02/11/16: Candice Bergen ready for prime time; USA picks up Shooter to series with Ryan Phillipe; NBC Universo jumps into scripted


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

Tonight’s Premieres:
Lifetime: Project Runway All Stars at 9p
truTV: Impractical Jokers at 10p, Those Who Can’t at 10:30p
Up: Bringing Up Bates at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
MTV: Broke A$$ at 10:54p
WE tv: Growing Up Hip Hop at 10p


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Candice Bergen will star in ABC pilot Pearl, as a larger-than-life matriarch diagnosed with cancer who’s determined to control her family’s lives. Writer Andrew Reich (Friends) will exec produce the pilot with ABC Studios producing. Bergen’s last major series role was on Boston Legal.

Friends in high places: Fox ordered a pilot for Charity Case, starring Courteney Cox as a billionaire’s widow. Robert Padnick (The Office) is writing. On Tuesday, CBS ordered a pilot for I’m Not Your Friend, with Matt LeBlanc.

Addressing worries about the number of ESPN subscribers declining, Bob Iger claims the tide has turned. In an earnings call Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company CEO said, “In the last couple of months, we have actually seen an uptick in ESPN…The vast majority of consumers still see tremendous value in the multi-channel universe and they consistently rank ESPN as the number one or number two most valuable channel within it.”

Speaking of, ESPN got high marks in the latest Beta Research Cable Operator Study. A national sample of 100 cable operators were asked to estimate the amount per month per subscriber networks were worth to their system. “On average value to cable operators, the top three networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network) were sports networks,” Beta’s president, cable division, Andrew Klein, tells Cynopsis, noting that the ranking of Fox Sports 1 increased from 14th in 2014 to 7th in 2015.

HBO Now counts 800,000 subscribers, revealed HBO CEO Richard Pepler during Time Warner’s earnings call on Wednesday. That’s less than analysts had estimated, but, “We’re just getting started,” said Pepler. “I think we’re going to make a lot of progress.” Pepler pointed out the standalone streaming service, launched in April, has not yet been released on Playstation and Xbox platforms, or released content from sub drivers Jon Stewart, Bill Simmons or the Vice Daily News Show.

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Bob Costas will be the one breaking Olympic records in August, hosting NBC’s primetime coverage of the Rio Games for a most-ever eleventh time. Costas called the Olympics “a three-week mini-series which, if done well, should bring viewers not only memorable athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is a truly global gathering.”


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USA picked up Shooter to series. Drama from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions will star Ryan Phillipe (Secrets and Lies) in the role played by Mark Wahlberg in the 2007 Paramount feature film, Point of Impact. Wahlberg is exec producing; Phillipe will also produce.

Spanish-language cable net NBC Universo is getting into scripted with 10-episode dramedy El Vato, starring Mexican artist Dasahev Lopez in a weekly series inspired by his life. Endemol Shine Latino and Boomdog are producing. Known for sports and reality programming, NBC Universo changed its name from mun2 last year.

Showtime is teaming with Rolling Stone magazine to develop a pop culture-oriented docu-series based on articles in the magazine. Left/Right will produce the pilot.

Live-action comedy Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn will make it to a third season on Nickelodeon, but without series creator Matt Fleckenstein as exec producer. Fleckenstein will remain as a consultant, while Michael Feldman remains as exec producer and showrunner.

9 Story Media Group, Netflix and Scholastic are partnering to produce a new version of 1990s series The Magic School Bus. Animated kids’ show will launch in fall 2017 as a global Netflix original.

FYI greenlit 15 more episodes of Kocktails with Khloe. The primetime talker premiered January 20 as the highest-rated series launch in network history across key demos. The extra batch of eps will air weekly, immediately following the current eight, and run through June, Wednesdays at 10p.



Ghost Brothers, featuring TV’s first African-American paranormal investigation team, launches on Destination America Friday, April 15 at 10p. “Anyone boycotting the Academy Awards because of the absence of minorities represented might well find a kindred spirit in Ghost Brothers,” Henry S. Schleiff, group president of ID, AHC and DA, tells Cynopsis. “At DA, we make a concerted effort to create programming that reflects the diversity of all Americans, everywhere.”

If you were nominated for an Academy Award, would you boycott the ceremony to protest the lack of diversity? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/.

Innocent civilians pose as inmates in a dangerous correctional facility in A&E’s 60 Days In. Around-the-clock cameras capture the participants as they adapt to life behind bars in the docu-series, premiering with back-to-back eps Thursday, March 10 at 9p.

ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential tackles a headline-making story with “Bill Cosby Drugged Me” on Monday, February 15. Taping first-hand accounts from women who made allegations against Cosby, were there any surprises? “What is amazing when you watch this episode is the reality that emotional trauma never really goes away, no matter how many decades pass,” Steven Weinstock, CEO and co-president of True Entertainment, tells Cynopsis. “In that context, we also explore the power of a celebrity brand and its remarkable, persuasive influence, which, as we see in this episode, can be a shocking distortion.”

Six explorers battle unpredictable elements, betrayal and “forces beyond explanation” in Curse of the Frozen Gold, premiering on Animal Planet Sunday, February 14 at 10p. Docu-series about the search for lost treasure is produced by JV Productions.

WGN America released a behind-the-scenes featurette in advance of the premiere of Underground Railroad escape series, Underground. “The Music of Underground” features exec producer John Legend and composers Laura Karpman and Raphael Saadiq. Show launches Wednesday, March 9 at 10p.

Fuse, targeting the multicultural and Latino 18-34 audience, will be the exclusive U.S. television broadcaster ofThe Brit Awards 2016. The London-based music awards show, featuring performances by Adele, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Little Mix, Jess Glynne and James Bay, as well as a tribute to David Bowie, will premiere Stateside Wednesday, February 24 at 8:30p following the live UK telecast on ITV.

“Wilhemina’s War,” exploring the lives of a family of southern black women affected by HIV/AIDS, premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 29 at 10p on PBS (check local listings).

Season three of Bravo’s Thicker Than Water debuts Sunday, March 27 at 10p. Preacher and patriarch Ben deals with the fact that his “Black Brady Bunch” nest is empty, while the kids embark on journeys of their own.

El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair looks at the men behind three of this year’s Oscar-nominated films: Quentin Tarantino, George Miller and Sylvester Stallone, starting Sunday, February 28 at 4:30p.

WE tv’s Mary Mary returns for season five on Thursday, March 3 at 9p, with the one-time gospel duo flying solo, in direct competition with each other.


Target and Gwen Stefani are teaming to produce the first music video ever created on live television, part of a four-minute commercial break during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS February 15. “Last year, Target created one of the most talked about moments of the night by offering Grammy viewers a surprise live concert,” said Target EVP and CMO Jeff Jones. “This year, we’re dialing up the theatrics and taking live to an entirely new level.” Stefani’s new album will be released March 18; a Target “deluxe edition” is available for pre-order now.

ABC’s The View and shopping companion RetailMeNot have partnered for a “Viewer Valentine” $2000 sweepstakes. Enter by liking The View on Facebook and the sweeps announcement; winner announced tomorrow on the talker.


Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) and Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon a Time) have joined the cast of Freeform’s new original series Dead of Summer, playing camp counselors. Production begins in March.

Adam Campbell (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will co-star in an NBC pilot from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, about a mother who interns at her daughter’s workplace.

Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors and Ted Raimi (Spider-Man) are onboard the season two cast of StarzAsh Vs Evil Dead, arriving later this year.

Jayson Blair (The New Normal) and Carla Jiminez (My Name Is Earl) will guest star on Freeform’s Young & Hungry on Wednesday, March 2 at 8p.

ABC drama pilot landed Marcus Anderson (Veep) for drama pilot Presence, about an Army vet-turned- P.I.

CASTING CALL: Sean De Simone Casting and the UK’s #1 award winning skin care brand Elemis is casting a female Brand Rep to sell on QVC.In search of Beauty Expert, TV Host or performer/personality with strong beauty background/interest. National Casting. Photo, Resumes and links to [email protected] (2/19)


Thirteen episodes of Thunderbirds Are a Go are a go at Amazon. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) will star as the voice of Lady Penelope in the Thunderbirds reboot, a mix of CGI and live-action model sets.

Animated musical kids series Beat Bugs, inspired by Beatles songs, bows on Netflix this summer. Josh Wakely will write, direct and produce via his Grace: A Storytelling Company; Thunderbird coproduces with Beyond Screen Productions.

CBS is amplifying its Grammy content with Grammy Live, multiplatform coverage of music’s big event starting Monday, February 15 at noon and running through the live awards telecast. The experience includes backstage and behind the scenes red carpet coverage, as well as a “Grammy cam,” offering fans a view from the winner’s perspective.

