12/15/15: Mark Burnett named President of MGM Television and Digital; Margaret Cho series in the works at Amazon; ABC, FX Nets and HBO top Critics’ Choice nods



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12.15.15

Good morning. It’s Tuesday December 15, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premiere:
Bounce TV: Off the Chain at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
Esquire: Uncorked at 10p
MTV: Finding Carter at 10p
NBC: The Voice at 9p
Nick: Nick News with Linda Ellerbee at 8p
USA: Chrisley Knows Best at 10p, Donny! At 10:30p
WGN America: Manhattan at 9p

IN THE NEWS

Mark Burnett has been appointed president of MGM Television and Digital Group, after MGM struck a deal for the remaining 45 percent that Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst hold in United Artists Media Group. Burnett will report to Gary Barber, MGM chairman and CEO. MGM acquired a 55 percent stake in the venture last year. “Demand for quality content is stronger than ever and the opportunities to grow our pipeline and develop projectsfrom the wealth of Intellectual Property in the MGM and United Artists libraries are enormous,” said Burnett. “There is no better time to be creating premium content for distribution across multiple platforms.” A previously announced streaming channel will continue to be controlled by Burnett, Downey, Hearst and MGM. Downey takes on the role of chief content officer, as well as president of faith and family unit LightWorks.

TiVo Research and RealityMine are partnering with NBCUniversal to provide single-sourced cross-platform measurement of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Using TiVo’s set top box data and RealityMine’s expertise in in digital and consumer behavior research, analysis of how viewers consumed content across devices will aim to help NBCU better understand viewer behavior. “TiVo Research is providing something that has never been available in multi-screen measurement,” Frank Foster, GM & SVP, TiVo Research, tells Cynopsis. “This partnership will help NBCU significantly improve the viewing experience of the Olympics on every single device.”

Apparently film success hasn’t soured Melissa McCarthy on the small screen. The Mike & Molly star tweeted Monday that she was “shocked and heartbroken” at the news that CBS was canceling the comedy, moving to Wednesdays on January 6 for the remainder of its sixth and final season. “I would have shot this show for 50 more years,” said McCarthy. “I’ll miss my 2nd family.”

Who’s the favorite of them all? Digital marketing tech company Amobee Brand Intelligence analyzed digital content engagement around the term “favorite show” to determine which program was tops with viewers in 2015. The winner was CBS’s The Good Wife, followed by AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Netlix’s House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

TV personality Giselle Blondet has been tapped to host upcoming Telemundo reality show Gran Hermano (Big Brother), debuting Sunday, January 10 at 8p. Blondet hosted beauty pageant Neustra Belleza Latina for seven years.

Entertainment Tonight vets Leeza Gibbons and Mark Steines have been tapped to replace retiring Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards as hosts of KTLA Channel 5’s broadcast of the Rose Bowl Parade, starting in 2017. Eubanks has been announcing the parade since 1979, Edwards since 1982.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in DirecTV’s favor in a California class-action suit over early termination fees. The court determined that DirecTV’s contract, which prohibits class-action suits in favor of arbitration, is valid. 

A survey on brand preferences found that 33 percent of people thought Apple would do a better job of running the country than politicians. Twenty-eight percent of consumers would vote for Walt Disney, 18 percent named American Express, 11 percent went for Facebook and 10 percent chose Starbucks. The new Breakout Brands report from rbb Communications also noted that 57 percent of Americans are more likely to trust a company that consistently offers excellent service over one that offers excellent prices.

History’s Planet H, the brand extension created for kids ages 7-11, launched a new game: Porta-Pilots: Plunging Through Time. Available for free on iOS, Android and Amazon Fire platforms, the game takes kids on a time traveling journey in a machine disguised as…a Porta-Potty.


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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Man Finds Food got the green light for a sophomore season from Travel Channel, to air across the U.S. and Scripps Networks channels in over 100 countries and territories in summer 2016. Filming for the Sharp Entertainment production begins in South Africa next week.

Vertigo Entertainment is expanding its arrangement with Warner Bros. with a two-year overall deal at Warner Bros. Television for drama and comedy. Michael Connolly, founder of Mad Hatter Entertainment, will oversee small screen operations.

Amazon Prime is developing Highland, starring Margaret Cho as a woman fresh out of rehab who moves back in with family who run a pot dispensary. Dramedy is a co-productions between Amazon Studios and Tomorrow Studios.

HarperCollins and digital TV studio Insurrection Media are teaming to develop books for series on multiple platforms. First up: an adaptation of YA trilogy Mila 2.0.

