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For the first time in American Idol history, a live coast-to-coast vote during the show will determine the winner of the singing competition, when the series finale airs live Sunday, May 19 at 8p on ABC. The crowning moment will be preceded by special performances from music legends, Idol superstar judges, and more.
CMT is making history, too, packing the 2019 CMT Music Awards with more performances than ever before, including Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and more to be announced. Hosted by Little Big Town, the show airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 5 at 8p.
Black Mirror’s fifth season is set to drop on Netflix on Wednesday, June 5, but will include just three episodes. Although synopses of the new episodes have yet to be released, a new promo teases appearances by Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace (That ‘70s Show), Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon) and Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow).
The deal between The CW and Netflix, first announced in 2011 and re-upped in 2016, is not being renewed, according to Deadline. Reportedly, new CW series Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keen are being shopped individually for streaming deals by their respective studios. The deal’s end, however, doesn’t mean new CW shows won’t end up on Netflix – the service won’t get them automatically, and will instead have to bid in a more competitive environment.
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CBS revealed that its recently ordered sixth season of Madam Secretary will be its last. Network President Kelly Kahl promised that the 10-episode season would tie up storylines and send the show off “with a great deal of respect and celebration.” The network also unveiled its new slate of programming, touting an improvement in diversity. Chuck Lorre’s Bob Abishola stars Folake Olowofoyeku as the love interest for Billy Gardell’s Bob, a middle-aged compression sock businessman who falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant. Drama All Rise, starring Simone Missick as Judge Lola Carmichael, follows the chaotic lives of those working in a Los Angeles courthouse. Psychological mystery drama Evil stars Mike Colter as a priest-in-training and a carpenter, who works with a female psychologist as they investigate the Church’s unexplained mysteries. Meanwhile, three popular actresses are featured in new projects. Patricia Heaton stars in Carol’s Second Act about a woman who pursues a career as a doctor, after a divorce and raising children. Midseason drama Tommy is headlined by Edie Falco, who portrays a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles, while comedy Broke stars Pauley Perrette as a single suburban mother who takes in her estranged sister, formerly wealthy husband and his loyal assistant, after the couple’s money dries up.
TNT shared the first official trailer for Chasing the Cure at the WarnerMedia Upfront. Anchored and executive produced by Ann Curry, the multiplatform event will bring together a weekly two-hour television broadcast with a 24/7 global digital interactive experience to harness the power of crowdsourcing to help people suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medical mysteries. Shaquille O’Neal is starring in TNT docuseries Shaq Life, which takes viewers along with the NBA champion for a look at his summer break business and entertainment dealings. Over at TBS, Miracle Workers was renewed for a second season, while The Last O.G. nabbed a third season pickup. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee vet Amy Hoggart will star in an untitled comedy, and the network also issued a series pickup to comedy Chad starring Nasim Pedrad. TBS will also add dramas into its line-up, starting with the debut of Snowpiercer, which already received a second season order. And, at long last, Adult Swim series Rick and Morty will return for its fourth season in November 2019 – that’s over two years after the finale of Season 3 in October 2017.
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Blac Chyna is producing and starring in a new docu-series exclusively for Zeus Network. The Real Blac Chyna will reveal the behind-the-scenes dynamics of Chyna’s life and relationships, particularly her role as mom to son King Cairo, who she co-parents with former partner Tyga, and daughter Dream, with ex-boyfriend Rob Kardashian.
Disney Channel ordered a second season of Amphibia, a frog-out-of-water animated comedy ahead of its series premiere on Monday, June 17. Series chronicles the adventures of fearless teen Anne Boonchuy (voiced by Brenda Song), after she’s magically transported to marshland of frog people and meets Sprig Planta and his family.
Expectation optioned the rights to Something to Live For, Richard Roper’s forthcoming book about loneliness in the big city, and is adapting it into a TV drama. Expectation, which is run by former Endemol boss Tom Hincks and ex-ITV content chief Peter Fincham, is developing the adaptation via Kristie Macdonald, the company’s Creative Director of Drama.
Producer Brain Academy secured a deal with the European Broadcasting Union for the format rights to Eurovision Song Contest with plans to develop a U.S. remake of the series. The project is being developed by Brain Academy’s Anders Lenhoff and Peter Settman along with Christer Bjorkman and Ola Melzig, who have worked on over 20 Eurovision Song Contests between them. Although no broadcaster is attached to the project, the goal is to air the version in 2021.
AMC’s fourth and final season of Preacher bows Sunday, August 4 at 9p. As the series inches closer to the end, God’s endgame for the universe begins to click into place.
MTV’s Teen Mom OG celebrates its tenth season with a two-hour premiere on Monday, June 10 at 9p.
Builder/designer Jasmine Roth adds distinctive style to cookie cutter homes in the sophomore season of Hidden Potential, bowing Monday, June 3 at 9p and 9:30p on HGTV.
WAPA TV is bringing Latin America’s #1 reality show to the United States. The net will broadcast Guerreros on Monday, May 20 at 5:30p, which will simulcast live in the U.S. on WAPA America.
Smithsonian Channel investigates what may be the largest murder scene on British soil in Adolf Island, premiering Sunday, June 23 at 10p.
Oxygen Media wraps up the season of Accident, Suicide or Murder with a special 90-minute investigation in to the death of 20-year-old Morgan Ingram on Saturday, May 18 at 6p. 


