Good morning. It’s Monday January 30, 2017 and this is your first early morning briefing.
Cartoon: Adventure Time Islands at 7:30p
Nick: Ride at 8p
CBS: The Odd Couple at 9:30p
Great American Country: Living Alaska at 9p
Univision Communications warned viewers on Friday of an “unfortunate impasse” in carriage negotiations with Charter Communications. “Despite Univision’s many attempts to resolve the dispute by offering good-faith settlement solutions, Charter has rejected all of Univision’s efforts,” said Univision in a statement. “Univision has no choice but to inform Charter’s customers that they may lose access to Univision’s networks and stations. Univision is committed to continuing to fight for the dignity and value of our community in the marketplace and the important role we play in providing a voice for Hispanic America during these uncertain times.” At issue is whether Charter should pay the carriage rates it negotiated with Univision, or honor the lower rates that had been agreed to by Time Warner Cable, acquired by Charter in May. “We have a contract with Univision and expect them to honor it,” said Charter.
Gwen Stefani, returning for NBC’s The Voice for season 12, will get a hand from Celine Dion as team advisor. Stefani, who coached during seasons 7 and 9, replaces Miley Cyrys, who will be back for season 13. Launch of the singing competition’s new cycle is Monday, February 27.
Law & Order: SVU is developing an episode that sounds like it was inspired by the Roger Ailes/Fox News scandal, centered on a bullying news network head whose past is about to catch up with him, reports TV Line. NBC is still holding onto an L&O: SVU episode, originally slated for October, that focused on a Donald Trump-like presidential wannabe.
Patrick Drahi’s Altice N.V. is launching news channel i24 News in the U.S., with headquarters in NYC’s Times Square. “What began as a dream of our founder to create a source for news where debate and multiple perspectives were welcome, has becomei24 News a well-respected, differentiated global news organization with a track record of journalistic excellence around the world,” said Dexter Goei, president of Altice N.V., and Chairman and CEO of Altice USA. i24’s U.S. launch date is February 13 with its first distribution partner (surprise!) Altice USA. Global HQ will remain in Tel Aviv
NBC is looking at inserting Megyn Kelly, fresh off her star turn at Fox News and now signed with Team Peacock, into one of Today’s hours, according to Variety. If a Kelly show aired at 10a, third hour hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb would move to 9a, said Variety’s source. The 9a hour is now filled by Al Roker and Tamron Hall; Billy Bush’s brief hosting gig ended with the emergence of that Access Hollywood outtake tape.
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A letter to new FCC chairman Ajit Pai from House Republicans asks to toss a Tom Wheeler-era proposal that would require cable and satellite providers to make TV programs available to subscribers through apps. While consumer advocates applauded the proposal, which could save consumers set-top-box rental fees, it poses “an unnecessary regulatory threat to the content creation and distribution industries,” said members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in their letter.
Estrella TV talent competition Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento has added Grammy-nominated Regional Mexican recording star Joss Favela to the panel of celebrity judges. Now in its season, the show airs Monday-Friday at 8p.
Nielsen’s Total Content Ratings, aimed at consolidating all viewer measurement, will get a limited commercial release on March 1. “Publishers will be able to use their own data – but not competitive data – externally,” Jessica Hogue, SVP of product leadership, told Television Daily. Right now, data is evaluated internally.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
ABC ordered a pilot for Elizabeth Banks’ one-hour female buddy cop comedy The Trustee, from Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs). Warner Bros. Television is the studio. The net also ordered a pilot for hour-long The Gospel of Kevin, centered on a down-on-his-luck man tasked by God with saving the world, from Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Agent Carter) through their Fazekas & Butters.
NBC ordered several comedy pilots: an untitled project from Charles Grandy and Mindy Kaling centered on a charismatic gym owner with a brother who’s an idiot; workplace comedy Spaced Out, from Warner Bros. TV and Doozer; Happy Peppers, from Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace) and Jeff Astrof (Friends) about adult sibs who move in together, and The Sackett Sisters, from 30 Rock’s Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Luke Del Tredici.
On the drama front, NBC ordered a pilot for Behind Enemy Lines, loosely based on the movie franchise, from writer Nikki Toscano (Bates Motel) and 20th Century Fox Television. McG will direct. An untitled medical drama from Warren Leight (Law & Order), Paul Haggis (Crash) and Sony Television also got a pilot nod.
