03/19/15: Fashion Police on hiatus; Empire hits number one on Billboard; FOX renews Sleepy Hollow






Good morning. It’s Thursday March 19, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
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HGTV: Nashville Flipped at 11p
ID: Most Infamous at 9p
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Tonight’s Finale:
A&E: Nightwatch at 10p


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The Fashion Police drama continues. E! announced that the series “is going on hiatus and will return in September. We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season.” The decision comes after co-host Kathy Griffin tweeted her exit from the style series after just seven episodes, and Kelly Osbourne called it quits last month. Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, along with Executive Producer Melissa Rivers remain onboard.


A month after deciding a panel would determine whether hour-long series could be submitted as comedies in the Emmy race, the TV Academy has revealed the first three shows deemed eligible. Showtime‘s Shameless, CW‘s Jane the Virgin and FOX‘s Glee all met the nine-member panel’s two-thirds vote criteria and can compete as comedies.

FOX hit Empire can do no wrong. The show’s soundtrack, released on March 10,debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200 – beating Madonna’s Rebel Heart. It marks the first TV soundtrack to debut as No. 1 since Glee.

ABC‘s Shark Tank has competition circling: The Startup Hour, calling for viewers to participate in the funding of startups featured on the show, debuts its 11-week season Wednesday, May 13 on Hearst Television stations in Boston, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Kansas City, and Sacramento. The show will also be broadcast on a Media General station in Austin and featured on Roku, YouTube and other digital and social streaming channels.

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U.K. TV executives Pat Younge, Narinder Minhas and Lucy Pilkington have launched Sugar Films, to produce TV and digital content. Younge will oversee Sugar Films Lab and the company’s operations as managing director, while Minhas and Pilkington serve as creative directors, leading the development of new content and formats.


Nat Geo late-night series StarTalk, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, debuts Monday, April 20 at 11p with encores each Friday at 7p. President Jimmy Carter, Richard Dawkins, Chris Hadfield, Norman Lear, Christopher Nolan and George Takei are on deck as guests.

Actress Tia Mowry gives viewers a taste of her life on Cooking Channel‘s Tia Mowry at Home, premiering Wednesday, April 29 at 9p. "Over the years, my fans have become familiar with my style on the red carpet. Now, I’m excited to share my style in the kitchen, and a more personal side of my life," says Mowry.


Starz announced a return date for original series Power: Saturday, June 6 at 9p. The show’s second season features ten hour-long episodes, a bump up from the first season’s order of eight.

FOX renewed mystery-adventure series Sleepy Hollow for a third season. Clifton Campbell (The Glades) will take over as showrunner from Mark Goffman, who stepped down after season two.

TLC greenlit 26 additional episodes of Stacy London‘s makeover series Love, Lust or Run. Season 1 is currently averaging 1.4 million P2+ viewers. Sophomore run launches in June.

Amazon ordered a second season of detective drama Bosch. The Titus Welliver series, which debuted in February, is the top title on Prime Instant Video, according to Amazon.

CNBC series The Profit returns for a third season Tuesday, May 12 at 10p with entrepreneur/ investor Marcus Lemonis helping save struggling businesses. The season also includes hour-long follow-up special, The Profit: After the Deal. Why the where-are-they-now? “Marcus is able to make enormous changes during production, but his job doesn’t end after our cameras shut down,” Jim Ackerman, SVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC, tells Cynopsis. “He returns to those businesses, regularly, where he continues to make changes and hopefully, grow revenue. But as we learned, there are no magic bullets when it comes to saving a business and Marcus has faced challenges and setbacks with almost every business he invested in. Given that, we knew there was way more story to capture.”


Esai Morales (Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue) joins the sophomore season of El Rey Network‘s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series in a recurring role.

Ed Quinn (Eureka) had been tapped for a recurring role in the third season of ABC’s Mistresses as a sensitive but offensive doctor.


American Television Distribution has sold one-hour talent competition The Big Big Show in 75 percent of the country, including on CBS‘s WLNY New York, Ellis‘s KDOC Los Angeles, and Weigel‘s WCIU Chicago. The show is cleared on over 20 Sinclair-owned stations and on Tribune, Weigel and Media General stations. It will also air in The CW’s 100-plus markets. Series debuts in September with 24 original episodes.


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With a lead-in from The Voice, NBC‘s young comedies Undateable (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million total viewers) and One Big Happy (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million total viewers) delivered the network’s best results for an hour of comedy since the premieres of Marry Me and About a Boy in October.