SYFY WIRE picked up a second season of Battlestar Galacticast, hosted by TV cast member Tricia Helfer and journalist/writer Marc Bernardin. The original podcast provides listeners with an intimate insider’s look at the world of series Battlestar Galactica, which aired on SYFY between 2003 and 2009.
One strike and you’re out! Facebook will ban users who have violated certain rules from live streaming after one offense. The company announced the new policy, which includes posting content in support of hate groups or terrorist organizations, this week. The change comes in response to the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand, which was live-streamed on Facebook by its perpetrator.
Google unveiled a personalized Google Shopping homepage that will replace Google Express at its annual Marketing Live conference, an incursion into Amazon territory. The new page allows consumers to compare and filter by features like price and brand, and gives them a chance to buy directly from retailers on Google, elsewhere on line or in a nearby store.
Crunchyroll has teamed with Twitch Prime, Amazon Prime’s benefit for gamers, to offer members 30 days of free Crunchyroll Premium. Twitch Prime gives member a selection of free PC games every month, free in-game loot for the world’s largest games, a premium experience on Twitch that includes a free channel subscription every 30 days, and exclusive chat colors and emotes.
Hulu set a premiere date for documentary Jawline. The film will be released both theatrically across key markets in the U.S. and on Hulu on Friday, August 23. Jawline follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who has built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
True Royalty TV, the first and only SVOD service created for fans of the Royal Family, presents Meghan and Harry: The Baby Years on Wednesday, June 12. Hosted by Roya Nikkhah, the royal correspondent for the Sunday Times, the special takes an intimate look at what the future has in store for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and
their new son, Archie.
Comcast launched Smithsonian Channel’s 10-hour, 4K On Demand model, giving   customers access to its shows in 4K on Xfinity On Demand.  
Refinery29 launched the Fertility Spectrum project, an ongoing content-to-IRL series seeking to shift the conversation around fertility and the parenthood journey from all angles. To kick off the initiative directly with the audience, Refinery29 partnered with NBC’s Today to bring the conversation to life with a live panel discussion at 30 Rock. Moderated by NBC News correspondent Morgan Radford, panelists include Christene Barberich, Dylan Dreyer, Amy Emmerich, President and CCO of Refinery29, and Cynthia Simpson, host of “Gather” mama meet-ups.
Redbox selected You.i TV to develop and deliver an improved user experience for the Redbox On Demand service, starting with its Roku platform. The new application is the first in market to be developed for Roku using the flexible React Native development framework to provide a better viewing experience for customers.
Blue Ant Media grew its kids’ presence by acquiring Jelly Jamm. The deal includes two seasons of the animated children’s series, 13 original songs, 17 original characters, social media platforms and all licensing and merchandising rights.
Media Ranch closed multiple format deals in Europe and Canada. Celebrity prank show Surprise, Surprise was sold to France’s Deeply Superficial. Comedy on the Edge returned to CBC and Unis TV in Canada, while CBC’s Still Standing is in production on Season 6 and Comedie a la Carte was renewed by Unis TV.
Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution acquired international rights to BYUtv’s Dwight in Shining Armor. The adventure comedy series will be featured at the LA Screenings, this month.
Stringr launched into the UK market. The expansion enables UK based broadcasters, publishers and brands to access Stringr’s robust content library and livestreaming function.
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Univision’s two-hour premiere of La Reina Soy Yo on Monday reached 3.8 million Total Viewers 2+, who tuned in to all or part of the series. The show reached 1.4 Total Viewers 2+, 633,000 A18-49, and 239,000 A18-34.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, May 14 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 8.99
NCIS 11.48, FBI 8.50, NCIS: New Orleans 7.00
NBC: 5.28
The Village 3.84, The Voice 6.46, New Amsterdam 5.54
ABC: 2.77
American Housewife 3.73, The Kids Are Alright 2.88, blackish 2.75, Bless This Mess 2.66, 1969 1.84
FOX: 2.10
MasterChef 2.77, Mental Samurai 1.43
CW: 1.19
The Flash 1.52, The 100 0.86
TELE: 1.01
Un Poquito Tuyo 0.80, Betty en NY 0.90, La Reina del Sur 1.32
La Reina Soy Yo 0.83, La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.83, Por Amar Sin Ley 0.82
Tuesday A19-49: CBS 0.8/4, NBC 0.8/4, TELE 0.6/3, ABC 0.5/3, FOX 0.5/3, UNI 0.4/2, CW 0.4/2
Lindsey Stanberry was named Deputy Managing Editor of CNBC Make IT. Stanberry joins from Refinery29.
Looper Insights appointed Alex Heeton, former Head of Software for Beano Studios at DC Thomson Publishing, as CTO. Eric Stein, founder of Impact Global Media, was retained to lead business development efforts in the U.S. and Canada. And Tony Kelly, who founded and previously served as Executive Chairman of Digital Media Distribution Limited, was hired to lead business development efforts in Latin America.
Former NBCUniversal and TiVo executive Brian Katz joined Magid as Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy for its EmotionalDNA product.

