11/17/14: Alternative EVP Lisa Berger exiting ABC; there’s hope for The McCarthys, but The Millers are out at CBS; prolific TV creator Glen A. Larson dies at 77




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Good morning. It’s Monday, November 17, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
IFC: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at 8p
NBC: State of Affairs at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Discovery Family: Survival of the Weirdest at 8p
Food: Hungry Games at 8p

Prolific writer/producer Glen A. Larson died November 14 of esophageal cancer. He was 77. The Emmy nominee’s string of hits include such memorable shows as It Takes a Thief, McCloud, Magnum, P.I., Knight Rider and Quincy, M.E.


Lisa Berger is exiting as ABC EVP alternative series, specials and late night after a year on the job. Said Berger, former president of entertainment at E!, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to run alternative at ABC, but in the end we found our creative sensibilities weren’t aligned.”

Tale of two families: CBS canceled sophomore comedy The Millers. Moved to Mondays this season, the series drew a 1.5 rating among A18-49 last week. On the flip side, the net gave a vote of confidence to The McCarthys with an order for two more scripts; the newcomer drew 1.4 in the demo for its third outing on Thursday. Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) guests on McCarthys’ Christmas episode Thursday, December 18 at 9:30p.

Fox ordered six more episodes of The Mindy Project, for a total of 21. While the comedy delivered a modest 1.1 among A18-49 on Tuesday, it’s almost doubled its Live+SD numbers in 30-day multiplatform play.

Bill Cosby’s scheduled Wednesday appearance on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman was canceled in the wake of revived allegations of sexual assault. Regis Philbin will replace Cosby on the late night talker, which had no comment on the switch. Cosby’s not talking, either. “The fact that [decade-old allegations] are being repeated does not make them true,” said an attorney for Cosby, adding the comedian “does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank his fans for the outpouring of support.” A canceled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show on October 30 was described as a postponement requested by Cosby, who has a comedy in the early stages of development at NBC (no comment from the net) and a special, Bill Cosby 77, slated to stream on Netflix on Thanksgiving.

As it continued its protracted carriage negotiations with Dish, CBS put up a web site Friday warning the satellite company’s customers it could go dark in network-owned stations in cities including New York, LA and Chicago if an agreement isn’t reached by the current deal’s expiration on November 20. The site notes the programs subscribers would miss, gives contact info for Dish and lists other providers. Responded Dish, “Only CBS can force a blackout of its channels….We are unsure why CBS decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process.” Who do you think should prevail? Vote in our poll.

The View alum Sherri Shepherd will make an appearance on the ABC daytimer’s rival, CBS’s The Talk, on Monday, December 1. Shepherd surprised former View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck last week on Fox and Friends, following Hasselbeck’s return to the show after surgery for a tumor in her abdomen.

SAG-AFTRA has reached an agreement with the major nets on a new Network Television Code. “We’ve made significant gains in important areas, including wage increases and improvements in streaming residual rates,” said union president Ken Howard of the deal. Next step: board approval.

BabyFirst net and the National Hispanic Media Coalition have launched "Rising Creators Project," a Latino-themed programming competition. Winner’s show will run on BabyFirst for two years.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 14-16, 2014
Dumb and Dumber To (Universal) $38.05 million, opening weekend
Big Hero 6 (Disney) $36.01 million, cume revenue $111.7 million
Interstellar (20th Century Fox) $29.2 million, cume revenue $97.8 million
Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media) $6.5 million, opening weekend
Gone Girl  (20th Century Fox) $4.6 million, cume revenue $152.7
St. Vincent (The Weinstein Company) $4.0 million, cume revenue $33.3 million
Fury (Sony) $3.8 million, cume revenue $75.9 million
Nightcrawler (Open Road) $3.0, cume revenue $25.0 million
Ouija (Universal) $3.0 million, cume revenue $48.1 million
Bird Man (Fox Searchlight) $2.5 million, cume revenue $11.6 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


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Aaron Kaplan and Tracy Katsky secured the rights to bestseller Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, to adapt as a cable drama. Set in LA in the Roaring Twenties, story focuses on the murder of William Desmond Taylor, president of the Motion Pictures Directors Association.


The autopsy of a 40,000-year-old creature (dubbed Buttercup) found in remarkably good condition in Siberia is the focus of Smithsonian Channel’s How to Clone a Woolly Mammoth. 
“Actually coming face-to-face with a mammoth in the flesh, and being up to my elbows in slippery, wet, and – frankly – rather smelly mammoth liver, counts as one of the most incredible experiences of my life,” said paleontologist Dr. Tori Herridge. “It’s up there with my wedding day.” One-hour special premieres Saturday, November 29 at 8p.

Al Jazeera America’s five-part Real Money with Ali Velshi explores how tensions between Russia and the West are about money as well as politics. Report airs tonight through Friday, November 20 at 7p.

Charli XCX, One Direction and Meghan Trainor join the lineup for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Fergie returns for the ninth year to host the Billboard Hollywood Party and Jenny McCarthy’s back to cover Times Square. Taylor Swift headlines the celebration Wednesday, December 31 beginning at 8p on ABC.

