04/14/16: GMA scores Clinton, Cruz town halls; Bravo loves its Girlfriends; Fox shows its Grit







Good morning. It’s Thursday April 14, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
BBC America: Orphan Black at 10p, After the Black at 11p
CMT: The Dude Perfect Show at 9p, The Ed Bassmaster Show at 10p
Fox: American Grit at 9p
NBC: Game of Silence at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
American Heroes Channel: Spies Declassified at 10p
TruTV: Those Who Can’t at 10:30p




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ABC News’ Good Morning America will hold two separate live town hall discussions with Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, leading up to Tuesday’s New York primary. Both town halls will air during GMA – The Clinton town hall will air live on Friday, April 15; the Cruz town hall airs Monday, April 18. Cruz will be joined by his wife Heidi for a portion of the discussion. Chief anchor George Stephanopoulos and GMA anchor Robin Roberts will moderate the discussions.

Bravo’s first original scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, is not splitting any time soon. It will air for at least five seasons thanks to a three-season pickup for the series, starring Lisa Edelstein. Renewed for seasons 3, 4 and 5, the show joins just a small club of series that get a triple-play renewal.

Bounce TV ordered a second season of original drama series Saints & Sinners, which is setting network records for viewership in its inaugural season. The network also slotted in a bunch of renewals, for sitcoms Mann & Wife for a third season, Family Time, for season 4, and In The Cut for a third season, as well as its stand-up comedy series Off The Chain for a fourth run. Additionally, journalist and TV personality Ed Gordon will produce and host the network’s first newsmagazine show, Ed Gordon. Additionally, Bounce scheduled another season of live boxing with the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series PBC – The Next Round, and partnered with
The Trumpet Awards Foundation to present the exclusive national television premiere of The 25th Annual Trumpet Awards.

The Weather Co. is further investing in augmented reality with the launch of a new interactive presentation tool, Max Connect, and adding virtual sets to the company’s AR solution, Max Reality. Max Connect will allow presenters to seamlessly interact with AR elements in real time without having to turn their back to the audience, which is what tends to happen when they are using more cumbersome tools like hand tracking or a touch screen. The new virtual sets for Max Reality can be easily integrated into a station’s existing workflow and will empower presenters to quickly and easily pull together rich augmented reality visualizations.



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Chris Licht, who has led CBS News’ morning broadcast to its best ratings in nearly three decades, has been named executive producer/showrunner of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, overseeing all aspects of production. Filling his seat in the news division is Ryan Kadro, who’s been named executive producer of CBS This Morning, reporting to David Rhodes, President of CBS News. 

Chris Morgan, already a top producer on Universal Pictures’ roster, signed a three-year overall deal with Universal Television to develop and produce projects for broadcast, cable and digital platforms alongside film and TV development chief at  his Chris Morgan Productions, Ainsley Davies. Morgan, the writer of the Fast & Furious franchise, will also write new series projects.

Ovation hired writers Jeff Phillips and Lauren Conn to adapt Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard‘s fantasy book series The Chronicles of Ara for an eight-part miniseries. Phillips is an exec producer on DreamWorks Studios’ time-travel adventure Stealing Time and has sold screenplays to Warner Bros. (Fort Knox) and Spyglass (Valley of the Gods).

Elvis is back in the building. Mark Cuban’s AXS TV is developing its first TV movie, partnering with Sharknado production company The Asylum for Elvis Lives!, currently in preproduction. The movie amps up the legend of rock icon Elvis Presley, with a story based on one of the biggest conspiracy theories surrounding the legend by asking, "What if Elvis never really left the building?" The Asylum’s Paul Bales, David Michael Latt and David Rimawi will produce along with David Garber.


AMC’s The Night Manager, an original six-part miniseries produced alongside BBC One and The Ink Factory, will premiere on Tuesday, April 19 at 10p. A contemporary interpretation of John le Carre’s espionage drama, it’s the first television adaptation of a le Carre novel in more than 20 years.

Theater Close-Up, the collaboration between THIRTEEN and the community of NY nonprofit Off-Broadway theaters, will present Pulitzer Prize-winner Arthur Miller’s play Incident at Vichy, a production from Signature Theatre, on Thursday, April 21 at 9p on THIRTEEN.

Basketball great Kevin Durant captured the hearts of the nation when he accepted the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Award with his emotional speech crediting all of his success to his mother, Wanda, naming her “the real MVP." Durant’s story of a mother’s love, tenacity and sacrifice unfolds on Lifetime on Saturday, May 7 at 8p in The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, just in time for Mother’s Day. The special is exec-produced by Queen Latifah and her Flavor Unit team.

Syfy will invade one of the world’s largest pop culture conventions this summer with Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con, a three-night telecast directly from the heart of San Diego Comic-Con. The special, Syfy’s first-ever live broadcast from Comic-Con, is slated to air Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23 at 8p. Each night it will bring Con action directly to viewers via celebrity interviews, breaking news and behind-the-scenes reports. In addition, starting Sunday, July 17, Syfy will kick off a Comic-Con celebration on-air, online and across its social media platforms, offering fans customized, exclusive content.


Fox debuts reality competition series American Grit, hosted by WWE’s John Cena, tonight at 9p, and David George, CEO of Leftfield Entertainment and an executive producer of the series, gave Cynopsis a preview. “What sets this show apart from other competition series is that it’s not a popularity contest and isn’t even about physical strength or beating an opponent,” George says. “American Grit really is about ‘grit’  it focuses on the internal battles people face when confronted with insurmountable odds, and finding the courage and determination to press on when pushed beyond one’s limits.”

University students and faculty recount the terrifying moments of on-campus crimes in Investigation Discovery’s new series Murder U, premiering Wednesday, April 20 at 9p. Featuring first-person testimonials from key players involved in the cases and in-depth interviews with faculty, family and friends of the victims, the six-episode series premieres Wednesday, April 20 at 9p.

SundanceTV and Australian Broadcasting Corp. announced the drama series Cleverman will launch on SundanceTV on Wednesday, June 1 at 1p and in Australia on ABC Thursday, June 2 at 9.30pm. Set in the near future, the original drama is rooted in Aboriginal mythology and depicts a deeply conflicted and anxious society. Wayne Blair, director of the Australian film The Sapphires, is lead director.


The new season of Little People, Big World bows on TLC on Tuesday, May 10 at 9p with big changes for the Roloff family, and uncertainty about their farm. Before the season premiere, TLC will air one-hour special The Wedding Story of Zach and Tori on Tuesday May 3 at 10p.

Season five of Comedy Bang! Bang! launches on IFC Friday, June 3 with back-to-back episodes at 11p and 11:30p. The first 10 episodes run through July 1, with the remaining 10 airing in the fall. New bandleader and co-host “Weird Al” Yankovic will face guests on the surreal scripted talker including Kevin Bacon, Nathan Felder (Nathan for You), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Kristen Schaal (The Last Man On Earth), among others.


Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) landed a recurring role on ABC‘s new drama series The Catch, from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Series follows a strong-willed forensics accountant who will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

Jama Williamson (Parks and Recreation), who has a recurring role in the first season of Nickelodeon series School of Rock, will be a series regular for season 2. She plays the uptight principal based on the character originally played by Joan Cusack in the 2003 feature film of the same name.


Litton Entertainment’s Saving Hope will begin its television syndication run on weekends beginning fall 2017. The hospital drama, from ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne), stars Erica Durance (Smallville), Canadian Screen Award winner Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1), Daniel Gillies (The Originals), Huse Madhavji (Call Me Fitz), Julia Taylor Ross (Silent House) and Kristopher Turner (This Life).


A 60-minute recut version of the doc Behind the Red Carpet, which provides an uncensored view of what really happens during the Toronto International Film Festival, has found a home on Hollywood Suite, which operates four HDTV channels in Canada.


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Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice led at 8p with 2.2/8, followed 1.2/4 for by CBS’ NCIS. NBC and The Voice stayed strong at 9p with a 2.4/8, followed by CBS’s NCIS special with 1.3/4. NBC remained on top at 10p with 1.4/5 for the new Game of Silence, trailed by CBS with 1.2/4 for NCIS: New Orleans.

A18-49: NBC 2/7, CBS 1.2/4, ABC .8/3, CW .5/2, UNI 1.1/2, FOX .8/3, TELE .8/1, ION .8/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 6.1/11
NCIS: New Orleans [r] 5.8/10, NCIS-special 6.4/11, NCIS: New Orleans 6.0/11
NBC: 5.8/10
The Voice 6.6/11, Game of Silence 4.2/8
ABC: 1.8/3
Fresh Off the Boat 2.3/4, The Real O’Neals 1.8/3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 2.0/3, Beyond the Tank 1.4/3
CW: 0.8/1
iZombie 0.8/1, iZombie 0.7/1
FOX: 1.3/2
New Girl 1.7/3, Grandfathered [R] 1.1/2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.3/2, The Grinder 1.0/2
Camino Hacia de Stino 1.1/2 Pasion y Poder 1.4/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
ION: .8/3
Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .9/2
Quien es Quien .6/1, Eva la Trailera .8/1, Senor de lo Cielos 1.1/2


Betsy Bergman joined NBCUniversal TV Distribution as SVP, marketing and brand strategy, based in NY. Bergman is re-joining NBCU from Sony Pictures Television, where she served as VP of Marketing on shows such as The Dr. Oz Show, Shark Tank and Seinfeld.

Hugh Fitzpatrick is joining National Geographic Channel as VP, scripted development and production, based in LA. Fitzpatrick most recently was head of television for production house Teakwood Lane.

Missy Laney, former manager of Sundance Institute’s artist services program, joined BitTorrent as the new director of creative initiatives.

This Day in History:
1939 – The John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published.

Answer to Our Last Trivia: What was Dwayne’s real name on What’s Happening!! (1976-1979)? Haywood Nelson. Kudos to: Jason Olexa, Viacom, NY; Lindsay Garber, Splash Entertainment, Woodland Hills, CA; Susan Nessanbaum- Goldberg, Generate, Beverly Hills; Tom Moore, Kalt Productions, LA; Alan Perris, Beverly Hills

Today’s Trivia Question: Who created the animated credits at the beginning of Bewitched (1964-72)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

NEW! Friday Switcheroo (the first name of one character and last name of another played by one actor/actress): Selina Benes (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer  who aren’t in trivia  will be published.)
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ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, The Catch
CBS: Big Bang Theory, Odd Couple, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Rush Hour
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100
Fox: Bones, American Grit [
NBC: Strong, The Blacklist, Game of Silence [P]
PBS: The This Old House Hour, Masterpiece Mystery! [r], Antiques Road Show [r]
Telemundo: Quien es Quien, Eva la Trailera, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: En Camino Hacia El Destino, Pasion y poder, El Hotel de los Secretos

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