12/03/18: AMC renews Preacher for season four

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IN THE NEWS
 
AMC renewed Preacher for season four. The drama, from Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, begins production in Australia in early 2019. Preacher is a show unlike any other on television,” said David Madden, President, Programming, Entertainment Networks, AMC Networks. “A passionate base of fans found their way to Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy and have followed along with their adventures, at times indescribable adventures.”
 

Not making it to season four is Netflix’s Daredevil, canceled after three seasons. “Although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note,” said the streamer. Disney-owned Marvel assured disappointed fans they haven’t seen the last Daredevil, saying, “We look forward to more adventures with the Man Without Fear in the Future.” It’s a trend – Netflix axed Marvel’s Iron Fist and Luke Cage in October.

Three months after Tribune Media’s $3.9 billion deal to sell itself to Sinclair Broadcast Group fell apart, Nexstar Media Group has reached an agreement to acquire Tribune for $4.1 billion, according to Reuters. Nextstar’s all-cash bid reportedly beat one from private equity firm Apollo Global Management. If the deal goes through, it would make Nexstar the number one local TV station owner in the US.
 

NBC picked up two more episodes each from Wednesday night block shows Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, bringing season orders for all three to 22 episodes.

 
In a lengthy Facebook post, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson addressed three allegations of sexual misconduct. “These accusations have received a fair amount of press in the past forty-eight hours, unaccompanied by my reactions,” he wrote. “In many cases, it’s not the media’s fault. I declined comment on the grounds that serious accusations should not be adjudicated in the press. But clearly I cannot continue to stay silent.” After recounting his side of the stories, the Cosmos and StarTalk host said he welcomes the investigation Nat Geo and Fox announced on Friday.
 
A blackout on Dish Network was brief for Tegna stations on Saturday. The companies reached a multi-year carriage deal within hours, restoring station signals.
 
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Stephen Schiff (The Americans) will serve as exec producer and showrunner for the upcoming prequel to Rogue One, one of streamer Disney+’s two Star Wars-themed series, reports Deadline. The Lucasfilm project, starring Rogue One’s Diego Luna, is slated to start production next year.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 30-December 2 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Buena Vista) $25.8 million (week 2), cume revenue $119.3 million
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal) $17.7 million (week 4), cume revenue $203.5 million
Creed II (MGM) $16.8 million (week 2), cume revenue $81.2 million
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros.) $11.2 million (week 3), cume revenue $134.3 million
Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox) $8.1 million (week 5), cume revenue $164.4 million
Instant Family (Paramount) $7.2 million (week 3), cume revenue $45.9 million
The Possession of Hannah Grace (SGem) $6.5 million, opening weekend
Robin Hood (Lionsgate) $4.7 million (week 2), cume revenue $21.7 million
Widows (Fox) $4.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $33.1 million
Green Book (Universal) $3.9 million (week 2), cume revenue $14.0 million
Source: comScore
 
 
COMING UP
 
Ion’s A Royal Christmas Fashion, focused on the romance of a fashion assistant and a prince, debuts Sunday, December 16, at 9p.
 
Season eleven of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles premieres on Thursday, January 3, at 9p. Among the celebs eager to sell this time round: NFLer Antonio Pierce and singer Kelly Rowland.
 
Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen holiday special O Come OG Faithful airs Thursday, December 20, at 11p. Housewives Vicki Gunvalson, NeNe Leakes, Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, Teresa Giudice, and Kyle Richards gather to “deck the halls and spill some tea.”
 
HGTV’s David Bromstad is back to help the suddenly wealthy find fantasy homes in a new season of My Lottery Dream Home, returning Friday, January 4, at 9p.
 
Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for “Part 2” on Friday, April 5. The popular witch saga premiered in late October. A standalone Christmas episode debuts Friday, December 14.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
AT&T is prepping a WarnerMedia SVOD service with three tiers to launch in late 2019. An entry-level service will focus on movies; a premium service will offer original programming and blockbuster movies; and the top tier will include content from the first two, plus family, comedy and the theatrical library from WarnerMedia. “We understand that this product has to be good enough to be part of the essential consumer set that somebody thinks about when they spend their $150 per month,” said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey at an investor event last week.
 
