04/09/21: Mike Pompeo joins Fox News Media


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Friday April 9, 2021

Today’s Premieres
Amazon: “We Children From Bahnhof Zoo”
Netflix: “Them”
Comedy Central: “Doing the Most With Phoebe Robinson” at 11p

Today’s Finale
Syfy: “Wynonna Earp” at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres
Discovery Family: “My Little Pony: Pony Life” at 11:30a
Disney+: “Earth Moods”
HGTV: “Escape to the Chateau” at 8p
OWN: “Iyanla: Fix My Life” at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres
Bounce: “Saints & Sinners” at 9p
CNN: “The People v. The Klan” at 9p
Food Network: “Food Truck Rehab” at 11p
HBO: “The Nevers” at 8p
INSP: “Wild West Chronicles” at 5:30p
Newsmax: “The Gorka Reality Check” at 7p

Sunday’s Finales
Epix: “Pennyworth” at 9p
Food Network: “The Great Food Truck Race” at 10p
HGTV: “Home Town: Memory Lane” at 9p
Showtime: “Shameless” at 9p
Starz: “Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham” at 9p


Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has joined Fox News Media as a contributor, across all platforms. He’ll make his first appearance in his new capacity today, April 9, on “Fox & Friends.” “I intend to give viewers a candid, no-nonsense look at geopolitics, international relations and the America First policies that helped chart the course for unprecedented American prosperity and security,” said Pompeo, who joins former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnaney, former economic advisor Larry Kudlow and Donald Trump daughter-in-law Lara Trump at Fox News Media.

“MacGyver” star Lucas Till took to social media for a “love letter” to the show’s cast, crew and fans, after CBS announced the reboot was ending its run after five seasons. “Was nervous to take up the mantle of an icon and you guys allowed me into your homes and accepted me,” said Till. “I’m like the Roger Moore of MacGyvers now thanks to your support.” The series finale airs Friday, April 30.

Netflix signed a new licensing deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment that gives the streamer an 18-month exclusive window for Sony films, starting in 2022. Netflix will also have a first-look arrangement for direct-to-streaming projects. “This not only allows us to bring their impressive slate of beloved film franchises and new IP to Netflix in the US, but it also establishes a new source of first run films for Netflix movie lovers worldwide,” said Netflix Original Films head Scott Stuber.

As France suffers another wave of COVID-19, the French Open has been moved to a week later, in the hopes more spectators will be able attend. The event will now run May 30-June 13, televised in the US on NBC and the Tennis Channel.

Hogar de HGTV, the Spanish-language destination for food and home enthusiasts, will be available to subscribers of Mediacom beginning Sunday, April 12.

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HGTV is keeping it fresh in 2021, with orders for 43 new episodes of three series, slated to premiere later this year. The re-up includes 18 hour-long episodes of “Love It or List It”; a 13 hour-long episode sophomore season for “Vacation House Rules”; and 12 half-hours of “Selling the Big Easy.”

Fremantle’s Original Productions is partnering with Wavelength, Anchor Entertainment and The Kennedy/Marshall Company on a feature-length documentary that will delve into the life and 60+-year career of Dan Rather. Directed and executive produced by One9 and Jessica Sherif, the doc will examine the evolution of American journalism through the personal lens of the legendary media figure.

Peacock gave a series order to the “Queer as Folk” reboot from Stephen Dunn, first in development at Bravo. Dunn (“Little America”) will write and exec produce. “It is a surreal honour to adapt the notoriously groundbreaking series by Russell T. Davies. When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I felt I could only watch ‘Queer as Folk’ in secret,” said Dunn. “But so much has changed in the last 20 years and how wonderful would it be if the next generation didn’t have to watch ‘Queer as Folk’ alone in their dank basements with the sound muted, but with their family and friends and the volume cranked all the way to the max.”

Grom Social Enterprises is acquiring Curiosity Ink Media, a producer and developer of original kid-friendly content. Two former Nickelodeon executives , Curiosity’s President Russell Hicks and Paul Ward, have been tapped to lead the company’s animation, social media and educational divisions.

Casting notes: Tom Holland (“Spider-Man”) will star as the first person acquitted of a crime because of dissociative identity disorder in Apple TV+ anthology series “The Crowded Room.”… Four cast members have been set to star in OWN drama “The Kings of Napa”: Ebonee Noel (“FBI”), Rance Nix (“Zero Issue”), Karen LeBlanc (“Ransom”); and Yaani King Mondshein (“For All Mankind”)…Stand-up comedian Kareem Green will recur on Showtime comedy “Flatbush Misdemeanor.”…Chi McBride (“Hawaii Five-0”) landed a lead in an untitled CBS comedy pilot based on the life of pro bowler Tom Smallwood.

The Sports Media Awards finalists are here and this year’s competition was stacked! View the honorees and register for the virtual gala to watch live as the winners take home the gold.


Let the games begin! Fox has set summer premiere dates, with “Mental Samurai” returning Tuesday, May 25; “Crime Scene Kitchen” launching Wednesday, May 26; “Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns” firing up Monday, May 31; “Lego Masters” premiering Tuesday, June 1; and “Master Chef: Legends” arriving Wednesday, June 2. On the animation front, “Duncanville” returns May 23, followed on May 31 by “Housebroken.”

Season two of The Africa Channel’s “Lockdown” premiered April 7, and the series “gives new meaning to the word we’ve all grown accustomed to this past year,” said Karen Juve, VP of Programming, TAC. “This prison drama features an amazing international all-female cast from Africa and beyond, whose characters come to life as both terrifying and sympathetic. The show joins a line-up of powerful programming making its way out of Africa and into US homes and continues to broaden the scope of Black Entertainment for American viewers.” “Lockdown” is available Wednesday nights at 10p.

Season three of Vice wrestling series “Dark Side of the Ring” debuts Thursday, May 6 at 9p, followed one week later at 10p by the kickoff of franchise extender “Dark Side of Football.”

Season three of “Crossroads With the Burtons” premieres Tuesday, June 29 at 7p on Sportsman Channel. Season two, featuring NASCAR driver Jeb Burton, airs Tuesdays at 7p.

Peter Vecsey and his Hoop du Jour content will be expanding to podcast format on Tuesday, April 13. The podcast will join the Hoop du Jour weekly blog as featured content for Legends Media & Entertainment, the National Retired Basketball Player Associations storytelling platform.

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A+E Networks and History Channel have partnered with Mercedes-Benz for the second year on an integration in an episode “Pawn Stars.” With the help of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, Chumlee is able to bring a big-ticket item into the shop with the potential for even bigger profit in the episode airing Monday, April 12 at 9p.

CMT’s “Skyville Live: Jerry Lee Lewis” special premieres Tuesday, April 13 at 10p, featuring country greats including George Strait, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack, along with Lewis. “Skyville Live: Cyndi Lauper” arrives Friday, May 7 at 10p, with the “True Colors” singer joined by Kelsea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaelson. In January, CMT announced its partnership with Skyville Live to bring ten music specials, filmed pre-COVID, to the air.

The Shudder premiere of sci-fi horror filmFried Barry” has moved from May 6 to Friday, May 7.

True crime special “When Philip Met Missy,” following a small-town story with sinister twists, starts streaming Tuesday, April 27 on discovery+.

One-hour specialLifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians” premieres Monday, May 10 at 8p on Lifetime. Among the honorees are Mindy Kaling, Maya Rudolph, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sofia Vergara, Michaela Cole and Kate McKinnon.


Dish Media, Blockgraph, MadHive, VideoAmp, Eyeota and TVSquared have formed the TV Data Initiative, aimed at accelerating the use of data in the television industry. “The next era of TV must be one defined by industry collaboration and connectivity,” said Jason Manningham, CEO of Blockgraph, a joint venture of Comcast, Charter Communications and ViacomCBS. “We need to work together to develop solutions that solve for the industry’s increasing complexity and fragmentation while at the same time addressing advertisers’ demand for data-driven capabilities in a way that always puts privacy first.”

As more households opt to cut the cord, connected TV is increasingly the platform of choice for brands looking to reach out to new audiences and reconnect with existing ones. However, as with any other platform, brands have to make sure they are reaching the right households, and that they are able to track that exposure and tie it to a conversion. Jeremy Fain, CEO and co-founder of Cognitiv makes the case for the value of deep learning, in Cynsiders.


AMC Networks subscription bundle AMC+ has launched on YouTube TV. “We are thrilled to make AMC+ available to YouTube TV subscribers,” said Courtney Thomasma, GM of AMC+. “Especially as we head into April, which is one of the biggest months of the year for Shudder as it marks ‘Halfway to Halloween’ with the return of ‘Creepshow’ and its huge celebration of horror, thriller and supernatural programming, we know new and existing subscribers will appreciate everything AMC+ has to offer.”

