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11.13.15 Good morning. It’s Friday November 13, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Finales:
Food: BBQ Blitz at 10:30p
Lifetime: Step it Up at 9p Saturday Premieres:
Bravo: Real Housewives of Cheshire at 12p
Cooking: Kelsey’s Homemade at 11a
Esquire: Spotless at 10p
OWN: Home Made Simple at 9a Sunday Premieres:
AMC: Into the Badlands at 10p
Animal Planet: North Woods Law at 8p
E!: Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 9p, The Royals at 10p
FX Networks is looking ahead to 2016. Winter premiere dates for FX include Zach Galifianakis comedy Baskets on Thursday, January 21 at 10p, and limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson on Tuesday, February 2 at 10p; The Americans returns for season four in March (date TBD). Sister net FXX welcomes back It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for season eleven on Wednesday, January 6 at 10p, followed by the season two bow of Man Seeking Woman at 10:30p.
Discovery’s Eurosport has gotten a brand refresh, with the tagline “Fuel Your Passion.” “Eurosport has firmly established itself as a household name for live sport and, under the ownership of Discovery, we have super-charged our growth and re-ignited the brand to connect with fans,” said Peter Hutton, CEO, Eurosport. “Our new fan-centric strapline ‘Fuel Your Passion’ articulates what has been a transformative year.”
The Casting Society of America will honor director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)with its Career Achievement Award, casting director Bernard Telsey (Wicked)with the Hoyt Bowers Award, and writer-producers Michelle and Robert King (The Good Wife) with the New York Apple Award at the 31st Artios Awards gala on January 21, 2016.
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Lionsgate is taking a bigger bite out of unscripted with a strategic investment in prolific reality producer Pilgrim Studios (Ghost Hunters, Fast N’ Loud). “This deal creates tremendous synergies between our companies, including the benefits of our respective relationships in the industry and the strength of Lionsgate’s worldwide distribution infrastructure,” said Pilgrim founder and CEO Craig Piligian.
The path for Jerry Bruckheimer’s straight-to-series drama Harvest isn’t so clear anymore. Spike TV is not moving forward with the 10-parter set in the world of black market body parts trade, slated to premiere in 2016. Variety says problems included finding a showrunner and casting the lead role.
Work Married, about the relationship between a state senator and his chief of staff, is in development at ABC. Comedy comes from Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer) and Warner Bros. Television.
Waterman Entertainment has acquired animation house Film Roman (Alvin and the Chipmunks) from Starz Media. Film Roman will acquire, develop and produce original ideas for television, film and digital, as well as handle Waterman’s development slate.
Call for Submissions: Cynopsis is producing its annual Holiday Programming Guide, which comes out on November 23 and will be sent to all Cynopsis subscribers. If your network has holiday-themed programming airing from November 23 through December 31, please send your listings to Lynn@Cynopsis.com and JanetDiLauro@gmail.com no later than Monday November 17with the subject line: Holiday Guide. Please include the following information, listed by date: title of program, and the time each program will air on that date. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).
Three-part Nuremberg: Nazi Judgment Day takes viewers inside the minds of the senior Nazi leadership. Narration and dialogue-driven drama follows war criminals from capture to sentencing to their ultimate fates, starting Monday, November 16 at 10p on American Heroes Channel.
CBS Interfaith Special Marriage, Religion & Modern Life explores why more families are choosing to raise their children with an understanding of both Christian and Jewish traditions, how millennials perceive marriage, and why the debate around same-sex marriage went from unfavorable to favorable. Show airs Sunday, December 13 (check local listings).
Madoff, about Ponzi scheming con man Bernie, has been slated for Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, 4 at 8p on ABC. Richard Dreyfuss plays the disgraced investment advisor, while Blythe Danner is his wife, Ruth.
Disney Channel will premiere a new Mickey Mouse short, “Feliz Cumpleanos,” on Mickey’s 87th birthday, Wednesday, November 18 at 8p. The episode about a pinata boss determined to spoil Mickey’s party will air in Spanish.
Cooling your heels waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Fusion’s Stars Wars: A New Gaming Era premieres Saturday, November 14 at 8p. The half-hour special, broadcast from the new Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland, will be hosted by YouTube’s “JeromeASF.”
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge returns to CMT with a military-themed episode. America’s heroes will take on the obstacle course racing world Sunday, January 3 at 8p.
Oprah Winfrey talks to Shonda Rimes on OWN’s Supersoul Sunday on November 15 at 11a and 7p. Among other things, the Scandal hitmaker reveals how she dropped 100 pounds. Winfrey also has a sit-down with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that night at 8p, for Oprah’s Master Class.
