04/03/17: Neil Patrick Harris back in business with NBC; Top Model eliminates age limit; Kingdom’s reign to end after season 3

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CYNOPSIS
04.03.17

 

Good morning. It’s Monday April 3, 2017 and this is your first early morning briefing.

 

Tonight’s Premieres:
Bravo: Southern Charm at 9p
Food: Kid Chef Nation at 8p
Outdoor Channel: Hollywood Weapons at 9p

 

Tonight’s Finales:      
Animal Planet: Alaskan Bush People: Alaskan Grit at 8p
ID: Obsession: Dark Desires at 10p

 

IN THE NEWS

 

Neil Patrick Harris will host and exec produce NBC game show Genius Junior, testing the smarts of 12 teams of kids. “The contestants are kids, so they’re destined to be hilarious or, you know, snap. Win/win,” said Harris. “I kid. #pun.” Shed Media is producing. Harris-hosted variety show Best Time Ever was canceled after one season on the network, but true to their word at the time, NBC and the Emmy winner’s Prediction Productions stayed in business.

In more NBC news, the net moved the premiere of Jennifer Lopez dance competition World of Dance from May 8 to Tuesday, May 30 at 10p, a comfy perch following the launch of America’s Got Talent. The premiere of Hollywood Game Night was moved to Thursday, June 22 at 8p, while Midnight Texas’s arrival date was changed to Monday, July 24 at 10p.

The CW set its summer slate, including the launch of new action series Hooten & the Lady on Thursday, July 13 at 9p. Season 5 of Whose Line Is It Anyway? debuts Monday, May 29 at 9:30p, Masters of Illusion starts season 6 on Friday, June 30 at 8p, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us returns for season 4 on Monday, July 10 at 8p.

Face the Nation host and CBS News political director John Dickerson has been bumped up to Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News. Steve Chaggaris was elevated to political director.

America’s Next Top Model is eliminating the age limit for contestants. “There have been 23 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, and every single cycle we say you have to be 27 years old or younger,” said original host and producer Tyra Banks in a video soliciting contestants. “You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?’ So, you know what? I’m taking that age limit off. You want to audition for America’s Next Top Model? I don’t care how old you are, honey. You just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel.” ANTM returns for its second cycle on VH1, and 24th overall.

MMA drama Kingdom will end after its upcoming third season on AT&T Audience Network, which launches May 31. “We expect season three to be a great one and appreciate the hard work and dedication from creator and showrunner Byron Balasco, as well as the entire cast and crew,” said AT&T Audience and Endemol Shine Studios in a joint statement. “We could not be more proud to have worked with all of them on such an amazing series.”

Alec Baldwin is going to do his Donald Trump impersonation on Saturday Night Live’s current season as often as he can – but then it might be time to turn in the orange wig. “If everything stays the same in this country as it is now,” the actor told UK’s Press Association, “I don’t think people are going to be in the mood to laugh about it come September.”

Speaking of, Saturday morning, Donald Trump was at it again on Twitter, and this time Meet the Press host Chuck Todd was in the crosshairs. “When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?” tweeted the president on April 1. Replied Todd, “For those wondering, I slept well even tho I stayed up late watching the #msstate upset of Uconn. #cowbell. Don’t feel sleepy at all though.”

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A memo from BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee on Thursday informing staff that Zola Mashariki, EVP and head of original programming at BET was leaving, apparently caught Mashariki by surprise. She said in a memo of her own that she was on medical leave, adding, “My job is protected by the Family Medical Leave Act…and I have a contract in place.” Responded BET, “These claims misrepresent the facts and are without merit.” Word of Mashariki’s departure came the same day it was announced that head of programming Stephen Hill was leaving.

YES Network, yanked from Comcast in 2015 in a retrans dispute, was back on Comcast Friday  just in time for the Yankees/Braves pre-season game, and season opener on Sunday. An agreement between Comcast and YES owner 21st Century Fox was struck earlier this year.

It appears independent cable operators may have a friend in new FCC chairman Ajit Pai. Speaking at the American Cable Association’s annual summit, Pai said, “We don’t view you as an enemy, but rather someone we can work with to better enable our citizens take advantage of digital opportunity.” Unlike his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, Pai is a proponent of less regulation of the industry.

Freeform’s Shadowhunters won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series, while Amazon’s Transparent picked up the trophy for Comedy on Saturday. The awards ceremony, which honors the portrayals of LGBTQ stories, will air on Logo on Thursday, April 6 at 10p.


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2017 Cable Hall of Fame Celebration
Presented by The Cable Center
April 26, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.
2017 Honorees
Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal
Jill Campbell, EVP and COO, Cox Communications
Michael T. Fries, CEO, Liberty Global
Ken Lowe, Chairman, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive
“The Sopranos,television drama series; David Chase, creator; HBO
David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications
www.cablehalloffame.com, 720-502-7500.

 
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

 

CBS ordered Ambulance, an alternative series based on a UK format that looks at the world of emergency medical workers and 911 dispatchers. Endemol Shine North America will produce.

Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) will direct the first 2 episodes of NBC’s Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Brothers, starring Edie Falco. Production is slated to begin this spring in LA.

Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping Up With the Kardashians) announced a joint development deal with South Korean-based Signal Entertainment Group, to develop new formats.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: March 31-April 2, 2017
The Boss Baby (Fox)
$49.0 million, opening weekend
Beauty and the Beast (Buena Vista) $47.5 million (week 3), cume revenue $395.5 million
Ghost in the Shell (Paramount) $19.0 million, opening weekend
Power Rangers (Lionsgate) $14.5 million (week 2), cume revenue $65.1 million
Kong: Skull Island (Warner Bros.) $8.8 million (week 4), cume revenue $147.8 million
Logan (20th Century Fox) $6.2 million (week 5), cume revenue $211.9 million
Get Out (Universal) $5.8 (week 6), cume revenue $156.9 million
Life (Sony) $5.6 million (week 2), cume revenue $22.3 million
CHiPS (Warner Bros.) $4.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $14.7 million
The Zookepper’s Wife (Focus) $3.3 million, opening weekend
Source: comScore


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COMING UP

An extended episode of WGN America’s Underground will feature Aisha Hinds (Under the Dome) delivering an hour-long speech as Harriet Tubman. In addition to airing during a special timeslot on Wednesday, April 12 at 8p, the show will have back-to-back encores throughout the night.

Discovery’s Shark Week is jumping to movie theaters on Tuesday, July 18 with a recap episode of 2016 and special episode for 2017. Ticket will go on sale June 9; Shark Week debuts on the network July 23.

A new character, Madame Hydra – aka Viper – will be introduced on the upcoming season 4 o ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it was revealed Saturday at WoderCon. Mallory Jansen, who also played Life Model Decoy Aida and Anges Kitsworth, will take on the role. Superhero series returns tomorrow, April 4 at 10p.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s “Whiz Kids Weel” returns April 10-14, with 6 children vying for a cool million.

E!’s Total Divas returns for its midseason premiere on Wednesday, April 5 at 9p, focused on a WWE draft that impacts careers and relationships.

Dead Set on Life is back on Viceland for season 3 on Thursday, April 6 at 10:30p. In an episode titled “If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Fun,” Matty ventures into the Everglades under the protection of an eighth-generation Floridian.

CASTING

Rainn Wilson (The Office) will play charismatic con man/intergalactic criminal Harry Mudd on CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery. The remake will go where no Star Trek has gone before, with new characters and new missions. Series gets a linear debut on CBS; all subsequent episodes will be available on the net’s digital service.

DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTS

Verizon has been grabbing streaming rights from network owners in advance of the launch of a live online TV service this summer, reports Bloomberg. Sources told Bloomberg Verizon plans to sell a package with dozens of channels.

Amazon renewed NFL docu-series All or Nothing for season 2, following the L.A. Rams. The Arizona Cardinals were featured the first time around.

TV5Monde Style will stream, via Comcast and Sling TV, a runaway insider’s look at the latest in fashion including #VersionFrancaise (available April 4), focused on Europe’s leading fashion houses, and lifestyle series Private Tours (available April 14).

ADVERTISING & BRANDS

AMC is teaming with Cinnabon to give fans a sneak peek at the upcoming season of Better Call Saul, with Saul playing his alter-ego, Cinnabon Bakery manager “Gene.” By entering their email at www.Cinnabon.com/BCSsweeps, fans can unlock a preview, and enter a sweepstakes. Season launches Monday, April 10 at 10p.

VIDEOS IN SHORT

In “the remake no one asked for,” Late Late Show’s James Corden and Victoria Beckham channel Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall from 1987’s Mannequin (with a touch of Carpool Karaoke). Check it out here.

A WWE Snapchat Show ran Friday through Sunday to promote Sunday’s WrestleMania 33, aimed at adding young-skewing subscribers to WWE Network’s streaming service. Snapchat is also promoting WrestleMania with ad-supported Live Stories.

GOING GLOBAL

Wayne Brothers Entertainment completed pilot season for American Supergroup, a music competition aimed creating the next big super band. Exec Producers and co-creators Gary Wayne Bridges and Kevin Wayne Waldrop produced 5 episodes to develop the format and prove the concept; the program aired on Pop, MTV Live and MTV Classic in 4Q16. Next up: sponsorship of the International Format Awards Gala, and the search for global distribution and production partners.

Quintus Media has signed a deal with Discovery Channel Latin America for Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons. The crime docu-series will air on Investigation Discovery in almost 50 countries in Latin America and Discovery en Espanol for the Hispanic market in the U.S.

Over the first month of its December 23 debut on Italia 1, Toei Animation’s Dragon Ball Super reached an average of 15.1% share on boys 4-14 and 20.5% on boys 8-14, with a peak of 25.7% share on boys 4-14 and 37.5% on boys 8-14.

all3media International secured rights to two new formats: Sneakers, centered on shoe transformations, from Belgium’s Biff Tannen Productions and Butterfish TV, and street game show Selfie, from Israel’s Createit Studios.

Hat Trick International found a new match for factual entertainment format Dinner Date: SABC in South Africa. Phoenix Productions will produce locally in collaboration with Quizzical Pictures.


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RATINGS

Discovery Channel had its best quarter ever during primetime in 1Q17 in P25-54 rating. The network claimed more top 10 unscripted cable series than any other network across P/M25-54, M18-49, M18-34, and P2+, including 7 of the top 10 in M25-54. And for the second year in a row, Discovery finished 1Q as the #1 non-sports cable network in M25-54.

ID closed 1Q17 as the #5 network in prime delivery of W25-54 in ad-supported cable, holding its spot as the #1 network in for total day delivery of W25-54 on Live+3 Day viewing. Among P25-54, ID ranked #2 for total day delivery, behind only ESPN. The true crime net also achieved its best first quarter and best March in network history for prime and total day delivery among all key demos.

Animal Planet went out like a lion in March, up +24% in prime time total viewers P2+ (to 668,000) and up +6% in Total Day viewership versus March 2016.The network was also up in primetime ratings for the month in A25-54 (+9%) and +21% among W25-54.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, March 30, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 4.3/8
Big Bang Theory 7.8/14, The Great Indoors 4.2/8, Mom 4.5/8, Life in Pieces 3.6/6, The Amazing Race 2.7/5
ABC: 3.7/7
Grey’s Anatomy 5.0/9, Scandal 3.6/7, The Catch 2.4/5
NBC: 2.7/5
Superstore 1.6/3, Powerless 1.2/2, Chicago Med 4.0/7, Blacklist: Redemption 2.6/5
FOX: 1.7/3
MasterChef: Junior 2.3/4, Kicking & Screaming 1.1/2
UNIVISION 1.0/2
Pequenos Gigantes USA .9/2, Vino el Amor 1.1/2, La Piloto .9/2
TELEMUNDO: .9/2
La Fan .6/1, La Dona .9/2, El Chema 1.2/2
CW: .6/2
Supernatural 1.1/2, Riverdale .6/1

Thursday A19-49: ABC 1.4/6, CBS 1.4/5, NBC .8/3, FOX .8/3, TELE .7/3, UNI .6/2, CW .5/2
Source: Nielsen

EXECUTIVE MOVES

 
Executive Vice President of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution Kristen Finney has implemented a new organizational structure for the region, as part of TCFTVD’s previously announced decision to unify the licensing efforts throughout all television distribution media and platforms (Pay, Basic and Free TV, and SVOD) as well as align the sales organization around the three major regions: The Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. In addition to oversight changes in the London, Paris, Milan and Munich offices, Vice President EMEA, Maria Ines Rodriguez and Vice President EMEA, George Gioudas will now help shape and oversee the EMEA sales strategy, working on all pan-regional deals across EMEA with emphasis on pan-regional clients for TCFTVD.


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Virtual Reality
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Best Show Exclusively for a Streaming Platform
and more!

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Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who made sure Jack didn’t die alone onLost(2004-2010)? Vincent the dog. Kudos to: Elizabeth Wendorf-Blackwood Seven/LA, Tom Winiarski-NBCUniversal/NYC, Michael Hochman-Stare at Shannon Productions/Holland, PA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, John Amato-KTTV/Good Day LA/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Jill Ferrone/Mineola, NY

Today’s Trivia Question: Which TV character’s best friend/partner was a former Dallas Cowboy player andLone Ranger fan? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).

Answer to Friday’s Anagram: Big Feathery Horn = Fear Thy Neighbor. Kudos to: Carol Stroud-CBS Consumer Products/NYC, Keith Marder-Halstead Property/NYC, David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NYC, Melissa Filippone-WE tv/NYC

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JOB OPENING: MOTION GRAPHICS DESIGNER/REELZ/Albuquerque: Design and execute on-air graphics as well as digital and print. Must have 3-5 yrs exp w/AE, C4D, Photoshop, Illustrator. Strong design sense is essential. Relocation assistance available Full info/apply HERE (4/10)

JOB OPENING: SR. DIGITAL PRODUCER/Animal Planet/NYC: Innovative leader in the digi/social space to work on tentpoles & get creative producing digi orig series. Exp growing/engaging aud on mult social pltfrms & how to use analytics to guide content dev. 8+ yrs exp. Digi/interactive & TV EXP A MUST. Apply HERE (4/10)

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY APRIL 3, 2017


ABC: Dancing With the Stars, Quantico
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Championship Central, NCAA Basketball
CW: Supergirl [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r]
FOX: 24: Legacy, APB
NBC: The Voice, Taken
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens, POV [r]
Telemundo: La Fan, La Dona, El Chema
Univision: Pequenos Gigante USA, Vino el Amor, La Piloto

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