01/13/17: FX renews American Horror Story for two more seasons, pushes Crime Story to 2018; Ellen Pompeo makes a deal with The Devil; Jennifer Beals lands Amazon role


Good morning. It’s Friday January 13, 2017 and this is your first early morning briefing.

Cynopsis will not publish on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16. We’ll be back, bright and early, on Tuesday.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Discovery: The Wheel at 10p
Lifetime: Bring It! at 9p, The Rap Game at 10p
NatGeo Wild: Outback Wrangler at 8p, Snake City at 10p

Saturday’s Premiere:
BET: Queen Boss at 10p

Saturday’s Finale:
Travel: Ghost Adventures at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Finding Bigfoot at 9p
Bravo: First Family of Hip Hop at 9p
Food: The Kitchen Sink at 11a
HBO: The Young Pope at 9p
ID: Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence at 9p, Murder Calls at 11p
PBS: Victoria on Masterpiece at 9p
RLTV: Urban American Outdoors at 12p
Showtime: Homeland at 9p
TLC: Long Lost Family: What Happened Next at 10p
Travel: Top Secret Beaches at 10p

Sunday’s Finale:
PBS: Sherlock on Masterpiece at 8p

Monday’s Premieres:
Discovery: Fast N’ Loud at 9p, Diesel Brothers at 10p
Nat Geo: The Story of God with Morgan Freeman at 9p
RD-TV: Horse Master with Julie Goodnight at 2p  
Smithsonian: Rock ’N’ Roll Inventions at 8p
TLC: Counting Down at 9p

Monday’s Finales:
Cartoon Network: Regular Show at 6:30p
Cooking: Food: Fact or Fiction? at 10p


American Horror Story was renewed for two additional seasons, in addition to its previously announced seventh season. The news was announced at FX Networks’ presentation at the TCA winter 2017 on Thursday.“American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and  as evidenced by the most recent installment ‘Roanoke’ – it remains as vital today as when ‘Murder House’ stunned audiences six years ago,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions FX Networks. “Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot. We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come.”

As for American Horror Story’s seventh season, Murphy noted that the show would not be going back in time. “It’s a modern-day story,” he told reporters, adding that AHS vets Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters would both be back.

Meanwhile, American Crime Story’s Hurricane Katrina-themed second season on FOX has been pushed to 2018. Landgraf explained that the network has “really high ambitions” for the project. “It’s about character and larger themes. It’s just taking time, frankly, to get material we’re happy with…. Also, when you’re shooting in New Orleans, you have to worry about hurricanes.” As a result, the Katrina and Versace installments will air within about six months of each other.

On the subject of the Versace project, which explores the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace, show creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that, despite reports, Lady Gaga will not be playing Donatella Versace.

FX Productions signed Atlanta creator Donald Glover to an exclusive overall television production deal. Glover will develop television series for FX Networks and other networks and streaming services, in addition to continuing to executive produce, write, direct and star in Atlanta. FX also announced that Atlanta will not return for a second season until 2018 due to Glover’s production schedule.

Premiere dates were set for upcoming FX Networks projects. Ryan Murphy’s limited series, Feud: Bette and Joan bows Sunday, March 5 at 10p on FX, while Archer moves to FXX for its eighth season on Wednesdays, starting April 5 at 10p.

There may be hope for Disney Channel’s recently canceled Girl Meets World, reports TVLine. “There are talks underway, but we’re at the very very beginning stages,” revealed Creator Michael Jacobs.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and other company executives arrived at Trump Tower on Thursday for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. According to Bloomberg, the meeting was being held to discuss AT&T’s proposed $85 billion bid to acquire Time Warner Inc. While on the campaign trail, Trump said he would block the deal.
Smithsonian Channel airs The Obama Years: The Power of Words on Monday, February 27 at 8p. Narrated by actor and producer Jesse Williams, the special tells the story of Barack Obama, “writer in chief,” taking viewers inside the defining moments of his political career through his most memorable speeches.

The archive for Mad Men was donated to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin by Matthew Weiner, the series creator, EP, writer and director, and Lionsgate, which produced the series. Materials include script drafts and notes, props, costumes, digital records and video relating to the creation, production and marketing of the series.


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Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) has teamed with comic book publisher IDW Entertainment to develop The Devil, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Based on the novel The Devil: Britain’s Most Feared Underworld Taxman, by Graham Johnson, the drama is being eyed as a limited series, although no network has been attached.

Lionsgate partnered with executive producer Jeff Apploff to create original non-scripted series and formats for Lionsgate Television through his Apploff Entertainment banner. Under the agreement, Lionsgate will have exclusive rights to television content produced by Apploff Entertainment. In addition to the Apploff deal, the company is readying the network reality series Kicking & Screaming for FOX and Candy Crush in partnership with CBS and Activision’s King Digital Media


Cynopsis will be honoring today’s top advertising talent at the Buyers & Planners Awards celebration in NYC on February 7. But before that party starts, we want to introduce you to some of our all-star nominees. First up: Kyle McAteer, Senior Media Planner, Digital at Horizon Media.

