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IN THE NEWS
E.W. Scripps Company’s Katz Networks is relaunching Court TV in May, having acquired brand assets including the 100,000-hour Court TV library from Turner Broadcasting. The 24/7 channel has secured over-the-air distribution agreements with local TV station groups that will allow it to reach over 50% of U.S. television households. “Today, while consumer interest in the real-life drama of true-crime programming is at an all-time high, there is no dedicated daily court coverage on television,” noted Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Networks. “We expect the new Court TV to fill that void on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top.” Court TV ended its original run in 2007 and was folded into truTV.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the nominees for the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. HBO and Netflix led the pack with 20 nominations each, followed by FX with 17, Amazon with 12 and NBC with 11. Topping the list of nominated series were The Americans (FX), The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) and Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) with five each; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) and Sharp Objects (HBO) each had four. Winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live on The CW on Sunday, January 13, at 7p.
Doctor Who will return for a new season in early 2020 with Jodie Whittaker onboard. In the U.S., the season was up 47% versus last time around, averaging 1.6 million viewers.
An accident during a Brooklyn location shoot for Starz drama Power caused the death of 63-year-old production assistant Pedro Jiminez, who was struck by an SUV while setting up parking cones. The show has temporarily shut down production.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Three new series landed tax credits from the state of California: CBS All Access’ new Star Trek drama and Why Women Kill; and Cooler Water Prods.’ Flowers of Helvetica. Picked up for repeat seasons in the program were The Orville, American Horror Story, Strange Angel, Mayans MC, Good Trouble and The Rookie.
A&E is in early stages of development for Voices From the Grave (wt), which would produce holograms of terminally ill people that their loved ones could see after they pass. The project, from Naked Entertainment, is one of ten or eleven projects in development with British producers, said Sean Gottlieb, VP, Development and Programming, A+E Networks, during a webinar by British trade group Pact.
TBS has put in development Strange Times, based on Tom DeLonge’s graphic novel about skateboarders solving paranormal mysteries. Series is written and executive-produced by Aaron Karo. DeLonge, The Cartel’s Stan Spry and Jeff Holland and Strike Entertainment’s Russell Binder will serve as executive producers. “My love for all things paranormal and skateboarding are sometimes only superseded by my love for offensive humor,” says DeLonge. “This series combines them all into one.”
Epix greenlit docu-series Punk, from exec producer John Varvatos and fllmmaker Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment. Four-parter featuring interviews with punk pioneers is in production for a March 11 debut.
Crime drama Conway, centered on a St. Louis detective, is in development at NBC, from Vin Diesel and One Race TV, and Universal Television.
HBO is back in business with Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects). Vallee will direct and exec-produce limited series Gorilla and the Bird, based on a book by Zak McDermott about a mother’s unconditional love for her bipolar son. Project comes from Vallee’s Crazyrose, Free Association and Big Beach.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
True crime treats premiering this week include season three of ID’s Dead Silent on Thursday, December 13, at 9p, and new series Secrets of the Morgue on Friday, December 14, at 10p.
New docu-series Cartel Crew launches Monday, January 7, at 9p on VH1. Miami-set show follows drug world family descendants going in a different direction.
Netflix announced, via trailer, that season three of Stranger Things will launch in 2019. Episode titles include “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite” and “The Battle of Starcourt.”
Thrillist unveiled its first-ever content slate. In addition to Instachef and Gatekeepers, which debuted last week, are Somm to Go and The List Show (wt), slated to arrive in 1Q19. Really Dough? was renewed for a second season.
American Style, a four-parter from Vox Media exploring the history of fashion in America, launches on CNN Sunday, January 13, with back-to-back episodes at 9p and 10p.
Coming-of-age comedy Now Apocalypse will debut on Sunday, March 10, at 9p on Starz. Avan Jogia (Twisted) stars as Ulysses, whose foreboding dreams have him wondering whether there is a dark conspiracy in the works or if he’s just smoking too much weed.
Rodents of Unusual Size premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, January 14, at 10p (check local listings – and maybe finish dinner first). Documentary follows the fight in Louisiana against the menace of hordes of 20-pound swamp rats with voracious appetites.
Discovery looks back on favorite excursions and crazy moments on Expedition Unknown in a special premiere of Amazing Adventures, airing Wednesday, December 12, at 8p. Ep also includes bonus and behind-the-scenes footage.
