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2020 Cable Hall of Fame Celebration
April 30, 2020 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, NYC
2020 Honorees
• Bridget Baker, CEO, Baker Media Inc.
• Jim Blackley, advisor to the CEO, Charter Communications
• Cathy Hughes, founder and chairwoman, Urban One
• Alfred C. Liggins III, CEO, Urban One; chairman and CEO, TV One
• Jeff Marcus, Cable Pioneer
• Dave Watson, president and CEO, Comcast Cable
• Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports and President, CNN Worldwide
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Touchdown for Fox News’ Sean Hannity. He’ll sit down with President Donald Trump in an interview to air during Fox’s Super Bowl pregame show Sunday, February 2. The interview, to take place at the White House, will air at 3:30p and cover “an array of topics,” according to Fox News. Some portions of the interview will air on FNC show Hannity on Monday, February 3 at 9p. Trump won’t be the only politician to score a Super Bowl promo – he and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg each purchased about $10 million in ad time.

LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA on Sunday. He was 41. In addition to a remarkable basketball career, Bryant earned an Emmy and an Oscar via his Granity Studios for animated short Dear Basketball. Asked by CBS This Morning co-host Dana Jacobson in November how he wanted to be remembered 50 years from now, Bryant said, “As a person that was able to create stories that inspired children and families to bond together. And for the children to dream. Then have the initiative to wake up every morning and do all they can to help that dream become a reality – you know, that would be really, really cool.”

HBO dominated the DGA Awards over the weekend, grabbing four of the 11 trophies on the TV side: Bill Hader scored a comedy series win for HBO’s Barry, Johan Renck won for Chernobyl in the TV movie/limited series category, Nicole Kassell’s episode of Watchmen won dramatic series and Amy Schatz landed the win in the children’s program category for Song of Parkland.

Saturday Night Live paid tribute to actor/writer/director Buck Henry, who died January 8, and was a key player during the show’s formative years. Among contributions, Henry hosted the show 10 times between 1976-80, and stepped into recurring characters including the Samurai straight man alongside John Belushi and Uncle Roy, the creepy family member no one wanted to babysit them.

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Despite announcing it had sold out all ad time for this year’s Super Bowl, Fox and the NFL wrote a new playbook that enables the addition of ads and disregards former plans to trim one commercial break from each quarter of the game. The net created a “floating” commercial break, which allows for two 60-second ads from sponsors deemed longtime supporters of Fox Sports and the NFL, reports Advertising Age.

A study by Time’s Up and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative revealed women and people of color are dramatically underrepresented at film festivals around the globe, with women representing only 25 percent of directors in competition sections in the last three years. Inclusion at Film Festivals during 2017-19 examined the gender, race and ethnicity of narrative film directors, film festival programmers and execs. The study, released over the weekend during the Sundance Film Festival, analyzed demography of directors and fest programmers and execs across the top five worldwide film festivals—Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Venice—and the top 10 North American fests.

A federal court Friday heard oral arguments regarding the Big Three talent agencies’ motion to dismiss the WGA’s antitrust suit against them. If the motion gets denied, the case would the head to trial in March 2021. Last month, without ruling on the case, the judge issued a tentative ruling denying the WGA’s motion to dismiss the lawsuits brought against the guild by WME, CAA and UTA. In this latest round, however, he made no tentative ruling.

Friday, January 24 marked the 45th annual Humanitas Prize, honoring film and TV writers whose work inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the family. This year’s event, in LA, introduced two new categories: limited series, TV movie or special and short film. Ava DuVernay won in the former category for Netlix’s When They See Us; she also received the Humanitas Voice for Change Award. Among other TV winners were Yahlin Chang for drama teleplay for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Veep‘s Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck for comedy teleplay.

Call for entries are officially open for Cynopsis’ annual Top Women in Media Awards – enter yourself or a deserving colleague by April1 6th.

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NBC greenlit drama Ordinary Joe, from Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner (House), The Batman writer/director Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner, and 20th Century Fox TV. Series ponders the different directions life could take depending on whether decisions are made based on love, loyalty or passion—and shows the titular character in three parallel lives.

Comedy We The Jury got a pilot order at CBS. From 9JKL co-creator Dana Klein, writer Stephanie Darrow, Big Talk Productions and CBS Television Studios, series follows a parcel of jurors who can’t agree on anything, who are sequestered until they all agree on a verdict. It’s based on the like-titled British format, and is exec-produced by Klein and Darrow, and Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice for Big Talk.

Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell’s Gloria Sanchez Productions is moving and shaking. The company inked a three-year nonexclusive first look TV deal with Netflix, and signed a multiyear feature deal with Paramount—and named Brittney Segal as head of TV and David Koplan as head of film. The Gloria Sanchez-produced film Eurovision, starring Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, bows on Netflix in May.

Hulu tapped British playwright/screenwriter Nina Raine to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender Is The Night as a limited series. Project, from Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, follows budding psychiatrist Dick Diver, whose life of promise after marrying and moving to the French Riviera unravels in a tangle of personal and professional missteps.

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper is set to host Quibi series Punk’d, which puts unsuspecting A-listers into over-the-top situations. Series, from MTV Studios and STXtelevision, reimagines the iconic MTV program in short-form.

The Marvel Universe is shrinking at Hulu. Marvel animated series Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler are not moving ahead at the streamer, reports Deadline, leaving Hit Monkey and M.O.D.O.K. as the two sole animated Marvel series chez Hulu. M.O.D.O.K.. and live-action Marvel project Helstrom already are in production. Marvel is a key brand on Disney+.

Jeff Colllns wasted no time after sashaying away from Dance Moms producer Collins Avenue, which he founded more than 10 years ago in a joint venture with Content Media. He’s got a new gig as president of new LA-based production house Catalina Content, backed by UK’s Sky Studios.

Writer Hossein Amini is out at the Obi-Wan Kenobi series in the works Disney+. Disney reportedly wanted to overhaul the scripts and Amini headed for the door, halting preproduction of the show in London.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 24-26
Bad Boys for Life (Sony) $34.0 million (week 2) cume revenue $120.6 million
1917 (Universal) $15.8 million (week 5), cume revenue $103.9 million
Dolittle (Universal) $12.5 million (week 2) cume revenue $44.7 million
The Gentleman (STX) $11.0 million opening weekend
Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures) $7.9 million (week 7), cume revenue $283.4 million
The Turning (Universal) $7.3 million opening weekend
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (Walt Disney) $5.3 million (week 6), cume revenue $501.6 million
Little Women (Sony) $4.7 million (week 5), cume revenue $93.7 million
Just Mercy (Paramount) $4.1 million (week 5), cume revenue $27.1 million
Knives Out (Lionsgate) $3.7 million (week 9), cume revenue $151.9 million
Source: Comscore


Season 2 of Universal Kids’ American Ninja Warrior Junior bows Saturday, February 22 at 7p, with Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila back to host alongside new co-host Paralympian Gold Medalist Victoria Arlen.

Showtime docuseries The Trade premieres Friday, March 6 at 9p. The network dropped the trailer and key art for the four-part series, which follows Central Americans traveling to the US and delves into the shadow industries that prey on them during their journey, ahead of its premiere next week at Sundance.

Season 1 of BBC Studios’ Australian animated preschool series Bluey launched on Disney+. Series also continues to air weekdays on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.


History unveiled mobile game Project Blue Book The Game: Hidden Mysteries, which coincides with the recent season premiere of drama series Project Blue Book. Game is free to play and available on Apple App Store or Google Play.


Because we can’t get enough… ABC News will air primetime special Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and the Crown on Wednesday, January 29 at 10p. Correspondent Deborah Roberts reports on the scuttlebutt surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they embark on their new lives as non-working members of the royal family.


Rights to globally distribute a new documentary that recounts the final year of John Lennon’s life have gone to Drive. The production-funding and distribution agency sealed the deal for John Lennon – The Final Year, produced by Reda Films in collaboration with UK indie production company History Television International, ahead of the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s death. The doc delves into the former Beatle’s final year, which saw him emerge from virtual retirement to renewed artistic success.


History launched its first original podcast, History This Week, hosted by radio producer Sally Helm. Publishing each Monday, podcast probes a historical event that occurred that week beginning with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to Coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Orlando Jones (American Gods) scored a recurring role opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in season 2 of Spectrum series L.A.’s Finest… Dexter Darden landed a lead role in Peacock’s Saved By The Bell reboot, joining original series cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez… In a recasting, Jessalyn Gilsig (Vikings) joins Disney+ series Big Shot in a lead role opposite John Stamos.