Lifestyle Network, targeting Filipinos, debuts its first original music video, “Higher,” by island musician Koleh Kai. Video premieres November 14.
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NBCUniversal is combining its linear and digital advertising groups, with the digital teams joining NBCU’s Lifestyle, News, Hispanic, Entertainment and Sports divisions. And under the reorg, the solutions group is expanding into client partnerships, taking a bigger role working with marketers. “Clients are asking for more direct access to us as one portfolio,” said Linda Yaccarino, chairman, advertising sales and client partnerships at NBCU. The move is about strategy, not savings – layoffs aren’t involved.
National advertising last quarter was up 1.4 percent for broadcast and .8 percent for cable, according to MoffettNathanson Research, $140 million better than expected. The firm credited sports and live TV, plus price hikes due to make-good-induced tight inventory, with the growth. ABC saw the biggest boost in broadcast, up 5 percent, while Fear the Walking Dead-fueled AMC was up 40 percent. Scripps Networks Interactive saw a 5.2 percent rise, and Discovery Communications had a 4 percent lift.
MasterChef Junior is sharing a table with Olive Garden. From November 14-December 14, guests at the Italian restaurant chain can vote for their favorite appetizer developed in collaboration with the MasterChef Junior season two champ. Winner will be announced on the Fox cooking competition Friday, December 18. “Partnering with Olive Garden is a natural fit,” said Tamaya Petteway, SVP brand integrations and partnerships for Endemol Shine North America, “and allows us to bring another unique experience to MasterChef Junior fans.”
It’ll start looking a lot like Christmas on Nickelodeon Saturday, November 28, with the launch of holiday-themed premieres. First up: Henry Danger “Christmas Danger” at 8p, followed by Game Shakers “A Reggae Potato Christmas” at 8:30p. On Saturday, December 5 at 8p, hour-long Nickelodeon Ho-Ho Holiday Special features the casts of Nick shows.
Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” marches on with the premieres of I’m Not Ready for Christmas, starring Alicia Witt (Justified), on Saturday, November 14 at 8p and Christmas Incorporated, headed by Shenae Grimes-Beech (90210) the next night at 8p.
CBS’s coverage of the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include performances by Justin Bieber, in a show hosted by Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier and The Insider’s Keltie Knight. Let’s Make a Deal’s Wayne Brady is among the celebs dropping by to talk turkey.
Broadway at the White House, following arts students attending an all-day symposium on careers in the theater, airs on Thanksgiving at 8p. TLC special will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison (Glee), with special guest First Lady Michelle Obama.
Fuse also has big plans for turkey day. Or, as the net is calling it, Twerkey Day, with programming from 8a-8p that will “help keep calories at bay.” Entries include high octane movies like Feel the Noise, episodes of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce and music videos including Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle.” The next day, for #BlackFridayFun, Fuse is all about the money from 4p-12a, with a movie lineup with the likes of Belly and Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club.
Over at El Rey, the second annual “Way of the Turkey” Thanksgiving marathon of kung fu films runs from Thursday at 6a through Sunday, November 29 at 6a. Shannon Lee, daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and Dario Cueto (Lucha Underground) host select movies.
Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) will appear on ABC’s Quantico, playing a graduate of the FBI Academy who can “turn on the soap, sex and romance,” reports TVLine. Freshman drama airs Sundays at 10p.
Saturday Night Live alum Ana (schweddy balls) Gasteyer will play Principal McGee in Fox’s Grease Live. Musical airs Sunday, January 31.
HBO and Sky have extended their deal to include Germany, Italy and Austria. The pact had covered the UK and Ireland. Sky has exclusive rights for first-run HBO shows in the countries until 2020.
Per a new deal, Peace Point Rights will be exclusive distributor for Muse Distribution International’s extensive catalogue in Latin America featuring new television movies.“We are expecting robust growth in the LATAM market,” said Peace president Les Tomlin.
CBS Studios International and China’s leading online video streaming service, PPTV, struck an exclusive, multi-year licensing deal for the streaming rights to CBS and Showtime series for PPTV’s 400 million users in China. “This agreement forges a new relationship with PPTV and represents another opportunity to expand our licensing business and audience reach in an important and growing international territory,” said Armando Nunez, president and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group.
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Bolstered by Wednesday’s The Voice results special as lead-in, Law & Order: SVU drew 7.9 million viewers and a season high 2.0 rating among A18-49 on Wednesday. Fox’s Empire dipped to a season low, but still powerful, 11.1 million viewers and 4.2 in the demo.
