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Good morning. It’s Monday February 8, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
History: Swamp People at 9p, Billion Dollar Wreck at 10p
Logo: Gay Skit Happens at 10p
TBS, TNT, truTV, Adult Swim, HLN: Full Frontal With Samantha Bee at 10:30p


SNL was feeling the Bern Saturday night. Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders made a pit stop on the campaign trail to appear on the show alongside host and alter-ego Larry David – and show some pretty impressive acting chops.

NBC has the blues, in the best way. Calling it one of the strongest dramas to debut in recent years, the net renewed Jennifer Lopez-produced and starring Shades of Blue for a second season. In Live +3 results from Nielsen through its first three telecasts, the series averaged a 2.5 rating in A18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall.

Animation’s own Annie Awards were handed out over the weekend to the industry’s picks in the film, television and advertising realms. Among winners, The Simpsons “Halloween of Horror” episode (Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television) picked up the prize for Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production, and Wander Over Yonder episode “The Breakfast” (Disney Television Animation) won for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children.

Sixteen unproduced female-written television scripts made the 2016 WriteHer List created by women’s advocacy organization WeForShe. The scripts shined among nearly 200 nominations and were selected on criteria including diversity of cast and the number/quality of female roles.


CBS can’t seem to stay out of the hospital. The net ordered another medical drama pilot, Sensory, inspired by the life of Harvard Med School researcher Dr. Joel Salinas, from David Zabel (ER), Scott Free Productions, CBS Television Studios and TriStar Television.

Richard Shepard is on board to direct the pilot for ABC period drama Model Women, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television and ABC Studios. Set in the fashion world of the late ‘70s, the show is inspired by recently published Robert Lacey bio Model Woman: Eileen Ford And The Business of Beauty. It’s written by Reality Bites’ Helen Childress and centers on an uncompromising woman who runs an internationally renowned modeling agency.

Ruben Fleischer, who helms new comedy Superstore, is on board to direct comedy The Second Fattest Housewife In Westport for ABC, From writer Sarah Dunn, producer Aaron Kaplan and ABC Studios. Penned by Dunn, the series is about life in a wealthy town of “perfect” families as told by a strong-willed mother raising her flawed family of three.

Michael Offer, who directed the pilot for the Shonda Rhimes-produced How To Get Away With Murder for ABC, is back in Shondaland. He’ll direct Still Star-Crossed, a Romeo and Juliet sequel written by Heather Mitchell (Scandal) and based on the book by Melinda Taub.

Former How I Met Your Mother exec producer Pam Fryman is directing and executive-producing ensemble comedy pilot Good Fortune at NBC. From Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train and 20th Century Fox TV, the show is about a young woman whose life takes a 180 when she starts taking advice from a fortune teller. HIMYM‘s Matt Zinman and Craig Gerard are also exec producers, alongside Jones and McCormack.

In more Fryman news, over at CBS she’s exec-producing and directing romantic comedy pilot My Time/Your Time, based on web series 7P/10E by Avital Ash and chronicling the relationship of a young couple who are long-distance dating. The project is from Hilary Winston, How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, CBS TV Studios and Sony TV.

Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) signed on to direct and executive-produce the first two episodes of USA Network’s 10-ep drama Eyewitness, which explores a grisly crime from the POV of two eyewitnesses. The adaptation of Norwegian crime thriller Oyevitne from Adi Hasak (Shades of Blue) will feature Tyler Young in one of the leads. Scott Peters (V) is an exec producer and will direct several episodes; creator Jarl Emsell Larsen will also executive produce. The series will begin production in Canada and is set to premiere in 2016.

Training Day, CBS’ reimagining of the Antoine Fuqua 2001 feature that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, could see light as a sequel, according to Deadline, featuring the surviving main characters from the movie.

