10/13/15: Conan breaks new ground; ABC buys Fantasy Island, but without the Island; Empire grows








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Tonight’s Premieres:
Africa Channel: Care for Color at 9p
BET: #TheWestbrooks at 10p
Cooking: MasterChef Canada at 8p
E!: Botched: Post Op at 10p
FYI: Married at First Sight: The First Year at 9p
Great American Country: Living Alaska at 9p
ID: Killer Confessions at 10p
NBC: Chicago Fire at 10p
WGN: Manhattan at 9p




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Conan O’Brien is headed to Armenia, where he’ll be the first American late night talk host to do a show. On hand for TBS’s Conan trip will be O’Brien’s longtime assistant, Sona Movsesian, who is of Armenian descent. “I think it’s every boss’s responsibility to take their assistant back to their ancestral land,” said the host. “That’s why I’m going to make sure my next assistant was born in a five-star resort in Tuscany.” Episode is slated for Tuesday, November 10 at 11p.

Sam Champion, leaving the Weather Channel morning show he launched, AMHQ, next month, is heading to primetime. Champion’s new weekly, science-focused interview show, covering topics like climate change and oceanography, is slated to debut in early 2016, part of the company’s shift to increased weather coverage after dark.

El Rey Network has partnered with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers,Time Warner Foundation, Univision Los Angeles, World Channel and Texican Media for the inaugural Latino Lens Filmmaker Showcase on Sunday, October 18 at the Avalon Hollywood in LA. It’s the first initiative resulting from the creation of the El Rey Diversity Council.


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A comedy project from Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele has landed at Fox. Vine personality Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor stars as an undercover cop.

ABC gave a script plus penalty order for a new iteration of Fantasy Island, from Sony Pictures Television. Unlike the 1977-84 series or short-lived 1998 reboot on the net, there will be no Mr. Roarke. Or island. Drama would center on a female exec who runs a company offering to fulfill clients’ fantasies.

Also in the works at ABC and Sony TV, along with Intrigue: an adaptation of an Austrian series, Braunschlag, about a small-town mayor. Like Fantasy Island, lead has been changed from male to female.

Modern Family exec producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh are in business with CBS, with a put pilot commitment for Workplace. Comedy from 20th Century Fox Television focuses on a building that houses an app developer, a real estate company and a cafe.

Easiest Game Show Ever heads into production on October 19 for Pop. Hosted by comedian/actor Michael Ian Black (The Jim Gaffigan Show), the trivia test (“true or false: Betty White is older than sliced bread”) exec produced by Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol) and Gail Berman (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) launches in early 2016.

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Donald Trump has a chat scheduled with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this weekend. Trump had suggested as much in a tweet on Saturday. “With the fantastic ratings last weekend, @meetthepress & @ThisWeekABC, I think it’s only fair that I go on @FoxNewsSunday w/Chris Wallace,” said Trump (who, after the FNC debate, said Wallace is “only a tiny fraction” of his father, Mike Wallace). It’s the GOP candidate’s first appearance on the program since announcing his candidacy.

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and a 1968 Ford Mustang star in the first of the final four episodes of Velocity’s Overhaulin’, airing Wednesday, November 4 at 9p. Series closer is set for November 18. Viewers can take a ride down memory lane with a two-day “Say It Ain’t Overhaulin’” marathon starting Saturday, November 14 at 2p.

India’s Daughter, the documentary banned in India about the brutal rape and death of a medical student, premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, November 16 at 10p (check local listings).

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills is presenting a screening of DirecTV’s Kingdom, followed by a panel discussion with cast and crew, on Monday, October 19. Mixed martial arts drama series return for season two Wednesday, October 14.

VH1 is presenting a roundtable discussion about being openly gay in the hip hop community on LHH: Out in Hip Hop, Monday, October 19 at 11p. Hour-long special follows the encore ep of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in which a West Coast rapper comes out to his former girlfriend.

On the day Marty McFly arrived in the future, Esquire will air all three Back to the Future films, starting Wednesday, October 21 at 12p. Each movie gets two airings.

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Season three of IFC’s Todd Margaret, starring David Cross (Arrested Development), premieres Thursday, January 7 at 10p, with the first three episodes airing back to back. The remaining threepack debuts January 14 starting at 10p. Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) joins the cast, with the series picking up after the title character reluctantly blew up the world.

DIY ordered new episodes of three series. Season four of Rescue My Renovation bows on Monday, October 19 at 9p and 9:30p; a new season of Bath Crashers launches Monday, October 26 at 11p, and Renovation Realities is back Sunday, November 21 at 9p.


Paul Reubens will guest on season two of Gotham as the father of the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor). Reubens played the same character in the 1992 film Batman Returns, when Danny DeVito played the villain. Fox drama airs Mondays at 8p.

Dominc Fumusa (Nurse Jackie), LisaGay Hamilton (House of Cards), Antonio Jaramillo (Shades of Blue) and Nadia Alexander (Fan Girl) have joined the cast of Universal Cable Productions and USA pilot The Wilding. Thriller from Tim Kring was announced as back-door pilot pickup.

Kris Polaha (Life Unexpected) will recur on season eight of ABC’s Castle, reports TVLine. Series airs Mondays at 10p.

Taye Diggs (Private Practice) landed a guest starring role on Rosewood. Fox medical drama airs Wednesdays at 8p.

Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) will guest star on upcoming Showtime comedy Dice, while Kevin Corrigan (Goodfellas) joins Andrew Dice Clay as a series regular. Series arrives in 2016.


Disney and Sky signed a new multi-year deal that give Sky Movies and NOW TV Sky Movies Pass subscribers access to movies including Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the first pay TV window about nine months after their theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. “Sky and Disney have been working together for almost 25 years,” said Sky content managing director Gareth Davey. “This new agreement means our customers can continue to enjoy the biggest blockbusters … before they are available on any other online subscription service. They also get access to a great portfolio of family channels and a growing on demand library of amazing shows and films.”