Telemundo was the #1 Spanish-language network in prime time on Saturday, November 7, delivering 1.3 million total viewers, 637,000 A18-49 and 276,000 A18-34 from 7p-11p.
CBS’s Let’s Make a Deal 1 posted its largest weekly audience in eight months during the week ending November 8, averaging 3.28 million viewers. Let’s Make a Deal 2 delivered 3.74 million, its highest tally since March.
Daytime soap Days of Our Lives hit a 20-month high of 2.7 million viewers the week of November 2. Week to week, the show grew 10 percent in W18-49 (to .87) and 11 percent in W18-34 (to .52).
The week of November 2, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live beat CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in both total viewers and A18-49, for the first time since Colbert’s arrival. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made the biggest splash on Kimmel, delivering 3.12 million viewers, the show’s biggest Thursday audience in over eight months.
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of November 2, 2015
NBC: Tonight Show, 3.37 million total viewers and .91/5 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2.63 million total viewers and .60/3 A18-49
CBS: Late Show, 2.49 million total viewers and .57/3 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of November 2, 2015
ABC: GMA 5.09 million total viewers; 1.4/11 and 1.66 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.89 million total viewers; 1.5/13 and 1.83 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.61 million total viewers; 0.9/7 and 1.01 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX delivered the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 2.8/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice topped 8p with 2.4/8, followed by CBS’s Survivor and ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs, tied with 2.1/7. Fox jumped to the lead at 9p with 4.2/13 for Empire, versus a 2.3/7 average for ABC’s Modern Family and black-ish. NBC was back in first at 10 with 1.6/5 for Chicago PD; CBS was second with 1.2/4 for Code Black.
A18-49: FOX 2.8/9, NBC 2.0/6, ABC 1.8/6, CBS 1.6/5, UNI .9/3, CW .8/3, TELE .7/2, ION .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: November 11, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
The Voice 6.3/10, Law and Order: SVU 4.9/8, Chicago PD 4.4/8
Survivor 5.2/9, Criminal Minds 5.5/9, Code Black 4.5/8
Rosewood 3.3/6, Empire 6.7/11
The Middle 4.7/8, The Goldbergs 4.2/7, Modern Family 4.9/8, black-ish 3.6/6, Nashville 3.1/6
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.1/2
Arrow 1.4/2, Supernatural 1.1/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo El Mismo Cielo 1.0/2, Senora Acero 1.1/2
Law and Order 0.8/1, Law and Order 0.6/1, Law and Order 0.6/1
Branding and insights firm TruthCo. announced that COO Vernon Church will add the title of President, as founder and CEO Linda Ong focuses on key brands, public speaking and strategic opportunities. “I am thrilled to watch the company I have built from the ground up since 2000 grow into a media industry leader,” said Ong. “I’m excited to have Vernon take our core business to the next level.”
Dirk Hoogstra has been named Chief Creative Officer at Stephen David Entertainment. Hoogstra is former General Manager of History and H2.
Conde Nast Entertainment appointed Jonathan Koa as Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming. Koa had overseen comedy development at ABC.
Robert I. Brace was promoted to Chief Financial Officer for INSP. Previously, Brace served as Executive Vice President.
Carolann Dunn has been tapped to serve as Vice President of Sales for Peanuts Worldwide and Iconix Brand Group’s Entertainment Division. Most recently, Dunn ran her own licensing agency, Creative Properties.
Actor Nathanial Marston died November 11, from injuries he suffered in a car accident last month. He was 40. Best known to daytime fans for roles on One Live to Live and As the World Turns, Marston’s other credits include Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU and White Collar.
Friday Fun Fact: Fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia, or paraskavedekatriaphobia. This Day in History: 1927 – The Holland Tunnel, connecting NYC and New Jersey, opened to the public. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: After whom did The Nanny actress Rachel Chagall name her twins, born in 1999? Fran and Maxwell’s twins on the show, Eve and Jonah. Kudos to: Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Joe Norskov-Red Arrow Industries/Knoxville, TN, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Generate/Beverly Hills, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Cammie Buerry-Station Casinos/Las Vegas Today’s Trivia Question: Which series was focused on a floating casino that, at the show’s sponsor’s request, was transformed into a more respectable floating restaurant? (Email email@example.com 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 – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015
ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20 [r]
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Reign, America’s Next Top Model
FOX: MasterChef, World’s Funniest
NBC: Undateable, Truth Be Told, Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose, Live From Lincoln Center
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]
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