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2005 – The final episode of Everybody Loves Raymond aired.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Grey’s Anatomy launched as a midseason replacement for which series? Boston Legal (2004-2008).  Kudos to: Amy Hurt-Turn Card Content/NYC; Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL; Andrew Goldman-Fathom Events/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; John Kukla-FoxTV/ Dallas, TX; Brandon Lynch-GTB/ Dallas, TX; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/ Los Angeles, CA; Thomas Moore-Kalt Productions/ Los Angeles, CA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/Burbank, CA; Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/Cannes; John Ferlazzo/London.
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VP, TV SALES & SPONSORSHIP/Stadium/Chicago: Nat’l sports network seeks VP resp to drive new business rev & dvlp sponsorship prgrms by working w/clients & agencies. Leverage expertise & network to capitalize on linear-specific opps. 10+ yrs exp rev dvlpmnt w/progressively resp roles focused on integrated sponsorship. Full info HERE (5/30)
SR DIRECTOR, DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS/Viacom/NYC: Lead ops for new media and linear distribution, act as SME and thought leader across all brands. 5+ yrs leadership and ops exp within media or technology industry. Full info HERE (5/30)


TALENT COORDINATOR/INSP/CHARLOTTE NC: Multi-tasking dynamo w/strong orgnzt’l skills to support team in optimizing celeb appearances. Mng travel plans incl setting up logistics for principal photography, promotional events, media tours & talent interviews. 2 yrs exp in a leadership or management role. Full info HERE (5/30)

/Nickelodeon/NYC: Resp for the project management of the work created for the Nickelodeon brand social, YouTube & interactive content platforms. Min 2-4 yrs project mngmnt or related operational or prod exp in media or related field req’d. Full info HERE (5/29)

DIR, DISTRIBUTION/Nexstar Media/Irving TX: Resp for managing relationship & contract negotiations with Nexstar Media’s valued Multichannel Video Prgrmng Dist (MVPD). Able to mng full scope of acct mngmnt & affiliate sales processes. 8+yrs of affil sales & negotiation exp in the cable and TV industry, incl acct mngmnt exp. Proven track rec delivering results. Full info HERE (5/25)

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MGR/Frederator Digital/NYC: Proven track record as dig producer resp for oversight of the Frederator Digital, channel, and show brands incl maintaining on brand identity and delivering on brand promises. 4-6 yrs of aud development and/or digital mktg exp. Full info HERE (5/25)

NATIONAL SALES ASSISTANT/UP/NYC: Asst AEs, Sales Plners & Pricing/Inv. Edit PowerPt presentations & excel spreadsheets. Work w/ agency buyers.  Maintain order entry, inv moves & prod allocations. Effective verbal skills. Strong attn to details. Prior internship exp at TV ntwk pref’d. Full info HERE (5/24)