Amy B. Harris, creator of The Carrie Diaries, is all in as executive producer and showrunner of Designated Survivor, ABC’s inside the beltway conspiracy thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland. The project is co-exec-produced by Simon Kinberg (The Martian) and originated at Mark Gordon Co. Studios and ABC Studios. In it, Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a low-level U.S. Cabinet member, becomes President after a catastrophic attack wipes out everyone above him in the line of succession.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: February 5-7, 2016
Kung Fu Panda 3 (Fox) $21 million (week 2), cume revenue $69.1 million
Hail, Caesar! (Universal) $11.4 million, opening weekend
The Revenant (Fox) $7.1 million (week 7), cume revenue $149.7 million 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Buena Vista) $6.9 million (week 6), cume revenue $906 million
The Choice (LGF) $6.1 million, opening weekend
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (SGem) $5.2 million, opening weekend
The Finest Hours (BV) $4.72 million (week 2), cume revenue $18.4 million
Ride Along 2 (Universal) $4.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $77.2 million
The Boy (STX) $4.1 million (week 3), cume revenue $26.9 million
Dirty Grandpa (LGF) $4.1 million (week 3), cume revenue $29.4 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


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TLC is saying yes to a 14th season that answers that other question on every bride’s mind… what ever shall I wear? Just Say Yes To the Dress returns March 4 at 9p with a new theme song written by country artist Kristian Bush of Sugarland. This season includes appearances by Bush, Martha Stewart, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and double amputee, bronze Olympian and Dancing with the Stars runner-up Amy Purdy.


No sugary hearts from Oxygen Media, which is putting a dark lens on Valentine’s Day with a lineup of episodes of its series Killer Couples, featuring crimes of the heart. The “Killer Love Stories” marathon, hosted by Ice-T and his wife Coco, airs Sunday, February 14 beginning at 5p.

Perennial fan favorite episode of The Biggest Loser, the makeover ep, will bring back Tim Gunn and Hollywood hairstylist, Ken Paves to create inspirational transformations with the remaining seven contestants on Monday, February 8 at 9p.

TNT will air the Juma Entertainment-produced special NBA Talent Challenge, featuring NBA players showcasing their off-the-court musical talents on Saturday, February 13 at 6p. The competition will include Golden State’s Harrison Barnes playing the saxophone, New Orleans’ Norris Cole on jazz piano and Brooklyn’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson singing and playing piano, among others. The telecast will be hosted by Ernie Johnson with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal serving as judges.

John Frankenheimer’s Cold War thriller The Manchurian Candidate is featured in WNET’s February Reel 13 lineup. The film, which airs February 13, is joined by Glory and Night Catches Us on February 20, and The Right Stuff and What Just Happened on the 27th.


Kal Penn (House), Maggie Q (Nikita), Natascha McElhone (Californication) and Italia Ricci (Chasing Life) are onboard ABC’s Designated Survivor.



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Tell me about it, stud. Paramount Television’s Grease: Live delivered more than 17 million total viewers worldwide since its original airing Sunday, January 31 on Fox. The telecast, starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens delivered 14.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Live +3; 1.7 million viewers on CTV Canada; 666,000 viewers on ITV2 UK; and 590,000 viewers on Channel 9 in Australia. Grease: Live scored above a 5.0 in both A18-49 and A25-54 (Live +3).

With Live +3 viewing, CBS’ Scorpion moved up to the No. 2 program of the week, followed by NCIS: Los Angeles, according to Nielsen ratings for the week ended January 31. The episode added 2.89 million viewers, 13.58m from 10.69m, up 27 percent.

Discovery Channel was the No. 1 non-sports cable network among men during January, and also built audience share in other demos. Ratings are up year-to-year across W25-54, W18-49, and W18-34, as well as all A18-34s, P2+, and HH. The network also touted six of the month’s top 10 cable series, including Gold Rush (5.57 million), Alaskan Bush People (4.76 million) and Alaska: The Last Frontier (4.19 million).

Bounce TV posted double-digit demo growth in Total Day delivery during January, with gains of 70% in P18-34, 44% in P18-49, 33% in P25-54 and +23% in P2+. In Primetime, the net finished the month with double-digit demo growth versus a year ago: Up 57% in P18-34, 41% in P18-49, 31% in P25-54 and 24% in P2+.

Animal Planet’s North Woods Law hit a series high on Sunday, January 31 at 8p, shattering ratings records among both A25 -54 (583,000) and W25-54  (270,000) in Live+3.

