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NBC ordered a sixth season of Hollywood Game Night. The summer series averaged a 1.1 rating among A18-49 and 4.7 million viewers in Live+7 last time around.
Women in Entertainment is teaming with the Television Academy Foundation for the first Women in Television Summit, slated for May 21. “This is a watershed moment in time. We are thrilled to bring our content to life with a program dedicated to television,” said Gretchen McCourt, co-founder of Women in Entertainment. “This partnership with the Television Academy Foundation creates a new opportunity to share tools and strategies for success.” Event takes place at the Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.
Actress Cynthia Nixon announced via Twitter that she’s running for governor of New York. “Something has to change,” Nixon says in a video posted on Twitter. “We want our government to work again….We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.” The Sex and the City alum will go up against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary in September.
Amazon Studios’ for your consideration Emmy campaign for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel launched yesterday. The effort features billboards and a hotline number that leads to live female content creators voicing characters from the show (or, after hours, voicemail).
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Production has begun on the new 7-episode season of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods. The new season will trace the path of the Pony Express, explore Scotland’s “Braveheart,” William Wallace, and follow Appalachia’s Great Wagon Road.
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Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper will film a special episode, The Opposition Chaperones Democracy: Kids Just Wanna Take Guns, taping and airing Thursday, March 22. The episode, filmed in front of a Rockville, MD audience of activist teens, parents and rally attendees ahead of the March 24 gun reform March for Our Lives rally in D.C. (and elsewhere), airs at 11:30p.
Monday, March 26 marks the 45th birthday of CBS’s The Young and the Restless, and the soap is serving up “high-stakes drama, romance and compelling character returns.” (Which sounds like every day, except moreso.) Returning actors include Jamie Lyn Bauer and Janice Lynde, who started on Y&R in 1973.
In April, World Channel is airing a 3-film arc on issues related to prisons. First up: Milwaukee 53206, focused on the community with the highest rate of incarcerated men in the U.S., on April 3.
El Rey Network’s The People’s Network Showcase returns with the “Animation Edition Vol. 2,” featuring films released both on-air and digitally on El Rey Network’s YouTube page. On-air special features 2 hours of 15 short films and interviews with rising independent filmmakers from around the world. 
For more on short form, from insightful panels to stand-out videos, check out Thursday’s Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival. What you need to know is here.
Make This Place Your Home, starring General Hospital’s Jackie Zeiman and Rock & Roll Chef Jaime Laurita, premieres June 2 as part of TLC’s Saturday morning programming lineup.
Dating series Love at First Flight sends new couples on a stressful trip across North America – and they must decide when they land whether they want to get married. Um, what? “As producers, we’re always looking to elevate our creative and invent new ways of telling familiar stories,” Craig Piligian, CEO of Pilgrim Media Group, and exec producer of the series, tells Cynopsis. “With Love at First Flight, we crossed a dating show with a travel show, and brought a new dynamic to the table in the process. The mechanics of the series include specific tasks designed to test compatibility among couples who’ve just met; but they ultimately have to manage a cross-country trip together – something that requires teamwork, honesty and a sense of humor. This is a show we think audiences are going to find surprising and yet very relatable.” Series premieres tonight on Lifetime.
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HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother: Jonathan vs. Drew returns for a new season Wednesday, May 23 at 9p. The weekly challenge loser in the flipping competition will complete unpleasant dares such as cleaning out the giraffe moat at the Oakland Zoo and stomping a barrel of grapes in Napa. 
Desilu Studios acquired a controlling stake in Israeli streaming tech provider Vonetize. “It has been my vision from day one to deliver our content direct to consumers via streaming or any other emerging and disruptive technologies,” said Desilu chairman and CEO Charles B. Hensley. “Discovering Vonetize …has been a game changer for us.”
“Post-cable” media network Cheddar said it has raised a $22 million Series D round of financing, which includes new investors as well as existing investors AT&T, Amazon, Comcast Ventures and Altice USA. The funds will be used to expand internationally, as well as launch a second live news network, Cheddar Big News, offering “non-partisan, national news with the style of local news.”
Facebook shares shed nearly $40 billion of market value in trading yesterday. The slide came after reports that consulting company Cambridge Analytica used the data of 50 million Facebook users without their consent. Two Senators, Amy Klobucher (D-Minn.) and John Kennedy (R-La.), asked for a hearing to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other execs about their company’s use of personal data; Facebook has hired an auditing firm to find out whether Cambridge still has data it was supposed to destroy in 2015. The hashtag #DeleteFacebook was trending Monday.
CNN is launching a new VR app for Oculus Rift that offers an interactive experience with CNN’s news feed and 360-degree stories. Users can choose categories, and CNNVR includes a ticker roll and social integration with Twitter.
Also going over the top is the PGA Tour, which has partnered with OTT service XUMO for its first ad-supported OTT channel available on smart TVs. The service offers live coverage of matches as well as highlights, previews and VOD programming.
Prefer Bugs to basketball? Boomerang’s Best Cartoon Bracket is live, with round 1 voting between 32 characters. Cartoon champ is revealed April 2.
Phone Swap is back on Snapchat for season 2. In the game, strangers inspect each other’s phones and decide whether to go on a date based on what they find. Phone Swap drew an average of 10 million viewers its first season, making the decision to do renew it “an easy one,” said Sean Mills, Snap’s head of original content.
The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 50th anniversary celebration includes a Twitch marathon of the series from The Fred Rogers Company beginning today – Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday – at 10a. Twitch is teaming up with PBS to air 90 of the most popular episodes, followed by a complete run of the show’s 856 episodes.
Google’s share of the digital ad market is projected to dip from 38.6% to 37.2% in 2018, while Facebook’s slips from 19.9% to 19.6%, according to eMarketer. On the flip side, Amazon is expected to grow close to 3%, for a total of $2.9 billion. Revenue-wise, though, Google is expected to rise $5 billion, to $39.9 billion, while Facebook rises $3 billion, to $21 billion.
Blue Ant Media announced its Kids & Global Networks division launch in Europe, the Middle East and Africa via new carriage deals for wildlife and nature channels including Love Nature and ZooMoo, a children’s nature HD linear channel and joint venture with AT&T. 
Big Bad Boo Studios and BWO TV and Licensing announced animated series 1001 Nights will be streaming on German language online platforms kinderkino.de, the Kixi App and Kixi Select’s Amazon Channel.
Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) will play a series regular role in HBO comedy Camping, from GirlsLena Dunham and Jenni Konner….Stellan Skarsgard (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Emily Watson (The Dresser) have joined the cast of HBO 5-parter Chernobyl….Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible) will co-star in CBS drama pilot reboot Cagney & Lacey….Matt Ryan has been promoted from recurring to series regular on upcoming season 4 of CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
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Opposite March Madness on CBS, ABC’s America Idol revival on Sunday dipped 24% week over week, with 7.7 million total viewers and 1.8/6 among A18-49. But ABC was up 121% and 117%, respectively, versus the same night last year.
Top 11 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of February 28, 2018
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
This Is Us (NBC) 2.5/4.5/+2.0
The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.3/3.1/+1.8
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.0/3.6/+1.6
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.5/4.1/+1.6
9-1-1 (Fox) 1.5/3.0/+1.5
Modern Family (ABC) 1.3/2.6/+1.3
Young Sheldon (CBS) 12.1/3.4/+1.3
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) 1.1/2.2/+1.1
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.1/2.2/+1/1
Will & Grace (NBC) .11/2.2/+1.1
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.2/2.3/+1.1
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).


Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, March 6, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 4.46 million
NCAA Tournament 4.79, NCAA Tournament 3.84
NBC: 3.84 million
Blindspot 3.38, Taken 3.21, Dateline 3.84
FOX: 3.01 million
MasterChef Junior 3.39, 9-1-1 2.63
ABC: 2.60 million
Once Upon a Time 2.55, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.14, 20/20 3.48
UNIVISION: 1.06 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.11, Papa a Toda Madre 1.03, Por Amar Sin Ley 1.03
Jose Jose, el Príncipe de la Cancion .62, Al Otro Lado del Muro .80, Enemigo Intimo .97
CW: .65 million
Dynasty .68, Jane the Virgin .62
Thursday A18-49:  CBS 1.2/5, FOX .8/3, NBC .6/3, ABC .5/2, UNI .5/2, TELE .4/2, CW .2/1
Branded Entertainment Network has appointed Ricky Ray Butler as CEO, effective June 1. Butler previously held the role of Global CCO. BEN founder Gary Shenk will move to the newly-created role of Executive Chairman.
Chiara McKee has been appointed VPEMEAKids & Global Networks at Blue Ant Media, tasked with leading the company’s EMEA channel distribution sales, operations and marketing from the company’s London office. McKree was previously Director, Love Nature International.



Cinematographer Michael Gershman was found dead in his home March 10. He was 73. Gershman was best known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “The lessons I learned from him are endless,” posted Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar on Instagram of the man she called a surrogate father. “But more than lessons, there was love…I am lucky to have been loved by Michael.”


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On This Day: 1930 – Kentucky Fried Chicken was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders.
Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: How many top contestants were on season 1 of Fox‘s American Idol (2002-2016)? 10. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Dan Quiterio-Understoon/NYC, John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Dino Alexander-SpectrumOne.net/Fayetteville, NC
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Answer to Friday’s Anagram: Get No Memo = Teen Mom OG. Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
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CBS:  NICS [r], NCIS [r], Bull [r]  
CW: The Flash [r], Black Lighting [r]
FOX: Lethal Weapon [r], LA to Vegas, The Mick [r]
NBC:  The Voice, Rise, Chicago Med
PBS: Al Capone: Icon [r], Jackie Robinson [r]
TELEMUNDO: Jose Jose, el Príncipe de la Cancion, Al Otro Lado del Muro, Enemigo Intimo
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Por Amar Sin Ley


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