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The January 18 premiere of Seven Worlds, One Planet simulcast on BBC America, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV delivered 1.9 million viewers and 652,000 A25-54 across the four networks. The episode ranked as a top 10 nature telecast on ad-supported US television, posting significant gains over last year’s tentpole nature series, Dynasties. During the first three days since premiere, Seven Worlds, One Planet also is tracking 50 percent higher than Dynasties on digital platforms.

The Sunday, January 19, premiere of new Fox drama 9-1-1: Lone Star delivered a 3.7/17 Live + 3 Day rating and 14 million L3 viewers, making it this season’s No. 1 series debut in both metrics. Across all platforms, the debut averaged 15.3 million viewers.

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, January 23 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD

ABC: 5.94 million
Station 6.98, Grey’s Anatomy 6.65, A Million Little Things 4.20
CBS: 3.79 million
Young Sheldon 5.58, The Unicorn 3.80, Mom 3.97, The Gayle King Grammy Special 2.63
FOX: 3.51 million
Last Man Standing 4.45, Outmatched 3.23, Deputy 3.18
NBC: 2.23 million
Superstore 2.73, The Good Place 2.11, Will & Grace 2.30, Perfect Harmony 1.42, Law & Order: SVU 2.39
CW: 0.87 million
Supernatural 1.02, Legacies 0.72,
Thursday A18-49 Rating
ABC 1.1/6, FOX 0.6/4, NBC 0.5/3, CBS 0.5/3, CW 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, January 24 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD

CBS: 5.15 million
Hawaii Five-0 5.30, Magnum P.I. 4.97, Blue Bloods 5.17
ABC: 3.33 million
American Housewife 3.40, Fresh Off the Boat 2.38, 20/20 3.55,
FOX: 2.47 million
WWE Friday Night Smackdown 2.47
NBC: 2.39 million
US Figure Skating Championships 2.39
CW: 0.48 million
Charmed 0.61, Dynasty 0.35
Friday A18-49 Rating
FOX 0.7/4, ABC 0.6/3, CBS 0.4/2, NBC 0.3/2, CW 0.1/1


MGM Television is bolstering its scripted programming coffers with three new hires. Bradley Gardner, formerly at Paramount Network and TV Land, has been named SVP of Orion Television, focusing on comedy and drama. Former Automatik SVP of television Christopher Goble joins as VP, Orion Television and will focus on the horror/sci-fi genres. And Jina Jones will serve as head of studio development for MGM’s partnership with Brat TV, developing scripted content for YA audiences. Jones previously was VP of scripted at Awesomeness.

Emmy-wining producer Chachi Senior joined Truly Original as head of development. Senior most recently was head of alternative development and original programming at Paramount Network.

Ashley McFarlin Buie joined WE tv as VP of development. The founder of Bird’s Eye Entertainment has produced series including Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Potomac and The First Family of Hip Hop.

Intuitive Content appointed producer Patrick McMahill as VP of production and development. Previously, McMahill was director of the second season of HGTV series Home Town.

Out at Endemol Shine Group shingle House of Tomorrow are Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker and collaborator Annabel Jones. The two have been in negotiations with Netflix about an exclusive deal for several months.


Marsha Kramer, the actress who most recently had a role on ABC’s Modern Family playing Margaret, assistant to Ed O’Neill’s character, has died. She was 74. Her other TV credits included Frasier, NCIS, Days of Our Lives and Malcolm in the Middle.

This Day in History
1888 – The National Geographic Society was founded in DC.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Who was the only main character on Cheers (1982-1993) not to make an appearance on Frasier (1993-2004)? Rebecca/Kirstie Alley. Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NY; Michael Goodman-Radio One/Atlanta; Corey Lambert-Showtime Networks/NY; Saxony Nielsen-NCSolutions/NY; Rory Rosegarten-The Conversation Company/Roslyn, NY; Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago; Dave Sikula-San Francisco State University/SF

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Which series featured the brother of the twin stars playing three different characters in three guest appearances? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)

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Monday, January 27, 2020
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CW: All-American, Black Lightening
FOX: 9-1-1: Lonestar, Prodigal Son
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Manifest
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, No Passport Required, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Exation Estas Unidos, La Dona, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Ringo, Amor Eterno, Rubi


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