Documentary film Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a look at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood kids’ show pioneer Fred Rogers, makes its HBO bow on Saturday, February 9. A special presentation on PBS’ Independent Lens will coincide with the premium cabler’s premiere.
OWN is airing a reunion special for Ready to Love on Saturday, December 29, at 10p, offering details on the season and an update on how the Atlanta couples are faring.
TV One original movie Coins for Christmas premieres Sunday, December 16, at 8p, focused on a fired single mom who dives into the “gig economy” to pay her bills and buy gifts for her children.
AXS TV offers a day of performances in New Year’s Eve Top Ten Concert Countdown, starting Monday, December 31, at 10a with a tribute to the men and women in the Armed Forces in Guitar Legends for Heroes.
Lauren Alaina, Bazzi, Kane Brown, Camila Cabello, Ciara, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Weezer and a collaboration from Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina have been added to the lineup for the West Coast celebration of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019, starting at 8p on Monday, December 31, on ABC.
On New Year’s Day, Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon reprise their roles as perky pretend morning TV personalities Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan for The 2019 Rose Bowl Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish, simulcast across Funny or Die’s website and social platforms starting at 11a.
Also on Tuesday, January 1, 32 of the fastest racers in the country compete for big money on Discovery’s Street Outlaws: Bristol Race to $200K, at 8p. Pre-show Street Outlaws: Bristol Road to 200K airs at 7p.
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For the first time, a Pew Research study found more Americans (20%) get their news from social media than from newspapers (16%). TV is still the most popular news consumption platform, with 49% of adults relying on it for updates.
Streaming video service Fandor has laid off most of its staff and transferred assets to a corporate entity controlled by GlassRatner in hopes of a sale. The service, which airs independent and international films, “welcomes new partnerships and/or strategic transactions,” said GlassRatner. The move follows the shuttering of WarnerMedia movie service FilmStruck.
Netflix’s billions-of-dollars bet on original appears to be paying off. According to a study from 7Park Data, original content accounted for 37% of Netflix’s U.S. streams in October 2018, up from 14% in October 2017. Still, four of the streamer’s top 10 shows by stream starts were licensed: The Office (#1), Friends (#3), Grey’s Anatomy (#4) and Criminal Minds (#10).
Ten-episode TLC digital series Stargazing debuted yesterday, December 10, on Facebook Watch, exploring astrological powers.
TikTok-owning Chinese tech company ByteDance is aiming to raise $1.45 billion, on top of the $3 billion it raised earlier this year, to invest in media assets and AI technology. The company is valued at over $75 billion.
The Wall Street Journal is partnering with podcast company Gimlet for a new daily podcast, according to blog HotPod. WSJ will contribute business and global news.
ADVERTISING & BRANDS
Yahoo Finance kicked off a multimedia ad campaign yesterday, ahead of the January expansion of live video programming to eight hours. Commercials running across national broadcast, online, video, podcasts and social channels were produced by Verizon Media Group.
The cast of Telemundo’s upcoming 10-episode limited series Jugar con Fuego (Playing with Fire) includes Jason Day (Mancora), Carlos Ponce (Couples’ Retreat), Margarita Rosa de Francisco (Café con Aroma de Café), Gaby Espino (Señora Acero), Laura Perico (Narcos), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty) and Marcelo Serrado.
Netflix ordered its first African original series, spy drama Queen Sono. Pearl Thusi (Quantico) stars as a secret agent.
SHORT FORM VIDEO
Viacom Digital Studios International announced two new Comedy Central International short form series, Bad Cramps, launched yesterday, December 10, and Laughing at Salad, set for a January debut. In partnership with VDSI, the network also greenlit three additional titles, Fin Taylor’s Bullshit Bingo season two; Josh Investigates season 3; and new scripted show Waiting.
