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Netflix ordered animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots, exec-produced by David Fincher and Tim Miller through Blur Studios. Eighteen-parter will feature episodes ranging from 5-15 minutes long created by different animation teams.
Grey’s Anatomy isn’t showing its age in season 15. ABC ordered three more episodes of the Shonda Rhimes medical drama, for a total of 25. Grey’s is averaging a 3.1 rating among A18-49 in Live+7 Nielsens.

HGTV has an expert on hand for A Very Brady Renovation: Lloyd Schwartz, one of the producers of the original The Brady Bunch and son of series creator Sherwood Schwartz. The younger Schwartz will offer insights on stories about the set, house and cast. “It’s so surreal that I get to be part of this exciting new chapter of our show,” he said. “In some form, we’ve been on the air since the 1960s. What a perfect way to celebrate our 50th anniversary!” 

Nielsen has reached an agreement with Google that will allow Nielsen’s Total Ad Ratings to report OTT audiences and expand the measurement of mobile audience, including YouTube’s. Google had been relying on its own measurements to sell YouTube. “Providing currency caliber cross-platform audience measurement is core to our mission, and we’re excited to enhance our Total Ad Ratings product to do just that,” said Amanda Tarpey, SVP of Product Leadership, Digital at Nielsen. “Whether consumers are streaming from their TV or their smartphones, Nielsen will be able to reflect their ad viewership and incrementality as part of its audience reporting – a major step.”
Offline location intelligence and consumer insights company Cuebiq announced the launch of its TV attribution solution, offering a cross-channel view of how the media mix, including both linear and advanced television, impacts the customer journey to brick-and-mortar locations. Cuebiq’s TV attribution offering integrates opt-in TV viewing data from multiple partners into its AI-driven location intelligence platform, Clara. “Given the unique scale of our data integrations with a variety of partners, our intuitive and interactive platform enables clients to slice and dice results for deeper insights, as well as better visualize their campaign metrics and ad effectiveness,” said Antonio Tomarchio, Founder and CEO of Cuebiq.
The season twelve premiere of Murdoch Mysteries (formerly known as The Artful Detective) launches on Ovation on Saturday, April 20, at 7p. Season one of Frankie Drake Mysteries makes its debut on Saturday, June 15, at 9p.
The Biermanns are back for season seven of Don’t Be Tardy, premiering Sunday, February 17, at 9p on Bravo. Reality show moves to Fridays at 9p beginning February 22.
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Felines again face off in Hallmark Channel’s sixth annual Kitten Bowl, premiering on Sunday, February 3. On February 2, Hallmark Channel will bring back players from past Kitten Bowl competitions for an all-star game in the first annual Cat Bowl, featuring “where are they now” segments and profile pieces. Animal rescue advocate and Northshore Animal League America spokesperson Beth Stern will host both shows, with a hand from Alison SweeneyCameron MathisonRebecca Romijn, and Rodney Peete. Marquis sponsors of the programs include SubaruMeow Mix, and Ceva Animal Health. Kitten Bowl and Cat Bowl are programming elements of Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After, the network’s pet adoption advocacy initiative, and all featured cats and kittens will be up for adoption.
The Amazing Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan will host Saturday Night Live for the first time when the NBC sketch show kicks off new shows January 19. Musical guest will be Greta Van Fleet, making their debut.
New wildlife films coming up on Smithsonian Channel’s “Wild Wednesdays”: Incredible Animal Moments debuting February 6 at 8p, Amazing Pigs on February 13 at 8p, and Naked Mole Rats premiering February 20 at 8p.
The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills is unveiling the Museum of Drunk History, based on Comedy Central’s liquored-up TV show. Exhibit runs from January 9-20; admission is free.
San Francisco-based Firefly, which connects brands, rideshare drivers and local city governments, has joined the digital out-of-home marketing org DPAA. Firefly works with municipal governments to provide information on city mobility conditions.
Roku’s accounts grew 40% year over year to over 27 million, reported the company. “Strong active account growth and accelerating streaming hours point to consumers’ growing enthusiasm for streaming,” said Roku CEO Anthony Wood.
UK-based preschool app Hopster will be included in Roku’s new premium subscription service within The Roku Channel debuting in late January. Hopster will offer Roku users its ad-free service via TV, web and the Roku channel’s mobile app.
Samsung announced it is adding an app to its smart TVs that will let users view content from Apple’s iTunes. Users will be able to browse and play their existing iTunes content as well as purchase or rent new content. In other Samsung news dropping CES week, the company said its 2019 TVs will respond to commands from Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. LG also announced that viewers can get some intelligence assistance from Alexa as well as Apple’s Siri.
