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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Starz is adding 4 original docu-series to its slate, giving green lights to Wrong Man, delving into the convictions of people who proclaim their innocence; Warriors of Liberty City, focused on a crime-ridden neighborhood that is arguably the NFL’s largest football factory; anthology series In Fashion; and The Field, telling the stories of the hustle of cities’ iconic artists.
ABC ordered 3 more episodes of freshman dramedy Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, which in its last outing drew 1.9 million viewers and .7 among A18-49, and 3 more scripts for new comedy The Mayor, which last week delivered 2.6 million viewers and .7 in the demo. Both series come from ABC Studios.
truTV ordered an additional 10 episodes of live late night series The Chris Gethard Show, which will premiere in spring 2018. The series, which launched on a public access channel in 2011, then spent 2 seasons on Fusion, made its truTV debut in August.
Netflix greenlit a series, Huge in France, and a stand-up special from French comedy star Gad Elmalah. The streamer also picked up UK’s Channel 4 4-part doc Trump: An American Dream.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 10-12, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (Buena Vista) $56.6 million (week 2), cume revenue $211.6 million
Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount) $30.0 million, opening weekend
Murder on the Orient Express (Fox) $28.2 million, opening weekend
A Bad Moms Christmas (STX) $11.5 million (week 2), cume revenue $39.9 million
Jigsaw (Lionsgate) $3.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $34.3 million
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) $2.1 million (week 4), cume revenue $45.9 million
Geostorm (Warner Bros.) $1.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $31.6 million
Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros.) $1.4 million (week 6), cume revenue $88.0 million
Happy Death Day (Universal) $1.3 million (week 5), cume revenue $55.0 million
Lady Bird (A24) $1.2 million (week 2), cume revenue $1.8 million
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Murder on the Orient Express and Daddy’s Home 2 conspired with Thor: Ragnarok to execute a huge weekend at the box office, delivering NCM a 9.3 A18-34 rating.
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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS & FALLOUT
Louis C.K. admitted on Friday that the accusations of sexual misconduct against him are true. “The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else,” said the comedian in a lengthy statement. “And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them….I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.” FX Networks and FX Productions announced they have ended their association with Louis C.K. and his production house, Pig Newton. “He will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him – Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi and The Cops,” said the company, adding that while as far as they know, his behavior on FX projects has been professional, “Now is not the time for him to make television shows.”
Also cutting ties with Louis C.K. were Netflix, which canceled plans for a stand-up special; HBO, which dropped him from its A Night of Too Many Stars special; and TBS, which suspended production on animated series The Cops.
Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended from Warner Bros. Television over allegations of sexual harassment, as the studio conducts an internal investigation of misconduct. Kreisberg is co-creator/EP of CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow; at least 2 women have registered complaints.
In the wake of rape allegations against Ed Westwick, the BBC canceled holiday special Ordeal by Innocence. “These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied,” said the network. “The BBC is not making any judgment but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules.” As for Westwick’s appearance in the series White Gold, reported the BBC, “Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations.”
So far, the response to allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry has been to sever ties with accused offenders. Do you agree that’s the right response in all cases? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/. (In our last poll, 70% of respondents thought House of Cards should continue without disgraced star/exec producer Kevin Spacey.)
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Real America with Jorge Ramos debuts on Fusion on Tuesday, November 21 at 10p. The first episode of the 5-part interview series focuses on actor/comedian John Leguizamo and Governor John Kasich, among others.
Real-time investigative series Final Appeal, exploring the truth behind controversial cases, premieres on Oxygen Sunday, January 7 at 7p.
Smithsonian Channel’s Survival in the Skies tells the stories behind space and aviation technology, like the invention of the parachute and the development of space suits. Four-parter takes off Tuesday, November 28 at 9p.
Lucha libre wrestling series Lucha Underground will make it to season 4 on El Rey Network. Production begins in LA in early 2018.
Imagine Dragons and Khalid will collaborate for the first time onstage at the 2017 American Music Awards, airing Sunday, November 19 at 8p on ABC. One Direction alum Niall Horan is also set to perform.
Here’s a little something for the holidays: Food Network special Teeny Tiny Christmas follows a couple who make an entire Christmas meal with miniature food – ham included.
Hour-long special Gwen Stefani’s You Make Me Feel Like Christmas premieres on NBC Tuesday, December 12 at 9p. The sometime The Voice coach will be joined by The Voice’s Blake Shelton for a duet of “You Make Me Feel Like Christmas” (awwww) from Stefani’s new album.
VIDEOS IN SHORT
HGTV is going multiplatform to support Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House, premiering Wednesday, November 22 at 9p. On Wednesday, November 15, HGTV’s Facebook and Instagram pages will feature the first installment of 11-episode digital series, Wedding Crafts with Linda, starring the bride-to-be.
