11/27/17: President Trump tussles with CNN International

President Trump made his cable news preference clear again in a Saturday tweet, saying Fox News “is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our nation to the world VERY poorly.” Fired back the news net, “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S. to the world. That’s yours. Our job is the report the news. #FactsFirst.”
Norm Eisen, White House ethics lawyer under President Obama, noted in a tweet of his own that the POTUS post “smacks of collusion,” coming as it did on the day Russian president Vladimir Putin ruled foreign media outlets working in Russia must be listed as foreign agents. Eisen also suggested the CNN dig could be used as an exhibit against Trump in the Department of Justice’s attempt to block AT&T’s merger with CNN owner Time Warner
Seth Meyers has been confirmed as host of the 75th Golden Globes Awards ceremony, airing January 7 on NBC. This isn’t new territory for Meyers, who hosted the 2014 Primetime Emmys, as well as the ESPYS in 2010 and the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner. Meyers shared even happier news on Friday’s Late Night, with his family as guests: he and his wife are expecting their second baby boy.
Jeff Glor will start as anchor of CBS Evening News on Monday, December 4. He takes over for interim anchor Anthony Mason, who replaced Scott Pelley, now full-time at 60 Minutes. Glor has been at CBS News for 10 years.
Someone was working on Thanksgiving. At close to midnight on Thursday, CBS Corp. released a statement saying the company had reached a multi-year agreement with Dish Network for carriage of CBS owned stations, Pop, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network. The deal, which CBS Corp. president, television networks distribution Ray Hopkins said achieved “short and long-term economic and strategic goals,” ended what had become a war of words and three-day blackout that affected customers in 26 states. According to the American Television Alliance, which represents cable and satellite TV providers, there have been 212 blackouts on pay-T systems this year, more than double the number in 2016.
Law & Order: SVU is prepping a shades-of-Harvey Weinstein episode, reports Entertainment Weekly. However, instead of a Hollywood setting, the NBC action will focus on the airline business. “It’s a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry, and we wanted to try to stretch the law to criminalize that sort of environment,” exec producer Michael Chernuchin told EW, adding that the show had been in the works before the Weinstein scandal erupted. “We were beating the story out and said, ‘Wow, this is exactly what the actresses go through’….So we got all of our Harvey stuff out with airline pilots.”
It appears there will be no shortage of material for similarly-themed episodes. LAPD police chief Charlie Beck told the LA Times there are 28 open sex crime cases under active investigation involving people in Hollywood and the media – and he expects “even more high profile sex crime reports in the coming months and week and months.” 37 additional sex crime reports have been filed in other jurisdictions.
Meanwhile, the journalism schools at Arizona State and University of Kansas rescinded awards given to Charlie Rose, who has been accused of sexual harassment during his tenure at PBS’s Charlie Rose and CBS This Morning. Rose, who apologized for inappropriate behavior, was cut loose from both shows.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe took heat on social media over the long weekend for a pre-taped show on Friday in which Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist talked about a turkey dinner that wouldn’t have happened yet (“Whoo! I’m stuffed,” said Brzezinski). “There was no intention to trick viewers,” an MSNBC exec told the Washington Post, which first reported on the episode. Scarborough tweeted his surprise that it wasn’t obvious to all that the hosts’ over-the-top remarks – like Brzezinski saying she’d forgotten to remove the bag of guts from the turkey, which was still “a little frozen” when she served it – were a joke. “We’ve been making fun of the practice for years,” said Scarborough.
HBO EVP of media and talent Nancy Lesser is suing the Television Academy and the city of LA over a spill she took at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Lesser, who claims that exits at the Microsoft Theater were inadequate, took an 8-month leave to recover from a fall that caused a fractured pelvis, among other injuries.
New technology offers networks and advertisers the chance to engage with fans in exciting – and promising – ways. “Fans are hungry for more content and more ways to experience their favorite shows and movies in a similar fashion to the way sports fan behave,” Autumn Nazarian, Mindshare North America’s SVP, Spotlight Lead, told Cynopis Digital. “As we know, some of these franchises, like Star Wars or Stephen King stories, span generations….If done authentically, brand-supported extensions and experiences of these creative properties can give fans another avenue for entering and enjoying the media multiverse, whether that’s in digital, TV, film, streaming, experiential activations, and beyond.”
