01/11/16: Michael Strahan to host prime time Pyramid; ABC orders S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off pilot; Starz projects target Latino viewers



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01.11.16

Good morning. It’s Monday January 11, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Cartoon: LEGO NEXO Knights at 5:30p
Food Network: Cake Wars at 9p
Fusion: Real Future at 10p
Myx TV: mydiveo LIVE! at 10p

IN THE NEWS

CBS announced a spring schedule that includes special airings of CSI: Cyber on Wednesday at 10p on March 2 and March 9, ahead of the new premiere date for Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders in the time slot, March 16. Elementary moves from Thursdays to Sundays at 10p on March 20, and the series premiere of Rush Hour is set for Thursday, March 31 at 10p.

Michael Strahan will host ABC celeb-filled summer game show $100,000 Pyramid. It’s familiar territory for the Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-host of daytime’s Live! With Kelly and Michael, who said, “Growing up, Pyramid was one of my favorite shows to watch with my family.” SMAC Entertainment produces in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Doctor Who is getting a spin-off series. BBC America eight-parter Class, set in a school in contemporary London, will be exec produced by Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, and written by author Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls). The net also announced thriller Prey, debuting Thursday, February 25 at 10p, and self-explanatory Valentine’s Day special Adele: Live in London.

Tomorrow’s a big day for ABC Family, transitioning to Freeform with a daylong virtual event. Launch partnerships include a Social DNA Project with Twitter; alive stream of events via Periscope; a Vine booth; a BuzzFeed Facebook Live chat and a custom Pretty Little Liars Facebook icon; Instagram content and talent takeovers, and a PLL Snapchat filter. As for the new name, Freeform “speaks to the network’s ongoing priority to super-serve Becomers, fans on that epic adventure of becoming and adult.” And that means being super social.

It’s good to be YouTube right now. “TV viewing actually peaked in 2009,” noted chief business officer Robert Kyncl at CES. “Prior to that, TV had grown every single year for 50 years. Already the youngest millennials are watching more digital video than TV. In fact, it has now overtaken social media as their top online activity.” After his keynote, Kyncl sat down with Cynopsis. If digital’s the destination, what’s the trend in longform content? “In general what you see is the content lengthening but at the same time, you see continued increase in engagement of shortform content,” said Kyncl. “We don’t really have a policy where we favor one of the other, we are just watching the trends. When we produce content ourselves for YouTube Red it makes sense we make it a little bit longer so we can differentiate it from what’s in front of the pay wall. We are looking to release something every month, in different genres but mostly focusing on younger audiences.”

Beyonce will be featured in the Super Bowl halftime show, joining headliner Coldplay. The superstar singer, who has a vocal on the British band’s new album, starred in the halftime show three years ago. Big game is Sunday, February 7.

Who’s counting? A+E Networks Digital Media reported its best year ever for all metrics, according to Adobe Analytics, with 10 percent year-over-year growth in total video views (734 million), a 19 percent boost in uniques (24.8 million), 16 percent rise in total visits (493 million) and 15 percent lift in total minutes (7.3 billion).

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

ABC picked up to pilot Sony Pictures Television drama The Jury, written by VJ Boyd (Justified) and Mark Bianculli (Self Promotion), and exec produced by Carol Mendelsohn (CSI). The net also ordered a pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted.

The Son, based on Philippe Meyer’s novel about the bloody rise of a Texas family, landed a straight-to-series order from AMC. Historical drama will be produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment and written and exec produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevey and showrunner Kevin Murphy (Defiance).

Filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks) will direct an episode of CW’s DC Comics series The Flash in May. Smith is a comic book writer who owns a comic book store in New Jersey.

UK producer October Films landed a commission for National Geographic Channel’s Mygrations, about a “human herd” of 20 hardy souls attempting to complete Africa’s grueling, six-week Wlldebeest migration. Docu-series launches on Nat Geo in the U.S. this spring, as well as globally.

While TNT picked up drama pilots Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom to series, Home did not make the cut. But that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the effort from Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Horizon.  “It was actually a really good pilot,” said TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly. “I think someone else will end up picking it up.”

