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Thursday March 26, 2020

Tonight’s Premieres
E!: Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 8p
Science: Mysteries of the Abandoned at 9p
truTV: Tacoma FD at 10p

Tonight’s Finales
ABC: A Million Little Things at 10p
Fox: Outmatched at 8:30p, Deputy at 9p
USA: The Sinner at 10p


Sixty percent of households would cancel pay-TV subscriptions before they’d cancel broadband service, according to research from Parks Associates. “Consumers with OTT subscriptions are shifting away from internet bundles, with this group much more likely to have standalone internet service than non-subscribers,” said Steve Nason, Director of Research, Parks Associates. “This finding indicates providers need to adjust their bundling strategies, to include more OTT video services as options.” As it stands, fewer than one-fifth of subscribers receive an OTT service bundled with their broadband package.

There is very little expectation among consumers that brands should stop advertising during the COVID-19 pandemic, according a global study from Kantar about consumer attitudes and media habits, with only 8% of respondents identifying it as a priority for brands. While advertisers may consider going dark during the crisis, Kantar warns that a six-month absence from TV will result in an estimated 39% reduction in total brand communication awareness. For those that do continue advertising, a clear majority of consumers expect advertising to make a positive contribution to society, including: Talking about how the brand is helpful in the new everyday life (77%); informing about their efforts to face the situation (75%); and offering a reassuring tone (70%). Two “don’ts” are exploiting the situation to promote the brand (75%) and using a humorous tone (40%).

CBS’s The Late Show returns with original episodes on Monday, March 30. “I’m staying home and so is everybody who works for me, but thanks to some amazing work by my staff and the CBS Broadcasting folks, we will be back on Monday with new Late Shows,” shared Stephen Colbert on Twitter.

Prominent virologist Dr. Ian Lipkin revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus. Dr. Lipkin, the medical advisor on pandemic movie Contagion and a frequent TV guest, revealed on Fox Business Network that he has the disease – and, “it’s miserable.”

An episode of NBC’s New Amsterdam the centered on a deadly flu epidemic, scheduled to air April 7, has been pulled. “The world needs a lot less fiction now, and a lot more facts,” the medical drama’s creator and showrunner, David Schulner, told Deadline.

DoubleVerify, the software platform for digital media measurement, announced a partnership with the Ad Council, in collaboration with the White House, US Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. DV will leverage its media authentication technology to extend the reach and impact of coronavirus response messaging being developed by the Ad Council. It joins Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, and Verizon Media, among others, in offering a combination of donated media, technology, content, and services.

The Tony Awards, scheduled to air Sunday, June 7 on CBS, have been postponed due to COVID-19. CBS, the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing will announce a new date “once Broadway opens up again.”

Comcast is helping fill the time for sudden stay-at-homes, by making the on demand catalogs from Showtime, Epix, CuriosityStream, History Vault, Grokker Yoga Fitness & Wellbeing, The Reading Corner and DogTV available for its Xfinity X1 and Flex customers. “This is an unprecedented time and we want to be there for our customers to help make the time they’re spending at home easier with free previews from our network, studio and streaming partners,” said Rebecca Heap, SVP of Video & Entertainment at Comcast.

Newsmax and Hotwire Communications announced a new distribution deal to deliver Newsmax TV to Hotwire’s markets throughout the Southeast. The cable news net is now available in SD on Channel 121 and in HD on Channel 540 via Hotwire’s Digital Access package.

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Netflix gave a series order to Angry Birds: Summer Madness, based on the characters in the Rovio Entertainment video game series that also hatched two films. “Angry Birds are about to smash the small screen and we are thrilled to be making the journey with Netflix as our global partner,” said Ed Galton, CCO & Managing Director, Cake.


New Discovery series Legends of the Wild makes its debut Wednesday, April 1 at 10p. Wilderness experts use their skills to document, discover and solve mysteries of the natural world.

Verizon is launching Pay it Forward Live, a weekly 30-minute entertainment series to support small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. Verizon will donate $2.5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and as consumers engage in the events, will unlock an additional $2.5 million in funds, for a potential $5 million total. Dave Matthews kicks off the series tonight at 8p on Twitter @Verizon and Yahoo Entertainment.