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Empire was the big winner in premiere week, up 40 percent in A18-49 Live+7 ratings to hit a series high 9.4. NBC’s Blindspot had the biggest delayed viewing gain in total viewers (5.894  million), while ABC’s Nashville and Castle, and CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles were the scripted series with the biggest percentage gains (83 percent) in the demo; Fox’s Scream Queens was close behind with 82 percent.

Third quarter ratings for Live+3 viewing on broadcast were down an average 9 percent among A18-49 viewers, according to MoffattNathanson Research. ABC dropped 3 percent (to 1.18 million), NBC slipped 6 percent (1.9 million), Fox was down 15 percent (1.1 million) and CBS off 17 percent (1.2 million). Three cable groups rose in total day viewership in A18-49: AMC Networks had a 10 percent lift to 443,000, while Discovery Comm. (1.14 million) and Scripps Networks Interactive (673,000) both inched up one percent.

Opposite the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and football on NBC, ABC freshman Quantico, which held onto a 1.9 rating among A18-49 its first two outings, slipped to 1.6 on Sunday. Hold on for a time shift gain: the drama grew to 3.3 in Live+3 the week prior. Fellow frosh Blood and Oil slipped to .8.

Last Tuesday’s Below Deck on Bravo delivered over 1 million P18-49 (up 8 percent versus last week) in Live+3, 2 million P25-54 (up 17 percent) and over 1.8 million total viewers (up 9 percent), season highs in key demos. On Wednesday the net’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles also hit season highs, with 655,000 P18-49 (up 16 percent), 764,000 P25-54 (up 8 percent) and 1.4 million total viewers (up 8 percent).

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of 10/5/15
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(Warner Bros./synd.) 8102, 96, 84, 86135
The Walking Dead (AMC)
7835, 261, 30, 38840
American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
2288, 101, 23, 12635
Empire (Fox),
1625, 148, 11, 1925
Today Show (NBC)
1467, 527, 3, 8643
Scream Queens (Fox)
1282, 188, 7, 1491
Good Morning America (ABC)
1241, 645, 2, 7816
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
1167, 126, 9, 9513
The Tonight Show (NBC)
1015, 227, 4, 11412
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
917, 84, 11, 7638
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 October 5, 2015
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
American Horror Story: Hotel (FX), 10/7, 5414, 878
The Walking Dead (AMC), 10/11,
5253, 611
Empire (Fox), 10/7,
2778, 456
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
, 10/8, 1942, 100
Saturday Night Live (NBC), 10/10,
1855, 73
Scandal (ABC), 10/8,
1809, 204
Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 10/5,
1739, 112
WWE  Monday Night RAW (USA), 10/5,
1573, 139
The Vampire Diaries (The CW), 10/8,
1548, 104
Scream Queens (Fox), 10/6,
1265, 83
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets in the U.S. 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

Friday A18-49 Analysis: ABC was first among A18-49 viewers Friday, averaging 1.3/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p and 8:30p, the network’s Last Man Standing (1.3/6) and Dr. Ken (1.3/5) were on top, followed by CBS’ Amazing Race (1.1/4). ABC’s Shark Tank maintained the lead at 9p with a 1.5/5, followed 1.1/4 for CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. At 10p, CBS’s Blue Bloods took top honors with 1.3/5; ABC’s 20/20 and NBC’s Dateline tied for second with 1.0/4.

A18-49: ABC 1.3/5, CBS 1.2/4, NBC .9/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .6/2, FOX .4/1, CW .3/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, October 9, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.5/10
Amazing Race 3.7/7, Hawaii Five-0 5.7/10, Blue Bloods 7.0/13
ABC: 3.5/7
Last Man Standing 4.0/8, Dr. Ken 3.6/7, Shark Tank 3.7/7, 20/20 3.1/6
NBC 2.7/5
Undateable 1.7/3, Dateline Friday 3.1/6
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Lo Imperdonable
1.3/2, Yo No Creo en los Hombres 1.2/2
FOX 1.0/2
Gotham [r] 1.0/2, Rosewood [r] 1.0/2
Avenida Brasil .8/1, Bajo el Mismo .8/1, Senora Acero .9/2
ION: .8/1
Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .7/1
CW: .7/1
Reign .7/1, America’s Top Model .7/1


Dan Fierman has been named Vice President and Editorial Director at MTV News. Fierman had been Editorial Director at digital magazine Grantland.

Comedy Central hired Steve Elliott for the newly created role of Vice President, Branded Entertainment Development, East Coast. Elliott was previously Creative Director at Hungry man, Pilot and Triple Double.

This Day in History:
1792 – The cornerstone of the White House was laid.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which Oscar winner played Isabella I of Castille in the 1985 mini-series, Christopher Columbus? Faye Dunaway. Kudos to: Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NYC, Joe Norskov-Red Arrow Industries/Knoxville, TN, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, John Kukla-KDFW-KDFI/Dallas, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO,  Karen Tobin-Advanced Imaging Society/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Generate/Beverly Hills, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, Angelle Haney Gullett-Band of Mutant/Studio City.

Today’s Trivia: Which late-night show host guested as himself on Newhart (1982-1990)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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ABC: The Muppets, Fresh Off The Boat, Marvel’s Agent S.H.I.E.L.D., Shark Tank [r]
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Limitless
CW: The Flash, iZombie
FOX: Grandfathered, The Grinder, Scream Queens
NBC: Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, The Vice, Chicago Fire [
PBS: Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, Secrets of the Dead, Frontline
Telemundo: Celia [r],  Baja el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero [r]
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres[r]

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