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12.04.15 Good morning. It’s Friday December 4, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Discovery Life: Untold Stories of the E.R. at 10p
WE tv: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars at 9p Tonight’s Finales:
Cooking: Sinful Sweets at 8:30p
CW: America’s Next Top Model at 9p Saturday Premieres:
El Rey: Red vs Blue at 6a
HGTV: House Hunters Renovation at 10p Sunday Premieres:
Bravo: Work Out New York at 9p
Great American Country: All-Star Gingerbread Build at 2p
ID: Serial Thriller at 9p
Nickelodeon: Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir at noon
Weather Channel: Prospectors at 9p, Highway Thru Hell at 10p Sunday Finales:
HBO: The Leftovers at 9p
TLC: 90 Day Fiance at 10p
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DanceOn to Launch 27 Original Series on Verizon’s go90 Mobile Platform
DanceOn is a premiere go90 launch partner with a new slate of mobile-first original programming this fall: Nigel Lythgoe’s choreography competition "Every Single Step", influencer Chachi Gonzales’ docu-series "Chachi’s World" & pop culture commentary "The Feed" hosted by Megan Batoon. DanceOn will premiere 24 additional original series by 2017 including the fifth season of the biggest online dance competition show, Dance Showdown.
Visit DanceOn.com/Shows for more.
Wednesday’s shooting rampage in San Bernardino, CA, drew viewers to cable news networks in droves, according to Nielsen ratings. Fox News Channel averaged 3.8 million viewers in the time period, a 129 percent jump compared to the previous Wednesday, while CNN logged 2.6 million viewers between 2p Wednesday and 1a Thursday, a massive 280 percent increase, and MSNBC averaged 1 million viewers, an 111 percent increase vs. the prior week.
Coldplay is confirmed for the halftime gig at Super Bowl 50, airing February 7 on CBS. They’ll take the field the day before their new album drops in the U.S.
European pay TV platform Sky invested in LA-based TV4 Entertainment, owner of a slate of special-interest television nets including All Warrior Network, DocComTV and combat sports channel Ultimate Champion Network. Networks are distributed across online platforms including Amazon, Hulu, Roku, Sony and YouTube.
Just days after Discovery Communications bought a 3.4 percent stake in Lionsgate, the companies announced Lionsgate’s new “exclusive long-term agreement” to distribute Discovery content on DVD in the U.S.
VR animation company Baobab Studios got some love from investors including Comcast Ventures, HTC, Samsung Ventures, Chernin Group, Zynga co-founder Marc Pincus and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel for a $6 million round of Series A funding. Baobab co-founders are Maureen Fan, former VP of games at Zynga, and Eric Darnell, who directed DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar and Antz.
In other VR news… Fusion, which launched a VR unit in August, entered into a content and technology collaboration with VR company Littlstar to create immersive stories and technology in 360 degrees.
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Harrow County, a drama adaptation of the Dark Horse comic penned by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) and illustrated by Tyler Crook (Bad Blood), is in development at Syfy.
Tom Welling (Smallville) is headed back to television with both starring role and producer credits for CIA drama Section 13, in development at CBS. The series is from Smallville producer Warner Bros. TV and Tom Welling Productions; it’s written by Carla Kettner (Bones).
ITV ordered drama The Halcyon, which centers around a bustling five-star London hotel during WWII. Series was created by Charlotte Jones (Trust Me) and is being created at Left Bank Pictures (Wallander), exec-produced by Sharon Hughff (Strike Back) and produced by Chris Croucher (Downton Abbey).
Three original projects are in the pipe for 2016 at Pop: a comedy series starring television personality and New Kids on the Block bandmate Joey McIntyre; Celebrity Escape Room, a competition show set in the immersive environment of the new craze in live action gaming; and comedic talker I Watch It With My Girlfriend, about fan-favorite, female-skewing television hits viewed from the perspective of men.
BBC One ordered pre-apocalyptic drama Hard Sun from creator Neil Cross (Luther), to be produced by Kate Harwood’s Euston Films. Filming begins next year in London.
Bolt those doors! Production has begun on season 2 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead in the Baja peninsula in Mexico.
Even more Coldplay: The band will stop by CBS’ The Late Show with James Corden on Monday, December 7, for the first U.S. late-night appearance in support of their new album, A Head Full Of Dreams. Plus: Coldplay and One Direction will perform on The X Factor UK season 12 finale airing on AXS TV on Monday, December 14, at 8p. The two-night finale kicks off Sunday, December 13.