Crime drama Hightown drops on Starz on Sunday, May 17 in the US and Canada, and on streaming service Starzplay across Europe and Latin America. Series set in Cape Cod follows a woman’s journey to sobriety, intertwined with a murder investigation.

REVOLT TV unveiled details about its new digital content initiatives, including new episodes of Maconomics, with financial guru and artist Ro$$ Mac weighing in on how the coronavirus is impacting personal finances; new episodes of Kaz + Effect exploring the virus’ disruption of the sports world; and new web series that No Sleeping in the Trophy Room, chatting with Hip Hop entrepreneurs about the pandemic’s effect on small businesses, and The Valentino Vlog featuring Guapdad 4000, both premiering this week on REVOLT platforms. On social media, REVOLT is offering a new weekly interactive broadcast on Instagram Live featuring Ivy Rivera and Low Key weighing in on the latest releases in Hip Hop and R&B.

Season four of For Love or Likes debuts on Outdoor Channel on Thursday, April 2 at 7p, followed on Saturday, April 4 by the season three launch of The Hunt for Monster Bass at 4:30p.


Late Late Show host James Corden will host Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special, on Monday, March 30 at 10p. Guests Will Ferrell, David Blaine, Dua Lipa, BTS, Billie Eilish with Finneas and John Legend will appear from their homes, encouraging the audience to follow guidelines from the CDC about COVID-19 control.

Another Brit, Elton John, will host Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, a music event aimed at offering entertainment and support during the COVID-19 crisis. Performers will include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes. Concert will air in the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ original broadcast timeslot, Sunday, March 29 at 9p of Fox, as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations. The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free.

Twenty years after ABC’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire debuted on prime time in the US, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will oversee a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for the charity of their choice. The anniversary event kicks off Wednesday, April 8 at 10p, with Eric Stonestreet playing for Building Hope for Autism and Will Forte playing for The Pangea Network. For the first time in US franchise, celebrities can invite a guest to help them answer questions.


Usage levels for HBO Now since Saturday, March 14 has been the highest on the platform since summer, reported WarnerMedia, with time spent up over 40% from its four-week average. “While we’ve seen expected gains for Westworld as it launched its new season (currently our #1 series on the platform) and other recent HBO Original Series, Euphoria’s audience has also doubled over its 4-week average, with Big Little Lies, Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, and His Dark Materials all delivering gains in excess of 50%,” wrote Cheryl Idell, Chief Research Officer, WarnerMedia Entertainment & Direct -to-Consumer, in a blog post. Ebola: The Doctor’s Story had viewing over seven times greater than recent weeks.

The 2020 SXSW Film Festival was canceled, but streaming event Support the Shorts is offering select short films from the festival for free on the Mailchimp Presents platform. Over 70 shorts, including the four festival winners, are available. “We have been heartened by the outpouring of sympathy and support for our filmmakers from so many corners since the cancellation of SXSW,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film for SXSW. “Our inboxes blew up with some variation of ‘I’m so sorry, what can we do to help?’ In the face of this unprecedented crisis, it was exciting for SXSW to be able to pass on this lucrative opportunity for all the official short film selections for SXSW 2020.”

Some Netflix subscribers in the US and Europe were unable to use the service for about an hour on Wednesday. Issues included no connection, and video streaming issues. Netflix said later in the day the problem had been fixed.


Apple has sourced and is donating 10 million face masks to the medical community in the US, and millions more to the hardest-hit regions in Europe. “These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all the work they’re doing on the front lines,” said CEO Tim Cook in a video on Twitter.

Instagram introduced a new feature, Co-Watching, that lets users browse posts with friends, and view saved, liked and suggested content by tapping a photo icon in an ongoing chat. The feature, aimed at helping people socialize safely during the health crisis, will be available globally “over the coming weeks,” said Instagram.


UK’s Channel 4 announced shows that will serve as its “creative response” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the new commissions: Wedding in Lockdown, a reality show from MultiStory Media that helps a self-isolating couple celebrate their nups over the internet.