Part 2 of ABC’s original movie Madoff on Thursday night delivered the net’s best numbers in the 2-hour time period since its New Year’s Eve coverage, with Total Viewers (6.7 million), A25-54 (1.5/4) and A18-49 (1.0/3). Excluding New Year’s Eve, it was ABC’s strongest performance in the slot in nearly three months.

Investigation Discovery began the new year as the No. 10 network in prime for the delivery of total viewers (P2+) and the No. 8 network for HH and W25-54. Averaging more than 1.16 million total viewers, this marked ID’s best month ever in prime for P2+ and HH.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: Fox had the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 2.2/7, according to Nielsen. CBS took the spotlight for the 8p hour, with Big Bang Theory (3.8/13) and Life in Pieces (2.2/7) averaging 3.2/11, followed by Fox’s American Idol, which averaged 2.2/7. Idol rose to first at 9p with an average 2.3/7, versus a 1.5/5 average for NBC’s Blacklist and 1.6/5 average for CBS’ Mom and Angel From Hell. ABC special Madoff After the Fall topped 10p with 1.2/4, followed by a tie for NBC’s Shades of Blue and CBS’ Elementary, both with a 1.1/4 rating.

A18-49: FOX 2.2/7, CBS 1.9/6, NBC 1.2/4, UNI .7/3, ABC 1.1/4, TELE .8/3, ION .2/1, CW .7/2

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, January 28, 2016time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 5.4/9
American Idol 5.4/9
NBC: 3.4/6
You, Me & the Apocalypse 2.2/4, Blacklist 4.2/7, Shades of Blue 3.8/7
CBS: 5.3/9
Big Bang Theory 9.2/16, Life in Pieces 5.5/9, Mom 4.9/8, Angel From Hell 3.9/7, Elementary 4.0/7
ABC: 4.5/8
Madoff- Part 2 4.5/7, Madoff After the Fall 4.5/8
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
ION: 1.2/2
Blue Bloods 1.3/2, Blue Bloods 1.3/2, Blue Bloods 1.2/2
Celia 1.0/2, Eva la Trailera 0.8/1, Querida Centaurio 0.9/2
CW: 1.2/2
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.4/2, The Hundred 1.0/2
ION 1.2/2
Blue Bloods [r] 1.2/2, Blue Bloods [r] 1.2/2, Blue Bloods [r] 1.1/2


Longtime Fox executive Joe Earley has been appointed president of The Jackal Group, where he will oversee all areas of the studio’s television, film, theater and digital divisions. Earley most recently served as COO for Fox Television Group. Prior to that, he was COO of Fox Broadcasting Co.

This Day in History: 1915 – Silent Civil War epic The Birth of a Nation premiered in LA.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which show centered on a scientist who fought evil by shape-shifting into animals? Manimal Kudos to: Mark Berger, Major Energy Orangeburg, NY; Matt Charchan, Time Warner Inc, NY; Eric Emeric, AMC Networks, NY; Todd Galloway, RSA Tower, Montgomery, AL; Linda Grillo, Viacom, NY; Doug Hochstadt, ABC, NY; Fred T Jackson, TV One/One Solutions, NY; Stephen Kelley, 9 Story Media Group, Toronto; Dennis Maguire, Apple, Tampa; Shannon Malone, Red Rock Films, Silver Spring, MD; Marc Mondry, MSG Networks, NY; Gloria L. Price, CBS News, NY; Jose Rolon, Aljazeera America, NY; Charlie Conner, KOKI/KMYT, Tulsa, OK; Kathryn Kieser, Haworth Marketing and Media, Minneapolis; Judy Margolis, The Ad Place, Dallas; Joe Norskov, Red Arrow Industries, Knoxville, TN; Lindsay Garber, Splash Entertainment, Woodland Hills, CA; Jake Guswa, Warner Bros., Burbank; Matt Sautter, Imagine Communications, Denver; Lorrie Shilling, El Segundo, CA; Dennis Treleven, Fox Networks Group, LA; Anne Wettig, Fox Cable Networks, LA.

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ABC: The Bachelor, Castle
CBS: Supergirl, Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin
FOX: The X-Files, Lucifer
NBC: Superstore, Telenovela, The Biggest Loser
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
Telemundo: Celia, Eva la Trailera, La Querida del Centauro
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, El Hotel de los Secretos

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