The U.S. consumer technology industry will grow 4% from last year, to hit a record $398 billion in retail revenue in 2019, according to a CES report from the Consumer Technology Association. “Our latest research shows innovations in AI and faster connectivity are among the key drivers for the industry’s record growth,” said CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. Top revenue driver will be smartphones, at $80 billion.
Apple is going OOH for CES, touting its consumer privacy cred on the side of a Las Vegas building as the electronics show gets underway. “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone,” reads the message, which also includes a URL that leads to Apple’s privacy pages.
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment digital lifestyle learning platform and streaming service Bluprint is launching a new writing vertical on January 23. The vertical will feature how-to courses with writing experts in a variety of disciplines.
TV nominees for the ACE Eddie Awards, honoring editors, include Atlanta, The Good Place and Portlandia for comedy for commercial television; The Americans, Better Call Saul and Killing Eve for drama for commercial television; Barry, Insecure and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for non-commercial comedy; and Bodyguard, Homecoming, Ozark and Westworld for non-commercial drama. Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony Friday, February 1.
The Directors Guild of America unveiled the nominees for the 71st DGA Awards, which will be handed out Saturday, February 2. Up for drama episodes are Jason Bateman (Ozark), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Chris Long (The Americans), Adam McKay (Succession) and Daina Reed (The Handmaid’s Tale). In the running for comedy are Donald Glover (Atlanta), Bill Hader (Barry), Hiro Murai (Atlanta), Daniel Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Amy Sherman Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).
Episodes of TV series making the cut for the American Society of Cinematographers’ ASC Awards include The Man in the High Castle, The Crown, Homeland, The Handmaid’s Tale and Peaky Blinders for non-commercial television, and Timeless, Beyond, Yellowstone, Gotham and Damnation in the commercial TV category. Ceremony takes place Saturday, February 9.
Backstage at the Golden Globes: “This is what 59 looks like,” said a triumphant Patricia Clarkson, who credits her parents and “a wonderful childhood” for allowing her to explore dark characters like the highly damaged, sinister Adora in Sharp Objects. “Adora is one for the books, but for all of her faults and foibles, I still love her,” she said…. Michael Douglas is a real family guy. Aside from touting wife Catherine Zeta-Jones’ new Facebook show Queen America, he tipped his hat to his dad, Kirk Douglas, for giving him the best advice of his life. “He was out of a school where you give it your best shot, and you want to walk away knowing you gave it the best you can and then, f**k it.”
Patricia Arquette, who took home the Globes statuette for best performance by an actress for her role in Escape at Dannemora, lauded Showtime for providing a stereotype-busting creative atmosphere. “Is she likable enough? Is she attractive enough? I felt so free. Part of that came directly from Showtime. I had not one of those kind of boundaries and input,” Arquette said backstage. She also lauded a time when television is creating more roles for women over 40. “I never thought I’d get a part like this in middle age – a sexual person, a complicated person who wants love. I don’t have the typical [Hollywood] body type, and I have friends who don’t have the typical body type and they’ve come to me and said, I want to thank you for this project.” For more of what you didn’t see during the telecast, go to Cynsiders.
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For its first exhibition at CES, Procter & Gamble is launching a number of connected products, including AI-powered Olay skin care analysis, a toothbrush that recognizes how users are brushing and a smart beauty store that uses facial recognition and gesture-driven experiences. “We’re living in a time of mass disruption, where the exponential power of technology combined with shifting societal and environmental forces are transforming consumer experiences every day,” said Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard. “P&G is integrating cutting-edge technologies into everyday products and services to improve people’s lives. We’re combining what’s needed with what’s possible.”
In addition to once again sponsoring the Super Bowl halftime show, AdWeek reports PepsiCo will air three 30-second spots: for sparkling water Bubly, Doritos and Pepsi-Cola. Creative comes from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
Season two of Harlots will debut in the UK on Starzplay via Prime Video Channels and Virgin Media on Thursday, February 14, with all eight episodes. Season one joins the subscription service four days later.
British menswear label Kent & Curwen is collaborating with Peaky Blinders for a menswear collection inspired by the series. The autumn/winter 2019 season will include items like three-piece tweed suits, peg-leg wool trousers and flat caps.
USA’s Temptation Island reboot, set to debut later this month, will air in Canada on Bell Media’s CTV and E! Entertainment channels as well as on SVOD service Crave
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In addition to our talented TV Awards finalists and Rising Star honorees, we’re proud to announce that one of the industry’s most distinguished executives, Henry Schleiff, Group President of Discovery, will be receiving the prestigious Luminary Award. Don’t miss this gathering of television’s best and brightest!

