01/10/22: Magnolia loses its “Home Work”

 

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Monday January 10, 2022

Today’s Premieres
Acorn TV: Queens of Mystery
Discovery: Street Outlaws: OKC at 8p; Street Outlaws: Farmtruck and AZN at 10p
Magnolia Network: The French Chef at 7a
Netflix: Undercover
Newsy: The Why at 10p
TLC: Darcey & Stacey at 8p; David & Annie: After the 90 Days at 9p; Loren & Alexi: After the 90 Days at 9:37p
Vice: Black Market With Michael K. Williams at 10p

IN THE NEWS

Renovation series “Home Work” has been yanked from just-launched cable net Magnolia Network. The move follows allegations of shoddy work, unsafe conditions, soaring budgets and lack of communication by former clients of Utah-based hosts Andy and Candis Meredith. “Magnolia Network is aware that certain homeowners have expressed concerns about renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith. Within the last few days, we have learned additional information about the scope of these issues, and we have decided to remove ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network line up pending a review of the claims that have been made,” said network President Allison Page. “Home Work” debuted in July on discovery+, with Magnolia’s digital launch. Responded the Merediths to client complaints, “We can only say that there are two sides to every story.”

Amid soaring Covid-19 cases, NATPE has canceled its 2022 in-person conference, which had been scheduled to take place in Miami January 18-20. “Although this decision from a financial point of view will cost the organization a great deal of money, that was secondary to our primary concern, which is to put the welfare of our members first,” said JP Bommel, NATPE President and CEO. “We put a great deal of safety protocols in place, but it is just not enough given the intensity of this virus.” NATPE is in the process of developing a plan to create both virtual and in-person events throughout the year.

Prime Video has canceled “I Know What You Did Last Summer” after one season. The YA horror series was a refresh of the 1973 novel and 1997 slasher film.

Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, March 11, rather than debut in theaters. “Given the delayed box office recovery, particularly for family films, flexibility remains at the core of our distribution decisions,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically.

Discovery shares rose 17% on Friday, after a Bank of America analyst upgraded the company from “neutral” to “buy.” Raved Jessica Reif Ehrlich of the company’s planned $43 billion merger with WarnerMedia, “Under the right management—which we believe Warner Bros. Discovery has/will have—the combination of these highly complementary assets, has the potential to create a global media powerhouse driven by creative and content leadership. As a combined entity, we believe Warner Bros. Discovery has the potential to be the most dynamic global media company.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

A female-driven reimagining of 1955-56 sitcom “The Honeymooners is in development at CBS. The project comes from Two Shakes Entertainment and CBS Studios, with EPs Lindsey Shockley (“Mixed-ish”) writing and Kelly Park (“Country Comfort”) directing.

PBS Masterpiece and UK’s Channel 5 have ordered seasons three and four of “All Creatures Great and Small.” The hit reboot from Playground (“Wolf Hall”) drew 10 million US viewers for season one and over 5 million across the pond.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Season two of Syfy’s “Resident Alien” lands Wednesday, January 26 at 9p. The series is based on the Dark Horse comics.

“The Boys” returns to Prime Video with a three-episode season three premiere on Friday, June 3. New episodes will drop Fridays, leading to the season finale July 8.

Also headed for a sophomore run is “Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries” on Wednesday, January 19 at 8p on PBS (check local listings). First up is a look under the sea at turtles, seals, sharks and more.

Women face a unique challenge in today’s financial environment, notes Jennifer Halloran, Head of Brand and Advertising at MassMutual.They remain vastly underserved and underinsured, often because the subject, as it is for everyone, is so daunting. But also because of lack of knowledge about how to handle their finances,” Halloran says. See the steps MassMutual is taking to remedy that, in Cynsiders.