COMING UP

Pivot acquired TV rights to two documentaries focusing on the refugee crisis. Salam Neighbor premieres Wednesday, January 20 at 7p, and This Is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees debuts one week later in the time slot. The docs air during Pivot’s “Stand Up for Justice” month, starting January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Special Star Wars-themed episodes of Mythbusters air Wednesday, December 16 at 9p and 10p on Science Channel, following Raiders, Raptors and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM at 8p. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially, finally released on the big screen December 18.
 
As E!’s The Soup is served for the last time on Friday, December 18 at 10p, guests popping in include Nathan Fillion, Seth Green, Eric Idle, Haley Joel Osment, Adam Scott and more.

El Rey is offering 24 hours of the 2002 remake of The Twilight Zone, starting Thursday, December 31 at 6a. Fourteen hours of Miami Vice follow.

Billboard Women in Music 2015 premieres Friday, December 18 at 8p on Lifetime. Among the honorees in the annual special are Lady Gaga as Woman of the Year, Missy Elliott as Innovator and Loretta Lynn as Legend.

See George Hamilton with his signature tan – but without the silver hair – in 1960’s Where the Boys Are, Monday, December 21 at 9:45p on TCM.

Asian American net Myx TV announced a 2016 lineup that included original reality series Mom vs. Matchmaker, season threes of dating show Bagged and design competition Call to Cosplay, and extreme sports show Planet X Sports.

ID stunt A Very Kenda Christmas features two days of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, on Thursday, December from 12p-6a and Friday, December 25 from 6a-6a. Episodes are in chronological order, starting with Kenda’s first case in 1977 and ending in 1996, the year the veteran of Colorado’s homicide unit retired.

NEW SERIES

History docu-series Live to Tell launches Sunday, January 10 at 10p. Eight-parter from Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) and his Film 45 offers a look at U.S. Special Operations Forces missions in the war on terror.

Lottery winners go house-hunting in My Lottery Dream Home, premiering Friday, January 8 at 11p on HGTV. “Every lottery winner featured in the series can’t believe they now have millions of dollars to spend on a home,” said host David Bromstad. “It’s an incredible feeling for me to show them properties they never dreamed they could afford.”

WGN America set the date for the premiere of Underground, focused on revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad. Escape thriller exec produced by John Legend launches Wednesday, March 9.

Outdoor Channel’s Carter’s W.A.R. (Wildlife Animal Response) premieres Monday, December 28 at 9p. Original series seeks to educate viewers about the wildlife conservation crisis in Africa.

AWARDS CENTRAL

Nominees have been announced for the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards. ABC, FX Networks and HBO landed the most nods with 14 each, followed by Fox with 12. Fargo was the series with the most noms at eight; HBO’s The Leftovers and Amazon’s Transparent each scored six. Gala will broadcast live on A&E, Lifetime and LMN Sunday, January 17 at 8p.

CASTING

Tom Hughes (The Game) will play Prince Albert in ITV eight-part event series Victoria. Jenna Coleman stars as Queen Victoria.

Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) will play a love interest for Paget Brewster’s character on John Stamos comedy Grandfathered, airing Tuesdays on Fox.

Richard Rankin (Burnt) landed a role on season two of Outlander. Starz drama returns in spring 2016.

GLOBAL GOINGS-ON

FremantleMedia International scored deals for Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew in the UK and Latin America (truTV), the U.S. (Fuse) and Africa (Sony). Reality show was created by Australia’s Unbreakable International for Network Ten.

DISTRIBUTION & CARRIAGE

TheBlaze TV struck a multi-year carriage agreement with Verizon Fios making the news and information net available to Fios customers on channel 112 as part of the Extreme, Ultimate and Preferred packages.


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RATINGS

ABC soap Blood & Oil hit a series low .7/2 among A18-49 for its finale on Sunday, according to preliminary numbers. The winter finale of fellow freshman Quantico followed with 1.3/4, for its best rating since October 25.

Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People scored a 2.29 P25-54 rating with 4.66M total viewers P2+ on Wednesday, December 9 in L+3, the night’s most-watched cable telecast in P2+. The series earned season highs across M25-54, M18-49 and M18-34 and was up week-to-week across all 25-54s, 18-49s, and 18-34s.

The finale of Univision music competition La Banda reached 5.1 million total viewers 2+ for all or part of the three-hour broadcast on Sunday. The show averaged 2.7 million viewers, 1.1 million among A18-49 and 518,000 A18-34.