/Viacom/NYC: Resp for driving revenue w/new & existing partners thru distribution of Viacom Media Networks content. 10+ yrs of work exp, incl sales or business development exp. Strong knowledge of the content distribution landscape both traditional/digital. Full info HERE (5/23)


HEAD OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS/Counter Logic Gaming/Culver City CA: Oversee all bus. Operations & resp for the team’s P&L, business strategy and operations, and coord with MSG Marketing and Sponsorship. 7+ yrs exp w/at least 3-5 yrs exp in a Sr leadership running bus. operations role in a corp environment. Full info HERE (5/23)

/Icon International/Greenwich CT: Must have ability to negotiate with clients on media cost and possess the ability to work constructively with other buyers and assistants in the dept. DR exp. A must 5-7 yrs. Detail oriented w/solid communication skills. Full info HERE (5/22)


MGR, NATIONAL ACCOUNTS/Ad Council/NYC: Build/mng relationships w/ existing & potential media partners that help drive impact for Ad Council’s 40+ social impact campaigns. Asst VP, Media in prospecting new biz w/focus on growth areas. 3+ yrs digital & traditional media/cross-platform sales exp. Full info HERE (5/22)

/Discovery/NYC or LA: Thought leader & strategist to connect research methods w/new data analytics. Utilize primary research, Nielsen data & consumer databases to develop programming, scheduling & marketing strategy for Discovery & Science Channels & stay competitive in industry trends/changes. 10+ yrs media exp req. Apply HERE (5/17)


NETWORK OPERATIONS, VP/Ion Media/Clearwater FL: Provide strategic technical leadership in post-prod operations, network satellite dist, quality control, engineering, content management, TV traffic, & scheduling systems. 15+ yrs exp in media operations & 10 of those in ntwk ops mgnmnt. Full info HERE (5/17)


NETWORK OPERATIONS, DIRECTOR/Ion Media/Clearwater FL: Oversee network broadcast and studio technical support teams and systems (hardware, software, storage, and networking) & 24/7 Master control operations. 10+ yrs exp in media operations & 5 of those in ntwk ops mgnmnt. Full info HERE (5/17)


AD SALES ASSISTANT/Baby First TV/NY: Reports to EVP & AE Ad Sales. Detailed & organized. Ability to multi-task in fast past env. Prof in EXL & PPT. College grad welcome! Full info HERE (5/17)


SALES PLANNER/Fuse Media/NY: Provide sales and support to the Pricing and Planning and Ad Sales teams for Fuse and FM. Maintain media schedules, build sales plans, manage added value. BA/BS & min 1 yr exp. req. Full info HERE (5/17)

/Entertainment Studios/NYC: Manage digital campaigns for ES Digital advertiser activity, with a focus on theGrio. 2- 4 years digital/data optimization industry exp. Knwldg of digital tech systems. Full info HERE (5/17)
MGR, STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT/NBCU/NYC: Help identify, develop, and implement business opps across & within the ELG network brands & studios portfolio. Creative strategic thinker w/3+ yrs media business dvlpment and/or investment banking exp.  Full info HERE (5/17)


VP, DIGITAL/NESN/Boston: Part of Sr leadership team candidate to oversee digital media activities of our 20 professionals involved in dvlpmnt/dist of content via digital platforms. 10yrs dig. or multi-platform exp req’d w/extensive exp progressive digital tech & content responsibilities in media ind, pref sports or ent. Full info HERE (5/17)

SR. PUBLICIST/Acorn TV/Washington DC area:
Love Television? Love Publicity? This is the job for you! Pitch, follow-up & secure reviews & features for Acorn TV, North America’s largest streaming service for high-quality British & international TV, and its series (Doc Martin, Line of Duty, Agatha Raisin). Full info HERE (5/17)

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy [f], Station 19 [f], For the People [f]
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [f], Young Sheldon [f], Unravelling a Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell, S.W.A.T. [f]
CW: iZombie, In the D ark
FOX: Paradise Hotel
NBC: Superstore, Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Law & Order: SVU [f]
PBS: This Old House Hour, Unforgotten on Masterpiece, Antiques Road Show
Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuyo, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: La Reina So Yo, La Rosa de Guadalupe, Por Amar Sin Ley

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