Every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly is now available on Facebook Watch. The deal with 20th Century Fox Television brings Facebook buzzworthy thirtysomething cult faves. Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar broke the news to her fans in a video on her Facebook page.
 
Apple Music will be available on Amazon’s Echo smart speakers starting the week of December 17. “Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa – since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before,” said Dave Limp, SVP, Amazon Devices. Spotify’s premium service is also available through Echo.
 
Digital publisher Mic Network struck a deal to be acquired by Bustle Digital Group. The Wall Street Journal pegs the sale price at $5 million. Most of the staff was laid off, and publisher Cory Haik left the company. Mic, launched in 2011, raised $60 million in funding in 2017.
 
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next passed 46 million viewers in the 24 hours after it was released on YouTube Friday, setting a new one-day record for most-watched debut video. Previous record holder was BTS’s Idol.
 
 
ADVERTISING & BRANDS
 
Ninety percent of A25-34 stream video, up 18% from 2016, according to the Video Advertising Bureau report “Linear TV and OTT: Living Together in Harmony.” TV’s the place to be: Viewers spend an average of two times longer engaging with ads on connected TV versus similar ads online, and the video completion rate for CTV is 25% higher than it is for desktop and mobile.
 
October’s national ad market was up 7% year over year, according to Standard Media Index. Digital media, up 17%, was the biggest driver. Cable networks rose 5%, while broadcast dipped 5% due in large part to fewer NFL games (27, down from 31).
 
Brands that are perceived as innovative and that also provide a great experience grew the most in value in the second annual “BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable U.S. Brands” ranking, from WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. As Americans engage with brands in more and more places, according to the study, the brands that continually innovate customer experience are growing 200% more than those that don’t. Apple topped the charts, increasing its brand value by 13% in the last year, to $316.1 billion, by continuing its innovation across an ecosystem of services. Netflix grew its brand value the most over the past year, up 93% to $30.2 billion, based on personalizing its service. Uber, #35 on the list, provides the best brand experience, according to U.S. consumers.
 
“Innovative companies such as Netflix and Uber are disrupting markets and creating new ones, while larger brands like Apple continue to shake things up with data, digital and marketing technology investments to maintain leadership in the new era of consumer experience,” said Tim Wragg, CEO Kantar North America Insights Division. This year’s ranking shows that while U.S. brands are amongst the most innovative in the world, innovation alone is no longer enough for brands to grow.”
 
 
EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING
 
NYC’s Carnegie Deli, which closed in 2016 after 79 years, is back in business this week, thanks to Amazon’s The Marveous Mrs. Maisel. A pop-up Jewish-style deli in Nolita is offering 1958-era jukeboxes and blackboard specials, including the Maisel (for “women who eat, not ladies who lunch”) through December 8.
 
National Geographic and WeWork are teaming to bring experiences and events for the net’s new limited series, Valley of the Boom, into the workplace. Beginning today, select WeWork locations in New York, LA and San Francisco will be transported back in time to the early days of the tech boom, with interactive activities from the era and takeovers that include practical career development opportunities.
 
 
KIDS CORNER
 
Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck debuts on UK’s Tiny Pop next week. In each five-minute episode, Cookie Monster and his pal receive a video call from a child who orders a favorite dish; partway through preparing each recipe they realize that they’re missing a key ingredient.
 
 
CASTING
 
Gerald McRaney (This Is Us) and wife Delta Burke (Designing Women), as well as Ben Lawson (Designated Survivor), Michele Weaver (Love Is _) and Tim Reid (Greenleaf), will star in Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: If I Had Wings, an episode of Netflixs upcoming anthology series…Nick Nolte (Graves) has joined the cast of The Mandalorian, one of two Star Wars series coming up on the Disney+ streaming service.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Endemol Shine Group landed the first European deal for culinary competition format Family Food Fight. Metronome, part of Endemol Shine Nordics, has been commissioned to produce a local Danish adaptation for Discovery, making it the fourth territory to launch the show.
 
