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Amazon struck a multi-season deal to acquire global television rights to The Lord of the Rings. The TV version will tell stories set before J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Fellowship of the Ring, and include a potential spin-off series. Original series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkein Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.
As it continues its deep dive into true crime, Oxygen set 4 new series in development: Up and Vanished, based on the podcast by the same name from Payne Lindsey; Buzzfeed: Behind the Crime, following true-crime devotee Kelsey Darragh; License to Kill, with Dr. Terry Dubrow (Botched) examining cases of doctors who have gone over the edge; and Unhinged, hosted by journalist Troy Roberts and reporter Stephanie Bauer.
Nickelodeon ordered live-action series Star Falls, focused on a teen who convinces a movie star to live in her house while he films a movie, from Breakthrough Entertainment. The kids net also renewed freshman hit I Am Frankie for a second season.
Stand-up comedy series Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks debuts on truTV Wednesday, January 3 at 11p, remixing routines into live action recreations of jokes being told. DJ and comedian Cipha Sounds hosts the show, which was launched as part of the net’s short form comedy series Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack.
Pop’s Schitt’s Creek is back for season 4 on Wednesday, January 24 at 8p, followed by the premiere of scripted comedy Let’s Get Physical at 8:30p. Physical focuses on a middle-aged slacker who makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, the “Godfather of aerobics,” unexpectedly passes away.
E! drama The Arrangement starts its sophomore season on Sunday, March 11 at 9p.
Hallmark rescue pets Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat cozy up to the fire for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ annual A Happy Yule Log, starting Wednesday, November 22 at 5p and running through Thanksgiving Day.
Collaborations for the 2017 American Music Awards, airing Sunday, November 19 at 8p on ABC, include Alessia Cara and Zedd, as well as Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and watt. Bebe Rexha will combine with Florida Georgia Line for an encore performance for Xfinity TV customers, which will be available following the show on Xfinity On Demand. 
HDNET Movies is airing a “Kung Fu Krazy” block of martial arts movies on Sunday, November 19 starting at 3:30p. First up: 1989’s Best of the Best.
Rock doc The Us Festival 1982: The Us Generation Documentary includes performances by Tom Petty, The Police, Fleetwood Mac and more on AXS TV Tuesday, November 28 at 10p.
National Geographic’s Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron debuts Sunday, November 26 at 9p, with experts offering new revelations about the sinking ship. One-hour doc marks the 20th anniversary of Cameron’s blockbuster film.
ESPN has launched a new SportsCenter show on Snapchat. Airing at 5a and 5p on weekdays, and 5a on weekends, it’s the first daily sports show on the platform, and will include 3-5 minutes of sports news, highlights and commentary. 
New original comedy series How to Spot is now available on Facebook Watch. Narrated wildlife show parody from Big Breakfast examines species such as the “North American Nontrepreneur” and the “Red-Speckled Wine Mom.”
56% of OTT co-viewers talk about brands and products they see while watching TV, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s report, “The OTT Co-Viewing Experience: 2017.” Among brand-related tasks are chatting on social media about brands, conducting searches and making purchases online. Co-viewers skew younger (18-34), Hispanic and are more likely to be cord-cutters/nevers, and OTT co-viewers spend more than double the amount of time watching ad-supported content than they do on ad-free subscription services, says the survey.
The IAB also released a guide, “Vertical Video Advertising Best Practices,” that noted a growing trend in mobile behavior: the consumption, creation, sharing and discovery of video vertically. Noting that a recent study from analytics firm MOVR found 90% of smartphones are being used in portrait orientation, as well as studies that show vertical ads can generate higher engagement rates, marketers would do well to create video with vertical in mind, advised the IAB.
No medium has the same impact and influence as television, according to a new series of reports from the Video Advertising Bureau. Of note: revenues in the home improvement sector nearly tripled 8 years after “home” TV shows began airing; the advent of celebrity chefs has led to increased sales at restaurants and of cookware and books; and 20% of global travelers say they have visited a food destination because they saw it on a TV show.
In an email to employees, Keurig CEO Bob Gambgort expressed regret for a weekend tweet that led to #BoycottKeurig. In it, the coffee company said was pausing its advertising on Fox NewsHannity after host Sean Hannity called one of Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged encounters with a minor “consensual.” Right-wing backlash ensued, and Gambgort apologized for a message that “gave the appearance of ‘taking sides’ in an emotionally charged debate that escalated on Twitter and beyond.” (Responded Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee, “you don’t have to apologize for ‘taking sides’ when one side is pro-pedophilia.”) Realtor.com, vitamin company Nature’s Bounty, DNA testing service 23andMe and fashion label Eloquii also said they were no longer advertising on Hannity.  
Cannes Lions owner Ascnetial has responded to ad industry pressure with a streamlining of the festival that significantly cuts costs – including shortening it from 8 to 5 days (Monday-Friday, June 18-22), and the removal of 120 award subcategories. The moves got a thumbs up from Publicis Groupe, which is sitting out the 2018 festival but announced it will return in 2019.
Team Coco’s Comedy Club, the first animated Show on Snapchat, premiered Sunday. The series features comedic talent surfaced by Conan’sTeam Coco and combines live action and animation of stand-up routines along with personal stories.  Developed and produced specifically for the mobile platform and its young audience, the series extends TBS and Team Coco with fans beyond linear TV. New shows premiere from 6a on Sundays through Tuesdays at 6a. 
Olympusat, Inc., specializing in the ownership, distribution, production and technical services of Spanish and English-language networks, has added Zoomin.TV to VEMOX, the company’s OTT TV Everywhere solution.
Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray’s Extra Innings debuts on Facebook Watch on Monday, November 20. The 10-episode series follows the Murray brothers as they visit minor league baseball teams across the country. It’s “a little something to fill a baseball fan’s off-season hole in the heart,” said Bill Murray.
National Geographic, in a partnership with 360i, has released “Bravo Tango Brain Training,” the first voice activated meditation app designed for veterans. The meditation app is available for free on smartphones via the Google Assistant app and Google Home Devices.
Starting November 20, A+E Networks will treat fans to a 50% holiday discount on direct-to-consumer SVOD services Lifetime Movie Club and History Vault. For the weeks of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consumers will receive 3 months free for a 6-month gift package and 6 months free for an annual gift package.
Amazon is considering a free, ad-supported companion to its Prime service, reports AdAge. One plan would have content creators getting their own channels, and receiving a share in ad revenue in exchange for a certain amount of content per week.
Sundance Now gave a straight-to-series order for dramedy This Close, exploring the relationship of best friends, one of whom is newly engaged while the other wants to leave his fiancee. Ensemble cast includes Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Zach Gilford (Kingdom) and Colt Prattes (Dirty Dancing), along with Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God) in a recurring guest role.
Ride TV has struck an affiliation agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative, making the network devoted to equine sports and lifestyle available to all NCTC member operators.
Canada’s Kew Media Group has acquired Toronto-based Sienne Films, known for scripted series like Cardinal and Ransom.
Pan-African satellite TV network Kwese inked an exclusive broadcast deal for TV One content. The 3-year partnership included over 25 titles and series.
HBO launched stand-alone streaming service HBO Go in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. In addition to HBO content like Game of Thrones and Westworld, the service, available via connected devices, offers third-party programming like Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Showtime’s Billions.
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With a 3.7 million Live+7 lift, the series premiere of CBS’s S.W.A.T. increased to 10.52 million viewers, the time period’s biggest lift since January 2016.
BBC One’s Howards End premiered to 6.8 million viewers on Sunday, versus an average 5 million viewers in the 9p timeslot. The series is expected to debut in the U.S. on Starz in early next year.
After holding steady at 1.2/5 in Live+3 ratings for 3 consecutive weeks, Fox’s Lucifer rose to 1.4/5, +40% versus Live+SD, for its highest-rated telecast since its season premiere.
ABC’s The Toy Box on Sunday grew 25% week to week among A18-49, to a season high .5/2. At 8p, America’s Funniest Home Videos rose 11% in the demo, for a season high 1.0/3.
Top 13 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of October 23, 2017
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
This Is Us (NBC) 2.8/5.0/2.2
The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.8/3.8/2.0
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.8/4.4/1.6
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.8/3.3/1.5
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.8/3.3/1.5
Modern Family (ABC) 1.7/3.0/1.3
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) .9/2.0/1.1
The Gifted (Fox) 1.0/2.1/1.1
The Orville (Fox) 1.2/2.3/1.1
Designated Survivor (ABC) .7/
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.0/2.0/1.0
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.1/2.1/1.0
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/2.2/1.0
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only)
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top 10 U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of November 6, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros.) 17026, 150, 114, 153097
E! News (E!) 5826, 755, 8, 31282
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 5504, 90, 61, 30625
Riverdale (CW) 3532, 75, 47, 4525
Good Morning America (ABC) 2030, 746, 3, 12218
The Walking Dead (AMC) 1696, 69, 25, 49830
Today Show (NBC) 1684, 570, 3, 12268
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1333, 139, 10, 13375
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 1309, 91, 14, 9211
The Flash (CW) 1236, 49, 25, 11216
Source: Shareablee. Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets).
Live + Same Day Household Viewers (millions): Friday, November 10, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 8.80 million
MacGyver 7.27, Hawaii Five-o 9.21, Blue Bloods 9.94
NBC: 4.56 million
Blindspot 3.38, Dateline 5.16 million
FOX: 2.19 million
Hell’s Kitchen 3.11, The Exorcist 1.27
ABC: 2.16 million
Once Upon a Time 2.37, Inhumans 1.95, 20/20 2.17
TELEMUNDO: 1.14 million
El Cesar .61, Sin Senos si Hay Paraiso 1.02, Senora Acero 4: Coyote .87
UNIVISION: .83 million
Rosa de Guadelupe 1.09, Mi Marido tie Familia 1.17, Caer en Tentacion 1.00
CW: 650,000
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .66, Jane the Virgin .65