COMING UP

Decades Network remembers Sidney Poitier, who died January 6 at age 94, with an episode of “The Dick Cavett Show” today, January 10 at 9p. Weigel Broadcasting sib Movies! Network will jump in with Poitier’s first credited screen role, “No Way Out,” on Monday, February 7. The network will also air a special Icon-A-Thon presentation of three of the screen legend’s films on Monday, February 28: “No Way Out,” “Edge of the City” and “Blackboard Jungle.”

SPORTS MEDIA AWARDS: ENTRY CATEGORIES RELEASED NEXT WEEK

 

Stay tuned as Sports Media Awards, celebrating its 10th anniversary, releases this year’s award categories on Monday, January 10th.

 

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RATINGS

 

With Christmas Movies all day every day through Christmas Day, the last week of the year was UPtv’s strongest week of 2021 in HH. Christmas Movies reached 18.4 million P2+ viewers during the holiday season, with viewership year-over-year up in HH (+30%), W35-64 (+29%) and P35-64 (+25%).

Nearly 5 million total viewers tuned in on Sunday, January 2, for HGTV’s “Home Town.” The episode delivered a .65 Live+3 rating among P25-54, up 86% from prior six week levels, and a .86 Live+3 rating among W25-54, a 102% increase. It also was the #3 cable premiere among upscale P25-54, upscale W25-54, and upscale households.

Fox News Channel’s coverage on the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack on the Capitol garnered 1.6 million total viewers and 245,000 among 25-54 in total day. Between the hours of 9-11a, FNC earned 1.6 million viewers and 232,000 in the demo for the remarks by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs,” featuring Mike Rowe, returned after a nearly decade-long hiatus and was a top 10 cable telecast among P25-54 (#9), M25-54 (#7), P18-49 (#10), and M18-49 (#8).

Seven shows in TLC’s juggernaut “90 Day Fiancé” franchise hit or topped 2.0 million viewers in 2021, according to Nielsen Live+7 data, including “Happily Ever After: Tell All” (3.3 million), “90 Day Fiancé: Tell All” (3.2 million), “90 Day Fiancé” (3.1 million), “The Other Way: Tell All” (2.8 million), “Happily Ever After” (2.7 million), “The Other Way” (2.6 million), and “Before the 90 Days” (2.2 million).

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, January 6
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Women of the Movement 3.13 (0.4), Women of the Movement 2.81 (0.4), Let the World See 2.68 (0.4)
CBS: Young Sheldon 7.18 (0.7), United States of Al 5.35 (0.5), Ghosts 6.23 (0.6), B Positive 4.82 (0.4), Bull 4.60 (0.4)
CW: Walker 0.55 (0.1), Legacies 0.30 (0.1)
FOX: Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer 3.44 (0.4), Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer 2.57 (0.3)
NBC: The Blacklist 3.44 (0.4), Law & Order: SVU 3.96 (0.6), Law & Order: Organized Crime 3.22 (0.5)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

FreeWheel has appointed Mark McKee as General Manager. McKee was most recently U.S. Chief Revenue Officer. McKee succeeds Dave Clark.

Allen Media Group has named Shaun Williams to the newly-created position of Chief Financial Officer of Allen Media Studios. Williams was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Solstice Studios,

Michelle Mendelovitz is stepping down as SVP and Head of Drama Development at 20th Television. Mendelovitz, who joined the company from Apple TV+ in March 2020, will stay until the end of the month to assist with the transition.

Also headed for the exit is Scott Rosenberg, SVP and GM of Platform Business at Roku. The exec, who plans to depart in the spring, called his almost ten years at Roku “the most rewarding time of my career, without a close second.”

This Day in History
1929 – The first Adventures of Tintin comic book was published.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which TV and Hollywood multihyphenate made a cameo as Admiral Robert Bennett in the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot? Tyler Perry. Kudos to: Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Marcy Natkin-Disney/LA; Randall Bosley-Studio Talent Group/Santa Monica, CA; Dan Whitford-CTTW/Chicago; Sandy Spiegel-WTTW/Chicago; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA

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Which 1960s medical drama had the same name as an episode of “Doctor Who” that aired years later? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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