UK producer Spun Gold Television is producing a documentary with exclusive access to music and entertainment industry icon Sir Cliff Richard as he reaches 60 years in show business. Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years In Private And In Public covers a traumatic year in Richard’s life as he fights a high-profile court case against the BBC over the invasion of his privacy. 
 
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Categories include: marketing, on-air talent, production, social good, social media, sports-centric brands, and technology.
 
 

RATINGS
 
Football continues to score in primetime. Fox’s Thursday Night Football had its highest-rated night ever in metered market results, with 14.6/25, up 28% over the week prior’s Thanksgiving game on NBC.
 
Bravo limited series Dirty John got off to a good start, launching as the net’s highest-rated series premiere in almost three years on total viewers. The show reached a combined Live+3 average audience of 3.8 million total viewers across airings (including on USA, E! and Oxygen). Bravo’s premiere telecast on November 25 delivered an average Live+3 audience of 826,000 P18-49, 1 million P25-54 and 2.1 million total viewers.
 
Also scoring with a multi-network telecast (BET, BET Her, VH1, MTV2, Logo) was BET Presents: 2018 Soul Train Awards on November 25, the #1 entertainment (excl. sports) telecast among AA P18-49, #1 cable telecast among AA P18-49 and #1 cable telecast for AA P2+, according to Nielson Live+SD data.
 
ABC’s Child Support moved back an hour, to 8p, on Friday and had its most-watched telecast (3.2 million) of the season, matching its season best A18-49 number (0.5/3).
 
The U.S. television premiere of animated hit movie Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos (Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure) on Cinelatino was the highest-rated Spanish-language cable program on Thanksgiving, November 22, during the 7pm to 11pm timeslot among HHs, Adults, and M18-49. During the 7p showing, the film drew 41,000 viewers, 38,000 A18-49 and 26,000 M18-29.
 
Food Network’s November premieres averaged a sweet .7 P25-54 rating, up +30% versus a year ago. A top 10 cable network for W25-54 (#5) and upscale W25-54 (#6), November was the most upscale month the network has ever had. Time spent viewing also hit an all-time network high with an average 94 minutes per week, +7 minutes versus last year. 
 
Katz networks all hit November highs. Bounce’s first original movie, A Stone Cold Christmas, reached over 1.4 million viewers for its premiere airings on Sunday, November 25; Laff had primetime gains of +28% in HHs (188,000) and +31% in total viewers versus the same period in 2017; Escape boasted primetime gains of +13% in HHs and +8% in P18-49; and Grit rose +5% in HHs (188,000) and +4% in total viewers (217,000).
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, November 29, 2018 time period averages 
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
FOX: 15.74 million
NFL Football 15.74
CBS: 6.83 million
The Big Bang Theory 8.10, Young Sheldon 7.86, Mom 7.42, Murphy Brown 5.59, S.W.A.T. 5.19
ABC: 3.41 million
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure 4.01, The Toy Story That Time Forgot 3.29, Wonderful World of Disney Celebration 3.17
NBC: 2.40 million
LEGO: Jurassic World 2.13, LEGO: Jurassic World 1.49, Will & Grace 2.78, I Feel Bad 1.81, Law & Order: SVU 3.80
CW: 1.26 million
Supernatural 1.51, Legacies 1.01
 
Thursday A18-49: FOX 4.5/19, CBS 1.0/5, ABC 0.8/3, NBC 0.6/3, CW 0.4/2
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Digital ad agency Ntooitive announced Armando Guerrero is joining as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Guerrero previously served as SVP with Entravision.
 
Global platform for specialist media Future plc appointed Gabrielle Kessler as Vice President of Experiential. Prior to joining Future, Kessler was Creative Director at The Visionary Group.
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Actor Ken Berry died December 1. He was 85. Berry is best known to TV audiences for his roles on F-Troop, Mama’s Family and Mayberry R.F.D.
 


This Day in History: 1947 – “A Streetcar Named Desire” opened on Broadway.

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FOX: The Resident, 9-1-1
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TELEMUNDO: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad, Senora Acero  
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