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If Hillary can do it… Presidential hopeful Donald Trump will return to host Saturday Night Live on November 7. Trump previously hosted SNL in 2004. Sia, also returning for her second SNL outing, will be musical guest. Hillary Clinton had a cameo on this season’s SNL premiere October 3; that show was hosted by Miley Cyrus.

ABC handed new thriller Quantico a full-season order. It’s the second freshman series this fall to receive full order, following NBC’s Blindspot. ABC picked up six more episodes of the terrorism drama, which follows an elite group of FBI recruits. Season to date, Quantico ranks as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast entertainment program in A18-49, improving the 10p hour for ABC by 46 percent.

Where’s Witchiepoo? Eccentric characters from Sid and Marty Krofft’s cult classic H.R. Pufnstuf are headed back to TV for the first time in 45 years as part of a special episode of the Kroffts’ new live-action preschool series Mutt & Stuff, on Nickelodeon. The network just ordered an additional 20 episodes of the freshman series, bringing the total to 40 for Mutt & Stuff’s first season. Production of “H.R. Pufnstuf Comes to Mutt & Stuff!,” will begin this fall with a premiere date set for early 2016. Mutt & Stuff airs weekdays at 10a.

CW supernatural drama Beauty And The Beast will end its run with the upcoming fourth season. The series received a fourth season pickup before its third season premiered this summer.


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Girls creator and star Lena Dunham will be working even more closely with HBO, this time with the feminist-themed comedy Max for the network that will star Lisa Joyce (Billy & Billie). Girls executive producers Murray Miller, Jenni Konner and Ilene Landress are exec-producing with Dunham, who also will direct.

Empire co-executive producer Ingrid Escajeda and LA chef Sang Yoon won over Fox with their pitch for one-hour drama restaurant drama On The Line. The series is inspired by Yoon, but instead has a female chef protagonist who juggles the chaos of her staff, the disdain of her old-school Korean parents, and the return of her estranged ex-husband. Escajeda has an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Modern Family exec producer Danny Zuker is scoring again with a new life-imitating-art comedy, Family Show. Zuker sold ABC a workplace/family sitcom as a put pilot, the idea for which he got after a parenting incident with his own daughter. The show’s about the creators of a sitcom, following “the imperfect people who strive to be half as good as the perfect TV family they create every week for America.”

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Notorious Cuban ruler Fidel Castro is in the spotlight in one-hour documentary Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man, airing on American Heroes Channel Thursday, October 22 at 10p. The doc will revisit more than 50 years of history and reveal the inner forces that shaped his leadership.

Will you be tuning in to see Donald Trump host SNL? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/

Red devil costumes and chainsaws simply scream Halloween. So no surprise FX is running a Scream Queens marathon, October 31 from 6p-midnight, with the first six episodes of the horror comedy airing back-to-back.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will cameo as Bill Nye’s therapist on an unconventional episode of Nat Geo series Explorer that examines the five stages of “climate change grief” on Sunday, November 1, at 8p.

Nominations are out for the 2015 American Music Awards, set to air live from the Microsoft Theater in LA on Sunday November 22, at 8p on ABC. Taylor Swift leads the pack with six noms, followed by Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd with 5 apiece. Jennifer Lopez is onboard to host the event.

Angelic chorus: Rihanna, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd will perform at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The winged parade of lingerie down the catwalk airs Tuesday, December 8, at 10p on CBS. The show, seen in more than 180 countries, will include pink carpet interviews, model profiles and behind-the-scenes footage. This marks Riri’s second VS Fashion Show appearance.

In 2014, the FBI declassified 700 pages of documents suggesting Adolf Hitler may have survived and fled to South America after the fall of Nazi Germany. History explores the theory in the new eight-part series Hunting Hitler, premiering Tuesday, November 10, at 10p. Hunting Hitler is produced by Karga Seven Pictures. Emre Sahin, Sarah Wetherbee and Kelly McPherson and History’s Tim Healy are exec producers.


The revamped series Sabadazo, which combines the talk show format with comedy, contests, musical performances and celebrity guest appearances, returns to Univision Network Saturday, October 17, at 8p with musical guest La Banda El Recodo.