Starz is targeting Latino viewers with new projects in development. There’s a partnership with Televisa USA to develop original series Maleficio, based on hit 1983-84 Mexican telenovela El Maleficio, while Pour Vida tells the tale of two sisters who open a wine and tapas bar in East LA  “ a story that has yet to be told on television,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director, Starz. “There is heart and humor in capturing the first-generation experience.” And supernatural series Santeria, from Cuban writer/director Alejandro Brugues (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), focuses on opposing sects in Cuba.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 8-10, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Buena Vista) $41.6 (week 4), cume revenue $812.0 million
The Revenant (20th Century Fox) $38.0 million (week 3) cume revenue $39.6 million
Daddy’s Home (Paramount) $15.0 million (week 3), cume revenue $116.3 million
The Forest (Gramercy) $13.1 million, opening weekend
Sisters (Universal) $7.2 million (week 4), cume revenue $74.9 million
The Hateful Eight (Weinstein) $6.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $41.5 million
The Big Short (Paramount) $6.3 million (week 5), cume revenue $42.8 million
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (20th Century Fox) $5.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $75.6 million
Joy (20th Century Fox) $4.5 million (week 3), cume revenue $46.6 million
Concussion (Sony) $3.1 million (week 36), cume revenue $31.0 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


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COMING UP

Elton John will perform two songs on ABC special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. Fans can participate in the performance with the interactive Disney Applause app, or go the virtual reality route with the Jaunt VR app. Anniversary special airs Sunday, February 21 at 8p.

RETURNING SERIES

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead kicks off its sophomore season Sunday, April 10 at 9p. The fifteen-episode run will be split in two parts, with the first seven airing in the spring, and the remainder held until later in 2016. Weekly aftershow Talking Dead follows at 10p. Season three of the net’s TURN: Washington’s Spies launches Monday, April 25 at 10p.

Not feeling hearts-and-flowery? Here’s a Valentine’s Day plan: Midseason premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead is set for Sunday, February 14 at 9p, followed by Talking Dead. Comic Book Men returns at midnight. The next night brings the season two bow of Better Call Saul at 10p.

ABC summer show Celebrity Family Feud will be back for a second season this summer, along with host Steve Harvey. Based on Live+7 data, Feud was the most-watched new summer show on network television in 2015, averaging 9.4 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among A18-49.

Project Runway All Stars is back for season five Thursday, February 11 at 9p on Lifetime. With a twist: for the first time, judges Alyssa Milano, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman will oversee an “anonymous” runway, unaware who created each garment.

Season two of Food Network’s All-Star Academy returns Sunday, February 14 at 10p. Returning mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone are joined by newcomers Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern.

With dollars steadily migrating to programmatic and technology ramping up, it’s time to get up to speed on a rapidly-changing ecosystem. Join Cynopsis on Thursday, January 28, for the webinar, Programmatic TV 2016: The Keys to Mining Data and Measurement, to get the tools your team needs to understand the opportunities and challenges of unprecedented behavioral targeting. Experts from placemedia, Turner, Dish and Fiksu will be on hand to offer the latest intel and insights, as well as answer audience questions. Register here.

NEW SERIES

AMC six-part The Night Manager debuts Tuesday, April 19 at 10p. Event series is based on the John le Carre thriller.

WGN America thriller Outsiders premieres Tuesday, January 26 at 9p, while Civil War-era set Underground, centered on the underground railroad, arrives Wednesday, March 9 at 10p.

No time to waste on Five Day Flip, joining HGTV Thursday, February 4 at 11p. Budget-friendly transformations include quick but high-impact improvements.

The joys and challenges of new parenthood are chronicled in TLC’s Rattled (ha!), premiering Tuesday, February 2 at 10p. Four diverse couples navigate newborns in the docu-series from Magilla Entertainment and Flower Films.

Syfy’s The Magicians doesn’t premiere until Monday, January 25 at 9p, but the first episode is available now on Syfy.com and on demand. Series is based on Lev Grossman best-sellers about a New York university specializing in magic.

StarzThe Girlfriend Experience launches Sunday, April 10 at 8p. Limited series starring Riley Keough (Magic Mike) is based on the 2009 movie from Steven Soderbergh about young woman who juggles her job as a law firm intern with off-hours transactional relationships. Binging allowed for Starz subscribers.

Premiere dates for Hulu originals include Monday, February 15 for 11/22/63, about a high school teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK, and Wednesday, March 30 for The Path, following a family at the center of a controversial cult. 