Red Arrow Studios International has inked new European deals for the crime drama Bosch. Kabel Eins has taken seasons one to three in Germany; WarnerMedia has picked up seasons four, five and the upcoming sixth season in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; while HBO Nordic has also licensed seasons one through five, in addition to season six.


FOX News Radio is launching a new weekday-evening edition of the daily podcast The FOX News Rundown dedicated to the latest developments of the coronavirus pandemic. Hosted by FNC foreign correspondent Trey Yingst, the new show, The FOX News Rundown Podcast: Global Pandemic, will debut Monday, March 30.

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Broadcast news ratings are soaring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The week of March 16, ABC’s World News Tonight rose 38% in viewers from its season average, NBC’s Nightly News was up 47% and CBS Evening News was 31% higher than its average, according to Nielsen.

Cable news viewing rose 73% the week of March 16 versus year-ago, according to Comscore. The nets were up 39.8% versus one month ago, and 7.8% from the week prior.

The season finale of NBC’s This Is Us delivered a 1.7 rating among A18-49 and 6.92 million viewers, its best rating since October and most-watched episode since the season four premiere.

Fox News Channel’s virtual town hall with President Donald Trump and members of the White House coronavirus task force was the most-watched town hall in cable news history, according to early time period ratings from Nielsen. The event averaged 4,409,000 viewers and 1,008,000 among A25-54.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Tuesday, March 24
Show, P2+ 0000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Conners 6.40 (1.1), Bless This Mess 4.08 (0.7), Mixed-ish 2.99 (0.6),
Black-ish 2.64 (0.6), For Life 2.40 (0.6)
CBS: NCIS 13.08 (1.3), FBI 10.78 (1.1), FBI: Most Wanted 9.48 (1.0)
CW: The Flash 0.55 (0.1), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 0.41 (0.1)
FOX: The Resident 4.43 (0.8), Empire 2.79 (0.7)
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games 6.29 (1.4), This Is Us 7.85 (1.7), Council of Dads 3.95 (0.7)
TELE: Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.52 (0.5), La Dona 1.13 (0.4), Not Corona 1.20 (0.4)
UNI: Ringo 2.21 (0.7), Amor Eterno 2.11 (0.7), Sin Miedo a la Verdad 1.22 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages


TV measurement and analytics company 605 appointed Stephanie Mitchko-Beale to its Board of Directors. She is currently the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Charter Communications.


Pioneering chef and Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz died of complications of coronavirus on March 25, a week after checking into a hospital with a fever. He was 59. “He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch,” said Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. “This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere.”

Voice actor William Dufris died after a battle with cancer. He was 62. Dufris’ roles included the title character in the US version of children’s series Bob the Builder.

This Day in History
1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced the vaccine to prevent polio.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question

Which canceled variety series’ writers and producers staffed The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour when it debuted in 1971? The Smothers Brothers. Kudos to: Steve Daniloff-WBRE-TV/Wilkes-Barre, PA, Doug Boynton-Boynton Media Partners/Virginia Beach, Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC, David Rubinsohn-American Public Television/Boston, Tom Boyd-WGN/Chicago, Greg Stewart/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA

Today’s Trivia Question
Which 1970s series centered on a German Shepherd falsely accused of attacking its master? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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Deliver rich media content that is enthusiastically viewed by diverse North Carolinians. At least 6yrs of related experience as a respected leader in content development, curation and delivery. Masters degree journalism/prod/comm. Full info HERE (4/8)

UNC TV/RTP NC: Lead production, management and reporting for UNC-TV’s email marketing campaigns which includes content development, design and deployment for regular content emails, engagement and fundraising campaigns and ongoing marketing automation. Strong knwlg email mktg practices. Full info HERE (4/8)

leader on the Digital Marketing team, supervising one permanent position, and is responsible for UNC-TV’s social media strategy w/ the goal of building & sustaining an engaged audience and member base across social media platforms. BA deg in discipline related to area. Full info HERE (4/8)