Friday A18-49:
CBS 1.0/5, NBC .8/3, FOX .6/3, ABC .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .5/2, CW .3/1
Source: Nielsen
Michael Wright was named President of EPIX, effective December 4. Previously, Wright was CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.
Australian content producer Essential Media and Entertainment appointed Kate Brady as Commercial Director. Brady joins the company from Network Ten, where she held the role of Network Business Affairs Manager.
TiVo named Enrique Rodriguez as President and CEO. Most recently, Rodriguez was EVP and Chief Technical Officer of AT&T’s Entertainment Group.
Dwayne Raupp has joined Huge Detroit as Executive Content Director. Raupp joins Huge from GTB, where he was Global Senior Vice President of the Invention Design Studio.
Roy Restivo was named Senior Vice President, Sales Strategy & Research, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. Restivo has been with the company for over 16 years.
Troika appointed Damon Haley as Head of Sports Marketing. Previously, Haley spent 5 years at Nike as a global brand consultant.

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Long-time Talk Show Host Anagram: A Godlike Sum (Email trivia@cynopsis.com; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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ABC: The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, black-ish, The Mayor, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
CBS: NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX: Lethal Weapon, The Mick, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
NBC: The Voice, This Is Us, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders [f]
PBS: Finding Your Roots, The Vietnam War [r]
Telemundo: El Cesar, Sin Senos si Hay Paraiso, Senora Acero 4:La Coyote
Univision:  La Rosa de Guadelupe, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tentacion


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