How does IFC attract top tier comedy talent like Bill Hader and Fred Armisen? “World travels quickly in this circle of people,” says president and GM Jennifer Caserta. “How you treat people and their projects is wildly important.” For more on the “Always on, slightly off” network, check out the latest Cynsiders.

ADVERTISING & BRANDS

There will be less commercial clutter on TNT and TBS this year: ad loads in new dramas launching in 2016 will be reduced by 50%. Saying the initiative, following a similar announcement by Turner sib truTV, has “been getting a great response from clients,” Kevin Reilly admitted that by increasing ad inventory over the years, “We have overstuffed the bird.”

Fresh Off the Boat and restaurant chain Panda Express are partnering for a Chinese New Year stunt. January 13 through February 3, Panda outlets will display branded Fresh Off the Boat Chinese New Year posters and table tents featuring the ABC comedy’s Huang family. Boat sails back with a new episode Tuesday, February 2 at 8p.

TCA TALK

On hand at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to talk about Discovery true crime series The Killing Fields, co-exec producer Barry Levinson said it doesn’t matter whether the show’s cold case in question is solved. “Where it differs from other of the other type of documentary shows that are doing that, I think we have an investment in the characters…we have investment in character in search of an answer.”

Count ABC president Paul Lee in favor of Castle returning for a ninth season. “We’d love for Castle to keep going for years to come,” said Lee. “There are a lot of good ideas for that.” The big question mark: actors Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, whose contracts are up. While the writers, as they did last year, await word on whether their show will keep its stars, “Everything that has been set up will come to a conclusion this season,” said co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter

ABC’s Bachelor franchise has been criticized for a lack of diversity, but that’s a problem Paul Lee suggested will soon be corrected. “We’re doing a whole lot of tweaks,” Lee told reporters. “I’d be very surprised if The Bachelorette in the summer isn’t diverse.”

Anderson Cooper appeared via satellite (he was later hosting a town hall meeting with President Obama on CNN) on behalf of Nothing Left Unsaid, the documentary he exec produced about his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. “She’s the most youthful person I know, even at almost 92,” said Anderson of his mom, who was sitting onstage. Cooper recalled finding “amazing” letters to Vanderbilt from Howard Hughes in a storage unit… along with a forgotten box of corn flakes.

“We’re in the midst of doing it,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht about readying an OTT app. “Nothing really to talk about right now…but it seems as if the new and the old are willing to exist side by side for a while.”

Kevin Reilly revealed that “a total reinvention” of TNT and TBS is in the works, with TNT “bolder, less by the book, more muscular,” and TBS programmed with “unapologetic, daring comedy that builds a bridge with Adult Swim.”

Saddle up for more Deadwood. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said series creator David Milch is working on a script for a movie based on the 2004-2006 series starring Ian McShane and Timothy Oliphant, among others.

GLOBAL GOINGS-ON

DCD Rights struck deals for BBC Productions’ four-part documentary Mumbai Railway in Scandinavia, Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, CIS and Sub-Saharan Africa (Viasat Explore  MTG World), Australia (SBS), New Zealand (Living TV), Netherlands (RTL) and Czech Republic (Prima TV). 

CASTING

Laura Dern has joined the cast of the Twin Peaks revival on Showtime, reports TVLine. Dern joins her Blue Velvet (1986) costar, Kyle MacLachlan.

Anthony Starr (Banshee) landed a role on upcoming CBS drama American Gothic, opposite Justin Chatwin and Megan Ketch.

Colombian actor Juan Pablo Raba has joined upcoming History drama Six, following a Navy SEAL team.

Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) will star in Hulu’s Shuteye. Series focuses on the world of storefront psychics.

DISTRIBUTION & CARRIAGE

Hulu and Sony announced a deal that will add full seasons of series and films from Sony Pictures to the streaming service. Offerings include all episodes of The Shield, Party Of Five, Dawson’s Creek, Damages as well as films from Sony archives.

WGN America will become available on NY-based Cablevision starting January 16, expanding the net’s reach to 80 million homes across cable platforms. “We’re no longer a Superstation,” said net president Matthew Cherniss at TCA on Friday.

The CW and Litton Entertainment inked a multi-year deal for Saturday morning educational block One Magnificent Morning. Pact runs through the 2020-21 season.