Sunday’s post-NFL Golden Globes on NBC drew 18.6 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among A18-49, down 2% versus last year in viewers but up 4% in the demo. The NFL lead-in game scored a 22.9/40 metered market rating, the best wild card overnight number for NBC since 1994.
The Discovery portfolio of networks captured the top three cable channels for W25-54 in Total Day viewing (ID at #1, HGTV at #2, and Food Network at #3) and accounted for five of the top 15 cable channels in Prime among A25-54 (Discovery Channel at #5, HGTV at #9, Food Network at #12, ID at #14, and TLC at #15) in 2018. OWN boasted five of the top 16 original scripted series in 2018 on ad-supported cable among W25-54, Travel Channel had its best year ever in 2018 among A25-54, W25-54, P2+ and Households in Primetime, and 2018 was MotorTrend‘s (formerly Velocity) best year ever during both Primetime and Total Day for ratings and delivery among P2+ and Households. 
Also in the Discovery stable, 2018 was the highest-rated year in Science Channel history among A/M/W25-54 and P2+. Among A25-54, 2018 was up 7% over the prior year and marked the fourth consecutive highest-rated year for the net. And DIY Network had its highest-rated year ever in 2018, outpacing the prior year by 2% among A25-54 ratings. Several Animal Planet programs broke records in 2018, including Puppy Bowl XIV, which was the highest-rated Puppy Bowl ever, up +30% from the prior year.
Fox’s The Masked Singer posted the largest Live+3 gain from Live+SD ever among unscripted debuts with A18-49 (3.9/16 Live+3, +0.9) and total viewers (12.3 Live+3 million, +2.9 million) and the highest-rated unscripted debut on any network in over seven years.
Sunday’s premiere episode of Univision’s Mira Quién Baila All Stars reached 4.4 million Total Viewers 2+ and averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers 2+, 690,000 A18-49 and 280,000 A18-34. Audience grew in the final hour by double-digits among Total Viewers 2+ (+13%), A18-49 (+21%) and A18-34 (+40%) compared to the first hour.  
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of December 31, 2018
Program, Total Actions (millions), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (millions)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 11.3, 72, 157, 172
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.) 1.5, 564, 2, 7.7
E! News (E!) 1.5, 491, 3, 22.2
Today Show (NBC) 1.1, 647, 1.6, 12.9
Fox & Friends (Fox News) .82, 137, 5.9, 4.4
Outlander (Starz) .74, 71, 10, 3.1
Good Morning America (ABC) .59, 510, 1.2, 12.8
The Real (Warner Bros./synd.) .58, 77, 7.5, 2.8
ABC World News Tonight (ABC) .57, 872, .65, 5.1
Gotham (Fox) .57, 84, 6.7, 5.1

Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)