Pretty Little Liars is bringing a new psychologist to the town of Rosewood for season 6, to be played by British actor Huw Collins during the second half of the ABC Family series. The remaining 10 eps of the season will premiere January 12.


Piers Morgan is back across the pond. The erstwhile Celebrity Apprentice winner and CNN primetime host scored a gig on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, joining current host Susanna Reid.

Sundance Channel is getting a bigger beret. AMC Networks International closed a deal with French telco Orange to launch the network on Orange Cinema Series, which will greatly extend its reach in France. Sundance Channel Global already is distributed in France via SFR-Numericable and Bouygues.

BBC2 greenlit Ireland With Simon Reeve, which follows Reeve as he travels around the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland revealing how religion, history and politics have shaped its culture through the years.


NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution sold the new first-run “multifaceted entertainment show” Harry, starring Harry Connick Jr., to the Fox Television Stations. The series will debut in September 2016 in national syndication in 17 markets.

Comcast is partnering with more than 30 broadcast and cable nets to bring additional short-form web video to its X1 platform. New content selection hails from a host of networks including A&E, ABC News, AMC, BBC America, Big Ten Networks, Discovery, HGTV, Lifetime, NBC and WE tv. This programming will be delivered over the Internet to X1 and featured in the Web section of Xfinity On Demand. All of it can also be found on Xfinity.com.


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Last week we asked our readers to "Tell us about your best/worst celebrity encounter."

Here’s what some of your colleagues had to say…

  • I brought a friend, a grown woman, to the Teen Choice Awards back when Gilmore Girls was very popular. She spotted Jared Paladecki, screamed ‘Dean!’ ran over and threw her arms around his neck. I was stunned. He was completely gracious, although a bit terrified. Tori Davis, VP, Media, New and Improved Media
  • Playing poker with Whoopi Goldberg. David Lau, Activation Manager, Mediavest
  • I literally ran into 50 Cent coming out of an elevator in NYC – I almost knocked him over, but was invited to his rooftop party that night! Lindsey Ingram, Group Media Design Leader (Media Director), Barkley
  • Getting photo-bombed by Jim Gaffigan at a comedy show fundraiser for the National Military Family Association, a partner of American Heroes Channel. Charlotte Bigford, Publicist, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, Investigation Discovery
  • Walking down 53rd street I found myself shoulder to shoulder with George Clooney. We walked 1/2 block that way. Almost at the corner a bunch of girls notice him and start pointing him out, saying ‘Oh my God.’ One yells out, ‘You’re beautiful!’ as we pass. At the corner, he looks at me, and I look back and say ‘That happens everywhere I go.’ He chuckles. Michael Lawless, VP, Director Ad Sales Operations, Katz Media Group

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The season 6 debut of The Walking Dead came out fighting, beating out Sunday Night Football, but was a little less fearsome to its competition than the record-breaking season 5 premiere. The new debut grabbed a monstrous 14.6 million viewers on Sunday with 9.4 million A18-49, for a 7.43 ratings, according to Nielsen, but dipped 16 percent and 15 percent, respectively, from season 5.

A total of 12.17 million viewers on linear and nonlinear platforms checked in to the premiere episode of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel, according to Nielsen data. On a Live+3 basis, the linear telecast posted 6.13 million A18-49 and 3.70 million A18-34, ranking No. 5 and No. 3 respectively in those demos among all new and returning series premieres on television this fall. In addition, the premiere was the second most-watched telecast in FX Networks history, behind only the premiere episode of AHS: Freak Show.

The Sept. 22 series premiere of CBS’s Limitless, which averaged a Live+SD audience of 9.86 million, jumped 79 percent to 17.6 million viewers with the inclusion of seven-day DVR playback, the unduplicated audience from an encore broadcast and 14 days of video-on-demand/online streaming. Non-linear viewership of Limitless is significantly younger: The show’s median age with online streaming is 39 and is 46 on video-on-demand.

Crime Watch Daily, the number one new show in syndication, jumped 13 percent the week ending October 4 versus the week prior, to .9, its best rating yet. Fellow newcomer FABLife was steady at .7.