Cynopsis: What’s the biggest challenge facing the ad community today?
Kyle McAteer:
Cohesive measurement and attribution. From my experiences starting in this industry 4 years ago, the lines between TV and online video continue to merge, yet as a community we have not come together to produce a truly cohesive measurement tool inclusive of all advertising channel’s attribution.

Cynopsis: What in your background best helped prepare you for a job in media planning?
I graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication and I am where I am today because of what I learned from the exceptional advertising professionals and professors in COM. Boston University’s Ad Lab is the country’s largest full-service, student-run ad agency and provided me with the opportunity to create real, cutting-edge, effective work for clients such as Cupcake Vineyards Wines and Harvard Medical prior to graduating.

Cynopsis: What do you find most rewarding about your job at Horizon?
The people. Horizon has some of the smartest, hard-working and creative employees I have ever met and worked with. Aside from day-to-day responsibilities and job functions, Horizon is the first job where I’ve felt confident and comfortable enough to approach colleagues about side-projects, learning and development and even general life questions. I’m grateful to be a part of such a great organization and now understand what “business is personal” truly means.
For questions about the event, which will also include the inaugural TV Awards, please email [email protected].


Theresa Caputo and her family are back for another season of Long Island Medium on Sunday, February 19 at 8p on TLC. The premiere features Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly), Ta’Rhonda Jones (Empire) and actress and comic Mo’Nique

When can you try Drew Barrymore’s Santa Clarita Diet? To find out what’s here and coming up online, check out Watcheroo, Cynopsis’ digital guide:  http://www.cynopsis.com/watcheroo/.


Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017, hosted by Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah (NCIS: Los Angeles), bows Tuesday, January 31 at 8p on CBS. The interactive countdown special allows viewers to vote for their favorite “Bigger is Better” or “Less is More” Super Bowl commercial.

TV One celebrates the 45th anniversary of Sanford and Son with a three-day marathon beginning Friday, January 13 at 8p. The net will air back-to-back episodes of the classic sitcom in sequential order all weekend.

Justice Network premieres series Most Evil on Sunday, January 15 at 3p, followed by films Stepford Wives at 4p, Dead Again at 9p and Killer Speaks at 10p.

If you want a career in research, you might want to aim for cable, not broadcast. According to the Cynopsis Salary Survey, cable network researchers’ annual take home pay is $8000 more than their broadcast peers, and almost $30,000 more than what ad agency researchers make. Which might have something to do with the fact that this group is more content than other industry sectors, with only 5 percent saying they’re very dissatisfied with their salary. Buyers & Planners, on the other hand, expressed the most dissatisfaction (14 percent), along with Programmers and those in Marketing/Public Relations (13 percent each). For more, go here:  http://www.cynopsis.com/2016-salary-survey/


Orion Television debuts Couples Court in fall 2017. The weekday strip, from Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court creator/EP David Armour, features trial attorneys Dana and Keith Cutler, the first-ever married couple to preside over the television courtroom, as couples in crisis share their stories of cheating. Series has already been picked up in 18 of the top 20 markets, covering 73 percent of the U.S. including stations in the Tribune, CBS and Sinclair groups, as well as Weigel, Cox, Scripps and Titan stations.


Jennifer Beals landed a role on Amazon’s The Last Tycoon. She’ll recur as Margo Taft, a dignified and scheming Hollywood royalty star.

Hunter Parrish (Weeds) booked a major recurring role in Quantico. He’ll play a political strategist forced to join forces with the CIA and FBI during the aftermath of the G20 hostage crisis. Series returns to ABC on Monday, January 23 at 10p.

Robbie Amell is returning to The Flash. He’ll reprise his role as Ronnie Raymond during a winter episode of the CW series’ third season.


After eight seasons, Cartoon Network’s Regular Show is coming to an end with an intergalactic battle of good versus evil. The series returns Saturday, January 14 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 12p, leading into an hour-long series finale on Monday, January 16 at 6p.

Animated preschool series Nella the Princess Knight bows on Nickelodeon on Monday, February 6 at 10a.  Series follows an unconventional 8-year-old who possesses the royal qualities of a princess, while also embodying the courage and determination of a brave knight. 


Nat Geo WILD and Mashable teamed to co-produce and co-distribute two original digital series for the brands’ digital and social platforms. The partnership will revive vintage National Geographic footage from its film archives and utilize Mashable Studios’ expertise in producing digital-first series.

Apple is reportedly close to launching its own original programming business, beginning with TV shows and eventually films. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is in talks with producers and marketers from studios about licensing series and offering them to customers as part of its streaming music service.

Amazon launched its first curated on-demand subscription service, Anime Strike, on Tuesday. Part of the Amazon Channels program, it includes more than 1,000 movies and TV episodes and will be available to Prime members in the U.S. for $4.99, after a free week-long trial.

The third annual Cynopsis Top Women in Digital Awards honors the best of the best in digital content, marketing, advertising, and social media. The late deadline is less than a week away, so be sure to register by January 17. Just go here.