ADVERTISING & BRANDS
Ad tech company Rubicon Project is gunning for new business by eliminating “buy” side transaction fees for its advertising platform. Advertisers will be able to transact private marketplace deals without logging in to Rubicon’s media-buying platform. Rubicon Project saw revenue slide to $35.2 in 3Q17 from $65.8 the year prior.
Beauty World Search struck format option deals to remake series The Fashion Hero in 10 new territories. CEE’s Paprika Studios acquired the rights for the series in Romania, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria, while Litopos Producionnes landed the rights to remake the show in Mexico and Columbia.
UK’s ITV is shuttering its pay-TV channel Encore, but maintaining the brand as a VOD service. Once exclusive to Sky, Encore will now be offered to other pay-TV platforms. “Our great dramas will continue to be available to Sky viewers, but this also gives ITV the opportunity to take Encore on to other platforms, as we continue to develop our pay and distribution business to drive value from our content,” said an ITV spokesperson.
Vincent Ventresca (The Invisible Man) will recur on season 5B of Freeform’s The Fosters as an absentee dad….Dena Tyler( Bull) landed a recurring role on season 3 of Hulu’s The Path.
DISTRIBUTION & CARRIAGE
FuboTV entered into a multi-year agreement with NESN (New England Sports Network), regional home of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. fuboTV will launch NESN to subscribers of “Fubo Premier,” its base package of 65-plus live streaming TV channels.
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In Cynopsis’ latest webinar: Solving the Digital Ad Measurement Challenge
, George Ivie, CEO & Executive Director for Media Rating Council, will moderate the discussion with speakers including Bill Tucker, EVP for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA); and Louis Jones, EVP, Media & Data Practice for the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4 A’s). Join us on Monday, November 13th from 12:30 to 2pm ET.
The 300th episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday rose 9% versus the week prior in total viewers, to 8.1 million, its most-watched telecast in 9 months. Among A18-49, the show had a 6% boost, to 1.9/7.
CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 (9.1 million) and MacGyver (7.3 million) hit season highs in total viewers on Friday. ABC’s Marvel’s Inhumans ended its 8-episode season with 1.96 million total viewers and .5 among A18-49.
The Sunday, November 15 season premiere of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta delivered 1.8 million P18-49, 2 million P25-54 and 3.3 million total viewers in Live+3 ratings. The series bow of Xscape: Still Kickin It reached 1.1 million P18-49, 1.2 million P25-54 and 2 million total viewers, making it the network’s best new series premiere in almost two years.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, November 9, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 9.07 million
Big Bang Theory 13.58, Young Sheldon 12.31, Mom 8.79, Life in Pieces 6.58, SWAT 6.58
FOX: 3.17 million
Gotham 2.69, The Orville 3.66
NBC: 8.69 million
Football Night in America 7.91, Thursday Night Football 8.84
ABC: 5.62 million
Grey’s Anatomy 8.13, Scandal 5.00, How to Get Away with Murder 3.73
CW: 1.53 million
Supernatural 1.74, Arrow 1.33
TELEMUNDO .92 million
Cesar .70, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.14, Senora Acero .93
UNIVISION: 1.15 million
Rosa de Guadelupe 1.19, Mi Marido tie Familia 1.24, Caer en Tentacion .99
Thursday A18-49: NBC 2.4/8, CBS 1.6/6, ABC 1.3/5, FOX 1.0/4, TELE .6/2, UNI .6/2, CW .5/2
Marc Lieberman was promoted to studio president of digital-first entertainment company Above Average, where he will oversee creative development and production of original programming, as well as content distribution deals. Lieberman had been SVP Business Development and Production.
Actor John Hillerman died November 9. He was 84. Hillerman was best known to TV audiences for his Emmy-winning role as Jonathan Higgins on Magnum, P.I.
This Day in History: 1997 – The Lion King opened on Broadway.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Whose urine sample did Nora steal on The Naked Truth (1995-1998) for a pregnancy test? Anna Nicole Smith’s. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Holly Hearn-H2 Concierge Marketing/Sarasota, FL, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Maketing Inc./NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westbert-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Lorie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL
Today’s Trivia Question: Which series’ pilot, part of an anthology series, was called “Love and the Television Set”? (Email email@example.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Answer to Friday’s Switcheroo: Patricia Heaton played Jill Taylor on Home Improvement and Andy Campbell on Strong Medicine. Kudos to: Tara Berman-NBCUniversal/Englewood Cliffs, NJ
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY NOVEMBER 13
ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor
CBS: Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan [p], Superior Donuts, 9JKL, Scorpion
CW: Supergirl, Valor
FOX: Lucifer, The Gifted
NBC: The Voice, The Brave
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], POV
TELEMUNDO: El Cesar, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
UNIVISION: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tantacion