Syndication’s Dr. Phil (3.1HH) was first in talkers for the seventh straight week, up 3 percent, followed by Live With Kelly & Michael (2.7), up 4 percent. The Doctors (1.0) had the biggest gain, up 25 percent.

TBS’s exclusive MLB postseason telecasts were averaging 5.3 million total viewers through Monday, tied with 2007 as the network’s most-viewed coverage on record through the third day of the Division Series. The network’s postseason coverage is up 36 percent among total viewers over last year (3,862,000 total viewers in 2014) and 44 percent among A18-49.

Hallmark Channel drew a 2.6 HH rating for the premiere of its most recent original movie, Harvest Moon, which attracted nearly 3 million total viewers. In its 9-11p time period, Harvest Moon was the highest-rated and most-watched non-sports program across demographics for the night.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 9/21/2015
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
3007/NICK 1225
DSNY 1965/DSNY 1174
FOXN 1764/ ADSM 111?
USA 1656/ESPN 1078
ADSM 1325/FOXN 1066
FX 1311/TOON 896
HGTV 1277/USA 892
HIST 1256/NAN* 846
TBSC 1253/HGTV 750
AMC 1196/TNT 729
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among A18-49 for the week of 9/21/2015
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
604/ ADSM* 462
ADSM 447/ESPN 260
FX 328/NAN* 250
AMC 316/NICK 229
USA 301/DSNY 205
TBSC 286/TOON 204?
DSNY 274/USA 153
FOOD 272/FX 148
VH1 238/TBSC 136
SYFY 229/MTV 136
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top-Rated Cable Shows among A18-49 for the week of 9/21/2015
Fear The Walking Dead
(AMC) 7182
NY Jets/Indianapolis (ESPN) 5960
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (VH!) 2429
Teen Mom II (MTV) 2222
South Park (Comedy) 2096
The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN) 1847
Rick & Morty (ADSM) 1814
Washington/NY Giants (NFLN) 1800
SportsCenter (ESPN) 1743
The Real Housewives of Orange County (BRAV) 1722
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 9/28/15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.8AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.7AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.3AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.1AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.0AA
Two and A Half Men (WB) 2.8AA
Live With Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.7AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 9/28/15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.7AA
Family Feud (AT) 2.0AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.9AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.4AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.3AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.1AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 1.1AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.1AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.0AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 3/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. The net topped 8p, averaging 3.1/10 for The Voice, followed by CBS with Big Bang Theory (3.3/13) at 8p and Life In Pieces (1.8/5) at 8:30p. At 9p, the second half of The Voice topped with 3.5/10, followed by CBS’ Scorpion and ABC’s second part of Dancing With The Stars, tied with 1.7/5. At 10p, NBC freshman series Blindspot dominated with 2.5/8, followed by a tie at 1.1/3 between ABC’s ABC’s Castle and CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles.

A18-49: ABC 1.5/4, NBC 3/9, CBS 1.9/6, TELE .6/2, FOX 1.1/3, UNI .9/3, CW .4/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, October 12, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 6.5/11
Dancing With The Stars 7.4/12, Castle 4.5/8
CBS: 6/10
Big Bang Theory 9/15, Life In Pieces 4.8/8, Scorpion 5.9/9, NCIS: Los Angeles 5.1/9
NBC: 6.5/11
The Voice 7.2/11, Blindspot 5.2/9
FOX 2/3
Gotham 2.6/4, Minority Report 1.3/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Lo No Imperdonable 1.5/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.3/2
Telemundo: 1.1/2
Avenida Brasil 1.0/2, Bajo del Mismo .9/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
ION: 1.1/2
Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .7/1
CW: .6/1?
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.6/1, Jane the Virgin 0.6/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC scored a touchdown with the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with a 6.1/19 average for the night, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s pre-game coverage averaged 3.3/11 at 7p, while CBS 60 Minutes hit 3.4/11. At 8p, football averaged 5.3/17, versus an average 2.1 for CBS’s 60 Minutes and Madame Secretary. NBC’s game was in full swing with 6.9/20 at 9p, followed by 1.3/3 for CBS’s Madame Secretary and The Good Wife, and Fox’s Family Guy and Last Man on Earth. At 10p NBC was first with 6.8/20; ABC’s Quantico was runner-up with 1.6/5.