France’s Cow Prod, Germany’s INVR.SPACE and Australia’s 3D Content Hub merged to form Virtual Content Group (VCG. The company will offer production, post-production and licensing services.

BBC Worldwide, Access Entertainment and Lookout Point formed Benchmark Television, an initiative to fast-track production of premium quality scripted drama for television audiences around the world. The aim is to greenlight a major series in the coming months.

NHK World TV, Japan’s sole public English language channel, partnered with Colorado Public Television (CPT12) to distribute its hourly live news and Japanese lifestyle programming, which is produced in English. “The partnership with CPT12 is very exciting for us,” said Yoshihiko Shimizu, President and CEO of Japan International Broadcasting Inc., a subsidiary of NHK. “CPT12’s mission is to cultivate the Colorado community by connecting diverse people through education, shared experiences and reflective civic discourse.”


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First Lady Michelle Obama’s final official visit to The Tonight Show on Wednesday garnered a 3.0/8 result in metered market ratings, pushing the NBC late night show to a 10-month Wednesday high. It marked the best any Tonight Show has done mid-week since last March 2 and was up 25 percent over its last Wednesday original of December 21, 2016.

WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars returned Friday, January 6, showing strong growth from its previous season premiere in Nielsen Live+3 ratings and high time-shifted viewing. Among women 25-54, the premiere was up 13 percent to nearly 500,000 viewers, and up 10 percent to 615,000 among A25-54. Among total viewers, the episode was up 5 percent to 903,000.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 4.2/7
Undercover Boss 3.8/6, Criminal Minds 4.8/8, Code Black 4.1/8
NBC: 3.8/7
Blindspot 3.2/5, Law & Order:SVU 3.9/7, Chicago PD 4.2/8
ABC: 3.7/6
The Goldbergs 4.1/7, Speechless 3.5/6, Modern Family 4.5/8, black-ish 3.5/6, Match Game 2.7/5
FOX: 3.4/6
Lethal Weapon 4.0/7, Star Next of Kin 2.8/5
Univision: 1.1/2
Despertar Contigo 0.9/2,
Vino el Amor 1.2/2, El Color de la Pasion 1.2/2
TELE: 1.0/2
Silvana Sin Lana 0.9/2, La Dona 1.0/2, El Chema 1.1/2
CW: 0.5/1
Arrow 0.5/1, Frequency 0.4/1

Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: ABC 1.8/6, FOX 1.4/5, NBC 1.1/5, CBS 1.1/4, UNI 0.7/3, TELE 0.7/2, CW 0.2/1
Source: Nielsen


Amit Ziv was named Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Freeform. He last served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Development and Strategy for EPIX.

CNBC has appointed Jonathan Meyers as General Manager and Senior Vice President of Events. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations for CNBC Digital. In addition, Ylan Mui joins CNBC as a reporter in the Washington, DC bureau, effective February 1. Mui had been a CNBC contributor.

Frank Kavilanz was promoted to Senior Vice President of Social Strategy and Solutions for Turner Ignite. Since joining the company, Kavilanz has led the development of the company’s social distribution capability, called Launchpad.

Christian Fritzsche was hired as Vice President of International Sales of Entertainment One. Fritzsche previously worked at BBC Worldwide where he built up the scripted business for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Scripps Networks Interactive announced that Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth W. Lowe was appointed as Chair of the Supervisory Board of TVN, the Warsaw-based, multi-platform media company acquired by Scripps in July 2015. In a parallel move, President of Scripps Networks International, Jim Samples, who had led TVN since July 2016, was named President of TVN’s management board.

Troika hired Bonnie Rosen as Account Director. She previously spent six years at Viacom
Media Networks
in multiple roles from Counsel to Director of Business Development within Content Distribution.

Friday Fun Fact: Every one of the 50 top tallest mountains are in Asia.

This Day in History: 1973 – The final episode of Alias Smith and Jones aired on ABC.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Why did the title character in the original MacGyver (1985-1992) resist using a gun? A childhood accident with a gun caused the death of his friend. Kudos to: Nancy Deprey-MCPS Julius West Morning Show/Rockville, MD; Michael Correia-CBS Corporation/NYC; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL;Josh Northridge-NBC Universal News Group/NYC; Matt Fumagalli-NBC Sports/Chicago, IL; Matthew Fera-McgarryBowen/Chicago; Gary Bernstein-Hoodworx Entertainment/Las Vegas; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television/Playa Vista, CA; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question: Which future film actress was turned down for the part of the Tool Time girl on Home Improvement (1991-1999), because she was too talented? (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.).

Initial This: CB played TT in FNL (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia – will be posted along with the answer on www.Cynopsis.com.)
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ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: The Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
FOX: Rosewood, Sleepy Hollow
NBC: Grimm, Emerald City, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose – The Week, Great Performances
Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana,
La Dona, El Chema
Univision: Despertar Contigo, Vino el Amor, El Color de la Pasion

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