Artificial Intelligence is one emerging technology that gives fans a new way to engage more deeply with content, but you’ll need to understand what it can do – and how to incorporate it into programming efforts – for maximum impact. Panelists from Mindshare North America, IBM Watson Advertising and Scripps Networks Interactive will be on hand with insights and case studies for the December 6 webinar, Using Artificial Intelligence to Capture & Captivate Audiences. You can register here.
For the first time, 2 celebrity finalists will join the Dancing With the Stars winter tour, “Dancing With the Stars: Live! – Light Up the Night.” Season 25 champ Jordan Fisher (Grease: Live!) and runner-up, actor Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), will hold onto their dancing shoes for the tour.

Call for judges: Submissions are in for the Cynopsis TV Awards, and they are impressive. Now we’re looking for industry experts to help judge categories spanning programming, writing, directing and more. If you have been in the industry for at least 5 years and are interested in lending your expertise to help salute the best of the best in TV today, please apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMH7L7B. Ceremony takes place February 6 in NYC.

The cast and crew of House of Cards was informed that  Media Rights Capital  is working with Netflix with the hope of resuming production on the sixth and final season “soon.” A letter from SVP of television business and legal affairs Pauline Micelli expressed appreciation for everyone’s patience, and said the crew will be paid for an additional 2-week hiatus ending December 8. MRC suspended series star Kevin Spacey over allegations of sexual harassment earlier this month, and Netflix said it wouldn’t work with Spacey – which means if and when Cards returns, the plot will be seriously reshuffled.
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Netflix and Dynamo (Narcos) are teaming for a Columbian original series written by Carlos Contreras (El Chapo), following a detective and her partner as they investigate a series of bizarre murders in the Amazon. 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 24-26, 2017
Coco (Buena Vista) $49.0 million, opening weekend
Justice League (Warner Bros.) $40.7 million (week 2), cume revenue $171.5 million
Wonder (Lionsgate) $22.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $69.4 million
Thor: Ragnarok (Buena Vista) $16.8 million (week 4), cume revenue $277.5 million
Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount) $13.3 million (week 3), cume revenue $72.7 million
Murder on the Orient Express (Fox) $13.0 million (week 3), cume revenue $74.2 million
The Star (Sony) $6.9 million (week 2), cume revenue $22.3 million
A Bad Moms Christmas (STX) $5.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $59.8 million
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (STX) $4.5 million (week 2), cume revenue $6.3 million
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) $4.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $7.6 million
Lady Bird (A24) $4.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $10.7 million
Source: comScore
Last week, YouTube terminated over 50 channels and yanked thousands of videos it considered predatory or not family-friendly. On the company’s blog, VP of product management Johanna Wright explained the move comes as the result of “a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but clearly is not.” Advertisers including Mars candy and Mondelez, maker of Oreos, had reportedly pulled advertising following complaints about unsuitable content.
Amazon’s livestream of the 2018 Rose Parade will be hosted by “parade legends” Cord Hosenback and Tish Cattigan, who looked an awful lot like Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon when they made the announcement. Funny or Die coverage streams on Amazon Prime Video on Monday, January 1 at 11a.
Netflix’s reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 landed a season 2 renewal. The show was revived last spring, 18 years after the conclusion of the original’s run.
Revivals like Fuller House, Will & Grace and Roseanne are back, or coming soon. What show would you most like to see return? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/.
1620 Media, the digital arm of Pilgrim Media Group, and Legendary Digital Network’s streaming platform Alpha, are teaming to launch scripted comedy Frequency Bandits on Wednesday, November 29. It’s 1620’s first dive into long-form.
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Audiences are Cray Cray for Coco
Families headed to the movies this Thanksgiving weekend (food baby in tow) to visit the Land of the Dead in Pixar’s Coco, delivering NCM a 14.2 A18-34 rating.
America’s Movie Network is serving up the Thanksgiving dinner of advertising. Our unbeatable original content, Millennial reach, and movie audience data are all great on their own, but we bring them together for an opportunity we know you’ll be thankful for.
Noovie. Always entertaining.
Sub-Saharan youth media brand TRACE acquired global streaming rights to Beauty World Search’s The Fashion Hero, starring Brooke Hogan.
all3media international signed its first drama deal with Chinese online platform iQIYI, for UK-produced series Rellik and The Miniaturist.
Banijay Rights sold 2 drama series to Viasat World for its new content platform, Epic Drama. The Restaurant and Versailles will join the launch of the channel and SVOD service.