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RATINGS

The debut of Jennifer Lopez drama Shades of Blue won its 10p time slot Thursday with 1.8/6 among A18-49, up two tenths from its lead-in, The Blacklist, and drew 8.6 million viewers, NBC’s first viewership win against ABC and CBS since 2007. CBS’s Angel From Hell, starring Jane Lynch, bowed to 1.6/5 in the demo.

E!‘s Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Royals hit season highs on Sunday, January 3 in Live+3. Kardashians at 9p delivered season highs across total viewers and all key demos, including 3.6 million P2+, 2.3 million P18-49 and 1.8 million W18-49. At 10p, Royals delivered 1.5 million P2+, a total viewer high its second season, and its most watched episode since the season premiere with 891,000 P18-49 and 649,000 W18-49. 

CNN’s town hall featuring President Obama, Guns in America, averaged 845,000 viewers among A25-54 on Thursday, almost four times the number in the news demo for the past four Thursdays.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: FOX had the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 2.7/9, according to Nielsen. CBS’s Big Bang Theory (3.8/13) and Life in Pieces (2.1/7) averaged 3.0/10 to win 8p, followed by 2.5/9 for Fox’s American Idol. Idol rose to first at 9p with 2.9/9, versus a 1.7/6 average for CBS’s Mom and newcomer Angel From Hell. NBC’s new Shades of Blue topped 10p with 1.8/6; CBS’s Elementary was second with 1.2/4.

A18-49: FOX 2.7/9, CBS 2.0/7, NBC 1.5/5, UNI .9/3, ABC .8/3, TELE .8/3, ION .3/1, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, January 7, 2016  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 6.1/10
American Idol 6.1/10
NBC: 4.2/7
Heroes Reborn 2.4/4, Blacklist 4.8/8, Shades of Blue 5.5/10
CBS: 5.8/10
Big Bang Theory 9.7/16, Life in Pieces 5.8/9, Mom 5.5/9, Angel From Hell 5.1/9, Elementary 4.3/8
ABC: 2.0/3
Beyond the Tank 2.8/5, My Diet Is Better Than Yours 1.6/3
UNIVISION: 1.3/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.4/2, Yo No Creo en Hombres 1.4/3
ION: 1.2/2
Blue Bloods 1.3/2, Blue Bloods 1.3/2, Blue Bloods 1.2/2
TELEMUNDO: 1.1/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo el Mismo 1.0/2, Senora de Acero 1.2/2
CW: .4/1
Vampire Diaries [r] .5/1, Originals [r] .4/1


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This Day in History:
1861 – Alabama seceded from the Union.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: In Saved by the Bell (1989-1993), what were Zack and Kelly dressed up as the night they broke up? Romeo and Juliet. Kudos to: Katie Guhl-Zero Point Productions/NYC, Erik Neinstedt-Disney/Orlando, Megan Napier-Scripps Networks Interactive/Knoxville, TN, Lana Weissbard-Reelz/NYC, Mandi Shulman-Continental Television/Chicago, Simon Bassett-CBC/Toronto, Irma Lozano-Brand One/LA, Paul Blutter-Hollywood Depot Rentals/Burbank, Adam Deverell-Cox Reps/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

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CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCER: My expertise is creating and producing morning news formats. I can fix your morning show. Contact me: http://morningnewsexpert.com/morning-news-expert/ (1/20)

SITUATION WANTED: T.J. Shanks, Producer and Director with 15 years experience in build/process, talk, hosted, and docu-soap experience. Experienced working with Discovery, BRAVO, MTV, Comedy Central, E!, Animal Planet, & Spike. Located in Los Angeles CA. [email protected] (1/19)

SITUATION WANTED: Associate Producer: Exp’d AP in NYC with five and half yrs exp in film and TV with extensive experience in production management and coordinating. Very organized, detail oriented, and adaptable. Email: [email protected] for resume and references. (1/19)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.


WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY JANUARY 11, 2016


ABC: The Bachelor, Bachelor Live
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], The Big Bang Theory [r], Scorpion [r], NCIS: Los Angeles  [r]
CW: Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r], Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r]
FOX: MasterChef [r]
NBC: Superstore, Telenovela, The Biggest Loser
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
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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