The CW ordered the pilot for a Dynasty reboot more diverse than the 1981-1989 hit, told “primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington – daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington – and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family.” Drama comes from Gossip Girls’ Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick, with original Dynasty creators Esther and Richard Shapiro serving as exec producers; studio is Fake Empire with CBS Television Studios.
Also on order from CW: a pilot for adventure drama Searchers, from The 100’s Jason Rothenberg and Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schnecter. Studio is Warner Bros. Television with Berlanti Productions.
An untitled pilot following the lives of Navy SEALs was ordered by CBS, reports Variety. Drama comes from writer Ben Cavell (Justified), and is being produced by CBS Television Studios.
The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj will star in Netflix stand-up special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, based on his experience as a first generation Indian-American. Rick Famuyiwa (Confirmation) is producing with Jennie Church-Cooper, Art & Industry, Michelle Caputo and Shannon Hartman.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: January 27-29, 2017
Split (Universal) $26.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $78.0 million
A Dog’s Purpose (Universal) $18.4 million, opening weekend
Hidden Figures (Fox) $14.0 million (week 6), cume revenue $104.0 million
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Screen Gems) $13.9 million, opening weekend
La La Land (Lionsgate) $12.1 million (week 8), cume revenue $106.5 million
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Paramount) $8.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $33.5 million
Sing (Universal) $6.2 million (week 6), cume revenue $257.4 million
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Buena Vista) $5.1 million (week 7), cume revenue $520.0 million
Monster Trucks (Paramount) $4.1 million (week 3), cume revenue $28.1 million
Gold (Weinstein) $3.5 million, opening weekend
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In January, new releases like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter share screen time with nominated films like La La Land and Moonlight, driving NCM‘s ratings up to a star-crossed 8.7 A18-34. Q1 is strong at the movies, and we’re just getting started.
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Small screen trophy takers at Saturday’s PGA Awards included the producers of Stranger Things for drama, Atlanta for comedy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for long-form, Making a Murderer for non-fiction; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for live entertainment & talk; The Voice for competition; Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and Vice World of Sports (tie) for sports program and Sesame Street for children’s show. Presented with the Normal Lear Achievement Award, James L. Brooks got a standing ovation paying tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, who died January 25 at age 80. “I can promise you, as a woman she was everything you hoped she was,” said Brooks. “She had dignity, wit, off the chart work ethic, legs, intrinsically valiant. The woman at the center of our work who never complained, as in never, who shared credit with all the rest of us, made grace contagious.”
TV winners at Friday’s American Cinema Editors Awards were editors for Game of Thrones and This Is Us for one-hour series (awards were given for non-commercial and commercial programs), Veep for half-hour series, All the Way for miniseries or motion picture, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown for non-scripted series, O.J.: Made in America for documentary feature, and Everything Is Copy for documentary (television).
Winners of last night’s SAG Awards included John Lithow and Claire Foy for male and female actor in a drama for The Crown, Shameless’s William H. Macy for male actor in a comedy, Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus for female actress in comedy, Stranger Things for ensemble in a drama and Orange Is the New Black for ensemble in a comedy.
Conan O’Brien is heading south for an hour-long special, Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico, airing Wednesday, March 1 at 10p on TBS. It’s the late night host’s sixth international trip in the past two years. “Although I’m eager to make a show in Mexico, if the U.S. government meets my demand for $100 million in tax incentives, I will consider relocating production to Akron,” said O’Brien.
Fuse’s Black History Month programming includes a music block from 3-4p on Saturday, February 4, highlighting artists like Future, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper and Solange.
TV One will recognize African Americans’ contributions to the world with a “Creators of Cool” campaign throughout Black History Month, featuring commentary from the cast of TV One’s original movie, MEDIA. Documentary and movie premieres include Soul Food Junkies, The Watsons Go To Birmingham and You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South.
Original Hamilton cast members Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas will perform “America the Beautiful” during the Super Bowl pre-show Sunday, February 5 on Fox. Luke Bryan is singing the national anthem; Lady Gaga is the half-time show star.
Amazon’s Patriot premieres Friday, February 24 in the U.S., UK, Austria and Germany. Drama follows the life of an intelligence officer (Michael Dorman) on a perilous mission.
Independent public satellite net Link TV is launching Activism in Progress on Sunday, February 5 at 8p. The documentary series tells the stories of people connecting to create change.