A18-49: ABC 1.3/4, CBS 1.7/5, NBC 6.1/19, UNI .7/3, FOX 1.1/3, TELE .5/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, October 11, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 6.7/12
60 Minutes 9.6/16, Madam Secretary 7.1/11, The Good Wife 5.8/10, CSI: Cyber 4.1/8
ABC: 3.1/5
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.1/5, Once Upon A Time 3.1/5, Blood & Oil 2.6/4, Quantico 3.7/7
NBC: 10.3/18
Football Night America 6.4/11, Sunday Night Football, 11.8/20
Aqui Y Ahora Sun 1.0/2, La Banda Sun 1.4/2, Sal Y Pimientia Sun 1.0/2
FOX: 1.5/2
The Grinder .8/1, Bob’s Burgers 1.3/2, The Simpsons 1.8/3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.6/3, Family Guy 1.7/3, Last Man on Earth 1.6/3
TELE: 0.4/1
Cine Millionaro Sunday: Avatar 0.6/1
ION: 0.5/1
Sunday 8pm Movie: Madea’s Family Reunion 0.4/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: Univision had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.4/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC Saturday Night Football scored 1.0/4 to win at 8p, versus .6/3 for Uni’s Futbol Central. Uni’s game jumped to 1.6/6 at 9p, followed by 1.0/4 for ABC’s college match-up. Univision stayed on top at 10p with 2.1/8; ABC averaged 1.0/4.

A18-49:UNI 1.4/5, ABC 1.1/4, FOX .8/3, CBS .6/2, NBC .4/1, ION .2/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, October 10, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 2.5/5
Crimetime Saturday [r] 1.9/4, Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.4/4, 48 Hours 3.3/6
ABC: 2.3/4
Saturday Night College Football 2.3/4
Futbol Central .9/2, Copa Concacaf 2.2/4
FOX 1.6/3
Fox College Football 1.8/3
NBC: 1.0/2
The Voice [r] 1.0/2, SNL Prime 1.0/2
ION: .8/1
Law & Order: SVU .8/1, Law & Order: SVU .8/1, Law & Order: SVU .8/2
TELE: .4/1
Celia Cruz .4/1, Nuestros Idolo Celia .4/1


Participant Media has named David Linde as its new CEO. Linde, former Universal Pictures co-chairman, will step into the new role November 1.

truTV hired Bryan Terry as VP, development and programming and Rohit Sang and Tommy Cody as executive producers. Terry is an Emmy-winning producer who began his career at ESPN before landing at MTV, where he wrote and produced Total Request Live. Sang’s resume includes stints at MTV/VH1 and LinkedIn.

WGBH Boston hired former longtime Sesame Workshop executive Terry Fitzpatrick as VP of children’s education and media. Fitzpatrick succeeds Brigid Sullivan, who has been with WGBH for 35 years.

DeMarco Morgan has been named a correspondent for CBS News, based in NY.
Morgan joins CBS News from WXIA TV in Atlanta, where he has been a reporter and co-anchor.

Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, will depart the UK broadcaster at the end of November. Mark Linsey, controller of entertainment commissioning, is set to assume his responsibilities until a replacement is named.


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Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which late-night show host guested as himself on Newhart (1982-1990)? Johnny Carson. Kudos to: Andrew Goldman, TVtibi, NY; Synda Kollman, Charter Marketing Group, Boca Raton, FL; Sydney Lowe, MLB Network, Secaucus, NJ; James Ryan, A+E Networks, NY; Barry Solomon, Retailablity Inc., NY; Corinne Waldheim, Pop, NY; Dan Haberer, Creo Entertainment, Playa del Rey, CA; Tom Moore, Kalt Productions, LA; David Westberg, SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union, Burbank.

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ABC: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, blackish, Nashville
CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, Code Black
America’s Next Top Model, A Wicked Offer
FOX: Rosewood, Empire
NBC: The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago PD
PBS: Nature, NOVA, The Brain With David Eagleman
Telemundo: Celia [r], Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero [r]
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Cre en los Hombres [r]

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