Discovery and Comcast announced the launch of discovery+ on Xfinity Flex. The streamer will also begin its rollout to X1 in the coming weeks, giving Xfinity TV customers access to more Discovery programming over the internet alongside the live and on-demand content they get as part of their TV subscription.

fuboTV has acquired the exclusive live streaming rights to the Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifying matches of South American Football Confederation. Match windows are currently scheduled to begin in June, with several additional match windows through 2021 and into early 2022.


9 Story Distribution International has secured international sales for its primetime animated comedy “Fugget About It.” New broadcast deals include Amazon Prime Video and Comedy Central in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Channel 5 ordered a second season of “Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out.” The series will be co-produced by IWC, a Banijay UK company and Motion Content Group. Gerard Costello will be serving as Executive Producer for IWC with Melanie Darlaston for Motion Content Group.

Moonbug Entertainment has expanded into Israel through a strategic partnership with Noga Communications, one of Israel’s leading television broadcasting channels. Viewers will have access to over 1,000 episodes from some of Moonbug’s IPs.

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The premiere of CW’s “Kung Fu” reboot drew 1.4 million total viewers, the net’s best Wednesday viewership number in seven years.

CBS wasn’t the only one to get a royal boost from Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The week of March 8, Netflix’s “The Crown” rose from sixth to second on Nielsen’s list of top 10 streaming programs, with 449 million minutes streamed, versus 242 million the week prior.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, April 7
Show, P2+ 0000s, (A18-49)
ABC: “The Goldbergs” 3.37 (0.7), “Home Economics” 3.12 (0.6), “The Connors” 3.39 (0.7), “The Conners” 3.37 (0.7), “A Million Little Things” 2.26 (0.4)
CBS: “Tough As Nails” 3.00 (0.4), “SEAL Team” 3.57 (0.4), “S.W.A.T.” 3.10 (0.4)
CW: “King Fu” 1.40 (0.2),“Nancy Drew” 0.63 (0.1)
ION: “Blue Bloods” 1.00 (0.2), “Blue Bloods” 0.99 (0.2), “Blue Bloods” 0.90 (0.1)
FOX: “The Masked Singer” 4.79 (1.1), “Game of Talents” 2.30 (0.6)
NBC: “Chicago Med” 6.88 (0.8), “Chicago Fire” 6.65 (0.8), “Chicago PD” 5.80 (0.8)
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos” 0.99 (0.2), “Suerte de Loli” 0.93 (0.2), “Buscando Frida” 1.14 (0.3)
Univision: “Rosa de Guadalupe” 1.42 (0.5), “Te Acuerdas de Mi” 1.42 (0.4), “Hija del Embajador” 1.43 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


AMC Networks has elevated the roles of three executives. Courtney Thomasma, most recently Executive Director of BBC America, is shifting to a new role as General Manager of AMC+; Matt Graham, currently GM of Acorn TV, has added oversight responsibility for the Sundance Now streaming service as its GM; and Blake Callaway, who has been Executive Director of the IFC and SundanceTV television networks, has added oversight of BBC America to his purview as GM of all three networks, working closely with partner BBC Studios.

There were also three promotions at Bunim/Murray Productions: Rupert Dobson, from SVP to EVP, Development; Farnaz Farjam, from SVP, Entertainment and Development to EVP, Current Programming; and John Greco, from EVP of Production to the studio’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Viant named Kendra Angier to the newly-created position of Chief People Officer. Angier was previously VP, Human Resources at Ingram Micro.

Lee Mason has been hired by Disney+ to serve as Director of Scripted EMEA, starting this summer. Mason joins from Channel 4.

DoubleVerify has appointed Doug Campbell as Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining DV, Campbell was Chief Strategy Officer at Telaria.

FilmRise has promoted Melissa Wohl to SVP, Head of Sales. Wohl will continue to lead the company’s domestic and international sales activities.


Comedy writer Anne Beatts died April 7. She was 74. Beatts was an original writer on “Saturday Night Live,” and created 1982 sitcom “Square Pegs.”

Friday Fun Fact
Scotland has 421 words for “snow” (sample: flinkdrinkin).

This Day in History
1976 – Watergate film “All the President’s Men” was released.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which 2002-2003 comedy was a remake of a sitcom that premiered in 1966? “Family Affair.” Kudos to: Rev. Mark Wajda/Clermont, FL, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Ken DuBow-Access Entertainment/LA

Today’s Trivia Question
Who played Kate’s uncle on “Silver Spoons” (1982-87)? (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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