Series regulars for ABC’s upcoming drama Ten Days in the Valley, starring Kyra Sedgwick, include Adewale Akinnuyoe-Agbaje (Game of Thrones), Francois Battiste (The Good Wife), Currie Graham (Westworld), Nelson Lee (NCIS: New Orleans), Abigail Pniowsky (Arrival), Josh Randall (Pitch), Ali Stroker (Glee), Ella Thomas (Ballers), Beth Triffon (Dr. Ken) and Mark L. Young (Code Black).
Emma Thompson will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth I in a Christmas special for BBC Two’s Upstart Crow.
Breeda Wool (UnReal) nabbed a series regular role on AT&T Audience Network’s upcoming Mr. Mercedes, based on the Stephen King novel. Drama is set for a fall debut.
Lionsgate and Netflix closed a global SVOD deal for OWN drama Greenleaf. Season 1 will premiere on the streaming service March 3; season 2 starts on OWN March 15.
Coming up February 1 on streaming service Sundance Now: 1976’s The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, 2015’s From This Day Forward, 2011’s A Separation and 1986’s Stand By Me. For more of the latest digital viewing, check out Watcheroo.
Pedigree is refreshing its 12-year sponsorship of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl with VR content. “How cute is seeing everything through the eyes of a puppy on the field?” Melodie Bolin, Pedigree brand manager, asked AdWeek. Branded content spots will also air on Animal Planet and the two companies’ social channels. Puppy Bowl XIII airs Sunday, February 5 at 3p.
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ABC hit a 14-month Thursday night high with the returns of Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/9 among A18-49), Scandal (2.0/7) and How to Get Away With Murder (1.5/6). The net also had a total view high since November 2015. Opposite the ABC competition and a Mary Tyler Moore tribute on CBS (.8/3), CW’s Riverdale debuted with a soft .5/2 in the demo.
Viewership of NBC’s Emerald City on Friday slipped to 2.7 million total viewers and .6 among !8-49, the third consecutive week of lower numbers.
Sean Hannity’s Thursday interview with President Donald Trump brought 4.76 million viewers to Fox News, and a cable news high of 1.2 million among A25-54, placing it among Hannity’s top five broadcasts ever at 10p.
Live + Same Day AA Homes: Thursday, January 26, 2017 based on time period averages.
Grey’s Anatomy 6.2/10, Scandal 5.0/9, How to Get Away With Murder 3.6/7
The Big Bang Theory 5.9/10, Mom 4.6/8, Mary Tyler Moore Special 4.2/7, Pure Genius 3.4/6
Superstore 1.8/3, Superstore 1.6/3, Chicago Med 2.6/4, Blacklist 1.7/3
Hell’s Kitchen 2.4/4, My Kitchen Rules 1.4/2
Despertar Contigo .9/2, Vino El Amor 1.3/2, El Color de la Pasion 1.3/2
Supernatural 1.1/2, Riverdale .9/1
La Fan 0.7/1, La Dona 0.9/2, El Chema 1.1/2
A18-49 Ratings: ABC 2.1/7, CBA 1.0/4, FOX 1.0/4, NBC .7/2, TELE .7/2, UNI .7/2, CW .5/2
NorthSouth Productions appointed Dane Reiley as Vice-President of Comedy Development & Production.Most recently, Reiley served as Senior Director of Development and Production at MTV and mtv2.
Tom Caraccioli has been elevated to Vice President of Communications at Outdoor Sportsman Group. Caraccioli was previously Director of Communications.
Actor Mike Connors died January 26 of leukemia. He was 91. Best known as TV’s Mannix, Connors’ final TV credit was on Two and a Half Men in 2007.
Actress Barbara Hale died January 26. She was 94. Among Hale’s numerous TV and film credits was her Emmy-winning role as Della Street on Perry Mason.
This Day in History: 1948 – Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY JANUARY 30, 2017
ABC: The Bachelor, Quanitco
CBS: Big Bang theory [r] Kevin Can Wait [r], The Odd Couple, The Odd Couple [f], Scorpion
CW: Supergirl, Jane the Virgin
FOX: Gotham, Lucifer
NBC: The New Celebrity Apprentice, Timeless
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], POV
Telemundo: La Fan, La Dona, El Chema
Univision: Despertar Contigo, Vino el Amor, El Color de la Pasion
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