Rapper Future will sit down for a one-on-one during Fuse’s original series Revealed airing Saturday, December 5, at 7p. He’ll discuss why his second album Honest wasn’t truly honest, and how he won back his core fans.
Viewers craving more Oz after NBC’s airing of The Wiz Live are directed to Bounce TV on Saturday, December 5, for an airing of the 1978 theatrical version of The Wiz starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor at 4p.
HGTV will showcase an all-premiere lineup on New Year’s Day that includes new series, one-hour specials, fresh episodes of viewer favorites and the network’s daylong Twitter party with HGTV and DIY Network stars. Festivities kick off at 11a, with the Rose Parade 2016, hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott, aka the Property Brothers, and entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell.
NBCUniversal’s Evan Shapiro gave Cynopsis the skinny on how Seeso, the company’s brand-new ad-free streaming comedy channel, is and is not like traditional TV. Check it out here.
Nickelodeon will premiere CG-animated adventure Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir on Sunday, December 6, at noon. Series follows Marinette and Adrien, junior high school students who transform into superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir to stop a master villain from trying to take over the world.
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WE tv’s resident power couple returns with the new season of Tamar & Vince, premiering Thursday, December 10, at 10p, starring Tamar Braxton and her “husband-ger” Vince Herbert.
A rose by any other name. Former Bachelorette heartthrob Ben Higgins steps into the spotlight for season 20 of ABC’s The Bachelor, premiering Monday, January 4. Season tidbits include a date devised by Ice Cube and Kevin Hart and a challenge issued by members of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Soccer Champions.
Austin City Limits will kick off the second half of season 41 on January 2 with Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble sharing an episode. Other artists on tap include Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Adams, Sleater-Kinney, Shakey Graves, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Leon Bridges.
The boys are back. Showtime unscripted series Gigolos returns Thursday, March 17, at 11p. The eight half-hour eps return to Las Vegas to spotlight the sultry, salacious antics of last season’s fan favorites.
HBO dropped the first teaser for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, which returns in April–and it’s an all-Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) affair.
Grammy winner Tip “T.I.” Harris (Ant-Man, Get Hard, Entourage), Mekhi Phifer (ER, House of Lies); James Purefoy (The Following, Rome) Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, The Good Wife); Lane Garrison (Prison Break, Bonnie & Clyde, Camp X-Ray); Emayatzy Corinealdi (Miles Ahead, Hand of God) and G. Hannelius (Dog with a Blog, Surviving Suburbia) joined the case of A+E Networks reboot of Roots. Previously announced cast members include Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin, plus Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose and Laurence Fishburne.
Entertainment One licensed AMC Studios’ martial arts drama Into the Badlands to LeTV in Mainland China; it will launch on the network in early 2016.
Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media is in a renewal deal with South India entertainment channel Zee Tamil for the second season of DNA.
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The third season premiere of HGTV’s Fixer Upper on Tuesday, December 1 at 9p delivered a 1.2 rating among A25-54 and attracted more than 4.1 million total viewers. That places it among the highest-rated season premieres in HGTV history for A25-54 primetime ratings.
Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People was Wednesday’s No. 1 cable telecast on November 25 in Total Viewers (4.7m) and across all 25-54s, all 18-49s and Persons and M18-34 in Live +3. For the third straight week, the series at 9p was Wednesday’s top unscripted cable telecast in Total Viewers P2+, and across all 25-54s and all 18-49s.
Discovery freshman series Men, Women, Wild at 10p set series highs across numerous demos, including Men 25-54 and Total Viewers.
The session ending November 22 was a big one for Judge Judy (7.9 live + same day national Nielsen rating, up 5 percent from the week before), which hit a milestone 1,000 consecutive weeks–dating back to 1996–as the No. 1 court show.
Meanwhile, entertainment news magazines were on fire in what was the third full week of the key November sweep thanks to Charlie Sheen’s revelation that he is HIV-positive: Entertainment Tonight, which hit a new season high 3.5, up 6 percent, led the magazine category for the ninth week in a row. Access Hollywood, which also saw a new season high of 1.9, up 19 percent, tied TMZ, which hit its season high 1.9, up 6 percent.