Some of the most memorable arias and duets from the past eight seasons are featured in Encore! Great Performances at the Met. Special hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt airs Thursday, December 11 at 8:30p.

To Catch a Comet, a documentary chronicling the ten-year journey of the European Spacecraft Agency’s Rosetta as it chased down and landed on a comet, premieres Wednesday, November 19 at 10p. The show is part of PBS’ “Think Wednesday” programming.


Walmart is once again sponsoring Wheel of Fortune’s “Secret Santa Sweepstakes,” and this year Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will be big winners, too, with a minimum of $300,000 donated during the course of the event. During “Walmart Family Week” (December 8-12) and “Secret Santa” shows (December 15-19), members of the game show’s loyalty program are assigned an ID number that give them a chance to win the same prize as in-studio contestants.

Find out who was named best of the best in online video content and advertising at the Cynopsis Model D Awards, held Friday in NYC. Details here.


Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) landed in Showtime comedy Happyish, starring Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Kathryn Hahn (We’re the Millers).

Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) will co-star in TNT’s Untitled Miami Project, from Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Drama focuses on the Florida drug trade, circa 1970s.

Samantha Mathis (The Good Wife) has joined the cast of FX thriller The Strain. Mathis will play a city councilwoman for Staten Island.

Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan is getting Revenge. As FX’s biker drama winds up its run Tuesdays at 10p, Flanagan is hopping over to the ABC sudser in a major recurring role as a dangerous psychopath, reports TVLine. He’ll first appear in the show’s midseason premiere in early 2015.


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CBS’s Mom hit a series-high rating in A18-49 (2.6/8) on Thursday and delivered its second-largest audience ever (11.06 million). The net’s Elementary and NBC’s Parenthood hit series lows of 1.0/3 at 10p.

Not every live broadcast is a ratings winner. Friday’s inaugural telecast of the Hollywood Film Awards gave CBS a .5/2 among A18-49 and 3.7 total viewers, according to early Nielsens, versus 1.2/4 and 8.81 million last week.

Telemundo promoted upcoming Duenos del Paraiso (Masters of Paradise) with a multi-platform campaign in partnership with Facebook that offered an exclusive first-look preview of the series. In less than 48 hours, reports the net, the video generated over half a million views and reached over 3 million fans. 

Woody Harrelson-hosted Saturday Night Live delivered a 4.1 household rating and a 2.3 among A18-49 in metered markets, down from the last original ep with host Chris Rock (4.9 and 2.4), but up from the season premiere’s 4.0/2.1.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: ABC scored the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 2.8/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS averaged  3.6/12 for Big Bang Theory and Mom to win 8p, followed by 2.4/7 for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. ABC’s Scandal took first at 9p with 3.2/10, versus a 1.8/5 average for CBS’s Two and a Half Men and The McCarthys. ABC topped 10p with 2.9/9 for How to Get Away with Murder; Telemundo’s Senora Acero was second with 1.1/3.

A18-49: ABC 2.8/9, CBS 2.1/6, UNI 1.2/4, NBC 1.0/3, FOX 1.0/3, TELE .7/2, CW .6/2, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, November 13, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 6.2/10
Big Bang Theory 9.9/16, Mom 6.7/11, Two and a Half Men 5.5/9, The McCarthys 4.0/6, Elementary 4.1/7
ABC: 5.9/10
Grey’s Anatomy 5.6/9, Scandal 6.7/11, How to Get Away with Murder 6.2/11
FOX: 2.7/4
Bones 3.3/5, Gracepoint 2.2/3
NBC: 2.5/4
Biggest Loser 2.9/5, Bad Judge 2.4/4, A to Z 1.6/3, Parenthood 2.5/4
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 1.9/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.8/3, Malquerida 1.2/2
CW: 1.0/2
Vampire Diaries 1.1/2, Reign .8/1
ION: .9/2
Blue Bloods .9/1, Blue Bloods 1.0/2, Blue Bloods .9/2
TELE: .8/1
Reina de Corazones .7/1, Los Miserables .7/1, Senora Acero 1.1/2


Havas, Worldwide named Sami Viitamaki as Executive Director of Digital. Most recently, Viitamaki was Partner and Executive Digital Director at TBWA in Helsinki.


Casting director Cathy Henderson-Martin died November 12 after a long battle with cancer. She was 66. Henderson-Martin, nominated for three Artios Awards, cast series including Charlie’s Angels, CHiPs and MacGyver.

Reality show vet and entertainment reporter Diem Brown died of cancer November 14. She was 32. Brown, who got her TV start on MTV’s The Challenge series, founded MedGift.com, a registry to help people suffering medical issues.


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ABC: Dancing with the Stars, Castle
CBS: 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles
CW: The Originals, Jane the Virgin
FOX: Gotham, Sleepy Hollow
NBC: The Voice, State of Affairs [
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
Telemundo: Reina de Corazones, Los Miserables, Senora Acero
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, La Malquerida

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