Fox Business News reports it is wrapping 2015 as the fastest-growing cable channel on TV, with its highest-rated year ever in Total Day, Business Day and Prime Time, in viewers and the news demo. All of the financial news net’s post-market programs recorded double digit growth across the board: After the Bell, Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton and Making Money with Charles Payne all had their highest rated year ever in both total viewers and the demo, and ratings stalwart Lou Dobbs Tonight ends 2015 up 47 percent in total viewers and 38 percent in the demo.

TV PLAYBACK RANK, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day rating for the week of 11/23/15
Program/Live+SD A18-49 US AA%/Live+7 US AA
Blindspot
(NBC) 1.9, 3.5
Quantico (ABC) 1.2, 2.7
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 1.3, 2.4
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.8, 2.9
Scream Queens (FOX) .8, 1.8
Gotham (Fox) 1.4, 2.4
Limitless (CBS) 1.3, 2.2
NCIS (CBS) 2.2, 3.1
Castle (ABC) 1.1, 1.9
Supergirl (CBS) 1.5, 2.3
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.6, 2.4
Scorpion (CBS) 1.8. 2.6
Source: The Nielsen Company DVR playback rankers, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of December 7, 2015
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.)
9732, 113, 86, 94943
Good Morning America (ABC)
1590, 674, 2, 8132
Today Show (NBC)
1512, 498, 3, 9004
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 1463, 69, 21, 9330
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 1307, 1090, 1, 10134
Scream Queens (Fox)
1233, 254, 5, 2028
Steve Harvey TV (NBCU/synd.)
1190, 128, 9, 8349
The Tonight Show (NBC)
1075, 225, 5, 12522
NBC Nightly New (NBC)
1009, 343, 3, 2410
The Voice (NBC)
969, 285, 3, 18581
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.
 
NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of December 7, 2015
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS)
12/8, 7023, 918
2015 Heisman Trophy Presentation (ESPN) 12/12,
4873, 235
The Voice (NBC) 12/8, 2300, 1445
Love & Hip Hip: Hollywood (VH1) 12/7, 1703, 163
Scream Queens (FOX) 12/8,
1527, 185
The Voice (NBC) 12/7,
1502, 127
WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (PPV) 12/13,
1450, 255
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 12/7,
1366, 131
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 12/12,
1285, 40
U2 iNNOCENCE +eXPERIENCE Tour) 12/7, 1245, 15
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

Friday A18-49 Analysis: ABC and CBS tied for the most A18-49 viewers Friday with 1.1/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. It was a tie for first at 8p between ABC (1.3/5 and 1.1/4 for Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken) and Fox (1.2/5 for MasterChef Junior). Shark Tank rose to the top at 9p with 1.4/5, versus 1.0/4 for CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. CBS snatched the lead at 10p with 1.1/4 for Blue Bloods, followed by .9/3 for ABC’s 20/20 and NBC’s Dateline.

A18-49: ABC 1.1/4, CBS 1.1/4, FOX .9/4, NBC .8/3, UNI .7/3, TELE .6/2, CW .3/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, December 11, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.1/9
Amazing Race 3.7/7, Hawaii Five-0 5.0/9, Blue Bloods 6.5/12
ABC: 3.6/7
Last Man Standing 4.3/8, Dr. ken 3.2/6, Shark Tank 3.8/7, 20/20 3.1/6
NBC: 2.2/4
Undateable 1.8/3, Truth Be Told 1.4/3, Grimm 2.3/4, Dateline 2.8/5
FOX: 1.7/3
MasterChef Junior 2.3/4, Worlds Funniest 1.2/2
UNIVISION: 1.0/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.0/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres [r] 1.1/2
TELEMUNDO: 1.0/2
Celia 1.0/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo .9/2, Senora Acero 1.0/2
CW: 0.9/2
Hollywood Christmas Parade .9/2
ION: 0.8/1
Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .7/1

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Amy Savitsky has been appointed Senior Vice President, Development & Programming at A&E. Most recently, Savitsky served as SVP of Development for TLC.


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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY DECEMBER 15, 2015


ABC: Toy Story that Time Forgot, Shrek the Halls, I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!, Shark Tank [r]
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Limitless
CW: The Flash [r], iZombie [r]
Fox: Grandfathered [r], The Grinder [r], Grandgathered [r], The Grinder [r]
NBC: The Voice, The Voice [
f]
PBS: Prohibition [r], Frontline [r]
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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