Nickelodeon/NYC: Responsible for the overall management and team’s operations, budgeting, facilitating end to end project mngmnt, short-form physical production/mktg shoots, resource coordination, tool management and team management. 10-15 yr exp in a creative operations role. Full info HERE (4/8)

Seeking a linear TV sales professional to generate new advertising accounts and revenue. Dvlp sales strategies for new bus. development. Bachelor’s degree; 8+ years of television selling or related advertising sales experience. Full info HERE (4/5)

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Partner with Finance, Consumer Marketing, Promo Scheduling, and Development to directly impact content strategy and audience targeting. BA degree & 2+ years of Media research experience at a broadcast or cable network, agency or vendor. Full info HERE (4/5)

NBCU/LA: Play a critical role within our fast-paced advertising sales team. 8+ years of relevant direct selling experience in advertising sales (Advanced TV) Full info HERE (4/4)

Fuse Media/NYC:
Experienced candidate to join dynamic team developing customized plans and presentations for Ad Sales clients. 2-4 yrs exp media sales co., or advertising agency pref’d w/strong knwldg media math. Exc problem solving & analytical skills. Full info HERE (4/4)

Motivated PR exec for Sr mgr or above position to dvlp strategies & implement publicity/comm campaigns for content-creators/producers. 5-7 years minimum of publicity and communications exp. Full info HERE (4/3)

Lead a team of Campaign Specialists responsible for setup, trafficking and optimization of Ad sales campaigns across all NBCU News properties. Min 5 yrs ad ops exp. Knwldg industry tools incl DFP, Operative, Canoe and Freewheel. Full info HERE (4/3)

Help identify, evaluate & dvlp to strengthen the division, expand revenue streams that align with NBCU’s long term convergence strategy between linear & digital operations teams. Min 2 yrs of professional exp in digital advertising. Full info HERE (4/3)

Spectrum Networks/NYC:
Lead talented team of journalist ensuring our trusted news networks engage our audience. Manage digital teams in mult locations. 10+ years relevant newsroom management experience in a fast-paced, constantly evolving digital publishing envir. Full info HERE (4/2)

Spectrum Networks/Columbus OH: Lead the pioneering approach on delivering impactful and relevant content to the communities we serve. Manage digital teams in mult locations. 10+ years relevant newsroom management experience in a fast-paced, constantly evolving digital publishing envir. Full info HERE (4/2)

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Self-starter w/ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced envir for Creative Affairs dept. Identify new projects & talent, oversee dvlpmnt of series to pitch & sell to the various ntwrks & studios. Min 2 yrs exp as a Coord in children’s TV w/exp in preschool arena. Full info HERE (4/2)

Oversee the building, development and localization of studio-based Chyron package. Minimum of 7+ years in production and technical operations is necessary. Full info/apply HERE (4/2)

world-class strategist who will bring every aspect of our brand to life—from go-to-market planning, to IP, to audience development. 6 yrs brand planning/marketing strategy exp (TV/DTC) from the entertainment, advertising, or consumer products industry. Full info HERE (4/1)

TLC/New York or Silver Spring MD: Critical thinker to drive audience growth for TLC’s content. Responsible for inventory planning, scheduling, budgeting, and cross-departmental communication. 10+ yrs relevant exp required. Apply Full info HERE (4/1)

Resp for quantitative diligence & analytical support for content acquisitions. Transform data-driven insights into quantitative analysis, financial modeling and presentations. Mng Content Mkt Pipeline, incl exhibition & sales history. Full info HERE (4/1)

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Create and publish the best digital & social content experiences for TLC and Discovery Life. Implement effective, innovative & influential social media strategies as the brand’s voice. 3+ yrs exp in social media marketing required. Full info/apply HERE (4/1)

ABC: Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things [f]
CBS: Young Sheldon, Young Sheldon, Mom, The Neighborhood, Bull
CW: Katy Keane, Legacies
FOX: Last Man Standing, Outmatched [f], Deputy [f]
NBC: Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Indebted, Indebted, Law & Order: SVU
PBS: This Old House Hour, Earth’s Sacred Wonders, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, La Dona, Operacion Pacifico
Univision: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Amor Eterno, Sin Miedo a la Verdad


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