TV Time’s Shows on the Rise Report for the
week of December 31
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) – 96.80%
grown-ish (Freeform) – 95.40%
The Orville (Fox) – 94.60%
Luther (BBC One) – 85.30%
The Gifted (Fox) – 62.40%
Young Justice (DC Universe) – 61.00%
Run BTS! (V Live) – 60.20%
Lethal Weapon (Fox) – 58.10%
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – 57.10%
Salvation (CBS) – 55.80%
Methodology: Every week, millions of viewers use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

Tunity Analytics Weekly National Out-of-Home Viewer Rankings for Entertainment Programs for the week of December 31, 2018

Program, OOH Viewers (000)
The Golden Globes (NBC) 2458
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (ABC) 850
New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey (Fox) 341
NBC’s New Year’s Eve (NBC) 302
Blue Bloods (CBS) 221
Young Sheldon (CBS) 183
The Masked Singer (Fox) 169
Last Days of JFK Jr. (ABC) 154
SEAL Team (CBS) 153
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 136
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, January 4, time period averages 
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 7.37 million
MacGyver 6.44, Hawaii Five-0 7.17, Blue Bloods 8.51
ABC: 4.04 million
Fresh Off the Boat 3.24, Speechless 2.52, 20/20 4.62
FOX: 3.75 million
Last Man Standing 5.68, The Cool Kids 4.30, Hell’s Kitchen 2.50
NBC: 3.25 million
The Blacklist 2.77, The Blacklist 3.91, Dateline 3.08
UNIVISION: 0.93 million
Jesus 0.94, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 0.93, Amar a Muerte 0.92
TELEMUNDO: 0.72 million
La Sultana 0.75, Falsa Identidad 0.82, Senora Acero 0.59
CW: 0.78 million
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1.02, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 0.95, Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors 0.58
Thursday A18-49: CBS 0.8/4, ABC 0.8/4, FOX 0.8/4, NBC 0.5/2, UNI 0.5/2, TELE 0.3/1, CW 0.2/1
James Williams has been hired as PBS NewsHour Executive Director of Digital Strategy and Vika Aronson as PBS NewsHour’s first podcast producer. Williams is a former VP of digital video at National Geographic and Aronson was most recently a podcast producer at Panoply and EW Scripps. Erica R. Hendry was promoted to Managing Editor for PBS NewsHour online.
SoulPancake announced the expansion of its executive roster with the hire of Jordan Allen as Senior Vice President of Revenue, Strategy, and Operations and Mick DiMaria as VP, Creative Director. Allen joins from PopSugar Studios, where he served as SVP, while DiMaria was consulting with entertainment and advertising companies.
Ariff Quli has been appointed General Manager, North America at Outbrain. Prior to Outbrain, Quli held various senior roles at CNET Networks, Vibrant Media and Blippar. 
For the 8th year in a row, we’ll celebrate the work of the most talented producers, hosts, sponsors and executives in the sports industry, saluting the initiatives that drove audiences and turned sports viewers into fans. Crossing the spectrum of television, radio, and online platforms, we’ve expanded our categories and are looking forward to spotlighting this incredible industry.

This Day in History: 1790 – George Washington gave his first State of the Union address.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: An encore of the pilot movie for which drama aired in Saturday Night Live’s late-night slot in September 1986? L.A. Law (1986-1994). Kudos to: Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago, John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, CA
Today’s Trivia Question: How many times was Angela Lansbury nominated for a Golden Globe for Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996)? (Email [email protected] 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 Monday’s Anagram: Els Confirmed Golfer = Friends From College. Kudos to: Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

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ABC: The Conners, The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, Splitting Up Together, The Rookie
CBS: NCIS, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: Supergirl [r], EA Sports Madden NFL 19 Classic
FOX: Lethal Weapon, The Gifted
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games [p], Ellen’s Game of Games, New Amsterdam
PBS: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. [p], We’ll Meet Again [f], USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter
TELEMUNDO: La Sultana, Falsa Identidad, Senora Acero
UNIVISION: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte

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