A podcast around American Heroes Channel’s Against the Odds debuted on iTunes yesterday. The six-parter offers an inside look at the show’s first season. “The first of many planned content extensions, the launch of AHC’s very first podcast is a key element in our commitment to superserving our loyal, avid viewers,” said Kevin Bennett, GM, ID and AHC, “providing a fresh take on one of our most popular franchises while offering a piece of the past on present technology.”

James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment with Adele passed 67.5 million views to become YouTube’s most-watched late night clip ever.


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The premiere of TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, simulcast on Adult Swim, TNT and truTV, delivered 2.2 million total viewers and 1.2 million among A18-49. The show averaged 629,000 on TBS, 986,000 on Adult Swim, 402,000 on TNT and 142,00 on truTV.

TV One’s premiere of the 47th NAACP Image Awards on Friday led the net to rank among ad-supported cable’s top two non-sports nets for the night among Black Viewers 2+ (7p-12a). The slate had a combined reach of 1.7 million total unique viewers 2+ for the night (7p-3a). The live telecast launched TV One’s new brand identity, REPRESENT.

Fox News’ coverage of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday drew 4.2 million primetime viewers, cable news’ second-biggest primary night audience ever, after the 4.4 million total viewers FNC nabbed for the Iowa caucuses.

During the weeks of January 18, January 25, and February 1, HGTV was the number one cable net among W25-54 and upscale W25-54.HGTV is currently up 8 percent in 1Q16 versus last year among W25-54 and up 10 percent among P25-54 primetime ratings.

Fueled by Bizarre Foods and Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, Travel Channel scored its highest Monday night rating in over a year. Prime ratings among P25-54 averaged a .27, while P25-34 garnered a .33, increases of 29 percent and 33 percent, respectively, over last year.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS led with the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 1.8/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s NCIS was first at 8p with 2.4/8, versus 1.6/5 for CW’s The Flash. CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans kept the lead at 9p with 1.8/6, followed by 1.6/5 for NBC’s Chicago Med. NBC moved to the top at 10p with 1.8/6 for Chicago Fire; CBS was second with 1.3/4 for Limitless.

A18-49: CBS 1.8/6, NBC 1.5/5, CW 1.1/3, FOX 1.0/3, ABC .8/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .5/2, ION .5/2

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 7.4/12
NCIS 10.4/17, NCIS: New Orleans 7.7/13, Limitless 4.1/7
NBC: 4.1/7
Hollywood Game Night 2.5/4, Chicago Med 4.5/7, Chicago Fire 5.2/9                   
ABC: 1.8/3
Fresh Off the Boat 2.7/4, Muppets 1.7/3, Marvel’s Agent Carter 1.7/3, What Would You Do? 1.4/3
CW: 1.6/3
The Flash 2.3/4, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow iZombie .8/1
FOX: 1.5/3
New Girl 1.9/3, Grandfathered 1.6/3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.4/2, The Grinder 1.2/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.2/2
ION: 1.0/2
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
Quien ed Quien .7/1, Eva la Trailera .7/1, Querida Centuaro .8/2


Havas appointed Laura Maness in the newly created role of President of Havas Worldwide New York, effective March 1. Maness is currently Chief Growth Officer of Havas Worldwide North America and Managing Director of the Chicago office.

Lisa Schwartz was promoted to the role of Co-President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. Schwartz most recently served as Executive Vice President of Distribution, Operations and Business development for Sundance Selects and IFC Films.

This Day in History:
1847 – Thomas Alva Edison was born.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:What was Morticia Addams’ maiden name on The Addams Family (1964-1966)? Frump. Kudos to: Lynn Dee McDonald-Carat/Atlanta, Marion Z. Murphy-GroupM Direct/NYC, VJ Brown-Charter/Stamford, Liz Joubert-FNG/NYC, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Bob Telford-SAG/AFTRA/Valley Village, CA, Ed Horowitz-LMNO Entertainment Group/Encino, CA, Jim Katz/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.

Today’s Trivia: Which TV character got a Master’s degree in psychology and received a Ph.D at age 15? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder
CBS: Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom, Angel From Hell, Elementary
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100
Fox: American Idol
NBC: You, Me and the Apocalypse, The Blacklist, Shades of  Blue
PBS: This Old House Hour, Democratic Debate 
Telemundo: Quien es Quien?, Eva la Trailera, La Querida del Centauro 
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, El Hotel de los Secretos

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