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The finale of UK’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! attracted a peak audience of 12.1 million/56% share, the highest peak audience of the series. The episode averaged 10.9 million/48.2% share – an increase of 1.7 million viewers versus last year’s final, and the highest rating final since 2013.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live averaged a 4.3 household rating in metered markets and 1.7 rating among A18-49, up from 4.1/1.5 the week prior, making it the number one telecast of the night among the Big 4 nets. Jason Momoa was host.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of December 3, 2018
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
Ellen DeGeneres (Warner Bros./synd.) 12406, 132, 94, 169302
E! News (E!) 10337, 686, 15, 34355
Riverdale (CW) 5597, 61, 92, 11711
The Flash (CW) 2690, 86, 31, 11907
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 2339, 731, 3, 7693
Today Show (NBC) 2336, 777, 3 12884
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 1434, 118, 12, 17998
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1272, 94, 14, 11626
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 967, 69, 14, 12148
The Voice (NBC) 942, 177, 5 24134
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Tunity Analytics Top Weekly National Out-of-Home Viewer Rankings for Entertainment Programs for the week of December 3, 2018
Program, OOH Viewers (000)
The Simpsons (Fox) 495
The 2018 Gamers’ Choice Awards (CBS) 233
Big Bang Theory (CBS) 191
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 185
Madame Secretary (CBS) 180
Bob’s Burgers (Fox) 176
Chicago PD (NBC) 172
The Voice (NBC) 164
Survivor (CBS) 158
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 141
Source: Tunity Analytics. Viewing estimates are derived from the Tunity mobile app usage. OOH impressions are calculated using Tunity Analytics proprietary estimation model.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, December 7, 2018, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 7.65 million
MacGyver 6.39, Hawaii Five-0 7.78, Blue Bloods 8.77
FOX: 4.17 million
Last Man Standing 5.48, The Cool Kids 4.33, Hell’s Kitchen 2.69
NBC: 2.51 million
Blind Spot 2.83, Midnight, Texas 1.88, Dateline 2.89
ABC: 2.26 million
Fresh Off the Boat 2.81, Speechless 2.05, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: Holiday 1.92, 20/20 3.45
UNIVISION: 0.84 million
Jesus 0.91, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 0.80, Amar a Muerte 0.82
TELEMUNDO: 0.71 million
The Expendables 0.71, Falsa Identidad 0.77, Senora Acero 0.65
CW: 0.49 million
Dynasty 0.59, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.39
Friday A18-49: FOX 0.9/4, CBS 0.8/4, ABC 0.5/2, NBC 0.4/2, UNI 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.1/1
Steve Ascher was promoted to SVP, Production & Development of A+E Originals. In December 2017, Ascher was named VP of A+E Originals.
VidCon announced Sarah Tortoreti as VP of Marketing. Prior to VidCon, Tortoreti oversaw the marketing, media, and creative strategy and execution of campaigns to drive awareness and ticket sales for the Nickelodeon Experience group.
Julie Henderson, EVP and Chief Communications Officer for 21st Century Fox, will move to the position of Chief Communications Officer of Snap upon the completion of the sale of 21st Century Fox assets to Disney.
Creative services company BigStar added Creative Director John Leamy to its team. Leamy was most recently Executive Creative Director at Leroy & Clarkson.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers promoted Zenita Henderson to VP, Marketing and Business Development; Robin Fenton to VP, Membership & Learning Operations; and Steve Harris to Executive Director, Technical Sales, Learning & Development.
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The 2019 Cynopsis Rising Star Honorees
Cynopsis is excited to honor stand-out performers, innovators and emerging leaders in the media industry. The experience of these young superstars spans research, sports, digital, content and marketing – join us in congratulating them for jobs well done. Honorees will be celebrated at the Cynopsis TV Awards, the ultimate gathering of media’s best & brightest, taking place on February 6th at the Yale Club in NYC!
This Day in History: 1967 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner premiered in NYC.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which TV character gave his roommate a Christmas present of a bracelet made from dead flies? Mork on Mork & Mindy (1978-1982). Kudos to: John Ferlazzo/London, Claire Hambrick-A+E Networks/NYC, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Patricia Durham-Epix/NYC, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA
Today’s Trivia Question: In which short-lived detective show was one of the title characters able to shrink to six inches tall? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the Monday Anagram: Load Ale Drone = Deal or No Deal. Kudos to: Tom Waring-Trailblazer Studios/Raleigh, NC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY DECEMBER 11
ABC: The Conners, The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, Splitting Up Together, The Rookie
CBS: NCIS, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: Supergirl, Black Lightning
FOX: Lethal Weapon [r], The Gifted [r]
NBC: The Voice, Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas, Hollywood Game Night
PBS: Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity, Letters From Baghdad, Frontline
Telemundo: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad, Senora Acero
Univision: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte