04/13/18: Trading Spaces a ratings win for TLC

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After a ten-year hiatus, home design show Trading Spaces returned with record ratings, averaging 2.8 million P2+ and claiming the #1 spot on all of television on Saturday night. Lead-in Trading Spaces Reunion Special also premiered strong, delivering 2.5 million P+2 viewers and ranking top in its time slot. The combined airings led TLC to its highest Saturday night numbers in eight years.
Broad City is coming to a close. The Comedy Central signature series will end after its upcoming fifth season, set to air in early 2019. But that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the comedy’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson on Comedy Central – the net inked a first look comprehensive agreement with the duo for content created and/or developed by them, both together and independently. The deal extends across all of parent company Viacom’s television networks. Three projects already in development at Comedy Central include Mall Town USA, Platinum Status and Young Professionals.
Kevin Hart will host and executive produce obstacle course competition series TKO: Total Knock Out, coming to CBS this summer. From Mark Burnett and MGM Television, the 10-parter features one player racing through obstacles, while four other contestants man battle stations and fire projectiles to knock them off.
Carol Burnett has been chosen to receive the first ever Peabody Career Achievement Award at the 77th Annual Peabody Awards. The honor is reserved for individuals whose work and commitment to broadcast media has left an indelible mark on the field. Ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 19 in New York.
The Tony Awards nominations announcement of will be co-hosted by Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) and Katharine McPhee (Waitress) on Tuesday, May 1 at 8:30a and available for view live on CBS This Morning.  
SAG-AFTRA has called for a ban on auditions in hotel rooms and residences. “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. The ban on these meetings, called Guideline No. 1, is the first expansion of the Code of Conduct the union released in February.  
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Barry and Silicon Valley were renewed for a second and sixth seasons, respectively, on HBO. “While Barry has delighted audiences with its deft interplay of comedy and drama, Silicon Valley remains as brilliantly and frighteningly prescient as ever,” said Amy Gravitt, EVP, HBO Programming. “We’re thrilled that these two smart, funny shows are returning for another season.
HBO also ordered pilot Run, a romantic comedic thriller from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and Vicky Jones, with Waller-Bridge set for a recurring role. Series centers on ex-lovers who impulsively disappear together.
ITV and PBS series Grantchester was picked up for a fourth season, which will be the final one for star James Norton. The actor is heading to BBC-AMC drama McMafia.
Norman Lear, Will Gluck and his Olive Bridge Entertainment, and Global Road Entertainment are teaming with Rain Pryor, daughter of the late Richard Pryor, to develop Fried Chicken and Latkes, reports Variety. The semi-autobiographical comedy begins with the half African-American/half Jewish Pryor as a preteen trying to find her place in the 1970s world of Beverly Hills.
USA Network greenlit four pilots. Projects include Treadstone, a drama that delves into the CIA black ops program, known as Operation Treadstone; Erase, a crime thriller starring Denis Leary; Briarpatch, based on the Ross Tom novel; and Dare Me, a drama based on Megan Abbott’s book that delves into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading.
BBC One ordered a 60-minute documentary from Mentorn Media, reports Deadline. The project investigates the direction Russia is taking following the recent presidential election, which handed Putin another six-year term. 
Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories optioned Allison Pearson’s new novel, How Hard Can It Be?, for an upcoming TV project. The sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does it picks up Kate Reddy’s story as she approaches her 50th birthday.
FX set Sunday, June 2 at 9p for the debut of Pose. Set in the 1980s, the dance musical series explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York and features TV’s largest cast of transgender actors.
The Split bows Wednesday, May 23 at 10p on SundanceTV. Six-part drama is set in the fast-paced world of divorce law.
TNT’s Claws and the women of the Nail Artisans of Mantee County are back for a second season on Sunday, June 10 at 9p.
Food Network released premiere dates for four shows: Giada on the Beach makes its series premiere on Sunday, May 20 at 11:30a; Baked in Vermont is back Saturday, May 5 at 10:30a; Best Baker in America bows Monday, May 7 at 9p; and Iron Chef America debuts Wednesday, May 16 at 9p.
Docu-series Black Love returns to OWN on Saturday, May 12 at 10p. The show’s second season features Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, Niecy Nash and husband Jay Tucker and more.
A new whodunnit unfolds in East Peck with the sophomore season debut of NBC’s Trial & Error: Lady Killer on Thursday, July 19 at 9p and 9:30p. Kristin Chenoweth is set to star. 
Smithsonian Channel airs Million Dollar American Princesses: Meghan Markle on Sunday, May 13 at 9p. Special chronicles Markle’s life from her child in California to blossoming acting career and romance with Prince Harry.
48 Hours investigates the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz and the case that haunts the detectives who spent over three decades trying to find him in “The Lost Boy,” airing Saturday, April 14 at 10p.
Oxygen Media debuts The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed on Saturday, April 28 at 6p. The two-hour special investigates the Turpin family and their parents, David and Louise, who have been charged with keeping their children shackled and starved within their Perris, California home. Soledad O’Brien hosts.
Vivicast Media finalized a multi-year deal with MAVTV Motorsports Network. Agreement includes OTT and alternative technologies distribution rights for the U.S. and Caribbean markets.
Television Dominicana acquired the U.S. rights to Vale por Tres, a weekly entertainment Dominican program. Produced by Roberto Angel Salcedo, the show premieres Saturday, April 14 at 6p.
Susan Sarandon is returning to Showtime’s Ray Donovan as a series regular in Season 6.
Spotify has acquired Loudr, a company that helps content creators and music providers track and pay royalties to music publishers. Loudr will provide “select services to its publishing and aggregator partners, while contributing to Spotify’s continuing efforts towards a more transparent and efficient music publishing industry for songwriters and rights holders,” said Spotify, which has been under fire for its royalty and licensing payments.
Martin Scorsese is set to direct an untitled original comedy special for Netflix. The project explores the legacy of sketch comedy show SCTV. Netflix also ordered a third season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. The renewal comes a few weeks after its second season launch on March 8.
Despite Netflix’s high profile (and high priced) originals, 80% of its viewing in the U.S. comes from licensed content, according to data from 7Park Data. Top licensed shows for the 12-month period that ended in September included Breaking Bad, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother and The Office.
ESPN launched streaming service, ESPN+, on Wednesday. Although it doesn’t give subscribers access to ESPN, it does offer additional lives events, including a game a day from Major League Baseball, and a game a day from the National Hockey League, starting next season.
AT&T AUDIENCE Network picked up original comedy Loudermilk for a second season, which will be written by TV vets Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort and premiere this fall.
Sundance Now bows five original documentaries, curated as part of TAKE 5: The Shadow of ISIS, on Thursday, April 19. Focuses on ISIS and its impact on the lives of civilians.
Hulu’s The Looming Tower finale streams Wednesday, April 18.
Amazon will stream two new series from DreamWorks Animation Television. The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is expected to go live Friday May 11 in the U.S., UK, Germany India and Japan. Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny will make its global debut later this year.
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Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, April 11, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 6.45 million
Survivor 7.92, SEAL Team 6.29, Criminal Minds 5.15
NBC: 5.45 million
The Blacklist 5.10, Law & Order: SVU 5.40, Chicago PD 5.84
FOX: 5.05 million
Empire 5.80, Star 4.29
ABC: 4.20million
The Goldbergs 5.20, Alex, Inc 3.56, Modern Family 4.92, American Housewife 3.96, Designated Survivor 3.36
CW: 1.19 million
Harry Potter: A History of Magic 1.31, Masters of Illusion 1.06
UNI: 1.13 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.20, Papa a Toda Madre 1.11, Por amar sin ley 1.08
TELE: 0.79 million
Mia Familia Perfecta 0.64, Al otro lado del muro 0.79, Enemigo Intimo 0.95
Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: FOX 1.6/6, CBS 1.1/4, NBC 1.0/4, ABC 1.0/4, UNI 0.6/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1
Steve Chung was named Chief Digital Officer, a newly created position for Fox Television Stations. He previously served Chief Strategy Officer of CDNetworks.
Consumer intelligence platform Suzy hired as Avi Savar, former CEO and Managing Partner of Dreamit, as President.
AIRE Radio Networks appointed Blanca Navas as Vice President, Affiliate Sales. She had been Director, Syndication and Affiliations, Entravision Communications.

Friday Fun Fact: The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
This Day in History: 1998 – Geraldo Rivera special Murder: Live from Death Row was broadcast, featuring a pre-taped interview with Charles Manson.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which actor made featured appearances as the husband of one sitcom’s recurring character, and voiced the late husband of another character on the show? Harvey Korman on Mama’s Family (1983-1990).  
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Work in brand creative dept for Paramount Network, producing and editing promos and short form content. Prior experience in scripted programming a plus.

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JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES/Telemundo KNTV/San Jose: Provide strategic HR leadership for NBC Bay Area TV Stations (NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48). Min 7 yrs professional HR exp. Fluent in Spanish – verbal and written. Full info/apply HERE (4/19)

SALES ASSISTANT/GSN/Chicago: Provide sales support to Exec Dir, Acct Execs & Planners. Deal Maintenance, traffic, mtg prep & admin duties. Strong math skills a must, MS Office, knowledge of gen media terms. BA/BS deg min req’d. Full info/apply HERE (4/19)

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/Pearl Studio LLC/NYC: Exec Asst to Chief Creative Officer. 2+ yrs working exp. Native English speaker, mandarin proficiency a +. Strong skills in comm, prioritization, organization & follow-thru. Works well under pressure. Thrives in a demanding/fast-paced enviro. Full info/apply HERE (4/19)

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/EDITOR/PARAMOUNT NETWORK/NYC: Work in brand creative dept for Paramount Network, producing and editing promos and short form content. Prior experience in scripted programming a plus. Resume to: [email protected] (4/19)

/Clio Awards/NYC:
Drive growth for our Clio Entertainment, Music and Sports programs. 4+ years biz dev, B2B sales, start-up, ad agency or mktg exp. Must be detail-oriented, creative and possess excellent communication, CRM and Excel skills. Apply HERE

: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS/PAC-12 CONFERENCE/SF: Extensive exp in strategic communications, expertise in corporate communications, issues management, brand communications, crisis management, thought leadership, executive communications and all aspects of communications writings. Full posting/apply HERE (4/18)
JOB OPENING: SVP PUBLIC PROGRAMMING/The Paley Center for Media/NYC: Dvlp strategic vision, creation & implementation for Public Programs in NY & LA. 15+ yrs exp producng relvnt & note-worthy programs in entertainment, media & sports. Contacts w/TV networks, actors, celebrities, showrunners a must. Full info/apply HERE (4/18)
JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/MUSIC CHOICE TV/NYC: Resp for development/fulfillment of integrated media plans & proposals across all Music Choice television platforms for advertising clients. 1-2 yrs media or sales plan’g/assistant at an agency or ntwrk. Solid understanding of media math. Full info HERE (4/18)
JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR, LEGAL & BUS AFFAIRS/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Provide support to Legal & Business Affairs department. Administer various production and programming agreements, and perform administrative duties. Minimum 3 years’ production or studio business affairs experience. Full info/apply HERE (4/17)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT/KCRA TV/Sacramento CA: Develop new non-news local programming. Idea generator w/strong visualization/conceptual skills. Writing skills, comprehensive production expertise & know-how to craft/manage a compelling first class project from conception to final distribution. Large market producing experience req. Full info/apply HERE (4/17)
JOB OPENING: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT (HIGH LEVEL)/NYC: For Emmy Nominated Production Co. Support CEO on all business/personal related functions. Mng personal & company travel, lend creative & practical support to prod teams, maintaining/scheduling daily calendars & tracking expenses. Must be willing to travel. Resume/cvr HERE (4/17)

OPERATIONS MGR/MBN/NYC: Provide timely technical operations support & mngmnt oversight in a fast-paced news & info brdcst ntwk environment. Mng/support Studio and Control Room Personnel. 5-10 yrs exp TV production; 4 yrs supervisory exp. Full info/apply HERE (4/17)

JOB OPENING: SR EDITOR/E! News & Online/Universal City CA: Enthusiastic, self-motivated full time team player to help lead its LA news team. Min 3 yrs exp deadline writing environment, ideally entertainment newsStrong knowledge of pop culture, celebrity news and the E! brand. Full info/apply HERE (4/14)

SR DIRECTOR, DIGITAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/Viacom/NYC: Resp for identifying, securing & maintaining partnerships for ad-supported video & new media content 7-9 yrs exp working in digital ad sales, digital buying/plan’g or similar roles in the digital advertising/content space. Full info/apply HERE (4/14)
JOB OPENING: ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/NBC NEWS/NYC: Looking for an Associate Producer for the NBC News Business & Technology Unit. Respond quickly to breaking news, helping in all production. Minimum 2 years exp in a newsroom environment. Full info/apply HERE (4/14)
JOB OPENING: DIGITAL CAMPAIGN SUPERVISOR SEM/Chief Media/NYC: 5+ yrs direct exp managing SEM w/proven track record of driving ROI–setup, monitoring, reporting, analysis, optimization, budg pacing/forecasting, Client facing position, ability to grow/develop a team. Full info/apply HERE (4/14)
ABC: Once Upon A Time, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 20/20
CBS: 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament
CW: Dynasty, Jane the Virgin
FOX: MasterChef, 9-1-1
NBC: Blindspot, Taken, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, In Principle [p], Soundbreaking, Soundbreaking
Telemundo: Jose, Jose Principe 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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