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NBC ’s broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drew a strong12.5 household rating/27 share in Nielsen metered markets and a 7.0 among A18-49. That’s down 7% in households from last year, which was the net’s best since 2002. The National Dog Show earned 6.0 in households and 3.1 in the demo.
Bravo’s Don’t Be Tardy hit season highs among all key demos, including 787,00 among P18-49 (up +43% versus the week prior) and 908,000 among P25-54 (+40%). The season finale of The Real Housewives of Orange County earned 1.5 million P18-49 (up +8%) and 1.7 million P25-54 (up +9%).
Judge Judy (7.6 Live+SD, up 10% from the week before) had its strongest performance since last January the week ending November 12. At a new season high, Judy pulled 7% ahead of last year’s first place showing. Ellen DeGeneres (2.4, unchanged) snuck past Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3, down 4%) to take second place among talkers, after Dr. Phil (3.9, up 11%). Harry was up 25% among W25-54, hitting its highest ratings since May.
The season 3 bow of NBC’s Chicago Med delivered a 1.3 rating among A18-49, up from the 1.0 of timeslot predecessor Law & Order True Crime.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/6/17 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.6 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.7 AA 
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.4 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.9 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.6
Modern Family (2/T) 2.5 AA
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/6/17 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.1 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.8 AA 
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.3 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.3 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.2 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.1 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) .8AA
Inside Edition (CTD) .7AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) .7 AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) .7 AA
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, November 21 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 8.27 million
The Voice 9.29, This Is Us 9.29, Chicago Med 6.22
CBS: 9.79 million
NCIS 12.49, Bull 8.95, NCIS: New Orleans 7.93
ABC: 7.83 million
The Middle 6.03, Fresh Off the Boat 4.30, Dancing With the Stars 9.17
FOX: 2.91 million
Lethal Weapon 3.91, The Mick 2.16, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.67
CW: 1.83 million
The Flash 2.17, Legends of Tomorrow 1.49
TELEMUNDO .89 million
Cesar .59, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.08, Senora Acero 1.00
Tuesday A18-49: NBC 1.8/7, ABC 1.3/5, CBS 1.2/5, FOX .8/3, CW .7/3, TELE .5/2
Juan Ramon Gonzalo Carballal has been named Director General of Cuarzo Productions, a Banijay Group company, in Spain.  Carballal had been Director of Content since 2015.
Boat Rocker Media appointed Shannon Valliant to the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer. Valliant Media Business Unit of Rogers Communications for 5 years.
Film and TV actor Rance Howard died November 25. He was 89. Howard was best known to TV audiences for his role, with younger son Clint Howard, on Gentle Ben. Older son, director Ron Howard, shared the news of his passing via Twitter.
Director Peter Baldwin died November 19. He was 86. Baldwin’s credits include numerous classic sitcoms like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Andy Griffith Show and The Partridge Family; he won an Emmy for The Wonder Years.
This Day in History: 1973 – The Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, following the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom parents got arrested at an anti-nuke rally on Thanksgiving? Steven and Elyse Keaton on Family Ties (1982-1989). Kudos to: Frank Piantini-CNBC/Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Steven Piluso-Media Storm/NYC, Pete Gautieri-A+E Networks/NYC, Jeannette Sarpola-Comedy Central/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, John Kukla-KDGW/Dallas, Todd Galloway-Raycom Media/Montgomery, AL, Lisa Nordstrom-Compass Point Media/Minneapolis, Jim Katz-The Carney Awards/LA, Arthur Reinstein-Corus Entertainment/Toronto, Keith Marchesi-Dish/Englewood, CO, Greg Stewart/LA, Patti Rodriguez-Sinclair Broadcast Group/Colorado Springs, Jeff Macedo-California State Senate/Sacramento, Loren Tarquini-Sea Bass Productions/LA
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Answer to Our Last Anagram:  Renter Pegs Crafts = Perfect Strangers. Kudos to: Jim Bono-Crown Media Family Networks/NYC, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
TV Doctor Anagram (character name): Last Plow Handled (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.) 
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ABC: CMA Country Christmas, The Good Doctor   
CBS: Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, Superior Donuts, 9JKL , Scorpion  
CW: Supergirl, Arrow
FOX: Lucifer [r], The Gifted [r]
NBC: The Voice, A Very Pentatonix Christmas
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Food Flirts [r], Food Flirts [r], Independent Lens [r]
TELEMUNDO: Milagro de Navidad [p], Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote  
UNIVISION: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tantacion

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