The CW‘s debut of iZombie on Tuesday night pulled a solid 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers.

Azteca America’s broadcast of the Puebla vs. Chivas Futbol Liga Mexicana (FLM) match on Saturday, March 14 was the network’s highest rated FLM Saturday match among A18-49 since September 22, 2012, delivering 257,000 A18-49 and 456,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.1/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC topped 8p with 3.2/11 for The Voice, followed by CW’s Flash and FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, which tied at 1.3/5. NBC’s Undateable and One Big Happy combined at 1.8/6 to retain the lead at 9p. ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was second at 1.6/5. NBC finished the night at number1 with Chicago Fire at 1.6/5. Univision’s Que te Perdone Dios… Yo No trailed at 1.0/3.

A18-49: NBC 2.1/7, CW 1.1/4, UNI 1.1/3, ABC 1.0/3, CBS 1.0/3, FOX 0.9/3, TELE 0.5/2, ION 0.5/2

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.4/9
NCIS [r] 6.5/11, NCIS: New Orleans [r] 6.1/10, Person of Interest [r] 3.7/7
NBC: 5.0/9?
The Voice 7.8/13, Undateable 4.0/7, One Big Happy 3.6/6, Chicago Fire 4.6/8?ABC: 2.2/4
Fresh Off the Boat [r] 2.5/4, Repeat After Me [r] 1.6/3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 2.7/4, Forever 2.0/4 [r]
CW: 1.8/3?The Flash 2.2/4, iZombie 1.3/2
UNIVISION: 1.6/3?Mi Corazon es Tuyo 1.8/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.6/3, Que te Perdone Dios… Yo No 1.4/3
FOX 1.5/3?Hell’s Kitchen 2.3/4, New Girl [r] 1.0/2, The Mindy Project 1.3/2
ION: 1.1/2?Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 1.2/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2
Telemundo: 0.8/1?Los Miserables 0.8/1, Tierra de Reyes 0.8/1, Duenos del Paraiso 0.9/2


Two programming executives have been elevated to new roles within the A+E Networks portfolio. Elaine Frontain Bryant has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network, and Paul Cabana has been upped to Executive Vice President and Head of Programing, HISTORY and H2. Frontain Bryant had been Senior Vice President, Development & Programming, HISTORY, while Cabana was Senior Vice President and Head of Programming for H2

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. appointed Jim Griffiths as Senior Vice President of Content Purchasing and Distribution. Griffith had been Chief Executive Officer at consulting firm GSD LLC.

The senior management team of FremantleMedia International has been restructured. Former Chief Finance Officer and Director of Operations, Bob McCourt, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Darren Greenhas been promoted from Senior Financial Controller to Financial Director, FMI. Within the global sales force, Haryaty Rahman has been upped to SVP, Sales & Distribution Asia.

Phil Gurin and Jan Salling have been named co-chairs of the Format Recognition and Protection Association. Gurin is president and CEO of The Gurin Company, while Salling is chief operating officer and managing director of sales and acquisitions for Nordic World.

Entertainment branding and marketing innovations agency Troika has appointed Live Action Director Richard D’Alessio as Creative Director. D’Allessio worked with advertising clients in the US and around the world.

Havas Worldwide hired Coral Garvey as Head of Art for its New York office. Garvey previously served as Design Director at Silver&Partners.

Bellum Entertainment named Joycelyn Di Palma as Co-Executive Producer of its new true crime series Corrupt Crimes.


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This Day in History:
1977 –The last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired on CBS.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What’s Laverne’s favorite drink on Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)? Pepsi and milk. Kudos to: David Woolfson-Screenvision/NYC, Jim Kelly-Lee Hecht Harrison/Melville, NY, Jeffrey Hira-Nickelodeon/NYC, Eric Emeric-AMC Networks/NYC, Kathryn Kieser-Haworth Marketing and Media/Minneapolis, MN, Lisa Jo Lampi/St. Paul, MN, Rosemary Cunningham-Cox Reps/Chicago, IL, Dory Petsrillo/Dallas, TX, Mark Guerin-Comcast Spotlight Colorado/Denver, CO, Matt Sautter-Imagine Communications/Denver, CO,
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ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, American Crime
CBS: 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament
CW: The Vampire Diaries, Reign
FOX: American Idol
NBC: Dateline NBC, The Blacklist, The Slap
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Rise of the Black Pharaohs [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Los Miserables, Tierra de Reyes, Duenos del Paraiso
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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