Among the new first run strips, Crime Watch Daily (0.9, steady) had no trouble topping the rookie field for the 10th consecutive week while remaining at its season high.
UP’s original movie My One Christmas Wish premiere on Sunday, November 29, at 7p was the network’s highest-rated movie premiere of 2015 among key demographic groups and ranked No. 2 all-time in household delivery and W25-54.
Top 12 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/16/15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.9AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.9AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.5AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.4AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.4AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.4AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.3AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.8AA
Ellen DeGeneres (WB) 2.6AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.6
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/16/15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.1AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.3AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.0AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 2.1AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.5AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.4AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.1AA
How I Met Your Mother (2T) 1.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: Fox delivered the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 3.0/10, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. For the 8p hour, CBS’ Survivor was on top with 2.1/7, followed by ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs, which each drew 2.0/7, at 8 and 8:30. NBC’s Christmas at Rockefeller Center rounded out third with a 1.5/5 for the first half hour, then tied at 1.6/5 with Fox’s Rosewood at 8:30. Fox took the lead at 9p with 4.5/14 for Empire, followed by ABC’s Modern Family with 2.4/7 from 9-9:30 and black-ish’s 1.6/5, with CBS’ Criminal Minds in third. CBS was in first at 10 with 1.5/5 for Code Black; NBC was second with 1.4/5 for SNL Christmas, trailed by ABC’s Nashville with 0.9/3.
A18-49: FOX 3/9, NBC 1.5/5, ABC 1.7/5, CBS 1.7/5, UNI .8/3, CW 1.1/4, TELE .7/2, ION .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: December 2, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Christmas at Rockefeller Center 5.1/8, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 3.3/5, SNL Christmas 2.7/5
Survivor 5.6/9, Criminal Minds 5.6/9, Code Black 5.5/10
Rosewood 3.3/5, Empire 6.9/11
The Middle 4.5/7, The Goldbergs 3.8/6, Modern Family 4.4/7, black-ish 3.3/5, Nashville 2.9/5
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.2/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.3/2
Arrow 2.2/4, Supernatural 1.2/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo El Mismo Cielo 1.0/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
Law and Order 0.8/1, Law and Order 0.7/1, Law and Order 0.8/1
Adria Petty (daughter of Tom) joined directors collective Wondros, based in LA. Petty’s work in commercials and music videos include projects for Lancome, Target, Converse and McDonald’s, as well as Beyonce, Coldplay and Rihanna.
Alan Yentob is out as creative director of the BBC following an ongoing investigation into his involvement with the charity group Kids Company and ensuing conflicts of interest. Director of television Danny Cohen left the BBC abruptly October.
Brent Montgomery has been appointed CEO of ITV America, formerly ITV Studios US Group. Montgomery is the founder and most recently CEO of Leftfield Entertainment.
Peter McKelvy joined AeroCinema as SVP, business development. He spent 22 years at Discovery Communications, and most recently was managing director, North America, for Epidemic Sound of Sweden, a stock music licensing business.
Friday Fun Fact: In 1923 President Calvin Coolidge lit the first national Christmas tree to grace the White House grounds.
This Day in History: 1991 – Muslim Shi’ites release U.S. hostage Terry Anderson, who was held 6½ years.Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On Frosty the Snowman (1969), what was the price for a ticket to the North Pole? $3000.04. Kudos to: Frank Costa, CBS, NY; Randy Ingram, WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC; Rev. Synda Kollman, Charter Marketing Group, Boca Raton, FL; Joe Norskov, Red Arrow Industries, Knoxville, TN; Chris O’Reilly, ITN Network, NY; Kevin September, branduscript, Toronto; Mark Wajda, Catholic Community of St Paul, Leesburg, FL; Matthew Sharp Fera, McgarryBowen, Chicago; Cynthia New, Charter, Cape Girardeau, MO; Tom Moore, Kalt Productions, LA; David Westberg, SAG-AFTRA, Burbank. Today’s Trivia Question: In what holiday special did Michael Stipe voice a reindeer named Schnitzel? (Email email@example.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.). Keep Watching & Reading,
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY DECEMBER 4, 2015
ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Reign, America’s Next Top Model
FOX: MasterChef, World’s Funniest
NBC: Undateable, Truth Be Told, Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose The Week, Royal Paintbox, Craft in America
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Pasion Y Poder, Teleton USA
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