
Two-hour original doc Jackie: Behind Closed Doors premieres on Reelz Saturday, November 7 at 9p. Special exploring the life of Jacqueline Onassis is hosted by Today’s Natalie Morales and produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions.
The new season of PBS’s Independent Lens opens Monday, November 9 with Stray Dog. The doc tells the story of a Vietnam veteran wrestling with the legacy of the war.
In a “mini upfront” announcement, non-profit independent KCETLink Media Group announced new series acquisitions including season seven of Doc Martin, bowing January 14, and The Fixer and Shetland, arriving in March.
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Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire) will guest in a story arc on NBC’s Blindspot, as a criminal. Freshman drama airs Mondays at 10p.
Following Shaquille O’Neal’s appearance this week, NBA star Jeremy Lin will guest on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat on October 13. Comedy airs Tuesdays at 8:30p.
Lindsy Fonseca (Nikita) is set to guest on Grandfathered as a party girl who hooks up with Gerald. Fox comedy airs Tuesdays at 8p.
Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Karon Riley (Where’s the Love?) and Young and Restless’ Victoria Rowell and Kristoff St. John star in Up original movie A Baby for Christmas. Third film in the holiday franchise debuts Sunday, December 13 at 7p.
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Sponsored content for DraftKings was yanked from ESPN after the NY Times reported that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 on rival site FanDuel using inside information. “It is a standard procedure for us to pull these kind of sponsorships and integrations when we are covering significant news, to avoid any suggestion of influence on our coverage,” said the network. DraftKings and FanDuel issued a statement saying they had “no evidence” that any of their employees had misused data.
A TV spot for Nice ‘n Easy hair color was banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority. In the ad, Christina Hendricks goes from redhead to blonde (“I don’t know if blondes have more fun, but I plan to find out”). P&G stood by the product, but since the Mad Men actress had been shot first as a blonde, then as a redhead, the spot was deemed misleading. “We are disappointed in the outcome as we are confident that the color change we depicted in the TV copy is possible and achievable using our products,” said P&G. “However, we respect the final decision of the ASA and will be removing the TV copy from air effective immediately.”
Keshet International comedy The Baker and the Beauty has been licensed to Russia, to air on CTC. Local version of the show will be produced by Yellow, Black and White.
Banijay Finland picked up Armoza Formats docu-series The Virgins. The reality show about people experiencing things for the first time has also been commissioned by Israel’s Channel 10.
Hulu snatched exclusive streaming rights for seasons one and two of Pivot’s Please Like Me. The comedy will be available to stream starting Sunday, October 11, ahead of the season three network launch Friday, October 16 at 10p.
The National Cable Television Cooperative and TV One announced a multi-year distribution agreement. “Establishing this inaugural partnership with NCTC and its approximately 850 member-operators will enable us to continue to provide the critically acclaimed and entertaining content for Black adults in even more communities across the country,” said Michelle L. Rice, TV One EVP content distribution and marketing.
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The September 30 re-launch of Fuse led to triple digit growth among A18-34, as the net expanded beyond music to target Latino and multicultural viewers. The television premiere of The Fluffy Movie, followed by the season four premiere of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce at 11p and new series Transcendent at 11:30, drove Wednesday night viewership (8p-1a) among A18-34 up 325 percent and 410 percent, respectively, versus year-to-date and October 2014 time period averages.Fuse reached nearly 1.3 million viewers in the time period.
In week three, ABC’s The Muppets dipped three tenths to a 1.7 rating among A18-49. Better news: the net’s Fresh Off the Boat inched up a tenth versus last week to 1.8.
Freshman Fox comedies Grandfathered (1.2) and The Grinder (1.0) dipped from matching A18-49 Live+SD ratings of 1.5 last week. Scream Queens dropped two tenths, to 1.2/4, but was the top program of the night in teens. Taking the long-ish view, Fox predicts Live+7 lifts of 58 percent, 64 percent and 91 percent for the DVR-friendly shows.
FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co on Monday delivered the network’s highest rated 9-12p block ever in the A25-54 demo with 59,000 viewers.
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS and NBC tied for the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 1.9/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s NCIS led at 8p with 2.2/8, followed by 2.1/8 for NBC’s The Voice. The second hour of NBC’s singing competition rose to 2.4/8 to win 9p, versus 1.7/6 for CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans. CBS was back on top at 10p with 1.7/6 for Limitless; NBC’s Best Time Ever was second with 1.3/4.
A18-49: CBS 1.9/6, NBC 1.9/6, ABC 1.4/5, FOX 1.1/4, CW 1.1/4, UNI .9/3, TELE .6/2, ION .5/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NCIS 10.6/18, NCIS: New Orleans 9.0/15, Limitless 6.1/11
The Voice 5.6/9, Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris 2.9/5
The Muppets 3.0/5, Fresh Off the Boat 3.0/5, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.7/4, Quantico 2.1/4
Grandfathered 2.4/4, The Grinder 2.0/3, Scream Queens 1.9/3
The Flash 2.2/4, iZombie 1.0/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Lo Imperdonable 1.5/2,Yo No Creo en Hombres 1.3/2
Avenida Brasil .8/1, Bajo el Mismo Cielo .9/2, Senora Acero 1.0/2
Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .9/2
Deborah Barak was named President, Business Operations for CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and CBS News. Barak has led business affairs for Entertainment at both the network and studio since 2004.
A+E Networks announced changes “to more holistically address the evolving marketplace.” Lance Still joins as Senior Vice President, Branded Content, A+E Networks; Santosh Marthai has been promoted to Vice President, Data, Analytics & Strategic Partnerships, A+E Networks; Ethan Heftman and Mary Kang have been elevated to Vice President, Ad Sales, and Kevin McGaw joins the company in the newly-created role of Vice President, Ad Sales Marketing.
Station rep Karen DeFriez will be joining Westwood One as an Affiliate Sales Manager, responsible for clearances and on-air maintenance for the company’s Country properties. Previously, DeFriez was Affiliate Sales Director for Premiere Networks.
Director, producer and former child actor Kevin Corcoran died October 6. He was 66. Corcoran appeared in numerous Disney projects, including the film Old Yeller, eventually graduating to jobs behind the camera at Disney and on shows including Murder, She Wrote. He was honored as a Disney Legend in 2006.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2015
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder
CBS: Thursday Night Kickoff, NFL Football
CW: The Vampire Diaries [p], The Originals [p]
FOX: Bones, Sleepy Hollow
NBC: Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist, The Player
PBS: This Old House Hour, Masterpiece Mystery! [r], Antiques Road Show [r]
Telemundo: Latin Music Awards
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Lo Imperdonable, Yo No Creo en los Hombres
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